Best of 2011 Boudoir Photo Contest | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

I’ve selected my favorite images from 2011 and now you can vote on your favorite one!   There will be two winners.   The girl with the most votes on her photo will win a $50 gift certificate to be used for an album, prints, or another session.   I will also hold a random drawing for all those who comment on this blog letting me know that you voted and that winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to be used toward a boudoir portrait session.   The gift certificate may be given to a friend.   Here is how to enter:

1. Head over to my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/intimatephotographybyrayleigh and “like” the page.

2. Look through the photos in the album called “Best of 2011” and “like” your favorite photo.   Voting ends 1/5/2012 at 6:00 pm.   You can vote for more than one photo if you’d like to.

3. Comment on this blog to let me know  that you voted and tell me, just  for fun,  your favorite part on your body.   This will enter you in to a drawing to win the Gift Certificate.

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon
541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

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For The Guy Overseas | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Brittany has a brother in the Navy so her and her brother’s girlfriend, Paige, wanted to send some fun photos to him overseas.   They made Navy hats out of paper and stickers and dressed in red, white, and blue for a pin-up style shoot.   We just took a couple of photos of the two of them together and then Brittany had a boudoir shoot for her husband and Paige did a glamorous shoot in some pretty dresses for her boyfriend.   I’ll be sharing the photos from those sessions soon!

 

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Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon

541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

Courtney’s Intimate Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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I just love Courtney’s dark hair and it makes black and white photos even more striking!   I had to keep myself from editing them all in to black and white.   Haha!   But, I do love her bright red bra showing through the lace top.   That pop of color is so much fun!   Courtney’s makeup was done by Katie Svinsitskiy, a student at Phagan’s school of beauty.   I think it looks great!

 

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Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon

541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

Leanna’s Intimate Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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Leanna is getting married!   In fact, I’m pretty sure  her wedding is today!   Her new husband is going to love his wedding gift; these gorgeous photos of his beloved.   We took a few bridal boudoir images to note this fun time in their lives.   Leanna’s makeup was done by Danyelle Botts.   She is a student at Phagan’s and I think she did a great job!

 

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  This is her fiance’s shirt.   I wonder if he would agree that his shirt might look better on Lianna.   What do you think?

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Lianna, I hope your wedding is wonderful!  

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon

541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

Michelle’s Intimate Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Michelle’s husband is one lucky man!   He will be receiving these gorgeous photos of his wife for Christmas.   Michelle arrived completely blinged out because she is an independent jewelry consultant  for Cookie Lee.    So she had plenty of great pieces to choose from.   If you want to see more jewelry, check out www.cookielee.biz/michelletunnell.   Michelle’s make-up was done by the lovely, Ganette Bell of Coca’s Mobile Spa.   www.cocasmobilespa.com.    Ganette travels to your home for  spa treatments  so you can relax  and not even have to leave the house!   I’ve been blessed to have a reflexology treatment done on my hands by Ganette and it was awesome!

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Here is what Michelle had to say about her experience.   “I met Rayleigh at a vendor event where we were both representing our businesses (mine is Cookie Lee Jewelry).   I won her drawing for a complimentary photo session and chose boudoir portraits.   I don’t generally like to have my picture taken, but she outdid herself in patience, giving helpful suggestions, collaborating with me, and generally making me feel comfortable.   I loved the finished product.   She strives to capture your natural beauty in a relaxed setting.   Her prices are very reasonable.   I got a small package but will soon be getting a bigger album for my husband, probably for Valentine’s Day.   She even allowed me to use some of my head-shots for my business.   I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”

Julia’s Intimate Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

My first shoot in my newly made-over space went so well!   We had a blast!   Oh  my goodness, I just love my new canopy that hangs from the ceiling!   Julia had tons of fun, too!   Julia is an independent consultant with Arbonne and she’s going to be giving out vouchers for boudoir sessions to some of her customers!   If you book a party with her, you could win or earn one!   We both love helping women feel and look  gorgeous so we are a great team!   Oh, and if you love the show,  Gray’s Anatomy, you could become fast friends with my girl, Julia!

 

 

 

Julia, if you share this post with your friends and get at least  10 comments, I’ll give you  a free mini-album!

