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  • Miranda Parker – Michigan Boudoir Photographer

    Contrary to what some people may think, boudoir photography is not just about taking sexy pictures of women in very little clothing. Yes of course that is part of the fun, but to me, boudoir photography is about empowering women and showing you how beautiful you are from the inside out. Boudoir is about the inner confidence that shines through when you feel amazing on the outside. Yes, I can also help you knock the socks off of your husband, boyfriend, or partner. But in the end, boudoir becomes a gift to yourself that tops all others. I encourage you to give yourself that gift. You deserve it.

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“I saw a few of my friends pictures from shoots with Miranda, and I fell in love.  My friends photos were amazing. I went to her Instagram, and all of her photos are stunning.  I booked after a few weeks of back and forth deciding if I had the guts to do it or not.
I was nervous, but Miranda is so nice and makes you feel so comfortable. She tells you exactly how to pose, how to move, where to move, etc. She’s great. This experience has changed the way I see myself. I wouldn’t change anything about it!”

I was nervous for how I would look in my images because after having a baby my body has changed and I am not back to how I want to be right now.

I love how sexy and empowered Miranda makes you feel during the shoot. She is encouraging and knows exactly how to pose you to make you look amazing!

I wanted to do something for myself to gain that confidence back I lost after having my little one. I wanted to look at the images and remind myself that I am beautiful, even if my body has changed over the years!

After following her on social media and reading her blogs, I knew if I was ever going to do a boudoir shoot it would be with her. Her attention to detail, knowledge of posing and lighting, and all around style of photography is amazing. You can tell she takes the times to make sure you are photographed in the best way, no matter your shape or size!

I was a little nervous that I would feel awkward during the photo session but it was completely fine and I felt totally comfortable. I was surprised at how natural and not weird it was.

The photo reveal was really fun and seeing just how great the pictures turned out. Getting hair and makeup done was fun too.

I’ve always thought the concept of boudoir photography was really cool – I think our culture pushes people to take an incredibly negative view about one’s body and it’s nice to actually celebrate it instead. I also think it’s empowering for women to take a positive view of their sexuality. Also, I wanted to be able to look back at these pictures when I’m 80 🙂

I’ve seen Miranda’s pictures online for years and have always loved them. I knew if I was ever going to do a session that it would be with her; anything else would feel like settling.

“Growing up, I was always the ugly duckling…the outcast. I went to school in a German community where all of the girls were blonde with straight hair, had blue eyes, and were drop dead gorgeous. I moved into that town as a dark, curly haired girl, with a Puerto Rican last name. Where did I fit in? Nowhere. More often than not, if people described me or got to know me, they would always say that I was different/unique. I used to be offended by that because I thought that was more of a put down than anything. As I got older, I started thinking that being told I was unique was actually a compliment…and I started to embrace it.

I’ve always struggled with loving my body and being extremely self conscious. I always hated this body part, that body part, wished something was different, or wished that I looked like someone else. I never felt confident in my own skin. No matter how I felt about myself, I would still hear, “You look great, you don’t need to lose any weight, you’re perfect the way you are, why don’t you ever see yourself the way others see you?.”. I never believed those people that complimented me because of the way that I grew up. I would just casually accept their compliment and tell myself it meant nothing…convinced that they were lying to me.

Fast forwarding to my early 30s. I had three kids at this point, dropped 22 pounds, and looked the best I had ever looked in my life. I had always wanted to do a boudoir session, and actually had one scheduled a few times, but I would always cancel it because I still didn’t think I looked good enough…I wanted to be PERFECT. Yes, don’t we all?! When will we ever be fully happy with ourselves though? We are always going to hate this or that and say we want to get into shape first, or drop a few pounds before we do it.
I discovered Miranda through shooting boudoir photography myself, and I fell in love!! Her style is EXACTLY what I love and she has the ability to make ANYONE look absolutely amazing!!! I knew that if I was ever going to do a boudoir session, it had to be with her, and it would be a dream come true once it happened. Well her and Sheer Photography (whom I also love equally) announced they were doing a workshop (Boudoir Exposed) with the option of adding on your own session the following day. There was NO WAY I was going to pass that up!! So I signed up and knew I’d have about seven months or so to get into shape. I ended up working so much, that I wasn’t able to reach my goals, and almost cancelled, but then I was like, screw it…I have to do this for me. I need to see myself the way that others see me. Now I’m just a few years shy of 40 and I finally did it!! I got to witness what my clients go through, how they feel when their session is done, and I had the thrill of seeing that email that said my photos were ready!! Seeing the photos that Miranda captured blew me away!!! Even though I would love to have changed a few things about my body before that session, I am still ecstatic over the way that I look, and I know now that I shouldn’t be ashamed of anything. If we gave as much attention to the things we love about ourselves, as we do dwelling over the things we hate, we would love ourselves more…and more consistently. I know that when I’m 80 years old and look back on these photos, I’m going to be like, “Dayum, that’s me…I was smokin’ ass hot…I would do anything to have that body back again!!”! I did this session for ME and only me, and I will cherish these photographs for as long as I shall live. Miranda and the makeup/hair artists made me feel so badass and fierce! The team allowed me to stay true to who I really am, in the looks department, but tweaked it all to a whole other level. I felt gorgeous when I looked in that mirror for the first time!! Miranda made me feel so sexy and exotic during my session! She posed me perfectly; making sure to hide certain insecurities, while enhancing all of my assets. I would highly recommend doing a boudoir shoot for yourself…it’s more than sexy lingerie and erotic images…it’s about loving yourself and realizing how beautiful you really are!! In the hustle and bustle of the world we live in now, it is easy to lose ourselves…often times these sessions are a way to find yourself again. Thank you so much, Miranda!!

Were you nervous for your session?

I am blessed enough to have worked with Miranda before. This is how I know she is the best at her craft: the first time I did my boudoir shoot with her (a wedding gift for my husband), there was this element of excitement and that made it a defining moment in my life, and an unforgettable experience. The connection she provides with her work–and even more her beautiful soul–truly impacted me. And this time? There was an element of trust. I knew that no matter what, these pictures would be perfect, the experience would be perfect. She was the only one to do it. It is SO wonderful to be able place my trust in someone who is capturing such intimate moments. The ability to build those elements upon each other is truly the mark of a life-changing, amazing person [photographer]. And of course the experience was an absolute dream. And my husband knew how much he LOVED the photos of only me, so he was excited to have some, just as special, of the two of us!

Knowing that no matter how goofy we felt together in the moment, that each photo would be its own work of art. Somewhere, between all the laughs and casual conversation, Miranda was carefully working to capture intimate, defining images of the two of us and our love together.

We’ve been so blessed to spend a lot of happy years together, which means a lot of photos! But we have nothing like this. There’s something very special about the connection between a husband and wife. The fire of your shared passion and intimacy is something no one else will ever have or know–it is uniquely yours. How Miranda captured it, I’ll never understand, but in these photos, I see so much more than the man I fell in love with. It’s all the reasons why and it’s the sensuality that keeps things exciting after 10 years. This is the gift of a lifetime.

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