Chicago Bridal Boudoir in Westin River North
Since winter months are obviously slower with weddings, I decided to organize a bridal boudoir session. I have done done boudoir sessions before but this one for my first bridal ones. I know, it's not a big difference but I wanted to make it look special. My very good friend Weronika who manages special events at the Sheraton hotels was super nice and got me a special deal on a suite in the Westin River North Hotel downtown Chicago. It's a really nice hotel and the views from the suite of the Chicago River, Marina City, and all other downtown building were spectacular.
For this photo session we were fortunate to receive a beautiful French dress from Laurel Bridal. Laurel Bridal is a fantastic store in the west side of Chicago specializing in European wedding dresses that you won't find in other wedding stores. I definitely recommend that store and Beata (the store owner and manager) will take special care of you:) The other wedding dresses and bridal jewelry we received from another super friendly bridal store Lake Geneva, WI – Germaine's Fashion & Bridal.
We were very fortunate to work with two stunning sisters and beautiful models – Kathy Klimczuk & Natalie Klimczuk. They are such nice and smart girls and it was a true pleasure working with them. The make-up was provided by Chicago-famous Viki Moon and stylish hair was done Melina Lina Melki.
To be honest this was my first bridal boudoir session. I get extremely nervous before every session, wedding, or event and this time it was no different. My nervousness has a positive side as well; it makes me plan everything ahead, and decide on lighting, set up, posing, etc. From this session I wanted to create a boudoir album and was shooting from the beginning having that in mind.
For those more interested in the photography aspect of those photos… I used a relatively easy light setup. One large octa with grid and one bare flash for fill. In those photos where you can a light stand lamp I removed the bulb and replaced with speedlight. This gave the effect of the lamp being actually on as a regular bulb is not powerful enough.