Why I Focus on Boudoir Photography
Hi! My name is William. Let me tell you why I decided to shoot boudoir almost exclusively… As soon as I show the women I photograph a photo or two from the back of my camera, an amazing transformation occurs. Smiles are a bit wider. They stand a bit taller. They sit a little straighter. There’s a little more spring in their step. And there’s more strut in their walk. And if I may, there’s more twerk in the booty! In short,
Why Do Women Feel They Are Not Beautiful?
Every woman struggles with body image at some point in their lives. Why? Because they are bombarded with unrealistic beauty standards portrayed in the media: thin, toned body, voluptuous, perfect hair, typically blonde, perfect skin, 5′ 10″, 120 pounds, 36-24-36, no scars, cellulite, stretch marks, etc. The classic unobtainable body, except for the very few who are genetically predisposed to come close.
No woman needs to try and fit into the impossible mold, that perfect, unobtainable, Barbie body.
The media constantly tells women they need these products to look beautiful… this makeup, this shampoo, this facial mask, these clothes, this necklace, this lingerie. It tells women they need to lose weight, join a gym, eat these foods, join this meal plan, join this group. Boobs aren’t big enough, get new ones. Get plastic surgery. Look like a Kardashian. Look like Barbie. This, this, this! That, that, that!
I’m here to tell you, you don’t need this, this, this, and, that, that, that, or that other thing over there behind the green curtain!
You ARE beautiful! You don’t need to lose 10 pounds. There’s nothing about yourself you need to fix. Those fine, little facial wrinkles that people rarely notice tell a story, your story. So do your scars, stretch marks, and other imperfections, however large or small. They are you. And,
So Why Do I Do This?
Every woman is beautiful. It’s my job to bring it out of them and capture it. And I do that successfully on every shoot.
I get so much satisfaction and joy by giving women, just like you, an amazing experience, renewed and boosted self-confidence and self-esteem, and jailbreak you out of that downward body-shaming spiral that makes you feel unappreciated, undesirable, unloved, and, dare I say it, unattractive.
So, let me show you just how beautiful you are. I promise your boudoir shoot will be more than you can ever dream of. Download my FREE Dream Shoot Planner and find out more about how a boudoir photo shoot can transform you, empower you, and boost your self-confidence and self-esteem to new heights!
Certified Professional Boudoir Photographer
I spent quite a bit of money to become a Certified Professional Boudoir Photographer. Not because of some sense of pride or to show other photographers that I’m certified. In the photography world, this certification means absolutely zero… nothing… zilch. But I did it because I knew that the program would help me become a better boudoir photographer and a better business owner. And because I felt that it would help prospective clients trust me, a stranger, and a male photographer to boot, to take their intimate photographs; to help them feel safe and comfortable in my studio, knowing that with the badge below, the certificate, and crystal plaque, I value and respect them as clients.
As I said, my name is William, though I normally use my nickname, Bill. Before I go on, I thank you for reading this far, but I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to stop here. That’s perfectly OK. But if you read on, you’ll learn a little bit about me.
Although I probably started out in photography with a 135 and/or 110 Instamatic camera… you know those cameras that had film in a cartridge and used flash cubes… I consider my first serious foray in the photography field when I took a photography class in junior high (middle) school. Then another one in high school. In those classes, I not only learned about how a single lens reflex camera works, but also about composition, framing, lighting, and more, and how to develop black and white negative film and create black and white prints.
During my high school photography class, my step-grandfather gave me his Argus C3 MatchMatic. I thought I’d lost it during one of my many moves, with my family and during my time in the United States Air Force, but my mom had it packed away in a box. She sent it to me. I still have it, and it’s still in good working condition. Haven’t used it yet though.
When I graduated high school my parents and grandparents pooled their money and bought me a Konica AutoReflex SLR for graduation. I still have it too. And it still works just fine.
Over the years, I photographed things, mostly landscapes, wildlife, and on rare occasion, thunderstorms, off and on. Never really cared to take photos of people, except perhaps in candid situations.
I remember sneaking photographs of various aircraft when I was deployed to Incirlik, Turkey during Operation Provide Comfort, but I’m pretty sure those photos got lost in one of my moves.
In any event, I never really took photography seriously
In 2017, I decided I wanted to try working with people. I found a few ladies who were willing to work with me, ether TFP (time for prints) or as a paid model, so I could give it a go and see if I liked it. And I did.
In May 2017, I started my photography company, initially called PhotosByWLG, then switched to William Gentry Photography. Now that I’ve decided to focus on boudoir photography, I changed the name again to Phantasy Photos. So that’s where I’m at.
Now I use a Nikon d3300 DSLR. My go-to boudoir lens is my NIKKOR f/1.8 35mm lens. Occasionally, I’ll switch to my NIKKOR f/1.8 50mm lens and my f3.5 18-200mm lens.