Brooding over Boudoir


So there’s this “trend” in the world of weddings that I’m kind of in love with…but I think I’m too shy to try.

It’s called a “boudoir shoot,” and it’s everything the name implies.

Basically, the bride does a sexy solo photo shoot as a gift to her soon-to-be husband. It’s not porno-level sexy, and as I’ll show you in a moment, it can actually be tastefully done. Alison at The Knotty Bride is one of my favorite wedding bloggers and loves to feature boudoir shoots that are sexy but don’t necessarily focus on the girl wearing racy negligee.

I know Shaun would kill for a gift like this. And I love the fact that he loves me for who I am…including those parts of me that I consider “imperfections.” Since he’s going away on a trip for his bachelor party, I think it would be sweet to stick one of the pictures in his suitcase without him knowing…and give him the rest of the photos when he returned. But I don’t know if I’d have the moxie to pull this off.

First of all, as some of you may remember, I’m a bit self-conscious about my body. So I don’t know how well stripping down (even a little) in front of a photographer would work for my confidence. I don’t even know if this is something photographers in the Midwest have heard of! Maybe it’s a coastal thing…and they’d think I’m a freak if I called asking to schedule a boudoir shoot. That would be a great first impression with the woman who’s going to be capturing our wedding day on film (/sarcasm).

Here are a few photos from shoots that Alison has featured that I like…and would consider doing something similar to if I were to ever do a boudoir shoot.

See the full shoot on The Knotty Bride

See the full shoot on The Knotty Bride

This is one of my favorite shoots ever, and it would be super awesome to do a car shot like that with Shaun’s Camaro. I think he’d die.

See the full shoot at The Knotty Bride

Finally, this is the shoot I can most see myself in. Not that I look like this girl (or any of these girls). But I like the baggy sweater idea. If this ever actually…you know…happens.

See the full shoot on The Knotty Bride

(Just as a warning, I chose the photos that I liked most from each of the shoots/the ones I’d be most comfortable doing myself. Be advised that if you follow the links there are some more risque photos…like real lingerie shots.)

What do you think? Would you do something like this? On one hand it seems like fun…but on the other hand I’m hesitant/nervous/just a big chicken. Plus I don’t know if this type of thing is really acceptable in the simple, naive backwoods of Northern Wisconsin. What do you think of the idea in general…as a gift for your husband that (in my case) no one else would ever see? I need advice!


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  3. Well my dear, I will admit it has been far too long since I’ve been on your blog. Now that I have…

    I love the shoots. They are fabulous and sexy and must have been fun and empowering to do. I would love to do one, for sure. Minus the…not wearing things and feeling that I look good in pictures, which would require a lot of confidence I don’t have yet.

    That being said…I don’t know that I would give the shots as a gift to anyone but myself.

    I guess maybe I don’t know that anybody I’ve ever dated would appreciate them. Like, the work and the beauty of the shot and the art of carefully letting some piece of clothing drape as if it just fell there, even though it took seven different placements to get right.

    It would just be a bunch of pictures of a girl they thought was fairly attractive (at least I assume they did… I mean, they did date me) doing fairly sexy/cute things.

    SO, think about whether or not Shaun would really appreciate the album or not. And that’s how I would decide. Because my guess is the money that goes into a photo shoot is a lot. Unless you’ve got friends that you trust to take flattering semi-nude pictures of you comfortably. And while I think it’s a great gift to do for YOURSELF… whether it would be equally appreciated by the recipient is your call.

  4. You are beyond wise. I really, really love the perspective that you’ve given me on this. For the record, I think I’m going to get them done…but whose hands they end up in (or whether they are shared) is something I haven’t decided yet. Thanks for the insight!

  5. TACO! I love this! I’ve never heard of it, but its super cute. Especially if you do it and feel comfortable. I love the idea of putting it in his bags, so cute! And you can always get a tasteful one to put in the bedroom, to keep that spark! I really hope you do it…hell, I’ll take the pictures!

  6. also, these girls are in their underwear and cute tops…its like a swimsuit! on a cute bed, or on a truck…it would be hot 🙂

  7. I’ve been looking online for cute dresses/sweaters that are a little more revealing or short than I’d normally wear…with these pictures in mind. I’m positive I want them done now, especially because all of you guys have been so supportive of the idea. Now I just need to find someone to take them, haha.

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