Fall is drawing to a close, daylight is scarce, and Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas,” has been playing ad nauseam in grocery stores across the country for weeks. The mood of winter, melancholic, cozy, and intensely sentimental, has taken hold. Although I spend more time sloshing through puddles than crunching through snow, winter has the same dominate mood wherever you are.
I had the pleasure of photographing a number of boudoir clients this fall, with the goal of creating beautiful photographic prints to gift to their partners over the holidays. Here’s why that’s a brilliant idea. Too often, the desire to communicate, “I care about you” is transfigured into a litany of purchases the recipient doesn’t need or want. Imagine the number of leather accessories, shaving supplies, watches, ties and patterned boxer shorts that are purchased, year after year, for this reason alone. And yet, even as we pay the cashier for another leather watch band, we know that if our partner actually wanted this, he’d already have bought it.
In contrast, boudoir photographs, which are tailored to each client’s goals and specific partner, demonstrate care in a way that’s more personal, creative and intimate. “But a wallet is so easy,” you protest. And I hear you. But keep in mind his high-school girlfriend, and his mom, also gave him wallets for one Christmas or another. As a gift, it’s at best uninspired, and at worst, redundant.
Boudoir images can never be replicated, they involve thought and care, time and consideration. A recent boudoir client rolled her eyes but donned a school girl costume, knowing it would thrill her partner. Another clasped a relic from her boyfriend’s days in the military. You would be hard pressed to find a gift more thoughtful than custom artwork, you created with your own body.
I’m now offering the perfect vehicle for presenting and storing your gift. It is an“unbound album,” or leather folio comprised of (eco-conscious recycled) leather and filled with fine art prints from your shoot, separated by vellum leaves. The photographs are printed using archival inks and museum etching paper. They look more like paintings than photographs.
If I didn’t photograph you yet, you’ve missed the opportunity for this Christmas. However, Valentine’s Day is only 9 weeks away, so if you’re interested in learning more about giving the gift of boudoir images- it’s time to connect.