Why I HATE the Question, “What do you do?”

I used to think that we were defined by what we did.  That my job had to reflect who I was and that making a difference in the world was crucial to being respected.  And with good reason too because isn’t it often that the first thing people say when they meet us is,  “Hi, Julie.  What do you do?”

It was the reason why my first job out of college was for the Discovery Channel.  I took the job because I wanted it for myself, but I stayed in the job for far too long because I liked people’s reactions when I told them I worked there…how sad is that?!  I felt like my soul was unhappy, I wasn’t getting out and interacting with people the way that I wanted to and I felt like my dream of making an impact on the world was too far out of reach so I quit.

I went back to school to get my Master’s Degree in teaching.  I thought that for sure people would respect me and think that I was a good person because I was an elementary school teacher… I truly enjoyed working with the kids and teaching them how to be good people and to stay true to themselves no matter what, a lesson that I was still struggling to learn myself.  I got to the point as a teacher though where my creativity was being stifled and I began feeling more and more powerless.  I decided to go on child rearing leave to stay home with my kids and in that time I found myself.

A month later I started my photography business.  I once again was feeling alive, creative, inspired and filled with passion.  I faced great critique with this choice as well though.  It seemed that EVERYONE was asking me when I was going to return to teaching, when I was going “back to work” and would even flat out ask me if I was able to make any money with photography.  I couldn’t believe the nerve of people to ask me such personal questions and to dismiss my business as simply a temporary hobby and wonder when I was going to start working again…I so desperately wanted to tell them my average sales to shut them up because the truth was that I WAS able to make a great living as a photographer and still am.  But I learned that my energy was better saved than to try to justify my choices to them. 

My question is, “Why does our culture define who we are based on what we do?”  If we are all divine beings of God, why does it matter what we choose as our profession?  As long as we are passionate about it, are contributing to society with our God-given talents, why is it anyone else’s business in the first place??

After being asked AGAIN yesterday by a family friend when I’m going back to teaching and being triggered by this question yet again, I decided to get to the bottom of this trigger once and for all.  The danger in defining who we are by our work is that one day we will retire and it will go away or like my dear friend we could get in a horrible accident and have it physically impossible to return to.  Who we are is NOT defined by what we do.  We are love.  We are divine and we are enough just as we are.  So before you ask a Stay at Home Mom or small business owner when they’re going back to work?  Please bite your tongue. 😉

Busting Excuses

As a boudoir portrait photographer, I’ve heard all of the excuses in the book for why a woman is not quite ready to do a boudoir shoot.  In other words, why they’re not quite ready to love themselves, but I’ll explain more about that later.  Let me break some of these down for you…

The number one excuse I hear is, “I can’t afford it right now.”What this really means is that you don’t think you are worth the investment.  Maybe you’re a mom and you think that this money should be spent on your kids, or to be used towards a family vacation, your bills, etc.  It’s common for women to think of everything else first and to put their own needs last.  I know because I used to do the same thing.  Then I realized, it will never be my turn to do something special for myself unless I decide that I’m worthy of it right now.  To me I will spend money on things that are life-changing and that will change my perspective in some way.  Traveling, going on retreats/workshops and doing my own boudoir shoot have been some of the most life-altering things I’ve done and you better believe that they were worth every penny and more.  If you are on a tight budget though, you can still treat yourself to a boudoir shoot by selecting one of our payment plan options.  You can apply for PayPal credit, which you can learn more about here, break down your payments into monthly payments for up to 6 months after your shoot or pre-pay for your collection so by the time your shoot rolls around your shoot will be paid off and you’ll be ready to go!

“I need to lose weight first.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this one and I can tell you that it’s absolutely no reason to not do a shoot.  First of all even if you do want to lose weight, with the magic of photography posing and lighting, we can easily achieve a slimmer effect by doing simple things like pushing your butt back away from the camera, stretching out your torso and arms and shooting from different angles to give you the best look possible. More than likely though you don’t even need to lose weight, but instead to change the perception of your body.  For tips on how to do this, check out my blog, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Body”.

