Hey everyone, today’s post is all about my boudoir photography session experience. I am going to be writing this in sort of sections to explain the whole process for me. (disclaimer: I 100% believe that it is okay for me to do this even as a Christian, I am in no way hurting myself, others, or doing anything that goes against my morals and beliefs) Also grab a snack and a soda, because this is going to be a long one!
First off I wanted to go into why I wanted to do a boudoir photo session. Boudoir is all about empowering women and making them feel comfortable and confident in who they are as a person. I wanted to do this for myself not for Corey, don’t get me wrong doing this for your husband isn’t wrong or a bad idea but I wanted to do this for myself. I wanted to feel more confident in my body because I am SO insecure of myself. The photographer I decided to go with was Alexandria Kenyon, her facebook is Boudoir by Alexandria Kenyon and her Instagram is @Alexandria.Kenyon . She had by far the best portfolio of boudoir photography I have ever seen and she truly cares about your experience.
My first step was reaching out to her on her website (alexandriakenyon.com), I had filled out the form and she contacted me for us to have a face to face consultation. We met for coffee one afternoon and I decided that I wanted to book her 100%. I paid the retainer fee which went towards my session fee and that sealed my spot. Next she emailed me a password for her client lounge which is awesome because it has a questionnaire about what you want your mood to be like and a lingerie guide. I filled out the mood questionnaire which gave her a good idea of what I wanted.
Next, about a week before my shoot, we did our wardrobe consultation. She has a full on client closet, that she gets dry cleaned after every use, available to all of her clients and of course you could bring your own lingerie. I tried on a few things, decided on the outfits I wanted to do and then started talking about hair and makeup. Hair and makeup is included in the session fee and is done by Christina Lopez (@mua_cl on Instagram). We decided that I would do a bold, dark smoky eye with a bold lip and loose curls.
The day of the shoot I showed up to her studio at 9am and we got started on hair and makeup. She had my favorite drinks and candy there for me to enjoy before and after the shoot, which I thought was a nice touch. Christina was great, she was very clean and professional and amazing at her job! She gave me the look I was going for and it looked so much better than I imagined. After hair and makeup was over I changed into my first outfit to shoot in. I was very nervous about posing because I thought I was going to look like an awkward duck, to be honest haha. Alex was great, she posed me head to toe and was very professional throughout the whole process. I did a total of three outfits and each one had a slightly different feel to it. She made sure I was comfortable and when I needed to take a break, (because some of those poses are hard) she was totally cool with it. I was somewhat concerned that being half naked in front of someone would be totally awkward, but it wasn’t at all! After we got done shooting we scheduled my viewing appointment for a week after my shoot.
I gave Alex permission to post my pictures because of how confident I felt the day of the shoot (remember you DO NOT have to give her permission to post your photos). A couple days after my shoot she posted two sneak peak preview pictures in her private page. OH. MY. GOD. That’s all I can say. The second I saw those two pictures I immediately got very emotional, I felt so amazing about the way I looked in the photos. I couldn’t believe that I could look like that and I was immediately excited to see the rest of my photos at my viewing appointment.
Okay so time for my viewing appointment. Holy crap she almost had me in tears (good tears). If I didn’t work so hard on my winged liner that morning I would’ve been balling. I couldn’t believe that I looked like that. Alex was so patient with me throughout the process of narrowing down my pictures. I think we started out with over 140 pictures and we narrowed it down to 21. Let me tell you, it was WAY more difficult to narrow it down than I thought. She did such a great job with all of them. I ended up ordering one of her Luxe 8×8 albums with 20 images. I also ended up ordering a wall metal. The wall metal was a last minute decision but I couldn’t turn it down because of how amazing I felt about these pictures. I honestly want my metal displayed in my house! She has so many options from packages to al la carte items to choose from, so there is something for everyone. For her albums she has so many different textures and colors to choose from for the cover. I choose a light grey. I paid everything upfront but she also is very good at accommodating your budget, she does up to 6 month payment plans on your products which I think is really great. If you do choose to pay everything the day of she does offer a 5% discount as well.
A few days after my viewing appointment I decided to write Alex an email. I had been so quiet the day of my appointment after I had seen the pictures because honestly I didn’t know what to say! So here I am going to be sharing with you the email I sent her: