Exposed

 Richmond, Virginia Boudoir Photographer
Q: What were you nervous about coming into the session?
A: Being exposed and showing the body that the three children I have helped create.
I work with a LOT of mothers and this part of Miss A’s interview rings true for so many of us. Being exposed in front of the camera can be anxiety inducing for us because we just don’t know what to expect. What if we look worse than we do in our heads? What if we look short, fat, old (insert fear here)..? Often our bodies change so much post baby that many of us don’t recognize ourselves. Especially if we don’t regularly practice showing up in pictures. I know you know what I mean!!! Mom is the one always taking but never IN the pictures. We need to see ourselves. We need to show up in pictures. We need to be exposed. I think the more we expose ourselves to our image the more comfortable we are accepting ourselves as we are at this, and every other, stage of life. We see our image often enough to not be surprised by changes. To have time to embrace our new looks and run with it.
For your session I will work with you to make sure you aren’t surprised, well you’ll be surprised but in a good way. I talk with you about styling before your session so you know what to bring that will work for your body and the vision you have for the images. I pose you from your hair to your toes so don’t worry about not knowing what to do with your body. You don’t have to know, that’s my job!! I even guide you through making sensual expressions. When you come to me I’ll help you every step of the way to get you prepared and relaxed. You have to participate too by being willing to surrender to the process. Let me help you get exposed in a big way. Let’s schedule a consultation and start talking about how I can help you regain a sense of who you are and get back that confidence you’ve been missing. Email me today!
Want to read the rest of Miss A’s interview? Keep scrolling!!
Miss A’s Ambassador Interview:
Q: Why did you pick me for to be your photographer?
A: I had heard wonderful things about you and it’s seen a lot of your photography on multiple friends pages and have wanted to do a Boudoir session and just thought that this would be the greatest opportunity possible for me to do it and to do it with you.
Q: Favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session?
A: My birthday suit!
Q: What prompted you to do an Ambassador session rather than a private session?
A: Of course the free aspect caught my eye but also being able to promote the beautifulness of being a mother of three and still having the balls to get up and do something like this.
Q: What were you nervous about coming into the session?
A: Being exposed and showing the body that the three children I have helped create
Q: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day?
A: Kept telling myself over and over that I am beautiful… stretch marks and all
Q: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me?
A: Do it go for it don’t even hesitate
Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?
A: You were so down-to-earth and calm and just you and that made me very comfortable in my own skin and just let me let loose and have fun
Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session?
A: I felt completely beautiful I didn’t want to leave I wanted to stay and take more pictures and just bask in that feeling all day when I got home I didn’t even want to wash my face to remove that makeup because I just felt so incredibly beautiful and it’s been a long time since I felt that way
Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session?
A: In every woman there is a beautiful sexual being and we all need to find it and own it
Q: What could I have done better?
A: You were perfect everything you did was above and beyond what I had expected out of a Boudoir photographer
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Hot mamas

On this mothers day let’s pay tribute to all the hot ass moms out there. Ladies I love you! Thanks for letting us know that being a mom doesn’t require us to hand in our “sexyAF” card. We had it, we still got it, gonna keep it!

Hot mom!

Yup another hot mom!! 

You guessed it, hot!!!

Hot hot hot!!!

What’s that? Being a mom is still hot? Got it! 

See all the hotness? 

Yes ALL the hotness. 

Mom’s still got her sexy. 

That’s right!! We can be moms and still be seductive. 

Still sensual!!!

Still totally hot as hell. 

Being a mom does not mean you give up on being a woman first. 

It doesn’t mean you trade in the hot lingerie for granny panties. 

It doesn’t mean you stop wanting to have someone caress you over every inch of your hot mom body. 

Being a mom doesn’t have to be the end of feeling attractive. 

Feeling stunning. 

Feeling wanted

Feeling desired

Feeling valued. 

Nope. Being a mom is not the end of your sensuality. 

Sure as hell doesn’t stop your beauty cold. 

And it doesn’t mean you give up on  your sexual desires. 

It might take a minute to remember that before you were mama,

You were YOU!!!! 

That same woman is in there still. 

This mothers day celebrate her. 

Embrace her. 

Tell her she is the most important woman in the world. 

And remind her that tuning in to her sensual self is an act of self love. 

Own your hotness mama!!! 

Happy Mothers Day guys!!!

 

What’s my name?

