Beginning a project is always uncertain, scary, and stressful. I had been flirting with the idea of a portraiture side-project geared towards beauty, love, sexuality, and intimacy for some time. I made a few fleeting attempts over my career, but those occasions were more hobbyist than honest attempts. It was watching an Ewan Phelan session on Creative Live in the Fall of 2015, that I really decided to jump in with both feet and create my Breathless brand.
His boudoir style showed me that boudoir wasn't just a process of playing dress up, posing suggestively for photos and giving them to your partner. It was more a personal exploration of sexuality than a gift for your partner. It could be powerful, empowering and sensual. It was everything I envisioned boudoir to be but couldn't quite grasp before I saw Ewan’s session.
While I am a great fan of traditional boudoir sensuality, I wanted to say something different with Breathless. I want to be an observer and not a photographer. I want to capture my client’s unique energy, not impose my idea of beauty. To create this comfortable mood, I like to break up my sessions. I do this both for myself, and my clients. Taking it slow not only allows me to capture the special little details but creates a comfortable environment in which my clients can feel at ease. By chatting, joking around, or just being silly, all contribute to transforming the session from just a photoshoot, to a celebration of beauty and sexual energy. I really think that is a big part of why my clients feel so comfortable around me.
S. was my first client, and how grateful I am that she was. She is a free spirit, open, sensual, and a stunning presence to photograph. Having her model as my premiere client was truly an amazing opportunity.