On this mothers day let’s pay tribute to all the hot ass moms out there. Ladies I love you! Thanks for letting us know that being a mom doesn’t require us to hand in our “sexyAF” card. We had it, we still got it, gonna keep it!
Yup another hot mom!!
You guessed it, hot!!!
Hot hot hot!!!
What’s that? Being a mom is still hot? Got it!
See all the hotness?
Yes ALL the hotness.
Mom’s still got her sexy.
That’s right!! We can be moms and still be seductive.
Still totally hot as hell.
Being a mom does not mean you give up on being a woman first.
It doesn’t mean you trade in the hot lingerie for granny panties.
It doesn’t mean you stop wanting to have someone caress you over every inch of your hot mom body.
Being a mom doesn’t have to be the end of feeling attractive.
Nope. Being a mom is not the end of your sensuality.
Sure as hell doesn’t stop your beauty cold.
And it doesn’t mean you give up on your sexual desires.
It might take a minute to remember that before you were mama,
You were YOU!!!!
That same woman is in there still.
This mothers day celebrate her.
Tell her she is the most important woman in the world.
And remind her that tuning in to her sensual self is an act of self love.
Own your hotness mama!!!
Happy Mothers Day guys!!!
Richmond, VA Boudoir Photographer
Oh hey Richmond! How ya been? I figured it’s been a minute since I’ve properly introduced myself here so Hello!! I’m Ginger, your boudoir photographer, sexiness guide, confidence groomer. Now you know my name so let’s dive in a little deeper so you can get to know know more about me before you let me photograph you in your lingerie. Where to start? How about I just throw out little random details about who I am and where I’m coming from? Ok, here goes!!
I’m going to be 45 this year and that is both scary and exciting. Not everyone gets to roam the Earth that long so I’m going with 45’s a good thing! That and I feel so much more at peace in my world than I have in the past so yeah 45 is gonna be big.
I’m a mother of 3 and a step mom to 4. I got my first step kid with my second marriage and my other 3 with my current marriage. When people ask me how many kids I have and I say 7 they look at me like I’m nuts. It’s a lot to keep track of, even for me. It’s gotten to the point where the kids all know if I’m looking at them I’m talking to them and no it doesn’t matter who’s name I just called you. Small army chaos for the win!!! Being a good mom is honestly one of my proudest accomplishments. I made people!!! 3 times! My kids know I adore them. They are my reason for doing anything worth a shit with my life. Really! Without them I’d live in a tent on the beach….wait that doesn’t sound so bad either haha.
Oh yeah I’ve been married 3 times and yes third time is a charm!!! It took me this long to figure out who I am well enough to be able to find a partner who can roll with me. We have a lot to keep up with and that’s ok! He does a fantastic job of walking by my side through all of the crazy and all of the joy that comes into our lives. I’m pretty dam lucky and so is he. It’s amazing to me that two people can be so well suited for each other. He brings out the best in me, even when I’m feeling at my worst. All the mushy, lovey, gooey, feels.
I love being on the ocean, in the ocean and on the beach. The more blue the water the happier I am! My retirement plan involves ocean views and sea turtles.
I also love getting outside camping and hiking and Virginia has so much to offer in this department. I love living here!
And did I mention waterfalls? I’m on a mission to see all of the waterfalls in VA. We hike any weekend that the weather allows it. No I am not hearty enough to hike in the rain or snow.
I occasionally get on the other side of the lens so I can see just how much work I make you guys do for your session. I try to behave and do what my photographer says but mostly I’m a sassy brat. Then again, it wouldn’t be me if I took myself to seriously. But really I do try to have my own portraits made at least every couple of years so I can remember what I’m asking of you guys. It’s funny how nervous I get. You’d think I’d know exactly what to do on the other side but alas I’m human too. I still get insecure and I still worry that I’m not going to like how I look in pictures. PS my friend Linda at Awesome Sauce Photography did these and I LOVE THEM. Even the ones of me being….well being me.
