Thursday, October 09, 2008

Boudoir Photography

Are you looking for that "Special" Christmas or Holiday gift for that "special" someone? Then look no further! A boudoir photography session is the perfect gift! If you aren't sure what a Boudoir Portrait is or think you have to be nude, or a Super Model, please continue to read as that isn't true.
We will discuss Boudoir Portraits a bit here.

What is a typical boudoir portrait?
There really is no such thing as a typical boudoir portrait. Boudoir images are whatever you want them to be. Since everyone wants something a little different, boudoir images vary greatly from person to person.

It is not necessary to be nude or revealing in boudoir photography. It has more to do with an attitude or state of mind than the clothes or lack there of. While some women choose to be nude for a portion of their session, it isn't unheard of for some to stay fully clothed the entire session. Since the usual purpose of boudoir photography is to make a very special and unique gift to a loved one, the primary ideas conveyed in boudoir photography are love, affection, romance, and giving.
What really matters is that you feel comfortable in whatever you chose to do and wear. Whether you are looking for an elegant romantic image or want to turn the heat on significantly, Breezy Cranford Photography can help you achieve the results you desire. You are always in control of your clothing and poses.
Boudoir photography does not have to have a subject that is a super model or physically perfect woman. It does not require the use of extravagant props, and studio space. In fact, the very essence of boudoir photography is the idea that its subject is not a professional model and may not necessarily be in the bedroom. No longer confined to the idea of heavy makeup, lingerie, and the bedroom, the new age of boudoir photography is casual, sexy, and sensual. It refers to a range of looks or styles of photography that can be variously described as romantic, soft, sensual, glamorous, suggestive, semi-nude, and nude.
Boudoir, French for bedroom, refers to images that have themes of romance, sensuality, and flirtation.

Where Are The Images Taken?
Boudoir images
are typically taken in your home, my studio, or anywhere else that you will feel comfortable. Other locations might include your/his office, the boat, a remote outdoor location, his truck, anywhere as long as you feel comfortable and won't be rushed. Your home is often a good location because you have access to all of yours and his things, should a creative spark occur during the session.

Who Will Be Present?
You and I will be the only people to know about the portrait session unless you choose to tell someone else. If you would feel more comfortable having a friend present, then by all means ask her along. It is important that you feel completely relaxed and comfortable during the portrait session. If the session takes place some where other than my studio, I ask that you consider the amount of space available for the photo session and ensure there is enough room for you, your guests, any props or furnishing that will appear in the photos, myself, and the photo equipment.

What Should I Wear?
Well that dependas on what you want to convey in the images so that will largely dictate what you will wear and how you will dress. If you will have bare skin photographed, then you should wear loose fitting clothing, avoiding anything with elastic or wires around any portion of your body that will be shown to the camera. Tight fitting or elastic clothing leaves indentations and places on the skin that will show up prominently in the photographs. To get that silky, smooth skin look, wear loose fitting clothing prior to your portrait session. Also avoid sitting or leaning on anything that will leave creases in the skin.
During the portrait session you may wear one or more different outfits. You choose the degree of clothing on or off. I use my artistic ability to capture you in the most flattering poses and lighting scenarios.
Here is a list of some clothing, accessory items, and ideas you might consider
*A mini skirt
*His uniform
*Your uniform
*Silk boxer shorts*
*Items from a pastime you both share
*An off the shoulder top
*An open front blouse
*Something transparent
*Thongs or tee backs
*A Halloween outfit
*Colorful panties and bra
*His favorite team jersey
*Anything fishnet
*Western hat and boots
*Workout clothes and dumbells
*Tools of your/his trade
*A silk sheet
*His construction tools and belt
*A large bath towel (with wet hair)
*A body stocking
*That special dress he bought
*Hats and gloves
*Tight shorts
*A torn t-shirt
*Anything Leather
*Sports paraphernalia
*Romantic symbol (wine, flowers, etc.)
*Something he gave you
*Short or tight tank/t shirts
*High heels
*Flower petals
*Large jewelry pieces*
*Thigh high stockings with/without garters
*Anything tight
*Anything suggestive
*His special gift to you
*A beautiful dress
*His favorite shirt
*Jockey underwear for ladies
*His favorite fantasy
*Something funny
*Your honeymoon outfit
* A beautiful evening dress
* A vest
* Biker shorts
* Wild jewelry
* Sexy Costumes (local places to purchase are Pink Banana & Leather and Lace
* A sweater or blouse that sparkles
* Tee shirts with rips or holes
* His overalls
* Sun glasses
* Scarfs
* micro bikini
* Your bridal gown or veil (especially for new brides)
* Cutoffs that are too short
* A vest, visor and playing cards
* Your favorite teddy bear (for that innocent little girl appeal)
* A fur coat
* Tight shorts
* A bath robe
* His hard hat
* His hunting jacket
* Any props from home
* Artistic nude (very subtle)
* Tasteful nudes (Playboy style, etc.)
The list can go on and on.
Use your imagination and be creative!
Boudoir photography is one of those opportunities for you to wear that sexy outfit that you "just can't wear anywhere." It's a time to live a fantasy, and capture it in print. As a photographer and artist it is my job to enhance and flatter you in as many ways as possible, while telling your story and making sure that you remain comfortable during your session. The Boudoir portraits are done with class, elegance, fun, and shows your own personality. An image as personal or revealing as you care to make it. Never compromising your integrity, and above all else, always keeping your privacy and respect a top priority.
Choose a theme that suits who you are, or what you wish to portray be it fashion or fantasy, and lets create an image that speaks for you. Abstracts are especially good for discretion if you're looking to hang your portrait in a highly visible place. In some cases the identity of the subject cannot be recognized. What a great way to be bold yet subtle.

For many mothers to be, a boudoir image can portray the beauty of bringing a new life into this world. That special glow a woman gains during theses months, and the wonders of what a love between two people can create is something worth capturing in such an intimate way that can be put into a story book to enjoy for years to come. We can hold a maternity/boudoir session all at once. If this is something you are interested in please give me a call or send me an email.
An alternate idea you might want to consider is a "Girls Night Out Boudoir Portrait Party" where you plan a party around a boudoir photography theme. Multiple people can be included in the photo session.

Finally, think about your boudoir portrait session from his perspective as you make your decisions to fulfill his fantasy. Plan, prepare well, and most of all have fun. Just think about the priceless look on his face when you present him with this tasteful gift showing your love for him!
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Or you can contact me at 757-305-9652 or by email at to set up a consultation to discuss options or schedule your session.

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