Props? Oh yes, bring your props | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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J.K. Rowling and Yo Yo Ma would be so proud. 

When this lovely client came to our Atlanta studio with her "can I bring props to my boudoir session" question we went all 'Broad City' and were like "YAAASSS QUEEN". Of course, we tend to say "YAS" before asking for more information, but we haven't been burned yet.

(That being said, please don't surprise me by bringing some weird prop like a taxidermy fox-thing, IDK what to do with that). 

During our questionnaire and wardrobe planning process, which you can read more about in a few posts back, she elaborated that she'd love to bring in her cello as well as the candles she'll use at her October wedding. Insert a sigh of relief from us that she wasn't bringing a taxidermy fox. 

I'll admit, working my lighting with the candles proved to be a bit of an equation at first. I was 0% satisfied with a lot of the images, but with a little experimentation and a LOT of micro adjustments I finally got it right. Cue Harry Ma, which is my combo of Harry Potter and Yo Yo Ma. Deal with it. 

 

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One of our most popular requests....

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Last year I had an idea to start incorporating water into some of my boudoir sessions. The idea manifested itself in a few mini-session experiments that I specifically scheduled in order to feel out how exactly to hose my clients down while keeping hair/makeup intact. The resulting images were some of my favorite images that I've ever taken and deserved an immediate post on social media (like any great selfie or kick-ass picture). 

Over the last year I've gotten a plethora of requests for the 'wet look' as a part of their boudoir sessions. It's quite fun to climb into the shower with $5000 worth of camera equipment and spray away the 2hr hair/makeup job that we just perfected. Someone needs to film me for the awesome behind the scenes look. 

 

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For his eyes only... | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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As summer winds down to an end (and with it the summer wedding season) I am already mentally existing in the excitement of fall. It helps that my birthday is in October and I like to celebrate my birthday for the entire season. 

Of course there is also FALL wedding season to look forward to and that means that there are fall bridal-boudoir sessions to look forward to! For all of you that are considering a 'for his eyes only' type of wedding gift a Bridal Boudoir session is just for you! Read below to hear about one client's experience, and the reconfirmation that I make you get into uncomfortable positions in order to capture the best photo!

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

30

 

2) What do you do for a living?

Nurse… studying to be a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 

 

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

I chose to do a boudoir session to give my husband something special and sexy for our wedding day.  I wanted something for his eyes only that would be tasteful and give him something to think about all day leading up to our first look!  I also wanted to do it for myself, because you’re only young once!

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

I don’t consider myself “sexy” and was afraid I wouldn’t look as good in my photos as some of the others I had seen.

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Because I remembered you from college and had seen some of your work on social media!  And had seen some of your work with my friends.  When I researched other boudoir photographers, I realized you are the BEST so it was an easy choice.

 

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

You gave a ton of direction, which I loved.  You told me exactly what to do so that there was no guessing.  I did not realize I would have to hold such uncomfortable positions for so long!

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

The shoot was a lot of fun!  Also, getting the images and sharing them with my friends and with my husband was fun!

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

My husband says they were so sexy and he looked through the book like 30 times to take it all in haha. He loved it.

 

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

Get your hair and makeup done, and wear whatever makes you feel pretty!!!! 

 

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

 Not really that I can think o!!!!!

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New lingerie brand alert!! | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Hey hey hey, happy Monday and stuff like that. It sounds a bit cynical to say "and stuff like that", but really... I did have a GREAT weekend. This was a weekend off for me, and by 'off' I mean I didn't have any boudoir sessions. There was that ONE session on Saturday morning for a past boudoir client; opening her interior decorating business is on her immediate horizon (and I got to shoot her skills!). For the rest of the weekend I was able to take a much needed brain-break from business and from whateverishappening in our world. Resetting is healthy and I am well aware of the privilege I have to be able to do so. 

That being said, even my resting brain cannot get away from business (does that meant that I LIKE my business? hahaha, duh) and I wanted to let you guys know about an amazing lingerie brand that a recent client introduced me to! 

The brand is called: Altur and you can find them at: https://altur.co

Taking a quick peek around their site I see that you can find lingerie sets at around $39 each. By set I mean BRA and UNDIES. Two thangs, ya'll. 

I've seen a bodysuit in person (picture below) and haven't yet seen the bra sets, but they are beautiful and it is worth a shot to try them out!!! Let me know what you think!

In love and lace and mental health days,

Sarah

 

Boudoir from the Windy City | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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This past weekend I was able to leave the rain-soaked streets of Atlanta and head out to the wind-blown streets of Chicago. August in Chicago can be quite the sweltering mess, but the weather gods must have been smiling down on us because we were #blessed with 4 days of 75 degree sunny skies. 

