When you spend your day connected to the Internet you’re bound to find interesting things. So when “b-pics” kept appearing on all the blogs, websites, and forums I’m addicted to, I had to find out what these photos were.
B-pics is an abbreviation for boudoir photos. A “boudoir” is the French term for a woman’s private room, so, essentially, boudoir photos are pictures taken in the privacy of a woman’s room. They’re a classy, artistic, sensual, and a tasteful way to photograph a woman. Oh yeah, and I did them a few months ago!
Keeping this secret was extremely hard, but letting the cat out of the bag early would mean my lovely husband would figure out his wedding gift early, and that just wasn’t going to happen.
I researched over a dozen photographers in the Atlanta area, because I wanted to find a photographer with a style I liked (it’s very easy to go from classy to cheesy or tasteful to tacky in the blink of a flash) and a price that fit my budget (FYI: paying over $500 total is ridiculous and you’re getting ripped off, trust me. Do your research and you can find a talented photographer who won’t rip you off).
Like I said, I did my homework and the results were beyond what I ever imagine. I found an up-and-coming photographer named Angie with Suburbanite Photography and signed up for one of her Boudoir Marathons. A marathon means the photographer typically books a hotel room and has boudoir sessions throughout the day. Each girl has an allotted time-frame to have her photos taken.
My session was planned for a Saturday afternoon in Atlanta and luckily I had a friend to go with me (she had a session right after mine). The results were completely worth it in the end, but lying to Kenny was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, lying is definitely not my forte.
I have a few tips for woman interested in having their own boudoir session:
- Research! Like I said earlier, it’s very easy to go from classy to cheesy or tasteful to tacky in the blink of a flash, so find someone with a style you like and who you’ll be comfortable working with.
- Hydrate. Drink plenty of water the week and especially the day before and the day of.
- Skip the bra. On the day of the shoot, wear loose clothing. You don’t want to have bra or panty lines in your photos.
- Accessorize. Bring items of your husband/fiance/boyfriend with you. If he’s into sports, bring jerseys. If he’s in the military, smuggle out part of his uniform. Getting married? Bring your veil and garter.
- Go to the Pros. There’s a difference between looking like a hooker and looking beautiful…just saying…
- Clothes. Bring different outfits, because it’s always better to have more options than not enough.
- Cover up. My photographer suggested wearing the outfit with the most coverage first so I could start out feeling more comfortable.
- Drink some vino. Sometimes a little alcohol can help you relax.
- Perfection. Whether you’re taking these for yourself or a loved one, remember: You’re perfect just the way you are. And a good photographer will be able to accent your best features.
- Have fun! It’s nerve-wracking to have your photo taken while you’re wearing clothes, so the pressure really starts to hit when you’re half naked. Take a deep breath and smile!
Okay, enough talking…want to see some photos? Click “read more” below!
Taking these photos was an unbelievable experience and I think every woman should consider taking some for themselves. I’m clearly not a model, or even skinny for that matter. I’ll just put it out there and let you know that I was a size 16/18 when these photos were shot, so seriously—anybody can do these!
It just so happened that I made a book of all the photos and gave them to Kenny the night before our wedding day. He loved them and I loved doing something for him. Angie took more than 150 photos and I bought 20 of them (although I wanted to buy more!), but I’m only sharing a few below.