Monday, August 3

{Couture} Boudoir

When I first heard of boudoir photography and googled it, I was very disappointed. Being a modest girl myself, I could never see myself in front of the camera, wanting images like that, or behind the camera, shooting such risque work! (Nudies? Ha! Can you imagine talking to the lab when you send your images in to get printed?! uh...) For this girl, that would never be.

Since that first glimpse into boudoir, I have experienced an incredible change of heart and perception! The beginning of the year I came across a website of a woman photographer who shot some of the most beautiful boudoir images I had seen. She called it {couture} boudoir, shot mostly in swank hotel rooms, threw a lot out of focus, emphasized the art in the photograph and stressed the "classiness" of the shoot. That did it! I could relate, I could replicate-- no, I could reinvent the work myself to my current brides!

So I sent out a newsletter to my Lovelies with a hint that I would start offering that and (NO JOKE!) within a few days my inbox was buzzing with gals wanting the shoots! I was blown away... Seriously. I had no idea brides even knew about this!

Fast forward several months and I've booked shoots more then I could count on my hands (including one in Denver :) and have learned many things about boudoir. The first and foremost thing is this, from my heart:

Brides to be... There will never again be a time in your life when you look and feel this fabulous. In the words of my most recent bride only moments after finishing the shoot, "I think... every woman should do this!" It is an incredible confidence booster.

What do you do with the images? You put them in an album for your husband-to-be, that you tie up with a little bow and hand him on your wedding day. You print it in a 20x24 gallery wrap and hang it on your bedroom wall as art! They are not intended to be plastered all over facebook. In fact, included in the package, depending on which one you choose, your hair and makeup professional done is included, your favorite bottle of wine, linen-finished proofs and an album. It's a day of complete pampering for you and the end result is a love gift for the man of your dreams.

Is it nerve wracking? Only for the first few seconds.
Is it empowering? (pardon my French) Hell ya.
Because when it's all said and done, you'll be looking at the screen and say "Is that me? That's really me!"
We do the posing. We let you incorporate all that you love. And your man... will love you all the more for it. ;)

So if you are even in the least bit interested, shoot me an email and ask away! I've got a kick-butt F.A.Q. that is sure to ignite a sparkle of girlhood confidence in you!

So Lovelies, as I always say, I really really love spoiling my brides. Thank you, my Lovely bride- you know who you are- for allowing me to post these! You are fabulously bea-u-tiful.

EDIT: {Couture} Boudoir is not exclusively for engaged or soon-to-be brides! We can come up with any excuse to do this for your husbie! You just got married? Awesome! How's that for a one-year-anniversary present! It's his birthday in November? Perfect! Thinking about having your first child... or your third? Here's a way to preserve that beautiful body...


Anonymous said...

hooray!! so exciting, carli! really!!

Leah Kathleen said...

Ooh la la! I like it. I want to see more. I still don't know if I could do it though, but the pictures look awesome.

oli said...

such a great idea!!! LOVES it!