Boudoir Photos

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo Credit: Aimee Rossi, Visit Her Website Here

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Sisterly Love

There no relationship quite like that of sisters. You can be punching, screaming, and pulling each other’s hair one minute and giggling on the floor the next. I have been extremely blessed to have not just one, but two, younger sisters who, despite our differences, I would give my life for. Before I get into the meat of my post, I do want to clarify that you don’t actually have to be blood-related to have that sister bond: you can be neighbors, best friends, cousins, sorority sisters, etc. The bond of sisters is like nothing else in the entire world.

les trois sœurs
les trois sœurs

With that being said, I want to do a shoutout to my littlest sister, Alexandra (aka: Lexie), who is a senior in high school and has just decided where she wants to attend college in the fall. This past year, I feel like our entire family has been holding our breath, waiting for these college acceptance letters and now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. And I’m not going to lie, I felt like I was living vicariously through Lexie during this period of time because I had definitely repressed the memories of that intense anxiety and stress over the uncertainty of the future. When she was feeling down about a rejection letter, there I was feeling depressed and angry that they didn’t see her potential. Not only is she an AP/Honors student, but she created a service organization and she played FOOTBALL on the high school Varsity team – like HELLO?! How cool is that? I just couldn’t believe that any school failed to see how amazing she is.

Lexie was the kicker for the high school Varsity football team all four years.
Lexie was the kicker for the high school Varsity football team all four years.

Then, as I am doing more research on college acceptances I’m realizing that it honestly is a complete game of chance on whether or not you get in. It is extremely subjective and based on the luck of the draw depending on who actually looks at your application. Now I’m not bashing every admissions office, but that’s not to say that there isn’t a cloud of suspicion as to who gets in and who doesn’t.

Underneath that helmet was a girl!
Underneath that helmet was a girl!

Anyways, I am getting a little bit off topic. As the oldest of three girls, I was the one who had to “blaze the trail” and set an example. I remember getting to college and having zero idea of what I was supposed to do. I never really talked to anyone about what day to day life was supposed to be like. I remember that gut-wrenching feeling of being alone for the first time in my life, and I was absolutely petrified. But I have a pretty good feeling that my baby sister won’t really have that problem. I think the hardest part will be having to reign you in once you get the taste of freedom, to be honest.

Typical Lexie behavior.
Typical Lexie behavior.

In the end, what I want to express is how truly proud I am of you, Lexie. You are an incredibly sincere young woman, with a heart of gold and I know you will excel wherever you go.  Just remember to always keep an open mind, make friends with people with all sorts of backgrounds and stay true to yourself. Oh, and don’t skip class! 💋

My beautiful baby sister.
My beautiful baby sister.