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Delray Beach Boudoir Session | Delray Beach Boudoir Session | Shannon Griffin Photography

Delray Beach Boudoir Session | Delray Beach Boudoir Session | Shannon Griffin Photography

The women who stand before me are true works of art. The simplicity from this session just blew me away.

A is a florist who lives in a different state. She and I have been following each other on Instagram for years. We had talked here and there, but never met in person. She messaged me almost a year ago, letting me know she was going to be in my area and was finally ready to set up a boudoir session. She told me that she had been waiting because I was the one that HAD to photograph her (talk about an honor). We did the session in an AirBnB that she and her husband were staying in to attend a friend’s wedding. She made sure to find one that was neutral with some great natural light. The best light was in the living room, so I ended up moving the couch and some tables out of the way. Like I said in my previous post, I’ll move mountains to get my clients the best photographs.

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Styled Boudoir Session with Moonstruck Florals | West Palm Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Styled Boudoir Session with Moonstruck Florals | West Palm Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

When Caroline, of Moonstruck Florals, reached out to me about doing a styled boudoir session in her studio, it was a definite “YES” from me. I wanted Caroline to have full control of the aesthetic of this shoot. This was my first boudoir styled shoot and I wanted to capture what someone else created. It’s so incredible to work with other creatives and not interrupt their process. My voice was going to be in the photography aspect, I wanted Caroline’s voice to really shine in the rest of the shoot.

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Fitness Model Miami Boudoir Session | Miami Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Fitness Model Miami Boudoir Session | Miami Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

It’s incredible to photograph so many different women of varying body shapes. Women are so beautiful and I love that they trust me with such intimate moments. We are so hard on ourselves, even for the smallest imperfections. My goal is to crush that stigma with every single photo session.

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Why should you print your photographs | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Why should you print your photographs? How did you view photographs as a child? Have you seen old prints from your parent's wedding? How do you feel when you physically hold those photographs in your hand? 

Visualize this:

You just had a really long day at work. You are driving home and thinking about everything on your "to-do" list. You walk up to your front door, insert the key, turn the knob, and the first thing you see is a photograph of your loved one's face. 

Now, visualize this:

You just had a really long day at work. You are driving home and thinking about everything on your "to-do" list. You walk up to your front door, insert the key, turn the knob, and the first thing you see is a blank wall. The only way you can view any photographs of your loved ones is on your phone or computer. 

Personally, I get overwhelmed thinking of all of the little tasks I "need" to get done. I let so many important things slide because "more" important things get in the way. That's where a professional comes in. When I first started photography I just wanted to photograph the session, hand over the disc, and be done with it. I started to notice that a lot of my couples, families, and boudoir clients had no clue what to do with these files. I would talk to them a year later and the files would still be sitting on their computer. This broke my heart and it was my job to come up with a solution. It's not fair to call myself a "high-end" photographer if I'm not putting in the work.

My goal, from start to finish, is to tell your story. I can't tell your full story if what I deliver just sits on a computer. Nothing makes me happier than helping the people that stand in front of my camera. It's my duty to make sure that they love the experience and continue to remember it year after year. It's my obligation and honor to walk them through each step of the process. I have families that book with me every year and order gorgeous albums and grandparent albums. This means that they will soon have a collection of yearly albums to document each year of their families lives. 

Let's look at the difference. 

Here is what I used to deliver to my clients, with an email that said something along the lines of, "Thank you and enjoy the images."

 
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The issue is that these would then sit on my client's computers. This means that any time they wanted to view their precious memories, they had to get to a computer and stare at a screen. 

Now, let's look at the difference of what my client's now get:

 
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If my goal is to tell your story from start to finish, then I need to help from start to finish. This means phone calls to go over what the session will entail, helping with wardrobe choices, picking a location that will work for your end goal of what products you want in your home, photographing your session in a way that memorializes what your life is really like during that time, editing your photographs, and then helping you pick the perfect heirloom that fits your life perfectly.

 

This is a boudoir client of mine, and fellow photographer, who sent me photos of what her framed prints look like in her room (photos of room by Jenny Cruger Photography):

 

 

I know it's overwhelming to think about putting art in your home and that's why I want to help with the process. My clients hire me based on trust and knowing that I'm going to give them the best possible experience and finished product. 

I would love to help you fill your home with incredible memories!

West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | West Palm Beach | Shannon Griffin

R contacted me after seeing one of her closest friends had just finished a boudoir session with me. She and her husband had just moved into their new home and this is how she wanted to document it. How cool is that?! I'm all for doing in-home sessions, as I feel they add a very personal element. She told me that they barely had any furniture in it, but that got me excited. Photographing R in her home was like having a blank canvas. She had beautiful, large windows and gorgeous hardwood floors. 

I walked into one of her rooms and the only thing in there was a chair and guitars. I had to know the story behind all of the guitars. It turns out that her husband builds guitars and they are both musicians, on top of of their already high-stressed jobs. We made sure to get some photos of her (a lot of photos of her) in the room that had the guitars. I wanted this session to be all about R, but I also thought it would be neat to have the background of guitars in some of her photos. 

R then told me that she never had photos in her wedding dress. She and her husband had a very small and intimate wedding and they never had any photos taken. She pulled out this gorgeous gold dress and we headed outside. We ended up with some pretty stellar, sun-drenched portraits of her in her wedding dress. 

One of my favorite photographs from the session is R sitting on her bathroom sink. We walked by her bathroom and I spotted this light that I knew would be my favorite of the day. I told her to sit in her bathroom and she completely trusted me. These portraits ended up being some of her favorites. 

I'm still amazed that I get to do this for a living. I'm honored that women let me into their lives and share their strength and vulnerability with me. 

I love being a West Palm Beach boudoir photographer!