Heading to Houston (among other places)! | Boudoir Photographer

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Looking ahead at the next year, even though it is only August, I can see that my boudoir session travel schedule is already filling up! Specifically for January I'll be in Houston AND in Portland! 

Come see me for your own Texas-sized boudoir session (that's where everything is BIGGER, though I haven't really figured out how to interpret that quite yet... but I promise to only make certain parts of you look bigger) in Houston. Another idea? let's drive 30 minutes outside of the city and make our way to Galveston! Beach boudoir anyone? 

For those interested in seeing what the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer for your boudoir session come see me in Oregon! I'll be in the Portland area for a few days in January as well as making my way to the coast. The Oregonian coast might as well be an undiscovered land mass it's so deserted. This makes for an amazing private opportunity for a usually public outdoor boudoir session.

Should you be in any of those areas in January, or you know of friends that would be interested in a boudoir session in that area please get in touch! It's a rare opportunity to have a unique setting for your boudoir session!

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A little experimentation | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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From the very first second my clients inquire about a boudoir session I want them to know that I am pretty much down to try any idea that they have. 

In the past few years I've gotten to collaborate with clients on a variety of their 'crazy' ideas. Of course the suggestion always starts with "Hey... this might sounds weird, but....." And I always say "NO THAT ISN'T WEIRD!! LET US COMMENCE!". We've been able to incorporate food (pizza and cupcakes!), whips, feathered wings, canes, top hats, body paint...and now BLACK LIGHTS and body paint!!! 

Check this out :) Big props to this amazing woman for bringing in an idea and letting me run with it. 

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Shower magic | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Yes, yes... I understand that the definition of 'boudoir' is "a woman's private room", but that definitely doesn't really go on to describe the room (or the boudoir, if you please). So for a bit, let's explore our imaginations and dream up what our ideal "woman's private room" would look like. 

For me?  I have constructed this list of non-negotiables. We'll title it: Sarah's Boudoir, and these qualities are in no particular order. 

1) Black-out curtains

2) Unlimited champagne

3) Bravo and HGTV 

4) The perfect temperature at all times (this obviously would fluctuate based on the season but this room would be smart enough to know exactly how hot or cold I wanted it to be)

5) Fluffy slippers

6) Fluffy carpet

7) A bomb-ass shower that didn't take 45min for the water to heat up

8) Glowing light so that I looked beautiful at all times of the day

 

Speaking of that shower.... my new studio has a killer shower in it and I've enjoyed getting to play around with a few experimental images! If you're up for it, I'd love to use the shower in your future session!

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Client Interview: "I... have nothing to hide." | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Though I could talk on and on (and on and on and on and on) about why I know that a boudoir session will not be nearly as hive-inducing as you would believe, the best way for you to gain a bit more courage to have your OWN session is for you to read about another's experience. 

It is so often that I get the question about whether or not the women only website are models. You can read more about that here. While my clients are not technically models at the start of their session, when their images are ready for viewing they may decide on a career change :) 

Read on to see how this real-life person handled her boudoir session, coming out more confident; a woman with nothing to hide.

 

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)? My age is less embarrassing than my music selection. 33

2) What do you do for a living? Attorney


3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?
I was getting married and in better shape than I have been for years. A few of my friends had done boudoir and loved it. I wanted to do it for myself as a confidence boost, but also to give a gift to my new husband. He is obsessed with the photos. I took your advice to text him one on the hour every hour. I sent him one of me in the doggie position right before we walked down the aisle. He said it was the best gift he has ever received!!

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir? No


5) Why did you choose OWN? Because a friend of mine used the studio and her pictures were AMAZING. She said it was so comfortable and relaxed despite getting half naked in front of a stranger, so I knew it was the best choice for me.


6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)? Yes I was actually relieved that you told me what to do. I am a moron in front of the camera and I had no clue what to do. I was so glad that you directed me.


7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc) The shoot!. It was the sexiest and most confident I have ever felt. Second best was giving the images because I knew other than you and me, it was for my husband's eyes and I wanted him to have that. 


