Kristin Gibson is the owner and founder of 614 Boudoir here in Columbus, Ohio. I met Kristin a year ago. She was really jumping full time into boudoir. She was looking for hair and makeup for her clients. We were introduced and immediately we connected on many levels. She is a wonderful and beautiful person. Her love for photography shows throughout each image. She knows exactly how to capture a woman’s best features. Kristin makes a woman feel beautiful, sexy, relaxed, confident and powerful. As women we are so judgmental of ourselves and boudoir photography is a way to love ourselves! We can let go of all our insecurities and realize that we are beautifully and wonderfully made! Kristin is amazing at what she does and she truly loves working with others. This month we want to thank Kristin for her love and support of our business and the friendship we have made. We want to tell the world about 614 Boudoir and all Kristin has to offer! Go check out 614 Boudoir!
I sat down and got to know Kristin and her business and now you can to!
Tell us who you are?
I am Kristin, the photographer and CEO of 614 Boudoir. I make space in the world for women to be their sexual selves through the art of boudoir photography. I’m based in Columbus Ohio, my studio is downtown but I will travel anywhere.
How long you have been a photographer?
I first picked up the camera in 2013 as a hobby, which quickly turned into a passion and then a business.
What made you fall in love with photography?
Well honestly, I’ve had a camera in my hand since I can remember. I’ve always been the one in the group of friends to say “let’s take a picture!” and in our home we have walls and walls of photos of ourselves, friends and family…so it really was inevitable. I love photography because I’m super nostalgic and I love to look back on moments in time and remember what life was like. For boudoir, that’s often when women look back and they were celebrating weight loss, or an overcome illness, or they think about how bangin’ their body was pre-baby, or they remember the time right before a marriage and the excitement!
Who are your favorite photographers that inspired you and made you want to start 614 Boudoir?
My inspiration is a boudoir photographer based in Manhattan NY, who is self proclaimed #shamelesslyfeminine. I stumbled across her educational videos when I was shooting only weddings and I thought I would love to do what she does. I have her book, I follow her Instagram, I even met her at a workshop she taught and had her autograph my book. Her posing is meant to make a woman look as good on camera as she does in real life, if not better- and that philosophy really resonates with me
How would you describe your photography style?
I would say my style is sexy! Just kidding! Mostly you’ll see bright and airy photos on my website and in a lot of my work. I recently started to play with shadows, dark and moody lighting and I’m really having fun with that. I always ask my clients before their session how they want to feel and look because I can take the session anywhere from coy and flirty to very sensual and sexual. My clients wardrobe ranges from really modest to topless, implied nudity and fully nude as well.
Do you have a favorite camera? Why?
My favorite camera is the one in my hand of course. I love my professional camera and my 50mm lens is the bomb, but when I want to remember a moment, which is really what it’s all about anyhow- my iphone is my BFF. My camera roll is ALWAYS full!
When did you start 614 Boudoir?
I started shooting boudoir in the fall of 2014, but officially 614 Boudoir was born in December 2015.
What services do you offer?
I offer a full service boudoir experience for women who want to own their sexuality. My studio is located in downtown Columbus, where I have most everything my clients need. Even before booking, I take the time to get my clients on the phone and learn about what they’re looking for, their style and what their dream session would be like. I prepare everyone by letting them know what wardrobe would work best on their body type and how best to plan their outfits. I advise everyone in the days before the session on last minute tips and tricks to make the most of the experience and a schedule of self-care. I’m also working on an in-studio wardrobe that women can borrow from for their session if they’d like. During the session I pose my clients down to their fingertips to help them look their very best. Then after the session I offer an in person reveal where I go through each image with them to help them select the best photos for their intended product or gift. I offer a full range of luxury products including albums, prints, wall art and digital images. I of course also fully retouch every image a client purchases.
What happens during a boudoir session?
When clients arrive for their session, I’ve set the mood with candles lit, music playing, I have a robe they can wear or they can bring one, and I have a bottle of champagne to pop, or water. All of my sessions include complimentary professional hair and makeup styling, and everyone looks like a bombshell no matter how natural or how dramatic they’d like to look. Once she is done in hair and makeup we take a look at her outfits and formulate a plan. I tend to work from the most modest outfit option to the most racy that way clients have time to get comfortable in front of the camera and really start to feel the confidence start to flow. After the session, the reveal is about 7-10 days later, and lab times are approximately 2 weeks depending on the item.
How long does a session last?
From start to finish, I say girls can expect to be with me for 3 hours, 1.5 for hair and makeup, 1-1.5 for the session itself.
Why do you believe women should have a boudoir session?
Oh my goodness, there are SO many reasons. Besides the grooms gift, birthday gift for your significant other and the many surface level reasons, I have deeper convictions. I personally feel like as women our bodies and our sexuality are often either overlooked or worse, made out to be our whole worth. I want to find that middle ground. We need to celebrate our bodies’ capabilities to carry you over the finish line of that marathon, to carry, nourish, and give birth to your babies, to provide yourself and your partner pleasure. We should be in command of that celebration, too. In a way that says “I own this”, instead of being catcalled on the street, inappropriately propositioned or even sexually abused. The media can make us all feel very insecure when we only ever see “perfect” women. Currently, the body positivity movement is really working well for a lot of women, but I want to take it a step further and open the eyes and hearts of women on sexual positivity. That’s my real mission.
What products do you sell?
Clients can purchase from an a la carte menu so they get everything they want, and nothing they don’t. I also have collections of items that clients frequently purchase together. I offer albums, books, canvases, framed prints, metal prints, bed-side table standouts, gift items, digital images and a keepsake glass box with deep matte prints. I personally design the album layouts and provide a proof to the client before ordering, too.
Tell us 3 fun and random facts about yourself?
Well….let’s see- I married my high school sweetheart at age 19, almost 10 years ago and we’re still happily married. My dog is my baby, I have a 7 yr old dalmatian named Cooper who loves to snuggle. My guilty pleasure is watching trainwreck television like the Housewives franchise, Kardashians, pretty much anything on Bravo or E!
How can clients get a hold of you?
Clients or potential clients can find me at http://www.614boudoir.com, on Instagram @614boudoir, or email email@example.com . My favorite way for ladies to keep up with what’s going on at 614 Boudoir is in the private women only 18+ VIP group on facebook. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/899616690147981/
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story–I will.” —Amy Schumer