Wiley Photography Boudoir (also called REVEAL) is a celebration of REAL WOMEN WITH REAL BODIES. It is a safe space to feel sexy, to believe in empowered sensuality, to breathe into the truth of your beauty, and to play play play!
REVEAL is femininity and feminism. Authentic women discovering and documenting their own beauty. It is powerful. It is empowering. It is also quite simply, a whole lot of fun. A kind of fun that many of us have not allowed ourselves near enough of.
REVEAL is not just about sexy photos, not just about sexuality. It is about the soul. The sense of self. Identity as a woman in a fast-paced media-crazed physically-demeaning culture that only values youth and has a very narrow definition of beauty. It takes great effort to battle these messages every day. REVEAL is a reminder that you are a worthy, sensual being. REVEAL provides an opportunity to really explore your physical beauty. And to wriggle around in the possibility that you are in charge of how truly lovely you are.
Whether you are 22 or 62, you ARE beautiful. Your innocence. Your darkness. And all the beautiful messy realness that is in between.
Boudoir is for you. It can, of course, be a gift to a husband or partner but the number one reason for boudoir is for YOU. The boudoir process provides the opportunity for both healing and excitement for the woman. Mentally. Emotionally. Energetically. Gifting it to someone is secondary. You are worth it.
NO other photography is allowed during session. That includes your phone.
One friend can be there with you but no husbands or partners allowed.
Limit of 1-2 alcohol beverages. Drunk boudoir just isn't pretty.
No children allowed in the session.
Tipping is not required but always appreciated.
My own boudoir session experience was hilarious and moving and humbling and life changing.
I cannot promise that boudoir will be all of that for you but the potential is there.
A couple of months ago, a dear friend asked me if I had ever had a boudoir session done of myself. I replied, "No! I'm utterly out of shape and 30 pounds overweight!" She answered, "Hmm...sounds like you need to walk your talk."
So I did. I signed up with the least expensive boudoir photography option I could find (which is still astronomically more expensive then what I charge!) and then began my preparation.
Lingerie shopping at the East Wenatchee mall was challenging but entertaining. I walked up to the woman in the underwear department at Macy's and said, "I haven't had any lingerie since before two kids and I'm going to need some help." She eagerly brought me all whole pile of items and I did my part by keeping a sense of humor while I tried on item after item, my body foreign to me, lumpy in spots I'd never really seen before, and curvy and beautiful in spots I hadn't paid enough attention to.
I found a pair of 4 inch heels at Ross for $6.99 that were a size too big but it's not like I was going to walk in them! I was thrilled.
I ordered thigh high stockings and fake eyelashes online. I planned out when to have my hair and make up done, childcare for both kids, opted to not go tanning or start running for the two weeks ahead of my appointment.
I did my best not to freak out.
Then the day came and I drove with said friend to Seattle and tried my best not to drink too much champagne before my session. My hair and make up was perfect. The outfits were ridiculous and fun as I put them on and the photographer was friendly and kind and professional.
I laughed a lot. I couldn't imagine some of the poses were going to be flattering. I changed outfits and with great instruction moved into pose after pose and then it was over.
Before I had ever even seen how beautiful the images turned out, I felt changed by this experience. I felt taller, stronger, more powerful and certainly more sexy. I felt more feminine, more inside my body again, more lighthearted about my body image even.
I feel empowered.
After doing this session, I began to exercise again. It propelled me forward and the momentum continues. My husband and I ran together this morning in warm morning sunshine, along the river path, something that has never happened before but will happen again and again and again...
It is the truth that in my boudoir session I was more out of shape than I have ever been in my life and 30 pounds heavier than I'd been before. It is the truth that I am blown away by how beautiful my images turned out. It is the truth that I now know on a deeper level that I really can photograph ANY woman at ANY stage or weight or point in her life and capture beauty.
REVEAL sessions are individualized to suit you, helping you to feel comfortable at every step. It is about capturing your style and beauty, flattering no matter what size and shape. This is about empowerment and fun…and a final product of artistic, tastefully sexy images of YOU! You are worth it.