It’s been a weird month. This pandemic that currently has the world on lockdown caused me to temporarily close my studio. Needless to say, I’ve been really missing our time with clients. I genuinely miss having my camera in my hands! Thankfully, a discovery! Virtual Boudoir Sessions. The idea alone blew my hair back!
These Virtual Boudoir Sessions quite literally feel like they breathed life back into me, and I’m really not just saying that to be dramatic. When I closed my studio to the public I genuinely felt lost at sea about what to do next. I had to cancel two weeks of shoots in March, and my entire month of April. I’m a boudoir photographer so… what the hell was I supposed to do with all that time if I couldn’t photograph clients?!
Needless to say, like many of us who suddenly found ourselves out of work, I fell into a bit of a funk. I bought this “Shake Shit Up With Webcams” course by Teri Hofford a few weeks into self-isolation and gave it a watch. Watching the course reminded me that yeah, maybe we can’t use our big, expensive cameras right now, but who cares? As they say, the best camera you have is the one you have with you.
Well, we can’t be in person for our sessions for now. Which means that big expensive camera, all those lenses, flashes, filters? Useless for portrait sessions what with the social distancing orders going on right now. So… that must mean the best camera right now are YOUR cameras. Yeah, the little cameras on your phone are more useful to me right now than my professional setup. Talk about the world being turned on its head!
Virtual Boudoir Sessions =/= In-Studio Boudoir
I’ll firstly admit that these virtual boudoir sessions are absolutely NOT a replacement for a real experience in our studio. In-studio you get hair and makeup included, access to our client closet, and a MUCH less challenging shoot. The virtual boudoir sessions are definitely much more of a challenge due to a variety of reasons and there’s no way the quality of a snapshot of a video call will EVER match up to the kind of magic I can make with a professional camera.
I’m finding that these virtual boudoir sessions are becoming a great way to connect with the folks in our Boudie Babe Community on Facebook and it’s definitely been nice having some creative projects to focus on to help pass the time until I can bring you all back into the studio again.
So, this isn’t Mx. M’s first time on the blog – their session was featured just over a year ago from our shoot in our old studio space. This time around we wanted to make sure to show ALL aspects of Mx. M’s identity as they identify as non-binary. I’ve been photographing Mx. M all the way back since my days in photography school so it was an absolute pleasure to get them in front of my… nope, their lens, again!
Keep scrolling to see more from Mx. M’s session – and to see why I couldn’t post these uncensored into our Facebook community. 😉What do you think? Give this brave babe some love in the comments!
Oh, and stay tuned – more Virtual Boudoir Session dates will be coming at you REAL SOON so make sure to jump into our Facebook community so you don’t miss out!