Ever Wonder About YOUR Perfect Hair for YOUR Face-Shape?

Figuring out your face shape isn’t all that complicated once you understand that there are only six shapes to choose from. Many of us make the mistake of thinking that our faces are “round,” missing some of the subtler angles completely.

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To determine your face shape, pull your hair back in a headband or ponytail and analyze what you see in the mirror. Your pretty face should fall within one of six categories.

1    Oval: Forehead may be slightly wider than the chin, and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width.

Round: Prominent, rounded cheeks with equal width and length of the face.

Square: Prominent jaw and square chin, with forehead and jawline roughly the same width.

Oblong: Often confused for the oval face, though an oblong face will have a longer shape that is not as wide as oval — often with a narrow chin.

5   Heart: Wider forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin.

Diamond: Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones at the widest point of the face.

If you still aren’t sure which face shape is staring back at you in the mirror, Julie Featherman, owner of juju salon & organics, takes it one step further. “Whether I’m meeting with a client for the first time or working with an existing client who is thinking about making a change, facial shape consideration is as important as deciding on a length, color or style,” she explains. “I always say, ‘Look to the stars!’ Once the client’s face shape is determined, we’ll often look at pictures of celebrities with the same face shape. For example, if you Google, ‘What celebrity has a diamond shaped face,’ up pops Keira Knightley. Heart shaped? Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift. It’s so fun and inspiring! From there, we can begin to sift through different celebrity looks and make decisions.”

Foundation Tips for Mature Skin

As we age, it’s important to update our makeup application techniques to account for our changing skin. As skin ages, it becomes thinner and prone to wrinkles and discoloration. To achieve a flawless, even façade becomes an increasing challenge as we attempt to hide these skin imperfections. In addition, texture due to fine lines, wrinkles, and crepe-like skin may become more noticeable when makeup is not applied with care. However, with some adjustment, you can create a beautiful, even base by following these foundation tips.

1. Prep skin with moisturizer. As we get older, the skin’s ability to retain moisture diminishes and dry skin does not fare well under foundation. Give your skin a boost of hydration by applying Climate Control after cleansing. Its unique delivery system and small molecular weight allows moisture to penetrate the skin to the deepest levels to quench dryness. As the final step in your skin care routine, apply your choice of DayTime Moisturizer to the entire face and décolletage and apply EyeLuminator to the eye area to seal in moisture all day. EyeLuminator has the added benefit of illuminating the eye area due to the addition of MakeSense® Pearlizer!

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2. Fill lines with MakeSense Silk Pore & Wrinkle Minimizer. This formula helps minimize pores and fills in wrinkles to create a smoother base. Apply it in a downwards motion before foundation to prime your face, ensuring the product goes into wrinkles and fine lines. Allow the product to dry before proceeding with foundation.


3. Use a hydrating foundation formula. As previously mentioned, moisture is very important for mature skin. Give your skin an advantage by using the right type of formula. We recommend MakeSense Advanced Anti-Aging Foundation, blended with moisturizers, vitamins, and minerals, for added skin benefits. With its illuminating finish, it helps skin appear more youthful upon immediate use and provides long-term anti-aging benefits with continued use.

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4. Apply cream products in thin layers. In order to prevent product from settling into fine lines and wrinkles, it is best to apply in thin layers, especially when applying over wrinkles. Start by applying MakeSense Corrective Color Concealer to hide blemishes and discoloration. Build the coverage by adding additional thin layers, concentrating product only over problem areas. Top with MakeSense Advanced Anti-Aging Formula with your choice of foundation brush. Once complete, use a damp SenseCosmetics Blender Sponge to blend for a seamless look. This step also has the added benefit of absorbing excess product for a more smooth finish.


5. Go easy on the powder. Excess powder can settle into fine line and wrinkles, magnifying these areas instead of hiding them. Avoid this issue by applying the lightest possible layer, focusing on oily areas only using Translucid Powder in Natural. Its breathable finish protects without drying skin throughout the day. Use a clean large fluffy brush to dust off any excess powder.

Check out the products mentioned above at the link below!

April: Father's Day and Q2 Availability

Wow can you believe we are already into the 2nd quarter of the year? Every year feels like it goes by faster and faster.

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is coming quick and while we are booked until June currently, you can still at least tease your special guy with the prospect of an upcoming surprise!

Upcoming Availability:

June: 5 sessions available

July: 5 sessions available

August: 4 sessions available

Keep in mind that post session payment plans are being phased out so we’ll need to plan ahead a bit more for pre-session options.

My order deadline for Christmas is NOVEMBER 14. Please plan accordingly.

It’s more important than ever to schedule your session date early so you don’t miss out on delivery for holidays! Click the button below and schedule your call to plan your session today!

