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Nicole | Boudoir | Brisbane | 1st March 2015

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A couple of months ago, I published a blog post about why I love photographing weddings and I promised to write a blog post about why I love boudoir and chose to focus on boudoir and weddings in my business over the past year.

Boudoir photography is a genre of photography that I kind of just fell into. When I first started out full time in my business, I did a facebook shout out for anyone who was keen to do a photo shoot – any kind of shoot. And two of my first clients were requests for fine art nudes and a cheeky boudoir session. I must say that when I first approached the fine art nude session I was so incredibly nervous. I had to hire lights and a background for the days as I hadn’t yet purchased any and I borrowed my sisters house as a location for the client to come to. I felt like I was completely out of my depth. But something magical happened. My client was relaxed. She brought plenty of posing inspiration for the types of photographs she wanted and I made it through the session without any major hiccups. I look back on that shoot and am incredibly proud of what I produced and there is still a shot from that shoot that is one of my favourite boudoir photographs even to this day.

It was from there that I was asked to photograph more of these sessions. I really started to look into the boudoir genre and learn more about the art of boudoir photography. What makes a great boudoir photo? What is the kind of mood that I want to portray? How do I want my girls to feel when they are photographed? The trend of boudoir photography was really starting to take shape in the states, but was still relativity new here in Australia. It was certainly a genre of photography that I really enjoyed shooting – not just to capture some gorgeous photographs of the girls I had in front of my camera, but for getting to know the girls – their stories and their body confidence journeys. Every girl that steps in front of my camera has her reasons for being there and I love hearing about the why. The conversation no matter where it starts always ends up being about body confidence and how society is so hard on women and their bodies.

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Sometimes when I mention that I photograph boudoir or fine art nudes, I think a lot of people tend to think trashy or x rated style of photography. I have always tried to capture beautiful, sensual, tasteful boudoir photos that capture the beautiful nature of each and every woman that steps in front of my camera. I love photographing women of all ages from 18 right through until 50+. I love photographing all body types and really being able to bring out the beautiy in each and every one of the women that I have photographed. An amazing photographer, Sue Bryce that I follow and have learnt many tips and tricks from, has a motto that resonates with me “I want to take the most beautiful photograph of you that you have ever seen.” This is a goal that I have for every session and I try to achieve this each and every time a woman steps in front of my camera. I want to showcase what makes her uniquely beautiful.

I think that boudoir photography is such an empowering art form. I love taking a woman who is incredibly nervous in front of the camera, feeling a little insecure and daunted by the prospect of being photographed, into a gorgeous confident woman who is comfortable walking around naked. The journey of confidence and empowerment is what drives me to be the best boudoir photographer I can be. I love hearing every woman’s story and reason as to why they have chosen to do a boudoir session. I have women who have chosen me to photograph them to help them through their body confidence issues, women who are on a healing journey after being sexually abused want to feel empowered, confident and beautiful in their skin again, Mums who want to feel good in their bodies again after having their beautiful children, women who have been through a hard time or a relationship break up to women who want to surprise their partner with a cheeky little gift. It amazes me that as a society and especially as women we are all so insecure and judgmental about our bodies. I love that through photography I can help each woman that steps in front of my camera feel a little more confident and comfortable in their own skin. We spend way too much time feeling crappy about our bodies, it’s time that we embrace who we are and celebrate our uniqueness at whatever size, shape or form that takes. As long as you are healthy, that is all that matters.

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So that is a little overview about my boudoir photography journey and the “why” behind my passion for the art and the experience. I love that feeling that each client walks away with. I learn so much from each and every woman that steps in front of my camera and I feel that it is such a privilege to get to do what I do.

And to finish off a this blog post, here are a few of the gorgeous women I have had the pleausre of photographing.

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A beautiful moment that I was lucky enough to witness last year was at Emily and Paul’s beautiful wedding. As Emily’s Dad walked her down the aisle, her Mum and Grandma had some of the most beautiful expressions – utter joy in witnessing that moment. I am so glad that I was watching and able to capture such a special moment. It’s moments like these that make me fall in love with wedding photography again and again!

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Miss L | Boudoir | Brisbane | 25th Feb 2015

Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Miss L for a boudoir session. She wanted to do a boudoir session for her partner as he was heading overseas  on deployment. Miss L wanted a cheeky little black book that he could take with him to remember her while he was away for an extended period of time. Miss L wanted to keep her photographs private, as something special just between her and her partner, but here is her boudoir experience.

About You
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Quiet, caring and curvy.

Describe 3 things people might not know about you:
I am a complete bookworm, extremely shy and a neat freak.

Describe 3 things you wanted your boudoir session to represent:
I wanted this boudoir session to represent my love and devotion for my partner, the confidence he gives me to be myself and how to be comfortable in my own skin.

How do you feel about your body?
My body is unique and I want to celebrate my uniqueness.

What is your go-to item when you want to feel absolutely gorgeous?
A dash of perfume.

What is your best tip for feeling beautiful?
Smile; the world seems to change when you look out on it smiling.

What does confidence mean to you?
Confidence means being able to love the body you have and feel comfortable in your own skin.
The Experience
Why did you book a boudoir session with Nicole Barralet Photography?
I booked the session to surprise my partner before he left to work overseas.

What does the term “boudoir photography” mean to you?
It means celebrating my body and my personality in an extremely personal and beautiful way.

How did you find the experience of being photographed by Nicole?
It was an extremely fun and rewarding experience. Having booked the session for someone else’s benefit I was not aware that I would be the one leaving there gaining as much as I did.

If you did the shoot as a gift, how did you boyfriend/partner/fiancé/husband react to the gift?
He was shocked that someone as shy as I did the session and blown away with the pictures. It was a huge confidence boost watching his reaction to the photographs!

Has the experience of doing a boudoir session helped you feel more confident, more empowered, sexy and comfortable with being a woman?
I feel very sexy and empowered by the experienced and more comfortable in my own skin as young woman.

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Thank you Miss L for sharing your boudoir experience with us. I am so glad that you enjoyed the experience and your partner loved his surprise!!! I love creating beautiful boudoir sessions for my clients!!

Today we have the absolutely gorgeous Miss M as our photo of the day. I love being able to experiment and create some absolutely gorgeous boudoir portraits. I love photographing fine art nudes without it being too in your face. I love leaving a little something to the imagination, which I think this gorgeous shot does. And who doesn’t love black and white. I love black and white boudoir photos!!!

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The photo of the day today is all about the funny little things that can happen on a wedding day…. like the rings getting stuck…

The wedding day of Kristy and Jerardo was an eventful one! Lots of crazy things happened and the rings getting stuck on the pillow was one of the funny little moments that they no doubt even today would bring a giggle just thinking about it. Who ever tied the rings on to the pillow must of tied them pretty tightly as Jerardo had a tough time getting them off the pillow! He tried to untie the knot, tried with his teeth and eventually someone had to get a knife from behind the bar to cut the ties off!!

So my advice for future ring pillows is to tie the ribbon tight enough that the rings won’t fall off, but not that tight that they can’t be untied!

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