Oh, bridal boudoir season in Denver. I love you so! This time of year, my calendar starts filling up with brides who were engaged over the holidays. Boudoir photography has been a popular gift for grooms for several years now. It's such a fun way to celebrate the start of your new life together, to give him a gift that he won't forget, and do something for yourself during a time when--let's face it--some days you just want to run away to the courthouse and elope. (By the way, if you're recently engaged and thinking about doing a boudoir session for your fiance, be sure to book your appointment as soon as possible! I like to photograph you 8 to 12 weeks before you need an album, and no less than 5 weeks.)
[bouquets courtesy of Bella Calla, an awesome Denver florist!]
Before Christmas, I brought two beautiful models into my Denver boudoir photography studio with my girl Samantha Koch of Samantha Koch Beauty to do a styled bridal boudoir shoot. I wanted to showcase some of my new style, and also create photos to submit to some wedding blogs. I reached out to the local wedding planning community because I always prefer to photograph real women (not professional models). Ms. R, pictured below, was a willing participant. She's a Denver wedding photographer who herself got married last fall. She didn't do a boudoir session as a gift for her groom, and this was her opportunity to make up for it.
It's hard to get in front of the camera when you're a photographer. (One of the reasons you usually find us behind the camera is because we prefer not to be in front of the camera.) I was so happy about how brave Ms. R was. She's an au natural kind of girl, and she played along as Samantha styled her. I photographed her in two outfits--the first one I'm showing here. I'll show the second in an upcoming post. I was really excited for her first outfit--a traditional "bridal boudoir" set. I borrowed a veil I loved from another bride I photographed last year (a stunning Vera Wang cathedral veil. Holy crap it is gorgeous). I dressed her in a vintage-ish Victoria's Secret sheer ivory chemise I found at a consignment store, a sexy embroidered sheer jacket I found at TJ MAXX, crazy-discounted Steve Madden gray satin shoes (80% off at DSW. Really, $8 instead of more than $100.)
I think, outside of the veil, her entire outfit cost about $30, which goes to show that you can look gorgeous in your boudoir photos without breaking the bank.
Even though I photographed Ms. R as a model, I wanted to get her thoughts about her experience. I've asked her to send me a little story, and as soon as I receive it I'll update the post here!
Bring on the brides! Oh, and by the way, if you're a bridesmaid and you're looking for a great shower gift your bride and her groom will really love, you can purchase a gift certificate she can use toward her boudoir session!