Bride2Be Emma’s Boudoir Shoot Story

bride2be emma

Age: 33 Dress size: 12

I’ve never had very good self-confidence and have pretty much always hated my body – until I had my FYEO photoshoot, that is!


It’s not the sort of thing I’d normally even consider and I’m proud of how well I managed to keep my secret – but I was driven by wanting to do something really special for the man I adore.

“My photoshoot was a surprise present for my now husband. I wanted to give him a naughty gift on our wedding morning. I’d spent weeks really excited about the shoot – but he had no idea at all and never did catch on!”

the studio

My experience…

Having checked the website before my boudoir photoshoot I pretty much knew what to expect (although I’d never done anything like this before!).

I took along my best lingerie, including my wedding set, and some props (hat, fan, etc.).

The photographer and I played around with loads of different looks in the studio, which was warm, inviting and intimate, and, together with the professionally applied make up, we shot some great looks together.

The photographer was really keen to find out how I wanted to look, rather than simply posing me herself, and together it was a really fluid piece of teamwork.

“My favourite pose was quite daring; I was entirely naked and scattered with rose petals.”

bridal photo of Bride to be Emma

How I felt…

I simply couldn’t wait to see the results after taking so many photos and posing in so many different positions. The whole experience led me to realise that the stunning photos you see in magazines are just angles and lighting. Thanks to FYEO I have photos that make me look just as good, and that’s something I’d never have believed possible!

” My boudoir photos are a great reminder of how I looked before”

“Unfortunately, since my photoshoot and wedding I was diagnosed with breast cancer.”

I’ve undergone a double mastectomy

I’ve undergone a double mastectomy, numerous surgeries and I’m now five years into treatment. This has meant I’ve lost pretty much everything that made me ‘me’: I’ve put on weight, lost my boobs and have many scars. I therefore treasure my FYEO photographs even more, as they are a great reminder of how I looked before my cancer.

rose petals for your photoshoot Emma's boudoir photography story

My husband still loves my photos

As for my husband, before our wedding I delivered the album of photos I’d had made up and giftwrapped in special FYEO packaging, with a note telling him it was not to be opened until the following morning (our wedding day). At the altar my husband leaned in close to me and said, “thank you for my present!”, and we shared a naughty smile. He then didn’t stop talking about it all day!

Even now, after all we’ve both been through, my husband still loves the photos and we both look at them as something very special to us both.

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