Wicked Satin/Lace Magnet: A Los Angeles Lingerie Editorial
One of the biggest lessons I’m learning this year is the importance of completion, of finishing what you start. Creating new things is a type of high all its own. The thinking, the planning, the moment when everything comes together and it’s better than you ever imagined – that’s the exciting part, at least for me.
But it always happens that shortly after I finish one idea, I’m driven immediately towards another. I still love what I did before (as I’ve mentioned several times, I feel blessed to have had so many positive experiences with both photographers and makeup artists), but I start obsessing over ways I could have done better, over ways I will do better next time.
I know that’s not entirely a bad thing. It means my creative eye is developing, and that I’m getting better at finding my voice and bringing my ideas to life. But I can’t help but feel like my old work just isn’t enough “good enough” to share sometimes. I want to rush the process, to become better at everything right now…but I also know that’s not the way these things work.
For my latest shoot, with Heidi Clavert Photography, I wanted to go glam with bold, bright colors that felt inspired by the 1980s in their vividness (though not exactly in their silhouette). Think Miami Vice, aerobics videos and Vanity.
I also wanted to experiment a little with my styling, and the concept of high/low in particular, such as pairing a $1,000 macrame lace skirt from La Perla (found at a sample sale in Los Angeles) with a $40 bra. Or a $500 Agent Provocateur set with an $80 robe.
All photos are by the extraodinary Heidi Clavert with makeup by Natasha Marcelina. Working with these two professionals was a delight and a treasure, and they’re at the top of my list for best Los Angeles duo. It honestly makes me sad that my upcoming move means we won’t be able to shoot again.
Though I talked a bit earlier in this post about my hesitations when it comes to sharing new work, I am very happy with the photos from this lingerie editorial. I like to think about flipping through them when I’m an old woman, remembering a time in my life when I got to live my dream.
As always, lingerie credits are in the captions. I hope you like these too.