Meet Mr. E | Male Boudoir | Denver

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Meet Mr. E | Male Boudoir | Denver

Meet Mr. E

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One of the reasons we started Under the Garter boudoir photography in Denver was to help empower as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible.

One photo at a time.

We’ve seen the transformative power of professional photographs. We’ve seen how it can remove that doubt that follows you around like swarm of gnats always buzzing in your eyes. 

And just like that cloud of gnats, we want to help squash that doubt. 

You’re awesome. You’re amazing. You’re beautiful.

Woman. Man. Trans. Agender. Everyone is welcome in our studio.

Our humanity transcends our bodies, even though our bodies are an important part of our experience on this planet. 

I’m going to be real with you, I haven’t always liked my own body. 

I used to skateboard all day when I was younger. And I’ve always tried to stay active and fit. 

But the pressure is there for guys, too.

Not as much as for other groups, but it’s definitely something that exists.

Comparing yourself to models. To athletes. To actors. To People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. 

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What’s worse is that there are few avenues to talk about it without being… for lack of a better word, emasculated. 

As if feelings, which are a huge and integral part of the human experience, are somehow not appropriate for almost 50% of the world’s population. That, because I was born a dude, I’m supposed to be an emotionless robot.

It took a long time to fight back on that perception. 

One of the coolest things about doing boudoir is when a guy comes in. We call it “dudoir”. Get it? Dude and Boudoir? I know. We’re so clever. 

Male boudoir is not what you’d expect. 

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We don’t dress you up in frilly things. We won't put you in stereotypical feminine poses. (We REALLY hate those viral posts of men looking ridiculous).

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But don’t worry, we’ll make sure you look amazing.

Because the boudoir experience is about so much more than what’s on the outside. That’s true for everyone.

Take Mr. E, for example. He booked this male boudoir session as a gift for his wife. He’s rugged and confident. His personality pushes out of every photo, which means that his wife is sure to love and enjoy this gift for the rest of their lives.

We’re dudes. We may not seek out compliments. We may not act like we care. But when our lover touches our arms, shoulders, or chest before kissing us, we fucking love it! 

Everyone loves being appreciated. Everyone loves being wanted. Everyone loves being loved.

So make sure to give your dude a nice slap on the ass and tell him how sexy he is!

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Meet Mrs. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Meet Mrs. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. S

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Gifts are such an important part for our relationships.

Those little reminders that say, “hey, I was thinking about you.”

Or, “I thought you might like this.”

Think about all the occasions that involve gifts.

Christmas. Birthdays. Weddings. Anniversaries. 

Now think about all those relationships. Friends. Wives. Husbands.

Did you remember to include yourself?

Most people don’t!

But it’s true -- Gifts strengthen relationships.

Giving gifts not only enriches the life of the recipient, it benefits the giver, too! 

We’ve seen this firsthand at our Denver boudoir studio so many times.

What starts out as a wedding present turns into a life changing experience.

Mrs. S recently got to experience this first hand!

My boudoir session was a special gift for my future husband on our wedding day!
— Mrs. S

After attending her photo reveal, she got to experience the transformative power of gift giving… especially when it comes to boudoir.

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I still can’t even believe that they’re me. I keep telling people that it is more of a gift for me... Being able to see myself in that way is awesome!
— Mrs. S

You see, this is a gift that focuses on you. On your beauty. On your indefinable essence. On the way that your lover sees you. 

Which is a powerful thing!

It can feel intimidating to allow yourself to be photographed that way. But trust us. We take care of everything for you.

From makeup and hair, to champagne and chocolates, to expertly picking out the perfect outfit, to posing you so you look your best!

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My hair and makeup was gorgeous! I really need to take more time to get myself ‘done up’ from time to time. I was treated like royalty. I hope to be able to do more one day!
— Mrs. S

We love watching our client go through that transformative process. It’s more than just a completely unique gift that Mrs. S gave to her husband for their wedding night. It was a gift to herself to see herself in a new light.

