’ ” says Leonard, who charges between 0 and 0 per person.
“They bring wine and food and turn it into a real celebration.” Hair and makeup are done by top magazine stylists before the women confer over outfits.
“It’s a great way to bond because there’s the obvious element of strength and safety in numbers,” says veteran photographer Christa Meola, who hosts about a dozen such parties per year in luxury hotel suites in New York and Los Angeles.
“Everyone has a blast and encourages each other to loosen up.
These fall into two categories — either tops-off, or camisoles-on (more modest) shots. Most of the events are staged by bridal parties, but others are booked by moms and their friends, including Middletown, NJ, beautician Jen Zank and her companions, some of whom wanted to show they looked ultra-sexy while pregnant or after giving birth.
They recruited photographer Chris Lo Bue for their half-day session at his Red Bank, NJ, studio. “Chris is super-talented and made us feel like professional models.” Remarkably, business entrepreneur-coaching organizations such as the one headed by Oprah fave Marie Forleo have incorporated boudoir photo sessions into their programs to build the confidence of women delegates.
“It definitely makes for great photos when there are a lot of women doing this together.” Not that it’s everyone’s cup of tea.
Stay-at-home mom Erica Mc Cabe, 41, of Jackson, NJ, and her teacher friend, Amy Fence, 40, of Manahawkin, NJ, couldn’t persuade their other girlfriends to come to their ,300 boudoir shoot in Atlantic City in February. ’ But now they’ve seen our photos, they wish they had! Most photographers, however, are prepared to make concessions for the less daring by offering equally fabulous, albeit fully clothed, “glamour” shots.
“A lot of girls would bring along a friend for moral support, so then we thought, hey, wouldn’t it be fun if it was a whole group of people?At right, boudoir photography specialist Catherine Leonard (left) gives Donohue some tips on posing seductively.(celimages PROVOCATEUR (left), Kristy Leibowitz (right)) Susan Blake (left), a hairstylist who teamed a boudoir photo session with friends Zank and Thomspon to celebrate womanhood, says having friends around “takes the pressure off” and fosters a friendly vibe.“OK, so nice big smiles everyone,” shouts bride-to-be Jennie Richards, 32, jokingly adding: “Remember, girls, don’t show too much flesh!” The risque picture is not a spur-of-the-moment snap taken during some sorority sisters’ high jinks, but the highlight of a so-called “boudoir photography party,” a growing social trend in the US, with some photographers reporting a 50 percent increase in business over the past five years.
Stella Santana (right picture, on left) and chum Jenna La Flamme were all business posing for Meola during an entrepreneurs’ retreat in LA.