What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word boudoir? Is it that 1990’s photo featuring blurred skin and bright lights? Or is it the overly posed photograph of a woman in a position that is deemed pleasing to a man? Does that image in your head only feature women that fit a specific standard of beauty? You will find absolutely none of that here.
These sessions are about shutting down those voices from your past that told you that your self worth was dependent on fitting a mold. It’s about quieting that whisper (or occasionally a yell) that pops up in your mind about not being “enough.” It is about feeling strong as hell and at home in your own skin.
It is so easy to look at photos of ourselves and see things we would like to change. It might be our noses, or are stomachs are softer than they used to be, or we wish our hair would sit just right. I want to reframe your mindset and help you relearn how to view and love your body. These sessions are a chance to see yourself through someone else’s eyes and take an afternoon for self-love and care.
"These pictures have helped me see the strong woman my husband fell in love with and left me with renewed a sense of self-love that I have not felt in a very long time.
Every woman should do this, and if you decide to, it should be with Jackie. She is an incredible human being who is so amazing at what she does. She captured a beauty in me that I know is there, but that I often find hard to see in myself.”
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
The first step is to take that leap of faith and decide to do a session. It takes courage to be that vulnerable (both physically and emotionally), but the payoff will be well worth it.
Before we take the photographs, we will set up a session that is the perfect reflection of you. This includes everything from going over the look you want to rock, finding the perfect things to wear, and how you want to feel while you are photographed. If you are unsure, we can take as much time as you need to get to the root of the real you and how we can capture that.
Every question you could possibly have will always be answered; your comfort is my highest priority.
SO WE ARE AT THE SESSION, NOW WHAT?
Once you arrive, it’s time to be pampered with professional hair and makeup. The artists we work with will listen to you in order to execute precisely the look you desire, and not just what boudoir makeup “should look like.” They are experienced with all skin tones and hair textures and will start off your day with a feeling of empowerment.
After you look and feel like a queen, we are ready for you to spend the afternoon dancing around the room to a playlist that helps you feel extraordinary. You are welcome to both my boudoir wardrobe and whatever outfits you like for your own.
"Going into my boudoir session with Jackie, I did it with the purpose of a romantic gift for my husband but it would become so much more. It was a beautiful hour of self discovery and appreciation for myself.
If I could tell myself how I would feel after my session, it would be this: you're going to feel empowered. You'll embrace the curves of your body. You'll love the skin you're in. You'll glow with confidence when you walk by a mirror and catch a glimpse of yourself. With the upbeat playlist to get you in the groove and help you loosen up, you'll soon forget that you're being photographed and just begin living your best life. A year and a half later, that confidence I gained hasn't left."
YOUR ORDERING SESSION
We all have great intentions of printing our photos right? “Oh, I will absolutely do it on my own!” But then life gets busy, months pass, and they are still sitting in your online gallery. (No judgment, I am just as guilty of it, I have yet to make my wedding album from 2017). So I want to make it easy for you to have that feeling your boudoir session brought you to exist in your daily lives, not just when photos pop up in your Facebook memories.
HOW IT WORKS
2-3 weeks after your boudoir session, we will meet up in my studio (or via Skype if you aren’t local) and you will be able to continue the experience and see your images. It is a second to re-live what you felt like at that moment and bask in how spectacular you are.
From there, we will go through how you want to see your images. All of the books and products can be so overwhelming, so I will walk you through step by step until we find the set of heirlooms that is the best fit for you and how you want that feeling to live in your daily life. We can bring up images of your walls to show you precisely what artwork will look like on them, and create custom books and albums for you. I take over all of the complicated stuff and leave you with just the fun parts.
You come in, eat some snacks, see some beautiful photos and order artwork that celebrates the work of art that is you.
A 2-hour boudoir session at Jacqueline Connor Photography. Professional hair and makeup styling. A pre-session consultation and an in-person, or online ordering session to select your favorites and choose heirlooms and products. Artistic retouching of all images.
An 11x14 heirloom album with thick, pages. This album comes with 35 images and corresponding files with a personal rights release. Custom covers and image upgrades are available.
COFFEE TABLE BOOK
A 10x8 hard-cover book with thin, archival pages. This album comes with 20 images and the corresponding files with a personal rights release.
HEIRLOOM PRINT BOX
A 10x8 hand-cut glass and acrylic keepsake box featuring your selection of 20 matted, fine-art prints.
KEEPSAKE PRINT BOX
A 5x7 hand-cut, glass print box with soldered metal trim. Your selection of 15 matted, fine art prints.
LITTLE BLACK BOOK
A 7x5 hard-cover book with thin, archival pages. This album comes with 10 images.
A custom vintage-styled view-master with 7 images.
$200, Additional spools available for $60
Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
Friends and partners are a fantastic support system and can be our biggest cheerleaders. They can make things more fun, but I want you to take a breath and make this ordering session about you. Enjoy your own moment, and show them the gorgeous artwork when it comes in.
