Nude image of a woman photographed by Inner Spirit Photography Studio Calgary's Mark Laurie.

For a growing number of women, getting a nude photo shoot is on their list. For an even larger group of women, so is getting a boudoir book of images. Often it’s right near, or at, the top.

For those who don’t know, a bucket list is a collection of things you want to do before you die, popularized in a movie called The Bucket List featuring Jack Nicolson and Morgan Freeman. It came from the term “to kick the bucket”, meaning to die, so the list was something important to do before you kicked that bucket.

It has become one of the most common opening replies when I ask the question, “Why do you want to do this?” when clients come to Inner Spirit Photography. Some research on the web revealed it’s not just unique to my Calgary studio, and it’s also not a phenomenon to Canada or even North America. It spans the globe.

Fascinated by this, I began to ask my clients why. There are a lot of reasons that girls put this on their list. A surprising thing was that it spanned a considerable age range.  My clients in their 20s were as likely to have a bucket list with a nude photo session on it, as my clients in their 50s and 60s.

What I personally thought was very cool was the number of women who specifically wanted Inner Spirit Photography to do their nude photographs. You can find many of them in our portfolio. Also rewarding is our ability to meet the need for some to not just be photographed nude or in lingerie, but to be published. A real shout out that they did this.

For many women, their bucket list was daring adventures to experience; posing nude was high on the scariest thing to do.  For some it was something they wanted to cross off early, its purpose being to celebrate and accept who they are right now. Often growing out of that, was regular return visits to chronicle their growth and changes, revelling in themselves at each stage.

For most though, they were not too sure why they had it on their list to do before they die, but felt it was very important for them to do it. Some women’s bucket lists were really transformation lists. After hanging images on their walls, they would call back and tell me the transformational experience exceeded their hopes.

It appears that there are a lot of reasons to put getting a naked photograph, or even a boudoir portrait, onto your own bucket list.

Now tell me, do you (or did you) have this on your bucket list? If you have crossed it off your list, was it as great as you thought it would be?

Posted by: Mark Laurie

World-renown photoartist Mark Laurie of Inner Spirit Photography specializes in Female Portraiture: nudes, boudoir, prenatal & fine art. His empowering images of women reveal their heart & soul.