The BRAVA Boudoir

Written and photographed by Hillary Schave

Boudoir photography is for women (or men) who want to pose for suggestive and sensual photos to document a special time in their lives, to reaffirm romance and love between long- term partners, or, most commonly, as a gift to a future spouse. They are typically taken in a woman’s private bedroom or dressing room, or a photographer’s studio that is set up with amazing light and beautiful props.

Romantically inclined: I love to photograph the softer side. The beautiful side of a woman. Romantic lingerie and suggestive attire, rather than explicit looks, is more of what the boudoir experience is all about.

Artfully and tastefully captured:  The photos can be erotic, sulky, provocative and sexual, done using beautiful, flattering light and creative ways to capture the image without going full nude.

Vibrant, vivacious and vulnerable: Bring in colorful lingerie, laugh, and show me your vivacious personality. Open yourself up and show me your inner beauty and your outer grace.

All sizes are beautiful! Don’t wait to lose that last 5 pounds. I will pose you to flatter your body type. Seriously, any size or shape! Even if you are missing a limb or an eye!

I offer boudoir photography in my East Side Madison studio, Azena Photography. And I recommend keeping these ‘B-R-A-V-A’ tips in mind when selecting a photographer and posing for these lasting images.


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