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The Complete History of Andrea Murphy and Boudoir Photography

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With the launch of my brand new website (and are we loving it?! I know I am!) I made the decision to start advertising that I do boudoir photography. Boudoir photography is something we’ve always done, and we do a lot of it, though I’ve always been somewhat hesitant to display it on my website. Boudoir photography is of an intimate nature and my client’s privacy is of the utmost importance to me. And understandably some clients want their images kept private. Beyond that, I want people to understand my heart when it comes to boudoir photography. Having a session of this nature is an empowering and super fun experience. I understand that it’s not for everyone – And that’s okay. I’m aware that some people find it offensive, and I want to avoid offending people as much as possible. I want those that might not understand boudoir photography to know that it’s not trashy or pornography. What I show on my website is tamer than what you might even see in a lingerie advertisement. For those reasons, I’ve mostly kept it off my website and blog. I’ve found over the last few years that the perception of boudoir photography has changed significantly. My hope is that I can share how these women walk out of their session feeling like a million bucks and how it truly changes their perception of themselves. So here we are!

I’ve been shooting boudoir sessions since before I really even knew a name for them. While I was studying photography at OSU (go Pokes!) the photography students were always photographing each other, and well, it’s easy to get college girls to take their clothes off. And the rest is history! Totally, totally joking of course. What really happened was that I wanted to create a modern take on a pin-up photo for an assignment. After that project I realized not only how much fun I had photographing it, but how much the woman I photographed felt like a goddess afterwards! Photography is great, but there’s something awesome about being able to have an affect on a woman’s perception about herself through my art. I was hooked from that point on.

After launching my business in 2008, I dived into boudoir marathons and parties and have grown the business each year. I’ve photographed women of literally every size and shape. I’ve photographed women who walked into the shoot like they owned the place, and ones that were so nervous they were nearly in tears. When I started I felt like boudoir was for younger women, how young and foolish I was. Plenty of women have boudoir sessions for wedding gifts or one year anniversaries, but a very large percentage of my clients are middle aged and beyond. They might be doing the session for a significant other, but many of them are doing it just for themselves! Not gonna lie, those are my favorites. Women have boudoir sessions to celebrate a birthday, a big career change, a significant change in their appearance, or just to remind themselves that they’re a sexy chick!  I can say with confidence, with no intention of boasting, that my boudoir clients no matter their age or reason for their session, walk out of my studio feeling like total hotties!

For your boudoir pictures we will book three appointments with you. The first appointment is your pre-consultation. At this appointment you’ll have a chance to get to know me because, let’s be real, you want to make sure I’m not creepy. We’ll discuss ideas for outfits/looks, plans for the shoot itself, and go over all the options of how to use your images (hint: you’re going to want them all.) The second appointment is your photo shoot itself, and you have the choice of a 1 or 2 hour session. We have a gorgeous studio at 51st and Yale in Tulsa and have so many different sets and backdrops. We can create sets and looks so that there’s no need to rent a hotel room. (I admit I have a problem – I buy all the couches. I currently have 5 sofas in the studio.) We work closely with a few hair and makeup artists who will come to our studio for glamming and pampering. You can even sip champagne if you want. 7-10 days after your photo shoot you’ll come back to the studio for your reveal session with me where we’ll go through your images one by one and decide which ones to use in your book, prints, image boxes, and digital copies. I will “hold your hand” throughout that appointment and make it stress free and fun.

Boudoir sessions are one of my (many) favorite parts about my job and we’d love to get you set up with an appointment. Just hit the “contact” button and drop us a line. If you’re interested in boudoir, check back often. This is only the beginning of a number of blogs featuring boudoir because I’m passionate about helping you better understand this sexy and empowering art form.

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Andrea Murphy is a boudoir photographer for women who are ready to step into their beauty, confidence, and power so they can tranform the way they see themselves.

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