Virginia Boudoir Studio | In RVA

My Virginia boudoir studio has focused on women’s portraiture for over a decade. It’s what I love to shoot. Working with women brings me a great deal of joy. Seeing each of you leave your session feeling powerful, beautiful and confident makes my job the best ever. When Miss A came in for her session I was so excited. She signed on to do a Model For A Day session so I knew going into it that we would end up sharing images. She had told me she was bouncing back from a rough couple of years and had worked very hard to get back on track. I knew she’d be my kind of client, a badass, right off the top. She is fearless and fierce and we captured some of my favorite images of the year. Now I’ll shut up and let you read her words about her session experience.

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Q: Why did you pick me for to be your photographer?
A: I looked at several boudoir photographers but your website and your photos appealed to me the most.  I liked your use of lighting and every picture seemed to accentuate their strongest assets.

“I can remind myself daily that I am strong and beautiful.”

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Q: What prompted you to do a boudoir session?
A: After going through a rough divorce in 2012 and losing my best friend unexpectedly, my self confidence took a tumble. It was 3 more years until I began to feel normal.  I have since gotten myself into shape and wanted to capture my success in photos so I can remind myself daily that I am strong and beautiful. It also was a great Christmas gift for my (now) husband!

Q: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day?
A: I thought about having a mimosa but decided not to. I just had a nice hot shower, loofah’d my whole body and said “chin up girl, have fun!”.

“GO FOR IT!  It will be the best thing you do for yourself.”

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Q: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me?
A: GO FOR IT!  It will be the best thing you do for yourself.  Relax, let Ginger lead you through it and have fun. Every inch of every body is gorgeous and this is your time to celebrate YOU!

Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?
A: Made me feel completely at ease and at the same time sexy!

Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session?
A: AWESOME…empowered….sexy…. and a bit tired.

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Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session?
A: How fun it was to feel confident and proud of the work I have done.  I wanted to do it again!

Q: What could I have done better?
A: Not a thing… but I do still want lessons on make-up  LOL

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Q: What is your favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session?
A: The strappy black one

I welcome you to visit my Virginia boudoir studio. We host events in the studio several times a year. Join my Facebook VIP group to see when events are happening. Set up your own session consultation to get more information. Simply fill out my contact form here. I look forward to chatting with you.

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A Richmond Boudoir Experience

Miss K shares her Richmond Boudoir experience with us today. I had such a great time working with her. She is the rep who did the studio Pure Romance party too so be sure to check the link later in the post. Then go check out their fantastic selection of person toys and fun stuff.

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Q: Why did you pick me for to be your photographer? 
A: I have followed your work for a long time and when I found out you worked with Kelsey, I knew it was meant to be.


Q: What prompted you to do a boudoir session?
A: I wanted to do a session for two reasons the first being I wanted to have some pictures taken for my business, I sell Pure Romance and I wanted to show off our lingerie and show my clients that our lingerie can flatter any body type. I also wanted to give my partner a special gift!

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Q: What were you nervous about coming into the session?
A:I wasn’t really nervous more excited than anything! Who doesn’t want to be made up and feel hot for a day!

Q: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day?
A: I treated myself to getting a manicure and pedicure! It was so relaxing  

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Q: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me?
A: Girl do it! It was so exciting and like I said before who doesn’t want to feel hot and made up for the day! It was such a confidence boost! 

A bit more about her Richmond boudoir experience.

Q: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?
A: You kept things going at a good pace and provided the hair and makeup as part of the service! Saved me so much time!

Q: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? 
A: I felt so good when I left the studio that day! My hair and makeup was already done! I had confidence! I felt sexy inside!

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Q: What is the best thing you took away from your session?
A: The best thing I took away was no matter what color or size you are, you are beautiful and deserve to feel that way!

Q: What could I have done better?
A:I had such a great experience, no complaints for you just one for me, I wish I had smiled in more of my pics. It’s awesome to feel sultry but I wanted to see me smile more. The ones that I did smile in are some of my favorites! Ladies It’s OK to smile, you should feel that way about your body, happy and beautiful!

