Santa Barbara Boudoir Photos | Sahar

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“It’s a set of vulnerable photographs that project my softness, my innocence, my primal drive to be sexy, and my individuality.”

Boudoir photos are so much more than just ‘sexy photos.’ Every person I photograph brings something different to the table–different qualities, different strength, weaknesses, insecurities, different body types and features, and, of course, different wardrobes. Yet the ultimate goal tends to be similar–to reclaim our individuality, and to celebrate our body, even if it’s imperfect, for the successes it allows us to accomplish.

I love the reasons Sahar shared with me for choosing to do a boudoir session, because in her own words, “it’s the most intimate reminder to oneself of the Goddess within. I can see myself as a beautiful being once again and not just for flowy hair or smokey eyes, but also because of my scars and my birthmark and my not so perfectly sculpted belly. I can see what makes me unique and therefore I can embrace my insecurities rather than always being ashamed of them. It’s a set a vulnerable photographs that project my softness, my innocence, my primal drive to be sexy, and my individuality.”

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Sahar brought this oversized sweater with her to our boudoir photoshoot. I love how soft, fun and flirty it is, and it was a great way to kick off fall (although it was a beautiful 90-degree-day here in Santa Barbara!)

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Necklaces are a great way to accessorize, without distracting from the focus of the image.

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I love creating feminine and alluring images sans nudity. Leaving something (or a lot) to the imagination is often more captivating.

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Sahar had these kind words to share about being photographed by me: “All of us have insecurities and one of the reasons I did a boudoir shoot is to bring out my sexiest side. Karen knows how to do that. Aside from her talent, she has a calming ability to put even the shyest person at ease. She is an artist and my pictures are soft, sweet, and sexy. She has a gift and every time I see my pictures I have the same reaction, “Is that me?” Then I smile and am reminded of my beauty.”

Sahar was a pleasure to photograph, and it is my hope more women choose to focus on their individuality, as opposed to their insecurities.

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