In my experience, there are three types of boudoir photo shoots. The first focuses on glamour photography and is an option for women who want to remain within their comfort zone. The second makes use of implied nude photography, an option for women who wish to explore the boundaries of their comfort zone. Then we have the third: nude boudoir photography.
Women who choose to have this type of photo session do so because they want to redefine their boundaries to accommodate a new attitude towards life. They don’t care what other people may say because they’ve learned not to place the responsibility for their happiness on anyone other than themselves.
When I think of this type of confidence, I think of Lesley. She has made fine art nude modeling a second career in her 40s.
I met Lesley when I was new to Texas and rebuilding my boudoir portfolio. I had left behind a photography studio based in Brooklyn, New York that had bridal boudoir photography as its focus, just so that I could start all over again, in Austin and Houston. Lesley, at the time, was a voice actress who was looking for a boudoir photographer to help establish her portfolio as a nude model.
She didn’t care if she was in her 40s. One thing I’ve learned about women like Lesley: they get to a point where they stop worrying about what other people would say or think, and start doing the things they’ve always wanted to do and be happy.
It’s an epiphany most of us experience at some point in our 40s and leaves us questioning how we are spending our lives and who we are living for.
When I was in my early 40s, I faced a health scare that was so severe that I made a vow: going forward, should I survive, I would only do the things that made me happy. I would never want to feel the pangs of regret over feeling I would never get another chance of living life on my terms.
After my health scare, I decided it would make me happy if I were able to add purpose to my photography by becoming a boudoir photographer and helping women.
I didn’t allow the fact that I am a man hinder my choice. I have the skill, experience, professionalism, and vision to help women like Lesley in artistic, tasteful ways.
Lesley didn’t allow the fact that she’s over the age of 40 years old to stop her from being a nude model. She views her body as art. It was something she’d always wanted to do.
Look to Lesley and be reminded: you should also be doing what makes you happy, with what you have, while you can.
Our first boudoir photoshoot took place at Sekrit Theater.
The second was on the outskirts of Austin, in a clearing of a wooded area that made use of the light of the golden hour.
Lesley and I are planning on having one more nude boudoir photo shoot soon either in the area around Marfa, Texas, or at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. At either location, we plan on making use of Golden Hour light as well as the night sky to create fine art boudoir photography.
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