A look back in time | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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Occasionally I'll look back at my past work to see just how far I've come, but also to revisit some of my favorite boudoir session. 

Looking back on my past work is definitely eye-opening. I can see how my style has evolved over the years and I can also ask myself WTF I was thinking when I edited a photo in a certain way. Luckily I have resisted most of the editing trends over the last 5 years and so my past work is more consistent with my current style than when I was first starting out as a boudoir photographer. We love to get in touch with our past clients and have recently started congratulating clients on their 'Boudoir-aversary'! When we reach out to celebrate boudoir-aversaries I tend to look back at those past sessions. I say this to say, I've now gone down an insane rabbit hole of past sessions and I'm currently deep into the year 2013. 

As I've gone down this boudoir photography rabbit hole I have pulled a few of my favorite images from the past! Here are just a few boudoir images that I vividly remember taking. I've got about 40K final images to go through, so this was definitely just a quick skim :) 

Side note: We're having a little shindig on July 15th! This is for past clients, current clients, and future clients alike! Come say hello, see some favorite images, drink our drinks, and win some prizes. Link for (free) tickets: HERE

This session is back, for one week only!! | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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Are you a bride getting married this summer or fall? Bridal boudoir sessions are some of our most popular sessions to date, and while we no longer offer a specific "Bridal Boudoir" package, we ARE bringing that package back for one week only!!! 

For the week of July 22-27 we will be bringing back our Bridal Boudoir package! 

Our Bridal Bridal boudoir package includes:

Your 1 hour boudoir session with photographer Emma

One bridal look and one wardrobe look of your choice

A little black book of 10 images of your choice, fully edited, from your session

Snacks and refreshments

The best gift you could ever give

 

 

Ready to book your Bridal Boudoir session? Get in touch here

Save the date!!! | Atlanta boudoir photography

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Save the date for our Atlanta Boudoir open house on July 15th!!!

 

Are you a potential client that has been thinking about this for a while?

  • This is a perfect opportunity to come and see images from past clients and even SPEAK to those clients. Hear their experiences. They will hopefully tell you great things, but they will also tell you details about what might not have been as great. The point is that you will get an entirely honest and informative view of OWN boudoir. 

 

Are you a past client that is basically a professional model now that you've have your shoot?

  • Come back and say "hey" and let's hang out! Bring your friends because we will have some specials going on AND we have cool things for you, too. 

 

Come meet me (Sarah), and some of the OWN Boudoir team. We will drink champagne, show off boudoir photos, meet our photographers, tour the studio, pick up a few hair and makeup tips, book your own boudoir session, win boudoir prizes, and generally have an amazing time with us! That's a long list of fun but if you want to add to it let me know!

We'll provide the champagne and snacks (get excited about the amount of cheese and cupcakes that will be there), you show up and mooch off of us for a couple of hours! We'll have boudoir door-prizes, contests to win, gift bags, BUT MOST OF ALL YOU GET TO MEET SOME OF THE OWN TEAM. It's a big deal.

When you're walking in to the studio and you're T-1hr from stripping down into lingerie that you have just bought 4 days ago it can be SLIGHTLY nerve-racking. 

So.

Come say hello.

Let me feed you snacks and give you gifts. It'll be fun and a great way to top off your weekend! 

  Here's a sneak peek of the shenanigans we'll have. Remember typing 'BOOBS' into your calculators in school using '80085'? So do we :) 

Here's a sneak peek of the shenanigans we'll have. Remember typing 'BOOBS' into your calculators in school using '80085'? So do we :) 

We hope to see you guys there!!! RSVP (and get exclusive tickets) HERE

Boudoir Interview!!!! | Atlanta boudoir

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Reading the words of past clients and hearing them talk about their OWN experience helps me (Sarah) and the OWN team know where we went right. When past clients have come in for a 2nd (or third or fourth or fifth) go around, then we REALLY pay attention... and you should to. 

