Boudoir Week 2019: Nichole Marie Boudoir

Hi Nichole. We are big fans of your work and your successful business! How did you get started in photography?

Photography for me began when I had my second son. I wanted to be able to take photos of my kiddos that were more than just phone captures… then once I was introduced to boudoir, it was game over!

 

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How would you describe your style?

I specialize in boudoir photography, and my style is most definitely dark and moody! The moodier I can make the shots the better.

What drew you to boudoir photography? What do you love most about it?

The first time I worked with a woman that felt “less than,” and she looked at my camera and squealed in excitement, I knew I wanted to be able to do that for every woman I could. 

 

Woman sitting on floor

What would you say to someone who is interested in boudoir photographs but is hesitant to take the leap?

I would say, get into some boudoir groups, reach out to a few photographers, do your research, and see who you connect with the best. Who’s work is the most stunning? Who shows a variety of body shapes and sizes? Get comfortable before you make a commitment. 

Boudoir photography by nature is very intimate. How do you get your clients to relax and feel comfortable?

I start with a phone consultation so my clients can get to know my personality, email them multiple times before their session with my welcome and prep guides, and also hold a few in-person events over the year so that women can meet me before booking if they’d like to.

 

Woman laying on couch

How do you empower women with your photography?

We know our own imperfections, and right where they are, which leads us to look at them when we stand before a mirror (I bet you know where yours are too!). We try to help every woman see herself in a new light, as a beautiful whole, versus just as a canvas with imperfections.

What is the most rewarding part of a boudoir session?

Seeing a woman’s confidence explode right in front of me. They come in deflated, with little to no confidence and leave smiling from ear to ear.

 

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A big part of boudoir photography is the keepsakes. How do you get clients excited about physical products?

My favorite story I tell clients is to envision your grandchildren pulling out your box or album of photos from a closet one day, blowing off the dust, and squealing “OMG look at GRANDMA!!” That always gets girls excited!

 

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If someone was hoping to pursue boudoir photography, as a career what advice would you give?

Practice makes perfect. Learn how to conceal a woman’s imperfections without changing her body.. learn how to flatter her verbally without using terminology that would make her feel insecure. And NEVER ever say “I don’t like that” while you're shooting.

 

Nichole Marie HeadshotNichole Marie is a coffee lover, boy mom, and hopeless romantic. See more of her work here.

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