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I’ve got pretty insane curves that I hide under a chef coat. I’ve always been more drawn to my chest but recently the booty and my legs have become my favorite. My strength can be seen in those.
— Mrs. S

We take pride in being one of Denver’s best boudoir photography studios. Clients like Mrs. S continually remind us of how special it is to be a part of someone’s unique gifts!

If you’re looking to surprise your lover, boudoir makes the perfect gift! It’s never too early to book a session. What special occasion is on the horizon for you?

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Meet Mrs. B | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Meet Mrs. B | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. B

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Mrs. B has one of those breezy, boho spirits that makes everyone fall in love with her immediately.

Seriously.

It's not an exaggeration.

We've been friends for a long time and I've never met someone who can instantly make friends with strangers everywhere they go quite like she can.

I know that every time we hang out, we're going to meet lots of interesting people and end up on all sorts of adventures with our new friends.

And they will ALL fall in love with Mrs. B.

They just can't help it.

I was so excited when Mrs. B asked us to do a boudoir session with us.

She planned to surprise Mr. B for Christmas last year and the gift was very well received.

I couldn't wait to show Mrs. B what the rest of the world sees -- a beautiful, charming, interesting woman.

And I was excited to treat her to some pampering.

Mrs. B has been seeing Ally Triolo for her skincare for a while now, so Ally knew EXACTLY which makeup looks would accentuate Mrs. B's beauty perfectly. Tera of Adorn Salon absolutely nailed Mrs. B's request for beachy waves.

There's a reason we're so picky about the stylists we use -- we want only the very best for our clients.

I felt like a queen! Ally and Tera were amazing to work with.
— Mrs. B
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Thank you again, Mrs. B., for trusting us with this kind of photography. We're so glad we got to show you how amazing you are, inside and out.

This experience wasn’t something I thought I could do, but I am so happy I did! The photos are beyond amazing and I can not stop looking at them! Thank you, Melissa & Ray for giving me confidence to go outside of my comfort zone!
— Mrs. B
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I was so anxious to see my photos but those nerves were gone the second i saw the first photo. I’ve never felt so beautiful!
— Mrs. B
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Meet Mrs Z | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Meet Mrs Z | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. Z

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Boudoir photography is about so much more than creating fabulous and sensual photos of yourself. At its most basic level, it’s about self empowerment. 

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We live in a society where there are more cameras than ever. Cell phones have become a blessing and a curse.

Ray could tell you all of the reasons why cell phone cameras are so horrible. And it’s not always just the camera. The lighting. The angles. So many things can and do go wrong.

They’re great for capturing life’s little moments. But they’re bad for our self esteem.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever exercised veto power on which photos can be uploaded to Facebook or Instagram. 

Now raise your hand if you’ve ever spent way too long trying to take a perfect selfie, only to give up. To throw down your phone in disgust that you must be the most hideous thing in existence.

Let me tell you a little secret: it’s not you.

It’s the camera on your phone.

If you’ve ever been professionally photographed, you already know the benefits of getting good photos.

The self-esteem boost.

The sudden confidence.

The movie star strut when you share your photos with people.

Boudoir Photography does that plus so much more. 

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Can you imagine that confidence spreading to every area of your life, including the bedroom? To finally see yourself how your lover(s) see you? 

Even if you have no esteem issues (lucky you!) haven’t you always wanted to see yourself in the most flattering way possible?

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Our friend, Mrs. Z recently took that plunge. She bucked the trend and booked a boudoir session for herself, for her 40th birthday. 

Take a look at the these photos and you’ll fall in love with the results just like we did! 

How did Mrs. Z feel about her portraits?

It was a dream come true. I’ve used them to decorate my already glam bathroom.
— Mrs. Z
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Mrs. Z experienced what so many of our clients discover: that a boudoir session is a self-indulgent trip to Luxury Island. 

