The Boudoir experience changes lives for the better, but many women still feel anxious about the experience. You may worry that you can’t pull off being sexy, or you are too busy to enjoying a moment for yourself. It could be that you haven’t lost the ten pounds you keep telling yourself that you would before you do boudoir. Whatever your reason may be, all my convincing may not make you feel any less vulnerable about boudoir.
A Little Bit of My Story
From a pretty young age, I knew my life was going to look a bit different than other women. When I was 12, I underwent several operations that left me with large visible scars all over my body, and an even bigger internal scar…..I would never have children naturally. Growing up I hated my body for everything it took away from me and I hid my scars from everyone. I was that one high school girl wearing a one piece when everyone else was in their string bikinis, simply so I didn’t have to answer questions about my scars.
Fast forward to adulthood and through the transformational power of Boudoir, I have learned to embrace my scars and see them as a reminder of my survival. That I am strong and able to overcome anything. Through adoption, I have found the baby meant for me didn't have to come from my body. And there is no doubt in my mind, she was 1000% meant for me.
I had been shooting boudoir for about 5 years, before I ever worked up the courage to do a shoot of my own. I had the exact same excuses as all my clients, I wanted to loose weight, I was too busy to set aside time, and I was just plain nervous. One day I was scrolling TikTok and I saw another photographer and just knew she would make me feel comfortable. So I reached out and booked it before I could change my mind.
Stepping into my light and putting myself in my client’s shoes was one of the most powerful experiences I could have done. When I say I understand how my clients feel walking through that door, I mean it, because I was SO nervous and I knew just want to expect.
Looking back my album is one of my prized possessions, because I embraced myself exactly like I was, 190 pounds scars and all. I can’t think of a better legacy to leave my daughter than being happy with yourself just as you are. Maybe one day when she was older she’d even APPRECIATE the photos where I wore my scars proudly.
For me, boudoir photography is a celebration of your body and who you truly are. I take pride in being able to help show women how to celebrate their bodies, their battles and their victories they’ve been through.
The thought of a boudoir session can be scary. When talking to women about their session, I get asked all kinds of questions (Literally all kinds 😂…no judgement). But I wanted to compile a list of my 12 most frequently asked questions to give you some insight on what to expect in a boudoir session with me!
No, not without your permission. Our number 1 priority is privacy and making sure our clients are comfortable, especially with boudoir! It can be a life changing experience, but that also makes it nerve wracking! Sometimes, you are learning how to love your body and you aren’t quite ready to share the images with the world, or sometimes these photos are specifically for your spouse aren’t for anyone else’s eyes. These are all great reasons for not sharing your photos, and it all depends on your personal preferences!
Do I have to wear lingerie?
You definitely don’t have to specifically wear lingerie, it depends on your personality! There are a BUNCH of outfit ideas other than lacy little things! In our client closet we offer 300 + lingerie pieces, but also cozy sweaters, Oxford shirts, robes, t-shirts, and more. Here are some of our favorites: https://www.haute-view.com/what-to-wear.html
There are a few places to buy outfits from and it depends on what you are getting and the style of your shoot! You can see my list of favorite places here: https://www.haute-view.com/blog/where-to-shop-for-lingerie
How many outfits should I bring?
The average client will wear 3-5 outfits for their 90 minute shoot, but I don’t put any limits on outfits, so you are welcome to incorporate as many as you would like in your time. I always say to bring more if you can’t decide and I will help you decide at your shoot!
Is hair and makeup included?
Hair and makeup is included in all of our boudoir shoots! I think it’s really important for you to feel pampered, and having your hair and makeup done is a great way to do that! Our amazing team can help you complete your look, whether that’s “I just woke up like this” or Full glam!
Yes, all your final images are retouched. This means something different for everyone, so we will talk about your preference during your viewing party. Part of the process of accepting yourself and seeing your beauty also means not photoshopping out parts of yourself you don’t like. If there are parts of yourself that are learning to love and aren’t thrilled about, that is okay! We are skilled in posing and lighting to make you look your absolute best and brings out your shine!
We offer a variety of albums and luxury glass boxes with prints in them! The glass cover luxury albums are my favorite. I absolutely love the feel of picking up a physical print, it’s so surreal to see yourself like that!
Do you offer digitals?
All of our packages include some sort of digital product, but there is also an A La Carte list that you can choose from as well! Our digitals include a boudoir app and password-protected online gallery, for you to download and share!
Do you have payment plans?
We offer a few payment options! Your session fee is broken into 2 payments and artwork collections can be broken up anyway that works best for you. If you want more time to be able to pay off the shoot, you can schedule it a few months out, and pay it off in payments! Or we offer after session payment plans through PayPal credit.
Nerves are all part of the experience! I always say that it would probably be weird if you WEREN’T nervous. The nervousness in the beginning of your shoot make your moment of “WOW” seeing your photos for the first time so much better!
Where is your studio located?
We are located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our studio was designed with your privacy in mind, from a private parking spot in our garage and we have a spa next door to give you the perfect alibi for coming home looking so relaxed. 😂
I loved everything about the experience. From the minute I walked into the studio Brittany made me feel welcome. I didn't really know what I wanted in my session, so I really kind of let her take charge in pulling pieces from the client closet for me because I didn’t really know where to start when it comes to lingerie. She walks you through every step with posing and doesn’t makes you feel dumb if you need any extra help or to be shown again. You’ll probably both end up laughing from how awkward a position may have been… I know we did.
If you’re thinking about doing it… take the leap and do it. You will not regret it!
Girl, I feel you. Life can be a wild ride, and it's easy to forget to hit the pause button. But here's the truth – if you don't take care of your mental well-being, you'll struggle to take care of everyone else. Trust me, I've been the queen of making excuses too. Sometimes, we just need a friendly reminder to slow down, take a breath, and give ourselves a well-deserved break.
Imagine this: A boudoir shoot where you can breathe, love yourself, and soak in the positive energy for a few blissful hours. No more comparing yourself to others or worrying about what people think. It's a chance to discover your unique beauty, lifting that mental weight off your shoulders. So, why not take a moment for yourself, get glammed up, and have an absolute blast?
Newsflash: The so-called "ideal" body type in ads? Only 5% of American females naturally have it. Why should we let a stranger's messed-up idea of perfection dictate our self-love journey? You're amazing just the way you are, babe! Setting goals for health is fantastic, but it doesn't mean you have to hate your body along the way. Celebrate every step, whether it's now or when you've shed those 15 pounds – you're a queen at every stage!
That's exactly why a boudoir shoot is perfect for you! Life can throw curveballs, and we may lose touch with our femininity and sensuality. But fear not, a boudoir shoot is like a magical elixir that reignites that spark within. I'll show you that you've got that fire inside, and who knows, it might even set off some fireworks between you and your spouse!
And hey, if the thought of super-sexy lingerie isn't your vibe, no worries! There are countless outfit ideas that scream "YOU." Sexy isn't about what you are wearing, it's about how to you feel wearing anything. Need some inspiration? Let's chat about it or check out our blog for fabulous outfit ideas!
True, a boudoir shoot is an investment – an investment in YOU. Your well-being, your confidence, your fabulous self! We get it, budgets can be tight, but guess what? We offer payment plans and a variety of discounts! Let's chat, set up a payment plan, and make capturing your beauty a reality.
No more excuses, babe – it's time to celebrate the incredible person you are. You're worth every moment, every penny, and all the self-love in the world! 🌟💋
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.