Why I’m In Favor of Wedding Boudoir Photography
Today we’re branching out of my normal wheelhouse and talking photography — boudoir photography, to be specific. I want to talk a little about a few myths about the practice and why I think that it is far more than racy photos or anything else its detractors might call it. And, why I recommend it to my wedding clients as more than just a present to their significant others.
Myth 1: I have to be at the right weight, skin condition, mental space, relationship status, stage in life etc., etc, etc. to do a boudoir session.
Truth: You are perfect the way you are. Of course, we all have things we can work on, but if we put our lives on hold until we reach whatever goal that is, we end up always hoping for something else to come in the future. We end up missing out on the time we have now to celebrate who we are now. Boudoir celebrates the beauty of now. Who we are, in this moment, the strengths and the flaws.
Myth 2: I have to show off all of my body, even the parts that I’m sensitive about or think aren’t my best features.
Truth: Absolutely not. There is much more to boudoir than full body photos. And as with any other type of photography, sometimes detail shots are the most arresting. But, I encourage you to trust your photographer and have a few photos taken that include those parts you find troubling. You might be surprised and pleased how they look through the camera lens.
Myth 3: You have to identify as a certain gender.
Truth: Boudoir photography is for everyone - men, women, queer, non-confirming, whatever you identify as, celebrate your strength, sexuality, and good looks through photography.
Myth 4: I have to wear revealing clothes or pose naked to do boudoir photography.
Truth: You can wear whatever you are comfortable wearing for your photos. I’ve had photos done nude and I’ve had them taken when I was wearing a button down shirt. It’s all about capturing you, not what you are wearing. You can wear as little as you like, or as much as you like.
All of this to say that boudoir photography is very personal and all about you. Have your photos taken when, where, how, and even with whomever you chose. (I love couples boudoir photography!)
Your wedding is the perfect time to take the plunge and bare it all (literally or figuratively) for the camera. And not just as a gift for your significant other, but for yourself. Celebrate yourself and your beauty, inner and outer, at a time in your life when you are feeling exceptionally loved and wonderful, by having some amazing photos taken while you look and feel sassy. Of course, share them with your significant other. But, have them taken for you, as a gift to yourself to remember this phase of your life.
Should you decide that wedding boudoir is for you — and I hope you will — my advice is to find a photographer who you feel comfortable with and have fun. Here are a few of my favorite photographers and their thoughts on why you should book a wedding boudoir session.
Taylor Raine Boudoir - Greensburg, PA
Kaitlin Mace Photography - Rolla, Missouri
Mariah Treiber Photography - Pittsburgh, PA
Jamie Leonard Photography - Youngwood, PA
Jenn Marie Wedding Photography - Chicago, Illinois
If you’ve had a boudoir session, and love to hear about your experience. And if you are still thinking about it, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you. You can always reach me in the comments, on the socials or through the contact button at the top of the page.