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Library Lover’s Month | Photography Portland Oregon

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Love books? I do! Did you know that this month is Library Lover’s Month? Well, now you do!
Here’s what you can find on my bookshelf:
The Bible, Enhancing your marriage, fiction, business, motivational and of course BOUDOIR! I just bought a book called Body & Soul which is a boudoir business book about providing a service that is life changing for your clients.

What is on your bookshelf?

 

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

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

Valentine Wedding | Wedding Photography Portland Oregon

Okay, you know you are behind on blogging when you realize that it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and you haven’t yet blogged your Valentine’s Day Wedding from two years ago. But the timing does work out pretty well for me to share these beautiful photos from the adorable Matz wedding. Their wedding did happen on Valentine’s Day and, of course, it was Valentine’s Day themed, which was a first for me. I adored the heart shaped cookies they had for their guests.

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The other thing that made this wedding fun and unique is that it was held at the Hillsboro Public Library.  I doubt Amber and Justin knew this but it just so happens that February is “Library Lover’s Month” so win-win! I’ve never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at a library before so I really had fun getting some unique shots that I really love! They are some of my most favorite wedding shots in my 14 years of shooting weddings, because they are so different.

 

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Rayleigh Leavitt : Portland Wedding Photographer
Tigard and Portland Wedding Photography
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

Windy Wedding | Wedding Photography Portland Oregon

The Kinslands had a beautiful outdoor peacock themed wedding ceremony and reception planned at a park in Corvallis, OR. Some rain threatened their beautiful day, but what really did them in was the massive wind that tried to blow their special day away. So at the last minute, they had to move their wedding to a nearby bar, called  Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill .   I was amazed at how good the bride took such a last minute change in plans. It was definitely one my most challenging weddings to photograph because bar lighting isn’t anywhere near ideal for good photographs. And I really don’t prefer having neon beer signs in the background, haha! Also, the room was such a small space to hold all their beloved friends and family. But we all did the best we could with a difficult situation. The bride and groom and the wedding guests had a great time. No matter what the location, their love was the same and it was a beautiful ceremony to unite two people who adore each other. Thankfully, we were able to squeak in some outdoor formal photos and  Bruce’s Starker Arts Park, where the wedding was originally supposed to be held, and I’m so glad, because I absolutely love the photos we got outside.

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Rayleigh Leavitt : Portland Wedding Photographer
Tigard and Portland Wedding Photography and Video
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

Hilltop Wedding | Wedding Photographer Portland Oregon

Jason and Stephanie were married at The Anderson Lodge Hilltop House in Ariel, Washington. It was a beautiful venue with gorgeous views. There wedding was simple, yet classic and warm. I felt like part of the family and it was an honor to be there and capture their precious memories. Isn’t Stephanie’s dress gorgeous?

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If you are getting married in Portland, Oregon or a nearby location, I’d love to chat with you about your wedding. Contact me to schedule a free consultation.

Rayleigh Leavitt : Portland Wedding Photographer
Tigard and Portland Wedding Photography and Video
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 beauty and boudoir photographer. Every once in a while I’m asked about how I can be both. As the boudoir photography industry becomes more popular, a lot of Christians are asking, “Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot?” I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on this.

Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot? This modestly sexy black and white boudoir photo shows a woman in a tight, lace, black dress and black heels on the edge of a messy bed. The photo was taken by Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

What is a boudoir shoot?

Boudoir is pronounced Bu-dwah or Bu-dwar. It 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.  Oftentimes, the motivation for a shoot is to create a gift for your husband, however, you’ll find that a portrait shoot with Photography by Rayleigh is a very pampering experience. It creates a space for you 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. Often feeling “blah” about themselves. Especially tired mommies who feel more like a mom than a woman, most times. Do you relate to any of this?

Men are visual.

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?

Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot? This modestly sexy boudoir photo shows a woman in a tight, lace, black dress and black heels lying on her tummy on a messy bed with her feet up. The photo was taken by Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

A full marriage.

When your man chose you to be his wife, he, hopefully, chose you based on your Christ-like qualities like patience, kindness, humility, faithfulness, honor, trust, truth, and hope. Those are the basis of the truest love, as we see in 1 Corinthians 13. As a bonus, God wants us to also enjoy our spouse’s body and to enjoy physical intimacy. 1 Corinthians 7:3 In a healthy, Christian marriage, a woman should feel sexy, desired, and appreciated for all aspects of herself, including her body. Even with it’s imperfections. 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 physical intimacy. A glamourous photoshoot can give a woman that much needed confidence. It’s really amazing what a little sexy confidence can do for a marriage.

Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot?

As you can tell by now, I’m a fan of boudoir shoots. Many of my Christian friends have enjoyed giving sexy photos to their husbands. However, it’s also true that I do have a small number of Christian friends who believe that wearing lingerie in front of someone who isn’t your husband, including a photographer is something to avoid. I love and respect those people and their thoughts on this. So I think this is just something for each woman to pray about and see what God is telling them about how to answer this question.

Maybe a beauty shoot is more up your ally. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing lingerie for photos, I 100% get that. You absolutely don’t have to wear lingerie in your portraits to feel feminine and lovely. A beautiful dress can be just as empowering, while being modest. I invite you to check out my beauty gallery to see more photos like this. In fact, I’m falling more in love with beauty shoots and have recently expanded my focus to include all kinds of beauty sessions instead of focusing solely on boudoir photography in my business.

Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot? This modestly sexy boudoir photo shows an Asian woman in a peach coral dress and bare feet up on the head of the bed. The photo was taken by Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

The who, what, and when of it all.

Boudoir or beauty photos are an amazing gift to give to a Groom on the wedding night. Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and wedding anniversaries are other occasions when glamorous portraits 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. As a Christian, I encourage you to hire a female photographer if you are wanting sexy portraits.

My boudoir style is very conservative, as far as this genre of 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 boudoir images are sensual but beautiful and tasteful and not over-the-top sexual.

Will my photos end up on your website?

Although, I used to share boudoir photos on my website, with permission from my clients who felt comfortable with that, I’ve recently felt more inclined to keep my client’s more intimate photos private. So now, when talking about boudoir photos, I try to share photos that have a sexiness to them but are still modest. Like what you see in this post. I have a private link to more photos, for those who are interested in doing a boudoir shoot. Of course, I only share photos with permission from my clients who feel comfortable with it.

Should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot? This tightly cropped black and white modest boudoir photo of an Asian girl accentuates the lips. This photo was created by Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com.

Conclusion

So, should a Christian woman do a boudoir shoot? Please pray about this and determine what kind of shoot might be right for you. Whether you feel that a boudoir shoot would enrich your marriage or if a beauty shoot is what would give you the confidence boost you need, I’m here to help. If you’d like to learn more about what a shoot experience is like and what to expect in my studio, please check out my video about that.

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