Real Client: Louise
Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session?
Turning 40 this year, and mum to two young children, I decided it was time to do something for me. I listen to a hilarious podcast called The Guilty Feminist, and the two presenters did a challenge to do with their bodies. One posed naked for an art class and the other had a boudoir photo session. The idea was to be honest with yourself about your body and try to see what other people see. The results of their challenges were much more positive than they thought they would be, so I decided to do the challenge for myself! I didn’t fancy posing in the cold for an art class, but coming away with a gorgeous book of photos appealed to the hoarder in me!
What made you choose Own Your Sexy?
I googled lots of different photographers and boudoir photo specialists, but Laura was the only one who was focused on self-esteem and doing the shots really for your own pleasure. The others seemed to focus only on giving the photos as a gift. I knew that I wasn’t going to be doing the shoot for anyone except myself, so I went with Laura.
“The session has served as a reminder that even though I’m a mother and a wife, I’m first and foremost a woman.”
I thought about trying to diet before the session, but in the end I didn’t lose any extra weight beforehand, I just went in as myself, and Laura made me feel fantastic from the very first session. I am a confident person who isn’t scared to stand up in front of people (although I am usually dressed for that), but I do admit to feeling rather nervous as I travelled up in the elevator to Laura’s studio. What sticks in my memory is Laura saying “Hi gorgeous!” as soon as I walked through the door, which was a very welcome greeting!
Where did you shop for your lingerie/shoes/accessories? Do you have any shopping tips?
In hindsight, I should have organized my shoot a little better, because I could have bought myself a really fabulous lingerie set and then worn it afterwards with much more confidence. However Laura has an entire wardrobe full of fabulous underwear, necklaces, shoes and wraps. It was a joy to rifle through her closet and find something that would suit what I wanted. She gave plenty of direction, which helped a lot, but I think if I were to do a second shoot I would definitely bring two or three outfits with me so I would know what looks I wanted in advance.
“A boudoir shoot is an experience I would recommend to everyone, why not at 20, 30, 40, 50 etc. – at any age.”
Would you offer any advice to other women who are considering doing a boudoir shoot?
Do it! And be prepared for how badly you’ll want to show off your photos in inappropriate situations later!
A boudoir shoot is an experience I would recommend to everyone, why not at 20, 30, 40, 50 etc. – at any age. Laura knows how to highlight your best bits and bring out your own individual beauty. Leave it to her, and you’ll look and feel amazing!
How did you feel during the experience? What was your favorite moment?
I felt treasured and enhanced during the experience. Zu did an amazing job with hair and makeup, and really captured the 40s glamour look I wanted for the black underwear series. My favourite moment was probably when I plucked up the courage to bear all for a very artist shot where Laura’s lighting magic created a brilliantly elegant effect without any trace of vulgarity.
What does SEXY mean to you?
Sexy means making an impact, an impression. It’s the feeling that you have the power to create emotion in someone, to create desire. It’s not just about physicality, but about connection.
How did your boudoir experience impact you? Have you noticed any changes in yourself, be it your self-confidence or anything else since your session?
I think the question should be how didn’t it impact me! I got a huge buzz from the session, and when the book finally arrived I felt so proud that I had gone ahead with it. The session has served as a reminder that even though I’m a mother and a wife, I’m first and foremost a woman. It gave me the self-confidence to put myself forward for a role doing something professionally that I wouldn’t have done in the past.
Get inspired, find your look, and do the shoot! It’s impossible to regret it!
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