Last month, I had the absolute honor of photographing my new friend, Emma, a resilient breast cancer survivor. At the young age of 26, Emma discovered a lump in her breast, but her surgeon dismissed it as mere scar tissue. Tragically, 3 years later, she experienced pain and discovered yellow fluid in her bra, which led to a devastating diagnosis of DCIS breast cancer. Despite the odds, Emma faced her battle head-on, with unwavering determination, and found support from breast care nurses, a psychologist, and a community of cancer survivors.
When Emma and I connected in Australia for the boudoir photoshoot, I gained more than just a friend—I gained an ally for life. The experience was transformative for both of us. Initially, Emma felt nervous, but with warmth and professionalism, we were able to make her feel comfortable and confident. As we progressed through the shoot, I could see Emma embracing her body and rediscovering her love for herself, which was incredibly heartwarming to witness.
After the photoshoot, emotions swelled as Emma saw herself in a new light, feeling beautiful and confident again despite the adversity she had faced. It was a poignant reminder that cancer couldn’t rob her of her femininity or her beauty. On the contrary, it had made her stronger and more grateful for life.
Emma’s story and her boudoir photoshoot have been nothing short of inspiring. She hopes her journey will encourage other women to break free from their insecurities and embrace their beauty and strength. Emma believes that every woman, regardless of the challenges they may face, deserves to feel confident and empowered. Her unwavering resilience and courage in the face of adversity make her a shining example for us all.
Throughout her journey, Emma faced multiple biopsies, a double mastectomy with empty implants, grueling chemotherapy treatments, and hair loss. Yet, she remained strong and determined to raise awareness of breast cancer in younger women. Her path was laden with physical and emotional struggles, but Emma emerged on the other side committed to helping other women facing similar experiences.
I feel incredibly blessed to have been part of Emma’s journey, capturing her beauty and strength during our boudoir photoshoot. She is a true inspiration to us all, and I hope her story and photos inspire other women to embrace their beauty and strength, just like Emma did.
Choosing the right lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot is an important step in creating a comfortable and confident atmosphere. Here are some tips to help you choose lingerie that fits you perfectly:
Measure yourself accurately: The most important step in choosing lingerie that fits is to have accurate measurements of your bust, waist, and hips. Use a measuring tape to get these numbers, and don’t be afraid to ask a friend or a professional to help you.
Consider your body type: Different body types look best in different types of lingerie. For example, hourglass figures look great in babydolls, while pear-shaped figures may prefer a chemise or a teddy. It’s important to choose lingerie that flatters your body and makes you feel comfortable and confident.
3. Think about your comfort level: Boudoir photoshoots can be intimate and revealing, so it’s important to choose lingerie that makes you feel comfortable. If you’re not comfortable in something, it will show in your photos.
4. Don’t be afraid to try different sizes: Lingerie sizing can be inconsistent from brand to brand, so don’t be afraid to try on different sizes to find the perfect fit. It’s better to spend a little extra time finding the right size than to end up with lingerie that doesn’t fit properly.
5. Choose lingerie that fits your personal style: Boudoir photoshoots are a great opportunity to express your personality and style. Choose lingerie that reflects who you are and makes you feel sexy and confident.
By following these tips, you can choose lingerie that fits perfectly and helps you feel confident and comfortable during your boudoir photoshoot.
When choosing outfits for a boudoir photoshoot, consider what makes you feel comfortable and confident. It’s important to feel good about yourself during the photo shoot, as this will come through in the final images. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right outfits:
Choose lingerie that fits well and makes you feel sexy. You can choose something that is classic and timeless or something that is more trendy and modern.
Consider incorporating other items into your outfits, such as a robe, a pair of boots, or a piece of jewelry that has special meaning to you.
Think about the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Do you want a more romantic and intimate look, or something more edgy and sultry?
Don’t be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone. A boudoir photoshoot is a great opportunity to experiment with different styles and looks.
Bring a few different options with you to the photoshoot so that you have some choices. This way, you can see what works best in the setting and with the photographer’s direction.
Bra and Panty Set
Do you prefer something more traditional? Bra and panty sets are a staple in boudoir photoshoots. These sets are often the first choice for many women, especially because they’re often already in your wardrobe.
Push-up bras are great if you feel you need a little boost. But if you’ve got a smaller chest, you want to avoid these bras because you can create an unflattering gap. Bras with underwires are an excellent choice for any size and shape and can offer a little extra support. And if you’re looking for something to add a sexy touch, consider a lace or sheer bra. (Figure 22A)
Panties come in almost any cut and style imaginable. Whether you’re looking for boy shorts, thongs, or something a little lacy, you can find whatever style makes you feel beautiful.
I often prefer to have the full set including a garter belt and thigh-highs; however, most of the time, we’ll take your bra off and keep the panties and the garter belt on for some implied nude or topless photos.
