When my buddy, Vance, came to me about doing a Boudoir/Stranger Session, I was in love with and intrigued by the idea. We had an idea and a location; the only question now was who was going to be the stranger? Vance is somewhat of a well known Facebook “influencer,” but a more common name for what he does is “Poo Poster” to say it nicely. Vance ended up connecting with a guy named Phil over their commonly shared Facebook posts and humor. So, we asked Phil if he was interested in doing the session with Vance, and before you knew it, we had our stranger.
Our first location was sitting directly in Vance’s back yard.
There is a beautiful creek that stretches for miles with greenery and caves along the way. It’s not only a great location to start with because of all the photo opportunities, but a good way to get your blood going for the day. It’s a solid 10 miles of land, if not more, you could spend an entire day just hiking it. Outfits for the shoot were an adventure all on their own. When working with guys, you have to realize their mental preparation for a
photoshoot usually consists of “show up” and “have pictures taken.”
This led to Phil making their clothes in the cave the day of the shoot by cutting some blue jean shorts into some daisy dukes while they somehow magically found matching open vests. So with outfits made in record time, we grabbed a
few beers and started on our treacherous hike through the Tennessee humidity, along the creek, stopping
off here and there for some good ole fashion Bromance Portraits.
After we dried off and got rehydrated from the alcohol-fueled hike, we proceeded to my friend and fellow photographer’s place. What happened next was nothing short of the word magic! What we did that day both fills me with such sense of accomplishment and also a little bit of horror. Courtney’s set up is in a wooded area with a classic style bathtub as the centerpiece.
We filled it with water, and using lemon slices and random flowers;
the guys hopped in to begin their jump to internet fame. I turned on some music to get the mood set, but something was still missing, and I couldn’t put my finger
on it. Then like a light bulb going off in my brain, it came to me like a rush of genius. We needed more beer to get everybody loose. Once the brew started flowing, the mood started going, and we didn’t look back. The next 30 minutes were filled with laughs and great ideas; by the end, we were in tears.
Once the photographs found their way to social media, the response was massive. People responded in waves about not only the humor in the photos but the beauty of 2 guys willing to do something to send a message that you don’t have to always be perfect or masculine. Vance said, “I called this session’s theme the Positive Body Movement because I wanted to show people that it’s okay to step out of your
comfort zone. Be true to yourself.”
“Being yourself means shedding all the layers of looking good,
wanting to be liked, being scared to stand out, and trying to be who you
think people want you to be. Being yourself means being naked, raw, and
vulnerable.”– Jeff Moore
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