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3 Ways Boudoir Photo Shoots Boost Self-Esteem


Have you ever been curious about boudoir photo shoots?


You’ve probably seen beautiful (and tasteful) imagery of nude women of all shapes, sizes, skin tones and ages in magazines and thought, “I should do that one day!” What are you waiting for?! As long as you work with a photographer you trust and whose work you admire, you won’t regret doing it. I had the honor of working with Lea of Lea Flores Photography and she made me feel so very comfortable. Shedding layers for the camera in this very vulnerable way will actually minimize your insecurities. How can exposing all of your flaws and capturing them forever possibly do that? Here are 3 ways boudoir photo shoots boost self-esteem.


1. Comparison will work in your favor. I’m not suggesting you look up airbrushed celebrities and start comparing your body to theirs. I am, however, telling you to get a grip on what real bodies look like. Have you ever seen the fearlessness and strength that women with scars and amputations exhibit in these types of photo shoots? If they can hold their heads up high, strip down and show the world what they’re bodies have survived, certainly you can do the same (and likely for a private audience no less). Your body is strong and capable. Every imperfection tells a story; it’s a sign that you have lived. Why be ashamed of that?


2. You’ll discover your strengths in the preparation phase. If you have a long time to plan for these pictures, you might start working out to tone up or slim down. In the process, you’ll see what you’re really capable of. Even if you choose not to hit the gym, you’ll probably learn a lot about yourself. Let’s admit it: we obsess when we know we’re going to be seen naked by someone new (be it a doctor, a partner, or a photographer)! You’ll remove hair, give yourself a manicure and pedicure, get a facial, get your hair done, and try new makeup techniques. You’ll go shopping for new lingerie to wear (and yes, you may be discouraged by the way some of those unrealistic styles fit you). You may think that picking yourself apart the way we do will make you feel bad about yourself, but how many times have you blasted music and recreated your own chick flick montage while getting ready to go out? In becoming your best physical self, you’ll feel most confident. In finding out what makes you feel sexiest, you’ll be more comfortable in front of the camera, and will know which poses are the most flattering for you.


3. We feel better about ourselves when we’re having fun. If you enjoy the process of getting dressed up (or down) for these pictures, it will show in the final results. Make sure you get some costume options and/or props you are actually looking forward to wearing and using. Chat with the photographer in advance, ask questions about the experience, and make sure that she understands your vision. Remember, this is your day. Bring examples of photos you love. And be sure to bring your favorite music the day of the shoot. You’ll have these images to look back on your years, as a reminder to yourself of how confident, brave, bold and beautiful you really are.


I originally shared some tips on how to get ready and really surprised myself when I went to the actual shoot. It was fun, exciting and exhilarating and so many other words that I can't even begin to express. I now have a confidence that I exude that I never knew I had before. While I've never shared much about myself online, this photo shoot let me see for myself what others have been seeing all along. I intend to do this again and it's an experience that I recommend to all women, no matter their size, race or age. You can do this and feel confident while doing it!

Annmarie John
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  1. You look wonderful. And happy. All women should have beautiful (sexy) photos of themselves.

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  2. What great advice and you look beautiful, my friend in these photos ;)

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  3. I've never considered doing a boudoir shot before but this is really interesting. Thanks for the tips.

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  4. I can see how a boudoir shoot would help boost self esteem. When you see yourself in a different light like that, it can open you up to the possibility that you might be more than you give yourself credit for.

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  5. Awesome! These photos are great and you look so confident! I love doing pin-up style boudoir photos because I'm able to relax and have a bit more fun!

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  6. You look lovely. I can see why it would boost your self esteem. I love the idea of having something focused on me!

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  7. victoria heckstallMay 29, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Such an awesome tips and advises. You really look beautiful! I'll keep this!

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  8. Good job. I've always considered doing one of these shoots, but I don't feel like I can. Maybe I will one day. You look beautiful.

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  9. Nice shots! Your so beautiful and confident..I love your hair. They look goid even on photo.

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  10. I've seen women go on these shoots and feel so much better about themselves afterwards. It's an experience that allows you to get in touch with your body and admire it for what it really is. I think it's awesome that you shared your experience and some tips too. It's something that women should consider doing especially if they're feeling a little down about how they look. That's the best time to do it, because this makes you feel beautiful.

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  11. You know, I never thought of trying something like this. I'm not sure if I'm brave enough, but your photos are beautiful! Maybe I'll start small and just book a photo shoot? ;)

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  12. You look wonderful! I've thought about doing one of those shoots. You have inspired me.

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  13. I really love your picks and you do look so confident. It really is so important to take time to focus on being comfortable in your body. Even models don't look like they do in their pictures. Our bodies really do tell our stories.

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  14. I love this. What a really awesome idea, and your photos are simply gorgeous. I would love to do something like this just for myself! - jeanine

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  15. I can definitely see how it would be a good way to boost self esteem. I'm not sure I would personally be comfortable with it, but you look confident!

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  16. I love love love your hair! So pretty!
    and your photo looks great, Girl! :) Awesome picks!

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  17. I love that you did a boudoir photoshoot! And you looked absolutely stunning. Iv'e been thinking of offering this service in my photography biz as soon as I find a woman who'll be willing to be my model. This totally inspired me in a new way.

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  18. I love boudoir shoots ... it makes a woman completely feel empowered and in control. Thank you for sharing this. Lovely pictures ... and your hair is absolutely phenomenal!

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  19. If it gets me to workout more like you have said, I may have to consider doing a boudoir shoot in the future :) You look great and your confidence shone right through.

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  20. That is so nice! Good to hear that you enjoyed it and you had fun. That's what matters.

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  21. These are such fun and beauty and strength. I have never been a photographer in a boudoir shoot, or a model, but I dream about doing both! I'm so glad you took so much from it. Awesome photographer!

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  22. I am glad that you were able to feel this way from your experience. I on the other hand know this would not be a positive experience for me.

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  23. She did an amazing job and so did you! There is definitely something to be said for people who have the confidence to do it. I think it's actually a great idea. And even if someone doesn't want to post them, they can keep 'em for their private collection or give to their SO. After watching your timeline leading up to this, and reading about your experience, I'm considering it!!

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