Boudoir Experience

It all started with reading some fellow bloggers’ posts about their own Boudoir Experience. They reminded me that I’d considered doing this before the wedding, and that the idea still appealed. So, I started looking around at photographers in my city who did boudoir photography.

I knew I wanted to go with a female photographer as I was more comfortable with that. I looked through some photographers’ sites, looking at their portfolio and testimonials. Finally, I landed on A Beautiful Photo. This is run by Victoria Vincent, who does portrait, lifestyle and commercial photography. However, she says that her passion is boudoir and beauty photography. On her site, the first step to this is meeting up for a coffee catch up. Where you can chat more about why you might want to do a boudoir shoot, share ideas, and she’ll explain more about what you can expect. So that’s what I did. I sent off an email, and we met up later that week.

a beautiful photo site

Victoria was friendly and open from the get go. She made me feel at ease, got me a drink, and we sat down and had a chat at her office. She had a few albums I could look through while she talked about what I could expect at the boudoir shoot. Hair and makeup was part of the deal, and she’s happy to go to the client’s house and do a photoshoot there. It was really nice talking with her, and it’s clear that she was a professional and just passionate about what she does. She gave me some tips about how I could prepare myself for the shoot, as well as what colours work best with her style of photography (black and deep red, which are pretty classic colours). We talked for ages, and I decided that I wanted to do this. So we chose a date that worked for both of us, set up payment, and there was nothing to do but wait!

boudoir experience

The week before the shoot, I tried to remember to drink even more water. I was more careful with my skin care routine than I normally am. The weekend before, I even went out to a few lingerie stores and shopped around a little. It was all a lot of fun and got me even more excited for the shoot. Finally, the day came!

I was a frazzle of nerves as I waited for Victoria and her makeup artist to arrive. I’ve since blanked on the lovely hair and makeup artist’s name, and I lost her card! I feel so bad, but like I said, I was a basket of nerves, and can’t find where I put her card! Anyway, they both were friendly and chatty, and seemed unbothered by my nerves. They kept talking to me, getting me at ease, and by the time my hair and makeup were done, I was feeling a lot better.

makeup selfie

When it came time for the shoot, we started with some beauty portraits first. So I was in a dress, and standing against a black backdrop that Victoria brought. This was when I got my first taste of posing. Victoria encouraged me, helped make me feel relaxed, and even got a few genuine laughs out of me, as she directed me how to stand, where to put my arms etc. It was actually nice to be told what to do, as otherwise I would have just stood there at a loss. Once we were happy with these, we moved on to the main event.

The more the shoot went on, the more comfortable I was. Mentally anyway, there were some poses from inspiration photos that Victoria or I wanted to do. We actually managed to do quite a few of them. Maybe that yoga I’ve been doing is slowly helping. We didn’t do anything crazy, but I’m kind of looking forward to seeing the photos! Plus, I felt pretty good and kinda sultry in my ‘outfits’. I put them in quotation marks, as I don’t think you can really call them outfits. Time flew by pretty fast, and before I knew it, three hours had gone by and Victoria was saying that she was really happy with all the different shots she had. She asked if there was anything else I wanted to do, but I realized I was starting to lose energy, and I trusted that we had a lot to work with haha!

lingerie bag and shoes

All in all, I looooved the experience, and it was definitely pretty empowering. I would consider doing it again at another time, and maybe even being a little more daring. For my first ever time though, I had so much fun! I cannot wait to see the photos in a few weeks! If you guys have the opportunity to do something like this, go for it!

This was a bit rambly, but that’s how I roll! Have you guys ever done a boudoir shoot?


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  1. Glad to see you did this too!!! You look amazing 🙂

    1. Thank you!! It was so much fun, I”m so glad I gave it a go 😀

  2. I’m so glad you loved the whole experience. I would totally do something like this if I get a chance. I can’t wait to see the photos, if you decide to share them on the blog. xx

    1. It was really amazing, and just so much fun! You should definitely do it if you get a chance! I’ll see the photos in a few weeks, I may be able to show a few of the photos haha!

      1. I hope you’ll like them. Even if you don’t share it’s totally understandable because those photos can be out of comfort zone and not for public to see. xx

  3. Awesome that you did this! I saw another blogger post about her experience as well (: I think if I were to find someone I was comfortable with, I would definitely try it out

    1. Thanks! I had such a great time! I looked around quite a few photographers near me, and immediately was drawn to Victoria. Once we met in person, I was totally comfortable, and I’m so glad I went with her! Having a photographer you’re happy working with definitely made this whole experience so much better 😀

  4. This sounds brilliant, I’d love to have someone instructing me on how to pose, and trust that they actually know what they are saying. As is, I just stand awkwardly in front of whatever poor family member I draft in to take pictures of me (… clothed.. I’m not making my family take boudoir photos of me – just to be clear ;P)

    1. It was actually quite cool having her tell me how to pose. Like, I’d be doing poses that felt ‘unnatural’, but then she’d show me the photo, and it looked really good! Haha, she’s been doing it for a while, so she knows what works.
      Hahaha, I’m always slightly awkward in photos that people take of me. I never know how to stand or what to do with my hands. Oddly enough, I’m more comfortable in front of just my tripod.

  5. I’ve never heard of a boudoir shoot but it sounds very interesting!

    1. I’d heard of them before, but hadn’t considered doing them till now! The experience was a lot of fun 😀

  6. I had no idea these boudoir shoots were a thing until you mentioned it in a few posts back of yours! They sound kinda fun and it’s understandable you were nervous but I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it and may consider it again 🙂 hope we get to see an image or two!

    1. I first heard of them last year, but didn’t have the courage to do it till now! It was so much fun, and I can’t wait to see the pictures! We did a few portrait shots as well as the more ‘risque’ ones, so I hope to share a few on here 😀

  7. Wow it sounds like it was a really good experience for you glad you enjoyed it ? i love the make up look you came up with for the shoot xx

    1. It was amazing! I loved doing it 😀
      Haha, I wish I’d done my makeup! A hair and makeup artist came with the photographer and they made me up 😀

      1. Awww that’s good ? ahhh okay well it looks great on you xx

  8. Oh my goodness, you brave soul! I don’t know that I could ever muster up the courage to some something like a boudoir photo. Can’t wait to hear how the photos come out ?

    1. Haha, it was amazing! I wasn’t sure if I felt comfortable with it, but Victoria was amazing, and helped me get in the right mindset! I’m so excited to see the photos in a few weeks 🙂

  9. This is so interesting! I’ve always wondered what a boudoir photo shoot would be like, I saw lots of advertisements at the bridal expos I went to before our wedding. I hope you love the photos when you get them!

    1. I first heard of them just before the wedding too! It always stuck out in my mind as something that would be amazing to do one day. I’m so glad I did it, and I can’t wait to see the photos!! 😀

  10. Ah LOVE that you did this! I have done a couple shoots and I LOVE them. It helps when you work with a photographer that puts you at ease, and that is so cool you got your hair and make-up done as well. You looked gorgeous and not nervous at all! <3

    1. It was so much fun! I can’t believe it took me so long to do it haha ?
      It is a lot easier when you work with a photographer you get along with. Aww thanks Kate! ❤

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