I knew I'd have to shoot with a great photographer and someone I'd feel comfortable with, which is why I chose the super talented Nikki Gomez, an amazing woman with the most positive spirit. She and makeup artist Michela Wariebi made a great team, and we had an absolute blast shooting in New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel.
I cannot do sexy. I can feel sexy, but I've always been more of the girl-next-door smiley type. Any time I try to "look sexy" with my eyes or whatever, it comes off in photos as super forced and uncomfortable, so I purposely wanted to make this fun and be myself. So many lingerie shoots are seen through the male gaze; I wanted to switch things up by celebrating femininity and sexuality even when we're alone. Thigh high stockings, lacey bras, and strappy chemises are absolutely fabulous when you're in a relationship, but they can be equally fun when you're single. Every woman I know has danced around the house in her undies, singing in the mirror and admiring her body, and I think these casual, low-pressure moments can also be when we feel our best. That's what I wanted this shoot to embody.
Above: Cropped Ribbed Tank, Strappy Stretch Lace Bra*, High Waisted Panty, Backseam Stockings
Above: Shaper Skirt
Above: Powermesh Chemise*, Contrast Stockings, (Snakeskin Kimono is from SimplyBe)
This post was sponsored by Hips and Curves. All opinions are my own.*As a 38H, the strappy bra & bra portion of the chemise were too small, but I was able to wear them for the shoot. I would say they'd fit up to DD comfortably. I totally love both pieces, but wanted to let my fellow DDD+ girls know.
I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine's Day!
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