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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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A Journey | Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

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I really admire my client, Kathy. Not only has she been successful at her weight loss goals (something I really struggle with), but she didn’t wait until she was the “perfect size” to celebrate her beauty and enjoy being a woman. As she began her weight loss journey, she decided to do a sort of “before” photo shoot. The photos would be a gift to her loving husband, but she also did them for herself, to document her looks at that time in her life and, of course, to have a fun day of pampering and to feel beautiful, no matter her size.

A year after her first shoot, Kathy came in for a second shoot to celebrate her 48 pound weight loss success and to document the next stage of her journey. Since she’s still working her way toward the finish line, she plans to come again a year after her second shoot, and I can’t wait to see how far she’s come. But for now, I’m excited to share with you the photos from her first two sessions with me.

 

Kathy’s first shoot –   2013

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“I happened upon Rayleigh’s website and was HOOKED. Rayleigh’s website was awesome from introduction to conclusion. By the time I read through all the information and viewed the pictures I was convinced I wanted to have photos done by her. And on top of all that it was clear she catered to women of ALL sizes and was going to make sure I (as a BBW -Big Beautiful Woman) was as comfortable as possible. She did not disappoint!

I arrived at Rayleigh’s house and immediately felt comfortable. She’s a personable and lovely young woman and had a perfect set up for boudoir photography. Never once was I uncomfortable or uneasy. I brought my own clothes but she had some nice pieces in her own collection that I was welcome to use.”

 

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“The most fabulous make up artist came in to do my make up. All I can say is that after she was done and I looked in the mirror I immediately thought “Holy Sh*t!!!” (I think I blurted that out too! LOL) The make up was incredibly beautiful and I almost started to cry happy tears. I had never felt so glamorous, EVER!

The photo shoot proceeded on schedule and in every pose I was asked to do I felt completely at ease. Rayleigh was a great coach in teaching me how to look at the camera lens to convey a sincere and ‘sexy’ look.”

 

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Kathy’s celebration shoot – 2014

 

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After Kathy’s second shoot, I asked her a few questions.Describe your body in 5 words

Describe your body in 5 words
Soft Big Beautiful Fair Worthy

How do you feel about your body?
Sensitive, Self-conscious at times, confident in health

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Do you think your age (53) affects how sexy you truly are?
At times, yes. But it’s important to get the negative thoughts out, and bring in the positive ones. Confidence is sexier than anything else.

What gets better with age?
You really start to believe in your own worth/value.

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Did this experience change the way you see yourself or the way you think of beauty?
Yes, I could see in my smile a look of confidence.

What does “beauty” mean to you?
Having self confidence is a great feeling. And when you feel good, you glow/radiate a kind of beauty that isn’t just physical.

What does “sexy” mean to you?
Desirable, Admirable, Confident

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What was your favorite moment of the whole experience?
There wasn’t just one. I loved the prep session with the makeup and hair stylist and the chance to chat with her and Rayleigh. And having a glass of wine while prepping was awesome, too!

How did you feel after seeing the photos we created?
I love them!

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Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?
Do it! It’s one of the most fun experiences you could do for yourself. When you see how beautiful they turn out your ego and attitude will get a boost! Drink plenty of water in the days preceding your shoot and make sure you get a good night’s rest the night before.

Anything else you want to share about your experience?
I loved the payment types Rayleigh offered.

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

 

