YOUR BOUDOIR DAY
Your day is here. You are excited, and a little bit nervous, but that will fade. The stylist is working her magic. Red lips...maybe. False eyelashes... definitely. New lingerie awaits you, still in the package from the store. Your hand-crafted refreshment is near it’s end. Your boudoir session is about to begin.
Hello and welcome to Venus Photography. We are an Omaha, Nebraska based photography studio specializing in the art of boudoir. Creating cherished artwork that celebrates women through intimate portraiture is our sole mission. It is through the experience of boudoir photography that we hope to reaffirm the beauty, confidence, and passion found in all women. Boudoir is an intimate way to express yourself, to celebrate yourself as a woman. So, please, look through our site and discover what boudoir photography can truly be.
WHY WE ARE UNIQUE
Providing an experience that is second to none, and images that stand out is what Venus Photography prides itself on. We use a variety of locations from which to shoot, giving us a greater variety in our images. Our images are produced with knowledge gained from studying with industry leaders in posing and editing. This has produced a unique shooting style. To round out our exclusive experience, we use products from masters in their specific medium. All of these elements combine into a luxury boudoir experience like no other.
The Why of it All
In a word, emotion. I started my photography career with my attention on family and senior photographs. I worked with some great people. However, I began to notice something. Most of the time, the photos were for one person in the family, no matter how many people were in them.
I began to realize that if a person is not invested in their photos, then no matter what skill I bring, the photos will always be lacking.
I want my photography to mean something to the people it captures. There are few things more important than raising someone up, and showing them the beauty they possess. Boudoir photography builds confidence and strength in women. Women find empowerment and liberation, and it is fun and exhilarating. Boudoir celebrates women. It celebrates their form, their individuality, and their passion.
I'm sarcastic. Probably a little too much, and if you ask my wife, at the wrong times. But I don't think so.
It makes me happy when one one of my children asks me to turn up a song that was written before I was in high school. Some of their recent favorites are The Rolling Stones, old Aerosmith, and The Black Crows.
First and foremost, I am a husband and father of four. For most of my time, I am a stay at home dad, slowly being driven crazy by my four wonderful children. I like reading to them and I despise Legos (they hurt so bad in the middle of the night). I like to play blocks and build towers and I live in a sea of discarded string cheese and fruit snack wrappers. I cook wonderful meals that are not eaten. I’m pretty sure my kids are 32% hot dog, 44% chicken nugget, and the rest carrots and ranch.
Mixed in there somewhere is my love of photography and the effect it can have on people. Photography is one of the few ways that we can relive our experiences with ourselves as the subjects. Photographs have taken on a meaningless convenience in our society. And that is a shame, because photos are supposed to lead us to a place of fond memories and emotional response. That is what I try to achieve with my photography.
We guarantee your privacy at all times. At no time will we release or publish your name, email address, photos, or any other information without your expressed permission. We do, however, hope that you will be as proud of your photos as we are, and allow us to share them with other women looking to take part in the awesome experience that is a boudoir shoot. There are several ways for you to allow us to share your artwork. We would love permission to share your photos on our website and social media. If that is something that you are not comfortable with, there is the option to allow us to show them through in-studio samples. And as always, if you don’t want anyone to see them, nobody else will. That’s our promise to you.
At Venus Photography, we realize that a boudoir experience can make some a little nervous. We do our best to make sure that the environment we provide for your experience is private and comfortable. It is very important to us that our clients have an experience that is enjoyable and relaxed. We guarantee that we will make every effort to ensure that your experience will be comfortable, enjoyable, and one that you will be pleased you did.
We take pride in the work that we do and we feel honored when each of our clients chooses to do their boudoir shoot with us. That is why we pledge to put forth our very best efforts for each and every client. It is often the little touches and going the extra mile that makes someone’s experience the best it can be, and we at Venus Photography want that to be the case for all of our clients. If there is something we can do to make your shoot, or any aspect of your experience with us better, please do not hesitate to ask.
We work with and source our products from some of the best printers and suppliers around. All of the effort and time on both the part of our clients and us means little if the final products that we provide our clients are not the absolute best they can be. We guarantee that your final products will be of the highest quality.
We do it every day, choose what we are going to wear. How we dress is an important part of our self-expression. The clothing that we adorn our bodies with is often vital to how we project ourselves.