 

 

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon
541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

 

Stonger Families | Portland Wedding Photographer

I’m a BIG BIG fan of stong relationships, keeping families together, and no divorce.   The following video is a promo for a cause I really believe in and the guy in the video is a super cool guy that I know, Noel Meador.   I love the part where he quotes his lovely  wife and  says, “there is nothing sexier than a guy with a vacuume cleaner.”   Haha!    If you know anyone who could benefit from some encouragement in their marriage, please send them this video!

O2Go Promo (Short Version) from Stronger Families on Vimeo.

    Photography  By Rayleigh:     Tigard and Portland Wedding Photography and Videography

  541.231.2137       info@byrayleigh.com

 

Studio Makeover | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

I’ve been working hard on my studio and I love the way it is turning out so far! My husband and I painted some of the walls to create 4 new backdrops. I don’t have a photo of the BEFORE before. Meaning, with the walls as they were when we moved in. But here is a photo of my first attempt at a makeover. I draped the walls with fabric because I thought it looked better than just a plain old wall. It worked ok. But it wasn’t awesome.

And here is the after photo! We painted the wall behind the bed “bitter chocolate.” We also did some sponge painting for texture. But you can barely tell in this photo that we did that. On the wall to the left of the bed we painted with “Dark Midnight.” It’s a super dark blue with a hint of turquoise. Each wall is intended to be a different backdrop. So they won’t both be used in the same image. This staging area is mostly used for Boudoir photos but can also be used for maternity, newborn, family, and seniors! I also got new sheets, pillows, and the canopy that hangs from the ceiling.

The lighting is horrible in these images. My husband just snapped a few photos of me using the light that was already being used for painting which was some clamp lights with no diffusers. I’m so excited to do some creative stuff with the sheer fabric that hangs from the ceiling! It’s easily removable, too. I don’t intend to use it for all of my images so I can just take it down with no problem. Both walls in this corner are pretty dark. I have some lighter colored backdrops on the opposite wall, including white, to use when I want a lighter look. And for boudoir images, I can use a blow up mattress in front of the white backdrop and that works really well. Because the walls are so dark and not great for light reflectivity, I’ll have to put up reflectors around the room to help with light disbursement. Here are some images taken with the “dark midnight” wall in the background.

On the wall opposite the bed, I hang my backdrops. And I painted the wall behind the hanging backdrops half pink and half blue so that the wall itself can be used as two different backdrops. You can see my backdrops hanging on the left. They slide across and cover the wall when in use.

We aren’t done with our makeover yet. Some future plans include new curtains on the windows, hard wood floors, and at least one other staging area on another wall. The ceiling is currently white but I think we are going to paint it a super high gloss white to help reflect more light. We also plan to paint all the molding white. This weekend I’ll have my first shoot in the newly improved studio! I can’t wait!

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon
541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

My 10 minutes in the Spotlight | Portland Wedding Photographer

Yesterday I had the opportunity to host the weekly meeting for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.   Part of that is giving a 10 minute presentation to the group of about 40 people about my business.   I told them about my services and my style and my technique.   I was so pleased with how it went!   I was really nervous before my presentation  because public speaking is so not my stong suit!   But once I started talking and I was looking out to all the smiling, supportive faces, I didn’t feel very nervous at all  and I could just be myself.   My awesome client (and now friend), Maryalicia, blessed me so much by coming and giving a really thoughtful testimony.   She also took a few photos of me while I was talking and I wanted to share them with you!

 

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  541.231.2137       info@byrayleigh.com

 

Kimbrie and Josh’s Beloved Session | Portland Photographer

I had SO much fun during Kimbrie and Josh’s  Beloved  session. They wanted photos for Kimbrie’s birthday and although they aren’t engaged to be married just yet, I wanted to put their photos on my wedding blog because this is one of my most favorite couples sessions I’ve done! They were great sports and they let me try something new with them for parts of their session! There is a well known photographer, Jesh DeRox, who came up with a concept he calls “Beloved.” I wanted to try out his technique and I love how it went! I asked Kimbrie and Josh to do certain things, pretend certain things, think about certain things, and tell each other things that would help them feel particularly loving with each other, so much that they could almost forget that my camera was snapping away at them. I was able to capture true emotion rather than nervous smiles. And they had a lot of fun just being together and loving each other. That is absolutely the experience I want for all of my clients!

 

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Kimbrie and Josh, please share this blog with your friends!    If you get 20 comments on this post, I will give you a free mini accordian album with your favorite images.  

 

  Photography  By Rayleigh:     Tigard and Portland Wedding Photography and Videography

  541.231.2137       info@byrayleigh.com