How to Properly Store Your Makeup Collection

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Shopping for new makeup products is often more fun than organizing them. Bring order to your chaotic collection by applying these helpful strategies.

Declutter to help streamline

The first step to establishing order to your makeup mayhem is to eliminate expired or unused products. However, even if a product hasn’t reached its expiration date and you’re not using it, it’s best to give it to a friend. That way it doesn’t take up precious space in your makeup collection that could be occupied by a product you actually do use — like your arsenal of LipSense® shades.

Organize by occasion

One great way to arrange your makeup is by occasion. Place products you use on a daily basis in an accessible place. Next, group products that you rarely use into a “special occasion” category. For instance, if you tend to use  your EyeSense Shimmers only for special date nights, consider storing them in this product group.

If you have quite a few duplicate products, you might consider designating a storage space labeled “duplicates.” And don’t forget travel-sized makeup items, like our parfum travel trios. Keep rollerballs and other small products in a zip clutch so they’ll be easy to find and ready to transport on your next trip.

Sort by type

Another excellent way to store cosmetics is by type. Systematize items into categories like lip products, eye shadows, mascaras, foundations and powders. For example, group LipSense® colors, Gloss and LinerSense®Lip Liner together. You could also store BlushSense® and SeneDerm® Translucid Loose Powders together. This will save time spent fumbling through different containers or drawers when completing each stage of your makeup application.

Brushes and makeup cleaners

Don’t forget to designate a specific place for makeup brushes and cleaners. Teacups and candleholders from the dollar store or thrift store work well for storing these items. Besides brushes, these storage components can also accommodate your Brush Cleaner. And there’s a side bonus of organizing your brushes and cleaner in one prominent place: It will help you remember to wash your brushes once a week, keep them looking and feeling new for longer.

Organizing systems

How you sort cosmetics is entirely based on preference and the amount of space you have available for your collection. If your bathroom counter or vanity tabletop is tight on space, a rotating vertical organizer might work best for you. Another solution is to invest in a utility cart with three storage tiers for different product groups. If you house makeup in the bathroom medicine cabinet, try incorporating small risers to double the storage space for each shelf of the cabinet. Hanging organizers are easy to fasten to the back of a bathroom or closet door to easily compartmentalize products, too.

How do you organize your makeup? Let’s hear or see a pic in the comments!

In need of some new products? Check out the link below to learn more or shop!

Suzanne

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What made you choose Unleashed Boudoir for your boudoir experience?

After researching a few boudoir photographers in my area, I narrowed down to my top three based on the quality and style of the photos I saw online. I read several reviews for each and really liked that Krista was repeatedly described as comfortable to work with and professional, and created a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

What was your favorite part of your session?

I really liked not caring that I was barely dressed in front of a person I met the same day. Two people counting the makeup artist. They are so casual about it because they see it so often. I didn't even care that I was the only one wearing almost nothing. They had a job to do and they did it very well.

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Were you nervous about your session?

I actually wasn't very nervous for the session. I'd been thinking about doing this for quite some time and was excited to finally follow through on it. With a different photographer, I think I would've gotten nervous after arriving but that never happened. Krista started with a little bit of time just getting to know each other which, I'm certain, helped prevent me from feeling any jitters. She stayed casual and calm throughout the session, too, as she carefully thought through and demonstrated the poses. I had a great experience!

What are you taking away from your boudoir experience?

I didn't need to get boudoir pictures taken to feel good about myself, but documenting that I can look damn good if I want to is a lot of fun.

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Would you recommend a boudoir session to your friends?

I absolutely would and have recommended Unleashed Boudoir to my friends.

What do you say to people who say they can't do this because they are too shy, nervous, etc.?

Do it! Once you're there, everything falls into place. You don't have to know what you're doing or be comfortable in front of the camera. Krista takes care of it all and will keep you relaxed. She's so easy going and knows what she's doing. Treat yourself and look like a cover model! It will either reinforce what you already know...you're hot, or let you see yourself that way for the first time. Either way, everyone should see themselves smoking hot at least once in their lifetime.

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Why Did I Chose Boudoir?

Why Boudoir Photography?

The answer I usually give when people ask I shoot anything else is this long list of why I don’t shoot anything else (short story it’s scary!). But I never actually answer why boudoir.

I’ve met boudoir photographers from all walks of life, from all parts of the world. So many of them have this amazing story of adversity and how they overcame it and they love seeing that in their clients. I don’t.

What I have struggled with is my confidence. I honestly don’t even know why it broke but at some point in my life I realized that I was so often putting on this facade for the public but that I was struggling inside. I don’t want to say I was depressed but I certainly wasn’t happy. I’ve done lots of things over the year to try and restore that. New challenges at work, new hobbies, returning to my dance roots, losing weight (gaining weight), new diets, changes in how I manage my time. They helped but they didn’t necessarily solve the problem.

