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A Fun Experience

The last person of the three from the marathon shoot in Philly was Alyson. Alyson is not my typical client in that she is a performer, an actress. This is a woman who bares her soul to an audience on a regular basis. Acting in front of a crowd is not foreign to her, but that doesn’t mean baring herself to a camera is easy. It’s just different, and it can be somewhat intimidating. 

Although she is comfortable in situations that make many of us cringe in fear, Alyson was still not as comfortable in front of the camera as she is on stage. On stage she can put on a mask or a persona that is not Alyson but is one of her characters. The craziness of backstage isn’t the same as the madness of a photoshoot and it is my goal to make sure that my clients never feel the madness, even if they may be used to it. My goal is to make the experience exciting and relaxing at the same time. 

Alyson took to the shoot and being a model for a day very well. She got alone with the others like they were old friends. It seemed like she was having fun from the moment she arrived. Even so, getting in front of a camera can be different that getting in front of a crowd. 

“I had such a great time at my Boudoir Philly photo shoot! Everyone on the team made me feel at ease & beautiful- pampered like I was at a private salon. The whole day was like I was hanging out with my girlfriends. I felt celebrated like I’d done something amazing and this was my reward. Michael Albany made me totally comfortable in front of the camera. He created a space where I felt safe and encouraged to let my inner beauty shine through. I now have not only some wonderfully beautiful images (including my FAVORITE picture of myself), but also a memory of an open, welcoming & fun experience. I want to do it again!“ ~Alyson

I am grateful that I got to shoot with alyson that day. She is a great person with an energy that brings that something extra to any situation. Alyson did this even though she hadn’t met Cheryl or Amber before that day and she barely knew me. I always want my clients to feel safe and relax. After all it is about having fun and enjoying yourself. 

In her statement above Alyson she felt celebrated like she did something amazing, she did do something amazing. She was herself.

Why I shoot Boudoir

When talking to people about what I do for a living people will say, “You have a great job! You get to work with beautiful women all the time.” Yes, I do have a fantastic job, and yes I work with beautiful women, but not in the way most people think.  The women I work with are your average people that anyone else works with at the office, at the store or anywhere. Each and every one is beautiful, I just get to help them show it off. 

I have yet to meet anyone that is unattractive. Sure many people don’t match the commercial version of beauty but we don’t live on TV or in a magazine. As much as is feels like it sometimes, life is not a daytime soap opera, nor is it Downton Abby. Reality shows aren’t all that real either, we are somewhere closer to true reality. That means that we have flaws and these flaws can make us even more attractive. My job is to show the attractive flaws and minimize the not so attractive ones. When my team and I do this we empower our clients. We don’t give confidence, but we do build upon it; our job is to make it shine!

Boudoir photography is not about sex, it’s not about fashion, or even beauty. Boudoir is about empowerment, confidence, and personal strength. In order for these things to come out you have to allow yourself to become a little bit vulnerable; you have to risk feeling silly to look beautiful. Lets face it, a great boudoir image pose can put you in a position that your rarely, if ever, find yourself in at home! The rewards for that small risk? In my client Cheryl’s words, “I allowed my curiosity to outweigh my nervousness. The result? Far and away the best thing I could have ever done for my self image!!”

Men as well as women can get similar benefits. In fact it has been my experience that men are even more reluctant to take the risk of showing that side of themselves. Those that do find that they not only enjoy the experience but they get even more out of it than empowerment. For men the benefits can include confidence, self assurance, and much, much more. They can even brag to their friends at how brave they were to be the one among them to do the nontraditional!

If my clients can feel all of this, grow within themselves, and generally be the the beautiful person they are, how can I know enjoy the work I do? I love to make people feel better about their day, and about themselves. So if this is the result of my work, I do indeed have the best job in the world!