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Beauty in a Kimono – Boudoir Photography

Beauty in a Kimono. Boudoir Photography by Rayleigh. This is an image of an Asian woman lying on her tummy on the bed. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Beauty in a Kimono

When this Miss M said she wanted to bring kimonos instead of lingerie for her boudoir shoot, it was a new experience for me and I thought it might be a challenge to make a kimono look sexy. But it wasn’t at all. I absolutely love the draped look and how it ties in her culture as well, making the images more unique to her. They also allow for a more modest look, which is what she was going for and we pulled it off beautifully. She was a complete beauty in a Kimono.

Miss M’s experience

I asked Miss M some questions about her experience and here is what she said:

Describe your body in 5 words
aged, dull, fat, puffy, dry

What do you love about your body?
taught and functioning

Why did you want to do a photo shoot?
Although I am not happy with myself, I would miss my body in 30s when I become 50s. Thats why I wanted to have it for my memory

Beauty in a Kimono. Boudoir Photography by Rayleigh. This is an image of an Asian woman standing in front of a black background. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Why did you choose Photography by Rayleigh for your shoot?
I saw her work through my clients’. Loved how it turned out.

How did you feel as your were preparing for your shoot?
I was nervous yet I didn’t push myself to get in fit still.

Did this experience change the way you see yourself or the way you think of beauty?
I think it did. She made me feel I look good.

What does “beauty” mean to you?
Confident. Which I was losing a lot lately

Beauty in a Kimono. Boudoir Photography by Rayleigh. This is an image of an Asian woman lying on her back on the bed. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

What did you love about your shoot? Will you come back some day for another shoot?
I felt very comfortable in front of camera. She made me feel good to do so. I will do it again

How did you feel about being nearly naked in front of the camera?
I was so comfortable. Female photographer is one of the reason, but also her concept of this photograph fits my idea of doing this.

What was your favorite moment of the whole experience?
Getting positive feedback from photographer during the shoot 😉

How did you feel after seeing the photos we created?
Amazing.

Beauty in a Kimono. Boudoir Photography by Rayleigh. This is an image of an Asian woman lying on her back on the bed. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

What are you going to do with your photos?
Mostly I want to put in the safe, but I will put couple of them on the wall

Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?
Go for it! Its fun, and make you feel you are special

What’s your go-to item to wear to feel smoking hot?
Anything silk

Miss J

Plus size boudoir photography by Rayleigh. For more info, see byrayleigh.com

“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. 😉 “

Modest plus size boudoir photography by Rayleigh. This image is of a woman standing in front of a black background, wearing a long skirt. For more info, see byrayleigh.com
Modest plus size boudoir photography by Rayleigh. This image is of a woman lying on a chase lounge in a pink bra and robe. For more info, see byrayleigh.com
Modest plus size boudoir photography by Rayleigh. This image is of a woman wearing a pink tank top and panties in front of a black background. For more info, see byrayleigh.com

Want to see more?

If you are interested in a boudoir session and you’d like to see my boudoir gallery, please send me a message and I’ll send you a link to my private gallery.

Athletic Boudoir Session

Ms. P is a basketball coach and she had an amazing athletic boudoir session with me. I love how we were able to get her feeling all glammed up but still incorporate her basketball to keep her personality in the shoot.

Athletic boudoir session. This is a before and after collage headshot of a woman sitting in front of a black background in a black and white dress. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

I asked Ms. P a few questions about her experience and this is what she had to say:

  • Why did you want to do a photo shoot?

    As a gift for my husband and to help my self esteem

  • Why did you choose Photography by Rayleigh for your shoot?

    I liked her pictures and the reviews by other clients. I felt like she would be able to help me feel more at ease with the process and get good pictures as a result.

  • A little anxious as well as excited
Athletic boudoir session. This is a modest boudoir headshot of a woman standing in front of a wooden background in a teal lace shirt and bra.  Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
  • What does “beauty” mean to you?
    Feeling good about your appearance

  • What does “sexy” mean to you?

    Confidence, appealing

Athletic boudoir session. This is a headshot of a woman sitting in front of a black background in a black and white dress, holding a basketball. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
  • What did you love about your shoot?

    How relaxed I felt (surprisingly), how well my hair and makeup where done. I will definitely come back for another shoot – maybe something other than boudoir as well.

  • How did you feel about being nearly naked in front of the camera?

    Shy, for the most part, although Rayleigh did a great job of making me feel as comfortable as possible

  • What was your favorite moment of the whole experience?

    My husband’s reaction when he saw the photos.

Athletic boudoir session. This is a modest boudoir post of a woman lying on the bed, holding a pillow. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
  • Great, beautiful.

  • I gave most of them to my husband who keeps them on his night stand. The “professional head shots” I am using for my business and coaching practice

  • Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?

