When insecurities want to play a role in your session... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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It isn’t very often that a client walks into your studio with a hatchet, but that isn’t even close to the most memorable detail that I have about this session. What I remember the most is complete trust from her that we would execute her vision; we would capture the facets of her personality and womanhood. We had vulnerable conversations, cracked up at awkward poses, and cheered each other on. It was a wonderful day and only enhanced by the hatchet because it is SO rare that someone brings in a prop for boudoir that I haven’t seen before. So, read on about her experience and how insecurities played a huge role in her preparation.

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1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I’m currently cruising through my mid-life crisis. When I was 14, I was discovering Guns ‘N’ Roses and watching Headbangers Ball.

2) What do you do for a living? Or... How do you typically spend your days?

I do visual effects for film and television, so my days are mostly spent staring at pixels on a computer monitor.

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3) What prompted you to consider booking a boudoir session?

My husband had been asking for sexy picture for years, but I could never find a photographer whose work I liked well enough to spend the money. I finally shed a bunch of weight in the past year, though, and I wanted to capture feeling sexy and beautiful again, so I decided to look into it again.

I love creating all sorts of art, and as part of my mid-life self reclamation, I liked the idea of being able to express myself in a new way, showing facets of myself that usually don’t get seen much but that I very much wanted to reclaim, the pieces that are fierce, edgy, beautiful, sensual, goddess-like.

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4) Fears and hesitations are common when it comes to boudoir! What (if any) fears or hesitations did you have with regards to your session?

No fears. I had total trust that Sarah would make me look good (or at least make sure I didn’t look bad) and that we shared a similar vision of what I wanted to create.

But I had been wondering if I was delusional for feeling that I still look desirable and attractive. No one except my husband seemed to see me that way; I didn’t get any feedback that told me otherwise. Everyone I know is concerned with being sensitive and socially aware, which means that they’re very careful not to say anything that could be interpreted as inappropriate. I hoped an outside lens would show me whether I was just vainly deluding myself or not, so I did have a little apprehension about that.

5) Thank you so much for choosing OWN! What was it about us that made you choose us for your boudoir session?

I’ve looked at the work of a lot of boudoir photographers, and most of the time, I don’t love all of their work. It often edges into tawdry or generic, which I didn’t want. In contrast, I loved all the photos that I’d seen on OWN’s gallery. I could see that Sarah was interested in creating artistic photos and had a great eye for lighting and framing.

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6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

The studio was smaller than I expected. I was impressed with how many different settings Sarah was able to create just by positioning me in a different place and shifting some furniture around.

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7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (primping, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

As an artist, my favorite part is always the creative process. I didn’t expect how creatively satisfying it’d be to think about what vision I had for my photos and then figure out, with Sarah’s expertise, how to make that happen. I loved that Sarah was so open to my ideas and willing to work with them.

But I was also surprised and delighted by how many of the final photos I loved. I hate 90% of all photos taken of me, so I expected that, in order to fill a photo book, I’d have to just live with a lot of photos that were just okay. Instead, I had the much harder job of picking between shots I loved vs. really liked.

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8) How has the response been to your images?

I posted links for my friends to see the photos. The most common response has been, “Holy shit! Those are amazing!”

My husband cried. He was so overwhelmed by how beautiful the photos were and how well they express who I am and how he sees me.

When I told my best friend about the shoot, he jokingly asked if I was going to make a calendar. I told him, sure, if he wanted one, but we both fretted about whether I’d have enough good photos to fill a calendar. When I finally got my digital pics, I sent him a link to two dozen and told him to pick enough for his calendar. He replied, “We’re going to need to make two calendars, one each for the next two years.”

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9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session (aside from "JUST DO IT!!!")?

We, as women, are constantly comparing ourselves to each other. Am I prettier than her? Skinnier or fatter than her? Always trying to see if we measure up, if we’re enough. It’s very rare that we consider and appreciate ourselves for who we are, apart from that critical gaze. We’re told that it’s selfish and vain to think about ourselves. But that means we go through life never seeing who we really are, especially the aspects of ourselves that we think aren’t socially acceptable. The session, including the prep beforehand and getting the photos afterward, was a valuable experience of self-reflection and self-expression, of looking at who I am, and then, when I got the photos, of being able to look at myself from an outside perspective, and see my strengths and beauty reflected back clearly. 

The experience can trigger a lot of insecurities and shame, because we're confronting a lot of critical cultural messaging about body image and sexuality, sluttiness and attention-seeking. So my advice is to be compassionate with yourself when those critical voices arise, and embrace the opportunity for self-reflection and seeing the beauty of just being you.