Then, an offhand comment from my husband unlocked something that I didn’t entirely knew existed. I started taking sexy selfies of myself for him. It started badly (do you have any idea how hard it is to get a great booty shot of yourself?) but it got better over time. More importantly, I started to feel better about myself - even though I wasn’t entirely happy with my body. Then I really wondered if I could take what I had learned on myself and apply it to someone else. So I did.

Guess what? Seeing other women get excited about seeing themselves differently is addicting!

I’m here to give you an escape from real life for a little bit. While I can’t promise improved confidence, it’s usually a happy side effect. I want you to have fun, do something different and enjoy you for you as you are today. I want you to capture and reflect on the person that so often gets misplaced because of life. It doesn’t matter if you’re 100% confident today, it’s important that you respect yourself, where you are and where you’re going.

Heather

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What made you choose Unleashed Boudoir for your boudoir experience?

My best friend Kayla had booked a session with you and asked if I would be interested. After showing me your work, I knew I had to try it at least one time. Who knew I would be back within the year with my husband!

(Note - those couples images are FIRE!)

What was your favorite part of your session?

My favorite part of both sessions were feeling 100% confident in myself after hair and makeup.

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Were you nervous about your session?

I was not confident wearing lingerie in front of anyone but my husband, and I had no idea how to pose but Krista walked me through the poses prior. Laughing through the nervousness always helps.

What are you taking away from your boudoir experience?

I am absolutely in love with every photo! I am more confident in myself daily because of the awesome experience!

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Would you recommend a boudoir session to your friends?

Absolutely!!

What do you say to people who say they can't do this because they are too shy, nervous, etc.?

I was nervous too, but Krista makes everything carefree and enjoyable. Time flies by and before you know it, you have beautiful artwork of yourself to show and keep.

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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Boudoir Experience!

You’ve paid your retainer, picked a date and now the panic sets in. A boudoir session can be a little nervewracking and emotional. It’s ok. I’m here for you! Check out a few tips to help make your day go smoother.

Make sure you’re all ready for hair & makeup

My artist, Drai, is amazing but she appreciates your help before you arrive for your session. Please arrive with a clean face (moisturizer is ok) and clean (dry!) hair. Washing your hair the night before so its a little dirty can help hold curls longer.

If you want want to really amp up your look, consider getting lash extensions for your session! You can reach out to Drai at Concept Hair + Lash Bar (tell her I sent you!)

This may hurt

One of the most common things I hear from clients when we’re done is just how much of a workout a session was. PLEASE believe me when I tell you that stretching before your session is your friend! Drop in for a few yoga classes and get those chakras aligned.

Always bring a bra & panty set

You might think boring but we can make about anything sexy. Plus, in the event the worst case scenario happens (you forget your wardrobe…) we’ve got this!

Speaking of, maybe skip the bra in the morning

Please arrive wearing loose fitting clothes. Tight things (like bras) can leave indentations and marks on the body that become much more noticeable when you aren’t wearing anything.

While we’re on bras…make sure you know your size!

Something like 75% of women wear the wrong size bra. Probably including myself. Our bust size can fluctuate throughout the the month as well (damn hormones) so you make actually need more than one size. Go see my gals at The Bra Spa to get properly fitted. It’ll make a world of difference. Plus we can avoid that awkward moment where I have to tuck your boobs back in.

Grooming

Like visiting your gyno, visiting your boudoir photographer should include a little care and attention to the nether regions. If you’re prone to razor burn, try out a product to help minimize or skip shaving the day prior. This might a worthy time to try out a wax or sugar if you have sufficient time before your session. You can visit with Tasha at Sugar Lips Skin Boutique to make those pesky hairs go away. She’s like the only sugaring salon in town. I trust my lady bits in her hands.

On the flip side, DO NOT try something new the week before your session.

If you’re doing your own, don’t forget about behind you as well. Hair does grow there. Also, be sure to make sure you give yourself an extra wipe in the morning. No one likes a dingleberry.

Busting Excuses

When we’re nervous, we make excuses. Believe me, I’m queen of that. That’s partly why I’m still thinking 2 full time jobs is a good plan. :-)

Life gets busy, work is crazy, we have to take someone somewhere, pick up these things, etc. Then there are the “I want to lose weight” or “I can’t afford it”. Let’s bust up some of those excuses so you can stop telling why you CAN’T and start saying yes you CAN!


