Posts Tagged ‘Lingerie’

A Sonogram Letter

April 16th, 2015

I see you in black and white, like an old film photograph; grainy and distorted, and intensely beautiful.  With hands that sway gently, rocking you back and forth, and ten tiny and bony white fingers resting at the end.  Ten toes as well, thank God, even though for a minute I only saw nine and […]

 

I see you in black and white, like an old film photograph; grainy and distorted, and intensely beautiful.  With hands that sway gently, rocking you back and forth, and ten tiny and bony white fingers resting at the end.  Ten toes as well, thank God, even though for a minute I only saw nine and had to recount.  We’ll chalk that up to the grainy snapshot, and not a future character quirk that I’ll have to learn to get used to.  There are enough of those going around already here.

You’re kicking me, with the foot with the hidden toe.  Not in an urgent, pay attention to me now, drop everything and run, type manner, but more in a, “are you sure you don’t need to step out to the bathroom again?” fashion.  A subtle under the table type rhythmic beat that is a mixture of a “hello I’m here” announcement and a gentle caress.  Thank you for the constant reminder, making sure we don’t lose you amidst the crowd.  It is a big one that’s gathered here already.  And then you pause for a second, to wave.

I’m the only one watching, but since you can’t see me, do you just know?  You’re being watched, just for a moment here, and apparently that sits just fine with you.  Or rests I guess, (lays, reclines?), you’re not quite sitting yet, but that will come.  There’s something about that wave, as if I’ve seen it before, but can’t quite place it.  And I’ve certainly never seen it end with a thumb being placed in the mouth, as if you were waving a quick hello to make sure I’ve found you, and then going back to your day to day relaxing and reaching the standard growth milestones.  The others weren’t like that, no waves, no “yes I know you’re watching moments”, no thumb sucking.  Yes, I’ve found you, and don’t worry, I won’t be leaving.

You don’t seem to mind the intrusion; all the prodding and bumping, making you roll this way to check your back, and lie still like this to check your neck.  Everything seems to be perfect, (except for that little toe mishap), and I’m realizing I won’t be privileged enough to stare for much longer.  Wave again please, do you know that I’ll be going soon?  That’s the problem when things go right; they send you on your way with a quick nod and a thank you, shutting off the whir of the machines without a second thought to the fact that you haven’t gotten that second move of the hand you’re longing for yet.  Just a quick flick of your finger, or tilt of your head is all I need.  Oh, I see.  (And feel.)  Another kick.  Well, that’ll do too.

You’re hidden, in a peaceful private world of one, that’s no one but yours, and mine.  You’re not to be shared yet.  The others get to see the photograph I hand them, a moment frozen in time, a black and white image of bones and fluid.  But the wave, and the missing toe question, and the kicking under the table, that’s all mine.  None of that comes across on a flat shiny four by six.  The performance had to be seen live.  And your audience of one, a mama who had the privilege to stare, for just a moment, was captured.  Anyone else would have been an intrusion, but us, it feels just right.  You and I with our silent language of rolling and kicking, tickling, and nausea each morning.  We’re the only ones who got to see.

The grainy film roll image is perfect for you, like an old 35 mm that would have captured your great grandparents walking hand in hand.  It catches you just right; the wrinkles, hunched back, curled fingers, the inability to hold yourself steady, it suits.

For now you’re my own private memory, those twenty minutes.  Not a word was shared, nor a sound made, save for the rhythmic beating of two hearts, inside one body.

For the first time I’ve seen your face.  One more quick wave, before you drift to sleep and I lower my shirt, wiping off the thick gel that only moments before had blanketed you and covered me, opening up the door into your tiny world.  And mercifully, the kicking stops, but only until naptime is over.  Long enough for me to breathe easy for a moment, and you to feel the need to remind me you’re still there when your eyes flutter open again.

