I have been a fan of Diandra Godiva for over a year. I would describe her as a 50's style or vintage glamour model. According to Diandra she grew up in Northern California and had an interest in dressing up and taking photos since a young age. She prefers a vintage esthetic and lifestyle. She sings Karaoke and performs burlesque for special events. I discovered her on Instagram and hoped some day i'd get the chance to work with her. This last week I was able to do just that.
I have had nothing but positive experiences working with models and this shoot was no exception. Diandra was amazing to work with. Her carefree nature and love for her craft shows in every image. I like to think I have a relaxed style of shooting. I want the model as comfortable as possible, knowing that this demeanor fosters a return through the lens. In other words, you get what you give. For me this was one of the most fun photo shoots I've done.
I love natural light. There is something to be said for keeping it simple. I am very comfortable with using off camera flash and have used it for many shoots. When it comes to Boudoir shoots I prefer the look of natural light. I shot with the Fuji XT1 and for this shoot I used the Fuji 56mm f1.2 R lens. Shot mostly wide open, there is a slightly soft nature to these images that works for me.
Diandra takes me back to my youth, watching old Marilyn Monroe films like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Some Like It Hot". I am already working on plans for my next shoot with this amazing model. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did creating them.