If you would like more information on a boudoir session, please use the contact form or call 336.309.3506 today. Let's plan your dream shoot together.
Ms. S is a fellow photographer. She trusted me to do her boudoir photos for her and I am so honored! It is not easy being on the "other side" of the camera. We photographers like being behind the camera, we like being in charge and we like giving the directions. Take all of that away and we tend to be just like everyone else; imagine that! We freeze, we get nervous, and we focus on all the things we don't like about our body. But just like the majority of the women who book a session with me, it didn't take long for Ms. S to relax, allow me to pose her and really enjoy her session. I am so glad she came in and I am so happy she gave me a full model release to share her images!
I love my job! I love it when a woman trusts me with these moments of vulnerability. I love it when her experience is above and beyond her expectations. I love it when she realizes her true beauty.
If you would like more information on a boudoir session, please use the contact form or call 336.309.3506 today. Let's plan your dream shoot together.
First, I need to thank all of the women who have trusted me to photograph them. Not only those who dare to bare a great deal but those who dare to bare their soul. Every woman that stands in front of my camera is vulnerable. The camera captures so much more than we can imagine. It's no secret I love to shoot a few close ups at every session and those close up images reveal so much because they are always focused on the eyes. The eyes tell our story. They can tell me what you are thinking and feeling and my camera captures that for you to see. It can be very difficult for some of us to see those stories reflected back at us.
Boudoir is more than just posing in your underwear. It is more than just making a beautiful gift for your significant other. Boudoir is about letting yourself be free for a moment, letting go of your insecurities and vulnerabilities and feeling alive and carefree. Let me backtrack for a moment. The definition of the word Boudoir (boo-dwar) is a woman's dressing room, private sitting room or bedroom. This is where she would get dressed and undressed, put on and take off her makeup, and perhaps put on and take off her shroud of modesty. This is where she would be her most free self. She wouldn't feel insecure here because it would just be her. So to be in her "boudoir" would mean that she was able to be her true self, lounging in her under clothes, without a care in the world about what she looked like.
When a woman comes into my studio, I want her to feel comfortable, relaxed and able to reveal her true self. Whether she has come in to pose in a gorgeous ball gown for glamour or the most revealing lingerie, I want her to let herself go and feel free, and alive, and beautiful. My studio is small and bright and warm and I want it to feel more like a safe place to relax and and let yourself go, rather than a place where you feel uncomfortable and nervous and vulnerable. If you haven't visited my site here before, you might want to take a quick look at the video on the home page to see for yourself how my studio is set up. The shooting area is actually set up like a boudoir, complete with a changing area, makeup vanity, bed, and sitting area. Do you know what I love best about my studio? The light. The natural light in my studio is flattering for every woman, no matter her age or shape or size.
I know the thought of doing a boudoir session can be very intimidating to some (most) women but it shouldn't be. My stylist and I are both women and we both love to laugh. We keep everything light and fun, from the moment you walk in right through to the very end. If you wanted to do your whole session fully clothed, that is fine. I can capture your beauty and story no matter what you are wearing because it is not about the clothes at all. It is about you. It is about telling your story, through your body language, your facial expressions, your eyes. Let me photograph your eyes and I will show you a beautiful woman with a story to tell.
Boudoir doesn't have to be all sultry and sexy. Boudoir can be light and romantic. Boudoir can be fun and flirty. Boudoir can be glamour and glitz. Create a theme for your session and bring in clothes that represent that. Start with a ballgown and end up in a nightgown. Start with jeans and end up in a tank top. Start with a sweater and end up in a sheet. Or come in for a complete glamour session and tell your story in frilly frocks. Boudoir is less about what you are wearing and more about what you are feeling and expressing.
Don't let the thought of a boudoir session intimidate you. I am here to answer any questions you have regarding a session and my goal with every client is to help you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Don't worry about posing, that is my job. Don't worry about your "problem" areas, that is my job too. Don't worry about your age or shape or size, my studio has the most flattering light for every woman. Don't feel like you can't do a session because you don't feel comfortable in lingerie. It's really not about the lingerie. It's about being you, when you are in your "boudoir", when you are free of your cares and worries and stresses. It's about the story you have to tell to the one who loves you no matter what you have on.