If you want your images to look amazing, get a matching set. You can go with high-waisted panties and a long-line shirt if you prefer less skin exposed or a little thong if you’re feeling bold. We want to highlight and emphasize your assets, and these could be any body parts: your legs, your arms, your décolleté, your chest, your derriere, or your collarbone!
Chemises and Babydolls
Chemises and babydolls are both types of lingerie, although they differ in a few ways.
Both are dress-style items that are tight around the breasts and fan out over the belly. Sometimes they have a flirty short skirt. This is yet another wonderful choice for those shopping around for additional coverage.
Babydolls are only worn to the upper thigh or higher. Chemises can reach the mid-thigh (or lower), making them ideal for someone who isn’t ready to flaunt their assets. Remember, if you start to feel more at ease, you can always bare a little more thigh during the photo shoot.
Teddies and Bodysuits
Teddies, often known as bodysuits, are excellent lingerie pieces to have in your wardrobe. Whether you use them for a photograph or not, they’re wonderful for making you feel sexy even when you don’t want to reveal much flesh.
Teddies are more revealing than bodysuits. However, in the past few years, there has been a trend of wearing lacy bodysuits as tops; I love it! (Figure 19)
Teddies combine bras and underpants. They’re similar to one-piece swimsuits but sexier with their lace and sheerness. They may feature cutouts on the sides or back to show some extra skin, but they can still conceal your stomach if you don’t want to show it.
Negligee or Peignoir
Negligee was a classic Hollywood seduction prop in old movies. It’s ideally a light dressing gown made of sheer or soft material. Nowadays, we’re lucky to find some timeless sexy pieces from that era (I have about 70 negligees, so good luck finding good ones!).
A peignoir is a long outer garment, usually a sheer or chiffon and lace robe. Sometimes it incorporates ruffles or feathers. A peignoir usually has a matching negligee to go with it.
Slips are mini sheer or satin dresses that used to be worn under dresses for modesty and to help the dress/skirt hang properly. These oldies are truly goodies in photographs.
Bustiers and Corsets
These pieces are often confused with each other but are actually very different Corsets are designed to give your waist more definition, while bustiers are focused more on lifting and defining your breasts. Bustiers are often a little shorter, while corsets can add shape and make you look smaller or more flat-chested.
If femme fetale was an object, it would be a corset! If they’re purchased “authentically,” they restrict the waist with metal boning. They’re not comfy, but they make you look outstanding in images with a snatched waist. They’re most effective with “racier” photo themes.
Corsets with thin plastic boning are also available. These won’t give you the same shape as a true metal-boned corset, but they will almost have the same impact.
The majority of the time, bustiers don’t have boning. They have the shape of bodysuits but no bottoms, so you’ll wear them with your favorite pair of sexy underwear.
Both of these lingerie styles highlight the breasts while concealing the waist.
LBD and “his shirt”. Little black dress! Isn’t it how some sexy nights start when you’re dating? It’s a part of your journey with your partner, so bring it with you, and we’ll get creative taking it off.
If you’re doing this photoshoot with your partner in mind, bring their shirt! Preferably a white or light blue shirt; they photograph great, especially if they’re oversized. Buttoned up or slipped off your shoulder; it’s sexy for your partner to use his shirt as a prop.
The power of an LBD (little black dress) or the morning-after outfit (his shirt) during your boudoir photoshoot. An oversized sweater or an item of his/her clothing would be a great addition to your photo shoot if you have a significant other. We can have a full boudoir shoot with one little black dress, and you don’t need to bring anything else!
There are other genres, kids, weddings, seniors, newborns, pets, food, and many other genres of photography that you can do, so why did I choose to be particularly a boudoir photographer?
How it started for me
As soon as I started taking photos, boudoir photography quickly became a strong interest of mine. While I was attending university and exploring the world of art, I landed an apprenticeship at Playboy with Arny Freytag, the Playboy senior chief photographer. Arny had photographed Playboy’s centerfolds and editorials for about 40 years. When he asked me to join him in Studio West in LA to be his assistant, I was equally excited and terrified. I was a college kid with limited world experience. I had a year left to graduate with a B.F.A. in Photography, and I knew I wanted to photograph people. I had a passion for the Hollywood style of photography. I was fascinated by the 30s–50s era. The finesse, extravagant, and flamboyant feel of the photographs were enchanting to me. It is iconic and timeless. I wanted that glamour and elegance for the people I photographed.
My love for Hollywood portraits is what drove me to start taking pinup and Hollywood-style photographs, which in turn landed me that gig at Playboy and the beauty and editorial photos I learnt how to create turned into a timeless boudoir photography experience for me and my clients.
