January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own. All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual. Would I book a boudoir shoot? Absolutely not.
But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot? Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat. Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot? Well, maybe I already have…
That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.
Cat says: Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.
I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.
For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.
I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.
Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.
The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.
Victoria Farr, Hair and Make Up Artist says: Working on The Sweet Reveal shoots with Cat allows me to be creative whilst following the inspiration and vision for the shoot. This shoot was originally inspired by warm, cosy and hot chocolate, so when we had the lovely Isabelle on board, who’s colourings suited this amazing brief, was just perfect. We wanted to have an editorial and fashion feel to the shoot, as Cat does with all her photography, so it was great to experiment with lip colours, hair and also the accessories/jewellery which we placed in and around the hair. I love how I am able to change the look with each piece of lingerie.
During our Sweet Reveal shoots, I stay with our client for the full shoot, providing both hair and make up whilst on set and also to provide a change for both too to give variation to the images. For me, I love to see how each woman’s confidence increases, as the shoot progresses and it’s so rewarding!
Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss says: Sheer Bliss were delighted to be involved and supply lingerie for the Winter Boudoir shoot. We took Cat’s mood board and chose lingerie that complemented the look cat wanted to achieve. So choosing lingerie with interesting textures, lines & looks. Having worked with Cat on a number of shoots I know that she shoots with lots of natural light so I chose lingerie that looked amazing on the skin whatever light it was shot in and also that had interesting details such as the shapes & lines on bras which add to the look and high waists always look great on a shoot like this as they compliment body contours and give a sassy & sophisticated look to lingerie.
We always attend shoots to make sure that the lingerie is perfectly fitted so to create the most perfect images that Cat so artistically manages to capture. We love being involved in these shoots and are delighted that Cat has chosen us to help her create these fabulous Boudoir dreams for her clients.
Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve says: Attention to detail and creativity are at the heart of my wedding planning business Eden & Eve, so it was really exciting to be asked by Cat to be part of her team on this gorgeous winter boudoir shoot. In the brief Cat said she wanted to create imagery that was ballet inspired. I loved the idea of making the ballet styling a bit more glamorous and found some stunning necklaces that we used as headpieces. The colours were a mixture of soft pinks and blush with tones of charcoal which made the ballet inspired feel a touch more edgy and high fashion.
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Photography: Cat Hepple Photography
Video: Story Of Your Day
Styling: Eden and Eve
Hair and Make Up: Victoria Farr
Lingerie: Sheer Bliss
For more details of Cat’s Sweet Reveal shoots, visit her website.
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…