Boudoir makes a great gift but more importantly, boudoir is for you. It's really not what you think; it's really all about how it makes you feel. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a business woman, boudoir is for every woman. Do something fun for yourself today!
I know, I know...It's not even Christmas yet BUT when it comes to Holiday specials I have to advertise months in advance. I use a professional lab for all of my printing so I have to add in lab time and shipping to make sure you get your gifts in plenty of time to hand them to the one you love on that special day. I want you to have time to book & prepare for your session so you have that amazing album on February 14th! Not to mention, Valentine's Day is one of the biggest holidays for boudoir photographers so our calendars fill up fast!
Imagine his face when he opens that album and sees his love smiling up at him. That is a gift he will cherish forever.
This year, I have decided to give you all inclusive album packages if you book in January. What does that mean? That means you can pick any of the six albums I currently offer plus the session fee at a discounted rate and you get the album of your choice, professional styling, 2-hour studio session, plus same day viewing and ordering all for one incredible price. As an added bonus, if you order any Luxury album you will also get 2 wallet accordion albums. You do not have to choose your album until you view your images. All you need to book your session is $100, which will guarantee your date and this will be deducted from your package price at the time of your order.
So what are you waiting for? Click here to fill out the contact info and let's book your January session today! To see the full list of album packages click here or go to the home page when you are ready.
It's been so long since I have posted anything here. I wish I could say that I have been crazy busy with sessions in the studio but really I have just been crazy busy with life. If you are a faithful follower then you remember my last post about completing the 101 class at Iron Tribe in Huntersville. The day after I completed that I went on vacation to visit my family in Maine for a few weeks. I am very proud to say that I stuck to my Paleo eating the whole time and I am still continuing to eat that way now. As soon as I got back I headed straight to ITF and got to work. I have been going 3 times a week since. I also added PiYo to my workout routine, which is a program that I thoroughly enjoy and compliments my ITF workouts too. I have lost 22 pounds so far and I feel amazing.
On another personal note, we are also preparing for a trip to Texas right after Christmas so that my daughter can have surgery done on her shoulder. When she was born she sustained an injury that has prevented her from having 100% normal function in her arm. She has had physical therapy for most of her 5 years and this past spring we met with a surgeon to see what could be done for her. Unfortunately, this surgeon does not actually perform the surgery in NC so there is a lot of planning involved to make sure everyone is on the same page. As of last week we finally have a date and all travel arrangements have been made. This also happens to coincide with my busiest season, since Christmas and Valentine's are huge for boudoir gifts. So on top of having to meet cutoff dates before each holiday to be sure gifts are in hands on time, I also have to limit dates due to us being away and me needing to take care of my daughter post-op.
With all that being said, I still have a few dates available before each holiday, so if you are considering one call soon or you may not get a date. I also want to thank all of you for being so patient while I have been "away" from my site for so long. I love being a photographer, I love giving women beautiful photos, and I love my clients but sometimes life gets in the way and I have to be a mom first.
If you would like one of those limited dates for either Christmas or Valentine's gifts, please email or call today: 336.309.3506
I recently went to a women's event and had the pleasure of meeting some amazing business women in my area. I had a table with my work and business cards displayed and as you can imagine, it was quite the conversation starter. During a few of these conversations, I actually had to check my emotions. I am very passionate about my work, about what I do and why, and about the responses I get from clients. I could talk for hours about my work. If you haven't read my Mission Statement and Why I Do What I Do section, I highly recommend it to get a sense of my passion for photographing women and giving them this whole experience.
I want every woman I meet to spend a few hours in front of my camera, not just because I love what I do but because I love giving them something they don't get enough of. Time for themselves. A day to feel pampered. A day to forget about the outside world and focus on themselves. A few short hours to find that beautiful woman that lives inside her. The one who gives so much she rarely has anything left to give to herself. The one who takes on the weight of the world so her family doesn't have to. The one who sacrifices what she wants to do so her children can do more of what they want to do. We all do it and there is nothing wrong with that but we need a mental health day sometimes to just do something for ourselves.
