Right before I shot my first session many years ago I remember feeling this nervous energy--butterflies in my stomach, heart racing, nervous giggles. The session went more perfectly than could be imagined, and my client walked away smiling. She loved her photos and her husband cried when he saw them...all-in-all, a successful session.
I still feel those nerves when I shoot, but for a different reason. I can see it reflected on my client's faces, and I know what they're going through. There are a lot of connotations that surround the idea of "boudoir" photography; it's risqué, taboo, something strange. Boudoir, in fact, is none of those things. Boudoir photography is something to be celebrated. It's a woman choosing to spend time on herself in a way most people don't ; To have images that are the combination of her daring and her creativity. It's about a woman stepping out of a comfort zone that society has arranged for us, where being seen in your bra and underwear is somehow more shameful than being seen in a string bikini on the beach.
I believe it's time to forget those strange ideas people have about boudoir and take a classy and timeless approach to the subject. Let's celebrate your beauty in a unique way you'll never forget. Let's get butterflies and nervous giggles for creating something so outrageously amazing you won't be able to stop talking about it. It's time for a revolution on the subject, so from here on out I'm going to be taking a new approach to sessions. Every session is going to be styled to the nines because portraits like these should be every bit as luxurious as you would expect. Let's revolutionize the boudoir industry standard and bring editorial images into the open, showing the world that your beauty is something to be celebrated.