We’re all so excited to meet you, but for now I cherish that you’re only mine.

xoxo, Mama

Katherine Bignon Maternity Shoot with a Custom Silk Robe, Image by V.A. Photography

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Custom Lingerie for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley & Jade Studios in Richmond, Virginia

April 15th, 2015

I wrote a little sneak peek post for this shoot here, a few months back, but now I finally get to show you ALL of the images!  An amazing team of creatives collaborated on this shoot to bring to life Jess & Annmarie of Boudoirathon’s vision for their brand launch styled shoot.  These girls travel […]

 

I wrote a little sneak peek post for this shoot here, a few months back, but now I finally get to show you ALL of the images!  An amazing team of creatives collaborated on this shoot to bring to life Jess & Annmarie of Boudoirathon’s vision for their brand launch styled shoot.  These girls travel around doing gorgeous boudoir photography in the form of a weekend marathon of sessions.  (And, I’m so excited that I get to work with them again this coming weekend and bring along this entire collection of garments for their girls to use during their sessions!)

They asked for pink, feminine, and floral print lingerie for this shoot and I was stunned when they fell in love with almost every single design I sent them.  We ended up with an eleven piece collection for them to use during the styled shoot and everything turned out fabulous!  Friends, I can’t encourage you enough to find friends in the industry to collaborate with, and to grow and learn with.  When you help someone else with their dreams and vision, it leads to lasting relationships that are so incredible.  Find them and dream with them, encourage them, and let yourselves grow together!  I promise you, it’ll be amazing.

Enjoy all the pretty pink and tulle below!

xoxo, Katherine

Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Illustrations for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Illustrations for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Illustrations for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Bralette and Tulle Skirt for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Bralette and Tulle Skirt for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom 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Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Silk Floral Poppy Robe and Silk Bustier for a Boudoirathon Styled shoot at Paisley and Jade with Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Poppy Silk Robe and Lace Mesh Zip Bodysuit for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Poppy Silk Robe, Silk Bustier, and Lace Mesh Zip Bodysuit for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Poppy Silk Robe and Lace Mesh Zip Bodysuit for a Boudoirathon Styled Shoot at Paisley and Jade, Styling and Florals by Dear Sweetheart Events Katherine Bignon Custom Lingerie Floral Bralette and 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Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events did all of the florals and styling for the day (gorgeous right?!), and the shoot was located at the amazing Paisley and Jade studios in Richmond, VA.  And, we were all so excited when we found out the shoot was picked up for publication on the 100 Layer Cake blog!!

Photography | Boudoirathon

Styling & Florals | Dear Sweetheart Events

Studio | Paisley & Jade

Calligraphy | The Taylor Type

Gold Foil Prints | B is for Bonnie Design

Hair | Brianna B Adams

Makeup | NB Makeup 

Lingerie | Katherine Elizabeth Bridal

 

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Styling for Creatives, A Lingerie Photoshoot with Angela Friedman

April 7th, 2015

I’ve had the pleasure of both interning and working this semester with Angela Friedman, an independent lingerie designer based out of New York City.  I have learned so much from her about running a design business from the ground up, so many new sewing and designing skills, and we’ve had so much fun together!  A […]

 

I’ve had the pleasure of both interning and working this semester with Angela Friedman, an independent lingerie designer based out of New York City.  I have learned so much from her about running a design business from the ground up, so many new sewing and designing skills, and we’ve had so much fun together!  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a styled photoshoot of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection.  We had so much fun that we ran out of garments in the collection before we were ready to stop shooting, so we threw in a few favorites from past collections, as well as sneaking a couple shots of the coming Fall/Winter 2015 collection (I can’t show you those ones quite yet, but just wait til September, because this new collection is BEAUTIFUL!)  It was such a fun and inspiring day, and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time we work together.  If I wasn’t pregnant, I would spend my summer living out of half of these pieces…

From Angela’s blog: “Spring finally seems to be here!  The temperatures are warming up, the sun is shining more and more each day, and all the windows are full of light colors and soft fabrics just begging to be worn.  So in celebration of all things warm and sunny, we thought we’d share a little spring inspiration for some of the things we think pair best with our spring collection!

