Boudoir, anyone?

I had been wanting to do a boudoir shoot for YEARS, and felt perpetually like I wasn’t thin enough/didn’t have the money/my husband wouldn’t appreciate it…

I sneakily took the plunge in late September! And 8 weeks pregnant, to boot. I booked the shoot with a deposit, so I couldn’t back out.

I don’t have a great deal to retell; I’m not compelled to overanalyze the experience, but this is what I’ve got to say about it:

It was a surprisingly comfortable experience. Less wild than skydiving, a little more nerve-wracking than…I dunno…leaving your kid with a babysitter for the first time? I guess I don’t get nervous for much, so it’s hard to say where it is on the freaky spectrum. Let’s just say, not freaky at all. The entire process was comfortable and enjoyable.

A lot of friends mentioned to me how empowered they felt after their shoots, but I truly just enjoyed being photographed for once, and not having to also run back and forth between the camera and my setup. I also enjoyed the process with my photographer. I’ve done a photo shoot with her before, and she was incredibly lovely to hang out with. It was just a quality hangout where I got my photo taken! We had some excellent conversations.

The hardest part: Choosing outfits! I opted for a black body suit from Rosalie Wynne, a matching bra and panty set from Elizabeth’s, and a slip from Wacoal. I felt the most comfortable and uh, dare I say “sexy” in the body suit. And coordinating a pedicure, wax and the shoot. First world problems, much?

Easiest part: Posing. This was a pleasant surprise. Jackie, (my photographer who is a sweetheart), was so calm and lovely. She would tell me exactly where to put my limbs and how to pose, so I didn’t have to think about anything.

If I had a do-over: More body suits! And maybe some funner, brighter or bolder eyeshadow; I went pretty plain and neutral. Had I known I there would be so many poses with my eyes closed, I would definitely have opted for something bolder on the eyes, and maybe a more neutral lip. Next time! I probably wouldn’t worry so much about what I looked like, either. Also wouldn’t do it in the early stages of preggo-ness. I started getting uncomfortable pretty fast.

Personally, I don’t feel the need to do this a second time around, but maybe if i’m compelled to for a milestone birthday it could make a nice gift to me.

What’s your boudoir experience like? Would you like to try one out? Have you done one before? Overrated? Enjoyable? Themed?

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