Chicago based photographer Crystal is the founder and head photographer of Ann Drake Photography. I became familiar with Crystal’s work a few years ago, and was lucky enough to work with her on a boudoir photo set last year. I began working with various professional photographers about 2 years ago while struggling with body dysmorphia after regaining some weight I’d previously lost. Working with talented photographers like Crystal has really helped me improve my body image, and I highly recommend booking a photo session with a photographer whose work you admire as a way of cultivating self-love and self esteem. (Crystal recently wrote about the important of boudoir photography for people of all sizes, and is very talented at shooting all types of bodies!)
I was in the throes of writing a conference paper when I did my photo shoot with Crystal, drowning in books, so I asked her to incorporate the books into the pictures! The final result was a sort of nerd-chic themed boudoir photo set:
Needless to say, I was very pleased with the outcome. I’ve been consistently impressed by the beauty and diverse imagery Crystal creates in her portraits, so I spoke to her about her creative process and am excited to share some of her work with you.
Location: Uptown, Chicago