So, I have this boudoir and glamour photography business. It’s called “Get Shot Naked”. Does that mean everyone gets naked in their photo shoots? No (though it’s certainly not unheard of).
Honestly, my absolute favorite thing to shoot is implied nudes. For laypeople, “implied nude” means you’re not wearing anything, but we don’t actually see the naughty bits. Here’s a perfect example: Implied nudes are gorgeous, sexy, tasteful, and (usually) social media-friendly. I also shoot a lot of photos where my clients wear lingerie, swimwear, and other types of attire to create beautiful, sensual images.
So, why, then, are we called “Get Shot Naked”, if not everybody gets naked? The answer is this: Naked means a lot more to me than just “without any clothing”. Naked is an attitude, a vibe, a mood, a way of being, a way of perceiving and experiencing the moments that make up one’s life. Naked is stripped — stripped of inhibitions, pre-conceived judgments, and guilt. Naked is open and vulnerable, yet simultaneously empowered. Naked is fun and free. Naked is authentic. Naked is real. Naked is courageous. Naked is powerful. Naked is sexy. Naked is beautiful.
I live my life naked. I didn’t always. In fact, there was a huge chunk of my life when I felt an uncomfortable feeling deep down inside. All the time. It took me a long time to understand why, but when I finally did, it changed my life. Here was my epiphany: I wasn’t being authentic. I was hiding who I really was, and on those occasions when I did let the real me out to play, I was apologizing for her. That was the moment I decided I was going to become a boudoir photographer. I was going to set up my life and my livelihood in such a way that I would attract the kind of people into it who would love, accept and support the real me. And yes, I might in the process push some people away or lose their respect. But guess what? Those people didn’t love or respect the real me to begin with. They only respected the mask. From the second I made that decision, I knew it was right. Nothing had ever “fit” the real me so well. Nothing had ever felt so REAL, so naked.
When I invite a woman into my studio, I am inviting the real woman. And I am giving her permission to explore the “naked” her – her sensual, vulnerable, playful, adventurous, uninhibited self. To notice and enjoy the way her body moves and feels and looks in a totally different way from how she’s ever experienced that before. I’m allowing her to see herself in a totally new light – naked. And beautiful. Whether or not she then chooses to share the resulting images with the one she loves becomes almost secondary. The most beautiful part of her transformation has already happened. She has seen herself naked (even if she didn’t take all of her clothes off). And for perhaps the first time, she has had the chance to see herself through a lover’s eyes (the camera’s lens). And she likes what she sees.
My name is Natalie. Come and be naked with me. But first, please leave a comment below: What does naked mean to you? Does the very word “naked” make you feel uncomfortable? Do you like to be naked? Do you feel good about your partner seeing you naked? What makes you feel the most emotionally naked? Is that a good feeling, or do you have a hard time letting yourself be that vulnerable? For more information about boudoir photography, or to get your own sexy boudoir pictures done, please visit Get Shot Naked.