Should I Lose Weight?

SHOULD I LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE A BOUDOIR SESSION?

by ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

I hear it all the time: I need to lose 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs and then I will do a boudoir session with you (insert nervous laugh).

Yea, NO, you do not need to lose weight before a boudoir session.  Why would you?

Are you defining yourself by a number on the scale? Is that how you see yourself? By how much you weigh? Step back from the scale for a moment and listen up! You are body shaming yourself, girlfriend.

STOP IT !!!

Would  you ever say the same to your girlfriend. “Hey girl, you are going to do a boudoir session? Aren’t you going to lose a few pounds first?” Of course not! You would never say that to anyone, let alone your BFF! So why say it you!

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What if I were to let you in on a secret? Are you with me so far?  GOOD! Here it is:

You are beautiful just the way you are, right here right now!

Let’s look at the whole you, shall we? You rock it! You look great, you have a great personality, you are loved by your friends and family. You are amazing!

Now here is the secret . . . BELIEVE it! Believe what I just said. Close your eyes and say to yourself, “I am beautiful!” “I am beautiful” “I AM BEAUTIFUL!” Now open your eyes. You feeling it? You bet you are! Because you are not letting weight define who you are. You are a BADASS who needs to let her light shine and by doing so, you will allow others around you to let their light shine as well.

I can go into all the stuff we pros do to make you look gorgeous with the proper lighting, proper clothing, etc. etc., but I am not going there because that isn’t what this is about.

It is all about YOU believing you are beautiful and not allowing a number define who you are.

Like not EVER!

I hope you read this far and, if so, that you will take that first step and set up a complimentary telephone consult.  Let’s chat!  That phone call may change your life and the way you see yourself forever.

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serving the Baltimore/Washington area and the Eastern Shore,

You Are an Original

YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL !

by Linda McCarthy

You are an original, one-of-a kind and there will never ever be another person like you! 

That statement resonates with me. You see I was one of those persons who compared myself to everyone else: “If only I had hair like her,” “if only I could speak as well as she does,” “if only . . . ”  And, when I compared myself to “her,” guess what happened?  She won!  I lost!!  Every single time!!   And, I don’t know about you, but I hate losing!! 

It was time for a mindset change!!

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I read the book, “You Are a Badass” by Jenn Sincero, and she address this very subject, which makes me think I am not the only one who compares myself to others, right?  She says, can you imagine Led Zeppelin comparing itself to Mozart?  Or Marilyn Monroe comparing herself to Kate Moss?  Wouldn’t that have been tragic?! These icons saw themselves as originals, unique and one of a kind, and they embraced themselves and by doing so they shone their light for the world to see!  I cannot imagine a world without Marilyn Monroe, whose legacy lives on.

So the moral of this blog is that you are more than enough. You are beautiful just the way you are, and so nix the urge to compare yourself to others.

Shine your own light, and by doing so you let others shine their own light as well!
Can you?

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Going Au Naturel

GOING AU NATUREL 

. . . and we don’t mean nude!

No, we’re not talking about being nude. . .  we’re talking about being yourself . . . 

about being the natural YOU, not the image others may have of you!

A boudoir session is not about how much skin you are willing to show . . . it’s about feeling free to be YOU!  About relaxing and letting your inner self shine. 

Who are you?  What are you about? 

Are you sexy and sultry or fun and giggles?

Are you demure or brazen? 

Urban with a country soul?  Country with an urban soul?

Whatever you are, we want you to let it out for the camera.  We want to capture beautiful images of the inner you that may have all too often been tucked away or hidden.

We talk about a boudoir session being a liberating experience because it is.  Women come into our boudoir studio often feeling unsure – not only of what they are getting into, but also of themselves.  We see it all the time. 

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But during the boudoir session, they are transformed!  Here is how this happens:

The moment you arrive in my studio with your outfits, you will inevitably say, “I am so nervous.” And, I say, “Yea, me too!” We giggle and the ice is broken. The next step is you relaxing in the makeup artist’s chair, letting her do her magic while you enjoy the splendors of bubbly and covered chocolate strawberries. Why? You deserve it. You deserve to be pampered and have the light shine on you.

Next, you step into the studio. Light music is playing and I start photographing. It’s a dance; we are getting comfortable with each other and sometimes we stop to do some deep breathing exercises and perhaps a bit of meditation. You will see the back of the camera, and be a little surprised at how good you look.

Well, I knew it all along — you just needed to see it yourself. Just imagine if you hadn’t taken that first step, right? Now, you are beginning to believe. You change into your next outfit and are starting to feel it. You’ve awakened. You are getting it.  You are letting your light shine.

It is usually then that I start to see the transformation take place. You can’t believe it’s you. You are feeling empowered, you are not shrinking but instead standing a little taller, and you are letting your light shine. Magic happens. You radiate love, goodness and light.

During the last outfit change, you are now transformed and ready to go!!! It’s like a lingerie explosion in my studio!! “Whatever you want, Linda.” “You make me feel so beautiful.” And I push you to your limits.

That’s the transformative power of a boudoir session with Annapolis Boudoir !

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serving the Baltimore/Washington area and the Eastern Shore,

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Sofia’s Journey

SOFIA’S JOURNEY

by ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

Years ago, I received a telephone call from Sofia answering a ballet model call. She was in her early 40s and a ballet dancer who had a story to tell.

Of course, at the time, I didn’t realize she had a story (though everyone has one), but in the course of showing her the images I created for her, I learned how the phone call she had made to Annapolis Boudoir would change her life forever. 

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Fast forward to a month before all the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place: Sofia came back to the studio to be photographed for her 2nd full boudoir session!

She radiates! She is beautiful! She is amazing!!