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Q: Favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session? 
A: My fav piece was the three piece from Victoria Secret with the choker.

I love when clients share their experience and I really hope it helps to answer questions you might have about your session. Have more questions? Feel free to ask me. You can contact me here.

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Why Boudoir Photography?

What is it about having a boudoir photography session that makes us feel so confident?

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Many women, myself included, don’t always see ourselves clearly because we are viewing ourselves through a negative lens. As a result of this we may have a distorted view of our bodies, our beauty and our value. Overcoming a negative perspective is necessary if we are to live lives that are fulfilling and joyful. There are hundreds of ways to build self confidence and self esteem. You could work with a life coach or hire a personal trainer, a therapist or yogi, and read self help books. The list of ways we can improve our self view is extensive.

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So what is it about a boudoir photography session that is different than any of these other things? Well for me, a boudoir session can help you to see where you actually are right now. It helps you to have a clear view of yourself as you are today. Without changing a thing about yourself. We are often our own worst critic. We stand in front of the mirror and criticize everything from our fine lines to our waist line and more. If there is a “flaw” there we’ll find it, and pick at it. We base our value and our self worth, on this distorted perspective. Consequently we’re wrecking our self esteem.

Changing lives one boudoir photography session at a time.

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Many of my clients have come to me after their session telling me how life changing the confidence boost they got has been. Seeing themselves more positively, thanks to their boudoir photography session, helped them to tackle other challenging areas in their life. Thing’s that they’d been putting off. Like starting their own business or, leaving an unhealthy marriage, starting their health and fitness journey and being more present in their lives. In other words they felt finally able to grow in those areas.

Boudoir photography helps us to literally see ourselves in a new light and through someone else’s eyes. As a result it helps us place things in their proper perspective and, if done lovingly, it helps us to view ourselves through a more gentle set of eyes. That is to say through a positive lens. Doing a boudoir photography session defies our negative self talk patterns and opens our hearts to being more loving toward ourselves. It is an act of self acceptance and self love.

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I recommend doing a session, of course I may be biased, but I think every woman could benefit from loving herself a little more right now.

Read more about doing a session now without losing 15 pounds first? Click here!

Join my growing tribe of women working on loving themselves and subsequently living their best lives? Click here and join my Facebook VIP group.

Richmond Mom Prom

Richmond Mom Prom 2019

The Richmond Mom Prom, in it’s 9th year now, is always such a blast. I have had the pleasure of being at this event for 7 of it’s 9 years.  As a result I’ve watched this event grow from less than 50 attendees to literally hundreds of area women. In that time I’ve met hundreds of wonderful women. All coming together to celebrate and raise money for a great new cause each year. Each year they select a new charity and theme.  This years theme was masquerade. There were so many beautiful gowns and creative masks. It really was a beautiful sight. Above all it’s a fundraiser and this year they raised money for pediatric mental health.

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Amanda, posing here with her mom, is the organizer of this event.

As you may know I am a boudoir photographer, however for this event I do a photo-booth. My focus is working with women. Specifically working with women to help them see their beauty. Helping women to feel better about where they are today so that they are able to go out and live a more fulfilling life is what I do. I do this through my photography work.

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She won most creative dress.

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Hey that’s me on the left!

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One amazing mask

A couple of times a year I will volunteer to work with different groups that are also focused on the growth of women. Being able to be a party of Richmond Mom Prom for so many years now brings me great joy. The organizers are wonderful and all they are able to give back to their chosen charity is amazing. Seeing them announce the amount raised by this seriously fun event fills my heart.

Richmond Boudoir 12th Anniversary coming in April!

Many of you ladies asked about my photography, and so I mentioned the studio’s upcoming 12th anniversary. I’d love to make sure we stay in touch so you don’t miss out on our celebrations and our big birthday sale. Be sure to sign up on my email list to get boudoir styling tips and to get notified about what’s on tap for our big day. Click here to join. 