I get asked quite often why I shoot boudoir and not much else (really I do high school senior portraits and head shots too but boudoir is my primary focus). Honestly I do it to feel good. I get such a boost out of taking another woman from a place where she is trying to gain back some of her self esteem and pushing her past her limiting thoughts. I gain from it too. Maybe even just as much as she does. I spend a lot of time looking at pictures online and in magazines. I’ll be honest, though we’ve made some progress in the body diversity shown in advertising, TV and movies, it’s not enough. We are still having a one size fits all approach to beauty shoved down our throats and people digest that. We are fed it so often we believe it’s still true. We believe we aren’t worthy of love if we don’t fit the mold. I work with my clients to help them see that they, in point of fact, are just fine, right now. Right as you are today. When I get to help another woman make that break through it helps me look in the mirror and say, hey guess what, all that shit you’ve shared with your clients, those nuggets of wisdom, bits of love, encouragement and boosting her up, that shit applies to you too self. So I guess at the end of the day I do it because I selfishly want to feel beautiful too and when I see you all owning your beauty then I’m allowed to own mine too. Now I know full well I don’t need your permission or approval to see myself as gorgeous but man there is safety in numbers and knowing you are not alone feels so dam good. When you rise, I rise and we are stronger together. We are living in an amazing time I think. We are on the brink of allowing people to just fucking be. It’s exciting to me. So yeah, that’s why I do what I do.
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1. Relax! For real!! You’re in good hands here and it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re going to laugh and talk and probably lose track of time because we’re having such a good time. It’s not going to be as hard as you might be building it up to be. So breathe deeply and relax.
2. Get a good bra fitting. This one is especially important if you haven’t had a fitting in the last 2 years. If you have recently gained or lost weight, or built muscle, or if you just don’t know what looks good on you anymore. Tell the fitter what you’re doing and what you’re hoping to achieve with your wardrobe looks. Most of the local lingerie shops know who I am so tell them about it. It’s exciting for them to help you shop for this occasion too. Try more than one store and don’t give up until you find a bra that makes you say “Hell yeah, this is the one”. Oh and don’t forget to get the matching pantie while you’re there.
3. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi. Go to your favorite salon and treat yourself to a relaxing day of pampering a few days before your session. This will help get your nails and toes looking fabulous for your photos, yes we’ll see your nails quite a bit. It’ll also help with tip #1.
4. Shop early. A lot of my clients tell me that shopping for lingerie is one of the most intimidating parts of this process. I suggest you start early. Try on new styles. Go to several local shops. Even places you wouldn’t normally think of for lingerie can have hidden gems. Remember too that your bra and pantie set is really more of a foundation piece and not so much a lingerie item so only bring 1 knock out set. Try to order some more unique, fun, pieces online. If you start early you’ll have plenty of time to return items you didn’t love or to get things in another size. We also do a style consultation before your boudoir session so you’ll have a pretty good idea of where to shop and what to look for before you even set out on your shopping adventure.
5. Become mindful of your inner dialogue. I’m talking about they way you talk to yourself. Do you say things like “I’m to fat to try that kind of outfit” “I don’t have big enough boobs to pull that look off” “My stomach is gross””My butt isn’t big enough/to big”. Those “I’m to much” or “I’m not enough” messages can kill your self esteem and stress you out before your session. My suggestion, stop. Stop saying mean shit to yourself. Stop it today!!! If you wouldn’t say it to your daughter, sister, or BFF, then you need not say it to yourself either. Turn those thoughts around. It’s inevitable that we’re going to think negatively from time to time but we can stop those thoughts from becoming our words. If you utter a hateful thought to yourself, apologize to yourself, and replace that negative thought with 3 kind statements, say them out loud too. When you work toward speaking more kindly to yourself it will help you start to treat yourself more gently and forgive your “imperfections”. Work on loving yourself better and eventually it’ll become your regular way of thinking.
