I did something very different this week. I had my first boudoir session. We have been planning on this shoot for probably over 6 months. My client had been going through a very rough patch, with the loss of her husband, depression, and weight gain.
She decided that a boudoir session would be just the thing to motivate her to get in shape and help her feel beautiful again. Her transformation from when we first met to now is pretty amazing. She lost a lot of weight and seems much happier now.
I was a bit nervous about the shoot, because the poses were all new to me. I also had to improvise on the lighting, since the flash I wanted to rent was unavailable. I think everything turned out pretty damn good in spite of that. I’m still debating if I’ll ever share these images online. They’re not very revealing or anything. She’s totally fine with it, but boudoir isn’t really my brand. I felt compelled to do this shoot because I believed I could make a difference in this woman’s life with my photography skills.
Even if I never do another boudoir shoot, I really believe the experience will help improve my photography. There are things I learned from portraiture that I apply to my landscapes. I’m sure there will be a few things from boudoir that I can use as well. So, the one thing you should take away from this post is doing different types of photography is a good thing. You can learn different skills that you can apply to different genres.