We first met this lovely woman a couple of years ago (as she tells you in this interview). She was going through some things and I love that we were able to reconnect again for her second shoot with us. She brought in some custom made cowboy boots, so just wait until you see those. She also is one of the most caring and focused people I've ever met and that makes me feel so honored that she chose us again. I basically just want to sing her praises for the next 72 paragraphs, but I'll spare you and let you figure it out yourself. 

Read on, 

Sarah

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

 27 years old 

 

2) What do you do for a living?

NICU Registered Nurse 

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

My first session was 2 years ago. I was single at the time. Struggling with self esteem and self image my whole life because of constant bullying in school. I suffer from a birth injury that resulted in a alter walking gait. Of course kids always point these things out which in return made me very self conscious and shy. As an adult I have worked hard on myself to break through those emotions, however at 25 I still felt like I had so much farther to go. That’s when I heard about boudoir and thought this might be just what I need to over come my childhood insecurity and feel like  the confident, beautiful woman I had become. 

 

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

My fears were of course taking the photos and only seeing everything I hate about my body. I gained over 30lbs in college, and struggled to loose the weight while working 12 hour night shifts at the hospital. When I decided to do my first boudoir shoot I also decided to live a healthier life style and was able to loose 30lbs and feel better in the long run. 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Honestly, I did a shoot with a local photographer in Rome GA. The finish product was not what I had imagined . So, I went to google and read reviews, looked at portfolios and that’s where I found OWN. 

 

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

It was nothing like I expected! My first session with another photographer I had to bring my own lingerie and come up with my own location and posses. That photographer didn’t really encourage me or couch me. It was a very awkward experience, so I was very nervous that that was just how these sessions would be. However, from the first email with Sarah the experience was completely different. She was very responsive, encouraging and knowledgeable. She also took care of everything from make up, hair, backdrop, and poses. She made me feel like a very important super model. A strange yet empowering experience. That’s when I realized it’s not about the pictures, it’s about the entire experience that gives you that confidence you are looking for. 

 

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

My favorite part was shooting and of course seeing the images. The sessions were both just so much fun, but of course nothing beats the excitement of seeing the finished product where it super hard to only pick a few imagines to take home. 

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8) How has the response been to your images?

At the time of my first image they were just for me. Not long after the first session I found a great guy who I am not engaged to two years later. He loves those first pictures I did. He uses one as my contact photo on his phone. He has not seen my bridal picture yet, however after hearing his responses to the first photos. I was able to really focus on the things he loves about me physically in the bridal session. I can’t wait for him to see those at our wedding. 

 

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

Just do it! Like Nike, haha. You will not regret it. Especially, if you struggle with self image or scares those seen and unseen you need this. It will allow you to see the real you not just the altered version of yourself that can be painful to look at . When you have this experience and have those photos it makes those ruts we all get into thinking about how we wish we looked like a celebrity that much easier to get through and realize you are one of a kind and beautiful just the way you are. 

 

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

I have always struggled with a mentality that I assume everyone only sees my disability. I always get theses feelings that people are not

Going to like me or think I’m beautiful  or sexy because of my birth injury. My 2 sessions have really helped me over come those feeling of feeling like I am never good enough and that is with more then any therapy I could have experienced. 

 

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Now there's a new way to book your boudoir session | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Scheduling your boudoir session has just gotten so much easier, plus you can do it in your PJs (or naked!)

If you're anything like my when it comes to scheduling anything (workout classes, nail appointments, doctor appointments, movie tickets, etc) you end up doing it at 11:23pm on a Tuesday after you've completed all of your other tasks that require your attention during the day. For that reason, scheduling online is a lifesaver!

With scheduling online you don't have to worry about leaving a voicemail (which strikes fear in the hearts of everyone I know) and you can have your calendar pulled up for accurate access. There is no back and forth with emails to try and figure out a time that works best for you. It's simply done with a click of your mouse and then you can move on to browsing the internet for that video of the raccoon scaling a skyscraper. 

We've recently created an online scheduling calendar that you can use to book your boudoir session with us! If you've poured over our blog and perused our instagram then you're pretty prepped on our boudoir experience and you'd be able to walk in and do this with your eyes closed. 

Take a look at our calendar and book your boudoir session now!

