What can you get from a boudoir or glamour portrait session?

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!                                     Fort Smith Glamour photographerAfterFort Smith Photographer

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Head shot, smed shot

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Head shots don’t have to boring do they?? And does it have to be just your head representing who you are?? This is something I have been wondering. Most often I see a head shot on a business card and they look like they are in an adult version of the old high school yearbook. They are so simple, plain, boring and it seems the business person in the image would rather be ANYWHERE than taking that photo, and from the looks of it I don’t blame them! What’s wrong with a photograph of a professional looking fun and actually being fun in the process? This is Kristi. She is an area Realtor. She came to us needing new images to update her business cards. We gave her a makeover and shot away and she looks absolutely gorgeous and she is! We gave her these as a couple of choices for her new card. I think they represent exactly who she is. She is a confident, strong and beautiful woman and these photos show anyone who looks at them exactly that. I love shooting images like this and it gives me the warm fuzzies (okay I have been known to tear up) when when women the images we create. They love them! And we love them too. When I need a new photo for a business card THIS is the kind of image I want. I don’t want to look stuffy and bored. Give me fun and bubbly, let the beauty shine through.

Be ye not ashamed

Well it’s that time again……….bikini season. How does that make you feel? After spending a long, cold winter covered up and warm it’s time to bare all and enjoy your summer in the sun. Unfortunately, for so many women, bikini season strikes fear at our very heart.  But why?

It’s all due to shame. Shame: a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute which is the lack of respect from others. In all actuality, do our bodies in a bikini deserve this much power? Why do we allow something so superficial and only skin deep have this much rule over our life?

Why do women have shame for the one body that is theirs and theirs alone? Your body has scars, it has dimples, it has marks, it has blemishes and it has no other copy. No two are alike, just like a snowflake, every body is different and like no other and it helps make you exactly who you are. And that my dears is NOT shameful.

I have come to realize most all women have a bit of cellulite they are not proud of, most all have a stretch mark or blemish that the owner does their best to cover up. And we cover up, why? So no one else can see! So no can look at you, see that horrible mark and look at you with……you know the word………SHAME!

Why as women do we do this? We need to be proud of our bodies and we need to look at other women and build them up. Stop the cycle of shame, be proud of your marks, dimples and lines. They make you the wonderful woman you are. They are a map to the life you have lived. The accomplishments of motherhood or the scar left behind from your body making a miraculous recovery.

Our bodies do not show the beauty that hides beneath the surface. They don’t show the wonderful personality that is what makes you, you. I challenge you…..next time you see a woman in a bikini and are thinking of why she shouldn’t be wearing it, make a cognitive change. Look at her and think what a beautiful person and be proud for her, be happy for her that she is not ashamed of the person she is and the marks that make her body hers.

Boudoir……..it’s not about sex!

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.

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Every woman is amazing and they don’t even realize it!

We recently had an awesome session with a lovely bride. She was beautiful, sweet, happy and simply gorgeous inside and out. It was a pleasure working with her. She was almost a natural at being in front of a camera, yet she still had so many things she didn’t like about herself.

I have yet to understand why we as women have found ourselves in the constant state of lack of self confidence. Our wish is to change this…..even if it’s one woman at a time.

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This is an image of this beautiful bride. She wanted to give a special gift to her groom. We absolutely loved every image we got of her, but she still had issues with them. It amazed me. Each time this happens I want and try so badly to show them, tell them and make them believe all the beauty they possess. It is and remains a work in progress with every client we have.

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I love this job and the images we capture at Picture Perfect. We love working with each and every woman that contacts us. I feel it is a blessing to be able to use what we do to build up the self confidence that so many women seem to lack.

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Every woman is amazing and beautiful. Now all we have to do is figure out a way for EVERY woman of EVERY shape, size and age to believe that. Belief is the biggest asset anyone can have. If you believe it of yourself you will exude that. People will see it and know the confidence you have in yourself and that is beautiful.

This is our goal and what we strive for each time we do a glamour/portrait or boudoir session. Each session of this nature is a huge step in the direction of self confidence for every woman we shoot and we are thrilled to be able to share in their journey.

It’s YOUR boudoir session! What do you need to know?

                                              

Tasteful, personal, classy and fun glamour and boudoir  photography in Fort Smith, AR

Tasteful, personal, classy and fun glamour and boudoir photography in Fort Smith, AR

 

So, you want to have a boudoir session? I say, THAT is an excellent idea!! (And by all means come see us here at Picture Perfect Photography, wink, wink). There is no other day you can take for you, that can do more to boost your self esteem, give you a happy feeling and allow that to spill over into all other aspects of your life. But there are so many questions and wonderings!

If you are like me, you like to have a plan. You like going into something with an idea of what to expect. You want to know you have done what is necessary and beneficial ahead of time to get the biggest bang for your buck. You want to know you did what you could to help make your experience that WOW experience you are after. There can be great fear in the unknown. 

