Boudoir sessions are some of my absolute favorites, if for no other reason than the confidence and empowerment I almost always see come through in the ladies in front of my camera.
Boudoir sessions are not just lace and lingerie -- it's a classy, elegant, tasteful way to make you first and foremost fall in love with yourself -- owning every so-called imperfection with pride and realizing the incredible beauty you possess, regardless of your clothing size or curves.
Here are five reasons to do a boudoir session:
1. Do it for him.
Several of my brides have opted to do a boudoir session with me before their wedding. Together, we create a series of images that are a story of everything your fiancé loves about you -- and not just physically. We can incorporate his favorite activities, sports teams and props.
Most of my boudoir clients opt for a small album of final images to present to their significant other for Valentines' Day or the morning of their wedding.
2. Celebrate your hard work.
Have you recently completed a weight loss journey? Have you been hitting the gym every day? Do you begin your mornings with Pilates or end them with a walk around the neighborhood? Have you changed your diet to healthier options or are you drinking more water? For these and a thousand other possibilities, we can celebrate the new you and put her on display.
3. It can be anything you want it to be.
I've never done a boudoir session that was ONLY lingerie. Most of my sessions have multiple outfits. It can be whatever makes you happy. Is it a borrowed T-shirt and cotton panties? That's beautiful, too! Sipping a cup of coffee? Reading a book? Anything is possible!
4. Build up your confidence.
I have a confession.
I did a boudoir session once.
Yep, other side of the camera. In something other than my yoga pants. Well, a lot less than my yoga pants, haha! When you have talented friends who take fantastic photos, are terrific with natural light and make you feel comfortable, it just sort of happens. Well, wine, too. At the end of the day, though, I was pleasantly surprised. I had intended the final photos to be seen and appreciated by my husband. But you know what, I got so much more out of the experience than he could have from those gorgeous images. My worries about my post-babies body and gray strands of hair and all the other silly things seemed unfounded and I walked out of there with a little bit of Beyoncé swagger.
5. Do it for you.
You can do it to celebrate the hard work the gym brought, the love you have for your handsome man and as a nod to being a more confident person. But you can also just do it for you -- for no one else's expectations and for no reason other than you know and think and believe you are beautiful and worth a little time in front of the camera to feel sexy and gorgeous. (Plus, I provide champagne!)
Some things to keep in mind when it comes to boudoir sessions with Wendy Zook Photography:
- These are private! Your only audience will be my Nikon.
- My goal is to keep you comfortable at all times. I rarely impose a time limit and I leave several of the creative options up to you, including location, outfits and types of final images.
- I never use your boudoir photos on social media or online (unless you've given me permission). They will never be entered in photo contests or pinned on Pinterest.
- I promise that you will leave feeling sexier, more proud, more comfortable, with your head held a little higher and a smile across your face.