Boudoir

PAIGE - by U.K Renowned Boudoir Photographer

A Bridal Boudoir Session with the beautiful Paige.

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
— Emma Stone

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There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom.  And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest of places without the need of light ~ R.M.Drake

Getting to know your boudoir photographer with Q&A

"Capturing memories on film is forever, photographs keep you remembering when time passes you by. Every single photograph is taken with the utmost understanding, sensitivity and love. I have a deep commitment and love for what I do, and I am completely humbled that I get to call it a job."

Had you ever shot any boudoir before you started offering it as an option for your brides?
Jess Petrie:
 I had previously done some “lingerie styled shoots” when working for other portrait studios, and I had done some shoots for friends as well. I once modeled for a fellow photographer on her boudoir-training workshop (so I had that insight of being on the other side of the camera, too). But it all organically developed to where I now have a healthy boudoir photography business, and my clientele range is very diverse—not just brides-to-be, but also pregnant women, other photographers, and women of a range of ages and at a variety of times in their lives. 

What is your approach to shooting boudoir?  
Jess Petrie
: My approach to boudoir photography is that of an artist. I studied fine-art painting and drawing back when I was at art college and regularly attended life-drawing classes. I learned how to see the human body as an art form; how the light falls onto the body and how shapes are formed by light and shade. I now use the same principles in my boudoir work, but this time using my camera. My color tones are muted and the images are delicate and luminous. As a woman I can recognize the vulnerability in my subjects and I approach these types of shoots with great understanding, respect and sensitivity. Vulnerability in these types of shoots is a wonderful thing; it’s real and it’s authentic, it helps to tell a story, a story of intimacy and desire. My clients also tell me that they feel more comfortable and confident about me taking their pictures knowing I have been drawing and painting naked strangers since my college days; they say it makes them also see their shoot as art, and it really puts them at ease.

Do you  include your husband Rodrigo. Does he also shoot boudoir, or just you?
Jess Petrie:
 When photographing bridal boudoir, I insist that my studio is a male-free zone. I’m sure many women are perfectly happy with a male photographer taking their boudoir session but there are also some who are not. A boudoir shoot is extremely intimate, and many of my ladies are not professional models and have really plucked up the courage to trust in me to photograph them so that they can give their photos as a gift to their husband/husband-to-be/partner. They trust that I will make them feel as comfortable as I possibly can while still producing the images that they desire, and I do not take this lightly.  

As a photographer it is imperative that you yourself also feel comfortable with photographing boudoir, and I know that my husband would not, which is totally fine, plus I feel having two photographers on a boudoir shoot would feel quite intimidating. Regardless of being a male or female photographer, the foundations of your shoot are based on your approach to these types of sessions, and when I’m photographing boudoir I see the body as an art form / a shape, and I look for the light and the shade, just as I do when life-drawing naked strangers. I don’t feel embarrassed, I don’t see the flaws, and it’s all perfectly normal practice for me; this is probably one of the most important assets I have as a boudoir photographer.

Is the boudoir you shoot mostly in clients’ homes or in your studio? Ever go outside to a private spot? 
Jess Petrie:
 When I first started shooting bridal boudoir as a business many of my boudoir sessions were shot in the morning or night before the wedding in the bridal suite. When I started professionally offering my boudoir sessions, they would take place either in the client’s home or at a boutique hotel (which could get awkward when trying to explain why I wanted to book the room).  Now I have my studio, which is flooded with natural light and decorated in neutral colors, and this way I have full control over the space I shoot in. I’ve also photographed boudoir sessions out on location, but this is very weather permitting, as it is the UK, and I still shoot in clients’ homes and bridal suites if this suits them better.

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Are most of your clients from the UK? 
Jess Petrie:
 Yes they are, and many are quite local to my studio base, although I do shoot destination boudoir, too, as I have done many times when traveling for a destination wedding. I have also photographed boudoir for women who have chosen specific locations for their shoot, be it the Spanish coast or the beach on Capri.

