A boudoir photography experience is unique in the world of confidence building experiences, because it requires that you alter absolutely nothing. You show up as you are today, without changing a thing, and start a journey toward accepting and loving yourself as you are. This has been my personal experience when having done my own sessions. Showing up as me, today, and learning to see my own inherent value has been an important takeaway for me. As a result it’s become my goal to help you find your confidence with Richmond Boudoir sessions. I want you to see yourself as beautiful and worthy right now…because you are.
“I’m learning/trying to learn how to love my self for who I am today”
Back in January (before covid chaos) I announced my Model For A Day sessions and Miss A signed up to do one. When I asked her why she wanted to do the session and she responded with “I’m learning/trying to learn how to love my self for who I am today” I knew we were going to make some magic.
Own it! Cherish it! Keep it close to your heart.
More than any other reason boudoir is for YOU! It’s to help YOU see yourself differently. To help YOU learn to love the skin you’re in. Yeah you can give an album as a gift to your special someone but the confidence boost that stays with you after you’ve done a session is yours and yours alone. Own it! Cherish it! Keep it close to your heart.
How do we get back to viewing ourselves as sexy, sensual, desirable? The struggle is very real and you are absolutely not alone. Obviously I believe you can reclaim your sexy with Richmond Boudoir. However, don’t just take my word for it.
How many of us can relate to this? We’re all to happy to get started building a family. Then once we’ve done it we realize we had no idea how much it will derail our own identity. We love our kids, and our lives but somewhere in the mom life we lost site of who we were before we were mom. That sensual, sexual woman has vanished somewhere between the work schedule, the school schedules and the activity schedule.
When we desire to reclaim that part of ourselves we are often confused about where to start. Sometimes we even have mixed feelings about whether or not it’s “good” for a mom to BE sexy. I’m here to reassure you that you can be a supermom and still get your sexy back. Little secret, it never left. A boudoir photography session can be just the thing to help you pull her out of the chaos and start rebuilding that part of you.
Keep reading to see what Miss J has to say about her experience with me.
“I wanted to reclaim my identity as a sexy wife.”
Q: What prompted you to do a boudoir session? A: I am a busy mom of 3 and finally reached a point when I wanted to feel like a woman again, and not just a mom. I wanted to reclaim my identity as a sexy wife. Q: Why did you select me to be your photographer? A: Many friends recommended you and I loved your work.
Q: What were you most nervous about coming into the session? A: Posing. But you did such an amazing job of making it feel natural and effortless. Q: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day? A: Prepare all of my outfits and make sure I felt comfortable in them, I didn’t want to feel distracted by thinking something looked odd or u flattering.
Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? A: Amazing! Like I could do anything. Cliche but I really felt confident and beautiful when I left. Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session? A: Feeling like I was the beautiful woman I thought had left long ago. Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? A: Small chat. It felt so comfortable and natural by time we were shooting.
Q: What would you say to another woman who was considering doing a session with me? A: Do it! Don’t hesitate. None of the things you’re afraid of are a reality. You are the perfect person to do this!
Which pieces of lingerie where your favorites and where did you find it? My corset … believe it or not on Amazon!
Find similar corsets locally at Kiss and Makeup in Richmond’s near west end.
Ready to reclaim your sexy with Richmond Boudoir? Email me today to set up your no obligation phone consultation.
Want to read more actual client experiences before scheduling that call? You can do that too. Check out what Miss T had to say here.
This RVA beauty photography experience was years in the making. Miss T and I have known each other casually for dam near a decade. Sometimes it takes time to come around and be ready. After we expanded the studio this year to include a new portrait area we launched a Model For A Day program. Then she saw an opportunity to do a session that would capture her how she felt most confident. She wasn’t convinced that classic lingerie boudoir styling was the look for her. However, she knew she wanted to do a session to capture where she is at this stage of life. We designed a session around her wishes. We also broke down her comfort zone enough to get her gorgeousness captured in boudoir images too. I am absolutely thrilled that I got to finally work with Miss T.
Keep reading for her interview.
Q: What prompted you to do a boudoir session? A: This was a way for me to learn to love myself and my body’s changes as I get older.
Q: Why did you select me to be your photographer? A: I am familiar with your work and felt the most comfortable with you. It helped that I know you thru other friends!
