What is boudoir?
In my own opinion, boudoir is ALL about being comfortable in your own skin and realizing how much of a badass woman you are! These are some of my favorite sessions because I absolutely love helping women have the confidence they deserve to have. One of my favorite responses has to be from a girl who, when I turned my camera around to show her a picture I had just taken of her, says "okay hunny! I can't even believe that's me!" YES HUNNY THAT'S YOU AND YOU ARE WORKING IT!
I personally know what it feels like to be a girl in today's society and not have the confidence I want to have because of social media and what society expects women to look like. But, it's okay to be thick. It's okay to have stretch marks. It's okay to have cellulite. If you are comfortable in your body, then you are winning sister!
Throughout this blog, I'm going to throw out some tips for your boudoir shoot, some frequently asked questions that I've received, and talk about why I think boudoir is something you should experience because it's literally an entire experience within itself.
Tips to keep in mind
Come to your session in comfy, loose clothing. You know how when you take your jeans off, you have that line that goes down the inside and outside of your legs? Your bra straps also do the same thing. I recommend showing up for your boudoir session in loose clothing - so think sweatpants, oversized sweater/t-shirt with no bra, etc. Think of things that won't leave marks on your skin!
Spray tans can be a b***h sometimes if we're being honest here, especially if they're self done. They can leave streaks on the body and your hands and feet can sometimes be darker than the rest of your body. These are actually pretty difficult to edit out, so I do recommend staying away from them.
Come to your session with a clean and moisturized face. When getting makeup done by our HMU team, they always prefer your face be clean, makeup free and moisturized. If you want to be sure of correct color match, I always recommend you bring your own foundation that they can use (or if you have sensitive skin and have to use certain brands).
Frequently asked questions
Are my photos private or do they have to be public? Your photos are most definitely kept private if you want them to be! I only share photos on social media or my website if I am given written permission from you. When I am finished with a client's images, they are given in a private online gallery that is secured by a passcode. The only people that can access the gallery are the people that have the passcode, which is the client and I. Whomever else has access to the gallery is decided by the client. Upon booking, I like to send out a questionnaire that I have written and your answers let me know what you wish to be done with your images, whether they not be used, used only for my private instagram for women only, or for public use on my website for marketing purposes.
How do I get my images? Like mentioned in the above response, I deliver your images through a private online gallery that is secured by a passcode. The only people who have the passcode are the client and I. Whomever else has access to the gallery is decided by the client only.
I'm awkward, nervous and don't know how to pose! - No worries! I will pose you and prompt you, so you don't have to worry at all! 90% of my clients were all nervous before attending their boudoir session! It is completely normal to be nervous for this! I will encourage you the entire time! Trust me, you'll hear me say "okay hunny, I see you!" about a million times during your session. Plus, I have music playing the entire time because who doesn't love to jam? I'll have snack and drinks as well!
I don't wear a lot of lingerie. What do I wear? Do I need to buy some? - Wear whatever you are comfortable in! While most people bring at least 1-2 lingerie sets, I also have had girls wear oversized sweaters, leather or jean jackets, their fiance's button up shirt or their favorite team's jersey! Wear whatever you want to wear! If you are stuck on what to wear/bring, I will help you in any way I can!
Testimonials from Past boudoir clients
"Madison made me feel so comfortable during my shoot. I definitely would recommend her to anyone needing a great photographer. She always makes sure the customer is happy with the product and she is a great pick when looking for a photographer who is willing to go above and beyond for you!" - Jetta
"She is so skilled, I cannot express that enough. I did a boudoir shoot with her and she made you feel extremely comfortable and sexy! She got my pictures back, I felt like it was overnight! She has a keen eye for this and I can't wait to have my fiance and I's engagement pictures done. Book with this sweet woman, you won't regret it!" - Kathleen
"Madison made me feel so comfortable in my own skin. She has a great personality and the overall experience I had was awesome!" - Courtney
"This boudoir shoot was so much fun! It’s also so confidence boosting! I would recommend all women do this! Wether it’s just for you or your significant other! It’s a fun way to get out of your comfort zone!" - Brooke