Richmond, VA Boudoir Photographer

Oh hey Richmond! How ya been? I figured it’s been a minute since I’ve properly introduced myself  here so Hello!! I’m Ginger, your boudoir photographer, sexiness guide, confidence groomer. Now you know my name so let’s dive in a little deeper so you can get to know know more about me before you let me photograph you in your lingerie. Where to start? How about I just throw out little random details about who I am and where I’m coming from? Ok, here goes!!

I’m going to be 45 this year and that is both scary and exciting. Not everyone gets to roam the Earth that long so I’m going with 45’s a good thing! That and I feel so much more at peace in my world than I have in the past so yeah 45 is gonna be big.

I’m a mother of 3 and a step mom to 4. I got my first step kid with my second marriage and my other 3 with my current marriage. When people ask me how many kids I have and I say 7 they look at me like I’m nuts. It’s a lot to keep track of, even for me. It’s gotten to the point where the kids all know if I’m looking at them I’m talking to them and no it doesn’t matter who’s name I just called you. Small army chaos for the win!!! Being a good mom is honestly one of my proudest accomplishments. I made people!!! 3 times! My kids know I adore them. They are my reason for doing anything worth a shit with my life. Really! Without them I’d live in a tent on the beach….wait that doesn’t sound so bad either haha.

Oh yeah I’ve been married 3 times and yes third time is a charm!!! It took me this long to figure out who I am well enough to be able to find a partner who can roll with me.  We have a lot to keep up with and that’s ok! He does a fantastic job of walking by my side through all of the crazy and all of the joy that comes into our lives. I’m pretty dam lucky and so is he. It’s amazing to me that two people can be so well suited for each other. He brings out the best in me, even when I’m feeling at my worst. All the mushy, lovey, gooey, feels.

I love being on the ocean, in the ocean and on the beach. The more blue the water the happier I am! My retirement plan involves ocean views and sea turtles.

I also love getting outside camping and hiking and Virginia has so much to offer in this department. I love living here!

And did I mention waterfalls? I’m on a mission to see all of the waterfalls in VA. We hike any weekend that the weather allows it. No I am not hearty enough to hike in the rain or snow.

I occasionally get on the other side of the lens so I can see just how much work I make you guys do for your session. I try to behave and do what my photographer says but mostly I’m a sassy brat. Then again, it wouldn’t be me if I took myself to seriously. But really I do try to have my own portraits made at least every couple of years so I can remember what I’m asking of you guys. It’s funny how nervous I get. You’d think I’d know exactly what to do on the other side but alas I’m human too. I still get insecure and I still worry that I’m not going to like how I look in pictures. PS my friend Linda at Awesome Sauce Photography did these and I LOVE THEM. Even the ones of me being….well being me.

I get asked quite often why I shoot boudoir and not much else (really I do high school senior portraits and head shots too but boudoir is my primary focus). Honestly I do it to feel good. I get such a boost out of taking another woman from a place where she is trying to gain back some of her self esteem and pushing her past her limiting thoughts. I gain from it too. Maybe even just as much as she does. I spend a lot of time looking at pictures online and in magazines. I’ll be honest, though we’ve made some progress in the body diversity shown in advertising, TV  and movies, it’s not enough. We are still having a one size fits all approach to beauty shoved down our throats and people digest that. We are fed it so often we believe it’s still true. We believe we aren’t worthy of love if we don’t fit the mold.  I work with my clients to help them see that they, in point of fact, are just fine, right now. Right as you are today. When I get to help another woman make that break through it helps me look in the mirror and say, hey guess what, all that shit you’ve shared with your clients, those nuggets of wisdom, bits of love, encouragement and boosting her up, that shit applies to you too self. So I guess at the end of the day I do it because I selfishly want to feel beautiful too and when I see you all owning your beauty then I’m allowed to own mine too. Now I know full well I don’t need your permission or approval to see myself as gorgeous but man there is safety in numbers and knowing you are not alone feels so dam good. When you rise, I rise and we are stronger together. We are living in an amazing time I think. We are on the brink of allowing people to just fucking be. It’s exciting to me. So yeah, that’s why I do what I do.

Let’s not be strangers go request to join the studio’s Facebook VIP group and join in the conversations over there.

Want more info on how a boudoir photography session works? Email me through the contact page and let’s chat!

 

To old for boudoir?

Again don’t take my word for it.

 

ME: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me?

MISS K: Don’t worry about how old you are or how much you weigh. Feeling confident, sexy and beautiful is for everyone.