8) How has the response been to your images? Well judging by the fact that he made a slideshow of my images as the screensaver on our tv... I would say pretty damn good. 


9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session? Don't hesitate!! Do this for yourself. You will never forget how confident and sexy you felt. It is the best gift you Can give yourself


10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session? Yes. I felt more confident in sex and just in walking around my house. I feel like I have nothing to hide!

When the light hits perfectly | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Yesterday I had some killer light in the studio. Since this is still only my 3rd week working out of the new space I am in a constant state of discovering the best places to shoot. To me, EVERY single corner is a gem :) Apologies to future clients for squealing every time they take a step. 

Here is one of my favorite images from yesterday. Fan blowing, light shining... I call this image: "Just standing here very naturally like I do every single day." :) 

 

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Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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Hellloooooo there! Do you ever wish you could see into the lives of the very women that grace my website? They aren't models (yet), they are moms, doctors, students, paralegals, microbiologists, travelers, writers, lawyers, musicians, non-profit CEOs, and retail managers. They love tacos, carbs, their kid's soccer team (sometimes), an occasional gym class, sleeping, wine juice boxes, reality TV, dressing up or down, and privacy. 

Getting to interview my clients after their boudoir session let's me continue my relationship with them while also being super nosy. I guess it also allows me to be super helpful to you that are interested in even possibly-sometimes-maybe-kind-of considering hitting the 'contact' button and getting in touch with me. 

Today's interview is for all of you ladies that get lost in the busyness of life and need a little reminder that you've got so much to offer:

 

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I am 28! 

2) What do you do for a living?

I am a genetics graduate student.

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I wanted to do something nice for myself and something that would make me feel beautiful. I've seen pictures of boudoir images online and I thought, "I don't need a reason to do that!", so I signed up! I loved my session, it totally went beyond my expectations! 

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

I was a little fearful about being naked in front of someone I don't know. However, Sarah made it a very comfortable atmosphere. She was so encouraging and loving, it didn't feel weird at all once you got into it. I was also fearful about my images coming out awkward. I thought that I would make weird faces or my images wouldn't be sexy at all....but I was so wrong! 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

I really like Sarah's style. I feel like they are beautiful and artistic images that you would want to display in your home. I think Sarah has a style that is very unique in this field. I am not one for really intense images, I wanted something softer and beautiful and I knew Sarah could do that! 

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

It was way different than I expected. It was just a comfortable and fun experience. 

7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

My favorite part was the posing. It made me feel like I was a model in a photoshoot. So fun! 

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8) How has the response been to your images?

I loved them! I had a hard time picking my favorites for sure.

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

Just do it! You will not regret it! You will have beautiful images of yourself forever and these images are classy and timeless so you can display them in your home for years to come. This was one of my favorite things I have ever done for myself, I will be doing these again in the future for sure. 

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Yes, I thought, "I look SO amazing!" when I saw these images. I saw a new side of myself that I don't see on a daily basis. These images will be a reminder to me to stop and see how beautiful I am in the midst of all the busyness in life. 

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New Boudoir studio sneak peek!

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The new boudoir studio is up and running! We are still conveniently located in midtown Atlanta - just down the street from the last studio, and ON the Atlanta Belt Line!  I am in love. In the midst of the moving/looking at all of the new ways to fill the space, I haven't been able to post much/think much/do much. Buuuuuuut I can't keep these to myself any longer. Here are a few sneak peeks!!

The main area, with floor to ceiling windows!! Check out that view.. :)

The main area, with floor to ceiling windows!! Check out that view.. :)

Here is a preview of my "light room".

And here is the dark room!! It's all about those strategically placed shadows, folks. 

Interested in checking out the new space and booking a session? Click here.

 

Posing while pregnant...one client's story | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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While maternity boudoir sessions are becoming more and more of an occurrence in my studio (especially for those clients that got knocked up as a result of their stunning photos hahahah), this session was a little different when it comes to 'pregnancy boudoir'. 

