What happens when a boudoir photographer and his assistant/wife go to Gatlinburg for a few days in the mountains?
Well, more boudoir happens, of course! Dawn and I recently took a little R&R to a beautiful cabin in the mountains. Aside from the usual hot tub and beautiful surroundings, they also had a pool table in the loft. I'm an avid pool shooter, and this was part of my fun and relaxation. But wait, there's more.
When Dawn and I travel, we usually shoot a few boudoir photos at the hotel we stay at, or in this case, cabin. Sometimes we even connect with a local model, and have her come out to the hotel room so we can get some fresh new images at a new location. Doing so also helps establish us a bit more in those cities, where one day we may potentially move to, or franchise in. How about that, a Boudoir á la Mode franchise in Sarasota, Florida....or wherever. How about Tampa? These things go through our mind.
Back to the cabin in the woods now! So, we LOVED the new surroundings! The wooden walls, and modern but cozy decor. We chose this particular cabin because of the way the owners decorate. We did not want the typical "country granny" look, as I call it, which most Gatlinburg cabin rental owners opt for.
The main disappointment was not seeing any bears! I really had hoped to see some black bears foraging around. Black bears are far less dangerous than a grizzly. Sometimes people even manage to feed them by hand. But I just wanted to see one! And to shoot some photos would have been bonus.
And here's a little secret about our trip. Well, its not a secret now. I let Dawn shoot a few man boudoir photos of me. Yep, I did it. My first solo boudoir session...of me. (I've posed WITH Dawn in some couples sessions). So yeah, I got to feel a little bit of what it's like on the other side of the boudoir lens. It was what I thought it was. It was invigorating, emboldening, fun, and sexy. Will any of the images ever be seen by others? I don't know yet. It's up for debate.
So watch out when you go to the mountains. You may also get cabin fever...of sorts. Don't forget your camera.
Shane, founder of Boudoir a la Mode.