Did you just get engaged?! Yay, congrats! I’m sure so many things are on the list of wedding-planning priorities—booking your perfect wedding photographer, securing your dream venue, picking your favorite color scheme… but the one that might not be on your list? A boudoir session!
For brides-to-be, a bridal boudoir session is a perfect opportunity to invest in yourself and take some time to break away from planning / coordinating/scheduling your wedding day. As a bonus, it also makes for the ultimate gift for your husband-to-be… and for yourself as well.
I get it—posing in lingerie isn’t exactly something most people do every day so it can be intimidating and even nerve-racking especially if you’ve never done a boudoir session before. Don’t you worry, that’s what I’m here for! I personally love to hype women up and watch the transformation of nervousness into confidence happen right before my eyes!
So, why exactly should you do a bridal boudoir shoot? Here are just a few reasons to consider:
It makes a great gift for your partner
Okay so this is the obvious one, but we still need to cover it because after all, it is a huge reason to add this to your wedding-list priorities. Presenting your groom with a (literally) jaw-dropping boudoir album is the most memorable way to kick off your big day. I can’t tell you how many grooms have come up to me during the reception or messaged me telling me just how much they loved their bride’s album.
Imagine having your most trusted bridesmaid walking up to your groom (pulling him away from his groomsmen and family, of course) and handing him a box tied with a silk ribbon. In this box contains a fabric or leather-bound (your choice!) album of luxurious images that no one else is privy to enjoying except him. He won’t know what hit him! This album is the most memorable and intimate gift for your love. It also creates a little secret between the two of you, which makes your bond as husband and wife even more special.
THINK ABOUT IT: How freaking sexy would it be to kick off your honeymoon wearing the same lingerie you’re wearing in the album he’s holding?
You'll feel empowered
Earlier I mentioned that this can be the ultimate gift for your husband-to-be and for yourself as well. Why is this a gift for yourself though? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! A bridal boudoir session will empower you to feel more confident in your own skin—and that is an investment worth every penny. Let me just tell you… you are enough… just as you are right now, in this moment, without changing a single thing—you are absolutely and wholly enough. A boudoir session expands on that and shows you the gorgeous woman your fiancé already sees. This experience is more than getting pictures taken of you in lingerie. It’s luxurious and empowering; it’s freeing and liberating. When you look back on your album, you’ll remember feeling beautiful and sexy. You will be reminded that it wasn’t just the dress you wore or the veil that made you look so glamorous – it was all you!
It'll provide you with a few perfect excuses
Booking a boudoir session will give you the perfect excuse to break away from the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding. I mean after all, all that preparing, scheduling and decision making has earned you the right to get away, treat yourself and be treated like the fierce queen you are. Booking a session will also give you an excuse to go lingerie shopping! How fun (and spicy) would it be for you two to look through the album together while you’re wearing the same lingerie in the album?
PRO TIP: Need an excuse to get away for the day of the session? You can always tell your fiancé that you’re trying out hair + makeup artists for the big day! I told you– I got you covered 🙂
No more camera awkwardness
Practice makes perfect, right? Spending some time in front of the camera will reduce any trepidation about taking pictures. As a boudoir-posing specialist, I’ve trained for years on perfecting poses to be the most flattering to you. I will guide you through each pose from your fingertips to your tippy toes and even facial expressions. The advice you learn in this posing can be transferred to your wedding photos too. You photograph best when you’re feeling confident, and a bridal boudoir session guaranteed to bring a newfound confidence!
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ARE YOU READY FOR AN EXPERIENCE YOU'LL NEVER FORGET?
The 5th House Boudoir’s Dhiana Skrmetti is an intimate portrait photographer located in Gulfport, Mississippi– fifteen minutes west of Biloxi, one hour east of Mobile, AL, and an hour and a half away from New Orleans, LA. Her true mission in life is to help women feel empowered and let them see what we all see: a gorgeous powerhouse woman with a stardust soul.