Traveling to Chicago for this first weekend of August was somewhat sentimental to me, as it had been 5 years to the DAY that I had my first, personal, boudoir session... in Chicago! I'll touch more on that next week... but for now take a gander at some of the images that are rolling in from those 4 days. Shout out to the gorgeous Hotel Monaco for serving as the perfect backdrop!

Interested in having us travel to you? Just ask

Have a fabulous weekend, ya'll!

Sarah

Way to "rock" your body | Client interview | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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This client interview invites you into the idea that your 'excuse' for having a boudoir session can lie within a few different reasons. You can do this for someone else, and you can also do this for YOU (and let someone else reap the benefits, or not, who cares). I love it when clients come in and are mutually excited about having a session done for themselves AND their significant other. I also get incredibly inspired when a client brings in a personal prop to use during the session.

Here you hear (don't you just love the english language?) this lovely lady talk about her reasons and joy over having her session as well as a few of the personal touches she put into it for her husband. That is one thing that I love the most about this boudoir session; the special treatment that she gave her husband's passion! You'll soon understand (by looking at the images) that I'm talking about his passion for Metallica. When we were talking through her props she got excited about bringing in his VERY first guitar and posing in a shirt from his all-time favorite band. Being in a new relationship myself, I have a similar excitement at the idea of throwing in some tie-dye shirts and PJ pants in order to incorporate Phish into my next boudoir session. **Side note, I'm headed to my first Phish concert this weekend!!! Wish me luck

Her excitement over HER reasons for the session meshed almost perfectly with her desire to really surprise him, and I love that! It made the boudoir session such a mutual experience for both of them... even though he didn't know it was happening until after! 

Read on and view on to hear about her experience! 

Rock on, babes,

Sarah

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

31

2) What do you do for a living?

Writer/Producer

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

I just lost 30 lbs. and wanted to do something special to show off my new body BEFORE kids enter the picture, plus give my husband an amazing anniversary gift. But, it ended up being just as much a gift to myself. 

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

I hesitated at first because it's obviously a little nerve-racking dancing around in your underwear with a photographer, but Sarah put me at ease from the get-go. And the champagne didn't hurt either. haha I'm so glad I have this snapshot in time of my life: my young, sexy, pre-maternity self. It wasn't just worth it, it was priceless. 

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Sarah's online portfolio drew me in. Her light and dark styling. Simple, yet stunning. Plus, her personality was a great fit for mine. 

 

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

Sarah and the rest of her staff prepped me very well for the shoot, so I knew exactly what to expect the day of. 

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

 

All of it. The wardrobe consultant helping me pick out outfits beforehand, the hair and makeup artist making me look and feel incredible, and Sarah being the wizard behind the lens. Fantastic experience hands-down. 

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

Everyone LOVES the images. Each person I showed them to can't stop raving about them.

 

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

Do it! Book immediately! It was one of the best experiences. You'll thank yourself later. 

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

I saw my inner beauty shine through. Sarah captured me perfectly. I didn't know I could look and feel like this. It was a huge confidence boost! 

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How did I get this shot? | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Hey guys!!! I wanted to invite you in to a sort of 'behind the scenes' of a boudoir shoot type of image. This perspective doesn't appear much on my Instagram profile (or the galleries on this website), but believe it may be helpful for you to see just how a certain image is set up and accomplished! 

When you peruse through my galleries, the instagram account, or our Pinterest it can be a little mind-bending to figure out just HOW a certain image was captured, especially if you're considering a boudoir session of your own. I can guarantee you that there are so many tiny little details in the creation of an image that you'd otherwise think to yourself "How does that just happen NATURALLY?". 

The truth of the matter is that it doesn't happen "naturally". Not at all. In fact, one of the first things I bark (loudly) in my client's ears when they walk through the doors is "YO, the weirder it feels the better it looks!". Posing, angles, lighting, wardrobe, and hair/makeup (and a smidge of my talent) all combine to create an extraordinary image of the person you are. 

Yesterday I posted this image to my Instagram: 

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I LOVE this image! I love this client, the light, the pose, the makeup, and my slight talent in being able to see it and snap it. 

Here is the behind the scenes set up of how this image was created. Pose, light, settings, beauty, etc will be covered. There will be some language for photographers, and so if you don't care about that then go ahead and skip it... I'm not here to waste your time. 

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Yes!!! Isn't it fun to see what was going on in the background?

The final image was taken from behind the sofa, so that I could capture her face perfectly, which was my ultimate goal.

For posing:

  • In order to make sure the curve of her back was defined in the final image I needed to make sure that the right side of her hip and butt were a little "higher" than the left. This would create a 'dip' in the lower back (which is traced clearly by the window-pane shadow on her back in the final image) and make sure that her curves were defined. I did this by making sure that her right knee was backed away from the couch a BIT more than her left. My advice to photographers: watch your light and shadows when moving legs/knees... the slightest movement can make the biggest difference. 
  • In the 'behind the scenes' image her left arm is a BIT too forward. If I'd kept it this way then the final image would have her a little too flat on the couch. It would flatter her breasts, pancake out her upper arms, and flatten her curved back that we JUST GOT PERFECT!!!! So when I moved to take the final image I had her move her left elbow backward a bit and in to her side just a bit. This movement helped to engage the shoulders and tense up the arm muscles. Both of those little changes allow the arm to remain slender and also engage the back/core a bit more. This is where we start singing "...the knee bone's connected to the hip bone, the hip bone's connected to the back bone" and so on and so forth. If you have no idea what I am talking about then I will link it at the bottom of this post. 
  • Since I knew this was ultimately going to be a photograph of her face I spent a LOT of time making sure the face was posed in the best way. If you take a look at her final image you can see that her chin is down. While I know it turned out beautifully, if you aren't careful about a client's chin then it can cease to become a chin. We don't want 15 chins, people!!!! By building off of the previous posing tweaks I was able to have her put her chin down without any destruction of the shape of her face. Having her body slightly perched up by her left arm (remember, we moved that back a bit to sit her up!) allowed her necking chin to elongate a bit and have room to move. I had her turn her chin to the left where it met her left shoulder so that the light would hit her evenly. I had her turn her eyes down (my words are: "Look cross-eyed at your nose!") so that it didn't look as if she were staring into dead space. 
  • Then I snapped the image. 

Whew!!!! I feel exhausted just going over those details right now, but during your shoot my brain can process those details in about 50 seconds. The process of creating original images for each client is such a joy for me explore. 

Now for the photographer details:

  • Camera: Canon 5DM3
  • Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (second version)
  • Focal length: 53mm
  • Captured: 1/250 @f/2.8 ISO 125
  • Lighting: Canon 600EX-II Rt @ 1/64th power on manual **This was done so that I was still able to balance the BRIGHT light coming in from the window directly beside the client. 10:30am summer sun can really be a bitch. Without light on her face I would have to over-expose/blow out the light shining on her back in order to make sure her face showed up (since it was in the shadow). By adding a bit of fill-light from the flash I was able to see her face as well as capture the curvature of her body. To be honest I do not always use off-camera-flash (OCF), and really only use lights when the image I'm trying to create cannot be accomplished without them.
  • Accessories: Flash mounted to Manfroto stand with a generic white umbrella. 
  • Angle: 3ft away from client, positioned directly in front of the client, flash 1ft above her head, pointed at eyes.

 

Well there you go! I hope that helps you out to see all that goes in to an image. Let's rinse and repeat that 1,395 more times in a session. ;) 

 

Here's that "knee bone" song, for all of you still paying attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e54m6XOpRgU

A peak inside my (boudoir) closet!

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Let’s talk about one of the most important details of your boudoir session: wardrobe

Of course, since this is one of the most important details, it is also a detail that gets a heavy dose of anxiety. How do you know what bra type looks best on your body? Is it a demi cup? Balconette? Contour? What even IS a balconette anyway? And where do you buy these things (with all of your free time) after you figure out what you’re looking for? That bra costs HOW much?! 

These are only a snippet of the anxious thoughts that can go through your brain in .5 seconds as you’re planning your boudoir session.   Though we’ve mentioned it before, let me say it again: we are here to help. 

Over the last year I’ve started building a collection of lingerie to keep in-studio to help take some of the stress off of your shoot-preparation. This lingerie collection includes anything from lace-robes to chunky sweaters, towels to ties, and platform heels to handcuffs. It’s designed to take the pressure off of the idea that you HAVE to purchase a new ’sexy wardrobe’ for your boudoir session.   Let me provide it, or at least some of it, for you.

Kelsey, our client manager extraordinaire (and the girl you’ll text at 3am when you’re having nightmares about shoe-choices), recently photographed a few pieces from our in-studio boudoir closet in order to show you just a bit of what is available. The closet is constantly growing, too. Are you looking for something specific? Ask us if we have it! 

(continued below is the sneak peek from my boudoir closet)

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Another added bonus to the wardrobe closet? If you want to donate your purchased items to the closet after your session then you’ll receive a credit off of your album, prints, digitals, canvas, etc! We’ll even cover the dry-cleaning bill. 

Here are a few more samples from the boudoir closet! See anything you love?! : 

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"I'm not afraid anymore" | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Yesterday was the 4th of July and I hope that you all had a joyful time celebrating with friends and family (or yourself!). While the 4th celebrates a lot of things for us, a common theme is 'freedom'. Posting this client interview seems appropriate to the theme of 'freedom'. In almost every question she answers letting us know how much freedom she feels now that she has been through her OWN experience. 

