Well, isn’t this an exciting post! I have to admit the first post is always a little intimidating for me. I’m putting myself out there in a whole new way, but I’m straight up excited. Over the last ten years as a wedding photographer, I’ve been asked many times if I did boudoir photography. At first the answer was no. Then the answer was a sheepish yes, but I never shared the work or thought it would be something to formally advertise. More of a speakeasy approach: email me directly with the secret words and you’re in! So you might be asking yourself, “Elena, what changed?” That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately too. I think it’s as simple as this: Photographing boudoir images (or intimate lifestyle portraits, or whatever you’d like to call them) makes me feel like I can slow down and really craft an image again. Weddings, as fast paced as they are, provide a different (and wonderful) challenge of creating something one of a kind with zero time. A different and equally exhilarating challenge is the opposite: (gulp!) taking my time.