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“I don’t have any special events coming up right now to give an album as a gift to my boyfriend/husband.”  I know you may THINK that your boudoir album will be a gift for your spouse but I can tell you that above all else it will be a gift for yourself.  You may not even want to give it to him after you fall in love with it and want to keep it for yourself!  I tried telling my husband that my boudoir shoot was going to be his Christmas gift to which he laughed immediately and said that he knew I was doing it for myself.  And he was so right…I ended up putting my metal print in my own closet instead of his! Haha.

Metal Print

“I don’t have anywhere that I would hang wall art like that of myself.”Ladies, you will MAKE a spot once you see how damn good you look in your photos…. If you have little kids like I do, a popular spot to hang your canvas or metal print is in your closet behind your clothes or at the top of your closet so you can see it each morning as you get dressed like I did for my metal print.  There is nothing like waking up each morning to seeing your beautiful self in full view and being reminded by how sexy and beautiful you are!

You may have more excuses than these, but these are the ones I hear most often and I hope that I helped you to see that these excuses are really there to protect yourself and to keep you from stepping outside of yourself and doing something that is just for you.  Most likely for the simple reason that you don’t think you’re worthy of it.  There can be a million reasons why you feel unworthy, but I can tell you right now with absolute certainty that are you worthy.  You are a divine, beautiful creation of God and you deserve to feel loved and cherished every day for the perfect creation that you are. 

To get started on your self-love journey, you can set up a free consultation with me.  For tips to prep for your shoot and to hear from other ladies who have done their own shoots, you can request to join our ladies only VIP group. You are always welcome to call the studio at 443-900-5170 or email me at julie@glamshootswithjulie.com with questions too. 

Self-portraits of Julie by Rachel Jasmine Studio

Collections & Print Products

How many of you love taking pics of your families at special events or on trips and then the pictures live on your phones or cameras for an eternity never to be printed out?  I know you do, because even as a professional photographer I am guilty of this too…unless I set aside time every couple of months to print out the MANY photos I’ve taken of my family it never seems to happen let alone to actually put them in an album!

When you hire a professional photographer, I believe that one of the best perks is that they can handle this part for you. You get to leave with actual print products and immediately enjoy your images without having them sitting on a computer somewhere and never get to be seen again.  Especially with boudoir photography, if you don’t get to see your images regularly you may forget how amazing and hot you actually are!  Let me break down some of your print options that I offer…

Couture Luxury Albums

I offer a variety of albums from the Ice Cover Album, the Luxury Album to the Little Black Book.  All of the albums I offer are archival quality meaning that they will stand the test of time and you don’t have to worry about images fading over time or being damaged while handling them.  The Ice Cover album is my highest end album and is the album I chose for my own shoot because I loved the crispness of the printed images and the texture of the cover which looks vintage to me.  This album comes with 20-30 of your favorite images from your session and is sized 8×10. 

The Ice Cover Album

My luxury album, which is currently my most popular album, is printed on satin paper with gloss coating and is sized 8×8.  It comes with 20-30 of your favorite images from your session.  This album is included in my first and second collection. 

The Luxury album

The Little Black Book is perfect for your spouse to tuck away in his nightstand or to give as a gift.  This album is sized 5×5 and comes with 10 of your favorite images from your session.  This album is included in my first and third collections.

The Little Black Book

Wall Art

Your wall art options include gallery canvas wraps and metal prints.

Gallery canvas wraps are printed on archival quality canvas with a UV coating for added protection against sun damage so you can hang it near a window without fear of fading. It comes ready to hang with a finished black mat board, wall bumpers and a saw tooth hanger.  Gallery canvas wraps are available in sizes 12×18, 16×24 and 20×30 with 16×24 being the most popular size ordered. A 16×24 canvas wrap is included in my first collection.

Gallery Canvas Wrap

Metal prints are a favorite of mine for their sheer finish and sexy look which I think is perfect to portray your favorite image from your session.  Metal prints are a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets.  They come ready to hang with a float mount hanger on the back.  Metal prints are available in sizes 12×18, 16×24 and 20×30 with 12×18 being the most popular size ordered.  A 12×18 metal print is included in my second collection. 

