about mark

mark laurie

Mark offered the first nude & boudoir photography studio in Calgary and remains the best. His imaginative portraits expand beyond the typical “lingerie and satin sheets” boudoir. Mark’s creatively passionate presentation of women has earned him the honour of being the most awarded photographer in his niche in Canada. Possibly North America.


Finally Revealed – Which Photo Session Delivers The Most To You!

Finally Revealed – Which Photo Session Delivers The Most To You!

Watching the reactions of clients experiencing boudoir and nude portraits over 45 years, I have learned a few things. The bolder the photography experience, the more profound and transformative the emotional impact. As you move from regular portrait sessions to glamour, boudoir, and finally to elegant, expressive nude photography, you can feel these escalating changes. Our name, Inner Spirit Photography, perfectly reflects this journey.

Here is a great way to understand the level of transformation from each session type. 
Imagine this:

– A Regular Portrait: Like a burst of skipping—kinda fun, feels good, but quickly forgotten. So many people do it; it is pretty common experience.

– A Glamour Session: Like jumping off a two-foot box—a quick thrill that lasts a bit longer. A lot of women enjoy this experience.

– A Boudoir Session: Like bungee jumping—an exhilarating rush that’s popular and exciting, these sessions have a long-lasting impact and are fondly remembered years later. 

– A Nude Session: Like skydiving — a massive, exhilarating experience. Afterwards, people marvel at you. It’s highly transformative, with changes that last a lifetime.

As a professional photographer,  I’ve observed these transformations, but numerous medical, clinical, and life enrichment studies support have studied each level’s personal impact. Some studies found chemical changes occurring in the brain from the bolder experiences. You can understand why these sessions become so profound, yet until you go through one, it’s hard to imagine this happening.

Regular Portraits: Nearly everyone has this experience.

Regular portraits are solid, nice images with pretty straightforward approaches. Very common. They provide a minor, fleeting confidence boost buzz when done right. 

Personal Insight: Teresa’s Experience 

Teresa had fun in her session, as you can tell by her smile. It was for a purpose, and the session buzz was a pleasant blip in her day. She got lots of compliments but not deep ones—you know the type. It’s not timeless and will be replaced after a while.

Clinical Insight: Research from the American Psychological Association reveals that when people see themselves in a polished way, like Teresa’s portrait, their mood improves, and they experience a short-lived, slightly enhanced self-esteem.

Glamour Photography: The Celebrity Experience

Glamour photography sessions add an element of style and sophistication. You feel like a star, although the feeling fades in a few days. With professional makeup, elegant outfits, and dramatic lighting, you see a polished version of yourself. 

Personal Insight: Sarah loves glamour, dressing up, and posing with props like cars. The whole production swirling around her is fun and gives her fond memories. Each session makes her feel great and very special from the attention. Like our car session in these images, the feelings are more surface-deep but still a fun break from her usual routine as a nurse.

Clinical Insight: The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology studies consistently show that glamour photography provides a temporary confidence boost. The effects are fleeting, even though the images can be stunning.

Boudoir Photography: Embracing Your Sensuality

Boudoir photography takes it a step further by focusing on intimacy and sensuality. These more personal sessions involve lingerie, soft lighting, and some courage. Boudoir photography moves you to embrace your body and sensuality, significantly boosting self-esteem and confidence.

Personal Insight: Yvonne brought heels and lingerie. For her, this was a bold statement. She felt so free and comfortable—it was her moment to express her sexuality, to discover and express herself. It was liberating. While she started nervous, it faded fast. Her whole body stance shifted. She called weeks later, talking about how just thinking about her experience brought back the confidence boost. Telling friends about her session enhanced her self-esteem as they expressed disbelief mixed with amazement.

Clinical Insight: Research conducted by the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that 72% of participants experienced an improved self-image after participating in boudoir photography. Another study indicated a 25% reduction in negative body thoughts post-session. A range of studies concluded boudoir photography’s emotional shifts were long-lasting.

The Nude Portrait: The Ultimate Expression

Nude photography represents the pinnacle of vulnerability and empowerment. These sessions require complete trust and courage but offer immense rewards. There are huge increases in body embracing with a leap in confidence. While it takes courage to take this breakthrough experience, you emerge pretty fearless. It has all the benefits of a boudoir session with a 10-times magnification in impact. 

Personal Insight: Emily’s Life-Altering Experience 

Emily had a truly life-altering transition resulting from her session. She was a heavy-duty mechanic with struggling views of her body and very low personal confidence. Post-session, Emily boldly embraced her body, becoming fearless in nearly all areas of her life.  Her first session swept away all her insecurities, leading to job advancements, boldness, body embracing, and even flaunting it a bit. She became a spokeswoman, wrote articles about her experience, and talked openly about her changes. She attributes it all to her nude power sessions with a little boudoir mixed in.

Clinical Insight: Research by Swami et al. found that participating in a nude photoshoot significantly increased body appreciation. The Journal of Sexual Medicine also found that 68% of couples reported improved intimacy and communication after one partner participated in a boudoir photoshoot. They noted that the sessions had to happen in a safe environment with a skilled photographer. Dr. Brown did a study specifically focused on Inner Spirit Photography’s approach. He additionally found the effects were long-lasting. 

They are increasingly transformative journeys as you move up the session type ladder.

Photography is more than just capturing an image; it’s a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Each type of session offers a different level of transformation:

– Regular Portraits: A minor thrill that is quickly forgotten.

– Glamour Sessions: A stylish experience that provides a temporary confidence boost.

– Boudoir Sessions: An intimate journey that significantly boosts self-esteem and body positivity.

– Nude Sessions: A profoundly transformative experience that leads to profound self-acceptance and empowerment.

Why It Matters

These transformative experiences explain why life and business coaches often recommend boudoir and nude portraits to their clients. The confidence and empowerment gained from these sessions can positively impact various areas of life, from personal relationships to professional endeavours.

Interested in bold choices that make a difference to your life?

If you’re ready to experience the transformative power of photography, have a chat to tailor your session to you and your needs. How bold you go is always your choice. 

Photography is more than just a picture; it’s a journey to discovering and embracing your true self. So why wait? Start your journey today and see how photography can change your life.


– American Psychological Association: [Link to Study](https://www.apa.org)
– Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: [Link to Study](https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/psp)
– Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy: [Link to Study](https://www.jstor.org/stable/3813213)
– Swami, V., Frederick, D. A., Aavik, T., et al. “The Influence of Boudoir Photography on Women’s Body Appreciation.” Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009.
– Journal of Sexual Medicine: [Link to Study](https://www.journalofsexualmedicine.com)