It’s good for a photographer to do something a little different every now and then to stretch our creative muscles and to avoid burn out. I’m so excited to share the photos from my stylized Victorian inspired boudoir shoot. I teamed up with one of my fabulous hair and makeup artists, Kim King, for this unique session. It’s so much fun to be able to create a look that is completely different that what we normally do. Some of the photos were on the more dainty, Victorian, side and some of them were more along the lines of an Old West, Saloon Girl theme.
I purchased the gloves and the choker necklace on Amazon.com. The feathers for her hair were found at a local craft store. I already had the pink corset in my studio wardrobe. For the dress form placed in the background, I used a lace dress I already had and folded the top part of the dress down so it was just a skirt. I added a frilly button-up shirt for the top that I found at Goodwill and completed it with a piece of ribbon for a belt. I just wanted it to look like an old Victorian dress in the background.
I also had this black corset in my studio wardrobe and I always thought it looked a little too “Country Western” for a normal boudoir session. But it worked great for this themed shoot!
I was able to borrow a few props, such as the gun (it’s a toy), the holster, and the vintage hat you’ll see below from a local business who sometimes travels to retirement homes and offers free vintage photos for the residents. They were so kind to allow me to borrow them for my shoot.
I’m not anything close to being a seamstress. But I know just enough about sewing to be dangerous. I made this little skirt and I really love how it turned out for the photos. Just don’t ask me to make another one because I probably couldn’t repeat it. Haha!
The model for this shoot, Kimberly, found these adorable bloomers online.
I made this bustle, too, and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. I worked so great for this shoot.
If you are interested in doing a stylized shoot that is different than what most people do, just contact me with your idea and we can make it come true!
Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon