I’ve always said I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking my clients to allow me to share their boudoir photos if I wasn’t comfortable sharing my own. I also believe that as a boudoir photographer it is integral for you to get in front of the camera and experience what your client goes through. I did this session almost five years ago already! 😳 I have shared one here and there, along with some boudoir self portraits I have done, but I’ve never really talked about my experience. But first I want to back up and talk about why I chose boudoir and what I love about it.
I first was introduced and fell in love with boudoir photography in college. I picked up an old PPA magazine from the shelf in the classroom that had an article about boudoir. I was instantly intrigued and wanted to learn more about why this was popular (and at that time it wasn’t anywhere NEAR as popular as it is now). I think I even still have the article. At that time it was promoted mostly as “a great wedding/anniversary gift for your spouse,” as more and more women, and now even men, are doing boudoir sessions, I see more photographers marketing it as something to do for yourself! Boudoir sessions are empowering and confidence boosting. ❤ The thing that I love the most is that beautiful photos of yourself isn’t just for one age group. We all struggle with insecurities and we all deserve to feel beautiful and confident. This may not be the choice for everyone but “great things never came from comfort zones!” I’ve photographed women who just turned 21 to women who were turning 50 and they each have their own reason for doing so. 👊🏻 (And just to clear this up, I ONLY share your images if you give me permission, which is not required!)
I used the “gift” excuse for my first session. I had these taken before our wedding in 2014 and gifted the album to my soon-to-be-husband. He LOVED them, but let’s be real, I look at the album way more than he does. 😉 It makes me feel like a badass and it’s always a nice boost on those days you’re feeling particularly down on yourself. My next session I’ll be doing for me! I already have so many ideas. 💭📸
I chose to do my session at my sister’s house. My photographer didn’t have a studio, I’d never get my husband out of our house for it to be a surprise and our bedroom is one room that hasn’t been updated.
Gather outfits - I love classic black and I found so many cool leather jacket photos so I knew I wanted to include that. Since this was a wedding gift I also included my veil and the boots I was going to wear for our wedding.
Hair & Makeup - That morning I went to the salon and got my hair done but chose to do my own makeup for this one. I definitely want to get that done as well next time. Hair and makeup is a service I hope to be able to include in my packages soon!
Arrive & Relax - Throw on some music. I knew my photographer and am comfortable with her so I wasn’t too concerned about that part, but many women are. Just remember your photographer has done this before. We will guide you through the whole process.
Final Images - I received my final, retouched images a couple weeks after my session and I loved them all! Especially those crisp black and whites!
Printed Album - There is nothing more satisfying that seeing your photos in print! With my final images we designed a 6.5 x 6.5 leather bound album with 10 full page spreads (next time I’m going bigger!) This is the base product that I offer with my boudoir sessions. They are simple and beautiful. See below for photos of my album.
Are you ready?!
I hope this gives you a little idea on what a boudoir session entails. Watch for more details on the services I offer coming soon. If you have any questions before that, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m more than happy to answer any questions, show you some samples of my work or talk about ideas for your own session!