Maternity Boudoir Photos

What is a maternity boudoir photoshoot?

maternity boudoir photography

Maternity boudoir photography is your chance to capture the incredible power of your body. Pregnancy is one of the most magical and mind-blowing transformations a human can go through. Despite being such a meaningful time, 40 weeks of growing life is often emotionally and physically taxing. Often you feel anything but glamorous. A maternity boudoir photoshoot is a chance to pause in the moment and connect with the incredible process YOU are enabling.  

Maternity boudoir photography and the therapeutic benefits

If you’re one of the many women don’t looooove being pregnant (Kelly and we are with you), a maternity boudoir session can be very therapeutic for you. At a time when all the focus is on what you can do to nurture your growing baby, this is a chance to be the receiving end of a little TLC. The hair and makeup process will give you some much-deserved pampering and help you feel more like a goddess vs. an incubator. You’ll be in a safe space among other women who are there to support you. We’re here to acknowledge all that this time means for you, both the great and the tough. The experience of creating these pictures, much like meditation, helps you connect with the present moment. You don’t have to worry about doctors’ appointments, nursery setup, or prenatal classes. Instead, you get to relish pregnancy’s wonder for the three hours you’re with us.

Frequently asked questions about maternity photos:

Which maternity boudoir photography style is right for you?

fine art maternity boudoirWhich maternity photography style is right for you?

As you’ve probably gathered looking through our images, maternity photography can range in style from intimate, boudoir maternity to natural, candid imagery.  Rest assured; each session is customized to YOUR taste and comfort.  We’ll chat before your session to discuss what you’re looking for and ensure you feel comfortable and confident going into your experience.

Going “bump-out” and all that entails:

If you decide to go “bump-out,” or even more with implied nude, know you’re in a safe space in my studio.  Over the last decade, we’ve worked with hundreds of women shooting boudoir photography. We have much practice posing and directing women of all different shapes, sizes, and experiences. You can think of me a bit like a fitness instructor. We’ll guide you through poses that will flatter your frame and highlight all those beautiful pregnancy curves.

By default, images remain private unless you give specific permission for use (as with these clients).

When should I come in for a maternity photo shoot? 

maternity boudoir photographyIn our experience, the sweet spot is between 7-8 months or 30-34 weeks.  You should have a nice popped bump by this point but minimal swelling.  All pregnancies are different, so if you’re popping early (often familiar with second or third-time moms) or late (commonly occurring with longer torsos), you might want to come in a little earlier or later than the others.

What should we wear? 

Oh yes, the BIG question.  Aren’t we always asking ourselves this while pregnant?  It can be a bit of a challenge dressing your bump.  Our general advice is to let it take front and center.  Form-fitting pieces are great for maternity sessions.  We love simple, form-fitting dresses or tops that will make for a great silhouette, button-down shirts that open at the waist to show your belly, and activewear sets like boy shorts, a bralette, yoga pants, and a sports bra.  Robes are also great for flexibility and feel ultra-feminine. Tunic or maxi dresses are also fabulous but require a little more involvement with how they lay or are pulled against your body to show off your bump.  Take a peek through our images to see some of the pieces that have worked for other clients, and feel free to ask for more help anytime leading up to your session.  We’re happy to provide links to options we’ve found to photograph well.

In the end, stay true to yourself.  We love it when people express their personality through their clothing (like one client wearing her favorite worn-out jeans, unbuttoned to fit, but a nod to her identity beyond expectant mom.)

Can we bring my significant other?

You bet! We love pets and welcome them in photoshoots.  If they do, we ask that if they’re not going to be in all the photos, they’re either taken after, or someone else is there to care for them if they’re unable to relax on their own.  Also, just like kids, treats are always great for pet photoshoots.

Can we bring my other kid(s)?

Sure thing!  We love to integrate older siblings into the photo shoot.  If you don’t plan to have them in all your photos, please bring someone to help supervise them during that time.

When and how many images do we receive?

Your session includes at least 30 images.  We’ll have them uploaded to an online gallery within ten days of your session, where you can view and download them.

Are photos touched up?

They are!  We complimentary touch-up things like bruises, blemishes, apparent skin texture, and garment bulges.  These photos are all about celebrating you at this moment, so we won’t be changing the integrity of your frame or making you look like someone else. If there’s something, in particular, you’re uncomfortable with (i.e., the line on your belly button that may appear), just let me know.  Things can always be lightened to minimize the appearance without removing it altogether.

maternity boudoir photography

What sort of prints or products can we purchase? 

We have a wide selection of beautiful products to showcase your images.  Popular selections include framed wall art, albums, and image boxes. You can view the examples below. We’ll show you these while you’re in the studio, and you’ll have the chance to purchase your own via the online gallery.

Where are you located? What is the studio like?

Our studio is in the Chicago northside neighborhood of Ravenswood. We have a two-story coach house space with white brick walls, espresso hardwood floors upstairs, and contemporary fixtures and accents.   There’s lots of natural light, photogenic sets, and plenty of privacy.

We want an outdoor session; when and where do you like to photograph? 

outdoor maternity boudoir photoChicago has so many unique backgrounds. We’re lucky to be in an area where you can find both urban cityscape, spots that look like you are miles out in the country, and even a little of both.  During our consultation, we’ll ask you a few questions to learn more about what style of images you want and offer suggestions from my list of go-to spots.  If you’re looking for more intimate photos outdoors, we even know locations for that.  Of course, early morning hours for those types of pictures will provide more privacy.  While it might be an early wake-up, we promise the setting and gorgeous morning light make it well worth it.

Do you offer bundle packages for maternity photos plus newborn or family pictures?

outdoor maternity photography

We do! We can bundle you two, three, and even four sessions in a year. Our most popular bundle option is maternity, newborn, and one additional session when the baby is sitting or walking (great for holiday cards.) You can learn more about my family sessions here.

Ready to book your maternity session? Great! We can’t wait to connect. You can contact me here. If you have more questions, schedule a 15-minute stress-free phone call here.

We also have answers to frequently asked questions below. Just keep scrolling!


What does a boudoir nude photo shoot entail?

We totally think you should take naked photos during your nude boudoir photography session and here’s why…

Let me say this right off the bat; we totally think you should take nude photos during your nude boudoir photography session! Before you get too freaked out and run for the hills, let me explain. These nude photos aren’t any old snapshots – we’re talking tasteful nudes. While we’re not here to shame pornography, that’s not the line of work we’re in.

nude photos boudoir

Instead, our field of expertise turns women into works of art through photography. We think the experience is liberating, empowering, and, honestly, fun. Plus, every resulting nude boudoir photo is an intimate, unforgettable creation that you might even hang up on your bedroom walls!

This article will cover the common ins and outs of taking nude boudoir photos, including:

–   Why should you take photos in the buff?

–   What’s it like to experience a nude photo shoot?

–   How to feel comfortable during your boudoir experience

–   Ensuring your images remain private if you’d prefer

–   How to use your nude images as wall art

–   How to dip your toes with implied nude photography

What Are the Benefits of Taking Naked Pictures?

