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Back in February, I was booked for a boudoir shoot with an old co-worker. She had lost a lot of weight and was very proud and excited to get some photographs done of her feeling her best. I feel like a lot of people don’t always understand Boudoir Photography. Most seem to think it’s something you only do for your partner at Valentines Day, Anniversary or Wedding. But, in my opinion, Boudoir Photography is first meant for you! It takes a lot of confidence to get in front of the camera in general, but when you have to act sexy, seductive and reveal yourself, it takes a lot more confidence and being comfortable with your insecurities. As a photographer, it is probably one of the more difficult styles to shoot as well because we have to make sure our subject is comfortable and confident. But, there is a huge difference in making someone comfortable for their headshot and a boudoir shoot.

It had been about a year since my last boudoir shoot, I don’t get a lot of bookings for this style of photography. Some reasons may be that I don’t market Boudoir a lot or that I am a male photographer. No matter what the reason is, I really enjoy shooting it! One of the first reasons I decided to become a professional photographer was to interact with more people. Of course, I loved working with a camera but it was a lot more than that. I grew up as an only child so I have always been pretty independent. I have no problem going out for dinner by myself, going out to the bar, club or concert… really I have no issue doing anything on my own. But, in more recent years I’ve realized a lot of why I enjoyed going out by myself, it was more likely that I would meet a random person and get to learn their story. I may only talk to them for one hour and never see them again but many of those experiences have led to learning a lot about others and about myself. Some of these people have had a huge impact on my life, more than some of my closest friends. In almost every photo shoot, I am likely getting to know that person for the first time and that is very exciting for me. In this case, I had known this person for over a year, worked together on several projects and worked together when I still had a part-time job. Even after knowing them pretty well, I learned a lot more about how they used to feel. Many people struggle day-to-day with anxiety, depression and insecurities and never allow anyone else to see that. Only once things are somewhat resolved, people speak up. It’s incredible to see someone finally appreciate their looks, their body and so much so that they want to permanently capture that as a moment in time.

The reason I wanted to say all of this is, it’s very inspiring to see someone love who they are. Boudoir is so much more than just sexy photos for your partner. It’s about being happy and proud of yourself. It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to shoot someone’s boudoir photos and I hope to work with many other women, men and couples on exploring their sexy side through images.

Here is a small collection of images from a few boudoir shoots over the last few years. I would love to share more of my past work in this genre of photography but as I mentioned before, Boudoir should be first about you and anyone I’ve worked with will likely agree with me on that so I have only been given permission to share images from a few of my past clients.

(Some images include nudity – Viewers Discretion is Advised)