Note: this post was originally published on September 22, 2019 and was updated April 2023.
I have some pretty incredible tangible evidence for you babes. I know that I can preach all day that boudoir photography increases a woman’s confidence and body positivity, but I bet you didn’t know it could be measured.
In order to explore exactly how much a boudoir session impacts a woman’s view of herself, I send out a survey to each of my clients prior to their session. One of the questions on the survey asks them to rate their body confidence on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. After the session, I send out a second survey on which I ask them the same question. I recently decided to analyze the results (being the data nerd that I am). What I found did not surprise me, but I definitely think it’s worth sharing.
Every single client I have photographed rated their body confidence higher after the shoot than they had prior to (with the exception of those few incredible women who rated their confidence a “10” before the shoot as well!). Additionally, when I calculated the average increase in their body confidence rating before and after I found that each one’s confidence increased by an average of 73% after the experience. You might think that this is a silly way to measure confidence, but I truly think it reflects the impact that these sessions can have on a person.
This is why when I tell women that a boudoir photo shoot is not just to get “pretty pictures of yourself,” I am being dead serious. Sure, you will have the images forever, and they will encapsulate a specific period of your life that you can look back on and share with others if you choose to; but I challenge you to present me with something that can change you on a emotional level the way that one day of this type of self-care and respect can.
Here is what some of my past clients have said about how a boudoir session affected their self-love:
“The entire experience from getting my hair and makeup done to watching the slideshow of the best images reminded me that the woman in the pictures has always been there. I needed a reminder of my power and my beauty, and this experience gave me exactly that.”
“This experience was a way for me to step out of my own shadow and take ownership of my body and be proud.”
“I felt so good about myself and have my confidence back, thanks to Alisha!”
“Alisha captures the beauty that you may struggle to see in yourself. I know I felt like a whole new woman when I left her studio.”
“This is the best thing I’ve ever done to boost my body confidence.”
“As someone who really struggles with my image and self-confidence, it was awesome how she made me feel gorgeous, sexy and powerful and I think it shows in the photos.”
“It gave me a revitalized confidence that not only I am a beautiful woman, but that women, even while pregnant, can truly do anything.”
“It was a great way to reconnect with myself, and left me feeling so beautiful and confident in my own body.”
“Alisha found a way to make me feel totally comfortable in my own skin.”
“I am so thankful I was able to do this session not only as a surprise for my hubby, but mostly for my self esteem. Seeing myself in these images literally brought tears to my eyes.”
“The stunning photos she captured allowed me to see myself in a completely different way and helped me to gain confidence back.”
“She has put me into a new way of thinking about me and how wonderful I should feel about being a woman.”
“I never thought that at 50 I would have boudoir pictures taken but Alisha helped me feel so sexy and empowered in my skin that 50 is truly FABULOUS!”
Ready to feel this change for yourself? Let’s talk about it.