Did you get a big surprise for Valentine’s Day? If you recently got engaged, you might want to consider a little black book gift for your husband-to-be to open the day of your wedding, featuring YOU!
Boudoir photos make the perfect gift when you are looking to do something different, bold and daring for a groom’s gift on your wedding day! This will be a gift you will both enjoy for the rest of your lives!
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I can’t imagine a more amazing wedding gift to give a groom than some gorgeous and sexy photos of his brand new wife. When Ms. J was searching for the perfect gift for her soon-to-be Husband, she was so excited about the idea of a boudoir shoot. His reaction to receiving his gift on their wedding day was just what she was hoping for. She even sent me some fun photos taken by their professional photographer that I loved being able to see. Sadly, I can’t share them because they got married on a resort and the resort has strict rules about what the Bride and Groom can do with their wedding photos. So you’ll just have to imagine the huge smile on his face as he flipped through each amazing photo of his beautiful lady.
Ms. J is often found with a Starbucks cup in her hand so she brought one with her to use in the shoot. I love how it makes her photos personal and familiar.
A wedding veil with a white lingerie set help celebrate this milestone time in her life.
Ms. J and her fiance are 49ers fans so the t-shirt she brought to wear in her shoot adds more personal touches to her photos.
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Danielle wanted to keep most of her bridal boudoir photos for 0nly her man to see, which is an option that all my clients have and I always respect. But she didn’t mind sharing the photos that were more anonymous, so I’m happy to be able to show you those ones. Danielle brought in her wedding garter and wedding shoes for the shoot. Aren’t those shoes gorgeous? Her fiance received the photos as his wedding gift, and of course, he loved them! I haven’t met a Groom yet who wouldn’t love a gift like that.
“I absolutely loved working with Rayleigh on my boudoir photos. The photos were a surprise wedding gift to my husband and Rayleigh could not have been more wonderful throughout the entire process. She is able to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and her work speaks for itself; she is truly talented! My husband absolutely loved his gift and thinks the photographs are amazing.
Like most women, I was nervous about taking the photos. I also had “concern” areas and Rayleigh was amazing in taking photos to compliment my body and what I was comfortable with. During the shoot, I felt completely comfortable and actually had fun with Rayleigh. If you are looking for someone who is professional, will make you feel comfortable, listen to your needs and concerns, and take beautiful photos, Rayleigh is perfect. I would recommend her to anyone I know.” –Danielle
Are you getting married? A bridal boudoir session would make for an excellent gift for you Groom. Contact me today and we can go over details.
Jessica was so much fun to work with. She is such a cutie and was a soon-to-be Bride. She wanted to to create some photos for her Groom-to-be. Her fiance loved the photos, of course! I can’t imagine a more special gift to give a Groom on the wedding day. Jessica wore a bridal outfit for part of her session, which is a fun way to commemorate such a special time in her life.
I love this light blue wardrobe piece and it’s one that I have in my studio wardrobe. This hat is part of my studio wardrobe as well.
Contact me about doing your own bridal boudoir shoot. I’d love to discuss the details with you!
Are you a Bride-to-be, looking for a wedding gift that will make your Groom’s jaw drop? A bridal boudoir shoot will do just that. Many Bride’s bring their wedding accessories (garter, shoes, veil, jewelry) to create that wedding night look, but you are welcome to wear whatever you want for your shoot.
Rayleigh was sweet and very professional and nicely organized and I love my photos!! -Rachel
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I am a Christian, completely devoted to my Savior, Jesus, and I am also a beauty and boudoir photographer. Every once in a while I’m asked about how I can be both. As the boudoir photography industry becomes more popular, a lot of Christians are asking, “Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot?” I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on this.
What is a boudoir shoot?