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Thank you to Rangefinder Magazine for the questions (interview published 5th September 2016).

For further information about my boudoir services and to request a brochure please contact me at: info@beautifullyundressedboudoir.com

Why Have A Boudoir Session?

You may have heard the phrase " Boudoir Session " but just what is a Boudoir photography session? And why you should have one? Boudoir is French for 'bedroom' (or private room) and a boudoir photo-shoot is a sensual photography session where you get to wear delicate and pretty lingerie, in a bedroom 'boudoir' type setting, and have photographs taken of you looking like never before.  The greatest thing about having a boudoir session with Beautifully Undressed is that you don't have to be a model, you don't need a reason to have the shoot, you don't even need to be in a bedroom, and it's the real you that makes your photos sexy... not what society says.

With a professional hair and makeup artist helping to create a look that you want, and a professional boudoir photographer to take your photos (together with professional editing/retouching) I guarantee this will give you some of the best portraits that you will ever see of yourself.

I've put together seven top reasons below why you should get one done, have a read...

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1. YOU ARE GOING TO LOOK AMAZING.

I always suggest that you organise a date after getting your boudoir portraits done, because you will look and feel amazing and you will most definitely feel like celebrating afterwards. If you are waiting to lose those last few pounds DON’T! Because as a professional photographer I know how to pose you to flatter your individual body type, make you feel comfortable, and help you to enjoy the experience (read more about how I work here).

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2. IT WILL MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER.

Imagine seeing the look on the face of your loved one when you surprise them with a beautiful album filled with sensuous pictures of you looking super sultry and stunning. They think you’re beautiful on your worst hair days and in your gym pants, so show them how hot you look in classy lingerie and professional makeup! It maybe a side they have never seen before.

 

3. IT WILL MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR YOURSELF.

Show off your beauty and give yourself a self-esteem boost with photographs that you can treasure. Do it for yourself. Be pampered. Indulge. And celebrate who YOU are through beautiful photography.

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4. GETTING MARRIED? THEN MAYBE YOU’LL ALREADY BE PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THE WEDDING.

If you are getting married you may have been on a skin care routine for the last few months to make sure you look the best for your wedding day. Why not show off your hard work and document this momentous time in your life? It’s becoming very popular for brides-to-be to surprise their soon-to-be spouse with a photo album filled with beautiful photos from a boudoir session the night before their wedding day. Surprise!

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5. YOU GET TO TREAT YOURSELF!

Women tend to put others first in their lives a lot of the time. So take this opportunity to take some time out, go shopping, be pampered and really spoil yourself!

 

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6. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE.

Got an anniversary coming up or a well-deserved achievement? Why not document this time in your life in a rewarding way? Not only will you have gorgeous portraits of yourself, but when you look back at them you’ll remember how amazing this time in your life was! Celebrate it through beautiful photographs of YOU!

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7. IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GREAT.

Getting pampered and spoilt for a few hours is great therapy for anyone! But wait until you get to see the photographs for the first time. You will be blown away. You will see how gorgeous you really are and I guarantee it will put a little spring in your step!

Remember that you reveal as much as you want to and you don't have to wear anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, a boudoir session is all about you, and you express yourself on the shoot which-ever way you feel! Don’t feel put off in any way, treat yourself - you deserve it.  Contact me for further info and feel free to ask me any questions.

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"Shooting boudoir with Jess was such a lovely experience. Although having seen beautiful images of her work and feeling confident with her photographic talents, I had not been in front of a professional camera for around 7 years! And as every woman does have a difficult relationship with my body! She made me feel relaxed and comfortable, I totally forgot I was in next to nothing being photographed! The images I have seen I absolutely love. She not only has amazing creative talent but also a great demeanour that will make your boudoir experience thoroughly enjoyable! I highly recommend booking Jess for the ultimate boudoir experience." ~ Radha Michelle Pethers