Super excited to announce our 2nd annual studio open house and party!
This event will be bigger and better than last year! This is an RSVP only event – for all details: Studio Open House and Party!
We all know that I love love love natural light, bright light, white backgrounds, etc. . . but lately, I’ve been embracing (and LOVING) the dark areas in the boudoir studio! The dark areas are perfect for capturing the little details, and adding drama to my clients boudoir photography session. I’m loving these shots from a recent boudoir session, and so thankful for being given the permission to share them!
Boudoir is for YOU. This statement is so important, and I tell all of my clients, like I’m telling you right now, your boudoir photography session is about YOU, who YOU are in this moment. My clients are typically doing a boudoir session for their groom, boyfriend, husband, anniversary, birthday, etc. . . to the client – it’s all about who is going to receive the book. . . to me, it’s all about YOU. In life, reasons why we do things and plans we have may not always happen the way we think. Over the years, I’ve had a few clients get un-engaged, un-married, and un-boyfriend. . . in most cases, they let me know when it happens. I feel blessed when they do, because they almost always say the same thing. . . even though the outcome was not as they planned, they are still so happy to have done a boudoir session with me, they feel so much better about themselves, they are more confident, and are stronger than ever before and ready to move forward.
Empowerment is a strong word, and has so many different meanings. Today, take away this. . . boudoir is about YOU, and empowering YOU. If you are out there, and thinking “My husband would love this, but I just could never do that, it’s so NOT me”. . . “I’m not photogenic”. . . .”I need to lose 20 pounds first”. . . “I’ve got stretch marks and belly flab”. . . “I’m super shy”. . . “I’ve never done anything like this before”. . . “I hate having my picture taken” . . . trust me, you can do this, and you will be SO glad you did.
For Ms. J. . . things did not work out the way she planned, but she was absolutely empowered by her session, and she moved forward more confident in herself. Thank you Mr. J for allowing me to share the images from your boudoir session! xxoo
Loved having miss J in my studio for her anniversary boudoir photography session. She was funny, beautiful, courageous, and best of all, she laughed at all my lame jokes! We both loved all the images of her laughing, it was such a beautiful expression and perfect fit for her personality! She brought a few pin-up style outfits, and we incorporated the pin-up style into a modern boudoir photo session for her. Her images are all amazing, hot, sexy and amazing. . . I wish I could share them all with you!
What she said about her session: “I had Marie take some boudoir pictures as a gift for my husband. I was a little nervous at first b/c for years I have gone on and on about how UNphotegenic I am. Well let me tell you I am BLOWN AWAY! I love love love love my photos! They FAR exceeded my expectations and hopes. Marie was so sweet and very easy to talk to. I tend to be a little blunt, and my humor can be crass at times…. ha ha… and she just laughed along with me and didn’t make me feel like a weirdo. She’s a lot of fun. She also made me feel very pretty in the moment as well. I was very comfortable and confident with her. She was also PHENOMENAL at helping me to pose not just my body, but my face as well! I have never had a photographer take so much time to make sure that I would look good from face to toe in a photo before! Never. She was super prompt with all communications, and completed my photo gallery in record time! I am now struggling to pick which ones I want b/c she seriously sent me so many amazing pictures! I would highly recommend her to anyone. Do yourself a treat ladies and go see Marie!”
To jump start my personal project (don’t know what I’m talking about? See this post: Personal Project), I reached out to a good friend of mine who I thought would be a perfect fit. She’s beautiful sole, absolutely hysterical, hard working, and a super sweet friend! We’ve talked about my business before, and she, like many other ladies out there, always says “I WANT to do this, but I’m just not ready right now. . . need to lose ‘insert any number here’ pounds”. I knew this would be good for her, and I knew she needed it. I scheduled her session, with only a days notice (she had no time to prepare, and less time to THINK about it). Here’s what she said in her application (even though I asked her to kick-off this project with me, I still made her do the questions):
What she said just before, and just after her photoshoot:
“I looked back on my text when I actually agreed to be part of this project and thought I was crazy. Seriously?? No makeup, very little clothing, and the need to lose 40 lbs does not = sexy photoshoot in my head. Thursday night, I came up with an excuse not to do it and I went to type the message to Marie and I glanced at her previous text that said “I’m so so so excited about tomorrow” and I was mad that I was about to miss an incredible experience and life lesson because I was insecure about my body and was about to let down a dear friend in the process. So I put the phone down, and deleted the message I typed. I didn’t sleep much that night because I kept asking myself how I could have possibly let my body get how it is and mad for not taking care of myself and working harder to look better. The next morning I woke up and fixed my hair and thought… “Ok, at least I’ll have good hair for today??” Then I continued to analyze every wrinkle and pimple on my makeup free face and couldn’t believe I was about to let someone photograph me at my ultimate, most vulnerable and insecure moment. I pulled up to the studio 10 minutes early and thought I would vomit. I was immediately at ease in the studio. The fun colors and beautiful decor were a good start. I glanced at all the sexy pictures on the wall and remember thinking “I wish that could be me”. I nervously babbled nonsense for the first few minutes, wondering if it was too late to leave. Marie must have sensed my desire to run as she nonchalantly locked the door behind us… It took my about 10 min to come out of the dressing room, which is ridiculous for the absurdly small amount of clothing I had to put on. I finally took a deep breath and threw back the curtain and walked out into the studio. I awkwardly didn’t know what to do with my hands and chose the one handed crotch-cover.. As I walked into the beautiful studio I realized I had done the hard part. I made the first step out and…. It was ok… I was alive and no one was laughing at my fat rolls. Plus Fergie was playing and that songs made me want to shake my groove thang (but not in tiny black panties in front of someone else). As I crawled into the bed, I felt a strange bit of confidence and sexiness.. I forgot every bit of hatred for my body as I rolled around on the big romantic bed and felt as hot as every girl on the big canvases in the studio.. Then it was over. I survived….and actually had fun!!. I was proud of myself for confronting my fear. I walked out with a little swagger in my step and thought, if I can do a half-naked photoshoot with no makeup on and at the heaviest weight I’ve ever been, then I’ve done something I would have told you I’d never do 3 weeks ago. And I felt good. And pretty. And strong“
and. . . .what she said AFTER she saw her images:
“When I first opened the pictures, I gasped at the first one. Honestly I was dreading opening them because I know me, and I know how critical I am of myself. I honestly was ready to hate all of them and have to lie to Marie about how much I loved them and then figure out how to talk her out is posting them. But then I saw the first picture and actually saw a pretty girl. The pretty sexy girl I felt like I was on the beautiful romantic bed.”
For me, it’s important for all women to remember that there are two sides to boudoir. . . a fun, playful, sexy, “I want to be a model”, full glam, new outfits, out of my comfort zone side. . . and then there is the “this is me”, simple, beautiful, just ME side. Whatever your side is, however you want this boudoir session to end up. . . I can only say that YOU are BEAUTIFUL right NOW, in your current skin, flaws and all.
A big thank you to my sweet friend for allowing me to photograph her in a completely vulnerable state, and for allowing me to share her story and images with you!