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Boudoir is an Adventure | by +Krista

Boudoir can be a lot of things. Glamorous. Romantic. Sexy. Empowering. (And also slightly terrifying. I know.) But most of all? Boudoir is an adventure. Seriously. The idea of it is still taboo to a lot of people, which I wholeheartedly understand but fiercely disagree with… because it shouldn’t be. It’s okay to dress up and be glamorous and sexy. (And really, it’s more than okay. I think it’s required. On [at least] an almost daily basis.) But to step outside of your comfort zone in such an in-your-face, no-holds-barred kind of way is the truest definition of an adventure. So it’s really awesome that I’m also continuously surprised at the number of women who, after it comes up in conversation, have actually been dying to do a boudoir shoot too… and just never gave themselves the permission to do it. Oh, I just really want to do that too because it looks like so much fun. And the thing is, it IS fun. And beautiful and empowering and all that jazz I talk about all the time.

My latest boudoir shoot was back at the W Hotel again, which is fast becoming my favorite spot for boudoir in the city. (The stairs in the lobby make me feel like Cinderella and the best papaya martini in existence lives here. Boom. Instant love.) This time, we got started early in the morning and the sunlight streaming in through those beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows was perfection. And my lovely client, who made my day when she said she was doing this for herself more than anyone else, got to jump in and have fun, feel empowered, be sexy. IN YOUR FACE.

She did awesome. Of course. Afterwards, I asked her if she was glad she’d done the boudoir thing. Because the idea of boudoir can be scary and just a little intimidating, I always ask this question. I really want to know. Even more so than making beautiful photos that make my clients feel good damn good about themselves, it’s my goal to make sure they’re glad they did this, even (or especially) if it was a little daunting. Because if you’re going to toe the edge of an adventure, then jump in with eyes open, it better be worth it. She was SO glad she’d done it, she said. And guess what? You’d be glad too.

Atlanta. Boudoir. Photographer. Krista Turner.

{Hair and Makeup by Ansley Gwinn}

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Swanky | by +Krista

Remember my latest boudoir post, full of gorgeous models and brooding thoughts about beauty and bravery and why everyone (including you) should have a boudoir shoot of your own at least once in your life? Well. I present to you the most recent proof that I’m, indeed, totally right about this one: Ashley’s boudoir session.

Ashley’s getting married- next week! And she decided to jump in and do this shoot partly for her fiancé but mostly for her… which is, as I’ve preached a million times, something I think everyone woman deserves to do and SHOULD do- at least once in her lifetime.

I believe that boudoir is not just getting some amazing photos of yourself. Yes, we’ll get amazing photos- ones that will make you feel proud and confident and sexy and beautiful- but I also think that much of boudoir is about the experience of gaining that confidence. That smoldering sexpot confidence. That beautiful-in-your-own-skin confidence. That hey-I-look-pretty-AND-HAPPY confidence. The experience is what makes it fun.

So when I shoot a boudoir session, I want to make the experience fun for you. So we shoot someplace awesome- where you’re comfortable and most in your zone as you embrace your confidence and the lacey/ stretchy/ silky pretty things. This time, it was in a swanky suite at the W Hotel in Midtown- which was incredible. But maybe your place is a little more subdued- quiet bed-and-breakfast? Wide open field? It’s wherever you want, as long as it’s awesome. That’s my rule. And hair and makeup. Because we’re chicks and yes, sometimes we go against the grains of our inner screaming feminists and want to wear pretty lipstick. That, and there’s just something about getting to play dress-up. You feel good. Special. Like it’s an occasion. Because it is.

Maybe your occasion is in a place like the W- and that’s perfect because I can stand at the floor-to-ceiling windows all day long, happy as a [city] clam. Or maybe your occasion is, oh, in a river- like a mermaid. The thing is… your boudoir session can be whatever you want it to be. As long as you feel good about yourself, we’re good. Hotel. Field. At home in your kitchen. Or the mermaid thing. It’s anything. Whatever makes you feel beautiful. Because that’s exactly what you are.

Atlanta. Boudoir. Photographer. W Hotel. Beauty. Bravery. Awesome.

Boudoir Session | by +Mishaun

When I told people that I was doing a boudoir session I was met with quite a range of reactions. From some people wanting to be my assistant for the day, to a sideways glance from an ultra-conservative friend, everyone had some opinion on the matter. Many people have preconceived notions about boudoir being something risqué and slightly salacious. The thing is that boudoir photography, when done correctly, is not about what the subject is wearing, it’s about making the subject look and feel beautiful.