Metal Print

Heirloom Glass Boxes

Your custom image glass box will contain your 20 favorite images from your session.  Each will be selected by you the day of your Session Premiere.  Your custom image glass box will be designed with and for you including a satin glass ribbon inside.  There will be 20 prints sized 4×6 neatly inside your heirloom box.  This box is included in the first and second collections.

Heirloom Glass Box

Digital Images

In the world of photography, the negatives are the originals.  And so to the portrait artist who creates them, digital negatives hold an incredibly high value.  I have chosen to give you the opportunity to invest in them by including them in my first and second collections and also giving you the opportunity to purchase all, 15 or 30 digital portraits in the a la carte menu.  These digitals are high resolution copies which may be printed or shared online with my permission with the print release which is included with your purchase.  They come on a crystal flash drive in a beautiful archival box pictured here.

Flash Drive with Archival Box

For more information for what is included in each of the collections and a full price list, please set up your free consultation here. You are always welcome to call the studio at 443-900-5170 or email me at julie@glamshootswithjulie.com with questions too. 

Why I Specialize in Boudoir

I was first turned onto boudoir photography when I stumbled upon a TEDx talk by Jen Rozenbaum.  She explained that she did boudoir because she realized that by doing it she was healing women and they were healing her.  Something about this statement really resonated with me.  At the time I had no idea how much healing I really needed to do, but I knew that I wanted to be someone who heals women.  No matter what their lives looked like up until the time they worked with me, I wanted to be someone to make them forget their troubles for the day and to maybe even be the one to help facilitate making those voices inside themselves that say they’re not good enough to be quieted forever.

That summer I decided that I would specialize in boudoir photography and signed up for a course to learn how to market it online.  I dragged my feet through completing this course that was intended to take about a week to complete, but it ended up taking me 5 months to complete.  I beat myself up over why I wasn’t able to get the work done, but realized that it was because I had some serious healing to do myself first.  I could not be a role model to other women until I had personally done the work to clean up how I felt about myself and to embrace my past wounds too.

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I hired a mentor to help me through this process who also happened to be a spiritual healer.  On our first phone call she asked me if it would be ok to go into my energy and to look back at my past to see what I needed to heal and to better understand what I was carrying.  I agreed and what she revealed shocked and stunned me, but was something that I had nightmares about for most of my life. So when she told me, I knew that it was true.  She told me that I had been inappropriately touched as a child and that many of my ancestors had been through this same pain.  She had me talk to the originating ancestor of this cycle of abuse in my family and the woman who stepped forward revealed herself as Catherine.  She told me what she had been through and how sad and angry she was still.  She said that many of the women in my family had been through this too, but that I could be the one to stop this cycle.  I came out of the hypnosis shocked by what had just been revealed to me and feeling a sense of responsibility to clear this karma during my lifetime. 

Through a number of meditations, affirmations, acupuncture treatments, and therapy appointments I slowly began to heal the wounds from my past.  I retreated and went within to my guides to ask for guidance who reassuringly told me that I needed to continue to do this work to heal myself because I was going to be a teacher to others who needed this healing too. 

As part of my healing I decided that I would do my own boudoir shoot.   I no longer want to hide my body or who I am, which is why I repeat the mantra, “It’s safe to be seen,” on a daily basis now. 

Because I know that so many women have stories similar to mine or who need more to make them feel worthy of doing a boudoir shoot themselves, I also offer empowerment coaching that you can read more about here.

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Because doing a boudoir shoot can be a vulnerable experience and one that you have a lot of self-doubts around, I prefer to meet all of my clients in person before their session so that we can talk through any fears or doubts you may have.  It’s also a good opportunity to get to know each other better so you feel more comfortable with me the day of your shoot.  If you know this is something that you are interested in learning more about because you are on a similar journey or just want to step outside of your day to day and have a whole lot of fun together, you can schedule your free consultation here.