If you have children, you have most likely prioritized them since the day they were born. Being a busy mom might cause you to lose your individuality and, as a result, your confidence.
Even if you don’t have children, you can lose confidence. Women are expected to do everything. Work full-time, keep a pristine house, exercise, and participate in community activities. The expectations placed on childless adults are high, and not having children doesn’t guarantee a lot of free time.
Why is improving one’s body image and self-esteem so important? For starters, when you’re confident, you’re less likely to second-guess yourself, more likely to take risks, and more willing to pursue your true desires (Orth, & Robins, 2014; Pyszczynski, et al., 2004).
Ways boudoir sessions can help you embrace your body image and boost your self-esteem.
You will perceive yourself in an entirely different way
A day spent being pampered and showing off your best sides is more than just a fun way to spend the day; it has the potential to entirely transform your self-image and show you in a different light.
Through my lens, you will see how stunning you are, regardless of your insecurities or perceived flaws. I always try to capture images of what my clients like about themselves, but I also try to capture images of what they’re insecure about.
Out there, I can hear a collective gasp. Why would I do this? You may wonder. Because imagine how liberating it would be to see a dimple on your thigh or stretch marks on your tummy and love that photo of yourself.
We all have insecurities, but if you take a moment to acknowledge your own beauty and the strength of your body, you might start to appreciate yourself a little more.
Plus, you’ll have those stunning images to look back on when you’re not feeling your best to remind you of how beautiful and badass you truly are.
You will feel a sense of accomplishment.
Ladies, it’s not about the male gaze.
I picture the women in front of my lens from a woman’s perspective. It doesn’t have to be sexual in any way. Alternatively, if it is sexual for you, it’s because you enjoy expressing your sexuality. And that’s cool.
Owning your femininity is a powerful thing in terms of body image and self-esteem. It’s modern, and — let’s face it — it’s entertaining.
You get the chance to relax and have a good time
When was the last time you did anything completely for your own pleasure? Have you ever spent an afternoon alone, had a glass of wine, looked in the mirror, and appreciated your beauty? And you didn’t have to rush to school pickup, a zoom meeting, or worry about completing your never-ending to-do list.
Of course, a boudoir shoot won’t resolve all of your issues with body image and self-esteem. Only a great deal of personal work and therapy does. But I can say that showing a little bit of love and admiration for yourself is one of the best ways to generate the self-assurance you need to make today better than yesterday. So I’ll keep preaching, “Do it and do it for YOU!”
My Personal Experience
To fully understand how much my boudoir experiences meant to me, I believe you should first learn a little bit about me. I don’t hold anything back, for better or worse.
I’m just going to say it as it is: I’ve had low self-esteem most of my life. I earned it through decades of unconscious self-injury and years of surviving while unaware. After I worked on healing myself, I started to feel more at ease in my own body and decided to have my boudoir session done.
After all, I was creating magnificent images for my clients, and I was immensely touched by how it transformed them. Boudoir photography is such an intimate experience, and it touches the client and the photographer equally. I detected their fear, I noticed their confidence, I witnessed their evolution during the photo shoot, and that moment when they “got it” and genuinely started to own their femininity.
Every once in a while, I hear back from a client. They call or email to share how they feel about their photoshoots and their album or folio box. My clients have shared so much with me; we’ve cried together on my couch and on the phone. I’m touched by their vulnerability and the metamorphosis they experienced before, during, and after their boudoir photoshoot.
The thought of a boudoir session can be intimidating. When talking to women about their session, I get asked all kind of questions. So I wanted to share with you my list of the 12 most FAQs. The answers will give you some insight on. preparing for a boudoir session with me.
Do you share my images and post them on your website and social media?
Short answer: Absolutely NOT.
Long answer: Our #1 priority is making sure our clients are comfortable, especially with boudoir! it can be a life changing experience, but that also makes it nerve wracking. Sometimes, you are learning how to love your body and you aren’t quite ready to share the images with the world, or sometimes those photos are specially for your spouse and not for anyone else’s eyes. These are all great reasons for not sharing your photos with the world, and it all depends on your personal preference. If there are photos that you would like us to share on our website and social media, you can let us know and we will send you a separate model release. We will never ask you to share your photos with us, we wait for you to ask us, and we will never ever share your photos without your written permission.
With that said, I want to mention that my best boudoir work is the art that isn’t published on my website, it’s on my client’s bedroom walls, it’s in my client’s black leather albums and it’s usually for their eyes only. When someone tells us they want to share their photos on our website and gives us a written permission we are truly ecstatic, because we will be showing off the creativity we experienced with you during your photoshoot. Some clients opt to share the non-revealing photos and keep the others for themselves and their family only, that’s cool, we love portraits and non revealing boudoir, we believe femininity is an attitude and exposing skin isn’t a prerequisite. .
