You'll never stay dry with this boudoir set ... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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(The title of this blog post had me trying to figure out how to write an introduction that included both the words ‘boudoir’ and ‘wet’, but I couldn’t figure it out without wanting to make a dirty joke… so this is what you get)


Shower sessions have become one of our most popular requests. I mean, think about it:

You’re (hopefully) used to taking a shower, and so it isn’t as foreign to you as putting on a strap-heavy set of underpants

It requires very little posing instruction (due to the familiarity of knowing how to take a shower)

Hot and steamy skin looks sexyyyyyyy

These images are completely unexpected when one thinks about ‘lingerie photos’ (aka boudoir photographs).

For 2019 we’ve taken our shower set-up up a notch and we’ve made it an entirely separate add-on for your sessions. This way we can specifically create a shower backdrop just for you and based on the inspiration images that we discuss before your shoot. Believe it or not, most of the shower images don’t feature a real shower :) but you’ll have to come in studio to figure out our secrets.


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Bridal boudoir sessions are back!! | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Bridal boudoir sessions are back!!



Are you newly engaged? Have you been engaged for 10 years? Are you THINKING about getting engaged? Do you want to drop a hint to someone that you would like to be engaged (and obviously the best way to drop that hint would be to have a bridal-themed boudoir session)?

We have the perfect session for you!

Bridal boudoir sessions were first introduced by us in 2016, but we discontinued them for 2018 while we strengthened our shooting levels. Now, though, for 2019 we have brought bridal boudoir sessions back.

While our clients can absolutely book one of our larger sessions and incorporate bridal looks in those, the bridal boudoir session is for those clients (past, present, and future), that want to really focus on the bridal aspect of their boudoir shoot.

Bridal Boudoir Sessions are $550 and include a one-hour session, 2 outfits (one must be a bridal outfit), and 10 digitals images or a little black book.

Ready to book your OWN bridal boudoir session (it also makes a great bachelorette gift!)? Click here to get started!











A gorgeous couple's boudoir session | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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***This is a revisit to a past post showcasing one of our first “official” couple’s sessions of 2018. We often get asked about whether or not we photograph couple’s boudoir. The answer is “yes” we definitely photograph couples! The catch is that you won’t see many of them on our website because of privacy requests. For that reason I wanted to share this session, which we gained permission to share. Yay for couple’s! Want to have your own couple’s session in 2019? We’re game if you are!

Here is a glimpse into one of our first couple's boudoir sessions for 2018. 

 

One of our biggest announcements for 2018 was that we were OFFICIALLY offering couple's sessions as an option with our boudoir packages. We're a few months into 2018 and we've had SO much interest in bringing two significant others together to document their intimacy. Here is a peek into our very first couple's session of the year. 

 

Here's the deal on keeping your boudoir images private | Atlanta Boudoir photography

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Your boudoir images are really the very definition of "sensitive material", and we totally understand. We have a variety of privacy options for our clients so that each boudoir session can be done without any question of how your images will be seen!

I will say I'm a bit surprised that we don't get MORE questions about our privacy policy when it comes to boudoir images! I'm flattered of course that our clients are coming into their sessions ready to share their images with the world. However, for those that have a few more reservations about their images being seen we've got a few options for owning your digitals in confidence. 

When you book a boudoir session with OWN boudoir, whether you're coming in to our Atlanta studio or we're coming to you, we sign a contract to set the expectations for the shoot! Our standard contract outlines what is included in your session, any additional fees, the location for the session, etc. It also lets you know just how your images will or won't be used. For our standard contract (the one that goes out to everyone, unless you ask specifically for a different one) your photos are shareable ONLY if they are anonymous. 

Anonymous photos by OWN's definition are those photos that don't include any full faces, personal tattoos (like those that say your name or anyone's name), company logos, or very specific physical traits (example: birthmarks, prosthetics, etc). 