 

That’s right! It’s for everyone. You are not to old.

 

When Miss K came to the studio to be a part of my studio Ambassador program I was super excited. A. because I’d worked with her 8 years prior and I LOVE having the chance to see clients again years later. And B. because she answered my call for women over age 50. I photograph women over 50 on a regular basis but rarely get a chance share their images.  Hence my asking specifically for this gorgeous group in my call. One of my goals in my boudoir photography work is to show women at various stages in life in all their beauty, as they are, TODAY. Not 10 years younger or 50 pounds lighter, fitter, tanner. Nope!!! Right now! Right here! As you are, so shall you be seen.

 

I personally think a humongous part of why we as women tend to fear aging is that we seem to not exist publicly after age 40. Maybe not you and me specifically but we are rarely represented  as sensual, vibrant, sexual beings post 40. The portrayal of women largely goes from hotties in their 20’s to the subdued soccer mom and on to safe grandmas. There are so few “hot moms” and even fewer “hot grandmas” or even just seriously gorgeous women over 40. There is not enough representing the middle in TV or major ad campaigns. Seriously!!! Why? The women I know in this age group (which is most of my friends since I’m going to be 45 this year) still got it. We are still sexually active, still sultry, still sensual beings and still wanting to be seen.

 

Ladies I’m here to tell you I see you!!! I see you and you are more than the labels you have acquired to this point. First and foremost you are a radiant, sensual, woman. Let’s let her shine. Bright!

Want to read more of what Miss K had to say about her day? Following all of her hotness is her Ambassador interview so scroll to the bottom to read more.  
This beautiful necklace/body chain is part of the studio accessories closet and available for you to use at your session.

Me: Favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session?

Miss K: My absolute favorite lingerie item has to be the plum colored chemise from Torrid. I love the black cage on the bodice and how comfortable it is.

 

ME: Why did you pick me for to be your photographer?

Miss K: I love your work and have wanted my own Tushy Tuesday photo for a few years now.

 

ME: What prompted you to do an Ambassador session rather than a private session?

Miss K: I was following your posts and reminisced about how much fun I had when you did a Pinup photo shoot for me almost eight years ago, then you posted that over 50 models were still needed, that was all it took for me to say yes. I am already thinking about when to schedule the next one.

 

ME: What were you nervous about coming into the session?

Miss K: Believe it or not, I was most worried about falling over in my shoes!

 

ME: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day?

Miss K: I went shoe shopping because my feet would not cooperate with the shoes I had planned on wearing.

 

ME: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me (Muse or private)?

Miss K: Don’t worry about how old you are or how much you weigh. Feeling confident, sexy and beautiful is for everyone.

 

ME: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?

Miss K: Having you mirror my breathing while shooting was extremely helpful to me. I seemed to hold my breath and focusing breathing helped more than anything.

 

ME: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session?

Miss K: Glamorous and sexy is the first thing that comes to my mind. I received many compliments the rest of the day.

 

ME: What is the best thing you took away from your session?

Miss K: Self confidence.

 

ME: What could I have done better?

Miss K: I can’t think of anything you could have done better. I walked away extremely satisfied with the experience. I had fun and was comfortable, what more could anyone ask for?

As you can clearly see age isn’t a factor in whether or not you can do a boudoir photography session. Well other than being 18+. Our beauty evolves as we age but it does not evaporate and we are still worthy of being admired.

And now some of my favorite quotes by some fabulous ladies.

‘The weird thing is, you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. I think one of the great advantages of getting older is that you let go of certain things.’- Helen Mirren

“We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not hot, that we don’t matter. I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you.” —Oprah

“I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.” -Kate Winslet

 

Step Away from the lingerie

I want to tell you that it’s ok to not want to wear only lingerie for your session. It’s ok to not like complicated lingerie. Of course it’s ok to love those pieces too but today we’re going to chat about ways to style your session when you don’t love those things.

Many of my clients bring items like sweaters, jackets, skirts, little black dresses, leather biker gear and gym gear for their session. Part of what makes your styling successful is that it’s YOUR style. What ever you feel sexy, confident and beautiful wearing is up to you. If you want to bring your favorite leather vest to wear with your tall boots and panties that is totally up to you. I’m am more than happy to help you style your session so that what you’re wearing really feels like something you’d wear. If you are happier in a white tee than you are in a corset then let’s get you in that tee. We might get it wet and rip it up but it will feel more authentic to your style if you’re wearing pieces that speak to you. I always tell my clients that what matters most is that you feel confident in what you’re wearing.

