4.28.2014

Boudoir Thoughts

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I’m only calling it boudoir because that seems to be the most recognizable photography genre it falls into. And while a lot of it is and will be boudoir, I see it really as women’s portraiture. Because it’s about something much broader than boudoir. It’s about celebrating women.  It's about celebrating You. Women are beautiful and awesome, and for some reason it’s almost taboo to say that, especially when we say it about ourselves. We’re conditioned to strive for some sort of perfect ideal body, whether we realize it or not, when really the perfect body is the one we already have. It’s the body that survived all those hectic, overly worked, overly partied-out college years. That body withstood so much abuse back then, with the all-nighters and stressful exams, late-night dancefests with the girls and hangovers that kept you in bed till lunch the next day. Then add to that the pressures of being a real, live grown-up and all the additional sleepless nights, desperate fast food meals, and other questionable lifestyle choices you've made since becoming an adult and you've got to really marvel at how resilient the body is, even for just regular ol' day-to-day life.





That body of yours has endured a lot of verbal abuse, too, over the years. I mean, talk about a thankless job. How often do you thank your legs for letting you traipse all over town whenever you want, and managing to do it in those heels you love so much, by the way? How often do you thank your arms for carrying the weight of a life’s worth of troubles and joy with deftness and grace? (And for so nimbly lifting that first cup of coffee for you every morning because god knows you would not get through the day without that jolt of java.) How often have you thanked those hips for knowing how to do just what nature needed them to do to make room for the best little gift in the world? How often do you thank your booty for lookin’ so good in those favorite jeans of yours?

Your body is already perfect because it’s yours. It's been with you through thick and thin, and it will carry you through even more ups and downs than you can fathom. But of course, you are not just your body either. Those curves are more than just window dressing, and you know it. Deep down inside, you know the strength and resilience and power you hold. Women are so much more than our physical beauty, and all of it deserves to be celebrated. What that celebration looks like is entirely up to you. It could be sugar and spice with some pretty lacy things and a hint-hint here and there. It could be an over-sized tee with some barely-there bootie shorts and a come hither look. Or maybe it’s a glamorous frock with smokey eyes and hair up to heaven. You and I will create your ideal session, whether it’s classic boudoir, modern-day glamour shoot, or something more fun and fantastical. It will be whatever you are comfortable with. The only limitation is our imagination.

Can you see now why I’m so pumped about this new aspect of the business? We ladies grow up believing there always has to be something to change about our bodies, something we don’t like, something that needs to be improved. A new diet to try, a new fad workout to experiment with, another 10 lbs. to lose, another this or that or whatever that needs work. But what if we just stopped?  Stopped pinching and prodding, criticizing and disliking. Stopped analyzing the numbers on a scale or the fit of a waistband and just enjoyed what we have, as is, for a little while. Maybe just for a couple of hours. Just long enough for a few photos to make a pretty book.  Because you are amazing and beautiful right now, without changing another thing. Let me show you.

xo

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6 comments

  1. I think the photos are beautiful and I love that women are doing them. On the other hand, I am sure shy and I am not sure I could bring myself to do it!!

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  2. I love everything about this post. Everything. And I've never wanted to do a boudoir session, but this post makes me think twice. Can't wait to see more, Stephanie!

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  3. I'm really excited to hear and see more about this new business venture of yours :) You describe boudoir photography perfectly and show that it's not meant to be risque; it's meant to be a celebration of women's bodies!

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  4. Well said! This is a really beautiful photo too.

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  5. Ahhhh, my body has had given birth to humans! It's exceptional and I am so grateful for all its amazingness. These images are beautiful!

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  6. I just love this! I've been wanting to do a boudoir shoot for so long now (but also can't find a good photographer in Raleigh w a studio to shoot) and I just love these thoughts on it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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