Surprise Your Guy with a Peek at Your Passionate Side
While the process of planning a wedding can be a joyous experience, there’s one to-do item almost every bride agonizes over: what gift to give her groom on their wedding day. Nationally-renowned and globally ranked photographer Jenny Taylor says that boudoir photos are increasingly popular gifts for brides-to-be to give their guys. “Surprising your groom with a beautiful photo album filled with sexy professional pictures of you is a truly special and intimate gift,” she says. Taylor and her all-female staff work with brides of all shapes, sizes and ages to create beautiful pictures that showcase a client’s individuality, beauty and personality. Pictures from the shoot are then used to create a sophisticated leather-bound photo album for the bride to present her partner on their wedding day.
In many cases, bridal boudoir photos are as much for the bride as they are for her groom. Women spend lots of time (and, in some cases, big bucks) on amped-up fitness and beauty routines leading up to their nuptials. “Right before her wedding day is the perfect time for a bride to take a moment and celebrate herself with a boudoir photoshoot,” says Taylor. “Not only are most brides looking and feeling their best in the weeks leading up to their wedding, but the excitement and happiness they’re feeling during that time really shows through in photos.”
Ready to step in front of the camera? Here are some of Jenny’s top do’s and don’ts:
DO take the time to do your research. It’s important to find a photographer that not only has a solid reputation but with whom you feel comfortable. Before booking your session, read through testimonials and online reviews of clients they’ve previously worked with. Ask to see examples of their work and schedule a phone call with them to get a concrete feel for their professionalism and personality.
DON’T feel like you have to wear lingerie. “One of the biggest misconceptions about boudoir photography is that wearing super-sexy lingerie is a requirement,” says Taylor. While many of her clients do wear teddies, bra & panty sets or negligées, others opt for more playful looks, like a jersey from their guy’s favorite sports team, a strategically placed sheet or silky robe.
DON’T spray tan. While it might be seem like a good idea to get your tan on before stepping in front of the camera, it isn’t. Tan skin actually counteracts the lighting used for boudoir photos, yielding a less-than-desirable look. Steer clear of any self-tanning products at least 5 days before your shoot.
DO remember that this experience is as much for you as it is for your groom. Women spend lots of time (and, in some cases, big bucks) on amped-up fitness and beauty routines leading up to their nuptials. “Right before her wedding day is the perfect time for a bride to take a moment and celebrate herself with a boudoir photoshoot,” says Taylor. “Not only are most brides looking and feeling their best in the weeks leading up to their wedding, but the excitement and happiness they’re feeling during that time really shows through in photos.”
DO make sure you’re groomed in all the right places. If you’re planning on getting a bikini or body wax, be sure to do it 5-7 days before your shoot to make sure you don’t have any bumps or redness.
DON’T bring your mom, your bestie or anyone else to your shoot. Having in a friend or family member there will not only distract you but will take away from the experience, which should be all about you!
About Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography: As one of the country’s most talented and sought-after boudoir photographers, Jenny Taylor is as well-known for her stunning images as she is for her unique approach to her work. “Our goal is to give our clients an unforgettable experience that leaves them feeling empowered, confident and beautiful in their own skin,” Jenny explains. Unlike her competitors, Jenny focuses on highlighting the personality and individual beauty of each client, rather than trying to create images that mirror society’s unrealistic views of “what’s sexy.”
Taylor’s two stunning and luxurious Chicagoland studios are entirely private, customized and all-inclusive. Professional make-up artists, hair stylists and wardrobe consultants are on staff and on-site to help make each client achieve the exact look their going for. Clients are given expert coaching and direction from all photographers, each of which has been personally trained by Taylor herself.
Can’t make it to one of the Chicago-based studios? No problem! For those located outside of the Windy City area, Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography offers a very unique “Vacation Boudoir” package that can be shot most places in the United States. This package includes all of the offerings of the Chicagoland studios plus airfare, luxury hotel accommodations, round trip airport transportation and dinner with Jenny and her staff. To date, Taylor and her jet-setting staff have done Vacation Boudoir shoots for clients in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii and Bahamas.
For over 5 years, Jenny has been producing glamorous photos for countless women all over the country as well as celebrities like Sheana Marie of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and AshLee Frazier and Holly Julian of ABC’s “The Bachelor”
For more information, please visit www.jennytaylorboudoirs.com.