San Jose boudoir photography
Here’s a crazy idea ….
What if your boudoir photos….looked like you? I grew up in a super conservative church, and as a result struggled with a lot of shame about my body. Even after those beliefs fell away and I started to truly appreciate the loveliness of human bodies with openness, I never would have considered having a boudoir shoot done of myself for one simple reason – I thought I would have to pretend to be someone else. I thought I’d be forced to act a sexiness that wasn’t my own, to fit into someone else’s vision of what was sexy. Stilettos and strappy lingerie, while sexy as hell, just didn’t feel like *me* and I never saw anything else in boudoir shoots.
That’s why, when I finally decided to do a shoot, it was in the nude. That seems like it would be harder, more risque, but as it turns out it was way easier than I thought it would be. It was liberating and fun and I wasn’t worried about having to be someone I’m not. I’m so glad I have those photos now, to remember my body as it is now, and all the things it has helped me carry and all the places it has taken me. I am so grateful for it, and I’m grateful to have photos that honor it, and me. This is the primary reason I started offering nude shoots myself – you don’t have to squeeze into slinky lingerie (unless that’s YOU), or be over photo shopped into a plastic barbie.
You can have photos that are lovely and look like YOU.
So how about it? What makes you feel good about yourself? What feels sexy to you….about you? I see a boudoir photo shoot as a way for a woman to express herself – to celebrate her femininity, her sexiness, her power. To own it. To take time out for herself. Can you give these photos to your significant other? Absolutely. But you can give them to yourself, too. You don’t even have to have a significant other.
I’ve been photographing women for years, but boudoir is special. What I love about boudoir shoots isn’t even the dress up, or the fun, or even the final photos (though those are all elements I enjoy) – it’s what happens for a woman when she allows herself this moment to be sexy – *whatever that means for her*. It’s when a client leaves my studio with a kick in her step, a twinkle in here eye, feeling just that bit more confident in her skin.
I usually do boudoir shoots in my San Jose home studio, either indoors or in a flower bath. I’ve also been dabbling in outdoor and river boudoir shoots! If you have a specific idea about your San Jose boudoir photo session – just shoot me an email and let’s chat!