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.
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.
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.
SPECIAL PRICING THROUGH THE END OF JUNE.
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.
“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.
Everything you need to know and stuff you didn’t even know you should know about male boudoir photography.
More and more men are finding the appeal in a male boudoir photography session. With the chance to look and feel great, plus photos that make you look like a subject ofGQ, can you blame them?
While we primarily photograph women, we’re always game to work with the opposite sex. It lets us exercise our creativity in different ways, directing for moodier expressions and stronger angles.
Can Men Do Boudoir Photography?
So often we hear men (and women) say, “No way, not me. Why would I ever do that?” Au contraire. You CAN and should. There are so many reasons to do a male boudoir photography session. Maybe you’re in prime physical condition and want a similar experience to this Mens fitness photography shoot or maybe you think the whole thing is a little silly and want to do a funny male boudoir photography session as a tongue-in-cheek gift to your significant other. That’s cool too.
In our humble opinion, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to push back against the notion men should always be tough, dirty, and unkempt and ladies are the only ones who get to indulge in some pampering.Well that’s no fun!
Male Boudoir Photography Ideas
You’re starting to get it, but still nervous.We understand!How about some male boudoir ideas?Think of the cover shoots of Gerad Butler or Denzel Washington. We want ALL men, not just artists or performers, to have the chance to get some kickass photos. You could do the classic Marky Mark black and white Calvin Klein ad (back before he went by Mark Wahlberg) in white boxer briefs. Or what about something like this more contemporary Armie Hammer photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz.Super sexy and he’s totally clothed guys!! Seriously, look how many clothes he has on!
When it comes to boudoir photography for men, just know our work aligns closer to what you’d see in Details or Esquire vs. Boogie Nights. We’re happy to photograph you like a male model in an editorial spread or even a tasteful nude to capture your physique.We do not do full frontal or allow any sort of groping pictures.
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We could give you so many more, but here’s six reasons to do a boudoir shoot. (#5 may surprise you…)
You’ve heard it before. Boudoir is empowering. (Hell ya, it is.) But here’s another way of thinking about it. It’s affirming too. What if you let go of the “one day I’ll be this…” loop playing in your mind? Imagine the relief that comes when you stop trying to be something other than you are? What if you said, “I’m fine just the way I am.” It frees up so much mental space to live your life without a heavy, dripping cloud of self-doubt following you around.
Because you get a dose of celebrity treatment.
The fan. The hair and makeup. The wardrobe. The Beyonce treatment. Need we say more? Ok, we’ll say more. There just aren’t enough reasons in life to get dressed up and feel fancy. Even during a wedding, unless you’re the bride, your not the focus of the pampering. Having someone serve you is a treat. That treatment also including some super positive energy that touches you to the core, that’s an extra special experience. It’s not just feeling like you’re on set of a fashion shoot that makes it so magical. It’s being cheered by a team of people who see the best in you and are there to help you see it too.
When you’re old and gray, you’ll be glad you did a boudoir shoot.
I don’t know about you, but someday, if I’m lucky enough to reach my 80s, I want to be able to look back at a time in my life before gravity was so evident. Not that aging is a bad thing. We should all be so lucky to have the wisdom and strength that comes with a certain age. But when your body is past the point of wall squats, it’ll be nice to have a record from this time to look back.
Positive girl time.
We all need it. You know that feeling you get when you’re among your tribe. Your girls that make you feel supported. Who push you to be your best self and get you to laugh along the way. So many boudoir studio’s are full of women staff who are motivated by the same mission. This work attracts likeminded ladies. All joined together with the goal of building one another up.
So we can’t exactly prove this one, but our gut tells us that you’ll feel extra sexy post shoot. Being in an environment where you are free and even encouraged to tap into your sexy side is liberating. Whether we like it our not, most average women today receive constant verbal and non-verbal messages telling them to look and act a certain way. Owning your sexuality is still pretty taboo unless you’re a (insert: stereotype here). It’s a shame that pleasure is looked at with so much judgement. Science backs it’s benefits (read “The surprising health benefits of sex” and “Orgasms for a better life: The surprising benefits of sexual pleasure” for proof). Boudoir can awaken your sensual energy. Nurture that energy after your session and you may find yourself experience more pleasure than ever before.
For the joy of challenging your body.