 Imagine sitting next to the window on a vintage velvet lounge in a delicate bralette and bedjacket, sipping tea, trying on pearls, tasting macarons and perusing your favorite book, getting ready for a makeover and an afternoon luncheon with your best girlfriends, and you’ll be all set for what we have in mind for this spring.”

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Those bralettes… They pair perfectly with a pair of high waisted silk shorts!

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Yes, in the end we got to eat the macarons!

 

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Her lacy eye masks are perfection, I love how they pair with the pearls and the makeup!

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A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Those are my great-grandmother’s vintage lace gloves, it was so much fun to be able to use them!

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

We’re both in love with this striped set, I took way too many pictures of it!

A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

Did you know that little dried flower is part of a cotton plant? It’s gorgeous right?!

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A Styled Flat Photoshoot by Katherine Bignon for Angela Friedman, Styling for Creatives Collaboration

I loved being able to throw in old prints from a Paris on Film photoshoot I did a few years back.

Here’s a link to a post by The Lingerie Addict, with even more pictures of Angela’s gorgeous Spring/Summer 2015 collection!

This is just the first of a few Styling for Creatives collaborations I have had the opportunity to do recently.  Working with designers to help them style their pieces, and then give them a folder of images to use for their marketing needs has been so much fun, and both an incredible learning experience and inspiring at the same time!  It’s been an interesting avenue of my business to explore, I’m loving that I’ve found a way to get back behind my camera again in a way that’s directly relevant to my business and everything I love doing!  I hope you enjoy these images, and there’s definitely more to come soon…

xoxo, Katherine

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Boudoirathon | A Richmond, VA Styled Shoot with Custom Lingerie

January 14th, 2015

There’s something so incredibly beautiful when someone is willing to take a chance on you!  When they say, hey, show me what you can do, I KNOW it will be amazing!  That’s the moment where some of the deepest friendships are formed, and the sweetest memories are made.  I’m still stunned, and honored, when someone […]

 

There’s something so incredibly beautiful when someone is willing to take a chance on you!  When they say, hey, show me what you can do, I KNOW it will be amazing!  That’s the moment where some of the deepest friendships are formed, and the sweetest memories are made.  I’m still stunned, and honored, when someone reaches out to me and says that they would love for me to create their dress for them for their wedding day, or their lingerie for their honeymoon!!

I had one of the best “take a chance on you moments” ever a few months back when two girls who I had never met, got in touch with me asking me to design a few pieces for a styled shoot they were doing.  Kat, with Dear Sweetheart Events is a dear friend of mine, and she was styling the shoot for them, and when she heard it was lingerie, she suggested they reach out to me for a few custom pieces, instead of using something off the rack!  (I LOVE that girl!!) We started chatting, and turns out the shoot was so much more than just a styled boudoir shoot… These two girls, Annmarie and Jessica, were in the process of launching a new photography adventure, entitled “Boudoirathon”, a concept so fun I IMMEDIATELY fell in love!! In their own words, this is who they are:

Boudoirathon with Jessica and Annmarie is a boutique experience intended to empower women and instill confidence in them. By combining glamour, styling, and photography, Jessica and Annmarie highlight both the inner and outer beauty of their clients. Together, through a boudoir marathon, they provide women the experience of shedding vulnerability and expressing their most honest self.

 I LOVE this!! These girls travel around, and host two day long “Boudoirathon’s” shooting the girls in gorgeous hotel rooms, mainly in Massachusetts but they have the dream to be doing this all around the country! The girls are encouraged, empowered, and made to feel extraordinarily beautiful in their own skin.