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10) What has changed about the way you see your OWN beauty?

I’m much more confident about OWNing who I am and how I look, more appreciative of the things that make me uniquely beautiful.  So thank you for that!

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We hope you loved reading about this boudoir client’s experience!! Ready to get more info on your OWN boudoir session? Click HERE!

Now you can get the perfect gift ... | Atlanta Boudoir Photos

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OWN Boudoir now has gift certificates!

Maybe you saw this new feature on our home page, or maybe this is brand new to you, but OWN boudoir has officially launched the option to purchase a gift certificate!

Gift certificates are perfect for the person that has been hinting at booking their boudoir photo shoot, for the bride that needs to show off her lingerie, for the mom that needs to reconnect with her individual beauty, or for any woman that would love to see her OWN beauty on paper.

Check out our gift certificate options HERE.

(We are also totally in favor of you sending the link as a ‘hint’, because why not!?)

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Weekend availability is BACK (but extremely limited!) | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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That’s right, we’ve added a few more weekend dates for boudoir sessions to our calendar!!

We get it, schedules can be hard! They are unpredictable and not everyone gets the option of working from home during the week. Weekends are where you can finally do what YOU want to do (which could be binging Netflix or staring at a blank wall while you eat Cheetos… no judgment). If you’ve been really wanting to book a boudoir session, but your weekly schedule just wouldn’t allow it then the weekend is perfect for you!!

There are a limited number of weekend dates left for the year. These are perfect for our bridal boudoir and Base session options. We’ll spend a couple of hours together and then you can join your friends for brunch. If you’re a bride then the weekend sessions are a GREAT option to use your hair/makeup trial for your wedding as your hair/makeup for your boudoir session! Plus, it’s obviously a great gift.

Interested in seeing our availability, or ready to go ahead and snag one of our dates? Click here to see our availability calendar!

Are you a bride and interested in our Bridal mini-session? Click here to check out our availability and dates!

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Let's talk about BLACK | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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It’s easy, it’s slimming, it goes with everything, it makes up 90% of your closet.


You know it’s true. No matter how much you want to branch out from those perfect black pieces of clothing every time you see a piece of clothing that looks like it is even THINKING of not being black you look at it and then retreat into your wardrobe hole like a groundhog afraid of it’s shadow (or really like US afraid to come out of the dressing room).

I’ve been there, I AM there, I am preaching to the choir. Because I know that it’s so easy to fall into the warm snuggly arms of a black wardrobe I knew that I needed to do some research on a few color options that could be almost as comfortable as black. Don’t worry, I’m not going to force you (or myself) to jump feet-first into hot pink and bright cerulean blue. Here are my suggestions for branching out of the black hole (see what I did there?):

1) GREY!!!

You should have seen this coming. Grey is just black that has reached puberty and is trying out a new look, but it doesn’t forget it’s roots. Grey is exploring itself. Grey is fantastic and open to new ideas. You have light grey, dark grey, yellow-ish grey, pink-is grey. Grey has so much versatility but it’s still so close to black that it is practical for everyday viewing and wearing. Grey is the first step in breaking up the monotony of black.

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2) Navy blue

Navy Blue is grey’s best friend. They like all of the same things, they look good with all of the same accessories (except sometimes navy blue doesn’t get along with black, it just depends on how light navy is feeling), and they have so many different versions of themselves to go with anything. Navy is a gorgeous color to be photographed in and is a flattering color on everybody. This is because most people do not have a blue-ish undertone in their skin and so navy doesn’t bring out any unwanted skin issues or make someone appear paler than they actually are.

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3) Hunter and Emerald green

Think of these greens as fraternal twins. They are born from the same beautiful mixture, but they look and behave pretty differently. In our case, though, they behave very similarly with regards to wardrobe. They flatter, they surprise, they evoke a sense of richness… these greens make you want to touch the clothing that they cover, which is especially great for your boudoir session. Wink wink ;)

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And there you have it, a solid few colors to break up the black void. Again, I am preaching to myself, here. Currently I’m wearing a bright yellow shirt and I’m definitely uncomfortable but I’ve gotten SO many compliments on it… so I know that I made the right decision. There is absolutely nothing wrong with black, in fact a LOT of wardrobe pieces look better when they are black, but let’s not make your entire boudoir session an exhibition on the color black. Let’s show YOU off in the best way (which might mean navy or ::gasp:: red).

**Some additional favorite options of ours: deep purples and deep reds

See you soon!!!

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