Pilgrim Sexy Talk | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

November boudoir photos

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.

Mother-Daughter Session | Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

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.

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Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Please contact me to book your own beauty or boudoir photo session!

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

Ms. C | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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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Contact me to talk more about doing a boudoir or glamour session with me!

 

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

Ms. K | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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.

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boudoir photography Portland Oregon

 

 I am turning 50 soon & wanted some nice pictures of me before I got too old.

 My curves.

 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.

 

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boudoir photography Portland Oregon

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.

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If you’d like to experience your own boudoir session, I’d love to chat with you about that. Just send me a message! info@byrayleigh.com

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

Change Your Attitude |Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Attitude

 

Today you will find people from every walk of life with very different attitudes. You can find the poorest people on the earth that are truly happy, and you can find the wealthiest that are miserable, and vice versa. Not only does a good attitude determine your happiness, but science now tells us that a positive attitude improves your health and extends your life. So what can we do to improve our attitude and become healthier and happier?

Have gratitude for everything. Gratitude can be the key that changes everything. Oprah Winfrey strongly encourages everyone to have a “Gratitude Journal” to help you be more receptive to the goodness in your life. She has personally kept them for years stating it is the single most important thing she’s ever done.

Replace your negative thoughts. It can be hard to just stop having negative thoughts, because then you are focused more on the negative thoughts and how to stop them. An easier task is to replace them with positive thoughts. Take a self inventory on your thoughts, find what isn’t serving you well and replace them with positive thoughts.

Look for good role models. Finding and being around people with uplifting and positive attitudes can rub off on you. This can be a friend, co-worker, neighbor or even a celebrity. Role models help show you and inspire you to be a better person and live a better more positive way.

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

Longer, Fuller Ponytail |Boudoir Photography by Rayleigh

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Is your hair thinning, or has it just never really been thick? When you put your hair in a ponytail, do you wish it would look fuller and longer? There are many solutions for this “problem” already available on the market. One very popular one is clip in ponytails which can be expensive and often difficult to match your hair color.

I am so excited to have found this great tip and trick to having a longer, fuller ponytail online the other day! Honestly, there are TONS of great ideas for new ways to do the pony, I wanted to share something that can work well for everyone. As you can see in the image instruction, instead of pulling all your hair back into one band, separate it into two. When you use the top ponytail to cover and conceal the bottom one it creates the illusion of longer, fuller hair! Go on, give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

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

Pinterest & Your Session | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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So, you have a boudoir session coming up and you’re not quite sure what look you like best. Aside from trusting your photographer to know that she knows exactly what to do and how to make you look your absolute best, you still might want to do a little research to see what kind of look you want for your photos.

Here’s a few tips on how to use your Pinterest boards to collaborate with me (your photographer) and to inspire yourself to step out of your comfort zone!

1. If you’re not on Pinterest, get on there now! Seriously, it’s pretty awesome and there’s almost nothing you can’t find on there for inspiration and ideas….for more than just photography!

2. If you’re a Pinterest veteran. you probably know all about secret boards and how to use them, but, in case you’re not, this is a great tool from Pinterest that will help you create an inspirational board that nobody else can see unless you give them permission. When you sign on to Pinterest, you have the option to create a new board and you can make that board secret by clicking the little button (by the arrow!). You can also add me to your list once you are following me on Pinterest so that I have the ability to see what you are putting on your board. Here is my Pinterest Page. This will come in extremely handy, especially if you have difficulty explaining the style that you have in mind. I can just look at your board and see exactly what you like!

 

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1. I would also have the ability to pin images to your board with suggestive ideas for clothing or accessories if you’d like. You can find a lot of great ideas on what type of accessories you may want to have for your session and the images link to the original post of the image, so you can most likely find out how to buy that item online!

2. Don’t forget about your hair and makeup!! I know when I go to the salon with an idea in my head for a color or style, it’s extremely hard for me to explain it to my stylist. When you use your Pinterest board, you can search for just the right style and makeup application that you want for your shoot and then your stylist can work with you to get a look similar to that for your own session.

Never underestimate the power of social media and how it can really be used to communicate with other people aside from family. Step outside your box, find something that speaks to you, that moves you, that inspires you….and go for it!!!