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Her husband chimed in, see what he said to us! | Client interview- Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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I'd like to take this opportunity to request that any RECIPIENTS of boudoir photos take the time to write in to us right now! Once your read this interview you'll know exactly why. When boudoir is given as a gift I rarely get to hear the opinions of the recipient! My favorite part of this session, outside of having an absolute blast with this client and really being able to create a gorgeous set of images for her is that she let her husband chime in on some of these answers. We are getting a GEM of information, and just try not to 'awwwww' as you read his words. 

When this lovely women walked in to my studio I knew she was nervous, but most clients are! We had been planning her session for a while and even though she was nervous she told me that she was down for whatever because deep inside she knew that she 100% trusted me! Her images reflect that trust, and no matter what kind of medical history or physical history she had she knew that she was in great hands. Her session was so much fun and by the time she walked out of the door you never would have known she was even a tad bit reserved about having a boudoir session. 

Read her interview (along with her husband's comments) below,

-Sarah

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

32

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I work in business development in the healthcare industry .

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

A few years ago my girlfriend started looking into a session as a gift for her fiancé for their wedding. I thought it was a great idea (obviously!) but more than that thought it would be an incredible experience. Since then I’ve been looking for a reason to book a session. 

 

When I got engaged I thought ‘This is it! I’m booking!’ It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for myself for a long time and I would encourage anyone remotely interested in the idea to not wait. It’s so empowering. 

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

Sure! Everyone has their own insecurities. My weight has fluctuated throughout most of my life in part because of health issues. Doing this shoot was an important reminder to me that my goal should always be to be proud of the body that I have. Sarah did an amazing job bringing out that confidence in me. 

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Sarah highlights the beauty in each person that she photographs. I found myself looking on her Instagram several times a day leading up to the shoot. And every picture she posted I loved more than the one before.  She truly brings the best out in people. 

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

I had a feeling it was going to be a great experience. And it was.  The only thing that might have been different from what I expected was how comfortable I felt as soon as the shoot started.  I thought it might take me a while to feel at ease with the process but that didn't happen.  I thought "I've been waiting for this for a long time and I just need to enjoy every minute of it.  No need to be nervous!" And of course Sarah made it easy. She makes you feel like you've known her forever and has personal touches that instantly make you feel more at home...music you like, food you enjoy and your favorite drinks!

 

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

The shoot for sure! I was definitely nervous the morning leading up to the shoot but once I got there it was just a blast. Getting makeup and hair done is always so fun and then shooting the pictures was such a unique experience. It is something I've never done before and having Sarah show me some of the pictures as we went along was awesome!

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8) How has the response been to your images?

I went straight to the source and asked my new husband for his thoughts...

"There was never a doubt from myself or anyone that's met her that my wife is absolutely stunning both inside and out. Her personality, smile and beauty light up any room she walks into. Sometimes it might be hard for her to see what others do from her own perspective, but the pictures from the shoot served as an affirmation that allowed her to appreciate how beautiful she is in a way that everyone else sees on a daily basis. It re-instilled a confidence that truly needed no affirmation to begin with, but once in a while it's ok to have a reminder that we need to appreciate and love ourselves and our own beauty, and these pictures allowed her to do that in a very positive way"

 

 

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

Do it.  Just do it.  Start to finish it is such an empowering experience. I know I've said 'empowering' several times in answering these questions but it is the best word to describe a shoot with Sarah.  She's the world's best cheerleader and makes you feel completely comfortable with yourself.  You leave feeling like you're on top of the world. 

 

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

I have my album out on the coffee table!  Sarah made me feel proud of myself and my body. I'm incredibly thankful for this experience. 

 

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Hey Chicago, here's your chance | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Hey Chicago, this will be my 4th year in a row that I am bringing the beauty of boudoir to your city! Along with that boudoir beauty comes a really kick-ass time in a gorgeous location! Plus snacks (duh).

We have ONE spot open in Chicago for the weekend of August 3-5th! And you know what... that spot could be yours!! Are you celebrating a birthday? Are you getting married? Are you getting divorced? Do you just need a solid (and sexy!) pick-me up? Did you accidentally buy a bunch of lingerie and now you need an excuse to wear it and also you want to be photographed in it (a total possibility)? Then LET'S DO THIS!!!! 

