Post # 1
I’m a Boston wedding photographer and I’m trying to get a sense for how popular boudoir photography is. (definition: Sexy artistic photos that you gift to your soon-to-be husband.) What do you think about it? I am thinking about offering it to the brides who have booked me but I don’t want them to think I’m weird! 🙂
Post # 3
I think it is a unique and increasingly popular trend (like trash the dress) that is perfect for some brides and would never work for others.
I am kind of conservative so the idea of dressing up in lingere and heels for pictures makes me blush. I think it is much more special to dress up for your husband in person!
I am always hesitant about that kind photo because no matter how secret you try and keep it…there is ALWAYS a chance that mom, dad, siblings, in-laws might come across them sometime. How awful!
So, I would probably not advertise it up front. If our photographer made a point of offering boudoir photography, I would run the other way, but that’s just me. I would suggest maybe taking a more subtle approach with your brides when you meet with them about their wedding ask if they’d like sessions before or after their wedding which can encompass engagement shoots, boudoir shoots and trash the dress shoots.
What do the rest of you ladies think?
Post # 4
I did it! I would love it if a photog offered it up front. I had to ask a photog if they did it and it was really awkward. When someone has a portfolio and it’s a legitimate portion of their business, it’s much more professional and a better experience for the client, IMO.
Post # 5
I think it’s a weird trend and it’s not something I would have considered giving my husband on our wedding day. But, if I were going to do it, I would only do it with a photographer that was well established and had a portfolio that included it.
Post # 6
I think you’re right, Kate, that I would need a portfolio of these types of shots to show I’m trustworthy and professional. Thanks for your personal story, Rebecca. Any tips of what your photog did that you liked? My plan is to feature the photos in a mini album so it wouldn’t be loose prints or a CD that could be easily misplaced and found by a mother-in-law! I think people’s confort levels will vary significantly, but what I have in mind would be very tasteful. And I understand even tasteful boudoir might still be too much for many people. Anyone else have an opinion about this?
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant
I actually did it, too. I never posted about it because Mr. Toucan and I have too many friends and relatives that read Weddingbee. I think that some of the above posters are correct in saying that Boudoir isn’t for everyone. There will always be some people that will never be comfortable with it. That said, I do think it’s a growing trend to have these types of pictures taken, and based on some other message boards I have read it seems to already be pretty popular in Boston. In all honesty, I thought that I wouldn’t have the guts to do this, and after seeing a few posts on the Boston knot boards about a discount marathon session, I just went for it. What some people don’t realize is that a session like this is actually a pretty empowering experience. If anything it has also helped my self image. A good boudoir photographer not only takes beautiful photos but will also make you feel sexy and beautiful – a great confidence booster for any bride, in my opinion.
Post # 8
I just want to update everyone- I did a boudoir shoot from an awesome fellow wedding bee reader and a couple of her friends and it was a lot of fun. Totally not weird! 🙂 She is using the photos for her one-year anniversary present. I have another one lined up for later this month with a woman getting married at the end of October. Thanks for all your feedback. I’m psyched to add this to my list of services!