Boudoir Experience In Her Words

This beautiful woman came in for a Muse session several months ago and I’m just getting her blog post together. I love to have my Muse clients answer a few questions about themselves and their sessions so that you can hear from someone, other than me, what it’s like to do a boudoir session. I’ll let’s Miss T tell you in her own words a few of her favorite things and what her experience was like.
Also remember that I am going out on surgical leave starting in February. I’ll be on leave for 3 months and will return for light duty in May with very limited bookings. I posted details along with a January only booking special here. I have opened additional shooting dates to try to accommodate as many ladies as possible before I go on leave.
Q. What’s your favorite dine out food? 
A. By far – MEXICAN
Q. Favorite band? 
A. ACDC / Matchbox 20 / Ellie Goulding
Q. All time favorite movie? 
A. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days / Steel Magnolias /Hope Floats

Q. Favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session? 
A. Purple Bra and Panty Set
Q. Why did you pick me for to be your photographer? 
A. Referral from Co-worker, but meeting you in person sealed the deal for me.
Q. What prompted you to do a Muse session rather than a private session? 
A. Pricing, and use for your advertising. The fact that you asked “why” we would want to do the shoot.
Q. What were you nervous about coming into the session? 
A. Oh my god!!!! How to be sexy lol

Q. What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day? 
A. Resolved to accept myself for who I am and to be as comfortable as possible in my own skin. I trusted you.
 
Q. What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me (Muse or private)? 
A. Do it! For you – no one else! It is fun, liberating, and eye-opening!
Q. What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? 
A. You talked with me about personal experiences and life situations, you encouraged me to try different looks, and you allowed me to both laugh…and, to cry – because you respected where I was personally.

Q. How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? 
A. Excited 🙂 I was anxiously anticipating being able to see the images!
Q. What is the best thing you took away from your session?
A. The beauty of doing it for ME. Knowing how I’m viewed thru the lens, and seeing changes that I’ve made in myself in another form.
Q. What could I have done better?
A. Not a damn thing! You’re amazing!

Wardrobe info:

Purple bra and pantie, and black body suit are from local lingerie boutique Kiss and Makeup

Blue Robe is part of the studio wardrobe closet but it’s from Torrid at Short Pump Town Center.

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Back Surgery Down Time

“Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity. Take an opportunity and turn it into an adventure by dreaming BIG!”
― Jo Franz

 

As many of you know I’ve been working the last year (honestly more than that) with a back injury that was going to eventually require a spinal fusion. Well here we are and eventually has turned into this February.  I can’t claim to be thrilled that this is happening, though I am hopeful that the procedure will rid me of the pain and numbness I feel in my back and legs. It’ll be good to not hurt anymore.

What does this mean for my clients?

Well it means that the studio is going to be closed for a few months while I recover. February, March and April I will be on leave taking much needed time out to heal. I will not be shooting at all during this time. I will make my way back to work in May provided my doc gives me the go ahead and will be on light duty May, June and July. Since I only have 1 back I’ll be following doctors orders for sure. I don’t want to do anything that might land me back in the hospital doing it all over again.

How can you get in for a session before I go on leave?

I have opened extra dates in December and January to make room for all of you lovely ladies. I even put together an extra special booking special for you. Book your Basic or Mini session now and save 50% off your session fee!!! The Basic session, normally $300 is just $150 ($187.50 for couples). A mini session which is normally only $150 is just $75. Check the investment page of my site for all the details on these sessions so you can see which one is right for you. Remember that with these sessions products and images are sold separately.  Plus, because I know it’s last minute and a session with me is not a last minute kind of thing, I am allowing for payment plans for product orders with just $100 down and the remainder to be paid over and up to the next 6 months. This way you get to work with me before I go on leave and can spread your investment out over my down time.

What next?

In order to get booked in email me to request my product guide and a session date. Then I’ll send you an invoice for the session type you’ve selected and we’ll get planning your session.  It’s really that easy.

