“Most women, their initial reaction is 'oh no, I would never ever do that',” says photographer Emily Main. She offers marathon boudoir photography sessions for women looking for a unique and personal present that's a less expensive for Valentine's Day. Main admits posing for pictures in lingerie is terrifying to most women. Some say they would try it if they were just a few years younger, or a few pounds lighter. But for a growing number of women who are casting those fears aside and stepping in front of the lens, the experience has been empowering.
“You don't have to be any particular shape, size or age.” says Main. She started her business taking wedding and family photos, but has found an increasing demand in the boudoir business. She says, despite what you might think, it's not about nudity. “I try to keep it classy and elegant. It's soft and feminine, but not risqué.”
Emilie Meyers was nervous when she first decided on photos as a present for her husband, but she says she ended up having fun. “I felt like a goddess,” she bubbled “I felt really hot!” As a woman Main says she understands what you will and won’t like about your body, and she enjoys the opportunity to show you how beautiful you really are through someone else’s eyes. For most of her subjects it’s a real confidence booster.
“You're never going to feel like you're perfect,” she says. “I want you to see how beautiful you really are.” When those pictures are for a significant other, she says that’s an easy job. “He's your husband. He thinks you look like that anyway.” Meyers says her husband loved the pictures, but in the end they both got a gift from the experience. “I thought I was doing it for my husband, but in the end, I think I got way more out of it,” she said, “because I just felt beautiful.” Both women say it's worth trying, even if you're just doing it for yourself.
Recently, on our Facebook page, we asked if you’d ever posed for boudoir photos, and what you thought about your experience. Some of you even recommended local photographers that you liked. Please click on the link below to check out the thread and join the conversation.