It's 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and we are just strolling the streets of Dallas in a black sheer silk midi skirt on a Sunday afternoon in January.
The life of an editorial boudoir photographer.
Yes, this how I typically spend my Sundays, shooting beautifully designed lingerie on gorgeous women.
We actually shot this set on January 3rd, a day after my birthday.
This perfect day produced some of the most beautiful photos have I have taken so far this year (considering it was day 3 at the time. LOL).
On this unusually warm January day Celina, Jazzy, and I took to the the streets of Dallas and hit up the least likely places that anyone would find us, a grungy alley and a forgotten about parking garage. You must find beauty anywhere.
BOUDOIR IN AN ALLEY
Our first stop was a tiny alley between two Dallas staple restaurants. I wanted to shoot in a place that was super dark and moody. We originally planned to sneak into a building in the West End District that housed this beautiful 20’s style elevator… but they closed down that building for the weekend. Good thing Celina shot in this area before and remembered this particular alley from years prior. We squeezed between the cracks of two buildings to shoot some of the best dark and moody images I have done in a very long time.
We thought were were being so sneaky and clever shooting in this alley.
Keyword was thought.
Turns out the owner of one of the adjacent restaurants put a camera up in that back of his building. He came out to tell us about it and how he typically keeps the gate locked but forgot that day. But he gave us permission to continue shooting. I guess he saw a beautiful woman in lingerie, a girl with a camera, and a fabulous makeup artist and assumed that we would be no threat. He could have been a total jerk about the whole thing with good reason, but he was so cool.
We only shot for about 15 minutes in that super narrow alley. Honestly it was probably only 2 feet wide, if that. But it was surprisingly super clean and didn't smell at all.
I love how the cast of the old stone reflected a moody rainbow on Celina's body. The whole thing was dank, dark, and beautiful.
I admire the juxtaposition of such a beautiful outfit against a worn down background really made Celina pop.
DANCING ON ROOFTOPS IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS
Next we headed to an empty parking garage in the middle of Downtown Dallas. Celina brought this BEAUTIFUL black sheer bodysuit for this part of the session. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a good bodysuit. There is just something so understated and sexy about them.
Celina also brought along a black lace rabbit ear mask. If you guys remember about a year ago I shot in another lace rabbit mask. There is just something about the whole rabbit year thing that I love. (hence the logo)..
I posed Celina in a lot of power poses because the city of Dallas is such a strong background and we needed Celina to express that as well.
One of my favorite shots is Celina standing in front of the Statler Hotel. They are rebuilding and reoccupying this iconic building later this fall.
While Celina and the City of Dallas play such strong characters in this photo story it has to be mentioned that Jazzy did an amazing job softening up the look a bit by doing a bold yet soft eye. Blue is the color he wanted to play with because the sky was so clear and he wanted the look to pop against Celina's eyes.
I am so in love with how amazing these photos turned out. Especially since we shot in the dead of day. In photographer world that is a major no no. However this year I decided that I am going to throw caution to the wind and shoot in all the ways we are told not too. I am so tired of following the rules because the people who have made history are the ones who changed it. I’m going against the grain.
Can we talk about how BEAUTIFUL Celina looked against the Indigo Hotel for minute? Yes ma’am! That is ALL her! I’m sure the guest of the hotel has a blast watching us shoot her in such a beautiful location.
I mean CHECK out this video we made. Can we say love?
If you want a rundown of what Jazzy used on the eyes and the rest of Celina’s then check out his blog post from our shot that day.
Thank you guys for joining on this beautiful photo diary of Celina’s session. Be sure to keep following as we will have MANY more sessions planned and popping up this year!
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