Shooting for Emotion

As most of you know, I’m not a great blogger.  In fact I resist it at all cost.  But I just have to write a few lines about the fantastic few weeks I have just spent training with Denise Birdsong.

For a long time, though I have loved my job and all the fantastic women I meet, I have felt that there is something missing.  I spent a lot of time looking.  Looking at other boudoir photographers.  Looking at artists I admire.  Looking at nature.  Looking, looking, looking.  However it wasn’t until I was re reading Wuthering Heights that it struck me what it was.  Emotion.  Raw and unapologetic.  Emotion in all its forms – from joy and pleasure to longing, from flirtation to vulnerability, and of course desire, always desire.  Then I found Denise’s work – the two just happened hand in hand – boudoir karma if you like.


“He shall never know I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same.”

So what to do next?  Once again boudoir Karma kicks in and Denise announces she is going to be running a training course.  I sign up and the journey begins.  Over the duration of the course Denise guided us through the science of body language and emotions.


“Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

We looked at different emotions and learnt how to coach, pose and shoot for them.  Denise has a work ethic and enjoyment of what she does that is truly inspirational.  During the course she gave without hesitation all her knowledge, time and experience.  And for all of this I thank her xx


“I have to remind myself to breathe — almost to remind my heart to beat!”

As a not so little added bonus, I have found myself in the middle of a rather fabulous safe community of like minded individuals – all learning and growing together.   From someone who often feels a little isolated, this is no small thing.


“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.”

Denise has totally changed the way I feel about my work.  She hasn’t taken away my desire to create beautiful pictures that every woman would be proud of.  But rather helped me find another dimension to my work.  It is this dimension I am going to bring to MSB – and I cant wait to get started.


“If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.”

It is at this point I would like to thank Emma – who’s images you can see here, and also Laura who’s images will be featured on my next blog post. Thank you girls for letting me practise and sometimes mess it up.  Thank you for letting me use your images.  Thank you for a couple of fabulously funny afternoons.  Thank you for letting me take you out of your comfort zones.  Thank you.

You can find Denise here

If you would like more information or to book a shoot with MSB email me here


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