This video will serve as more than enough inspiration to make this holiday your most romantic and sexiest ever! I think we can all agree that a boudoir book would be hands the sexiest gift you could ever gift your man.
We all knew that boudoir was becoming more and more popular. Which is probably why you are on this site right now, you are quite possibly considering a boudoir photo shoot. Well looky here at the this story that TODAY (NBC) did on the growing popularity of boudoir photography. Maybe this will put you over the edge on your decision making. I never thought I would see the day Matt Lauer did a story on our world of frou frou boudoir. But he did and he even seemed to love the idea, as most people do
We’re thrilled to share this shoot with you today, coming from the very talented duo Jen Cook and Ann Carroll – better known as The Photographix. These Franklin boudoir photographers share an incredibly beautiful editorial boudoir shoot with us today. We love everything about this shoot – the model, the styling, the crisp clean lighting, and the overall vibe. Be sure to scroll below the images to read more about their Editorial shoot – the styling, the vision, and more!
Hair/Makeup Artist: Artistry SpaSalon
What was your overall vision for the shoot, or – how did you decide to shoot this concept?
We just recently did a complete overhaul on our studio and needed to get images to show, so we asked Allison who works at the salon right beneath our studio. We loved her look and wanted to do something vintage inspired so she was the perfect choice! She did her own hair and makeup and looked absolutely stunning!!
Did you work with a stylist, or did you style all the outfits/accessories yourself?
We did everything ourselves with the help of a local bridal store, Arzelles. They let us borrow all the jewelry and veils.
Describe the styling of the shoot.
Honestly we went into this kind of blind! We work better that way Must be the art school in us We had the shoot on the books for quite a while, but with our schedules we didn’t have as much time as we would have liked to get everything together. The week before the shoot we hit up Nordstroms and lots of other places, but purchased the most from them. Again, Arzelle’s was a huge part in this bc the jewelry really made the whole thing come together. In the end, for the images you see, we actually didn’t use anything we bought at all! We started playing around with Jen’s Grandmothers vintage robe, high waisted undies and the fabulous jewelry and wa-lah! They turned out to be our most fave images from the whole session Also, the black robe images are Eberjey borrowed from a local boutique Emmaline.
How would you describe your typical style, was this a departure or were you playing into your typical inspiration?
Vintage, classic, modest, natural, soft, girly, romantic We absolutely love Elizabeth Messina and get a lot of our inspiration from her!
If you could choose the most important pieces of the styling or set in your images that you would say set the tone for the whole shoot what would they be?
The jewelry and the studio! We are so proud of our new look and no one around us is doing boudoir like we are. We want to be different and totally US, and we feel like we have finally gotten there!
Photographers always know that nothing goes to plan in a editorial shoot where there are so many elements that have to come together, overcoming them and still getting killer images is what makes us pro. What challenges did you face?
Fit. We didn’t have our model come with us when shopping, so we just had to choose what we thought would work best. This comes back to why we also just started plaything with things we had, and they ended up being our best images. So the key is to just play and have lots of things to choose from!
Would you want to recreate this shoot for your clients? Or was this a one-of-a-kind original?
Would love to recreate it and have already had some many new inquiries from this shoot alone.
Thanks so much, Jen & Ann, for letting us show off this gorgeous editorial shoot! If you live in the Franklin, TN area, and are looking for a boudoir photographer, please contact these ladies! Also be sure to visit their portfolio page & their website.
This editorial boudoir was photographed by Ron Dressel of Charlottesville, Virginia. Ron describes this shoot with model (Amanda) as a representation of his typical boudoir vision and style. Amanda was styled by Ron himself with hair done by Chelsi Thomas and makeup by Sarah Hatch. Thank you Mr. Dressel for contributing your editorial to the Boudoir International blog!
What was your overall vision for the shoot, or – how did you decide to shoot this concept? The overall vision of this concept was to create soft and sensual images featuring glamorous lingerie. The lingerie was selected for it’s
Did you work with a stylist, or did you style all the outfits/accessories yourself? garments were selected by myself.
