Meet the Photographer
THE MOST ALLURING THING A WOMAN CAN HAVE IS
My name is Erin Bard and I am the PROUD owner of Erin Bard Boudoir.
I never know quite how to talk about myself, it's never really been my thing. I'm one of those people that likes to listen, ask questions, and learn about YOU. So have some patience with me while I try to write about ME. We should probably start all the way back in 2012, where this all began! Katie Patera, my main stylist on my Beauty team at EBB, was asking around about bridal lingerie portraits. At this point, we didn't know each other, but she had heard that I was a photographer and decided to ask if I'd try this thing called "Boudoir". I knew VERY little about boudoir... I mean, I photographed newborns, families, and weddings but not naked women! Regardless of all of this, the request still peaked my curiosity and I decided to give it a shot! The older that I get, the more risks I seem to want to take. Needless to say, we had a killer time together, haven't been able to get rid of one another and I just knew I HAD to make this a part of my life. I was hooked and STILL am. This experience, and every experience since, are what inspired me to open my own private natural light boudoir studio and what inspire me to grow my business and my community of followers every day.
As a woman, I have always struggled with my reflection in the mirror and have to admit I’ve always been WAY more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. I never felt pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, successful enough etc. etc. The struggle is REAL and something ALL women feel in some way or another. After my first few boudoir sessions, I found myself with this amazing opportunity looking me right in the face. An opportunity I wish there were more of in this world. An opportunity to help women feel, even if only for an hour or so, confident, unbreakable, strong, free and beautiful. How could I say NO?
The boudoir experience, (both photographing others and being photographed myself) has taught me to embrace every curve and every wrinkle God has blessed me with. Meeting women of all ages, sizes, places in their lives; women with stories, and babies, and tattoos, and scars, stretchmarks, implants and insecurities; women from all over who trusted me to to capture their true beauty. All of these women showed me that these curves and wrinkles, aren't something to be ashamed of, but a representation of all of the incredible meals, moments, laughter and experiences I have shared with loved ones through out my long beautiful life. One could call them flaws or imperfections, but I believe they are what makes me REAL. Now, I'm not saying that I'm not a fan of a nice skin smoothing filter or cellulite removal when it comes to my images, BUT I now know and believe I AM ENOUGH. Every single day.
I read emails every day from women who are willing to trust me. Some are celebrating different milestones or dealing with personal struggles. Whether you have decided to have your boudoir portraits taken as a gift for your groom, to capture the glow of your pregnancy, to reward yourself for your birthday or accomplishing a personal milestone, to celebrate your strength in finding your way back after a horrible heartbreak or just because you fucking want to…you should feel strong and beautiful when you look at your boudoir images. That's where I come in. I love being able meet you, share our stories, and take the time to showcase your strengths and minimize your insecurities. and most importantly, get the chance to remind you, in person, that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE RIGHT NOW and YOU ARE ENOUGH! I would love the opportunity to show you what everyone else sees!
I consider it such a privilege that you trust me to be a part this moment in your life! To share your stories of celebration, womanhood and survival with me is a true honor.
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for considering me as your photographer.
I look forward to helping you see all of the beauty that you have to offer, inside and out!
Let's do this!