Inspiring | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

before_and_after_2_verticalWhy did you want to do a photo shoot?
I am using Rayleigh’s photograph services to help me photo journalize my weight loss journey. I started in 2013 and just completed my 2014 shoot. I’ve lost 48 lbs in the last year and it’s so inspiring to see the difference in the photos.
(Left: A photo from Kathy’s shoot in 2013.
Right: A photo from Kathy’s shoot in 2014, 48 lbs smaller!)
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Describe your body in 5 words
Soft Big Beautiful Fair Worthy
How do you feel about your body?
Sensitive, Self-conscious at times, confident in health
(Age 40 + clients) How do you feel about your age? What is your age and is it okay to mention it on my blog?
I’m 53 and definitely noticing the age progression. I’m mostly okay with it
(Age 40 + clients) Do you feel like your age affects how sexy you truly are?
At times yes. But it’s important to get the negative thoughts out, and bring in the positive ones. Confidence is sexier than anything else
(Age 40 + clients) What gets better with age?
You really start to believe in your own worth/value
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Why did you choose Photography by Rayleigh for your shoot?
I came across Rayleigh’s website and really enjoyed what I saw…and the fact she has clients of all shapes, sizes and ages.
What does “beauty” mean to you?
Having self confidence is a great feeling. And when you feel good you glow/radiate a kind of beauty that isn’t just physical.
What does “sexy” mean to you?
Desirable, Admirable, Confident
What did you love about your shoot? Will you come back some day for another shoot?
The hair and makeup sessions are great! The coaching Rayleigh gives you to bring out a certain look is wonderful too. Yes I will be back! I can’t wait to see her in August 2015 after another year of hard work.
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What was your favorite moment of the whole experience?
There wasn’t just one. I loved the prep session with the makeup and hair stylist and the chance to chat with her and Rayleigh. And having a glass of wine while prepping was awesome too!
Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?
Do it! Its one of the most fun experiences you could do for yourself. When you see how beautiful they turn out your ego and attitude will get a boost!
Anything else you want to share about your experience?
I loved the payment types Rayleigh offered.
What’s your go-to item to wear to feel smoking hot?
Clingy black dress
What’s your best tip for feeling gorgeous?
Drink plenty of water in the days preceding your shoot and make sure you get a good nights rest, the night before.
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Contact me today to schedule your own boudoir or glamour photo shoot!
Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland,Oregon
503.828.2973     info@byrayleigh.com

My Own Shoot | Boudoir Photography

This past March when I was signing up to take a Las Vegas boudoir photography workshop with Modern Love Photography, I had the option of having my own shoot done by the photographer/instructor, Denise Birdsong.   I’d been planning to do a boudoir shoot at some point but I wanted to wait until I got to my goal weight….. and well, you know how that goes.   This was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up so I just dove in, chubby booty and all.

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My clients have a blast during their boudoir shoots with me so I was super excited to have that same experience.   Then it happened.   I hit the “submit” button.   And all of a sudden I felt an overwhelming feeling of fear.   “What am I doing?   I can’t be on the other side of the camera!   What in the world am I going to wear!?   Does the photographer know how to work with my challenging body type?”

 

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When I got to the shoot, Denise and her team were so friendly and made me feel really comfortable and gorgeous.     Ashlyn Taylor, did my hair and makeup, which was such a luxurious treat!   I wasn’t really nervous at all during the actual shoot.   It seemed completely normal to be walking around in my undies.   The nerves came when it was time to see my photos.   Even though I feel completely confident that women of all shapes and sizes will have a great time and love their photos when they do a shoot with me, it’s so hard to let go and trust another artist to do the same for me.   It’s like I was thinking, “All women are beautiful…. but I might be the one exception.”

 

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But, of course, Denise did an amazing job of hiding the parts of me that I feel uncomfortable with so that I could focus on the parts of me that I do love.   And my husband loved the photos, too!   I wanted to share my portraits with the world, but I felt it more important to keep the more revealing and/or sexy photos for my husband’s eyes only.   So I can only share a few.   But I had so much fun, I decided to book another shoot with a local photographer friend.   This time it will be a glamour shoot so that I can post them all over Facebook, and beyond!   I’ll be doing that shoot, soon.

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The photo on the right above cracks me up because when I first saw it, I said, “I love this one because of the detail of the top.”   My husband replied, “Yeah, we all love it for different reasons.”   Haha!

The shoot was a great learning experience for me.   Now I know how all my clients feel before, during, and after their shoots.   Nerves and all, I can finally say, from experience, that every woman should do a boudoir shoot.   Or at least a glamour shoot.   It’s such a special treat and a totally worthwhile experience.

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

Alive and Empowered | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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I just love what Andrea had to say about her portrait shoot.

“I have always loved the idea of getting boudoir pictures, but never really knew how to go about it, or how I would be, trying to be sensual/sexy/intimate for photos, so when I got a Living Social deal with Rayleigh, I was excited to take the plunge. Rayleigh is amazing! She is so open, kind, and immediately puts you at ease. Her makeup artist was wonderful to work with too, and even though the hair/makeup was more dramatic than I have ever had, it was perfect for this setting, and I definitely felt super glamorous. The shoot itself was a blast, and I found myself really HAVING FUN which surprised me because I went into thinking it would be uncomfortable and awkward, but that just came with the territory right? Wrong. Rayleigh really helped me get into it and time flew by as we changed outfits and scenes.