It doesn't happen often, but every now and then I get a panicked call from a client. This call usually goes something like this: 

"Ohmygoodness I just found out that I am pregnant and I need to come in for a boudoir session within the next hour or day or week before my body starts to show!!!" 

I love it, and it definitely gives the session a different sort of milestone in the lives of my clients. How neat to be able to look back at your boudoir session and see the beginnings of your child's life?

For this client, that happened exactly... read about her experience below!

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1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

28

2) What do you do for a living?

Regulatory for a Medical Device company.

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

Been wanting to do it for a while, and after I found out I was pregnant, I finally decided "It's now or never!"

 

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

Body image insecurities. [I'm] not good at posing and [tend to make] awkward faces in photos. 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

LOVED Sarah's work and the way she elegantly captures a woman's natural beauty. 

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6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

A lot less nerve-wracking than I thought especially being almost (if not completely) naked in front of a stranger. But, having only the photographer there makes it more comfortable. Posing is hard, foreal.

7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

Everything, really. But seeing the images was really special and shows the fruit of your labor [before I go into actual labor!]. I kept saying, "Dang! Is that really me?!" Sarah is amazing at what she does!!!

8) How has the response been to your images?

Response has been great. Nothing but goooooooood feedback :] Especially from the hubby.

 

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

You don't need the "perfect" body to do this. Just as the name of the studio states, its about your OWN beauty.  Whether you do it for yourself or for someone else this was such an empowering experience and one I would recommend every women to try. If you are doing this for a special someone, think of ways to make the outfits more meaningful, so the photos are more personalized.

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Learned to love my own skin and embrace what I feel are my imperfections. Being sexy is more than just the outfit I may (or may not be) wearing, but the confidence that comes out of me.

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Happy little accidents.. | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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Let's just say that if you're getting a little undressed in front of the camera with someone you may not have met before then you PROBABLY don't want there to be any accidents. For the most part, no one has been harmed in the making of any of these photos :)

However, an accident can happen sometimes and the result is one you never would have thought to 'accidentally' create on your own. What makes an image a unique "holy crap this is my favorite images taken in my entire life up tot his point in time" type of photograph can sometimes be a flaw or an error...

And cue Bob Ross...

Those flaws and errors are just 'happy little accidents'. 

We rip a lot of thigh-highs in this studio. At first we ripped them on accident (always bring a back up!), but after loving this image and the rip that is so suggestive, we've started to rip thigh-highs on purpose. 

 

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"This helped me..." | Client interview | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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You get tired of hearing from me, right? Of course you do! Let's change it up a bit and let you hear from a real person (not that I photograph artificial persons, haha!). 

It's so refreshing to hear from other women that have gone through this boudoir experience. Boudoir does have the power to enhance your view of yourself, read for yourself! And if you're interested in finding out more about boudoir, get in touch! I'll do my best to answer all of your questions and I can even help you find the right photographer should I not be the one for you!

Thanks for reading! Now.... on to this lovely woman's personal account: 

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

Well I’m 28… but at 14 I believe I was in love with N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, & Britney (I still am)

2) What do you do for a living?

I am a sales profession in luxury retail.

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I wanted to do something special for my fiancé for his wedding gift. I also wanted to do it for myself. When I was tossing the idea around, I came across Sarah's website/blog and immediately fell in love with the photos and thought “could I do that?”. I thought “What the hell… if it’s a total disaster, I’ll pretend it never happened."

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4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

I’m not 100% with my body/self-confidnece, but who is really? I was nervous of having all of my imperfections highlighted. I don’t look in the mirror and think “Damn I look good.” So I was hesitate to believe I’d actually like the photos. (Not to mention getting down to my bare ass in front of another person whom was not my fiancé) 

5) Why did you choose OWN?

I chose OWN because Sarah's photos are absolutely stunning. EVERY SINGLE shot I looked at on her blog was phenomenal. Each and every one of those women were not only beautiful, but looked like they FELT beautiful. Her shots are artistic and classy. Each looked catered to the own individual woman with Sarah’s own artistic touch.

