#1 Posted by umbrafeline (5217 posts) - - Show Bio

http://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/bachelorette-party-boudoir-photos--is-this-really-happening--200126947.html

There was a time when the most challenging part of being a bridesmaid was wearing an unflattering dress. Now some loyal bridal party members are expected to wear a lot less in honor of the bride.

The New York Post reports a bizarre trend in bachelorette party boudoir photography. Friends are forgoing the traditional debauchery, in favor of seminaked group photo shoots.

“It was all about bonding and having fun with my friends,” one bride-to-be, posing on a shoot with her close friends, told the Post. At a cost of around $400 to $500 a person per session, bachelorette parties get hair and makeup makeovers and the chance to play dress-up together in lingerie. The momentary models get solo shots in front of the camera as well as group shots, where the friends come together for an unlikely keepsake.

“I’ve been photographing parties for about four years,” Los Angeles-based photographer Christa Meola told Yahoo Shine. “The point isn’t sensationalism or getting naked with your girlfriends. It’s a way to connect with yourself. And the great thing about groups is how supportive women can be of each other. In a way, the photo is secondary to the experience of exploring your body and beauty that comes with being in front of the camera.”

“We structure our parties so the women don't have to feel their shoot is a spectator sport," explains Britt Pavelchak, owner and photographer for Pearls and Pumps, a boudoir studio in Winter Garden, Florida, on the process. "Hair and makeup are done with the other girls, but time with the photographer is done alone.”

Recently, boudoir photography has expanded to the wedding circuit. Although they’re not exclusive to bachelorette bashes—they’re also done for birthday parties, as well as no-occasion girls’ nights—photographers do report an uptick in bookings around wedding season. But not everyone likes the idea of dressing down for a bachelorette party.

“Would any man ever feel the need to pose for pictures like these and call it a party?” asked one woman in response to the story on Twitter.

"What an unpleasant and pointless thing to do," wrote a commenter on the Daily Mail, where some examples of bachelorette boudoir photos were posted. "Imagine how someone who was less body confident or ideally shaped would feel if they were forced to take their clothes off or be excluded by the body confident attention seeking ones."

At least one bride, who turned her bachelorette party into a photo shoot, walked away from the whole experience more empowered. “We all felt incredibly happy and beautiful," she told the Post. “It was great because the whole point was to feel good about ourselves."

#2 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6544 posts) - - Show Bio

This could be tricky to get right. You'd have to have all your bridesmaids be quite comfortable with nudity or I imagine it could lead to arguments and falling outs.

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#3 Posted by Aiden Cross (15526 posts) - - Show Bio

Happens in my mind every day.

#4 Edited by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

It's just like a spa day, only with photos at the end. I think it's ridiculous but more power to the ones who want it. I am aware of brides who are doing it as a surprise for their future marriage partners which is sweet and romantic. As for ladies getting down to their skivvies and prancing about with each other -- no thanks.

It's not really a story, frankly. This is the same as girls getting together and taking a stripping class to mark an occasion. Stupid article.

#5 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10130 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

As for ladies getting down to their skivvies and prancing about with each other -- no thanks.

But but but...that's awesome !

#6 Edited by Decoy Elite (29923 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

It's not really a story, frankly. This is the same as girls getting together and taking a stripping class to mark an occasion. Stupid article.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.........there are stripping classes?

Looks like I'm getting a degree now.

#7 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

As for ladies getting down to their skivvies and prancing about with each other -- no thanks.

But but but...that's awesome !

Well....true...

Professional photography is EXPENSIVE though. o-o

@lykopis said:

It's not really a story, frankly. This is the same as girls getting together and taking a stripping class to mark an occasion. Stupid article.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.........there are stripping classes?

Looks like I'm getting a degree now.

There are these poor sods who are forced into participating for the lap dance portion. The looks on their faces just express such extreme discomfort, it's painful to watch.

#8 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6544 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: People get forced into going to stripping classes?

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#9 Edited by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: People get forced into going to stripping classes?

Being sarcastic -- there's a line outside the door comprised of very enthusiastic volunteers. :P

#10 Posted by Decoy Elite (29923 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: Sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

Now I must go and master my sexy booty shake.