I Don’t Have Enough Time For Myself

Seriously though, we love to make tons of excuses for why we can’t do something or take care of ourselves. As I’ve read people’s reasons for wanting a session and talked with countless women, one thing rings true - we suck at taking time for ourselves. For real, why are we so bad at it?

On serious note, we can’t keep giving from an empty glass so the more and more you keep giving to others you HAVE to give to yourself. I struggle with this so hard. Sometimes I need a good friend to knock some sense into me and remind me that I have to slow down and give myself a break.

At your boudoir session you get to stop, breath and just have some (slightly tiring!) fun. You get to be you - not comparing yourself to anyone else and not worrying about what other people think - because this is for YOU.

You need to take time for yourself, why not do it while getting glammed up and having some fun getting sexy?

I need to lose ‘x’ pounds, I don’t look like a model, I need to hit the gym

Did you know that the body type most commonly seen in advertising is only naturally possessed by about 5% of American women?

I admit, I’m not a super fan of the “body positivity” movement - not because its bad in anyway, but I personally prefer “body respect”. I want you to love and respect your body because of all the fabulous things it has done and continues to do for you. If you want to change it, you go girl. But even if you’re not thoroughly in love with where you are in your health journey - appreciate the body that keeps you trucking forward!

I want you to respect yourself every step of the way, be proud of where you are and be proud of where you’re going. A boudoir session is a great way to celebrate the now and then return for a second session to celebrate the future.

And girl, I’ve been trying to lose the same damn 10lbs for like 3 years. If I used that for an excuse not to have a session, I’d never have one. I love every photo of me at every different weight, hair color, fitness level because each one represents a step in my life journey.

I don’t feel sexy or sensual anymore so a boudoir session doesn’t seem like the right thing to do

This is the exact reason why you SHOULD do a session!

Often times we put our femininity or sexuality on a backburner because, life. It happens so often and it’s totally normal and ok. One of the great things you can do to reconnect is a boudoir session because you’ll get pampered with hair and makeup and then we essentially get to play adult dress up in some lingerie.

Please note, I am not responsible for any sexy after effects which can include sexy time and any resulting bundles of joy

Another thing to remember, is that “sexy” is a definition coined by you! If you’re not the super sexy bustier and garter kinda gal, that’s totally ok. Some of the sexiest images I’ve taken have been in a simple black bra and panty set. There are tons of ways to show your personality and I’m happy to chat with you more about options.

Boudoir sessions are an investment and I don’t have the money right now

A boudoir session is an investment. An investment in YOU, but an investment. The only thing due at the time of booking is your session retainer - that kicks off our work and secures your date. I’ve been trying to make it easier for people to afford the investment so we have a couple options:

  • Pre-session payment plans. We’ll set up a auto withdrawal that works for you so that you’ll have your gorgeous products paid for BEFORE you arrive at your session. I’ve even included a bit of extra motivation to select this option.

  • Post-session payment plans. These are only available for purchases at your reveal over $1500. We’ll split your purchase up into, generally, 5 payments and then you’ll receive your products once you’re paid in full.

  • Square Installments. If you’ve ever used PayPal Credit, this is very similar - you’ll set up payments with Square (typically 3, 6 or 12 months) and pay them. I consider you paid in full so work can start immediately on your art!

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Christina

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What made you choose Unleashed Boudoir for your boudoir experience?

I met Krista at the Wine and Dine night at the Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch. I never had given boudoir a thought, until I saw Krista’s work. Then I knew I wanted to do a shoot with her because of her easygoing, friendly disposition.

What was your favorite part of your session?

Being dressed up in lingerie to feel sexy but also was able to laugh and have fun at the same time.

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Were you nervous about your session?

Extremely! I am a very shy person and am very modest. I was put to ease by Krista and Drai (her makeup artist) by how caring, friendly, and understanding they both are.

What are you taking away from your boudoir experience?

After my reveal I was amazed by how beautiful, how sexy Krista made me look! Being nervous is something that passes and once it does it’s a great experience!

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Would you recommend a boudoir session to your friends?

Absolutely!

What do you say to people who say they can't do this because they are too shy, nervous, etc.?

I was terrified right up until the moment I started posing. But the fear or being nervous goes away because Krista is so easy going and tries to make you as comfortable as possible.

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Healthy Ego: End Self Deprecation, and YOUR Photo Session!

Self-deprecation is a handy tool to diffuse tension and add humor. But, in putting down your talents, appearance and personality, could you be permanently blighting your self-esteem and reputation?

 We’ve all been there… 

Have you ever replied to a compliment about your outfit with a knee-jerk, negative response? Such as, a quip about looking a bit jiggly or an eye-rolling admission of the coffee stain near the hem?

