Every industry has its myths, and boudoir photography is no different. With ever-evolving styles and different photographic visions, it can be hard to know what’s true and what’s fiction. But you don’t have to keep wondering about which is which. Here are five myths about boudoir photography, debunked.

1) You Need To Do It For Someone Else- While boudoir photos make a great gift, these sessions aren’t exclusively for the benefit of others. Boudoir photography is all about loving what you’re rocking, and each photo is about celebrating you. If you think your celebration of self is better when shared with someone, great! If you’re looking at it as a present for yourself, that’s great too!

2) You Need The Perfect Body- If you have a body, it’s perfect for a boudoir photo shoot. There is no ‘right’ type when it comes to boudoir photography—this is all about loving your one-of-a-kind self. Whether you’re curvy, petite or anywhere in between you’re perfectly poised for a boudoir shoot. Have questions? We’re here to help, and would love to give you tips for your specific body type. Shoot us an email at _________.

3) You Need Expensive Lingerie- Some of my favorite spots to grab beautiful lingerie are anything but expensive. If you’re working with a budget (or just want a lot of options at affordable prices) hop over to Forever21 where you’ll find just about every type of lingerie. You can also find affordable pieces at other online websites like AliExpress. Great deals are out there!

4) You Have To Wear Lingerie- Real talk: you don’t even have to wear lingerie during your shoot. Your boudoir shoot is all about y-o-u and what you love. If panties and bralettes aren’t your thing, throw them to the wind. Other great ideas for boudoir photos are to use white sheets or to go with a fine art nude style.

5) It’s Pornography- One of the most common myths about boudoir photography is that its porn. Pardon my French, but that’s B.S. Boudoir photography is about empowering my clients. The photos are about bringing the viewer an emotional response to an artistic portrayal of beauty. In the same way that classical art portraiture isn’t considered pornographic, boudoir photography stands apart.

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