Category Archives: Boudoir

Brooklyn, NYC intimate and tasteful boudoir portraits for women by photographer Petra Romano.

Plandid, Candid and Posed Portraits • Brooklyn, NYC Lifestyle, Website, Headshot and Boudoir Photographer

Have you heard about the “plandids” yet? People started to go crazy for these types of photos on the Instagram. Honestly, it seems so funny to me. Why? Because in a way I have been doing exactly these kind of images for a really long time now. And it never occurred to me to call them plandids. I simply call them candid/lifestyle photos. And they are pretty much my signature, specialty. But I use a bit different technique than the one described in the article.
So, how do I achieve this style of images? I do not make my clients repeat one action over and over and over. There are only certain things I direct, the rest is leaving freedom to the person being photographed. This way I capture the real personalities. For example I point to a location that would be perfect for a certain action suggesting the client to walk towards me, look to the side or give me a fun spin around. And there IS a lot of action going on during the session. This is to achieve a variety of shots. I know you all need them for your social media. They all need to have a different feel too. Yes, I’m talking to you, small business owners, entrepreneurs and other professionals – you especially need to show yourself on your website and social media as your potential clients are always curious who is behind the brand. This is a great way to connect with the right potential clients. The images need to be personal but not forced, creative and real in the same time.
The variety created during the boudoir session is excellent for telling a story. The one we print in a form of the Signature Album, the most loved specialty product.
So, do I ever take those beautiful/posed portraits? Yes, I do. Those classic portraits are the ones that are used for profile photos. Or, in the case of boudoir, these end up framed on the desk of the partner.
Leave a comment below or email me letting me know how you feel about the plandids. Is it something you would like to achieve for your social media or private use? If you answered yes, let’s set you up with a photo session. Call or email me to schedule your photo shoot.  I would love to work with you as this is exactly what I love to achieve in the photos and what I strongly believe in.

Sexy, Flirty, Beautiful • Brooklyn, NYC Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir photo of a NYC woman
Mrs J. came for a mini boudoir photoshoot and she rocked it! It’s the confidence that makes us sexy, remember? Yes, yes, yes, of course she was nervous when she got to the Brooklyn studio… just like everybody else! But once we started photographing she relaxed and had fun.


Boudoir photo of a NYC woman

A few days after the photoshoot (during our in-person consult) I learned Mrs J.’s age and remained stunned. She is 49 years old. Isn’t she just gorgeous? And I love her spirit too.


Boudoir photo of a NYC woman

I have been photographing boudoir of women of any age (18 and older) and any shape. I love when they decide to celebrate themselves. How would YOU like to celebrate yourself? Boudoir? Glamour? Fitness? Outdoors fun lifestyle? Let me know in the comments below. Or email me:!

Boudoir photo of a NYC woman

Miss J. smiled at me: “I felt like a different person the next day” • Brooklyn NYC Boudoir Photographer

Miss J. is a gorgeous 40-something year old woman who wanted to celebrate her body and beauty. Recently divorced she feels stronger and more confident than ever. And I loved her for that. We experimented with different looks, but the afro hair is my personal most favorite. She looks elegant and gorgeous the most. Don’t you agree?


Miss J. chose the amazing 12×12 inches Signature Album (see the album below) and added a Metal Wall Artwork too.


Are you ready to shine for your boudoir or glamour photos? Drop a line to me. 


Second Boudoir Shoot with Ms A. and Her Thoughts


Ms. A came for her second boudoir shoot with me. It’s always fun to see the client second time as we know each other a bit better and the flow is even easier. I asked her to give me her feedback. Here is what she wrote:

“It’s never easy to take your clothes off in front of anyone for me, but with Petra I always feel comfortable. She’s really good at giving direction so you’re not just wondering whether or not the picture is good or will turn out right. I like working with Petra because I know the images will be perfect, retouched tastefully and always beautiful. I definitely would recommend anyone wanting a tasteful boudoir shoot to work with Petra because your images will be something you can be proud of. “


Over 50-Years-Old Fierce Woman Found a Perfect Gift for Herself • Brooklyn NYC Boudoir Photographer

The enquiry stated she is about to get married and wants a gift for her fiance. Somehow I immediately imagined 20-30 year old girl. Boy, was I wrong. Mrs I. is a proud 50 something year old power woman. We set up the date for her boudoir photoshoot and I guided her through the entire process from getting ready for the shoot to what to expect on the shoot date. It was a week before the photoshoot I got a panicky phone call. It is very natural women get so nervous right before the big day. I talked her through and in no time the shoot day arrived. 


Mrs I. came in blushed and humbled but warmed up as soon as she sit in the makeup seat. The whole session was such a blast! Ms I. found her confidence and she was unstoppable. Her words still ring in my ears–If I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it. Well, guess what, we are planning a second shoot that may not be boudoir, but hey, we need to frame her fur babies too. And maybe even her husband ;-) 


See what Ms I. said about her shoot here.


Romantic Couples Boudoir Photo Shoot • Brooklyn Intimate Photographer

Ms A. came to me with a wonderful concept for her and her boyfriend’s shoot. The words she used were: black-and-white pictures, bed scene, romantic. That’s all I needed, really.
And at some point we had to leave the bed.
Tell me, how would you like to be photographed with your special one?

Happy Valentine’s Day from your favorite photographer!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my loves! What a perfect day to share some of Eric’s portraits I photographed recently. Well, some of the photos can be categorized as dudeoir and some have an editorial feel. Anyway, ladies, enjoy! And guys, get inspired… 



Eric Coy is a licensed massage therapist and a professional model. Visit his website here.

Dudeoir and Fine Art Photography for a Dancer/Actor

I know what you are asking – What the heck is dudeoir? Well, you are most likely not going to find it in any dictionary, but it’s a real word. It is simply a boudoir (photography) for men. That means (not just) intimate, sexy photos of a guy:


Now, since we put the term dudeoir off the table, let me put all the attention to the “dancer/singer” from the title.

Chris Schermerhorn is definitely a name you should remember. He is a young artist who I believe will become a well-known star in a near future. Originally from Ohio, he used to live in L.A. before moving to NYC. However, it was in Boston where he appeared in a theater show from Good Natured Dog Productions called Hurry Up and Wait. He is the dancer and singer. And the sweetest person ever.


Nowadays, he studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Even though I cannot tell you anything specific as of this moment, I am sure you will start recognizing the name pretty soon… Break a leg, Chris!


Photographing Variety


I enjoy shooting variety of clothes, locations, and most importantly moods and emotions of my “models”.

Ms. I. is a mom of a young one who finally found the time for her and herself only. During the shoot she confessed: “I cannot believe I am actually doing something for myself! This is so relaxing!”


Snow White

This girl has a very special place in my heart. We share a life-long friendship and I will always see the beautiful innocence in her. It took some time to get a chance to photograph her (she lives in Europe.) However, it was worth the waiting. Don’t you just love the combination of her porcelain skin with her dark hair?