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.

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!

Let’s Chat!

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.

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.

Do something different, click the link below and let’s talk.

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State of the Boobies

2018 is wrapping up and I just have to ask…where did it go? It feels like the years pass by faster and faster as you get older - and I don’t even have kids!

This past year has been incredible from both a business and personal aspect. Let’s recap a bit shall we?

Business

Wow…..in 2018 I shot over 40 beautiful women. Thank you so very much for including me in your life!

I’ve sent home countless albums, pieces of wall art, portfolio boxes and viewfinders.

A handful of mobile apps and nearly 1,000 digital files.

I had a wonderful week in Las Vegas with thousands of other photographers. Got shot at (outside) Red Rock Canyon in 28 deg temps. Naked. Got lost in search of a dry lake bed somewhere outside of Vegas. Got to take an amazing pole class from an amazing instructor while I was there.

I’ve spend time developing my education - improving my email marketing (still working on that! #2019goal), learning about Facebook ads (I want to give them money…but they just go #nudity), giving my finances a serious look, implementing the Profit First technique (which you should go read. Now. You can even use it for your personal life). I started working with another amazing educator who will be coming to Tucson in Jan to do a personal 2 day Boudoir Makeover and help me redecorate the studio - because my decorating skills are a massive fail. That’s why everything is grey in there…

Personal

I spend the first half of the year largely focused on pole competitions. Thanks to peer pressure I participated in my first pole competition in February and certainly didn’t come home with the result I wanted. I felt that I had a great performance that was well executed - considering I was only 6 months in! - but alas, the judges disagreed. It was a fun trip to San Francisco at least.

In May I tackled the “main event”, what was supposed to be my first pole competition (oops). Despite having what felt like the worlds most awful performance (slippery poles will get ya) I managed to walk away with the win; making me the 2018 US National Artistic Pole Amateur Senior Women’s champion. Whew. And yes, sometime’s I’ll leave out a few key words when I really want to make people wonder. After that competition I went into forced time off to deal with what started as an ankle sprain. After no real healing, PT making it worse, injections not helping, we finally arrived at acute inflammation in the anterior portion of the ankle as a result of an accessory bone - the os trigonum. I had surgery on December 7th to remove it and am now hobbling around on crutches. But hopefully ankle pain shall be gone! Then onward to next year!

I finally achieved my front splits on both sides and I am up to a single yoga block oversplit on the left. For those of you wincing in pain, I never had the splits as a kid so it is entirely possible to do it as an adult. Just takes focus and dedication.

We family tripped it to Branson, MO this summer. I got sunburnt. No shock there. Had a good time, made some memories & all that jazz.

We had a shitty time with our chickens this year losing several of them. Our most famed resident was Feather Locklear, a Japanese Bantam that we feared would die any day so we brought her in the house. She lived for about another 6 months until a camping trip to Mt Graham was her final hurrah. Yes, she traveled with us, went up to Prescott several times. Totally not weird.

I turned 36. Contemplated life. Thought about doing things differently. But didn’t. #2019goals.


Looking forward to 2019…

Personal

I’ll be back at the American Pole League’s US National Championships in July. Not defending my title since my win pushes me into at least the Semi-Pro category. I have lots of goals for that one - including creating a second routine to compete in Pole Sport as well as Artistic Pole.

I’m getting my middle splits this year. I’m determined damnit!

I am also, related to the above plans, getting back in shape. Which yes, includes losing some weight but way more focused on gaining strength.

Business

2019 is a year that I’m kind of terming as a game-changer. I’ve got a lot of things in work and in concept. This is the year that I really want to position myself to do this full-time (with all of your help of course!) and I’m starting to make a few changes to test the waters. Most importantly, I want to reclaim some of my life. I’ve been working hard on this for the past 5 years and while I haven’t thrown as much of my free time into it as some, I’ve put aside a lot of stuff for the business so do expect to see some boundary changes.

I’ve set a goal of 60 gorgeous women to pass through the studio in 2019 and there are already ~17 of you on the calendar. I have 2 bridal shows to kick off the year that should fill up most of the other slots quickly. (Yes, that is a not so subtle hint to get your session booked before the dates are gone)

Other stuff that tossing in my mind that I’ll detail in later posts:

  • Pre-payment options

  • Restructuring of payment plans

  • New session availability

  • Session scheduling process

  • New products

  • New session type

  • Office hours

  • Less Facebook, more ???

