Washington DC Boudoir Photography
Recently I had a former bride of my request a boudoir portrait session as a gift for her husband on their first Christmas as a married couple. What could possibly be a more personal or intimate gift? The thing is, however, I’d never shot a boudoir session before, so it was a first for me as well. Nervous though I was to try something new, it went very well! The client absolutely loves her photos, and has made comments like “Ive never felt pretty before I saw myself in those photos” and “I cant believe that’s me in those photos!” She says its been an amazing boost to her confidence and self-esteem and she knows her husband is going to flip out (in a good way!) when he gets the album for Christmas.
And that, right there, is what I love about being a portrait photographer- making person feel good about themselves, see how they are beautiful, and to make them happy. My favorite part of this job is not depositing the checks (which I do like, of course), but seeing peoples reactions when I deliver their wedding album, or seeing how a great senior portrait session can boost a teen’s confidence,e or in this case, a boudoir session can make a woman feel beautiful for the first time. Those are the moments I
Lets talk a minute about boudoir and what it is and isn’t. Wikipedia tells me, literally, boudoir means a lady’s private bedroom… alrighty then. Photographically, its a style of intimate and personal portrait photography of a lady as a gift for her man- Christmas, anniversary, etc, or, even better, to celebrate herself and indulge herself. Maybe she’s celebrating a health or fitness goal, maybe she wants to remember herself pre-child birth, or, celebrate getting her figure back after child birth. Or, best of all maybe she just wants to spoil herself and feel beautiful! Whatever the reason, its most commonly shot in a classy, upscale hotel or the clients home. Attire can be anything from sexy little pajamas to one of her husbands dress shirts to classy and sexy lingerie- there’s no limits on what can be worn or not worn. But what boudoir isn’t- it’s not porn. it’s not explicit. The poses aren’t overly suggestive, nudity is more often implied than shown, and, really the woman is often wearing far more clothing than she would be for a day at the beach.
Now the big part. You’re a girl. I’m a guy. I can understand how you’d be a little shy or even nervous about being in your unmentionables in front of a guy you probably don’t know so well. Makes sense. But, I always have a female assistant with me on all shoots and what I said above stands- you’re likely going to be far more covered up than you would be for a day at the beach in front of hundreds of strangers with cell phone cameras. The point is, I’m a discreet professional who keeps all your photos private. And of course you’re always welcome to bring a girlfriend or your sister or anyone you want!
So, back to this shoot from the other day. I promised Ms. M I wouldn’t use her identifying information or post photos of her face here, so the selection of images I can show is a bit limited. However, if you’re a past or former bride of mine, or just a lady looking to spoil yourself or your husband, Id be glad to share the full series with you and discuss your options. Terra Dawn posted a great blog post about boudoir- what it is and what it isn’t. Give it a read, then shoot me an email and let’s see what we can do! And no, it’s no too late to do this in time for a Christmas gift!