As a luxury boudoir photographer, I have heard just about every misconception imaginable. Some clients come in nervously, or call me with timid apprehension, wondering what boudoir is all about, and how to book their own session. I have photographed many different genres over the years, and each type is very special to me. But boudoir is something that has become one of my favorites; maybe it’s because I am getting older and appreciate the changes a woman goes through with motherhood and changes in their body. Making a woman look and feel beautiful is the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done. It’s the greatest gift to have a client look at her images and feel truly beautiful.
I want to share a few misconceptions about boudoir here on the blog, so you can feel confident booking with me, and in what you are truly signing up for:
-Boudoir is about a positive emotional experience: A common misconception is that boudoir is akin to pornography, and that you have to be nude. This is far from what truly happens in these sessions: it’s about feeling confident in your own skin, and feeling like a woman. It can be incredibly healing for women who are going through a hard season in their lives or health, and it can bring out your natural confidence. It is not a sexual type of photography, but there is no shame in feeling sexy!
-It is for every body type! There is no one type that is perfect for boudoir; it is not about being a Victoria’s Secret model, and everyone has insecurities with different parts of their bodies. Whether you have been left with stretch marks after having children, you may not love your tummy, thighs, or tush. With many hours of experience, I have learned how to flatter everyone’s shape with posing and styling. That way, you can embrace and love yourself, because you are beautiful just the way you are!
-It’s normal to be a little nervous: Nearly every client who comes to me for a boudoir shoot feels those nerves of getting so vulnerable in front of the camera! This is why you should look for a photographer who is compassionate, caring, and someone who can relate. In all honesty, I am no spring chicken, and I have insecurities with my body just like any other woman. I relate to every woman who walks into my studio, and I never judge. It is my job to celebrate your beauty and empower you to have fun, and feel your best! I will also help you pose, so you don’t need to be stressed about “not knowing” what to do. I never ask a client to do anything they’re not comfortable with, and I will demonstrate poses when possible. I also carefully style you so everything is right before I take the photos.
We make sure you look amazing! It is not all about the lingerie. This is often a source of stress to some clients, but rest assured, when you book with me, you will receive a lingerie guide which will walk you through the best choices for your body type. It outlines which bras are best, and the different items you can bring to get a variety of looks. Some of the sexiest shots are in off-the-shoulder sweaters or team jerseys! I have a style consult with each client a few weeks before the shoot so you feel completely prepared and comfortable! We also provide professional hair and makeup, which also is a chance for you to feel pampered and relaxed (and one less thing for you to think about). Our makeup artist uses airbrush makeup which gives you that flawless look!
-We never distribute your images without permission: Many clients wonder what happens to their very personal images after the shoot. I never share these with anyone without your express written consent, so you can feel confident I protect your privacy. These are YOUR images, and sharing them is your choice!
Boudoir is about REAL women. They are women in all stages of life, and going through all kinds of different circumstances. They come in to do portraits for all kinds of reasons: empowerment, confidence, celebration, healing, for a loved one, or just to experience something new and fun for themselves.
Boudoir is for YOU, and you’re worth it!