 

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

Beautiful Baby Bump | Maternity Photography Portland Oregon

This is Kianna, one of my hair and makeup artists and also my gorgeous friend. I first met Kianna when my husband and I filmed her wedding. She has since become a makeup artist and a dear friend, and I’m so excited to have had the pleasure of marking their next major life event as their family grows. I made the skirt in the photo below, specifically for this shoot. I just love how it worked out and I’m looking forward to using it again in the future. It’s fitting that I would blog these photos today because today I get to be a guest at Kianna’s baby shower to celebrate her baby boy, who will be arriving quite soon.

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maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

If you are considering a maternity session for yourself, the best time to schedule it is for when you are around 7 months along. Contact me to talk about more details!

 

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

The Hottest Guy I’ve Ever Photographed | Men’s Photography Portland Oregon

This is by far, the hottest guy I’ve ever photographed. It’s true I don’t often photograph men. But I mostly say that because this is my sexy husband, whom I adore and can’t get enough of. We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary by spending a few days at Cannon Beach. I brought my camera along so that I could do a photo shoot of Nate while we were hanging out in our hotel room. Although we stayed on the more conservative side, I still consider this a male boudoir session, also affectionately termed “dudoir.” So often when you see sexy photographs of men, all the men are totally ripped guys with muscles bulging every which way. But what about all the regular dudes that don’t have rock hard six packs? They like to feel sexy, too. So I had a great time taking photos of my Sweetie and I smile every time I look at them.

 

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If your guy would like to experience a male boudoir session, just contact me for details. My style is conservative when it comes to photographing men and I believe guys can be ultra sexy without being too revealing or overly sexual, like the photographs you see here.

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

Under The Sea Baby Shower | Photography Portland, OR

One of the great things about having a photography studio is having a space big enough to hold fun parties. Throwing parties and crafting happen to be two of my other loves, after photography.   I had a great time planning this “Under The Sea / Mermaid” baby shower for my friend, Jessica. And of course, we all had a blast at the party. So I wanted to share some fun photos from the event.

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I found this banana dolphin grape dish idea from a party blog, that you can see here, but there weren’t any instructions so I just winged it. I cut two bananas in half and only used the ends with the stem. (The other ends made for a nice snack while I put all the food together for the party) I cut a slit in the stem and stuffed a grape in to the slit. I used a black permanent marker to make a dot for the eyes. On the party blog, it looks like they used blueberries for the eyes but I went the lazy way. haha! I had a little trouble getting the bananas to stand up. I put some frosting on the bottoms of them which sort of helped to “glue” it to the glass plate. But it didn’t help that much. Mostly they are just leaning against the pile of grapes.

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I found this candy crab idea on a party blog, which you can see here, but again, there were no instructions. For the base, I used orange slice candies. Then I cut a pinch ring candy in half to make the arms and attached them with toothpicks. I couldn’t find any candy eyeballs like what they used on the party blog and I had no idea what the orange eye backing was that they used. So I used white jellybeans cut in half and black jellybeans cut in to small circles. I just smashed the smaller black circles in to the white jellybeans and they stuck. Then I attached the eyeballs to the crab with toothpicks. My eyeballs look a lot more like crazy eyes, but I kind of like them that way. haha! I spread a layer of brown sugar on a glass plate to look like sand under the candy crabs.

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The red bell pepper octopus was easy. I just cut the top off the pepper and threw out the seeds. I placed the pepper upside down in a tray of ranch dip. I cut up a second bell pepper in to strips and used 8 strips to make the octopus legs. I cut up a bunch more peppers and had the slices in a bowl next to the dip for eating. First I tried using black olive slices for the eyes but I wasn’t sure how to attach them. So I just used some white Sixlets that I already had on hand.2015-05-12_0004

For the oyster cookies, I just used two Nilla Wafer cookies with some pink frosting from a tube in between them. I used white Sixlets for the pearls. I placed the cookies on a glass plate topped with brown sugar to look like sand.

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I bought pre-made croissant sandwiches at Costco and made them look like crabs by attaching olive slices with toothpicks for the eyes.

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The starfish suckers and gummy fish I bought at Target. I put the gummy fish in a pink sand bucket. I topped deviled eggs with a triangle of cheese using a toothpick to make them look like sale boats.

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I found some branches that had been trimmed off a family members tree and spray painted them burnt orange to make them look like coral. I couldn’t find coral colored spray paint but burnt orange worked pretty well. After the orange paint dried, I sprayed some gold glitter on them to pretty them up. I hung plastic pearl necklaces from the “coral” branches and the branches are in a mason jar that I decorated with burlap and green ribbon.