Most of our clients choose this contract for their shoot because they WANT to show their images off, but want to make sure their high-school students, work friends, or nosy relatives don't have a conniption. 

For clients that would like to make sure that there are no photos shared ever ever ever everrrrrrrrr, we have a version of our contract that is so creatively titled as the "Non-Sharing" contract. When we sign this together, OWN waives the right to share any of your images from your session, no matter how anonymous they are. We can even go a step further and opt-out of back your files up to the cloud or sending you a downloadable gallery. 

What if you don't mind sharing all of your boudoir images with our future clients? We ask for a written statement saying that you give permission for us to use your images. This way all of us are on the same page (and also so that I don't have a panic attack trying to make sure that I'm following your preferences). 

While these three options for your images are what is pretty standard here at OWN boudoir, if you have a specific request or question about your boudoir images then let's talk! Creating your perfect boudoir session can't happen unless we talk! 

Send me all of your demands, 

Sarah 

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Here's a new way to get information about your boudoir session! | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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We may be a few months late (or....maybe we are right on time), but I've finally figured out a great way to make it easier for you to access specific information about boudoir sessions with OWN! 

Check out our Instagram, but more specifically check out our Instagram Highlights. 

 

Instagram highlights are a version of Instagram Stories, but think of them as more specific versions of our stories. If Instagram Stories are the overall novel of our day, the Highlights are the chapters within the novel...only those chapters can stay around for as long as I decide, regardless if the entire rest of the novel is missing. 

(Honestly this is the best way I can describe it, so I hope it helps! )

Our Instagram Highlights are centered around a few subjects that are specifically related to OWN boudoir (or boudoir photography in general). These boudoir stories are a perfect way for you to find out very specific details on a variety of subjects when you're planning your boudoir session. If you don't feel like reading through 6 years of blogs for information, then these stories are for you. 

(Although, 6 years of info is a LOT of info, so if you've got some time on your hands or just feel like being extra prepared then you should start reading now. )

Here's what you can find on our Instagram Highlights:

So... come see me on my stories. ;) I promise to be a really entertaining booby-booty photographer.

 

Interested in booking your OWN boudoir session? Check us out and get in touch!

One of our most popular requests....

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A couple of years ago I had an idea to start incorporating water into some of my boudoir sessions. I'm not going to say that I had a moment of genius or anything, but I def ate a smart cookie or something that day. 

The idea manifested itself in a few boudoir mini-session experiments that I specifically scheduled in order to feel out how exactly to hose my clients down while keeping hair/makeup intact. The resulting images were some of my favorite images that I've ever taken and deserved an immediate post on social media (like any great selfie or kick-ass picture). 

Over the last year I've gotten a plethora of requests for the 'wet look' as a part of their boudoir sessions. We create just gorgeous work inside of my basic shower at the Atlanta studio as we do in some of the bomb-ass hotel rooms that I use while I'm traveling for sessions. It's quite fun to climb into the shower with $5000 worth of camera equipment and spray away the 2hr hair/makeup job that we just perfected. Someone needs to film me for the awesome behind the scenes look. 

 

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This session is back, for one week only!! | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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Are you a bride getting married this summer or fall? Bridal boudoir sessions are some of our most popular sessions to date, and while we no longer offer a specific "Bridal Boudoir" package, we ARE bringing that package back for one week only!!! 

For the week of July 22-27 we will be bringing back our Bridal Boudoir package! 

Our Bridal Bridal boudoir package includes:

Your 1 hour boudoir session with photographer Emma

One bridal look and one wardrobe look of your choice

A little black book of 10 images of your choice, fully edited, from your session

Snacks and refreshments

The best gift you could ever give

 

 

Ready to book your Bridal Boudoir session? Get in touch here

Her husband chimed in, see what he said to us! | Client interview- Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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I'd like to take this opportunity to request that any RECIPIENTS of boudoir photos take the time to write in to us right now! Once your read this interview you'll know exactly why. When boudoir is given as a gift I rarely get to hear the opinions of the recipient! My favorite part of this session, outside of having an absolute blast with this client and really being able to create a gorgeous set of images for her is that she let her husband chime in on some of these answers. We are getting a GEM of information, and just try not to 'awwwww' as you read his words. 

