Richmond Boudoir is featured in 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.
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.”
“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.”
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.