“Take a thousand naked pictures of yourself now. You may currently think, “Oh, I’m too spooky,” or “Nobody wants to see these tiny boobies,” but believe me: one day, you will look at those photos with much kinder eyes and say, ‘Dear God, I was a beautiful thing!’”- Moira Rose

We know there are plenty of reasons to indulge in nude boudoir photography. So, what are the reasons why you should give it a shot? For one, the experience can be very liberating. When photographed in a safe environment by a professional, you create a positive association with your nude form.

For those who’ve experienced trauma with their bodies or struggled with shame or insecurity, the process of taking a nude boudoir photo can be very healing. It’s a brave act that can support a greater sense of self-acceptance. For others, it can simply feel good to be less restricted. There’s something a little magical about letting your body be the subject rather than your clothing!

What to Do with Your Nude Pictures?

Nude photos boudoirThroughout history, people have used the human form as works of art, and yours should be no exception. Often with our clients, we create abstract images that are subtle yet striking. We also love turning these boudoir photos into framed prints for wall art. If you’re a bit bashful about having your bum on display for all to see, a bathroom, bedroom, or private closet can be your spot of choice for your nude boudoir photo (no one but you or your partner need to see it!).

We’ve had clients create collages to hang over their beds, tiny prints to sneak into a gallery wall, and others who’ve chosen a more private product like an album or image box that can be stored in a secret area. We have plenty of options, whatever your flavor! Our goal is to provide nude boudoir photography in Chicago that suits every woman.

How to Not Feel Nervous Before a Nude Boudoir Photoshoot?

nude-photos-boudoir-session-01Does the prospect of a nude boudoir photo shoot fill you with stress? Perhaps you’re worried about embarrassment or scared that you’ll run for the hills once you step into the studio. Fear not – there are plenty of ways to make the nude boudoir photography experience as stress-free as a spa day.

One way to ease your nerves before your photoshoot is to build trust with your photographer before getting undressed. At our studio in Chicago, Kelly and I will do everything we can to help you settle into the photo shoot, so feel free to talk to us as much as you want so that you feel comfortable.

Another way to feel less nervous is to talk to people that have done a nude boudoir photo shoot before, like your neighbor, coworker, best friend, or sister. If you’d like, consider taking one of these people along to the shoot (they can always stay in another room while you slip into your birthday suit!)

What’s It Like Taking Naked Photos?

The lead-up…

The lead-up to a Chicago boudoir photography session might have you full of questions. Well, we’re here to ensure you know exactly what to expect. First, you’ll book your session – don’t worry, our Chicago Boudoir Prices are hard to match! Then, you’ll enter the appointment and get your hair and makeup professionally done, all ready to create luxury boudoir photos that you’ll treasure forever.

In our line of work, we see a lot of bodies, so many that we’re pretty darn comfortable with nudity. To us, there is no shame in the naked form, which is why we love creating nude boudoir photography. That being said, it’s normal to feel vulnerable and even uncomfortable in the buff (We’re with you. I still get shy when I’m naked in front of my husband or at the OBGYN!).

To create the most comforting nude boudoir photography experience, Kelly and I work backward from the experience we’d want for ourselves. That is to say, we want to feel like we’re in the hands of a professional who also makes us feel like an instant friend. We do that by being lighthearted (laughter is always helpful during boudoir photography), warm, and open. You are in the driver’s seat here, and we’ll always check with you first on how much you want to reveal.

Before we start, we’ll also talk through the flow of nude boudoir photography so that there are no surprises. For example, we might say, “in this in this scene, there’s an option for a photo where we capture you taking your bra off from behind. You can completely cover your chest, position your arms for a bit of side boob, or drop your arms down. It’s whatever you’re comfortable with.”

A typical scenario for creating fine art nudes:

To help you feel more comfortable, we’ll even demonstrate poses, showing exactly how limbs can cover private parts. That way, you’ll have complete agency over what you want to show, whether that’s a touch of elegance with poses that hide the naked body or a more revealing photo shoot. We recognize that everyone has different comfort levels and personal histories in this area. We never push anyone to do something they don’t want to. Your comfort and confidence are our priority.

Often, “getting naked” happens in a flow of posing so that it feels like the continuation of a sequence, e.g., taking off your bra or undressing before bed. We are drawn to images that feel natural and, not to sound cheesy, but a bit poetic. There are times when we do stand-alone shots, like the one below. In those instances, we’ll show the pose and let you get in position.

We don’t do the whole ‘completely leave the room’ thing while this happens, but Kelly and I might chit-chat or check our camera settings to allow you some privacy. Then, we’ll snap away before handing you a robe upon the completion of the nude boudoir photography session. Our goal is to make the process a breeze for you.

Baring it all: what if you want to do a full frontal “Samantha-sex-in-the-city” moment?

Sometimes clients request an entire “series” of nude photos with a variety of poses. In this case, we like to talk through their vision beforehand to make sure everyone is on the same page. For example, one client did a vintage-fold-out inspired series on a white background. She let us know her concept up front and talked through what feel she wanted. The resulting photos are timeless, feminine, and playful.

As for our boundaries, we’re comfortable with “baring it all,” so long as the tone of the images leans more implied over explicit. Remember, you are in the driving seat of the nude boudoir photo shoot – you are in complete control at all times.

“I’m not there yet, but what about implied nude?”

nude-photos-boudoir-session-01If you’re not ready to rock your birthday suit in a nude boudoir photography shoot, there are other options for you! A cleverly draped sheet can be used to create the same effect. You can keep everything on beneath but drop your bra straps or stick out a leg to create the effect of “wearing nothing but the sheets.” Just let us know, and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

On privacy: how to keep your nude photos “for your eyes only”

You’re in good company if your biggest concern regarding your nude boudoir photo session is keeping these oh-so-intimate images private. Most of our clients opt never to show their boudoir photos, even those wearing lingerie. We fully support that decision. We provide a password-protected link that allows access to the final images from the boudoir photography session, where you can download them to your personal storage device for safekeeping.

I’m gonna geek out for a minute, but we personally use a multi-factor password system to store our images. We highly recommend this for anyone hoping to keep their most intimate pictures just that – intimate and private. We’re also happy to delete your pictures from our storage devices upon your request after you’ve received them. Just keep in mind that we won’t be able to retrieve them if your copy is lost or corrupted if you choose that option. Lastly, we only ever publish images in our marketing material after receiving written consent for use.

We provide a nude boudoir photography experience that we are proud of. If you’re interested in getting your Chicago Boudoir Photos done, why not visit our gallery of fine art nudes? It’ll show you what to expect!

Have more questions? Contact us here or call 773-273-9063.


Must have items for your Boudoir Session: The Essentials List

must have items for boudoir photo shootThe foolproof guide to shopping for your boudoir photoshoot

Alright, you’ve officially booked your session, now it’s time to must-have items for boudoir photo shoot.  Unless you have a career as a burlesque dancer or stage actress, you prooooobably don’t wear garters on a regular basis. So it’s no surprise if you’re unsure which style to buy.  You’re in the majority, don’t worry!

