I approach boudoir photography as a delicate collaboration between myself and my model. Whether a professional model or someone who has never stood before the lens, my goal is to foster an authentic means of self-expression and to create a safe space for that expression. For many, connecting with a sense of sensuality and expressing vulnerability, is powerful and life changing. Because this expression originates from the model, the collaboration is unique, and carries with it its own profound potential. When Jessica arrived to my studio in NYC directly from the airport, she was full of energy and creativity. As with every photo shoot, our session begins with an extensive conversation. We find a common visual language by looking at images that resonate and sharing ideas with each other. This becomes the foundation for the shoot. It’s an instinctual progression, often starting with a portrait by the light of a window. Then it might become about how a dress strap delicately slides off her shoulder or how a string of pearls lays across the landscape of the body. Images of innocence can often be mistaken for what they truly are, expressions of self-confidence and connection. In the lens, we explore what I describe as an ‘intimate perspective’, which sometimes breaks the plane, establishes an impression of proximity to create images of intimacy and breathtaking beauty.