It’s Getting Hot In Here!

Last Summer Mini-Session! The Shower Set!

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Oh hello ladies! Summer is in full force and we’re celebrating all this hotness by cooling off with our last summer mini-session, the shower set.

I’m done with all the goofy heat references so let’s get serious. The shower set is one of the hottest, most intimate, sets in the studio. This is my last mini-session of the summer! Therefore, I’m inviting you to take a test run of a boudoir session via this set. Mini-sessions are a fantastic way to dip your toes into the boudoir photography session experience. A sweetened condensed version of a full boudoir session if you will. They are also a good way for clients who’ve done a session to come back in and experience a set they have shot in or update their existing images with another look. Whether you’re a returning client or a new face to the studio you will have a unique experience in our shower set.

Last Summer Mini-Session

As with past mini sessions your complete glam makeup styling is included. The lovely Miss Emily Steele will be on tap for makeup. Click here to see her work. You’ll also receive a custom mobile app of your purchased images. We’ll do all of the pre-session prep and planning that you get with a full session too. I don’t leave you hanging out there wondering what to bring or do. I’m open to answer any questions you have throughout this process.

Shower Boudoir Session

$199 Session Fee

August 29th ONLY!!


Q: Is makeup and hair styling included?
A: Makeup styling is!! Arrive with your hair styled in your favorite style for this set. It may get a little wet!

Q. How many pictures are included in the session fee?
A. None! All images, digital files, prints etc are sold separately. Request a product guide PRIOR to booking. Products start at $525.

Q. What is the mobile app that’s included?
A. The mobile app is a custom image gallery app packed with the images you purchase at your image reveal. Whether you purchase 5 or 50 they’ll be in your app. It stores the images on your phone, separate from your camera roll, and is shareable. The app is normally only available in our complete collections.

Q: I wasn’t planning for this but it’s such a good deal. Do you do payment plans?
A: Always! I offer interest free payment plans on product orders over $800. Ask me for details when we talk.

Q: How many outfits will I have time for?
A: Mini-sessions give you time for 1 outfit.

Q: Do you supply my outfit?
A. Not for mini-sessions. No time to launder between clients = no one wants that. We will do a style consultation prior to the session to give you ideas of what to wear.

Q: Will anyone else be present during my session?
A: Yes! I will have Miss Emily Steele on makeup. Other ladies being photographed will come and go during your session.

Q: Can I do this with my partner? Is there a different date for couples to come do this?
A: Yes you can! Couples can book this special mini-session rate for August 28th.

Q: Sign me up!! How do I book?
A: That’s easy! Email me, or fill out my contact form. Put Shower Mini-Session in the subject. I’ll send you the product guide. Then we’ll set up a call time so I can answer your questions and collect your session fee ($199+ tax) and get your time all locked in.

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Is no makeup boudoir for you?

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Is a no makeup boudoir session for you?

It IS possible to have a no makeup boudoir session and go completely natural with your styling. In fact, it’s AMAZING!

I’ve been shooting more of this type of session lately and I’m loving them. Here at Richmond Boudoir (422 Studio’s sexy side) I call these “Naturally You” sessions. Sometimes I get the feeling that women believe that in order to be beautiful we have to have to be fully made up. Like being perfectly styled, head to toe is the only way to go.

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I’m here to tell you that is just not true. As someone who loves to do her makeup and hair I know I feel good made up. However I know we are just as beautiful in our natural state, no glam required!

Is it a different kind of beautiful? I don’t know. I guess that’s for you personally to decide. All I know is that I love to capture both looks. When you’re deciding on which type of session to book choose the option that you feel suits your personal style best. If you don’t want to wear makeup or have your hair glammed up you certainly do not have to.

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The second time around is always a creative play date

The lovely Miss S had done a session with me years ago. We worked together at my old studio location. We did a full glam look during that shoot. When I put out a model for a day call, for no makeup boudoir sessions, she signed up to do one. I was so excited because the second time around is always creative play date. We get to try new looks, poses, styles and ideas. It’s more of a collaborative effort. Mainly because having done one session you personally have more ideas for the second one. You are less nervous the second time around too. It’s just overall a great experience and I love when my clients come back for more. Doing a no makeup session this time was a whole new vibe and really suited her personal style.

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So whether you’re a glam goddess, or a natural beauty, a boudoir photography session can help you fully embrace and express yourself.

This sporty lingerie look, from Victoria’s Secret, was perfect for the shower set in the studio.

Are you ready to get more info? Reach out to me today! Click here to contact me.

Women’s portraiture in Richmond.

What do we call my style of photography? Do we call it glamour? Is it in fact boudoir? Perhaps women’s portraiture? Well, these names are all perfectly good ways to find me. I have been creating some form of women’s portraiture in Richmond for over a decade now and I’ve heard each of these and more. In my opinion as long as it helps you find me I’m glad you used it. With the recent crack down on certain words on social media boudoir photographers are having to get more creative in how we describe what we do. And saying I help women see how gorgeous they are doesn’t fully express it.

