Capturing Variety In Your Boudoir Session

Last summer, I launched the boudoir division of my photography business. I had a party, showcased some of my work and created a space that was positive and inviting for women—the same feel I want them to have when they experience their own session. Boudoir is my favorite style of photography to shoot, and I hope to have the majority of my clients come to me for boudoir by the end of 2017.

Now, if you didn’t notice, variety is in the title of this blog post. It is also the spice of life! And it also keeps life from getting boring. Personally, I love variety, and want to be able to leave myself open to creating amazing and unique photo shoots that are customized for the individual woman I am photographing.

For this post, I wanted to share with you, the variety captured in a specific boudoir photography session I did for the winner of my boudoir giveaway at the launch party. She won a boudoir photography session complete with professional hair and makeup. I was so excited to let her know she won, as she was talking to me at the party about really wanting to do this.

At the last minute, the location she planned on using fell through, and we needed a place to shoot! I offered to use my home, as that is what was available at the moment, and we were in need of a location.

Now, my house is small, and dark— the opposite of a photographers dream studio. But I used what was available to me and came up with some ideas to create the variety I strive for. We got the 90’s rap bumpin’ and flowed through the shoot using some of her ideas, mixed with mine, and of course, the amazing black boots! Those puppies needed a photo shoot of their own— so sexy!

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Those sexy black boots!

Sometimes using what you’ve got and pulling the resources already available to you at the moment, makes for a success. It sure doesn’t hurt to have an amazing client and makeup artist to work with either.

I usually like to create at least 3 sets for one session and play around with outfits and posing for each. I shoot the details, capture emotion and expression, and change up my gear to achieve a variety of sexy and classy images that will always have you looking back on the experience and saying, “Daaaammnn!!”

Sonoma County Vintage Boudoir Session

There’s something beautiful, soft, and sensual about a woman and her coffee in the morning. No, really! Just listen to where I’m going with this.. If you are a woman who loves her coffee like I do, then you know the true love and appreciation that goes with each sip! It’s a moment you can relax and reflect on the day ahead.. a moment that is yours to enjoy. Well… for most of us!

You could be sporting a t-shirt with messy hair, sitting in bed, or be all done up with a vintage nighty, sitting on an old trunk outside. It’s the relationship between the woman and the beverage that makes it sexy. In this session I decided to go with the latter and combine a woman’s love for coffee with an outdoor vintage boudoir vibe, early in the morning.


The first location I chose was out in the fields of Sebastopol, CA with the morning sun shining behind her. It was cold and still a bit foggy, but my model was very into it and quite a trooper!

I had her sit on an old vintage trunk, sipping steamy coffee from her cute little teacup. Her hair and makeup had a great early 20th century vibe that went well with the theme.

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The second location was another area near the Laguna Trail in Santa Rosa. The fog was starting to lift, offering beautiful lighting. We used an old suitcase as a prop for her to sit on and took some more shots of her enjoying a cup of coffee.

I really loved how these images turned out. Shooting boudoir is such a rewarding type of photography for me. When I get to combine that with my love for the outdoors, I am in a photographers heaven!

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But what kind of experience does outdoor boudoir offer my client? Let’s just say… it’s amazeballs!

Not only do you get to be pampered and celebrate yourself, but you also get the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and feel alive and beautiful!

Shedding your inhibitions in front of the lens is very empowering and exhilarating – no doubt about it. Take that experience outdoors and you have an experience that leaves you feeling proud, excited, and liberated in a way that you will never forget!

I look forward to more outdoor boudoir sessions in beautiful Sonoma County and it’s surrounding areas. Combining the natural beauty that comes from both, women and nature, is my favorite type of photography.

It can raw, powerful, soft , sexy, silly, or romantic. But, no matter what, it will be beautiful..

And it could be you!