Whether you’re a few months away from walking down the aisle or you’ve been married for years already, a boudoir shoot can result in fun, sexy photos that make great gifts. These glamorous photography sessions allow you to get pampered and dolled up, wear pretty lingerie, and give your now or future husband a really unique and intimate gift. Here are a few of the reasons why you might choose to schedule a boudoir shoot:
It lets him know you’re always thinking about him
Your other half might be expecting a watch or some themed cuff links as your pre-wedding or anniversary gift, so imagine the jaw-dropping surprise on his face when he opens the box to find a book full of perfectly captured pictures of his gorgeous wife. A full book or even just a single framed picture from your boudoir shoot is something that your husband will treasure forever. He’ll know that you were thinking of him at the time of your shoot, but also that you were thinking ahead to giving him a gift that will outlast any tie or tech gadget.
Keeps the excitement alive
Everyday stresses and responsibilities can make us feel tired and sometimes a bit disconnected from one another. Giving boudoir photos as a gift is a great way to nudge the spark back up to where it should be. No matter where you are in your journey, it’s important to keep dating each other, and part of that is finding romantic ways to surprise each other. Boudoir shoots are a fantastic way to accomplish this goal.
Makes you feel confident
While this is definitely a gift for your groom, it’s also a gift for you, too. Dressing up and posing for these daring and exciting photographs will give you a huge boost of confidence. Your photographer will pick poses that flatter your body type, and it’ll be a fun experience for you, as well as your husband. As an added bonus, if your shoot is before your wedding, you’ll already have your honeymoon lingerie ready to go!
The lens of a camera and professional lighting captures your face different than the way your eyes do when you look at yourself in the mirror in natural light. This is why it is important to do your hair and makeup for your boudoir photo shoot a little differently than you normally would. Here are a few tips and ways to find inspiration and look stunning in your boudoir images.
I highly recommend you book one of amazing professional hair and make-up artist. They are all professionals trained as to what looks and colors look best with your features. If a professional artist is doing your hair and makeup:
If you are doing your own hair and make-up:
Do you have a bestie getting married soon? Trying to plan the perfect bachelorette party can be a challenge! We have the perfect solution, book her a boudoir bachelorette party with Haute View Boudoir!
A bachelorette boudoir party is the perfect opportunity to combine getting all dressed up and feeling gorgeous with getting some sexy photos of yourself and having a blast with your girlfriends in the process!
So what’s included in a bachelorette boudoir party?
We start the day off with professional hair and makeup for each woman, relaxing in the chair and sipping champagne. You will sit back and enjoy getting pampered while indulging on hor’d'oeuvres and listening to some fun music! After each woman is finished in hair and makeup we will head into the studio room for a custom boudoir session. Each woman can choose between a boudoir or modern beauty session so everyone can work within their own comfort level. Each woman will have access to our client closet full of lingerie and outfits in a variety of sizes.
Ready to party with us? All you have to do is book the date and prepare yourself for a day of pampering and fun! Is there any better gift for your engaged friends than getting to spend the day together drinking, relaxing, and taking turns doing a mini boudoir or beauty sessions. If you’re up for more fun afterward, our studio is located in the exciting Southside Chattanooga neighborhood, just blocks from the best nightlife in town. And your hair and make-up is already done.
Boudoir Parties Include:
Well ladies, I did it, I got in front of a camera....a video camera. I have been wanting to make a video about my "why" and how boudoir found me, but I have been putting it off...for years. What's worse is I was using the same excuses you have: I need to lose a few pounds, I'm going to look (and sound) stupid, etc.
Then one day I started to put it on paper, exactly how I felt about the gift of boudoir and what I wanted to tell you ladies, and then I just KNEW I had to do it! I enlisted the incredibly talented Matti Godfrey of Foxy Creations Video to come to the studio for a few sessions and this is the magic she created.
When I first watched it, I thought I would pick apart every little thing or mistake I made, but it felt so TRUE to myself that I couldn't. It is ME, that's how I really look, how I really sound, and those are the real smiles and laughs I give my clients during a session. (And yes I made the #1 Photographer Pet Peeve of leaving a hair tie on my wrist the whole time...ARGH)
At the end of the day, if we can be ok with being ourselves, then we can focus on others.
When thinking about what you’re going to wear for your Chattanooga Boudoir Session, sometimes it’s best to start with what you should avoid. You might be tempted to just go to your pajama drawer and pull something you already have, which is totally fine in some cases, but sometimes your sleepwear is not the answer for photos.
1.) Baby Dolls and Nightgowns - While these are comfortable for sleeping they do nothing for your shape. No matter your shape or size, you want lingerie that accentuates your curves, not flowy material. Same with silk nightgowns, even though they look and feel luxurious, the fabric has no give and does not show your natural shape in a flattering way.
2.) Bright Colors - In photos bright colors will photograph even brighter, leaving your clothing to stand out more than you. We want to draw attention to your natural beauty, so softer colors, jewel tones, and darker colors will help do just that.
