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Photo credit: Anna Johnson
Photo credit: Anna Johnson
When it comes to your artwork, the importance of the size is sometimes underestimated. It's not
just a matter of the space available, but it's a question of effect and impact sought after. You
may be used to trying to curate and fit art around your home, but art is so much more than a
Do you want to transform a room? Large artworks can add energy and can set the mood. It
should be considered an integral part of the room, not an afterthought. The effect can be
dramatic. Plus, it can be fun to decorate a room based on one large photograph.
I know what you’re thinking, “MY NAKED BODY ON A WALL FOR ANYONE TO SEE?!” but I
promise if we work together, we can choose the right image and the right size that your guests
will not only gush over, but everytime you see the portrait of yourself (anonymous or not) all of
the empowering confidence from your shoot will come right back and give you the extra pep in
There can be nothing worse than getting home and realizing the artwork you’ve purchased
looks smaller than what you thought it would.
Here are three tips for choosing art and sizes for your walls.
Either before or right after your session, find a wall in your home to hang a piece of regular
printing paper. Tape it to the wall then back up and take a photo of the entire wall. I can easily
input the photo and measurements into my program and show you beautiful examples to
choose the right size for the space.
I realize it can be daunting to even think about wall art for such an intimate experience, but your
confidence will soar every time you walk by this masterpiece. And it doesn’t even need to show
your face. Think of anonymous shots or fine art nude photos. People buy art like this of
strangers for their walls! Your artwork will have more meaning and be more precious.
Decide between one large statement piece or a gallery-style collection. Think about the space
you want to hang your artwork. Which feels like it would have a greater impact? This is
something I can show you examples of because if you are getting anything smaller than 16x20,
a gallery collection is recommended, and you’ll see why with our examples.
I can’t wait to help you through the process of choosing the perfect images for your home.
Bridal boudoir, also a gift for yourself.
You may have heard that boudoir is the perfect groom’s gift. It is. But you may not realize that this experience is truly a gift for the bride.
Boudoir photography was introduced as the “sexiest gift for the groom” not too long ago and the new trend really took off rapidly as more and more grooms received these gifts and were left speechless. As a photographer that was a part of this new movement, it was very fun to see momentum and words spreading as groomsmen watched the grooms’s eyes widen with amazement as they saw him open his secret album just minutes before seeing his bride walking down the aisle toward him.
A must-have item. Boudoir was once considered too risqué or taboo and it has now converted into what I love it to be… a private celebration of the beauty and confidence of intimacy within a couple. And not just for the couple as a unit, individually for the bride herself as well.
Boudoir is a way to celebrate and document what as old as time, has been one of the most special traditions in womanhood… the season of wedding preparation. It is much different than it was even 100 years ago. Now you have pinterest, wedding magazines, and trying to figure out your #wedding hashtag.
The overall anticipation and tradition remains. While our preps definitely look different, the sweet sentiment swirling in a bride’s heart is all the same as it ever was. She radiates with the hopes, wines, and dreams this memorable time inspires. And as a photographer, I love that I get to celebrate and document the bride, aglow with anticipation and rosy with the frantic pace that accompanies this season.
It’s wonderful seeing our brides experiences. She comes to the studio, feeling nervous, but eager for the pampering. She enjoys the confidence boosting experience more than she ever thinks she will, feeling better in her own skin when she leaves, and she romances her groom with this sweet gesture. It’s a win/win. As a boudoir photographer, I feel my job is to enter into that space with her, inspired to create something that represents her beautifully.
Again, I know exactly what you are going through… so much of the wedding prep is about tasks, to-do lists, deadlines. I love that a boudoir session is a time slow down, tune out the must do-dos, and to step into this season by being present. I highly encourage you to do this for your spouse-to-be, but even more so for yourself.
Don’t believe it yourself? Here are some raving customers:
Figuring out how to prepare for your boudoir session may seem tricky, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret:
At (STUDIO NAME), boudoir prep is a breeze!
All you have to do is take a deep breath and read the following tips…
Do you want to go nude, partially nude, wear lingerie or a favorite t-shirt? Do you want your shoot to be full-on sexy or sort of sweet? Your desired look for the session will help you find the perfect photographer and work out details like location, wardrobe, and props.
Boudoir portraiture is a niche art form, so you must be very discerning when choosing a photographer. It’s crucial to do your research—browse their portfolios and read client testimonials. Since boudoir is such an intimate and vulnerable experience, it’s essential you find someone whom you trust and feel comfortable around.
Start by shopping your closet for the items you instinctively select when you want to feel (and look) your absolute best. Don’t stress over this. If you feel lost, just bring one bra/panty set, one bodysuit, and one wildcard (like something from our Client Closet or your birthday suit). Have fun with it!
Drink LOTS of water. Lower your salt intake and abstain from alcohol for a week before your shoot to avoid water retention. Treat yo’self to a mani/pedi. Bathe, shower, and moisturize. Enjoy a quiet evening and get a full night’s sleep before the day of your session.
