There’s no better way to demonstrate to yourself some love and self care than through a luxury boudoir photography. Adrianna of Austin, Texas, was one such woman who was in need of this.
Mom’s are the Rock
As a mother to a child with special needs Adrianna carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her routine does not allow for her to relax. Every sacrifice that could be asked of a mother Adrianna has made it and is always ready to give more. Children demonstrate a remarkable ability in reading body language and mothers like Adrianna are not allowed to flinch anytime life throws them a curveball.
During my initial consult with Adrianna I got the sense that while it may all be a labor of love it equally had the potential of leaving her feeling drained and empty.
I admire women like Adrianna and because of everything she’d shared I decided she was in need of a queen for a day experience. She needed the feeling of being pampered, with the focus on her, and the sole way to do so was to set up a luxury boudoir photography experience.
I wanted for her to be in a setting that was far removed from her daily routine, which would include school lunch rooms and supermarkets. I chose the Driskill Hotel in Austin. From the moment she walked into the room my assistant and her friend helped her prepare for going from sweatpants and tee-shirt to sexy lingerie.
It took her awhile to settle in and relax. As a father who gives selflessly to my own family, sometimes I grapple with the guilt that comes when I feel like I am enjoying a moment that was meant solely for me.
I recognize many women grapple with that same guilt but magnified one thousand times over. ‘Is it okay to show some love and appreciation to myself? Is it taking away from my family? My kids?’
After showing her several shots during the session it seemed as if she gave herself the okay to treat herself.
Something in her switched, that made her say, I deserve to feel glamorous and sexy.
Believe What You See
Boudoir is one of those areas of photography that can’t be done with a camera phone.
It requires understanding angles, and light and shadow.
This is not nude photography. This is not erotica. As a male photographer, the goal in my boudoir photo shoots is to help women come to an understanding of something that’s natural to all women and is at the core of my vision as an artist.
Strength is Beautiful – There is Beauty in Strength
Women like Adrianna carry the world on their shoulders and do not allow themselves one moment of peace when so much depends on them. That is beautiful to me.
As we worked through the session, I could see Adrianna came to a place in her mind where she was able to feel relief.
It came through her eyes.
It is in that moment you can see her feeling glamorous and sensual while not giving up anything of her strength.
In that moment she showed she was a…