Richmond boudoir is the sexy side of 422 Studio. Located in Richmond VA and serving up boudoir, aka beauty, glamour, intimate portraits, lingerie photos, what ever you’d like to call it since 2007. Let’s get you into the studio for your very own confidence boosting photo session.
Again don’t take my word for it.
ME: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me?
MISS K: Don’t worry about how old you are or how much you weigh. Feeling confident, sexy and beautiful is for everyone.
That’s right! It’s for everyone. You are not to old.
When Miss K came to the studio to be a part of my studio Ambassador program I was super excited. A. because I’d worked with her 8 years prior and I LOVE having the chance to see clients again years later. And B. because she answered my call for women over age 50. I photograph women over 50 on a regular basis but rarely get a chance share their images. Hence my asking specifically for this gorgeous group in my call. One of my goals in my boudoir photography work is to show women at various stages in life in all their beauty, as they are, TODAY. Not 10 years younger or 50 pounds lighter, fitter, tanner. Nope!!! Right now! Right here! As you are, so shall you be seen.
I personally think a humongous part of why we as women tend to fear aging is that we seem to not exist publicly after age 40. Maybe not you and me specifically but we are rarely represented as sensual, vibrant, sexual beings post 40. The portrayal of women largely goes from hotties in their 20’s to the subdued soccer mom and on to safe grandmas. There are so few “hot moms” and even fewer “hot grandmas” or even just seriously gorgeous women over 40. There is not enough representing the middle in TV or major ad campaigns. Seriously!!! Why? The women I know in this age group (which is most of my friends since I’m going to be 45 this year) still got it. We are still sexually active, still sultry, still sensual beings and still wanting to be seen.
Ladies I’m here to tell you I see you!!! I see you and you are more than the labels you have acquired to this point. First and foremost you are a radiant, sensual, woman. Let’s let her shine. Bright!
Me: Favorite piece of lingerie you brought for your session?
Miss K: My absolute favorite lingerie item has to be the plum colored chemise from Torrid. I love the black cage on the bodice and how comfortable it is.
ME: Why did you pick me for to be your photographer?
Miss K: I love your work and have wanted my own Tushy Tuesday photo for a few years now.
ME: What prompted you to do an Ambassador session rather than a private session?
Miss K: I was following your posts and reminisced about how much fun I had when you did a Pinup photo shoot for me almost eight years ago, then you posted that over 50 models were still needed, that was all it took for me to say yes. I am already thinking about when to schedule the next one.
ME: What were you nervous about coming into the session?
Miss K: Believe it or not, I was most worried about falling over in my shoes!
ME: What was something you did to calm your nerves before your big day?
Miss K: I went shoe shopping because my feet would not cooperate with the shoes I had planned on wearing.
ME: What would you say to another women who was considering doing a session with me (Muse or private)?
Miss K: Don’t worry about how old you are or how much you weigh. Feeling confident, sexy and beautiful is for everyone.
ME: What did I do for/with you that was most helpful?
Miss K: Having you mirror my breathing while shooting was extremely helpful to me. I seemed to hold my breath and focusing breathing helped more than anything.
ME: How did you feel when you left the studio the day of your session?
Miss K: Glamorous and sexy is the first thing that comes to my mind. I received many compliments the rest of the day.
ME: What is the best thing you took away from your session?
Miss K: Self confidence.
ME: What could I have done better?
Miss K: I can’t think of anything you could have done better. I walked away extremely satisfied with the experience. I had fun and was comfortable, what more could anyone ask for?
As you can clearly see age isn’t a factor in whether or not you can do a boudoir photography session. Well other than being 18+. Our beauty evolves as we age but it does not evaporate and we are still worthy of being admired.
And now some of my favorite quotes by some fabulous ladies.
‘The weird thing is, you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. I think one of the great advantages of getting older is that you let go of certain things.’- Helen Mirren
“We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not hot, that we don’t matter. I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you.” —Oprah
“I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.” -Kate Winslet
I want to tell you that it’s ok to not want to wear only lingerie for your session. It’s ok to not like complicated lingerie. Of course it’s ok to love those pieces too but today we’re going to chat about ways to style your session when you don’t love those things.
