I don’t photograph men in my boudoir sessions, but one of my wedding clients from back in the day asked me to do a cute & cuddly pj session with her husband. We did some shots going from wedding dress to pjs, and it was lovely.
Sometimes I miss photographing weddings, other times I am quite glad to be done with them, thankyouverymuch. I have one last wedding in December in Jamaica and then I think I’ll be officially retired.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks here as we prepare for Valentine’s Day… we’ve been doing boudoir sessions with some really wonderful and inspiring women. We spent the weekend in Rhode Island doing a hybrid hotel date where we book a hotel room and provide styling, and then did a few more studio sessions yesterday in our Lowell studio space. I’ve already heard back from one of the women:
“Wow. Rachel…seriously! I can’t believe some of those images!! Is that really me? Just awesome…thank you, thank you, thank you…this is such a wonderful gift for me – forget about [him]! I’ve been told my whole life (usually by strangers, who can be so mean) that I look like “a little kid”. These pictures will serve to remind me that I am, in fact, a woman. I’m definitely recommending you to anyone who will listen – I really think every woman should do boudoir at LEAST once in their life…and not for anyone but themselves. “
The woman who was the most inspiring to me recently is a lovely lady who has been working up a special dance for her husband for a sexy Valentine’s Day surprise – and took exotic dance classes from Gypsy Rose in Boston (whom she recommends). It was amazing to see someone come into the studio who has been married for 15 years keep the sexy alive in such an intentional and wonderful way. He is one lucky husband!
On another note, I’m really looking forward to seeing what the press has to say about boudoir since it’s being picked up on so many channels lately. I remember when the media picked up on “trash the dress” sessions in 2007 and we saw it everywhere from hometown newspapers (note to self: subscribe to the Lowell Sun) to NBC. I think boudoir is going to do the talk show circuit soon. (Wait… is that a good thing?)
One of the things I like to emphasize as boudoir is being opened up to the wider public is that we go for a more natural approach to our Boston-based boudoir work. Some studios are heavy on the retouching and change subtle things about your body to make the photos more universally “pleasing.” Our whole thing is that you are beautiful as you are, without being modified. We do encourage styling for the shoot (professional makeup, cute outfits, etc.) but want the images to be realistically wonderful. Flattering posing, beautiful light, and a dose of confidence can show us how sexy you are… naturally. The quote above emphasizes this fact.
Thank you to all of our Boston and Rhode Island boudoir women who have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to us. It takes courage to step out of your normal routine and trust someone with a camera to document your body… we don’t take this responsibility lightly!
Hey working gals… I have one last weekend date available for this year for a full couture boudoir session in time for the holidays. I have a Sunday reservation at a swanky Boston hotel, one of my favorite stylists available, and we’re offering a full session if you’re available for our date and time (or two friends can book together and each save $50). The first woman to be in contact with me by noon tomorrow will be able to take advantage of this offer.
We have one last opportunity to get in on a reduced rate Boudoir hotel session this year*! We’re planning a special day of mini-sessions in Boston on Sunday, November 2.
These are unlike our other sessions and aimed specifically at giving a special gift of one or two photos to your man for Christmas this year, whether you are married or not yet. These mini holiday sessions are ideal for women who have been through a full boudoir experience with us previously, or bold women who are up for some hilarious and fun photos. Since each session is so short and lacks the normal ‘warm up’ time, this holiday mini session is probably not for girls on the shyer side who are hesitant about the idea of boudoir… you should schedule an individual session with us for lots of time and attention.
Here are the details:
- Session fee includes light styling during the shoot.
- One outfit for the shoot.
- Each session will be 20 minutes long (you can buy two slots if you want an extra ‘look’).
- Session fee includes a sexy 5×7″ holiday card with the image of your choice.
- Seasonal wear and holiday trappings are highly encouraged. We’re bringing some too!
- Email to sign up for a slot between 12:30 and 6pm.
*We’re still taking a limited number of individual sessions, with the full experience (2 hours, 3-4 outfits, lots of photos and lots of attention) until November 15. Email for scheduling and be sure to ask about the full mergeweddings boudoir experience!
Tricia and I just finished up another weekend full of boudoir sessions. We photographed some beautiful and sexy women and had so much fun doing it. Each time we do these sessions it gets more and more fun for us.
Thanks for being brave, wonderful models ladies. We can’t wait to hear what he says!
We have three spots available for a boudoir pin-up session in the BOSTON area on Friday, April 18.
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Sessions are available on a custom basis; next marathon shoot is the weekend of May 11.