Get in touch and book your session today! See you in a couple of months!

Here are some images form last year's Chicago boudoir sessions!

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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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Even her friends had something to say.... | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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Of course we love hearing the feedback that our clients get from their significant others when they show off their boudoir photos. When that feedback includes some serious comments from your friends, we love that even more! 

A couple of months ago this stunner came in for her boudoir session in our Atlanta studio. She was referred to us by another client, which is one of the biggest compliments that we can ever get! We cracked up the entire time, but you'd never know it by looking at these images! If you're thinking of having a boudoir session for your wedding gift take  look at these images, and this interview! You can also read this interview if you're not thinking of doing a boudoir session, you're an adult so you can do what you want :) 

-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?

Marketing

 

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

I saw my friend Kate's photos with you and was blown away. I didn't realize it was a "thing" brides even started doing for their husbands, but I figured, why not?! I'd already been working hard on my body for the wedding, I wanted to capture it in photos not only for Bryan but for ME to have forever!!!

 

 

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

I don't really see myself as sexy, so I was nervous if that would show through in the images, and if I would feel awkward trying to pose. You made those go away!

 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

Seeing the instagram page of beautiful images, and my friends' pictures!

 

 

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

It didn't feel awkward!

 

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

Makeup was fun, getting to know you and sipping champagne , seeing the images while you were shooting was really cool and empowering. Of course seeing the final result was awesome too!!

 

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

Obsessed. "I want to have sex with you right now" - from a girlfriend even LOL.

 

 

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

DO IT. It doesn't matter if it's for a [significant other] or not, it's awesome to do for yourself!!

 

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

Yes, I felt a bit more empowered and feminine. 

 

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New work from our associate photographer! | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Our associate boudoir photographer, Emma, has been KILLING IT lately with her boudoir shoots! She takes over our Atlanta studio with a vengeance and cranks out gorgeous boudoir photos that are unique to her style, and also compliment the entire OWN brand. She is incredibly talented and is such an asset to the OWN team. Boudoir sessions can be intimidating, but she has such a great energy when it comes to making our clients comfortable!

Loving these boudoir images from her! If you're looking for an amazing set of images, our associate photographer is a great alternative option should our lead photographer packages not be what you're looking for! 

Ready to book? Emma's availability is extremely limited for the weekends, so get in touch now! 

Contact us here!

I am not alone (a revisit) | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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**This is a revisit to a post that I wrote at this time last year (original post and photos here). My life has changed SO much in the last year. For example, this time last year I was on a girl's trip to Greece taking every advantage of my single hood. This year I'm currently sitting in a hotel in Florence, Italy with my boyfriend of a year. I'm reposting this because I know there has to be at least one person going through a similar situation as I was last year. I've talking to so many of my boudoir clients (both my boudoir clients in Atlanta and ALL around the worlds) and our personal struggles are often so similar so we should never feel alone. Ok the end :) Read on for the full post and to see some photos from our current trip!  

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If you've spent more than 5 minutes with me over the last 5 months then you've heard me talk excitedly about my newfound single-hood. There has been a LOT of traveling, in fact one of my BFFs asked me if I even lived in Atlanta anymore. (The answer is 'yes' I do still live in Atlanta, and I also live at the Atlanta airport. Shout out to the SkyClub at concourse B!)

This stage in my life has been named and re-named a few times and to be completely forward with you guys.. the current operating title is 'Hoe phase'. ;) I'm out there letting my freak flag fly and enjoying every minute of it. Don't get me wrong, cashing 'flirt' checks isn't how I fill the entirety of my time, but it holds a pretty big piece of the pie-chart. 

For the first time in five and a half years I am living life on my own, but I am not 'alone'.  