If you were at this  years event and are looking for the pictures click this link to head over to Facebook and find yours. Not on Facebook? View Mom Prom Gallery Here

 

Richmond Intimate Portrait Photography

Richmond Intimate Portrait Photography

The beautiful Miss L came in for a portrait session in my Richmond intimate portrait photography studio. I had put out a model for a day call and she signed up to be one of my wonderful muses. Working with interesting women, who are building their own businesses too, is often one of the perks of my job. She is one of those interesting women. Looking for someone to help guide you through your PiYo, beach body, fitness journey? She is an instructor and online fitness coach. Find her Instagram here and be sure to ask about her coaching.  Sharing fit inspo and meal tips makes her IG feed inspiring and I really enjoy following her.

My clients are looking for portraits that more intimately connect them with their femininity and sensuality. Portraits that dig deeper than their pretty smile and get to the heart of who they are as women. We like to find that point with you and to help you bring it to the surface. I have seen how having that intimate connection to self helps women focus on who they are and where they are headed in their lives. Connections made during these types portrait sessions spill over into areas of your life other than just how you’ll feel about how you look. Allowing for you to have a deeper connection to purpose in work and family as well. When you feel better you do better. My clients leave my studio feeling better.  Are you the next one to have this confidence boosting, self love experience for yourself? Contact me! 

What did Miss L have to say about her session? “I definitely felt so comfortable with you. You made me look and feel my best. I also loved the studio, it just added to the already amazing atmosphere. Very professional! I love all the options you gave as well.”- Miss L

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Read my 5 things to do for your boudoir session here.

Outfit info:

Black lace robe is part of the studio accessories closet.

 

 

Richmond Boudoir Photography | Glitter Mini Session

Richmond Boudoir Photography

Presents,

“All That Glitters” Mini Sessions

I like to get creative and mix up my work over here in my Richmond boudoir photography studio. Occasionally I want to do something completely different, like play with glitter and body paint, because it brings me joy.  I bounced this idea around in my head for a minute and I kept coming back to the thought that this concept would make for totally badass boudoir images. Hence the creation of the “All That Glitters” mini session.

This series will be done a little differently than our past mini sessions. We will be doing makeup, as per the norm, BUT we are taking it a step further and adding metallic body paint and glitter to the mix. Now if you know me even a little you know that I LOVE sparkly things (glitter being among them) I DO NOT, however, believe in playing with it indoors. For that reason it’s time to break that rule in the biggest way and get us both out of our comfort zones. We are going to create the most amazingly messy, sparkly, works of art OF you and have an incredible time doing it.

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This session is going to be unique, creative and such a beautiful way to express your sparkling beauty. Yes I just said that!

Check the FAQ at the end of this post for details and In the mean time get inspired by Miss N and her absolutely outstanding session. This one is already topping the list of my favorite boudoir sessions this year. I have to give a massive shout out to her. She completely rocked this session and letting me share this art we created makes me beyond happy. Thanks love! Richmond Boudoir PhotographyRichmond Boudoir Photography Richmond Boudoir PhotographIntimate Portrait Studio Richmond VARichmond VA Boudoir Photography StudioRichmond VA Photography StudioVirginia Boudoir photographyRichmond VA Photography StudioRichmond Boudoir PhotographVirginia Boudoir photography

Are you ready to schedule your “All That Glitters” mini session?

Details:

Session fee $199

Session Date: March 21st

What’s included:

  • Complete glam makeup makeover, with false eyelash application
  • Body paint and glitter application
  • Time for 1 outfit (or no outfit at all)
  • Professional pose and expression coaching
  • Pre-Session Styling consultation
  • Private in person image reveal 1 week after your session
  • Custom mobile app of your purchased images (normally $100)
  • $100 studio product credit to use toward the purchase of images and products

FAQ:

Q: Where will this photo shoot take place? 

A: At my Richmond boudoir photography studio located in RVA’s near West end.

Q: Who will be there while I’m being photographed? 

