Today’s guest post comes to us from Paula Veverka. Paula is a mum to a curious toddler, a wife and an award-winning wedding photographer from Glasgow in Scotland. She also frequently shoots boudoir sessions in private stone cottages, built in 1731 and renovated for use as professional photography studios. Enjoy!
As both a wedding photographer and a boudoir photographer, I find myself in an interesting position where I am able to spectate the trends in pre-wedding and post-wedding photography. From Trash The Dress to Boudoir (sometimes both) and everything else in between, and why couples are opting for it in addition to their standard wedding photography package. It’s especially interesting to witness how popular media affects the sorts of enquiries I receive. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the movie 50 Shades of Grey has dominated the boudoir (excuse the pun) for the past few weeks…
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50 Shades of Grey has certainly encouraged women’s confidence during boudoir shoots, with requests for kinkier shots and props such as handcuffs. What’s important to remember is that boudoir photography is tasteful; though sometimes a little tongue-in-cheek, it is never crude nor pornographic. Though a common approach to boudoir photography is sultry, many women opt for soft, natural smiles as opposed to fishnets and corsets.
But only you can decide how much skin you want to expose, and you should never put yourself in an uncomfortable position. Many newlyweds choose to have a boudoir shoot together, building each other’s confidence in front of the camera as they pose naturally and glance lovingly at one another. Post-wedding boudoir shoots for couples are becoming more popular, and can be every bit as important as the main wedding photography itself. It’s often seen as an extension of the wedding photography, where you are free to express yourselves in a more intimate setting and create beautiful works of art that you perhaps won’t want to show off to all of your friends and family, but you can cherish those moments and memories forever privately as a couple. Sweet bedroom photos of little kisses and cuddles the day after your wedding, photos that you could even re-enact together in ten year’s time as a symbolic gesture of how you are still just in love now as you were ten years ago.
My favourite aspect of boudoir photography is bearing witness to the transformation as the boudoir shoot unfolds. I often see nerve-riddled women who walk in obviously feeling well out of their comfort zone, unaware of what to expect, quickly become increasingly comfortable in front of the lens, and glowing with confidence as the sensual goddesses that they truly are. It’s amazing to see how boudoir photo shoots empower women, and hearing their stories of why they initially wanted the shoot. A common reason for having a boudoir photo session is to surprise the hubby (or wife!) with some sexy photos. Not because you feel like you have something to prove, but as a romantic gift for your significant other. They might love you to bits even when you’ve been laying on the couch in your PJs the entire weekend, and couldn’t possibly love you more if they tried. But imagine his or her delight when they discover a leather-bound album subtly placed upon their bedroom pillow…
For brides to be, a secret pre-wedding boudoir photo shoot makes for an erotic wedding gift for the husband after the wedding before the honeymoon…. What more if you bring along the lingerie from the boudoir shoot. For those ladies out there who don’t feel that they have what it takes to be photographed in the boudoir? You would be surprised, trust me. I have had the pleasure of photo shooting countless women who have all shared the same insecurities. They think they’re too fat, too thin, too pale, too “unsexy”. There is no such thing. An experienced boudoir photographer will completely eliminate all of your fears within moments and make you feel like a glamorous supermodel. What they will also do is use their wealth of experience to use flattering lights and camera angles to make you look just as good as you feel, no matter your shape and size. I promise :)
Do you have any questions about boudoir photography? Have you had a boudoir session or are you planning to? Let us know in the comments below!