Category Archives: Bridal

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

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

For Her Groom | Bridal Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Danielle wanted to keep most of her bridal boudoir photos for 0nly her man to see, which is an option that all my clients have and I always respect. But she didn’t mind sharing the photos that were more anonymous, so I’m happy to be able to show you those ones. Danielle brought in her wedding garter and wedding shoes for the shoot. Aren’t those shoes gorgeous? Her fiance received the photos as his wedding gift, and of course, he loved them! I haven’t met a Groom yet who wouldn’t love a gift like that.

 

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“I absolutely loved working with Rayleigh on my boudoir photos. The photos were a surprise wedding gift to my husband and Rayleigh could not have been more wonderful throughout the entire process.   She is able to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and her work speaks for itself; she is truly talented!   My husband absolutely loved his gift and thinks the photographs are amazing.  

Like most women, I was nervous about taking the photos. I also had “concern” areas and Rayleigh was amazing in taking photos to compliment my body and what I was comfortable with.   During the shoot, I felt completely comfortable and actually had fun with Rayleigh.   If you are looking for someone who is professional, will make you feel comfortable, listen to your needs and concerns, and take beautiful photos, Rayleigh is perfect. I would recommend her to anyone I know.”   –Danielle

 

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Are you getting married? A bridal boudoir session would make for an excellent gift for you Groom. Contact me today and we can go over details.

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

Bridal Boudoir | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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Jessica was so much fun to work with. She is such a cutie and was a soon-to-be Bride. She wanted to to create some photos for her Groom-to-be.   Her fiance loved the photos, of course! I can’t imagine a more special gift to give a Groom on the wedding day. Jessica wore a bridal outfit for part of her session, which is a fun way to commemorate such a special time in her life.

 

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I love this light blue wardrobe piece and it’s one that I have in my studio wardrobe. This hat is part of my studio wardrobe as well.

 

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Contact me about doing your own bridal boudoir shoot. I’d love to discuss the details with you!

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

Jaw Dropping Groom’s Gift | Bridal Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Are you a Bride-to-be, looking for a wedding gift that will make your Groom’s jaw drop? A bridal boudoir shoot will do just that. Many Bride’s bring their wedding accessories (garter, shoes, veil, jewelry) to create that wedding night look, but you are welcome to wear whatever you want for your shoot.

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   Rayleigh was sweet and very professional and nicely organized and I love my photos!!   -Rachel

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Contact me to schedule your own bridal boudoir session!

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

Should A Christian Woman Do A Boudoir Shoot? | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

I am a Christian, completely devoted to my Savior, Jesus, and I am also a boudoir photographer. It’s not too often that I get asked about how I am able to be both. But it comes up every once in a while. So I wanted to share with you why I love boudoir photography, even as a Christian (or especially as a Christian) and why I believe all Christian wives, or soon-to-be-wives should do a boudoir shoot.

 

What is a boudoir shoot?

Boudoir is pronounced Bu-dwah or Bu-dwar, and is technically defined as, “a woman’s bedroom or private room for dressing or resting.” So in the photography world, that involves a portrait shoot that a woman does privately for her man, usually in lingerie.   Although the shoot is primarily done as a gift for her man, the women find that the shoot is very pampering and creates a space for her to feel feminine, lovely, and even sexy. Women spend far too much time comparing themselves to other women they see in magazines or on TV and feeling “blah” about themselves. Especially tired Mommies who feel more like a Mom than a woman, most times.

 

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Why should Christian couples be interested in boudoir?

God created men to be highly visual. They can’t help it, it’s the way they were built. They are bombarded with images of sexy woman all the time and no matter how much they try to look away and avoid lusting after the women in those images, it’s inevitable that some of those images are going to get in, and stay there, and even pop up from time to time. How great would it be if his memory was chalked full of lovely images of his wife and the majority of the images popping up in his mind were images he could cherish and feel good about?

 

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The other point to consider is that in a healthy, Christian marriage, a woman should feel sexy, desired, and appreciated for her body even with it’s imperfections. (Obviously there is a lot more about her to be appreciated, but that’s a post for another day)   But when a woman doesn’t feel good about the way she looks, she doesn’t bring to the marriage that needed energy that can really help fuel true intimacy. A boudoir shoot can give a woman that much needed confidence. It’s really amazing what a little sexy confidence can do for a marriage.

 

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The Who, What, When of it all…

The photos are an amazing gift to give to a Groom on the wedding night. Valentine’s Day and wedding anniversaries are other occasions when a boudoir shoot would be a very special gift.

 

There are a lot of amazing photographers to choose from for your shoot and you should find the one that is the best fit for you. If you find that a female photographer would make you feel more comfortable, I would happily welcome you in to my studio, as we have an all female staff. My style is very conservative, as far as boudoir photography goes, so if you are more on the shy side or you just want to keep things tame, I’m the photographer for you! My images are sensual but beautiful and tasteful and not over-the-top sexual. Although you can choose how far you want to go, nudity-wise, most of my clients prefer to wear lingerie or to do what I call “implied nudity” where you aren’t wearing much of anything, but all your girl bits are covered by your arms or legs or with sheets.

 

Will my photos end up on your website?

It’s fantastic when a woman feels comfortable sharing at least a few of her photos on my website so that other woman can relate and be encouraged to do a shoot that will enrich her marriage. However, it’s completely understandable when a couple wants the boudoir photos to be for his eyes only and I respect that decision and would never share your photos without your permission.

 

If you are ready to schedule your shoot, or if you have any questions, please contact me! I’d love to talk about it more with you.

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

A Happy Groom | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

This handsome guy is my brother-in-law, Rod. I had the pleasure of doing a boudoir session with his Bride-to-be, Alison, and she had the album of portraits delivered to him on their wedding day. Boudoir photos make for such a fantastic wedding gift for the Groom.

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I love what Rod had to say about the photos.

“A few months before our wedding, my fiancée went to visit Rayleigh to have some sexy photos taken.   On our wedding day she completely surprised me with a boudoir photo collection book and had her maid of honor deliver it to me just before I saw her in her wedding dress for the first time.   What a great idea!   Thoughtful, memorable, and a clever way to  help with  any pre-wedding jitters.   The photos were tasteful and classy and sexy.   As you can imagine, it was a topic of much interest and discussion among the groomsmen
  
She was a little nervous about getting it done, but said that Rayleigh did an excellent job of helping her feel comfortable.   Really allowed her to let her own personality show up in the photos, and I can tell.   Good times and great memories every time I see that little book of fun!   We undoubtedly recommend Rayleigh to anyone considering doing it.   And if you haven’t considered it, you should.   Take it from a recently married man, it was a great idea.”

 

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

Portland Wedding Showcase | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

The Oregon Wedding Showcase is THE bridal show to go to in Salem and Eugene and this year they had their first show in Portland. I was lucky enough to get in on the ground floor, as the limited number photographer booths go fast. Even though I do shoot weddings, at the bridal shows I market boudoir photography. Boudoir photography is a fantastic gift for the groom. It was so fun seeing the grooms encouraging their beautiful ladies to take part in the experience.

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At this show I also got to debut my newest product, the “Peepshow Viewer.”   Remember those old “View-masters” from when you were a kid? Well, I found an awesome company that custom makes the photo reels using photos from my clients. The ladies at the bridal show had so much fun reliving their childhood, but in a new way. A grown up way.   My show special included a complimentary Peepshow Viewer if they were to book a shoot at the show.

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A lot of the brides were really interested in my bachelorette parties. Can you blame them? Doing a boudoir shoot on your own is a fantastic experience, but to share it with your best friends is that much more fun.

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If you would like more information on boudoir photo shoots or bachelorette parties, contact me today!

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

Staw Hats and Dog Tags | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Ms L   had a rockin’ bridal boudoir shoot and I absolutely love her photos.   She wanted to keep most of her photos private between her and her husband-to-be.   But she did give me permission to use the “anonymous” shots on my blog.   Those are the shots where you can’t really see her face.   I love shots where you can look in to a beautiful woman’s eyes and see her personality, but there is also a total sexiness to the voyeuristic shots that showcase a sneak peek of a ladies curves.   Her military man is going to love his wedding gift!

 

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To book your own boudoir shoot, please contact me!

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

Mrs. J’s Boudoir Session | Portland Boudoir Photographer

This blog post was already shared on my newsletter but in the mean time, my client has changed her mind about wanting her photos to be shared online.   I always give my clients the option to allow me to share some or all of their photos.   And it’s perfectly understandable to me when they want to keep their photos for their husband’s eyes only.

At the time of the shoot, Mrs. J and her lucky husband were engaged and the reason for the shoot was for Mrs. J to give her Groom an amazing wedding day present.   I love how she brought her wedding shoes, garter, veil, and wedding lingerie to use for the shoot.   It’s such a fun and sexy way to capture those wedding details.   And what a fun time in life, to be engaged.   A boudoir shoot is a great way to celebrate that.

Just so that this blog post isn’t completely image free, here is an image from another bridal boudoir shoot that I did.   It’s fun to bring your own wedding gear for the shoot but if you don’t want to haul them around or if you don’t have them yet, I do have a couple of veils and garters in my studio that work great.

If you are engaged and you want an amazing gift for your Groom, contact me to schedule a shoot!

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