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

It was actually a lot different than what I had imagined… for the better! I was worried I wouldn’t do it right and that I’d be uncomfortable the whole time. But from the very second I walked in the door I felt at ease. While it was a total BLAST, it was also hard work. I have a new appreciation for models (not that I’m comparing myself to a model) but all the posing and tilting and arching… I was sore the next morning. Barre shakes take on a whole new meaning when you’re doing a shoot with Sarah! 

7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

While seeing the images was AH-mazing, I think the best part was the actual shoot. She would give me some sneak peeks here and there and I’m over here like “WHAT?! OMG I’M SO PRETTY!” And that gave me a confidence boost to strut my stuff for her camera! I left that day feeling like a million bucks. We laughed and had champagne (which calmed my nerves a lot, but really I just LOVE champagne) and had an unforgettable and exceptional experience together.
 

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8) How has the response been to your images?

While I haven’t shown them to my fiancé yet (SHHH! — He’ll see them the night of our wedding) I’ve shown some close friends and family. EVERYONE is dying over them! I haven’t had one negative response or anything short of absolute awe over them. I cannot wait to see his face when he sees them! (I’m literally having to force myself not to show him early).


9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! I originally did this for my fiancé, but really now that it’s all done… I got more out of it. I feel sexy and glamorous. If I am every feeling down about myself or having a rough day, I look at those photos and instantly smile. It might sound a little conceded or egotistical—but women today (myself included) are so body-concious and we get caught up in the day-to-day grind that we forget to take time for ourselves. We need to love ourselves and appreciate our bodies. This helped me do that, and still does.


10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

As mentioned above, Sarah has helped me to see my own beauty. I am comfortable in my skin and proud of my body. I would totally wear lingerie to work if I could! Ha! 

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A wardrobe option to fall all over | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Let's talk about Fall. This glorious season in which it's just cool enough to wear some layers and just warm enough to get to choose how many layers you want to wear. For Atlanta, summer is brutal for fashion. We carry changes of clothes in our cars for when we inevitably sweat through whatever we're wearing. 

Fall is amazing. We can finally curate outfits that look like they are straight out of a fashion-blogger's closet instead of the set of the Walking Dead... plus there's the whole 'smell of fires and leaves and festivals'. 

While boudoir photography isn't exactly a seasonal activity, there are specific wardrobe requests that have a more seasonal feel to them! One such request is the classic big-ol' sweater. The sweater-look is one of those wardrobe ideas that, while extremely simple, can be molded and changed to match any personality! There are chunky sweaters, long sweaters, sheer sweaters, off the shoulder sweaters, holey (not the religious kind) sweaters, tight sweaters, ....you get the picture :) 

AND...in honor of fall and sweater-weather... here are some recent examples! 

 

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Personal sex appeal enhancers | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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Guys, I see SO many props. I capitalize 'SO' because I want you to know that I see a lot of props. You know what, I also say 'SO' in that way (you know...the capitalization) because I want you to know that it is totally ok to bring in a prop. Hell, I welcome it!!! Props are personal, they reflect elements of your personality that can only be brought out by the presence of Harry Potter glasses/soccer balls/whips/feathers/paint/Falcons jerseys/McDonald's Hamburgers/etc. 

I love it. 

Props get a bad rap... I don't know why, maybe because our only experience with prop photography (in a sexy way) comes from 70s Glamour shots and George Costanza's sexy shoot from Seinfeld. 

Prop photography (in boudoir) is so much fun for me, I love getting to design incredible photographs that are personally special to my client (or the person my client happens to love). That is what 'props' are to me... personal. Also, I wish there was a different word to use than 'prop'. It sounds so....blah. Let's from now on refer to props as 'personal sex appeal enhancers'

 

Now.... for a recent example of a personal sex appeal enhancer: 

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Boudoir wardrobe: What colors should I wear? | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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What colors or patterns will look best? 