Here is what she has to say about her newest experience with Annapolis Boudoir Photography:

This past February I had another boudoir photo session with Linda. She made me feel so comfortable, confident and beautiful, I didn’t have to think too hard about posing, it was very easy to follow her directions.

The results are nothing short of amazing. I am looking forward to our summer session in the Secret Garden.

Thank you Linda.

Here are some of the images from the session:

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Boudoir sessions go much deeper than the word “boudoir.” They EMPOWER you.  They show you what others see about you.  They go beyond anything you can possibly imagine.

All you have to do is take the first (and hardest) step.  Contact us for your complimentary consultation today!  It will be the most single important thing you can do for yourself.

You owe it to yourself !

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One Reason Why Women Won’t Book a Boudoir Session

THE ONE REASON WHY WOMEN WON’T BOOK A BOUDOIR SESSION

by ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

Ever feel bad about yourself?  Do you look in the mirror and cringe?  Do you gasp when you walk by a mirror?

You are not alone.

I would guess 99.9% of women share the same sentiments. I’ve heard it over and over again. I thought that when I started this genre, women wouldn’t do a boudoir session because they gained weight. It surprised me that almost everyone never mentions that. It’s more about feeling beaten down, not good enough, needing a lift.

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My job as a boudoir photographer is to show you the whole you. You never get to see the entire you. But everyone else does.  You don’t see what they see because you are busy looking at the bits of you that you don’t like. You know what I am talking about; we’ve all been there — everyone of us.

And here is where the power of photography comes in !

Photographs tell a story.  They show you what I see but only if you push through your blocks, break down your barriers and let me in. Because when you do, magic happens, and I get to see the transformation right in front of my eyes. Here is how this happens:

The moment you arrive in my studio with your outfits, you will inevitably say, “I am so nervous.” And, I say, “Yea, me too!” We giggle and the ice is broken. The next step is you relaxing in the makeup artist’s chair, letting her do her magic while you enjoy the splendors of bubbly and covered chocolate strawberries. Why not? You deserve it. You deserve to be pampered and have the light shine on you.

Read our blog about how Sofia’s experience changed her life:

Next, you step into the studio. Light music is playing and we start photographing. It’s a dance; we are getting comfortable with each other and sometimes we stop to do some deep breathing exercises and perhaps a bit of meditation. You will see the back of the camera, and will be a little surprised at how good you look.

Well, I knew it all along — you just needed to see it. Just imagine if you hadn’t taken that first step, right? You are beginning to believe. You change into your next outfit and are starting to feel it. You’ve awakened. You are getting it . . . you are letting your light shine.

It is usually then that I start to see the transformation take place. You can’t believe it’s you. You are feeling empowered, you are not shrinking but instead standing a little taller, and you are letting your light shine. Magic happens. You radiate love, goodness and light.

During the last outfit change, you are now transformed and ready to go!!! It’s like a lingerie explosion in my studio!! “Whatever you want, Linda.” “You make me feel so beautiful.” And I push you to your limits.

It’s the most gratifying gift I can give you. The gift of self love.

After the session, you are glowing, simply glowing from the entire experience. And I always mention to make a date afterwards — go out and celebrate you, your uniqueness, your beauty. And let your light shine.

Once you do, you give permission for others to do the same.

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10 FAQs About Annapolis Boudoir Photography

TOP TEN FAQS

ABOUT ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

by Linda McCarthy

1. What is it like to have a boudoir session with you?

It’s all about empowering YOU!!  I want to show you what I see in you  — a beautiful woman who is worthy of having a day devoted to herself so that she finally sees herself in a new light and in turn falls in love with herself all over again and can greet the world with confidence, love of self, and a renewed sense of energy.

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2.  What do I wear to a boudoir session?

Whatever it is that makes you feel beautiful and sexy. It can be a sexy top, a little black dress, a scarf, lingerie, of course and perhaps your partner’s shirt!! It isn’t always about bra and panty sets but more about photographing your beautiful self. We have an array of coverups, body suits and dresses that are at your disposal. Of course, a simple white sheet works wonders 😉  

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3.  How do I prepare for the session?

The top priority is to hydrate. Drink plenty of water. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Take some time out to choose what you are going to bring (bring more than is necessary) and don’t forget to start a mood board on Pinterest to get some boudoir ideas that resonate with you.  Click the button below to see our in-depth guide on how to prepare for your boudoir session.

4.  How long is the session?

The session is about 2 hours, including makeup artistry which takes about 30 minutes. We will start in the studio which boasts natural light as well as studio lighting and an outdoor secret garden custom designed for our boudoir sessions. We also have an old-fashioned tree swing, a Southern front porch and a beautiful pond all waiting for you.

5.  What is the cost of the session and your products?

The session fee is $350 but you will receive a $200 credit towards any products on the list. The session fee includes makeup artistry. Products start at $150 for a folio, $900 for an album and $700 for wall art. We also have collections at a substantial savings to you.

6.  How do I see my images?

You are invited back to the studio to see your images via our plasma screen. Your images are edited and presented to you in a slideshow set to music. This is the time to relax and fully enjoy reliving your wonderful boudoir session all over again.

7.  How do I choose my images?

Once you have seen your images, we will start the process of choosing your favorite ones. Once you have chosen them, we will review your options and decide which product is best for you.

8.  How long will it take to receive my order?

It usually takes about 4 weeks depending upon products, etc.

9.  Is your work guaranteed?

Yes, my work is 100% guaranteed. We have been in business for over 25 years and pride ourselves on our service and products.

10.  How do I book a session with you?

We book out at least one to two months in advance. Please click the button below to contact us to set up your telephone consultation. Our photo sessions are generally Tues-Thursday as well as Saturdays.

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ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

located in Davidsonville, MD,

and serving the DC/Baltimore metro area, southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore