A lot of boudoir photographers describe their work as ’empowering’ – I’ve done it myself! But I’ve seen that term tossed around so much it started feeling empty. Empowerment photography, empowering boudoir session, “are you ready for the most empowering hour of your life”… it’s everywhere.
But what does that actually mean? What part of the boudoir experience ’empowers’ people? What will this experience offer them that’s so empowering?
When I asked myself and took a look at my values, empowerment was all about creating a container for my clients to discover and connect to themselves. To create a safe space where people are able to express and accept the hidden or shamed parts of themselves. Their sensuality, femininity, power, beauty. And I also thought about being someone who can help them identify and challenge those inner critic narratives keeping them small and hidden. They didn’t call me ‘The Knife’ in my yoga teacher training for no reason. I cut straight to the heart of the matter.
I also thought about what I’ve experienced as disempowering – being told what I should be feeling, being touched without my consent, or what happened at my first boudoir photo shoot – the photographer telling me to push my panties down without talking to me about my comfort level with nudity first. I’ve absorbed past clients’ candid positive & critical (and extremely appreciated feedback) feedback.
Using everything I’ve experienced and learned, I can share with you how Embodied Art Boudoir seeks to empower each and every client.
I can’t speak for other photographers, but at Embodied Art Boudoir ’empowering’ means:
Let’s face it – when you’re half-naked (or fully naked) in front of a camera there can feel like there’s a power imbalance with the photographer. I want you to keep your power so you feel as comfortable & confident in the studio as you do rocking your favourite outfit or sweats!
You are the driver of your experience. You set your intention and decide what this experience will do for you. I provide the structure, support, and opportunity for YOU to create an experience that delights you, feeds you, grows you, and ultimately empowers you.
Now that you’ve seen my heart, I want to know what ’empowerment means to you! Let me know in the comments below!