May 14, 2018

why do women want boudoir sessions?

FILED IN: Portraits

Hey, friends!

I hope that you are having a great start to the week! I am so excited to share a little more about something that I have been working on quite a bit this year- something that brings me so much joy! Throughout my last eight years as a wedding photographer I have had a few of my clients ask to help them create a gift for their husbands in the form of a boudoir photography session. Now, when you think of boudoir most people don’t know what it is, or they are appalled by the thought. Boudoir has got a bad reputation and I am just so excited to continue sharing more about what it is, why people want to do them and answer any questions that you may have! In this blog I will share why people are excited to be photographed in this way.

My personal photography style when it comes to boudoir is a more fine art, conservatively photographed, classic style.

A wedding gift.  For my clients who are approaching their wedding, they have often times never been in such great shape. They want to document themselves during this exciting time in their lives so that when they are old and gray they will be able to look back at these photographs to say “this was me.” It is so fun to play with wedding shoes, veils, etc. Through our photographic experience we create gorgeous artwork that is gifted to their fiance on their wedding day. My wedding clients most often invest in a too-pretty-for-words leather or linen boudoir album to display their artwork. I also have what’s called an unbound album on thick, torn edge watercolor paper. Those are tucked inside a leather folio that was created just for us by a local leathersmith. This is SO fun because they can be framed in your bathroom or bedroom and swapped out over time!

As a reminder of challenges overcome. This is one of my favorite reasons for choosing to have a boudoir session! This is an opportunity for me to create artwork that celebrates what you have overcome. I have several clients right now who have lived through a really hard divorce or loss of a dear family member. Rather than let grief control their well-being they sought out fitness as an outlet to process what has happened and take part in self care. They find themselves standing on a mountain top when it felt like they were in a valley for so long. They want to celebrate all that has taken to get to this point. It’s such a beautiful moment when I am sitting beside them on my couch in my studio, learning about them. (We are usually both sobbing and I’m not even a crier… haha) I feel so much respect for them and it is a true honor to serve them! Together we take photographs that portray their beauty that was born from pain, their strength that endures. We often times create wall art so that that every time they glance at that artwork, they remember all of those things about themselves. It helps them to connect to those feelings of power and achievement. Gosh, I love those moments when they see their artwork for the first time… “that’s me.”

No matter the reason, every woman wants to be known, to be seen, understood and made to feel she is beautiful. I hate to brag but I’ve got to for a second- we do this extremely well. We want to know your story. We want to know your hopes. We want to cheer you on. We want to create artwork for you that serves as a reminder of beauty through pain and all of the good in life.


why do women want boudoir

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  1. Chen

    May 14th, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful words Callie!

  2. Dusti Smith

    May 21st, 2018 at 11:28 am

    “As a reminder of challenges overcome.”


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