When this lovely women walked in to my studio I knew she was nervous, but most clients are! We had been planning her session for a while and even though she was nervous she told me that she was down for whatever because deep inside she knew that she 100% trusted me! Her images reflect that trust, and no matter what kind of medical history or physical history she had she knew that she was in great hands. Her session was so much fun and by the time she walked out of the door you never would have known she was even a tad bit reserved about having a boudoir session. 

Read her interview (along with her husband's comments) below,

-Sarah

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

32

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I work in business development in the healthcare industry .

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3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

A few years ago my girlfriend started looking into a session as a gift for her fiancé for their wedding. I thought it was a great idea (obviously!) but more than that thought it would be an incredible experience. Since then I’ve been looking for a reason to book a session. 

 

When I got engaged I thought ‘This is it! I’m booking!’ It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for myself for a long time and I would encourage anyone remotely interested in the idea to not wait. It’s so empowering. 

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4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

Sure! Everyone has their own insecurities. My weight has fluctuated throughout most of my life in part because of health issues. Doing this shoot was an important reminder to me that my goal should always be to be proud of the body that I have. Sarah did an amazing job bringing out that confidence in me. 

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Sarah highlights the beauty in each person that she photographs. I found myself looking on her Instagram several times a day leading up to the shoot. And every picture she posted I loved more than the one before.  She truly brings the best out in people. 

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

I had a feeling it was going to be a great experience. And it was.  The only thing that might have been different from what I expected was how comfortable I felt as soon as the shoot started.  I thought it might take me a while to feel at ease with the process but that didn't happen.  I thought "I've been waiting for this for a long time and I just need to enjoy every minute of it.  No need to be nervous!" And of course Sarah made it easy. She makes you feel like you've known her forever and has personal touches that instantly make you feel more at home...music you like, food you enjoy and your favorite drinks!

 

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

The shoot for sure! I was definitely nervous the morning leading up to the shoot but once I got there it was just a blast. Getting makeup and hair done is always so fun and then shooting the pictures was such a unique experience. It is something I've never done before and having Sarah show me some of the pictures as we went along was awesome!

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8) How has the response been to your images?

I went straight to the source and asked my new husband for his thoughts...

"There was never a doubt from myself or anyone that's met her that my wife is absolutely stunning both inside and out. Her personality, smile and beauty light up any room she walks into. Sometimes it might be hard for her to see what others do from her own perspective, but the pictures from the shoot served as an affirmation that allowed her to appreciate how beautiful she is in a way that everyone else sees on a daily basis. It re-instilled a confidence that truly needed no affirmation to begin with, but once in a while it's ok to have a reminder that we need to appreciate and love ourselves and our own beauty, and these pictures allowed her to do that in a very positive way"

 

 

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

Do it.  Just do it.  Start to finish it is such an empowering experience. I know I've said 'empowering' several times in answering these questions but it is the best word to describe a shoot with Sarah.  She's the world's best cheerleader and makes you feel completely comfortable with yourself.  You leave feeling like you're on top of the world. 

 

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

I have my album out on the coffee table!  Sarah made me feel proud of myself and my body. I'm incredibly thankful for this experience. 

 

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The scar of infertility: a testimony | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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**While I've mentioned our personal project what seems like 2843 times this year, I'm going to continue to mention it as it is completed. 

"See these lines across my face, they tell you the story of who I am..."- Brandi Carlile

The first official "Scars of our OWN" story is up on our instagram (@scarsofourown). For convenience I've reposted the images and the narrative below. 

