A stunningly raw shower boudoir session overlooking the urban view of Tel AvivRead More
While looking for boudoir photographers in China seemed almost impossible, Julie decided to search for one on her trip to Israel this past winter. Through our e-mails, we automatically clicked, and as the date approached, I became more and more excited to photograph this stunning woman.
Julie mentioned that she knew it was important for her to have an opportunity to see herself in a different light. Even though she loves her body at this stage in her life, motherhood and day to day routines sometimes make us forget how beautiful and sexual we really are.
Our boudoir session took place in the heart of Jerusalem. A quaint, stone and Arabic style Airbnb in the neighborhood of Nachlaot...
"This boudoir session was a long time coming. Really, I originally emailed Rebecca back in November. Though, life got in the way, and my dream of a Fall shoot (with blankets and sweaters) ended up happening in July, with lots of tissues to blot away excess sweat.
I had always been intrigued by the idea of boudoir photography. It was different, and exciting, and sensual. It showcased women embracing their femininity, strength, resilience, and power. Yet it also seemed weird, and foreign; ideas that are a byproduct of my religious upbringing, I guess, and so I never did anything about it. Every so often I would come across another article, another image from a shoot, and the curiosity and “what if?” would come back, but life got in the way.
A few years ago, I made a conscious decision to do more for myself, to allow myself to do the things that I wanted to do, without feeling guilty or waiting for a more opportune opportunity. I quit a job that had started to go sour before it completely sucked the life out of me. I started my MA degree, and recently switched tracks because my initial plan wasn’t working.
I am very much the type of person to stick things out and see them through - sometimes until the bitter end. I also hate backtracking and redoing something, or starting over.
These two parts of my personality don’t always go well together, so I typically don’t do anything that I want to do without crazy research first. Followed by hours, if not days or weeks of overthinking and contingency planning.
Hence the break between November and the actual photo shoot.
I remembered my promise to myself, and reminded myself of something that a friend of mine told me, “nothing is going to happen unless you get out and do it yourself”.
These pictures will be mostly for me, to remind me that I deserve to do things for myself, and be selfish in that regard and that it’s okay. They will push me to take time (more than 10 minutes) to do fun things that I enjoy (that require me to get out of the house and spend money) without justification, or guilt, or waiting for a better time.
This session is only a beginning..."
Hair and Makeup by Sarah Zohar
The first time I met Anna was at a delicious, little cafe in the heart of Tel Aviv. We had been corresponding and following each other's boudoir photography for awhile. Her work is absolutely stunning, and I fell in love with her images as soon as I laid eyes upon them.
Even though Anna doesn't live here in Israel, she comes whenever she gets the chance. On her last visit, we scheduled a morning to photograph each other. I was really excited, albeit nervous to have the experience of my own boudoir session as well as photographing someone who's work I admire.
Seeing as we both live and breathe boudoir, we couldn't forget the necessities: a beautiful, intimate space in Neve Tzedek, hot coffee, music to set the mood and the beyond talented makeup artist, Sarah Zohar.
Anna is a beautiful, laid back woman, full of life and smiles. I was incredibly honored to have captured even a bit of that on film...