What to Wear for Your Boudoir Shoot

It’s the most common question I get as a boudoir photographer…”What should I wear to my shoot?” For the full boudoir experience which includes a 60 minute photo session, women typically have 2 outfit changes for a total of 3 outfits.  Among the most popular choices are bodysuits, lingerie, teddies, bra and panty sets, oversized sweaters, or a combination of all of the above.  Sometimes women also like to bring along an item of their partner’s like their work shirt or a sports jersey that they pair with a bra and panty set which is a fun look that the guys go crazy over. 😉

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When should you start shopping for your outfits?

As soon as you book your shoot!  Especially if you are ordering online, you want to make sure to allow plenty of time for them to deliver incase they don’t fit properly and you need to return them for a different size.  If you don’t have as much time before your shoot, I would recommend going into your local Victoria’s Secret and ask them to measure you first and to bring out flattering options for you.

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Here’s a breakdown of what women typically choose to wear to their shoots and why…

The Bodysuit

Bodysuits are AMAZING for de-emphasizing the belly area and they can be found in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics.  Some of my favorites can be found here.

Shapewear and High Waisted Panties

Shapewear or high waisted panties are a great option if you are interested in tightening up your tummy area.  It can look great under a bodysuit, although it can feel restrictive too so you’ll definitely want to practice wearing it first to make sure you can still move around comfortably in it during your shoot.  Shapewear can be found anywhere they sell lingerie or you can simply order it from Amazon.

Teddies and Lingerie

Teddies and lingerie are always a sexy option. Teddies sometimes come with attached garter straps which can be a fun and sexy addition to your outfit.  For lingerie, you may want to consider a strappy option which can add a wild, more edgy look to your outfit. Victoria’s Secret always has great options that you can find here.

Corsets

Corsets are NOT recommended because they are typically not flattering and are more of a dated look anyway. They usually look fine when standing, but when you sit in them, your skin is forced to spill out the sides and the plastic boning built into them isn’t flexible and doesn’t allow for comfortable movement during your session.  If you like this cinched look, I would go with the shape wear instead and put a bodysuit over top of it. 

Babydolls

Babydolls are tempting as they are girly and cute, but for boudoir shoots, they aren’t the most flattering option.  They can make the thinnest of ladies look heavier simply due to the extra fabric. We want you to look your best, so wouldn’t recommend this look.

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Here’s a list of places that we would recommend shopping for your outfits in a variety of price ranges:

Fredericks of Hollywood  (www.fredericks.com) Although this is a pricier option, their lingerie is on point and they have great options for gartered lingerie especially.  They sometimes have 50% off flash sales, so be on the look-out for those too. 

Yandy (www.yandy.com) This is a more affordable option and they have a well rounded selection of lingerie.  They also have a beautiful plus size line for our curvier babes.

Victoria’s Secret  (www.victoriassecret.com) Victoria’s Secret has an option for everyone and we like how they will measure you before shopping. Almost everyone has a local shop so you don’t have to wait for outfits to arrive when purchasing them online. 

Torrid (www.torrid.com). Torrid is a great, affordable option and has a wide selection for our curvier babes too. 

La Senza (www.lasenza.com). La Senza is mid-range for pricing and they have frequent flash sales too.  They have great bra and panty sets and lots of edgier options too.

Forever 21 (www.forever21.com). This is a great place to get very affordable bodysuits in a variety of styles and fabrics. 

Glam Shoots With Julie - What to Wear for Your Boudoir Shoot

So there you have it! Shopping for your shoot can be sooo much fun!  I hope this helped to feel more physically ready for your shoot!  For more tips to get you mentally ready too, check out my blog here.

If you’re ready to feel sexier than ever before, fill out this form to set up your free consultation today.  Because you are so worth this….

My Journey to Self-Love

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This is a loaded topic for me and one that has been longing to come out for some time now. We all have someone from our past who has made us feel like we’re less than for some reason or another but the pain comes from believing these lies and denying ourselves of our own inherent self-worth that is our birth right as human beings who were created out of love by the divine.

