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Another Mum-to-be
07th August 2017 - 0 comments

I've been photographing Boudoir sessions for over five years, and surprisingly, this year saw my first Maternity Boudoir session. It is my only one no longer. Read about the second Mum-to-Be and her beautiful Maternity Boudoir photo session.
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Eterno Boudoir in The Land of the Blue Rinse
06th August 2017 - 0 comments

I believe that age is just a number, but does this apply in the world of Boudoir photography? Read on to find out...
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Mum-To-Be Boudoir
09th April 2017 - 0 comments
Regular followers of my work and blog posts will recognise this young lady. Faith had a bridal boudoir session with me last year, but has returned for another, even more special Eterno Shoot!

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2016 - Boudoir In Review
02nd January 2017 - 0 comments

2017 is upon us, but before I look excitedly to what the New Year will bring to MJPP and Eterno Boudoir, I'd like to take a look back at 2016.

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The 5 Golden Rules of Boudoir
13th November 2016 - 0 comments

Following on from the last Eterno Boudoir blog, once again we'll be using the words of the model in this post.

Amy was kind enough to share a few words to describe her feelings and, in this case, impart the five rules of Boudoir as she sees it. Having read what Amy says has written, I just have to share it with you all….it's perfect.

No Stranger To Eterno
This is not Amy's first Boudoir shoot with me. So it's reassuring to know that she has felt comfortable enough to come back again for another Eterno Boudoir Session. This session was different to her previous shoot with me, for a start it was in a different location which enabled the whole session to be shot using the beautiful natural daylight available, and this gave the resulting images a totally different feel entirely. Amy's presence in front of the camera made proceedings easy too, I think she was (and is) very natural in front of the camera, something which doesn't come easy to most, but also something which can become easy if you follow Amy's five golden rules....

In Amy's Words...
I asked Amy to write a few words about her Eterno experience, this is part one...

Anybody who truly knows me will know that I'm not a very confident person who is forever worrying what people think. However these past few years I have learnt to embrace my body, this is me ! I'm no supermodel ... I'm a woman who brought a child into the world who has the wobbly bits to prove it. There's is no 'set check list' that you have to meet in order to feel confident, sexy or desirable but having this shoot made me feel all.

What Are The Five Golden Rules?
Unexpectedly Amy continued with this list of what she sees as her Boudoir checklist for any lady having an Eterno Boudoir session. I thought it was so good, I just had to share it!

Martin is a fantastic photographer who made me feel at ease throughout the whole shoot and not once did I ever feel out of my comfort zone.

To any ladies that are self conscious of having a shoot .... don't be !

. Be confident
. Be proud
. Be Daring
. Be Bold
. Be Unforgettable
You are you own kind of of beautiful

click to tweet the five golden rules....

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Lisa's Story
18th October 2016 - 0 comments

This post will be in a different format to my usual latest ones. I will be using quotes from the lovely subject of this session, and how she felt throughout the process.....why have I chosen to do this? Well, how this lady felt throughout the shoot and afterwards is fairly common when it comes to women of low body confidence, and rather then me put words in her mouth, it seems only right to quote directly....

Back in June I ran a little comp for the members of my Eterno Boudoir Community Group where I gave away a mini-shoot, print and mobile gallery app to one lucky winner. That lucky lady was Lisa, and this post is a little about her session.

Being a competition winner, Lisa didn't approach me for the photo session, however she did say that it was something she would have loved to have done regardless. Her reasons being mainly a confidence issue..." due to having issues around my body..this has been ongoing as I had a weight problem most of my teen and adult life.. also through this and having children the scarring (stretchmarks) have also affected my confidence whilst undressed or in bikinis etc."

Interestingly, Lisa's confidence issue is similar to ones she helps other people with.

"In my job I work with girls and young women to boost confident and self esteem, also concentrating on self worth and being comfortable in your own skin. I often feel a hypocrite as they probably see a confident me, however underneath the layers I have the same issues with the way I see myself and with my body."
So Lisa can now look her young ladies in the eye, knowing that she has faced her fears and body confident issues.

Clearly, with the obvious feelings about herself, the session itself was going to induce a fair amount of nervousness in Lisa.
"The nerves were awful leading up to the shoot, I was really contemplating pulling out as I had looked at the other women who had had shoots and thought 'wow'.. they look amazing... I never thought I would ever look that beautiful or even like a photo of myself in very little clothing."

I know from listening to ladies previously this is a frequent worry, not living up to the women that have gone before, and comparing themselves to others. I believe it's another example of a lack of confidence shining through, where in reality, every lady is beautiful if only they believed what everyone else tells them!
However, the fact that Lisa didn't pull out of the session shows she was determined to prove to herself that this was an experience she wanted to do.

"The first five minutes of the shoot were terrifying, but I had gone there after doing my own hair make up with the mindset just be yourself Lisa!!... so I really had to get a grip with my nerves and do what I was told to, and the nerves quickly eased..."

"I was still nervous throughout the shoot, but that's because being out of your comfort zone always causes nerves or anxiety. I found the ones in my underwear the most scariest as I'm not normally one to wear formal lingerie, it's normally a comfort thing and throw on your favourite most comfortable pants for everyday wear. I also felt uncomfortable looking directly at the camera, however this also got easier throughout the shoot with Martin's encouragement and advice.."

Lisa is so right too, after all, great things never came from comfort zones!!

This last paragraph is the one I love to read the most, and is typical of the way Lisa talked during the proof reveal. She is very honest and speaks from the heart.

"When I first saw the photos I actually was cringing, and there were very few I actually liked. I especially struggled with the ones looking directly at the camera these were my least favourite. (However) since the reveal I have posted one on Facebook and would like to post more as I have actually come to like most of them and appreciate my own beauty. People who I have shown them to have said how beautiful I look in them which shows I'm my own worst critic. I even seem to like the ones looking straight at the camera which is surprising."

Lisa's reaction to the first view of her photos again is very normal. During the first pass, she is dealing with seeing herself in a way she has never done before, and with me sat next to her while she sees them.
I did explain to Lisa that she would like the photos more with each viewing as she gets used to seeing herself in this way. Reading what she says above, this definitely happened.

I'll leave you with what Lisa wrote on her Facebook timeline along with the picture below.

"Thank you Martin for my lovely Boudoir shoot. This is my favourite picture, so happy to share on Facebook as I feel beautiful in this one!!
Ladies, you really need to experience this..."

Does this feeling sound familiar? Are your nerves stopping you from getting a shoot organised, or is it something else?
If you have any comments to make about the experience shared above, I'd love to hear from you. Please post below....thank you!

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Beneath the Veil
28th August 2016 - 0 comments

You may have seen me blog about previous boudoir shoots which were presents from brides-to-be to their future husbands, but this was the first which included the veil and bridal underwear in the shots. It was great to do this shoot, as the theme was totally different to any Boudoir session I've done before. Although, like doing anything new, I always that doubt that as to whether I can still achieve my style. I shouldn't have worried, the beautiful Faith made this very easy.

The implied topless shots involved the bridal veil acting literally as a veil, I opted to shoot into the light to add mystery and a bit of drama too. The room where the shoot took place had a very tall window in it, making the contra-jour style the obvious way to go. It suited the bridal theme to a tee too, the opaque veil in the bright window light worked beautifully.

We finished with the bridal lingerie sets, posing on the bed and adjacent to the window to light Faith more directly. Although the veil wasn't present in these shots, the lingerie certainly said 'bridal' to me. Faith looked stunning in her various outfits, I think her husband to be would have been made up to receive the prints of these shots as a gift.

As with the planning of any wedding, and the associated gifts etc, there is always a budget to adhere to. This was the case with this gift Boudoir session too. Faith opted for a mini-shoot, so the key was to work quickly to capture the required shots in the time available. Three outfit changes and three 'sets' of images may have seemed a tall order, but Faith was a natural in front of the camera. We recorded the images in the usual Eterno relaxed style. It just goes to show that if you were focus on exactly what you want from a session, it can be done on a budget that suits everyone.

I was very keen to share some of these images, simply because they are gorgeous and I'm really happy with how they look. This wouldn't have been possible with permission from my client of course, so I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to Faith for allowing me to share some of the images from this beautiful photo session.

If you're a bride to be and would like to present your future spouse with a beautiful wedding gift, then contact me via the comment box below (comments will not appear to the public) or visit my Eterno Boudoir Web page.

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Where's Audrey?
24th August 2016 - 0 comments

The latest in my series of model call Boudoir shoots features the lovely Carina, and if you look closely enough Audrey Hepburn makes an appearance in one or two shots as well. If you want to read about my first model call session, and why I do them, read my blog post Do It For The Art

This was another photo session where I was completely free to try out various different ideas, and was working completely without any preconceived ideas. Carina was superbly confident and had and eye for detail herself, keenly clearing away any items that may have been a distraction in the shots. Lighting was no problem, a bright day meant ambient light was in plentiful supply, and gave the session a high-key feel. Needless to say the shoot ran very smoothly.

As usual I started with some implied shots, which always seem to be a favourite with my clients. As with my previous model call shoot, we tried some slightly more daring implied shots, with only hands and arms being used to cover the necessary areas! It's these kind of images where the model's chaperone comes into their own, checking that nothing that shouldn't be seen isn't before I arrive to shoot the set. After all, the model's dignity should remain in tact at all times!
Next up was a bit of fun with a chair, and a fan. As Carina said, it was a great way to cover certain areas, in a fun way too.

Moving on I shot a set of images using the mirrors in the room. I love incorporating mirrors (and anything interesting in the client's room) in Boudoir images wherever possible. It allows me to capture shots of the model using a variety of angles and focal points to give a wide range of images to choose from, in a short amount of time and with little movement from the subject. Carina's room had two mirrors, well, a dressing table and a wall mirror, so I worked on some shots incorporating both.

We finished the session with some more 'standard' lingerie shots, albeit from some high angles, which always work well.
I'd like to say a huge thanks to Carina for volunteering and giving up her time to model for me. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

I will be displaying more images from this wonderful session in my Eterno Boudoir Facebook Group, so if you're not already a member, join and see them before anyone else.

If you like any of the styles shown here and are interested in a Boudoir photo session, please contact me through our Boudoir web page here, and I will be happy to organise whatever you may need, whether it's for a chat about what is involved, answer any questions, or organise a consultation.

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Do It For The Art
10th July 2016 - 0 comments

Promotional shoots are a god-send for me. Without them it becomes difficult to turn over fresh and different style Boudoir images to show on my various platforms. I do have clients that are more than happy to share a few pictures from their photo-sessions, but they are in control of which ones I use, and often are similar to those already adorning my boudoir gallery.

So to counter this I run a few promotional photo-sessions each year to boost my cache of shareable images. I work with a limited number of volunteers that model for me and allow me to post any of the shots in return for a free photo-shoot and a web gallery of images to keep. The difference with these shoots is that there is an element of experimentation involved, something I couldn't ask my paying clients to do. I often work in the moment, not planning poses and shots before the session itself, as I find 'happy accidents' make something new and fresh for me. It is, after all, about continually developing my style.

So this talk of promotional images and volunteers can only mean one thing....I've started my campaign of promo shoots, and this is the first! And what a way to start!
No nerves, just excitement from my model Laura before the session. That in itself is a rarity, I tend to use the first five or ten minutes relaxing my clients into the session, but there was no need here. Just a few very simple shots to start with, as I explained the posing and direction. We began (as usual) with some implied topless shots, both laying down and standing up too. (I always start with these kind of shots in a session, if the client wants to do them, due to avoiding strap marks on their skin). It's a bit topsy-turvy are my Boudoir photo put more clothes on as the session progresses!

