When creating my magazine background some time back, I discovered that I had a number of cutouts that were more appropriate for risqué photos than for senior portraits like originally planned, so I set them aside and made a separate background. Then when I got my chance to shoot someone against it, our pictures ended up pushing the envelope more than I originally had in mind. It was at this point that I started considering the possibility of adding boudoir photography to our options.
I’ve never officially been a boudoir photographer, but this shoot showed me that I can apply my own fashion style of shooting to create a different style of boudoir portraits than most are used to getting. Once the door was opened on this shoot, we ended up having fun trying different ideas beyond what we originally had in mind. By the way, all the styling was done with Jenny the Updo Queen, out of Cookeville. This shoot was a collaborative project between the two of us. She’s an awesome stylist, and I’ve decided that all session prices will include her styling fee so that she does styling on any future boudoir sessions I book.
I do not plan on going full boar into boudoir photography, but I do plan on making it available from this point on. I do believe there is something extremely special about such intimate types of portraits. There’s a tremendous amount of trust that must be had with the photographer to make one’s self so vulnerable to the camera. But the results are enormous for the women that do it. Let me share a brief story to explain what I mean.
I had a female friend years ago during my early years of learning photography. She’d recently come out of a physically abusive situation and had some serious self-esteem struggles resulting from it. I was in the Navy still at the time, but when I come home on leave I ended up doing a photoshoot with her (on film by the way). These photos helped her to once again realize that she was a beautiful, strong woman, even under the bruises that still appeared in the photos. For her, those photos were the best therapy she got and it got her back on her feet again. Photography is intimate and personal, and I love being apart of that kind of connection with people.
Granted not everyone’s reasoning for wanting such intimate photos will be as extreme as my friend’s situation, but such photos can be and should be empowering. They should built self-esteem by showing how beautiful a woman is. Some great reasons for getting boudoir photos made are holiday gifts, wedding day gifts, celebrating times in life, or even capturing your body’s prime physical condition. There’s lot of reasons to do boudoir pictures, and if you’d like for me to do them, then you can now come to me for a boudoir photography session.
At the moment I am looking at three different investment level packages. All include a pre-session consultation so that we can discuss in detail about expectations, the sessions, and more. They also include styling and an in person viewing and sales appointment where you’ll experience your images via projection and make your selections for your products. Depending on the session package you select will determine your session time, outfit changes, number of sets, and print credits. Currently all my pricing is based on staying in my studio, but I have no problem doing a session on location if desired.
At the moment I do not have plans on creating a separate website for boudoir photography since I’m not primarily marketing myself as local boudoir photographer, but this new service will be available by request. If you have any questions or want to schedule yourself a session, please let me know.
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