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What To Expect | Portland, OR Photography

I can picture it. You are scrolling through a bunch of photographer websites. Looking at the beautiful people you see in their portfolios. You might be wondering what it’s like to do a beauty shoot. You might be feeling too nervous to get in front of a camera. You might be wondering if the camera will be nice to you. Or you might even wonder if you are too plain, too gray, too wrinkled, or too in need of loosing a few pounds. You might also be wondering if the experience is worth the investment. Believe me. I get it. Go ahead and grab your cup of coffee (or my favorite, pumpkin chai) and let’s just chat about these things for a bit. I can tell you right now – None of the reasons I listed above come close to being a reason not to treat yourself to the amazing experience a photo shoot can be. Before we chat, go ahead and watch this video that shows you, better than I can explain with words, what it’s like to do a shoot in my studio.

What if I’m not good at doing makeup?

That’s an easy one! All of my shoots include professional hair and makeup by my talented hair and makeup artist. All you have to do is show up with a clean face and hair and let her do her magic.

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What if I don’t know what to wear?

We can chat about what kind of look you want and I can help with suggestions. I also have a closet packed full of shoot wardrobe in my studio and if you want to, we can work with what I have!

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What if I feel too “blah” to have my photos taken?

Oh, Covid-19, what are you doing to us? Some days I don’t even get out of my pajamas, if I’m being honest. I’m a Mom of two littles and keeping them fed and (mostly) happy is sometimes all I can muster, let alone mascara and lipstick. Trust me, though. Once you get in the makeup chair and spin around to see how amazing you look in the mirror, you won’t be feeling blah, that’s for sure!

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What if I need to loose a few pounds?

Ah yes… I have quite a bit more than a “few” pounds to loose and I’ve been saying that I need to loose them for quite some time. But if you keep putting off your shoot for the “perfect time” to do a shoot, you’ll likely never do it. Life can get in the way. Just do it! Plus, with angles and posing, I can easily take off 20 pounds as far as the camera is concerned. Then, when you do loose the weight, you can come back for a celebratory shoot and use the two to see how far you’ve come!

I hope you can see that a shoot with me is more than having your photos taken. It’s an amazing experience that can help you change the way you see yourself. Please shoot me an email and we can chat about your shoot!

Family, beauty, and boudoir photography

Portland, Oregon / Tualatin, Oregon

info@byrayleigh.com

“Housewarming Party” Promotion

Exciting news and a special promotion!

 

 

Hey ladies! I have exciting news to share with you. Photography by Rayleigh has moved to Tualatin!  I’ve been working hard to get the space looking gorgeous for all of you.  The space has a new coat of paint (or three) by Radiant Services NW.  A beautiful new floor by Koeber’s Interiors.  And an amazing floral arrangement by Vanessa’s Flowers.

I have two huge windows for gorgeous light.  And black out curtains for more artistic lighting set ups.

I LOVED my pink striped wall in my previous studio space so I had that done in the new space, too. This photo shows the hair and makeup station and the photo reveal station.

I may as well show you the bathroom, too, because it’s just cute. haha!

This is what the space looked like before we moved in. It was nice but I needed to brighten it up with white paint and put in the wood floor because wood floors are just sexier than carpet.

I’d love to show off my new studio in person, so I’m offering a special promotion that you’ll want to hear about. It’s super rare that I offer discounts because although my sessions are definitely a financial investment, my past clients will tell you that the experience is totally worth it! But I’m excited to have all of you ladies in to see the new space so I wanted to offer something special. Let’s think of it like a housewarming party. Except it’s one on one.  And you are totally encouraged to party in your underwear. Now, that’s a good party! Here is the special deal I’m offering…

I’m offering $241 off my mini session which is a 30 minute beauty or boudoir session and includes your choice of 8 digital images on a thumb drive for $499. Professional hair and makeup services are optional but highly encouraged. They are an additional $150.

The shoot doesn’t have to be a boudoir shoot. If you want a beauty shoot (fully clothed) or professional head shots, I’d love to do those, too. The offer expires at the end of the month, which means that you have to contact me to book your shoot and pay your deposit this week. Your shoot can be for any future date. How does that sound?

