Boudoir Photography | A client’s viewpoint

The temperature in the room was mild, maybe even a bit warm, or was it me? Being anxious always makes me a little overheated. As I tell myself over and over there is nothing to be nervous about, I hear someone say “Ready to get started?” They must know I am nervous because they say “Don’t worry, it will be easy. After the first few minutes, you will be a pro at this.” 

I wonder to myself how many women before me stood scantily clad in Victoria’s Secret lingerie and four-inch heels ready to run for the door but knowing they may not get that far. I could still get out of this, the door was only a few feet away. But I am not sure how many people I would have to pass in the hotel lobby to get to my car. Not to mention what the valet would think when I hand him my ticket, wearing little more than a smile. No, I made it this far so I am going for it. I really want to do this.

I walk into the bedroom where there are two people waiting for me. The hair on the back of my neck is now standing up and I feel butterflies in my stomach. “Would you like something to drink?” The cute blonde asks. No thank you, I’m fine. I hear myself say. I actually sound normal even though I don’t feel normal at this moment. My heart is pounding wildly and I worry they can read the fear in my face.

“We will start with something easy, I will show you what to do.” I walk over to the bed and stumble a little, “damn four-inch heels” I curse out loud and we all laugh. I watch precariously what I am supposed to do next. I tell myself again, you can do this.

The sheets are soft and white which makes my tan look even better. The purple lingerie looks nice with the lavender pillow accents. I am in a position and it is not all that bad. I can even admit I am pretty comfortable. 

The next thing to happen was having someone standing over the top of me with both feet on either side of my waist. “You look amazing. Turn your head this way just a little. Perfect. You are doing great. Part your lips just a little. Breath.” As I look up I can see myself in the little round piece of reflecting glass of the camera and I hear the photographer cooing over how beautiful I look. I feel confident now, as I see myself in the glass, I admit I do look pretty hot. 

I am starting to enjoy the attention as I imagine what my soon-to-be husband will say when he sees the photos from today’s photoshoot. Will he be surprised? Excited? Really excited? What will his first words be as he unwraps this wedding gift? I can already envision his face, the surprised look, and the huge toothy grin he always has when he is really happy. I am pretty sure he will be speechless at first. These thoughts are just the boost I need to give this shoot my all. 

As I am positioned into the next pose my photographer tells me to give her my best bedroom eyes and to flip my hair. I follow her direction and bust out laughing as I almost topple off the bed and onto the floor. I guess I got a little too ambitious with the flipping of my long locks of hair. Did I mention I bought extensions just for the photoshoot? My hair is long but I wanted to have more oomph and volume so my photographer recommended clip-in hair extensions. Normally I would never even consider hair extensions but lately, I have been doing a lot of things I normally wouldn’t. Hence the sexy boudoir photoshoot for my groom.  

Boudoir photos have been on trend for years now. Many of my girlfriends have done these photos for their husbands. I didn’t decide to do it because everyone else has done it, I wanted to do it as a way to show my new husband I am giving him not only my heart but my body. And why not document this body now before babies and age wreck havoc on it. 

My photographer Critsey with Couture Boudoir has been great through this whole process recommending what to wear, how to prepare, and answering all my silly little questions. It was exciting to buy some new pieces of lingerie for the shoot. With her suggested list of items in my hand, I headed to some of my favorite shopping spots. I did splurge on one amazing piece of lingerie from Edge ó Beyond that takes quite some time to get into with several strappy things going this and that way, but wow does it look smoking hot once everything is in place.

Now on to the next pose which Critsey describes as a yoga pose and I will probably be sore after this workout tomorrow. No kidding, I am already feeling my muscles getting tight. Who would have known posing could be this much of a workout and this much fun.

At this point, I am feeling pretty damn sexy. I mean supermodel rock star sexy. It may even be going to my head a little as I start to whip out my own poses. Um, no downward dog? Oh, okay, back to listening to my photographer as she directs me to yet another sexy pose, this one with my heels on a footstool as I arch my body ever so slightly across the couch while I look back at the camera. As I hear the clicking of the shutter I wonder how am I going to choose the photos that come with my package. Just an inkling I am going to love them all and my soon-to-be husband will love them even more so.  

I am feeling pretty great about this experience and everyone was right about how empowering it is. Maybe, just maybe I will do this again in a year or so.

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About Couture Boudoir

Critsey Rowe, Couture Boudoir’s photographer, is an experienced, internationally published, and respected boudoir photographer who has dedicated her career to helping women feel comfortable and beautiful. With the help of female-only assistants and stylists, Critsey celebrates the uniqueness and intimate beauty of every client and takes truly flattering, tasteful, and gorgeous boudoir photographs.