The amount of love that we feel for ourselves is directly related to how much we let ourselves enjoy our lives during our lifetimes. The more we love ourselves, the more others will too, and the more money we are able to have in our physical experience too.

On my own journey to self love, I decided to book my own boudoir shoot. I wanted to see what it felt like to be in my client’s shoes and to be one of those people who invests in themselves and has that moment of, “Wow..that’s me?” You can follow along with how I felt before, during and after my shoot in my private, ladies-only Facebook group here.

Throughout our lives, women feel shame around their bodies for all different reasons. Maybe it was a coach who told you you needed to lose weight, you had a mom who was always on a diet herself so you felt like being thin was the only way to be loved, or maybe you experienced some kind of trauma that made you want to hide your body. That was my story. Being touched inappropriately as a child changed my view of the world. I saw it as a scary place and always wanted to keep one eye open for fear that someone could hurt me at any moment. I stayed quiet and preferred to hide than to be seen.

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When I left for college, I remember feeling free and loving my body again. I exercised it frequently, ate well and dressed it up. I loved the attention I received because of it and stayed feeling this way until I became a mom myself.

I gained 50 lbs when I was pregnant with my daughter and let myself indulge because I longed to feel better and I also had tried for 2 years to become pregnant after suffering two miscarriages.

I became pregnant with my son very quickly after having my daughter and the weight continued to come on. I found it harder and harder to lose the weight and it wasn’t until I started my daily practices to love myself more that it started to fall off. You can read more about how I did that here

Today I spend time looking at myself naked in the mirror and sending love to all of those parts that were shamed, abused and ignored throughout my journey. I am two weeks out from my own boudoir shoot and I can imagine that I will have a whole new perspective to share after I do…

So no matter where you are on your own journey to self-love, I’m here for you. To learn more how I can help you along by having your own boudoir shoot or by doing empowerment coaching, check out my page here.

Thanks so much for allowing me to share my story with you and I’m here when you’re ready to share yours.

XOXO,
Julie

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Body

“Weight is simply protection.” These words from my personal intuitive, Patty Kemp, resonated with such power within me that I knew them to be so true and divinely guided. We were talking about how I wanted to lose weight and once I realized the connection with wanting to hide, why I wanted to hide and that I was no longer in danger of being seen, the weight fell off…

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Here’s my story and how I realized that by changing my thoughts, I could change my body too:

After I had my children I felt like my body was no longer my own. I didn’t feel comfortable in shirts that weren’t loose for fear that my stretched-out stomach from having kids would show and I just didn’t like the way it looked. For years I covered myself up even after I started to lose the weight. My vision of myself was so poor that I wouldn’t even have sex without the lights off and hoped my husband wouldn’t see me until I was safely hidden under the covers.

Fast forward to today and I LOVE my body again. I started by looking at myself in the mirror and thinking, “Wow, I AM pretty. I have beautiful eyes. I have a nice butt…” Basically pointing out ANYTHING I could admire in my appearance and the more I did this, the more the way I THOUGHT about my body started to change too. When I changed my thoughts about my body, my physical body started to change too.

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Instead of killing myself with running, I began to walk and do yoga instead. As I did these gentle exercises I envisioned the pounds melting off of me. I thought of myself as sexy and desirable while I was walking and thought about my walk and posture while I was doing so too.

I started to notice that more men AND women were noticing my body due to my new-found confidence and I continued to lose the weight that I had been holding onto for so many years unnecessarily. I repeated the affirmation to myself, “It’s safe to be seen,” until I really believed this and felt proud and in love with my body and myself again.

This was my experience with loving my body and honoring it but it may not be yours. I am definitely NOT saying that you need to lose weight to feel better about yourself, but for me I did. In all honesty you can be ANY weight and LOVE and cherish the body you’re in and others will too.

