5 Reasons To Stop Putting Off A Boudoir Session

Everyone always gives me reasons to not do a boudoir session.  Sometimes they are somewhat valid, other times they just plain suck.  So let's talk about some of them.  5 of them to be exact.

1. "I need to lose weight"

To be pretty broad brush, who doesn't?  It's not so much that we want to lose weight, but you want to hit the gym, eat a little better, say bye bye to a few extra pounds.  But let me be blunt here - that 5 or 10 lbs you are telling me you need to lose...how long have you been trying to lose it?  Are you actively trying to lose weight (if so, and you want to wait, I totally get it).  But if you're not actively making changes to your eating and exercise and you're giving me that reason....you need to stop and think about it.  

First of all, we can definitely highlight the areas you love and de-emphasize those you don't.  Plus I need you to celebrate the you of TODAY.  Not the future you, not the past you.  Regardless of your size, you are beautiful and I want to show you that.

2. "I'm not sexy or photogenic"

Yeah, I hear that one a lot.  Like a lot.  Go browse through the pictures on this site.  Click over to my Facebook page or Instagram.  I'd say 90+% of those women told me that.  I will pose and coach you to amazing images.  I will even tell you how to breathe.  I promise you're going to love the images.

3. "I don't have anyone to give it to"

So?  You do stuff for yourself yes?  You get pedicures because they make your toes cute.  You get a massage to be relaxed.  You buy the cute shoes because...well, they are just cute.  So why not gift yourself this?  A day where you get pampered and a fabulous reminder to celebrate yourself daily.  I have a couple of big prints in my bathroom that are a great reminder when I'm not feeling super awesome that I'm still beautiful and I'm capable of amazing things.  How do you say no to that?

4. "It's expensive"

Yes.  Yes, it is.  I'm not going to deny it.  In large part, I want this to be a buy once, cry once experience (though I'm always happy to have you come back!).  Just like there are varying degrees of quality clothing, there are varying degrees of quality photographers.  Some are going to be less expensive than I am and others are more.  I want you to know that I want to provide the best for my clients - that's why my sessions include hair & makeup, drinks, personal coaching and an ever-expanding client wardrobe.  It's why I only offer you quality products from labs I can trust.  Plus, I offer payment plans so that you can take home ALL of your favorite images and you don't have to walk away feeling like you missed out.

5. "It's only for brides or young"

Nope.  While I do have a lot of brides (kind of a result of displaying at bridal shows!) I do have a lot of women in their 40's & 50's.  One thing I want you to keep in mind is that the images you see here, on my social media have all been approved by the client.  You get a say on which images I can use and where they can be used.  So some ladies are willing to share them all, some pick a few and others want to keep them all private.  It's totally up to you!

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 - Beach Baby

Say hello to summer in some gorgeous swim wear!  Not necessarily for your session, these looks will keep you looking good all summer long.  Share your favorites in the comments below!

Beach baby

Swim suit
modcloth.com

Kate Spade intimate
katespade.com

Christian Louboutin platform pumps
$1,125 - saksfifthavenue.com

Valentino sandals flip flops
$290 - saksfifthavenue.com

Jack rogers sandals
jackrogersusa.com

Chanel jewelry
$1,560 - rebelle.com

H M hinged bracelet
$8.87 - hm.com

Crystal earrings
$2.89 - colettehayman.com.au

Eugenia Kim wide brim hat
$405 - saksfifthavenue.com

Dorothy Perkins hat
dorothyperkins.com

Word wall art
overstock.com

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!