Miss M’s first boudoir session.

She wanted a pick-me-up after a breakup but I ended up being humbled by the experience.

I’ve known Miss M for a while on social media. We started chatting online one day after she made a post about women and cars that I agreed with and we started a conversation. That discussion opened the door to another photo session that should be coming along shortly. Stay tuned for that.

During one chat she said she loved my boudoir work and was thinking of doing a session. She came out of a relationship recently and wanted to do something that would raise her spirits. Doing this would help her out.

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The formula for a sucessful session is 5 percent looks and 95 percent attitude/spirit.

Christina was the make-up artist for another boudoir client. She liked what she saw so much she decided to have her own session.

Christina and I have known of each other for a bit. We were friends on Facebook as she is a make-up artist and local model but we never met face to face.

We started chatting more seriously when she was hired to do a client’s make-up for a boudoir session. We compared notes and shared ideas to make sure the client shined for her session. Needless to say that shoot went off without a hitch and the images were stunning thanks, in part, to Christina.

Our conversations shifted after that. She voiced a desire to have her own session which I was all for. She has a classic Hollywood look and she could pull off fun one moment and switch to smoldering immediately after that. I’ve always said that the formula for a successful session is 5% looks and 95% attitude/spirit. She has an abundance of both.

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Anna’s birthday boudoir session.

She wanted something special for her boyfriend but be true to herself. Oh, and there was this cupcake.

Everyone struggles with coming up with a special gift for that special someone in their life. Anna, whom I’ve done a session with years ago, had an idea for hers and reached out to me to bounce ideas off of.

We talked about the usual things like outfits, what he liked about her physically so I knew what to show off, what she was comfortable doing, et cetera.

But then we talked about concepts to make it more about her, to bring her essence out in the images. My goal with any of these sessions is to bring out their personality in the images. To me, boudoir isn’t all about being a sex kitten. Far from it.

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Miss F’s recent sensual session.

Privacy is a top priority when it comes to sensual sessions.

Tis the busy season for boudoir photographers across the globe. Between now and Valentines Day people are looking for unique, personal gifts for their significant others, for a friend, or as a gift for themselves. Boudoir sessions check off all the boxes on that list and more.

That being said, it’s also the time for privacy concerns. A lot people don’t want their images on display for the world to see. The photos generated by a session are generally for a certain person’s eyes only. This is totally understandable. I honestly would say a good 50-60% of the sessions I do are never meant to be uploaded here.

That’s why there’s gaps between entries here, by the way.

This is a topic of discussion I have with every client before the session. I want to be clear with them that they are in control of everything. They control what we shoot, where we shoot, how long we shoot, and – most importantly – what happens to the images after the session is done.

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Mrs. K’s first ever sensual session.

Women like her are exactly why I do this.

People always ask me what I get out of doing sensual sessions like the one here I recently did with Mrs. K. The answer is simple – simple, deep fulfillment.

These (mostly) women come to me full of hope and doubt. They know they want to be shown in a certain way. Which way is something we discuss beforehand. They also come with concerns and uncertainty. This is also something we discuss beforehand. We build a personal game plan together that shows them off in the best possible way.

Then they put their trust and faith into me to present them with images that show that themselves off. I can’t stress enough just how important this responsibility is. I literally have the ability to build up someone’s self image or confirm their worst fears. It is something that I never treat lightly.

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Susie’s first session takes the concept of sensual to a whole new level.

Sometimes the universe aligns just right and the results are stellar.

Wow. Just wow. I am literally at a loss for words with these images.

The recent decision to incorporate the dark with the light has seem to strike a nerve. The response I’ve received, from messages, emails, private chats, et cetera, has been a bit overwhelming in a good way.

And then, as if a sign from a higher power, Susie reaches out to me out of nowhere and says she would like to do a session. Sight unseen I agreed. The way she talked about herself and her personality had me hooked almost immediately. We agreed to play on the Dark side and the Light side.

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Return to the Dark Side with Bre.

Stay in this business long enough you’ll find yourself coming back to the starting point.

When I was first dipping my toes into the world of fine art photography over 14 years ago I developed a style that was dramatic, contrasty, and dark. Someone compared my work of the human form to the stylings of Edward Weston. I took that will a large grain of satisfaction.

Over the intervening years I tried my hand at a lot of different styles and genres. When I first started to do boudoir five years ago I defaulted back to the world of dark and contrasty images with an air of mystery. Heavily influenced by Film Noir, in fact. When trying something new it makes sense to go to something you know to ease the transition, I figured. It was one thing I knew so I could spend more energy developing new poses, compositions, et cetera.

Then about two years ago I started working on a new look. Luminous, light, ethereal lighting to envelope the subject. Make them angelic, even. I was very proud of this and it was welcomed by the community.

But the dark side is never, ever far from the surface. It’s in my blood. It sings to me in ways others cant. It’s a siren’s song that pulls at me to come back with open arms. A craving, if I am to be totally open about such things.

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