Back in 2010 Jessica Simpson had a documentary series on VH1 called “The Price of Beauty”. In this series, Simpson travelled to different countries around the globe to explore and define what beauty means to different people in various cultures. She did this through exploring different beauty and fashion trends, and the culture of beauty in each country. In some cultures being heavier was beautiful, in others it was having an elongated neck. One particular woman had burned her skin trying to lighten it to become her culture’s idea of “beauty”. We all want to feel beautiful, but at what cost? We shouldn’t be changing things to fit a certain model, instead change only what makes you feel better about you!
Often, youth is thought to be the big identifying factor of beauty. If we look at skincare lines, they are often marketed to bring back youthful skin. It often seems. as women, that we are constantly trying to get back to that fountain of youth. I fully admit to doing this as well. I analyze the way my face has changed, the lines that seem to have appeared overnight, the way my breasts are not as firm as they once were. But why is it that these physical changes typically have a negative connotation?
Youth is beautiful, but so is aging. Age is nothing but a number. In my experience of having the privilege to photograph so many beautiful women and from so many different walks of life, I have found that sometimes women feel they are too old to do boudoir. This, my friends, is exactly why you should do it!!! Boudoir is not just for the young twenty somethings (although they should do it too!), but for women from all walks and ages of life.
Experience and challenges make us who we are. There is beauty in documenting our visual stories and the way our bodies change over the years. Your body may not look exactly the way it did ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty years ago…but it isn’t supposed to. Fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, c-section scars they tell the journey of our life story and there is beauty in that.
Ironically, the reason that Jessica Simpson decided to do this documentary was because, at the time, she had received a lot of negative press for gaining ten pounds. All of a sudden the media was tearing her apart and saying that she was extremely overweight. She decided to take control of the situation and use this series as an opportunity to gain confidence. The end result was her realizing that there is not one type of beautiful. What is most beautiful is a confident woman who makes her own choices and decides to embrace herself, with the imperfections that make her different from everyone else.
Boudoir is an opportunity to look at yourself in photographs and decide that you like what you see. To decide that you are your own kind of beautiful. Document your history, your story, and the powerfully beautiful woman that you are!
Sometimes it can be so easy to see why women get down on themselves. Social media and the entertainment industry, in general, can have the power to make women feel like they are never enough. That they are not thin enough, beautiful enough, strong enough… the result of this can be simply feeling like less than enough.
This is exactly why boudoir is so powerful. It has the capability to empower and transform how we as women feel about ourselves. The way I feel about certain body parts, has made me feel less than confident over the years. But that shouldn’t dimmish all of my other qualities. My hair, my eyes, my legs. Why is it that as women we always focus on what we are not instead of what we are?
Boudoir gives women the power to see the sexy, beautiful sides of themselves that they DO like. Boudoir isn’t about looking like a model, or like the “ideal” woman. It is saying I am badass the way I am and I am enough.
Whether it is simply for yourself, or a partner, take the opportunity to show off how amazing you are and that you are more than enough.
Is the idea of shopping for lingerie a little overwhelming? Or A LOT overwhelming? I get it, you look at the pictures online and think “There is no way that will look like that on me?”
No worries, I am here to help you every step of the way! If you shop for your shape, then you can say, “that looks even better on me, than the supermodel.”
When shopping for your shape, the most important rule is: Accentuate the Positive!
By identifying your body type ( which does not mean you are classifying your type by “less than perfect”) you can learn to focus on the parts of your body you love the most. I encourage this for every boudoir photography session, along with learning to be comfortable and confident in your own skin. The bonus of showing your shape with appropriately fitting lingerie will embrace your every curve and allow you to as well.
Identifying Your Body Type
Take a moment to undress and look into your mirror, making sure to have great posture.
This is not a time for you to be critical, but rather to look at your own anatomical geometry. Yes, I used the word “geometry”. It’s a series of measurements and angles that create a mere shape. Not the WRONG SHAPE, simply “A SHAPE”.
No matter what your weight is, a woman’s geometry will be classified as either:
The Truth Is……. Curves Never Go Out Of Style!
A P P L E
P E A R
Love your décolleté and waist and accentuate there. This will draw attention away from your bottom half to showcase your “little middle” and fabulous bust. Choose push-up bras, or a bustier to slender your waistline.
