Happy Monday, friendlies! Hope you had a nice weekend! Aright enough niceties…
First off – sigh, I know, “Kim Kardashian, Alison? Really?” I know, I know. I get it. Someone who’s career launched out of a sex video, and who keeps that career going by knowingly exploiting that very thing that made her famous but who complains publicly every time a magazine shows a little nip *is not* someone to be admired here on TKB. Totes with you on that. But here’s the thing: Kim Kardashian, anti-modern-day-heroine that she is, definitely knows how to rock a smokey eye. And that, ladies and gentlemen, happens to have been the look that inspired the makeup portion of today’s shoot. And HOLY FACE, BATMAN, this girl looks GOOD.
K, moving on…
Today’s feature, submitted by beyond phenomenal boudoir photographer, Courtney Dellafiora – aka The Boudoir Vixen – is rocketing my socks straight off of my feet. The shoot redefines traditional notions of ‘bridal boudoir’ and therefore makes my heart sing.
Here’s the thing; as we’ve discussed before, not every young lady is totes at ease with the idea of romping around in her skivvies on white linen sheets in the nicest hotel in town. It’s a fact. And, while I do love jaunting around half-naked in my own apartment, because where else can you do that? (that is, when the neighbors aren’t peeking in, which seems to have become ALWAYS, which is both frustrating and highly unsettling) I don’t even know if I’m all that comfortable with stripping down to my nothings in front of someone with a high definition camera snapping my every move. And I’m essentially the boudoir blogger, people. So yeah, I get the hesitations many of us feel.
Well, as always, I’m interested in making you feel better about your body, and feeling more at ease about a shoot of this nature, and that’s where today’s feature comes in!
If you don’t want to get – get NAKED (ugh, I think that was a Tommy Lee reference. barf) that’s not the end of your boudoir dreams. Because, instead, you can throw on a pretty cami and a long full tulle skirt, search out a rustic venue and BAM, you’ve reconceptualized (a word?) what it means to have yourself your very own boudoir session. P.S. – it’s not just about those three elements, of course; a fantastic photog is SOOOO KEY. I’m telling you. And, personally, I highly recommend great makeup and hair, because don’t you just want to rock it out of the park, grand slam style?
Now, soak up the inspiration…
Here are some words from Courtney on how this shoot came alive:
I had an idea to create a shoot themed around a “modern, rocker bride.” I wanted to do something a little different than the normal white/cream dress you normally see on a bride. I LOVE rock music and I love fashion and bridal couture. I wanted to combine all of those elements and create something different and beautiful, and prove that you can be different, but still elegant and stunning as a bride. I immediately thought of sweet Jewel to play the part. I knew she would be just perfect to make my vision come to life. I asked my mom to make a black tulle skirt and we then paired it with one of Jewel’s tops and belts to create the “wedding dress” for the shoot. It came out better than I even imagined!!
I asked the genius Valerie of Southern Fete Event Planning to make a bouquet for me. I didn’t want real flowers.. I wanted different. I explained the theme I was going for and inspiration in my mind, and she of course delivered the most amazingly creative bouquet made of black lace and feathers! I wanted to be able to show that a bouquet can be creative as well. It doesn’t have to look like every other bouquet and Val proves that. I gave her a challenge and it pushed her to be creative, and in the end… turned out AMAZING and better than I could have hoped. I knew she would deliver as she ALWAYS does. I love her creativity!
I asked my sweet, dear friend and dream team member of my studio, Courtney Davis, to do Jewel’s hair/makeup for the shoot. I explained my ideas and told her I imagined Jewel’s makeup being a smokey “Kim Kardashian” eye with hints of gold. She OF COURSE brought that to life and created a masterpiece on Jewel’s face and with her hair. I have said this before and I will say it again and again…. Courtney Davis is a hair/makeup genius!!! She is truly THE most incredibly talented stylist I have ever worked with. And I can say that in full confidence because I have worked with many. Not only is she good at what she does, but she is ALWAYS reliable and professional. Brides, don’t settle when it comes to your hair/mu for the wedding day… I have seen that happen WAY TOO MANY TIMES and it’s never a good thing. Never. Hire Courtney. ; ) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am SO proud of the result of this shoot. Pushing myself to be creative from time to time as an artist is so crucial to staying fresh and keeping my passion for photography alive. The photos are some of my favorites I have ever taken. I am so grateful that God made me an artist. I wouldn’t have it any other way and I truly give Him all of the credit for creating me with this gift that hold so dear to my heart and don’t take lightly.
Hey, Bambino… you’re with me on Kim Kardashian, right? She’s like, so totally ridiculous.
Did you seriously just wake me up from my Kim Kardashian dream? Could you not tell that I was deeply enjoying myself? Did that ear to ear smirk not give it away?
So NO, Alison. No, I’m not “with you” on that. I happen to like her… I happen to like her very, very much.
Sigh. Aright now that I’m up, let’s play, I guess. Or something.
Well, anyway, as I was saying…
I’m seriously loving the hell outta this shoot, not only because it’s so off the beaten path of what we traditionally imagine boudoir to be, but because it’s so EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL AND SUPERBLY EXECUTED!
What think you?
xoxo! – Alison
Hair/Makeup: Courtney Davis of Kiki’s Consulting / Bouquet created by: Valerie of Southern Fete