Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeri Motta.
Jeri, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have been photographing people since high school and have loved working creatively with families, seniors, brides, couples, and more. However, I never felt like those photo sessions left me feeling fulfilled. I dreamed of more, something empowering. I just didn’t know what that was yet!
In 2015 I met the love of my life, Alexandre, and we started our life together in a new city after we got married. I let go of photography for a few years but learned of new photography shortly after.
Boudoir: intimate and empowering photography of and for women.
I dreamed of this for about three years. All the while, I tried to convince myself it wasn’t for me. “What will people think?” “Will others judge me because they don’t understand or agree with it?” I let the fear of failure keep me from trying.
Late summer of 2018, I had my first child, and things changed for me. Something clicked, and I knew I had to jump at doing boudoir photography or else I would never do it and always regret it. My husband was so supportive of this idea, and he pushed me to really put myself out there and reach for this dream no matter the discouragement.
I did a few sessions with beautiful, wonderful, amazing women who trusted me. Not only did these women leave feeling empowered, I did too. By January of 2019, I finally felt established, and like I was growing only two months after starting this journey.
Now, boudoir has become my passion. I am a full-time mother and wife who works, making women see themselves as they are: perfect and beautiful.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The photography I do is a specialized service specifically for women called boudoir photography. Boudoir is an intimate photography where women are clothed in lingerie or bedroom sheets. Boudoir rose in popularity in the 1920s, and with it, a huge spike in female body positivity as the main body shape for this type of photography were women who were “larger than the average size.” Nowadays, boudoir has become popular as a wedding gift for soon-to-be husbands, Valentine’s Day, and other significant events. What started out as a style of fine art photography has turned into gift giving. It is totally appropriate and wonderful to give a significant other gorgeous photos of yourself in lingerie. Will they see you in lingerie in person anyway? Of course. But there is a sense of appreciation that comes by having immortalized evidence of you, just for them, now. However, my greatest joy, photographing boudoir is watching a woman do it for herself first. Taking ownership over who she is in that exact moment and saying, “I am proud of myself at this moment, I can be vulnerable, I can be authentic, and I love that about me.”
The message I want to convey in my brand as a whole is not only that women are beautiful but that no matter what shape or size they are, they can love themselves completely and can see themselves differently than they ever have before. Women who work with me not only feel powerful in the moment but can reflect on that feeling time and time again.
How can artists connect with other artists?
My advice for artists, particularly photographers, who feel lonely is to reach out to fellow photographers and gain real relationships and friendships with them. This world is crowded with competition and comparison. There is no need for this when you hold fast to your brand and create a community. When you have confidence in your brand and abilities, you can celebrate others’ success and accomplishments. I also feel fortunate to have a very involved and supportive husband. We are constantly discussing ideas, dreams, and goals, and this not only helps me develop within this brand but helps me not feel alone as an artist.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Because of the intimate theme surrounding my work and the trust women place in me, my work is only viewable by women through my private Instagram. But, support comes in many forms. Boudoir has been around for a long time, but it has recently become more popular. As boudoir photography becomes more common, many people are exposed to the idea of it by their friends, relatives, or social media. My advice if you are skeptical or unsure is to talk with a photographer who can enlighten you about the purpose of boudoir and answer questions. It is important for a woman to feel sexy, empowered, and confident. Women can support my work by following my Instagram, and if my work coincides with their vision, book with me!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jerimottaboudoir