Boudoir Session – WHY NOT!
October 1, 2019 / BoudoirOPEN
I recently asked a friend of mine if she would be interested in having a boudoir session. Mind you she is a busy woman in her mid-forties, a mother of three kids with a plethora of everyday responsibilities that often leave her without a breath not to mention any time for luxury or self-care. I expected a very long list of “why nots” but instead she glanced at me and without any hesitation said “Sure, why not?”
How often do we women carelessly say yes to pleasures and indulgence? How often do we do things that make us feel really special without feeling guilty or like we do not deserve them? My guess is we do not do that often enough.
Instead we come up with all the countless reasons as to why we should not do something that could be potentially very fulfilling, satisfying and liberating. I understand that an intimate boudoir session can make a lot of us feel intimidated and even scared.
We worry that our bodies are not perfect, that we may need to lose or gain weight before we can undress in front of the camera. Sometimes we feel we are too old for that type of experience. Our self-doubt and fear begin to tell us stories that make it difficult to leave our cozy comfort zones. And there is a rather simple solution to that- let’s not believe too much or take at face value everything our minds are telling us.
Even though a boudoir session seems stressful for many women, it is really an invaluable opportunity to let go. Let go of fear and self-limiting beliefs. It is a unique time when you can shed your self-consciousness and really immerse in your feminine, sensual energy. The experience of that energy is a priceless reward for the courage you had to step out of your comfort zone.
So WHY NOT?
Boudoir Session – A Gift for Her
August 12, 2019 / BoudoirOPEN
Inspired by a recent conversation with one of my male friends, I decided to forever resolve doubts regarding whether a man should purchase a boudoir session as a gift for his loved one.
During a social gathering my friend bashfully asked me if I thought it was a good idea for him to book a boudoir session for his wife as a gift for her upcoming birthday. I looked at him quite surprised and said “Of course! Why not?”. He said he wasn’t sure if men should do that and what his wife would think about it after all.
It turns out that he was not the only one who questioned the appropriateness of such gift.
Jewelry, flowers, books and perfumes… They are all wonderful gift ideas but after a while you start to look for something else. Something more unique, special, timeless. A gift that will have a meaning, an impact. A boudoir session meets all of these criteria.
There are so many reasons why your wife, girlfriend or fiancé would appreciate a boudoir session. It is a very intimate and often transformational experience that celebrates her body, beauty and femininity. It is your way of telling her how gorgeous and attractive she is to you. It is a gift that can ignite or re-ignite a sparkle of seduction and lust in your relationship.
Lastly, it is a gift that can give her a permanent boost of confidence and enhance her self-esteem.
My friend decided to get his wife a boudoir session after all. The results were spectacular and she was very grateful for his thoughtful and creative gift. Needless to say, he was very impressed with the alluring images of his wife as well.
My advice when it comes to gifts giving is to lean toward more unique gift alternatives- chances are that we all have gotten flowers and jewelry at some point. Being gifted an experience that makes us look and feel beautiful is something that every woman should be offered at least once in her lifetime.
Fine Art Nude Photography. The Many Faces of Boudoir.
July 16, 2019 / BoudoirOPEN
Fine Art Nude Photography. The Many Faces of Boudoir.
Boudoir photography has many faces and depending on the photographer, it can have a different mood, energy and style. The client always drives the dynamic of the session by defining their own level of comfort and ease. In other words, the client decides how comfortable they feel in front of the camera and what kind of images they are looking for.
Over the course of my professional work, I have encountered women who wished to reveal only a glimpse of their body as well as those who were comfortable with nude posing. Today, I would like to focus on the latter one and explore the beauty of sophisticated nude photography.
Despite it being classified as fine art, nude photography is a controversial matter. Some believe there is something shameful about posing au naturel, others believe it is distasteful and unacceptable. As a photographer and artist, I respectfully disagree with both of these statements. Having worked with this genre for quite some time, I have learned to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of human body in its most elementary and natural form.
For centuries, artists have been fascinated with human body. Back in ancient Greece and Rome, sculptures and paintings of nude individuals decorated public arenas and many of them have survived to this day. As time went by, the issue of using nude subjects in art has become more and more debatable. There is a very fine line between fine art and something more explicit and every photographer must define where that line is.
Nude art photography can be very subtle. A skillful use of light and shadow can create a very intimate ambiance. It can elicit a mysterious and seductive mood without overly explicit imagery. But seduction is rarely ever the goal of nude art photography.
Clothes create barriers and distract; they define us in often very misleading ways. Clothes let us hide behind a façade. A nude human body is the essence of beauty and vulnerability. Something very profound happens when we are striped out of our outer layers. This is where vulnerability begins. It is this vulnerability more than anything else that makes nude art so unique and powerful.
Boudoir Session with a Bit of Personal Touch
March 28, 2019 / BoudoirOPEN
I cannot say enough how much I love my job. Every session brings something new and fascinating. Every session is unrepeatable because my clients are very special and unique in the way they present themselves in front of the camera and the way they express their inner beauty and sensuality. Today, I’d like to share with you a very unique boudoir session that I had a pleasure of shooting this week.
Women often ask me how they should prepare for the session. They want to know what kind of outfit or lingerie they should wear. They ask for advice regarding make up or hair style. Even though I always encourage them to find pieces that make them feel comfortable and sexy, I sometimes tend to give them a few universal tips. One of those tips was no props. I always discouraged the idea of using props during my sessions because I felt they were taking away from the elegant and classic vibe I tried to create.
And then I met Laura. She arrived at the studio and per usual, we were getting ready for the session. I noticed she brought a violin case with her. It turned out that Laura was a professional violinist and was teaching a class right after the shoot. Laura took the violin out of the case and something magical began to unfold. The gracious shape of the instrument resembled the curves of female body. It fitted so well into the intimate atmosphere of the session that we decided to use it.
We created something very beautiful and personal during that session. The violin added such an unusual and intimate twist to the session. Boudoir photography is personal in itself but it felt like we have reached a whole new level of intimacy. The violin not only looked fabulous with its sleek silhouette but seemed an integral part of Laura’s life and who she was.
I realized that every session I have with a client is a magical experience, an opportunity to learn, grow, expand. I welcome those experiences with excitement and open mind.