Lesbian Boudoir Photography

You will never believe what I managed to drag my wife into. Hell, not that many people we actually know IRL know we did this thing….  And it all started with a simple little Facebook tag.

Last October my friend Taylor tagged me in a Facebook model call by a Moscow, ID photographer I’d never heard of. After actually reading the model call, I fangirled hard over Whitney Lester‘s portfolio before getting  excited about the actual opportunity in front of me. Here was a young, modern, talented, (seemingly straight?), professional photographer actively seeking a same sex couple to shoot for her boudoir portfolio. Her style was striking, body positive, and empowering. The images I scoured featured women of all ages and sizes, and each one was absolutely fucking radiant. I got a little caught up in *needing* to be a part of this, and before fully thinking it through, I banged out the necessary intro to us a couple and then shared one of my all time favorite photos.  I know plenty of couples younger than us, more fashionable than us, more likely to ‘don a lacy little number, and well, just more, model-esque. But I swear to god this awesome photographer blew my mind and messaged me within 24 hours ready to plan something out.

Lost somewhere in my frenzy of delight and anticipation, I remembered my wife is not inclined to be the little fucking show off/camera whore that I am. She doesn’t hack her way through karaoke, or celebrate birthday month like a princess. She doesn’t blog, act like an expert in public forums, or comment to strangers in groups. She rarely posts to Facebook, and it’s rarer still to catch her on Instagram. Also, you won’t catch her flaunting her cute bod in anything short on the bottom, nor low on top. That clashes a bit with a model call. Spoiler alert: Model calls aren’t just free photo shoots. They’re for the photographer to add something to their portfolio they didn’t already have, and then SHOW IT OFF. Wherever and whenever they please for all eternity. Side note, the model call expressly specified that the models *must* be okay with nudity, and/or implied nudity.

After all this, over a few whiskey drinks and inspired by some sassy drag queens, my wife agreed we should definitely take advantage of this incredible opportunity with Whitney Lester Photography.

Our shoot was booked for a Tuesday afternoon so we both took some time off work and enjoyed a little midweek road trip for the 1.5 hour drive down to Whitney’s studio. I’ve done a bit of boudoir before… although not since after kids, and definitely not with anyone else. Neither of us had met Whitney, and despite all these unnerving details, the entire experience was incredibly enjoyable. We were relaxed within the first five minutes and genuinely enjoyed ourselves. No matter how much or how little we cover up, I felt beautiful and desirable AND comfortable. Terra was at ease, which relaxed me even further. We only worn things we would actually wear, and that was enough. I’m so very glad we agreed to do this. I am even more glad it was with Whitney and the images are truly beautiful and something we will always treasure.

I could go on and on about how intimate it was even in front of a perfect stranger and her camera, but I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

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Thank you to the incredibly talented Whitney Lester for sharing her gift with us, adding to LGBTQ visibility, being a wonderful ally, and giving us an unforgettable experience.

To see her work or to consider booking visit her website at WhitneyLester.com or on Facebook & Instagram.

 

 

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What I Wore Wednesday: Fake Spring & Lesbian Labels

Happy First Wednesday in March, which apparently means basically spring.  In my strange little corner of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a sunny 60 degrees out.

I wore my “nice” black leggings, cuz that’s what I do, with a grey, floral, flowy blouse, a plain white cardigan, and simple black ballet flats all paired with some classic jewelry. I’m feeling a bit easy-breezy-Covergirl.c600x851.jpg

Looking back over my What I Wore Wednesdays, however hit and miss they have been, there is one standing similarity: They are all pretty standard, business casual, feminine outfits. The weeks and weather change but you’re pretty much looking at leggings or skinnies, a blousey top, and feminine shoes.That’s it. Not terrible innovative or exciting. A career in sales in a small, conservative community doesn’t allow for much else. Even my tiny little nose hoop is a push for some clients.

Today I give you two outfit sets: One my work wear… and one that is what I may just wear for a date tonight with that hot blonde of mine.

It’s kind of a confusing thing being a lesbian. It feels sometimes like you have to find your place on this perceived butch-femme spectrum and stick to it. I’m just not about that life. While I don’t anticipate ever coming off as hardcore butch, you definitely aren’t likely to catch me in fake nails with some froofy dress/stiletto combo. But then all the middle ground descriptors are far more complicated than I care to be. Chapstick femme? Butchy femme? Just plain androgynous? I mean, which one is it if I wear lip GLOSS… but with a snap back. I don’t know. A blue jeans femme? I read that once. I don’t even think it’s a thing.  Maybe you have to be a total veteran lesbian to know the answers to these mysteries. Until then I’ll be bouncing around from femme business casual to non-descript sweatpants slob to off-track derby bitch to what my former pastor not-so-fondly calls “lumberjack dyke.” 😉

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Cheers.

Elle

Bobo Academy

I have a feeling this will surprise literally no one, but I am already SO excited to go to my first real Pride. GF is taking me Seattle Pride this year and I couldn’t be more excited. I might have even bought a couple of tee shirts that I think are adorable. And maybe one for my super hot girlfriend.

 

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Rainbow triangles cuz… duh. Look at my blog. 🙂

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I can’t wait to get these babies in and show off some selfies. 🙂 Check out the full line of goodies at boboacademy.com Just a head’s up, some of the designs are a little more NSFW than the ones I ordered. 😉

 

-Elle

What I Wore “Windsday”

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The wind is whipping all around the region like crazy. For me that means be comfy and bundle up. Soooooo if you thought my leggings to work situation was bad, look away. You aren’t gonna wanna know I wore actual “jeggings” in any sort of career setting. I totally did it. And I was so comfortable, you guys. I looked a little nerdy, maybe a little frumpy even, but some days ya just gotta feel cozy.