As a boudoir photographer I am honored to work intimately with clients. Both photographing them in intimates and listening to the intimate details of their lives. Working with clients has made me crack up to the point of tears and also feel empathy to the point of tears. Part of what has inspired the scar project is the sheer variety of scars, of stories, that my clients bring in to their boudoir session. Some scars, like the ones below, are physically visible. Some scars, also like the ones below, make their marks on the heart. 

Read on for a personal testimony of a beautiful woman and her experience with infertility, 

-Sarah

 

"My scars represent my 7 year struggle with infertility. With over 15 surgeries, countless Drs appointments, infections, injections, miscarriages and left with one ovary and one mangled filopian tube. Every month you grieve when you get  the negative test. It represents my fight, my endurance, my relentlessness, my hope, my tears, my prayers and my faith in God.

I know that infertility is a struggle that can go silent. It's more common than you think. No one wants to say anything and as a woman you struggle with the fact that it's  challenging for you to bring life into the world and you can't get your body to act right like a normal female yet everyone asks "when are you guys going to have a baby?" It's a rough ride. These scars tell my story. It's a part of my fabric now, molded into my character. May is also infertility awareness month. 

I want to encourage and inspire those in the same struggle to hold on and know you are still gorgeous in the fight. 

[To those with scars, I say} Own it. Be proud of it. Know that you are wonderfully made and the journey has made you fearless." 

What REALLY goes on in your boudoir shoot? | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Here’s a little look into Atlanta boudoir photography and what really goes on in your boudoir session! Check out Sarah with OWN boudoir as she describes the details behind boudoir sessions!

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Check out our new studio piece... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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I've wanted a new piece of furniture for our boudoir studio for a while. However, I knew that any new piece I added would need to have a function to it. Storage is all that I could come up with, until I saw a neighborhood posting. 

 

While growing up my parents made my brothers and I (there are three of us all together) take piano lessons. I say "made" because we would kick and scream in order to avoid practicing, and my parents would watch us (or close the door) until we stopped and reluctantly touched the keys again. 

Fast forward to many years later (mannnyyyyyyyy years), I have a new appreciation for piano and I actually miss playing. I miss playing so much that I knew immediately that my new piece of "furniture" would actually need to be a piano. A piano neeeeeeeded to be in my life. I could not only revisit a semi-beloved creative outlet, I could have a killer prop for the boudoir studio. Plus, I'm of course going to teach my clients piano lessons during their boudoir sessions. Duh. 

Well, my dreams came true and my habit of perusing internet yard-sale sites paid off. 

I found a piano. 

The story of how I actually GOT this piano and was able to move it in to my studio (I think it weighs 700lbs) is something that you'll have to ask me at your boudoir session. 

For now, it's working as a great addition to our studio and my musical brain. 

La la la la la, 

Sarah

 

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Confidence doesn't always come with a bodysuit ... |Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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First of all, if your asking about this bodysuit the let me just say: it is the best bodysuit ever. It photographs incredibly different of each body, had the perfect elasticity, and OH YES that see-through fabric. It’s from Maison Close and it’s the bomb for boudoir (and the shower and just walking around in general sensuality).

Now on to the main event.


This gorgeous client came in to see us with intentions of giving the gift of a boudoir session to her long-distance boyfriend (edited to add he is no longer long distance!). She ended up giving us the gift of a perfect eyeshadow (it’s a metallic glitter shadow from Stila) and an open mind for her session. Read her words, see her life, the variety of wardrobes, and how client interview (like this very one!) helped her make her decision for OWN! 

She shared with her partner, she shared with her friends, and now she is sharing with you! Take this privilege and run with it, just like she did. Never hide how beautiful you are!

Text me for the link to that bodysuit, 

Sarah

 

 

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

25

2) What do you do for a living?

I'm an Account Executive for a software company 

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I've always admired boudoir photography and been interested in booking a session. Once I saw Sarah's pictures, it was a done deal!

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4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

No, I felt confident in working with Sarah and her wonderful team. They helped me plan my outfits/ideas for the shoot and made it an overall seamless experience.

 

5) Why did you choose OWN?

