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Outdoor Boudoir Photography: There are all kinds of reasons to do a boudoir photo shoot. Maybe you are getting married and want to floor your groom. Maybe you want to surprise your special someone with an unexpected gift for a holiday. Or maybe you just want to do something for yourself. If you don’t fall into the first two categories, but the last one resonates with you…more power to YOU! We all experience difficult situations in our lives. We all go through things that cause us heartbreak and pain, sorrow and grief. That’s how life works when you are brave enough to love. The good news? The things that don’t kill us make us stronger. Cliche, you ask? Yes, perhaps. But, there is a truth in that statement, cliche or not.
However, in my experience, there’s a catch. When something devastating happens in your life, the only one that can really fix it for you, is you. It’s a matter of changing your perspective and taking time to genuinely heal. And perhaps most importantly, learning to love yourself. Sometimes we need to be reminded of our innate beauty and of our strength. Other people can help with that process, but at the end of the day, you are the only one that can control how you think about the events that have taken place, how you think about yourself, and how you want your life to look moving forward.
Four years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. In a nutshell, I lost my husband and my adopted son in one fell swoop while I was away on business, never to be seen or heard from again. It was the most traumatic experience of my entire life and it took me a long time to come out of the darkness around that event. Shortly after that happened I had a friend offer to do a boudoir photo shoot for me. In the moment I didn’t understand how much impact that one hour would have on my life, but in looking back I have come to realize that it was the first step in relearning to see myself as a beautiful, powerful, and strong woman that deserves to be happy.
It didn’t all happen overnight, but it wasn’t until after that experience that began I realized the power of boudoir photography. It’s an art form that takes you into your vulnerability- literally stripped- and brings you out on the other side with a new view of yourself. It’s an experience that is, for most, scary and out of the box. And yet, I have never photographed a woman in this way that has regretted the experience. When you face things that scare you and you are brave enough to look at yourself in a new way, you grow. I don’t claim to understand exactly how that works, just that it does.
If you or someone you know needs to be reminded of just how amazing and beautiful you/they are, call me. I will help you see yourself in a way that will literally change the way you look at yourself and potentially your life. That is a promise.
One of the questions I get asked a lot by clients who inquire about Denver boudoir photography is about professional make-up. Most women want to know if the additional cost is worth it. The short answer is YES! Not only does having your make-up professionally done help the images “pop,” especially where the eyes are concerned, but it also helps you to relax and get yourself into the mood to be photographed. It’s obviously not a necessity, but considering the special nature of a boudoir photo shoot, I personally think that having a little additional pampering done prior to the photos being taken, is well worth the cost (normally $175 for both hair and make-up).
My favorite make-up artist to work with on my boudoir shoots is Keegan Steele of Steele the Spotlight. Keegan is always punctual and professional and she always makes my clients feel amazing, not to mention, LOOK amazing! I absolutely love her and recommend her whenever I am able. Keegan is based in Fort Collins but is happy to travel to Denver (and anywhere in Colorado for that matter) whenever I have a shoot to do. She is an absolute doll and I honestly can’t say enough positive things about her. Oh and she supplies fake eyelashes too! She has been a wonderful vendor to partner with, particularly in my wedding and boudoir business.
Even though I personally don’t know a lot (admittedly) about make-up application and generally don’t wear much of it myself, what I can tell you is that it makes a huge difference in the way my clients eyes shine in the photos I take of them. It is my opinion that when you feel beautiful you ARE beautiful. And if you are going to go to the trouble to book a boudoir session, shop for it, work out for it, and get yourself mentally and physically prepared, why not take that last step and have your make-up done too? It’s the last step before the camera comes out and I have never had a single client regret having done it. Case in point… Check out these beautiful images that Keegan did the make-up for!
Do you want to know what’s really beautiful? Confidence.
Do you want to know what’s really powerful? Persistence.
Do you want to know what’s really sexy? (Please, I know about sexy.) Not needing to be needed.
And if still “they” don’t notice your good looks, your strength, and your sashay… could you feel more sorry for them?
This note from the Universe struck me today as I was thinking about this gorgeous client I recently had the opportunity to work with during one of my boudoir photo shoots in Denver. Her confidence was ABSOLUTELY beautiful! The message? There is more to being sexy than just looking good, which certainly she did. But more than having a rocking body, it was the sparkle in her eye, the fearlessness with which she looked into the lens, and the calmness of her demeanor that made these images shine. To women everywhere in the world…. if you feel beautiful, you ARE beautiful. If you say you are sexy, you ARE sexy. And if you feel confident, you will LOOK confident. Get it? Got it? Good.
This client had the idea to do a “nudoir” boudoir session outdoors after seeing another boudoir post that I did for one of my brides this past summer. She loved the idea of doing something outside in the mountains and was game to go wherever would work. I had her meet me in Eldora at my families cabin and since it was a little bit (ok a LOT) freezing that day, we had a chance to warm her up inside between locations around the cabin. She was an amazing sport about the outdoor temperature too. And since I was wearing a coat and gloves, I know that she was more than a “little” cold. Goosebumps? That’s what photoshop is for! HA! I guess Colorado girls tend to be kind of tough cookies that way. I tend to think the outdoor boudoir session is something that I am going to be seeing a lot more of in the coming years. Now that boudoir photography has become a major player in the portrait category, I think women will be looking for something different than your “typical” boudoir session as it’s popularity grows. And, since there are so many men and women in this state that are lovers of the outdoors, what sexier combo is there than the “naked in the woods” scenario?!? In fact, if I ever do a boudoir session again in my life (yes, I have done one too) it will DEFINITELY be an outdoor session, and most likely, at this same cabin in Eldora. I just love this location because there are tons of options to photograph and it’s totally secluded and private. And besides that, the cabin on the property gives me a place to change, warm up, take a shot, gather courage, or whatever else is needed.
We ended up making a book of these images for her boyfriend and from what she told me, it was a major hit! Good luck sweetie and I hope to see you again when you get married!
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