Read on to hear her personal account on her boudoir session

In love and independence, 

Sarah

 

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

 I am 23 and turning 24 in September. And at 14, I was (and still am) jamming to my girl, Beyoncé! 

2) What do you do for a living?

 I'm a full time mommy, wife, student, and nurse. 

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

At first I thought I wanted to book a shoot to surprise my husband since I've never done anything "sexy" like a boudoir shoot. But then when I saw all the women looking so natural and beautiful in the pictures, I kept telling myself that I needed to do this for me. 

 

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

Being naked in front of a stranger was my first fear. But then I thought, "Why the hell not? I'm young, have a great body after having a baby not even a year after the shoot. Why not?!?" And I am SO glad I did it. 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

I researched a ton of different photographers in the area and I didn't find one who had the look I was interested in. Until I scrolled through your site off of Google! My mouth was on the floor looking through the gallery. (Still is after seeing my pictures!) 

 

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

I went in with an open mind so I didn't really know what to expect. I was feeling nervous at first but Sarah is seriously the easiest person to talk to. You’ll think you've known her for 10 years as soon as you meet her. 

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

My favorite part was posing, getting a shot taken, and then pausing for a second to view the image. At first it feels weird posing at awkward angles. But when Sarah shows you what it looks like on camera, it's like "OH MY GOD. IS THAT ME?!" All of it was great but that was by far my favorite. 

8) How has the response been to your images?

My husband loved the previews so much that he thought that he couldn't love the rest. 

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

Please do it. Don't wait until you "lose ten pounds". JUST DO IT. 

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

Absolutely. As a mom, you're often expected to take care of yourself last. It's almost the social norm to let yourself go and to feel down and defeated after having children. I don't think that's fair. Women have the right to feel sexy and to feel comfortable in their own skin. This photo shoot did exactly that for me. I'm not afraid to wear that bathing suit at the pool anymore. I don't hide from my hubs after a shower. Own really made me realize, I may be a mom, but I can be hot, too. Behind clothes doors of course ;)

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Here are 3 things in your closet that are PERFECT for your boudoir session | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Let it be known that you do not have to run out to your nearest lingerie store in order to outfit your boudoir session. Some of us just do not have the time and patience to try on bra after bra, find the perfect heels, or figure out how to tie a corset. Of course those are all 'boudoir activities' that are fantastic, but they aren't for everyone. 

This is where your closet comes in! Your boudoir session should be about choosing to be YOU and choosing to say 'yes' to your own beauty and sensuality. I'll assume that the clothes in your closet represent you in the best way, and so what better place to find the perfect boudoir wardrobe than your own closet? If you're looking at your closet and you hate it then might I recommend coercing a friend into helping you have a closet-intervention ;).

Here are 3 items that are likely to be in your closet and would work perfectly for your boudoir session:

  • White cotton tank top (or any basic cotton-ish tank top)
    • This wardrobe option is probably one of my MOST requested items/photos. I have plenty of tanks in my studio closet, but you probably have them in YOUR closet, too! It's a great option for those wanting a wide spectrum of abilities out of one piece. It can be worn casually or we can pull down the straps and wear it sensually. The options are vast! 
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  • A pair of jeans or jean shorts or any sort of denim-on-the-bottom.
    • I know I just said 'any' sort of denim on the bottom, and one of you is going to show up with denim chaps. That's fine. I'll photograph the hell out of it. Really, though, jeans and denim are incredibly sexy when photographed correctly. Pull down the zipper, let a hand 'wander', show a little skin with a few rips and tears.... I guarantee you'll love these images.
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  • That Little Black Dress
    • This is likely one of my most favoritest (yeah that's a word I made up) options for clients. It allows you to remain clothed if you'd like, but it also REALLY caters to the power of suggestion and the whole 'less (skin) is more' idea. We can unzip the dress, pull it sensually up the thighs, let the hands wander... etc. You get the picture ;) And if you don't get the picture, let ME get your picture. 
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My favorite lingerie stores in Atlanta!

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Shopping for lingerie can be insanely intimidating, plus where on earth does one shop if they're looking for unique pieces that won't make you look back and say "oh yeah! 2017! The year of the strappy bralettes". 

Here in Atlanta (though they also have online stores) I wanted to remind you that there are two amazing brick-and-mortar stores.

Read: you can try lingerie ON and get hands-on advice for what looks best on you.

 

Anna Bella Fine Lingerie in Alpharetta is a beautiful boutique with an amazing owner, Pam, to assist you in your lingerie needs. For our boudoir clients they never steer wrong, and there are options for every style, size, and budget. 

