Her Gaze | New York Boudoir : Alexandra Sofia

Last year, Alexandra sent me a beautiful email after reading an article about my boudoir work in The Guardian. I quickly found out that Alexandra was a creative director and curator for a cultural program in New York City. Her incredible program encourages women to showcase their artistry on stage. We immediately bonded in our similar values about empowering women through feeling comfortable and loving their own, unique being. 

As soon as I started planning my travels to the United States for my boudoir clients, Alexandra was one of the first people I contacted. We began to speak further about our feelings regarding female empowerment, what it means to be a woman in the world today, and of course, what we envisioned aesthetically for her boudoir session. She told me more about the concept of "Her Gaze," which is the way in which we choose to be seen, instead of being viewed in a purely sexual or objectified manner. Alexandra's values and openness drew me into her narrative and inspired the beautiful experience and images that came from her boudoir session. 

We met at a lovely suite at Beacon Hotel in New York City, with Lou Lerman as our fabulous hair and makeup artist. The cloudy skies and light raindrops on the windowsill provided a calm and warm atmosphere for the magic that was about to happen...

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In Alexandra's words, "Spirituality, for me, is experienced through the sensual body. Through loving and being loved. My body holds the delights of being caressed by a gentle breeze, the smell of fresh cut grass and my bare feet encountering a shallow brook. It is also true that my sorrows and the agonizing pain of illness are present in my spiritual journey. These are some of the experiences that give me the capacity to be strong, vulnerable, tender, and open."

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"I believe that it was fate that led me to learn about Rebecca’s boudoir photography.  I felt I could be safe with her to let go of being in control and take a moment to be receptive and trust her to unveil the roundness of my passion."

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