As women with varying roles and responsibilities, we wear many masks and swiftly go from character to character, but more often than not, we overlook the most important one of all, ourselves. Alicia, from Alicia Yarrish Photography, conscious of this paradox set out to create an environment where women could feel confident, and empowered to be their true selves. Allowing for a safe space where women could remove their masks, and feel liberated.
Please describe in detail what inspired your vision for this session. I was envisioning a very classic session that would be timeless for years to come. Photographs that would never date because of the subject or the style. In the end, I chose black and white for the majority of the photographs because I felt drawn to the feeling of that. Photographs started as black and white, and here we are in 2016 still using it, and it’s genuinely timeless. It will never go out of style. I was also after simplicity in hopes that after seeing these photos, more women would be inspired to embark on a fine art boudoir session. Because of that, I chose to focus on Bryanna wholly, and not necessarily her doing a task.
“I discovered that my curves are beautiful and I hope to encourage other women to love themselves fully and to be con dent in their own skin!” - Bryanna
Boudoir imagery is powerful. How do you see it positively impacting women? It is so incredibly powerful and women everywhere should experience its impact once or really multiple times because us women go through many stages of ourselves. If I could go back I would have a fine art boudoir session when I was in college, after I married my amazing husband, and now after my baby has been born. I would love to look back on all these different stages and see different versions of myself and how I have progressed; To appreciate my personality and body as I have evolved! It is for those reasons that I recommend these sessions to every lady and when I get the “oh, maybe when I loose a few pounds” response; I go into a tad of a tangent mode and beg them not to wait, but to appreciate themselves NOW!
I fear I am on that tangent now, but it is just so important to me. There are so many ways women can get a positive impact from a boudoir session. Their confidence goes up during the actual session, they get an experience that lets them take a break from their probably hectic life, and they have the opportunity to look back and remember what was going on in their life and reflect on who they were then in that moment. And what better place to do this than in the most intimate and emotionally attached place for most? Their home!
Now for my demographic, specifically military, I think it can be even more powerful! I did not grow up military at all. My husband and I made the decision together, and I did not ‘preview’ the military, so to speak, before we were dating or married. I’m shocked about how many women stand behind their husbands rank or job title. Certainly not just military wives, husbands do this, too! I was shocked about how many spouses did. It’s easy to get caught up in your husbands’ military world and forget that you have a purpose separate from supporting their career and their mental health. I think boudoir is so incredibly powerful for military wives or anyone that has ever felt that they put their partner first to the point that they have lost some of their own self-worth. A session focusing on that wife can make all the difference to them reminding them that they are an amazing human, and are worth their own attention.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir? To me, fine art boudoir is a completely different category than boudoir. It has a deeper meaning and is not boudoir to be boudoir or to just be sexy or for someone else. Fine art boudoir is exactly that, an art. Not that it needs to all be the same. I do not believe that all fine art boudoir is the same or similar to what I created, but it is all thought-provoking.