Santa Clarita boudoir photographer Lindsay Schlick bares it all in a shoot of her own.
Her curls were perfectly in place, her lips painted red. Soft love songs filled the studio, and a half bottle of champagne sat on ice. It was nearly time.
She got up from the makeup chair and headed toward the changing room, where five pieces of lingerie were laid delicately across the couch. Taking a deep breath, she she ran her fingers over the silk and lace.
“There’s this moment in between — when your hair and makeup is done, and you feel like a goddess — but you haven’t taken the first shot yet. You feel the nerves, the apprehension. It’s all been building up to this moment, and you wonder: ‘Can I really look like all the other gorgeous women who’ve done boudoir?’”
Minutes later, she emerged from the changing room and stepped on set, with her glass of Champagne still in hand.
“I’m gonna hold onto this for a minute,” she laughed between sips. Soon she settled, leaned into a square of pearly morning light … and dropped her silk robe. “Ok, let’s do this!”
Santa Clarita boudoir photographer Lindsay Schlick was stepping in front of her own camera.
As soon as the lens pointed in her direction, the nerves dissipated and something else took over. Instinctively, Lindsay dropped into a pose — standing, hand in the hair, looking straight into the camera. She mentally checked her own work: the position of her feet, hips, hands, shoulders, chin. Now, expression. Taking a deep breath, Lindsay released the tension in her body and locked eyes with the lens. She paused, as if waiting for something, and then … burst out laughing.
“You have to say something to me!” she choked out between giggles. The photographer, she reminded, is supposed to lead by actually communicating to the person being photographed. She finished having a laugh and then immediately went back to it.
Lindsay was having fun.
You’d like to think, since she’s a photographer, that stepping on the other side of the camera would feel out of place, even uncomfortable, for Lindsay.
“Of course I felt nervous leading up to it. But as soon as the camera turned on me, I just started moving from pose to pose. It’s all in my head, like a library of poses and expressions for every shape, and it comes from years of shooting,” she said. “But I realize that most people don’t have that experience when they step into the studio.”
The people Lindsay shoots, in fact, generally have no idea how to pose. They don’t know how to make a “sexy face” or dress their bodies for a photoshoot because — who does?! The everyday woman doesn’t understand how to create sexy, she just feels it. So when you want an artistic, iconic photograph of you looking your very best, you ask someone who has years of education and experience to create it for you. And Lindsay knew how to do that, which instantly calmed her nerves.
“What was difficult, though, was relinquishing the control,” she said.
Just as she wrapped her body into another gorgeous pose, this time twisted up in a fur blanket, Lindsay noticed a bad angle, then unflattering light. Soon, she started worrying. She was back in her head, thinking as a photographer instead of simply being the gorgeous woman she is.
“That’s when I felt like I understood, to some degree, what women must feel when they step in front of my camera. In boudoir, you have to give up control. You have to let go and just be you — the most raw, vulnerable version of you,” Lindsay said. “That’s how I felt when I didn’t have control over every aspect of the shoot. I just had to let go and trust that I am beautiful.”
Another glass of Champagne helped. But the rest was on Lindsay. So she shook it off, took some deep breaths and changed outfits. This time, when she emerged, she was all giggles and confidence.
“Boudoir is a little like a roller coaster ride. You can see that big drop coming up ahead, but you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” she explained. “There’s a little risk, a lot of fun. And at the end, you’re swept up in this feeling of exhilaration, sort of like you can do anything since you just did that.”
When the Champagne was gone and the light had begun to fade, Lindsay struck her final pose and yelled, “That’s a wrap!” All smiles, she walked off set, looked at Brian and asked, “So where are you taking me for dinner?”
At the end of the day, boudoir is something that so many women think about but don’t end up actually doing. And that’s honestly a little bit heartbreaking. Letting go of all the negativity we shroud our bodies in makes you feel liberated, strong, sexy and confident in your skin. And life doesn’t give us a lot of opportunities to feel that way.
“No matter what scares you about taking pictures in your lingerie, that roller coaster is so much more fun when you actually ride it,” Lindsay said with a laugh.
About Santa Clarita Boudoir Photographer Lindsay Schlick
With the mind of a businesswoman and the heart of an adventurer, Santa Clarita boudoir photographer Lindsay Schlick began to conceive of a different kind of Santa Clarita photography business. In her vision, stepping in front of the camera could be an empowering experience that gave her clients more than just a photograph — it would give people a new way of seeing themselves. With an eye for seeing the beauty in life and in others, Lindsay could use the camera to spread beauty. And that’s exactly what she does as the leading Santa Clarita boudoir photographer.
About SchlickArt Photography and Video
SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting professional portraiture, business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. Santa Clarita boudoir photographer Lindsay Schlick has made her mark photographing real women, while Santa Clarita videographer Brian Schlick has mastered the art of storytelling in business video. But at the end of the day, it’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt.