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Boudoir Myths Busted

January 19, 2022

There seem to be many myths pertaining to boudoir photography. And unfortunately, these myths prevent many women from participating in this amazing experience! Let’s go ahead and bust five of the biggest myths and ease your fears if you find yourself being hesitant.

1. I have to be naked.

It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing lingerie, a potato sack, or nothing at all. The main purpose of Boudoir photography is to empower the subject, not to make them uncomfortable. There is only one person who dictates how far you need to go with your shoot in order to reveal your inner goddess, and that is you. You don’t have to jump up and down on the bed in your birthday suit to feel empowered, though if you choose to do so you will not be judged for it.

2. I am not perfect.

Yes, you are! Who you are in this very moment is exactly who you should be as you begin this journey. I’ve photographed every age, size, shape, color, whatever, and the results are always gorgeous. There are too many things in this life that we choose not to experience because we don’t match societies beauty standards. Boudoir photography will help release the chains that bind you, and you will see that anything is possible!

3. I will be judged for it.

Your shoot will be exactly what you want it to be, but there is naturally an element of sexuality to it. When it comes to something so incredibly personal, there are bound to be feelings of vulnerability and the fear of being judged. It is not for anyone but you to decide what makes you feel like a goddess. I’m there as a facilitator, and to capture it in the art of photography. I do not judge. Besides, nobody will see these photographs unless you choose to share them. They can be your little secret!

4. Everybody will see my photographs.

As the client, YOU decide what I can use for promotional purposes. After your shoot is over, you will go through the photographs and choose your favorites, but you will also choose if there are any photographs you are willing to let me use for my portfolio and for other promotional use such as Facebook and my web site. I require explicit permission in writing before I post a boudoir photograph online. If you decide you do not want your photographs posted online then this is completely fine too. They are your pictures to do with as you see fit. We shoot a lot of our promo work with willing models for this reason!

5. I don’t have someone (a partner/ significant other) to do this for.

Yes, you do! These photographs are for YOU above all else. Sure, lots of people have these sessions done so that they can give their partner a gift he/she will never forget, and of course that’s a wonderful idea. However, first and foremost, a boudoir photo session is a gift to YOU! 


  1. Tosha says:

    All of this is so incredibly true. This is for you and you deserve it!

  2. Joana Pasko says:

    All of this truly shows me and everyone how much Molly cares about her clients, and how much commitment she has to making them feel their very best and truest selves. Molly knows how to make everyone feel confident in their own skin. I may not have had a shoot with her, but being a part of the fb group and getting to see her work and all of those amazing ladies who are all so supportive, has given me such a boost of confidence. I am so proud and happy to know her and know that one day she will make my session truly remarkable.

    • Marlayne Larsen says:

      Hey Joana. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate it more than you know. I do love our VIP FB group. The members are absolutely amazing. So if they are far away, like yourself, they can still participate and find some empowerment within our awesome community.

  3. Amy says:

    Molly DEFINITELY brings out every woman’s inner goddess and makes her shine like a model in a magazine no matter your shape or size. You will NOT be disappointed. The whole process of taking yourself out of your comfort zone only boosts your confidence about yourself when you look in the mirror from that moment on. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing this!!!!

    • Marlayne Larsen says:

      Thank you so much Amy. Our goal is to capture women in such an empowering light. The first step is always the hardest. But you are right, taking yourself out of your comfort zone only boosts your confidence.

  4. Cathie says:

    I finally booked my session after sitting on the fence for a bit. Can’t wait until April!

    • Marlayne Larsen says:

      Cathie, we cannot wait for you to come into the studio. We are counting down the days! Thank you for your comment.

  5. Cynthia says:

    This is a great blog post.
    As someone that has done a boudoir shoot with Molly, I can tell you everything in this is so true. She makes you feel so comfortable. Do this for YOU, I promise you won’t regret it. Hands down, one of the best experiences of my life.

  6. Jennifer Crow says:


    These 5 points are incredibly SPOT ON!!
    Everyone deserves to feel beautiful at every stage of life.
    Mountains are beautiful & so is the beach!

    Your biggest Fan! ❤️

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