Have you been introduced to a stranger at a party and immediately downplayed your job title; making out that you were either incredibly lucky to have nabbed the position or have no idea what you're doing half the time when, in fact, you worked your butt off to get a promotion and spend several evenings a week working late in order to finish projects to impress your boss? 

In social situations, we often use self-deprecation as a handy tool to defuse tension, seem humble or add humor. 

It shows vulnerability and authenticity, weakens hierarchies, lowers expectations in case of failure, reflects a mirthful disposition, deflects attention for the shy and, when used insincerely, reassures and inflates the ego of the conceited.

I, myself have learned to use it as armor against external criticism; a badge of my modesty and of my Northern identity. After all, your insults won't be half as witty as my own about myself. 

However, during my early twenties – the 'formative adult years' in which I'm supposed to find myself and learn how to do the gas meter reading without calling my Dad – I've started to wonder whether I'm doing some disservice by continuously downplaying everything cool about myself.

A bit of self-ridicule is healthy if you're confident enough to really take it as a joke. It's surely better than blind, pigheaded narcissism. Of that, I am sure we can all agree.  But now, you’re about to have your photo session… and expose all.  Or almost, all, at least.  

And…  it's a big 'but’..or, “my nose is so big, don’t catch my profile!” …  in highlighting our insecurities, putting down our talents, and striving for the laugh instead of congratulation, could we not just be cementing a negative narrative about ourselves? 

At a certain point, if you call yourself 'stupid' enough times, you'll start to believe it and so will other people. 

The dark side of self-deprecation, can come out in your final images… if you’re not careful.  Let’s help each other… to ensure that doesn’t happen.

As children, we're frequently told to treat others as we would like to be treated. 

However, with the challenges of puberty, a transmuting identity and society's obsession with critiquing weight, intelligence, success and beliefs, the kindness we show ourselves doesn't usually measure up to that which we'd be quick to show other people.

Unlike the days when we'd blindly accepted our parents' compliments about being the smartest, prettiest and most hard working of children, in our adolescence, our self-worth gradually starts to fluctuate, depending on our most recent successes or failures, compliments or insults.

We begin to find it hard to tread the middle ground between self-promotion and self-deprecation, wanting to seem confident without coming across as an insufferable know-it-all. 

Clinical psychologist, Ros Taylor, explains that for the majority of women: 'We tend to go in the opposite direction and discredit ourselves."

Self-deprecation is a trick British comedian Luisa Omielan uses as a way of showcasing how ridiculous social constructs are – be it regarding weight, failed relationships and thigh gaps – taken not from a place of weakness, but from a place of strength.

'Once you show something up for what it is and have made people laugh in the process, you are then in a position to use humor to dissect and discuss more important and pressing issues that do need attention such as self esteem, mental health, relationships and career goals,' she adds.

But Only In Small Doses

To read further about the Pros and Cons about Self-Deprecation and how it can HELP your Boudoir Session, or HURT it, click HERE.

Top FAQS

Clients often have lots of questions about their session so I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common.

Do you share my images?

I value my clients and their privacy. All clients will completed a model/privacy release form as part of your booking process. This release form outlines what images as well as where they can be used. This allows you complete control over whether you’re ok with images being used for studio samples or shared on Facebook for grandma (btw - there’s no age limit on boudoir). If you opt not to share, that is perfectly ok and don’t feel like you have to do it.

**Note: I do occasionally run promotions looking to shoot specific themes or looks - the intent of these is for marketing material. These sessions do not include a release as the intent is for the work to be shared. But this is always clearly stated.

Do I have to wear lingerie?

You don’t have to. I’ve had clients do sessions in vintage 30’s gowns, in football jerseys, leather jackets and military pieces. I want you to feel sexy. However, if you are thinking of doing something out of the ordinary, please give me a heads up so we can prepare.

Do you have payment plans?

Oh yes! I have recently introduced pre-session payment plans which allow you to choose your products and pay for them before even showing up for your session (there is a benefit to doing this!). I also am delighted to offer Square Installments which lets you pay your purchase off over 6 or so months. I am phasing out post-session payment plans, but am still currently offering them for purchases over $1500.

Is hair and makeup included?

Absolutely! I believe that every woman deserves some pampering so all of our sessions start with professional hair & makeup to give you a chance to relax. But I promise we're just going for an amp'd up natural look - nothing crazy!

Do you do touch ups?

Yes, we will smooth skin and do some basic retouching on all of your portraits. I tend to work on the philosophy, if it isn't permanent we can remove it - so don't worry about any little blemishes, bruises or scratches.

I do want to stress that I do NOT do any extra photoshopping to give you a bigger booty or a smaller stomach or tinier feet. I think you're gorgeous as is without changes.

Where should I buy outfits?

There are several options for shopping you can find listed HERE.

