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!

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