I'll admit that even though my relationship ended amicably, at first I was a little bitter and lost. My ex got to 'keep' our circle of friends. He 'got' to keep the apartment. Outside of no longer having me in his life (which as we all know is a terrible thing since I am so amazing hahahahaha) it seemed as if he didn't really have anything that changed. He owns a lot of clothes so at the very best he got to take over a second closet. I was the one that was immediately thrown into finding a new circle of friends, creating new routines, and frequenting foreign coffee shops. 

It took me all of about a week to get over the feeling of eye-rolling bitterness. To my surprise, the relationships and experiences that I have had over the last 5 months have been extraordinary. It really is fascinating the experiences that are easy to say 'YES' to when you have zero commitments telling you to say 'NO'. Of course right now my only voice-of-no is my wallet ;) I've met more people, travelled to more places, and tried more new experiences than I did in five and a half years. 

I say this to say. I am not 'alone'. 

A girlfriend and I had dinner a few months ago and she asked me if I was worried that I had spent 5years of my life with someone and had to 'start over' by being alone in my 30s. Let's all give her a bit of grace and assume she didn't mean that in a completely demeaning way. Had I not known this girl for 25 years I probably would have been offended, but I wasn't. There are as many different values as there are people in this world, and I've never been one to really have a romantic relationship as a top value.

The idea of not really caring either way about having a relationship with someone else is a foreign concept to some. With regards to the subject of boudoir, I'm often met with puzzled faces when I mention that a boudoir session is often done because my clients want the photos for 'just' themselves.

"Just". 

Fuck that word. 

"Just" yourself is enough. There is no one on this earth that you should love and honor more than yourself. It is wonderful to love someone else and to be loved by someone else, but you are also enough when you are "just" you. If you aren't in a romantic partnership you are not alone. I am not alone. If you ARE in a romantic partnership, you are not alone. I am not alone. We are living our lives. We may go to bed solo or *feeling* solo, but we are not alone. We have a world of common interests (I mean, you are reading this blog... presumably with like ONE other person) that gives us community. 

My girlfriend I was talking about is constantly trying to hook me up with any single male she meets.

"Just go on ONE date" she says.

"I do not want to date anyone" I say.

"Just ONE" she says. 

::there's that word 'just' again::

"I do not want to date anyone" I repeat.

"Ok well keep thinking about it" she forces. 

::eye roll::

 

I am not alone. I am ME. And I am enough. You are not alone. You are YOU. And you are enough.

 

 

The power of posing | Atlanta boudoir Photographer

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We all love the promise of spring, summer, and warmer weather. What’s not to love? The stores put out the new fashions, there are even cuter sandals than last year, patios are sensible again, and the beach/pool are regular weekend activities. One could almost go into a happiness coma thinking about it all - until it suddenly hits you that bathing suits will be involved. The mere thought of putting on a suit after a winter of soup, blankets, and hottie-toddys can terrify me back to Siberia.

Fear not, readers! You may not be feeling your best, but I will teach you how to pose your best! It never fails that we’ll have that one friend wanting to Instagram every step we take, and so it’s important to know how to look our best.

In honor of the start of summer (and swimsuit season!) here are a few important posing tips for your upcoming, vacation, lake day, etc. Hint: these tips also apply to your boudoir photos :) 

Some Don'ts

1) Don’t do the straight-on shot. This pose doesn’t allow the camera to register any of your shape and angles because your entire body is on the same camera-plane. The result is a very flat shot that gives the illusion of a wider and shorter shape.

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2) Don’t do the ‘legs apart’ shot. For the same reasons as above, this pose causes the camera to see you a bit wider and shorter. When feet are a part the eye sees a ‘box’ instead of anything curvy. While the hand-on-the-hip is usually a great idea, in the straight-on and legs-apart shot it can accentuate the ‘box’ figure. I also think this makes me look pissed. I’d rather look approachable :)

You can see in this image how my body looks much wider since the eye is drawn to the distance between my feet and creates a ‘boxy’ assumption about my figure. My hand on my hip is not helping the ‘box’.

