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Should I Have a Boudoir Photo Shoot? Why Boudoir is a Source of Empowerment for Every Couple or Wedding Party!

Traditionally, boudoir photography captured scenes of women dressed in lingerie posing in the bedroom or an intimate space. These photos were presented as a gift from women to their romantic partner before their wedding or an anniversary. Bringing it to the year 2022, and bridal, bachelor or bachelorette party boudoir photo session is an exciting way to capture memories leading up to your wedding day.

Today, people are booking wedding boudoir photo sessions for their own personal affirmation and empowerment. Photography of daring and sensual moments gives people a sense of reclaiming their bodies and power. Or, a boudoir photo shoot can be whimsical and fun, capturing your playful side. Your besties can join in if you hire a boudoir photographer to play paparazzi at your bachelorette or bachelor party or design a special photo session with your I-do crew. While some people still want to gift their boudoir photos to their fiancé, many keep the photos for themselves or to save the memories made with their friends!

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PHOTOGRAPHER Barlow Boudoir
Black and White Plaid Confetti Laying on the Bed Barlow Boudoir

Wedding Boudoir Photography is For Everybody

Another thing that makes today’s boudoir photography special is the respect and celebration of each individual. Boudoir is for everyone! You don’t have to be a model to participate in boudoir photography. Bridal boudoir is now entrenched in the social movement of body positivity. Body positivity declares that all human bodies are beautiful in their uniqueness and that everyone has the power to redefine their own body image. Celebrate your unique qualities with a personal boudoir photo session or a photo shoot with your wedding party.

Another option is to take your engagement or couple photo session a step further with a professional boudoir photographer! Take romantic, fun couple shots or boost the wow factor. You’ll love having these couple photos to keep.

Flirty Playful Boudoir Photo on the Bed with Pink and Red Rose Petals Barlow Boudoir
Playful Flirty Bedroom Laughter Soft White Lingerie Barlow Boudoir

Boudoir Style and Theme – Make it Your Own! 

You don’t have to wear lingerie to take a boudoir photo. Boudoir photo sessions can range in style and theme. The decision is yours! Someone may want to do a boudoir photo session in classic lingerie, but many people are leaning more toward conservatively flirty photo sessions. Or, match swimsuits with your bridesmaids or groomsmen for a fun pool party. Take an idea and run with it!

Your boudoir style is your preference. Whether you go for a sexy serious photo session staring out your bedroom window or a pajama party pillow fight, boudoir is a strictly judgement-free zone.

Spice it up! Plenty of style and theme ideas for a wedding party boudoir photo session:

  • Pool party
  • Lazy morning lover
  • Countryside chic
  • Fitness and finesse
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Denim and lace
  • Secret garden
  • Pajama party
  • I’m so fancy
  • Vintage chic
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Bridal Pool Party in Black and White Bathing Suits at Photo shoot with Pineapple Float Raleigh Skyline Barlow Boudoir
Bride and Bridesmaids Cheers Champagne Bottle Sunset Pool Party Boudoir Photo Shoot Barlow Boudoir

Why Hire a Bachelorette Party Boudoir Photographer?

Your “last hoorah” before you say “I do” should get the spotlight it deserves, whether you’re out on a tropical vacation, vineyard hopping or glamping. And by spotlight, we mean the flash of a camera!
It’s a no-brainer to hire a photographer for your wedding and, naturally, you probably want someone to be there to capture the life-changing moment that is your proposal. So, why overlook the opportunity to have high-quality photos taken of your bachelorette party? Like most other aspects of your wedding, you’ve probably spend a good amount of money on the party, so it’s important that it is captured well.

You and your friends are going to take pictures regardless. Don’t waste your energy taking turns with your iPhone or trying to squeeze into a self-timed photo. Let a professional take the wheel. The photos will be a million times better than anything you could snap on your phone. Professional photographers know what they’re doing with a camera and how to capture your best look.

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Fun and Fierce Bachelorette Boudoir Session Country Outdoor Cut off Jeans and Lace Bralettes Barlow Boudoir
Silly Champagne Shower for Flirty Bachelorette Bridal Party Boudoir in the Countryside Outdoor Barlow Boudoir

How Does a Boudoir Photo Session Work?

Boudoir photographers are professionals who treat their clients with respect and care. When you book your private or group boudoir photo session, your photographer will ask you where you feel most comfortable and safe taking the photos, as well as what style and theme you would like to embody. Boudoir photographers prioritize their clients style, requests and budget.

It’s your celebrity moment!

If you ever wanted a reason to have personal paparazzi follow you around, or be the at the center of the spotlight, here’s your chance. At a personal boudoir photo session or wedding party paparazzi moment, it can be all about you. Go all out! Dress up and dance your heart out, and the photographer will be right there cheering you on and capturing every moment.

The Power of Boudoir

At the end of the day, the power of boudoir is in you. By booking a bridal boudoir photo session you are reclaiming your body and celebrating its beauty and sensuality. Whether it is for you alone, for your squad, or for your soul mate – boudoir is a source of self-affirmation and empowerment. When we were little, we were taught that our bodies had to be physically perfected in order to please others. Time to rewrite the story. Our bodies are perfect just the way they are, and they are not intended to be used or subjugated for anyone else’s pleasure except our own. Boudoir photo sessions are one way to take back your body, your confidence and your sexiness.

Experience the freedom and power yourself.

Urban Rooftop Boudoir Photo Overlooking Raleigh Skyline Alexias Bridal Barlow Boudoir

Best Raleigh NC Boudoir Photographer – Barlow Boudoir Specializes in Wedding Boudoir

ALL of the photographs in this post are by our Heart of NC Weddings recommended boudoir photographer, Richard Barlow. Based in Raleigh, NC, Barlow Boudoir is known for modern boudoir. Richard is a published and award-winning photographer and has 10 years of experience with boudoir photography. He knows how to create an atmosphere that gives the wedding squad the confidence to be themselves. The results are stunning because he captures pure joy.

“I truly feel my sessions are as much (if not more) about the experience as they are about the resulting photos,” Richard says. “Time and time again, my clients have told me that.” He strives to uphold his clients’ comfort and trust so they can fully enjoy the moment.

As you can see, his work is quite different from the traditional boudoir style that you may envision. From a champagne-popping pool party to capturing a sensual portrait, Richard knows how to harness just the right mood in photos. That’s why he is in major demand for bridal boudoir, couple boudoir photo sessions, wedding party boudoir and more, here in the Raleigh-Durham and Triangle area. He is also a wedding photographer – check out Richard Barlow Photography too.

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