Tattoos & Boudoir

I love visually stunning tattoos. They can tell a story about who you are, who or what you love, and it gives the outside world a glimpse at the sort of personality you might have. Perhaps I love tattoos so much because I don’t have any myself, but whatever the reason, I always love taking photos of women with ink.

I once did a photo session with a girl who had a gorgeous tattoo on her back, she asked me if I could please edit out her tattoo in post processing. I was so disappointed, but it was a good lesson to me that not everyone is proud of their body art, so I now ask all of my tattoo’d clients if they are okay with me photographing their tattoos. Sometimes I’m met with a scoff, and “Yeah why wouldn’t you?” and other times I’m told they would prefer their tattoos weren’t in the pictures. Here are just a few pictures to show you how great tattoos and boudoir photography go together. So before your next lingerie photo shoot, consider if you really want to cover those inked stories.

 

 

 

PRETTY IN PLUM! Eyes For Spring

Makeup Tutorial

If you’ve kept your prettiest pastel shades of makeup locked up all winter long, listen up! Warmer weather is just around the corner and it’s high time you jail break your most colourful palette and ring in the spring with this soft purple smoky eye! Nothing says spring time like a purple-y plum, and the best news is, this shade will make your peepers really pop, no matter your eye colour…

Here’s what you’ll need:

Regardless of the look you’re going for, you’ll always want to prep and prime your lids and lower lashline with a hydrating eye cream and your favourite eyeshadow primer for all day wear.

As far as shadows go, you’ll want to grab a base shade in your skin tone to prep the eyelid, a medium coloured pinky-beige matte shade to lightly shape the eye, a dark plummy matte to enhance the eye and add some soft smoke and a shimmery pinky or purple-y shade to brighten up the eye and add some sparkle. Feel free to make your own colour combinations- this look would work just as well in any shade- from navy to neutral!

I used three liners for this look – but you can achieve similar results with just one. A deep plum or aubergine pencil will really tie this look together, but you can opt for brown or black if you prefer.

Don’t forget your eyelash curler and favourite mascara to finish your look!

Step 1: PRIME AND PREP:

Prep your eye area with a hydrating eye cream to keep your look fresh and comfortable all day long.

Prime your lids from lash line to brow bone using your favourite eye shadow base. Don’t forget to prime your lower lash line to make smudging and blending easier later on, and to keep your look in place!

Set your primer with a base eye shadow shade that matches your skin tone by patting the shadow from crease to brow bone. I like to leave the lid freshly primed so that colour adheres better in the next steps.

Step 2: SOFTLY SHAPE

Take your medium pinky-beige matte shade and sweep it through the crease, just under your orbital bone using a fluffy blending or crease brush. This step will add shape and soft definition to the eye and will also act as a transition to help with blending later on.

Remember that the area of the eye where you first place your brush will end up with the most pigment. For this reason, I like to start at the outside corner of the eye and sweep the shadow inwards with deliberate strokes of the brush. Everyone has their own blending style, but I tend to avoid a back and forth “windshield wiper” motion, as this can cause the colour to deposit unevenly.

Step 3: DEFINE AND LIFT:

Using a small, dense brush, pick up your darkest plum shade. You’ll first want to place the shadow at the outside corner of the eye in a “V” shape to create a lifted effect.

Step 4: DIFFUSE THE COLOR

Choose a small blending brush to diffuse the colour, using short strokes to eliminate any harsh lines. Be sure to keep the smoke on the outer third of the eye – this will open up the eyes and make them appear larger and more lifted!

Step 5: ENHANCE THE LID

Choose a small or medium flat shadow brush, depending on the size of your eyes. Pick up your shimmery shade on one side of the brush and press the colour over the mobile lid. You can use your fingertips to pack some additional sparkle onto the center of the lid for more intensity.

Step 6: BRIGHTEN UP (optional)

I chose to highlight the inner corners of my eyes to help brighten up the look. This is a great technique if you have close set eyes to help them to appear more balanced. Using a domed shadow brush, pick up your favourite highlighter or light shimmery shadow and place it in the inner corner or the eye to enhance.

Use the same shade to highlight the brow bone, just under the arch of the brow.

 

Step 7: LINE AND REFINE

I first lined my top lash line with a creamy black pencil and then softened the liner with some of the deep plum shadow that I used in step 3. I prefer to keep the line thin and close to the lashline to keep the look soft enough for daytime wear.

For an extra pop of purple, I lined my lower lashline with a purplish pencil just at the root of the lashes, and again, softened with shadow. You can use any colour of liner for this step, or even skip it for a more subtle eye look.