Q: What were you most nervous about coming into the session? A: I am really awkward in front of a camera and uncomfortable with the changes in my body
Q: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day? A: Nothing really, I had a mini panic attack in the car. I didn’t calm down and relax until I was in the make up chair and let our conversation take my mind off of the main reason I was there
“DO IT!!!!!! you will love every moment of this!!!!! Ginger is awesome from start to finish at making you feel comfortable!“
Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? A: Very happy, excited and so proud of myself for doing something that I was uncomfortable doing in the beginning.
Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session? A: The feeling of being more comfortable with myself and Confidence!!!!!
Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? A: Talking me thru what to expect and what to do from the moment I set up my appointment all the way to the end of the session. Your e-mails are very organized and helpful.
Q: What could I have done better? A: Nothing that I can think of!
Q: What would you say to another woman who was considering doing a session with me? A: DO IT!!!!!! you will love every moment of this!!!!! Ginger is awesome from start to finish at making you feel comfortable!
Which pieces of lingerie where your favorites and where did you find it? I found all my pieces at Victoria Secret’s, I think my favorite would be the bralette and silky pants.
Are you ready to schedule your own RVA beauty photography experience.? Email me today email@example.com
I love when women hit a milestone birthday and want to have a boudoir photography experience as a celebration of getting ready to turn 40, or 30 or 60 or hell even 25. Celebrating yourself at various stages in life is important no matter how you chose to do it. I am very biased and think that celebrating your own unique beauty along the was is a fabulous way to do so. Read on to see what Miss C has to say too.
Q: What prompted you to do a boudoir session? A: I have always wanted to do a boudoir photo shoot but never had the nerve. After seeing my friend’s photos that you took, I decided it was time to push myself out of my comfort zone. I was so excited when I was chosen to be a “Model for a day”. I’ve worked really hard trying to get into shape after having four kids. I looked at this as a celebration of getting ready to turn 40 and also celebrating how far I have come not only physically but mentally too.
Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session? A: That I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. You captured a side of me that I have never seen and made me feel so sexy and confident.
Q: What would you say to another woman who was considering doing a session with me? A: If you’re on the fence about doing a session, just do it! You won’t regret it! Ginger is so helpful and makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. You will absolutely love your photos!
Miss C got her white and blue outfits from Shein https://us.shein.com/ Check them out. They’ve got a great assortment of styles and sizes. Be sure you triple check the sizing though as they vary greatly on that website.
A couples Richmond Boudoir experience is a photography session unlike any other you’ve likely done. It’s such an intimate way to express your connection with your partner. I am always fascinated by human connection and the ways we express love for our partners. I love seeing people in love. It is such a feel good experience.
Keep scrolling to read K and D’s interview.
Q: What prompted you to do a couples boudoir session? A: To be honest, I entered your model for a day contest hoping you’d pick my application. When I received the email from you saying “I want you” I was so excited and knew immediately that I wanted to do a couples session. I told my husband about it and he was ALL in. It turned out that our 12th anniversary was right around the corner so we did it as a gift to ourselves.
Q: Why did you select me to be your photographer? A: Because you are AWESOME! A friend of mine invited me to your private FB group a while ago and I quietly stalked the page thinking WOW this is incredible. The work you do is amazing.
Q: What were you guys most nervous about coming into the session? A: Ummmm…a little bit of everything for me. D was good to go. But I don’t know how to be sexy. I don’t how to make my face do sexy lips. What do I do with my hands?! How it the world can I make these saggy boobs look hot?!
Q: What was something you both did to calm your nerves before your big day? D just woke up calm, lol! A: We had an hour long car ride to get to you so we jammed to some music and talked about our outfits and everyday stuff. D has a way of making me feel comfortable. He usually is the calm to my storm…other times he is my storm, lol!
SERIOUSLY like a sexy hot momma!
Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? A: Like a model! SERIOUSLY like a sexy hot momma!
Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session? A: That I don’t have to be like everyone else. I don’t have to look how they look. I am sexy even though I’ve had 6 kids and my boobs hang low and I have stretch marks. My husband likes to tell me that my stretch marks are “beauty” marks. It’s hard to believe him sometimes but it’s true. This body of mine made 6 beautiful babies…3 of my own and 3 surrogates. Some days are harder than others but I have to give myself a little break and not be so hard on myself.
Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? A: You made us feel super comfortable and you were easy to talk to.
