As a long time boudoir photographer, I've pretty much seen it all, and photographed most of it. There's one trend that's been popping up more and more over the past few years, however, that can take a bit of the shine off your boudoir session... Read on for the details.
A boudoir photography session is definitely a bit of a special occasion. Many of my clients are booking sessions for a wedding gift, an anniversary celebration, or even just to treat themselves. Why not! A boudoir photography session really is a great time-- and it's possibly the most fun you can have creating a gift for a partner.
There can be a bit of preparation involved in getting ready for a session, however. Shoots are often booked months in advance, which is good-- giving clients plenty of time to really have some fun in dreaming up the ideal looks they want.
The centerpiece of the boudoir shoot is lingerie. It is a showplace for your best. It's a great excuse to break out the corset that's been sitting in your closet unused for the past year.
Another fun part of booking a boudoir session is the shopping. It's a great excuse to go out and buy a few new items-- and a great time to give that dusty Victoria's Secret card a workout...
Ah, Victoria's Secret. The boudoir staple for years and years. I think I am personally familiar with practically every Victoria's Secret lingerie set released in the past decade. My clients would show up, we'd review their lingerie haul, and without much doubt they'd pull out at least one or two newly purchased Victoria's Secret outfits.
Then something changed... Two or three years ago I started noticing something different. As my clients unpacked and we did the outfit review... something was missing. They were still bringing suitcases and bags full of lingerie, but the VS bags and packages were gone, and more and more often they were replaced by clear plastic... Amazon bags.
Here's where the trouble starts. We all love Amazon. Nothing beats an easy click and purchase... but the influx of cheap Amazon lingerie, as it turns out, is really not a great look for a boudoir session.
At first I thought perhaps it was an aberration, but there it was, client after client, just more and more Amazon lingerie. So what, you ask?
Yes, I understand that when shopping at stores such as Victoria's Secret or Honey Birdette, a single outfit may cost you $90... or more. That can get expensive, real fast. I get it. ...And yes, I understand that you can potentially buy four lingerie outfits for that same $90 on Amazon-- but for the love of god PLEASE DON'T.