Describe the styling of the shoot Victoria’s Secret
How would you describe your typical style, was this a departure or were you playing into your typical inspiration? My typical boudoir shooting style is reflected in this shoot. I heavily rely on available light rather than using flash or strobe. I find images come out softer and dreamier than when using flash. This shoot was also done using a mixture of digital and film mediums.
Photographers always know that nothing goes to plan in a editorial shoot where there are so many elements that have to come together, overcoming them and still getting killer images is what makes us pro. What challenges did you face? Challenges faced in this shoot was finding the model herself. Since this was an editorial shoot the garments had been gathered before hand. The first model I originally had planned to use had to cancel on short notice so I had to scramble to find someone that fit the vision and the garments.
Describe the setting of the shoot/location, and how it inspired you: The shoot took place in a warehouse studio location. The location has brick walls which are painted white and offers lots of natural window light. The studio also had a nice selection of vintage furniture available as well as a sheer white partition which added depth when shooting through.
Ashley Durham, owner of The Secret Pin-Up, Boudoir and Glamour Photographer is a contributing member of Boudoir International. Today, we’re featuring a real boudoir shoot, photographed by Ashley in Colorado Springs. Her client, Abby was kind enough to answer some of our questions about her boudoir experience. Take a look at her gorgeous photos!
Why did you want to do a boudoir shoot?Boudoir photography has a tendency to make women feel amazing about themselves. I was in a slump and really felt like I needed that self-esteem booster. I felt like the session would do just that, and it definitely did. Never in my life have I felt incredibly sexy with so little clothing on.
How did you choose your photographer?I came across Ashley’s work while looking at fellow photographers that were attending an upcoming photography retreat. I immediately fell in love with her work. She’s amazing, and every image I saw made me feel like I absolutely needed her to photograph me.
How did you feel as you were preparing for the shoot?Preparing was nerve-wracking at first. Although after reading a blog post I found out that I didn’t have to stress out over what to wear. I had to choose items that made me feel comfortable. Outfits that I could actual say, “yes, this is something that I feel matches my personality.”
Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a boudoir shoot?Be yourself. If you are a generally happy person, laugh during your session. If you are serious, go for that sexy, seductive look. Work with someone who brings out the best in your personality. Choose a photographer that will talk to you before, during and after your session to make sure you felt comfortable throughout the process. Again, BE YOURSELF.
Your favorite moment of the whole experience?Seeing my images during the ordering session. I smiled the entire way through. I felt amazing in my skin, and that was not something I would have said in the weeks prior to the session.
Lingerie/shoes/accessories – any thing you want to share about what you wore, where you shopped, links etc?Victoria’s Secret is the place to go! Not only do they have amazing selection, but they have items to fit various shapes, sizes, and personalities. I felt sexiest in the PINK tank top. Still, to this day, my husband has a huge smile on his face when I wear it.
Just for fun: Define what SEXINESS &/OR BEAUTY means to you.Sexiness to me is something that comes from within. It’s the way you carry yourself, the way you smile. Beauty is the same way. You have to feel it inside to be able to radiate it on the outside.
Just for fun favorites: share your favorite lyrics from a song, or a favorite quote.“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
Did this experience change the way you see yourself, or the way you think of beauty? Anything else you want to share about your experience?Growing up I was never the “pretty one”. I never saw myself as beautiful, because I wasn’t told that I am. After my session with Ashley I discovered that I really am beautiful. Inside and out. It’s not what the world thinks about me, it’s what I feel about myself. Yes, I had my hair and makeup professionally done, but that doesn’t mean that the starting canvas wasn’t already beautiful. It took seeing my body in lingerie to make me realize that I can be so much more than I thought I was. I have a belly that is hard to get rid of, but I have a baby boy that steals my heart everyday with his smile. He is part of the way my body looks. If this body can create such an amazing miracle, it’s definitely worth photographing.
