Glamour and boudoir come in many styles from sweet to sexy, innocent to brazen.
I have always been fascinated by the fashion photography from the 50’s and 60’s. The mini skirts and bikinis were the start of a huge cultural shift that we still feel today. Those classic super star models from the era did not have the social media options to further their brand but they still were familiar faces around the world. Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick, Veruschka, and my very favorite Jean Shrimpton were stunning across all the pages of international magazines.
Back in 1975 I crossed paths with one of the most famous models of all time. While attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara I was always looking for new willing subjects for assignments. One weekend I went to see a local production of the play South Pacific. The usherette was a cute blonde teenager with the most stunning eyes I have ever seen. So after the play I tracked her down back stage and gave her my phone number to have her Mom call with permission to photograph the young beauty.
Surprisingly her Mom called and gave me the address to pick up her daughter. The Montecito address in the hills above Santa Barbara should have been my first clue that I was waaaay out of my league. I pulled up to a gorgeous hacienda mansion in my clunky 1966 Ford Fairlane and felt outclassed and matched. I wanted to run back to my studio apartment and hide.
I was met at the front door by a gracious, friendly, tall beautiful women with a tinge of Brith accent. After a brief introduction and chat I took Georgia to a local park for a photoshoot with my old fashion 4×5 view camera (the kind you have to duck under a hood to see the upside down image and shoot with single sheet of film)
It went well and I dropped off the daughter knowing I had a few nice portraits. A few days later I went back to deliver a couple hand printed black and white photos and to thank them again.
As the Mom took the photos and looked them over she casually mentioned, “I’m Suzy Parker (the first model to ever earn over $100k a year) and I have a wonderful portfolio you may want to see sometime.” She then again said call sometime to see images made from the icons of photography and my photo hero Avedon.
I was trembling. In shock. Terrified. A scruffy 19 year old first year photography student standing before fashion royalty. SHE had invited me to come back and see her portfolio made over two decades of A level work.
I never called back. I was too intimidated to make the call. One of the few regrets in my life is missing that chance meeting. An opportunity to learn from the best in the world. Who knows, I may have made connections to intern with the great photographers of London and New York with her introduction?
That was the first and last time I have been in utter awe of a person on camera or off.
Speaking of fashion. A big thank you to Annie’s Styles and Stitches (227-3403) for use of her huge collection of rental dresses. Formals for Proms, Weddings and special events. Plus fun stuff like the minis we used here!
We are still shooting Valentine’s Day boudoir! Check here for your spot on our schedule…