Boudoir Photos

Getting married? Anniversary coming up? Or do you just want to take some sultry photos because you’re gorgeous?


I have compiled a short checklist of what to look for when picking a professional to capture these intimate shots.

1. Be Picky: Find someone local with lots of reviews and a personal website. Don’t just book the first person you find. Take the time to do your research, scour the best deals and above all, make sure you actually like the pictures in the photographer’s portfolio.


2. Pricing: The price range for boudoir photos varies depending on where you live, the number of photographers in the area and what you’re comfortable with paying. I’ve seen “Groupon Deals” for $50, but when you read the fine print that doesn’t always include your “sitting fee”, prints, retouching, etc. Decide on your budget and try to get the most bang (pun-intended) for your buck.


3. Style: Some photographers do more soft light, sensual shoots while others are pretty hardcore and graphic. I’m not here to judge one way or the other, but just make sure that whatever you choose, you will be 100% comfortable with because if you’re uncomfortable, it will definitely show through your photos.


4. Be Suggestive: Make a Pinterest board with posing ideas, camera angles, costume changes and background settings that you like. This was something that my boudoir photographer, Aimee, suggested and I absolutely LOVE her for it. During our shoot she’d pull up photos that I had pinned so we could try and recreate them.


5. Perks: See if your photographer includes digital copies of your pictures with the photo session. My photographer not only included a CD with the photos, but also a photo book that I gave to my husband as a secret gift on our wedding day. It is the perfect present for your significant other…and my hubby always takes it with him on business trips.


Photo Credit: Aimee Rossi, Visit Her Website Here

Why You Should Invest In A Makeup Primer

To prime or not to prime? That is the question; and YES is definitely the answer. While I’ve always been in love with fashion and design, my interest in makeup barely scratches the surface of a full blown obsession. Yes, I do have a vanity littered with little black compacts, more brushes than I know what to do with and enough glittery powder to cover a small village, but getting down in the nitty-gritty of makeup application was never one of my pursuits.

So in all my years of being a girl, why have I just discovered the wonder of makeup primer? I’m not quite sure because I have been getting makeovers at department stores since before I was a teen. Maybe it’s because the salespeople are more interested in selling the newest color palette or cream to prevent aging? Or could it be because you’re not particularly paying attention when they first apply the primer, since you still see a naked canvas (aka: your face) practically begging for foundation and blush. Whatever the reason, I am now addicted to making sure that I always apply a primer before foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, etc. So now you may be asking, why is this girl dedicating an entire blog post to primer? Here are my reasons why:

1. Primer helps smooth your face so your makeup will go on more evenly, smoothing out any bumpy patches. I’ve even noticed that my pores seem to look smaller when I use primer first. Primer basically helps create a canvas for your makeup.

2. It has a sticky effect with your makeup so your face will “stay put” wayyy longer than without primer. Have you ever said to yourself “My face is eating my makeup”? No? Then maybe it’s just me, but I always felt like my makeup would dissolve on my face after about 4 hours. But with primer, it basically clings to my face-Hello, Beautiful!

3. You know those weird eyeshadow creases you get around 2 p.m. in the afternoon? When I apply primer to my eyelids first, I don’t get those awful creases and lines.

Now that you’re super excited about primer, which one should you invest in? I have two favorites: Chanel Base Lumière, Base Èclat Du Tent (Illuminating Makeup Base) and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer “Protect”. I find reaching for the Laura Mercier tube more than the other because the “Protect” version has 30 SPF and I am always trying to protect my skin, since Melanoma runs in my family and I’ve already had surgery to remove it before. Plus, Sephora carries Laura Mercier, while I would have to go all the way to Saks to pick up more Chanel.

Chanel Base Lumière, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Chanel Base Lumière, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Available at Sephora.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Available at Sephora.

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