Photography

In Defense of Boudoir Photography: Lynn Michelle on Sexy Wedding Shots (NSFW)

For awhile, Lynn Michelle considered altering her body. Like so many women, she's successful -- well-educated; a small business owner; an award-winning, peer-recognized career woman -- and beautiful, funny and personable. But she believed there was something missing.

"There were things I wanted to change," she says. "I considered a breast augmentation, but when I saw myself, I realized I am proportionate. I didn't need it."

Now, she says, helping other women "see themselves" is a day at the office. She got her start in wedding photography 13 years ago, and while that practice has remained successful, she was contacted about seven years ago by a pleased client who had a slightly less traditional request: a provocative pre-wedding photo shoot. Since then, Michelle has incorporated so-called "boudoir" sessions -- which caused a minor internet dust-up this week -- into her repertoire, setting up a private home studio, aptly named The Eye Candy Studio, replete with four distinct shooting rooms: The Runway, The Loft, The Boudoir and Vintage Glam.

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Brentney Hamilton