I said this multiple times that night and it is so true, "She comes in thinking she is getting a gift for her man but she leaves with a gift to herself". I would say 95% of the women who book a session come in thinking they are going to give their sweetie a great gift for their birthday, anniversary or Valentine's but when it is all said and done they realize it was them who got the gift. A few hours of pampering. A few hours of dressing up in something silky and sexy. A few hours out of the house. An afternoon of seeing their true beauty reflected back to them in images that don't lie. A boost in their self-esteem and confidence.
That right there is why I love my job so much! That is why I get so emotional when I talk about it. Her reaction to her beauty that shines out, her realization that she is still that beautiful woman she thought she lost when she became a business woman or mother or wife, her confidence in who she is now. She is me, she is you, she is every woman I meet on a daily basis. We all have something that we carry around with us that has made us forget that we are still important and beautiful and deserving. So tell yourself that you are doing this as a gift for him but leave knowing it was all for you.
Don't forget, you only have to take a day away from the job or the kids. Your viewing/ordering session happens just 60 minutes after we finish with your session. You are in at 9 and done by 3. You can go home, check on the kids, wait for hubby to come home and head out for an evening of dinner and romance since you will be all dolled up already. Or extend that girl's day and have hubby take care of the kids while you stay out, call up your girlfriends and have a fun evening of drinks and laughter. I would be willing to bet you turn more than a few heads, which is just another awesome side effect of giving yourself this gift that brings out your inner beauty and boosts your confidence.
I hope you decide to do something special for yourself. Even if you decide a photo shoot isn't it, I hope you take a day to do something special for you. The bonus of doing a photo shoot; you now have a gift for that special someone too! Another bonus? Crossing a boudoir session off your bucket list ;) Shoot me an email via the contact page or give me a ring (336.309.3506) and I would be more than happy to talk about a session or even more about what I do and why.
Hello Beautiful! This week I want to talk about a couple of things. Since I started Topless Tuesday for "revealing" info about my business or other businesses that interest me, I have written many posts about my specials, my products, my studio and I have talked about a few vendors and businesses I have networked with. I have started a new journey to a healthier me and I thought about writing about it here but I have decided to start a new series of posts instead, so keep watching for those coming up soon. That was the first thing.
The second thing I wanted to talk about is something that I recently saw a fellow photographer, whom I admire, start doing in her own business. She offered a limited number of sessions where the client "names their own price". Obviously there are limitations and requirements to be met but it has been working very well for her, in fact, she is already planning her next round of them since the response was so high.
I have decided that I am going to do this for my Christmas special, which will start in September. Since I will be out of town for most of August, I will just continue my July specials through until September plus I will offer this Name Your Own Price deal starting now. It will be limited to 10 boudoir sessions in my studio, which must be booked for the month of September only. The details are as follows:
1. Limited to 10 boudoir sessions in my Statesville studio in the month of September only.
2. I highly recommend including hair and makeup by my stylist in your bid, as this will require less editing time, which keeps the cost down. Plus it is part of the awesome experience of a boudoir session, so it really makes the day more fun and special.
3. Sessions will take place Tuesday - Saturday at 9 am. Limit one session per day. Please note that Saturday sessions will require a higher bid as those days are not normal session days.
4. What is a reasonable bid offer? A regular session is $250 for my time as well as hair and makeup and does not include products but it does include a credit toward products. Products start at $200. (See Pricing info for full details of regular session pricing) Please keep in mind that I am running a business and I feed my family and pay my bills from my photography, so reasonable offers need to allow me to do this. That being said, bids should start at $300 and include the details of the session and products you are asking for. Ex. one hour session on a Thursday, hair and makeup and an album of 10 images for $500. This bid may be accepted or countered, depending on date requested, products requested and other bids for the same items.
5. If you are familiar with my products already then you know that I offer quality, as well as a bit of variety. If you are not familiar yet, feel free to browse the pricing page to see what I offer. As an overview, I offer two variations of albums with 3 different quantities of images, folio boxes with matted images in 3 quantities, digital image collections of various sizes, which can be added to any album or folio collection or purchased individually, as well as wall portraits. If you are wanting a product that you do not see listed, add that to your request and if I can do it, I will.
