Hi, my name is Carrie. There are just a few things you should know about me. One, I’m in my
mid-thirties. Two, I have three crazy, wonderful kids. And three, I’m getting ready to embark on
my first ever boudoir photo shoot while showcasing this experience with the public! Yes, that’s
right, I am going to undress down to my skivvies and pretend like I’m a confident supermodel
ready to take on the world! But wait, I’m DEFINITELY not a supermodel, and my confidence
can sometimes feel like I’m on a roller-coaster ride. However, these are issues that I personally
want to improve upon. I want to feel more confident about who I am, and how my life
experience has got me to where I am today. I want to be prouder of all those things! And why
shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t we all feel this way? I have a happy marriage with a sweet and
loving man, children who I adore and make my life so much more worthwhile, and I genuinely
enjoy the work that I get to do. So, I jumped in with both feet and said, “Let’s do this!” to a
boudoir photo shoot with Haute-View Boudoir. Haute-View Boudoir is owned by a remarkable
lady who wants to help empower women to feel sexy, brave, and beautiful in their own skin.
This is precisely the thing that I want to encapsulate in my photos, while also showing myself
that yes, you are Sexy, Brave, and Beautiful just the way you are right now. And I believe that
there are so many fantastic ladies out there who want to feel all of these same emotions but are
afraid because they assume, they don’t meet the crazy standards that are prevalent in our media
and society today. These unhealthy ideas are part of the reason I agreed to participate in this
boudoir photo shoot; in order to promote change and eliminate these ridiculous lies that women
have been fed for decades.
When I first started talking to the Haute-View Boudoir photographer, Brittany, about doing
this, she was so positive and excited about the whole process. She put me at more and more ease
about the photo session, and I began to feel more excited than nervous. We talked about the type
of look I wanted to feature in the photo shoot, and I instantly leaned towards retro style. I have
always been a fan of vintage, retro dress and photography; so, this theme just made total sense
for my photoshoot. However, if you aren’t sure what route you’d like to go, Brittany will talk
with you and ask questions about your preferences to help guide you to the “look” you’d like to
achieve in your photos. She advised me on the type of lingerie that would be most flattering for
my body type and helped me decide which colors and styles would look best on camera. After
the shopping was done, I made sure I felt comfortable with the lingerie that I purchased by trying
it on in front of a mirror at home. This step in the process helped me because it added another
level of comfort by getting myself more used to the idea of wearing lingerie. Before the day of
the photo shoot, I made sure that my hair was freshly highlighted, brows tweezed, and legs
shaved. Taking care of all these housekeeping items, so to speak, made me feel more confident
and ready to do this thing!
When the day of the photo session came, I was a bit jittery and excited. Luckily, Brittany was
prepared and had a silk robe, and champagne waiting for me to sip on and relax while I got my
hair and make-up done. The stylist was not only professional but super relatable and made me
feel at ease about what I was about to do. Once the photoshoot started, Brittany turned on some
fun music to get me ready for my closeup! And honestly, it was….So. Much. Fun! Yes, that is
correct. Walking around a studio in my underwear while posing in all sorts of places, was
absolutely a blast! Brittany showed me certain poses that would work with our theme and that
were flattering for me while telling me how amazing I was doing the whole time. As the photo
shoot went on, I began to feel an increase in my confidence, and I felt like the photos got better
and better. When you are given strong encouragement, your creativity can blossom, and you will
be surprised what you can accomplish. I would 100% recommend doing this for ladies out there
who want a fun and uplifting experience! Plus, my husband didn’t mind giving his opinion on
these photos one little bit ;)
I openly shared my thoughts and worries with the photographer and the public! If you haven’t
seen the video series, Reality Boudoir: Stylin’ Momma, then be sure to check it out on Haute-
View Boudoir’s Instagram highlights and Facebook. This series showcases a real-life experience
that I hope will help ease some of your worries, make you giggle, and get you excited about
possibly doing one of these photoshoots yourself!
You've heard of boudoir photography, and you have a lot of preconceived notions about it. Forget what you've heard and don't believe these common myths.
You have to get naked
Not if you don't want to! While you have the option to take nude or implied nude boudoir photos, the session is 100% what you want! If you don't want to take off your clothes, don’t. And if you want to wear a potato sack, then we will find a way to make it sexy. The photo shoot is meant to make you comfortable and confident, so you get to make the rules. Whether you want classy boudoir photos, simple boudoir photos, sexy boudoir pictures, or even topless boudoir, you have complete creative control. You can wear whatever you want, even if what you want is a potato sack!
You have to be really confident in front of the camera
Even if you've never had professional pictures taken in your life, you can do a boudoir photo session. Brittany will help you with poses and make sure you look beautiful in every shot. Plus, this type of photography is so empowering that your confidence will come out as the shoot progresses.
You have to be skinny
This is a sad one, and so many women believe it. Boudoir photography is all about celebrating and loving your body, no matter what you look like. Women of all shapes and sizes have experienced lingerie photography, and that means you can too. It's time to fall in love with your body, and these photo shoots can help you do that.
You have to be young
Why would the celebration of your body be exclusive to young women? No matter how old you are, you deserve to love and celebrate yourself too. There is no age limit on loving yourself and feeling beautiful. Do you want to celebrate your 40th or 50th birthday with a boudoir shoot? Do it!
You have to have someone to give the photos to
While boudoir photos make a great gift for a significant other, they don't have to be a gift. You can take the photos for you, for your future self, or for any reason you want to. Celebrating you is all about you, not anyone else.
No matter what you look like, how old you are, or what your motivation is, you can enjoy lingerie photography as much as anyone else. Only 5% of women in this country are naturally shaped like the women portrayed in the media, so if you don't look like the models on TV, you're in the majority! Celebrate yourself the way you are today with a confidence-boosting photoshoot.
You’ve heard of boudoir photos, but have you considered doing them yourself? The photos are fun, sexy, and perfect for yourself or as a gift for your partner, but there is so much more to the experience. While you may feel hesitant or even nervous at first, there are many reasons every woman needs to have a boudoir photography session.
BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
The biggest reasons women choose not to do a boudoir session is a lack of confidence. They think they’re not thin enough, young enough, or sexy enough and won’t look good no matter what they wear. That’s simply not true and our goal is to change how these women see themselves!
Professional photographers know how to pose you to flatter any body type, size, coloring, or age. Many boudoir sessions include professional hair and makeup, making you feel glamorous. A few hours of pampering and attention from the camera, and your confidence will be sky high!
CELEBRATE A MILESTONE
Maybe you've just had a baby, achieved your weight loss goals or have an upcoming anniversary that means a lot to you. Make a real memory from this amazing time in your life and embrace your successes by celebrating who you are.
IT’S A UNIQUE GIFT
A boudoir photography session makes a great gift for your fiance, husband, or partner. Your significant other already thinks your beautiful, no matter what you look like. Imagine the surprise and desire they’ll experience when they see your professional boudoir photos that were made just for them. Share an intimate moment and gift your partner something they’ll never forget.
CHALLENGING YOUR BODY
There's no question about it. For many of us, a boudoir shoot is way out of our comfort zone. The thought of a boudoir session might bring out a cold sweat at the thought. The adrenaline however, released from having the courage and strength to see this through will be a feeling like none other. Challenging ourselves is usually when we get the very best from our minds and bodies. It's great to be challenged. By challenging ourselves we learn more about our minds, abilities and personalities.
Brittany is the camera, heart, and soul behind Haute View Boudoir in Chattanooga, TN. Her mission is to empower women to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin.