“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 rereading 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 and the Stripped Down online workshop – the tow just happened hand in hand – boudoir karma if you like. I signed up and the journey began. Over the duration of the course Denise guided us through the science of body language and emotions. We looked at different emotions and learnt how to coach, pose and shoot for them. Denise Birdsong 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.
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.
Denise has totally changed the way I feel about my work. She hasn’t taken away my desire to created beautiful pictures that ever 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 — I can’t wait to get started.” –Jo Smith