Now for a visual example of what I do. The lovely Miss B here came in for her session earlier this year. Here I am slowly catching up on the beautiful sessions I have on my to blog list. I’ve got many more in store for you and I hope you see samples of what you’d like to do with your boudoir photo session too.

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women's portraiture in richmond

This necklace is a Vesper massager! LOVE IT! It added a totally unique and very personal touch to her styling.

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Intimate connections are important to me.

Being able to intimately connect with your sensuality and femininity in a safe space is hugely important to me. I understand that a boudoir experience is deeply personal and unique to each clients needs and wishes. As a result offering women’s portraiture in Richmond has been such a positive experience for me as a photographer too. I get to be on this journey with each of these women as they take a big step (no baby steps in boudoir 😉 ) toward being more accepting of and loving toward themselves. It’s the most fulfilling work I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing.

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Curious about how a photo session with me would work for you? Then Email me today and let’s get chatting. You can also join my Facebook VIP group and talk directly with other women who’ve done a session with me. It’s certainly nice to hear about other women’s experiences before you come in too.

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Richmond boudoir, 422 Studio, offers intimate portrait photography for women in Virginia. My clients come to my studio in Richmond from all over this great state from DC, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Norfolk and beyond.

What to wear for your boudoir session?

What to wear for boudoir photography session? This is probably the most asked question I get from clients. In fact it’s so frequently asked that I have made a style guide just for these sessions. We’ll also do a styling consultation before you come in for your boudoir session. That way you are all prepared and ready for your day.

Today I am sharing Miss L’s session with you. I’ll use her styling to show you how to select distinctly different looks for your session too.

Sweaters and Shirts

Many of my clients will ask what to wear that isn’t necessarily lingerie. That’s where something like a sweater, shirt, dress or other favorite look comes in handy. We can style a piece that you would normally use as a day or evening wear look in your session and get great results.

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What to wear for your boudoir session

Rompers and Bodysuits

Rompers and bodysuits are another great styling option. These can range from very modest to risque depending on the styling your gravitate towards. I suggest trying things that are outside of your comfort zone. Just avoid anything that feels like a costume or that fits no facet of your personality. Look for pieces with interesting details, colors or textures. Your boudoir session is a great time to play with the different sides of your self. What parts of you do you want to explore during your session? Remember we aren’t just creating pretty pictures!

what should i wear for my boudoir session
what should i wear for my boudoir session

Slips, camies, chemises

For a more relaxed or conservative look I’ll suggest things like a slip, chemise or camisole. You can find these styles with a more racy vibe but for the most part they are going to be fairly conservative. They work great in our bathtub set for sure.

Virginia boudoir photography studio
Virginia boudoir photography studio

Classic Bra and Pantie Sets

There is a reason the bra and pantie set are a what to wear for your boudoir session staple. They work! There are tons of styles available. They can be super conservative and full coverage or barely there and very risque. Therefore I do suggest bringing a set with you. Just 1 though! Make sure it’s a great fitting set and a style you absolutely love. Get a proper fitting at the beginning of your shopping experience and you will save yourself time, money and lots of headaches.

Richmond Glamour Photography Studio
Richmond Glamour Photography Studio

My suggestion for best local bra fittings are to hit up Kiss and Makeup in the near west end of Richmond. Or head over to Blythe in Short Pump. These ladies seem to really know what they are doing when it comes to fittings and they’ll get you in gorgeous sets while you’re at it.

Are you ready to schedule your own boudoir session? Contact me today and let’s get talking about how we can personalize your session.

Do it! You won’t regret it! Richmond Boudoir

“Do it! You won’t regret it!” That’s what Miss S has so say about her session with Richmond Boudoir. At the end of last year I did a series of “Model For A Day” sessions and Miss S jumped on board. Being a very busy mom and wife she was able to carve out a bit of time to come in to the studio for a day of self care and pampering. We talked and laughed and had a great time creating her boudoir images. I love seeing women prioritize themselves. When we put ourselves up higher on our priority list it really does make us see our value more clearly. It also helps our loved ones to see that we value ourselves and make time for our own care too.

Keep reading to learn more about her boudoir session experience.

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Q. Why did you pick me for to be your photographer? 
A. You were referred to me by a friend who is a former client.

Q. What prompted you to do a boudoir session?

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

Q. What was something you did to calm your nerves before your Session?
A. Had a glass of champagne and told myself to simply enjoy it!

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

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Q. What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?
A. You talked me through everything and made me feel like we have been friends forever!

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Q. How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session? 
A. Like I could conquer anything!

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Q. What is the best thing you took away from your session?
A. To be comfortable in my skin.

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Q. What could I have done better? 
A. Nothing it was perfect. 

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Q. What was your favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session? A. The black butterfly back panties. 

Hair and makeup Radiant Reflections

Her gorgeous hair and makeup styling was by the lovely Miss Kelsea Dayberry of Radiant Reflections

Are you read to do it? You won’t regret it! Contact Richmond Boudoir today!

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.

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.

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!

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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.

Richmond Mom Prom

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.

Richmond Mom Prom

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.