Hi darlings! My name is Megan. I'm the assistant/behind the scenes girl here at Glamour and Boudoir by Glamour Bitch! I've communicated with many of you through emails/social media and sometimes get the pleasure of meeting you at the studio. If we haven't spoken or met, I hope to someday! Anyway, I'm writing this to talk about the photo shoot I had with my lovely bosses Dawn & Shannon. Like many of our clients, I was a nervous wreck! I may be an easy going gal but me in front of a camera? Half naked?! Oh boy! We're our own biggest critics ladies and despite working for a photography studio, I'm very hard on myself. I've never had a photo shoot or considered doing one. However, Dawn and Shannon quickly convinced me otherwise. I must say, all of you lovely ladies also gave me the courage to get in front of Dawn's Nikon. Reading your positive feedback and seeing your smiling faces at the studio made me want to get in on the action. Once you get over the silly voice in your head saying "you're not model material", all that's left is showing up ready for endless possibilities! After a wardrobe run through, a much needed cup of espresso and Shannon's magical hair/makeup application, I was ready to go! Much to my surprise, the actual photo shoot was a breeze! Dawn guided me throughout the entire shoot. ("Where do I put my hand? How's my hair? Does my butt look big?) Questions Dawn heard a million times that day (what a saint) but bared with me. The room was full of laughter, fun, and poses you didn't think were in your range of possibility! Trust me when I say I had no idea I could look the way I do in my pictures. I love them! Although I'm lucky enough to have Dawn & Shannon as my bosses, they're wonderful girls just to hang out with. Aside from being AMAZING at what they do, they genuinely want to make each girl that steps through our door feel beautiful, and they do. If you haven't already, I hope you all build up the courage to do a boudoir shoot with us. I promise you'll be happy you did it! xoxo Megan
I know I am the worst when it comes to keeping up with sharing photos of all of my gorgeous clients. I was going through some old photos this past weekend, and I came across some more images that I took at Danielle Fletcher's Boudoir on Film workshop last Spring. Our model for this shoot was actually our waitress from the restaurant we had dinner at the night before. We kind of sprung the idea of her modeling for us at the last minute, and we were thrilled when she actually agreed! She had the most beautiful blue eyes and moved so gracefully. It was super windy in the little alley that we were working in, but I love how it worked with her outfit and hair. There are a ton of little spots similar to this one near our Collingswood studio. If you are interested in setting up a shoot, email us via the contact page!
Every once in a while I get an urge to do something different. I like a challenge. I like to learn. I like to grow. I've definitely learned that if I am going to grow, I need to try new things. Learning to shoot and find my groove in a new studio after being in the same place for the last 4 years is definitely a challenge. When I first learned to shoot glamour and boudoir photos using strobes and other sources of artificial light, and only recently have I found a style of shooting with natural light that I love. I was dying to experiment with some beautiful portraits with a clean, classic look rather than the same old Victoria's Secret push up bras and crazy backgrounds. So I dug around on Pinterest for a couple of weeks for some inspiration and pulled it together. Using a few vintage slips I found at an amazing shop in Rhode Island this summer and busting out my sewing machine to make a tutu, everything started coming together. Carlee came to the shoot with some simple wardrobe items and Shannon blew it way with her hair and makeup skills. Determined to shoot with only natural light and a couple of white reflectors, I can't believe how amazing these images came out. I am so grateful to Carlee and Shannon for helping me to execute my vision and for allowing me to "just do my thing." PS... There are still 2 more sets of images from this shoot I have to share! Stay tuned.
Every so often we have some clients that come to our studio with 5 bags of clothes, lingerie, shoes, you know, the works- and saying "I know I brought too much, but I just wanted to make sure we had options." Music to my ears! It thrills me when a client turns herself over to the process, that's when we really find the space and creativity to make some amazing images. I love being able to sift through piles of a client's wardrobe and let my head go a little bit. Something awesome happens when a clients trusts that we will make them look beautiful. Don't get me wrong, it's great when a client has ideas or inspiration to work from, but if you are trying to copy and exact pose of a 6'1" supermodel that weighs 100 pounds, its definitely going to lose some of the magic of "you." The images below are of Shannon, our makeup artist. Granted, I've shot her photos a hundred times. Something is very different about the woman in these images though... She trusted me completely, and she gave herself permission to feel beautiful. Does that mean you feel it the entire time, hell no! You're going to feel silly, awkward, and have an "I can't believe I'm doing this" moment, but as long as you give yourself that permission to experience feeling good about yourself- even just for a few minutes, something changes in you. There's nothing sexier and more beautiful than a woman that feels confidence from within. These are some images shot at our awesome new studio located in Collingswood, New Jersey. We made use of both the front and back porches, as well as our beautiful boudoir set. Shannon brought with her a long, white, crochet dress she's had in her closet for years. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do. Loveeeeee these images. For reals.
We also used a lacy bodysuit we had here at the studio, along with a cute leather jacket from Shannon's wardrobe. I think these images also show that you don't need to show a ton of skin to look sexy.
Last month, I attended WPPI in Las Vegas which is a huge trade show and conference for professional photographers. Attending WPPI with 15,000 other amazingly talented individuals has always been a goal of mine. This year, I finally felt like I was qualified (in my own mind, lol) to attend. What a humbling and mind- blowing experience to be taught by some of the most amazing photographers in our industry. I was also lucky enough to meet one of my idols, Sue Bryce, and to make some great friends. Five crazy days of lectures, classes, workshops, and networking left me exhausted, inspired, and exhilarated all at the same time. I managed to sneak in time for a photo shoot with some fabulous models and photographers near the Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. It was to die for... seriously. So thrilled to have the opportunity to do something like this, made the whole trip that much more exciting.
And while shooting in New Jersey isn't quite as glamorous as the mountains, it's still a great way to add some variety to your photo shoot with us here! Check out the photos from some of the on location and shoots we've done outdoors in this post- Shooting Outdoors.