Sarah's pictures speak for themselves! Her work is absolutely beautiful.

 

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

Based on all of the client interviews I read before my shoot, it was exactly what I expected. The day was extremely fun and laid back- there was great music going, Sarah had snacks out, and taking the pictures was so fun. I was sad when it was over and am already looking forward to another shoot in the future!

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

This is a hard one! The entire experience was absolutely amazing. I think my favorite parts were getting ready and seeing the images. It was a blast getting ready with Sarah and Hope- so relaxing and the conversation was great. And then of course I was completely blown away during the viewing!

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8) How has the response been to your images?

Everyone has loved the images so much! I have at least 10 girlfriends who are interested in booking their own boudoir sessions now!

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

BOOK IT! You will not regret it! The images are sure to be beautiful and the day is one for the books! 

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10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Yes, it made me feel much sexier! 

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Boudoir inspiration | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Have you found a photograph that you want to recreate during your boudoir session? Inspiration can be found anywhere. Let's talk about how that looks for boudoir! 

 

Part of the process of planning our boudoir sessions is us asking for your boudoir inspiration photos. Boudoir inspiration can come from ANY where. Recently we're seeing a LOT of Calvin Klein style inspiration... which is fabulous for the every-day-sexy look. We also see a lot of inspiration for bridal boudoir, shower sessions, and sheet sessions! 

When you send us your inspiration photos we will always take your inspiration and fit it to your session in the best way possible. 

Here is an example of one of the inspiration photos that we get the most! I LOVE this image for bridal boudoir. 

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It is intimate and shows the very beginning stages (the underwear!) and the ending touches (the veil) of the wedding day wardrobe. 

While this particular image is stunning, it is likely taken in a hotel-suite type of setting (you can not the chair style and the furniture in the background) and early in the morning with ample natural light. The Hotel-suite setting allows for a wide open space with plenty of room. By editing the image in black and white all color distractions, wall plugs, bridal party bags, etc, are removed from view! All that you see is the bride! 

Inspiration photos are fantastic, and incredibly helpful. While our setting may not always be an exact replica of your inspiration image, I'll absolutely crank out an image that has the flavor of what you sent me!

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And here is OUR version of this image!!! I love it love it love it. Notice the details of this image. We have a floor-length veil, a dark chair (to separate our client's bright veil and backlight), and we're in a  darker room (the brick makes it that way!). I love it. It is different from the inspiration image, but it definitely has some resemblance. 

Send us your inspiration and let us create something amazing for you. 

Personal Project | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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This year's personal project surrounds a subject that I encounter in each and every boudoir session, no matter if I'm here in Atlanta or elsewhere in the world. 

Let's talk about Scars.

 

While my breasts (I feel like that's the term I should use here) started to come in when I was around 11 years old, outside of the stretch marks from a young body growing some mega-boobs, my physical body doesn't have a lot of scarring. Sure, I also have one or two chicken-pock scars but that's it for my epidermis. 

My mother gave birth to me when she was 32 and I was a lil bitch in the womb. So much that she needed to surgically remove me (what can I say, I was 1.5 weeks late and comfy AF). We call that a C-Section. I grew up constantly seeing my mom's scar, but she never mentioned it and to me it seemed just like another part of her beauty. In the 80s the scars were more aggressive... picture a vertical scar down the abdomen. Include the staple marks. Now add stretch marks. 

This is normal for me. 

Fast forward to the purple stretch marks I began to have as my boobs came in. We spent a lot of money on scar cream (Mederma anyone?), but time was really the healer. If I have to be honest, my scars didn't really bother me because I knew nothing different. I had no Instagram models to compare myself to, TEEN magazine was mainly documenting makeup trends, boy bands, and romance quizzes– not body types.

As I began my career as a photographer I was immediately drawn to people. People in their element, people not in their element, people in general. 

When I started boudoir photography I immediately fell in love with the stories of my clients.