We love spoiling our clients! You already know that our building predates the Brown Palace by a year, that we are filled with vintage furniture, and that we treat you with chocolate, champagne, hair, and makeup. 

We go much, much further than that. Everything we do is with you in mind down to the timing of the session and the photo reveal. 

We book only one photo session per day. We also only schedule one reveal session per day. 

Why? 

Because we want to make sure that you always have our full attention and that you never feel rushed. 

For us at Under the Garter, empowerment is not just something we preach. It’s something we breathe into every part of our business.

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Ms. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Ms. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Ms. S

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There are as many different reasons to get boudoir photography as there are people. More commonly we see people coming in to get unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for their partners, whether it’s for a wedding, anniversary, or birthday. 

One of our favorite reasons are the people who want to get a snapshot of where they are in life. They know how much life can change, especially when you’re not expecting it! 

Recently, Ms. S came in for that very reason.

I personally feel it is very important to get portraits taken, especially in your 20s because life changes so quickly and in unexpected ways, that it is extremely wise to document how you are for a moment that will last more than a lifetime.

I’m very happy with my choice to get the portraits done, and I even though I love them now, I know I will love them more as time goes by.
— Ms S
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Ms. S was a delight to work with and we quickly felt like she was an old friend.

She came into our LoHi Denver neighborhood studio really looking forward to the entire boudoir process.

We want you to fall in love with your photos.

That means everything needs to be perfect. From the hair to the makeup and the outfits to the decor. 

Since we want you to look your best, we use the best in Denver. The best hair and makeup artists. The best decor. The best cameras. The best lighting. The best preparation.

Why? 

Because when you know you’re in the best hands, you’ll naturally take your best photos. 

Ms. S saw this in practice. From the moment she walked through the door into our 129 year old studio (one year older than the Brown Palace!) she got the star treatment. 

We started out getting her as comfortable and confident as possible.

Chocolate.

Champagne.

Then a trip in the chair to get her prepped.

The incredibly talented Ally Triolo applied airbrush makeup and a flawless cat eye liner.

It felt empowering to look like such a doll. I put off having to wash it off as long as I could.
— Ms S
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From there, she changed into the beautiful outfits that you see here, including a killer pair of Louboutin heels. 

Working under the masterful direction of Ray, she finally fulfilled a long time dream to get some absolutely stunning boudoir photos, especially since her life is going to change dramatically very soon!

I’ve wanted to do boudoir since I was 16. I’m going to be deployed for such a long time so I figured now would be a great time to reward myself and allow myself to feel like a female again since I’ll be in the desert so long.
— Ms S

Her attitude and charisma shine through all of her photos. She is a beautiful person through and through! 

After her deployment, Ms. S came in for a second session! Keep an eye out for those photos soon!

Scroll to see more photos of the beautiful Ms. S.

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I bought them for myself, however my best friend is absolutely obsessed with them. She looks at them as if they were brought into existence by magic.
— Ms S
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Mrs. B | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Mrs. B | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Mrs. B

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So much of self confidence is driven by self perception.

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And as much we know and strive to be comfortable and confident in our skin, it always helps to get little ego boosts here or there. 

What most people don’t realize is how horrible cell phone cameras and mirrors actually are. We build so much of our self image off of these things that warp what we actually look like. 

Have you ever looked at a mirror? Like, really looked at it? Have you seen the tiny distortions? 

Same thing with cell phone cameras. Those lenses are so tiny and inferior.

Is it any wonder so many of us have a “mandatory delete rule” after taking bad pictures? 

And that’s just our public perception.

Things get even more complicated when we get into our “private” perception.

What do we look like in the bedroom.

How does our lover actually see us?

It can be such a touchy topic, but that’s why we’re here. And that’s why we do what we do. 

Improve your self image. Increase your confidence.

Mrs. B, a recent client, got to experience that kind of boost.