A: Me, my makeup artist and an assistant. Mini sessions aren’t 100% private. You do stand to see another woman in the studio. We try to time each session so that there isn’t a lot of crossover. My studio has 3 different rooms so it’s pretty easy to avoid each other while we actually do the photos. My team is all female. In fact, they’ve all done sessions with me therefor they are fully aware of what it’s like to be in your shoes.

Q: How many pictures are included in the session price? 

A: All images are sold separately and you’ll have a $100 product credit to apply to your image order. Products/image prices begin at $525.

Q:  Since hair styling is not included in this session what should I do with mine?

A: Wear it up! Got a cute bun style you love? Maybe a braid? Click here to see my post on hair tips for your session. You’re also welcome to schedule a visit to your favorite salon and have something unique created for this session. Be sure to join the Richmond boudoir photography Facebook VIP group and get suggestions from my past clients.

Q: Will you share my pictures?

A: No! I do not share a single image without a model release. If you want to allow me to share them we’ll talk about that at your image reveal.

Q: I totally want in on this. What do I do next?

A: Email me! Then we’ll set up a consult time to go over all of the details.  ginger@422studio.com or fill out the contact form here.

Feel Confident Now

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Learn to love YOU again.

This Richmond boudoir photography session, featuring the lovely Miss AM, is the one published on Richmond Times Dispatch. It was her second session with me and this wonderful woman was brave enough to share her experience with all of us. Thanks AM!

She is a mom, a wife, she has a career and is hard working, badass, babe.  I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her more than once because I love getting to share these empowering sessions with women. Giving women the gift of reconnecting with a part of themselves that is so often forgotten or buried under the mess and business of living is so joyful for me.

As women we wear so many hats and It can be difficult to take time out to nurture our selves. Richmond Boudoir photography has been an avenue for me to help my clients to slow down and to reconnect with the woman they are when all of those hats are stripped away. It has allowed me to show them how to just be themselves for a minute. I help them to remember who they were before they were a wife, a mom, or a boss. We honor who and where they are today. My hope for each and every woman who enters my studio, and my life, is that they walk away from their experience with me ready to tackle what ever it is they are dreaming of.

A boudoir photography session may seem, to some, like just pretty pictures but it is so much more than that for the women who chose to take this journey. It’s a huge leap in the right direction of loving themselves better today. It’s being able to look in the mirror and love who you see better than you did the day before. It is allowing yourself permission to put yourself on your priority list.  It is allowing yourself to feel confident now and to move forward in life.

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To see the TD article click here. 

We’ve been featured on Richmond Times Dispatch

Richmond Boudoir is featured in RTD

Photo by Daniel Sangjib Min/RTD

A while back Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Colleen Curren and staff photographer Daniel Sangjib Min came to my studio to do a feature for the paper on boudoir photography and my studio. I really enjoyed having them in the studio for the day, despite the fact that I feel so awkward on the other side of the camera. I’m so very grateful to be featured and even more grateful to have RTD spreading the word about the value of boudoir photography for women today. I also want to thank Miss A for being our model for the day and thank you to Kelsea Dayberry of Radiant Reflection  for the wonderful job she did (and always does) on makeup and hair styling for the day. What follows is the article copied over from the Richmond Times Dispatch website.

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It’s 10 a.m. on a sunny day. Ann-Marie McCormick, 36, mother of three small children, is wearing a black lace body suit, a long silver necklace, heels and nothing else.

She’s getting ready for a boudoir photo session at Richmond Boudoir, where women, and sometimes couples, strip down for sexy professional photos in lingerie — or nothing at all.

“Boudoir photos are a lot more common now,” Ginger Jones, the photographer who runs Richmond Boudoir, said. “The bulk of my clients are women in their 30s and 40s who are doing this to feel good again. They say, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years.’ It’s more of a self-esteem boosting experience than just a photo session.”

In the age of #MeToo, women are turning to boudoir photos as one of the many ways to take control of their sexuality and feel empowered.

“Normally, I’m very reserved about my body,” McCormick said. A friend had a boudoir photo session and posted photos to Facebook. McCormick became intrigued.

