Best Way to Relax at a Boudoir Photo Shoot: Laughter

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Best Way to Relax at a Boudoir Photo Shoot: Laughter

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.  

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SPRING LINGERIE IDEAS

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SPRING LINGERIE IDEAS

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.   

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Boston Beauty Portraits

GLAMOUR STUDIO SESSION

Sharing today some images from a glamour portrait session that I did to wrap up the end of the year, before the studio construction began.  L. was in town visiting her sister, and came up for a early morning session.  Taking advantage of the cool winter light here.  

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Face, Place, Clothes, Pose: Basics of Portrait Photography

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Face, Place, Clothes, Pose: Basics of Portrait Photography

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.  

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Plus Size Bridal Boudoir

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."

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BOSTON PREGNANCY PICTURES, A PERSONAL POST

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.  

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Male Boudoir | Best Valentine's Day Gift for your Wife

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Male Boudoir | Best Valentine's Day Gift for your Wife

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.  

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Boston Personal Branding Portraits

PERSONAL BRANDING SESSION

Love this woman!  I've known her through the photography world and also from photographing her with her wife and their adorable twins. 

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Leise Jones reached out a few months ago about getting updated images for her website, which was getting a rebrand.  That meant time for new head shots - portraits that were visually aligned with the direction her business is going in 2017. 

A portrait of you that represents that your business and brand is more than what your face looks like.  Though your face is important! A personal branding portrait should represent your business and appeal to your ideal client

I adore doing these kind of shoots.  And it starts be having a conversation.  For personal branding portrait sessions, clients thoughtfully answer questions that help me know what kind of look they are going for.   From your answers we can discuss the specifics of your brand identity and how we can accurately express your brand identity in a portrait. 

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Leise, who primarily photographs weddings is trying to attract couples who are a little outside of the "traditional" wedding market. Couples who are down to earth, creative, interested in authenticity over perfection.  Her clients love her sense of humor and that she is honest and approachable. Sounds wonderful, right? 

I feel so happy and proud when I make a client happy with their photos. If they love the stories that their photos tell, I am absolutely on Cloud 9. I am a big extrovert and so I get a lot of energy from portraits and events.

Her emphasis is not just on the photographs, but on the entire experience of being photographed and of enjoying the wedding day. She makes sure that she completely understand their vision and their goal for the day so that she can make the photos they're most excited about. 

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We decided that she should show off her extrovert persona in the images - which meant big smiles and lots of laughter.  A new haircut and bold glasses brought her spirit and energy to the forefront.  We wanted her to look as vibrant and joyful and welcoming as possible. 


Interested in learning more about a personal branding session?  Ready to update your website with a striking and compelling portrait that calls to the right client?  Let's talk! 

 

 

 

 

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Why You Don’t Need To Loose Weight Before Your Boudoir Session

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Why You Don’t Need To Loose Weight Before Your Boudoir Session

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. 

 

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Boston Modern Glamour Portrait | Amarachi

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Modern Glamour Natural Light Portraits

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More from the full session I had with A. the first thing I noticed about her was how striking her bone structure was and those cheekbones! We kept the styling very simple and let her natural beauty shine. 

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Modern Glamour is the women’s portrait division of Ars Magna Studio run by artist and photographer Allana Taranto.  Each and every portrait session is a collaboration.  I value connecting with my clients to work together to make their dream glamour portraits happen.


Ready to feel beautiful? Modern? Glamourous? Call me at 617-942-1449 to chat about ideas for your modern glamour session.

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Maternity | Changes for Mom and Dad

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Maternity | Changes for Mom and Dad

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.  

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Hands, Sheets, Shadows | Implied Nude Boudoir Session in Boston

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Hands, Sheets, Shadows | Implied Nude Boudoir Session in Boston

One of the things I love about portrait photography is that while there are rules there are also no hard rules.  Especially when it comes to what to put on your body for a boudoir photo shoot.  You don’t have to wear clothes, just like you don’t have to be nude.  With implied nude boudoir photography, it’s more about the shape and form of the body than about wardrobe or sets.  I’ll photograph you in what you bring in.  I also have things here that you might be interested in wearing, or draping.  We can drape and wrap fabrics to give the illusion of a dress or a shirt or a skirt.  Ultimately, I want you to feel comfortable and beautiful - so you can relax into the experience and look amazing.

When I originally saw the phrase hands, sheets, shadows - I knew that it was the ideal descriptor for implied nudes.   At this shoot, we played with the idea of some items of clothing against bare skin.  

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What's Making Me Happy 2016

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What's Making Me Happy 2016

2016 was an intense year of change. In both my professional (launching Modern Glamour comes to mind), and personal life.  It was also marked another year in business and another year of portraits in which I was honored to meet and photograph many beautiful, interesting and wonderful people.  

