In a world dominated by body standards that society deems acceptable, photographer Tara O'Meara wanted to shake things up, so she started doing boudoir photography. "My inspiration is empowering all women to embrace what makes them themselves," Tara told POPSUGAR. When she began doing boudoir photography, she really wanted everyone to simply unapologetically be themselves. "There is so much negativity in the world, and women are putting a ton of pressure on themselves. Too often we find ourselves trying to fit into a box of the perfect friend, wife, mother, instead of celebrating what makes us, well, us," Tara said.
"After my shoot I feel like I could conquer the world."
Tara's model for this shoot, Talyia, strongly agreed with Tara's views. "The purpose of the boudoir photo shoot to me is not to show how sexy you are to other people or to prove that you have to have minimal clothes on to be sexy," Talyia told POPSUGAR. "It is to empower you and show you how beautiful you are."
Talyia adds, "After my shoot I feel like I could conquer the world. It's not for your husband, not for your girlfriend, it's not for your partner. It's for you! To show how badass you truly are. And the pictures help remind you of it when some things get hard." Amen to that.
And no, sexy boudoir shoots aren't one-size-fits-all. "You don't have to be a size 2 and naked with a perfect body, you just be you. Be empowered by you, be loved by you," Talyia wrote in an Instagram post, and we could not agree more.
In fact, the shoot was such a success that Tara scheduled a second one with Talyia, this time incorporating honey, a popular "prop" in boudoir. Some of the most striking images include Talyia on a rattan peacock chair wearing a shimmery burnt orange dress and green necklace. She looks so fierce and confident - keep reading to see these two fantastic boudoir photo shoots.