How a Boudoir Session Can Heal You

How a Boudoir Session Can Heal You

And Make You Fall In Love With Yourself Again !

by Linda McCarthy

I think the biggest surprise from photographing boudoir sessions is how women start to heal and then fall in love with themselves all over again.  They start to believe that they are indeed amazing women, beautiful, breathtaking and thus start on a journey of self discovery that will forever change how they see themselves. Check out Sophia’s story here..

This is Sophia.  Read how a phone changed her life:

You may have been through a life-changing trauma or going through one right now and need to have validation. This session will definitely give  you the boost you need!! TRUST ME on this one!! 

You may not know it but with my guidance, posing and lighting skills, you will soon see (almost right away) that you are a BADASS!!! That first 10 minutes into the shoot will catapult you into a new realm of self confidence of loving yourself and feeling so freaking amazing you won’t believe it!!

Don’t believe me? Check out Kristin’s testimonial:

I think I’m still on Cloud 9 from my shoot!  What an amazing day!  I can’t thank you enough for all that you did for me. I don’t remember the last time I had that much fun, and I have never felt more empowered or beautiful. A switch flipped inside of me that day, and I know I will never allow anyone to make me feel less than ever again!  You have given me such an incredible gift!  I can’t wait to see all of the images. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough to say!  I will never, ever forget you or that day! ❤️

All you have to do is walk through that door and watch the magic happen !

Linda McCarthy is a professional boudoir photographer in the Greater Annapolis area serving Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  To schedule your complimentary consultation, click the button below.

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

3272 Davidsonville Road

Davidsonville, MD  21035

410-353-3702

How Revealing Will My Boudoir Session Be?

How Revealing Will My Boudoir Session Be?

by Linda McCarthy

So let’s talk about the question that is on your mind: how revealing will my boudoir session be?

My style of boudoir photography is classic black and white that accentuates the sensual side rather than the sexy side. I am not about objectifying the woman but more about capturing her soul and spirit and to show her how beautiful she is. What transpires is that she falls in love with herself and she greets the world with a renewed sense of spirit. I love details such as the nape of the neck, the collarbone, the curve of the waist, the shape of the back, the way she looks at the camera, the subtlety and the hint of….

More than anything, I love capturing the mystery of the woman in my portraits  — her sensuality is very subtle, yet it is there, like a present waiting to be opened up. 

You have the final say on what it is that you want to wear. In order for you to decide, our consultation digs deep into what makes you unique. Remember, we are all originals and my job is to find your original. Some of my clients love lacy boudoir type clothes, others get in touch with their cowgirl side and love wearing cowboy boots, cowboy hat, jacket and cut off jeans. Others love long, flowy sensual type clothing….it is whatever you want.  Some clients prefer art type photography showing more curves, lines, angles of the body and do not want to be restricted by clothing items. Again, it is all personal taste. 

I will guide you through the process and together we will come up with a vision board tailor made just for you. A good place to start thinking about what to wear is my blog on “Sexy Things You Have in Your Closet Right Now.” Remember…whatever makes you feel beautiful, sexy, sensual is what you want to consider when planning out your own boudoir session. I will be here to guide you every step of the way.

Linda McCarthy is a professional boudoir photographer in the Greater Annapolis area serving Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  To schedule your complimentary consultation, click the button below.

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

3272 Davidsonville Road

Davidsonville, MD  21035

410-353-3702

Sexy Things You Have In Your Closet Right Now for your Boudoir Session

Sexy Things You Have in Your Closet Right Now

for Your Boudoir Session

by Linda McCarthy

You are about to do a boudoir session and have no idea what to wear, right?

Well, here is a list of sexy things you have in your closet right now…

           
            -partner’s oversized shirt!
            -bra and panty set (doesn’t have to be fancy)
            -a black dress
            -short skirt
            -cut-off jean shorts
            -pearls
            -scarves
            -man’s tie
            -high heels
            -cowboy boots
            -cowboy hat
            -jean jacket
            -boy shorts
            -silk robe
            -jeans/jean cutoffs
            -fedora hat
            -sunglasses
            -jewelry
            -off-the-shoulder top
            -whatever makes you feel sexy and oh-so-feminine 
 

We have a small studio wardrobe at your disposal and plenty of sheets that clients absolutely love. Pinterest is always a great place to start looking for inspiration or ideas. 

