I’ve never understood why women find it vain to have portraits hanging up of themselves.

I shoot all styles of portrait work but boudoir is what I am most drawn to. In the 19 years I’ve been shooting boudoir, I’ve noticed a trend of women feeling ashamed to have these images on display in their homes. They are afraid others will see them as conceited. To that I say— you’re missing the point.

Boudoir serves as an artistic tool for people to be inspired by the beauty of their natural form. It is fine art we create together to capture your most vibrant state. Sometimes it’s the idea of gifting the photos to a significant other that inspires the shoot, but remember boudoir is a gift to yourself first.

I wanted Melissa to leave her boudoir shoot with a beautiful experience. She is a mother of six, grandmother of three, professional business owner, and a vivacious woman. The photos we took are a timeless representation of Melissa’s vibrant life. One day her children will be able to look back at these images and see the woman that raised them as someone they can relate to. They will see that Melissa sought out an artistic expression of self-love and will be inspired by her confidence.

Portraits are a gift we leave behind to help our family understand the lives we lived before them. These images become what we cherish most and are the first on our list to save in a disaster. They tell our story. So hang up the images of yourself that make you feel empowered! Let them fill you with self-worth and motivate you to be your best self every day. Don’t worry, you’re not so vain.