We recently had a portrait client that came to us with a sad and heavy heart. Circumstances in her life had left her with a lot to bear all at once, the worst of which being the loss of her mom.
Now I haven’t lost my mom, but I have lost my dad and I know the pain that brings you. It is one like no other and time never really gets rid of it. But for her, this was fresh, she was still in a state of mourning.
During her makeover, she seemed to have a little fun, she had a small smile for us here and there. But for me that wasn’t enough, I wanted to see that smile I knew she was hiding. I wanted to see that beautiful woman we knew was in there.
The moment she left our makeup chair I was determined I would get that smile, I would get an image of that connection she had inside her.
We went through several outfits, backgrounds and poses and you know what? I got that smile, I got that connection I was looking for and once she saw her images you could see she was in love!
That, my friends, is why I love doing this work. We love showing women their beauty again. Giving them that pep in their step as they walk out our door. It’s a transformation we see happen over and over again and it’s what we live for. The service we give our clients to push them to loving themselves again, is second to none and I am so proud of that!
Women’s contemporary and Boudoir portraiture
My friend and I started this business 4 years ago out of an experience she had. She had finally decided she wanted to do something for herself. Something completely unlike her but she wanted the experience.
She wanted to get some gorgeous images of herself to have later in life and hoped to get an experience all about her, one she would be excited to describe to everyone she knows.
Well, she scheduled her appointment and had her session and it was………absolutely awful!
She arrived at the location and instead of an elegant, beautiful place it was cold and uninviting. Cold brick walls and a less than appealing bathroom to change in. She had her hair and makeup done prior and was ready to have her session. But THIS was NOT what she had expected.
The photographer did not engage her. She didn’t show her that she cared at all about her and what she was doing. My friend posed as she was told, made expressions she thought would look good and made it through her session.
In the end, she hated her images. She felt nothing for them. She thought her face looked old and unhappy. They were absolutely not living up to her expectations. Needless to say, she didn’t purchase a single image!
And THAT is where we began. She described her experience to me and how disappointed she was, then she said “we could do this!” So we began planning!
Between my photography skills and her makeup skills, we succeeded! We made our business to revolve around our clients. We do for them in every way. We love our clients and we show it. We love what we do and we show it. We love the way we make our clients feel and THEY show it. It is written on the face of each of their images.
THAT is what my friend wanted. THAT is what we give our clients. THAT is what we can do for you!
We had a client recently, she was a lovely lady. We had our pre-consultation with her and it was a great conversation. She told us why she needed this and about her life at home with you 2 young children and up coming wedding. We could not wait to make this session happen for her.
In her words ‘she needed this’. Then she began giving us some of her ideas for the session. Most of them were similar to previous sessions. But then she mentioned her love of bow hunting.
She has been an avid hunter for several years (which I find fascinating, not a common practice for women). But it’s something she did and thoroughly enjoyed. Then she told us she really wanted a sexy photo that she could express this side of her in and she definitely wanted her prized possession in it……her bow!
At first my partner and I kinda gave each other that look. If you have a business partner, you know what look. The one where we try not to be obvious but buy each others LOOK we know what they are thinking and we were both thinking ‘what will we do with that?’.
But our client had an idea. She told us the look she was after and we shot it for her. We got this gorgeous image. It is not one I would have thought I would like but I actually love it!
It shows a gorgeous sexy woman who loves something that is typically a man’s thang and she owned it! She made this bow look sleek and sexy and all her. EMPOWERING! That is what we love about doing what we do. Empowering our clients and showing off their best selves.
Okay we have all felt it. We wake up put on our big girl panties go take a look in the mirror and there it is………the girl that you are just looks back as a girl you don’t like. One you see as a boring, everyday, dumpy feeling girl next door and you don’t really like her. I hate to say but I would bet that women have more days of that feeling than the one where you wake up, look at yourself and know that you ARE THE BOMB!
We all have so many of those days and we deserve better! We deserve a day to get up, forget about the everyday activities of life and be pampered and feel good about well…..us.
This feeling is exactly the thing we love to tackle in our business. We photograph women in all walks of life, from waitress, to secretary, to business professional, to stay at home moms. Regardless of their lifestyle, each woman we get has the same issues. These are all gorgeous women. But each one of them has something or even a lot of things they just do not like about themselves. Or they have been so busy on a day to day basis that they are never even able to dress their best or put on the makeup they know makes them look super hot!
That’s where we come in. The moment you make contact with us we are all about you. We meet you and get to know you. We see our clients as soon to be friends. We want to know what makes you exactly who you are. This way we can give you super service and give you exactly what you are looking for. We are there for you along the entire process. You can call or text us with anything you need to get ready. We will even help you with wardrobe should you need it. We want your session to be perfect for YOU!
On the day of the session as soon as you meet us you hop right into the makeup chair. We give you a look that you will love, whether it be a dark and sultry smokey eye or the more natural and airy look some women prefer. Either way, we will give you your best look for the camera (including some gorgeous eyelashes). We know what it takes to get that awesome shot! We will give your hair a bouncy lift or flowing curls for beautiful locks no matter the length.
