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This post is part of a collaboration with Blue Flame Boudoir. The photos are semi-risque but no nudity. Just a warning since that’s not my normal content 🙂
Ohhhh y’all. I’m equal parts stoked and TERRIFIED to post these photos! I actually got them back about a month ago and have been working on this blog post since then, trying to psych myself up for it. I’m a relatively modest person, but I also believe that women should be able to express themselves however they want. When Denver boudoir photographer Mackenzie of Blue Flame Boudoir approached me about collaborating for these photos I was SO excited but, as mentioned above….TERRIFIED.
I wasn’t required to do a blog post as a part of our collaboration, but I’m sure a lot of you have questions about boudoir photos so I’m going to try to give as MUCH info as I possibly can. Because of that, I’m splitting this into two posts so….let’s just jump right into it!
How to choose a boudoir photographer:
I’ll be honest, I got really lucky because if I had to do this all over again, Mackenzie is 100% the photographer I would go with again and again. She is so passionate about women’s empowerment and making women feel their best. She works with women who want to do boudoir photos for themselves, not just their partner. And wow, she is just AMAZING at her craft.
The most important thing to consider when choosing a boudoir photographer is your chemistry with them. Yes, their work needs to be great but make SURE to meet them face to face before your shoot. You’re going to be in a very intimate situation with this person so you want to make sure you’re not making it harder on yourself by working with someone you don’t vibe with. Most photographers will set up a meeting like this anyway, and if they don’t, I would consider that to be a red flag. You want to feel comfortable around them (almost right away, IMO) – honestly, if you think “wow I could totally be friends with her!” that’s a great sign!
Then you also want to consider style/body of work. Is their work moody and edgy (like Mackenzie’s), and is that the vibe you want? I’m all about moody so for me that answer is “YES GIRL.” I think even if you’re not a moody gal, it’s a perfect choice for boudoir because it adds to the element of mystery.
Remember that the work you’re seeing on Instagram and the photographer’s website is the best of the best (duh) so I would say if you’re not crazy about 75% or more of the work…move on. Great boudoir photography is an investment, so you want to pick someone who will deliver a full set of images that you love, not just 1-2 that you love. I can honestly say I love EVERY single photo I received from this shoot!
Where do you take boudoir photos?
Well, I can’t speak to *all* photographers, but my photos were taken in the Blue Flame Boudoir studio! She has a BEAUTIFUL setup with perfect natural light and a separate room for you to get dressed in. It’s nice and neutral, so it will go with pretty much anything you wear, and there are enough spots to give a little variety.
What to expect from a boudoir shoot:
- Nerves. You’re GOING to be nervous and that’s totally okay and normal. It will wear off as you start to take your photos, so don’t worry!
- Direction. Your photographer should pose you, and even help you know what to do with your face. Don’t feel like you need to go in prepared with pose ideas!
- Fun. It’s seriously fun, you guys! By the second outfit I was probably 75% relaxed and totally relaxed by the 3rd outfit.
- Sore. Your thighs are probably going to shake and be a little sore from holding poses lol. Worth it!
- Surprise. I think you’re going to be SHOCKED at your images! I was totally blown away and that seems to be the common experience with boudoir photos. You are SO beautiful and you’ll get that through someone else’s point of view.
Stay tuned for part two where I’ll give even more info and talk about all my outfits and how to choose what to wear, even if you’re a nontraditional gal like me!
For now, make sure to visit the Blue Flame Boudoir Insta and give her a follow! If you want to book a shoot, just mention me (Valery Brennan) to receive a $100 product credit (offer is good through the end of August 2018)