Wardrobe planning is, of course, a HUGE part of your boudoir session!! We want you to feel as confident as you can, and part of that confidence will have to do with the items you are choosing to bring in and wear for the shoot. We will be here alongside you planning out your wardrobe - you can save your sweating for all the posing at your session ;).

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For all shapes, sizes, and skin colors, the main colors to stay away from are colors that are too bright/neon (unless it holds some special meaning to you. Maybe you want to look like a traffic cone, I don't know your life).

It will also be in your best interest to stay away from crazy patterns and covering yourself in animal print. I have about 15 pairs of leopard shoes, but leopard is extremely eye catching and we would like your BOOBS/BUTT/LEGS/SMILE to be what catches the eye. Unless you want a safari-inspired themed boudoir shoot... road trip anyone?!

DO look for nude colors, off white, black and muted blues and greens. These colors won't draw as much attention from the important stuff, and also look great on camera (the camera does weird technical things that makes some colors better than others... that will take another blog/YouTube tutorial/college textbook to explain). If you happen to love items in purple, red, pinks, just email us your examples and we will tell you what we think, based on your complexion!  

Here are a few examples/eye candies/things to get your thoughts going about planning out your wardrobe!

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Boudoir client interview: A pivotal moment. | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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For those that are tried of hearing me toot my own horn (side note, am I basically a 14 yr old boy or is 'toot' a funny word?)... I have an incredibly insightful client interview for you. 

At the beginning of my career I never would have imagined that boudoir would become such a huge part of my business. As boudoir slowly began to take over my hard drives and my dreams I also never imagined that I'd begin to see some of my clients multiple times! What an incredible honor to have someone trust me at ALL for their boudoir experience, let alone decide to come in and do it all over again. 

To hear from one such lovely lady, read her interview below!

 

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1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I am 50!

2) What do you do for a living?

I am an HR professional working for a global organization.

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I have done two boudoir sessions with Sarah! My first one was a Christmas gift for my husband – he slightly hinted that he would love to see me do a boudoir session someday.  

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

I had fears about my first session – I imagine they are universal fears (e.g.: will I like the photos, is my butt too big, who am I to do this etc.).  Once you meet Sarah, all those fears melt away; Sarah has a gift for seeing beauty no matter what your shape or size and makes you feel instantly comfortable.

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

I did my research! I was drawn to the beautiful photos on OWN, and when I started researching Sarah, I found her authentic, warm and full of joy – just the person who I would want to put my trust in.  

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

Both sessions were fun! Sarah knows what she is doing. She provides a lot of direction which enabled me to relax and let her do the work.  She has a tremendous eye for angles, light and what makes a person their most beautiful.  Sarah is also so enthusiastic – she encourages you before, during and after the shoot!

7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

I loved preparing for the first shoot, such anticipation! Sarah provides a suggested checklist which I followed and then supplemented with a few of my favorite things.  You bring your suitcase to your boudoir session and Sarah goes through it and selects the outfits – it was great to hear her excitement, and of course she knows what shows up best on camera.   

8) How has the response been to your images?

My husband LOVED the first set.  He has blown up a few of the photos and they now hang in our bedroom. Some of my best girlfriends have seen them and are now interested in having their own boudoir session!

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

Do it NOW! It is empowering and gives you an opportunity to capture your beauty both during the session and forever afterward.  

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Yes!  After the first shoot, Sarah sent me a few “sneak peek” images.  When I opened the email, the first one made me giggle – it was light and flirty. The second image made me weep – I had never seen myself in the way I saw myself in that image.  It really made me pause and re-examine the negative self-talk that can swirl around in my head.  It was a pivotal moment for me.  Now, I am much more kind and gentle to myself. No more negative self-talk or criticism about body “flaws”. I have found that now I look at myself as in, what would Sarah’s camera see?  It feels quite empowering and free.