Trashy Diva Intimates is located in the Poncey-Highlands area of Atlanta and is fresh in town from New Orleans! Their boutique is stunning and includes a dress-shop as well! Style, size, and budget are no issue here... plus they have a wide variety of burlesque accessories for all of you looking to branch out in your talents. 

As always, tell them we sent you, say yes to something out of your comfort zone, and enjoy the experience. 

In love and lingerie,

Sarah

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I said "YAS" | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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Recently I took a dream vacation to Greece, Europe, Planet Earth. While I would now love to flood your eyes with images of the Aegean Sea, cobblestone streets, and cities older than Jesus, I will use self control (that being said, go ahead and let me know if you want me to talk your ear off about the trip and show you beautiful photos through my cracked iPhone screen). 

 

The Greece vacation was a major result of a minor decision. 

 

Sometime in December 2016 I had a series of margaritas with a boudoir client-turned-margarita partner. We bonded over recent breakups, past boudoir sessions, our love for tiny dogs, and the inescapable feeling of wanderlust. Maybe it was the impending new year, maybe it was the margaritas, maybe it was Maybelline, but we declared 2017 to be the ‘year of YAS’. 

 

That’s ‘YAS’ with an ‘A’, because that’s how you say ‘yes’ when you realllllly mean it. 

 

Walking out of that conversation had me feeling a little drunk and a lot inspired. Saying ‘YAS’, or ‘yes’ for the remainder of this blog post, for this year seemed absolutely terrifying to my very-comfortable and predictable life. At the end of our time together my friend asked me “Hey do you want to go to Greece in May?” and not wanting to completely void the last 2.5 hours I enthusiastically responded “Yes”.

 

Fast forward to today, we’re about 6 months removed from the margarita madness and ‘Year of yes’ blood-pact and I’m proud to say that I have lived fully, wonderfully, irresponsibly, thoughtfully, creatively, and openly. I’m not sure what my next ‘YES’ will be but I recently said ‘yes’ to being in a new relationship, and that has been as much of a whirlwind-mind-blast as it could have ever been. Saying ‘yes’ may have the same effect on your heart rate as 12 cups of coffee and a 5hr energy drink, but it has a greater chance of opening you up to a wider variety of positive experiences in your life. 

 

There aren’t ever really any signs of what you might miss out on, there is only hindsight. A year, or a season, or a DAY of ‘yes’ can be a great thing for all of us. 

 

Whatever it means for you, let’s all “Say yes to your OWN adventure.”

 

Say ‘yes’ to: new relationships, tap dancing lessons, volunteering, trying new foods (unless your allergic), seeing a movie alone, making a life change, being photographed (hello boudoir!), cutting negativity out of your life, moving across the country, etc. 

 

After all, this is your OWN adventure. 

In love and spontaneity, 

Sarah

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40 and fearless | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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Over the course of the last 5 years I've photographed over 500 women and have had the great privilege of becoming good friends with many of them. Call me crazy, but there is something about stripping down to your lingerie that really brings you close to someone. 

The following client interview happens to be one from one of those clients-turned-margarita-partners and when I read through her answers I could absolutely hear her saying them out loud. She is 40 and fearless and one of the most genuine people you'll ever meet! I hope to have half of her confidence and humor one day. For now I'll settle with having her in our lives and hope that some of her magic rubs off on me! 

Read on and view on, loves. 

-Sarah

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

I just turned 40 years old this year and I’m proud to say it!

 

2. What do you do for a living?

I’m a domestic goddess-i.e., stay-at-home mom.

 

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

I have been wanting to do a boudoir shoot for a few years. However, the stars aligned perfectly this year somehow because OWN came at the right time. Maybe turning 40 made me bolder too!

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

Only felt a little bit nervous the closer the date of the shoot got but no obstacles or “real” fear; I was ready.

 

5. Why did you choose OWN? 

Well, this may sound a bit woo-woo, but I truly feel that OWN chose ME. I sort of put it out there to the Universe that I was finally ready to have a boudoir photo shoot, and a few months later (after my 40th birthday) I was browsing Instagram and found OWN’s IG account. Once I scrolled through the pictures of REAL women looking so fabulous, sexy and sensual (yet timeless and classy) I was like, “That’s it! I’ve found my photographer!”

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

I kind of had an idea of how the photo shoot would go since I had done a pinup-type photo shoot before. But truthfully, the session was even better than any preconceived idea I had in my head. I felt EXTREMELY comfortable from the moment I arrived to Sarah’s studio. Some of my pictures are completely in the nude, and I remember at one point in the shoot Sarah and I took a little snack break and we were chatting away. Suddenly I realized I was still fully naked yet completely comfortable talking to Sarah like it was NO big deal! It takes quite a while for me to be THAT comfortable with someone, but Sarah makes you feel like you’ve known her for years and that you’re BFF’s!

 

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

 

I have two favorite moments: the photo shoot itself and the viewing appointment, where I got to see all the pictures for the first time. I was in AWE of how amazing the pictures were and how seriously sexy and hot I looked! I fell in love with my body again, and THAT was priceless to me.

 

8. How has the response been to your images?

“Those pics are smoking hot, girl!” was one of the reactions I got from a dear friend of mine. In fact, that same friend booked her OWN session after seeing my pictures! My husband was over the moon excited and regardless of him always being complimentary to me and my body, it’s gotten to a WHOLE new level now…if ya know what I mean ;)

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

Don’t think twice about it and just book one for yourself! It’s one of THE most empowering things I’ve done in my life.

 

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

Yes, absolutely. My body confidence has soared and I’m less judgmental of my body. I look amazing, I feel amazing, and I AM amazing.  

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"I'm going to be the one woman that you can't photograph." | Boudoir confessions

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When you're feeling like a boudoir session will never be for you because you aren't that 'kind of woman'. You're so wrong. Boudoir can be for every woman. 

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Yo, Chicago! Guess what.... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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In just two short months I'll be flying from Atlanta, headed to the Golden Circle and the home of some of the most delicious food, beautiful architecture, and ....sexy ladies! This will be my third time in Chicago for boudoir sessions, and I am so excited! I love Atlanta, but Chicago in the summer time is unmatched. 

Chicago holds a big piece of my boudoir heart because it's the site of my OWN boudoir session (my first one!) almost 6 years ago. Those images are still displayed proudly in my house for all of my friends and visitors to see. They are great conversation starters ;) 

If you'd like a conversation starter of your own, or you know someone that would enjoy a boudoir session with OWN (and happens to be in Chicago) then get in touch with us!! 

Dates for Chicago are: August 4-6th! The 5th is fully booked, but there is still availability on the 4th and the 6th! 

Remember that referrals (and referrers) get a 20% discount on sessions and/or products! 

 

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10 tips to help you prepare for your boudoir session | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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If you've had your boudoir session already, your are having a boudoir session soon, or your are entertaining the thought of having a boudoir session there is one common element of 'panic' that is experienced: Preparation

The. Horror.

 

Preparing for your boudoir session can be an extremely stressful process... but stress no more as I have created a list of the top tips to help you prepare. Listen, I'm looking out for you and want to make sure you're guided through this experience the whole way through! Of course if you'd like to show up to the boudoir studio blindly just to 'see what happens' then you totally can! It'll be an adventure for both of us, but I can't promise not to put you in one of the old halloween costumes that I have around here. 

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1) Read through this blog. 

Hey look at you, you're checking off that first crucial step! This post will absolutely help, and if you continue on to read other posts you'll find a wealth of information about how to make sure that you are beyond prepared for your boudoir shoot. Of course there are many articles about wardrobe and posing, but you'll also get a feel for my personality and my style of boudoir. Save images that you like, ask me about times of day to shoot, take an emotional journey with me through my mom's breast-cancer diagnoses. No matter what your boudoir questions are, reading and keeping up-to-date with us is the best prep that you can do!

 

2) Try on your outfits.

You'd be so surprised on how many clients come in for their boudoir session with the majority of their wardrobe still in plastic shipping bags or UPS boxes. Lingerie is so fickle. Straps can twist, necklines can be just a HAIR off, the butt of your underwear can be saggy, or a silhouette can be completely wrong for your body. Trying the lingerie on will help to solve the majority of any avoidable wardrobe problems and give you plenty of time to exchange or return those items that didn't work! If you're unsure of where to even start with wardrobe, or whether or not a lingerie piece is a good fit for you then send us a text/email and we'll help out... it's in everyone's best interest to make sure that you look your best!

 

3) Talk to us about hair and makeup. Bring in examples of what YOU consider natural/smokey/vintage/etc. Should you be getting your hair/makeup done elsewhere then look to us for tips and suggestions on what will look best!! 

Have you ever described an article of clothing/a house/a chair/etc to someone and had a totally different opinion on what the color of that item was? It usually goes something like this:

You: "Oh wow I love that beige colored house!!"

Them: "Beige house? You mean that yellow one?"

You: "What yellow house? I am talking about that one right there on the corner. The beige one."

Them: "Honey boo boo that is yellow."

This is a perfect representation of how conversations can go when talking about hair and makeup. One person's smokey eye is another person's 'vintage cat eye'. One person's 'volume all over' is another person's 'OMG my hair is way too big'. Bring in examples of what you love and we can make sure that we talk in depth about what it takes to create that look for you!

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4) Stretch- it's a workout. 

No joke. Posing is hard. Not only will you walk away with a new appreciate for anyone that has ever modeled, you'll also walk away a bit sore! You hold awkward contortions for minutes at a time and there is a lot of over-extension of your hips and back. Please stretch! Drink plenty of water! Do NOT over-workout the day before your session. Soreness and stiffness is just going to increase and it can really hinder your ability to do the poses that I ask you to do. Since you're looking to me to make sure you're posed and create those incredible curves then please be prepared to let me mold you like Gumby. :) 

5) Make sure your wardrobe is prepared for being photographed. Organize it, steam if needed, hang in a garment bag, etc. 

I know that so many of you are trying your hardest to keep this boudoir session a secret. Hell... a lot of you are flying in from out of town in order to have your boudoir photoshoot. You can't exactly have all of your negligees hanging up for all to see and you can't exactly have them unwrinkled from being stuffed in a suitcase. I get it! However, having something balled up in a bag for 3 months is different from having it balled up for 3 days... give your lingerie some breathing room every now and then, but if it is absolutely impossible then let me know! You can always mail your items to the studio and I can hold them here for you :) 

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6) Make sure all of you is groomed. Photoshop is a poor hair-remover tool, self tanner, and nail technician. Take care of any waxing/plucking/shaving/polishing that you may need. Chemical peels and waxing need to be done a week before.

It'll take a little bit of extra planning, but make sure that you take the time to groom any parts of you that have the potential to be showcased. Waxing/plucking/polishing are just as important as finding the right lingerie for your boudoir session. That being said, only do what you are comfortable with! Do not feel like you need to come in hairless or with a french manicure. This session is about your OWN beauty, and it is important that you still retain your individuality!

7) Look up directions, pre-plan your route, take down addresses and phone numbers.

At this point it is hard to predict whether or not Atlanta will still be standing since all of our roads are starting to collapse, but that is even more reason to make sure that you plan your route! While we do our best to provide detailed directions to the studio, you'll be far less stressed out on the day of your shoot if you know where you're going :)

8) Make sure to wear loose clothing.

Come dressed in clothing that doesn't make heavy marks in your skin, impressions from jeans/yoga pants/sports bras/etc can take a long time to disappear. If you're coming straight from work or if for some reason it is impossible to come dressed in a mumu then bring a change of clothes with you that we can immediately put on! Marks in the skin have definitely been a part of boudoir sessions before.... but they are a different kind of mark :) 

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9) Pack extra everything.

Thigh highs rip, lingerie shrinks, shirts get stained, and somedays we just feel 'blah' in an outfit that used to make us walk as tall as Gisele. For this reason I recommend packing extra everything. Bring more thigh-highs, bring a couple of extra outfit changes, pack your own makeup, bring an extra pair of earrings. We don't want to let anything get in the way of you looking incredible!!

 

10) Trust us. 

Above all, this is the most important part of your shoot. Posing will feel awkward, makeup may feel too heavy, and it's odd to have someone strapping a garter belt under your butt. Remember that all of these things are part of the process of ensuring that you have the most gorgeous boudoir images ever. I'll never let you take a bad picture, but that might mean that you're twisted in a pretzel with your gut hanging out on one side. However, I'll take the picture and show you the back of my camera and you'll

 

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Meanwhile at the new studio... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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This time last week I was fully engulfed in the new studio's very first official photoshoot. It's a pretty stark contrast to what I am currently doing, which is writing this blog post from a rooftop bar in Athens, Greece. I tend to take vacations in either the winter or early summer because the rest of the year is full of boudoir. It works out well because I get to beat the crowds and airfare tends to be super-cheap. 

Anyway... back on topic (and away from the conversation about the hot greek guys that I've been flirting with). 

Since the new studio is going to be the main studio for when I return, I wanted to show off some of the shots from the inaugural boudoir shoot. Of course, since this shoot has happened I have acquired an amazinggggg sofa (pictured below!) and cannot wait to add more pieces. Is there a furniture set or piece that you'd like to see me work with? Holler at me ;) 

 

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"Everything has changed." | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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It's that time again, time to read and relate to a wonderful woman that has gone through the boudoir experience. Again, I am always tempted to try and convince people about what "prancing around in lingerie" (direct quote from someone) is ACTUALLY about... but the purpose and residual effects come across much more genuine and believable when you hear for someone that opted-in. 

This interview is no different. I've loved being her friend and watching her start her 'new' life. Read on about her experience, written in detail, and about how everything has changed. 

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

I' newly 33 lol

2) What do you do for a living?

Account manager

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

I'm getting married in April, and I wanted to do this for my fiancé's wedding present. 

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

So many!! I was worried I would only see my flaws in the pictures, that then there was the lingerie part! I was terrified of posing in lingerie in front of a camera.