Take a deep breath and relax. It’s completely normal to feel nervous before your shoot. We promise, it will be a fun, stress-free day that’s all about YOU. Trust us, you’ll be coming back for more!
If you would like more information on booking a session, please email:
The Importance of Using a Makeup Artist During Your Boudoir Session, and how to get the exact look YOU want:
Communication is Imperative
This article was written with the Makeup Artist in mind - communicating to the Photographer, how to make sessions a positive experience, but we find that the client can also help make their end-vision, a masterpiece, but knowing the back-end-behind-the-scenes-goings-on, of how YOUR final images, HAPPEN!
Communicating your creative vision to the makeup artist before the shoot is vital. You think this one would be a no brainer, but you’d be surprised. Let’s start out with the obvious thing here first: no one is a mind reader. Keeping a chain of communication between the entire creative team working on a shoot is essential. This includes mood boards, written concepts, photos of the model and set, locations, and wardrobe. This allows the makeup artist to come prepared with everything they need for the shoot. We have to lug around a lot of stuff, and if we can lighten our load, it helps us tremendously. It also keeps us organized. If we have a solid idea of what each look will be on each model, we’ll be more prepared and will move more quickly through each look.
Harmony is everything. Sometimes a shoot is just a photographer, a model, and a makeup artist. Sometimes a shoot is a photographer, photographer’s assistant, makeup artist, hair stylist, makeup artist’s assistant, art director, editor, stylist, and an army of models. Shoots can range from anything in between these two and more depending on the shoot, the client, the purpose of the shoot, and the budget. It’s important to have all the moving parts working towards one goal. If everyone is confused, things won’t run smoothly and the shoot will be stressful, forced, and limited in time. Communication is the key to keep everything fun, friendly, and productive.
Don’t rush the Makeup Artist. Yes, we’re used to working under pressure, but I’ve worked on shoots where I haven’t even taken out my brushes yet and the photographer is asking me if I’m done. This is another case where communication is key. If we know how many looks we need to get done in one day of shooting, we’ll have a better idea of what looks we can realistically complete in the time frame given and whether or not we need to bring an assistant. Also, plan to have the MUA and styling team come very early to set up their stations and get ready. If you’re rushing and putting major pressure on the MUA, you might make things take longer since we’ll be stressed or scrambling.
For more on this awesome topic… Visit: https://www.thephoblographer.com/2018/05/08/tips-from-a-makeup-artist-to-a-photographer/
Heathy Ego: End Self Deprecation, and YOUR Photo Session!
Self-deprecation is a handy tool to diffuse tension and add humour. But, in putting down your talents, appearance and personality, could you be permanently blighting your self-esteem and reputation?
We’ve all been there…
Have you ever replied to a compliment about your outfit with a knee-jerk, negative response? Such as, a quip about looking a bit podgy or an eye-rolling admission of the coffee stain near the hem?
Have you been introduced to a stranger at a party and immediately downplayed your job title; making out that you were either incredibly lucky to have nabbed the position or have no idea what you're doing half the time when, in fact, you worked your butt off to get a promotion and spend several evenings a week working late in order to finish projects to impress your boss?
In social situations, we often use self-deprecation as a handy tool to defuse tension, seem humble or add humour.
It shows vulnerability and authenticity, weakens hierarchies, lowers expectations in case of failure, reflects a mirthful disposition, deflects attention for the shy and, when used insincerely, reassures and inflates the ego of the conceited.
I, myself have learned to use it as armour against external criticism; a badge of my modesty and of my Northern identity. After all, your insults won't be half as witty as my own about myself.
However, during my early twenties – the 'formative adult years' in which I'm supposed to find myself and learn how to do the gas meter reading without calling my Dad – I've started to wonder whether I'm doing some disservice by continuously downplaying everything cool about myself.
A bit of self-ridicule is healthy if you're confident enough to really take it as a joke. It's surely better than blind, pigheaded narcissism. Of that, I am sure we can all agree. But now, you’re about to have your photo session… and expose all. Or almost, all, at least.
And… it's a big 'but’..or, “my nose is so big, don’t catch my profile!” … in highlighting our insecurities, putting down our talents, and striving for the laugh instead of congratulation, could we not just be cementing a negative narrative about ourselves?
At a certain point, if you call yourself 'stupid' enough times, you'll start to believe it and so will other people.
The dark side of self-deprecation, can come out in your final images… if you’re not careful. Let’s help each other… to ensure that doesn’t happen.
As children, we're frequently told to treat others as we would like to be treated.
However, with the challenges of puberty, a transmuting identity and society's obsession with critiquing weight, intelligence, success and beliefs, the kindness we show ourselves doesn't usually measure up to that which we'd be quick to show other people.
Unlike the days when we'd blindly accepted our parents' compliments about being the smartest, prettiest and most hard working of children, in our adolescence, our self-worth gradually starts to fluctuate, depending on our most recent successes or failures, compliments or insults.
