I have some great friends in my life. I like to be the sort of friend I'd want to have and seem to have had that repaid by having a small but brilliant group of friends. I am known amongst my friends for being a listener and someone who can be trusted with secrets which I think is a trust to be valued and also somebody who can be relied upon for favours if they are needed.
Friends who know me will know I will avoid the camera lens at all costs. I am not a wallflower by anyone's standards but I really don't like the blatant posing a camera demands a lot of the time. When one of my very best friend's approached me last week asking a 'favour' of me, I wanted to know what the favour involved because I am wary of saying an outright 'yes' to favours without knowing what they entail. My friend duly explained what the favour would be and what it would involve and I have to say, I am in two minds.
He is a photography student and is doing something on his course that demands a certain style of photograph and his idea was to ask me if I'd pose in some corsets and burlesque type wear. He knows I have some fab corsets because he's been out with friends with me when I've been wearing them. He also knows I have a few pairs of the lace-up Victorian style boots, two tailcoats, a couple of velvet jackets, everything bar a top hat (I am saving for one but they are expensive) and apparently he can get his hands on one of those.
It isn't often at all that I am a bit speechless but I was on this occasion. I was assured by him they would be tasteful shots in black and white or sepia tones and classy shots.
I have spoken to the boyfriend about this who doesn't have a problem with it if I want to do it but that's where the problem is because although on the one hand it would be nice to have some proper photos that are well taken, classy and just something different, on the other hand it means posing in front of a camera and a friend in what is essentially underwear because he wants to go for the whole Victorian Lady/Burlesque look of suspender knickers (black satin briefs with proper inch-wide suspender straps so nothing that will be see-through once a camera zooms in!) stockings, boots, corset, coat and top hat.
It's hard enough to get me in a birthday picture. He wants the whole get-up and this is where I begin to get jittery because wearing a corset out with jeans and boots is not like parading around in your knickers and heels in one.
I do like the idea but I just don't know how I'd switch off from a lense zooming in on me. Anyway, he is going to show me where he wants the pictures taken which will be a studio and one outside location (private thank goodness!).
I am debating at the moment as I still have some thinking time but I am not a model, in build or confidence really.
To give me a bit of courage he has emailed me some sample shots of the sort of look he wants to go for and these are the ones I was sent:
This one is okay. In shadow and not giving away too much.
This is also okay but not sure about the bum because these pictures will be going up in an exhibition at the college he is studying at.
This is borderline and I don't really have the length of leg she does either!
This is also quite nice. I particularly like the side-on shot though.
If I do say yes and agree to do it he will owe me a bottle each of Jack Daniels and Pimms.
The large sizes!