6. If your bid is accepted, you will be required to pay 1/2 of your bid immediately to book the session and the other half at the time of your session. Visa, Mastercard and cash will be acceptable forms of payment.
7. Last but not least, no matter how much you end up paying you will have a great experience. Every woman who comes to my studio is treated like a princess for a day. You will be pampered and coached. You will see gorgeous images of yourself. You will leave feeling sexy and confident. You will be able to cross one person off your Christmas list!
So now what? Decide what you want, the date you want it and how much you want to pay for it. Email me at email@example.com or use the contact page to let me know your details. I will then check to see if your date requested is available and if your bid is accepted or will be countered. I will email you back either way. If your bid is accepted I will send you contract information as well as a link to pay the first half. I will accept 10 bids only for the month of September, so if you are interested email ASAP so you do not miss out. Emails will be accepted starting immediately. A spot is considered taken once the payment has been made.
I am hoping this will give every woman who wants to do a session the opportunity to do so and money is not a deterring factor. If you struggle with what to get that special someone, this is the perfect gift and they will never expect it. Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Please note that this cannot be combined with any specials currently running. North Carolina sales tax will be added to your bid amount.
Hello Beautiful! It's Tuesday again and you know what that means! Another Topless Tuesday post, another reveal, another week has gone by. This week I am torn between the new studio tour video and my albums. Since I love my studio and I love talking about it and I would love to have you come in for a session, I think I will post about the video today and save the albums for next week ;)
If you are a regular visitor to my Facebook page or my website, you have probably already seen the video I put on the home page. I added it last Thursday before I went to an event so I could show off where I create my photos. While the video isn't perfect and it does run a little long, I am very happy with how it came out. There is definitely an art to video editing and not something I have studied intensely, but for my first go, I am very proud of the outcome. Without further adieu, I give you the FLP studio tour 2014!
Now that you have watched it, let's talk about it! I spent hours searching for the perfect music to accompany this video. Like photographs, music is copyrighted and one cannot simply use any old song they happen to have on a CD, especially not for business use. For licensed music I use Triple Scoop Music. I can search for keywords, artists, song titles, themes, style, mood. So when I went in search of music for my video I searched for fun vocals with the keyword beautiful. I must have listened to at least 10 songs, including the one I ended up with but at the time I wasn't completely sold on it so I changed my keyword to mirror. Again, a list of songs including the one that I ended up with. I still wasn't 100% convinced it was the perfect song but I added it to my favorites. I ended up switching things around, only searching for boudoir specific songs or glamour specific songs, only keywords like beautiful and mirror; I even searched for songs with a keyword of butterfly in keeping with my favorite quote. Besides the butterfly search, would you believe this song came up almost every single time? Finally, I got the hint! I listened to it a few more times and I even had my almost 5-year-old listen to it. The more I listened to the words, the more I liked it and the more I knew it was perfect.
Then the hard part started. Cutting that song down to under 3 minutes and fitting it with the video and still frames I was going to use. From everything I have learned about videos for advertising and promo, they should be right around 2 minutes long...I knew that wasn't going to happen! I loved the song too much and I had too much to show for just 2 minutes long. Some people may check out around 2 minutes but some will keep watching and I love those people!
In the video you will see my awesome stylist, Miss Alaina, doing her thing. You will see my little makeup area and changing "room", the props I use to get different looks and even a little sneak at my budding in-studio wardrobe! I wanted this video to tell a story. I wanted this video to show potential clients what a session feels like in my studio. I wanted every woman who feels like they are just going through the motions of every day to see this and think, I want that. I want to feel pampered and special and find my beauty. It is in there ladies. Our beauty is inside and it is waiting for us to acknowledge it, to let it out, to let it shine. Look at the face in the mirror and say I have always been and will always be BEAUTIFUL! #iambeautiful
This is why I photograph women. I want every woman to see she is beautiful. I want every woman to give herself the gift of finding that beauty that is inside. I repeated this multiple times at the event I recently attended, "She comes in thinking she is getting her man a special gift but she leaves realizing it was she who got the gift instead."