Here’s the thing, some of these poses will hurt. You’ve pushed back against slumped shoulders and your normal gait. The next day your back may be sore, your neck stiff. But it feels good in the same way a hard workout does. Remember those scenes from Sex and the City of Carrie strutting her stuff in her Manolo Blahniks? You too can have that moment. Hey, it may even help you to have more of those moments. The experience is a counter move to the status quo that we live out most days.
By now hopefully you’re with us and agree you need no other excuse to do a boudoir shoot beyond wanting to. If you’re still on the fence, you might be inspired by this gal and this one too. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Ready to take a step toward self-love? Give us a call at 773.273.9063 or visit our contact page.
Why choose one Chicago boudoir photographer over another?
There are a lot of good Chicago boudoir photographers, so what sets one apart from another? With over eight years of experience, we’ve photographed women of all different, shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds and we’ve learned a thing or two during that time. To help you out, we’ve distilled much of it in five key points below.
100% Female Staff. While both men and women make great photographers, at Revealed we have an all female staff, because we want you to have one less thing to worry about. Unfortunately there are some creeps out there, so knowing there’s zero risk of running into a sketchy situation during your session can make a world of difference when it comes to your comfort. This is not to say all men are icky. We know some amazing male boudoir photographers, but for something as intimate as this, due diligence is necessary. Bottom line, regardless of gender, a true professional will never make you feel uncomfortable.
Posing is key. Here’s the thing, everyone thinks they need to lose five or ten pounds before coming in. You don’t. We promise. The most important thing is a photographer who knows how to direct you into a great pose that flatters your angles. A lot can be hidden through posing and the right outfit. The best photographers understands what angels flatter different body types and can coach you there with ease. While there are a lot of wonderful Chicago boudoir photographers, the true test of skill is a boudoir portfolio showing a broad range of women looking fabulous, not just one body type. Check out one of our behind-the-scenes videos showing how we coach a beautiful pose.
A honed craft. There are a lot of people who have SLR cameras, but making a great picture takes more than expensive gear. It takes experience. An understanding that it’s not your gear that makes a picture, but the person operating it. You can spend all the money in the world on fancy gizmos, but it’s true knowledge of how light, lens choice, angels, and timing affect your results that brings a picture to life. Experience AND talent are key when it comes to making ANY woman look. Not to mention, a healthy amount of EQ (especially important when they’re in their underwear).
Tastes range. There are many ways boudoir photographers approach their work. Some are more overt, some almost cartoonish. IMHO, boudoir photos that really make bring out that “ohh…” and “awe…” reaction are those that look like something out of a magazine. Don’t settle for obvious or cliche, work that elevates has an artistry to it that leaves you feeling something.
All about the ambiance. What’s the setting? Where Chicago boudoir photographers take their pictures range from hotel rooms, in-home studios, to storefronts. Not all locations are created equal. If you’re looking into a future session, location is so important to consider. It’ll not only determine your backgrounds, but also affect your overall experience. Whether virtually or in person, check a place out. See if it matches your vibe. It’s ok if you’re not in a “boudoir studio,” so long as you feel safe and comfortable. When we first started out, we worked out of hotel rooms and even my home. We did our absolute best to make sure the experience was still as professional as possible. Reaching a point when we were able to have our own studio space was a highlight of our career. It allowed us the ability to really control the atmosphere and have full confidence in the setting.
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Simple and tasteful. Fine art nude pictures with Ms. H.
Thanks to the world on social media, we met virtually and connected with this lovely lady below on Instagram a year ago. We talked about collaborating back in the summer, but the timing just didn’t work out. Finally, when the weather was really dragging in Chicago, the stars aligned and we reconnected for this session. Maybe it was the stars, maybe the fancy Instagram algorithm, but we all instantly hit it off. Good thing too, because by the end of the shoot, Hannah was wearing nothing but her undies for these gorgeous fine art nude pictures below.
Hannah’s a true pro. Like really. At six feet tall without shoes and Cameron Diazesque bone structure, she could be signed with just about any agency. When we asked why she wasn’t modeling professionally, she said there’d been opportunities, but she pushed back against the pressure to be an unhealthy level of thin. It’s hard to hear the unreasonable standards of beauty out there and we’re proud of her for rejecting them.