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**Have you heard? I'm on tour this year! That's right, this Atlanta boudoir photographer is headed your way (probably). I'll be photographing women for their boudoir sessions in Vegas, Chicago, New York, London, Miami, and New Orleans. Are you looking to make a trip? Turn it into a long weekend... or maybe plan your vacation around me! Know someone in those areas? Give them my info. You'll be loved forever. 

Bridal boudoir is the gift of the season

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It's that time of year when the weather starts getting more tolerable, fall festivals are splattering their posters on every telephone poll, and the holidays are basically next week. Do you know what the holidays bring? Engagements! And engagements mean that we are pretty much gearing up for another wedding season!!!! 

-cue a 'wedding crashers' reference here- 

Someone bring me some crab cakes and a chardonnay. 

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The excuses of all excuses to have an incredible experience for yourself and an incredible proof of your beauty has GOT to be a wedding. It doesn’t even have to be *your* wedding ::wink wink:: I'm all for you having a boudoir session if you just overhear someone talking about a wedding :) 

 Of course… a wedding is one fabulous excuse, but there are a million other excuses to book a boudoir session for yourself. It isn’t always about giving this gift to someone else! Do this for you, feel beautiful for you, say ‘hot damn!!!!!’ for you! 

In the spirit of wedding season, here is an incredible woman that used a boudoir session for her wedding as an excuse to give herself the gift of her lifetime. 

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Emotion | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Emotiona natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.

It's personal. During your boudoir session your emotions will be all YOU. Your images, your experience, your expressions will all be unique to you.

While I love to see inspiration photos from clients, recreating someone else's image often means recreating the personal emotions that came together to create the individual image. It almost means putting on a costume in order to look like someone else. 

Let's focus on you. Let's make your images the images that you are inspired by. Let's capture your OWN emotion.

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This is what happens when you let me experiment | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Occasionally I'll dream up an idea that needs one or two client guinea pigs in order to see if I'm crazy or creative. I don't think those two terms are necessarily mutually exclusive, but I think that YOU, my clients, would be a bit more hesitant to hire me if I described my work as 'crazy' :) 

This current move into my creatively crazy experiment had to do with a photo series I saw that involved body paint. Once I saw that series I KNEW I needed to try using body paint during a session. 

Of course I knew nothing about body paint and I'm pretty sure my studio's security deposit would go up in flames if I managed to get paint all over the beautiful hardwoods. Regardless, I'm a risk taker... plus I found out that body paint comes off with soap and water, which makes it easier to work with than mascara and eyeliner. 

I'll spare you the rest of the details and just show off one of the first peeks into this session: 

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I LOVED incorporating body paint into this boudoir session. I loved it so much that I convinced my next client to partake in the body-paint experiment, too! 

Creative... crazy... whatever. This was so much fun!

 

Love,

Sarah

 

 

 

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Proof that babies don't ruin your body... | Atlanta boudoir photography

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On any given week I'll hear no less than 17 different reasons why women have chosen to come in for their boudoir session.

Aside from birthdays, anniversaries, new tattoos, weddings, and the 'TREAT YO SELF' narratives there is one additional reason that gets listed in the 'WHY' portion of their initial inquiry. 

"I want to do this before a baby ruins my body"

Now, as a former baby, I'm a bit offended by that. 

Of course pregnancy can and does change your body, but 'change' is hardly a synonym for 'ruin'. Your body is going through an incredible (and slightly weird) process, but it is evolving... not being ruined. What a privilege to have your body be able to go through the process of pregnancy. Not every woman that wishes for it is able to have the experience. 

So look at it in a different light... you're body is just going through a phase. Yes, you will likely look physically different after this phase has ended, but you get to love yourself all over again in a new way. And again, as a former baby, it would make me so happy to know that my mother loves the change that we created together.

 

Now for some proof that babies aren't all that bad: 

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Part 4: 5 Common misconceptions about your boudoir session | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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WELL HELLOOOO THERE! Thanks for coming up out from under the Olympics rock to reach my blog :) If your'e like me then you've been actively refreshing your NBC app in order to catch every single second of gymnastics and diving. I'll let it be known that I also enjoy watching the Women's air-pistol (is that what it's called) because those ladies could DEFINITELY be Bond girls. They are incredible.