Many of my clients bring items like sweaters, jackets, skirts, little black dresses, leather biker gear and gym gear for their session. Part of what makes your styling successful is that it’s YOUR style. What ever you feel sexy, confident and beautiful wearing is up to you. If you want to bring your favorite leather vest to wear with your tall boots and panties that is totally up to you. I’m am more than happy to help you style your session so that what you’re wearing really feels like something you’d wear. If you are happier in a white tee than you are in a corset then let’s get you in that tee. We might get it wet and rip it up but it will feel more authentic to your style if you’re wearing pieces that speak to you. I always tell my clients that what matters most is that you feel confident in what you’re wearing.
Here are some non-lingerie wardrobe ideas for you.
Sweaters: Sweaters are a fun way to start a look and to change up your bra and panty set. They can have a seasonal vibe too if you want that. I know we’re coming into spring right now but if you’re thinking about your session for the holidays a big cozy sweater is a great way to give a wintry vibe without going over the top and wearing an elf hat or a sexy Santa costume (please, just no). There are so many great sweater options and you probably have one lying around in your closet.Jackets & Vests:
I love a good leather jacket or vest. They add that total badass babe vibe to your set. Pair them with tall leather boots and we’ve got a great look. Of course fuzzy jackets are fabulous too and can bring a fun fashionable look to your set. Want to step outside? Trench coats are a classic addition that helps us pull that off even more discretely. You can wear lingerie, swimwear or just nothing but your skin under your jacket it’s your call.
These can range in style from your favorite flowy boho blouse to his work shirt to the classic wet tee shirt look. It’s a great way to ad some variety for a couple of shots or to use in stead of a sheet set.
Skirts: A skirt or Little Black Dress is a perfect boudoir pairing. Plus it makes for a great transition to what ever you’re wearing underneath.
Gym Gear: Strong is sexy!! Bring your hottest workout gear and use that as an outfit if you like.
I’ll say it again, styling your session is all about what speaks to you, what you feel sexy and confident in. At your style consultation we’ll cover what that looks like for you. Email me today and let’s start designing your ideal boudoir session.
Hello gorgeous! We used both the light and dark sides of the studio for this beautiful womans session and she made both of them look amazing. I mean wow just wow!! She rocked the whole entire thing. I love when a session ends and there are so many gorgeous images that we can’t narrow them down. Then when that same fantastic woman signs a model release I get super super happy. I actually have a little dance I do lol. It’s not a pretty dance but it’s happy. Now check out her images and let’s get talking about how to make this happen for you too.
I absolutely love the outfits she chose for her session. This red really compliments her skin tone and you just can’t go wrong with a black body suit. Both of these outfits came from Victoria’s Secret.
When I ask women what is holding them back from having their own boudoir session, one of the most common responses I hear is that they want to lose 15 pounds first. Throw in another number if that sounds like you, 10, 25, 50. I’m here to tell you stop. You are allowed to live your life, feel good about yourself and yes, even feel sexy, WITHOUT losing a dam pound. Not one! Here is how we’re going to start ditching the notion that we MUST be smaller to be sexy. I can help you start your self-love journey with these 3 easy steps (ok sometimes step 1 is not so easy).
Step 1. Let go of the idea that sexy has a size.
That’s right! Look away from the Instagram models and magazines that make you feel like your worth is tied to a number on the scale or the size in your jeans. It’s not! YOU are the only person who is allowed to establish your value so by all means set it high my friend. There is more to feeling sexy than those factors, a lot more. Confidence is sexy. Self assuredness is sexy. When you look up synonyms for sexy do you know what you see? You’ll see: mature, risqué, voluptuous, provocative, racy, sensual and a host of other juicy alternatives. You know what you don’t see? An age, a size, shit you don’t see a gender, race, profession or list of personal accolades. You already possess, in you, all that is required to feel sexy. Just look for it!
