My First Boudoir with Ms. C
I had been considering trying boudoir photography for a few months when Ms. C approached me to ask if I was interested in trying it.
Meant to be, I thought. “Yes, yes! Of course, I want to try it!”
We picked our date, we talked about where, choosing to use her home for this first session. She had never done a boudoir session before, nor had I. She knew that.
I did loads and loads of research in to lighting and in to posing and instructions and how to make clients feel comfortable. I ordered more equipment (specifically soft boxes because no woman wants harsh specular light during a boudoir photo session). I prepared. Like I always do. I research and prepare. I learned as much as I could from the internet and books. Education that photographers like Jen Rozenbaum had shared.
The day the session came, I went out to her house where I worked to set up her bedroom for the session. She took down all of her photos and I hung up sheer curtains over the windows and set up my lights.
We were both nervous. There is no lying about that. But we spent two hours together that day, changing poses and outfits, and ultimately, producing what I thought was a beautiful first boudoir session portfolio.
It was this session that made me decide to focus more of my photography time on boudoir sessions.
Here is Ms. C’s feedback about her experience with the session.
R&S: What made you decide on doing a boudoir session?
Ms. C: I had seen some boudoir on social media, and thought I’d like to give it a try.
R&S: How did you decide on what to wear? Did you have any meaningful accessories?
Ms. C: I had a few pieces already, so I just used what was in my drawer. The accessories I used were just ones that I had. None were sentimental.
R&S: Let’s talk about the day of the shoot. Were you nervous? How did you feel being in front of the camera? Did it take you very long to get comfortable?
Ms. C: I was a little nervous at first. I don’t feel I’m very photogenic per se. So I was worried I would look bad. It didn’t take long to feel okay wearing very little clothing. It felt pretty natural after awhile.
R&S: Tell me about the experience you had during the session. Were the poses what you expected? Did you have fun?
Ms. C: The poses were fun. As I had no previous experience, I had no real expectations. It was fun once I felt comfortable.
R&S: Were you sore the next day from the poses?
Ms. C: I wasn’t sore at all.
R&S: What were your first thoughts when you saw your images? Have you noticed a mental shift in the way you view your body since then?
Ms. C: I was very happy with the images. My view of my body has shifted towards being more body confident.
R&S: Do you have any advice or tips for ladies who are thinking about doing a session?
Ms. C: Just do it. Go out of your comfort zone and try something that pushes your own boundaries. Be sure to eat something!!
R&S: What was your absolute favorite part of the experience?
Ms. C: My favorite part was all of the positive feedback. And beautiful images I get to look back on.
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