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Fayetteville AR Boudoir Client Photos

Fayetteville AR Boudoir Client Photos

Discretion is a must for a boudoir photographer…in addition to the intimate nature of boudoir photography, I have found that many of my clients are career businesswomen and community leaders here in the Northwest Arkansas / Bentonville area. As such, trust and privacy is key, and it’s something I take very seriously. So it’s great to be able to get permission to share a set of images from a session, and from time to time my amazing clients give me permission to do so.

Here are a few boudoir photo selects from a recent client session, where the client was delighted to share a few of the more anonymous shots.

experiencing boudoir for the first time

experiencing boudoir for the first time

“I am a mother, an artist, am still hard at work, yet I know she’s there. And so, this is why I photograph and have fallen deeply in love with boudoir.”

As a preface to this post, I want to say that I believe strongly in the power of boudoir photography. As a gift to a loved one, it is an incredibly personal, unique, and vulnerable offering. As a gift to oneself, it is a revealing and empowering experience to see yourself in that light. Boudoir is powerful when done right.

A friend of mine has a boudoir studio in Pasadena, CA. Her name is Danielle Biel and her studio is called Skye Blu Boudoir. Her work is nothing short of amazing. Danielle has been an wonderful confidant, and I’m not too proud to say that her work has strongly influenced my own boudoir photography style. We’ve collaborated on a few photography projects, and she’s currently working with me on our Strength & Beauty casting project.

That quote above is hers; it’s something she said in a recent blog post about her own boudoir experience. The post is entitled “boudoir is my home,” and talks about having her own boudoir session done after years of shooting boudoir clients. It is a beautiful and emotional post, and I encourage you to read it and revel in her amazing session images.

I think you’ll agree that Danielle is beautiful inside and out, and I just wanted to share her experience here for you appreciate as well. Hope that you enjoy. Thank you for sharing, Danielle.

classic black & white pinup photography ahead

classic black & white pinup photography ahead

“A photograph is neither taken nor seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you.”

You can see in my portfolio that noir/vogue is about both color and black and white photography. Generally following their session, the client and I will collaborate to select specific images for black & white processing, and others for color processing.

But when this client approached me to book a pinup session for an upcoming anniversary, she knew that she wanted a photobook of boudoir images processed completely in black & white. This was both challenging and exciting to me as a photographer. So we planned and shot the session with that in mind; every photograph about shape and tonality, every image stripped of color to reveal her beauty. And I think we succeeded.

Here are a few selects from her b&w session. I hope you enjoy these images as much as we did capturing them.

be beautiful. be you.

be beautiful. be you.

Be Daring.
Be Captivating.
Be Beautiful.
Be Flirty.
Be You.

This session with C was so much fun to capture. She and a girlfriend both booked a boudoir package and we shot one long session, alternating between outfits. They were a pleasure to photograph…relaxed and it was just a joy to work with these two beautiful women.

This is something I recommend for anyone that is apprehensive about a boudoir session; booking a session along with a close friend is a great way to help any nervousness and it’s a fun experience to share.

C has kindly agreed to share a few select images here on the blog.

what to wear for your boudoir photography session?

what to wear for your boudoir photography session?

So you booked a boudoir session and now you are excitedly preparing. But what to wear? There aren’t really any right or wrong answers to this question, so here are a few ideas and tips to get you started.

It’s not an article of clothing, but the first thing you need is trust. A talented boudoir photographer is skilled at working with you to create images that bring out your best and showcase you, and you need to trust your photographer during the session. You must love their work and be comfortable with them as a person if you are going to be working together on your boudoir photos. I often encourage my clients to schedule a consultation or meet in advance to answer questions and to get to know each other.

It seems obvious, but bring lingerie to your boudoir session! Always bring a few extra options. If you have booked a photography session with time for three outfits, a couple extras. It’s nice to have backup options if a certain lingerie pairing just isn’t working for whatever reason. Classic ideas that always work well include lacy black or white bra/panty sets, garter belts and fishnets (backseam fishnets are amazing), and boyshort bottoms. Generally your tops and bottoms should match, but if you’ve got a favorite top or a pair of panties that doesn’t have a good match, we can photograph them separately, cropping the image or shooting “implied” poses – nudity that covers up the naughty bits with tastefully-arranged sheets, hands, etc.

If you have certain body concerns or areas you’d prefer not to highlight, say so. We generally go over this in a noir/vogue consultation. Along those lines, choose lingerie that fits well and flatters your body type. Consider bringing a corset to your session…corsets are a classic pinup look, flattering for tummy issues, and offer many creative posing opportunities for your boudoir photographer. Don’t forget to bring some heels that we can mix and match with your lingerie. Oh, and one more thing that people tend to forget is accessories. Having matching jewelry options on hand for your boudoir session is essential.

Drink plenty of water before your session; it helps your skin stay soft and avoid lines from clothing. Wear loose fitting clothes to the session to avoid lines on your skin. If you have booked a hair and makeup artist (highly recommended), consider having your hair done in an updo for the first part of your session. You can let it down for the second half of your session, giving you two different looks in your photographs.

If you are looking for lingerie shopping suggestions, you can’t go wrong with Agent Provocateur and Faire Frou Frou (they are amazing!). An Austin-based boutique that looks to offer some beautiful items is Kuhmillion Lingerie, and Journelle has a beautiful selection. Kiki De Montparnasse and Chantal Thomass have unique lines of modern and classic lingerie styles as well. If you are looking for something really unique, La Belle Fairy offers exquisite handmade corsets. Don’t forget about Victoria’s Secret…you can find some lovely options at VS. Another option for affordable basics is Trashy Lingerie and also Yandy; they both generally have good deals on stayups, fishnets, etc.

Ultimately, what you decide to wear for your boudoir session is a very personal decision. It doesn’t have to be complex; sometimes the sexiest images are the simplest. A plain white t-shirt and cotton panty; his favorite dress shirt unbuttoned and teased open just a touch; a simple lacy bra and boyshort. Whatever you choose, make sure that it fits well and that you feel sexy in it. When you feel sexy, it will come across in your boudoir photographs.

ink’d – a tattoo boudoir session

ink'd - a tattoo boudoir session

I had the pleasure of shooting an amazing boudoir session recently with K. Her body is a canvas for tattoo art, and each has a unique story. She’s been adding to her canvas for eight years now, each by a different tattoo artist. It’s quite literally a lifelong journey of exploration for her.

We spent a long time talking about the significance of each tattoo. She approaches each new addition with the care and consideration of an artist. I don’t often get to photograph women in this style, and it was a unique experience capturing her beauty in my boudoir style. The experience truly gave me a new appreciation for the art of ink.

It was an honor to photograph this amazing woman. Here are a few images from K’s noir/vogue boudoir photo session.