In summary, whatever makes you feel beautiful, feminine, sexy works!! But, stay away from loose fitting clothes as they tend to not flatter in photographs. 

Here are some sample images to inspire you! 

Linda McCarthy is a professional boudoir photographer in the Greater Annapolis area serving Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  To schedule your complimentary consultation, click the button below.

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

3272 Davidsonville Road

Davidsonville, MD  21035

410-353-3702

Will 2022 Be The Year

Will 2022 Be The Year You Invest In Yourself?

by Linda McCarthy

When you sit down to go over your yearly goals, do you include investing in yourself?

We all know that eating right and exercising is usually at the top of the list (and most often the goals are rarely reached), but that is not what I am talking about. 2021 taught me a lot about women through boudoir sessions:  all women want is to accept and love themselves just the way they are — right here, right now.

Can you resonate? Do you find yourself thinking more about what it is that you don’t like about yourself rather than what you do like. If so, here is your one and only goal for 2022:

“I accept, love and honor myself.”

I accept who I am, I love who I have become, and I will honor myself all the rest of my days. That is my 2022 goal.  Write it out. Paste it on the mirror, your computer, dashboard — wherever you will see it and say it over and over again.

Investing in a boudoir session is the next step to seeing your awesomeness.  Every woman by design is absolutely beautiful. We have the most amazing soft skin, we have curves, we are sensuous, and we are mysterious. We are strong, we are resilient, we are caretakers, we are the center of our family’s universe. We are a freaking amazing species!!! 

Let’s collectively rise up and celebrate being a woman!!  When you experience a boudoir session you will experience falling in love with yourself.  You will  experience greeting the world with confidence and you will experience letting your light shine brightly as it should. 2022 is YOUR year!!!

Make the absolute best of it. It is yours for the taking.

Want to see what I mean?  Check out Susan’s testimonial with some of her beautiful photos:

I am a repeat client of Linda’s. I did my first boudoir shoot with her 2 years ago, just when she was starting her boudoir photo business. I remember being so timid and unsure of myself, lacking confidence, feeling ugly. But a mutual friend had posted about Linda’s photos and how amazing they made her feel, and how Linda boosted her confidence.  Shortly after, Linda put out a call for people to model boudoir pics so she could build her boudoir portfolio and I decided to take the plunge. I very badly needed the confidence boost, as I didn’t like my body. I had been married for almost 40 years and divorced for 2 years at that time and was still healing. I thought maybe doing a photo shoot with her would help me to accept myself and my body, and learn to love both. So at the age of 59, I took the plunge. And it changed my life. It changed me. When Linda started photographing me, I was so nervous and uncomfortable, and feeling very insecure. But Linda is not only an amazing photographer, she is also a woman’s cheerleader, champion, supporter, and encourager. As the shoot wore on, and as she repeatedly told me how beautiful and sexy I was, and as she repeatedly lifted me up, my confidence grew, and I started owning it. By the end of the shoot, I was feeling stronger and empowered. It’s amazing how words can affect you. But I still had that doubt, that insecurity and was nervous about how my photos would turn out. Weeks later, I went back to Linda’s studio to review my photos. It’s hard to put into words how I felt seeing them for the first time. I cried and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t believe it was me in those photos. Who was that beautiful, confident, sexy 59 year old woman in those photos? Where had she been all my life? Linda brought out in me what I could never see in myself. I saw myself through her eyes and it forever changed how I felt about myself. I am so grateful to have Linda in my life and to have this experience with her. And I couldn’t wait to do it again with her some day! I just completed my second shoot with her at the age of 61 – a Wet & Wild shoot! And once again, Linda has lifted me up and brought out the sexy in me, the beautiful in me. As I age, my skin and body show it. Though I love my age, I see the wrinkles, and cellulite and sagging body parts, and sometimes it still bothers me. But Linda is there to remind me how beautiful and sexy I am, no matter the age. She has absolutely changed my life and I am so very thankful for her.

The poem “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson has gotten me through a very dark period in my life. I hope it resonates with you as it did me. Enjoy!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel

insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission

to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Here’s to a fabulous 2022 for YOU!!

Linda McCarthy is a professional boudoir photographer in the Greater Annapolis area serving Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  To schedule your complimentary consultation, click the button below:

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

3272 Davidsonville Road

Davidsonville, MD 21035

410-353-3702

10 Ways to Get the Best Boudoir Photos

10 Ways to Get the Best Boudoir Photos

by Maryland’s Premier Boudoir Photographer

Every woman wants to feel beautiful, sexy, and stunning. A professional boudoir photo session can give you that feeling, boosting your confidence and letting you feel like a model for a day. Check out these 10 ways you can plan for the perfect boudoir photos to show off your beautiful self.

