Miss Marci’s first boudoir session.

She did it as a gift to herself and, as a result, surprised herself.

Marci messaged me one day about doing a boudoir session. She had never done one before but wanted to give it a try as a self-image boost. A gift to herself, in this gift giving season. She was nervous, which is to be expected, but excited about the experience. We chatted about ideas, outfit options, expectations, et cetera, and then set the date.

On the day of the session she first went to Carly C. Vega (https://www.facebook.com/MakeUpByVega/?pnref=lhc) for her make-up and hair. Carly, who rocks in my book, did her magic and sent Marci on her way to me. As soon as she showed up I knew we were going to have a great session. She came prepared with several outfits and accessories which showed her off.

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After a few moments of nervous smiles she settled down and got into the mood. It always amazes me how fast people adapt to a new environment and run with it. I literally met the woman, who had never done this before, face-to-face for the first time less than 30 minutes ago and already she is moving gracefully from pose to pose and having fun with a camera five feet away.

It’s this transformation that keeps me doing what I do. It’s like watching a flower bloom right in front of me.

When the session was over, we sat down to look at the results. I asked her how did she think she did. She was skeptical about her performance. As we looked over the images I mark the ones she reacted to. Sometimes she said she liked it. Other times she had a little intake of breath followed by a sigh.

Those I marked twice.

When it was all said and done we ended up tagging a lot more images than she expected for our session. She wanted to see them again and again which I was delighted to do as that told me we really did something special. She left with a smile on her face.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him today to book your session or purchase a gift certificate towards a boudoir session for that someone special or a friend.

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