Did you know that every anniversary year has a name and a specific gift? So, on each anniversary, the couple is supposed to exchange gifts based on a certain material.
Guess what the traditional gift is for the first wedding anniversary: PAPER!
Now, I know what you’re thinking – paper? What kind of anniversary gift would I give that involves paper? Well … there’s stationary, a sweet hand-written note, printer paper … OR ... A Boudoir Album.
Just imagine your new-husband’s face when he sees his fantasy come to life. A boudoir album is one of the most personal gifts you can give your spouse. It reminds him of your true beauty that he is lucky enough to call his wife. And while he will feel like this is a gift you did 100% because of him, the experience will leave you feeling empowered and confident, which is a gift for you too.
Read what one of our past clients said about her anniversary boudoir gift:
I loved everything about this experience. It was my first boudoir photo shoot and I was super nervous as I had never done anything like that before. Brittany sat down before the shoot and we talked about the style I was going for. It was a 1st wedding anniversary gift to my husband. I am definitely pretty self-conscious, but she made me feel completely comfortable in my own skin. She made it totally fun! My husband was speechless after I gave him the beautiful book that Brittany put together. He has told me on numerous occasions that it his most beloved possession. Thank you for all your amazing work and for making me feel beautiful!!! ~ Megan
Ready to book the Ultimate Anniversary gift? Contact us for more info.
Let's talk about pin-up photography and why it could be one of the most empowering experiences. Pin-up got its name because the photos were meant to be “pinned-up” instead of framed, the pin-up is over 100 years old. Origins can be traced back to as early as the Victorian era. However, the term “pin-up” didn’t come to be until the 1940s and has since become a popular way for curvy women and women of all sizes to confidently showcase their beautiful bodies, and their playful, sexual side.
WHY I LOVE PIN-UP PHOTOGRAPHY
One of the main reasons I love curvy pin-up photography is that it’s all about female empowerment and body positivity. Whether you are a size two or are plus-size, it’s time to embrace your beautiful body.
5 ELEMENTS OF PIN-UP PHOTOGRAPHY
Creating the pin-up look, unlike many other stereotypical portrait photography, is about having fun, using props, and embracing vintage lingerie. Below are five elements to embrace your pin-up photography session.
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Being a pin-up isn’t about trying to fit a genre: it is all about you. When you decide to do a pin-up photo shoot with our Chattanooga boudoir studio, we create the perfect shoot for you — with different poses, styles, and outfits. As we envision your shoot, we will take all of this into consideration to create a photo shoot that shows off your many assets.
POSING & PROPS
Though having fun is one of the main elements of a pin-up photoshoot, no true pin-up shoot is candid. Each pose is carefully calculated and formulated by your photographer to accentuate your beauty. As you work with us, we will help you find the most flattering poses. Another main element of a pin-up photoshoot is the props; anything from lollipops and lipstick, to classic cars and vintage phones, can be a part of your shoot. The options are endless — have fun!
FUN & PLAYFUL
When you do a pin-up photo-shoot it’s time to bring out your fun and playful side. Pin-up photography throughout history has always been about being playful with a strong undercurrent of sexual energy and confidence. Don’t stress about being provocative, just channel your sexy, playful side and have fun. Through the use of props, makeup, and costume, we will help create a fun atmosphere that will make having a good time easy.
MAKEUP & HAIR
Gals, it’s time to glam it up! Pin-up photography is all about glamorous vintage hair and makeup styles. Lipstick and winged eye-liner are stereotypical of a pin-up shoot as well as vintage style hair with victory-curls, baby bangs, and ringlets. We can often add a modern flair and other style elements that bring out your own personality. Also, there are many different styles that you can embody as the star of your pin-up photo shoot.
Many people think that you have to be a certain body type to embody the pin-up style, but that’s not true at all! Any woman can be a pin-up supermodel— it’s time to embrace your beautiful curves! A pin-up photoshoot is an empowering experience, because we are celebrating your personality, your body, and your sexuality.
BOUDOIR IS A FRENCH WORD MEANING “A WOMAN’S BEDROOM”
In photography terms, boudoir is a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic, and sensual photos. Women usually pose in lingerie for fine art photographs to share with their significant other. These types of portraits are sensual and sexy and are meant to be empowering. If a woman decides on nudity, it is usually implied and tastefully elegant.
But, Boudoir at Haute View is so much more than just this definition. We want our clients to walk away feeling beautiful and confident in themselves with who they are at this time in their lives. Whether that's celebrating a milestone like getting married, a special anniversary, or birthday. Or if it's for a confidence booster that you need just for YOU.
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.
Thinking about doing a boudoir photo session before your wedding? Haute View would love to help! Haute View’s photographer and owner, Brittany Carpenter, has a lot of experience with bridal boudoir sessions and would love to give you a few reasons you should give it a try:
1. Bridal Boudoir sessions help you feel confident and sexy before you walk down the aisle. A boudoir photography session is an extremely intimate experience, and can at first seem to be quite an intimidating idea. But the results of a professionally styled, posed, lit, and photographed boudoir shoot can be nothing short of breathtaking. There is nothing like a professional boudoir photo shoot to reveal a bride's true beauty and help a bride begin seeing herself in a whole new light.
2. It's the Perfect Wedding Night Gift! Want to see a priceless expression on your groom's face? A boudoir album makes the perfect gift on your wedding day or night!
3. Pictures help you cherish this special moment in time! Many brides find the wedding planning process very stressful and don't get to truly enjoy this special time in their life. You are constantly working out to have that picture perfect wedding-day physique. Celebrate all your hard work with a day of pampering: hair, make-up, champagne, and a once in a lifetime photo session highlighting your true beauty!
Would you like to see more? Do you have questions? Email Brittany at email@example.com.
It may be cold outside, but we are heating things up in the studio this winter. In our spacious downtown Chattanooga Boudoir Studio, we are offering winter themed boudoir sessions, perfect for Valentine's Day gifts or winter wedding anniversary gifts. Book your session today!
Boudoir photos are fun at any time of the year, however, I think one of the most fun times of the year to get creative with your boudoir outfits is during the winter time! And since it is getting colder and colder by the day, this is the perfect time to talk about some of the ideas out there. This time of year gives you options – you can do the standard lingerie photos, but you can also wear a cozy sweater or fur over your favorite bra for a sexy wintry look (you could also pair with some leg warmers or thigh high socks). I have some photos of a recent boudoir session and these winter boudoir outfits I absolutely love! They capture sleek sexiness with an added winter feel. Don’t be nervous about getting creative with your own boudoir shoot. I also happen to love the idea of boudoir photos as a surprise gift to your special someone! Do you need a gift idea for your partner for an upcoming birthday or even Valentine's Day? Look no further! If you have any questions or ideas, I would be happy to discuss them with you and help bring your creative ideas to life!
*Now accepting reservations for boudoir mini-sessions January 13th-14th 2018!
The model for this boudoir shoot, Holly, is such a trooper when it comes to offering up the perfect poses for our photo session. Choosing themes for boudoir sessions is always exciting, and there is something so classic and chic when it comes to the vintage 1940s era. When choosing the clothing for this shoot, I wanted to make sure it had a vintage flair that would be obvious and perfectly stylish at the same time. The colors of the lingerie are mostly earth tones, with a pop of color from the props in the background. This type of shoot would be perfect for a lady who is interested in a vintage bridal session with a touch of sexy that would dazzle any husband-to-be.
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.
Haute View Boudoir Photography - Chattanooga, TN
By Appointment Only - 1253 Market St., Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
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