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year! I plan on enjoying some slightly more “official” time off between Christmas and New Years so if my response time is slow, just be patient!

If you want to get your session booked now, click this link to get in touch.

The Fabulous Rori!

(Pssttt there’s some nudity below. So if you’re at work, or you work for Facebook, don’t scroll down!)

Rori is another of my outstanding 2018 Brand Ambassadors and she wrote this blog post just for all of you, so enjoy!

Sexy is not something I generally “do”. I’m not much for satin and lace...or so I thought! 

Modesty isn’t really my issue. As a swim instructor and pole sport competitor/coach, I’ve gotten used to spending the bulk of my days in bathing suits and skimpy sports bras. 

Lingerie and glamour, on the other hand, intimidated me. So when I finally decided to take the plunge and schedule a boudoir shoot with one of Arizona’s top #boudoirphotographers I was excited to push out of my comfort zone. 

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The day of my shoot, I arrived early to the studio to meet Krista and her hair and make up-artist. The pampering treatment made me feel a like a princess, while I relaxed and enjoyed a glass of wine (yay for wine in the morning—a rare delicacy for a mom!) Since I didn’t have any fancy lingerie of my own, Krista styled me in some hand selected pieces from her extensive  collection. She was thorough in posing and guiding me, and her relaxed and happy vibe made me feel like I was hanging with an old bff. To my surprise I felt really comfortable and at ease, (except for the back arching—even for a seasoned power athlete like myself, arching and angling yourself into camera- flattering positions was not so comfortable lol. Touché Tyra Banks, you were right, modeling really ain’t easy). Not too long after my session wrapped up, I received a sneak peak photo from my session. 

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The photo was so beautiful I couldn’t believe my eyes! Krista has a gift for helping her clients unleash their inhibitions. Her ability to coax out your inner-vixen and capture it oh-so-perfectly is unparalleled. A boudoir session with her is an experience of a lifetime. Do it! 

Keeping up with the Jones's and your view of success

I recently read an article about how much our view of the world changes when we compare ourselves to others and with social media, it’s very easy to get caught up in all the “perceived” success of someone else’s life in comparison to our own. 

 “Success cannot be defined in one sentence.”-Zig Ziglar


So how do we get around this negative feeling of feeling less in comparison?  Well, have you thought about redefining your view of success?  Check out this article below and try your success with these items.  Success isn’t a one size fits all, jump off the freight train of social media comparison and start walking your own path...you can do it.

 https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/the-new-definitions-success.html

 So, what are your thoughts, how do you define success? Share in the comments in below.

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 Have a beautiful day! You deserve it!

5 Winter Trends...Already?

Sorry to burst your bubble but winter is on it’s way.  Unless you’re a true snow bunny, then I’m a bit envious and also happy for you.

 I came upon this article to help your inner fashionista and did you know a pair of simple black leggings goes with all of these?  Well I’m here to help you out with your winter wardrobe...I mean, if you’re gonna be chilled, be fashionable at the same time.

 https://www.whowhatwear.com/winter-leggings-outfits

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Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!

Have a beautiful day! You deserve it!

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Tips for Getting Oily Skin Under Control

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Large pores, acne and blemishes, and an all-over shiny appearance are all noticeable signs of oily skin. Your skin’s oil production can increase for a number of reasons, including hormones, change in skin care routine and diet, and even a change in environment. Arizona can be a difficult place for your skin - ranging from extreme dryness in the winter & summer to stifling humidity in the late summer.  When this occurs, help correct the issue by following these tips.