The styled shoot they were putting together with Kat was for their website launch (and you can find a couple of the images from the shoot scattered around their gorgeous site!! ) and what started with asking for 2-3 pieces turned into an 11 piece collection that we all fell in love with!!  I can’t wait to show you all the stunning images, but for now, here’s a little peek and there’s more scattered throughout my instagram!  The girls are waiting to hear back on a blog submission before we can show you the rest!! (Woohoo!!!)

Putting this collection together stretched me like nothing else has, I learned so many things, and honestly, gained so much more confidence in myself! (It was like they were photographing me or something!!  These girls just have that effect…)

I am SO grateful that they were willing to take that chance on me, and trust me to create their vision for them, and I’m so grateful for friends like Kat who believe in the work I do and are willing to help put my name out there!  I had the amazing opportunity to meet Annmarie last week at Creative at Heart in Virginia, and she is just as sweet in person as she looks!!  I hope you have the opportunity to meet her one day too!

The shoot was at the gorgeous Paisley & Jade studios in Richmond, Virginia.  Kat with Dear Sweetheart Events did all the styling, Calligraphy was provided by Taylor Sites, (who also modeled!), Hair by Brianna Adams, Makeup by Nikki Benedikt, and Bonnie of B is for Bonnie Design shared a gorgeous gold foil print for the styling!

Katherine Bignon Sketches for Boudoirathon Styled Shoot

Floral Bralette and Tulle Skirt Custom Design by Katherine Bignon for Boudoirathon

Custom Floral Robe and Bustier for Boudoirathon by Katherine Bignon

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Lingerie: What to Wear Under Your Wedding Dress

October 15th, 2014

The day I went wedding dress shopping, I walked into the boutique, picked out the first dress I wanted to try on and the first thing they handed me was a slightly bulky, white stretchy bustier with very structured cups and about 10 rows of hooks and eyes on the back to choose which size […]

 

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The day I went wedding dress shopping, I walked into the boutique, picked out the first dress I wanted to try on and the first thing they handed me was a slightly bulky, white stretchy bustier with very structured cups and about 10 rows of hooks and eyes on the back to choose which size fit you best.  What was supposed to be slimming, and help your dress fit over you like a glove, was uncomfortable, awkward, and not all that attractive.  Why?!  If you’re in the most beautiful dress you can imagine, for the day you’ve dreamed about forever, shouldn’t what you wear underneath make you feel just as gorgeous as the actual dress?

I spent the afternoon yesterday dreaming up a couple options that I would love to see worn under a wedding dress, instead of what they tried to hand me that day…  Why not a gorgeous little lace bustier that’s fit to you, or a vintage style high waisted panty and strapless bra set, or a shapewear slip with a beautiful ivory lace and silk panels?

There’s four different options here, to go under any style of dress, all designed to be slimming, and look and make you feel beautiful!

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A bustier with a lace thong.  This bustier laces up in the back to pull you in tight, with a gorgeous lace panel and lines that make you look super slim!  Paired with a lace thong that won’t leave a mark on your hips and show through the dress, it’s perfect for underneath a dress where you need just that little extra bit of support!

Strapless bra with a vintage high waisted panty.  These are my favorite!  I adore high waisted panties! They’re slimming, they hide that awful panty line that shows up at your hips, and they make your dress flow right over.

Shapewear slip.  These are so much fun!  If it’s been fitted to you, it doesn’t have to have the 10 million rows of hook and eyes that the commercial versions have which tend to make the back very uncomfortable.  A good shaping slip will stretch in the right places, slim and tone where it’s needed, and your dress will sit right over top just beautifully!

Another strapless bra set.  This one is my personal favorite of the two!  Gold lace over blush silk?!  I would die to make this for one of my brides!

A silk short bustier paired with a tulle skirt.  Does your dress need a little volume underneath?  Wear a custom tulle skirt underneath instead of the normal crinolines, along with a bustier that’s fit to you and designed to match.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!

 

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Have a great day lovelies!

xoxo

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