Find the right photographer.

More than any other type of photo session, a boudoir shoot requires you to choose a photographer you can trust. If you don’t feel comfortable with the person taking your photos, your images will show it. You don’t want to look stiff and awkward, so choose a photographer who can help you relax and feel as beautiful as you are.

Buy something new.

What better way to feel sexy than to dress up in new lingerie? Check out your favorite boutique for some sexy pieces or even go to Victoria’s Secret. With the lower prices, you can pick up more outfits and have more options for your session.

Play some mood music.

Music at your boudoir session will make you feel more comfortable and confident. Take some time to create a playlist of your favorite songs—songs that make you feel strong, sexy, and powerful.

Change your look.

A boudoir shoot is a great time to try something new—a bold makeup look or a wild hairstyle. There’s no one definition of sexy, so feel free to mix things up and embrace your personal beauty.

Practice posing.

It may feel ridiculous, but don’t be afraid to try out some poses before your shoot. Look through your favorite fashion magazines and try to imitate the models. Try arching your back and leaning forward. And above all, leave a little to the imagination.

Embrace the nerves.

It’s totally normal and okay to be nervous. Feeling nervous means you’re outside of your comfort zone, which is awesome! And don’t worry about what the photographer sees when they look at you—their job is to make you look gorgeous. They want to capture the best of you, and that’s exactly what they see.

Don’t worry about weight.

You don’t have to lose a few pounds to book a boudoir shoot. Come to your session as you are and let the photographer—and your wardrobe—make you look stunning. Your photographer can give you tips on dressing to suit your body type and will pose you in ways that highlight your beauty.

Be open to possibility.

A boudoir session requires you to do things you don’t normally do and strike poses you may have never even considered. Trust your photographer’s experience and be open to any ideas they have for your session. After all, their job is to make you feel gorgeous.

Drink lots of water and avoid overeating.

If you want to look your best and be comfortable, it’s important to stay hydrated and avoid any foods or drinks that could make you bloat. You also don’t want to eat a big meal before your boudoir session. If you feel overly full, you won’t feel sexy.

Have fun.

Above all, have fun with your boudoir session. Relax and let your photographer help you show off your sexy, stunning self!

Want more information? Click the button below to set up your complimentary Zoom call!!

We would love to hear from you!!!

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

www.annapolisboudoir.com

linda@annapolisboudoir.com

The Betty White Syndrome

THE BETTY WHITE SYNDROME

by ANNAPLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

“I may be a senior, but so what? I’m still hot!”

                                    — Betty White

Who doesn’t love Betty White?

At 99 years of age, she is still active mainly doing voice overs and  doing guest appearances as well as being involved in her beloved charity work on behalf of animals. 

And through all of this, she approaches life with an indominable joy and verve.  Her spirit is infectious.  We call it The Betty White Syndrome:

“The bottom line is, I’m blessed with good health. On top of that, I don’t go around thinking ‘Oh, I’m 90, I better do this or I better do that.’ I’m just Betty. I’m the same Betty that I’ve always been. Take it or leave it.”

Sassy and independent, she is a model for us all.

“Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, ‘I’m going to be 30 – oh, what am I going to do?’ Well, use that decade! Use them all!”

“I think it’s your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age in high school and that’s a waste of a lovely life. ‘Oh… I’m 30, oh, I’m 40, oh, 50.’ Make the most of it.”

In doing our boudoir photo shoots, we have been blessed to find some other Bettys out there: women who haven’t shut themselves down as the years have passed.  We haven’t had someone in their 90s come in – yet—but women in their 50s, 60s and even 70s have responded to our ads and came in for a shoot. 

Like most of our boudoir clients, they come in a bit nervous- perhaps even a bit shy and unsure.  But like most of our boudoir clients, they soon open up and embrace the experience

—  and through it, embrace themselves.

Don’t let the thought that you are no longer 30 or even 40 stop you or even slow you down.  As Betty says, “You’re never too old for anything!” 

Celebrate who you are, and come out and join us on a journey of self-discovery and affirmation!

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

located in Davidsonville, MD,

and serving the greater Annapolis area, Crofton, Severna Park, and Howard County.