I am happy to announce that in 2017 Vita Boudoir will be joining me to make your groom the happiest man on earth! In my top two packages Janelle and her team will make you not only look but feel stunning for your Groom To Be in a big way on your special day! I get requests for boudoir all of the time, and ladies... it's not my thing! I love collaborating with photographers in other genres and I would like to take a few minutes and introduce you all to Janelle interview style! I wanted to create a gift for my husband last year and Janelle and I traded sessions, seeing what would be a good fit as far as style and experience; I asked her the questions that I personally would want to know, if I were in your shoes. And yes, she HAS photographed me and my husband was extremely happy with the book I gifted him! Her family session with her fur babies and hubby was gorgeous and is up on the blog if you haven't seen it!
Me: How did you know you wanted to be a boudoir photographer?
Janelle: I loved photography from a young age and when I started offering sessions I shot everything I could. Couples, weddings, newborns, boudoir, families, pets, you name it I tried it. After about two years I realized my real love and passion with with boudoir. I love the glamour and showing women a different side to themselves. To this day I credit specializing and growing my passion in one specialty to my growth and success. Being a premier boudoir photographer is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I love that I get to do my dream job and build women's confidence and self love everyday. For a college drop out with no real education in business or photography I think I’ve done ok for myself.
Me: What makes YOU personally feel beautiful?
Janelle: This is a strange questions for me because I spend most of my time making other women feel beautiful haha. What makes me feel good about myself is taking the time to give myself self care. Reading books, in a bath with Epson salts and essential oils, yoga, riding my horse. Those are all things that make me feel good and happy, and when I am happy and feel cared for I feel beautiful. I also love a nice glam day, of pampering, nails hair and make up done with a killer outfit. But even when none of those things have been done, and I've worn the same yoga pants for 3 days and haven't showered (we've all be there) my husband can always look at my and make me feel like that glam, pampered, beautiful girl and that's pretty special to me.
Me: What kind of outfits should I bring?
Janelle: Outfits set the stage for your whole session and are so important. I always recommend a variety of outfits, like bra and panty sets, body suits, teddies, ect. Its always great to mix up colors and patterns. If clients are nervous about a specific area of the body outfits can really help make you feel more comfortable and confident. If lingerie is not your thing you can bring your spouses dress shirts, jerseys, jeans or shorts, or even shoot "in the sheets". Every client is different and I love getting to highlight their personality and style.
Me: What is the best feedback you've gotten from a bride about her groom's gift?
I am Mrs. H's husband, and I just wanted to thank you for the work you did with her the other day. I don't know if you are aware of this, but she has been battling a bit of depression and anxiety the last few years. It has been hard on us, but we have been working through it. It took her a long time to build up the courage to visit you even though I, and a few others, had been trying to build her confidence to do it for a while now. Well, let me tell you, the change in her since visiting you has been phenomenal. She sounds like who she was before the breakdown. She is happy, confident and in very high spirits. I am out of state, training for another over seas deployment, and when I spoke to her on the phone that day when she had her pictures taken, I was almost in tears hearing my love sound so well. It has been a long time since I heard her sound like that. I cannot thank you enough for what you have helped bring back out of her. I know that we will look at those pictures for years to come and they will only help serve to remind her of what an amazing woman she is. I'm also pretty sure she will visit your studio again before I come home next year.
Thank you so much,
Ummm LADIES! Can every husband be like this please?!
Me: I'm shy behind the camera, are you sure you can make me look like THAT?! (Because I AM, and I DID ask her this before my session!)
Janelle: Absolutely 100%. My clients are regular people. Many are moms with multiple children and all come in feeling nervous about the outcome of their session. Everyone that steps into my studio has some form of self confidence issues and nerves. For a lot of them I am the first photographer that has ever photographed them in lingerie or less and that can be a very vulnerable thing. First thing we always do is hair and make up. It gives us an hour or so to chat and get to know each other, and the styling always gives clients an automatic confidence boost. When it's time to start shooting we normally pick the most covered outfit to start to ease into the session with easier poses so they get used to being directed and having a camera in their face. I keep them talking and laughing to keep their mind off their nervousness and by the 2nd outfit most clients are completely comfortable and enjoying their session. Before they know its we are done, and I always get an "That's it? Wow that went by so fast, and wasn't bad at all. I am so happy I did this, I can't wait for my next session!". The best part comes when clients get to see and select their images and get happy tears in their eyes I know I've given them something more than just pictures. That's the best thing about my job.
You can find more of information and work at www.vitaboudoir.com and I will be working with each and every new bride to have a most amazing experience with her! All images in this post are courtesy of Janelle Machut.