Networking has its benefits, as my latest client found out this week. Her photographer had let her down so she put out an SOS on Model Mayhem for someone to step in at the last minute. As I had a free day, and it was an opportunity to help out a local business, I offered my services.
The client for this boudoir shoot wasValkyrie Corsets, which specialises in beautiful burlesque and high quality bridal corsets, sold in boutiques throughout London and Brighton. Geraldine (the designer) was very relaxed, she gave me a brief outline and watched intently as I worked away. She wanted a selection of her latest corsets photographed on a model, and inside a studio ( just as well, as there was a torrential rainstorm while we were shooting!).
The makeup for the shoot was done by a Spanish lady living here in Brighton - Melanie Menendez. While she made up the model, I had an interesting chat with her about her career, living in the UK and about Spain. Her challenge today was to give the model two different looks and, even though time was against her, she managed it easily.
Kasia Mroz was our lovely model for the day. Originally from Poland, she now lives in Eastbourne, so had travelled along the coast for the shoot. She did a great job and once her nerves had settled she found her flow and became quite adventurous with poses and ideas - it's always good when models push themselves and actively get involved in the process.
As for the location, I used was the fabulous Velvet Goldmine Studio. I chose this studio not only because of its convenient location for all concerned, but also because of the opulent feel the studio would bring to the shoot. Philip (the owner) was on hand to ensure everything worked fine and offered pointers on using the different spaces within the studio. It was slightly more challenging than usual, as the studio had only one light to work with, but if Zack Arias could do it, so (hopefully) could I.
As we were wrapping up I had a flash of inspiration - to use the lush velvet curtains as a backdrop to the deep red corset and asked Kasia to pose freely, mixing it up each time the shutter went off. Given the trust and relaxed atmosphere we had built up, she comfortably created shape and form while still looking expensive and classy, a sign of a real professional. I am very happy with the results of the boudoir shoot we did in Brighton, if you would like to book a session you know who to call ;)