When these sessions fill that’s it. I won’t be able to take on any other appointments until I’m cleared to get back to work so don’t miss this. I posted a live video in my Facebook group this morning and have already booked 5 sessions so you really don’t want to wait on this.  Also there are no refunds or rescheduling available for this special so be sure of your date when you book it. Share this with your friends too because you just never know who might want to get in on this before I go out for healing time.

The details:

You must complete the session in December 2017 or January 2018.

Sessions are non-refundable and may not be rescheduled. However if you can’t make your scheduled date you may transfer it to a friend.

Images are delivered according to my regular delivery schedule after your final payment has been made.

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Let’s get wet! Richmond Boudoir

Oh ladies!! I am in completely in love with this new look and I think we should do it for your session too. Allow me to introduce a new styling option for you, the wet t-shirt look. It is so simple yet so completely sexy. Try this look instead of our sheet set. Want to test it out? I’m doing a Wet T special on December 9th in the studio. Scroll down to the bottom for the info! 

 

Looking for something a little on the naughty side to give for Christmas this year? Maybe you want to plan extra early for Valentines Day? Then sign up for your space in my Wet T-Shirt Quickie Sessions. I’ll supply the T-Shirt you supply your sexy self.
These are marathon style, mini-sessions, which will give you about 20 minutes of camera time plus time to select and order your favorite images and products the same day. Limited spaces available! December 9th ONLY!!! Email me today to reserve your space and request a product guide.

I can’t wait to help you get sexy at your very own boudoir session.

See you soon!

Ginger

Boudoir Photo Session RVA

 

NSFW because nipples!!!! Make sure your job is not going to implode if you are looking at lady nipples online. We all know they’re dangerous so view with caution.

 

 

Is it safe???? Scroll down if so.

 

 

When your gorgeous client brings smokin hot outfits, rocks her session, THEN gives you permission to share her steamy session you get super happy and share it. I’ve been sitting on this boudoir session for a couple of months now waiting for it to be time to share. Now I get to and I’m really excited. She came in and just relaxed into the vibe of the session right away and we were able to create amazing images. And quickly! She did a mini session and completely knocked it out. 

Outfit 1 details:

Her first set of lingerie was a unique long line bra and pantie. I see a lot of bra and pantie sets and I really like all of the detail put into this piece. The lace is interesting and so is the front of the bra. It’s nice to see fun pieces that are playful without being overly frilly. I even like the bow detail on the back of the pantie. She did a great job selecting pieces that fit every single curve. Shopping for your boudoir session is a great time to try totally new looks. Step outside of your safe zones and go for something you wouldn’t normally try. Something daring. Something sensual, risque even. Like her next outfit which she found locally at Taboo. I’m just going to say I LOVE IT. It suited her personality and fit incredibly. It was just the perfect outfit to close out her boudoir photo session.

Plus she’s coming back next month for another session. Second sessions are always amazing and I can only imagine the sexiness we’ll achieve next time too. It’s gonna be amazing because she’s a badass and I’m really looking forward to working with her again.

Ginger

Boudoir Session What to Wear

I was challenged recently to style and shoot a session which consisted of an outfit I wouldn’t normally shoot AND it had to cost less than $50 total.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to pull that one off since most of the lingerie that walks through the studio doors costs more than $50 for just the lingerie. How in the hell could I style an entire look for less than that?? Oh and how could I have it look like something I’d want to shoot and not a costume? Turns out this was an awesome challenge because it got me thinking outside of typical lingerie stores and it allowed me to show my clients you can put together and incredibly sexy look for very little money. Many of my clients are not “lingerie people”. You’d be surprised at how often I’m told “I don’t own any real lingerie. Only bras and panties”.  Any time I can help someone find a look that they love that doesn’t break the bank is a bonus.

