11 May Why I’m A Boudoir Photographer
Why Boudoir Photography?
Sometimes find it hard to put into words why I shoot boudoir photography. To me, it is so much more than photos. It’s about self-acceptance, body positivity, and art. It is about getting glammed up and laughing your booty off with me. It’s about the transformation that takes place between the time you walk in my studio and walk back out that door, and on way more levels than just physical. It is about feeling beautiful, and that is something I believe every person deserves.
I started shooting boudoir photography because I had an unhealthy obsession with healing my inner child. I grew up being bullied for my weight, height, glasses, literally everything. When I learned to love myself it was like my soul was set on fire to show others how to love themselves too.
At that point I was 5.5 years deep into the wedding industry and knew I wanted to use my photography to accomplish my mission of self love.
Women tell me they feel they can’t look “that beautiful” because they feel too tall. weigh too much, or have too many stretch marks. I loved showing them the photos from their shoot and showing that they CAN, in fact, feel beautiful. Seeing their reactions to their pictures changed me. From that moment on, I knew I had found my passion.
If fact I was so determined that I left the wedding world for this amazing path.
It was now my job to be a mirror for my clients. Not the mirror that the world shows you that shames you, but the one who sees past all of the lumps, bruises, and imperfections. The one that shows you your sparkle.
The transformation that takes place in our studio is the best part of the whole experience for us.
When woman arrives in my studio, most of the time she’s nervous, sometimes even visibly nervous. Shaky hands and voices, sweaty hands and faces are things see all the time. Once they sit in the chair to get their
hair and makeup done, the transformation begins. Our clients slowly starts to shed those signs and feelings of nervousness and anxiousness.
Then we get to play dress up in our client closet. We get to try on all kinds of lingerie in different cuts and colors to pick the perfect pieces for your session…..
The BAM! The magic starts… We start shooting!
The first series of poses is normally on our bed and are truly designed to get you warmed up. When I show our client the back of the camera after the first series, I usually hear “OH MY GOD, that’s me? NO WAY that’s me!”. As we go into the next series and then the next, the laughter and smiles start to out.
Then she starts to feel sexy. The sexy eyes come out. And you can tell that it’s starting to click with them. By the time ve finish the session and go into the reveal, we’re friends- sometimes besties.
We’ve just shared an experience that they will always remember. We’ve laughed and shared stories about our lives. Once I show them their pictures on the flat screen, their jaws drop. They see themselves like they never have before. of This is one of the amazing thing about boudoir photography. I get a chance to show them how I see them, how their spouse sees them and I get to be their mirror. When they walk out that door, their smiling so big and they can’t wait to tell all their friends about what they just did.
A Little Piece of My "Why" ...
I started to think about the photos I was in and how my daughter would be able to look back and remember me if I wasn’t around anymore. Would I want her to remember me being ashamed of my body and hiding from the camera? Nope. Would I want her to not have any photos of me at all? Absolutely not! Maybe one day when she was older she’d even appreciate these photos of me.
For me, boudoir photography is a celebration of your body and who you truly are. I take pride in being able to show women how to celebrate their bodies, their battles and their victories.
I am definitely a very lucky girl, and I am so grateful for every single one of you.
Let me help remind you of how to love and be proud of yourself!