We begin to find it hard to tread the middle ground between self-promotion and self-deprecation, wanting to seem confident without coming across as an insufferable know-it-all.
Clinical psychologist, Ros Taylor, explains that for the majority of women: 'We tend to go in the opposite direction and discredit ourselves."
Self-deprecation is a trick British comedian Luisa Omielan uses as a way of showcasing how ridiculous social constructs are – be it regarding weight, failed relationships and thigh gaps – taken not from a place of weakness, but from a place of strength.
'Once you show something up for what it is and have made people laugh in the process, you are then in a position to use humour to dissect and discuss more important and pressing issues that do need attention such as self esteem, mental health, relationships and career goals,' she adds.
But Only In Small Doses
To read further about the Pros and Cons about Self-Deprecation and how it can HELP your Boudoir Session, or HURT it, click HERE.
Better Immunity This Winter? Clearer Skin for your Session? Desire Restful Energy?
… Science behind the seemingly new trend of “Drinking Celery Juice!”
Today there are 33,000 #CeleryJuice posts on Instagram (and growing!), but this vegetable obviously isn't a new thing. Carlos Quiros, a plant geneticist from the University of California Davis, told NPR that arcology remains from Switzerland show that people have been transporting celery seeds since 4,000 B.C. In China, Egypt, and Rome, this stalky plant was used as a remedy for a range of issues but mainly to cure hangovers or even to use as an aphrodisiac.
In 1868, Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray, or celery soda, made its debut, and it's been a deli staple, pairing perfectly with thick pastrami sandwiches, ever since. According to Marianne Santora, whose dad owned J&R Bottling, the company that brought Cel-Ray to California, the celery tonic was known to calm stomachs and heal bowel issues.
The concept of celery juice as a cure-all in the modern age came from medical medium Anthony William, who's been preaching this health hack for the past 20 years.
While William is not a licensed doctor or health care practitioner, he's garnered a large following in the wellness world. Since he was 4 years old, he had heard a voice perfectly clear in his right ear. He calls this voice "Spirit," and since then Spirit has been guiding him to read people to find out what's wrong with them. He calls himself medical medium because of this guiding spirit. When he was 4, he diagnosed his grandmother with lung cancer, which later her doctors confirmed. Since then he has gone on to write four New York Times best-selling books, has acquired a huge fan base of believers in his work including Gwyneth Paltrow, Pharell, and even Robert DeNiro.
There is research that says that the antioxidant compounds in celery can help remove free radicals, says functional medicine doctor Jill Baron, M.D., However, she adds that "we don't have the research in humans at this time to verify all the claims.”
"When it comes to our food choices, we tend to get fixated on a single food or beverage to resolve our health issues when in reality there is no one food that will cure disease... We need to be looking at our overall lifestyle and cultivate healthy behaviors for optimal health. If you enjoy celery juice, it can be part of a healthful eating pattern, but it should be part of the bigger picture and should not replace intake of all other vegetables and fruits.” FOR MORE on Drinking the “Miracle Juice,” visit: MBG Foods.
Ever Wonder About YOUR Perfect Hair for YOUR Face-Shape?
Figuring out your face shape isn’t all that complicated once you understand that there are only six shapes to choose from. Many of us make the mistake of thinking that our faces are “round,” missing some of the subtler angles completely.
To determine your face shape, pull your hair back in a headband or ponytail and analyze what you see in the mirror. Your pretty face should fall within one of six categories.
1 Oval: Forehead may be slightly wider than the chin, and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width.
2 Round: Prominent, rounded cheeks with equal width and length of the face.
3 Square: Prominent jaw and square chin, with forehead and jawline roughly the same width.
4 Oblong: Often confused for the oval face, though an oblong face will have a longer shape that is not as wide as oval — often with a narrow chin.
5 Heart: Wider forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin.
6 Diamond: Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones at the widest point of the face.
If you still aren’t sure which face shape is staring back at you in the mirror, Julie Featherman, owner of juju salon & organics, takes it one step further. “Whether I’m meeting with a client for the first time or working with an existing client who is thinking about making a change, facial shape consideration is as important as deciding on a length, color or style,” she explains. “I always say, ‘Look to the stars!’ Once the client’s face shape is determined, we’ll often look at pictures of celebrities with the same face shape. For example, if you Google, ‘What celebrity has a diamond shaped face,’ up pops Keira Knightley. Heart shaped? Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift. It’s so fun and inspiring! From there, we can begin to sift through different celebrity looks and make decisions.”
Suggested Post Title: 5 Winter Trends...already?
Sorry to burst your bubble but winter is on it’s way. Unless you’re a true snow bunny, then I’m a bit envious and also happy for you.
I came upon this article to help your inner fashionista and did you know a pair of simple black leggings goes with all of these? Well I’m here to help you out with your winter wardrobe...I mean, if you’re gonna be chilled, be fashionable at the same time.
Take a look at let me know what you think.
Have a beautiful day! You deserve it!