One of the most curious things I get to observe as a male boudoir photographer is just how prevalent it is for women latch on to perceived body flaws and build narratives around them. As a whole, we as men don’t do this nearly as much as women do. This behavior is actually something so uncommon in men I actually have to slow down and explain women’s perspective to men curious about why a woman would want to do a boudoir session for herself.
To further exaggerate this, I’ll show women the images from past clients who did their sessions despite their insecurities and often times they will make a comment along the lines of
“what the fuck did she have to be nervous about?!? She’s gorgeous!!!”
The truth that I think most women don’t realize is that the inner critic is something that infects the minds of women of all body types and age ranges. It’s a condition that has no mercy that I’ve personally seen exhibited in published models and mothers of multiple children alike.
While currently serving another month long ban from Facebook, I thought I’d do something a little different today as I take a break from editing a gorgeous set of boudoir images (I’ll hopefully be able to share these soon!) and express my gratitude for all the amazing things I have going on in my life right now.
These images I’m sharing with you today are for me. They are of the most beautiful soul I know and my favorite fluffy thing on the planet. This is my family.
Does the thought of doing a boudoir session make you super nervous? If you’re nodding your head yes, you’re not alone. A clear majority of my clients are typically visibly nervous before we start photographing their sessions. In most cases I usually only need about 10-20 minutes to break though that nervousness and most people are completely comfortable after that.
One of the most common questions I’m asked by my clients is what they should wear to their boudoir photo shoot. The answer to this question vary’s greatly depending on things like:
Your unique body type
Areas of your body you’re insecure about
Your comfort level
I’m going to do my best to cover all of these points and share with you what I’ve learned over the years so you’re final imagery looks stunning for your upcoming photo shoot :-)
In the past, deciding where to have your boudoir session photographed has been an overwhelming task for many of my clients. With this post, I hope to help you narrow down some fantastic options I’ve had personal experiences with over the years, and hopefully also give you a few great ideas you haven’t thought of to spice up your upcoming session!
One of the most common objections I hear from women over 40 is concerns regarding their age. I think these women remember themselves in their younger years and feel like a boudoir session is something that should have been captured years ago thus buying into the myth that boudoir is only something you should do if you are young any physically “perfect.”
The strongest reason to do a boudoir session is to make you feel good about yourself as you are.
boudoir is all about confidence building and in most cases, helping women change the way they see themselves. This is my passion and what I try to achieve with each and every one of my clients. I want to take the best picture you have ever seen of yourself and make you feel beyond beautiful.
It’s no secret that I don’t shoot very many weddings. Some people think I dislike them, but the truth is I really don’t! I love shooting weddings VERY occasionally and for the right people, but usually only take on a few a year.
Today’s featured wedding is actually for the woman responsible for enhancing the features of my boudoir clients and of course her husband. Both of them appreciate that dark edgy look that you see across my all of my work, and both of them pretty much just let me go and do whatever I wanted for their wedding day. The resulting album goes something like this…
Most women that contact me, are super nervous about their sessions. They are worried about this or that perceived body flaw and how they will appear when I level my camera at them. This was not one of those sessions. No, Devon has been photographed before and she is one of the rare women I have had come see me, that is super confident in herself.
Here’s a short and sweet BTS video from my recent boudoir photo shoot with Nikki! Women like her are the major reason I love doing what I do so much! Nikki is a hardworking mom of a little boy and giving her images like the ones you’ll see in the above video is truly an amazing self confidence boost to give to a woman like her!
Author: San Francisco Boudoir Photographer Jason Guy | I can remember the first boudoir session I ever photographed. I was pretty damned nervous to be perfectly honest. Although those nerves have long since faded as I became better and more proficient at what I do, I always try and remember how I felt in those early sessions. I imagine this is probably pretty similar to how most of my clients feel at their boudoir sessions as they are photographed in an intimate setting often for the very first time.
San Francisco Boudoir Photographer Jason Guy - There is honestly very few things in my life that are as rewarding as helping someone change the way they see themselves. Today's post features my gorgeous client Nichole. Nichole was not optimistic that she was going to get images that she loved from her photo shoot, but she decided to go though with it anyway thanks in large part to her moms encouragement.
I see a ton of "boudoir photographers" these days with portfolios and instagram profiles full of models. Do I have models in my portfolio? Abso-freakin-lutely! The vast majority of the women in my portfolio however is comprised of moms and every day women that decide to come do a boudoir photo shoot with me to help them change the way they see themselves.