Classy, Sassy and a Little Smart Assy – Boudoir Photography

Have you every thought about scheduling a boudoir photo session? If so, stop thinking about it and do it! Boudoir photography is much more than gorgeous photos. It’s about giving women — all women, an opportunity to feel beautiful regardless of shape, size or imperfections. It’s about celebrating your body and loving yourself when society tells you to do otherwise. Sexy is more than breasts, derrières and skin. Sexy means confidence and intelligence. Sexy is character and charisma.  A great photographer knows this and will capture your individuality. A boudoir photo session is not only about you, it’s for you. Whether your single or in a relationship, do this for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

My first boudoir experience was in 2005 when I turned 40. My sister-in-law is a professional photographer, so one day we drove to one of my favorite archaeological site and discreetly took some fun photos. This brings me to my first recommendation.

  1. Be yourself. Choose a theme or prop that is uniquely you. In this case, I chose an archeological ruin because I’m an anthropologist, and at the time, I was teaching a course on Cultural Anthropology at the local community college. It was an unusual backdrop for a boudoir photo shoot, but it worked. It worked because it reflected my personality. 

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Photo by Heather Sullivan Photography (2005)

2. You deserve to have a gorgeous photo of yourself. A professional photographer will know how to use lighting, angles and poses to get flattering shots of you. Don’t wait until you lose that last annoying five pounds. You will look amazing. If you like, hire a professional make-up artist and hair stylist to go with you to your appointment – or even better, bring a girlfriend and a bottle of champagne and make a day of it.

3. Speaking of girlfriends, why not make a ‘lady day’ out of your session and bring a couple of friends along. They’ll have fun watching you get pampered and glamorous, and once they see how beautiful your photos turn out, they’ll be scheduling their own ‘lady day’ next!

4. Celebrate yourself. Photos are a great way to capture the beauty of your years. I’ve chosen to have my boudoir photos taken every five or six years. In fact the most stunning photos I’ve seen are of women in their 60s and 70s. Let’s be honest, won’t it be great when your great-grandchildren are flipping through old photographs some day and come across photos of their beautiful and sassy grandmother?

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5. This is all about you, so research photographers and find one you feel comfortable with. Be sure they specialize in boudoir photography and ask to see some of their work, Wear whatever you feel comfortable and sexy in. For my latest shoot, it was cowboy boots and a white button down man shirt. Most importantly, be yourself and have fun!

17097484_10211143626859715_2251587776037585295_oRed Scarf Shots by McCarson Leigh Tafoya (2017)


Red Scarf Shots by McCarson Leigh Tafoya (2017)