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3) Don’t put all of your weight on the hip/leg closest to the camera. Putting your weight on any leg will cause your muscles to bulk up a bit (as it should!). Whatever is closest to the camera (boobs, legs, head, shoulders, knees, toes, etc) will appear the largest. This is great if we're trying to make something appear fuller/larger (like the booty for example). However, in this particular pose it a) creates the illusion of larger thighs and tummy regions b) will make you appear inches shorter c) will give the idea of weight that isn’t there, especially in the tummy area. I can’t believe I am even putting this online. This is something that I would de-tag right away and hold against my so-called friend for the rest of her life.

You can see in this photo how my thighs appear larger than they normally are since that is where I am holding my weight. The angle makes me look much shorter than I am, and I have some bulges in the tummy.

 

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And now for the "DO"s...

3) Do stand at an angle and
4) Do put all of your weight on your back hip and
5) Do put your hand on the smallest part of your waist. You can see an insta-difference between this image and the above image. They are the same pose, just with the back-hip/leg holding my weight. The angle works well with the camera. I have what I want to appear the ‘smallest’ the furthest away from the camera. This pose should be your go-to. Hands-on-hip are a great accessory to this pose, but make sure your elbows are out so that you don’t appear to only have one arm.
I’m going to use this shot for my Miss. America swimsuit entry. I kid, I kid.

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Success!! I hope all of your swimsuit images are stupendous this year. Remember, these posing tricks/tips also apply to clothed photos :)

Traveling boudoir? Here's where we'll be (UPDATE) | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Will OWN boudoir ever step out of our Atlanta boudoir bubble and head to a city near you? Why yes of course!! In fact, we travel to multiple cities for boudoir. So, if you're unable to come to Atlanta for your boudoir session (or you just feel like going on a trip that doesn't really require clothes), then we've got some options for you!

 

2018 Boudoir Travel schedule (UPDATED)

CHICAGO- (One spot left!!) August 2-6, 2018

ALBANY, NY- August 21-24, 2018

MIAMI- (Labor day weekend) August 30-Sept 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO- (One spot left!!!) September 21-24, 2018 

DENVER- (One spot left!!) November 2-6, 2018

 

And there we go!!! We're bringing our lights, camera, and action on the road a few more times this year! We've just added San Francisco and immediately booked it up, so these dates are going fast. Ready to see us in one of the cities above? Interested in booking with us but don't see your city listed? 

Get in touch and claim your spot :) 

Contact us here!

 Here's an image from our trip out to Los Angeles this Spring! The Roosevelt hotel was a gorgeous backdrop :) 

Here's an image from our trip out to Los Angeles this Spring! The Roosevelt hotel was a gorgeous backdrop :) 

"Stop saying 'I'm sorry'!" (a personal post) | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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"Stop saying 'I'm sorry' for things that you have no control over!"

Those are the words that my boyfriend repeated to me at least 4 times last night (and once this morning at 4am as I was dropping him off at the airport). 

He had just spent 7 hours at the Atlanta airport, two of those being on the tarmac, watching his flight get indefinitely delayed. After they deplaned he came home, understandably frustrated, and parked on the sofa. I greeted him with a hug and a kiss and an "I'm sorry about your flight". He hugged and kissed me back and we proceeded to order pizza and scrounge up some clean underwear for him to pack (since we also have no idea where his bag is at this point). 

For the remainder of the night I said "I'm sorry" for a variety of things. 

"I'm sorry about your laundry"

"I'm sorry that we couldn't get the pizza that you like"

"I'm sorry about the mess at the airport"

"I'm sorry you have to get up so early for your flight"

"I'm sorry they don't know when your flight is going to be"

I think I was about to bleat out my 87th "I'm sorry...." when Frank finally stops me and sternly says "Stop saying 'I'm sorry' for things that you have no control over". 

Of course my knee-jerk response was "I'm sorry" (but I used my willpower and refrained). What he had said really struck me. It wasn't because I felt like he wasn't hearing my empathy for his situation, but because I knew the "I'm sorry" reaction was indicative of a few bigger issues.

One issue of course is that I'm too lazy to more specifically express how I feel... hence using "I'm sorry" for when Frank's flight was delayed and also using "I'm sorry" for punching someone in the face (obviously two totally different things, and also the punching is hypothetical).