This holds true, possibly even more so, for a boudoir shoot. What is it that you want from your boudoir shoot? Let that guide you toward your decisions. Planning what you want to wear and bringing a variety to your shoot will help to ensure that you are left with a beautiful variety of images.
An example of what someone might bring to their shoot would be:
- A little black dress
- An over-sized sweater
- 2 matching sets
- At least one pair of heels
- And possibly stockings and garters, a body suit, and a steel boned corset
Of course, those are just suggestions. Stick to your own style and personality. Or don't if you really want to go outside of your norm, which is just fine.
Listed below are links to some Pinterest boards that I have put together as inspiration. While none of these are required by any means, having a variety for your collection of photographs can really help to tell your story. And definitely consider trying at least one outfit that is something you may not normally consider. Often times clients find those photos to be their favorites.
I know you have questions about a boudoir photo shoot. I have tried to answer many of the most popular questions here.
Can I bring a friend to my boudoir photo shoot?
Absolutely! I do ask that you bring another woman with you as this generally cuts down on any extra nerves that your husband or boyfriend may bring to the session. Besides, this is probably a surprise for them anyway! In fact, if both you and your friend have sessions, you will both enjoy an awesome discount!
What if I have an area or two that I don’t like?
No problem! Almost everybody does and that is why I am here. First of all, you came to a professional to help to ensure that you look your absolute best in your portraits. I skilled in posing you to make sure that your body is looking its best. Additionally, all of your final portraits will be completely and professionally retouched to make sure all the little things are taken care of. These include blemishes, cellulite, stretch marks, etc. Don’t worry, everything will look awesome!
I’m not photogenic! I don’t like taking pictures!
Yes you are! You will be looking your best and having a terrific time and I will be concentrating on getting you the best images. You will be so thrilled that you did a boudoir photo shoot!
Do I have to get naked?
No, you don’t. I respect your comfort levels, which are established well before we begin the shoot. A boudoir photo shoot is not always about getting naked. Often times it is no more revealing than a swim suit. And implied nudity is always an option as well. Boudoir photography is about looking, but more importantly, feeling sexy, and whatever makes you feel sexy is what is important!
I have been looking at the Internet and some magazines and I have some photos that I like. Can you take a photo of me that looks like the ones I found.
Yes! I absolutely can. While we do not copy others work, I try to fuse my style with yours, I can certainly capture a pose, feeling or mood, or theme of a photograph that you like. To help do this, I ask that you make an "inspiration board" on Pinterest that will guide us in this process. Your boudoir photo shoot will be your own, but inspiration from anywhere is welcome.
I have been thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot but I don’t think I want my face to be recognized on your website. Do my photos have to be on your website?
At Venus Photography I respect your privacy and your wishes in regards to sharing your photographs. While I do wish that you allow me to use your images to show other women just what a great time a boudoir photo shoot can be, you can request that I don't show your face, or that I don't use your images at all. But I am sure you will be so pleased and proud of your photos that this won't be an issue!
Do all of the photos on your website use professional models?
They do not. While we have, and occasionally do work with local and national models, most of our portfolio is made up of images taken with local women who do not model. I do try to make sure that each women looks her best and understand that you might think that all of them are models, and frankly, that is my goal.
I would be too nervous to do a boudoir photo shoot. Is that normal?
It certainly is, but we will work together to get past your nerves. And remember, often times a boudoir photo shoot is no more revealing that a swimming suit!
I could never pose like the women I see in your photos and in other places. What will I do?
That is why I am here. I am skilled in coaching you to move and pose in ways that will flatter your body and give us great shots during the session.
I’m a curvy woman that is not a size 2. Is a boudoir photo shoot the right thing for me?
It is the right thing for every woman! Doing a boudoir photo shoot is not about being naked. It is about feeling sexy, vibrant, sensual, and having an outstanding time!
Will my photos be retouched?
Yes, they are all professionally retouched for color, composition, blemishes, and other stray or distracting marks. What I will do is use my talents to make you look amazing in the photographs. What I will not do is take twenty years or twenty pounds off of you. You are beautiful as you are and I go for honesty in beauty in our photographs and try to stay true to that as much as I can during the retouching process. If, however, you have a mole, scar, etcetera that you wish to have removed from your photos, I can certainly accommodate that.
How long does it take to see the photos from my session?
This time can vary slightly, but it is my goal that you will see proofs of your photos within two weeks of your session. At this time, you will choose your favorites for your album and any other of our great products that are sure to please.