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Behind the Scenes of a Boudoir Shoot

If you’ve ever thought about doing a Boudoir Couture session, i’m sure you’re wondering what it’s like. Not knowing what to expect can be very daunting and until you do they shoot you don’t realise how easy it can actually be.

Boudoir Couture is all about how you feel and not what you wear, it’s created to make you feel empowered, feminine, beautiful and believe in your self. It’s part of a longer journey in self appreciation and one that is so much fun.

With that in mind, one of our lovely Boudoir clients gave us permission to shoot some behind the scenes footage of her session and now we can share that with you.

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Behind the scenes of a Boudoir Couture photoshoot

 

 

Gaye Moore’s Business Headshot

So Gaye needed some images for her www.fookfifty.com website (#Fookfifty) and like any business headshot firstly you’ve got to find out what is the message you want to get across in your images. For Gaye it was professional, approachable and classical. We chatted about wardrobe to make sure we get the right look (block colours, no patterns).

Our makeup artists Alison of Wedding Heaven did a wonderful job on Gaye’s makeup, choosing products that are suitable for a more mature skin type. Here is the prescription she created for Gaye:

Makeup Prescription recommended by Alison

  • Vichy Dermalend Concealer
  • Dior Air Flash foundation 300
  • Mac Prep and Prime
  • Mac sheer lipstick, colour On Hold.

Your top Tips:

  1. Apply your concealer before your foundation for colour correction
  2. Only apply Dior Air Flash foundation up to top of cheekbone sprayed on to a stippling brush and gently applied.
  3. Apply under eye concealer colour 90 from Inglot under your eye.
  4. Use pink blush colour Dainty from Mac to add colour to your face.
  5. Finally use Mac Prep and Prime setting powder for ultimate finish.

We spent an hour capturing a number of images that are engaging and empowering, perfectly suitable for websites, social media and even printing. I adore the section below which was Gaye’s choice, a great selection that will last a few years.

  

Check out the gallery for more heashots here http://evabirdthistle.com/galleries/headshots/ 

Top Tips for your Boudoir Couture photoshoot

I was thinking recently about what top tips I could give clients on how to prepare for their Boudoir Couture shoot. There is of course all the usual stuff like:

  • drink loads of water
  • get loads of sleep
  • use loads of moisturiser

But if you’re a mad busy person (like me) them sometimes you forget or aren’t able to do some or all of the above.

We were in Dublin recently and I passed by one of my favourite stores, Lush, it’s one of those stores that you smell before you see it as you round the corner at the end of Grafton Street. Myself and his nibs popped in, he went straight for the Dragons Egg bath bomb as its one that gives him a relaxing buzz…. (weirdo).. I strolled through the store, inhaling the stunning sent and picking out my favourite purchases, such a relaxing buzz… (weirdo too)

A few days later as i was using said purchases i realised they are the perfect addition to your Boudoir preparation, but also for afterwards too. The two i want to pay particular attention to are Buffy & Angels on Bare Skin.

Now before i go any further… my skin is very sensitive (like myself 😛 ) and i’m prone to eczema, so there is a lot of body scrubs i can not use, actually most of them. So if i use something that gives amazing results and doesn’t aggravate my skin then i’m onto a winner! I also want to mention, in no way did Lush sway me with payment to write this but of course i would take any products as a thank you 😛

Buffy is a body scrub with a difference, it gently exfoliates while leaving a gorgeous silky feel to skin when dry, even after it’s first use. And if you’re in a hurry you don’t need to moisturise afterwards. So it saves time too, woohoo!

Angels on Bare Skin – of my good gawd, it’s truly like angels descended from heaven and gave you the gift of baby skin, wowzer! A gentle cleanser for your face that smells like you’ve stepped out of a spa.

All there products are made from Fresh ingredients and not tested on animals so you can cleanse and moisturise with confidence.

So from now on I’m going to recommend the above with my usual suspects:

  • drink loads of water
  • get loads of sleep
  • use loads of moisturiser
  • Scrub with buffy
  • Heavenly skin with Angels on Bear Skin

You can check out their website https://uk.lush.com or head to their shops in Cork or Dublin. I once did a Lush4Limerick campaign a few years back but still no sign of them, tis alright I love the annual trip to Cork.