Q: What could I have done better? A: Ummmm maybe more outfit changes.
Q: Which pieces of lingerie where your favorites and where did you find it? A: Our matching undies. We actually found them at a campground in their souvenir shop. They are from https://twoleftfeetco.com/.
Q: What would you say to another couple who was considering doing a session with me? A: BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW! Seriously we had so much fun! We will being doing another session at some point.
Are you ready to learn more about having a couples Richmond Boudoir experience of your own? Email me today!
When you have a client use the words “so much confidence” in describing what they’d say to another woman about doing a session you can’t help but get excited. I love hearing that women I work with walk away from their session feeling more confident. It’s one of the best things I can hear as a boudoir photographer. My RVA ladies are the absolute best and I love working with you all. I can not wait to return to the studio and get back to creating magic with all of you.
I’ll let Miss A do the rest of the talking from here. Keep reading for her session interview.
“I wanted to build my confidence back up”
Miss A’s Q & A
Q: What prompted you to do a boudoir session? A: Being a mother, nurse, and baker, I wanted to have the sense of feeling like “I still got it”, and also i wanted to build my confidence back up like it used to be.
Q: Why did you select me to be your photographer? A: I selected you because after a couple months of following the VIP group on facebook and reading through the website I could tell that you were a great person and you make women feel the sense of confidence again.
Q: What were you most nervous about coming into the session? A: I was nervous about everything, and also nervous about my big photo reveal!
Q: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day? A: I went through your website several times the day before and watched your live videos. That calmed my nerves because it showed what i had to look forward too, of course I was excited afterwards!
Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? A: I felt like I was the most confident woman in the world, even days after i was still feeling amazing.
Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session? A: No matter what body type, scars, or size you are..you’re beautiful.
Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? A: You coached me through everything from poses, to where to put my hands. That was really helpful because I went in clueless of what to do.
Q: What could I have done better? A: Nothing, everything was perfect.
Q: What would you say to another woman who was considering doing a session with me? A: Please do this session with Ginger, she makes you feel so comfortable even if its from a general conversation. She gives women so much confidence during and after the session. My photo reveal I was so nervous, but i just wanted to purchase everything!! You ladies will love it, it’s an amazing experience. Ginger is awesome!!
Which pieces of lingerie where your favorites and where did you find it? Both if my pieces I loved, the black fishnet dress and the baby blue lace. I found both pieces at Taboo on West Broad Street.
Learn more about what a boudoir photography session is in this post. Richmond Boudoir is located in Richmond Virginia and happily serves clients from all over. Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Charlotesville, Virginia Beach, Hampton, DC., Northern Virginia and beyond our great state.
” It was the most liberating and confidence boosting thing I’ve ever done!” That’s what Miss T said after her session with me earlier this year. She impressed me so much. Being a mom, aspiring fitness model, vegan (yes those muscles are being built with a plant based diet) and all around badass. This woman was a joy to work with. Such good energy coming out of her. I am loving the images we created together. Plus she gave me permission to share her session experience with with you all. Bonus! So here you have a Richmond Boudoir photo session experience, in her words.
Why did you pick me for to be your photographer? Your website is what is made me initially contact you. I thought it looked very professional and I was impressed with your work. I contacted a few other photographers but I was drawn to you specifically because of how professional, knowledgeable, patient, and down-to-earth you were via our telephone conversations and email exchanges. You made me feel confident that I would be in the right hands for what I was trying to accomplish with this photo-shoot.
What prompted you to do a boudoir session? The funny thing is, I didn’t even consider doing a boudoir session until I came across your website. I was mainly focused on fitness. However, after seeing your work I thought “this is classy and sexy, a great way to exhibit confidence and the love for who you are and what you were blessed with, regardless of what shape or form that may be.”
“self-sabotaging thoughts you could think about made me nervous as heck”
What were you most nervous about coming into the session? “I’m no model” is something that kept coming to mind. “I’m going to look stupid!” “I don’t even know how to do a sexy pose!” “This will be the day I don’t quite get my make-up to look right” “Oh and what about my stretchmarks!!” All of the self-sabotaging thoughts you could think about made me nervous as heck!
What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day? I just tried not to focus on any negative thoughts. I put some music on while I got ready; you know the kind of music we all listen to that makes us feel like we can conquer the world and I reminded myself, you got this.
