A Story of Silk: Malibu Beach Shoot with Emma Wyatt Photography

Disclosure: Emma Wyatt Photography gifted The Lingerie Addict with this photoshoot. All thoughts are my own.

Sometimes, these lingerie photoshoot posts are the hardest to write. I want to tell you everything about the experience: what inspired it and what the weather was like that day and how it felt to wear the garments and silly jokes the photographer and I made. But then I wonder if anyone else wants to know all that information, and if I should just hurry up and get to the pictures.



Back in October, I received an introductory email from Emma of Emma Wyatt Photography. A women’s portraitist specializing in bridal, lifestyle, and boudoir, she wanted to know if it might be possible for us to meet, and, hopefully, collaborate together.

I was hesitant at first, but it only took the briefest of looks at Emma’s portfolio to convince me of her talent. Her photos are light, vibrant, fresh and charming. I felt the thoughtfulness behind each composition, and that made me feel confident she could capture me in a way I wanted to be seen…maybe in a way I’d never even seen myself before.

Emma and I agreed to shoot in June, which feels like a forever ago now, and to photograph a single piece…a long, silk nightgown in a gorgeous shade of blush champagne. We wanted to tell a story about silk – to focus on its texture, its luminosity, its incomparable heft and sheen. And we wanted to tell this story on the beach, a setting that can look fantastical, almost mythical, when shot by a brilliant photographer.

I feel as though I should perhaps have a more poetic way to put this, but I felt like a mermaid, a siren emerging from the waves, a goddess. The lighting, the lingerie, the location…it was all perfect. A completely one-of-a-kind experience that it felt like Emma had put together just for me.

I’ve done a few lingerie shoots now, and I feel extraordinarily lucky in that they’ve all been amazing experiences with incredibly talented photographers. But this was a uniquely wonderful event, and I felt filled with undiluted gratitude and joy when I saw the images for the first time.

I wanted to publish these photos weeks ago, but life getting away from me seems to be the theme of 2017. Still, I hope you’ll think they’re worth the wait. I know I do.


Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

3 Comments on this post

  1. Thursday says:

    Another gorgeous collaboration! The third image of the hem of the gown is definitely my favourite – what a fabulous showcase of the textures, tone and shapes of the silk and the sand.

  2. Emma Wyatt says:

    It was a wonderful experience developing and shooting this story with you. And it is a pleasure to see these wonderful portraits of you, these moments of that day, on your blog now.

  3. Fiona Nolan says:

    Thank you for these amazing photos and subject, your perfectly chosen words to describe the silk piece you were modeling.
    Quite ethereal!

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