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I made turtle paper plates buy cutting out legs, arms, and a head using this pattern.   I glued the paper pieces to the green plate with hot glue. The party favors were pieces of salt water taffy inside a burlap bag, tied with coral ribbon and a little charm. Each charm was a different kind of sea creature. The one pictured is a dolphin.

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I made Jello sand cups by making Jello in a clear plastic cup, then adding a layer of Cool Whip and vanilla pudding mixture. Then I topped the cups with crushed up Nilla Wafers to look like sand. I bought candy sea creatures to put on the top.

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I pierced salt water taffy with shish kabob skewers to look like sea weed and arranged them in a mason jar.

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The octopus hot dogs were made by cutting the bottom half of a hotdog in to 6 strips. I know octopuses have 8 arms but 8 hot dog strips seemed too floppy.   6 was more sturdy. haha! Then I wrapped the top of the hot dog with biscuit dough and baked them.

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We also had shell pasta salad. As well as a tray of cheesy whale crackers that I found at Target. They were arranged in some super cute pink and white striped baking cups. The plastic forks were held in a cute green polka dot metal pale I found at Target in the dollar section. The napkins looked like onesies with starfish on them. I ordered those from Etsy.

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I used another of the metal pales as a centerpiece, tipped over with plastic pearl necklaces spilling out.

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I bought this newborn mermaid costume on Amazon and put it on my build a bear for the party. I gifted it to the Mom-to-be after the party.

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Other centerpieces included a miniature beach set (I’m obsessed with miniatures), a vase filled with sand, shells, and a candle, and a little treasure chest filled with plastic gold coins, jewels, and pearl necklaces.

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Oh, look, another metal polka dot bucket. Can you tell I loved them? This one is tipped over with brown sugar spilling out of it to look like sand and topped with white Sixlets to look like pearls.

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These jellyfish were my most favorite decoration at the party. I bought some paper lanterns in various sizes. I bought gold, off-white, light pink, and light purple. I also bought some plastic disposable table cloths in matching colors and cut them in to strips. I used my hands to stretch out the table cloth strips, which makes them wavy. I discarded the metal structure that is supposed to go in the paper lanterns because I wanted them to be a little squished down and not perfectly round.   I hot glued the table cloth strips around the bottom edge of the paper lantern. Then trimmed the bottom of the paper lantern with a table cloth strip. I used string to hang them to the ceiling. Although, not exactly how I did mind, here is a tutorial that shows a similar idea and how I stretched out the table cloth strips.

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The ice cream station was made by filling a kiddy pool with sand. I bought the sand at Home Depot. The toppings were put in to pink sand buckets. The ice cream isn’t pictured but I bought the kind of ice cream that comes in a big bucket to go with the theme.

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I decorated mason jars with burlap and green ribbon. I placed a brown polka dot paper straw in each one. I bought blue punch to drink.

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One of the games was to have each guest write down a question that a new mom might ask on one card. And to write the answer to the question on a second card. The cards were mixed up and then the Mom-to-be drew a random question and drew a random answer and paired them together. There were lots of laughs at the combinations.

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I set up a wall for a photo booth background using crape paper and paper cut outs of fish. I collected a few props that went with our theme. And I took photos of all the guests.

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Pin the egg on the sperm. Hilarious! We played this a little differently than the typical pin the tail on the donkey. Instead of having each guest blindfold themselves, spin around, and try to get their piece in the right spot, I just had each guest put their sperm piece wherever they wanted. Because, seriously, who really wants to spin around blindfolded? They wrote their names on the back of them so we would know who’s was who’s. Then the Mom-to-be covered her eyes and put her egg piece on the board. The winner was the guest who’s sperm was closest to the egg. I drew the uterus freehand and cut it out of paper. The sperm pieces were made using a photo of the Dad-to-be’s face and the egg was a cut out of the Mom-to-be’s face. So funny!

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Another game we played was a relay race. There were two teams and they raced to dress up like babies. I made the bonnets and bibs from scrap fabric I had. I bought adult size diapers from Amazon and pacifiers from the dollar tree.

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The guests from the winning team from the relay race then had a race amongst themselves to see who was the ultimate winner. This race was to see who could drink all the apple juice from the bottle the fastest. I only filled the bottle up about a third of the way but it still took quite a long time for them to get all the juice out. So if you try this game, make sure you don’t fill it very much.

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My dog, Rivers, dressed up for the party in her finest Under The Sea themed doggy dress. 🙂

 

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