Sam Q - A Brand Ambassador Goodbye!

Because I'm often suffering from writing blocks, writing blogs is a huge chore for me and as a result, I missed out on sharing this babe's images with you.  Sam signed up to be on of my 2018 Brand Ambassadors but took a job out of state and moved at the beginning of June.  While she's still repping me over in Texas, she can't quite fulfill all her duties here in Tucson. 

Why do you think you'd be an awesome Brand Ambassador?

I was always very passionate about women empowerment in college and I'm active on social media. I believe in the message you convey and want to take away any negative stigma associated with boudoir to show people how beautiful it is.

Tell me a bit about yourself.

I'm a pretty social person. I like going dancing and hanging out with my friends either at game nights or downtown. I'm just now learning and expanding my knowledge about being sexy and learning to love myself so I want to share that.

I actually met Sam through work (my day job) and we hit it off early on.  She even took me dancing at the now-defunct Denim & Diamonds.  Granted I'm not much of a two-stepper, she's pretty damn good and I imagine she'll be enjoying the Texas nightlife soon.

Little Girls With Dreams Become Women With Vision

Ms. P came to me to put together a gift for her boyfriend.  Since they were in a long distance relationship at the time I wanted to put together something to wow him until they could be back together!

What specifically was your favorite part of our time working together, and why?
My favorite part of the Boudoir session was the day of the photo shoot. I loved having a day for me. I felt beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. I enjoyed having my hair and makeup done. It was like playing dress up and for a while I was able to let loose.

If you were to recommend a session to a friend, what would you tell them?
This is not a cheap venture. You need to know exactly what your getting yourself into financially, but if you are willing and able to spend the money, the quality is great. It's a fantastic experience that all women should try. Feeling beautiful in front of a camera is empowering.

Is there anything else you want to share?
Encourage your clients to make the whole day about them. Go get a mani/pedi or a massage. Help yourself relax and do only the things you want to do. My experience only lasted as long as the session which I was bummed about. 

Wearing False Lashes For Your Session

They make look fake in real life and when you first put them on they feel so heavy and just, well weird! However, in your photos they will make a HUGE difference. You actually don’t really notice them in the pictures, but you will notice their effect. They accentuate your eyes and give them a gorgeous almond shape. These are a must-have!

But never fear, they are part of my glam squad makeup so you don't have to figure it on your own.  I remember the first time I tried to apply lashes for a dance recital, I stabbed myself in the eye, glued my eye shut and never did successfully get the damned lashes to 100% stick.  With practice its improved so if you have to do it yourself, be sure to watch several videos and practice before the big day!

Check out this site for some great tips on everything false lashes.

Do you have any favorite tips or tricks to false lashes?  Share in the comments!

Tears are a Sign of a Job Well Done

In some ways I think Kim's husband wanted her session as much as she did.  This isn't a bad thing for sure, I love when husbands are on board and want to see their women happy.

Kim was one of the first clients with whom I started incorporating emotional poses into each session.  This was definitely a new experience for both of us, but she went along with it and had a great sense of humor.  

As long as a location permits it, getting a client outside is high on my list of session to-dos.  It doesn't need to be the middle of the desert but just using the outside of the house or the patio area can help push comfort zones.

When I met Kim again for her reveal I started off with her slideshow.  When I walked back in the room I swear I saw a bit of moisture in the corner of her eyes.  She couldn't believe that was her in some of the images.  One of the best signs that I did my job is when a client gets teary.  

Sexy Saturday - Crimson Peak

Stuck on ideas for your session?  Check out this steampunk inspired red collection.  While I'm not usually a fan of adding too much to your look in terms of props and accessories, this is one place where it fits well!

4th of July Sessions

Happy Independence Day!

Summer is here and 4th of July is right around the corner - wanna see some fireworks? Book a boudoir shoot!

Listen, its called Independence Day for a reason - let go of all those hangs up and the baggage of self-deprecating nonsense you have in your head and BE FREE!

