I recently had the absolute pleasure of photographing three very gorgeous woman, Pin-Up style, in a most stunning lingerie boutique situated on 44 Stanley in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was a day of stunning bodies, all different shapes and just celebrating their beauty as women. These are my favourite type of shoots, for many reasons.
I asked Cashe ( Bettie Flash) to write a little insert from her point of view, on what this Pin-Up photo shoot meant to her, what follows are her words:
Who said three’s a crowd?
I often Google pictures of the gorgeous Pin-Up and burlesque ladies from way back when, and more often than not there are very few where the gorgeous ladies are together.
So when I was asked to participate in a trio pin up shoot, I jumped (very gracefully naturally) at the chance. It was a lot easier to agree to a trio shoot when the fabulous burlesque performer; Oh Miss Oh wanted in on the action as well. As always; the incredible Bronwyn Stewart was on hand to work her photographic magic on three very different ladies crammed into one awesome lingerie shop in Milpark.
The setting was perfect, we were using Mechant & Gentil as a location, and there is really something about being surrounded by stunning lingerie that brings out the sensual goddess within, hair and make-up done by a professional also helps!
When you are being photographed with two other gorgeous women; two women you haven’t actually met in person before; there is a certain nervousness that takes over that you cannot let show on the photos. Fortunately Bronwyn Stewart is a master at helping her models feel at ease, it is very easy to feel so comfortable wearing very little when Bronwyn is behind a camera; she has a way with words, poses and energy that allows a girl with curves to feel like the sexiest creature in the room. And there were three of us.
With myself, Miss Oh and Bronwyn Ruth Williams made up and ready for our shoot, it was surely a challenge to get all of us positioned and posed beautifully, while taking into consideration that each of us have very different body types and personalities. Bronwyn S just has a way of bringing our personalities out without much effort either; all while having the artistic vision to capture some incredible shots of the three of us!
I absolutely adore the Pin-Up pictures of the three of us; the edgy and beautiful way that they were captured shows a group of ladies who have known each other for years; even though it was only for a few hours.
Bronwyn S allowed us to bring our ideas to the table and worked with what we had envisioned for the shoot in ways that neither of us could have imagined. It made me wonder that if three almost strangers could produce photos of this nature, I could only imagine what a group of friends could produce.
I am no professional model; I am definitely not a skinny girl and I am not the type of girl who will flaunt my mom curves, thanks to Bronwyn S though; I am very proud of my body and of any beautiful woman who is willing to flaunt her best side. I have said it before and will say it again, I would definitely recommend a pin up shoot with Bronwyn Stewart – she is a lady who nails pin up poses to help you get into them; she knows exactly how to direct you into the most flattering positions and is more patient with her clients than most people I know.
So I would like to thank Bronwyn once again for helping me realize that I am more than just a mom; more than just a girlfriend or just an employee – I am a woman and a pretty sassy one at that and without Bronwyn I wouldn’t have seen that at all!
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I must say I just love Pin-Up sessions and I especially love it when my client is super, super excited to do her shoot, we planned her shoot for weeks from choosing the venue to getting ideas for Pin-Up style hair and make-up, to wardrobe, it was rather epic but so much fun, I rather enjoy the planning of a photo shoot, it’s loads of fun, sometimes frustrating but mostly it’s fun. I must say I was rather nervous as the time approached to do Danielle’s shoot, I just wanted it to be perfect and I had so many ideas in my head ads far a posing was concerned, I think I flooded my mind a bit.
This Pin-Up session was initially, a wedding gift for her hubby to be, but I think it ended up being more a gift for Danielle, she loved every second of her session, from the minute she stepped into the room and started getting her hair and make-up done to the actual Photo shoot. When we were done a few hours later, Danielle said that she would be spreading the word and convincing every woman that she knows to book a boudoir/ Pin Up session, as this was for her one of the most empowering experiences she has ever had. At one stage during our shoot, she blurted out ” Damn I’m one sexy woman and I’m feeling it right now” and we both giggled,
This is why I love what I do, and why I love Boudoir and Pin-Up photography, it’s more than just pretty photos it’s a wonderfully empowering experience.
Hair & Make-Up by: Lee Binks
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I met with the Lovely Cashe to do her shoot, about a week before Paul’s birthday, this was a surprise birthday gift for her boyfriend, Paul, one he would never forget. Cashe absolutely loved every second of her shoot, and said she would be doing this every year as a reminder that she is not just a mom but a woman, a beautiful woman. We did a Pin-Up styled boudoir photo shoot. Cashe loves Bettie Page and so do I, so we did few shots inspired by the phenomenal Bettie.
What follows is Cashe’s boudoir Photo Shoot in her own words:
‘It doesn’t matter how old you are, what size you are or how many hours a day you spend running after children – as a woman you sometimes forget that once upon a time you were an individual and a sexpot!
Admit it, even now you’re thinking that you would never get back to the sensational knock out that you were before babies, husbands and housework? (Or is that just me?) Well, I wanted to and even though I had some reservations – I did something that woke up my Inner Goddess!
It’s no secret that I love pin up’s and all things vintage, so it was only fitting that when I decided to do the unthinkable that I went with that genre. I had the hair and make up done, got out the lingerie and had my very own Boudoir Pin Up Shoot done with the incredible Bronwyn Stewart from Heart & Soul Photography in Johannesburg.
Bettie Page was a huge influence for me during the shoot and I was very fortunate that Bronwyn understood that and helped bring her out through me. This was initially done as a gift for my boyfriend for his birthday, but it ended up being a way for me to supercharge my confidence!
Needless to say, I wish I could look the way I did on the day all the time but alas, I cannot operate false lashes. It has re-established a love for lipstick and I am wearing the cat eye make up more often now. The key to being a sultry pin-up mom is remembering that you are a woman first and all the rest thereafter.
So ladies, if you are in the Johannesburg area looking for an amazing photographer who will turn you into the goddess you’re hiding, look up Bronwyn Stewart from Heart & Soul Photography!’
To book your very own Boudoir shoot, contact Bronwyn Stewart mobile: 078 734 9701