Boudoir is pronounced Bu-dwah or Bu-dwar. It is technically defined as, “a woman’s bedroom or private room for dressing or resting.” So in the photography world, that involves a portrait shoot that a woman does privately for her man, usually in lingerie. Oftentimes, the motivation for a shoot is to create a gift for your husband, however, you’ll find that a portrait shoot with Photography by Rayleigh is a very pampering experience. It creates a space for you to feel feminine, lovely, and even sexy. Women spend far too much time comparing themselves to other women they see in magazines or on TV. Often feeling “blah” about themselves. Especially tired mommies who feel more like a mom than a woman, most times. Do you relate to any of this?
Men are visual.
God created men to be highly visual. They can’t help it, it’s the way they were built. They are bombarded with images of sexy woman all the time and no matter how much they try to look away and avoid lusting after the women in those images, it’s inevitable that some of those images are going to get in, and stay there, and even pop up from time to time. How great would it be if his memory was chalked full of lovely images of his wife and the majority of the images popping up in his mind were images he could cherish and feel good about?
A full marriage.
When your man chose you to be his wife, he, hopefully, chose you based on your Christ-like qualities like patience, kindness, humility, faithfulness, honor, trust, truth, and hope. Those are the basis of the truest love, as we see in 1 Corinthians 13. As a bonus, God wants us to also enjoy our spouse’s body and to enjoy physical intimacy. 1 Corinthians 7:3 In a healthy, Christian marriage, a woman should feel sexy, desired, and appreciated for all aspects of herself, including her body. Even with it’s imperfections. When a woman doesn’t feel good about the way she looks, she doesn’t bring to the marriage that needed energy that can really help fuel physical intimacy. A glamourous photoshoot can give a woman that much needed confidence. It’s really amazing what a little sexy confidence can do for a marriage.
Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot?
As you can tell by now, I’m a fan of boudoir shoots. Many of my Christian friends have enjoyed giving sexy photos to their husbands. However, it’s also true that I do have a small number of Christian friends who believe that wearing lingerie in front of someone who isn’t your husband, including a photographer is something to avoid. I love and respect those people and their thoughts on this. So I think this is just something for each woman to pray about and see what God is telling them about how to answer this question.
Maybe a beauty shoot is more up your ally. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing lingerie for photos, I 100% get that. You absolutely don’t have to wear lingerie in your portraits to feel feminine and lovely. A beautiful dress can be just as empowering, while being modest. I invite you to check out my beauty gallery to see more photos like this. In fact, I’m falling more in love with beauty shoots and have recently expanded my focus to include all kinds of beauty sessions instead of focusing solely on boudoir photography in my business.
The who, what, and when of it all.
Boudoir or beauty photos are an amazing gift to give to a Groom on the wedding night. Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and wedding anniversaries are other occasions when glamorous portraits would be a very special gift.
There are a lot of amazing photographers to choose from for your shoot and you should find the one that is the best fit for you. As a Christian, I encourage you to hire a female photographer if you are wanting sexy portraits.
My boudoir style is very conservative, as far as this genre of photography goes, so if you are more on the shy side or you just want to keep things tame, I’m the photographer for you! My boudoir images are sensual but beautiful and tasteful and not over-the-top sexual.
Will my photos end up on your website?
Although, I used to share boudoir photos on my website, with permission from my clients who felt comfortable with that, I’ve recently felt more inclined to keep my client’s more intimate photos private. So now, when talking about boudoir photos, I try to share photos that have a sexiness to them but are still modest. Like what you see in this post. I have a private link to more photos, for those who are interested in doing a boudoir shoot. Of course, I only share photos with permission from my clients who feel comfortable with it.
So, should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot? Please pray about this and determine what kind of shoot might be right for you. Whether you feel that a boudoir shoot would enrich your marriage or if a beauty shoot is what would give you the confidence boost you need, I’m here to help. If you’d like to learn more about what a shoot experience is like and what to expect in my studio, please check out my video about that.
If you are ready to schedule your beauty or boudoir shoot, or if you have any questions, please contact me! I’d love to talk about it more with you.
