.01 what is boudoir?
Unapologetically empowering the infinite
beauty, worth, + value of women.
A women's bedroom or private sitting room.
Origin of boudoir; 1775-85 French: < literally a sulking place.
the worlds definition
Boudoir is a photographic style featuring romantic, and overly sexualized images of women in a bedroom or private environment, primarily intended for the pleasure of his or her romantic partner.
Unapologetically empowering the infinite beauty, worth, + value of women. Boudoir is rooted from powerful womanly confidence. Its primary intent is not just for the private enjoyment of a romantic spouse, but rather for a woman to view herself in a real, raw, vulnerable, + powerful way. This reflection of inner confidence is depicted in, to be short, - BA images.
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE CAMERA.
Holla at you girl! I'm so glad you're here!
Nice to meet you, I'm Dev (but seriously, let’s actually meet up face to face, I’d like that). I am an intimate lifestyle photographer based out of Bozeman, MT. My mission is to unapologetically empower the infinite beauty, worth and value of women. - straight up. I love photography cause it’s all about connection; making connections with human beings. I am all about women breaking traditions and doing things their own way.
Let’s get to know each other. Perhaps you are thinking I got this sexy lifestyle down due to the fact that well, you know, I’m a “boudoir” photographer - HA, nah girl! I don’t have a closet full of lingerie. I don’t get spray tans on the reg. My makeup isn’t flawless everyday. I’m most likely in my workout gear, my hair is half thrown up, I’m headed into the mountains, snuggling with my pup, camping with my husband, busting out mid dance in the kitchen, and/or spending time with humans I love around a campfire or dinner table.
I keep these photoshoots close to me. Close to me in the way that it takes a completely different type of energy + emotional care to pour out to who I am photographing in this setting. It’s so different + precious every single time. I love the connection I make with every single woman. But I also love the way they take a chance to trust me, just for a little while so they can see their beauty in the way I see them. Which is to see them like I would see my best friend, my sister, my girl, my homeeeeee GIRL!! I love this time. And I love making these women feel good in their skin.
However you are wanting your boudoir session documented, it's worth being captured in a way that will bring back all the feels for years to come, I want you to look back on these photos and feel the awesome-ness that you felt during this experience for you entire life!
Boudoir's primary intent is not just for the private enjoyment of a romantic spouse, but rather for a woman to view herself in a real, raw and powerful way. This reflection of inner confidence is depicted in, to be short - bad ass images. This is a two way relationship. I want this to be way more than just the photos you will get at the end of this, I want this to be an unforgettable, meaningful experience that is impossible for you to kick under the rug and forget from start to finish. I want you to carry this new found confidence to every darn place you go and every single person you meet.
We are not going to do some fake, unrealistic version of who you are. No way dude. We are going to go wayyy beyond that. Say peace out to the awkward, stiff poses that make you feel anything but comfortable. We are going to have some fun documenting the real, full-fledge, beautiful you. Wherever you are at in your life right now, it deserves to be remembered. Let's capture it together, completely raw and fiercely.
WORDs OF LOVIN.
“It’s not often you meet other women and instantly feel free to be totally transparent with them. That is Devin. Her zeal for life is infectious and you simply can’t help become a bit more badass in her presence. I have done two photo shoots with Devin, pre-pregnancy and mid pregnancy. Both crazy empowering. For the first time I really saw myself...the beauty my husband sees, the beauty in how I was made and the beauty of making a wee human. It was transforming in the most amazing ways. Thank you Devin for being a cup filler and capturing my at my truest self.”
“Devin is an absolute rockstar! From pre shoot communication to post, she does it all with ease and warmth. I’ve never felt so welcome by someone. I also never thought I’d ever do a boudoir photoshoot, but I’m so glad i did! I believe every woman should experience it. Feeling confident in your own skin in front of a camera is life changing! And when you get the photos back...be prepared to shed a tear. You’ll never feel so happy! She coaches you through it all and is open to anything you want to do as well! Thank you Dev!”
“Devin is a pro at what she does. Boudoir can make the most secure person feel weird and nervous, but she comes into the shoot with full confidence that you are going to be amazing. It’s classy and entirely about your personality and comfort level. She is calm, energetic, and makes the entire experience feel like no big deal. Except then you get you photos and they are kind of a big deal. The experience felt like sitting on my bed chatting with a friend and then suddenly had some bomb photos of myself. Magic.”
“Working with Devin was above and beyond what I could have expected. Her personality is fun, empowering, and easy going. I was nervous about my session and the pictures I would get after, but I had so much fun and felt so beautiful both during and after my session. I love the pictures and have some of them on display in my room to remind myself how beautiful I am as an empowered woman. I will continue to recommend Devin to everyone who is looking to take stunning boudoir photos!!”
hold up. I have a few questions first.
What should I wear?
First thing I always tell my clients is, wear pieces that make you feel comfortable and beautiful. Whatever that means for you. Whether it’s lingerie, a chunky sweaters, a leather jacket, your favorite dress, or a flannel; don't forget to stay true to your personal style. If you feel awesome then your photos will be awesome.
How many pieces should i bring?
Around 3-5 different pieces is normally a great amount I always suggest having a matching base you can throw accessories over; a solid color underwear and bra works well for this. But the rest is up to you...teddies, slips, your own skin, pieces you love in your closet are great! While my personal style is less is more, you can, however, bring extra accessories like scarfs, flower crowns, or your favorite earrings as well.
so uhm, is nude a thing?
All my boudoir sessions are photographed tastefully and as an art-form. I never want to push my clients to do anything they’re not comfortable with. I do ask that you trust me, to create beautiful, natural images that make you feel your very best. While most women are uneasy at first, these are always the images they end up loving, but please know there is also zero pressure. This is about what you want.
Whats your stance on retouching?
If you wake up the morning of your session with a zit on your face, rest assured we can zap that rascal out. All the images you receive will be naturally edited, high resolution images. I will smooth out obvious blemishes, but I don't alter who you are - I will not slim your arms, and I won't make you a size two. This experience is about celebrating yourself and embracing your true authentic beauty at where you are at in life now; they're about being you and owning it! Raw, real, beautifully un-retouched you. My rule is non-permanent things like acne, bruises, cuts, etc., let's fix. Anything else, let's celebrate.
Should I get my hair + makeup professionally done?
For some of my clients, getting their hair and makeup done means one less thing for them to worry about. They feel beautiful and confident and it shows! It's completely up to you.
Do I need to be in a relationship to do a boudoir shoot?
Absolutely not! Boudoir is rooted from a powerful womanly confidence, and that confidence comes from within you, not someone else.
Where do you typically have the sessions?
Don't worry about having a perfect space, I can work with just about any location, as long as we have pretty light to work with! Clean, minimal spaces with lots of natural light are best. Other great options are renting out local Airbnb’s, a hotel room, or shooting outside. You can check out my blog post all about locations by clicking here.
i noticed there are photos of women on your insta + website. Will you share my images too?
Out of respect for my clients privacy I only share images of women when they grant me permission. This is an extremely intimate experience and I by no means will cross any boundaries by showing your session all over the internet. Once you receive your gallery you have the option to tell me which images you are comfortable with me sharing - or if you even want any images shared at all! Zero pressure.