Boudoir Photography {Kate}

June 25th, 2014

Today I have a very special boudoir shoot to share with you. Earlier this year, Kate came to the end of a long period of surgery and wanted to mark it with something significant, so she booked in for a boudoir session. I know how personal a boudoir shoot can be, so I’m extremely grateful that she has allowed me to share some of her images. Kate also very kindly shared some of her thoughts with me about the shoot.

What made you decide to have a boudoir shoot?

I saw the Poster in my regular hair salon about 2 years ago and mentioned that I would love to do something like that but wouldn’t have the nerve. Natalie asked why as I am a dancer and quite confident normally – I explained that I have serious body image issues due to a very long period of surgery which was still ongoing, but she didn’t let it go and tried at every opportunity to encourage me to do it. Eventually the end of my surgery journey came and I wanted to mark it with a significant achievement. This was it.

Have you ever done anything like this before?

Definitely Not!!

How did you feel after you booked your boudoir session?

Honestly –  I thought I would chicken out!!!

How did you feel on the day of the shoot?

Very nervous and nearly cancelled right up to the morning of the shoot.

Kate said she felt very comfortable throughout the shoot and although she was nervous and self-conscious, myself and Natalie had a calming influence on her. Kate had covered up the mirror that morning so she didn’t even know what she looked like until she saw the final images! Covering the mirror was Kate’s way of dealing with the body issues she had, but says her self-consciousness soon went as myself and Natalie were so encouraging and enthusiastic. Kate found the whole thing so empowering that after the session was over, she wanted to take the positive feelings that she felt and do it all again!!!

Do you feel that the boudoir shoot has had an impact on you, and if so how?

It may sound dramatic, – but sincerely it has been a life changing event for me. At 57 I did not know that I could look like that – my body issues have not gone away totally but have greatly diminished to minor ones like – Oh look at my freckles – and wobbly bits – just like every other woman – I no longer feel ashamed of my scars – and certainly no longer avoid mirrors.

Every client is made to feel at ease before, during and after a boudoir shoot. Natalie does hair and make-up and then throughout the boudoir shoot I always direct clients, helping them to pose and making sure I get the best from their body. Kate liked the fact that if there was something she didn’t feel comfortable with, we changed it. She also commented on the level of patience and sensitivity throughout the shoot and how she was made to feel at ease.

When you saw your images for the first time, what did you think?

Didn’t think it was me and just dissolved in tears!!

Last minute nerves is quite common for a boudoir session and Kate said she’d thought about cancelling right up until the morning of the shoot! Luckily enough, when Kate saw me parking up she realised that it was too late. We’ve already discussed the idea of doing another shoot as Kate has a few ideas up her sleeve about making it a bit more cheeky!!

This was a really big step for Kate and I’m so happy that it’s had such a positive effect.

It was a pleasure to meet you and an honour to photograph you! xxxx

Hair and make-up by Natalie of Roberts-Steel Hairdressing