The best part is that a boudoir portrait session can be whatever you want it to be. Traditionally, boudoir portraiture implies a women in some state of undress, usually wearing lingerie. Maybe you are too shy for that? Good news!

The modern woman (or man!) doesn’t need to be limited in any way whatsoever.

You can start the session fully clothed curled up in a chair or on a couch - desire is mostly in the eyes anyway….

From there, your story unfolds as you’d like it to - remove one item of clothing at a time… or do a complete wardrobe change…

You will find yourself indulging in lingerie … maybe even into a full nude, white sheet session.

The possibilities are endless and again, YOU are FREE to decide.

What speaks to YOU? What’s your fantasy session?  Click over to my contact page and let's talk!

Random Thoughts from 16.2 Miles

This past weekend I had the opportunity to run my 2nd Indy Mini Marathon in Indianapolis, IN.  I had planned to run* with a friend of mine but she found out she had a family member's graduation to attend a few weeks prior so once again I flew solo.

*By run, I mean I'd see her at the start and we'd reconnect at the finish.  I'm slow.  She's not.

I don't really want to bore you with details of the race...I want to ramble about something else.  (But in reference to the title - I ran the Mega Mini Challenge because sometimes I'm a little crazy.  For the MMC you run the 5K and then walk back to the start line and run the Half Marathon.  Yeah.  I know, crazy.)

I should be clear here, I hate running.  There are small little moments where it isn't horrible, in fact it can be downright fun.  But the training part?  Generally not a fan.

During the run (assuming you're slow like me and start in the back), you get to see a HUGE variety of people.  It's when you see these people that the emotions really kick into high gear.  I saw people who were running their first half marathon, many of them not the young "kids" you might think who would be out for their first.  

I saw early on, a couple of guys who ran in full fireman gear - complete with masks & O2 tanks.  Those guys are heros, and badasses.  My dad was a fire fighter so seeing them out there hit hard.  You look at yourself trying to run in as little weight as possible and there are these guys in 40+ lbs of gear and you tell yourself you can totally do this.

The woman carrying an American flag (and others too), with pictures of a person who I assume was her husband pinned to her shirt.  She was running for her hero.

The funny signs held by spectators along the course - good to make you laugh or bring a smile to your face when it starts getting tough or just to make you pick up the pace a bit.

Some people make it a party and dress up - a guy in a T-rex costume, a group of friends dressed as Little Bo Peep, sheep and a black sheep too (I saw them hanging outside a bar having their own kind of aid station).  

Every single person out there has a story of how they arrived.  Some look like they've been running for decades, and even if they are barely above walking they are still out there.  The kid who looked about 6, walking the half with his mom.  The 20- and 30-somethings who run for fun (craziness!).  The first timers and the seasoned vets.  When you're on the course, your history doesn't matter.  Your speed doesn't matter.  Every step is another line of your story.  It's a reflection of how far you've come, how far you have to go - or how far someone has propelled you.

I didn't make it through the first mile of the half before tears came to my eyes.  Not from the 40 deg temps or the slight drizzle.  But because of something I can't even put into words.  That overwhelming feeling of doing something big, reaching a goal, checking a box, making yourself (or someone else) proud.  

I can only speak to the middle/back of the pack, but everyone there is friends.  Standing in line for the bathroom?  It's like you've known each other for years.  Pacing each other?  Training partners since the beginning.  Coming to the finish?  The best support crew you'll ever find.  I don't know the names of the people I've run with, but every single one of them has made a mark on my life.  The guy who looked to be about 70, he reminded me that I had more yet to give.  The Army guys carrying full packs?  I'm not carrying that load, I can push on.  The kids (way) younger than me?  I can find some more energy.  I can keep going.

And when its all over?  You all have the same medal. You all have the same t-shirt.  While your times are different, you are all part of a bigger story.  You were a runner.