From our years of experience, we’ve learned a few tricks of the trade. Now it’s time to divulge our secrets.

These are insider tips for what to bring to your boudoir photoshoot:

  1. Heels: First of all, let’s get this out of the way, you do NOT need to bring heels. If you’re a flats-only or no shoes at all, barefoot kinda gal, that’s ok with us. But for those who embrace a high-heel, we recommend a classic black or nude pump. We’re particularly keen on one with a pointed toe because it elongates the leg. Why a nude or black pump, you ask? From one shoe lover to another, we understand the inclination for the hottest trend on the market (hello studded Valentino’s), but unless you plan to do a boudoir session every year for the rest of your life (which is cool with us) a neutral stiletto os a versatile and timeless choice. They’ll go with anything without being distracting.must have items for boudoir photo shoot high heels
  2. Bras: Here’s our most important piece of advice when it comes to a bra, buy one that fits. Second, (a close second), bring one with support. The first should be obvious, but frankly, it’s kinda tricky to nail the right size. Nordstrom or Victoria’s Secret offer complimentary fittings to all their customers. As for our second nugget of wisdom, it comes from a good place. You’re going to be lying down a lot during your session, so you’ll want something to keep the girls tucked in nicely. For more on this matter, check out our article on finding the perfect lingerie for your body type. must have items for boudoir photo shoot
  3. Bodysuit: Along the same line as this, when it comes to bodysuits or slips, if you happen to be well-endowed up top, look for pieces with built-in support or shapewear material like Pinsy’s shapewear line. Kelly actually did plenty of research in this area when she did her boudoir shoot and came across a unique piece from UK-based line & Other Stories. Unfortunately, they no longer carry the exact piece, but it can be an inspiration for something similar.The goal is to find something that will lift the girls and help define your waist.  Items with detailing at your real waist are also wonderful for further highlighting and even creating the illusion of a waist. Just keep in mind, you’re going to be moving quite a bit during your boudoir photo shoot, so you’ll want to make sure you’re garments are doing their job and shaping you. must have items for boudoir photo shoot body suit
  4. Underwear: This is quite personal, and to be honest, it might depend on who’s on the receiving end of your pictures. But we’ll add a few qualifications to consider.
    • If you have tan lines, we recommend more coverage or opting for a spray or self-tanner to blend them a bit. Those with cellulite (you and me both) don’t let this be a deciding factor, we’ll take care of you there if you’re self-conscious of your dimples.
    • For those with booty envy, aka flatter bums, play it up with a thong or bikini style.
    • When it comes to buying thongs, go with this:Victoria secret black thong
    • Not this:V-string underwear The first is almost universally more flattering.   Often times lingerie sets come with a v-string. Do yourself a favor and buy something separate to go with the top.
  5. Layers: Having an outer option is a great way to add variety to your session and also gives you something to do in your images (like casually slipping it off). A silk or lace robe is lovely. A white shirt is our favorite and most popular layer.  There’s something super irresistible about a lady in a button-down shirt for boudoir photos. It works on so many levels, not just in creating visual interest, but also in the subtle messaging it makes to the viewer.must have items for boudoir photo shoot layers
  6. Jewelry: When it comes to jewelry for your boudoir session, we often say, “less is more.” Your lingerie and form should be the shining feature of these pictures. We recommend sticking to small, timeless pieces in gold or silver with pearls or sparkle. There are of course exceptions to every rule. We’ve seen clients layer necklaces (example below) effectively and it’s been quite the moment. To maintain a pleasing balance when opting for a statement jewelry look, keep everything else simple and understated. Another example of this is a body chain. They are so, so good when done right. Try wearing one with nothing up top or peeking beneath a layer.

    must have items for boudoir photo shoot

  7. Garters: No elastic, please! This might seem counterintuitive, but if you’re going all out, forget the elastic and let the clips do the work. This ensures no unwanted bulging around the top band like this. If, however, you can’t find a pair that works for you without the elastic, try a brand designed with this in mind. It’s a bit of a splurge, but Wolford has a line that we really love:what to bring boudoir photoshoot garters
  8. Water: No joke, a boudoir session can be quite the workout. Stay hydrated and get ahead of your sore muscles the next day!

For more style and prep tips for your boudoir session, send us an email and we’ll share our exclusive style guide pdf. You can also check out this birthday boudoir post with a list of some of our favorite boudoir props.

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The Perfect Lingerie For Your Body Type

The Best Lingerie for Your Body Type: How to Choose

By Maggie Rife Ponce

*Images credit Refinery29 in The Best Sexy Lingerie For Your Body by Ellen Hoffman

Whether you are preparing for a boudoir photoshoot or simply want to feel sexy and confident, picking the best lingerie for your body type is essential. With that in mind, this guide explains how to choose lingerie that’s a perfect fit for your figure. 

Flatter your figure by choosing the best lingerie for your body type 

We’re sure you’ve heard the saying, “hourglass figure,” but that’s not the only body type. What about a pear, apple, inverted triangle, or rectangle? Are these new to your ears? If so, you’re not the only one! These labels were created to help identify different body figures. 

We have mixed feelings about the use of labels, but in this case, we find they can be useful in discovering ways to flatter your body shape – and select the right lingerie for your body type based on your own unique, beautiful build. 

What are the most common female body types and what lingerie looks best on them?

As you might guess, each body type was chosen for its relative appearance. Pear looks like a pear, apple-apple, carrot… well, you get it. While not totally enlightening, the real value comes from the fashion industry’s expert advice for how to dress in these various forms.

  • Apple Body type

Women with apple-shaped figures have wider waistlines, along with narrower busts and hips. We find lingerie that elongates this figure is most flattering. 


Think body suits with detailing to create more angles like this one, shapewear like this, and pieces with a band at the waist that help create the appearance of more curves. 

Apple Body type linger shops

We’re obsessed with Pinsy’s alternative to your traditional bra and undies set. This bodysuit has skin-smoothing lace and shapewear technology. Pinsy’s flattering lingerie helps you feel your most comfortable self and shifts focus to all your favorite assets. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite from their line. We love them all!


  • busty-body shapeBusty Body Type

We (or rather Kelly, co-photographer at Revealed) can speak from experience. “Sexy” lingerie isn’t really mad with busty women in line. All those feminine French-inspired pieces with minimal-to-no support are lovely – but not very practical for heavy breasts. 

We feel you… Well, Kel feels you. I have the opposite problem… eh hem, bring on the padding. The good news is that if you’re fuller on top, the market seems to be finally catching up and offering more options with new technology that features underwire support.

Tips for finding the best lingerie for busty

Trying to find the best lingerie for body type when busty remains tricky, so we have put together a few tips: 

  • What are a few of our favorite brands for larger busts?

