Alexandria Smith of Daphne Mae Photography has the perfect approach to boudoir photography. Have fun, keep it simple and make a meaningful connection with her client. It's all about ensuring that a woman feels completely comfortable in front of her camera. For Shelby's pre-wedding day boudoir, she chose a light and airy white bedroom leaving Shelby as the focal point.
Editor's Note: I want to stress the fact that there is a huge difference between industry standard boudoir session and one with a fine art approach. It is a small niche, but I encourage you to thoroughly seek it as you prepare for your own boudoir. When we asked Alexandria to explain her take on what she considers the differences to be, her response is one we are proud to endorse.
"Fine art boudoir celebrates the artistic elements of a woman's body. Maybe it's curvature, or textures of fabrics against the skin, or the brush of a fingertip across the lips. Whatever it is that is being photographed, it is creating beauty from angles, glances, and unspoken words. It isn't about sex or overtly sexual imagery, it's about organic beauty."
Whenever I'm presented with a real boudoir story, I always want to hear from the woman involved. It's important for you to see how transforming and rewarding this experience really is.
Here's my Q&A with Shelby.
What inspired you to do a boudoir session? What was your goal or thoughts behind taking these photos?
I was thinking about what to get my then fiancé, now husband, a gift for our wedding. I wanted it to be super personal and I wanted the gift to show how much I love him, it also doesn't hurt that's he's a big fan of lingerie! So a boudoir photo shoot was the perfect gift!
How did you feel before going into the shoot? How did you feel during the session?
I felt a little nervous because none of my friends had ever done one before, so I had no feedback or advice going into it. I had been following Alex's Instagram for awhile and loved all her photos, and one day she posted a boudoir photo, and I knew instantly she was the one I wanted to do it. I had never met her before, but I could tell by our conversations through email and text that she was super friendly. Then when I met her the day of the shoot she was beyond welcoming and so nice! She put on some T-Swift and said let's do this! She made me feel very comfortable and confident, which is why I think the photos came out so beautiful.
What was your favorite moment from the session?
My favorite part of the session was being able to actually wear the outfits and feeling comfortable and confident in front of pretty much a complete stranger. Alex was able to make me feel that way reminding me that my future husband was was going to love these photos.
Did you discover anything new about yourself from this experience?
I discovered a new confidence in myself wearing something that's sexy and revealing and being able to own it. It's one thing to wear that in front of someone you love and trust, but another in front of someone you've never met before.
What would you say to encourage other women to do a boudoir session?
Definitely do it! You won't regret it ever! It's something you and your significant other will be able to share forever. It's a time that you are probably the happiest and it shows through the photos!