I think most women at some point in their lives or perhaps throughout their lives struggle with body image. It’s hard not to when we are constantly bombarded with overly Photoshopped images of celebrities and advertisements for the latest and greatest in weight loss or wrinkle creams. Our subconscious takes over and tells us that is how we should look and if we don’t or can’t conform we are not beautiful. Not to mention the mean girl mentality and those awkward middle school yearsBoudoir is about overcoming your self-image and seeing your true beauty. It’s not about the makeup or the gorgeous hair, it’s about the feeling of empowerment. It takes guts to step out in a scantily clad outfit and show the real you. I think that boudoir helps remind women of just how stunning they are in their own skin.

Just remember no matter who you are or how you see yourself…You.Are.Beautiful!

avoir du chien | by +elaine

there’s just something about boudoir that turns men, and a number of my women friends, into 8 year old boys. I can’t even tell you the number of people who volunteered to assist on this shoot. joking. kind of. I’m not sure what people envision when they hear boudoir. do they picture a hot stuffy hotel room, or a dingy warehouse in the seedy part of town? maybe something akin to the first 3 minutes of a porn flick? sorry to pull aside the curtain and show you the wizard, but… it was at a studio with great light, and a couch, and a bed. it resembled nothing so much as a communal women’s dressing room. there just happened to be cameras and lightstands. oh, and mimosas.

in the midst of all of it, as I sat as a stand-in model to help another photographer get her camera and lighting settings right, I remember wishing I had done a boudoir shoot myself. before. before 3 children. before twin skin (you don’t want to know). before 44 snuck up on me. before scars and sun and wrinkles and gravity all had their way with me. but maybe that’s the point. yes, these models were beautiful and young and lithe. but maybe the reason for boudoir is for people like me. to reconnect with that young hot thing that you were and never realized. not to look like her necessarily, but to feel like her again. or if you’ve never felt that way, then to FIND her. because she’s in there.

and that’s what I love about being on the other side of the camera. acknowledging the beauty that maybe a woman has forgotten existed. or helping her discover it. because everyone has a thing. their eyes, their knees. a freckle. an expression or a birthmark. a curve or a valley or a plane of limb or lip or expanse of skin. a laugh or an outlook. a thing makes them gorgeous. all the rest of it–the bed or couch, the lingerie, the false eyelashes and carefully casually bed-tousled hair? it’s all visual fiction. the real thing–the YOU–that’s what makes boudoir so powerful.

 

of course, I’m speaking figuratively here, but it takes a lot of balls to step out in front of a camera scantily clad. baring yourself, exposing your vulnerability. to get out there and bring the sexy or the sassy or the demure. the bashful, the dominant, the wanton. the off limits or the right-at-the-tips-of-your-fingers touchable. all while wrapped up in your insecurities, and little else. it’s courageous. and it’s beautiful.

I want to be witness to it, photograph it, again and again. and maybe even someday find myself brave enough to be on the other side of the camera.

 

Boudoir Session

-Posted by +Raven

This is Mandi. Mandi is beautiful. Mandi is strong. Mandi is awesome.

So are you.

One of the things I love about shooting boudoir is something I’ve said time and time again. Women {and young girls, for that matter} don’t feel beautiful enough. {And I’m not saying I’m immune, either.}

We, in general, do not take the time to stop and realize how amazing and strong and gorgeous we are.

It’s simply about being good to yourself in every way possible, because if you aren’t, who will be?

Do you remember that really cheesy character named Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live, back in the early 90’s? Every morning, he said, he would look in the mirror and tell himself “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” And though that character is silly, having a self-affirming moment {even just once a day} is so wonderfully powerful. I don’t know why more people don’t do it.

You may have noticed that, if LeahAndMark.com were to have a catchphrase, it would be “You. Are. Awesome.” It’s the same idea. You read that statement at the end of every blog post from LeahAndMark. I read that statement. The people who write the blog read that statement. You need to be told that you’re awesome, and wonderful, and SO cool. And it’s not anyone else’s job to tell you. It’s yours.

I love shooting boudoir because, when it’s done correctly, it makes you feel beautiful. And sexy, and everything you feel you’re not when you’re having a bad day.

These shots are more than a present to your significant other. These shots are more than a really fun time. These shots are a love letter to yourself.

And you need to read that letter. Every. Single. Day.

You. Are. Awesome.

 

 

-Posted by +Raven

 

Atlanta. Boudoir. Photography. Photos. +Raven. LeahAndMark.com

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