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Chicago Pin Up Photoshoot | A retro inspired boudoir photo shoot.

A couple of months ago I picked up a book on pin up photography and fell in love. I have always been careful not to dip too much into themed photography as it isn’t my style, but this book was filled with simple setups and gorgeous posing. It didn’t feature the themed costuming I normally associate with pin up photography and it sparked my imagination!

An idea started to form and I knew that I wanted to go for a classy, modernized, slightly painterly, pin up inspired boudoir photoshoot! I waited for the perfect subject and planned everything out. Then Kelly was on the schedule - a tall dancer with red hair and retro vibes - the stars aligned!

I am so pleased with the images that I captured. My best work always starts with a vision. When I know what I am trying to achieve, I can practice the lighting and the posing ahead of time and I am more clear on styling and direction. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see a vision through.

If you are looking for modern pinup photography in chicago, I have you covered!


Summer Updates + 7 Boudoir Shoots in June!

June was an insanely busy month for me with 7 boudoir photo shoots! My schedule was packed full with planning, editing, ordering products, and general management. Things have slowed down a bit now and I am taking some time to make a plan for what’s next!

My schedule was actually a little bit too busy for my liking. I am not the kind of person who enjoys working nonstop. I love taking portraits but I need to make sure I also take time to work on creative projects. Here’s what I have planned for the rest of the summer:

  • I started July with a creative shoot. It was just what I needed to push myself into new territory. I hate getting stuck in a rut! I was inspired by Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom - a book I found in the basement of a bookstore in downtown Chicago. I wanted to work on something inspired by Bunny’s pin-up photography. I ended up with something a little bit modern, a little bit sculptural - complete with the pin-up vibes I was after. I can’t wait to share that session on my blog, so keep a look out for it!

  • I have also been combing through my work and selecting images to submit to the next round of competitions. My first time submitting, I just wanted to see where I stood. Now I am hooked! Competitions are amazing creative deadlines and I plan on submitting twice as many images this time around. I wrote a post about my first submissions a few months ago. This new deadline is July 31st.

  • I’m thinking about deleting all of my social media. It seems blasphemous to mention out loud, but it’s something I have thought about a lot. I have spent more hours than I care to mention trying to move the needle on social media. I compare myself to other photographers, my work starts to take on this kind of “sameness” and I worry about how quickly I am reaching success. That combined with the fact that I have learned very little, gained almost zero new clients, and have an overwhelming sense of anxiety about the whole thing makes me feel like it’s time to forge a different path to success. I’ll keep you posted!

Here are some of my favorite captures from last months boudoir sessions:

Why Every Woman Should Experience a Boudoir Photo Shoot

Why Every Woman Should Experience a Boudoir Photo Shoot

A boudoir photo shoot is an experience that I think every woman should have - mostly because it pushes boundaries and expands your view of yourself. Here are just a few reasons why a boudoir shoot is something that should be on your bucket list!