Anna’s Own Boudoir Portrait Session
I did it! After prevaricating for over a year, I finally had my own session. Mostly, I would say, down to saying I would on our Facebook page, as that got everyone asking “have you done it, yet?”, so I knew I had to. I was definitely wishing I had done it last year – I am convinced that when I turned 40 last September everything dropped by about an inch. A chat with a client this week talking about ‘mummy tummy’ had me confessing that I had attained the look without having children to blame it on.
I had partly gotten over my nerves by reminding myself that all of the posing, lighting and general ‘stuff that will make me look great’ was down to Robin – I just had to get the lingerie together. I had mostly already done that, and did a last minute Ann Summers order to get my final pieces.
Cue much hilarity when our fabulous Ann Summers ambassador arrived with the very cute, burlesquey, ruffled knickers I had ordered, which came in a two-pack with another emblazoned with the words “Lick my Lips”.
“I can’t wear those” I shrieked in horror (and indeed I didn’t).
Alas, the basque I had ordered was too small (I was a bit optimistic there with a size 14, and there was no way my chest was fitting into it). If anyone wants a size 14 Ann Summers ‘Cora’ basque with matching knickers, let me know!
Now, since I am intrinsically quite lazy, I didn’t mind coming to work with no make up on – saves time! My hair looked normal ‘not done’ which probably says a lot for my styling, albeit it was a bit on the fluffy side for having no product in it.
It was only fair that I have a before shot taken, so here it is:
Luckily, fab stylist Holly was on hand to work her magic on my hair and makeup – I will confess, I didn’t think she could make much difference to my hair – I was wrong!
I don’t usually wear a lot of make up, but decided to go for quite a strong smokey eye look, and a slightly dark, red lipstick. I also decided not to wear my glasses (even though I am as blind as a bat without them) as, after all, I wouldn’t wear them in a ‘boudoir’.
Holly did an awesome job, the transformation was surprising – even looking in the mirror I had a “it kind of looks like me but considerably better” feeling – I was starting to feel more confident!
I had planned what to wear, and what would go together – my first outfit being a corset that I was given last year (it didn’t fit when I was planning my session back then, but I’ve lost a few pounds since getting Bailey – our labradoodle – and I’m glad it fitted) – the is probably my favourite outfit. Wow, that corset was doing some work, cinching in my waist.
Corset number 2 (also given to me – thank you very much for that xx) was a bit more girly…I was concerned not very ‘me’, but I was seduced again by the look a corset gives (with thanks to Ann Summers for accessories).
I was starting to feel quite considerably braver by this point, so ditched the corset in favour of a ‘Curvy Kate’ lingerie set I got from Figleaves last year (when first planning my session).
One of the things we joke about is having a ‘terrified to topless’ club amongst our clients – we should get t-shirts made to give out to ladies brimming with their new-found confidence as they leave!
I decided to join the club, totally inspired by another client who had worn some very cute ‘burlesque’ style knickers, and I though ‘I want that photo’.
Did I enjoy it more than I thought I would? Yes! The images are amazing (just like our clients, I didn’t see my images until Robin had created my own, beautiful slideshow for me). He’s a magician. His skill at lighting and posing (ladies – he is very precise, the poses will feel completely alien, and you may feel like you’ve had a work out after a boudoir portrait session) meant that I needn’t have worried at all about my flabby bits, my bits I don;t like (my nose, my tummy) or anything else, because Robin has definitely got this down to a fine art and beyond.
So, now I have the boudoir bug and am already planning my next session (I am thinking steampunk, as I didn’t wear my totally fabulous Vegas boots and, really, they’re not going to be worn any other time).