The Perry Family

We are glamour and boudoir portrait photographers BUT sometimes…..yes…..we do families. And this is a family that is dear to my heart, she’s my sister! Yes we don’t always do family sessions, but when we do they are gorgeous!

I have grown to love capturing images in the evening sun. Whether it be the sun beams, a backdrop of the sun in the image or back lit  I think they all make beautiful images. I absolutely love the warmth this kind of ‘golden hour’ sun gives. And for this family to be able to have these images  forever will be absolutely awesome. This was a fun session and it makes me more open to doing more 🙂

 

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This image!

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.

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It’s Senior time (and I’m not talking older ages here)!

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I have come to thoroughly enjoy doing outdoor photography sessions for graduating seniors. They are a totally fun age group of kids! You give me an awesome location and a spunky 17 year old and I’ll get you some awesome images and we will both have fun doing it!

This age group of kids are an awesome lot to be around. They are on top of their world. They are leaving behind childhood and entering into the world of adults. They think it’s great (as an adult I think we were all scammed at that age, I’m not so sure I would call it great). But they think it is and that feeling is one thing that makes them so awesome to work with.

Happy senior campers they are and they want to get that entire personality and emotion caught on film, so to speak. And the parents are right there with them. Their baby is grown up and  we have GOT to stop time here and keep it forever. That’s what you get with a Senior photography session and it is a ton of fun!

Here are a few of my favorites from a session. Can’t wait to do another!

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You have to take a break!

As I sit trying to decide my next blogging topic I’m interrupted several times with different questions and conversations about the upcoming trip I am taking to Florida with my 2 daughters and my mom. As I answer the various questions and get a little irritated with the interruption I think, ‘I need this break!’.

We live our lives so wrapped up in the day to day living. Going here, taking one kid there, checking on the details of another’s evening, working, making dinner, cleaning and (as in my case) working on the continuing start up of a business (I am determined to make succeed). In the midst of all of that we have to take some time away and get a break.

In all actuality, I can not wait to take this trip. I just love going places and experiencing the new and different things we find, with my family. The memories that are made will last our entire lives. A break from the usual and all that it contains, is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your family. A moment like this is worth so much more than almost any other gift you can give.

We are going to the beach for 2 days then heading to Universal Studios in Orlando. I am taking my mom, who like me, is slightly obsessed with anything Harry Potter. I can not wait to see her face as she takes it all in. Being there, with her and my kids, will be so very, totally awesome! The crazy thing is, before we even leave for this trip I am looking at plans for a cruise in the Spring. I looooooove my breaks! And I am so thankful that God has blessed me with being able to take them.

But even small breaks and change in the routine can give you these gifts. We all need to be a little selfish now and then and take some time for us. Take some time and get away from the life sucking monotony and breathe a little life back into us. You will be the better for it and all those around you even get to enjoy some of the benefits. It’s a win, win…….so take a break, would ya?!

(I thought I would put some pictures here so you can put a face with all this hub bub)

                     Me (Lisa) with Picture Perfect Photography                                       My Mom

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My girls

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.

Just a little glimpse

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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.

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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.

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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.

Making women look, and most of all, feel beautiful

Fort Smith, Arkansas Boudoir Photographer

Michael’s Mansion Boudoir photography session

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Fort Smith Arkansas Boudoir Session

Picture Perfect Photography Boudoir

Picture Perfect Photography Fort Smith Arkansas Boudoir

Fort Smith, AR  Boudoir Photography

Michael’s Mansion Fort Smith AR Boudoir Session

The goal and point of our boudoir at Picture Perfect Photography is to make women feel as if they are the most beautiful woman they know. It’s for them to take the time out of their life from being a mom, sister, daughter, wife, friend, employee (or any of the other countless titles today’s women carry) and do something for themselves.

To do something that makes them fell like the gorgeous woman they are.

To come from the session and have those images in their minds and eventually in their hands that prove that beauty.

Besides taking a moment to do something for themselves, it can provide the perfect gift for their husband for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day or just because they want it.

It gives women a tangible momento to remember, years later, of the beauty they possess.

It can be such a boost to the self esteem of any woman. When we are able to deliver the images to our clients there is nothing that compares to the feeling of her saying ‘Wow, that’s me? I’m gorgeous!’ And they are GORGEOUS!

We love taking photos of so many different aspects of life, but this kind of satisfaction is one of the best. As a girl growing up, I didn’t often feel beautiful, but there were moments and I remember them vividly.

Remembering that feeling and to know I had a part in giving that to someone else gives me the BEST rush. It’s worth doing…..over and over and over. And you know what? I love it!

I am very happy to be doing something that I love so much and being able to raise a woman’s self confidence, even for a day is wonderful. I can’t wait for each and every session we have.

It’s incredible to see the transformations we make happen with each session. It will never get old!