What is your photography style?
My photography style is timeless romantic with an edgy playboy-ish twist. You can check my boudoir style and see if it fits yours Here
Do I have to wear lingerie?
You defiantly don’t to specifically wear lingerie, it depends on your personality. There are a bunch of outfit ideas other than lacy little things! Head over to this blog about choosing outfits to see some more ideas. Your outfit can range from an oversized shirt or sweater to a linen sheet or a blanket and everything in between. heck your outfit can be an ostrich feather. We’re here to play and create so please share your ideas with us.
Do you have payment plans?
We offer a few payment options. There is a booking retainer to book your shoot, and the balance is due 2 weeks before the date of your photos shoot. If you want more time to be able to pay off the shoot, you can schedule it a few months out, and pay it off in payments. Let me know if this is something you want to set up.
Do you photoshop my images?
I do edit your images. We enhance exposure, skin texture when needed, color balance and contrast. I do not however dit anything “out” that is permanent! I think it can be damaging to have a boudoir session done and then edit out parts of yourself that makes you who you are. art of the process is loving and accepting yourself for who you are. Seeing your beauty also means not photoshopping out parts of yourself you don’t like. If there are parts of yourself that you are leaning to love and you aren’t thrilled about at the time of your photoshoot, that’s Okay! We are skilled in corrective posing, and creative lighting to make you look your absolute best and bring your shine out. There are tricks to correct what you don’t like in makeup, using props, lighting, posing. We use photoshop, however, your photos are not for a magazine ad, they are a documentation of the sensual you and we will show you how beautiful and sensual you are without relaying on changing who you are.
If you want your photos to be sculpted and edited like a magazine ad, we can arrange for more editing time for an extra fee. The norm now is to document who you are without filters, our filters are our magnificent lighting and creative posing and we rarely rely on photoshop to change anyone’s image. Trust me you’ll look perfect straight out of camera. However, I understand we women have our own insecurities and I personally like certain parts of my body edited and my skin smoothed so no judgement here, we will do whatever makes you happy.
Where should I buy outfits
There are a few places to get outfits from and it depends on what you have in mind and on your style for this photoshoot. Here’s a long list to choose from with different style and sizing for your convenience: agent provocateur, Victorias secret, La Perla, Intimissimi, Shein, Adoreme.com Torrid. Eberjay.com Aerie, Foreveryourslingerie.ca, Beachbunnyswimwear.com, hipsandcurves.com, jasminestaceycollection.co. if you are looking for something specific and you cannot find it, let me know and I might be able to help you get it.
What type of print products do you have
We offer a variety of album and luxury portfolio boxes with. individual prints in there. The legacy box with the 8×10 matted prints are my favorite. I absolutely love the feel of picking up a physical print. It’s so surreal to see yourself in prints. I went through this experience myself and i can tell you that my photo boxes are the best item I have in my home. Those 20 glorious and glossy pages from the boudoir shoot that I flip through myself every chance I get. it’s a daily reminder that my self image has completely changed after having my boudoir shoot done! and I’m not the only one who feels this way, all the women who we photograph experience this metamorphosis.
Do you offer digital files only?
All of our collections include some sort of print product and the corresponding digital files. Any photograph that you purchase included in the album or portfolio box comes with the matching digital file in JPG format. These digital images are delivered in a locked online gallery for you to download and share.
I’m freaking out! how can calm my nerves?
Nerves are all part of the experience! I call it excitement. Excitement to finally reveal yourself and embrace who you are. I would be nervous too because it’s a very personal experience. The nervousness in the beginning of your photoshoot makes the speechless moment of seeing your photos for the first time so much better!
How many outfits should I bring?
This depends on your package. The blush Package is 1-2 outfits, the
Is hair and makeup styling included?
Hair and makeup is included in all of our boudoir shoots! I think it’s really important for you to feel pampered, and having your hair and makeup done is a great way to do that! Our amazing team can help you complete your look, whether that’s “I just woke up like this” or Full on glam! You can bring any ideas you want for your makeup and we can try to use it for inspiration!
Should I get to my shoot early?
You should always plan on getting to your shoot at least 15 minutes early so we can talk about your outfits and colors and set the strategy for hair and makeup!
All of your packages include a reveal session, what is that?
This where we show you all your boudoir photos! WOO! We hold all of our reveals immediately following your session at our studio.
When is my balance Due?
Your balance for your collection is due 14 days before your photoshoot.
Where is your studio located?
We shoot in multiple studios around the USA. Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and NYC. We also shoot in studios in Italy, Beirut, Dubai etc… Depending on your location you will be directed to the studio closest to you.
Will Christina photograph me or is it another photographer?
Yes, All of the photos and videos are executed by Christina herself. We don’t use substitute photographers for our boudoir photoshoots.