With less time in my life. I find myself going down the Pinterest rabbit hole with less frequency than I used to. But when I can I like to scroll through my own boards, remembering what I pinned, and discover new pinners to add to my arsenal of inspirational images.
Here’s an example of an image that I found and pinned to my Boudoir Archetype: Glamazon board. A bridal boudoir client came in last weekend and brought in a pair of gorgeous high waisted black lace knickers. This image came to mind.
I didn’t want to create a duplicate, or clone, of course. But the it was the seed of an idea.
The original pin is a page from an old issue of Marie Claire. Not sure how to hunt down the photographer for proper attribution as I can’t make out the year of the issue.
Under The Influence is an ongoing series to share the work of other visual artists whose work inspires me and influences my own photography and portrait work. I hope that this will serves as a reminder or an introduction to these artist and also give you some visual pleasure. I am drawn to artowrk that has an interesting and unique point of view, that is simply gorgeous and/or thought provoking. In these posts, I’ll link to the artist’s website so you can explore and enjoy more of their work.
It’s fun to look back at my boudoir portrait work, and see how much I’ve changed - and how much has stayed the same. One thing that I’ve realized is that the more boudoir sessions I do, the more I love the real laughter and happiness and levity that can emerge in a boudoir shoot.
Looking for ideas for your spring boudoir shoot? Check out these gorgeous soft, low contrast prints and patterns with beautiful early spring colors. Springtime calls for either soft colors: pinks, corals, bits of green - colors that echo the natural colors that will be emerging around us in a matter of weeks OR vibrant and intense pops of color.
There is, as I’m sure you notice, an overlap of these lovely spring colors and fabrics with bridal boudoir colors and fabrics. Ivory! Blush! Florals! Lace! Tulle! Bring it on.
Selfies have their time and place. But a real considered portrait requires more.
A portrait is more than a picture of of what you look like. In a portrait facial expression, location, choices in clothing and accessories and posing all come together to show who you are. Portraits can be an exploration and affirmation of who you are.
As part of the process, we begin by planning to set goals for your portrait session. Going over different styles and choices in portraiture, we'll make a place on how we can best collaborate on making a memorable, compelling and striking portrait of you.
I'm thrilled when a boudoir client embraces their body. So many of us avoid the camera because we feel we are overweight - that we don't look like we used to. As you can see here, you don’t need to have an idealized figure to look amazing. It’s my job to use the right posing, lighting and lens choices to make you look amazing. It’s your job to bring your self confidence - full force.
"I liked Allana immediately! Her personality was comforting and I felt at ease face timing with her! I'm big on people, and Allana had a great vibe about her. Along with that, I was drawn to how modern glamour celebrates all women. It's about embracing and loving yourself and expressing that in these pictures for yourself or loved ones."
Valentine’s Day is about expressing and sharing love. And that requires courage and fearlessness.
In that spirit, I begin this new phase and open up to our personal lives, our inner world, our private selves.
As such, I hope that your day (and week! And year!) is heartened with reminders of the courageous and loving people you have in your lives.
It's not only ladies who want to get a boudoir session at the studio! Male boudoir is a thing. And, of course, we make it modern and classic and sexy.
This gentleman, husband and father of three, wanted to give his wife an awesome and unexpected Valentine's Day gift this year. He had received a boudoir album from his wife a few years ago, loved it and wanted to reciprocate. He told me he's been working out a lot recently and feeling good in his body again. .
We planned out the session to include a dapper look, a fitness and a fashion look. He rocked all three. It's really fun to create several different moods with one person by changing the wardrobe, the lighting and the lens choices.
Most people avoid the camera. And the reasoning I hear most often is that they have to lose 5, 10, 20 pounds. Believe me, you don’t need to lose weight to look smokin’ in your portraits. It’s my job to use the right posing, lighting and lens choices to make you look amazing. It’s your job to commit, to show up and to have fun.
You have it in you. Don't wait to be photographed. Do it now! With great coaching, posing, and lighting your body will look fabulous and you will, too!
Portrait photography, glamour or boudoir, is for people of all ages and body types. It’s not about the size you wear. It’s about the joy in which you inhabit your body.
Modern Glamour is celebration of you.
You can be bold, modest, sensual, funny, empowered, limitless, joyful, and always you.
You don’t need to diet or work out.
You do need to fully inhabit your body with love. And you can totally do that.
This beautiful family! I met expecting father Mike when we was a regular attendee at our epic Ad Hoc dance parties. It seems like a lifetime ago.
Since then he's changed jobs, moved a few times, got married and is now preparing for his newest chapter - fatherhood. I've been following his own physical transformation over the last months - through facebook posts, of course. He's been dedicated to taking his health and wellness more seriously - for his sake and for his new family. I've been very impressed with his winter runs.