Valentine’s Day is this weekend. If you’ve been crazy busy, like me, you might be looking for a last minute gift idea. With all the love in the air, I wanted to find some fun, inexpensive gifts that could be fun to give this Valentine’s Day and found this – Date Night Sticks. I must live in a bubble, because there are TONS of sites that talk about this and I had never heard of it before! So maybe you’re already aware, consider this a reminder to just do it!
The idea is you write down places, activities, etc onto Popsicle sticks; then when you have a date night draw one and do it! Some sticks can be color coded for less expensive ideas vs. more expensive excursions, maybe even a family night. For Valentine’s Day, you could give a jar, but I think it would be more fun to give the supplies and create the jar together!
Whether you choose to do sticks, or paper in a bowl, I’d love to hear about it! Also include the most interesting activity you are adding to the options. I may want to borrow it!
I wanted to share a few photos from Ms. E’s session because I love the bright and airy feel to her photos. Pink is such a beautiful color on her and I love the way pastel colors photograph. The soft sweater gives a softness to her photos. It feels so feminine. Her makeup is stunning as well, don’t you think?
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Have you ever stopped to think about just how long you’ve been on this earth? About how many days you’ve lived….how many sentences you’ve spoken….how many things you’ve really seen??
It’s nearly impossible for almost all of us to remember everything we’ve ever looked at or read (unless you’re really cool and have that neat memory trick, which, I totally don’t), or every family member you have…or had. Every Holiday dinner, every birthday morning, every family vacation, every time you cut a class in high school and went to the beach or behind the Taco Bell with your friends.
There’s so much that we’ve lived through that we’ll never remember, because we don’t have images of them. The memories that we DO have, we have because they left an imprint on us, whether it was good or bad, it was a strong enough moment visually, emotionally, physically…that it left a mark in our minds that is easy for us to access either whenever we’d like, or, when something sparks up a related memory of that time, like a certain smell or a song. But can you imagine how much we would remember if we just stopped to take a few pictures along the way?
I feel so blessed that my Mom was very much in to pictures of my sister and me when we were growing up so I have albums full of photos to look back on. But do you know how many of the photos include her? Hardly any of them. Mostly because she was the one always taking the photos. I would love to look at a bunch of photos of what my Mom and Dad both looked like in the early 80’s as I was growing up or in the 70’s before I was born. Maybe some photos of them together when they were dating. I totally get it, though. I find it difficult to allow myself to be in photos because I never like the way I look in snapshot photos and I’d rather just have photos of all my friends. Plus, I just feel so comfortable being the one to take the photos. But one day when I have children and they want to look at all my old albums, they won’t care about seeing photos of my friends. They want to see me. They won’t care if I was having a bad hair day or if I needed to lose weight. So I do my best to just exist in photos and to quiet the voices in my head that tell me that I’m not pretty enough to be seen. To be remembered. I want to leave an imprint on this world and a memory for my family members to look back on with love.
So take some time to have your photos taken. WITH your family. WITH your friends. Take some selfies! We have the ability to catch these memories now. To preserve them. There’s no reason not to. Nobody who loves you will care if you are too skinny or too big or balding or not tan enough. The only thing that will matter to them when you are gone, is that they can look back and laugh and cry and ultimately remember you and how wonderful your time together was.
One thing that made Ms. T’s shoot so much fun was that she brought a variety of outfits to use for her shoot. Black is a color that photographs really nicely, however, when my clients bring all black outfits, or when they bring all the same style of outfit (such as all bra and panty sets or all corsets) it doesn’t create very much variety in the final photos. So I recommend bringing different colors as well as different styles and maybe even some fun accessories. Ms. T brought a cowgirl hat, which made for a fun look.
It’s good for a photographer to do something a little different every now and then to stretch our creative muscles and to avoid burn out. I’m so excited to share the photos from my stylized Victorian inspired boudoir shoot. I teamed up with one of my fabulous hair and makeup artists, Kim King, for this unique session. It’s so much fun to be able to create a look that is completely different that what we normally do. Some of the photos were on the more dainty, Victorian, side and some of them were more along the lines of an Old West, Saloon Girl theme.
I purchased the gloves and the choker necklace on Amazon.com. The feathers for her hair were found at a local craft store. I already had the pink corset in my studio wardrobe. For the dress form placed in the background, I used a lace dress I already had and folded the top part of the dress down so it was just a skirt. I added a frilly button-up shirt for the top that I found at Goodwill and completed it with a piece of ribbon for a belt. I just wanted it to look like an old Victorian dress in the background.
