With less time in my life. I find myself going down the Pinterest rabbit hole with less frequency than I used to. But when I can I like to scroll through my own boards, remembering what I pinned, and discover new pinners to add to my arsenal of inspirational images.
Here?s an example of an image that I found and pinned to my Boudoir Archetype: Glamazon board. A bridal boudoir client came in last weekend and brought in a pair of gorgeous high waisted black lace knickers. This image came to mind.
I didn?t want to create a duplicate, or clone, of course. But the it was the seed of an idea.
The original pin is a page from an old issue of Marie Claire. Not sure how to hunt down the photographer for proper attribution as I can?t make out the year of the issue.
This was my take on the idea. Instead of layers of jewelry and pattern, we sent simple with just black lace and the one important piece of jewelry – the engagement ring. I?ve been finding it a fun challenge to incorporate the engagement ring in bridal boudoir in creative ways.
On the subject of Pinterest, I’m reposting below a blog post from last march which was originally posted on the Ars Magna blog.
Pinterest is an elegant (and addictive) tool for visual organizing. When planning a boudoir session, you can use it to find and assemble images, wardrobe and quotes and women that inspire you. There are so many different ways to look and feel beautiful; to be outrageously sexy. Pinterest can help you edit all those ideas down to the right ones for you.
When a client shares an inspiration board with me before the boudoir session, I can immediately understand what kind of boudoir shoot she is planning and hoping for. Then, using that board as a launch point, we can create her dream shoot together.
I?ve started a few boards – a few (of the many) archetypes of female beauty. You can use any of these Ars Magna Boudoir Style Archetype boards as a beginning, or if you are inspired you create, name and build your own boudoir inspiration board.
1. DISCOVER THE STYLE OF BOUDOIR YOU LOVE
Pinterest, and the internet as a whole, is a great place to start doing research. There are many types of boudoir. Pinup, glamour, fitness, etc. What feels right for you? Then find a photographer whose work reflects that style. You might not initially have the right vocabulary for what you are looking for, but you will know it when you see it.
2. ORGANIZE WARDROBE FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SHOOT
Wardrobe for boudoir shoots goes way beyond bras and underwear. There?s shapewear, sleepwear, corsets, boy shorts, slips, robes, bodysuits, hosiery – the list can go on. Search for styles and options that reveal the parts you love about your body. My board Operation: Lingerie (the colon here is critical, it’s not lingerie for operations!) is the main Ars Magna Pinterest board for beautiful things that you can wear for a boudoir photography shoot.
3. SHARE YOUR BOARD WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Pinterest, as a tool, is great for mapping out your inspirations. Often, when looking at a client?s board, I can see what style of shoot she wants. From there I can choose what backgrounds, and props we need to make that dream shoot happen. As visual artists, photographers can read and translate in words and into the shoot itself what a client is looking for.
Most of my clients get an album with their boudoir session. An album, which by it?s nature is narrative, is the perfect place for a story to unfold. In a story there?s a beginning, middle and and end. That means we want to create a variety in wardrobe, lighting and backgrounds. Is there a story behind the images that can emerge when they are in a sequence?
We won?t create an exact replica of another photographer?s image. And we don?t want to. Your shoot is about you. We will use your Pinterest board as a seed of inspiration to make our own amazing images.
The whole boudoir experience is a process of accepting and loving yourself.