That being said, here is the continuation of my boudoir series of the 5 most common misconceptions you might have about your boudoir session. 

Parts one, two, and three, are here.... read those to get caught up on this series! I'm full of tips, and questions YOU might have are likely asked by others! This series is also great for anyone even considering a boudoir session or knows someone that is considering a session. 

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Alright. Now let us get on dowwwwnnnnnn to the meat of this post. 

Being that it is nearly the end of summer (kids are back in school, your coworkers are rejoicing that kids are back in school, you are cursing the traffic that comes from kids being back in school....) you've had an entire almost 3 months to be photographed in bathing suits. No doubt this has had you practicing your posing in front of a Target mirror as you decide which bathing suit would look good from all angles. 

Of course, no matter how much you practice the art of concealing the weird back-rolls that come from a certain bathing suit, you inevitably will have about 400 terrible pictures taken of you in said suit. Commence the Facebook de-tagging. Thank goodness FB allows us to review pictures before we accept the tags. Lord have mercy. 

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This brings me to an important anxiety about posing in lingerie. If you can't even be trusted to nail your beach-body poses, how on earth could you be trusted to nail your lingerie poses?

This is where I, the queen of all that is good and right in the world, will help you out. 

We'll talk about the 'good and right' later :)

Myth #4: You will have to practice posing before your boudoir session.

  1. We’ve all done it. We catch ourselves in the mirror…we do a double-take…we face ourselves…an eyebrow begins to lift… our lips part…for some reason our weight shifts and our hands go to our hair. Nailed it. The sexy face. Cue the selfie.
  2. Since we’ve nailed the sexy-face, and no doubtedly practiced it 193 times, we attempt to try it out in public during the ever-present photo opportunities that occur during dinner. We see the end-result, fully expecting to SLAY better than all involved in the image. What do we see? Basically Shrek. No offense to Shrek, but I can think of some more attractive characters. 
  3. THIS is why I say leave the posing up to me. There is no need for you to practice. If you want to practice then my best advice is to stretch or do yoga. Posing can be hard. The truth is that my camera angle, the careful awareness and design of lighting, the pattern of the sun, and the arrangement of furniture can make your ‘sexy face’ seem like you’ve been stuck in a bout of constipation. Leave this to me. You hire me to take care of the entirety of the details surrounding your boudoir session and this is a HUGE detail. 
  4. There is a great benefit in leaving posing up to me. You’ll never be lost at what to do, I’ll give explicit instructions on how to tilt your head, I’ve photographed in my studio for FIVE years and so I KNOW the light. I'll make sure that my eye and my lens see you from the best angle possible. There is no way for you to know what your best angle is when you walk into my studio. 
  5. Lastly: Your wardrobe can have specific influences on which poses look best on you (I’ll see this!). You may not be able to notice it, but when I put you in a position I will be able to see how the boning of your corset buckles, how the lace of your bra rests on your chest, or how the thigh-highs press into your leg a bit too much once they are at a certain height.  Leave it up to me. You've hired me to be the best boudoir photographer that money can buy, so let me be the best boudoir photographer that money can buy. 
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Above all, I know that your brain is on fire when you're walking in to your boudoir session. Your heart is beating and your muscles are shaking. Nerves are a given, and it would be really weird if you weren't nervous at the thought of posing in lingerie in front of someone you may have never met. Even so... trust me. You picked me, you hired me, you loved my work. It is in my best interest for me to photograph you beautifully... after all, I want you to WANT the final product! That's how I fund my growing collection of drugstore lip glosses :) 

 

Kidding, kind of. 

 

 

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It's all in the details | Atlanta boudoir photography

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Sometimes the best image if of you and the skin you're in. 

No lingerie.

No complicated boudoir props. 

No crazy lighting and hair and makeup. 

Sometimes the best images, the images that make your boudoir session your OWN, are the images of the details that make you YOU.

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