1 – A boudoir photography session can be the self-care you’ve been looking for
When is the last time you treated yourself to something nice? No, really? Really did something for YOURSELF? We’re socialized so much to always put everyone else before ourselves. Give, give, give, until you’re spent. A boudoir photography session is a great way to give back to yourself for once. Treat yourself to an afternoon of being pampered and photographed. It’s a great boost to your self-confidence and might just change the way you see yourself!
2 – It’s empowering
During a session in my studio I’m constantly showering my clients in positive feedback, peeks from the back of the camera (“that’s me?!?!”), and jumping around like a giddy crazed person when I totally nailed that shot. We all know the truth of the matter – for some reason compliments from someone you don’t know are often the biggest confidence boosters. Don’t get me wrong, I totally love when Shawn tells me I look cute today, or tells me how beautiful I look, or compliments my hair. But when a stranger compliments those curls of mine I spent an hour on this morning? That is where the magic is. Why is that? I’m honestly not sure but I’d love to encourage you to compliment a stranger today. It might just make their day that much better.
3 – These sessions allow you to take ownership of your sexuality, wherever that may fall on the spectrum
Are you a lady who considers herself super-femme but never gets to let that side of herself out? What about a non-binary person that just wants to celebrate every aspect of their identity, wherever that falls? However you identify, a boudoir photography session allows you to really take ownership of yourself, your identity, and your sexuality.
4 – Your 80 year old self will thank you
I don’t know about you, but when I’m 80, you better believe I’ll be looking back on all the shoots I had done for myself in my 30s, and going forward into my 40s and 50s and beyond. Our bodies are changing every day and boudoir photography is a great way to capture how your body looks in this moment. No apologies needed here.
5 – It’ll push the edges of your comfort zone
Yeah – getting in front of the camera to begin with can seem pretty scary. Taking your clothes off and then getting in front of the camera? I get it, the thought is terrifying. Here’s the thing, though – you can’t grow as a person if you don’t do the things that scare you. Be honest with yourself; when is the last time you really pushed your comfort zone? Did something that scared you? Has it been a while? Maybe it’s time for a boudoir photography session for yourself, then, hmm?
That being said – I work with each client’s personal comfort levels. Don’t want to get nude in my studio? No problem. Nudes are included with each session but by no means does that mean you HAVE to be naked in my studio. If you’d rather do implied nudes with a white sheet, or skip the nudes altogether, there’s NEVER any pressure to go further than you feel comfortable with during your session. My studio is a safe and professional environment, always.
6 – You’ll have a great time and laugh a ton
Seriously though, I’m always cracking stupid jokes during sessions. I’ll let you in on a little secret I use often in sessions, too – when you tell someone “now laugh because I’m funny HAHA” they pretty much always laugh. And I’ll probably use that stupid little trick on you, too. 😉
7 – You get to see yourself from someone else’s perspective
We all have those things that we’re hyper self-conscious about. Whether that be your too-big nose, that weird dimple on your butt, your stretch marks, or your tummy. The thing is, though, is that I don’t see any of those things in that way when I photograph my clients. Often during (or even before) sessions my clients will bring up the things they’re insecure about. “Please hide my tummy” or “my arms are too flabby”. In all honesty, I see all bodies as beautiful and I can promise you I’m not seeing your perceived flaws the same way that you do. Sure, you might have stretch marks but I honestly think they’re beautiful. They’re reminders of the battles and experiences we’ve endured in these meat ships we call our bodies.
I can’t promise that you will LOVE every single image I take of you during your session. In fact – some of the images I show you during your reveal might even make you uncomfortable. THAT’S OKAY! Often when we see images of ourselves like this for the first time it can be jarring or make us feel weird in our skin. That’s how we grow as people – challenging your perception of yourself is powerful. Here’s the thing, those images of yourself that you may not like on first glance might just become your favourite images from your session because they’re the ones that challenged you to love yourself more. That itself I think is the most powerful result of these sessions.
8 – It’ll help you shift your focus
Have you been feeling like you’re in a slump lately? I get it. Some days or weeks (or months) you don’t feel like doing your hair, putting on makeup, or putting on anything other than sweat pants or leggings. The word sexy doesn’t seem like it belongs in your vocabulary. Here’s the thing – boudoir photography can definitely give you that boost you maybe feel like you’ve been lacking lately.
9 – Because it’s still fun to play dress-up as a grown-up
And who doesn’t like playing dress-up?! I have so many favourite parts about boudoir sessions and one of them is picking out what my clients will wear for their shoots. I of course have a growing client closet in sizes from XS – 3X and often pull from it when I know there’s something that will look absolutely fab on one of my clients. It’s fun to put on sexy lingerie and throw on a foxtail stole and be your own best fantasy for an afternoon.
10 – Because you might just fall in love with yourself
Yep, if you have a boudoir photography session done you might just fall in love with yourself all over again. It’s so easy to fall out of touch with our own basic needs as human beings, and I think one of those things that gets tossed to the side the most easily is self-appreciation. We’re taught that it’s not good to think highly of yourself, that can be seen as being narcissistic or some sort of bad trait. I’m here to tell you that falling in love with yourself is the most beautiful and kind thing you can do for yourself. Think about it – if you love yourself fully, and stop hating the person looking back at you in the mirror all the time, how much more love would your heart have to give to everyone else, too?