Ms A Unleashed - Tucson Boudoir

I met Ms A through a mutual friend (at a Pure Romance party!) and I was so excited when she decided to book a session with me!  

She is 25 and is an aspiring Project Manager.  We had a lot of fun during her session which was mostly a gift for her but a little bit of her boyfriend.  Since she tells me he's the man of her dreams I'm fully expecting her to be back to shoot a grooms gift in the near future. 

In her words...

I am really intrigued with how beautiful and free everyone looks in these photos. I want to see the sexy side of myself (I’m not usually the forward/controlling type).

Say Hello To Brand Ambassador Sam G!

Sam is one of my amazing ambassadors for 2018!  She's actually 1 of 2 Sam's that are Ambassadors!  She's originally from California but moved here (yay!) to pursue her schooling and career in the veterinary field.

She considers herself and old soul and enjoys retro & older things.  

"I've always been fascinated with boudoir photography and have never had the courage to do it. i always told myself, it's not the right time, I'm not thin enough to do it. As I got older I came to realize that it will never be "the right time" I finally decided to do it because I'm starting to fall back in love with myself. I'm finally becoming more and more comfortable with who I am in my own skin. I would like to empower other women who aren't "super model standard" that you can do anything you want as long as you love yourself."

"I want to remember the current mindset that i have, self love always comes first. Don't let anyone tell you your worth, just because you aren't their form of beautiful, you should think that you are your own kind of beautiful."

 

Why did you want to be an Ambassador?

I have become an ambassador to help spread the message of self love and confidence. And why the heck not!

Thanksgiving Sessions

When planning this month's newsletter topics I had a thought to google "sexy thanksgiving" and see what popped up! Holy Cow! There are tips all over the place on how to keep the mood alive throughout this crazy, hectic time of year! Everything from sexy foods, to meals that keep you looking good; sultry (and often cheesy) things to say to super cute outfit ideas! If Thanksgiving is your time of year, I highly suggest scheduling your session now! There are so many cute and fun ways we can incorporate the theme, leaving you with gorgeous images.

Take Charge And Don't Apologize

Sam is a fabulous return client who volunteered to fill into a last minute opening for me.  We decided to have a little fun with some more low light looks and trying out some new poses that I was working on coaching.

I had tried my hand at making a tulle skirt (which I did quite poorly mind you!) but Sam was game to give it a shot and I'm glad we did.  We created some dreamy looking images - and we took it outside to play as well!

I had been wanting to do a sheet session so we worked through some ideas and worked on keeping all the important bits covered!

Birthday Boudoir Sessions

Birthday Boudoir!

Celebrate your birthday in style! So your birthday is coming up and your friends and family are talking about what restaurant you want to go to. Or maybe you are struggling trying to find a babysitter so you can actually a drink with your spouse for once? I have a better idea. Leave all that cliché stuff behind and have a boudoir shoot!

What an awesome way to celebrate you, the year that just passed and the year that awaits! Birthdays aren’t just one of those “Hallmark holidays” – they are a celebration of your birth and of all that you have brought to the world in the past year. Give yourself a well-deserved day of pampering – the lead up is fun, the day itself is epic and the afterglow lasts and lasts; your products and the memories live on forever. Frankly, its not uncommon to have a boudoir shoot every year for your birthday.

Besides, you can always go out to a fancy meal afterwards while you are still basking in the adventure of your session and rockin’ your styled hair and make-up!

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. 

Sexy Saturday - Say I Do In Blue

Are you getting hitched?  Need some ideas for your bridal boudoir session?  Check out these beautiful blue, I Do, inspired outfits!  For a little extra wedding day glam, bring your veil or your garter for some extra sexiness to tie together your special day.  I assure you, if you give your groom a beautiful album before the ceremony you'll have the fasted ceremony ever!

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!

Pour Some Wine & Join Me In The Blanket Fort!

Q:

I caught my girlfriend (boyfriend?) watching porn!

A:

Well there's a whole of questions that come to mind before this gets deemed an issue.  First, was it like midget clown porn?  Cuz that might be an issue.  Or was it 50 Shades Darker?  You know, like mommy porn.

Seriously though, I'm guessing you're blowing this out of proportion.  The real travesty is why you two aren't watching porn together?  Is it the clown part?  Because I'm with you.  *shudders*.  Personally I think this could be healthy - watch it and try to mimic it.  Either you're going to have a really fucking hot night or you'll be collapsed in laughter because there is no freaking way what you're watching is humanly possible by mere mortals.

Now if your sex life really sucks and s/he is watching porn secretly and lying about it, maybe take note of what they are watching - it could be a hint.  If it's really upsetting to you (the watching part, not the what they are watching), I'd suggest trying this really adult thing - talk about it.  Yeah, yeah, I know - try texting about it?

Maybe they just want to try something new on you or with you.  Let's not panic and start hoarding money in shoeboxes and shopping f0r apartments.  So with that all said....what do you think is the most popular porn in Arizona?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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!

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.

Dark & Moody

This dark & moody set is absolutely perfect for a stunning black & white acrylic or metal wall art piece.  Imagine yourself laying on the bed, with one knee laying over the other, pulling down on the garter straps of the modest slip.  Or get daring in a the bondage inspired criss-cross straps of thebra & panty set.  Toss in a leather paddle and you'll have him begging for mercy.