One genre of photography I thought that I would never get in to would be boudoir. Like most, I think I had the misconception that it was “only for hot chicks”, or “that’s kinda racy”, or at the very least, that I would never feel comfortable telling women strip down like that. Well, I must say that a former classmate of mine, Elisha, changed that all for me.
I met Elisha in the early 2000’s at Edinboro University were both enrolled in the applied media arts: photography program and have always been drawn to her style. Post graduation, we’ve kept in touch and have followed eachother’s careers. She is now a phenomenal photog based out of upstate New York and St. Thomas (depending on the time of year). I find her work inspirational and while perusing through her blog one day I noticed some of her boudoir photos. They were stunning. Not risque. Not uncomfortable. Not awkward. They were simply beautiful. And what struck me even more was that these were “normal” women, exuding confidence, glowing.
So I thought, what the heck. I’ll give this a shot with her. See what the experience is like. And I did.
This is the photo that changed my life. When I realized insecurities were stupid. That all the media & fashion world BS about not being beautiful unless you’re a sample size was truly detrimental to mental health. That I didn’t need to lose those last 10 pounds to feel “pretty”. I wrestled with wether or not to show my own personal photo but the whole message of this article is empowerment & confidence, so why should I be shy?
This photo by: Elisha Orin Photography
Can I tell you how entirely transformative it was? Boudoir like this; elegant, serene, beautiful rocked me to my core and I had one of those “Ah HA!” moments. This feeling of true and utter confidence in my own skin that I gained from the experience is something I will never regret. It is also the reason why last year I started offering boudoir sessions. I want to show women—all women—how absolutely fantastically beautiful they can be. Wether you’re big, small, fit, skinny, outgoing, or shy, boudoir photography can offer you an incomparable view of yourself that will truly change your life.
Last week I did a boudoir session with a woman I truly admire named Ruthie. We met at our boxing gym and I was instantly drawn to her magnetism & wit. Ruthie always has a snarky comment to make that can send me into hysterical laughter. She also has some pretty awesome kids (four!)—one of her little girls could seriously kick my butt in the ring. The last few years, she’s worked incredibly hard to get into shape and I’ve seen her make an incredible transformation. I was overjoyed when she came to me wanting to be a part of the “boudoir club”. She warned me that she was really nervous & “a photographer’s worst nightmare” but it was going to be a great birthday present for her (and a little bit for her hubby, too)!
After getting hair & makeup done by some of my favorite stylists, Belle Soeur Styles, we got down to business. Things definitely started out a little stiff—which is normal—but we started off with a cute vintage inspired, polka dot dress and as she got more relaxed and comfortable in front of my lens, Ruthie really opened up and let me capture some truly beautiful imagery of herself.
After she saw the photos for the first time she told me “I LOVE them…I have residual afterglow from just looking at them!” When I hear comments like this I feel so fortunate that she let me do this for her. I wish all women would do this for themselves!
If you’re at all interesed in booking a session for yourself, please contact me! I also hold periodic “Boudoir Days” which offer our Bombshell package at a discounted rate and we book 4-6 ladies for individual sessions in one day. Also, we can offer customized packages for other groups like bachelorette parties, as well as individual sessions.
Love Ruthie’s smile. She’s rockin’ that vintage dress on the rooftops of Georgetown!
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