The latest girl-power trend? Getting naked in front of the camera for a sexy group photo shoot

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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Laughing hysterically, the five bachelorettes strip down to their panties, get up close and personal and pose confidently together for the camera.

“OK, so nice big smiles everyone,” shouts bride-to-be Jennie Richards, 32, jokingly adding: “Remember, girls, don’t show too much flesh!”

The risque picture is not a spur-of-the-moment snap taken during some sorority sisters’ high jinks, but the highlight of a so-called “boudoir photography party,” a growing social trend in the US, with some photographers reporting a 50 percent increase in business over the past five years.

Designed to empower women, they are used to celebrate everything from upcoming nuptials to milestone 30th and 40th birthdays, with professional shutterbugs like Catherine Leonard — who shot Richards and her pal Amy Blair’s joint bachelorette bash in Manhattan last month — capturing the spirit of friendship with carefree portraits celebrating the female form.

“It [our session] was all about bonding and having fun with my friends,” says

Richards, who works in medical sales. “We all felt incredibly happy and beautiful.

“It was great because the whole point was to feel good about ourselves.”

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