Category Archives: Glamour

Stripped Down Workshop (model #2) | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

In case you missed it before, I recently returned home from a trip to Las Vegas.   I went there to attend a boudoir photography workshop with Modern Love Photography called Stripped Down.   The inspirational and talented instructor was Denise Birdsong.

The first half of the workshop was a lecture on how to coach your clients and create emotion in your boudoir images with the use of body language and facial expressions.   The second half of the workshop was spent practicing on models.   One was an actual working model, some were photographers acting as models for the day, and one, the handsome fellow you see below, Rex, was just a regular ol’ guy with no model or photography experience.   He was the first model assigned to my little group of photographers and when we discovered this, the other photographers and I looked at each other and we were like, “Huh?   We just talked about emotions in boudoir images….. this is a dude!   What do we do with a dude?”   But as it turns out, it works pretty much the same.   It was just slightly awkward coaching a man to flirt with me as I took his portraits.   Especially since the way I do that is to flirt with him and ask him to do it with me.   I don’t even really flirt with my husband (although as Denise pointed out in our workshop, we really should flirt with our husbands!) so it was quite strange flirting with a guy I just met. It might have been a touch easier if he wasn’t so darn good looking.   hah!

Some of the other photographers in the group kept with the boudoir genre, even when shooting the men.   Affectionately referred to sometimes as “Doudoir.” 🙂     I played it safe and stuck to a more fashion style with the guys.   In the end, I did enjoy this part of the shooting day and I’m looking forward to shooting more handsome guys in the future.   Guys like to feel sexy, too.   They ought to have some great images to show off.

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If your guy is interested in having a sexy fashion style shoot done, contact me.   I’d love to do it!

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

Tell your daughters | Glamour Photography by Rayleigh

Ever wonder what your daughter thinks about beauty when she looks at her Mother who is her definition of love, warmth, and beauty?   Does her opinion of beauty change as she sees you talk badly about your own looks.   How will she learn what true beauty is if you don’t teach her?   I came across a great article on Offbeat Mama that I would love for you to read.   Start telling your daughters that you are beautiful so they will learn to recognize beauty in themselves.   I don’t have any children yet, but I can imagine this would be a hard thing to do as you look in the mirror and count all your flaws.   But if I have a daughter some day, I want her to believe that she is beautiful.   How can I convince her of that if she knows that I don’t believe that I am beautiful, too?   I’m not much of a writer, so you should read the Offbeat Mama article as they put this point much more elliquently.
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Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973     info@byrayleigh.com

Boudoir and Glam Event | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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Mark your calendars!!!   On January 19, 2012 I am hosting a boudoir event at my studio (by appointment).   Ever thought about doing a shoot but weren’t sure if it was your thing or didn’t know if you should spend the money on a full shoot?   This is your chance to get a taste of how much fun a boudoir or glamour shoot can be with a small price commitment.   There are only 10 slots available so contact me soon to grab yours!   How much would your Sweetie love a photo of you for Valentine’s Day?   Here is how it works.

 

                   For the low price of $69

  • 15 minute boudoir or glamour session

  • professional hair and makeup touch ups available at additional cost

  • 1 8×10 print included (additional products optionally available for purchase)

  

Spots will fill up quickly so email or call me soon to book your slot.   Bring a friend and book  your  spots  back to back for an even more great time.   503.828.2973     info@byrayleigh.com   It’s going to be a fun day!

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

My Old School Glamour Shots | Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

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Uh-hem…. Yes….. the shameful images above are photos of me.   And  as   much as I looked like a  40 year old country singer, biker chick, lounge singer I was actually only 17 years old and about to graduate from high school.   I first had my senior portraits taken at Sears and I absolutely hated them.   So I headed a little ways down the mall and took advantage of a sale they were having at Glamour Shots, hoping to get some better images.   I  hated  them just as much as the Sears portraits.   Do you remember that place?   As far as I know, they don’t exist any more.   Glamour photography fizzled out.   Now it’s back in action and quickly growing as a very popular type of photography, but thank the good Lord that the 90’s style didn’t return with it.   Modern glamour sessions are nothing like the old school versions.   When people here the phrase “glamour photography” they might still think of the old mall studio which would probably not send them running to have a shoot for themselves.   But I’m on a journey to “bring sexy back” in a new and modern way and I thank you for being a fan and telling your friends about me!   But first, you HAVE to look at the glamour shots on  this blog post  at buzzfeed.com because it got me laughing so hard!   It’s hilarious! Oh, and in case you are wondering,   the biker chick photo in the middle  is the one I ended up using for my yearbook photo, but I hated all the photos I had done for my senior portraits and I was so embarrassed when the yearbook came out!   I’m 32 years old now, but I still feel a void where there should be a great memory of an awesome senior portrait session.

I’m thankful that my clients have decided to trust me with their glamour photography and that I can give them an experience that is oh, so much better than the experience I had in high school.   Their experience is nothing like what you would find in a mall.   Instead they get to enjoy a luxurious experience involving an amazing hair and makeup artist who is awesome at accentuating beauty that is already there (even if they don’t yet see it) and a photo shoot that brings out their personality. I don’t just dress them up in whatever costume I have in their size (which was very limited in my high school shoot, as they didn’t cater too much to the curvy clients).   My clients love their photos and instead of being embarrassed to show them, like I was in high school, they can’t wait to share their photos with their loves ones.   Photos of THEM with their own beauty shining through.

 

If you would like to book a shoot like this for yourself, please contact me today!   info@byrayleigh.com

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Salon Mariposa | Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

Meet the lovely ladies of Salon Mariposa!   Jennifer and Stephanie do hair and make up for most of my shoots and they do a fantastic job.   Stephanie is also my own personal stylist and I love how she cuts and colors my hair (and I’m pretty picky).   She has been a hair stylist since 2004 and specializes in funky color, razor cutting techniques, and updos.   Jennifer has been in the industry for over 20 years and specializes in fine hair, working with cowlicks, and challenging hair.   I never knew you could specialize in cowlicks.   I thought you just had to deal with them.   So I think that’s pretty awesome.   They have great prices and they do an awesome job.   So if you are looking for a new hair stylist in the Tigard area, you should totally call Salon Mariposa!

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

Paige’s Glamorous Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Paige wanted some glamorous images to send to her boyfriend who is in the Navy overseas.   Instead of lingerie, she brought over some simple, yet beautiful dresses and we had fun!   I think Paige has such classic beauty.   Like an actress in an old movie.   Her makeup was done by Danyelle Botts.

 

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Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Here is what Paige had to say about her shoot.   “I had never been to a photo shoot like that before, but it was a lot of fun. Especially since I was with Brittany and we took some really cute photos together. I just love how the photos turned out. Rayleigh was really nice and welcoming and she made me feel comfortable while being photographed…and I usually don’t like posing for photos. It was an awesome opportunity! Thank you Rayleigh! :)”

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon

541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com

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