brand session

brand photos for bare: beauty + boudoir

houston brand photographer Christine Gosch

BARE: BEAUTY + BOUDOIR

This beautiful brand session was a super refreshing challenge for me. Photographing a brand that is luxe and sultry wasn’t something that I initially imagined cohesive with my shooting style, but it ended up being a new favorite! I loved this session with Elizabeth of Bare: Beauty + Boudoir.

Y’all know how I’m all about photographers stepping in front of the camera. *makes note to practice what I preach and book a brand session for myself* A brand session in the perfect opportunity for that. Elizabeth was in need of a brand session for several reasons. Not only did she need branded headshots, but she wanted to convey to potential clients that her luxury boudoir photography collections included it all. From being pampered with hair and makeup, to wardrobe and styling options, to short videos of client sessions, to in-person proofing meetings, to final product delivery.

For Elizabeth’s brand session, it made sense to plan the day chronologically as if I were shooting behind the scenes of a normal work day for her. We started with the hair and makeup by Etoilly Artistry on Elizabeth’s lovely client Taylor. Most of her boudoir sessions begin with champagne or a drink, so we were sure to get some shots of that before heading into the behind the scenes images of the photo shoot. Elizabeth gives her clients lots of guidance in posing and techniques to make them feel more comfortable in front of the lens, so we made sure that was portrayed in her brand photos. Those kinds of images will give some insight as to why potential clients should book with her- because they will be guided through their session comfortably.

The rest of the session showed off what happens after her sessions. Clients visit her to view their images for the first time. When they choose which images they want to order, she packages up their prints, albums, or canvas orders to be shipped off. From start to finish, her shoots are a seamless and luxurious experience, and now her clients can see every step of the process before booking thanks to her brand session!

Photographer: Christine Gosch | HMU: Etoilly Artistry | Flowers: Edges Wild Studio | Brand video: Anzola Media | Film lab: The FIND Lab

onion tart with the Hurried Hostess

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE HURRIED HOSTESS

caramelized onions, goat cheese, and thyme puff pastry tart

Alright friends. An organic change that I’ve seen and felt in my work lately has been the inevitable shift towards food. Insert laughing emoji, because we all saw this coming, right? Food. We all eat it at least 3 times a day so we’re around it anyways, but when those gifted individuals come into your life who are GOOD at making food, you hold on and don’t let go! That is The Hurried Hostess!

We got together so I could photograph Stacy making two different recipes with puff pastry dough, one of which I will blog at a later date. This one is puff pastry, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh thyme. Before starting to create that, we began the day by snacking on fresh baked bread and Stacy’s special bread dipping olive oil recipe which has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but it was delicious and pretty so here’s a photo of it because I can’t help myself

Christine Gosch - Houston food photographer-The Hurried Hostess

After spreading the goat cheese, Stacy put caramelized onions on the puff pastry. Side note: I thought it was some industry secret or something, but I saw it in her recipe post for the tart so I’m going to go ahead and share: she adds a touch of brown sugar to the onions when they’re nearly done caramelizing. Maybe I’m the last one to the game with this one, but I thought it’s genius! The sweet really balances the other flavors in the tart so well.

After the onions, she sprinkled with fresh thyme and baked it. She added a bit more goat cheese once it was done baking and voila. It was so. dang. delicious. If you’ve been sent over here from Instagram, then you may have read that I’ve made this twice since this shoot because it’s just that good (and so simple)!

You can view Stacy’s post (which includes the recipe) by clicking here. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Photographer: Christine Gosch | Blog: The Hurried Hostess | Film lab: The FIND Lab