What type of products do you offer?

Primarily clients are opting towards our gorgeous handcrafted albums. They come with think pages and your choice of luxury covers. We also offer folio print boxes, wall art, desk art, digital collections and other fun gifts.

Do you offer digitals?

Digital files are available A La Carte as well as part of our Luxury collections. You receive 2 sets of files - one intended for printing and the other sized for social media and fun sexting nights!

I'm really nervous. Is that normal?

It is definitely normal to be nervous for your boudoir session, so don't worry. Most of our clients are nervous until the session has gone on for a few minutes. After it starts, you’ll begin to loosen up.  Plus I'm really awesome at being a dork so you'll have plenty to laugh at.

How many outfits should I bring?

Sessions include 3 wardrobe changes. I do recommend bringing more than 3 options just in case something doesn’t fit how we expected or doesn’t photograph well. I also have a client wardrobe you are welcome to borrow from for your session. If you love it, you might just be able to buy it!

How early should I arrive for my session?

While I love the old adage “early is on time, on time is late” I know that sometimes nerves might drive you to arrive really early. Please be advised the studio doors will remain locked until about 10-15 minutes prior to your session. This allows me time to ensure everything is setup and ready for you!

Where are you located?

I am located in Tucson, AZ. I have a lovely little studio just south of downtown in the historic Barrio Viejo are.

DIY Highlighter Shades

One thing people love about our creamy SenseCosmetics® is how easy it is to blend products together to create unique shades to use throughout their face! As trends shift, this unique characteristic makes it easy and fun to incorporate products you already own into a fresh new look! One simple way to update your look this season is by mixing MakeSense® Pearlizer (available in Original and Advanced Anti-Aging formulas) with ShadowSense® shades to create unique highlighters to accentuate your face! Here are few options to try.

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Icy Pink Highlighter

Try half a pump of MakeSense Pearlizer with Pink Opal Shimmer ShadowSense and a dab of Mulberry ShadowSense for a fabulous frosty pink shade that looks great on lighter skin tones. This shimmery highlight looks fabulous when applied beneath the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes.

Lavender Highlighter

Mix one pump of MakeSense Pearlizer with Amethyst ShadowSense to create a beautiful purple highlighter that complements  medium skin tones.  Apply this shade to cheekbones and pair it with Pouty Pink BlushSense for a lovely flush of color and dimension.

 Rose Gold Highlighter

Those with deeper skin tones will look gorgeous in a highlighter made by mixing two swipes of Copper Rose Shimmer ShadowSense with half a pump of MakeSense Advanced Anti-Aging Pearlizer. This shade would also look great as a metallic eyeshadow on lighter skin tones.

You can check out these products, and even purchase them from my site.

Let's Talk Products!

Your boudoir session is only the beginning! Once your day of pampering (and soreness - because being a model isn’t easy!) is over, we can turn our attention to how you’re going to take your images home.

Luckily we have a variety of options to make that decision both easy and hard. We offer both collections and a la carte options so that you can take home just the perfect thing.

Albums

One of my favorite products and of my client’s, the album is the quintessential boudoir gift. My albums are completely handcrafted and feature gutterless, lay-flat bindings. This means that there isn’t a weird split seam down the middle of your book - your image runs seamlessly from one page to the next. Each spread (2 pages) is printed on Fuji archival-quality photo paper so it is meant to last. We offer 2 album sizes, the smaller coming in your choice of Standard or Luxury covers. The larger album features a photo cover paired with your choice of Standard or Luxury cover material.


Folio Box

Part of our smallest collection, the Folio Box is a simple box that contains your favorite images as matted prints. 11x14 mats house 8x12 Deep Matte prints. The Deep Matte paper showcases the rich darks and the sultriness of your images.


Wall Art

Some people shy away from wall art, but honestly, I think it’s one of the best investments you can make for yourself. To have a frequent, and prominent reminder of your beautiful self can’t be substituted. We only offer metal wall art so that it stands up to a variety of environments - like your bathroom (one of my favorite places to hang art!). The metal showcases your image, making them pop and adds just a hint of sheen. Metals are available in a variety of sizes and either unmounted (floats off the the wall slightly) or mounted (metal print mounted to a wood backing to act as a sort of frame).

Digital Art

Some people prefer to keep their images super private - like on a USB that will get shoved in a drawer. But you would never do that right….??? Seriously though, your fully edited images will be placed on a beautiful crystal USB drive for your treasured keeping. When you purchase a digital option you will receive 2 sets of files, the first a full size print-ready file (with print release) and a second set that is web-sized and watermarked for sharing via social media or texting.

Other Stuff

We offer a variety of other bonuses, add-ons and inclusions.