To brighten up the eye and keep the look balanced, I added a waterproof lilac coloured pencil just to the waterline on the lower lash line.

To ensure your liner stays put in the inner rim of the eye, first line the area generously. Wait 15-30 seconds for the liner to set, and then go over a second time to seal the colour in place.

Step 8: FINISH AND FINESSE

Curl and prep your lashes as your normally would.

I chose to finish the look with 2 thin coats of a lengthening black mascara, but aubergine or navy lashes would really add dimension and a colour popping effect if you have some on hand!

I love to pair plums on the eyes with soft pinks and berries on the rest of the face. A natural flush on the cheeks and a swipe of your favourite pinky hued lip gloss will keep the overall look balanced.

Here’s to warmer weather, bluer skies and makeup looks that put a SPRING in your step!

Makeup Tutorial

Boudoir Photography – What You’re Too Afraid To Ask

It’s normal to be curious about the photo shoots everyone seems to be talking about. You’ve probably been considering having a session done for a while now, but you’ve got some questions burning on your mind. We asked some brave women what questions came to mind before their session that they were too shy to ask. Hopefully this will help clear the air.

 

1. How much ‘downstairs grooming’ are most girls doing for these photo shoots?

Let me start by saying that we absolutely do not judge how warm you like to keep yourself. When it comes to the bikini area I can’t say that there isn’t a particular ‘trend’ happening in the grooming department. I always recommend staying true to yourself and the way your partner (if you have one) knows you. If you opt to wax be sure to do it a few days prior to your session, and I do recommend waxing over shaving as razor burn is not flattering. Also note that unless you’re having some nudes done there is very good chance your lingerie choice will cover everything you want covered.

2. How “suggestive” can I get with these photographs?

Every photographer has their own rules, or policy regarding suggestive or provocative photos. Here at All Things Pink Photography we have found ways to pose you to look like you’re doing something naughty, without you actually having to do it. For example, a hand on your inner thigh will look like it is somewhere hotter from the right camera angle. We will not take graphic photos, but we are happy to work with you to give you the sexy images you’re after without going into the raunchy zone.

3. I have specific insecurities, can anything be done?

All women have something about themselves that they wish they could hide. The good news is that if I know what your insecurity is before taking your photo, I can do something about it. If you don’t tell me, I can’t help, but trust me I have heard it all so don’t be embarrassed. Posing, lighting, and makeup help tremendously with every body issue that has come through our doors, we are here to help you love yourself inside and out!

4. I’m really nervous, I have no idea what I’m doing, what can I do to prepare?

Very few people who have boudoir photos taken have ever done anything like it before. It is my job as your photographer to make sure you’re comfortable, make sure you look amazing, and pose you from head to toe. It’s normal to feel nervous, I don’t care if you’ve never had your pictures taken before – in fact I prefer it because you likely haven’t picked up any bad habits! The best thing to do to prepare is learn as much about the experience as you can, ask questions, look at photos and watch videos. We are often afraid of the unknown so understanding what to expect can make a big difference.

5. I’m uncomfortable being in my underwear/nude in front of a stranger, are you judging me?

I remember one particular boudoir session, I was buckling a women’s garter belt to her stocking and she made a comment about how I must get a lot of butts in my face (hahaha). I actually didn’t even notice her butt, I was so focused on my task at hand! I realize that all she was likely thinking was oh my god, she is looking at my butt, what does she see? What I was thinking, however, was that these stupid garter buckles are such a pain to connect, and desperately hoping the client didn’t think I was taking too long to buckle them! Until you’re the one that deals with naked people on a daily basis it’s hard to understand that truly I don’t care, I don’t judge, and the only one aware of your state of undress is you. It’s not just that my team and I are desensitized, while that is probably true, the more accurate explanation is that we have a job to do. Our only train of thought, and our only focus is giving you the best damn photo you’ve ever had of yourself.

 

Cheesecake Pin Up Photography

What is “cheesecake” pinup? The origins of the term cheese cake pin up are quite unknown. The best speculation goes back to a photograph taken of a girl whose dress was lifted slightly up her leg. The photo was taken by a photographer who worked for a magazine and the story claims that when the editor saw the photograph he proclaimed “why, this is better than cheesecake!”. While that is the best story I’ve heard pertaining to the origins of the coined phrase, there is some doubt worldwide. Some think it comes from the phrase “beefcake” but with a feminine twist, others think it’s because the poses are “cheesy”.

Whatever the truth is, this style of pinup photography can be identified as peek-a-boo pinup, where the subject is making exaggerated facial expressions as parts of her body (typically her legs and rump) are “accidentally” exposed giving the viewer an “innocent” peek.