The second issue is that I realized my immediate response to ANY kind of inconvenience, especially when it happens to someone else, is to apologize for it. I swear, I would say "I'm sorry" to someone that backed into MY parked car. I find myself apologizing for getting bumped into on the sidewalk by someone not paying attention. I've probably apologized to an ex because HE cheated on me.

You see what I mean? 

This whole "sorry" problem came from somewhere, and I have no idea where. I honestly think that most women suffer from chronic "I'm sorry"-ness and we rarely recognize it (unless of course someone calls us out on it). It wasn't until Frank had to AGAIN say to me this morning "Stop apologizing for things that aren't your fault!" –after I apologized for having to take him to the airport– that it finally clicked. 

So, you've heard it here first folks.... I'm vowing to stop saying "I'm sorry" to things that aren't my fault, and promising to put more energy toward using other expressions to express empathy and understanding. 

If you suffer from "I'm sorry"-ness then STOP (as Frank would say). Take ownership of your existence and stand up for yourself. Also... if you come up with other expressions, like: "That's unfortunate", then please send me a list. I'm going to need all of the help I can get.

Sorry for the long post :), 

Sarah

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The scar of infertility: a testimony | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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**While I've mentioned our personal project what seems like 2843 times this year, I'm going to continue to mention it as it is completed. 

"See these lines across my face, they tell you the story of who I am..."- Brandi Carlile

The first official "Scars of our OWN" story is up on our instagram (@scarsofourown). For convenience I've reposted the images and the narrative below. 

As a boudoir photographer I am honored to work intimately with clients. Both photographing them in intimates and listening to the intimate details of their lives. Working with clients has made me crack up to the point of tears and also feel empathy to the point of tears. Part of what has inspired the scar project is the sheer variety of scars, of stories, that my clients bring in to their boudoir session. Some scars, like the ones below, are physically visible. Some scars, also like the ones below, make their marks on the heart. 

Read on for a personal testimony of a beautiful woman and her experience with infertility, 

-Sarah

 

"My scars represent my 7 year struggle with infertility. With over 15 surgeries, countless Drs appointments, infections, injections, miscarriages and left with one ovary and one mangled filopian tube. Every month you grieve when you get  the negative test. It represents my fight, my endurance, my relentlessness, my hope, my tears, my prayers and my faith in God.

I know that infertility is a struggle that can go silent. It's more common than you think. No one wants to say anything and as a woman you struggle with the fact that it's  challenging for you to bring life into the world and you can't get your body to act right like a normal female yet everyone asks "when are you guys going to have a baby?" It's a rough ride. These scars tell my story. It's a part of my fabric now, molded into my character. May is also infertility awareness month. 

I want to encourage and inspire those in the same struggle to hold on and know you are still gorgeous in the fight. 

[To those with scars, I say} Own it. Be proud of it. Know that you are wonderfully made and the journey has made you fearless." 

Flashback Friday? | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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I looked back at some of the past boudoir photos that I've taken (and my past boudoir studios here in Atlanta) and I noticed that I missed a few things... and one thing in particular. 

 

 Can you spot it?

Can you spot it?

 What about now?

What about now?

 Here it is....

Here it is....

Was I subtle at all? I was probably a bit all over the place... but guys, I tried. 

The thing I missed? These grey sheets!!!! I forgot how much I absolutely love working with grey sheets. They make all skin tones look absolutely amazing. There is some sort of velvety goodness that really fits with your boudoir photos (especially when we're dealing with that harsh Atlanta summer sun). White sheets are beautiful, but can be REALLY bright sometimes, and can also be more expected. I love photographing boudoir with grey sheets and I forgot how much I loved it. Once I started looking back at my old boudoir images I asked myself why on earth I had ever stopped using the grey. I also needed to figure out where the hell I put the sheets. 

Fast forward to this week...

I've found the sheets and clearly had my way with them. It was a great week :) 

 

Happy Friday, y'all!!! 