 

My first thought was to hit Ross because I knew they’d have inexpensive accessories.  As soon as I walked through the doors I saw this bad ass motorcycle jacket and knew that it just had to be the base of my look. It was a grand total of $17.Wow!! Thanks Ross!! Next up I went over to their lingerie section, not really thinking they’d have much, and found this very sexy shape wear piece for another $14. I love the sheer side panels of this piece and it’s fucking sexy. Shape wear has come a long long way from the ugly, nude, body shapers of old.  I knew I had shoes in the studio that would work well with this look so I skipped over the shoe department and went straight to accessories. That little detail did save me quite a bit of cash. Most of us have a good pair of black heels in our closet already or a girlfriend who has a shoe obsession and would loan a pair that is perfect for most any boudoir look. Now, I do keep jewelry in the studio already and I knew that I had a gold necklace and bracelet that would look great with the gold details on the jacket. This was also a good thing because that was the one area where Ross was lacking even though that’s what brought me in there in the first place.  Next time I’ll find some costume pieces at Charming Charlies or Forever 21. The last item I grabbed was actually the sunglasses. I thought they added another bold element to the look. As a bonus was they were only $7. I spent a grand total of $38 plus tax on this look. I was seriously shocked and totally excited. Then there was the glitter…
 I was so excited about this look and I just kept seeing glitter as an element so I hit Micheal’s Arts and Crafts and picked up 2 large containers of glitter. This is funny because I NEVER allow glitter in the studio. Like glitter and feathers are on the DO NOT BRING list when we talk styling. I totally broke this rule and am IN LOVE with the results. This session pushed me further out of my photography comfort zone and I couldn’t be happier with the results. These are some of my favorite shots from the day. Leather and glitter really make for a good look!

When you schedule your boudoir session we’ll set up a wardrobe consultation and talk about what looks will work to express who you are. Contact me today!

Richmond boudoir is located in Richmond, Virginia.

Curvy Plus Boudoir Richmond VA

I am so excited to share today’s post. I ran a Muse call earlier this year asking for plus size/curvy women to do boudoir sessions with me that I could share. I needed a couple of awesome women who would be willing to share their boudoir session photos with the world. I got exactly what I was looking for. Bad-ass ladies who wanted to help me show the world that beauty isn’t the realm of one specific body shape, age, race, or hair length. So many of us ladies struggle with the reflection in the mirror because that beautiful woman staring back at us does not look like the women we see in the magazines, on TV or being Instafamous.  Representation matters!! When all we are exposed to is “one size women” it’s hard to feel normal, let alone beautiful, in our own skin. I could go on and on about this topic because I am a plus size, curvy, big girl myself. Learning to love a body that looks nothing like what I see in advertising has been a journey years in the making. Sometimes I STILL struggle to see how beautiful I am, even with a husband who tells me every single day how beautiful and sexy I am (and touches my butt ALL THE TIME <– not a complaint)  it can be hard to see it myself. I firmly believe that when you see yourself reflected in another woman’s fearless self love that shit rubs off on you and you can more easily start the process of loving yourself just as you are today.

In case no one told you today YOU ARE FUCKING AWESOME!!!

Now I’ll let Miss A tell you a little bit about herself and her session. We both have love for Thai food so she wins bonus points for that.

Q. What’s your favorite dine out food? 

A. Thai Drunken Noodles with Chicken, The spicier the better!!!

 

Q. Favorite band? 

A. Tie between Paramore and Triviaum

 

Q. All time favorite movie? 

A. Father Goose

 

Q. Favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session? 

A. That’s a hard one! I love the black teddy I brought but I think my favorite would have to be the hand made corset

 

Q. Why did you pick me for to be your photographer? 

A. I had been following and looking up multiple boudoir photographers for a while trying to find one that I like. One that was creative, made their clients feel comfortable, wanted to create a vision together, and one who works with all types of bodies. You want to show REAL woman, the everyday woman, yes you work with models but you also work with a lot of people just like me!