It’s time to shed those layers and EMBRACE that it’s safe to be seen and to let your inner and outer beauty shine through, my love. Once you do, you’ll never go back…

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To learn more about what to expect with a boudoir session with Glamour Shoots with Julie, call the studio at 443-900-5170 or email julie@glamshootswithjulie.com. Let’s start this journey towards greater self-love together…

Uncovering My Truth to Help You Share Yours

I hope that in uncovering my truth, it will help you to uncover yours..

Julie Goetzinger - Glamour Shoots with JulieI’ve made it my mission in life to help people to uncover the truth behind who they really are and to bring out the best sides in them through my portrait photography.  I realize that before others can trust me to be vulnerable and expose their true selves to me, I need to be honest with them about who I really am too so here’s my truth.

I’ve been told by one of my mentors that I respect dearly that I’m too “polished” and what she meant by that is that I come across to the public like I have everything together, I’m happy and professional all the time and that I always point out the positive rather than focus on the negative of what is happening around me.  There is a good reason for this and it starts with being brought up in a household with a mentally ill father.  As a child I was afraid to speak up for fear that I would set him off and have to deal with the wrath of his temper. I believe this is why I was such a quiet child and it took me years to shed this part of me and to realize that I was safe and was not going to be hurt for speaking my truth anymore.  As a teenager I feared for my life while being driven to school by an intoxicated father who would drift into intersections of red stoplights on my way to school and refused to let me drive us there to ensure that I arrived safely.  To this day I have dreams about being in cars with no control as I felt so helpless and like I was going to die at such a young age.  I reached out for help but it wasn’t until I met my husband at the end of my senior year in high school that I felt protected.  I fell in love quickly with a man (he was only 17 at the time) who made me feel loved and safe and who took me out almost every night so that I wouldn’t have to be in a home where I felt so frightened and helpless.  20 years later we are still together and he is still my protector and biggest supporter in my life.

I was told by my family to never let anyone know what it was like in our home and to always put on a happy face.  This privacy left me feeling suppressed and afraid to open up to more than a select few friends that I could trust.  Today as a 38 year old woman, I realize that I am safe and that speaking my truth is important so that others will have hope of being free one day too.

Today my life looks much different.  I have found my true passion and calling in life to help others see their worth and that are beautiful and loved too.  My camera is my tool to capture this beauty and it has been an outlet for me that feels to me has saved my life.  There is something deeply spiritual about photography for me.  I feel like I am in perfect alignment with who I am when I am behind my camera looking for beauty in others and can’t wait to help them see themselves the way I see them for who they really are which is pure love.  When a client is in alignment with who they are and I am in alignment with who I am, our results are nothing short of phenomenal.  I prefer to be one on one with my clients because when they come alone they are more likely to be themselves and show me the side of themselves that is the most beautiful and raw.

I would love the chance to work with you and share in this beautiful journey to self discovery together.  You can call the studio at 443-900-5170 or email me at julie@glamshootswithjulie.com to schedule your free consultation to learn more about what to expect with a portrait session.

XOXO,
Julie

A Short Guide to Preparing for your Boudoir Session

I have met many women in my photography career, and it breaks my heart when I hear them fret over their weight or appearance. Yes, I know how it feels to have insecurities! But, I wish so many of the women I meet (young ladies as well as mature ones) would see the inherent beauty that their loved ones see radiating from them.  I see them, pouring their lives out… changing diapers, helping with college applications, checking homework, preparing meals, going to board meetings, helping clients, dealing with big accounts, dealing with divorce or marriage or step parenting. Being a woman these days is hard. That’s why I believe boudoir sessions truly matter, and why my heart is geared towards helping women see their real value! Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to do just that. Here are some simple ways to prepare if you are considering a boudoir session:

