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Battling your Inner Critic

Battling your Inner Critic

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.

Jessica's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Jessica's Boudoir Photo Shoot

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.

Devon's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Devon's Boudoir Photo Shoot

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.

Nikki's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Nikki's Boudoir Photo Shoot

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!

Nichole's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Nichole's Boudoir Photo Shoot

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.

Outdoor Boudoir Photography

Outdoor Boudoir Photography

This summer I had way too many of my clients ask me if I do any of my boudoir sessions outdoors. Every time I was asked the question I said of course I do and I would show them some examples from some past clients. I heard the questions with such frequency this year though, that I felt the need to create this article to hopefully answer this question once and for all: 

YES!!! You can absolutely do your boudoir session outdoors!

Alyx's Boudoir Photo shoot

Alyx's Boudoir Photo shoot

One of the biggest objections I hear regularly from women wanting to do a boudoir photoshoot with me is that they would love to do it, but they don't think that they can look like the women in my portfolio.

Summer's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Summer's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Summer was nervous about her boudoir photoshoot with me because she didn't want to have a repeat experience of being photographed for her boudoir session without any coaching on how to pose her body. I told her not to worry and that my makeup artist and I would take care of everything and make her look amazing. 

Christine's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Christine's Boudoir Photo Shoot

Christine was openly nervous about her boudoir photoshoot before we started, however after hair and makeup artist Ducky Rickman gave her a full makeover it was all down hill from there. After her makeover, I coached Christine on how to pose her body and nail her expression with great consistency. Together we photographed one of my favorite boudoir sessions to date.

Nichole's Boudoir Photoshoot

Nichole's Boudoir Photoshoot

Every boudoir photoshoot is different and every client is a unique individual. I take great pride in being able to pose all body types to make each woman look her very best. Nichole was brave enough to allow me to document her boudoir experience from start to finish and you should definitely check out her amazing transformation in the video above.

Jenn's Maternity Photography

Jenn's Maternity Photography

Maternity photography has always been a genre of photography I've been less than enthusiastic about. I think this is because every time I do a search on Pinterest for "maternity photos" I am inundated with cutesy pictures of a pregnant woman in a field holding a chalkboard sign reading "It's a boy!" That's not my style and quite honestly I find those types of images cheesy.

Fort Point Fashion Photography

Fort Point Fashion Photography

Ever since the first time I stepped inside it I knew I would eventually do a shoot here. Spend just a few minutes inside and you’ll see why. Fort Point is a literal treasure trove of amazing light patterns and dynamic backdrops that cast dramatic shadows on cloudless days and offers countless soft light possibilities.

Danielle's Boudoir Session

Danielle's Boudoir Session

Understandably most of the boudoir sessions I photograph stay private for obvious reasons. Every once in a while however, I have a client that is brave enough to share her boudoir experience with others.