Once hair and makeup are done we move to you first outfit and start your session. This is the point where if we do our very best to get you to relax and let us work. We will pose you from head to toe. No need for you to worry or stress because we got you!
This is an experience like no other and gives you absolutely gorgeous images. These images are something you will have for a lifetime. Anytime you are feeling less that perfect or in that dumpy feeling moment, just pull these beautiful images out and look at the gorgeous person you are! You will look at them and KNOW what a little love for yourself can do! So go ahead, do it! Contact us and let us do that for you. Let us give you this gift of a lifetime, you deserve it!
If you are thinking about doing a boudoir shoot or you just want some lingerie that help accentuate your beautiful body it’s nice to have a few things to look for. Every body has one awesome part that needs to be flaunted when you’re in your skivvies! And there are different types of lingerie that will fit the bill.
Whether you have glorious shoulders, a butt to boost, long legs to show off or boobs to die for, there is SOMETHING out there that will tuck it, push it up or lengthen. You just have to know what to look for.
We get questions about this all the time. Women don’t want to show their belly or are worried about the size of their arms. A good base for these issues starts with the right outfit.
With a good wardrobe and an awesome photographer who has posing down to a science you can’t help but get images that will take your breath away!
That’s our purpose and joy! Giving each of our clients that ‘gasp’ moment. It is beauty to behold.
Here is a helpful guide when you are in that search for the perfect outfit. Take a look and get to shopping. Then of course call us and get a session in the works!
Contact us here or comment below with any questions you may have for us. Hope to hear from your soon!
Let me just speak my mind a little bit here…..
Yes, we do boudoir photo shoots. Yes, women are in gorgeous underwear. And yes, the photos are taken in a bedroom BUT it is not about sex.
Okay, the images do turn out beautiful and sexy but that is just an added bonus. The boudoir session is about each and every lovely lady that chooses to do one, individually. The images we take are classy, tasteful and all about empowering our client. They are not porn or dirty in any way or form. They are uplifting, confidence building and totally fun.
I am very discouraged by the bias many people have that these sessions are in someway “dirty”. I don’t want to have anything to do with “dirty”. I’m a wife and mom of 2 teenage daughters, there is no way I want to be a part of something that exploits anyone. Each woman we photograph leaves us completely happy with her choice. We don’t share photos unless the client signs a waiver saying they are okay with it. Even then we will only share ones that I wouldn’t mind my teens seeing and only for the purpose of showing our portfolio to potential clients.
It’s all about the beautiful women in the images. It’s all about seeing their gorgeous faces in astonishment and joy of the beauty they see in the image. Their, “is that me??”, reaction is priceless and is the reason we absolutely love doing these sessions. I can’t begin to explain the emotion we have for each of our clients. It’s just inspiring and it is a pleasure to be a part of each and every one of the journeys to beauty these women have.
Each session is taylored to the individual needs and expectations of our clients. We begin with the inquiry. Our goal is to meet each client before any money exchanges hands. We like to get to know them, listen to them, suggest to them and get a really good idea of what they want and expect from their session. By the time we are doing makeup and getting ready for the shoot we know them and they know us. We guide them through the entire process. We want each woman as comfortable as possible, giving them an awesome experience and beautiful images. They are able to go through and choose images that they want and nothing they don’t. It’s all about the individual.
Our work is all about the client and making her as happy as we can. It’s not about sex, it’s about each person and their experience of this journey to the confident and empowered woman. From the working mom, to the stay at home mom, to the medical professional, to the lawyer and each and every woman in between that wants this experience, that is who we want to shoot. ANY woman is the perfect woman for a boudoir session. Each and every woman IS beautiful.
This is just a little glimpse at our recent session with Sarah. She came in like so many others. She was nervous, of course but excited and anxious at the same time. It was something she had wanted to do to embrace her fear and beauty. It didn’t take long. She was a bit shaky at first but with a little coaching and fun she relaxed pretty quickly and it was apparent in her images.
Many women would love to have images like this taken but shy away due to fear. That fear comes from so many things. The fear of baring oneself physically and emotionally. The fear of what her images will look like. Fear of being stereotyped in a certain way. These fears can be deep rooted and hard to overcome. But once all these fears are conquered…..it is very empowering.
We strive to rid each women we shoot of all the fears. We enjoy the moment and the subject in front of us. We do our very best to help them relax and get the images they will be proud of. It’s a little journey we take with each woman and it is very inspiring.
We love the end of the session, once we are showing our clients all their images, the smiles! That is the moment that each woman is the most beautiful. They see themselves (maybe for the first time) as beautiful! Their confidence grows in that moment and it is obvious and the look of confidence is simply…….gorgeous! If only we could take that moment and bottle it then sell it to others.
In a way, we can. We can give each woman that comes to us this opportunity. We can give them the chance to see themselves in this light, to see how totally awesome and beautiful they are. It is a great feeling we get from each of our clients AND is the reason we love doing this so much.
So, here is the little glimpse we wanted to share of the beautiful images we got from this session. It started out with nervous energy but ended with a happy and confident client.