We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Gagne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have been a professional wedding photographer for almost a decade. I had always done the occasional bridal boudoir photos for my clients on the morning of their weddings, but never did solely boudoir until just over a year ago. My neighbor had given me the idea to shoot boudoir full time, but it wasn’t until Covid suddenly took away all of my weddings that I truly entertained the idea of shooting boudoir full time. As I dove into the genre, I became more and more enthralled with everything that this genre does for women, as well as what it did for me as a woman. I identified to intensely with the need to feel the incredible empowerment that a boudoir session gives you. After having kids, reconnecting to that part of myself has been an intense struggle. I saw what these images was doing for my clients when they saw themselves like this, and I just wanted to do more for them.
I have become obsessed with perfecting my studio lighting, learning poses that fit every body type, and making my clients feel beautiful.
I have to say, I truly feel as though Boudoir found me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
So my studio has been custom built in my home, and the space I have has zero natural light. My entire studio is lit by artificial light. At first, this was my biggest obstacle, but over time it has become my biggest strength. I get to shape the light any way I want, and I get to create an image entirely from the way I want the photo to turn out. It’s amazing what I have learned about lighting. I think the biggest thing that sets me apart from other boudoir photographers is this. Posing is another huge aspect to boudoir. I have had to really study the female form, understand which positions look the most flattering on each body type, and know how to manipulate poses to achieve the look that I want.
Also, my hair and makeup team are second to none. The women who work with me are absolutely some of the industry’s best. They make every woman look like the best version of herself, and I love the way they make every client feel incredible.
The thing that I want everyone to know about my brand, is that ultimately I am here for you. The number one reason I am in business is because your time with me is all about you. You should be excited, you should feel beautiful, and you should leave my studio feeling better about yourself than you ever have. That’s the entire point of this.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a huge foodie. And atmosphere is everything. I am fairly new to Scottsdale, so I am still learning about the city, but so far Scottsdale has not disappointed one bit. I LOVE Roka Akor, it’s one of my favorite restaurants here, the pork belly is insane. I also like Maple and Ash (who doesn’t) the atmosphere combined with the food is truly an experience. And Cafe Monarch is by far the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life. It’s not cheap, so it’s not an every day experience, but it’s worth every penny.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have taken education and inspiration from quite a lot of incredible photographers/ people. Alex Loveland, Jennifer Smith, Michael Sasser, Lola Meilani, Monique Hoppe, Marlisys Hirako, Kara Marie, My boudoir hype group ladies… I have been incredibly fortunate to have found wonderful artists to grow from. And of corse, as always, my husband. He has always been my number one supporter and has always encouraged me without fail or waiver.
Hair and Makeup Artist: the ever amazing Yolanda Instagram.com/YolandaLake