BOUDOIR BADDIES: celebrating myself | Austin Boudoir Photography

Why did you book a boudoir session? What’s your story?

I wanted to celebrate overcoming some significant challenges in my life and celebrate my body and myself. My 42nd birthday was an excuse to book it. (I know some people are sensitive about it, but I’m proud of my age)

Going into the shoot, were you worried about anything?

By the time it happened, I was more excited than worried. If I hadn’t been looking at your photos in the FB group for months leading up to it, maybe I would have been nervous about how I was going to look, but I knew you would get at least some good shots of me based on all the gorgeous images of all different types of bodies leading up to it.

Looking back on the planning process, do you feel like you were given adequate information and references to help you prepare for your shoot?

Yes, I appreciated all the information leading up to it. It was especially helpful to get the info as soon as I booked so I could plan ahead for things like appts I wanted to make, etc.

What is the number one reason you would recommend doing a shoot with me over any of the other photographers out there?

I absolutely needed someone who would handle the hair, makeup, and wardrobe for me. I never would have been able to do it if I had to take care of those things. But beyond that I appreciate the body neutral/body positive philosophy and seeing all kinds of different bodies in your photos. That was an important part of why I was doing the photos, so that helped me go for it.

What was your favorite part of your session?

The whole experience was everything I hoped for, but the feeling of actually doing the photos and letting go and going for it was the best feeling.

Would you have another boudoir shoot with me in the future?

1000% yes! I want all my friends to do it, too! Would love to do it every few years if I can figure out how to afford it.

What changes have you noticed in yourself after your photo shoot with me?

I feel really proud of myself and powerful. I feel free.

Would you like to add anything else about your experience? 

When we did the reveal appointment, I realized that going into this I thought the pictures were the result or end product I was after. They were all beautiful and I loved them all, but it turns out the pictures aren’t really the thing. The pictures trigger the memory of how I felt while I was taking them–that brave, proud, powerful, free feeling. That experience and those feelings are the real result or product. The pictures document and memorialize them, but it’s only partially about how you look. It’s about how you feel and the pictures helping you tap into that whenever you want to. Thank you for helping me give myself this beautiful gift!

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