Sarah

She's looking at herself with new eyes | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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Being an Atlanta Boudoir photographer, and knowing how fast this city is expanding, I know that there are so many wonderful boudoir photographers for you to choose from and no reason why you should choose me. However, when you peruse the interwebz, the Googles, the Instagrams, ask your friends, and still end up with knowing I'm the best boudoir photographer for you.... that is just special.

If I turn it around on you and you come to me with a whole list of reasons why you aren't going to look great in your photos and then I show you the beautiful person inside you (that also happens to have a great butt)... that is just special, too. 

Here is a client interview that describes the feeling of seeing yourself through different eyes. It may have been a wedding gift to her fiancé, but it definitely ended up being for her OWN self. 

Enjoy! 

-Sarah

 

1. How old are you?

I am 28 years old

 

2. Describe what you do on a day to day basis (or for your job!)

I am a CT technologist for a living.

 

3. What was the reason you chose to have a boudoir session in the first place?

the who/why I finally did these pictures was for my now HUBBY as a wedding present!!

 

4. Describe your fears (if any!) that you might have had going in to this session.

Yes, I actually had a lot of fears going into the shoot, about my own body really, and esp allowing someone to photograph it!!!! 

 

5. How did you even find out about OWN, or boudoir in general?

I saw one of your pictures on Instagram, and had always wanted to do a shoot like this, but never really had the confidence until I saw your pictures!

 

6. How was your session? 

It was WAAAAYYYYY better than I ever could have imagined. you made me feel so incredibly comfortable, I felt like we had been friends for 10 years! You completely dissolved any fears that I had walking in, within the first 5 mins of meeting you!!

 

7. Tell us about what you loved the most!!

My favorite part of the whole experience was seeing the pictures for the first time and realizing that that was actually me in the photos. I loved seeing my husbands face when he opened the pictures, but the confidence that it gave me when I first saw them is unreal.

 

8. How has the reaction to your photos been?

The response that I got from my husband was "WOW!!" He absolutely loved them and could not stop looking at them!

 

9. What advice would you offer to those considering a boudoir session (not just with OWN!)?

My advice to anyone thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot would be absolutely, hands down, 100% DO IT!!!!!!!! It is something that I put off for a long time (thankfully I did because I found THE BEST photographer to do it) but I am so happy that I finally chose to do it. It gave me a confidence that I haven't had In a long time!!!

 

10. Looking back, is there anything that has changed since you walked through the door of the studio?

I honestly do look at my body different now since after the photo shoot, I feel as if I have a confidence that I didn't quite have before. and if it is at all possible, I even feel that my husband looks at me a little differently now too. We both will cherish these photos forever!!!

What REALLY goes on in your boudoir shoot? | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Here’s a little look into Atlanta boudoir photography and what really goes on in your boudoir session! Check out Sarah with OWN boudoir as she describes the details behind boudoir sessions!

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Follow our SCARS project | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Starting in January 2018 we began a personal project that focuses on telling the stories that leave their marks on us. 

This week (finally) the project has a name. It also has an Instagram. 

So....

Follow our personal project, taken from our interactions with over 1000 women during boudoir sessions. See the marks that our stories leave. Be a part of these stories. Send the stories to those that need to hear them. Know that we're all in this together. 

Currently you can find the Scars of our OWN (yes that's the name!!!!) project at: 

@ScarsOfOurOWN on Instagram

Interested in participating? Get in touch with us here

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Our first Associate boudoir session, photographed by Emma | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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If you've been following along for the past few months then you know that OWN boudoir has added an additional photographer to the team! 

(cue loud cheers and boudoir themed balloons)

Emma has been with OWN boudoir for the last month and has booked a series of sessions for clients that are interested in working with OWN, but that hadn't found a package that was attainable for their budget!

As our associate photographer, Emma conducts sessions in our Atlanta Boudoir studio. The entire OWN team takes care of the logistics and booking, while Emma takes care of creating an amazing set of boudoir images for you to enjoy! 

Here are some of our favorite images from Emma's first session with OWN! She's killer, and if you're interested in booking an Associate Photographer session with OWN then you should get in touch!!! 

 

Thanks for being here with us every step of the way,

Sarah (owner and lead photographer of OWN boudoir)