Eva x

 

New Couture Studio

So February we started shooting in our new Couture studio in Annacotty. A few months ago i decided that I wanted to give clients more in their Couture experience but knew that the city was not the place for this. We began creating an environment that would be a little touch of luxury in a quiet location. Check out our video below for a steal peek…

 

 

Love is not just for Valentine’s Day

When I think of Valentine’s Day I think of smushy greeting cards, terrible poems and a dozen roses…. yuck! Why do we have to express love one day of the year? Why not every day? And where should our love begin… with ourselves of course!

So how can you express self appreciation? Start with giving yourself a compliment, think of something you really like about yourself and say it out loud. Right so, how about practising it every day… not so easy to remember is it, you’ll be great for the first few days and then you soon forget? So try this… get your phone out and put an alarm on your phone for an obscure time of day. And when it goes off, stop what you’re doing and give yourself a compliment, simple! The best Valentine gift you can give yourself this February is to start loving yourself first!

Char’s Boudoir Shoot

You may have read a post on Facebook recently about our lovely client Char, won Miss Photogenic at Miss Plus Size UK, I’m obviously biased cause I think she rocks it in front of the camera. Read what she had to say about her recent Boudoir Couture shoot.


What made you decide to do the Boudoir Couture session?

I’ve always been drawn to do a boudoir shoot. I wanted to do something where I felt sexy, empowered and  to embrace the curves I tried to hide for so many years. For years I looked at magazines and seen pictures of glamorous strong women who just embodied everything a woman should stand for and it just clicked one day that I was going to become if not try to be just like those women.

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How did you feel before the Boudoir Couture session?

If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t nervous. When you find a photographer who chats to you before the shoot and just makes you completely at ease there is actually nothing to be nervous about. Its taken a long time and I’m confidently happy in my own skin. I am human though and of course I have my off days, I look in the mirror sometimes and think I should try change things but no body is perfect and that is completely normal. I also thought if I turn up to this shoot nervous it’ll reflect in my photos and I didn’t want that. I choose to embrace it and that’s exactly what I did.

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How did you feel after the Boudoir Couture session?

The shoot was so much fun and I honestly didn’t want it to end, and after it was finished I told myself this wouldn’t be the last boudior shoot I would do. I felt exactly how a woman should feel about herself – confident, sexy and most of all happy.

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How did you feel when you saw your images?

I was speechless. I couldn’t believe the woman I was looking at was me. When you are having fun and happy it really shows in the pictures and it also helps to have a super talented photographer like Eva 🙂

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What would you say to someone who is considering doing the Boudoir Couture session?

My advice would be not to be scared and go for it, even if your not 100% happy in your own skin, the boudoir experience will open your eyes and show you how beautiful you really are no matter what you shape, size or age. You will go home that evening with the biggest smile and a spring in your step. It is such an empowering feeling to stand in front of a camera and feel beautiful. Most women I know are so busy with their every day lives that they forget how to feel beautiful and sexy, and some have never felt that way at all. A boudoir shoot will make you feel all of that and more. One thing I will say is to never tell yourself that you’ll do one when you lose weight. Embrace the body you have and give it all you got.

 

So precious

For the last few days I’ve been trying to come to terms that my little baby will no longer be a child as Friday she turns 18. I never had a problem turning my significant ‘ages’ (30, 40..) but for some reason I am finding this a little sad.

For 18 years I have dedicated myself to doing the right thing by her. Anytime I was making a decision I would always think about how it would impact on her first. I know she still needs me and will for a while to come but even thinking that my baby is all grown up just brings a tear to my eye.

I’m so happy that I captured so many images of her growing up as these moments are so precious. I used to point my lens towards her face so much that once she asked me to stop, she was about 11. But when she went to secondary school she told me she didn’t mind me taking her photo again, you can imagine my delight, woohoo.

