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Sexy And I Know It

Every time a gentleman calls me about getting a dudoir session, I get excited! I love it when guys are looking to use dudoir to help them regain self-confidence. Graeme, not his real name of course, had just gone through some really tough times, and wanted to do dudoir in part to help him feel sensual again for himself. I think it’s really brave for men to do something like that, to allow me to look into their world when they’re struggling with their self-concept and give them a piece of my mind – in a totally different way than you usually interact with a stranger.

My man Graeme chose our “Faceless Man” option, so unfortunately I can’t show you those sexy, daring eyes, or that full-out laughter, but he had a totally fantastic time at the session and the photos show that. It was a blast working with him. As you can see, Graeme’s body is not necessarily model material, but because that’s not what dudoir is about, it doesn’t matter. He’s exactly the kind of man I think can benefit most from a session like this.

Graeme may not have entered the session feeling all that great about himself, but once the photos came back he was thrilled. He’s sexy, and now he knows it.

 

That’s What She Said

She said she was unphotogenic, that she rarely liked any pictures of her because she looked bad. That’s what she said, anyway. She even booked one of my longer packages, just to make sure something would turn out. What do you think of how she looks in these? She works as a mechanic – often as one of the guys, and I absolutely love how she brought the biggest wrench she could find home with her – and that she’d actually had to use it in real life before. Pretty awesome.
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Blonde Bombshell

A great example of how a person doesn’t need lingere to take amazing boudoir photos, I had a fabulous time with this down-to-earth woman. Her choices of a tight t-shirt and an open blouse, some camouflage and zebra print underwear with killer black pumps, and tasteful nudes made her a gorgeous package of images. Allison participated in my all-time favourite stagette boudoir party.

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Jean’s Boudoir

Working with Jean was a great pleasure! In her case, working in her lovely home with the cute inscription, “Always kiss me goodnight” on her wall, it was a comfortable and sweet time to laugh and enjoy each other’s company while I worked. In a unique and quite fun twist of events, her husband was in their home helping to care for their young sons, and he was a part of our consultation, and was open with me about the things he found most attractive about his wife – among them, her ears. “I just think her ears are super cute!” he told me. So I made sure to highlight them in a few photos just for him! Most people like to do their boudoir as a surprise, but remember that it can also be a collaborative event, a way of creating something even more personal. Remember that though I do have studio space available, I am also an expert at working inside your home for a more comfortable experience.

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Boudoir Reasons: April’s Story

Recently I had a wonderful experience working with a plus-sized client who was obviously beautiful inside and out. She told me that she had chosen me because she had seen larger ladies as a part of my portfolio, and because she believed I did beautiful work. It seems she wasn’t disappointed! As she was able to see first her previews and then her final images  she said the photos were “in one word… AMAZING. Thank you so much, I knew I could trust you with this.” That felt really humbling, and it struck me to my core – I had been trusted. I was aware that people were trusting me with their photos, but nobody had really put it into words before. I hadn’t thought about just how much they were entrusting me with until I saw it said like that. What a gift to be entrusted with something so personal – the fragile self-esteem of someone who is learning to love themselves, as we all are to some degree. It’s epic. Epically scary. And really, almost everyone I work with falls into that category.

Some people have already found that trust in themselves, and they come to boudoir ready to embrace themselves, ready for that joy. Others, like April, are a little earlier in the process of self-acceptance. You can see the courage and its counterpart, the fear, behind their eyes as they are embarking on the journey of boudoir photos with me. I can also tell these people when they say, “I’m just not the kind of person who would ever do this!”

Ironically, about 90% of my clients say that. I think I’d be out of business if only ladies who were the kind of person to immediately be attracted to getting a boudoir session signed up with me! I also think it’s a sign I’m doing this right. I set out to do boudoir because I wanted it to matter.

This particular client was the largest lady I’ve worked with so far. I almost never know what someone is going to look like when they open their door. It’s rare for me to meet the people I work with in advance except in cases of pretty bad anxiety about the session, and I confess I actually enjoy the challenge of finding the beauty in a person through my lens when I see them for the first time. It wasn’t hard to find the beauty in April, really. Her smiles lit up the room, and her story about the love of her life changing her feelings about how she looked really resonated with me, because that’s my story too. It made me feel kind of melty inside actually, hearing my story in someone else’s life. There’s some pretty awesome men out there, ladies, don’t you deny it!

I was nervous at first, knowing that I was being trusted with a relatively new and fragile self-esteem, but when I got home and saw that the photos had actually turned out very well, I was hopeful. Maybe they would really mean something. Maybe, as almost every artist and dreamer I know hopes from time to time, I am doing something that makes a difference.

April had decided to do this session as a gift for her fiance on their upcoming destination wedding and honeymoon, something she said she’d never have done without his supportive words about her loveliness  and those of her friends. Her maid of honor for her upcoming wedding was apparently very encouraging, and she ended up showing her the images as well, and getting a really positive response. In two weeks, her fiance will see them, and I suspect given what she was saying about how lovely he finds her that he will find them quite precious.

April – not her real name – has a job in a sensitive field and was really happy that my contract provided a Fully Private option. (You can find out more about my three contractual options at my FAQ. Clients who take the time to read through it often find it helps prepare them to have a session.)  I have never heard of a case of someone being stalked because of their photos being posted on a boudoir site (and trust me, it would be news) and I swear it’s not something anyone should worry about, but there’s definitely some people out there who wouldn’t necessarily understand boudoir for the self-esteem enhancer side so much, and I understand why some families and workplaces may be intolerant of any deviation from what is considered normal. When I asked if I could share her story and deviate from our contract with this one image that couldn’t identify her, she graciously agreed, and said “If it means more ladies can work with you like I did, whether for them or their partners, I’m all for that.” I remember taking this photo actually, and telling her sometimes the beauty is really found in the details.

I hope that if you are coming here on the fence about getting boudoir because your self-esteem isn’t great, you’ll consider that maybe this could help you. And for me – maybe I can make a difference. Here and there, maybe I can help someone find a way to love themselves more. If that’s something I am remembered for, I will be grateful to have had the chance to be a force for good. Self-worth and self-esteem for everyone!

Ashley’s Outdoor Boudoir

For those of you ladies who aren’t a big fan of showing a lot of skin, but want some lovely pictures, I’d suggest doing something like Ashley did – finding an amazing corset and going from there. I’d also recommend an outdoor session like this one if you’re brave enough or know of a good private space! In this case, one of Ashley’s family has a lovely backyard that they allowed us to work in, and the results are stunning, I think!

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Candice’s “Vegas” Themed Room Boudoir

I had the privilege of working with Candice for an extended shoot in one of the themed rooms in the famed Fantasyland Hotel – and she graciously allowed me to post any images I wanted – which was great, because seldom do I get to work in a room as grandiose as this one with so pretty a lady! The only hard thing was dealing with the sun-and-clouds day since the light in the room varied wildly from one moment to the next – but I worked with it and found some amazing moments. This is a wedding gift for her man, and I think he’s going to love it.

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Are you considering boudoir as a gift for that special someone?
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