Well, I am going to help with some of those wants and wonderings. First of all, you need to book your session at least 3-4 weeks before you need your finished products. You have to give the photographer time to go through your session photos and to pick, edit, show you and order the products you want.  You don’t want to be stressing over cutting time short and not getting your products when you need them.

You also need to go get that mani and pedi done. For Pete’s sake, go all out and treat yourself! Get this done a day or 2 before your session. The polish you use can make an impact as well. It is best to go with neutral and calm tones. Bright polish can put the focus of a photo on your hands and feet. More than likely, those are not the parts you want to be accentuated.

Be sure to drink plenty of water so that you are good and hydrated the day of your session. This can do absolute wonders for the look of your skin in your photographs. Hydrated skin is beautiful and healthy skin and it can even help with any bags under your eyes. And please, NO SPRAY TANS, unless you really like looking orange. This can be a real problem in pictures, and look very, well…….yucky.

I highly suggest having your makeup and hair done professionally. Besides being an awesome experience for yourself (who doesn’t want that) it can make your photographers job a bit easier AND help make your photos even that much more awesome! Decide if you want a sensual, glamorous or natural look in your photos and let the makeup artist and hair designer know what you are after, so they can make you up accordingly.

Okay, it’s time to get ready to go get it done! But you think, WHAT AM I GONNA WEAR?! Well hopefully, you have talked with your photographer and done your homework to pick outfits that fit the look you want. When you make your decision, make sure they fit your body but not too tightly. Tight clothes leave way too many creases in your skin and look a little awkward on camera. Also, if you have any sheer, see through items, make sure to remove any and all tags, no one wants to see silly tags peeking through in a photo.

If your photographer or you have any close up shots you want to get done it’s best to arrive at your session in loose fitting clothing and possibly a strapless bra. The less lines or marks on the skin the better the picture will be. And your photographer will love you even more! A button down shirt is a must as well, you don’t want to have to drag a shirt up and over your beautiful makeup and hair to get changed. Discuss your favorite features with your photographer to make sure those areas get preferential treatment, because making you happy is what we are after here.

And now my biggest, most hugest tip……..are you ready???

RELAX, RELAX, RELAX! The more tension and stress you have the more rigid your body is and you can see that tension all over you in your photographs. Just enjoy yourself, breathe, laugh and have fun! All of that will show up on camera and you will have that WOW factor you are hoping for.

 

 

Who chooses to do a boudoir session??

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(The woman pictured here is a working, married mom of 4 kids. All are busy with various activities making her a very busy person. She absolutely loved the time she had with us and how she felt after. She came with a friend and the 2 made a day of it and each got an awesome album of their images to keep for a lifetime)

ANYONE who needs a little break, time to and for themselves, a kick in the pants of their confidence and or someone who needs and wants their sexy back, THAT is who chooses a boudoir session.

There are so many reasons women choose to treat themselves to a session of this nature. Most often, women say they would like to do it to give their spouse or significant other a gift, something to be cherished for a lifetime, but in reality the reason is a little more personal, than even that. Giving this kind of reason plays in to the unselfish nature that is, MOM. But it IS an awesome perk for their spouse : )

A woman’s life can get so hectic and crazy caring for family, for pets, working, running errands and all the other endless number of things that women and moms do, that they themselves get lost in this shuffle.

They spend days on end neglecting themselves and their own needs. One day, a woman will wake up and think “where did I get lost”. They lose their individuality and sense of beauty, being selfless.

At this point she might think, “I need some time for me”. And what better way to get that time than to be pampered, at the center of attention and gorgeous in an awesome boudoir photography session?

A woman is able to come into the room and have everyone there doing for them. They can sit at peace for a few minutes and have some flawless makeup applied, pick out some stunning lingerie to put on and be the center of attention for a change. No is one there saying “Mom, I can’t find my shoes”, “Honey, when is dinner?”, “Mom, the dog peed in the floor again”, “Sorry mom, I forgot to tell you that our uniform deposit is due tomorrow”, “We need more milk, mom!”.

Instead of all that, there is just calm and quiet, some music being played in the background and 2 women doting on her and preparing her to have an unforgettable time.

Boudoir photography at Picture Perfect Photography is classy, tasteful, unique and fun! It’s not about getting naked and getting your picture taken, on the contrary we don’t shoot totally nude photos. It is about feeling confident. It’s about looking and feeling sexy in your own skin and getting a keepsake to remember the exact moment in time that you felt that way.

It is a boost in self esteem like no other! No matter what race, size or age, a woman is, a self esteem boost is needed and usually welcome at any time and often can’t happen quickly enough.

When you get something like that, it can’t help but spill over into all other aspects of your life. It’s a refreshing lift, besides an awesome break from the daily grind.

It can give you extra pep in your step and additional momentum to keep on keeping on for all those around you. We love doing that for women. It is a reward of the photography job! And one I can’t get enough of.

If this is something you have been toying with the idea of doing………JUST DO IT!

(if you are in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area or would visit, please contact us at Picture Perfect Photography to get your session underway as soon as possible, we look forward to serving you and kicking that confidence right in the pants)