Curvy Kate offers a mix of the traditional feminine to bondage-inspired pieces. Dita Von Teese is the option for ultra-fem numbers, and Skims boasts a modern take on classic everyday wear. Another helpful tip is knowing your breast type. Are your breasts wide set, splayed, dense, pancake, or a combo? Understanding your shape will also help you choose bras that provide the correct type of support.

  • Where to find help with fuller-breast lingerie.

If you’re struggling to determine exactly where you fall in this category and you live locally in Chicago, check out Journelle, located in Wicker Park. Their employees are super helpful and can organize a bra fitting! Online, Third Love and Understance are two fantastic websites with curated fittings for large busts. Lastly, Bravissmo provides virtual fittings, a special size-finding tool, and a great choice of cups sized D and up.


  • Short Torso Body Type

short torso body type

For those with longer legs and a naturally higher waist, we recommend you shop for lingerie pieces that create the illusion of a longer midsection. Think low-rise undies. These will maximize your exposed torso, whereas high-rise bottoms do the opposite.  Play around with out-of-the-box options by choosing hipster or cheeky undies. For a modern flare, try this skims thong, which cuts high on the hips to show off those long legs and keeps it low in the front. What a combo!

  • ballerina-body shapeBallerina – a.k.a Sporty Body Type

Those with slender, muscular frames are blessed with the gift of versatility, but folks with this body type may feel challenged by a lack of curves. We recommend tight-fitting pieces that maximize your angles. Tighter bodysuits and bras with less coverage are suitable lingerie for a body type that fits the ballerina mold. For underwear, look for items that don’t cut too high in the back, which tends to lead to the appearance of a “flat booty.” Try these cheeky panties instead!

  • Carrot Body Type


If you’re slimmer on the bottom but wide on top, flatter your broad shoulders with halter tops, strapless pieces, and barely-

there numbers. If you’re concerned about balancing your form, you can wear cheeky undies on the bottom. Just remember: your shoulders and decolletage are beautiful features. Plus, much of that “balanced form” can be achieved with posing.

  • small chest body typeSmall Chest Body Type

When finding the best lingerie for a body type that’s based around a small chest, the focus will, inevitably, be on the breasts. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available. For those who don’t need much when it comes to supporting up top, you can stick to simple or even no bras. A push-up bra, bralette, or tight-fitting tank are also popular choices among small-breasted women. You can also go sans bra and instead focus on fun bottoms or a creative top layer like a leather jacket or white button-down (check this post out for inspo).

  • Long Torso Body Type

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For those with a longer torso, you can go one of two ways. If you’re feeling confident with your tummy, show off all that abdomen with barely-there bras and underwear. If you’re not too keen on that idea, however, then consider high-waisted underwear, which can shorten your torso and create the illusion of longer legs if you choose a fit that cuts higher on the hip.

  • ruler-body-shapeRuler Body Type

As the name suggests, ruler-shaped bodies are straight throughout — without much variation between one’s shoulder, waist, or hip. The key is finding undergarments that’ll subtly enhance your curves. Unlike traditional bras with bands that are an inch or two wide, longline bras and bralettes extend farther down the torso for a retro feel. They’re the crop tops of lingerie and, like high-waisted underwear, are often viewed as an intentional fashion statement. The good news is that they also help fill out your shape a little without resorting to monstrous push-up bras.

  • Hourglass Body Type


An hourglass shape is easy to identify because it’s symmetrical. Your chest and hips are equally proportioned, and your waistline is your narrowest measurement. Use your “classic” shape to your advantage. Add a suspender belt to your bra-and-panty set. The fancy adornment emphasizes your slim waist while also being a unique touch. The finished look it creates is classically sexy, like your shape.

  • petite and compact body shapePetite & Compact Body Type

With lingerie for a body-type that’s petite, you have an enviable number of avenues you can traverse – all without needing supportive numbers like bralettes and wireless bras. While padded bras were the “thing” in the early 2000s, the style is now more about the natural look. Enjoy the trend! Have fun and go with a demi-cup. Mix it up with the material and structure. Full-body lingerie, lace, mesh, even strappy numbers like this one – the possibilities are endless!

  • Pear Body Type


A pear-shaped body is the opposite of a carrot, where it’s fuller on the bottom and more petite on top. Show off your upper by wearing pieces that might draw attention to your collarbone or narrow waist. These could be bandeaus, longline bras, and even halters for some tasteful lingerie combos. Feeling confident in your fuller bum? Show off what your momma gave ya by wearing anything from thongs to briefs to high-waisted numbers!

To learn more tips for styling your boudoir photoshoot looks and selecting the best lingerie for your body type, send us an inquiry at [email protected]. We have a full-style guide we’re happy to share with you!


Additional body types to consider adding to your list or working into your copy if it is related to an existing body type listed, e.g. also known as, 

  • stocky body type, 4K MSV
  • skinny body type, 1.8K MSV
  • medium
  • thin
  • husky


30th birthday boudoir #Thisis30

The many reasons why a 30th birthday boudoir photoshoot is a perfect way to celebrate 

For many women, entering their thirties is a big deal.  Your twenties are often marred with questionable decisions and growing pains. Your teen years are angst-filled and confusing. But your thirties are when you feel like you’re finally getting your footing. A 30th birthday boudoir photoshoot is a great way to celebrate feeling better than ever before in your own skin. 

30th birthday boudoir photoshoot

Boudoir photography isn’t just sexy photos, the experience is an act of self-love

Tracee, the subject in these photos, did just that by entering her third decade with a boudoir photo session.

“I’ve wanted to do this shoot for years, and the moment I let go of my 20s, I felt READY. It was a birthday present to myself.”

Tracee’s words speak to how boudoir sessions can be a form of self self-love. Your session is a gesture that embraces who you are mind, body, and spirit. While it can feel like you’re taking a scary step forward, that first step is one of the most impactful parts of the process. Most women come in with shaky hands or a flutter in their belly. It’s not every day you greet a new person and then stand in front of them an hour later in your underwear. We get it! But, in taking that brave step of showing up despite those fears, you’re saying to yourself “I’m worthy of these pictures. I’m worthy of this investment, and I’m excited to see what happens.” 

We understand that can be easier said than done. Which is what we’re here for!  We will support you the whole time–“yes, and” you. It’s our mission to give you the ultimate confidence-boosting experience. 

The other benefits of a 30th birthday boudoir photoshoot 

Emotional benefits aside, there are so many other reasons why a boudoir session is such a great way to celebrate your 30th birthday. Ummm, like for one, it’s super fun. You get to get all dressed up in pretty little things, get your hair and makeup professionally done, then roll around for a few hours leaning into your unbridled self. I know that probably sounds a little terrifying, at least the part about rolling around while also having your photos taken, but we’ve got you on that end. We’ll coach you through every step of the process, just like a fitness instructor guides and even pushes you a little out of your everyday comfort zone. When you show up for yourself and engage in the creative process, don’t be surprised if you find yourself inspired by your movements, the space, and the feeling of letting go.

