This summer I had the pleasure of helping Jessica create a wedding gift that her fiancee, Ashleigh, would never forget. I always adore doing boudoir shoots, but they feel extra exciting when we do the shoot in secret. I'm sure anyone who has ever planned a surprise for a loved one can relate to this feeling. Even if the “purpose” of the shoot is to create a gift for a partner, I think the person doing the shoot gets a lot out of it too. Boudoir is all about honoring the best parts of yourself, inside and out. It's empowering to celebrate what you're all about. I think in most cases, the person receiving the photos already knew how awesome their partner is, but that doesn't mean they don't appreciate the beautiful, artistic expression of their partner's love. There's nothing more powerful than saying, “I'm pretty awesome, and I'm all yours!”
I just want to take a second to thank Jessica for bringing her all to the shoot and trusting in my efforts. As you can see, she is a gorgeous lady who does a damn fine job in front of the camera. Keep shining, my friend :)
In honor of Valentine's Day I have decided to make a compilation of some of my favorite boudoir photo shoots from the past year. I hope these photographs make you feel curious, captivated, and maybe even inspired. Boudoir photography demands a lot of both the photographer and the model. These shoots are hard work and can seem intimidating at first, but in the end they are absolutely worth it. In the end, they are truly a lot of fun.
Aside from actually taking the photos, my favorite part of the shoot is the fashion. Before beginning a photo shoot, I look forward to going over clothing selections with my clients. It is always fun to see the outfit each woman puts together, how they style their hair, the jewelry they select, and of course the shoes. By the time we begin shooting most nerves are long gone, and the real fun begins.
A lot of these shoots are planned as gifts for a spouse, but really it is a gift for the model too. I dare you to have a boudoir shoot and not feel excited and empowered afterwards. We could probably all use a little practice in true self love and self confidence. I think boudoir shoots are a great way to celebrate being a woman and all the many complicated, wonderful, and beautiful beings that we are.
I want to say a big thank you to all my brave beautiful boudoir clients for letting me take part in such an awesome experience. I hope you cherish your photos and have a very Happy Valentine's Day!