Boudoir Photos

Getting married? Anniversary coming up? Or do you just want to take some sultry photos because you’re gorgeous?

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I have compiled a short checklist of what to look for when picking a professional to capture these intimate shots.

1. Be Picky: Find someone local with lots of reviews and a personal website. Don’t just book the first person you find. Take the time to do your research, scour the best deals and above all, make sure you actually like the pictures in the photographer’s portfolio.

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2. Pricing: The price range for boudoir photos varies depending on where you live, the number of photographers in the area and what you’re comfortable with paying. I’ve seen “Groupon Deals” for $50, but when you read the fine print that doesn’t always include your “sitting fee”, prints, retouching, etc. Decide on your budget and try to get the most bang (pun-intended) for your buck.

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3. Style: Some photographers do more soft light, sensual shoots while others are pretty hardcore and graphic. I’m not here to judge one way or the other, but just make sure that whatever you choose, you will be 100% comfortable with because if you’re uncomfortable, it will definitely show through your photos.

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4. Be Suggestive: Make a Pinterest board with posing ideas, camera angles, costume changes and background settings that you like. This was something that my boudoir photographer, Aimee, suggested and I absolutely LOVE her for it. During our shoot she’d pull up photos that I had pinned so we could try and recreate them.

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5. Perks: See if your photographer includes digital copies of your pictures with the photo session. My photographer not only included a CD with the photos, but also a photo book that I gave to my husband as a secret gift on our wedding day. It is the perfect present for your significant other…and my hubby always takes it with him on business trips.

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Photo Credit: Aimee Rossi, Visit Her Website Here

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Embrace Your Inner Goat

Now that I have your attention, I am going to explain why you should embrace the idea of being a goat. More specifically, a mountain goat. I came across a tweet last week that said something to the effect, “When all your haters are waiting to watch you fall, be a goat.” And once I stopped hysterically laughing on the plane from this picture, something clicked in me; like a light bulb in my head (rare, I know).

It’s not just that I am a hard-headed and stubborn Capricorn, but my discovery that these animals have an unbelievable ability to scale sheer cliffs. You wouldn’t guess that about them when you just observe them walking around on a flat surface doing whatever it is that goats do. These goats have this, what I definitely consider, “secret” inner strength, and that strength is in each one of us. You never know how truly strong you are until you are faced with the impossible, be it a horrible break up, being fired from a job, failing a class or even having to climb the flat side of a mountain. It’s times like these where you not only look to those around you for support, but you also have to learn to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going.

I don’t want this post to sound “preachy” or like I’m a know it all, because I certainly struggle with this on a daily basis, but I just want to put it out there that you ARE strong enough to get through the tough times, even if that means falling down every once in a while. Hey, that’s what makes us human! So I hope that anyone who is feeling alone/unsure/scared/etc., will read this and perhaps be inspired to “be a goat” and persevere through the tough times. 💋