A couple of weeks ago I won a giveaway from Lauren over at Harassed Mom. I won a Boudoir photo shoot from Picture This Photography. Was I ready to go for a Boudoir shoot? Probably not! Am I glad I went? Oh hell yes! I’ve been playing with the idea to go for a Boudoir shoot for about two years but the face in the mirror kept telling me to get thinner first. I shouldn’t have listened to the face in the mirror. I had more fun than I thought I would and I met an incredibly talented woman. But before I go and tell you everything in the first paragraph of my post let’s reverse a bit.
What is Boudoir Photography?
“Boudoir” is a French word meaning a lady’s private dressing room or bedroom. In photography, boudoir refers to a style in which women pose for photographs partially clothed or in lingerie. In modern day these photos are extremely tasteful and sensual and in my opinion for any body shape and size. I’ve seen incredibly sexy photos of thin and curvy women.
Boudoir at Picture This Photography with Angelica
So when you go for a boudoir shoot you bring along your own outfits and props so I suggest that you do a bit of pinteresting before you go to get an idea of the type of photos you’d like. I took with me some comfy jerseys as well as I feel good in them. Paired with pretty panties they worked really great. On a whim I also stuffed my chocoholic apron in the bag and we actually worked it well.
Before the shoot
Upon arrival Angelica went ahead and did my makeup. I really loved how she did it, it was subtly smoked out with the falsies just giving that extra pop on the eyes. I highly recommend if you go for the shoot, pay extra and have your makeup done. It will show up much nicer on the photos and you won’t end up with the dreaded flashback. After my makeup was done we went through all the outfit I brought with me.
During the shoot
I was really nervous when we started taking the photos and in the process of trying to relax I ended up looking dead serious in the first bunch of shots. Angelica is a darling and a huge chatterbox and we giggled and laughed and shared stories. This really helped me to relax. We did a couple of outfit changes. It actually felt like I was at a sleepover with a music montage! Included in the package I won was a milk bath session as well with a gorgeous flower crown that she makes herself. I was also spoiled with a lush bath bomb.
Picture This Photography
If you are in the Johannesburg area and you want to do a boudoir shoot I highly recommend Angelica from Picture This Photography. She has mad makeup skills and her photos are stunning. She does an array of other photo shoots as well, even cake smashes for adults that are still young at heart. You can check some of her work on her facebook page and website.
All photos above belongs to Picture This Photography
A quick Q&A with Angelica
Q: What or who inspired you to start taking Boudoir photos?
A: As a woman myself – I know what it’s like to lack self confidence and see yourself in a different light than others do! I have made it my goal to try and make woman of all shapes and sizes feel their best and most beautiful
Q: What is your favourite part about boudoir photography?
A: When woman see the images I’ve taken & they cannot believe it’s them, also there are lots of laughs and fun that commence on the day
Q: What would you like to tell any woman that wants to have a boudoir shoot done but is lacking the self-confidence just to take the leap?
A: You are more beautiful than you think you are! Life is short, DO THE PHOTO SHOOT
Q: I know that as a boudoir photographer you work with what your client brings in regards to lingerie, props and more, what is the most interesting item that someone’s brought?
A: A guitar 🎸 * *although this was unexpected it actually worked out really well.
Q: Just for fun, if you could do a boudoir shoot in any location, where would it be?
A: I would love to do a shoot in Mauritius with the beautiful turquoise sea
So there you have it ladies. Love your body and treat yourself to a Boudoir shoot, you don’t even need to do it for your significant other, just do it for you.
Giveaway – Win a shoot worth R2650!
So it still being Woman’s Month (and my birthday month) Angelica was so kind as to sponsor a shoot to one of my gorgeous readers. Please make sure tho that you only enter if you will be able to go to (or are in) Johannesburg. Liking our pages will increase your chance of winning but it’s not mandatory.