Shawna’s Virginia Beach boudoir session.

“Doing a boudoir session should be something you choose to do for yourself.” – Shawna.

Every boudoir photography site I’ve seen always starts out with the premise that you should do a boudoir session “for that special someone.” Well, you know what? I’m going to buck against that. You know what I think? I think the most important reason why a woman should consider doing a boudoir session is to do it for themselves.

You DO matter, you ARE worth it, and you ABSOLUTELY deserve it. Empower yourself.

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More images after the break.

Lately I’ve been working with people that have changed my whole point of view about these sessions. Take Shawna who is featured here, for example. She is a 28 year old mom of two beautiful children and is a very talented photographer based outside Macon, Georgia. Take a look at her work here and then come back.

She was going to be in the area and reached out to me to do a session. She has recently branched out into boudoir photography herself and wanted to experience what it was like being in front of the camera. This would make her a better photographer as she could then relate to her own clients when she stepped back behind her camera.

We messaged back and forth about ideas, outfit selections, what she wanted to feature in her images, how to prep for the session, et cetera. We only had two hours to do this in, so we wanted to be as ready as possible to maximize every single second.

What a whirlwind it was. About halfway through the session I asked her “So, how does it feel to be the center of the universe?” Her eyes lit up more and a smile came across her face. It always warms my heart to see them enjoying themselves.

As I edit images, I email them to the client. Each time I sent a batch to Shawna her response was overwhelming. It quickly escalated from the original concept to a stronger appreciation of who she was as a woman. In the hustle of everyday life of being a mom running a business, certain aspects sometimes got pushed to the side. Now she had evidence proving that she was a strong, confident, sensual person. This led to the quote that started the entry.

Now we are talking about making a book of her images. How wonderful is that? I’ll end this with more words from Shawna.

“Yes, it can be a great gift for someone else, but you need to feel excited for yourself. Prepare for it, too. Make sure you stretch, choose outfits that match who you are, and be ready to have fun!”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to update that pinned post.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mknopp1(at)cox.net with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

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