What is Boudoir photography?

10 Aug 2012 | Categories: Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

This post is to clarify what Boudoir photography is and to give you a sense of what goes on during one of these sessions. It’s not as intimidating as you might think and a lot of women have expressed genuine interest in this type of photography. So, here we go

Boudoir Photography is back in style…

…and it’s more popular than you might think. This isn’t the bad Glamour Shots of the 80′s. No cheesy boas, no awkward sexy pouts, no harsh glamour lights. It’s about real woman celebrating how beautiful they are through photography. It’s that simple, yet so powerful. Today, it’s all about capturing the essence and beauty of a woman and letting real women be their own supermodel.

 

 

As a boudoir photographer I strive to highlight what makes each woman unique. Yes, EVERY woman has something special about them but we never focus on it because we are too busy harping on the things we hate about our bodies. Here’s an article that I love which talks about why every woman should do this at some point in their lives.

WHAT BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT:
Boudoir photography is not trying to look like a a size 4 Victoria Secret model in the most revealing lingerie. We all know they do not represent the average woman plus they are professional models who have a team of people making them look good at all times, makeup artist, hair stylist, clothing stylist, lighting technicians, post production editors, etc. Boudoir sessions are not highly stylized productions to market to the world. They are intimate and about YOU. So you can be as sexy and as daring as you want to be or you can can be playful and sweet. It’s all up to you.

WHY SHOULD I DO A BOUDOIR SESSION?
Do this as a gift for a significant other for an anniversary, birthday, engagement or wedding present. Can you just imagine his face when he sees these striking pictures of you? An album of your top 10-15 images is all you need for a gift that will be unforgettable. Forget those boring cuff links!

Get a few of your girlfriends together and have a party! Boudoir Parties are a great way to get your girlfriends together for a Bachelorette party, bridal party or birthday party. If you have a minimum of 4 people you can have your own Boudoir Marathon session at a great price.

Do this as a gift for yourself, birthday, Christmas, graduation, whatever! A Boudoir session is a great opportunity to really feel beautiful inside and out. Not only will you look amazing, but you will feel amazing about yourself. It’s a guaranteed confidence booster! It’s time to stop being so hard on yourself and appreciate how good you look NOW, And the ultimate way to embrace your beauty? Through beautiful images of yourself that will last forever. You can make a small book and flip through to remind yourself how awesome you really are. A perfect reminder that you can go back over and over again for those not so fabulous days

It doesn’t matter who you do it for. Either way, I can guarantee it will be a fun, once-in-a-lifetime, confidence-boosting experience!

WHAT GOES ON IN A BOUDOIR SESSION?
A typical Glam session lasts about two hours and I will guide you every step of the way. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to pose or don’t know what you are doing. I have a ton of flattering pose ideas and will help you throughout the session. Remember, I am a professional photographer with a keen eye for what looks good so I promise to make you look amazing! During a Glam session you will have time for 2-3 outfit changes and for a Marathon session 1-2 outfit changes.

WHERE ARE BOUDOIR SESSIONS HELD?
Typically a Boudoir session is done at a chic hotel here in NYC. If you do a Boudoir Party with three of your friends you can spend the afternoon in a cool Manhattan hotel. This is a great idea for a bachelorette party or a bridal shower. If you have a specific location in mind we can work together to create your own package.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
This is entirely up to you. What ever you choose you should feel sexy, confident and comfortable in. If you need help in this area a good place to start is a store like Journelle, here in NYC. They have a knowledgeable sales staff who make you feel really comfortable. Remember, you don’t have to wear sexy lingerie if that’s not you. You can wear something like a white button up shirt and stockings if you are a little conservative. If you are more daring then the sky’s the limit! If you have no clue then a black bra and panties work every time. Bring a pair of sexy heals to make your legs look a mile long and some accessories to complete the look. If you don’t have any, don’t worry I have a lot of jewelry in my boudoir collection. We can play around with your outfits to come up with some different looks.

WHAT ABOUT HAIR AND MAKEUP?
Hair & makeup is included in all my sessions. It is a huge part of this experience and I have the best artist that reflect my style. Remember, these are glam shots and you’ll want your hair and make up to compliment the look and feel of the session, which is going to be sexy and fabulous!

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR IMAGES
So, you have these amazing images of yourself sitting in a folder on your computer and you’re not sure what to do with them. The session will be a great experience in itself, but you’re going to want to do something with these images to keep reminding yourself of how fun it was, how you felt, and how damn good you look ! Here are a few suggestions…[divider]
If you are doing this for someone else, you can make a small book out of the top 10-15 images. You don’t need a wedding sized album, you just need a simple and sleek album that can be flipped though easily. This would be a great wedding, anniversary, christmas, or birthday gift. If you are doing this for yourself then you should have a small book made so you can look at yourself in awe any time you want. Another option would be to print out a few and frame them for your dressing area, bathroom, nightstand or any private place in your home. You can do whatever you want with these images, but the point is to get them off of your computer and have them visible in some form so you can appreciate how good you look and to remember how you felt that day.

HOW TO BOOK A SESSION
Ok so you’re feeling pretty good about taking the next step towards a Boudoir session. What next? You can click here to email me if you are interested and would like to set up a time to speak about your session. You can also ask me more specific questions if you have them.

Boudoir Marathon sessions happen every few months so if you’d like to be notified when the next one is going to happen click here to sign up to my newsletter and you’ll be the first to know about the session and get priority over others. Keep in mind these marathon sessions that I put together will have limited spaces so act quickly.

If you have specific questions then feel free to email me directly at info@michellehayesphotos.com or give me a call 347.684.1088.

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