This handsome guy is my brother-in-law, Rod. I had the pleasure of doing a boudoir session with his Bride-to-be, Alison, and she had the album of portraits delivered to him on their wedding day. Boudoir photos make for such a fantastic wedding gift for the Groom.
(Wedding photos used with permission by Kirsten Hammericksen)
She was a little nervous about getting it done, but said that Rayleigh did an excellent job of helping her feel comfortable. Really allowed her to let her own personality show up in the photos, and I can tell. Good times and great memories every time I see that little book of fun! We undoubtedly recommend Rayleigh to anyone considering doing it. And if you haven’t considered it, you should. Take it from a recently married man, it was a great idea.”
The Oregon Wedding Showcase is THE bridal show to go to in Salem and Eugene and this year they had their first show in Portland. I was lucky enough to get in on the ground floor, as the limited number photographer booths go fast. Even though I do shoot weddings, at the bridal shows I market boudoir photography. Boudoir photography is a fantastic gift for the groom. It was so fun seeing the grooms encouraging their beautiful ladies to take part in the experience.
At this show I also got to debut my newest product, the “Peepshow Viewer.” Remember those old “View-masters” from when you were a kid? Well, I found an awesome company that custom makes the photo reels using photos from my clients. The ladies at the bridal show had so much fun reliving their childhood, but in a new way. A grown up way. My show special included a complimentary Peepshow Viewer if they were to book a shoot at the show.
A lot of the brides were really interested in my bachelorette parties. Can you blame them? Doing a boudoir shoot on your own is a fantastic experience, but to share it with your best friends is that much more fun.
If you would like more information on boudoir photo shoots or bachelorette parties, contact me today!
I just love what Andrea had to say about her portrait shoot.
“I have always loved the idea of getting boudoir pictures, but never really knew how to go about it, or how I would be, trying to be sensual/sexy/intimate for photos, so when I got a Living Social deal with Rayleigh, I was excited to take the plunge. Rayleigh is amazing! She is so open, kind, and immediately puts you at ease. Her makeup artist was wonderful to work with too, and even though the hair/makeup was more dramatic than I have ever had, it was perfect for this setting, and I definitely felt super glamorous. The shoot itself was a blast, and I found myself really HAVING FUN which surprised me because I went into thinking it would be uncomfortable and awkward, but that just came with the territory right? Wrong. Rayleigh really helped me get into it and time flew by as we changed outfits and scenes.
Seeing the finished product totally blew me away. The way Rayleigh captured my playful/sensual side was beyond words. I initially did this shoot as a wedding present for my husband, but after seeing the pictures, I think it’s as much a present to me as him because it is a stunning testament to the beautiful and sexy woman inside all of us. I looked like a 1950’s pin up girl which is something that I can always look back on and remember.
I think EVERY WOMAN SHOULD SEE RAYLEIGH if nothing else than to give yourself the gift of seeing the sexy vixen inside of you. This shoot made me feel alive and empowered, and I think that is the greatest experience from this shoot. I hope to go back for other shoots in the future! :)”
To have an experience like Andrea had, contact me to book your own shoot!
This blog post was already shared on my newsletter but in the mean time, my client has changed her mind about wanting her photos to be shared online. I always give my clients the option to allow me to share some or all of their photos. And it’s perfectly understandable to me when they want to keep their photos for their husband’s eyes only.
At the time of the shoot, Mrs. J and her lucky husband were engaged and the reason for the shoot was for Mrs. J to give her Groom an amazing wedding day present. I love how she brought her wedding shoes, garter, veil, and wedding lingerie to use for the shoot. It’s such a fun and sexy way to capture those wedding details. And what a fun time in life, to be engaged. A boudoir shoot is a great way to celebrate that.
Just so that this blog post isn’t completely image free, here is an image from another bridal boudoir shoot that I did. It’s fun to bring your own wedding gear for the shoot but if you don’t want to haul them around or if you don’t have them yet, I do have a couple of veils and garters in my studio that work great.
If you are engaged and you want an amazing gift for your Groom, contact me to schedule a shoot!