8 ways to rock a boudoir photo shoot
Boudoir photos. They are the millennial trend that has average, ordinary women channeling their inner Victoria's Secret model for the camera in the name of art.
It's an intriguing concept. Which is why I recently jumped on the boudoir bandwagon myself. Me. A 37-year-old wife and mother to a toddler.
On the surface, the photos were my gift to my husband for his 40th birthday. But if I'm being truly honest, my decision to disrobe for the camera was as much about self-preservation and celebrating my body while everything was still pointing up.
I highly recommend the experience-and not just because it's a legitimate excuse to drink before noon while having your hair and makeup professionally done. But unless you have a stripper pole in your basement-and more power to you if you do-it's a definite step outside the typical comfort zone.
So, here I offer eight tips for making B-pics your bitch:
1. Take time beforehand to trim the lady garden.
Because nothing says, "I'm NOT ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille," like your two-year-old taking one look at your most prized bush and exclaiming, "Poop!"
2. Use a trusted photographer.
I used my wedding photographer, whom I've known for eight years and who has photographed everything from my engagement to multi-generational family sessions. So, it really wasn't awkward-until afterward when he said it might be hard to look my dad in the eye now that he's seen his daughter all but naked.
3. Check your modesty at the door.
Think of a boudoir photo shoot as going to the doctor-your photographer, by nature of his or her profession, has seen it all before. If you've given birth, you've got this in the bag. And if not...
Because a couple glasses of wine can make all the difference between Oh jeez, I'm naked! and Hell yeah, I'm NEKKID!
5. Your sexy face is not sexy.
What you think is a hot little pout is actually an awkward grimace. So, ditch the Zoolander faces and be your natural self.
6. Don't take it too seriously.
Sure, I could have chosen to be mortified upon realizing my butt cheeks were stuck to that window pane. But instead, I just peeled my ass from the glass, cast a sultry glance at my photographer, and purred, "I'm ready to make love to zee camera."
7. Have fun!
I like to think God gave us songs like LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" specifically for boudoir photo shoots, and not as some sort of plague upon mankind. So, crank up the camp-this is a chance to let loose!
8. Just do
Because to tap into the inherent sexuality of womanhood and (re)discover the beauty it contains is an image-affirming, soul-fulfilling experience.
And don't we all deserve that?