Q. What prompted you to do a Muse session rather than a private session? 

A. I came across you and your work by accident on Instagram one day and when I saw your work I fell in love. I was actually not planning on doing a boudoir shoot for a couple of year. I told myself that when I go to my “ideal weight” that I would reward myself with boudoir photos, but then I saw your muse post for plus size woman and the more I thought about it the more I keep saying why wait? I love myself and if I have the opportunity to show people that you don’t have to hide your body, because people don’t look at you like they do models in a magazines then I should so it. Being a plus size woman doesn’t mean I am not sexy. Having short hair doesn’t mean that I am not beautiful. Having some muscles in my legs and some extra rolls on my stomach is defiantly not the ideal of what people would think of when they think boudoir bodies, but I wanted to show people the beauty of what a real everyday woman looks like. I want other woman to know how beautiful they are. I want them to find what I found, the confidence to be happy and love their bodies no matter what other people think of it. I may have a flat butt, and some extra rolls on my stomach, but I also have killer legs and eyelashes for days! We all have things about us we don’t like but we are all beautiful. The human body, especially a woman’s body is a work of art no matter the shape, size color, age, or texture, I want every woman to have the confidence to get pictures like this done.

Q. What were you nervous about coming into the session? 

A. To be honest I was most nervous that you would want to cover me up more because I was bigger and maybe not use outfits like bra and panty sets. Then the thought occurred to me what if I don’t like ANY of the photos!!!

 

Q. What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day? 

A. I made sure to get a good nights sleep and rocked out to music the entire morning up until the moment I knocked on the studio door.

 

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

A. DO IT!!!! And remember to do it for YOURSELF!!! It will change the way you feel about yourself. You will feel so empowered ,strong, and sexy as a woman.

Q. What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? 

A. You were constantly there for any question I had. Any email was answered within hours. I also loved the prep sheet and the outfit meeting we had weeks before the shoot!

 

Q. How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? 

A. Like I could conquer the world! I felt empowered and found a new confidence in myself. Even other around me notice I seem even more confident in the way I carry myself.

Q. What is the best thing you took away from your session?

A. I took away a great memory and experience of something that I did for myself and no one else. I got to be dolled up for a day and be taken care of and had the most amazing conversations with a fantastic woman! I couldn’t have asked for more.

 

Q. What could I have done better? 

A. Honestly you made me feel right at home, you didn’t push me to buy stuff, you were honest and up front about everything from the start.  I didn’t feel rushed and if I asked for something you did it. You pay attention to all the small things. I cannot think of anything really. I just wish you and I had more free time to talk and work on other creative projects together haha!

New site coming soon

I’ve been terrible about blogging lately. I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on 2 new websites. Updating the one here at Richmond Boudoir and building, from scratch, the other over 422 Studio. That one will be coming back as I’m starting to offer head shot services and high school senior portraits. Several clients this past year had me photograph there high school seniors and their head shots and it was so much fun that I decided that I wanted to expand my services. I’ll still be focused primarily on boudoir though so don’t worry about that. My youngest daughter is in middle school and I have more time to take on additional clients. I’m really excited for these changes.

In the mean time here is the session I shot with the seriously wonderful Miss H. She was the winner of our most recent contest over in the private, ladies Facebook group. If you’d like to join us in there feel free to request to join. Here is the Richmond Boudoir VIP Group.

Also a quick reminder that if you are looking to do a boudoir session this holiday season NOW is the time to schedule it. I typically suggest booking at least 4-6 weeks before you’d want your album back so contact me today and let’s get designing  your session.

Curvy Boudoir Richmond Virginia

I myself am a curvy/full figure/plus size woman. I love that us bigger women can search out things we need easily by using the terms curvy or plus and let’s be honest voluptuous is a lot harder to spell and when you’re shopping for jeans online curvy/plus is there like a google assistant to help you find things that fit.

A while back I put out a Monday Muse call asking for curvy, plus size, full figure women to do a boudoir photography session with me. Muse sessions are sessions where I get to share the images we create that day. I get asked often if I shoot bigger women and the answer is YES!!! I love my curvy clients! I hear many plus sized women say that they don’t think boudoir photography is for them because “I’m to fat and the women on your site are not big like me”. I hated hearing this. It bummed me out. I needed curvy women to come in to do a session so that other women could see them looking and feeling gorgeous and in some way get permission to be sexy and feel beautiful themselves. I know I would be hesitant to work with someone who didn’t represent me on their site. I would be afraid they wouldn’t know how to pose my body in flattering ways. I want anyone who comes to do a session with me to feel like I’ve got her taken care of. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now and I want you to be able to trust that you’re going to get amazing images from your session regardless of your measurements.