Of course each story isn't written with one page. 

Our client's' stories are written page after page. They describe experiences. They describe joys. They describe very painful lows. They describe very painful highs. 

In our clients I began to see a pattern of scars. We have physical scars that we'd like to cover up, yet the reason behind wanting to cover them is most often because we feel like we have to. 

We have emotional scars that we would like forgotten. Those scars are harder to visually see, but they cut just as deep. 

The thing about scars is that nearly 100% of the time a client comes to me she will request for me to remove any trace of her scars. There are of course exceptions, however a common request is to rid the images of all stretch marks, C-section scars, childhood wounds, beauty marks, adult battle-wounds, etc. We want to be seen as perfect. 

Why do scars make us imperfect? 

These are the thoughts and experiences I've had over the last 10 years as a photographer. About a year and a half ago I had a wild thought in my brain to bring boudoir clients in and photograph them with their scars. This would mean that those very scars they decided to hide would be brought to the present. These scars would be visible for all to see, and for all to love. 

In January 2018 I introduced the 'SCARS' project. We'll bring you in for a personal photo session in order to beautifully document you and the scars that grace you. I have no idea how this project will evolve, but I knew that I needed to start somewhere. I knew that I needed our clients and all people everywhere (women and men) to see the power and beauty and personal strength that comes from scars. 

 

Are you interested in participating in the 'Scars' project? Get in touch: Sarah@Ownboudoir.com

 

"I wanted to silence [my] inner critic..." | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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When your boudoir session acts as a step toward loving your self above all else

Reading through the personal interviews of my clients is one of my favorite parts about their boudoir experience. Each client's story is as different as their personalities, and each client's goal is as different as their lingerie style. When reading through this lovely woman's interview I was reminded of a thought that so often prevents us from existing happily and confidently in our lives. So many of us walk through life being our own worst critic. We over-analyze our side profiles, we pay too much attention to our pores, we've convinced ourselves that our mouth "does a weird thing" when we smile, and we can't get out of social media unscathed with the constant comparing of ourselves to every one else. 

Reading through this interview made me so excited and impressed that my client's approach to her boudoir session was to "silence [her] inner critic". She came into her session anxious as ever (and we quickly decided to use the word "excited" instead of anxious!). Through the hair and makeup process and the posing I saw her come alive in her OWN way, and finally be proud to see herself in her images. For me, I feel selfishly rewarded.... kind of in an "I told you so!!!" way. But really, I am so proud of her and honored that I was one of the steps on her journey to evict her inner critic. 

Read on and take one step to silence your inner critic today, too.

-Sarah

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

I'm 29

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I am a student studying computer science

 

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I wanted to have a snapshot of how my body looked and how I felt at this particular moment in time. I've been quick to judge and hate on literally any/all pictures of me immediately after they were taken, only to come back and look at those same pictures years later and be shocked that those "horrible" pictures of have actually been quite flattering all along. So I wanted to silence that inner critic once and for all and get some phenomenal pics of me taken. 

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4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

My main obstacle was making all of the decisions leading up to the photoshoot, especially finding inspo pics and picking out outfits. Fortunately, everyone at OWN was super helpful and were always a quick phone-call or text message away! Whew! 

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

 

I love how unique each of the boudoir sessions on the OWN blog are; none of OWN's images I found while I was researching felt cookie-cutter to me. I knew I wanted classy and timeless pictures, and that was definitely the vibe I picked up while I was scrolling through the blog and instagram. 

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

 

The session was laid-back and fun straight from the get go! I was initially nervous about how I was supposed to pose since I've never done anything like this before. But Sarah was so precise in telling me how to move my body that those went away quickly

 

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

 

Definitely seeing the final images was my favorite aspect of it. Seeing those pics for the first time and knowing that all the planning and preparation paid off! 

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8) How has the response been to your images?

