I first met Bryan Peterson in June 2010 when I attended his workshop in Edmonton, Alberta. It was during that workshop, when he was telling me about an upcoming form shoot he had, that I decided I would like to do a boudoir/fine art nude/form shoot – and it would be ultra cool if Bryan (whom I like very much and who is an extraordinary photographer) would be the one to do it. Fast forward to June 2011 and there I was in Bryan Peterson’s Chicago studio with my makeup on and not much else!
People have varying opinions on this type of shoot, but I felt really comfortable about my personal and professional reasons for wanting to do it: I thought it would be a wonderful keepsake for me (I’m not getting any younger!); a beautiful and intimate anniversary gift for my husband; and the only way to truly know what it feels like to be on the other end of the lens.
Over the past year I have done shoots for women who wanted to capture a meaningful time in their lives. The reasons women have for doing a shoot like this may vary greatly – whether it’s during pregnancy, after a significant weight loss, having a milestone birthday (which, let’s face it, aren't always by the decade!), after surviving an illness or accident, or just ‘cause they want to feel the freedom that is inherent in this experience – but, I can assure you, there is one constant theme: the woman’s desire to evidence her innate beauty.
|Photo by B. F. Peterson|
And so, now that I’ve provided you the background to the story, I’d like you to join me for the upcoming few blogs where I will speak candidly about this experience, both as a woman and as a photographer.
Stay tuned for Chapter 1 – The Personal Journey!
Life is good!