We’d like to extend a big thanks to Abby for giving us permission to share her boudoir photos on the Boudoir International blog. You ARE beautiful!
If you’re looking for a boudoir photographer in the Colorado Springs area, visit The Secret Pin-Up, Ashley Durham, Boudoir and Glamour Photographer on Boudoir International and see more of Ashley’s work on her website: http://thesecretpinup.com/
What we love most about being a boudoir photographers is that we are all about reminding women to own and enjoy what they have right now. To focus on the positives, that all of us have a unique beauty and to embrace that. And to remember that we don’t have to let society’s crap version of what “beauty” is influence our perception of our own beauty. We can realign our thoughts with positivity and self affirmation. That we can decide and say what is beautiful and be a light that shines beauty everywhere, more in attitude and grace than looks. We speak on behalf of all boudoir photographers that we want to be a cheerleader the day of your shoot, making you feel comfortable in your own skin. And we want you to walk away from the experience with a new attitude and self appreciation. Maybe it’s time for you to Believe in Beauty….
This kind client said it the best, and in fact if you want to watch here entire testimonial it’s on the video below. Here is the initial email she sent us…
“I was once again, stunned speechless as I beheld my beautiful photo album in my hands. I felt, and still feel, choked up in gratitude, appreciation and sincere thankfulness. Emotions that are welling up from the soul because of giving me such a deeply personal and truly unique gift that no other person has. Your lovely team that day has shown me a beautiful side to myself that I’ve never seen. And now that you’ve allowed me to peer behind the heavy curtains of self doubt and dancing threads of insecurities, a mystical force of confidence has seared itself into my character which allows me to fight those horrible thoughts, perhaps forever!
If I were to wish any one thing for all of womenkind, is to spend the afternoon with your girls, such as the wonderous day that I had, all for the sake of “gifting” unto them what I have been blessed to have received. Please, please, please pass onto the entire staff my heartfelt thank you! ♥
It was a chilly fall morning when we took Peggy (our gorgeous and talented hair and make-up artist!) to the outskirts of San Diego for a just-for-fun outdoor boudoir photo shoot. Pegs was recently hitched, so we took this opportunity to snap some shots of her in her beautiful, vintage wedding day garb with our own boudoir twist! With Halloween right around the corner, we feel this shoot perfectly captures the “spirit” of the holiday. Thank you, Peggy, for getting up at the crack of down with us to play around in the wilderness. We love you. <3
Today we feature an editorial shoot by Erika Nelly of Erika Nelly Photography. Erika photographed model Jessie Jess at her studio in Miami, Florida, with hair and make-up artistry by Vanessa Ortiz. Thank you Jessie and Erica for sharing your boudoir session with us!
Today’s Real Boudoir session was submitted by Melissa Mercado Photography, hailing from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Boudoir International member Melissa Mercado photographed her client, Miss L, at a local Playa del Carmen hotel. Miss L has graciously allowed us to showcase her photographs and share about her boudoir experience. Thank you to both Melissa and Miss L for contributing your work and experience to the Boudoir International blog!
Why did you want to do a boudoir shoot?
First of all, for fun! I am not camera-shy, I had many ideas of accessories and clothes that I always wanted to use in pictures and ideas in general of a shoot and having a wonderful friend that is an amazing photographer like Melissa, enabled us to do this great shooting.
How did you choose your photographer?
Melissa is a great friend and a wonderful photographer.
How did you feel as you were preparing for the shoot?
Really excited and couldn’t wait to do the shoot.
Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a boudoir shoot?
It is very important to just be and relax completely, otherwise you can see the tension in your whole body and face. Think of just having fun and let your goddess inside guide you to move. If you can dance, do some dance moves, slowly. And this is the opportunity to just take ALL the fun accessories you like and always wanted to use for a shoot and ALL the clothes you are a little shy to wear, just bring everything and there is always a good idea and shot of it.
Your favorite moment of the whole experience?
The moment I saw my pictures
Define what SEXINESS &/OR BEAUTY means to you.