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Inside almost everyone is a part of us that enjoys a little fantasy, having an excuse to dress up and get a little playful. As we get older, opportunities to get all glammed up become few and far between. Doing a boudoir session is a great excuse to indulge that side of yourself. It’s exciting to shop for and wear things you probably don’t have on a regular basis. Each photoshoot includes a minimum of three outfits, each that should speak to your unique taste and comfort. For some, that means lace and straps–the works, for others, it’s might be more toned down, like the classic Calvin Klein cotton bra and underwear set, and for others, it could be a cosplay getup. Whatever feels good to you, we support it! Choosing pieces that you feel amazing in is part of the transformative power of the experience. 

Where to start on your boudoir outfits

Some of our clients aren’t sure where to start, if that’s you, don’t worry! We are here to help. We offer a style guide with basic tips on our favorite go-to stores for boudoir lingerie in a range of price points. There are also suggestions on which pieces are most flattering for different body types and shoes that look amazing on everyone! 

How about boudoir hair and makeup? 

You also get the work when it comes to boudoir hair and makeup. This isn’t your high school prom kinda makeup. We work with Chicago’s top makeup artists. These amazing ladies will make sure you’re flawless for the camera while still ensuring you still look like yourself! We’re all about taste here at Revealed–tasteful makeup and tasteful imagery. Our team of artists focuses on a timeless, beauty-enhancing application while still considering your particular requests. 

30th birthday boudoir photoshoot While getting glammed up can be an instant shot of confidence, the long-term effects come from the overall experience itself. From the moment you inquire, your commitment is an act that has benefits long after the session is over. What better time to do something like this than when entering a new decade? This is your chance to quiet your inner critic, and instead recognize how far you’ve come. 

Tracee’s Advice to her 20-something self

When we asked Tracee if she could tell her 20-year-old self anything, what it would be, she replied: “First, no one really knows what the hell they are doing. Fake it till you make it. Second, try to focus on the positive. Don’t stare at the part of your body you want to change in the mirror, focus on those parts you LOVE.”

We hope all these reasons show the pros far outway the cons of a 30th boudoir photoshoot. Oh, and one more thing, make sure to plan a night out after. You’re gonna be feeling yourself!

Confidence Boosting Ideas For Your Birthday Boudoir Photoshoot 

Ideas and tips for creating incredible birthday boudoir photos

For most of us, celebrating big on a birthday doesn’t really happen unless you’re hitting a certain decade. But, even if it’s not a big milestone number, every year around the sun is an occasion to celebrate. Your life, your very existence is a reason to celebrate! So, Instead of adding another candle to your cake, why not try something special and out of the norm? A birthday boudoir photoshoot doesn’t just result in amazing keepsakes to have for years to come, but you’ll also have an incredible, confidence-boosting experience.

chicago-boudoir-photography_0013But first…why you should do a birthday boudoir photoshoot?

Maybe you’re thinking to yourself “Ok, but really, a birthday boudoir photoshoot? Isn’t that a little self-indulgent?” or “I could never do that!” Here’s the thing, you can and you should! If there’s anything the last few years have shown us after the lockdown from a global pandemic and a devastating war in Ukraine, it’s that nothing is guaranteed. After the collective trauma we’ve all gone through, we owe it to ourselves to live our fullest lives. I recently came across a quote that I think really sums it up well “Love your f*cking life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Talk to random strangers. Do things you’re scared to do. 

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F*ck it, because so many of us die and no one remembers a thing we did. Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don’t waste that sh*t” – Mel Robbins

Doing a boudoir photo shoot is not an everyday sort of way of spending your birthday. It might feel a bit self-indulgent because it IS! That’s kinda the point! Indulge in yourself. Relish this one life of yours by doing something that forces you out of your comfort zone and into a space of honors your very existence. The very fact that you’re making the commitment to do something that takes time, cost a little more money than you might spend on yourself normally, and scares the sh*t out of you collectively makes the experience so very valuable. 

What do people wear for birthday boudoir photos? 

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Their birthday suits, of course 😉 Just kidding, sort of…I mean, some people do, and we’re here for it, but don’t worry, you don’t have to be naked unless you want to! Which many people do, but often in an implied sort of way. We’re all about creating tasteful, timeless imagery that you’ll feel so good about you might even hang it on your own walls.

Besides nothing, though, we see clients come in with anything from a classic bra and undies to elaborate linger sets with straps and hooks and all sorts of fun accents. This is YOUR photo shoot, so let what you wear reflect your taste. We’ve seen clients bring in all black, all pink, all white. Some feel best in sportswear, others want to go ultra-femme with lace and jewels. For inspiration, check out these other posts and visit our Instagram highlights, where you’ll find links to our favorite places to shop for a boudoir photoshoot. 

Let’s talk props


While unnecessary, props can be super fun for a boudoir session. We’ve seen plenty of props over the years, but one of our very favorites for a birthday session can be made from your pantry–cupcakes of course! They’re not only charming and photogenic but there’s something a little teasing about eating the frosting off your fingers. Because how CAN you take yourself too seriously when you’re taking a big old bite of a cupcake? 

Some other ideas boudoir prop ideas include:

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How about makeup? 

You are in good hands. We have a team of incredibly talented artists who will give you the full works, from hydrating primers to natural, flirty flash lashes. Their application is beauty enhancing, so don’t worry, you’ll still look like yourself, just your best self. If you have any special requests, you can let them know beforehand and they’ll adjust their technique just for you. 

What are some commonly asked questions and how should I prep? 

You can check out our dedicated FAQ page f or all your answers, but before your session, we also offer a phone consultation to talk you through the entire process. But the most important thing to know is that you’ll get full guidance through your photo shoot. Just like fitness instructors or movie directors, we’ll provide lots of cues to help you flow through all the poses and create jaw-dropping photos as a result. 

For prep, after you book with us, our style/prep guide will give you tips on everything from beauty appointments to consider booking before your session to advice for looking and feeling your best on the day of your photoshoot. 

Wanna see more? Check out this birthday boudoir session.  We’d also love to connect on social media. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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Birthday Boudoir Photography

Ideas and tips for capturing your best birthday boudoir photos

By now, you’ve probably heard about bridal boudoir. Maybe you were out with some friends and maybe one of them, recently married, shared the gift she gave to her spouse. But, maybe, just maybe she wasn’t. Maybe instead she had a recent birthday, and, after hearing about the celebratory experience of boudoir, thought it was the perfect gift to give herself. A birthday boudoir photography session.


In its most basic understanding, boudoir photography is simply bedroom photos. If you search the meaning of boudoir in a dictionary, you’ll find the definition to read: a woman’s dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room. This is true of what we do at Revealed. We do, quite literally,  take photos of our clients in bedroom sets. But we believe the experience of a boudoir photo shoot is so much more than the photos you take. Like, yes, jumping out of an airplane during that 20-minute free-fall is a huge thrill, but perhaps even more valuable, and longer-lasting, is the surge of confidence and sense of acceptance you feel afterward.  