Here are some non-lingerie wardrobe ideas for you.

Sweaters: Sweaters are a fun way to start a look and to change up your bra and panty set. They can have a seasonal vibe too if you want that. I know we’re coming into spring right now but if you’re thinking about your session for the holidays a big cozy sweater is a great way to give a wintry vibe without going over the top and wearing an elf hat or a sexy Santa costume (please, just no). There are so many great sweater options and you probably have one lying around in your closet.Jackets & Vests:

I love a good leather jacket or vest. They add that total badass babe vibe to your set. Pair them with tall leather boots and we’ve got a great look. Of course fuzzy jackets are fabulous too and can bring a fun fashionable look to your set. Want to step outside? Trench coats are a classic addition that helps us pull that off even more discretely. You can wear lingerie, swimwear or just nothing but your skin under your jacket it’s your call. 

Shirts:

These can range in style from your favorite flowy boho blouse to his work shirt to the classic wet tee shirt look. It’s a great way to ad some variety for a couple of shots or to use in stead of a sheet set.

Skirts: A skirt or Little Black Dress is a perfect boudoir pairing. Plus it makes for a great transition to what ever you’re wearing underneath. 

Gym Gear: Strong is sexy!! Bring your hottest workout gear and use that as an outfit if you like.

I’ll say it again, styling your session is all about what speaks to you, what you feel sexy and confident in. At your style consultation we’ll cover what that looks like for you. Email me today and let’s start designing your ideal boudoir session.

Intimate Portrait Photographer VA

Hello gorgeous! We used both the light and dark sides of the studio for this beautiful womans session and she made both of them look amazing. I mean wow just wow!! She rocked the whole entire thing. I love when a session ends and there are so many gorgeous images that we can’t narrow them down. Then when that same fantastic woman signs a model release I get super super happy. I actually have a little dance I do lol. It’s not a pretty dance but it’s happy. Now check out her images and let’s get talking about how to make this happen for you too.
I absolutely love the outfits she chose for her session. This red really compliments her skin tone and you just can’t go wrong with a black body suit. Both of these outfits came from Victoria’s Secret.

Beautiful booties

I decided to do a few “best of” blog posts this year. I used to do a Tushie Tuesday post on the blog but now I keep that to  my Instagram on the Tuesdays I remember to do it. I wanted to do one post that is a compilation of some my favorite booty shots over the years. This is also to give you an idea of what to look for when you’re shopping and want lingerie that will show off your assets (lol see what I did there haha). Booty shots are one of my most requested shots. When I ask my clients “what are some of your partners favorite physical attributes” the answer 90% of the time is “My eyes and my butt.”

For every type of booty there is a bottom that will show it’s shape best. When you schedule your session with me we’ll set up your style consultation and you can ask me for tips on choosing lingerie that is going to suit your style best. Everything from patterned tights to g-strings have their place in your lingerie stash and can all be booty enhancing.

Let’s start with the item that’s going to give you the most coverage and work down from there. Patterned tights! I love the way they look and here is why. They are curve hugging booty enhancers. Also great for when you want to be suggestive without showing off your goods.

Next up are slips and body suits. I love them for when you want a little bit of booty to peek out in the shots. They are especially fantastic at styling your outfits to really suit your personal style since they come in such a huge variety of styles.

Panties are classic piece for great tushie shots. They come in more styles and colors than I can possibly list and you can find fun ones pretty much everywhere. Whether they are a g-string, thong, boy short or bikini really just depends on how bare you’d like to be. It’s all about choices. 

Adding accessories like this strappy body harness is a great way to get a super sexy look and completely change up a black panty. 

Lastly is the one essential wardrobe item we all own, our birthday suit!! It fits everyone perfectly, requires no additional shopping and takes up no space in your suitcase making it the perfect way to dress your booty.