I could go on for hours just beaming about why I do this! I feel like I can't say it enough, you are beautiful! You are worth it! You deserve a day of pampering! Come have fun and see what everyone else sees!
If you want to chat more about booking a session you can either reach me via the contact page or call me at 336.309.3506. Let's book you in and start celebrating your beauty!
It's Wednesday! It's hot! It's a hot Wednesday flash sale! Today only book a glamour or boudoir session for only $99!! This is a full session, which includes hair and makeup, up to 2 hours in front of my camera, same day viewing/ordering session AND $100 credit toward products. Yes! You read that right...you get all that for just $99, which means you are actually getting all of that for FREE!
There are only two restrictions. THIS OFFER IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE WHO CONTACT ME AND PAY THE $99. Session must take place before August 1, 2014.
To contact me for this offer go to the contact page and fill out your info along with the promo code HOT99. I will reply to the first 5 emails with an invoice for $99 along with the contract info. Your spot will be reserved once the invoice is paid.
If you ask a bunch of men what women do best, I bet their top answer would be talk. Let's face it, women like to talk...a lot! Well, today I am giving you the opportunity to have a complimentary studio session with me just for talking about my work. I need to spread the word about my bridal boudoir sessions and I figured, who better to help me out than my loyal blog readers? And, of course, I want to give you an extra incentive to talk about me...a complimentary session in my new studio!
Do you like to talk?
Do you know someone getting married this year?
Would you like to have a glamour or boudoir session with me for free?
If you answered yes to at least 2 of those questions, then keep reading!
Tell everyone you know that is getting married, thinking about getting married, or maybe they are married but never gave their groom a special gift and would like to remedy that, about my bridal boudoir sessions. If they book a session with me and give me your name as a referral you will earn a complimentary session in my studio! Your session can be for glamour or boudoir in my studio and includes hair and makeup by my super awesome talented stylist.
Now maybe you are wondering what is the difference between a boudoir session and a bridal boudoir session. Well, bridal boudoir tends to include some of your wedding lingerie, maybe your veil and shoes or perhaps even your dress. These images are usually given to the groom in an album as a gift prior to him meeting you at the altar. Think of it as building anticipation for the wedding night. He opens this album alone before he goes to wait for you to walk down the aisle. He will be thinking about that lingerie and what the wedding night will hold for the two of you. He will never forget that anticipation after looking at your photos. He will never forget your wedding night and how you looked as you stood there in your lingerie. He will always have that because you gave him the gift of an album full of you and pieces of that special day.
So, now that you know what it is and what you will get for talking about it, go forth my beautiful readers and tell everyone you know all about it! As an extra bonus I will give both of you $100 credit toward any purchase from your session. Seriously!!! Just for talking :)
To book a session use the contact page or call me at 336.309.3506. Thanks again beauties!
Hello beauties! Wow! What a crazy few weeks it has been. Between opening the studio, booking & shooting sessions, and interviewing potential nannies for my daughter, I have been so busy I haven't even blogged! Before I get too far into this post, I just want to remind you to check back in a few days for the May special or if you want to be one of the first to find out what it is and get a little bonus be sure to sign up for the newsletter. The sign up form is just to the right of this post.
Now that I have all of that out of the way, let's get down to the real reason you read these posts...the photos! I have some full sessions that I can't wait to show you but you will have to be a little patient for those. Today I am going a bit with my "T" theme and a bit with my "revealing" theme....except I am changing it to a "B" instead. Boobs and Bums, instead of the T version of those words. Are you ready??
I love my studio! I also love each of these ladies for letting me show off their "assets"! So what do you say? Are you ready to book your boudoir session? It is so easy to do and the fun factor is worth it alone. Each of these ladies spent more time laughing during their sessions and they had me laughing too. Come get your laugh on and leave with gorgeous photos and a boost in your confidence!
To book a session just click here. I am looking forward to working with you soon!
Hi! It's me, Kay!
Well, hello Beautiful! Thanks for checking out my latest blog post. If you are interested in reading a little more about me check out the "Why I do what I do" blurb on the home page! I hope you enjoy the site and I can't wait to hear from you. ♥xoxo♥ Kay