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See Yourself In A Brand New Light With French Kiss Boudoir Photography

By Elisha Neubauer

Irina Mednik had always been a shutterbug. For as long as she can recall, she's been obsessed with shooting photos, but only considered it a hobby. But, when she began planning her wedding in 2007, her life was set on an entirely different path.

While perusing several of the bride-to-be message boards on a popular wedding site, The Knot, Mednik noticed a trend arising. The other brides-to-be were all discussing doing boudoir shoots as a wedding present for their soon to be husabnds. Thinking the idea was neat Mednik offered her services for free.

"I was instantly hooked after my very first shoot," Mednik said. "My client and I had so much fun working together and I also found it to be incredibly rewarding as I got to witness her transformation."

Almost a decade later and Mednik still claims to be just as obsessed, if not more so, with boudoir photography as she was after that very first shoot. Since that first session, she has spent a great deal of time and energy honing her skills and her work has come a long way in the process.

There is a great deal of skill to being a boudoir photographer, according to Mednik. Knowing how to pose, light, and shoot from flattering angles takes a lot of trial and error, education, and practice. But, as Mednik will gladly tell you, it's worth the effort it takes to become a professional. For those looking to book a boudoir session, she explained how important it is to book with a photographer who has experience with the style.

"Your boudoir photos are supposed to build your self confidence and make you look as beautiful as possible and an inexperienced photographer can do the opposite quite easily," Mednik said. "The experience of the shoot itself is also more relaxed when you're in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing and you have a set expectation because you love their portfolio."

While the common theme of boudoir shoots seems to be thought of as lingerie or nude shots, Mednik believes that's not necessarily the case. She encourages her clients to bring a range of outfits with them to the shoot, including a favorite pair of jeans, dresses, blazers, sweaters, and skirts. This allows the client to start the session slowly, comfortably; so they're not thrown into a situation that could make them nervous.

"A more clothed look serves as a nice segue into lingerie as the client becomes more comfortable in front of the camera and also makes for beautiful images that are appropriate enough to show off to friends and family," Mednik said.

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