McCormick is a working mom with children ages 9, 4 and 1. “I’m so busy with the kids and work, I was feeling like there’s no time for myself,” she said. “I wanted to do this for me.”

She works at a veterinary hospital where she normally wears scrubs every day and puts her hair in a ponytail.

But not today. For her photo session, she’s having her hair and makeup professionally done. Her long blond hair falls in full, wavy curls. Her skin is flawless, her eye lashes black and lacquered, her lips just the palest hint of pink.

“Are you ready, my dear?” Jones asks.

McCormick takes a deep breath, centers herself and says “Yes.”

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Jones, 45, has a warm, welcoming, earth-mother type of personality. She puts her clients at ease, quickly, by talking about everything: kids, work, marriage.

“It ends up being half therapy session, half photo session,” Jones joked about a typical boudoir session. But being a confidant and a photographer is a role she enjoys.

She was a wedding photographer for many years, but she said the schedule took a toll. With three biological children and four step-children, she found herself missing out on baseball games and other family activities.

“Weddings were super stressful. You never got a weekend off,” she said.

When she moved to Richmond from Minneapolis, she decided she didn’t want to do weddings anymore.

She said she sort of stumbled into the boudoir business when a friend wanted glamour “pin-up” shots of herself. They spent the day “playing dress up,” doing hair and makeup, and taking tons of photos.

The style has now become a main part of her business. The schedule suits her lifestyle and now she gets to spend her weekends with her family.

She maintains a photo studio, called 422 Studio, where she does head shots and high school portraits.

But Richmond Boudoir is the biggest part. The studio has several sets with different backdrops: there’s a bed with silk sheets, a vintage tub with claw feet and an empire-tufted sofa.

 

Ginger Jones owner Richmond Boudoir Photo by Daniel Sangjib Min/RTD

Kelsea Dayberry styling makeup on Ann Marie McCormick Photo by Daniel Sangjib Min/RTD

Photo by Daniel Sangjib Min/RTD


Ginger adjusting Ann Marie’s hair Photo by Daniel Sangjib Min/RTD

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Richmond Boudoir Photography

Hey guys! There has been a bit of a gap in my blogging. I have been so busy traveling and doing sessions that the blog has fallen behind. I’ll be back at it in December. I have so many amazing sessions to share with you all and I just can’t wait for you to see them. In the mean time here are just a few shots from recent Model For A Day sessions. Stay tuned for more!

See Your Beauty

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Beauty Portrait Photography

I love it when my clients come in for their boudoir photography session and we are able to catch such a wide range of emotion and expressions in their portraits. We try to capture everything from joyous laughter, a soft feminine smile, to the powerful, passionate expression of her sensual self. My job is so gratifying, in part because I get to help women pull this sensual side of their being up to the surface and then to capture that for them. Most of my clients are doing this session for themselves first. The resulting album full of their gorgeous images are typically a gift for their husband, fiance or romantic partner. The experience of connecting with her beauty and sensuality though, that’s for her. That’s what each of the wonderful women I have photographed have walked away from their session with. They have a renewed sense of confidence and self. The feeling of power gained from this kind of self expression sticks with you. It’s not something that rapidly fades away. When you have a boudoir session with me, and you have your very own images to keep and look at every day, it’s a quick way to pull yourself back to that feeling of being empowered and confident. That feeling that was in you all along. You may have just needed a little nudge to bring it out. I’m so happy that I get to be a part of that process.

This beautiful woman gave me permission to share her session well after we had shot it. It always makes me smile when a woman comes back later and says you know what, go ahead and share these so that other women can see themselves here and know they are welcome to have this experience for themselves too. Thank you Miss B for not only being an amazing client but for allowing me to share your gorgeous session with other women.

Want to be a part of my growing boudoir community and see if boudoir is for you? Join us in the Facebook VIP group.

My photography studio is located in Richmond Virginia but I serve women from all over the state and beyond. Whether you live in DC, Northern VA, Tidewater or Virginia Beach and Hampton areas, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg where ever you are my studio is easily reached here in RVA. Email me today to talk about what you want from your intimate portrait experience.

Ginger

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