Things that make me smile include, photography, pastries, gorgeous lingerie, and making people feel good about themselves. Boudoir photography is an excellent outlet for three of these things (and maybe pastries too, because why not?). But many people think that boudoir shoots should only be saved for certain occasions like a wedding or anniversary gift, Valentine’s Day, or even a birthday gift. But what’s the common trend in those options? They’re all gifts! While I’m sure no one would complain about getting these photos given to them as a gift from their partner, it’s also important to consider boudoir photography as something you can do for yourself.
Cosmopolitan magazine did a little feature on their website recently that documented why women from all different walks of life chose to try a boudoir shoot, and what it meant for them. It’s message definitely hit home, and today I’m sharing a few of the stories they told that stood out to me, and will maybe inspire you too!
Definitely the complete opposite of a gift for a partner, one women chose to celebrate her being single. Talk about girl power! Whether it was coming out of a terrible breakup like the woman’s story, or simply to remind yourself that being single actually is okay, seeing how beautiful you are through a photographer’s lens can do wonders.
Another woman did the photo shoot to commemorate her long years of being in the service. The men and women who fight for our country undoubtedly are some of our strongest willed citizens, but many women do struggle to keep in touch with their femininity. The woman said that she loved having something be all about her and she got to relive her favorite pin-up looks. Talk about a 180 from her day job!
A final story that stuck out was a 35 year-old woman celebrating being in her thirties. While most people dread getting older, she realized that she was more confident and comfortable than she had been in her younger years. It shows that yes, age is just a number, but it’s also a symbol of how much you have accomplished. I love that she didn’t let age stop her from doing something so intimate and outside her comfort zone.
Whether you’re recovering from a hard breakup, trying to remind yourself of the sexiness you have to offer, or flaunting that you can still show up those twenty-somethings, boudoir photography can mean different things for every woman. What would it mean to you?