 

Super positive :) 

 

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

 

If you're interested you should do it! I'd been following OWN for years on instagram and always thought I'd do a photoshoot once I lost some weight or once I get a new job or some other excuse; we will always find a reason to not do something. It can be empowering to put those excuses aside and do the thing anyway.  

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10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

 

 Absolutely! Seeing these pics made me realize that the "flaws" on my body I always seem to notice don't get picked up by the camera or by other people. I'm kinder to myself. 

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Outdoor boudoir? | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Well, it is snowing HEAVILY in Atlanta right now. We aren't known for having much snow, although there was that one time when the entire city shut down (and gave us an SNL debut).

Usually the weather lasts all of 24hrs here, and so I don't expect the snow to stick much longer than tomorrow afternoon...but OMGGGGG I would absolutely love to do a snowy boudoir session!! Can you imagine? Outdoors, the ground and trees covered in white, one lucky lady freezing her ass off for a set of unique images. I even have a faux-fur coat I could use! We don't get these opportunities in Atlanta! 

Alas... that will not happen, but it does have me thinking that I'd love to schedule a few outdoor boudoir experiences during 2018. My brain is swimming with amazing ideas for where to shoot! A cabin in the woods? What about a secluded beach house? City-scape rooftop? A JUNKYARD?!!

AHHH!!!! Ya'll, give me ideas...where do you want to go??? What appeals the most to you?

 

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Do I need to bring my own lingerie? A FAQ post | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Outside of "will you tell me what to do with my face?" likely our second most-asked question is "Do I need to bring in my own lingerie?".

This question probably gets asked by 90% of my clients. Think about it: lingerie shopping isn't nearly as habitual as your weekly trip to Target (that always ends in buying an entirely new wardrobe). Lingerie is an afterthought for us, and I'll bet some of you still have underwear from 2012. (guilty). The thing is, lingerie is often an afterthought. If it is an afterthought then OF COURSE you probably don't have any. Then, you book your boudoir session and suddenly the panic sets in. 

"Oh lawd, I don't have any lingerie aside from an old Victoria's secret robe that I bought in college for that boyfriend that definitely didn't deserve me"

Well, you're in luck because we are here to help.

The answer to the "do I need to bring in my own items" is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

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Bringing your own lingerie is crucial if you have specific pieces and styles that you are really wanting to be photographed in because I may not be able to match them with the items I have in my boudoir closet. 

In my boudoir closet (in-studio! These are not my personal lingerie pieces :) ) I do have corsets, button-up shirts, fur shawls, lace and satin robes, some one-pieces, garter belts, and replacement panty hose/thigh highs, and high-heels. We are constantly updating the closet, and often clients will leave their lingerie with us as a donation. Woo hoo!!! Fret not, though, it's all cleaned.

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For the most part if you ARE looking for a specific lingerie look you will need to bring in those pieces, but if you are interested in just ‘showing up’ and living on the other side of my lens I can absolutely help you out in the wardrobe department...you may even find an item that you would have never tried before (like a garter belt!), but that ends up being your favorite!

Once your session is booked we have a completely open dialogue about your wardrobe. As we are planning, ask me what styles/sizes/etc we have have and if it would be available to you! Trust me when I say it will help you to not have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to find a sheer fabric panel or 34 strands of pearls or body paint or black pumps or a lace robe or the perfect white button up or ______ or _____ or _____. You name it. 

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If you’d like to bring your own lingerie but have NO idea where to search for items that you need then check out this blog post on where to shop for your boudoir session! We can easily make a phone call for you and set up an appointment at one of our favorite stores :) You may even get a little discount incentive from them for being a referral! 

 

Still have questions about wardrobe and how our boudoir closet works? Get in touch here

Bubbling with excitement | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Every now and then I get a wild and crazy idea (pleasseeee say that in the Two Wild and Crazy Guys voices). 

