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5 Reasons NOT To Shoot Boudoir — And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

Kirsten Quinn Boudoir

Santa Clarita boudoir photography has never been sexier, but for those of you who are still too shy to shed some clothes, let’s hash this out.

When something is scary, we are full of reasons to run the other direction: I can’t; I shouldn’t; it’s not me; I don’t have time. It’s just easier to put the idea out of your mind, or save it for “some other time.”

Let’s humor those fears for a moment. When considering a boudoir shoot, the idea of seeing yourself can be scary — especially when you don’t have all your clothes on. But what good does it do to be afraid of yourself? And yes, your rationale against boudoir may seem logical. We all have those restrictive inner voices and let them influence us from time to time. But do they serve you or hold you back?

I’m a believer that, if an opportunity keeps showing up, it should be there! It’s a sign from the universe that you are ready. You do have time. You CAN do this!

To help you sort through your thoughts about boudoir, here are the top 5 reasons women talk themselves out of a boudoir shoot — and 5 ways to think differently.

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  1. I’m not pretty enough.

I don’t even need to look at you to know you’re absolutely beautiful. I’ll prove it. Have you ever met someone new and thought: “Wow, there isn’t one beautiful thing about her.” No. It’s not that you’re lacking in the beauty department; you just haven’t seen your beauty properly. If no one ever showed you exactly how beautiful you look — by capturing your sultriest smile, your most intelligent stare, your sexiest angles — then how would you ever see what others do when they look at you? The perspective you see in the mirror is not the only one the world sees; it’s just the one you see. But I promise you: There’s plenty more beauty in you than the mirror is capable of showing.

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  1. I hate my (insert body part). Who would want to see that?

The things we hate about ourselves are often precisely the things others envy — I’m talking to you, girls with booty. We all have the bits we’re proud of and the bits that make us self-conscious, but no one else is as critical as you are when looking at your pictures.

Besides, no one else in the world can look exactly like you. How freaking beautiful is that?

I challenge you to get in front of Lindsay’s camera and give her all bad shots. First of all, it’s never happened. Secondly, NO, you won’t be the first. Most of us only judge our own beauty when comparing ourselves to others, and we inevitably end up hating specific parts of our bodies and faces. But that doesn’t mean it’s true or right; it’s just another lie we tell ourselves.

  1. I need to lose 10 pounds first.

I get it. We all feel this way. But here’s the truth: It won’t make that much of a difference. In fact, the right light, proper posing and confidence make much more of an impact!

Plus, by boiling down a boudoir shoot to your weight, you’re missing the point. There’s so much more to your beauty than your weight. What about the depth of emotion in your eyes or the way your smile goes slightly crooked when you’re intrigued? The way laughter lights up a face is enough arouse desire in anyone. Don’t cheat your boudoir session by making all about that meaningless number on the scale.

Still nervous? Luckily, all you Santa Clarita residents have access to the boudoir posing master, who knows how to make everything look good. The reason you don’t feel like a model in pictures is because no one ever taught you how to pose like a model. Get your lesson for free at SchlickArt, and I promise you’ll see your body in a whole new way.

  1. I’m too old.
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Like those who fixate on weight, women who let age define their experience are missing the point. It’s not youth that makes us beautiful. In fact, most women exude more confidence and sex appeal as they age. You know yourself better with age, and a good photographer can capture that self-assuredness. Plus a boudoir shoot is only half about the photos you get at the end; the other half is about the experience. I hope you love yourself more at the end of all this, but if you’re fixating on your age, you run the risk of missing that life-changing moment when you start to love yourself just a little bit more than yesterday.

  1. I don’t know how to be sexy.

Well, I don’t believe you. Bu, again, I’ll humor you. Boudoir is the absolute best way to get to know your sexy side! You couldn’t pick a more fun, safe and supportive environment to learn your sexiest poses and expressions than taking your clothes off at SchlickArt Studios. Seriously.

With Santa Clarita photographer Lindsay Schlick, you start the morning off with some champagne and chocolates, which makes everyone feel sexier without trying. Then a professional hair and makeup artist will doll you up in a way that’s so beautiful, and just different enough from your everyday look, that you feel empowered by the chance to be something or someone new.

Then it’s time for some action. Lindsay takes all the thought out of your poses, teaching you her best moves by doing them herself. Once you’re posed so perfectly that you can feel the heat, the last thing she has you do is breathe. You know what’s sexy? A model-worthy pose paired with a calm, confident expression.

 

If you have a hard time tapping into your inner goddess, then it’s time for some practice! Break out of your shell with boudoir, and learn something new about your body and your power!

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About Lindsay, Santa Clarita Boudoir Photographer

With the mind of a businesswoman and the heart of an adventurer, Lindsay began to conceive of a different kind of Santa Clarita photography business. In her vision, stepping in front of the camera could be an empowering experience that gave her clients more than just a photograph — it would give people a new way of seeing themselves. With an eye for seeing the beauty in life and in others, Lindsay could use the camera to spread beauty. Lindsay has been shooting boudoir in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita for 10 years. 

About SchlickArt, a Santa Clarita Boudoir Studio

SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. It’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt.

About the Author
Kirsten Quinn

Kirsten Quinn

A multimedia journalist and editor, Kirsten Quinn has been working in news media for six years, concentrating on coverage of the Santa Clarita Valley. She maintains a passion for quality content, whether she is producing web or print stories, video, social media content or marketing materials. Kirsten currently works as multimedia journalist for KHTS AM-1220 while also running WordSmith, a content marketing side business that serves the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. In any role, Kirsten strives to create synergy in the workplace, meaning on the page/screen, and connection in a world of fast-paced, ever-evolving communication.