3.) Crazy Patterns - Same as the bright colors, you don’t want your outfit to be so busy that we loose you in the photo. A simple two toned lace is a perfect way to add texture without being too distracting.
Of course, in all things, there is an exception to every rule! So if you have something YOU LOVE that falls within this list, feel free to bring it and we can always find a pose or lighting to make you look amazing in it. The most important thing is that you are being the real YOU!
The Boudoir experience is intimate, raw, and empowering, so naturally one of the number one questions I get asked is about Privacy! At Haute View Boudoir, your PRIVACY is a TOP PRIORITY! I NEVER share any photos without your consistent. All the gorgeous girls on this website and social media have come from a model call and have given permission to share their images.
When choosing my online gallery system, I did extensive research on finding the most secure, highly encrypted gallery system. Everything online is password-protected and can only be shared with the people you choose to view your gallery.
Still prefer not to have anything online? No worries, we can do an in-person viewing party and have nothing stored online.
Professional Lab=Professional Privacy
All print orders are sent privately and securely to a professional printing lab…no drug store developing here with your neighbors working behind the counter! Only the best quality prints and most professional lab gets our orders. Our printing lab works with the best boudoir photographers around the world, so your portraits are in safe hands!
Incentives to Share
Because I value your privacy so greatly, I take it as a special honor to be able to share your images, so I offer a discount for anyone willing to share. I offer 20% off for a full model release and 10% off for a Faceless model release (only allowing me to share non-recognizable features).
Want to know more? Set up an in-person consultation or phone call by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or filling out this form.
Usually, when a woman approaches the idea of doing a Boudoir Session, it's thought of as a gift for their partner. A wedding or anniversary gift, Valentine's Day, and birthday, etc. Which, don’t get me wrong, it IS the perfect gift, But the real gift here is for yourself. There is NOTHING wrong with a little self-love. If you do a Boudoir Session for anyone, let it be for you too.
A Boudoir session is FUN- you get to play dress up and be a super model for a day. You'll feel pampered as you get your hair and makeup done, while sipping champagne. Your favorite music will be playing. You'll really feel like a movie star.
BUT, the best part actually come AFTER your session. From when you see your images the first time, to receiving the finished album, and best fo all getting to relive the whole experience every time you look at your images. You'll see the true beauty in you that you often forget is there.
The boost in self-confidence you'll receive is worth years of therapy, and a lifetime of self-help books. If you don't believe me, here are some more words from just a few of the women I've had the honor to empower recently...
“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
Who doesn't need a little ego or confidence boost from time to time? This is a way to do it once, but have the results forever. One of my clients recently said-
“I Haven't felt this amazing, empowered And gorgeous in a long time!!! Thank you so much!!!” ~ Kaitlyn”
Want to know more? Email Brittany to start your self-love journey.
“To love is to stop comparing.” – Bernard Grasset
The last thing I want is this blog post to come across as preachy, because girl I STRUGGLE with this! If anything I am preaching to myself as I write this! Social Media plays a huge role in this as we are constantly scrolling and seeing *what looks like* everyone’s perfect life before us. Even when preparing yourself for this boudoir photography session, you will most likely go to Pinterest for inspiration. Which I encourage you to do, but the problem comes when you look at that inspiration and say, “I like this, but I will never look that (beautiful, skinny, perfect).”
If you don’t hear anything today, but this: Be Real, not Perfect! Celebrate those things that make you who you are, and don’t be afraid to be imperfectly, perfect.
So how do you break this cycle of comparing yourself with others? Here are some tips I’ve found useful at: https://zenhabits.net/lifes-enough-stop-comparing-yourself-to-others/
I get asked about tanning often and I actually learned about this lesson the hard way. I got a spray tan a few days before a friend’s wedding where I was a bridesmaid. I did all the right things: researched the best places, didn’t go cheap, and followed all the directions. It turned out really well and I thought it looked great….UNTIL I saw her wedding pictures, where I looked like a cheeto next to everyone else. In pictures spray tans come across orange and uneven. Unfortunately, I have had a few clients who also learned this lesson the hard way, so I wanted to do a quick blog post on the subject.
Spray Tans - Even if you spray tan regularly, do not get a spray tan in the days leading to your boudoir shoot. No matter how excellent the tanning solution is or how great it looks in person, it will not come off that way in your images. Spray tans (and other tanning products) are notorious for clinging to drier areas of your skin, like your knees, ankles, and wrists. It also tends to wear off on the hands, feet, and face before the rest of your body, creating a very uneven orangey looking skin tone contrast. All areas will be highly visible in your photographs, and are typically too contrasting to properly edit and smooth out.
Tanning Beds - Though tanning beds can give you a more natural look, there always tends to be a line or two from laying on the bed that tans inconsistently. Usually around the lower back and booty.
Like everything about boudoir, natural is better. Don’t be afraid to be your true self. A shade lighter won’t hide any of your true beauty!
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.