Boudoir: How to Say It & Embrace ItSeptember 18, 2014
[ ˈbo͞oˌdwär ]
1. a woman’s bedroom or private room 2. Bailey’s definition: An experience designed to focus on & celebrate you, right now, in all your radiant beauty.
About a year ago, I felt a quiet tug on my heart to capture women & help them celebrate their own gorgeousness. Thus began my Luxury Boudoir Sessions for women.
The “luxury” part of the experience isn’t meant to be overblown or extravagant. Although I include a hotel room with all of my collections (& a glass of bubbly on arrival, of course!), my goal is to keep things simple, fun, and empowering for my lovely clients.
Sure, a boudoir session might give you butterflies — but that’s totally normal! I hear this all the time from women: “I promise, I don’t normally do things like this!” as if Boudoir is taboo. I want to remove that stigma.
There is nothing “dirty” or forbidden about a Boudoir session. The experience is about celebrating you, which, let’s face it, can be a tough thing for American women to embrace.
Boudoir is about beauty. It’s about capturing you in the present, from your artful curves to your authentic laughter. It might include lace & lingerie, or your cutest PJ shorts. It could mean yoga pants, or a men’s white dress shirt. The resulting images may be a gift for your honey, or a gift for yourself. Sometimes it’s both, and that’s beautiful, too.
Often, my gals will elect to have hair & makeup done on-site. They’ll roll out of bed & head to our hotel, where I await with mimosas & muffins. Usually my fave ladies from The Colour Lounge will be there to doll you up. They’ll ask a few questions about your hair & makeup, to ensure you are 100% comfortable with the finished look. Whether you prefer a natural glow or a more glam vibe, they’ll tailor your look to fit your personality & style. This is a great time to unwind & release your jitters before we start shooting. We’ll share some girl talk, and in less than an hour, you’ll be ready to roll!
Although we focus a lot on what you wear & how you look, the purpose of Boudoir runs deeper. Time & again, I witness real, raw transformation during my sessions. Almost every woman arrives feeling nervous (like I said, butterflies are normal). But within a half hour of shooting, her demeanor changes. She stands a little taller, her eyes shine a little brighter, and a natural glow starts to radiate.
And not to worry — my clients are real women with zero modeling experience. Just bring your pretty self, then leave the movement & direction up to me. Sometimes I’ll guide you or give you a little activity to get you giggling. At other times, I’ll observe how you move naturally & capture that authenticity. I will be there to coach you every step of the way & help you love what your mama gave you!
Thanks to the gorgeous Eva for giving me the opportunity to share a few images from her session!