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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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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

 

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

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

 

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

Happy Halloween | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

Meet Traci.   Halloween is her favorite holiday because it also happens to be her birthday!   And purple is her favorite color. Her personality really shines through in her boudoir portraits. Wish Traci a happy birthday below in the comments!!!

       boudoir photography portland oregonI asked Traci some questions about her shoot. Here are her responses.

What do you love about your body?
my curves

How do you feel about your age?
I’m 44 and I feel the best is yet to come.

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Why did you want to do a photo shoot?
To prove to myself I’m sexy and beautiful.

How did you feel as your were preparing for your shoot?
Nervous and excited.

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Did this experience change the way you see yourself or the way you think of beauty?
Made me feel much better about myself. I try to keep my pictures in my head when I need a boost.

How did you feel about being nearly naked in front of the camera?
Surprisingly, very comfortable.

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How did you feel after seeing the photos we created?
Amazed!
What are you going to do with your photos? (Display them in your home, tuck them away and bring them out on special occasions, etc)
I’ve shared them with family and friends via social media; probably display a couple in our bedroom.
Any advice for ladies thinking about doing a photo shoot?
Do it! You’ll love it and you deserve to feel beautiful!

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What’s your best tip for feeling gorgeous?
do your make up and hair
What’s the best compliment you ever received?
told I looked like a movie star
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

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