Originally a still-life art form, boudoir photography switched to human subjects when clothiers stopped making apple-size garter belts. Bite the fruits of seduction this Valentine’s Day with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get a boudoir photo-session package at Haute Mama Photography in Westfield (a $264 value). The package includes the following:
- One 30-minute portrait session (a $50 value)
- Two 5”x7” prints (a $49 value each)
- Two digital 8”x10” images with full reprint rights (a $58 value each)</p>
At Haute Mama Photography, shutter-savvy Leah Severson shoots from evocative angles under artistic lighting to capture women at their most confident and intimate. During the snappy 30-minute portrait session, Leah turns her studio into a fun and relaxed setting for relaying sultry expressions, flattering poses, and powerful winks. Voguers can rotate through three outfit changes, alternating between lingerie, bridal veils, garter belts, and au naturel attitudes under the sheets. After the shoot, clients receive two 5”x7” prints, professionally retouched to clear up wrinkles and blemishes. Leah also emails the same two images in digital 8”x10” form, granting full printing rights to avoid the hassle of cramming your laptop into a perfumed envelope.
Haute Mama Photography
Think of boudoir photography outfits and you probably think of lingerie. And though there are plenty of black lace corsets and fishnet stockings on display in the Haute Mama Photography gallery, there are also less conventional choices: a loose men's dress shirt and tie, an off-the-shoulders motorcycle jacket, even a strategically placed basketball that serves as a sort of top. It's partly a reflection of the diversity of the photos' subjects, whose figures range from slender to voluptuous, and partly a testament to the creativity of studio owner Leah Severson, who has designed it so that even the studio's most basic package allows for multiple outfit changes. Severson has so thoroughly mastered the boudoir photo business that she holds both group workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions, during which she shares with other photographers tips for posing subjects, establishing the right mood for shoots, and getting their work to appear on the first page of Google results without taping anything to their monitors.