Part III: April Lingerie Photoshoot in the City

This is part III of the series of the awesome lingerie photoshoot I collaborated on with my friends on April 17th! Check out Part I at this link.Then, have a look at Part II here. In Part II, I went over the design to development process.

This post is all about the fun stuff – the photoshoot! As a designer, you can do a lot with lighting and arranging to get your final garments to stand out.

But there’s absolutely nothing like having a live model display your garments. Sade’s beautiful smile and lovely figure make this satin charmeuse and lavender lace set really shine.

The curves of the body really show off a lingerie set to its fullest potential.This blog post is a sneak peek into the day of the photoshoot! A lot of people have asked me about this day, and how it went and I want to share it all here. I did not realize until this day how much work goes into a shoot. It was amazing, and so much fun because of the group of women I had the privilege to work with. I’m grateful to each and every one of them.

5:30 am: Our day began

I picked up two of the models, Tasha and Sade, and drove over to the shooting location in Manayunk, Philadelphia. The models for the day were: Diana, Tasha, Raquel, and Sade. Every girl modeled one set for each look – the Urban Cinderella/Spring Bride theme and the edgy Avant-Garde theme. I posed for just one look, the Urban Cinderella/Spring Bride.

6:30 am – 7:30 am: Make-up and hair

My friend Kim did everyone’s make-up – she’s a phenomenal artist. She did the make-up for every girl for both looks, the Urban Cinderella/Spring Bride theme as well as the edgy Avant-Garde theme.

7:30 am: Floral-crown fitting

Stephanie of Fleur & Lux fit the floral crowns and headpieces to the girls’ heads around this time, determining which piece made more sense according to the lingerie sets the models were wearing.

Diana models a stunning, oversized crown exploding with roses, magenta and violet flowers.

Tasha’s sweet, cascading curls display the elegant simplicity of this hairpiece.

7:45 am – 10:00 am: Shoot for the first concept began!

We really had a lot of fun with this. First, we shot the Spring Bride/Urban Cinderella theme on two metal staircases overgrown with greenery in Manayunk. Let me tell you – it was bitterly, bitterly cold that morning. I was shivering. We all were shivering! It was barely above 50 degrees, we were wearing underwear, and it was windy. Posing next to the cold, metal railing of the staircase was excruciating, but we did it and looked cute doing it!

My friend Brittany and another friend, Christina, made sure that everyone had everything they needed, kept everyone on track, and supported Teresa by holding her photography equipment and reflective panels to get the precise lighting each photo needed. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to get the perfect shot.

10:30 – 12 pm: Break and costume change

All the girls changed, Kim re-did their make-up, Stephanie fitted on new headpieces, and we were on the road again to go to our new shooting location – the Tow Path along the Schuylkill River in Manayunk. By this time, the sun was high in the sky, so Teresa had to be creative about where we shot. We shot by a beautiful graffitied wall, and she used the shadows it cast to her advantage.

Stephanie was killing it with the headpieces, per usual.

Around this time, I was able to squeeze in a photoshoot of my own, on the other side of the wall. Kim got a few great shots for my blog profile pic.

All in all, it was an amazing day. I loved every minute of it, and I would love to do it all again!

Teresa is still working on the photos for the second edgy Avant-Garde concept, and I will be sure to link or share them all here once available. In the meantime, read Teresa’s blog on how to go from inspiration to creation.

Thanks for reading!

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