I recently did an Old Hollywood Pin-Up shoot under my new brand, Bettie Bombshell Photography, with the glamorous Bettie Flash. Besides being a Pin-Up model, Bettie Flash is also a keen blogger and fitness mom, so naturally she blogged about her shoot with me, read all about it here;
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot with Bronwyn Stewart from Bettie Bombshell Photography. We went out to French Toast in Harties for the shoot because of the quaint little Paris themed set, complete with Pont des Arts and Eiffel Tower. If that isn’t exciting enough, wait until you hear the best part – my wardrobe is older than I am.
Since going platinum blonde, I’ve been called Marilyn Monroe an awful lot. So it was kind of fitting that I channeled the blonde bombshell when I got in front of the camera again for the first time in a year. A lot has happened over the space of this year and I think that I’ve finally discovered who I am. Since turning 30, things have really started to pick up for this Bettie. I’ve been strict with my training and diet, so I’ve started to drop weight again, which is the goal! The weight loss and overall confidence kick in the squat butt inspired me to try on a dress that I have treasured since I was 17 years old. As an avid collector of vintage evening dresses, this one in particular was the dress that started it all.
Made for my grandmother using her measurements, this 1950’s original is a skin-tight, LBD that would have knocked the socks off of my grandfather when he saw her in it. It was an unreal honour to be able to wear this dress for my shoot with Bron. Seeing as how this little number isn’t exactly a spring chicken and is pushing 60. The fact that it is still in such amazing condition is just a testament to how carefully I take care of my clothing. Yes, that was a shameless brag.
The only hiccup is that two teeth from the zip have fallen off, but that can easily be replaced once I find someone who I trust enough to handle the dress for me. It must be pointed out that while the bust and hip of this dress fits like it was made for me, my waist is much smaller than my Gran’s was, so there is a bit of ruffling around that area. Still, I have my Gran’s great rack and knockout curves, so who cares about a little ruffle?
Bronwyn, as always, was a total dream to shoot with and I was absolutely floored with the shots that we managed to get in just 20 minutes. Oh, yes… we only had 20 minutes to shoot and numerous challenges of curious tourists and visitors wanting in on the action. I mean you can’t really blame their curiosity, it isn’t every day that you stumble across a Marilyn-esque pin-up girl in Hartebeespoort dam. Eventually we roped in my Paul to hold up a light reflector to help capture this dreamy glow that Bron managed to create for me.
I got to have a taste of French Noir glam and felt like a million bucks doing it. Plus, I’ve debunked the old “Blondes have more fun” saying, it is totally true.
Wardrobe: Vintage Custom Wiggle Dress
MUAH: Cashe Kidd
Accessories: Violet Vanilla Shop
Shoes: Iron Fist
Location: French Toast Hartebeespoortdam
Lashes by Oh La Lash from Anonamiss Beauty Emporium
Every woman has this desire to look glamorous and sexy, all while maintaining her class and sophistication, and lets face it – it’s an awesome confidence booster.
When you immortalize that radiant seduction in photos – you have a constant reminder of the powerhouse beauty that you are and what better setting than the one place in your house where you aren’t just the mom or just the wife?
Boudoir: is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. Emphasis on the lady.
Commonly boudoir or pin up shoots have been categorized as risqué or tastelessly erotic – bordering on pornography perhaps – but this is not the case at all. It is timeless and captures the intimate beauty of a woman, man or couple in a setting they themselves are comfortable with.
Growing in popularity, the idea of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of a glamorous looking and confident feeling person partly clothed or in lingerie.
Nudity is more often implied than explicit – leaving much to the imagination of your significant other and maintaining the grace; and as mentioned sophistication of being a lady.
Commercially the boudoir or pin up shoot is marketed for brides to surprise their future husbands by gifting the images on or before their wedding day. A taste of things to come if you will.
Other motivations or inspiration for boudoir photography shoots include anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weight loss regimes, maternity, or just to celebrate the beautiful woman in you.
Sweet Judy Garland and her Ruby Red slippers were immortalized in the form of a pin up shoot in the 1940’s and still she is a beloved silver screen icon. Twiggy had her very own pin up shoot, waif frame and all. Cindy Crawford, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, the list is endless – all woman who have had their sensual beauty captured and all of whom have had their moment in the sun.
What is your excuse for not having your moment in the light?
Contact Bronwyn to Book your Boudoir Photo session
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