Step 2. Buy lingerie you feel amazing in.
I mean it! Buy the pieces that make you feel hot as hell. Get out and shop. Online and locally, until you find the pieces that speak to you. The outfits that when you put them on and stand in front of the mirror your first thought is DAYUM I AM SO HOT!!! I am here to help with this. So many women struggle to find the right lingerie for the job so we’ll do a style consultation for your boudoir photo session. I don’t leave you hanging on your own looking for the best fit or style. I got you! I’ve even got an online style guide to help you out.
Step 3. Have your photo session.
Spend the day with me learning to let your body feel sensual. Embracing your curves. Relaxing into the process of allowing me to capture your sensuality and beauty. Then hang these images of your gorgeous self all over your walls so you are reminded daily that you are a badass just the way you are. You are strong, confident, beautiful and yes sexy, all day, every day. Even in sweatpants with no makeup, still sexy, because it’s in you all along.
I give my clients homework before their session and it looks something like this. For the 2 weeks before your session you are not allowed to speak badly to yourself. I tell them “if you wouldn’t say it to your best girlfriend or your daughter then you are not to say it to yourself either”, and when the negativity comes into your head (which it absolutely will) shut it down and don’t speak it. Let the thought pass through your brain and right back out. Now look in the mirror and say 1 nice thing about yourself. If you slip and allow that negative thought to leave your lips part of the homework is to say 3 kind and loving things in its place. Turn that negative self talk off, for just these 2 weeks. Watch it improve your confidence and in turn allow your sexy to rise up. The boost you get from your session might just leave you ready to take on other things in life you’ve maybe been putting off. It’s a total boost to your self esteem and a great way to get your confidence back up.
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I decided to do a few “best of” blog posts this year. I used to do a Tushie Tuesday post on the blog but now I keep that to my Instagram on the Tuesdays I remember to do it. I wanted to do one post that is a compilation of some my favorite booty shots over the years. This is also to give you an idea of what to look for when you’re shopping and want lingerie that will show off your assets (lol see what I did there haha). Booty shots are one of my most requested shots. When I ask my clients “what are some of your partners favorite physical attributes” the answer 90% of the time is “My eyes and my butt.”
For every type of booty there is a bottom that will show it’s shape best. When you schedule your session with me we’ll set up your style consultation and you can ask me for tips on choosing lingerie that is going to suit your style best. Everything from patterned tights to g-strings have their place in your lingerie stash and can all be booty enhancing.
Let’s start with the item that’s going to give you the most coverage and work down from there. Patterned tights! I love the way they look and here is why. They are curve hugging booty enhancers. Also great for when you want to be suggestive without showing off your goods.
Next up are slips and body suits. I love them for when you want a little bit of booty to peek out in the shots. They are especially fantastic at styling your outfits to really suit your personal style since they come in such a huge variety of styles.
Panties are classic piece for great tushie shots. They come in more styles and colors than I can possibly list and you can find fun ones pretty much everywhere. Whether they are a g-string, thong, boy short or bikini really just depends on how bare you’d like to be. It’s all about choices.
Adding accessories like this strappy body harness is a great way to get a super sexy look and completely change up a black panty.
Lastly is the one essential wardrobe item we all own, our birthday suit!! It fits everyone perfectly, requires no additional shopping and takes up no space in your suitcase making it the perfect way to dress your booty.
Victoria’s Secret model hair is synonymous with boudoir hair. We even say their models all have bedroom hair. I’m not sure about you but my hair never looks like that in the bedroom. Mine looks more like I’ve been caught out in a storm and maybe a family of birds is hiding in it. Of course for your boudoir session your want your hair to be gorgeous, big sexy hair, not bird nest hair. I’ve compiled a list, my top 10 tips, for making sure your hair is ready to be styled perfectly bedroomy in your pictures.
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