How I Started
I have been a photographer for eight years now. I wasn’t always a boudoir-exclusive photographer; I dabbled in families, newborns, couples, and weddings as well. I had my first boudoir session when I reached out to one of my friends. I wanted to “try something out,” I told her. I had no clue that this would be my entire life in the coming years.
After I posted my first boudoir shoot, I had more and more women who wanted to try one out. And without fail, the reaction to their photos each time was one with overwhelming excitement and a surge of confidence. It was more than just a, “I love them, thanks!” Women were texting me paragraphs about how they’d never loved their bodies so much, and that they’ve never felt so confident before. I really enjoyed the company of the women I photographed. It was like hanging out with friends, except they were in lingerie and I was taking their photos. It was way more fun and meaningful to me, knowing what they’d be feeling once they saw their photos.
I decided to delve knee-deep into boudoir photography. I felt like these women deserved a whole day of pampering with someone who lives, eats, and breathes body positivity & neutrality, because the feeling they get when they look at their photos for the first time DESERVED a whole day of prepping and pampering. I knew the feeling of seeing yourself in this light deserved the feeling of pampering to go along with it.
Boudoir Changes Lives
For me, Boudoir should not be just a quick photoshoot. I find that most women take AT LEAST 45 minutes to feel comfortable, and that is not enough time for a one-hour photoshoot. A shoot with me is a full day of self-pampering. We will start with mimosas, hair & makeup, pick out outfits from my client wardrobe and then move on to the photoshoot. After we’re done posing for the day, I’ll send the client out to lunch somewhere nearby while I edit and retouch all of the images. I don’t make clients look like a different person – I believe our bodies deserve love how they are – but I will retouch things like blemishes, bruises, etc. When the client come back from lunch we will see all of the photos the same day. After that, we will design and curate what art and products that the client will want to make from their images.
My absolute favorite part of my job is getting to know my clients and their vulnerabilities, and then seeing how their view of themselves have changed after seeing their Boudoir Photos. I know Boudoir can change lives, and even just shooting it, has changed my own. Hearing so many women’s stories has opened my eyes up to see how alike we are – we all have insecurities and worries – and in reality, these insecurities that we worry so much about are nonexistent through someone else’s eyes. Boudoir has taught me and countless other women to be gentler and kinder to themselves – that they are enough.