Studio Ambassador Miss A

I launched my Studio Ambassador program and I have a lineup of wonderful women coming in over the next 2 months to do their boudoir photography sessions and share their boudoir experiences. I am so excited about this program. It is already allowing “everyday” women to show you that this is for you too. You do not have to be a model to do a boudoir session. In fact aside from very select images in my site everyone you see is a client who gave me permission to share her experience. To show you that “real women” just like you can do this. I am loving these sessions already.
Miss A was the first one to come see me. She was nervous to start, which the vast majority of my clients are. Miss Kelsea at K. Dayberry Bridal rocked out her hair and makeup look and then it was time to shoot. She did an fantastic job and it shows in her pictures. Thank you Miss A for allowing me to share your experience with other women. You are amazing!!!
Don’t just take it from me though. Here are her words about the session:
Q. Why did you pick me for to be your photographer?
A.While researching local boudoir photographers, your name kept popping up as one of the best. After seeing your work and being a part of your VIP group, I could tell that your beliefs that all women are beautiful and sexy and all body types deserve to be celebrated, aligned with my own.
Q. What prompted you to do a Muse(Ambassador) session rather than a private session?
A. I jumped at the opportunity to apply for your Ambassador Rep program, because I felt many women could relate to me on one level or another. I am a 42 year old, mother of 3, grandmother of 2, not in the absolute best shape of my life, but I’m not getting any younger and I really wanted to do this for myself. I’d lost and maintained a significant amount of weight in the past 2 years, which is one reason I wanted to do this as part of celebrating that fact, as well as an attempt to accept my body as it is. I’m completely introverted and usually hate to be in front of a camera. So, I felt if I could step out of my own comfort zone and do this session it would prove to everyone that they could also do it. And they should do it.
Q. What were you nervous about coming into the session?
A. Honestly, everything! But, I was also excited.
Q. What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me (Muse or private)?
A. DO IT! You are worth it and you deserve it. Ginger was amazing to work with. I never felt judged, ashamed, or embarrassed at all during my session. It was so empowering knowing I was able to get over the voices in my head, that at times try to bring me down. To see the final product and the beauty Ginger was able to capture is the best feeling ever! It’s addicting too, You’ll be planning your next session before you leave.
Q. What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?
A. Showing me how to pose and just keeping the whole experience light and fun  really helped keep my nerves at bay.
Q. How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session?
A.I felt fantastic leaving the studio and already planning my next session in my head. Lol
Q. What could I have done better?
A. I don’t feel you could have done anything better. I feel I could have done things better.
Q. If you want to tell us where your lingerie came from that’s helpful too. I know ladies like to know where to shop.
A. Bralettes and panties from Torrid

Welcome to the dark side

When you have images lying around that you never blogged and are completely in love with you go ahead and blog them. Better late than never. I had put some of these images out on my social media at the time we did them but I never put them here.

This session is a little older and features local burlesque performer Deepa De Jour. She came in to the studio to help me with a challenge. My studio has a very light and airy side and a dark and moody side. At the time we did this session I shot mainly in the light and airy room and the darker room just didn’t have it’s own vibe yet. I’d tried for years to love that space and it had yet to happen.  I was trying to stretch myself in my shooting and to get this space finally sorted out. I needed to find it’s light. I decided to shoot in 1 corner of the dark side, only. I limited myself to just that one area and her to 1 outfit. Which, by the way, she made. Beautiful and crafty that one!! She’s made so many gorgeous outfits for her performances over the years though that putting this together I’m sure was no challenge for her.I told her what I wanted and she totally nailed it. I wanted to limit myself to this small space to see just what we could come up with on this bed. This is the session that honestly made me love shooting in this space. I absolutely love how the light wraps around the body barely touching it and highlighting all the best curves. I finally found the light in this room. I shoot in this space all the time now and love the images made in this room. I’m thankful she let me play that day. It really brought a whole new dynamic to how I shoot and what images I love most. The room decor has changed a bit but that sexy sexy light remains. Thanks for helping me find that light Deepa!

Couples Boudoir Favorites

Happy Valentines day to you all! I wanted to share some of my all time favorite boudoir images from couples sessions that I’ve shot. The intimacy we capture in a couples session is unique. Each couple brings a different experience to the table and I learn something new every time I work with a new couple. Many of my couples are returning clients where one of them has done a solo session with me. She has such a good time doing her session that they come back to do one as a couple. I’ll be honest most of my guys take a little convincing that it’s “Okay” to do this type of session. I sometimes think guys are more self conscious about it than women are. I assure you gentlemen you’ll be so distracted by your partner that you’ll barely even know I’m there. Having said that couples sessions can be done in my studio in Richmond, VA or at a local hotel. Richmond has some great ones to choose from. Then after your session I get the hell out and you guys can make a super sexy weekend getaway out of it. Order room service and never leave the room if you want. You’ll want!! Here is a sampling of my favorites.