For Your Eyes Only Viewfinders - retro viewfinders with 7 of your favorite images - a mini peep show!

Mobile Apps - take your images anywhere and share with anyone

Desk Art - a smaller version of the wall art - perfect for your nightstand or dresser

My Mother Is A Walking Miracle

Do you have special lady in your life? Like, maybe your mom? Mother’s Day is coming up in a few months and now is the perfect time to check ‘buy a mother’s day present’ off your list.

If you are a mom who ends up buying her own gift, click that link below and treat yourself to something special this year. No fuzzy socks and burnt breakfast.

Or, if you’re one of the few men who read this blog - give your wife a thank you for being an amazing support system for you and your kids. Or just you, who might be like a big kid. At any rate, treat her right! Happy wife, happy life right?

I would love to hear the stories of your amazing mom’s! Share your favorite anecdote in the comments!

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February: A To Do

Ok, go put this on your calendar….

On September 1: Schedule boudoir session for Valentine’s Day.

Yes. I’m serious. Let me explain….

You decide you want to give your honeyboo a totally surprise, out of character gift for Valentine’s Day so you decide to do a boudoir session and you want an album. Coolio. Albums, take ~6 weeks to arrive - especially if we factor in the holidays then it can even take a smidge longer.

So Feb 14, backed up min 6 weeks is…Jan 3.

That means you have to have had your reveal AND be paid in full, by Jan 3. Since I take time off over Christmas and New Year’s, let’s make that date a more realistic, Dec 13. Right on. So we back up 2 more weeks because it takes about a week or so to edit and then a week for the star—-er schedules to align - Nov 29. Well that’s Black Friday and we’ll be closed for Thanksgiving…so Nov 21 it will be. That means your session has to happen no later than Nov 21 in order to receive an album for Valentine’s Day.

I know it seems crazy, but it really isn’t. And if we need to split up payments at all, back that booty up.

Plus, with the way scheduling is going - my calendar is filling about 3 months in advance so for the prime pick of dates, do it early.

So off you go. Tell Alexa or Google to put a reminder on your calendar.

Also, looking ahead to the next few months:

March - 2 sessions remaining

April - 4 sessions remaining

May - 3 sessions remaining

PrePayment Options

Let’s celebrate!

New in 2019! A prepayment for products! *Happy Dance*

I hope this helps with the savers among you to secure your date while being able to pay for your products early. Think about it - you can arrive at your session completely paid for your product! No stressing.

So how is this going to work?

Payment options will be offered on collections only. At least for now. If this option goes well, we could consider expanding to a la carte products as well.

You’ll decide what collection you are interested in first. If you’re unsure, I suggest pre-purchasing only what you are comfortable with price wise. Collections start at $2000 and go up but you are welcome to add on at your reveal.

We’ll set up a recurring payment in Square so that you will be charged automagically each month. In general, I’d probably suggest starting this 6 months prior to your session so you have plenty of time to save. This is a great time to remind you that all prepayments are nonrefundable. So again, only purchase what you are comfortable with. However, you can always upgrade at your reveal when you see all your amazing images.

Also do note, as this is a recurring payment it is expected that it will be charged without issue. If for some reason the payment is declined, I will reach out for an additional form of payment (because, let’s face it, these days we cycle through cards due to fraud semi regularly and I can’t always remember what is on what until it gets charged). You will have a finite period of time to respond with a working payment. If you fail to respond, your payment plan is null & void. Non-refundable. The time frames will be outlined in an agreement that will be provided and signed, so you can’t tell me you didn’t know.

If you need to reschedule your session, your payment will travel with you, but again, if you cancel, non-refundable.

Since this is becoming an option, that means changes are coming to post session payment options. While I’m not doing away with them completely, there will be a minimum purchase to enable that option.

As always - do bring a payment method with you to your reveal because chances are you’re going to love so many more images than you thought that you’ll want to upgrade!

If you already have your session booked and you want to consider this option, drop me an email: krista@unleashedboudoir.com.

Amanda

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What made you choose Unleashed Boudoir for your boudoir experience?

I was asked if I wanted to do a model call for Unleashed for some new outfits she had and wanted to shoot. I was very excited.

What was your favorite part of your session?

I do not have just 1 favorite part. From the moment you walk into the studio you feel at ease and welcome. Getting a gorgeous makeover with hair included was an added bonus. I felt so beautiful.

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Were you nervous about your session?

Anytime you do a shoot like boudoir I think most of us are nervous or more self conscious. Krista does a great job at capturing our beauty there is nothing to be nervous about.

What are you taking away from your boudoir experience?

