I am always honored when a client allows me to share any images from their session and even more honored when they write such a sweet testimonial about their experience with Monica and I that we can share with all of you:
This is all about YOU. Your Boudoir Session is your chance to showcase your own unique style.
There are no rules about what to wear,
only that you must LOVE everything you bring!
You don't need to go shopping for your boudoir shoot unless you want to, and you certainly don't have to spend a fortune to find some great items that you can rock at your shoot!
My sessions have time for three different outfits and then one nude or "in-the-sheets" look at the end! I do recommend trying to incorporate different styles (lingerie set, bodysuit, clothing piece, etc.) as well as some color, but if you're an all black eeeeverything girl, that's fine too!
Bring whatever you love! Use this as an opportunity to showcase your unique style and personal taste!
Boudoir Session Shopping Cart Inspiration
I've come up with a few cute sample shopping carts full of outfit choices below that are available at very affordable stores, but take these with a grain of salt! Use them as inspiration and then go on the hunt for your own perfect pieces!!
Outfit #4: In the sheets...
I also ALWAYS recommend doing a tasteful implied nude or "in-the-sheets" set of shots. It may feel like all of your business is exposed and that your least favorite areas might be more visible, but I promise you that white sheets are some of the most flattering "outfits" that we can work with! Shooting in your birthday-suit makes the images all about YOU and not about cheesy props or what you are wearing.
To me, shooting in between the sheets is the BEST of boudoir. It's all about showing YOU your most beautiful self.
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There are some clients that I can tell truly NEED this experience from the moment they first inquire. It's the clients that are doing it for themselves as a form of self-celebration that make me absolutely sure that I am doing the job that I was meant to do. I LOVE showing women how beautiful and powerful and strong they are. Miss K is no exception, in fact, she's a prime example of why I do what I do - read her review below:
Boudoir is an empowering and confidence building experience - think of your session as the best girl's day out you can have! I work to make sure that you are prepared in advance so you can arrive more excited than nervous for your shoot!
We start with hair and makeup if you've opted to add it to your session. My stylist, Monica, is an expert at beautifying all skin and hair types. Feel free to bring some photographs of inspiration to help her figure out your style!
While you're getting all glammed up, I'll chat with you about your expectations and the outfits that you've brought. We will go through them together and pick which outfits you'll be wearing, in what order. (I always recommend saving your favorite outfit for last, when you're at your most comfortable!)
Once you approve of your hair and makeup, making any final tweaks or requests from the stylist, the shoot will begin.
We will get started in the first of your four outfits. Don't stress or worry about posing or expression - it's MY job to make you look your most gorgeous! There's no pressure on you, just follow my posing and instruction and we will capture you at your most beautiful.
We will move through each of your outfits in various sets in both my light and dark themed rooms. After the shoot is over, I will email you a sneak-peek from your session as well as a referral voucher - I can't leave you hanging without showing you a shot from your session!
Within two weeks of your session, you'll come back for your image reveal at the studio. This is where you get to choose the images and products you love, and place your order. This is one of my favorite parts of the experience, as you will get to see your beautiful photos for the first time!
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Marie & Monica made me feel so comfortable and beautiful throughout my experience ... I cannot say enough good things about these ladies and can’t wait to work with them again!"
- Miss S
Often clients come in wanting to create a gift for someone special. They book their session without realizing what a gift boudoir can be for themselves.
Boudoir photography gives you a brand new perspective on your body and your beauty. We are only used to seeing ourselves reflected in the mirror, from a selfie, OR - and this is the worst - when you accidentally turn on your cellphone's forward-facing camera when you're looking down at the screen... I don't really have 7 chins, do I? yeeash!
I use my camera to show you a whole new perspective on yourself. This is the way your loved ones see you in all of your dimensions, from angles and in ways that a mirror or your cellphone camera cannot show you.
This is a YOU that has taken time for herself, who values and embraces her own beauty and strength.
If I could bottle that feeling up and gift it to every woman on this planet I would, but I can't, so instead I shoot boudoir and always encourage my clients to have their images PRINTED.
Digital images are the most basic product option, clients intend to have them printed, but they often end up lost in a crashed computer, or tucked away on an old hard drive never to be seen again and never turned into a tangible item.
