Fabulous Boudoir Photography: The Perfect Wedding Night Gift
Ok, ladies. You’re planning the biggest event in your life. There are caterers to be called, table linens to choose, and flowers to be ordered. But what about the biggest NIGHT of your life? Once all of the guests have gone home, and it’s just you and your new husband? Traditionally, the bride and groom exchange gifts to celebrate their wedding. But what to get? He doesn’t need another shirt—and fancy watches are SO Pre-Recession. Well, here’s an idea for the Best Gift Ever. Are you ready? Boudoir photography. No—I’m serious. Yes, of course of you. Picture it: you present him with a fabulous image box with a large bow on it. The glamorous heels on the front cover look just like a pair you happen to own, so he’s curious. He opens the lid slowly—and he quite literally is speechless. It’s you! And you’re fabulous—and sexy—and wearing the hottest outfit he’s ever seen. He can’t believe his eyes! After relishing each and every image, he looks back up at you. And—well, I’ll let you finish the rest of the story.
A boudoir photography session is great fun. You’ll be creating a private gift that will be a special secret that only the two of you will share—unless, of course, you just HAVE to show all of your girlfriends. You can wear fabulous lingerie or some other sexy outfit and your photographer can use creative posing and fantastic lighting to make you look absolutely glamorous. Boudoir photography is not nude photography—although it is often nude appearing. To add sensuality to the session, use beautiful wraps and several fun props. Use your imagination, and think about some of your man’s interests. In the past, gals have used guitars, cowboy hats, footballs, jerseys, parts of a military uniform, boas, or flowers. Or how about you and your wedding veil—and not much else?
Now, if you are thinking you would be too modest/shy/totally freaked out to lounge around in front of anyone, don’t worry. Do, however, look around for an established and respected professional studio. (DO NOT reply to the creepy GWC (guy with camera) that took an add out on Craig’s List.) Your wedding photographer may or may not do boudoir photography, so you will want someone with experience in this field. So now what? Well, you might need to go buy a new pair of heels—or dig that sexy nightie out of the drawer. Then, book a session. Sure, you’re going to thank your photographer, but not as well as Your Man is going to thank YOU.
Barbara Griest-Devora is with Stilettos Boudoir Photography, the boudoir division of Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora, located in San Antonio. Please visit www.StilettosPhotography.com.