  • Change your skin care. If your skin is showing signs of oiliness, you may want to change your skin care formula to one that specifically targets oiliness and acne. If your oil build-up is only concentrated in the “T” zone area, you may want to switch to the Normal to Oily SeneDerm SkinCare Collection. For those with oiliness all over, the Oily to Acne SkinCare Collection (US only) made with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid will be an ideal option.  You can check out our skin care options on my site HERE.
  • Deep clean pores. Remove deep-seated impurities hidden within pores by applying Detoxifying & Moisturizing Mask 2-3 times a week. Kaolin clay absorbs impurities while volcanic ash gently exfoliates. Soothing green tea and arnica flower helps counteract redness to ensure it does not cause irritation to acne-inflamed skin.
  • Moisturize. When skin is deprived of moisture, your body compensates by producing more oil. Keep skin moisturized by using DayTime Moisturizer and Evening Moisturizer (choosing a formula that best suits your skin type). Add extra hydration without clogging pores by spritzing oil-free Hydrating Facial Serum Mist (I LOVE the smell of this!  So yummy!) anytime throughout the day.
  • Use non-comedogenic cosmetics. Non-comedogenic products are made so that they do not clog pores. MakeSense Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer and MakeSense Foundations work to hide flaws without clogging pores for clearer skin.
  • Absorb oil with powder. Apply Translucid Powder in Natural to help absorb oil and eliminate shine after applying your makeup. This will help keep oil under control and keep your face looking fresh throughout the day.  If you need a little color in the winter, try the Bronze for some natural glow!

If you want to check our other products, you can see my online site HERE.  Leave me a comment if you have any questions, or start a chat with me!

More Questions...Therefore, More Answers

 I want share these pictures with my partner, but I don't want loose prints floating around. Any ideas for the best gift?

This is a very common concern and we totally understand. It's also one of the reasons that we don't normally offer just loose prints.  Our collections typically include digital files, albums and wall art.  One our newer products is a Portfolio Box.  It contains 20 of your favorite images, matted, in a beautiful linen box.  In addition, you will receive a USB with the corresponding digital files.  For more information on these products, just ask or visit the product page.

What should I bring to my boudoir session?

Most sessions include 2 different looks.  Please bring 3-4 options and we can pick from there.  If you wish to bring shoes, please do.  

 Can I bring a friend?

I recommend you come alone, because I want the focus to be on and about you.  If you would absolutely feel more comfortable, you may bring a friend (of the same sex!) but once we begin shooting they will need to stay in the other room so that you and I can focus.

Will my session be with a male or female photographer?

Our team is composed of all women, so you will only have a female photographer for your session as well as a female makeup artist.

 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’m not a model – are boudoir photos still flattering even if my body isn’t perfect?

Absolutely! Nobody is perfect and every woman is sexy. If you have any specific concerns, contact us and we can talk about it!

 Do you do outdoor boudoir sessions?

While we have a semi-private outdoor area, it doesn't get used often.  I would be happy to utilize it more though!  If you know of some private-ish outdoor land we can shoot on, I'm open to setting something up!

 Do I have control over who sees my images?

Yes, most certainly. You will fill out a privacy policy as part of the booking process.  We will only share photos if you have given us permission and have approved the images for sharing. We respect your wishes and won't post or share any images if you’d prefer they stay private.

Have a question that’s not listed here? Contact us and we can answer it for you.

Ready to book a session?  Let's chat! Click HERE.

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Tips for Matching Foundation

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Foundation can cover blemishes and discoloration to create an even, flawless base for your makeup look – if done correctly. When done incorrectly, it can actually distract and in some cases, even make your blemishes more noticeable. Ensure that you’re applying foundation the right way by following these handy tips.

Know your undertone. The first step in foundation color matching is determining your undertone. The quickest way to check is to look at your veins. If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone. If your veins appear green or olive, you have a warm undertone. If you can’t tell, then you have a neutral undertone. All MakeSense Foundations are noted in the Beauty Book with a “W” for warm, “C” for cool, or “N” for neutral making it convenient to choose the right shade for yourself and for your customer.

Match to your neck. When your face is lighter or darker than your neck, it can be very distracting. That’s why professionals recommend swatching the product from the jawline down to the neck in natural light if possible. If the color seems to disappear, then it’s a great match.

Mix products. If you are in between shades, go with the slightly deeper color and mix it with White Corrective Color Blender to create a custom color that is a perfect match. Also, mixing MakeSense Foundation in Dewy into any shade helps neutralize color if shades are too warm or too cool.