I also had this black corset in my studio wardrobe and I always thought it looked a little too “Country Western” for a normal boudoir session. But it worked great for this themed shoot!
I was able to borrow a few props, such as the gun (it’s a toy), the holster, and the vintage hat you’ll see below from a local business who sometimes travels to retirement homes and offers free vintage photos for the residents. They were so kind to allow me to borrow them for my shoot.
I’m not anything close to being a seamstress. But I know just enough about sewing to be dangerous. I made this little skirt and I really love how it turned out for the photos. Just don’t ask me to make another one because I probably couldn’t repeat it. Haha!
The model for this shoot, Kimberly, found these adorable bloomers online.
I made this bustle, too, and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. I worked so great for this shoot.
If you are interested in doing a stylized shoot that is different than what most people do, just contact me with your idea and we can make it come true!
I can’t imagine a more amazing wedding gift to give a groom than some gorgeous and sexy photos of his brand new wife. When Ms. J was searching for the perfect gift for her soon-to-be Husband, she was so excited about the idea of a boudoir shoot. His reaction to receiving his gift on their wedding day was just what she was hoping for. She even sent me some fun photos taken by their professional photographer that I loved being able to see. Sadly, I can’t share them because they got married on a resort and the resort has strict rules about what the Bride and Groom can do with their wedding photos. So you’ll just have to imagine the huge smile on his face as he flipped through each amazing photo of his beautiful lady.
Ms. J is often found with a Starbucks cup in her hand so she brought one with her to use in the shoot. I love how it makes her photos personal and familiar.
A wedding veil with a white lingerie set help celebrate this milestone time in her life.
Ms. J and her fiance are 49ers fans so the t-shirt she brought to wear in her shoot adds more personal touches to her photos.
To create your own unique shoot, contact me and we can discuss the details!
When planning this month’s newsletter topics I had a thought to google “sexy thanksgiving” and see what popped up! Holy Cow! There are tips all over the place on how to keep the mood alive throughout this crazy, hectic time of year! Everything from sexy foods, to meals that keep you looking good; sultry (and often cheesy) things to say to super cute outfit ideas! If Thanksgiving is your time of year, I highly suggest scheduling your session now! There are so many cute and fun ways we can incorporate the theme, leaving you with gorgeous images.
Ms. R contacted me about doing a Mother-daughter session with her Mom, Ms. A. It was so much fun for the two of them to come in together, have their hair and makeup done in my studio, and enjoy a photo shoot. The photos are an amazing souvenir of the great day they had. I know they will cherish these photos and the memory of the time they spent together, for years.
Please contact me to book your own beauty or boudoir photo session!
“A friend had used Rayleigh and I loved how her photos turned out. So I contacted her via email to inquire about pricing and she offered several different options. Budget was a concern, but she offers a mini-session that was just what I was looking for (a mix of boudoir and professional looking photos). This was a gift for my husband (and to myself for losing almost 100lbs) and I was nervous about doing boudoir shots.”
“Her studio is in her home and she had a make up artist come in to do my hair and makeup. The make up artist asked me questions about what look I wanted (more natural or more glamour, etc.) and really seemed to listen to what I wanted. I felt like I still looked like myself after wards but just better. Rayleigh was very pleasant (and so was the make up artist). The session was very relaxed and comfortable.”
“I was very nervous and anxious about how the photos would turn out. I was blown away…I still can’t believe that it’s me in the photos. The poses are tasteful and I love how she made me look beautiful (and thin!) and brought out my best features. I turn the Big 50 next month and my husband wants me to book another session!” –Ms. C
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Meet “Ms. K.” She’s a beautiful 49 year old woman who spent the day with me being pampered with professional hair and makeup styling and a boudoir photo shoot. I asked Miss K a few questions about her session experience so that we could share her thoughts with those of you who are considering a boudoir session.
I am turning 50 soon & wanted some nice pictures of me before I got too old.
I feel okay with my age. I feel like I did at 20.
No. I feel the feeling of sexiness comes from within.
Your ability to go with the file & accept who you are … Inside & out.
What does “beauty” mean to you? Liking who you are & being content. It’s shines through from inside.
What does “sexy” mean to you? Accepting your body & learning to enjoy that.
If you’d like to experience your own boudoir session, I’d love to chat with you about that. Just send me a message! firstname.lastname@example.org