If you have questions or if you are ready to book your shoot, just shoot me an email at info@byRayleigh.com. I can’t wait to book your shoot!

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

 

Limited Time Boho Set | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Bohemian Themed Boudoir Sessions!

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I’ve added a brand new boho style set to the studio that will be available only for the month of June. If you’d like to use this set, make sure to schedule your session for June 2017. Clothing and accessories are also available for you to use.

Shoot me an email at info@byrayleigh.com for more info.

Rayleigh Leavitt
Boudoir Photography in Portland, OR

Importance of Sleep | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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There is so much to do everyday that it’s sometimes tough to add in the time to sleep. It’s common for my husband and me to get less than 6 hours of sleep a night. Yikes! While everyone’s sleep needs differ, I know that I could benefit from more sleep. I’ve read that between 7-9 hours is ideal. This is true for every day life, but it’s especially true for the night before a portrait session. Photoshop is pretty awesome but I can’t edit out a sleepy look from your eyes.

There are a million articles on the importance of sleep and just as many on how to get a good night’s rest. Here is an easy read from the Mayo clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379

Are you getting enough zzzz? Are there any rituals you do that help you sleep better?

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

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

 

Ms. T | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

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One thing that made Ms. T’s shoot so much fun was that she brought a variety of outfits to use for her shoot. Black is a color that photographs really nicely, however, when my clients bring all black outfits, or when they bring all the same style of outfit (such as all bra and panty sets or all corsets) it doesn’t create very much variety in the final photos. So I recommend bringing different colors as well as different styles and maybe even some fun accessories. Ms. T brought a cowgirl hat, which made for a fun look.

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

Ms. K | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Meet “Ms. K.” She’s a beautiful 49 year old woman who spent the day with me being pampered with professional hair and makeup styling and a boudoir photo shoot. I asked Miss K a few questions about her session experience so that we could share her thoughts with those of you who are considering a boudoir session.

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 I am turning 50 soon & wanted some nice pictures of me before I got too old.

 My curves.

 I feel okay with my age. I feel like I did at 20.

 No. I feel the feeling of sexiness comes from within.

 Your ability to go with the file & accept who you are … Inside & out.

 

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What does “beauty” mean to you?
 Liking who you are & being content. It’s shines through from inside.

What does “sexy” mean to you?
 Accepting your body & learning to enjoy that.

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If you’d like to experience your own boudoir session, I’d love to chat with you about that. Just send me a message! info@byrayleigh.com

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

Beautiful Baby Bump | Maternity Photography Portland Oregon

This is Kianna, one of my hair and makeup artists and also my gorgeous friend. I first met Kianna when my husband and I filmed her wedding. She has since become a makeup artist and a dear friend, and I’m so excited to have had the pleasure of marking their next major life event as their family grows. I made the skirt in the photo below, specifically for this shoot. I just love how it worked out and I’m looking forward to using it again in the future. It’s fitting that I would blog these photos today because today I get to be a guest at Kianna’s baby shower to celebrate her baby boy, who will be arriving quite soon.

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If you are considering a maternity session for yourself, the best time to schedule it is for when you are around 7 months along. Contact me to talk about more details!

 

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

The Hottest Guy I’ve Ever Photographed | Men’s Photography Portland Oregon

This is by far, the hottest guy I’ve ever photographed. It’s true I don’t often photograph men. But I mostly say that because this is my sexy husband, whom I adore and can’t get enough of. We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary by spending a few days at Cannon Beach. I brought my camera along so that I could do a photo shoot of Nate while we were hanging out in our hotel room. Although we stayed on the more conservative side, I still consider this a male boudoir session, also affectionately termed “dudoir.” So often when you see sexy photographs of men, all the men are totally ripped guys with muscles bulging every which way. But what about all the regular dudes that don’t have rock hard six packs? They like to feel sexy, too. So I had a great time taking photos of my Sweetie and I smile every time I look at them.

 

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If your guy would like to experience a male boudoir session, just contact me for details. My style is conservative when it comes to photographing men and I believe guys can be ultra sexy without being too revealing or overly sexual, like the photographs you see here.

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