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Meet Imthiaz Houseman of Fine Art Boudoir in Glendale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Imthiaz Houseman.

Imthiaz, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been a photographer for about 16 years mostly doing wedding photography with my husband, Adam, of Houseman Studios. About ten years ago we had a bride ask if we would do a boudoir session for her upcoming wedding. At the time boudoir photography wasn’t very popular in Colorado. After we blogged her session, we started getting more interest from our other brides. We photographed our clients and slowly built a portfolio. We shot together for a few years and then Adam stepped away. I relaunched the business into Fine Art Boudoir and started working with all women. I never really thought about being a boudoir photographer full-time, but after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears it happened. I opened up my first studio space a few years ago and now have a boutique studio in the Glendale! I absolutely love photographing women every day and feel very lucky; this is what I was meant to do.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Becoming a full-time boudoir photographer hasn’t been the smoothest road. There are so many emotions that go into each session because women do these sessions for all kinds of different reasons. I cried for a week when I had my first client who hated her photos! I’ve had to stop sessions to comfort my clients and let them know everything will be okay and I’ve also celebrated with them for getting through it. From weight loss to bad breakups to everything in between you really can become a psychologist during your session. It’s not just about sexy photos; it is also about empowerment, confidence and helping your client realize how beautiful she truly is! The studio part was also a huge hurdle for me. It took a few years to decide if and when I wanted to open a studio. Finding the perfect space, building it out as well as making sure it is designed well was very tricky. Women forget that boudoir is not about the background it is about the woman in the photo. I believe everything happens for a reason and my path wanted me to work through and learn how to be the best photographer first before I opened up my space! I’m so glad it took me as long as it did!

Fine Art Boudoir – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a natural-light boudoir photographer. What this means is I do not use any studio lighting during my sessions. I specialize in photographing women in the most natural, beautiful and artistic way possible! On occasion, you will see me photographing a wedding or a family, but I’m known for my female portrait work. I am proud to say that I have only worked with a handful of models throughout my boudoir career. I built this business on photographing real women. I coach my clients throughout the session, and they will walk away feeling confident and empowered. I pride myself on making classic portraits that will last a lifetime. Photos you will be proud to hang on your wall. I can make anyone look and feel like a model!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Oh man! There are so many moments I feel have defined my career so far. I have worked with so many women, and it is hard to say one of them is my proudest moment. Each client was/is special for a reason. All of them came into my life to teach me something. I have learned so much about myself and women being a female portrait photographer! I will say when my clients email me after their session and thank me again it feels pretty good!

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