Boudoir is defined as “a beautifully decorated room used in the past by a woman for sleeping, dressing, relaxing, and entertaining”(Cambridge Dictionary). Nowadays, boudoir photos mean more intimate photos, typically of a bride. Although anyone can do it of course! I was hesitant about this… mostly I was nervous about feeling exposed. But here is the thing, you don’t have to be naked, or even skimpily dressed to take boudoir photos. My photographer offered a free session in the package for our wedding photography. So, I took the plunge. And I am so glad I did!
A note… Some of these photos have been cropped for modesty. The photographs were taken by Abigail Holtfort in May 2017.
Getting comfortable with your photographer!
Doing a boudoir photoshoot gives you the chance to get comfortable with your photographer. You get the chance to see how they run a photoshoot, and get an idea of how you guys interact. And of course, on top of that, you get comfortable being with them, in not necessarily modest clothing. I say this because… consider the gorgeous photos of brides getting into their wedding gowns. The photographer has to be present to take photos like that. That is why it’s important to be comfortable around them at this time.
Hair and Makeup Trial in Photos
For my boudoir photos, I was lucky! My hair/makeup artist and the photographer knew each other, so they suggested we do the hair and makeup trial on the same day as the boudoir so that I was all done up for the photos. I highly recommend this! This allowed me to see my hair and makeup for the wedding day in photographs before the big day. This gave me a lot of confidence in the hair and makeup for photographs. And, I looked great for the boudoir photos.
Confidence & Relaxation
A lot of you know, I put on a lot of weight from an anti-anxiety and antidepressant called Zoloft. So, I wasn’t necessarily at my most confident coming up on my wedding day. And that feeling sucks as a bride! I was worried about the boudoir photos because of this… but they made me feel beautiful. A photographer knows what they are doing and how to pose you to look your best. And seeing yourself in that way is awesome! This gave me a huge confidence boost. Plus! Taking the photos was an absolute blast. At first it’s a little awkward, but then you warm up to it, and start to relax and just enjoy being you in front of the camera. Being made up and preened over, was just a nice change of pace with the massive to do list I had going into the wedding.
Gift for the Groom
And finally… these photos can be the perfect gift for the groom. I put mine in a photo book for my husband.
Please let me know if you have questions down below! I very much enjoyed doing this boudoir photoshoot, and encourage all brides to take part in one. Also, if you live in the Austin area, be sure to contact Abby about a boudoir photo session! She is a fantastic photographer, and has a real talent for these boudoir shoots!