PANAMA CITY — Mary had a special surprise in store for her husband on their honeymoon.
“I wanted to give it as a wedding gift-slash-Christmas present for my husband because our wedding was during the Christmas season,” she said in a recent conversation. “It was a surprising present. He was in shock — surprised that I did it, but he loved it.”
Mary’s gift for her new husband was a book of boudoir photos featuring herself in lingerie, as photographed by Lana Williams in Panama City.
“It’s something he would love and will want to keep forever,” Williams said during a talk at her Jenks Avenue studio. “Some women are not really sure how their fiancé will react, but I assure them he’s going to love it. They always do.”
Williams, who will be participating at Sunday’s Bridal Fair at the Palms Conference Center, said the experience of a boudoir photo session is more about pampering and empowering the woman than the outcome of the shoot. She gets her hair and makeup done, dresses (or undresses) in an alluring fashion, and gets the full attention of Williams’ all-female staff for the day.
“It was very fun,” Mary said. “Lana made me feel comfortable, and I would definitely do it again. (My husband’s reaction) made it worth the whole experience.”
Some women might think they’d like to experience a boudoir session, but not before they lose some weight, Williams said. But she assures clients that using light and angles to flatter natural curves will make any woman proud of herself.
“It doesn’t matter what size they are, or what age,” Williams said, adding that she has shot a 50-year-old recently, and that most of her clientele are “soccer moms.” Some women are also having “bridal” boudoir shoots to mark an anniversary, using their veil, jewelry, shoes or other accessories from the big event as props for the session.
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“I’m seeing it become a trend, and I think it’s wonderful,” Williams said. “I would have loved to have done this to give to my husband, but we didn’t know anyone who was doing it then.”
Although she also shoots portraits, weddings and families, Williams said boudoir photography is her favorite assignment because she loves the feeling of helping a woman rediscover herself.
“Everybody wants to feel pretty, to see themselves as a model,” she said. “This is truly what I love to do. It’s all about the feeling, especially if they have low self-esteem — they leave here with such self-confidence.”
Williams said consultations usually involve what clothes or accessories the bride would wear, as well as time looking through albums of previous boudoir shoots.
“It helps me to get to know them, their likes and dislikes,” she said. “Everybody’s so different.”
Any bride-to-be who is considering a boudoir photo shoot should make an appointment to talk to Williams about it, Mary said: “They should not even worry about it. Whatever they’re concerned about, it won’t be an issue.”
2013 PANAMA CITY BEACH SPRING BRIDAL FAIR:
- When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
- Where:Palms Conference Center, 9201 Front Beach Road (across from ZooWorld)
- Details:Kathy at 624-4150
- What: Boudoir photography by Lana Williams
- Where: 1137 Jenks Ave., Panama City
- Details: 215-7555 or PanamaPinups.com