Playfulness, smiles, shining eyes, expression from within, attitude, posture, self confidence, awareness of your own body – this all makes a person beautiful and sexy.
Just for fun favorites: share your favorite lyrics from a song, or a favorite quote.
“Follow your heart…it always knows what to do!” – Paolo Coelho
Did this experience change the way you see yourself, or the way you think of beauty? Anything else you want to share about your experience?
Absolutely! When I saw my pictures first I was impressed, so happy and couldn’t stop looking at them. The first thing I though was “WHO IS THIS???” And…it was me! Amazing! So, just do it – the shoot is so much fun, seeing your pictures after is just a wonderful moment and looking back at these pictures when I’m 70 will be awesome!
If you’re looking for a boudoir photographer in the Playa del Carmen area, please check out Melissa Mercado Photography on Boudoir International. For more on Melissa and her photography work, please visit her website here.
Michelle Delaney of Mad Banana Photography is a long time member of Boudoir International, and this week she’s our featured photographer!
Originally from Pittsburgh, Michelle lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 12 years before moving to the beautiful Ryukyu Island of Okinawa, Japan. She’s been in Okinawa for more than six years now, and has always had a passion for photography. In elementary school she got her first camera and took it everywhere. She began to capture her own memories from that point on.
Her business name was coined in homage to her two daughters, Madelyn and Hannah (hence Mad & Banana!) Mad Banana just celebrated their twelfth anniversary this year. As a boudoir photographer, Michelle mostly photographs American women that want to remind their ‘Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine’ soldier what they have to look forward to when they get back from Iraq or Afghanistan. She says she still gets goose bumps when clients tell her that they’ve never felt so beautiful! Below, we share a few of her images and she answers some of our questions regarding her boudoir photography. Thank you so much Michelle for contributing to Boudoir International!
Why do you love boudoir?
I LOVE Boudoir because it the single most effective way I’ve found to help women regain their confidence. Too often we’re so busy taking care of everyone else, that we get lost in the shuffle and forget how fabulous we really are! Having a boudoir session helps women reconnect with the super sexy woman that’s still in there!
What is your favorite part of the shoot?
My FAVORITE part of the shoot is eating brownies when it’s over! I make brownies for each and every client! When the session is over, we eat brownies, go over the contract and I answer any questions they have. This is when I really get to know them! By that point, they’ve had a blast, their guard is down and they’re ready for some CHOCOLATE!
Do you recommend any vendors to your clients to prepare for their shoot?
Since I’m in Okinawa, there are really not any stores I recommend on island! I encourage all of my clients to order on-line from Fredericks of Hollywood, Victoria’s Secret or Hot Milk! I have a TON of women who love to shoot Maternity Boudoir and Hot Milk is the place for them!
Are there any music videos that are currently inspiring your photography or vision?
I love Beyonce’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ video! It’s visually inspiring!
Right now, I’m listening to R.E.V.O Red Hands! I LOVE that song!
Do you have a playlist to get you and your clients in the groove during your shoots?
My Boudoir Playlist includes songs from ABBA (Dancing Queen), Beyonce (Single Ladies), Bruno Mars (Just the way you are), Cobra Starship (Good Girls Go Bad), Flo Rida (Low, Wild Ones), Icona Pop (I LOVE it), Jesse McCartney (Body Language), Justin Timberlake (Sexy Back), Katy Perry (Teenage Dream, Roar, Firework, California Girls), Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Maroon 5, Pitbull, Psy, Rihanna, Robin Thicke… just to name a few!
If you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I could shoot anywhere in the world, I would definitely go back to Paris, France, but I’d also love to go back to Portofino, Italy. Two gorgeous places that inspire me in completely different ways!
If you are looking for a boudoir photographer in Okinawa, Japan, please visit Michelle’s portfolio on Boudoir International: http://www.boudoirinternational.com/boudoir-photographers/mad-banana-photography/
You can also view the Mad Banana website here: http://www.madbananaphotography.com/#
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