I’M NOT LOCAL, HOW DOES THIS WORK FOR ME?
Plenty of women travel in for their session, or bring me out to them. We can either do a same-day ordering session (I would send you out for a meal on me), or we can view your photos via Skype.
I DON’T OWN ANY CRAZY LINGERIE. WILL THAT AFFECT MY SESSION?
Of course not! Boudoir wardrobes are what you make them. It can be your favorite tee and boy shorts, or that bathing suit that makes you feel like a million bucks.
Not sure what you want to wear? Let me know! We can walk through ideas that fit the vibe you are going for. I have a small wardrobe in inclusive sizes that you will have access to and can recommend plenty of places to purchase some new pieces if you want to use your session as an excuse to buy something new for yourself.
IS IT NORMAL FOR ALL OF THIS TO BE NERVE-WRACKING?
Absolutely! Almost every woman goes in nervous as all get out, so don’t feel uncomfortable about that. Hair and makeup end up being the perfect time to get those nerves out. We put on a playlist that you love and dance it out during our session. It’s a lot less of that awkward posing we all had as a senior and a lot more of you feeling like a queen.
If it makes you feel any better, I spent a good 20 minutes before my own boudoir session sitting in my car with my best friends yelling at me to go inside via group chat.
I DON’T FEEL GREAT ABOUT MYSELF RIGHT NOW, WHY WOULD I WANT A SESSION?
First of all, you are a damn queen right now. You are making it through day-to-day, take a breath and celebrate that. Second, your size, role as a mother, and phase of life have no effect on your beauty in any negative way.
The valleys in life are the best time to pause and dedicate an afternoon to self-care. This session would help to re-frame your mindset and how you relate to your own body. I can promise you won’t leave feeling the same about yourself as you did going into your session.
If you want to use this session as a celebration of a body goal you have or want to accomplish, let’s do it. But, don’t let some bad days keep you from doing something empowering for yourself right now.
DO YOU WORK WITH ALL SIZES AND SEXUAL IDENTITIES?
Absolutely yes. I am so deeply sorry this is a question that even has to be asked. It’s an honor to photograph all womxn. Nothing will ever be assumed about your relationship with your body, or how you identify. My goal first and foremost is to empower you, so there will never be any judgment.
From the start of creating this business, it has been absolutely essential to create a space that celebrates everyone -- all bodies, shapes, skintones, gender identities. Having amazing images is not dependent on any of those factors, it's about you.
WHAT IF I WANT TO KEEP MY PHOTOS PRIVATE?
Your comfort is my top priority, especially with the intimate nature of boudoir. If you would like your images to remain private, they will not be seen by anyone but you. There is absolutely no pressure to sign any form of model release, and I take every step possible to ensure your photographs stay as private as you would like them to be.
WHAT COMES WITH RETOUCHING?
Every image you receive will be fully-retouched. Each photo is edited by hand to ensure it looks as perfect as possible. This includes color, contrast, and light skin retouching. You will still look like you, and your skin will still look like skin.
However, this does not include re-shaping your body. We want to help you feel exquisite within your own skin instead of seeing a version of yourself that fits an idealized standard of beauty.
So you have decided to book a session, now what the heck do you wear? Nailing down your wardrobe can be such a daunting task, so here are a few tips to break that down for you.
Do you rock a killer body suit? What about your favorite tee that hits you just right? Are you more of a bralette woman? Or is strappy lingerie and heels more your thing? Bring what makes you want to strut around like a rock star.
Don’t hesitate to think outside the box; boudoir photography is not just limited to traditional lingerie. I implore you to not limit yourself to what people deem “flattering” on you. You do not have to cover yourself to satisfy that voice in the back of your head. Is there something you have always wanted to wear but were too nervous to try it? Now is a perfect time to rock the hell out of it.
FREQUENTLY UNASKED QUESTIONS
Planning a boudoir session can be so overwhelming and out of the comfort zones of most women. You can get lost in questions to ask, or might be too nervous to ask others. While you should never be afraid to ask me any questions you possibly have (that’s what I’m here for), here are a few that you might be thinking of or that I wish you would be.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY SESSION?
Boudoir has the unique ability to re-frame the way we see ourselves. You are queen/goddess/badass woman in the skin you are in right now, but it’s so very easy to lose sight of that. Boudoir lets you see yourself through someone else’s eyes, and it removes that layer of “not enough” and enables you to celebrate exactly who you are. That feeling stays with you even after your session is finished, and if you ever have a day where you might be struggling with self-love (as we all do), you can pull out those images and bring yourself back to that feeling of empowerment.
IS IT TIME TO BOOK YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION?
Feel like you can see us working together? I would absolutely love to photograph you feeling your very best. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to start the booking process.
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I cannot wait to hear from you!
Jacqueline Connor Photography