  • Don’t worry about what anyone thinks: Maybe you’ve mentioned this session to a friend or family, and that’ve been skeptical. Maybe they’ve even offered negative comments. I want you to know that a boudoir session needs to be just for YOU! Going in feeling a desire to have a session done is a form of self-care, and you certainly don’t need to feel guilty about a little pampering. Even if you’re doing fun photos to share with a significant other, the experience will boost your self-esteem.
  • Decide what you will wear: I am here to help for this part, if you have questions. Many women are not wearing the proper size lingerie, and it makes a huge difference in the way their shoot turns out. I really recommend visiting a place like Bra-la-la in Maple Lawn, to be properly fitted. It actually can change your whole posture and help back pain to have the right lingerie! You’ll also feel more confident. Pinterest can be a big help as well, and you can share a board with me that we can keep private for inspiration.
  • Take advantage of our makeup artists! No, you do not have to do professional makeup, but it photographs so beautifully, and you can share your ideas with our makeup artist. If you want a more natural look, that is fine, too! The cost is already included, so it’s the perfect time to indulge yourself in a little fun. Even if you don’t wear a lot of makeup typically, you’d be shocked how much the camera wipes out when it comes to skin tone. Our professional artists can create a natural look that keeps your true style and skin tone from getting washed out, or you can go with a full, glamorous makeover!
  • Decide what items you want to purchase: Of course we will show you a variety of items show us gallery canvas wraps, albums, image boxes and prints, but it helps to have a small idea of how you want to use your photos. Maybe you want an album or special canvas made for your spouse, or maybe you just want digital images for yourself. If you let us know your needs, we can help guide your decision.
  • Ask about posing and any ideas you may have: Boudoir sessions can be a very intimate/revealing experience, so it’s natural to feel a bit nervous. We are here to help create a professional and stress-free experience, and can guide you through any poses based on what you’re comfortable with. Your comfort and confidence is our top priority, and we want you to get the portraits you’ve dreamed of!

If you’re feeling ready to get started with our guilt-free experience, you can click HERE for our questionnaire!

Why Boudoir and Portrait Sessions Matter!

As a professional portrait photographer, I know sometimes people don’t understand the idea of paying for photos. I know there are so many other expenses clamoring for your attention; bills, mortgages, car payments, and not to mention the things your children need, if you’re a parent. Photos may be the last thing on your mind. I want to share some things today, about why I believe they should be much higher on your priority list!

-Portraits preserve a legacy: I work with lots of busy moms. Moms who have put themselves last for years and years, and who have sacrificed many things for their beloved children. Oh, how I understand! Moms are heroes, and they deserve to be put in the spotlight. Yes, it’s hard work to plan and schedule a session when you have children, but your glamorous photos are part of the legacy you leave for your children (of course, boudoir photos are more for personal use, but we always have a few that are appropriate for public viewing and display as well!) and your spouse.  If you are a single woman, they can be a major confidence boost as well, and something you can do that’s just for YOU!

-Portraits give you a relaxing, pampered experience: I call my shoots “guilt free”, because that’s what they should be. No matter what walk of life you hail from, photos should be relaxing and fun, not stressful. You should not feel bad if you step away from the responsibilities of daily life to do something that you will love and treasure for years to come. Every woman needs a day off!

-Photos can restore your confidence: Maybe you aren’t at your ideal weight, or maybe you are self-conscious about your skin or your “flaws”. I really hope you schedule a shoot in spite of these challenges, because I’ve seen what a great thing they can be for women who struggle to see their beauty in the mirror every day. I love seeing women walk away with their photos, finally seeing the amazing strength and beauty that is hard to see when you are working, taking care of children, or tending to everyone’s needs but your own. Beautiful, professional photos can enhance your self-esteem and that extends into your whole life. Confident women excel in parenting, business, and friendships.

-Photos can be a celebration: Sometimes, there are big events in life for women (and men), such as a promotion or life change. It is perfect to schedule a photoshoot to mark such a milestone. Generally, when people graduate high school, they don’t have professional portraits again until your wedding day, then they may not have them done except for family photos. I believe that should change, because there are so many more occasions to celebrate. Best of all, we can also schedule a photoshoot to celebrate EVERYDAY life! There is never a “wrong time” to take professional photos.

To get started, fill out this short questionnaire HERE, or call Julie at 443.900.5170 Email: julie@glamshootswithjulie.com. Thanks, and we can’t wait to help you plan your own dream photoshoot!