Fun Idea for a Bachelorette Party (pass it on)

This is Gina. She was one of my first friends when I moved to SF and she is getting married in August. She currently lives in NY, but for her bachelorette party she decided to come Sonoma for a wine country weekend. Gina is one of the most positive and full of life people I have ever met. Life is always fun for Gina, so we wanted to plan a fun, Gina appropriate, weekend.

We did the whole wine tasting thing on Saturday and Gina wore her veil with plastic male body parts all day.

(holga photos: click photo to enlarge)

But we wanted something more…. something more memorable…. so as a surprise, we hired a burlesque dancer to come and teach us some moves (we thought it was a little more realistic than the pole dancing trend, seeing as not many of us have access to poles on a regular basis.) To help create the mood, the teacher wanted us in “appropriate clothing,” so we needed an excuse to tell Gina, why we had to dress up in boas, fishnets and slips.

Leave it to me, the photo obsessed, I decided the perfect solution would be to have a boudoir photo shoot beforehand, because Gina loves taking photos, and I thought she would enjoy getting to play. So we all bought her something fun to wear and we dressed her up. She pretended to protest a little, but eventually she gave in and had the Gina fun we were hoping for

The hardest part was getting everyone else to change into their sultry side. I would say this is a pretty conservative and modest group, so it took a little pushing and encouraging, but eventually everyone played along, got over their insecurities and we laughed a lot. And now everyone has a portrait as a souvenir of the weekend, which is an added bonus.

So if you are trying to think of something fun for your friend’s next bachelorette party, let me know, paige green the boudoir photo shoot photographer extraordinaire, is willing to travel.

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As a study in portraits… I love the comparison between these two. They are both so powerful and so different, even though the information in the photos is minimal… it is all about body language and eye contact. I am having fun with formal portraiture and I am slowly getting more comfortable at giving directions and slowing down…. yay for my Rolleiflex.

Femme Fatale….?

Recently, I was asked to join an art show, with the theme, Femme Fatale. And even though I wasn’t exactly sure what Femme Fatale meant, I said, “Yes please, count me in.” After a couple of hours googling the meaning, I found everything from Greek literature to photos of Pamela Anderson in a bikini. So I came up with a working definition… strong, sexy, female, who allures, yet maintains her independence and will do whatever it takes to remain independent and in control. Well, that’s the way I wanted to think about it. I am into strong females, but immediately I wanted to avoid the… vulnerable woman in her undies, looking sultry for the male audience. I wanted to blend genders roles and play with the role reversal idea. But that’s as far as I got with my previsualization

Then I heard a friend of mine had created his own burlesque act that he was starting to perform for select audiences… and the wheels in my brain started spinning. But even then I wasn’t able to say exactly what I wanted… but looking back now, there is no way I could have planned the photos we took together. With the help of Micah’s girlfriend, Teri, here’s what we came up with.

The problem now is deciding which photos to choose for the show…. any votes and comments are welcome!

I like these two as the ‘before’ photos.

Film versus digital again, this time the main difference is the shape of the photo… and I am having a hard time deciding between the two…. any thoughts?

This one is pretty much not going to make the cut, but I thought I would put it in and see if there were any votes for this one being in the show.

There are several digital variations of this one… but this is the only film one that I really like. It has a bizarre narrative feel to it. But I don’t know if it fits. OK… so I have to choose by tomorrow, so start casting your votes. Don’t worry about how many or what size… just tell me what you like and what you don’t.

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