NSFW totally jives with our entire philosophy about inclusive boudoir photography and it’s the reason we decided to start shooting boudoir in the first place! What better way to encourage people from all walks of life to take a beat to embrace who they are and look at themselves with love and acceptance?
After photographing weddings for several years, we decided to start adding more boudoir photography to the mix. And, you know when something just clicks (😂) right away? Even after that first boudoir shoot, we knew we were onto something good and couldn’t wait to keep exploring this incredible and intimate form of art.
But why were we drawn to boudoir photography? Well, for multiple reasons!
One is the same reason why we love shooting weddings—despite everyone having a camera in their pocket these days, people rarely have the opportunity to be photographed without worrying about the camera. To just be you, relax, and enjoy the whole process (and the results!).
Boudoir photography, like weddings, allows us to capture you in this moment—your sensuality and vulnerability (and connection, in couples boudoir sessions)—in a way you might never see for yourself. And we think that’s pretty freaking cool.
Which brings us to our next reason for shooting inclusive boudoir photography.
We strongly believe that each individual has a unique sexual power that deserves to be celebrated. EVERYONE is beautiful, and everyone deserves to have their story told—no matter their shape, size, gender, orientation, or race.
However, many of us are surrounded by influences that would have us believe differently. Even the word sexuality can conjure up something almost distasteful or shameful to some people. And, to put it frankly, we think that just sucks.
But, we believe that expressing sexuality is one of the most natural and beautiful ways to express part of the essence of who a person is and, obviously, the way we capture it is never going to be anything even close to distasteful or shameful.
At NSFW Boudoir Photography, we strive to change that narrative and break stigmas around sexual empowerment. We throw conventional beliefs and perceptions out the freaking window and we don’t expect anyone to fit a specific mold or impossible beauty standard—we just want to help you see your innate beauty and embrace it. Inclusive boudoir photography isn’t just a slogan or a gimmick we throw out into the world, it’s our core philosophy—it’s who we are and how we live our lives, every dang day.
Here’s what we believe boudoir should mean:
Yes, you read that right! Boudoir is for everyone.
While there are several boudoir photographers out there pioneering this concept, there is still work to be done. We really want to explain to the world what inclusive boudoir photography actually means!
We get it, and we want you to know you’re not alone! But guess what?! You don’t need to look a certain way to have incredible boudoir photos taken.
You just need to be yourself.
How liberating does that sound?! Just come in for a boudoir session and be you! We’ll do the rest!
And, in case nobody has told you this lately, you are perfect, just as you are. Every “flaw”, every “imperfection” is part of what makes you beautiful and unique. And boudoir photos will totally help you realize that.
At NSFW Boudoir, we are all about body positivity, sex positivity, and offering a judgement-free boudoir experience where you can let your freak flag fly, so-to-speak! So, whether you love being in front of the camera or it’s your very first photoshoot, we’re here to help you celebrate the incredible human that you are.
As we’ve already said (but it’s TOTALLY worth repeating), our advice to our clients is always to just be yourself. You don’t have to change anything, or do anything that makes you uncomfortable. You don’t have to worry about what we’re thinking.
The idea of boudoir is that it’s supposed to help you feel even more comfortable in your own skin, and encourage you to love yourself just the way you are.
That being said, we understand that boudoir photography is an intimate experience and that you might feel pretty nervous about giving it a try—we totally felt all the nerves, insecurities, and vulnerability during our couples boudoir session, but it was SO worth it. We LOVE our images SO much and we are so happy that we took a chance and put ourselves out there, past the edge of our comfort zones. Being vulnerable and embracing your sexuality can be incredibly freeing!
Because we’ve been in front of the camera as boudoir clients, we’ve learned some great tips and tricks about getting the most out of a boudoir session.
Here are some ways that we help our clients feel comfortable during our boudoir shoots:
Our goal is to show you—the complete essence of you—in an unscripted, authentic, candid way. You don’t need to go out and get glam makeup and hair done or buy a new expensive set of lingerie, if that’s not what feels like you. Of course, you can totally get dolled up if you’d like and wear whatever you wish to your boudoir shoot, but it’s not a necessity.
And you NEVER have to worry about posing or looking “perfect”. We are going to guide you through the entire process and make it feel natural and easy. This is our thing! It’s what we do!
Also, boudoir doesn’t always have to be about sexiness. It’s about inviting the opportunity to have your personal, intimate story told—whatever that story is.
The main reason we have fallen in love with boudoir photography and promoting body positivity is the empowerment it offers to our amazing clients.
Many of our clients not only feel a great sense of empowerment and strength after a boudoir session, but also a sense of relief. It’s an expressive side of ourselves that we often keep hidden or maybe don’t even know exists.
Give yourself permission to set it free, baby!
If you’re looking for inclusive boudoir photographers in Chicago, you’re in the right place! Please feel free to view our boudoir portfolio and get in touch with us if you connect with our style and values, and are ready to unleash your sensual side!
We look forward to capturing your unique story!