June 6, 2021
Kelsey is a green-haired goddess bringing sensuality and softness to her self-love boudoir session. We have been working together as friends and fellow creative for about six years now, and her confidence is infectious. I love photographing Kelsey because she trusts not only me but herself. She wore a few Fenty pieces of her own and also borrowed from our inclusive boudoir closet.
My approach to boudoir sessions is consent, first and foremost. The person in front of the camera not only deserves bodily autonomy but should make decisions on how their images are created. This is not to say I don’t assist! I coach you into posing and ensure you are comfortable before the picture is taken. From surveys to playlists, your session is a true celebration of yourself. Our goal was to capture the soft confidence Kelsey has and how she holds space by celebrating herself and being unapologetically who she is.
Self-love sessions are for everyone. There is no wrong moment to celebrate yourself. Kelsey is a great example of someone who has does these sessions to love her body and celebrate it. We work together closely to choose the lingerie she is wearing, the color of her hair, and the mood of the session. For this session, we went sensual, soft, dreamy, and a little moody. The afternoon light allowed us to create intimate moments and keep a bit of mystery in some of her photographs.
From Kelsey, “My experience has been overwhelmingly positive. You were the first person who helped make me feel beautiful and comfortable with my body.” During all sessions, it is important that the person in front of my camera feels comfortable. While Kelsey and I have worked together before the approach to her session was no different than a stranger in front of the camera. To this day, her boudoir session is easily one of my favorites.
This was Kelsey and I’s second boudoir session together. I asked if she had ever been nervous about her experience. She had this to say, “My first shoot I was just nervous! I had no idea what to expect and I was so worried about not being “model-y” enough. Alexis coached me through the nerves and was so enthusiastic! It was contagious and I was hooked.”
“Honestly, the editing. I love Alexis’s personality and I think she’s a great photographer, but those edits?!? My tattoo artists and my photographers need to know how to work with Black skin. I make no exceptions. Every time I see Alexis work with a Black person she shows that she knows how to highlight natural beauty, and accentuate undertones. She puts so much time into her work, and it shows.”