For a few weeks, I’ve been hinting about a new facet to my photo biz that I’ve been working on. I’m so daggum excited to finally have officially begun my new division of Stacey Bode Photography! It’s called Cheeky Lamb, and it’s a slightly left-of-center take on boudoir photography, disguised as a way for me to get knee-deep in my shameless love of portrait photography. Oooh, here’s the logo….
My approach to boudoir photography is about mood and sensuality, not just boobs and butts. Don’t get me wrong, I think nude photography can be really beautiful. Howevah…..whenever I see a stunning photo that has naked action bits, that’s immediately where my eyes go. Can’t help it. We’re all drawn to anything we’ve been taught is taboo. As a photographer-slash-control freak, I want the viewer’s eyes to go exactly where I want them to go, which is typically the face. Hey, the face is naked, right? This is not to say that I’m against taking nude images. I’ve done it in the past, and would gladly include those types of images if someone requested them. I don’t want the significant others of my clients asking if it would have killed me to include just one naked photo.
My goal is to make anyone in front of my camera feel relaxed, special, and phenomenally gorgeous. With that said, allow me to introduce you to the very first cheeky lamb.
Tara completely embodies the spirit behind this whole idea. She’s fun, sassy, and bravely vulnerable. I suppose it also doesn’t hurt that she’s a natural beauty as well. If Tara is in a room full of people, the probability that you will be looking at her is very high. I’m sure there’s a mathematical equation for this. Let’s call it The Tara Theorem. You can’t argue with math.
We had a blast playing dress-up, listening to music, eating junk food, and taking lots of photos. Woo hoo! Tara, you totally rocked the face off this shoot.
Here are some of the fruits of our saucy labor….
Tara easily picked up on the mood of these shots. It’s rare when a photo turns out exactly how I imagine it in my head, but these are like someone stuck a USB port into my brain and hit the print button.
Enter, the jackalope. We heart the jackalope. We fear the jackalope. We don’t recommend touching the jackalope with your bare hands.
Here are a couple “behind the scenes” shots. This one I took using the reflection in the TV. Can you tell which one is me and which one is Tara? Hint, I’m the one who looks like a scuba diver.
Here’s Tara chillin’, with the ever fabulous Robin sayin’ hello. Y’all hear a lot about Robin on my blog. We second shoot with each other all the time, have weekly doggie play dates, and eat bagels together often. She was such a huge help throughout the shoot. She reads my mind before I do, and makes fun of me whenever possible. “Hey Stacey, I think this shot needs to be more creepy”. Did I mention she’s also the queen of sarcasm?
Tara may have the perfect profile. Kinda not fair.
I adore this next series because it really demonstrates the light side of Tara’s personality.
In the words of the late, great Robert Palmer….”It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough, you know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love”.
Tara, thank you so much for being ridiculously awesome, patient and willing. This actually isn’t the end to Tara’s photos. We had a second shoot that day with our pal Perry, and they wanted a “tandem” session. Their duo shoot and Perry’s images are coming soon….hooray!