My most common product purchase is a gorgeous 8"x10" Album. We can fill these full of as few as 20 or up to ALL of your images from your session if you'd like. It's the perfect way to gift your lovely images to your partner, or to create for yourself to leaf through whenever you need to remember how wonderful you are.
But my absolutely favorite way to preserve your images AND bottle that empowering feeling for yourself?
ACRYLIC WALL ART
There's always at least ONE photo from every session that my client especially connects to. The image that makes her feel beautiful, STRONG, empowered and like a goddess - that is a feeling I believe every woman should experience every. single. day.
I want that image give you a self confidence high-five every time you walk by.
But where will I put this giant photo of myself?!?
I've had clients hang their photos above their beds or on the walls of their bedroom. I even had a client get an enormous acrylic to hang in her living room above her fireplace, it was a gorgeous black and white body-scape and a perfect compliment to her modern decor.
Don't want your little ones or visitors stumbling across your special image? Hang it in your master closet. Every morning when you're getting ready for the day, she'll be there, reminding you of all you are capable of.
Personally, I have mine hanging in my master bathroom, looking over my shoulder as I freshen up in the morning. Acrylic prints are perfect for steamy bathrooms where canvases or prints would be wilted by the conditions.
No matter where you hang it, there you'll be, every day - in all of your glory, reminding you that you are more than just a mom/wife/employee/[whatever label you give yourself]...
YOU are powerful and beautiful and lovely and strong.
I am so happy to be able to share this lovely review that Miss M wrote after coming to see us as well as this one image from her session! She came in to create a gift for her husband-to-be but found that the shoot was a gift for herself as well... read her experience in her own words below!
From the moment I arrived,
Marie made me feel right at home.
You don’t have to say sorry for how you laugh, how you dress, how you make your hair, how you do your makeup, how you speak. You don’t have to be sorry for being yourself. Do it fearlessly. It’s time to accept: this is you, and you gotta spend the rest of your life with you. So start loving your sarcasm, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your peculiar habits, your unique sense of humor, your voice, your talents, your everything. It will make your life so much easier to simply be yourself."
- Danielle Mansutti
Miss C returned for another session of "Boudoir Therapy" a few months ago . . .
She was one of the rare ones,
so effortlessly herself, and the world loved her for it. - Atticus
I loved getting to know this amazing woman a few months ago. She came in to create something to celebrate herself, and celebrate herself she did!! She purchased two HUGE acrylics that will hang in her master walk in closet. Safely tucked away from any of her children's eyes but hung proudly where she can see them every day. 😍
"she needed a hero...
so that's what she became"
I have been shooting boudoir for almost five years and the question that I get the most from clients before booking their session is - what do I wear?!
Once you book your session with me I send you a TON of information on outfit ideas to flatter your body shape and suggestions of where to shop. I also talk about how you don't have to wear lingerie to your boudoir photoshoot!
Boudoir photography often features slinky chemises and bra and panty sets, and that's awesome if that's what you're comfortable and feel sexy in! Not everyone feels their best in more revealing outfits, so I absolutely LOVED that Miss Jackie brought these two outfits with her when she came to shoot with me!
Her first outfit is a grey henley-style bodysuit (similar here) meant to be worn as a shirt tucked-in and her second is a beautiful white off the shoulder lace top (similar here). No need to go shopping or buy a bunch of lingerie that doesn't feel like YOU. Bring what makes you feel sexy... even if that's something that's already in your closet! :)
When it comes to lingerie, there are no rules.
I feel the sexiest when I'm myself, no hair, no makeup.
- Featuring the lovely: Jackie Sexton -
"When it snows you have two choices... shovel, or make snow angels" and I chose to photograph one! When the "bomb cyclone" hit Charleston a few weeks ago, we got a gorgeous layer of snow over everything! Unfortunately, Charleston isn't prepared for snow, so that meant a few days of staying inside and waiting for the roads to thaw. The whole time I was hoping that I could find someone brave enough to venture out in the frigid weather before it melted!
Miss J and I had already setup her session with me before the storm and luckily enough, the roads cleared just in time! We shot in studio but when I asked her if she was feeling brave enough to shoot outdoors... she jumped at the opportunity, as you can see!