We understand how vulnerable it is to show up to a new space, strip down into barely anything, and have yourself photographed doing things you only ever do behind closed doors. Trust us when we say you’re not alone if the very thought sends your pulse racing. Most people haven’t done anything remotely like this before, and definitely not as a birthday celebration to themselves. It takes trust, not only in the photographer but also in yourself to carry through with the experience. Finding the courage to do such a thing is one of the many benefits of boudoir photography. In doing so, you are affirming that you’re worthy, ready, and capable of such an act. 

Boudoir: A Self-care benefit to free your body, mind, & yourself

Beyond the affirming benefit of boudoir, we also believe it’s a potent dose of self-care, which is a trending term often thrown around loosely, encompassing anything from getting your hair done to talk therapy. What we’ve found is that boudoir allows our clients to intimately connect with parts of themselves that many have been conditioned to ignore or feel shame around. Sexuality and body image are two very personal and sensitive topics for women. For good reason. There’s so much stigma attached to both. However, being among women who not only accept these things about you but celebrate them, can help to heal related trauma around these topics.


As one client put it to us recently: “I can’t even begin to explain how my photoshoot last year was this turning point with my anxiety. Actually, this week I’m tapering off the last of my anxiety meds. Anyways, my experience was incredible.

We’ve also found that there’s a physical sense of connection that our clients experience during sessions. It’s similar to how meditation allows you to be in the present moment, come into your body, and find peace with what you find. The freedom to move in a way that is perfectly natural but often suppressed is extremely liberating. It’s amazing how often we hear our clients say how great they felt after their photoshoot.  

So whether you intend to give these photos as a gift to someone else or do it for yourself, we think birthdays are the perfect excuse to book a boudoir photo session. We’re all for people doing birthday boudoir photography with an intended recipient in mind, but let’s explore why your own birthday is such a great reason. 

Birthday Boudoir Photo Session

birthday-boudoir-photography_0007Unless you make a point to do so, birthdays are milestones that can often pass by without much reflection. Parties and presents can serve as ways to mark the occasion, but once they’re over, you’re back to reality and moving on with your life. Choosing to do birthday boudoir for your annual celebration of life instead of a more traditional manner of celebrating leaves you with all those long lasting-benefits we mentioned earlier. Not to mention, birthdays can also serve as points of renewal. Maybe you want to enter a new decade feeling better than ever in your own skin, or perhaps you’re ready to let go of lingering demon dialogues or habits that you felt defined you in the past. 


While birthday boudoir photography doesn’t instantly achieve those goals, the process empowers a positive mindset. Additionally, we want to offer up a few tips to further reinforce your lasting results. 


  1. Trust the process. This is a big one. There’s a level of commitment and trust we need as professionals to do our best. We are here for you. We WANT you to have an incredible experience. Truly. It’s why we do this work. We totally love pretty pictures, but what really gets us is seeing the intangible, internal value our clients gain from the experience. Believing that we have your best interest throughout the process is HUGE. We promise that our whole team is united in the goal of making you comfortable so you can look and feel your best. Yes, there will be some planning/prepping needed from you beforehand, but once you’re at our studio, we’ll help you lean into the flow.
  2. About that planning: we do want you to show up for yourself a bit. Put a little thought and energy into your outfit choices, selecting pieces that you feel amazing in. If you’re not sure, check out this article or just reach out, we’re more than happy to help!
  3. Treat yourself. Also, if ever there’s a time to treat yourself to some beauty appointments, this is it. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on facials and blowouts; even at-home pampering can go a long way for such an occasion. Practice a little self-love by moisturizing your skin in advance. Get your skin extra glowy and plump by hydrating the day before. Go to bed early so you feel fresh and energized.


  4. Stretching doesn’t hurt! You’ll be doing moves chiropractors would probably shake their heads at, but those poses are part of the artistry. We’re looking to bring out your curves and angles for light and shadow to form around. That’s part of how we create such breathtaking imagery. So loosening up your limbs prior to the session certainly doesn’t hurt.
  5. Mindfulness. It might sound a little cheesy, but we also recommend practicing a little mindfulness around your session. If you can, try to eliminate distractions. Use that fancy new focus feature on the iPhone. Tell people you’ll be occupied for that window of time. Whatever you need to do to help you stay in the moment, we encourage it. Remember, the photos are wonderful, but the experience is super special, too. Carving out the time to be fully present will definitely pay off. 

So, whether it’s a milestone birthday or your 38th, it doesn’t matter. Here’s your excuse for a form of self-love that will hopefully stay with you for many, many years to come. 

Nothing shines like you like a birthday boudoir photography session scheduled to celebrate you in all your beauty. Call today: 773-273-9063 to book and chat about your bday session. You can also fill out our form on our contact us page.

Unconditional love. We do it for our friends, pets, and partners, why not ourselves?

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Self-love. The struggle is real.

If you were to sneak inside my head for a week, my internal dialogue would include a lot of what you’d expect.  A never-ending to-do list, constant reminders, and yeah, residual mommy brain that persists even though my son is now three years old. What you might not expect the inner voice of a self-described “champion of women” to include are the same critical thoughts I try to quiet in the minds of our clients. While my work is built around seeing the best in other women, I still struggle to do the same for myself. I’d be a big ol’ liar if I said I was Positive Piper all the time. Pull back the curtain of my psyche and you’ll find the same fragile spots like everyone else.

So what then? Chalk all this self-doubt up to a universal quality of women? Like a birthright, we must learn to accept? Ack, no thanks. There has to be another way.

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How “enough” can lead to so much more.

A few months ago while driving past a pet shop, I spotted a store vehicle parked outside. The words “Unconditional love” had been painted on the side of the truck with pictures of a pooch.  Since I was driving past, I didn’t have much context for the company’s marketing slogan, but I didn’t really need it. I knew what they were getting at. The relationship of pets and their people, people and their pets, well it often times means love without limits. I know a few people would give everything they have to take care of their dog if needed.

This got me thinking, “Why don’t we treat ourselves the same way?” Our self worth is subject to our variant moods and impossible to satisfy standards. In other words, it’s conditional. “I’d like myself more if…my pores were smaller, my boobs were fuller, my skin softer, my teeth whiter, my nose smaller, my legs tanner….” If we wrote down all the insecurities our clients have voiced over the years, the list would stretch down our stairs and out the door.

What if we simply said I am enough? Period. Not, “I’d love myself if” or “I love myself, but….” Adding those little words, but, if, except – effectively punts the benefits of self-acceptance beyond our reach. From this place of love comes the RGS–real good shit. What I mean is, when you stop focusing on the fixes and upgrades you think you need, you free up room for so much more. And I don’t mean in the superficial sense. I mean more peace. More courage. More confidence.

Letting go of judgment can make all the difference, (according to Oprah).

While I’m not a qualified expert in this area (and I tend to be wary of most people who claim to be) there’s one woman who’s earned the right to speak on this subject.

Oprah Winfrey wrote, “Say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks. Are you ready to self lovestop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the storyline that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”

Like I said at the beginning, I’m no Zen master with an impenetrable wall of self-esteem. But I’m working on it. So, while you might think all this is all still a load of BS, why not try it out? You might be surprised.