“It was the most liberating and confidence boosting thing I’ve ever done!”
What would you say to another woman who was considering doing a session with me? Please do not hesitate! It was the most liberating and confidence boosting thing I’ve ever done! I’ve never done anything like this before and Ginger pretty much held my hand throughout the entire process. Her personality and energy made me forget that I was with a stranger/photographer. We laughed and talked throughout the entire session. I felt like I knew her forever; she made me feel so comfortable.
How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? Fierce!
What is the best thing you took away from your session? Self-confidence, the feeling of I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and a friend/photographer until you retire.
What did I do for/with you that was most helpful? You guided me throughout the entire process from helping me put together my look to helping me with poses. You also made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
Which pieces of lingerie where your favorites and where did you find it? The black bodysuit was my favorite! I felt like a naughty vixen haha. Something I’ve never felt before! I got that piece from Fashionnova
What could I have done better? Absolutely nothing! I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.
I feel like every year I say what an amazing year it was, however, 2019 started off in a rough place. I was having a hard time working through seasonal depression. In part because the absolute shit weather we had in the beginning of the year was making it hard to perk up. Plus I swear it rained from June 2018 through May 2019. Like every day for almost a year.
So in April I took a trip to Florida to work with my long time friend Heather, at Columbus Boudoir. I needed the advice of a fellow photographer AND she was going to photograph me again. This would be just the boost I needed to get things back on track. During this time I was reminded that I NEED to care for myself just as much as my clients do. Similarly I need that self esteem boost. I need that feel good, attitude adjustment, that makes me feel like I can take on the world too. We all need that little nudge to kick our negative self talk out and start making progress toward a life we really want to live. Getting on the other side of the camera, working with a friend AND getting some needed vitamin D helped to pull me out of my months long funk.
Three of my favorites from my session with Heather!
Doing my own boudoir session also helped redirect me back to my work. It has helped guide the way I run my studio ever since. First it got me asking myself how to serve my clients best. Then what changes would I need to make going into 2020? What am I really loving about my work? Lastly where do I see myself going in the next 5 years? I’ve spent the remainder of this year stretching myself when I shoot. Returning to my roots on occasion and stepping outside of anything I’ve ever shot before. We did sessions in pools and the river. We played with body paint and even shoot some classic pinup again. I allowed myself to get creative this year and I have loved it. Therefor, I honestly can say it has been an amazing year.
As a result of all of this experimenting I want to challenge myself even more of it in 2020. I want to travel more. Play more. Make more messes! Get creative and forget the rules. I am looking forward to all that’s on the horizon in 2020. The upcoming studio expansion. Yes we are growing! Traveling!! I’ve currently got Arizona, Florida, Vegas and California trips in the works. 2020 is looking good from where I’m standing. 2019 You’ve been good to me. Thank you!
Finally I’d like to present just a few of my favorite images from sessions I had permission to share this year.
A boudoir photo shoot is a unique opportunity to reclaim your sensuality. You’ll get more than just pretty pictures, or a special gift for your lover. You’ll be connecting with YOU! Therefor every woman has her own personal motivation behind why she wants to be photographed in this style. Boudoir photo shoots can help you see yourself in a more positive light. They can help you reconnect with the sensual side of yourself. That side that has perhaps been buried because of low self image, or life challenges. You make the photo session meaningful in your own way. That’s one of the things that makes boudoir photography so wonderful and unique. It’s an empowering experience for many women. So many of my clients tell me how they left the session feeling ready to tackle anything that came their way. They had a new view of their own worth and power.
The technical what is a boudoir photo shoot question is more along these lines. Boudoir photography is a style of photography in which the photographer works to capture the subject expressing themselves in a sensual, sexual, sometimes provocative way. The setting is generally a bedroom or other intimate space. Often the subject is in lingerie. And that’s about as technical as I get. It’s creating images where you feel sexy, attractive, sensual, powerful and GOOD. There is so much value in just simply feeling good. I want to help you feel good!
It’s my wish to make sure I am serving each client in a way she deems valuable. In order to achieve that goal I want to listen to your wishes and desires for your images. Then I’ll strive to craft a session that creates images you are excited to have. Images that make you say “WOW is that really me?” or “I haven’t loved a picture of me until now” and finally “I can’t wait to hang these on my wall”. Those are the things that get me excited to go to work. Having the opportunity to change your view to something positive and confident. Now that’s what makes me love my job.
