“I truly could embrace my womanhood, my body and love every inch of myself without giving a second thought as to what others would think. The experience was much more powerful than I had initially thought it would be…”
If I could sing that from the rooftops! I am all for giving boudoir photos as a gift to one’s sweetheart, but really, more than anything, boudoir photography is a gift to oneself.
I had the pleasure of photographing Kiley’s wedding, as well as these gorgeous photos of her before her big day. Boudoir photos allow us to bring out different sides of ourselves–whether sexual, seductive, playful, carefree, all-of-the-above or non-of-the-above. Each woman brings her own experiences, her own personality and her own touch to her boudoir photos, yet all culminate in feeling empowered.More from Kiley about her boudoir photography experience…
“I wanted to do a boudoir shoot as my traditional gift to my husband before the wedding. I was raised in a conservative, religious household where modesty is a true virtue. I was nervous and insecure about my body and someone I hardly knew photographing it. During the shoot, Karen made me feel secure and confident. She could tell at times I was somewhat uncomfortable but would coach me out of it and boost my confidence to get this shoot done. Afterwards, when I gave my husband the book of photos, he was in shock that I would do something like this, it was so out of character for me and he loved it! The photos were very artfully done with minimal to no retouching so that it was actually me in those pictures and not some idealistic version of me. Looking back, I cherish the experience because it allowed me to break out of my shell and this idea that as a woman I had to always remain modest and keep my body covered. I truly could embrace my womanhood, my body and love every inch of myself without giving a second thought as to what others would think. The experience was much more powerful than I had initially thought it would be and I truly thank Karen for being so supportive and encouraging throughout the process!”
Here’s to womanhood and embracing our bodies!