Category Archives: Boudoir Photography

Limited Time Boho Set | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Bohemian Themed Boudoir Sessions!

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I’ve added a brand new boho style set to the studio that will be available only for the month of June. If you’d like to use this set, make sure to schedule your session for June 2017. Clothing and accessories are also available for you to use.

Shoot me an email at info@byrayleigh.com for more info.

Rayleigh Leavitt
Boudoir Photography in Portland, OR

Muffin Top | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

boudoir photography portland oregonFrom the minute we pull in to the parking lot of Famous Dave’s BBQ, we are hooked. That amazing smell wafting in to the car, I can hardly get inside fast enough. We order our usual, a split order of chicken tenders with a side of broccoli, a side of mac and cheese, and that oh-so-amazing cornbread muffin. If you’ve ever eaten at Famous Dave’s you know that this is not just any corn bread. This is I’ve-died-and-gone-to-heaven cornbread.

The only problem with splitting a meal, like we usually do, is that we only get one cornbread muffin, which is never enough. I joked with my husband, Nate, that I wouldn’t mind splitting the muffin in half as much, if were were cutting it in such a way that I were getting the top half (cause everyone knows that the muffin top is where it’s at). So my husband, being the sweet guy that he is, gave me the top half of the muffin. Now that is love.

When I pose my clients, I pose them in a way that celebrates the parts of their body that they love and downplay the parts that they don’t love as much. If you have a sweetie, I’m sure he loves you for all your parts and will happily enjoy them all. But I totally get wanting to focus only on your favorite parts. Now that I think about it, though, “muffin tops” aren’t always a good thing. Am I right?

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Sexy Kimono | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

When this Miss M said she wanted to bring kimonos instead of lingerie for her boudoir shoot, it was a new experience for me and I thought it might be a challenge to make a kimono look sexy. But it wasn’t at all. I absolutely love the draped look and how it ties in her culture as well, making the images more unique to her. They also allow for a more modest look, which is what she was going for and we pulled it off beautifuly.boudoir photography portland oregon

 

I asked Miss M some questions about her experience and here is what she said:

Describe your body in 5 words
aged, dull, fat, puffy, dry

What do you love about your body?
taught and functioning

Why did you want to do a photo shoot?
Although I am not happy with myself, I would miss my body in 30s when I become 50s. Thats why I wanted to have it for my memory

 

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Why did you choose Photography by Rayleigh for your shoot?
I saw her work through my clients’. Loved how it turned out.

How did you feel as your were preparing for your shoot?
I was nervous yet I didn’t push myself to get in fit still.

Did this experience change the way you see yourself or the way you think of beauty?
I think it did. She made me feel I look good.

What does “beauty” mean to you?
Confident. Which I was losing a lot lately

 
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What did you love about your shoot? Will you come back some day for another shoot?
I felt very comfortable in front of camera. She made me feel good to do so. I will do it again

How did you feel about being nearly naked in front of the camera?
I was so comfortable. Female photographer is one of the reason, but also her concept of this photograph fits my idea of doing this.

What was your favorite moment of the whole experience?
Getting positive feedback from photographer during the shoot 😉

How did you feel after seeing the photos we created?
Amazing.

 

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What are you going to do with your photos?
Mostly I want to put in the safe, but I will put couple of them on the wall

Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?
Go for it! Its fun, and make you feel you are special

What’s your go-to item to wear to feel smoking hot?
Anything silk

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Beauty Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Miss J | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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“I had a GREAT experience with Rayleigh!  I met her at the women’s expo and was impressed with her portfolio.  I emailed her explaining I was interested but not sure what package I wanted to do.  She was very patient in explaining the options.  Her guideline on preparing for the shoot was very helpful and I followed it pretty closely.  Having a beauty day before the shoot added to the experience and made it even more special. Tracy, the stylist that did my hair and makeup was great as well.  I loved the studio and how girly everything was.  The photos came out better than I ever imagined – LOVE them!   I will definitely recommend her to friends and hopefully, I’ll have the chance to do this again some day. 😉 ”

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Engaged? | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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Did you get a big surprise for Valentine’s Day? If you recently got engaged, you might want to consider a little black book gift for your husband-to-be to open the day of your wedding, featuring YOU!

Boudoir photos make the perfect gift when you are looking to do something different, bold and daring for a groom’s gift on your wedding day! This will be a gift you will both enjoy for the rest of your lives!

For more information on how I can design the perfect gift for you, contact me today.

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Ms. P | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Ms. P is a basketball coach and she had an amazing shoot with me. I love how we were able to get her feeling all glammed up but still incorporate her basketball to keep her personality in the shoot.

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I asked Ms. P a few questions about her experience and this is what she had to say:

  • Why did you want to do a photo shoot?

    As a gift for my husband and to help my self esteem

  • Why did you choose Photography by Rayleigh for your shoot?

    I liked her pictures and the reviews by other clients. I felt like she would be able to help me feel more at ease with the process and get good pictures as a result.

  • A little anxious as well as excited

 

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  • What does “beauty” mean to you?
    Feeling good about your appearance
  • Confidence, appealing

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  • How relaxed I felt (surprisingly), how well my hair and makeup where done. I will definitely come back for another shoot – maybe something other than boudoir as well.

  • Shy, for the most part, although Rayleigh did a great job of making me feel as comfortable as possible

  • My husband’s reaction when he saw them

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  • Great, beautiful.

  • I gave most of them to my husband who keeps them on his night stand. The “professional head shots” I am using for my business and coaching practice

  • Do it! It was a lot of fun and makes you feel great. The pictures turn out gorgeous and it will make you feel good about yourself.

 

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  • Rayleigh was amazing to work with. She was very professional and quick to respond to all questions and concerns I highly recommend her..

  • Designer jeans and sky high strappy heels (okay, that’s two but they go together!)

  • Think of yourself that way – it will reflect in how you carry yourself and in your smile

 

Contact me today to schedule your own boudoir session!

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Ms. E | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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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Contact me to talk more about your own boudoir session! I can’t wait to chat with you.

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Ms. T | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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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.

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Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Victorian Boudoir Session | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

boudoir photography Portland Oregon

boudoir photography Portland Oregon

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!

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boudoir photography Portland Oregon

The model for this shoot, Kimberly, found these adorable bloomers online.

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boudoir photography Portland Oregon

I made this bustle, too, and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. I worked so great for this shoot.

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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!

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Starbucks & 49ers | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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.

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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.

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A wedding veil with a white lingerie set help celebrate this milestone time in her life.

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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.

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To create your own unique shoot, contact me and we can discuss the details!

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Beauty Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973    info@byrayleigh.com