Talking of which, the next set of shots Laura had considerably more clothing on than previously, a lovely big jumper. I've wanted to do some photos like this for a while, just to show Boudoir doesn't have to be about being nearly naked or lingerie clad.
Laura carried this look off wonderfully, wearing the jumper in an the off-the-shoulder style to give it a boudoir feel.

By this time the ambient light was beginning to fade, but instead if switching on my lighting, I went for a low key approach for the next group of shots. Based on the classic laying-on-back posing, I tried to make this more a candid style, with only a few images having eye contact, and those ones were as if I'd captured a 'moment' rather than the prolonged posed pictures I do regularly.

Personally I love the results. The rim lighting and large areas of shadow can allow parts of the model's body to be lost in the image, which will help any ladies that have certain areas they would like to keep hidden from view.

The shoot from a model's point of view....
As I mentioned earlier, Laura had no nerves before the session started, and was only excited by the prospect. I asked her if there was any issue she may have had as to why she maybe wouldn't book a shoot, she told me that the only question she asked herself is what would you to do with the final photos? After viewing the final shots, she did confess that she wanted to have a print displayed on a wall in her bedroom, so she answered her own question in that regard. I then asked why she volunteered to model for me, the answer was fantastic…"for the pictures, you know….do it for the art!" Quality!!

I will be displaying more images from this wonderful session in my Eterno Boudoir Facebook Group, so if you're not already a member, go here to join and see them before anyone else.

If you like any of the styles shown here and are interested in a Boudoir photo session, please contact me through our Boudoir web page, and I will be happy to organise whatever you may need, whether it's for a chat about what is involved, answer any questions, or organise a consultation.

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Is this THE perfect wedding present?
09th June 2016 - 0 comments
How could any groom say it isn't?
Beautiful photos of his beautiful wife-to-be....

The second most common reason many ladies have a Boudoir photo session (after a treat for themselves) is as a gift for their partner or spouse. Increasingly, this has become a wedding gift for their husband- to-be on their big day.
This shoot was booked exactly for that reason, and I'm betting good money, the groom will love these photos immensely.

What I love is to try some different shots when the opportunity arises. Working at clients' houses means I have to work with whatever backdrop is available. Personally, I think this adds a sense of uniqueness to every shoot I do. The huge mirrored dressing table in this location allowed me to capture these stunning shots.

My lovely client was fantastic all the way through the shoot, initially nervous, as most ladies are, she soon got into the swing of things. I love watching the transformation, as the nerves subside and the confidence begins to grow.

There is a lot of secrecy involved in organising photo sessions as gifts, my discretion is assure of course, but having to hold back from sharing such fantastic shots borders on painful at times!! Still it's worth being patient, after all, don't good things come to those who wait?

How about you...?
It's never lost on me how much courage it takes for women to have a Boudoir session, and I admire anyone that goes through with booking a shoot. Ladies frequently have concerns about how they look, but the confidence they gain once the shoot is over is very apparent. If you would like to boost your confidence, or get some information about an Eterno Boudoir session as a gift for your husband-to-be, your partner, or just for yourself, then please get in touch via The Eterno Boudoir Web Page
Low Key Lovelies
14th April 2016 - 0 comments

This session was the result of a winning entry in a recent selfie competition which I ran on my Facebook Eterno Boudoir Community Group. This session had a variety of standard higher key images and low key images, it's the latter that I'm sharing here…
Many ladies that I speak to love the low key images, those which are dark or in shadow. Apparently because it keeps a lot hidden, which true, but artistically it's the mystery it gives an image.

They are not necessarily the easiest shots to capture….getting the correct balance of shadow and highlights is hugely important, but when they are right, the images just sing.

An Air Of Mystery
14th April 2016 - 0 comments
I loved this session immensely, and enjoyed the proof reveal even more. This one was all about instilling confidence, and removing the tag of 'not being photogenic'. It worked. Whilst viewing the proofs the lady seemed to disbelieve that the photos were of her, always a good sign. I have to admit, whilst viewing her proofs, the lady went very quiet, which thankfully was her trying to take it all in!
Not everyone wants to show off their Boudoir images, that is totally understandable, and I respect their wishes and reasons hugely. So when a client agrees to share any shots from her shoot, I am very grateful. The one image shown here is beautiful, I'm sure you'll agree!

