Today we shot the first four women in my new series, Underneath, We Are... Women.
It was a day of excitement, nerves and excitement and NERVES and finally ending in mostly EXCITEMENT!
The women each came into the studio, knowing only that they would be photographed in their underwear. What they didn't predict was how much they would enjoy the entire 'experience'.
They entered the studio feeling scared, nervous, unsure, reluctant but all left the studio feeling brave, empowered, proud and confident!
Each woman had her own reservations about her participation in the project but each were surprised and taken aback by how they looked in their photographs. Seeing the reactions of each woman as they saw their images on the screen made me realise and reassure even myself as to why I am shooting this project!
To ensure that each women received an experience that matched that of a high fashion lingerie campaign shoot, we brought in the incredibly talented Natasha Keneally. Natasha gave each of our ladies just a little dose of fabulousness in the form of her hair and makeup expertise. She made certain that each woman looked AND felt amazing before her shoot.
With the girls ready to go, we asked each woman to de-robe and jump in front of the camera. This was easily the most confronting part of the day. Letting go of your inhibitions, stepping waaaaaay outside your comfort zone and literally baring all. But that was the hard part done! With a healthy dose of relatively eclectic 90's music blaring in the background, the girls soon got into the swing of things. They let go. They laughed and giggled. They got cheeky. They got sexy. And, they got confident!
We rounded up the day with amazing conversations, Tim Tams, and general feelings of "well heck, now that I've taken my kit off and been photographed in my undies...bring it on world!".