Interested in an experience all about self-love?  Contact us here or call today at 773-273-9063. Want to read more articles like this?  Check out the links below for related content:

Why you should consider couples boudoir photography?

Couples Boudoir Photography – A whole new way to connect with your partner

At least half the people we know would go running for the hills if asked to do a couples boudoir session (our own partners included). But before you completely dismiss the idea, hear us out. Couples boudoir can be one of the most intimate and exciting things you can do with your loved one. As long as you’re in a judgment-free space with a photographer you trust, you might be surprised how much you end up enjoying the experience.


All the reasons we think you should give a couples boudoir session a chance…

couples-boudoir-photos-_0001Talk about a bonding experience. While it might be a big step out of one or both of your comfort zones, doing a shoot together is an intimate, connecting experience. It calls for you both to be vulnerable. Consider it a bit like the trust fall exercise. There’s a bond that forms when you’re both committed to the process. You’re saying, “We’re in this together,” and like anything that takes you out of your cozy, little status quo corner, the benefits can be freakin’ extraordinary. If you can go with it, you’ll walk away with so much more than beautiful photos. You’ll come out the other side feeling closer than ever.

It’s just the right amount of sexy.  We’re not prudes or anything, but we have a PG-13 policy here at Revealed. For everyone’s sake, we find this is just the right level of spice.  You can think of us like movie directors. We’ll set a bit of a scene, give you some cues, and prompt you into different scenarios. That way you don’t have to feel put on the spot. The “scenarios” will be more like the build-up or come down from the real deal if you know what I mean.


Don’t be surprised when you’re having a total blast.

Once you get past the nerves, there will come a point when it all starts to flow. Kinda like dancing. The hardest part is getting yourself out on the dance floor, but once you’re there, once you’re out of your head, it’s so much fun.

How to get the most out of a couples boudoir session:
  1. Find a photographer you trust. The first and most important tip, find someone who makes you feel comfortable with enough experience to show they know what they’re doing!  Once you do, everything will be so much easier.  Every professional has their own way of doing things.  Our main goal is to help you feel comfortable and take you through the experience in a way that feels natural and fun.couples-boudoir-photos-_0014
  2. Be open. Everyone. I mean this in more way than one. First, as much as possible, have an open convo with your photographer and your partner to talk about what you want to be captured, and as importantly, what you don’t want.  I’m not sayin’ you need a safe word or anything, but making your expectations on the front end is key to avoiding awkward moments later on.
  3. Be open, continued. Keeping an open mind and heart throughout the shoot is huge. It helps your partner feel confident that you’re in it together and gives you photographer freedom to capture and create their work. Nothing’s more of a buzzkill than a negative attitude.
  4. Plan your wardrobe. Solo boudoir sessions are a great way to really let your lingerie shine. Couples boudoir is a little different. Because you’re posing with another person, your bodies are often brought close together for striking compositions. Wearing super intricate or complex numbers can be lost in a setting like this. Unless you’re going for a more editorial vision, like Reggie Bush and Kim K or Brad Pitt and Angelina in W, we suggest keeping it very simple and classic. If you decide to book with us, we’ll give you our full style guidelines to help you plan beforehand.
Ohhh, and did we mention the photos? 

Hopefully, by now you’re a little more open to the idea of couples boudoir photography. We talked a lot about how to overcome your nerves and get the most out of the experience. The photos are like the cherry on top. They’re not just tasteful imagery, they’re time capsules. Looking back at them will remind you how you felt during the experience. How you two felt together. 

Interested in booking your own couples boudoir photoshoot?  Contact us here or call today at 773-273-9063.

No shame: Boudoir Photography and Female Sexuality


There’s nothing to be ashamed about with boudoir photography

 female-sexuality-boudoir-01Before I start, I should probably tell you, this topic gets me pretty riled up. I am oh-too-familiar with shame. Like most of you, I can think of countless times in my life where I’ve questioned myself, saying “maybe it was my fault.” When I became a boudoir photographer, I grappled with whether it was “ok.” The worst shaming came from a close family member, who made me feel like a straight-up pornographer. I felt like the biggest disappointment ever for what I was doing. While it hurt deeply at the time, the experience forced me to go deep and ask if I could really stand behind this work. And guess what? That deep dive led me to not only to a “yes,” but to a definitive “hell yes.”

We still have a long way to go…

We’ve come leaps and bounds from our parents’ and grandparents’ generation, but we’re still evolving as a society. There is more acceptance and knowledge about female sexuality than ever before. But what does it look like? What does it mean?  It can be hard to really “get it” in this time of content overload. There is SO. MUCH. CONTENT. The internet has literally given us access to answers and imagery on everything! Like…everything. Yesterday I learned what a keto crouch was. And that’s tame compared to what I could have come across. Where we used to turn to our moms, our sisters, and our friends to talk about “sensitive topics,” or ask what was happening with our bodies, we now find whole streams of conversations anonymously online.


What we’ve learned from being boudoir photographers


In so many ways, this is A-MAZ-ING, but it also makes us vulnerable to both misinformation and unreasonable standards (think: insta-perfect figures, zero context behind who that swimsuit-perfect body really belongs to, or all the “work” that went into making it look so flawless, be it under the knife or in photoshop.)

Having met and photographed hundreds of women in their undies, we’ve become really familiar with the topic of shame and female sexuality. By this point, we’ve realized our work is sorta…its own version of therapy.  Sometimes, nothing is more healing than good ol’ girl talk where nothing is really off the table. What we’ve learned from all these conversations is that a lot of you are in the process, like us, of affirming yourself. Your whole self. Sexuality included.  Eek!  Yep, I’m gonna go there.

What’s Sexy is different for everyone

 female-sexuality-boudoirWe’ve met many women who are just beginning to connect with their sensuality. Some identify more with their masculine energy (“tom boys”) and are ready to nurture their feminine sides; others are healing from past trauma and see boudoir as a safe way to begin opening parts of themselves they’d previously sealed shut. And every once in awhile, we meet the rare unicorn who comes in like the sexually enlightened version of the Dalai Lama.

What We Do vs. pornography

 female-sexuality-boudoirWe’re not a pornography studio. How we create our imagery, the intention behind our process, even the way we select our images is done with a wholly different goal in mind. Our pictures are sexy. There is NO SHAME in that. It’s ok for you to be sexy and it’s ok for us to capture it. But, we reject, like big-time reject, the ‘male gaze’ idea of what’s sexy. What is the male gaze?  Oh boy, that’s a whole other blog post, and I’ll tackle that one, I promise. In essence, it’s the perspective that dominates movies in Hollywood and the porn industry.

Contrary to what some people may assume, our audience is first and foremost…you. Yes, the pictures might be a gift for your significant other, and lucky them.  But it’s you we really have in mind when we’re taking the photos. Imagine being able to let go of all your fear, shame, and doubts and let yourself be free. This will look different for everyone. For some, it may be as subtle as a sideways smile they suddenly make without thinking; for others, it could be letting their hands explore their body. We don’t set expectations on you. Our job is to be the reassuring force that says, “You’re good. You’re free. Go with it.”

