Did the title of this post make you say, “Wait…what?”
You’re probably wondering, “Isn’t boudoir photography all about looking sexy and wearing pretty lingerie? How is that ‘authentic me?’ In fact, isn’t it mostly inauthentic since I don’t wear makeup or wear anything sexy on a regular basis so how can that possibly be a reflection of my authentic self?!”
Yes, that is often exactly what clients want from boudoir photos – to look, feel and capture their sensuality, but it’s not unusual to meet a client who wants something different from their photo session. Some clients, especially repeat clients, are looking to capture their authentic self … and who better to turn to than their boudoir photographer, someone who who understands the importance of privacy in a safe space where shedding your clothes and shedding the performative YOU can be equally unnerving!
Your authentic self is the person you would be without restriction from friends, family or even society. The YOU that perhaps only your best furry friend, or if you’re lucky, human best friend knows… the YOU that makes YOU happy and fulfilled. Fuck all the judgement, this is truly you doing you!
Celebrating your authentic self through boudoir photography can be achieved in many ways. Sometimes it’s with treasured items that tell the story of who you are. Sometimes it’s through the outfits you choose, especially the pieces meant for your eyes only. Authentic YOU doesn’t have to mean naked you or makeup free you … this type of session is a celebration of YOU, how you see yourself completely!
This post is a celebration of Velveeta Galore, who has been a pleasure to work with on numerous occasions. No one celebrates their authentic self like Velveeta, who knows all eyes are on her when she walks in a room! Thank you again for putting your trust in Haute Shots and bringing us all the laughter and joy through the years!
Loved working with Hera Beauty again for this with hair/makeup and assisting. Love you Kat and Rachel!