If you follow me on Facebook, you already saw the post last week. My sister got married! And I was a bridesmaid and we all had a great time.
Last month I was in town for her bachelorette party. She asked if I could take a few photos of her for a gift. And so suddenly in the span of 20 minutes, in the tiny corner of our weekend rental house that had decent light without distracting backgrounds, without my hair and makeup team, I was taking my sister’s boudoir portraits. It wasn’t all as dramatic as that of course, but I certainly felt the pressure. We had a party bus coming to pick us up for wine tasting in mere minutes and I couldn’t let her out of the house without decent photos. This was her wedding gift!
The theme of her bachelorette weekend as a bit tongue-in-cheek. It included hashtags like #weclassy and #itsawinetastinganditsclassy. The irony of course, 12 girls and a bit of booze is not always so classy, particularly not when the bride doesn’t even love wine. But I think we can latch onto the “we classy” theme for her boudoir portraits that morning. She wanted a nice, classy set of images. Nothing crazy. So we softly lit her in the corner of the bedroom with bath towels as reflectors (thanks to maid of honor Ashley for her help there!).
I played with light and shadow a bit since the location allowed for it. I coaxed expressions out of her that the 9am call time didn’t naturally produce. And we had fun. Fun with a little extra color, fun with specially purchased underwear. Portland boudoir portraits aren’t my specialty as I prefer focusing more on the connection in the eyes rather than the body. But it’s so fun to nail them both at the same time and I’m happy to add a little extra to a modern glamour portrait session!