Some wedding photography is essential, like getting pictures of your ceremony and reception. Other photography isn’t. That’s what I thought about bridal boudoir photography – until I randomly won a package at a bridal fair. My initial reaction was to turn it down. Having someone photograph me in my underwear seemed weird. Then I gave it some thought. I realized that if I was ever going to do it, this was my chance. I’m 30 and relatively in shape. My fiancé digs my body. Why not give it a shot?
For those of you who are curious, here’s what happens at a boudoir photo shoot.
Preparation: My shoot was from a company called Celebrate Your Sexy. Before my appointment, they sent me an email with several tips and tricks. Among them: Shave or wax the day before your shoot. Wear matte makeup that’s a bit heavier than usual. (I recommend getting a professional spray tan, manicure and applying false eyelashes.) Remove the tags from sheer or lace lingerie. Eat something light before your shoot, and keep it to just one glass of champagne if you choose to have a drink.
The shoot: My appointment was in a hotel suite at Le Meridien Chambers in downtown Minneapolis. It was a private shoot with just me and a female photographer, which put me at ease. She looked at the outfits I brought and had me start with my most conservative look. After adjusting the lighting, she put on some fun music and showed me a variety of poses to try. Many of them require arching your back, sucking in your stomach, and crossing your legs. It was a bit awkward at first, but I got more comfortable as the hour went on. By the end of the shoot, I was posing on a bed in my bra, underwear, and stockings. How did that happen?!
The results: A few weeks after my shoot, I nervously viewed my photos online. They resembled a photo spread in GQ rather than a Playboy centerfold. Thank goodness. If the photos ever leak, I won’t need to hire a publicist. Sean loved the pictures, which wasn’t a surprise. What surprised me was how much I loved them. Women spend so much time criticizing their bodies, and brides often feel pressure to lose weight. It was refreshing to do something that celebrated my imperfect but beautiful body.
If it’s in your budget, consider boudoir photography. It’s something you’ll cherish just as much as your groom.