While it’s fun to dress up and go out, and it can be even more fun to dress up and stay in. At Freudian Slip we have flirty chemises and sexy lingerie to make sparks fly in the bedroom, but sometimes your new ensemble may only stay on for a few minutes. Why not make the memories of you in your favorite looks last with a professional boudoir photo shoot!
Talented local photographer Michelle Jackson of MJ’s Photography offered to share with me what goes on in typical shoot. I figure that if I’ve been wondering about it, perhaps you too have been considering commemorating yourself in gorgeous lingerie.
I spend a sunny spring morning with Michelle at her professional home studio. Her studio is a large, light-filled room on the second floor, with french doors leading to a balcony overlooking wooded trails that run through the Golden Garden Ponds behind her property. Half of the room serves as studio space for photo sessions, lined with cabinets filled with props. The other half has a tidy desk with a big computer monitor and a set of cushy black and white chairs. There is also a dark, inviting couch opposite a big screen on the wall for viewing finished albums.
Enthusiastically, Michelle gives me a run-down of a typical shoot. She explains that the first step is to schedule a consultation, in which she meets with the client and gives them a tour of the studio space. Next they will create a “mood board” together on Pinterest to brainstorm ideas and get inspiration. This will include ideas for a theme for the shoot. Michelle says some of the most popular themes have been vintage elegance, Marilyn Monroe-style glamour, and outdoorsy-rustic. Although she has many props, including a fainting couch, chandelier, feathered fans, scarves, and furs, Michelle encourages her clients to really make the shoot their own and bring objects unique to their personalities. Some of her clients bring props that are significant in their relationship or that symbolize an inside joke with their partner; my favorite examples were deer antlers and a book about firemen.
“I try to make it a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, so women can really let out their personalities and have fun with it!”
On the day of the shoot Michelle makes sure her clients receive the special treatment, including professional hair and makeup. “When they arrive I usually make them a light snack and their favorite beverage while they are getting camera-ready. I ask them what their favorite music is, and just try to make it a really fun, comfortable atmosphere,” she explains. During the shoot, Michelle often starts her clients out with comfortable, easy poses like sitting on the vintage-style couch or leaning casually against a wall. She then transitions to the more challenging “supermodel” shots that may require a perfect tilt of the chin or hips. A few of Michelle’s clients have even thanked her the next day for the unexpected workout during their shoot!
As with many photo shoots, one of the most exciting aspects is wardrobe planning. Michelle usually suggests two to three ensembles per shoot, recommending that “the most important thing is for an outfit to fit well and comfortably. You want to choose something that is flattering to your body type and that you are confident in, because that confidence will show up in your photos.” Long-line bras (like the b.tempt’d ones from Freudian Slip) have been a favorite as well as pieces that are more flowing, such as chemises and robes. The classically sexy look of well-fitting jeans and a cute bra has also been popular, along with the combination of a lacy bra and panty set under one of their sweetheart’s favorite shirts, worn unbuttoned.
Michelle’s primary goal is for her clients’ unique beauty and personality to show up in their photos. Through years of experience, she has come to recognize the “lightbulb moment” when the whole idea of boudoir photography clicks, and her clients start to embrace the occasion and enjoy themselves. “That is when women start lo let out their personalities and really have fun with it,” she laughs. It is always her favorite part.
Although most women initially book a boudoir shoot as a gift for their significant other, Michelle says they are always surprised by the unwitting gift they walk away with for themselves: the gift of self-empowerment. Which is exactly the gift that we believe great lingerie gives us, too. Whether you decide to book a photo shoot with Michelle, or just want to treat yourself, we are here to help you embrace your sexy self in the perfect lingerie!