Have you met Ms M?

I met Ms M at a bridal expo here in Tucson and I was so excited to have her in front of my camera.  She had these eyes I didn't want to stop looking at.

She was getting married and wanted to do something special for her fiance.  She also wanted to show herself that she was as sexy as he says she is.  

I think we can agree that she is definitely as sexy as he thinks.  

If you think Ms M is looking sexy and you want to unleash your sexy, let's chat!

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Boudoir Inspiration!

We’ve been photographing A LOT of BRIDES preparing for some amazing GROOM’s GIFTS the past few months. This month’s boudoir outfit inspiration is taken from those “something blue” pieces we’ve seen so much of. Each of these looks is perfect for any blushing bride that is looking to do something less traditional. Also, a great look for those celebrating anniversaries; a bridal touch and a super sexy flair!

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How To Find The Right Boudoir Photographer

So you've decided you want to get some boudoir photos done.  Whether for you (its always for you) or for a gift (which is really for you), you want to be comfortable with the photographer you're taking your clothes off with.  Err...for.  Mine stay on.

First thing you need to decide is male or female.  

This is really a personal choice.  You should also consider your significant other's feelings on the matter.  I know some guys who would not be happy with their SO and a male photographer.  So start there.  Men and women are going to have very different perspectives of you.  Neither are wrong, simply different.

Now, your budget.

Like everything, there's a WIDE expanse of price points.  Examine your potential photographer's portfolio closely and ensure there is consistency among what they are showing.  Also be sure you understand what is included in your session.  Some photographers include hair and makeup.  Others sell images separately.  Read the details carefully and ask questions if you are unsure.  I'd rather get asked a ton of questions upfront than have an unhappy client after the fact.

Are you two peas in a pod?

Read through the photogs website and social media.  Do they sound like someone you'd be comfortable with?  You don't have to be besties and you don't have to agree with everything but you should at least feel like you can get through a drink together without a ton of weird silence.

Is the style you want?

Some photographers are light & airy shooters.  Other's are dark & moody.  Some like color, some like black & white.  Again, check out your prospective photogs portfolio.  If you love the light, bright images and their portfolio is filled with moody dark images you will probably walk away unhappy.  Do you like superposed images or something a little more fluid?  Full body or lots of detail?  Do your research.

What happens to your images?

I honestly don't know a photographer who has a hard and fast rule on client image usage*.  For example, I have all my clients fill out a privacy policy that outlines what images I can use and where I can use them.  Some are cool with all their images used anywhere, others only want non-identifiable images on my website.  I understand that sometimes you might want to spread your joy far and wide but maybe your job doesn't really allow for that.  Or maybe this is a special gift for your spouse and you only want him to see.  Understand the usage of your images.

(*many photographers will run model calls or portfolio updates where they offer a complimentary or discount session in exchange for use of your images.  Again, read the details.)

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!

#sexysaturday - Wild & Blue

Blue is such a striking color on most skintones.  Whether you want to amp the traditional bridal blue or just make a splash in a gorgeous aqua, you can't go wrong!

Let Them Eat Cake #sexysaturday

Rock a classic look in a pretty peach bra & panty set!  Which one is your favorite look?

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!

Ms. C

I always joke with my brides that giving their fiance an album (or app!) the day of their wedding will ensure the fastest ceremony in history.  Ms. C celebrated her upcoming wedding with a beautiful session and a great groom's gift.  

Know a bride-to-be who is stumped on what to get him?  Be sure to suggest a sexy session with One Two One!  Share this post with her and then have her contact me to get on the calendar.

Finely Feathered

Light & airy, this Finely Feathered palette is the perfect fit for those looking to do a bridal inspired session.  The modest teddy/bodysuit is perfectly flattering to a variety of body types (great for hiding problem tummies!).  The Classic & Daring sets pair a complimentary bra & panty set that you won't rush to take off.

Share your favorite of the 3 outfits on Facebook or in the comments below!