Seeing the finished product totally blew me away. The way Rayleigh captured my playful/sensual side was beyond words. I initially did this shoot as a wedding present for my husband, but after seeing the pictures, I think it’s as much a present to me as him because it is a stunning testament to the beautiful and sexy woman inside all of us. I looked like a 1950’s pin up girl which is something that I can always look back on and remember.

I think EVERY WOMAN SHOULD SEE RAYLEIGH if nothing else than to give yourself the gift of seeing the sexy vixen inside of you. This shoot made me feel alive and empowered, and I think that is the greatest experience from this shoot. I hope to go back for other shoots in the future! :)”

To have an experience like Andrea had, contact me to book your own shoot!

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

Show Me Your Curves | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

No matter what your size or shape, you can feel confident in knowing that a shoot with me will be so much fun and you will leave feeling absolutely beautiful!   I take special interest in becoming an expert in making all women look their sexy best.   So many women tell me that they want to do a shoot after they lose some weight.   You don’t have to wait until you lose weight to feel gorgeous.   Do a shoot now!   Then, later, if you do decide to lose weight, do another shoot as a celebration of all you have accomplished.   But feel beautiful now.

 

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Watch this slideshow to see more of Susan’s gorgeous photos!

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

A Pirate’s Love | Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

Christine and Zac came to me with a special project that they wanted to do.   They have an annual Valentine’s Day party at their home in Aloha, Oregon and they thought it would be really fun to decorate their party with a giant photo of themselves that looked like the cover of a Harlequin romance novel.   This is something I’ve never done before but I was totally up for it!   We talked about outfits and Christine found some fun things to wear online that she could pair with a skirt that I have in my studio wardrobe.

The shoot was done in my studio with a plain old blue blackdrop.   Then I used my super snazzy Photoshop skill to add in a sunset ocean scene and a pirate ship floating in the distance.   I also used Photoshop to make their photograph look like a painting.   The idea was for it to be funny but a sexy kind of funny.   I think we pulled it off!    I had my lab print it as a 20×28 size print.   It was a big hit at their Valentine’s Day party.

 

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Themed shoots are a lot of fun!   To book your own themed shoot or just a regular shoot, please contact me!

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

Cynthia’s Boudoir Session | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Cynthia and her Mom are a fun pair.   They run a Slumber Parties business together and they are really close.   In fact, Cynthia’s Mom came to the shoot which doesn’t happen often.   We had so many laughs that day!   Cynthia’s hair and makeup was done by Jennifer McKim at Salon Mariposa.

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

Trish’s Intimate Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Trish drove up from Albany to have a shoot with me, which makes me feel honored.   Trish and her sister, who came up just to hang out with us, were cracking me up.   I can’t imagine the trouble they got in to when they were kids.   Trish’s sister talks a bit on the loud side, though, which made my dog run and hide during the shoot.    My dog is so scared of loud noises.   Haha!   Trish is a student so she brought up a book and her reading glasses to use as props to document what is a big part of her life right now.   Her hair and make up was done by Jennifer at Salon Mariposa.

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

Anne’s Intimate Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

I just adore the images that I got from Anne’s session because she brought some really fun outfits.   Anne and her husband were high school sweethearts.   So she brought his letterman jacket and his jersey.   I was also really digging the apron!   What a fun idea!   Anne is a sweet girl and I enjoyed meeting her.   She also has gorgeous lips, don’t you think?

Hair and make up by Stephanie Yates at Salon Mariposa.

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  Here is  the review  Anne wrote on Google Places about her shoot .   “Word cannot do her justice. Rayleigh recently did a boudoir shoot for me for a Valentine’s Day present for my husband. I am not normally comfortable taking pictures, especially boudoir, but she made me feel right at ease. I could not have imagined how much I would love my photos, and I am normally very picky. She is so easy to work with and so accommodating from the very beginning. She is also one of the most affordable photographers I have ever met. But she provided quality that some $3000.00 shoots can’t come close to matching. I will be referring all of my friends and family. You can’t pass her up! ”

  

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