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Photography: Glam Boudoir

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Lizz Riley first became interested in boudoir photography in 2010 when a wedding client requested the service. Riley, a longtime wedding photographer and owner of 5 Diamond Photography, fell in love with the classy but sexy genre of photography, which features brides-to-be in revealing attire for a private photo album that is given to grooms instead of a traditional wedding gift. Today, Riley runs Glam Boudoir and has a private studio in Cromwell for boudoir shoots. We caught up with Riley to learn more about these glamorous photo shoots.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, can you describe boudoir photography?

It’s a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic [photos] of subjects in a luxurious environment. It is distinct from glamour and art nude photography in that it is usually more suggestive rather than explicit in its approach to nudity and sexuality — and it is for the average women. … Our expert professional makeup and hairstyling is available, and throughout the shoot you will be coached and directed to look and feel your very best.

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What’s the biggest misconception about this type of photoshoot?

That you have to be a size 2 and in your 20s! Or maybe another misconception for some people is that they may think that it is an all-nude or semi-nude photo shoot which will be shared with the entire world. The truth is that I capture classy, beautiful images for women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Can you talk more about working with women of various sizes?

I feel like what we do is so, so important for women. We help to show our clients that sexuality, femininity, confidence and feeling beautiful is OK. In our studio, being whoever you are is welcomed and encouraged. My favorite part is meeting for the first time with a client who may be a little nervous and seeing them leave their photo shoot and photo reveal confident with their head held high. The work I do is extremely rewarding, helping women successfully accomplish something outside of their comfort zone. I have shot with many women over 50 and well into the plus sizes. What I can promise is that I will create images to flatter you and best show your personality. I believe every woman is beautiful and it’s my job to show you just how gorgeous you are.

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<strong">Do you primarily work with brides?

Roughly 50 percent of my boudoir clients are brides. The other half are seeking me out for different reasons, maybe they recently lost weight and want to celebrate their accomplishment in a unique way. Other women have chosen boudoir to push themselves to do something outside of their comfort zone or just to enjoy a pampering experience and then have gorgeous artwork of themselves.

As a groom, how do you tactfully suggest your bride gives one of these shoots a try?

Many of our grooms are actually in the military and due to be deployed soon. Grooms love to have a keepsake of their loved one to have with them and more commonly will suggest it to their bride-to-be. Boudoir is extremely popular around the world and is becoming much more known here on the East Coast. … I tell my boudoir clients that even though it may be a gift you are giving to someone else, it’s also a special gift of time and attention that you are secretly giving to your loved one. One of the most incredible gifts a woman can receive is being able to see herself as beautiful, strong and sexy.

Info: Boudoir photography packages can run from $400 to upward of $2,000. Prices vary due to number of outfits, number of final edited images, what services are provided by the professional hair and makeup team, whether a customer wants a custom album, etc. For more information about Glam Boudoir, call 860-301-6359 or visit


The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University