My Approach to Bridal Boudoir


To those of you preparing for a bridal boudoir session, my advice is simple: be yourself.

Black and white photo of woman posing for a boudoir photo in Chicago.

I’ve been photographing boudoir for years now, and I’ve seen a shocking number of portfolios that are solely catered to the male fantasy…whatever that means.

You know what I’m talking about: the photos that have little to do with the woman herself and everything to do with what they think men want to see. They are overly photoshopped and unnaturally lit. The makeup is caked on and the woman doesn’t even look like herself. Nothing about it feels real. Despite this, these same photos are paired with words like “this will empower you!” and “become confident in your skin!”. Maybe that works for some people, but it’s not what I believe.

For every boudoir photo I take, I keep the woman standing in front of me at the heart of it. Boudoir is about capturing your beauty, inside and out, just as you are. At the end of the day, I believe your photos should look and feel like YOU — as imperfectly perfect as you may be. You are stunning as you are and the right boudoir photographer will celebrate that. You don’t need to become something or someone else.

And guess what? Your spouse-to-be doesn’t want to see a stranger in the photos either. Your fiance loves the natural beauty he sees in YOU every day. Show him that and I guarantee the boudoir photos will be the best gift he ever receives.

Are you thinking about a boudoir session? Fill out the contact form below or email me directly at ashley@artistrieco.com for info. I’d love to share more on my upcoming events and boudoir experiences in Chicago.


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Email: ashley@artistrieco.com