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She got a boudoir session as a present for her husband. It’s guaranteed to be the most unique and custom present you can ever get someone!

But the important thing to realize about boudoir is that it’s never about the gift. It’s about the entire experience. From start to finish, you are treated like the amazingly beautiful person that you are!

It starts when you enter our LoHi neighborhood studio in Denver. The building exudes luxury and sophistication which puts you in the perfect mood to be at your sexy best!

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We treat you with champagne and chocolate, helping you relax for your makeover by Denver’s best hair and makeup artists. 

From there, it’s finding the best outfit to capture your unique chemistry.

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Mrs. B brought some great outfits that highlighted her vibrant personality: a Green Bay Packers jersey and Super Mario panties.

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We loved it! The contrast with our vintage furniture created a unique and memorable effect. 

Slightly sassy, but very sophisticated.

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How did Mr. B respond to his gift?

My husband freaked over the pictures! He muttered, ‘oh my God’ on every page and looked at the book six times when I first gave it to him! He said he’s happy to finally have photographic evidence of how sexy I am.
— Mrs. B

It’s a positive feedback loop, getting professional photos taken, that positively affects every aspect of your life!

Here's proof of Mr. B enjoying his gift. We love it when clients end us photos like this:

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Boudoir is for EVERY body | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Boudoir is for EVERY body | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Boudoir is for EVERY body

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Since we opened our doors in 2011, we haven't needed federal, state or local laws to tell us how to be inclusive.

We've always been inclusive.

We haven't talked about it too much -- we don't want our clients to feel tokenized.

We've just added them to our portfolio and written blogs about them.

We've treated them like very other client because they ARE like every other client.

They're men and women just like you, looking for an empowering session.

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, we just want to remind everyone that we believe boudoir is for EVERY body.

EVERY body, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

We welcome our clients of color, our clients of size, our trans clients, our gay and lesbian clients...

When we say EVERY body, we mean EVERY body.

Please know you're safe in our studio.

Please know you're loved and accepted.

Exactly the way you are.

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Mrs H | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Mrs H | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Mrs H

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There are as many reasons to do boudoir photography as there are people. 

Mrs. H, one of our recent clients had a great reason to get a boudoir session.

I got the photos as a 40 year old birthday experience for myself. I wanted to do them to set a goal for myself and do something that is outside of my comfort zone.
— Mrs H

A luxury session at Under the Garter is more than just about getting sensual photos of yourself. It’s a way to challenge yourself. To change. To grow. To become a better person.

The whole experience feels like a luxurious reward. From the professional detail to her hair and makeup (gorgeous airbrush makeup by Ally Triolo) to the champagne with chocolates, a boudoir experience can feel like a glamorous vacation. 

Even though Mrs. H did the photos for herself, there is another person who got to share in her accomplishment.

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I intermittently send them to my hubby. He loves them! They are a great way to tease and flirt again. He said the quality of the photos as good as the ones he sees in magazines. Crazy! Thanks for helping him see me like he does the super models.
— Mrs H

The benefits also last far longer than the day of the photo shoot.

So often, these little things can have a huge ripple in our lives. 

Having done this for years, I know the difference professional photos can have on how others see you. And how we see ourselves. 

Words can’t really express how the portraits make you feel. I was actually in awe. I couldn’t believe it was me!
— Mrs H

We feel pulled in so many directions with all of our different responsibilities. It’s important to take a moment (or a day) to remind ourselves what amazing, beautiful, and sexy humans we all are! 
 

The photos were elegant, classy, sexy, and stunning. They took a frumpy 40 year old and made me look fabulous. I hadn’t seen myself like that for many many, many years, since working and kids add more frump than fab! The entire experience helps you find the smiling sexy self again!
— Mrs. H

After seeing the photos, Mrs. H's husband decided to come in for his own session AND a couples session with Mrs. H! Keep an eye out for those gorgeous images coming soon!

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