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Denver Boudoir Photography: Who said a boudoir photo shoot is something you have to do all alone? Not me! I was recently asked to photograph 5 girlfriends that had gotten together in Denver to celebrate their fearless ring leader, the beautiful Bachelorette. The ladies had a jam packed weekend of fun-filled activities including spa treatments, dinners out, dancing around town, and you guessed it- a boudoir party with yours truly.
Since my studio was still in the process of being remodeled we booked a suite at Hotel Teatro in the heart of downtown, invited a make-up artist, and made it a whole “thing.” The champagne flowed, the tunes blasted, and the girls took turns getting dolled up. In the connected room next door I did 30 minute mini-sessions with each girl privately. Not that I would have cared if they wanted to watch each others sessions, but I made sure that they could have a privacy too. Some of the girls were a little shyer than others, so it worked out perfectly to have one space to party and another space to shoot. I had a BLAST and I know they all did too. And the best part? When it was all over, they were hair and make-up ready to hit the town on a Sat. night to dance their hearts out.
Now that I have my home studio all finished, boudoir parties are something I will be MORE than happy to offer any time to any group of girlfriends interested. Is it someone’s birthday? Do you have a bachelorette party coming up? Just want an excuse to get the girls together to do something different and fun? If you think this sounds like you and your favorite friends, you have come to the right place. From the perfect space to host such a gathering, talented make-up and hair artists in my back pocket, wine, champagne, good tunes, good times, and beautiful images just waiting to be created… I’m your girl! Given that I was able to pull it off in a hotel room, I don’t have a single doubt that a boudoir party in my home studio would be off the hook!
Denver Boudoir Photography: Words cannot express how thrilled I am to finally write this post!! Almost one year ago, after much deliberation, I decided that it was time to create a space for my boudoir and portrait clients. I looked at dozens of spaces all over Denver and ultimately decided to take on a massive home remodel project that was originally supposed to take approximately 3 months. It took 8 and a half. I lived in my basement while my home was literally torn apart from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
As an artist and photographer seriously addicted to color and more importantly, LIGHT, I cannot even begin to describe how dark those 8 months were for me. I lived without a kitchen for about 6 of those months (you’re welcome Starbucks) and figuratively climbed the walls while my house looked and felt like a construction zone from July of 2014 until very recently. Between all of my doubt and worry, hope and determination, frustration and tears, stubborn dedication and way-in-over-my-head-ness, it was a roller-coaster ride that I truly would not wish on anyone. But, now that I am finally on the other side of it, I am beyond happy with how everything has turned out. I guess that old cliche “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” is more often than not, truth. If I had it to do all over again, I would.
If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I could see myself in that house growing a boudoir and portrait business, I would have looked at you like you were insane. Not only did I not plan to stay put in Arvada or in that particular home, I honestly wasn’t even considering growing a new branch of my business. But the growth and changes both personally and professionally that I have undergone since 2010 have changed me in more ways than I can begin to explain. I guess the important thing to remember is that life will continue to throw curve balls at us all. It’s how we decide to react that will either send us on a downward spiral or on a progressive evolution. I have done a bit of both, but would like to believe it has been more of the latter…
So, without further ado, it with much gratitude, faith, and trust in this wild and wacky universe that we inhabit, that I share images from my first home studio boudoir session with an absolute bombshell of a bride-to-be. I would love to guess where I might be 5 years from now, but I think I’d rather just be surprised. :-)
Outdoor Boudoir Photography: There are several exciting new things happening inside of the boudoir umbrella of my business! Firstly, the construction on my new boudoir studio that has been underway for the past 6 months is ALMOST done! Which means starting in January 2015, I will have a gorgeous new space to photograph my boudoir clients. Hotel fees will be a thing of the past and I will also be adding a make-up artist to my ranks so that I will be able to include professional hair and make-up services with all of my boudoir sessions. Creating a fabulous new home studio has been something I have been dreaming about and working towards for the last 12 months and I am SO EXCITED to see it coming to fruition!
Secondly, I am getting ready to unveil the “Eden Collections”- a series of outdoor boudoir options for adventurous clients that are looking for an “out of the box” experience. Imagine being surrounded by pristine Colorado mountain beauty on 3000+ acres of private land about 45 min from Denver located just outside of Idaho Springs. And not only that, but I have been granted exclusive photographic access! Outdoor boudoir photography is growing in popularity, and specifically in gorgeous, health-conscious states like Colorado. This ranch and the Eden Collections are going to be a game changer starting early next spring.
For now, here is a little teaser to get your imagination running as wild as the great outdoors…
Denver Boudoir Photography: One of the questions I am always asked about my boudoir shoots is “How many images are included in your basic session?” There are two answers. First, the number of images I shoot in an hour, edited, is generally around 80-100/per hour. Sometimes it’s more and sometimes it less (depending on lots of things) and these are what I call the “proofs,” which I deliver via an online gallery. Secondly, I also include 5 high resolution retouched favorites available for download. That means that 5 favorite images are taken a step beyond our customized processing and retouched a level further to enhance the image to my artistic preferences. And then you own it. Of course, I am happy to “finish” as many images as you choose, but 5 are included. We also have options for purchasing individual images ,as well as the entire set on DVD, books, prints, and more.
Here are the 5 (ok, 6) finished favorites from a recent boudoir shoot with a classic Colorado beauty. I just love black and white boudoir images. And given the simple set up we had with window light and a small bedroom, I think the vintage look is gorgeous and timeless. I also think this is a great example of small set of boudoir images, that didn’t cost a fortune, that are sure to knock her fellas socks off!
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