Do you ever want to do something so bad, but you're not sure how people will perceive it? I've been going through that for a while with photography. First, I started out as a "photographer for the masses". There wasn't anything I would turn down in exchange for experience. Then as I began working more and more, I began defining my aesthetic and defining my passion. The kind of passion that wakes me up at 3 a.m. to get out of bed and start my workday. I realized in order to get ahead, I needed to pass on what didn't ignite my fire. Love stories are it for me. Engagements, weddings, maternity... LOVE. I especially love working with women. It is powerful when we uplift one another and share our positive energy and focus.
Because of this love, a little while back, I quietly began shooting boudoir. As I dipped my toe in the water I searched around for inspiration from others doing what I wanted to do. What I found is there is a whole lotta junk out there -- the over-done, slapped-on-blurring-filter boudoir that looks straight out of the 80's (and does not remotely look like the real person); the stuff that looks like a creeper guy with a camera and/or cell phone who shoots on occasion (and say's things like "yeahhhh honey" & "that's it babe"); or the images that look like they are just shot for men (Come on! Women do not need to be draped across a motorcycle, car, or train tracks to make them look good!).
As with my wedding photography I felt after seeing all the junk, I got pretty worked up and wanted to set out to create a brand that represents fine art, boutique experiences and that always makes a woman feel so good about celebrating her body. The sensuality comes from focusing on a woman's subtlties -- the nape of her neck, her fingers, her smile, and all the things she loves about herself. From a technical standpoint, body placement and vodoo lighting (it's kind of magical when you know how to use it!) will make or break a photo. Good make up and hair styling is key as well, and I have been so fortunate to work with some of the finest artists. The work featured here is of Jessica Rockwell of Jessica Rockwell Hair & Makeup and Lisa Boehm of Lisa Boehm Beauty also work as a collective at Paper Dolls NW. I don't just adore their work, I love the way they make women feel too -- and that makes them my go-to.
The process of putting this all together means that this is a very hands on role, and I am involved in every phase. This is something I adore because I get to work with women in a wildy creative field. It makes me so happy and fulfilled. So there was my answer to the conundrum of whether my wedding photgraphy brand would support boudoir... Of course, because it feels authentic. And so, today I am launching an arm of Christina Servín Photographs, A Luxury Boudoir Boutique! I have several locations to shoot from including elegant hotels, a home studio, or even within the privacy of your home.
I see how uniquely beautiful we all are, and I am here to honor and celebrate it. And one more thing, I think we're sold a bunch of baloney that we should do a boudoir shoot for our man, or partner. I say, doitforyourowndamnself. Seriously! Celebrate the decades, health, your inner sexy, milestones (your new baby body?! reaching a fitness goal!). Do this for YOU and nobody else. If you decide to gift your man a sexy album or decorate his man cave with the images, then he is just one lucky guy, but I firmly believe that where this all starts and ends is with you.
Happy Weekend! xo
MODELS | Violet | @thevioletleft |
Jalissa | @xojuicyjai |