When “Sexy” Happens

During shoots, some women want a good deal of direction (and we’re always happy to give it.) But eventually, the nerves will slip away. It’s kinda like dancing. It can feel awkward at first, then suddenly you’re just grooving.  You’re in the flow and it’s so damn beautiful. That’s when “sexy” happens.

Interested in booking your own photoshoot?  Contact us here or call today at 773-273-9063. Want to read more articles like this?  Check out the links below for related content:

A sizzling, sexy boudoir session

In the comfort of her own home, Ms. S leans into a sexy boudoir session, and the results are amazing!

What makes this latest photoshoot with Ms. S such a sexy boudoir sesh? For one, we love that it took place in her home, an apartment therapy-worthy space in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.  It the setting felt intimate and personal, and probably added an extra sense of comfort for Ms. S.  We also think she embodies a fully liberated woman— self-confident and comfortable expressing her sensuality.

If interested in a boudoir session in your home, visit our contact page to learn more.

An alternative to boudoir photography – Revealed Undone

Revealed Undone – Stripped down, natural, for this moment…


We’re ready to share our big secret..introducing Undone Sessions

Over the last year, we’ve been quietly creating a series of images to represent a new style of work. It’s been hard keeping this work hidden, but we’re finally ready to announce Revealed Undone—an alternative to the traditional boudoir.


What IS an undone Session?

Beginning at sunrise or sunset, we’ll set out for a secluded location in nature. This is about the moment and your expression, so wear something simple, something that moves with you. We’ll give you a little direction, like a yoga or dance instructor, but nothing overly intrusive.

The Details:

Sessions will last around 90 minutes, give or take. Afterward, we’ll choose between 25 and 35 images that we feel best to tell the story of your experience. They’ll be web resolution and delivered to you electronically. These files are complimentary. We feel this type of work looks best as fine art prints or an unbound album, which you can purchase after you’ve seen your photos.


Undone vs. Boudoir:

Why offer this sort of session in addition to our boudoir services? There are a number of reasons—our personal love of taking pictures outside (the light, the natural beauty); we’re also suckers for the way hair and fabric move in the wind. But beyond those reasons, this is a response to something deeper.

In all we do we want to provide a safe space for women to connect with and express themselves. While boudoir is a great way to do that, this undone session take it one step further. In shifting the focus away from hair and makeup, away from lingerie, and away from the recipient of the images, the experience becomes even more personal and intimate. It can be meditative, playful, and releasing. This is for you. The whole you, free of the public gaze, of judgment, of pressure.


For a limited time, we’re offering Undone sessions for $499 (regular $599) and a portion of the profits from all Undone sessions will be donated to End the Backlog.

Slots are limited for 2018 due to the Chicago climate. Contact us today to secure your session while the weather allows.

To see more undone session examples, please visit our Revealed Undone page.



Lingerie Photography with Ms. J

“I feel like I can conquer the world with the right lingerie. And to this, I celebrate.” With pieces all the way from France, Ms. J stuns in her lingerie photography session


Sometimes one boudoir shoot just isn’t enough. Which was the case for Ms. J, who came in for her first session last February.  In July we received an email with the subject line: “Virgo season, bday shoot.” Before we even opened the message we knew we’d already be on board for whatever she had in mind.

Her idea was to showcase the gorgeous pieces of lingerie she picked up in Paris over the summer in a sultry hotel setting. After some speedy research, we decided on a suite at The Waldorf Astoria, loving the clean lines, neutral color palette, and floor to ceiling windows.


When we arrived, Ms. J had each item laid out on the bed before us in a layflat design that would make an editorial stylist proud. When we saw the lingerie in person we knew exactly why she wanted to do another photoshoot. This time around though, we’re letting her share in her own words…

“I feel like I can conquer the world with the right lingerie. And to this, I celebrate.”


“I have no idea where my love for lingerie comes from…all I know is how I feel when I’m wearing it. Empowered.On my last visit to Paris, I decided to do a Tour de Dentelle. Tour of Lace. My journey brought me to some of the oldest lingerie boutiques on rue St-Honoré to the newest and trendiest departments at Galeries Lafayette. I wanted to do a photoshoot in them not only to celebrate myself for the 34-year-old woman I’ve grown to become and love but also to capture and commemorate the essence of the items that speak most to my soul.


The star of my show was made by Aubade. This company was founded in 1875 and was known for their girdles and corsets. I picked up this set because of the originality of the suspender belt design—so simple yet excellent at elongating the thighs because they hold the stockings from the sides, not from the front and back, like most. Easier access for all parties involved  Another thing I love about this set is the tiny blue Swarovski crystals sewn into the lace. One can only see them if he’s lucky enough to get that close!


The bodysuit was made by Honey Bridette, which is actually an Australian company, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with the details. The deep v front leaves exceptional room for the imagination. The gold buckles add just enough of a bondage feel but are offset by the dainty lace trim on the open back. Paired with my favorite red lipstick and stilettos, easily one of the power pieces in my collection.


Lastly, the high waisted briefs. Love at first sight! Pairing this with a bra wouldn’t have done them any justice. The boning all around the piece and the placement of the lace will accentuate even the most petite woman’s curves. The drawstring in the back gives it a true under corset feel and also enhances the seduction factor 10 fold. These were made by Cadolle. Herminie Cadolle invented the bra in 1889 and today the boutique still makes bespoke corsets.

Interested in your own boudoir or lingerie photographer session?  Contact us here or call 773-273-9063.

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Ovation Chicago Photography – Caroline + Nic are Married!


Caroline and Nik’s Ovation Chicago Photography

I first met Caroline nearly 10 years ago on the other side of the world. We were in Thailand. I was fresh out of college teaching a photography program for the summer and she was one of my students.  Caroline was kind and sweet, the type of person you felt comfortable with instantly. I also sensed her intelligence, genuine interest in people, the world, and a pull toward what made it all stick together.

Well, nearly eight years later, I heard from Caroline in a message on facebook.  She was getting married and remembered “her photo instructor” while in Thailand. She wanted me to document her wedding, or rather, post-wedding celebration. She and Nik were married in Canada nearly two years before this American ceremony. I couldn’t have been more touched.

Kelly fell in love with Caroline just as quickly as I did. And the object of her affection–Nik, well he’s as endearing and remarkable as she.  These are just a few pictures highlighting their wedding day. What a joy and honor to be a part of it all and witness their love reaffirmed before their closest friends and family at the Ovation event space in Chicago.

If you’re interested in learning more about our wedding photography services, please visit our wedding site or contact page.


















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Big shout out to these amazing vendors!

Florist Flowers for Dreams
Wedding Dress by Emmy Mae
Wedding Venue Ovation Chicago
Catering by Tri Star Catering / Lou Malnati’s / Stan’s Donuts / Dairy Queen
Hair and Make-up: Diem Angie
Style Matters DJs