The session itself was just fantastic. The shots I was getting were just beautiful, and so easy to capture too. Despite being clearly nervous about the whole experience, and telling herself that she was not photogenic, this lady was just superb. Very natural in front of the camera, and made my job so very simple. It's just a reminder to all...don't judge yourself harshly, it's not how others really see you!
All Things Bright and Beautiful
14th April 2016 - 0 comments

Boudoir sessions often appear on a lady's 'list of things to', but I've never knowingly shot a bucket list Boudoir session....until now that is...!
It was great to speak to this lady at her ordering session, telling me that even though her partner didn't understand why she had the Boudoir session, she had told him he didn't understand, just accept it was going to was on 'the list' after all! Boom!

Back to the session itself. The ambient light for this shoot was very bright indeed, which far from being problematic, only helped to give a very natural high key feel to the images. This is itself was a bit of a bonus for a shoot in March. Normally I'd be reaching for the artificial lighting! I don't overly plan how I'm going to light my sessions, relying more on decisions made at the time of arrival. I honestly think you have to go with what's happening, the results will look a lot more natural for sure.

A key feature of my Boudoir sessions is that they are a very light-hearted affair, with this one being no different. The standard of banter between the client and her chaperone friend was outstandingly high (which entertained me hugely), but more importantly helped keep everything relaxed.
Another interesting fact about this shoot, was that it is part of a growing trend of photo sessions which are taking place further and further away from my base in Gorleston. It is pleasing for me to see the word (and the business) spreading further afield. So don't be put off by distance...have camera will travel!!

The fantastic make-up for this session was carried out by Make-Up Artist Tamsin Morton, you can take a look at more of her work, and contact her through her Facebook Page.
But I'm Not Photogenic!!
09th January 2016 - 0 comments

Of course you are photogenic, you are all amazing. I have taken hundreds and hundreds of boudoir and portrait images, and I have not seen one which is not beautiful. I work with fantastic looking people who trust me to take their photos, yet I hear far too often that "You'll have you work cut-out…I'm not photogenic at all."

What is Photogenic?
The Cambridge dictionary definition of photogenic is 'having a face that looks attractive in photographs'.
However, being photogenic (or otherwise) is not an affliction of certain individuals, pure and simply it's the responsibility of the photographer.

It won't be your fault!
Take landscape photography as an example. Given the huge variety of lighting conditions, a specific location can look completely different from day to day. This is why landscape photographers can spend many, many hours and several trips to a spot to capture the best shot. Dull, grey days are seldom inspiring, but a lively sunrise or sunset will lift the soul. It's their skill and experience which makes these shots a reality.
Photographing people is no different. There are a plethora of technical aspects to a portrait photograph that needs attention to create the most flattering images of a person.
Incorrect lenses, poor background, unsuitable lighting, badly timed shots and unflattering posing will make anyone look awful in a shot. A good photographer will ensure all these elements are the best they can be to capture the beauty of the subject.

It's a matter of comfort
Photogenic subjects are simply those that are happy to be in front of the lens. As adults, we are conditioned to 'pose' for photographs, forced smiles and false expressions are used to hide our discomfort whilst being photographed. Actors, models and celebrities are all very comfortable and relaxed in front of a camera, so it's no surprise their photos regularly look fantastic is it? This relaxed look isn't solely reserved for the rich and famous, a good photographer will, once again, be able to achieve this for the subject by doing their job well.
Making people feel comfortable is a skill in itself, one which will set someone apart great photographers from just technically gifted ones.