Luckily I got 2 wonderful women who were excited to volunteer to show the rest of the world that boudoir is for ALL shapes and sizes. There is no weight or BMI requirement to do a session with me. You can do a session with me today. As you are. Not just when you’ve lost that 5, 10 or 50 pounds but right here, right now, right where you are today. We all want to look dam good in our lingerie and feel sexy. I want you to know that boudoir is for you too. I will guide you through selecting wardrobe, styling tips, poses and expressions too. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.

Miss T’s boudoir session is the first of these 2 sessions that I get to share. I really hope that she inspires more women to follow suit and let me share their curvy boudoir session. Or maybe she’ll just inspire you to come in and do your own session. BTW you are never required to share images from your session. Your privacy is important to me and I don’t share anything I don’t have permission to share.

Contact me today and let’s get planning your dream boudoir session.

Her outfits were found at:

Black bra and pantie set Kiss and Makeup Richmond (black lace robe is studio wardrobe)

Red/Merlot slip: Torrid Short Pump Towne Center (studio wardrobe)

Richmond boudoir is located inside 422 Studio in Richmond Virginia. Specializing in intimate portrait photography for women.

Virginia Boudoir Photography

I have been terrible about blogging lately. April was a crazy busy month for me and I just didn’t have to brain power to sit down and come up with something creative to say. It would have looked like “Hey check out this gorgeous client” followed by a handful of pictures. May is also busy but I decided I wanted to take the time out to share some recent boudoir photography sessions.

This amazing woman contacted me some time ago wanting to do a boudoir session and as all to often happens, life got in the way (in a big way) and she waited to do the session. When she finally had the chance to come in to meet me for her style consultation I knew pretty much right away that we were going to hit it off and that not only would she have a great session but that I would get something big out of working with her. You see I get the opportunity to hear the stories of the women I work with and each one of them helps me grow not only in my craft but in my understanding of other people. Some of them have such incredible personal stories that hearing them helps me to better understand what it might be like to walk in someone else’s shoes. I feels good to connect with a client. I also like when I can help her see herself differently and, in many cases, in a more positive light. It makes my work so fulfilling.  This particular woman is a total badass. Not only is she a mom (which is a huge job), she’s a cancer survivor and on top of that she is a triathlete and all around impressive woman.  Managing a family is hard work. I can’t even imagine being motivated enough to participate in multiple marathons and tri’s on top of that. I’m so not the running type that it’s beyond comprehension to me. Surviving cancer not once, but twice and still being sane and able to pull off being an amazing athlete just leaves me so inspired.

Thank you Miss D for allowing me to photograph you. I really enjoyed working with you and I’m glad we’ve become friends.

Also I know I’m going to get asked about her mastectomy tattoo. It was done by Amy Black Tattoos in Richmond VA. Check out her work and her organization Pink Ink for more information on post mastectomy tattooing. Her work is amazing and life changing for so many women who’ve been touched by cancer.

More pictures from her session are in the slideshow here. If you’re on mobile they’re already showing for you.

Ready to schedule your boudoir session? Contact me today and let’s plan your perfect session.

Boudoir Portraiture Richmond Virginia

Part 1 of this lovely ladies session is on the blog today. We spent most of her session in the darker room in the studio, which just got an overhaul that I’m really excited about. This space is dramatic and moody and I love the way bodyscapes and nudes look in this space. Some of the images in this post might be considered Not safe for viewing at work.

I love this green bra and pantie set that she brought for her session. It really works well with her skin tone and tattoo work.

I did this session with Erica Fett, who is a well known alt model, to be able to show something a little more risque that shows what we can accomplish styling wise with your session as well.  Most of my clients want to get outside of the lingerie box with their styling and adding some level of nudity to your session is a natural way to do just that. So in case you were wondering if we can do that, yes we can.

Let’s talk about creating a session that perfectly suits you. Email me today!

If your boss doesn’t want you seeing lady nipples you may want to stop here.