Details and bodyscapes

A fun thing to shoot as part of your boudoir session are detail and bodyscape shots.  These kinds of boudoir photographs show the shape and form of the body as well as details of accessories and wardrobe pieces.  Some details can be really abstract and almost look like a landscape when the entire body is photographed, while other details are small vignettes.

When thinking about details, it can be helpful to think about focusing on those things you really like about yourself.  If you’re particularly fond of, say, your booty, then why not highlight it as shot all of its own?  Or if someone has given you some jewelry or lingerie, those can also be shown as their own shots.

To get a sense of what you really like it can be super helpful to go over your interest in details as part of your boudoir shoot consultation.  We can look through some photographs to get a feel for what you like.  From there, your likes can be included as part of your session.  Incorporating some of these details can really personalize a shoot by focusing on the little things that can mean so much.

Below are a few images that show some examples of details that emphasize various parts of your shoot.

Interested in exploring some ideas for a shoot?  Get in touch!  I’d love to hear from you!


Detail of a woman's torso and lingerie
Bodyscape of a woman
Detail shot of ring and lingerie bottom
Figure study of woman's back
Boudoir Client in Studio in Black and White
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How boudoir is like fine dining

Boudoir is like fine dining

Fine dining

Did you know that having a boudoir session with us is like fine dining?
Seems like an odd comparison, doesn’t it? But they have quite a bit in

When you go out to a high end restaurant, what things come to mind? A
gorgeous dining room with white linen table cloths? A wait staff that
caters to your every need? A perfectly grilled steak served with the a
great bottle of wine? If you’re like me, it’s probably all of those

Doing an intimate portrait shoot with us at the studio has a lot of these
same things. A studio space designed just for boudoir, a makeup artist to
pamper you before and during the shoot, and stunning fine art photographs
of yourself like you’ve never seen.

The biggest thing they have in common though is that they’re both special
occasions where you want the best you can get. Sure you could stay home
and have a cheeseburger, just like you could have a friend take pictures
with her cell phone. You still get to eat and you still get photographs.

But what’s missing by staying home? It’s the experience. It’s true that
the steak costs more than the cheeseburger, but it’s a night out you won’t
soon forget. Just like you’ll never forget a fine art boudoir session with
us at the studio.

Intrigued? Drop me a note to erik@pattonboudoir.com to learn more about
session options.

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What to Wear to your Boudoir Session

So, you’ve made the decision to book a boudoir session! Now, what do you wear?

Well, first, you will want hair & makeup professionally done in the studio before the session. If nothing else, that pampering sets you in the mood for glamour. But, more importantly, these talented artists know how to add to your natural look that will help your features to really pop on camera.

There is nothing more empowering than seeing what a professional can do to enhance your natural beauty. Erik partners with known Boston-area makeup artists such as…

Beyond that indulgent experience, we have compiled a list of possible outfit choices for your session.


This is the most obvious choice. But wearing it for the session is only part of the buying adventure. Go out, and TRY ON. Find something that makes you feel beautiful, or something that you couldn’t imagine wearing in real life. Don’t be afraid of colors and textures. All of these will make for images that you will awe you.


Men’s clothing

We’re not talking a full three-piece suit, but a well-placed men’s accessory can be very alluring. A white button-down shirt, a fedora hat, even a silk tie. Choosing options that belong to a treasured man in your life will add extra nostalgia when you look back on it.


Yes, your birthday suit can also be an option for a boudoir session. Being naked helps accentuate that feeling of body empowerment. Having no clothes does not translate into nudity however, beautifully arranged hands, sheets, or camera angles can give a hint, without showing everything.


This is not a given at every session, this is a personal choice discussed between you and Erik, the photographer. Erik also can have a female spotter on set to ensure that you are the most comfortable you can be.

So, what will you choose? Do you have other ideas for your session? Let us know!

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Best Time to Book a Boudoir Session | Massachusetts Boudoir Photography


Last week, I talked about my regard for boudoir photography. I really believe that it can be a powerful body affirmation tool for any woman, at any stage of life.

The question I hear the most is: “But, exactly when should I book a boudoir session?” So, I came up with a list of a few times when scheduling a boudoir session may make sense.

Your Wedding

A wedding is the number one reason woman book boudoir sessions. A boudoir album makes a great present for your husband-to-be. It also usually coincides with a time of life when you are looking and feeling your best in preparation for the big day. Scheduling a boudoir session a month, or even a few weeks, before your wedding can be the perfect time.

Now this applies whether it is your first wedding or your last, and any in-between. 🙂



Going along with the wedding theme, anniversaries are a great time to celebrate your togetherness with your partner. Schedule a boudoir session enough in advance to be able to gift him with it when he takes you out for a nice dinner.



Valentines day and Christmas make great holidays to celebrate with a boudoir session. Red (and pink!) clothing can make for great pops of color!


Any time of change…

The truth is, scheduling a boudoir session during any time of change in your life can be an acknowledgment of that moment and how you feel about it.

Things like weight loss, post-baby, divorce; these are all times of change that have their ups and downs. You can make a positive memory by capturing YOU at that time with a special boudoir look. It can become a memory for just you to look back on and remember.


So what are you waiting for? Contact Erik today and get your session on the calendar.


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Why I believe Boudoir Photography is for Everyone


Photography can document the realities of any given moment in time. We all have snapshots of our childhood, slightly awkward polaroid types where everyone is racing to get out of the shot. And these are mementos that we all hold dear. Even if our first professional photography experience is at a wedding, those are still usually documentary-style records of that day.

But photography, especially working with a professional, also has the potential to show things that you may not see with your naked eye. It has the ability able to capture a portrait that is more fantasy than reality, but still us.


That is where the power of Boudoir photography lies for me. The empowerment of a woman at that moment, taken in such a way that she would never see herself. But knowing that this is the way her most loved partner sees her.

My name is Rachel, and I’m so honored to be working with Erik from Patton Photography as we go over the finer points of Boudoir photography, including why you may be ready for a session and things you may want to wear, in the next few blogs.


It is a genre of photography that I firmly believe in, particularly when used as a tool for body acceptance. I think that every woman is beautiful, and a Boudoir session, especially with an artist like Erik, allow that allure to be captured and shared. I promise that the images created will be keepsakes that any woman will treasure forever.


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