The story behind
the Boudoir Studio
The owners of Windsor's Premier & Only Boudoir Studio!!
Let me start with telling you the true Story how we "accidentally" opened up a BOUDOIR Studio.
After I (Richelle) had a terrible car accident in 2017, I was left with major neck and back pain, which made being a full-time wedding photographer virtually impossible. Jaques and I were forced to look at our business and figure out how I was going to be able to run a photography business with these types of injuries.
When the opportunity presented itself to us to rent a studio, we thought 'what perfect timing!'
Jaques and I opened up a Headshots and Boudoir Studio to start transitioning into studio work. It wasn’t very long after we got started that Jaques and I fell in love with the thought of showing women their beauty through the Art of Boudoir. We decided to let go of Headshots, and make Boudoir Photography our primary focus.
Naturally, because Jaques and I were wedding photographers, we immediately started to help brides create jaw-dropping gifts to give to their groom for the wedding day.
One day, a bride asked us to take photos of her groom opening up his wedding gift from her. We had helped her create a boudoir album a few months prior. As we were shooting his reaction on that wedding day morning, we were shocked!!!
Here was a groom looking at his wife-to-be in lingerie, and what did he do? He literally cried.
Through his tears, he kept saying how beautiful she was and that he could not believe that she did this for him.
He felt so LOVED!
Jaques and I left that hotel room changed people! My eyes were as big as saucers. “Jaques...this is literally impacting people and marriages”, I said. WE WERE HOOKED!
After we started to hear all of the life-changing stories, our goal for the shoot went from creating a gift for their spouse or fiance to impacting her confidence so much that she finally saw the beauty that was there all along.
Not 10 years ago, not 10 pounds from now, but, right Now!!
All of a sudden, the gift became a complete bonus!
Self-acceptance is beautiful!
We want her to leave the session feeling beautiful, confident, sexy, empowered, and most importantly... we want to be a part of her journey to self-acceptance.
A woman who has a healthy self-image can do anything, and a woman who has confidence is the most beautiful woman of all!
Personally, for me (Richelle), being a women who struggled with self-image and confidence issues my entire life, there is something that happens inside of me when I see a woman finally let go and stop covering her insecurities during the shoot, it's something ammmazing to watch!
There is something that happens inside me when I watch her looking at her final images in the office for the first time and she looks over at me with tears in her eyes.
There is something that happens to me when she giggles of excitement and hides her face because she literally can’t believe that it’s her in the images!
When these things happen, I KNOW that she actually finally sees her beauty, and my heart literally becomes so full, because I know how that feels!
Never in a million years did I think that our little studio would literally impact the women of our community to this extent, and I am so happy!!
Whether I'm on the phone answering your questions prior to booking, on the phone helping you prepare for your booked session, sitting with you celebrating the results of your shoot, or whether I'm at the shoot because you requested to add me onto your experience, I'm your cheerleader!
And you better believe that I'm going to help you feel loved, welcome and beautiful, BECAUSE YOU ARE!
And you can NEVER argue that point with me, because the images are proof! :)
For Jaques, his goal is for you to see yourself as ART.
Jaques is a multiple-times published Boudoir photographer and artist and people drive hours to come get photographed by him for Boudoir.
Magazines and models seek him out for his dark and moody style of photography that leaves a woman seeing herself as a beautiful piece of art.
He was born and raised in South Africa, where he created nature and wildlife art, but also where the female body is celebrated and seen as Art.
Jaques always tells me and the clients that he wants her to see herself in a way that she has never seen before! Jaques says ‘My goal is to see her face light up when she sees her images and to be in disbelief that it’s actually her! I want her to be proud to show her groom or husband the final products!
He always tells our clients that if these images don't blow your husband's mind, we have failed, LOL!! It should be the very best gift he has EVER received!
Our goal became to impact 3 women per week. We wanted to help women and create 3 new stories a week through the Art of Boudoir.
What an impact this has made in our community!
Ask anyone who has done a shoot!
Brea has been working behind the scenes with us in the office for the past 4 years.
We hired Brea to take on clients who require a Female Photographer for personal or religious reasons. Jaques trained Brea to shoot in his dark and moody style and makes our clients feel at ease during the session.
Brea also is our Administrative Assistant. She puts together your gallery & albums, as well as prepares your viewing session elements.
Once you have booked your session, Crystal is the one who helps you prepare for your session with a scheduled preparation call. Crystal is amazing when it comes to helping you figure out outfits, stores to shop at or just giggling with to
get the pre-shoot jitters out.
She is also our bookkeeper and keeps things organized and in order so that we can focus on taking care of you ladies!
Frances is the first face you see when you walk into the studio. She will greet you with your favourite music playing & a mimosa and make you feel right at home!
After a mini consultation, she starts her magic making sure she nails the look you're going for.
She has a natural ability to connect with anyone and guaranteed to make you laugh and forget about being nervous about your session.