So last weekend we captured a grown up portrait of her to mark this transition, it was then, when I saw her portrait on my laptop, I realised this was big. This marks a time that she moves from being a child to a young woman, I could even see it in her face, how it has changed since I last photographed her. I’ve begun to look at her differently too, she is now a woman, with her own choices to make, ok I will use the “you’re under my roof” parenting tool, but maybe just a little less.

Make sure you capture those moments, they are so precious and pass by so fast.

Eva x

You are Beautiful

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“You are beautiful, it’s my job to make you feel it”. Whether you choose a Couture or Boudoir photoshoot I believe that all my clients should feel amazing after their session. It’s a mantra I live by so much so that today we organised for a local artist to hand paint the quote above our gorgeous throne. So anytime you visit you know that more than anything we will do everything in our skill and power to make sure you leave knowing how beautiful you truly are.

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#youarebeautiful #couturesession #boudoircouture

What to wear

This post is a guide to what to wear for your photoshoot, it is most important that over anything else you are comfortable on the day. Ok i don’t really recommend tracksuit and t-shirt, but if you’re wearing something you don’t feel good in then it will show in your portrait. 🙂

First off, decide whether you want to be photographed in a casual look, a little dressier or even in that WOW outfit! If you are being photographed with other family members, make sure that you look similar in style but not matching, as each of you are unique and should dress accordingly. 

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Avoid patterns and choose block colours instead, as your eye gets drawn to pattern and you should be the focus of your photo. Details such as lace sleeves or lace necklines are stunning! Sequins, V-Necks, semi-fitted tops or dresses are gorgeous to photograph too and so complimentary to every body shape.

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Before your shoot try everything on and make sure it fits comfortably. Repair any faults, steam, iron or launder your outfit before your shoot. Give your nails a polish and don’t forget your accessories.

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If you have any questions feel free to give me a shout, talk soon.

Eva

What she Wears

So we headed to Kerry this weekend to celebrate my Mum’s 79th Birthday. I can’t believe she is one year off 80, she certainly doesn’t look it or act it. I suppose that is part of the times we live in, you no longer have to act a certain way when you get older. I remember when I was a kid, once a woman reached 60 she wore matching knitted skirts & tops with flat shoes. Today I love to see women carving out their own path, wearing what they want and not bowing to what was once convention.

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Boudoir Couture at 78

I remember asking my Mum years ago how was her skin so beautiful and she said her Mum told her not to put soap & water near her skin, only cleanse & moisturise and she has been doing it ever since. (and so have I)

I asked her what was the best advice she would give today and what she has learnt over the years to keep her skin looking amazing.

When she was about 15 she started off with Ponds Cold Cream as her daily routine, it was the only thing that was really available then. She also wore far too much makeup back then too, with her then boyfriend telling her he could “shovel it off her face”. Eeek.

Once she got married and started her family she couldn’t afford and didn’t have time for her makeup. She moved on to Oil of Ulay (now Olay) when it first came out and would experiment with different types of moisturisers, basically whatever she could afford. It was around this time she stopped using soap & water and began cleansing her face morning & night.

Now a days she just cleanses (Clarins), uses a serum (No7) and moisturises (Clarins), “these aren’t cheap, but you only need a pea size amount so it lasts ages”. As she does a lot of outdoor activity she also applies SPF 50+ La Roche tinted Fluid every day before she goes out, she also swears by lip balm.. “I don’t go anywhere without it” she tells me.

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Couture Photoshoot at 76

I asked her what advice would she give a woman in their 30’s onwards, she replied “as your skin changes you need to change the products you are using, you don’t have to buy the most expensive or the big brands. Don’t listen to what someone else uses, everyone has different skin, experiment, get samples, go with what suits you today. ”

I asked her was drinking loads of water part of her keeping her skin hydrated… “I don’t drink enough water, about 3 glasses a day. I much prefer a glass of bubbly, Prosecco on a normal day and Champagne for a special occasion” Gosh, I certainly picked up a few of my Mum’s traits.

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Louise and I helping Mum celebrate her 79th Birthday

Happy Birthday Mum and thanks for your advice. Right I’m off to buy some Factor 50 and a bottle of Prosecco  xxx