Lingerie shoots are never easy. I always leave a lingerie shoot feeling like I’ve just done a pilates class. I can’t speak for all women but for me it’s a natural instinct to engage my abdominal muscles with all my might when I’m getting around in lingerie. Add to that the fact that I’m wearing heels to make my legs look longer and slimmer, and it makes for quite a workout.
It’s very rare that the garments fit perfectly, they’re usually too big and that’s fairly easily fixed with silicone fillets, pins and toilet roll (stylist’s secret weapon). Actually, there isn’t much that can’t be fixed if the garment is too big, but when it’s too small we run into trouble. This usually happens when the client is expanding their range to include plus sizes (no pun intended) and they don’t have access to the larger samples in time for the shoot. When garments are too small, the scissors come out and in one particular horror story, the stylist and I were dealing with a too small g-string.
The offending g-string was snipped in two places. Now I ask you, how does a g-string stay on when it’s been snipped in two places? Gaffer tape, that’s how. The stylist had no option but to tape what was left of the g-string to my derrière and I was good to go…sideways, with my back to whatever wall I could find.
I don’t want to frighten anyone who has an upcoming lingerie shoot. This scenario is very rare and, as far as I know, has only happened to me. Having said that, it’s a good idea to approach all lingerie shoots with your sense of humour intact and, if you see fit, say a little prayer to the retouching gods on your way out.