I have done 2 of these sessions now and I take away that the photos do not even look like me. I love how she captures our more vulnerable and sensual side in these photos. The first time I saw my photos I was in awe that that was me in those photos. It is such a great feeling to see yourself and realize how other people see you and how truly beautiful we all are!

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Would you recommend a boudoir session to your friends?

I would and do recommend boudoir sessions to everyone.

What do you say to people who say they can't do this because they are too shy, nervous, etc.?

There is no need to be shy, nervous or insecure. Krista is amazing, the studio is private and inviting. Have fun with it. The more fun you have the better the photos turn out!

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Boundaries. Mostly Mine.

This is a boring post. Really.

So those who are close to me might realize that in addition to this fabulous boudoir business, I still work a near full time job elsewhere. Oh and because I’m insane, I also try to run a 3rd business and do stuff for me AND stay married. It’s tough. Oh yeah, and I really like sleeping ~8hrs a night, else I get grumpy.

So first thing on my list of 2019 goals/strive for’s/wistful thinkings is to establish some boundaries in my life.

So, from hereforth (or is it hereto?) I will be setting a more strict schedule for boudoir business things. Meaning, until changes happen at the day job (fingers crossed!) there will be specific days for shooting sessions, for reveals, for pickups, for phone calls. This isn’t me trying to be a hardass on YOUR schedules, but the recognition that this too is a business and it has certain hours.

Among the first thing on the chopping block is response time. I genuinely want to respond to you in the quickest amount of time possible, but truthfully, sitting in my kayak on the lake is not really a good time. And I need to stop it. And I don’t want to drop my phone in the lake. You understand I’m sure.

In general, if you contact me on a weekend (that’s Fri-Sun), please do not expect a response from me until the next (or so) business day. If it appears to be urgent (to me), I will respond as soon as practical. Now let’s be honest here, lots of the emails I get, that are not inquiries, can be resolved fairly quickly and in many cases, if all I’m doing is reclining in my chair watching Love It or List It, I’ll probably get back to you on a weekend. But, just as I tell you that self-care is critical to your well-being, it is also critical to me so if I DON’T respond, please don’t fret. Go put your meditation music on and do a few OM’s.

Also, messages that I receive in the evenings will generally be handled the next business day. I want to refrain from saying 8-5 but I also don’t want to set expectations that I’m going to respond at 9pm. Also, please don’t call me at 9pm. Remember that bit about 8hrs of sleep? I get up between 4:30-5am to workout so I go to bed about 9pm. Yes, I am old. Get over it.

If you do not hear back from me by like Tuesday midday (assuming of course, business days and not holidays), please do reach out. I much prefer email to anything else but text would be my second most preferred. If you use FB Messenger to contact me, I probably won’t respond at all because in general FB doesn’t like to show me messages from people. Plus email gives us both a nice paper trail and we aren’t gonna do the she said/she said thing.

Happy New Year! Are You Ready For A New You?

(Psstt….there’s a bit of nudity in this post!)

Can you believe it’s January? Of 2019??

Have you considered any changes for for 2019? I kinda hate the work “resolution” because it has gotten such a negative connotation - like it’s just destined to fail. So this year, aim to change habits. Take baby steps towards big changes. Unless you’re just crazy (cuz I’ve done this!) it’s probably not going to go well to wake up on January 1 and decide to run a marathon. Especially if you haven’t exactly run in awhile. So start with a mile…or a 5k and grow from there.

Plus it’s way less depressing to realize that you hate running when you’ve only committed to a 5k vs a marathon.

This year (ok, so back in 2018), I set a goal to compete in both Artistic Pole and Sport Pole at the US National Championships. I also leveled up to semi-pro. I’m looking to up my technical skills and expand my repertoire beyond just dancey, flexy things.

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Let’s talk the first quarter of this year! So as you may or may not know, I have two big events this month. The first is the Arizona Bridal Show in Phoenix on Jan 5-6 and then the Tucson Bridal Expo on January 13. So why is this important to you? Well if you’ve been thinking of a session and you want pick of dates for this year…then its time to get your booty in gear!

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With that, let’s celebrate the new year with a New Year, New You promo! Let this be the year where you put yourself first. You learn to cast those doubts aside and you realize that you, yes, YOU, are amazing and spectacular and most importantly sexy! If you have never felt that way, then let me show you. I know it can be so tough to step outside your comfort zone and that doing a session can be so unnerving. But I pinky promise that your nerves will melt away and it’ll end up awesome.

All sessions booked before January 31, 2019 will get half off the session fee AND $250 off a luxury collection!

CLICK HERE TO SAVE!

The deets: Sessions must be shot by November 1, 2019. Discounts are non-transferable and can not be redeemed for cash. $250 discount is only available for luxury collections and not on a la carte or digital collections. All standard session clauses apply.

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