Who do you compare yourself too...?
As a footnote, it should be mentioned that fashion or promotional shoots recording images of celebs, models and actors will have many, many hours spent on their photo shoots, with a bewildering array of editing techniques to fine tune and hone them. Many of which (if I may be so bold) result in a false reflection of the real person. This is the polar opposite of the purpose of portrait photography, which should capture the real person in front of the lens. So don't beat yourself up because you think you don't look like Major Celeb, you are beautiful, and if you don't' across that way in photos, it's the photographer, not you.

Read through our Boudoir Client Love section and you will see mentions of our ladies being 'relaxed', 'comfortable', and 'at ease' during their shoots. It's something we pride ourselves on and not just in the Boudoir genre either. Location portraits are equally laid back and fun, for obvious reasons.
So next time you begin to tell someone they you're "not photogenic", stop and think about where that thought came from. It's more to do with the bad photographer, than the way you look!

Size Does Not Define Your Beauty
05th January 2016 - 0 comments

Amongst the biggest reasons for not having a boudoir shoot, is the question of body confidence, or, more precisely, the lack of it, and body weight. It is a very sensitive issue. I get that. Totally. It's a difficult subject for a prospective client to broach when talking Boudoir, and is often seen as a reason to delay, or worse, not have the boudoir session they actually really want. But it shouldn't be this way. And here's why...
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Eterno Sign-up
04th January 2016 - 0 comments
We have new collections and time only shoots, amongst a whole host of other changes happening to our Eterno Boudoir Photography this year. As you know, we like to give you some offers when starting anything new.....sign-up to our Eterno Boudoir list now and get some discount and free addition to your collection or shoot too!

Boudoir....More than a photo shoot
03rd January 2016 - 0 comments

It's that time of year that as well as looking forward, many people (me included) look back on how the previous twelve months went, both personally and through the business. I like to do an annual review of my favourite photographs, and write a few words about how things went. It was this search through 2015 and it's events that I found this testimonial from a boudoir client.

Thank you Martin for helping me begin to find who I am. My shoot was bought as a milestone birthday gift & a confidence boost into the beginnings of a new life chapter. With very little self esteem, I was completely out of my comfort zone, but Martin, professional to the end, made the whole experience very relaxing & I can't believe the amazing results are actually me! Thank you so much Martin, you have a true artistic talent.

I read it once, remembering who wrote it and what the shoot was like. I then re-read it couple more times. It really hit home to me how a Boudoir shoot is much more than a means to get some beautiful images. It's almost a form of therapy. I say 'almost', that's not really true. It is a form of therapy.

The Positivity of Boudoir
You will have seen a lot of online posts and articles on the positive effects that a boudoir shoot has on a woman's self-confidence. It is very true how much it helps. The testimonial above isn't alone in using the words 'confidence' and 'boost' together in describing a Boudoir experience, there are a large number in our Client Love section which allude to this fact, this to me backs up the claims of Boudoir photographers all over the world.
Sadly women's low esteem and body consciousness is all too common. Very few women that I talk to during their consultations do not have some sort of body image hang-up, some have other issues and reasons for their low confidence; the end of a not-very-positive relationship being another frequent one.
Boudoir helps in many ways, not only in the reversing of low self-esteem, but acceptance of their bodies and ultimately, their own beauty. I see it shoot after shoot, with lady after lady amazed at how they look in their photos. As I say at every consultation, I offer Boudoir sessions for this very reason. We, and I say this because my lovely assistant is very much part of this too, pride ourselves on our ability to bring the smile back into our client's lives.
Do you recognise any of the following reasons used to put off having a Boudoir shoot? "I need to lose weight", "I'm not photogenic", "I've got no confidence", "I have body issues".....? I certainly do, I hear them all the time.
Ironically, thinking that way shows precisely the reason to go ahead and organise a shoot, or at least talk about it.