High Waisted Panties are ideal for you with a Bralette for the top! Play up that bottom half with hugging garter/sexy tights or stockings.
R E C T A N G L E
If you’re very straight you may wish to create the illusion of curves. Paying special attention to the busts and the legs, we can create gorgeous curves with a waist cincher underneath a lace body suit. A padded push up bra can also draw a lot more attention giving you a rounder, fuller appearance where you want it most.
H O U R G L A S S
This figure is very easy to work with when it comes to lingerie, and the key is to be form-fitting. Teddies and bodysuits do a good job of flattering the hourglass figure, especially fitted ones.
Wondering Where and What to Shop? See my Shoppable Inspiration Board
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's pretty easy for us ladies to forget about ourselves. We get caught up in preparing for the upcoming holiday celebrations, not to mention shopping for all of our family and friends! I get it; we are all busy and have stuff to do! But I also believe that rewarding yourself with a little gift is not only fun but a wonderful and healthy outlet for all of us during these crazy times we live in. With all of that being said, I have decided to launch an amazing Black Friday Sale for you fantastic ladies out there! I want 2021 to be THE YEAR you love yourself, just as you are, with a boudoir experience that leaves you: empowered, feeling gorgeous (because YOU are!), and starts you on a self-love journey. Now through Nov. 27th, book your 2021 Boudoir Experience with Haute View Boudoir for a $99 deposit and receive a $99 print credit for FREE. Even better, you will lock in our 2020 Prices. Click here to view more info.
And as always, have a wonderful holiday season!
"Being a busy wife and Mom that works full time, I don’t have a whole lot of time to try new things. My 10 year wedding anniversary was coming up and I wanted to try something new and surprise my husband with something that he would never dream of!
I loved Everything about this experience! I felt so comfortable and beautiful the whole time. It was way more fun that what I had imagined it would be and Brittany did an amazing job capturing who I am and what my husband loves about my body! It was wonderful!"
"The session made me feel confident and comfortable despite my flaws. Time to love my forty- something self. My boudoir session was a surprise gift for my husband as we celebrate 25 years of marriage. It was time to pull out all the stops and knock his socks off!"
So much has changed in our world recently and shopping for your boudoir session has undergone a BIG change. With many stores not open and even more not allowing you to try on things, lingerie shopping is harder than ever! More women are moving online to places with fast delivery and easy returns like Amazon.
To help I have created this Shoppable Inspiration Board filled with What to Wear ideas and links to find the items or at least pointed in the right direction. And what's better than that? It's all affordable ideas, most are under $20.
There is nothing like staying home during a pandemic, wearing pajamas 24/7 and bingeing Netflix shows to make you realize: I NEED to feel beautiful again! And believe me, I need a reason to wear make-up and get out of pajamas, but I want to prioritize your safety over everything. So we are making a few changes in order to open the studio as safety as possible. Here is what you can expect if you book a session during this crazy COVID-19 pandemic time:
- A Heavily Cleaned Studio
- Everyone entering the studio, must sign a COVID waiver stating they have not experienced symptoms within the last 14 days.
- 48 Hours between Appointments
- Everyone must remove your shoes before entering the studio (don't worry your shoes will be safe)
"Wow, your studio is amazing." It's often the first thing a woman says as she enters my studio. I'm always surprised, but now that I think about it, I'm not really great about showing the studio....yes the gorgeous women in the studio, but never the space. So let's change that with this quick studio tour.
This studio was designed with boudoir in mind, so everything about it is completely customizable to fit the style and look of your dream boudoir session. The furniture is meant to be moved around to fit different poses and styles. The bed has 3 different comforters ranging from bridal white to dark and dramatic to fit any outfit. We offer a wide variety of outfits, jewelry, high heel shoes, angel wings, and robes all part of our client closet that's included with every session. (You can view every outfit and available sizes on our Story Highlight on Instagram.)
If you would like to see the studio in person, I would LOVE to give you a tour and chat about your boudoir photography session. Book a consultation here. Thanks and can't wait to work with you to make you feel beautiful and confident....just like you are!
Are you planning on giving your groom a sexy little gift on your wedding night? Here are five tips on what to wear for your bridal boudoir photo shoot:
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.