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Billings women bare all to build confidence with boudoir photo shoot

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Brittney Oliphant poses with confidence (Reiners) Brittney Oliphant poses with confidence (Reiners)
Tara Reiners has a studio in the Heights (MTN News) Tara Reiners has a studio in the Heights (MTN News)
Oliphant has had four sessions with Reiners (MTN News) Oliphant has had four sessions with Reiners (MTN News)
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Boudoir photography was once considered an intimate gift between romantic partners, but as the industry grows in popularity it’s becoming a source of confidence for single women.

“I always have fun on these shoots. It’s just kind of freeing and liberating,” said Brittney Oliphant as she got ready for her fourth session.

Oliphant radiated confidence as she bared all for her photo shoot.

She’s not a model, and in fact, these photos are just for her.

“I first did it for my significant other at the time,” said Oliphant. “I don’t know if I really even gave it to him. I was like, these pictures are fantastic, I look hot.”

Back then, Oliphant was heavier, which weighed down her self-confidence.

Even today, several sizes smaller, Oliphant sometimes struggles with her body image.

“I’m very self-conscious about my body,” said Oliphant.

But like hundreds of single and committed women in the Billings area, Oliphant is stripping down to boost her self-esteem.

“They’ll tell me that when they first started they were really timid and scared, and after that first shoot their perception of themselves changed,” said Tara Reiners, a Billings photographer who specializes in boudoir.

Reiners takes thousands of photos a week, capturing seductive stares for a living.

You could call Reiners a boudoir photographer, but she prefers a different title.

“I’m an intimate photographer for the audaciously feminine,” said Reiners.

She got her start with a much tamer clientele, snapping shots of babies in cradles and families in parks.

But there was no excitement, so five years ago Reiners tried her eye at Boudoir photography and she’s never looked back.

Reiners said it’s not just about the money, though she does rake in upwards of $700 per session.

She treasures her role in empowering both women ashamed of their bodies and those who traded sexiness for motherhood.

“Sometimes I get to cry because I’m super excited to see how far someone came from the time they came in to the time they left, “said Reiners. “That, I think, is the biggest and best gift you can give yourself, is the ability to be confident and see yourself in a different light because you don’t doubt yourself any more.”

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