Mind your seasons. Remember that your skin tone may change from one season to another (although your undertone will always remain the same). Since we tend to tan during the summer, choose a “summer” shade to match the change in your tone. Likewise, since we spend less time in the sun during the winter, you will want to choose a different shade in the winter or lighten a shade you already have using White Corrective Color Blender.

Let's Get Lost Together - Ms A - Phoenix Boudoir

I met Ms A at a bridal event earlier this year and my fearless assistant convinced her that she should ignore the quizzical looks of her coworkers (she was working the event too!) and sign up for a session.  I'm pretty certain she's glad she did!

I Never Thought I Could - Picking Out Your Boudoir Session Outfits

Trying to figure out what to wear at your boudoir session? We've got a few tips to help you out:

 1. Wear what makes you feel sexy. Boudoir sessions are all about bringing your sexy side, so if you put something on and you feel uncomfortable, move on to the next option. Consider it sort of like searching for the perfect wedding dress. When you put it on and can't help but spin in front of the mirror or think, "Heck yes, I'm sexy!" then that is the piece you should wear on shoot day.

 2. Consider what he likes, too. Maybe he loves you in the color red, or he still talks about that little number you wore a couple years ago. If he's into sports or a certain hobby, play into that, as well.

 3. Opt for lingerie that flatters your favorite parts. If you've got an impressive rack (yes, we're going there), then choose something that really shows of that feature. Maybe you're a fan of your own derriere and want to show him the goods, too. Choose a piece that accentuates whatever features you love most about yourself.

 4. Footwear matters, too. It's so easy to go into a less-than-classy vibe depending on your footwear. Our suggestion: keep it simple.  Instead, opt for shoes that scream "sexy sophistication." FYI: Heels can also do a lady good when it comes to posture and accentuating muscles in her legs.

Improve your esteem and confidence

As you are aware, I am an advocate for women embracing their individual beauty, no matter what size, shape, age or color they are! I was reading a very unique article regarding “self image.” You can read the article too, here:

https://www.more-selfesteem.com/selfimage.htm

I really like the list of ways you can start improving your self-image!

I am challenging you to do the first one, than send it to me! Better yet, head over to the private VIP Facebook page (not a member, no worries, Click HERE to become one today, it’s free!) and post your list! Don’t forget to comment on other’s lists too!

Have a beautiful day! You deserve it!

I Love So Many! How Do I Get Them All?!

One common problem that my clients run into is paying for all the beautiful images they didn't expect to love.  I can't tell you how many times women will tell me that they only want a couple of images and then end up taking home WAY more than planned.  This can invariably lead to trying to figure out how to pay for so much sexy.

We have a couple options available that can make things a bit easier....so let's chat about them!

Paying For It

Of course, paying in full is an option - plus that kicks off the ordering of your products!  If you opted for digital files you can take them home that day.  

The next option is PayPal credit (or Square credit, coming soon!).  I highly encourage you to apply before your reveal session so you know how much you are approved for and if you need to supplement with credit or cash.  (PS:  I am no longer accepting checks....plus who really writes checks these days?).  The perk of this option is that in my eyes, you are considered paid in full and that will also kick off the ordering of your products.  Plus PayPal will normally offer 6 months no interest on your purchases.

The final payment option is an in-house payment plan.  This should really be the last resort and will be limited to orders over $1,000.  At least 20% of your total will be due at your reveal and the remainder is typically divided up over the next 4 or so months.  

Saving For It

One of my favorite programs to help me save money without thinking about it is Digit.  You can link it to your bank account (don't worry, it's super secure!) and it will monitor your deposit and withdrawals and when you have "extra" money it will withdrawal it and put it in savings account for you.  It's super easy to accumulate your savings.  They even have a Low Balance Protection option so if your checking account drops below a certain amount it will transfer money back so you aren't in danger of overdrawing your account.

You can even set up goals to save for (like your boudoir art!).

If you would like to pre-select a collection of your images, we can set up a payment plan so that you can pay towards it, when you come in for your session you'll be fully paid!  We will wait to schedule your session until you are about 1-2 payments away.  You can always upgrade your collection option, but you can't downgrade.

Remember that this is art and it is an investment.  I'm happy to work with you to come up with a plan to get all of the images you love!