For some odd reason my current wild and crazy idea has to do with altering the environment of my studio with mediums usually used for something else. Take for instance a fog machine. A Fog machine isn't exactly a typical boudoir studio feature. Mostly we're used to them at haunted houses, EDM shows, or our high-school proms. Lately, however, I've been wanting to bring in a fog machine for boudoir. No clue how this would work, it may end up looking more creepy than cool, but you never know until you try! I'm currently on hiatus from trying the fog machine until I figure out whether or not the sprinklers in my Atlanta boudoir studio would be triggered. That's one fast way to a headache and a mega bill from the fire department.

This past weekend while we were at my boyfriend's family's house, I saw a lonely little bubble machine sitting in the corner by another very lonely popcorn machine (more on that later). A lightbulb went off and I started dreaming of ways to use that giant neon-green and purple toy. A bubble machine could be completely cheesy and hilarious, or with the way light fractures and other science stuff, it could be AMAZZZZINNNNNGGGGG. 

So, my boyfriend brought the bubble machine home. I stocked up on bubble fluid (which is gross and sticky BTW) and proposed to my client to let me experiment with her. I clarified that the experiment would happen after we got the kick-ass shots that she came to me for. She agreed, and so after her session we altered the studio environment with a 5-yr old's birthday party toy. 

I LOVE the results and am dreaming up of other ways to use the lil bubs for boudoir. I'm making a list :) 

Here is a sneak peek at what today's boudoir session's experimental phase looked like:

 

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Lounging and such | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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OBVIOUSLY this is what we all dream of after Thanksgiving. 

Lounging, looking amazing in the morning, feeling well read and rested. Etcetera etcetera etcetera.... Let's name this "real life boudoir"....this is totally what I looked like while 'black Friday' shopping here in Atlanta. 

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"I was hella nervous" | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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A serious of emotions and reactions happen when another photographer emails you about having their boudoir session with you. 

1) This must be a mistake

2) I better be nice, I don't want them to judge me

3) Really? ME? 

4) Ok I guess they are serious. Breathe. Breathe. 

5) OMGimsonervous

This situation was no different! When she emailed me and told me that I was the photographer for her I most definitely had a heart palpitation. I was like, "Wait, you're coming all of the way to Atlanta to have a boudoir session with ME?". She immediately responded: "Duh".

There is such an honor involved when another artist notices your craft and loves it enough to invest in it. You'll read in her interview that she was "Hella nervous!!"... but really, so was I. We were nervous for different reasons, but you'll have to read on to hear about hers

Take the leap,

Sarah

 

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

- 36 and jamming to No Doubt and TLC back then.  And still. 

 

2) What do you do for a living?

- Underwater Portrait & Newborn Photographer

 

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

- While I've made self-portraits for a few years, after having my twin boys, I wanted to have something special for myself of myself - just as I am (but amped up thanks to the OWN team!).

 

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

- Yes, being on the other side of the camera freaked me F out! And with little to no clothes, at that! Haha 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

- 100% the initial reaction to the feel of your portraits.  Shadows and light are on point, not only in making your girls look gorgeous but, to give that alluring feel of the atmosphere.  It's as if you capture exactly what we (real women!) envision our sexy and seductive self to be - without the cheesy elements. 

 

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

- I had a feeling, while I was hella nervous, it would be fun.  And Sarah didn't disappoint in the fun department.  

 

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

- A mix of priming and the shoot.  You guys made me feel like a rockstar. 

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

- EVERYONE I've shown LOVES them!! My husband absolutely loved them and was in awe.

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9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

- Do it.  Don't think twice.  The moment you're interested, and go see "what it's all about", just schedule it and do it.  That's the moment you have to take and run with it because you won't regret it.  It's empowering in an incredible way. 

 

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

- After having my twins, 8 years ago, I've had a love/hate with my body.  Pregnancy (and marriage, haha) caused changes and while I've always embraced the stretch marks and looser tummy seeing it in this light made me realize just how beautiful it is that my body went through infertility treatments, carried two babies inside, nourished those two boys and has been able to keep up with their crazy energy, all with a side of sensuality.