The next time you find yourself asking What is a boudoir photo shoot, perhaps a good question to also ask would be, how would I benefit from a boudoir session? Then when you are ready simply reach out and contact me and we’ll start chatting about how I can help you see yourself differently.
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The Naturally You Boudoir session is refreshing to shoot because it allows women who just don’t identify with a full glam look to have a boudoir experience more tailored to their own personal styling and comfort level. Makeup and hair styling can be a lot of fun and for some women that’s how they feel sexiest but for those who align more closely with a natural look we offer this session type. No makeup, no fuss, just you, in your natural gorgeousness.
Tell us about you!
Q: What was your motivation for doing a boudoir session? I’ve been plus sized my whole life. And as I crept closer to 40, it began to catch up with me; the beginnings of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It was time to do something about it. In June 2018 I underwent weight loss surgery. Over the course of the next 12 months, my body changed drastically. It’s a HUGE life change. Trying to relearn what and how to eat. Hormone releases from the fat loss. Saggy excess skin. Your body is foreign and strange and hard to love. I became depressed and generally unsure if I had made the right decision in having surgery (very common feelings after surgery). To get out of my funk, I promised myself that at my 100lb loss mark I would do something way out of my comfort zone and/or felt my obesity kept me from experiencing in the past. I narrowed my choices down to skydiving or boudoir session. Ginger won 😉 My shoot was almost exactly one year to the date from surgery and I was down over 100lbs since surgery, more than 135lbs from my heaviest.
“Do. It. Run, don’t walk straight to that studio and work it, mama!”
Q: What were you most nervous about before the session? I really wasn’t that nervous. Between all of Ginger’s emails and phone calls before the shoot, I felt prepared, at ease, and knew basically what to expect. Being semi-nude (and at times mostly nude!) around her didn’t feel awkward at all. She’s a professional and never once did I worry about what she was seeing. She knew my reservations about my excess skin from my weight loss and she provided suggestions on poses to help minimize it and even tucked my Bingo Wings in from time to time! I was a little nervous about choosing to do the Naturally You Boudoir session, where you’re not all professionally glammed up. I had to do my own hair and makeup. I think I probably wore more makeup than Ginger was expecting/desired for the shoot, but it was MY natural state. I’m one of those people who ALWAYS has some makeup on. Even when I sleep. Even after 16 hours on my feet at the hospital, makeup is always on point. So I’m far from bare faced, but what you see is my every day look. Nothing more, nothing less.
Q: What helped to calm your nerves before we started? The minute you walk in and see her clean, shiny, private, professional space (and not some shady rented hotel room, etc) you are already relaxing. She locks the door so no one is going to walk in on you. But the biggest calming factor…Ginger! She instantly radiates calm and confident vibes that just put you at ease. Laughing, joking, curse words! Just what I needed to break the ice!
Q: What would you say to another woman who is considering doing a session? Do. It. Run, don’t walk straight to that studio and work it, mama! I am so very glad I chose this and not skydiving!
Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? Like a vixen! I was floating as I left. She shows you the rough images right there and they were a million times better than I could have ever imagined. They made me feel confident, empowered, feminine, sexy.
Q: What is the best thing you’ve taken away from working with Ginger? She helped me to learn to love myself again. No matter my weight, age, piercing, tattoos, scars, saggy skin, etc. I love them all and the stories my body tells.
Last are questions about the studio.
Q: Why did you select Ginger at Richmond Boudoir to be your photographer? I’ve always loved pin up style lingerie /photography. One of my coworkers did a pinup shoot with Ginger probably 10+ years ago, so I have followed 422 Studio and Ginger’s work since then. She did this same co-worker’s maternity shot, family photos with the birth of all her children. All of the photos were beautiful. And anyone that has ever worked with Ginger had nothing but rave reviews.
Q: What did we do with/for you that was most helpful? The emails and suggestions on how to prepare for the shoot were most helpful. From where to shop, to waxing/shaving, tanning, teeth whitening, etc she covers it all
Q: What could we have done better? I am a firm believer in constructive criticism. “If you don’t tell me its broken, I can’t fix it” so I will be brutally honest to help someone improve. That being said, I truly, truly have NO suggestions on improvements. The whole process was pleasant, professional, fun!