    Do it! It was a lot of fun and makes you feel great. The pictures turn out gorgeous and it will make you feel good about yourself.

Athletic boudoir session. This is a modest boudoir post of a woman wearing a jersey and kneeling in front of a white brick background. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
  • Rayleigh was amazing to work with. She was very professional and quick to respond to all questions and concerns I highly recommend her..

  • Designer jeans and sky high strappy heels (okay, that’s two but they go together!)

  • Think of yourself that way – it will reflect in how you carry yourself and in your smile

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If you’d like to see more of boudoir work, please send me an email and I can send you my private gallery.

Victorian Inspired Boudoir Session

It’s good for a photographer to do something a little different every now and then to stretch our creative muscles and to avoid burn out. I’m so excited to share the photos from my stylized Victorian inspired boudoir session. I teamed up with one of my fabulous hair and makeup artists,  Kim King, for this unique vintage session. It’s so much fun to be able to create a look that is completely different than what we normally do. Some of the photos were on the more dainty, Victorian side and some of them were more along the lines of an Old West, Saloon Girl theme.

Victorian inspired boudoir

Victorian inspired boudoir session. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir headshot. She is wearing a corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a light background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

I purchased the gloves and the choker necklace on Amazon.com. The feathers for her hair were found at a local craft store. I already had the pink corset in my studio wardrobe. For the dress form placed in the background, I used a lace dress I already had and folded the top part of the dress down so it was just a skirt. Then I added a frilly button-up shirt for the top that I found at Goodwill and completed it with a piece of ribbon for a belt. The idea was to make it look like an old Victorian dress in the background.

Victorian inspired boudoir session. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir headshot. She is wearing a corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a light background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com
Victorian inspired boudoir session. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir headshot. She is wearing a corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a light background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

I made this bustle, too, and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. It worked so great for this shoot.

Victorian inspired boudoir session. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir standing boudoir pose. She is wearing a corset, choker necklace, bustle, and feather in her hair in front of a light background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com
Victorian inspired boudoir session. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir shoot. She is wearing a white nightgown, choker necklace, and hat in front of a light background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

The model for this shoot, Kimberly, found these adorable bloomers online.

Victorian inspired boudoir session. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir shoot. She is wearing a corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a light background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

Wild West Saloon Girl

I also had this black corset in my studio wardrobe and I always thought it looked a little too “Country Western” for a normal boudoir session. But it worked great for this themed shoot!

Victorian inspired boudoir session with a wild west saloon girl theme.  This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir standing pose. She is wearing a black corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a brown background. She's also holding a gun in a holster. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

I was able to borrow a few props, such as the gun (it’s a toy), the holster, and the vintage hat you’ll see below from a local business who sometimes travels to retirement homes and offers free vintage photos for the residents. They were so kind to allow me to borrow them for my shoot.

Victorian inspired boudoir session with a wild west saloon girl theme. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir headshot. She is wearing a black corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a brown background. She's also holding a gun. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com
Victorian inspired boudoir session with a wild west saloon girl theme.  This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir headshot. She is wearing a black corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a brown background.  For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

I’m not anything close to being a seamstress. But I know just enough about sewing to be dangerous. I made this little skirt and I really love how it turned out for the photos. Just don’t ask me to make another one because I probably couldn’t repeat it. Haha!

Victorian inspired boudoir session with a wild west saloon girl theme. This is an image of a stylized vintage themed boudoir standing pose. She is wearing a black corset, choker necklace, and feather in her hair in front of a brown background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

Do you have an idea?

Did you enjoy the images from this Victorian inspired boudoir session? If you are interested in doing a stylized shoot like this one or something else that is totally unique, just contact me with your idea and we can make it come true!

Business Headshots and Boudoir Session

A before and after collage. This image is a professional business headshot. The woman is standing and leaning against a black background, wearing jeans and a sweater. Photography by Rayleigh. Byrayleigh.com

The lovely Ms. C came in for a shoot that was both professional business headshots and boudoir. I love when my clients bring a variety of outfits to wear so their photos are more versatile.

What Ms. C had to say about her business headshot and boudoir session

“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.”

This image is a professional business headshot. The woman is in a sitting pose in front of a black background, wearing jeans and a sweater. Photography by Rayleigh. Byrayleigh.com

“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.”

This image is a professional business headshot. The woman is standing in front of a black background, wearing a blue button up office blouse. Photography by Rayleigh. Byrayleigh.com

“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

This is a collage of modest boudoir poses on the bed. Photography by Rayleigh. ByRayleigh.com

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Click here If you’d like to see more Business Headshots. If you’d like to see more boudoir photos, please contact me and I can send you a private gallery.