Boudoir Session...What to Expect {Montana Boudoir Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


 So I completely understand that the idea of a boudoir session can be terrifying.  BUT there are dozens of reasons why posing for photos in your skivvies is a really awesome idea!  I absolutely believe in celebrating you.  I obviously think that boudoir sessions make a wonderful gift for your significant other, but more than anything, you should be doing a boudoir session for you.  So if this is something you’ve been on the fence about, or if you just want to know more, I am going to lay it out for you so you know what to expect when you walk into those studio doors.

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 Ok…back up a bit.  I recommend considering getting your hair and make-up done, a spray tan, maybe a mani pedi, etc….Whatever makes your feel the most confident, do it.  (or just take a couple shots of vodka)  Obviously you will be nervous when you arrive, but I promise that once we get rolling, it’s not that bad.  So when you first arrive, we will go over what you brought to wear together.  (We may even do this over a glass of champagne.)  I will make suggestions, and we make an outfit game-plan.  I usually start you out in a nighty or teddy because they tend to be the least skimpy option which might help you feel more comfortable at first.  I also suggest that we save your favorite outfit for either last or at least towards the end.  I want you your most confident in the outfit you love most, so we will never start with it.  

 I will give you some time to change and touch-up make-up then we will be ready to roll.  I usually have my boudoir playlist going. (think Beyonce, Brittany, and Gaga-I’m always open to requests)  You will start laying in the bed, flat on your back mainly because that’s an easy pose to nail.  You aren’t really doing much but adjusting where you look, which helps with the nerves.  From there, I will work you into some more poses, and before you know it, we are ready for outfit number 2.  The first 10-15 minutes are generally a bit awkward.  Even if you were my sister, it would still be a little weird, but it gets better.

 Keep in mind that I have done a lot of these sessions.  I love shooting them!  The whole process is very rewarding for me, and I love presenting you with images of yourself that you probably never imagined having.  I studied nude photography during my schooling, and shot plenty of my own nude studies while there so I really am quite comfortable with boudoir photography.  

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 Once you are in your second outfit, odds are that you are feeling much more comfortable with me and in front of the camera.  We will move into the main studio and work from there.  By this point you will probably feel comfortable enough to add in your own posing ideas, and by the time you are in your third outfit, the nerves will mainly be gone, and you will forget that you are walking around striking poses in your panties.  

 Your shoot will last 1-2 hours depending on how many outfits you bring, and what all you are up for doing.  I always mention at the end of the shoot, if you are comfortable we can do some white sheet shots where you are wearing only the sheet.  I have also had women have their own creative ideas for what to cover up with, or decide to not cover up much at all…  You will be surprised by what you are up for after that first hour.  

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 Yes, a boudoir session can feel nerve wracking, but it you are seriously already thinking about one, or what one might look like, you probably have the confidence to pull it off!!!  They are a lot of fun, and the sexiest kind of gift for not only your significant other, but for you as well! 

 If you need a little outfit inspiration visit the link below!  I laid out what options I think work best for a boudoir session.


Oyler Wedding {Eastern Montana Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


I shot this beautiful wedding at the end of 2017 during one of the coldest/snowiest days of the winter.  I wasn't sure we were going to get the winter photos Emma had been dreaming about, but it turns out she is one brave bride!  I arrived in Ekalaka equipped with all the winter essentials, snow pants, hat, boots, fingerless gloves, and my own driver since Kevin thought that it was best to drive me since the roads were going to be so bad.  With the temperature at -14 and us standing on top of a hill with blowing snow, and a wind chill that made it even colder, we knocked out as many outdoor photos as possible without anyone getting frost bite.  It was like being in a very cold snow globe, and I am so thankful that Emma and Henry were game.

I really don't care what the weather conditions are...If you want to do some outdoor photos, I will never ever talk you out of those.  I mean these are so pretty, and I hope they both think it was worth it!  Winter photos are just so romantic, and they are so fitting because this truly was a very romantic wedding.  Enjoy a sneak peek into Henry and Emma's winter wonderland wedding!


Ponessa Wedding {Miles City, MT Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


 Today I am sharing some favorites from a wedding shot last month.  It was such an intimate affair and it was an honor to be part of.  Jackie is an incredible person, and I count myself very lucky to have gotten to know her through photographing her wedding.  I think everyone that knows these two would agree that this was a very special union, and so much genuine joy and love was felt for the happy couple.


Hill Wedding {Billings, MT Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


 Happy Thanksgiving week!  This wedding was a dream to shoot!  I was so thrilled when Justin and Lauren contacted me to do their wedding.  I knew that not only would Lauren be a beautiful bride, but that they would make a stunning Bride and Groom.  The way Justin looks at her....and the way Lauren lights up when Justin is around it is a what makes shooting weddings such a dream.

  It was such a pleasure to photograph your love.  Enjoy the sneak peek!


Gibson Wedding {Three Forks, MT Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


  I was lucky enough to have two Fall weddings at the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks this year.  However, as beautiful as fall in Montana is, it is also unpredictable and usually a bit chilly.  Totally worth it in my opinion however for those magical autumn colors!

  This was a destination wedding for Jenna and Donovan.  Since they were unfamiliar with the area, they trusted me to take them a bit out of town for some scenic portraits.  It worked out that I was able to take them to my family's ranch to get those classic fall views even though it snowed/rained the day before.  (I was worried it would be way too muddy for a white dress, but it worked out perfectly) 

  Jenna and Donovan, I so enjoyed being part of your day.  It was a pleasure to get to know you and your loved ones and witness your beautiful wedding.  Enjoy the sneak peek!


Kimmet Wedding {Three Forks, MT Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


 Ashley and Jace's wedding was such a beautiful wedding to photograph.  It is always such a pleasure to return to my hometown to shoot a wedding, and I especially love shooting at the Sacajawea Hotel.  There are so many opportunities for gorgeous photos right on the grounds of the hotel, and the small town atmosphere that Three Forks provides can not be beat. 

 We actually got quite lucky with photos as it was supposed to rain most of the day.  It did rain, but not until about midway through the ceremony after all the formal portraits were done!  I always think shooting the ceremony in the rain lends a romantic feel to a wedding, and you really can't beat an outdoor ceremony in the Fall.  Ashley and Jace were a treat to work with!  They are both so easy to be around, and didn't ever let the weather dampen their spirits.  They knew that at the end of the day, they would be husband and wife, and that that was what was most important.   Enjoy a look at some of my favorite images from September 30th.


Holman Wedding {Miles City, Montana Wedding Photographer}

by Whitney Bird


  Happy Thursday!  I have been hustling to get to post these images this week!  I loved so many of these, but especially love the images of Shane and Julia after their "first look."  It is my favorite part of the day! (the bride and groom portraits)  I also have to share that Julia got into her wedding dress at my studio.  I offered this option to my local brides since a lot of the time their only option is a small room with poor light, and I just figured why not?  Well it is safe to say that it was definitely worth it!  Plus she ended up with some stunning bridal portraits as well. 

  I loved working with these two, and loved getting to know them.  They completely trusted me, and I am always so honored when couples put that kind of faith in me.  Enjoy the sneak peek from your beautiful day Shane and Julia!