It's Good To Talk...
The Boudoir consultation is usually the turning point in terms of attitude change change towards the shoot. Most women start the meeting feeling nervous about the whole prospect of their session, but this turns to excitement once the process is explained and they realise how much control they have over what happens. Each and every shoot is tailored to suit the client and their comfort levels. Even if you are just thinking about booking, I recommend a consultation. It will help you see all that's involved, meaning you can make a more informed choice as to whether a Boudoir shoot is for you. I exert no pressure to book, it is genuinely all in your hands.
By booking an Eterno Boudoir session, you won't just be having pictures taken, you will be taking the first step into a new way of seeing yourself. It is certainly much more than a photo shoot.

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Eterno Boudoir - 2015 in Pictures
01st January 2016 - 0 comments
As I eluded to in my location portrait review 2015 In Pictures, 2016 is going to be a big year for the company, with a lot of changes coming for both the family and Boudoir photography areas of the business. For now I'd like to have a brief look back at 2015, which for the Eterno Boudoir sessions, has been fantastic. For the first time I shot slightly more Boudoir sessions than location portraits, reinforcing the popularity of this genre. I started a closed Facebook Eterno Boudoir Community Group especially for past, present and prospective clients to share their experiences and educate women on what Boudoir is all about. It's all been very positive indeed!
So, onto the pictures….I have included only images I have client permission to share with you all. There are a host of shots and shoots that, as much as I'd like to, I can't show. Our client's wishes will be respected at all times!! In no particular order, I have eleven of my favourite images to share. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the ladies here for allowing me to post their photos, with out this it wouldn't be much of a review!!
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Boudoir - Too nervous to enquire? (Updated)
05th November 2015 - 0 comments

I talk through what Boudoir Photography is, why I offer it and why I think women should have a shoot.
My opinion on 'why' is based on my experience of seeing how having a boudoir shoot does genuinely change how a woman sees herself. This is fine, but of course it doesn't help in the 'too nervous to enquire' stakes does it?
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Boudoir Photography - Why it's for you
01st November 2015 - 0 comments
It's one of the most recent 'must haves' for women, appearing on many bucket lists, on things to do before I reach (insert milestone birthday here) lists and is gaining popularity daily. It's everywhere, but is still a complete mystery to many. It's frequently misunderstood, but helps women in ways that you wouldn't believe.
So, what is this 'it'? It, of course, is Boudoir Photography.

So what is Boudoir Photography?
The “boudoir style” typically captures sensual or sexually suggestive images of women (or occasionally men and couples) in a photographer’s studio, luxury hotel or the client’s own home. The most common form of contemporary boudoir is to take a number of posed or candid shots of the subject partly clothed in in lingerie, any nudity is normally implied and not explicit.

Why do women want to have boudoir images taken?
Being a man, I have a distinct disadvantage in answering this. When I first looked into offering Boudoir photo shoots I did my research; reading books, online articles and boudoir websites, and it seemed most mentioned reasons were; a present for husbands or boyfriends on anniversaries or wedding days, to show off a new look such as after weight loss or plastic surgery, and to celebrate a significant birthday. However, not much is mentioned about the real benefit of a boudoir session as I see it….

Why should women have boudoir images taken?
In an age where ordinary people are often comparing themselves to the latest in vogue size 8 celebrity or male sports star, it is hardly surprising that a lot of people, both women and men have hang ups and insecurities about themselves and in particular their bodies. The most positive result of having a Boudoir shoot is an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem. The whole experience is designed for ladies to emphasise their beauty, sensuality and their power, with the resulting images bringing an increased confidence and self-esteem.

I have had experience of shooting boudoir images, and have found the women that have had the shots taken say that initially they were very nervous, which is understandable, but afterwards, particularly after viewing the images, did experience the ‘feel good factor’ and some have even said it could become very addictive! Surprising? Maybe, but what could be better than having a pamper session with a stylist/make-up artist, followed by a photo session to show how wonderful you truly are?
Age, size and shape shouldn't be reasons NOT to go ahead with a Boudoir shoot either. Celebrate who you are and your unique beauty. Remember there is no-one else like you. “Love the skin you’re in and give it a go……what have you got to lose?”

Coming next is a breakdown of how I work, which hopefully will dispel a few fears and worries.