Why Boudoir? Why now?
I will openly admit that not only have I just been shooting boudoir for a short period of time, but I hadn’t even heard of it that long ago. When I did, I studied on it. The techniques, the form, the technical aspects. I read tips, studied poses and listened to stories. Then I shot one. THEN I had mine done (by the talented miss Heather Evans Smith). I figured the only way to really understand how these women feel in front of the camera was to put myself there as well. Heather did a stunning job and I gave them to Andy for our anniversary, which of course he loved.
Along the way of learning and doing, though – shooting boudoir has become one of my most favorite things to shoot. Being a female means a lot of different things to a lot of different women – but actually feeling like one and reveling in the fact that we are amazing species I think is important for every woman to take part in at least once in their life. We are so hard on ourselves day in and day out – so tired and run down. Sometimes, so taken advantage of, putting ourselves on the back burner to take care of children, sick parents or pets, starting our own businesses or even trying to keep the job we have in such a tough economy – that we lose touch with who we are. That inside, we are still soft, gentle, beautiful and amazing ladies. We are vulnerable every day, but we don’t always see a positive outcome from being in that position. I love, more than anything, the look on my clients’ face when they see themselves vulnerable, relaxed and stunning and think “Wow, I am beautiful!” I think it is SO important for women to feel beautiful and secure within themselves, and that is why I love doing boudoir photography. It is classy, timeless, sensual, elegant, relaxing and needed. It means a lot to me as a woman to help another woman gain self awareness and feel beautiful about themselves, especially in a world where women are often the ones that are so incredibly hard on each other. This makes my job as a photographer worth every struggle that comes along. If you are interested in talking about or scheduling a boudoir session for yourself, please contact me.