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

After seeing Cassie's pictures, I totally IG-stalked the OWN page. Every picture was phenomenal. I went to the page and was impressed with the beauty in every picture. When I saw the women were not the same thin fitness queens I see on magazine covers, I was sold! 

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

The biggest difference was how comfortable I was. Sarah and I laughed a lot. She coached and encouraged. She was positive and was a joy to be around! Brielle did my makeup and hair, the first time I had ever had my makeup done. It was like meeting a team that knew you better than you know yourself. 

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

Seeing the images was by far my favorite. It is the first time in my entire life I looked at myself and said "that beautiful girl in the picture is me!" And there were tears. But the entire session...the planning, the shoot, and especially seeing the final product was all this incredible experience! The funniest part was Sarah helping me figure out this bralette piece I had because it wrapped around, and I could not for the life of me figure it out! lol

8) How has the response been to your images?

Amazing!! I've showed friends and the comments of "these are great! You look fantastic!" Are different because I believe them! 

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

DO IT!! Do it for yourself. It's powerful and life changing. Be open to it...the suggestions, the advice, the posing, all of it. 

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

Everything changed. I might not look like the corset clad model I did in my pictures every day, but knowing she's a part of me has changed me. I'm kinder to myself. I don't immediately see my flaws when I look in the mirror. I speak to myself with love, and I know I can be a better role model for my daughter about self love and acceptance of one's body. When my fiancé tells me I'm beautiful, I believe him and not just because he sees me as beautiful but because I know I am. It took my 33 years to see beauty in me, and I will treasure this for the rest of my life. Sarah and her team gave me a gift that is priceless, and I'm grateful to them every day for that gift.

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Did you know? | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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While I feel like I have made this information known, I feel like I *always* think that I say things. You all have those days... we dream about conversations and those conversations seem so real that we are nearly 100% sure we had them. I've definitely woken up mad at my partner for something he did in a dream. 

Well, if this is repetitive information to you then I am totally sorry. However, I'll thank you for stopping by to entertain my blog-content anyways :) The info is: Did you know that we have plenty of pieces in the studio for you to use during your boudoir session? You have enough pressure preparing to be scantily clad in front of a camera.. let's not add pressure by making you shop on your own. The pieces that I carry in-studio are curated and carefully selected. I know that they will look great with your height, skin tone, haircut, mom-pouch, and body curves. Are you looking for something in particular? Just ask! 

Check out this GORGEOUS robe I secured from Trashy Diva in New Orleans! They've also just opened a brick-and-mortar store in Atlanta in the Poncey Highlands area! 

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"I wasn't sure this was something I'd be able to do..." | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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This has to be one of my favorite client interviews to-date because of the honesty and vulnerability that comes through her answers. I love that she admits her fears and reservations about having her photos taken, and I equally love the mention of support from her husband. It's pretty common for my clients to want to create a gift for their significant others, but when the significant other is the instigator of the boudoir session it can often create an entirely different dynamic. I'm so proud of her for conquering her nerves and opening herself up to this experience!

 

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

The big 4-0.

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I am currently a stay-at-home-mom and part-time photographer.

 

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

My husband had been asking me for years to book a session...I figured my 40th was as good a time as any to try it out. After having my middle child, I was finally able to have a mostly good relationship with my body. Through seeing the drastic ways my body could change, and give life, I got to a place where I learned to love all of the scars and muscles that I've accumulated over the years because they tell my story.

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

I wasn't sure it was something I would be able to do...while I'm totally comfortable in my own skin in my house, baring it all is not something I do for anyone other than my husband. But I'd been following Sarah's work for over a year and I felt confident the photos would be tasteful (and amazing!).

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Boudoir photos are not something I usually take notice of, and definitely not something I'd ever consider doing. But Sarah's style is so artistic and natural that I've always been drawn to it.

 

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

It was pretty much what I expected because I did a lot of research first. Sarah made me feel very relaxed (as relaxed as you can be wearing next to nothing in front of a stranger) and gave me constant feedback so I knew exactly what she needed me to do for each shot. 

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

Definitely seeing the images...it's crazy empowering and like a present to yourself when you see how amazing they look! But it was very closely followed by 'teasing' the images, a few each day, to my husband over the course of the following week. Especially when I'd text one to him when I was not with him but I could see his face. Total jackpot :)

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

Honestly, I've only shown my husband, but he has absolutely loved them!

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

I'd say go for it...whether for you or your significant other, it is not something you'll regret! It's something I definitely hope to do again sometime!

 

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

Yes! The session reminded me how beautiful my body can be. I feel like the photos probably represent what my husband sees when he looks at me (rather than the distorted image I, like most women, see when I look in the mirror). After the session I felt that not only was my body strong, but it could be sexy too. As a very small-chested girl, I sometimes get hung up on not feeling feminine enough, but this session changed that!

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