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Men's Portraits Boston

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Men's Portraits Boston

It's a guy! It's true, we don't only photograph women around here.  Here are a few of my favorites from a shoot last week with the Pilates Prince, Antonio Aniello.  

Just like when photographing women for Modern Glamour portraits, I want the men in front of my camera to feel confident and look natural. The posing isn't the same, but the approach of the photographer is - I wanted to create images that he felt great about. 

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Treat Yo'Self | Greatest Gift To Give To Yourself This Holiday

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Treat Yo'Self | Greatest Gift To Give To Yourself This Holiday

Last winter, when we had just moved to Midway I fell in love with shooting in the midday winter light.  And so, I'm offering once again the Winter Session.  You can use this to do a little boudoir portrait session or a little glamour session.  You can use it for a personal branding portrait.  You can use it however you'd like.  To warm up, to treat yourself, to indulge on a winter afternoon.  You get the idea.  The greatest gift to give to yourself? Love! 

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Beautiful Maternity in Boston

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Beautiful Maternity in Boston

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Maternity glamour portrait photography is a beautiful way to document a fleeting (int he long run) time in life.  With a body that is changing and different every day.  This makes each maternity portrait session unique.  

Friend and confidant, Kiera, came by the studio last week.  I asked months ago if she'd up be up for a Modern Glamour style maternity portrait session.  She wasn't sure - she claimed she was much more comfortable behind the camera.  

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Challenge of shooting in the third trimester is making sure your muse if comfortable.  We had a small lunch together to kick off the shoot.

When we began planing her dream session, the only vision she had was a silhouette.  She then handed over the creative reigns to me for  the other sets and wardrobe.  I had this soft pink maternity robe that I thought would look lovely with Keira's complexion.  The backdrop here is a lovely canvas damask that was originally a few yards of upholstery material.  It looks gorgeous in natural light with soft pastel tones. 

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K also requested to use the brick wall - something that doesn't make a lot of appearances in my current work.  

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We kept the shoot moving quickly  - as with maternity portrait sessions comfort is key.  I pulled out a black dress and Kiera managed to wiggle into it for our final look.  Love this one!  

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I have photographed many women's portrait sessions in Boston, photographing women at all stages of life.  I love photographing maternity portraits.  Each portrait session is a collaboration with my muse to create beautiful and celebratory glamour portraits where you look like you - the best possible you.  

Interested in booking a maternity portrait session? Email me now for more ideas about Boston glamour portrait photography in Boston or click the button below. 

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Modern Glamour in Boston | Jackie's Portrait Session

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The gorgeous, funny and upbeat Jackie blessed the studio with her presence this week.  We were both thinking neutrals for wardrobe - neutrals with bling! 

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She arrived in great spirits, and her laughter rung through the studio all morning.  

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As a Boston glamour photographer, I have photographed many beautiful women's portrait sessions in Boston.  Each portrait session is a collaboration with my muse to create beautiful, celebratory and tasteful glamour portraits.

Interested in booking a shoot? Email me now for more ideas about Boston glamour portrait photography in Boston or click the button below. 

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Glamour at 99 | My Grandmother

This is my grandmother at 99.  She worked in a factory, as a seamstress and alongside her husband in their show repair and tailoring business.  As the oldest, she helped raise her younger brothers and sisters after her mother died and her father went back to Sicily to find another wife.  She raised three of her own children,  her four grandchildren and her soon to be three great grandchildren.  

In honor of the woman in my life who showed me how to be glamorous, not to slouch my shoulder, to love my curls, the difference a good fit makes in one’s clothes and the power of coming together over good food.  I am thankful for the perspective reading her memoir has brought into my life this week.   Thankful that this legacy is preserved.  

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Sara Bielanski Album Cover | Boston Modern Glamour Portraits

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Sara Bielanski Album Cover | Boston Modern Glamour Portraits

Last month, I had the pleasure of working with the vocalist Sara Bielanski to create an image for her new album cover!  

This portrait lay somewhere between a Modern Glamour session and a Personal Branding Session - as soon as we connected by phone to discuss the shoot, I knew I would love working with her and that the session (and resulting images) would be memorable.  

I’ve really enjoyed working with performers, many of whom I’ve met through Opus Affair connections.  From Lorelei Ensemble (both in ensemble and individually) to Christa Gniadek and others - working with professional musicians is quite rewarding.  

Sara is a professional musician. Her background is versatile, having studied both the classical and jazz through her Masters degree program. She also improvises a lot.  In addition to her vocation as a performer, she maintains a private vocal studio in her home.

When I asked her to describe what makes her feel good about her work she explained that it is liberating. Music allows her the chance to express herself in an honest way. She enjoys the collaborative part, the conversation and relationship with other musicians.  She thrives on making an impression and inspiring others - as a performer, teacher, and mentor.

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