• Chloe Bovia

3 Glam Birthday Photoshoot Ideas (That Don’t Involve Balloons)

Updated: 6 days ago

Ok, raise your hand if you agree with me:


Birthday photoshoots with balloons are SO...regular! And you're not the average woman, are you? You're way too unique, too fabulous, too YOU to do something everybody's done before. So why not try something different for your birthday pics this year? Treat yourself to a classy birthday photoshoot concept, not just a few bathroom photos with your ring light. And I love your bestie, but she doesn't always get your flyest angles. You deserve fly angles, dope concepts, and star treatment. You've been through too much for the regular, degular balloons and confetti package.


But if not balloons, then what? How else can you step into this new year of life with a new attitude? So funny you asked because I have a few ideas...


#1: Give the Girls a Vogue Moment with an Editorial Style Photoshoot

black woman sitting down with legs crossed and hair blowing to right wearing strappy heels and black and white gingham dress
© Chloe Bovia

Have you ever wondered what you would look like on the cover of a magazine? Now is your chance to find out! An editorial photoshoot is all about creating art that tells a story. If you're not art, I don't know what is. And I can't think of a story more important to tell than how YOU have been changing the world since you were born. Don't you think that's something worth talking about? Before you stop to think about that, the answer is a resounding yes.


Want some storytelling inspo? Flip through a recent magazine feature with me (can you say cover girl?) and tell me you don't want to see yourself front page on a coffee table like that.


Planning an editorial photoshoot has a few moving parts to keep in mind - choosing a concept, scouting locations, styling outfits, posing, not to mention hair, makeup, and nails. My hot tip is to find a professional photographer that can manage that process for you. If you see some work you like, reach out to that photographer to see if they can help you with the entire planning process, not just taking the photos. Professionals that care about the art and experience of photography will happy line up all the pieces for you. Over here at Bovia & Co., we work with a team of talented and passionate Black women that make sure every step of your photoshoot from booking to printing is handled expertly.


#2: Bare It All With a Boudoir Shoot


black woman posing with back to camera sittign on stool wearing only a thong and holding hair up
© Chloe Bovia

I know you've been thinking about it, so just do it sis. I have yet to meet a woman that hasn't considered doing boudoir. And the ones that tried it LOVED it. Boudoir isn't just about sexy lingerie and dark rooms. It's a chance for you to explore your most sensual self in a safe, intimate setting. You get up every day, go to work, and take care of the people around you. There aren't many moments where you get to just sit down and admire yourself. I think birthdays are a perfect time to reflect on how beautiful and powerful your body is, and there's no better way to do it than a boudoir shoot. My favorite thing about boudoir is that you can make it whatever you want. You can do the classic lingerie, or you can dive into Old Hollywood glamour. You could incorporate personal props that tell a unique story, or just go butt-naked. It's up to you! Need some inspiration? Check out our Boudoir is for All Bodies Mood Board.


I know so many women that let trivial things get in the way of a truly exciting and indulgent experience. I'm *personally* giving you permission to book the boudoir shoot right now BEFORE you lose the weight, BEFORE you get the lingerie, and BEFORE you get your hair done. We've got press-on nails in the studio, a makeup artist with range, a massage therapist to help you relax, and an esthetician to make sure your skin is extra glowy. Don't want to spend a ton of money on lingerie you'll only wear once? We've even got a closet of lingerie that ranges from sexy to demure curated just for you babe. Afraid you'll look awkward? You will in a few photos, but that's what the delete button is for. We only hit save on the photos that make you look like the queen you are (and that's a lot more photos than you think).


#3: Grab Your Besties and Make It a Group Session

Birthday parties are so fun, but they can be so exhausting to plan and manage. It's your birthday, why are you expected to run around playing event planner? Besides the amount of work it requires, sometimes you just don't want all those people in your face. So what is a girl to do? Opt for a birthday group shoot instead! Get your favorite girls, pick a luxe location (I like a yacht party or a catered picnic myself), choose your outfits, and get it poppin! You're still the star, but you get to shine with the people that mean the most to you!


Let's Make It Happen

Ready to have your best birthday yet? Whether you want to plan an intimate solo session or a blowout affair with all your friends, Bovia & Co. Photography is equipped to give you a high end, uniquely curated experience. We're all about bringing you creative, expertly produced photography while providing you unmatched service throughout the entire process. If you want to know what it's like to work with us, learn more here.

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