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One of the questions I get asked a lot by clients who inquire about Denver boudoir photography is about professional make-up. Most women want to know if the additional cost is worth it. The short answer is YES! Not only does having your make-up professionally done help the images “pop,” especially where the eyes are concerned, but it also helps you to relax and get yourself into the mood to be photographed. It’s obviously not a necessity, but considering the special nature of a boudoir photo shoot, I personally think that having a little additional pampering done prior to the photos being taken, is well worth the cost (normally $175 for both hair and make-up).
My favorite make-up artist to work with on my boudoir shoots is Keegan Steele of Steele the Spotlight. Keegan is always punctual and professional and she always makes my clients feel amazing, not to mention, LOOK amazing! I absolutely love her and recommend her whenever I am able. Keegan is based in Fort Collins but is happy to travel to Denver (and anywhere in Colorado for that matter) whenever I have a shoot to do. She is an absolute doll and I honestly can’t say enough positive things about her. Oh and she supplies fake eyelashes too! She has been a wonderful vendor to partner with, particularly in my wedding and boudoir business.
Even though I personally don’t know a lot (admittedly) about make-up application and generally don’t wear much of it myself, what I can tell you is that it makes a huge difference in the way my clients eyes shine in the photos I take of them. It is my opinion that when you feel beautiful you ARE beautiful. And if you are going to go to the trouble to book a boudoir session, shop for it, work out for it, and get yourself mentally and physically prepared, why not take that last step and have your make-up done too? It’s the last step before the camera comes out and I have never had a single client regret having done it. Case in point… Check out these beautiful images that Keegan did the make-up for!
Do you want to know what’s really beautiful? Confidence.
Do you want to know what’s really powerful? Persistence.
Do you want to know what’s really sexy? (Please, I know about sexy.) Not needing to be needed.
And if still “they” don’t notice your good looks, your strength, and your sashay… could you feel more sorry for them?
This note from the Universe struck me today as I was thinking about this gorgeous client I recently had the opportunity to work with during one of my boudoir photo shoots in Denver. Her confidence was ABSOLUTELY beautiful! The message? There is more to being sexy than just looking good, which certainly she did. But more than having a rocking body, it was the sparkle in her eye, the fearlessness with which she looked into the lens, and the calmness of her demeanor that made these images shine. To women everywhere in the world…. if you feel beautiful, you ARE beautiful. If you say you are sexy, you ARE sexy. And if you feel confident, you will LOOK confident. Get it? Got it? Good.
This client had the idea to do a “nudoir” boudoir session outdoors after seeing another boudoir post that I did for one of my brides this past summer. She loved the idea of doing something outside in the mountains and was game to go wherever would work. I had her meet me in Eldora at my families cabin and since it was a little bit (ok a LOT) freezing that day, we had a chance to warm her up inside between locations around the cabin. She was an amazing sport about the outdoor temperature too. And since I was wearing a coat and gloves, I know that she was more than a “little” cold. Goosebumps? That’s what photoshop is for! HA! I guess Colorado girls tend to be kind of tough cookies that way. I tend to think the outdoor boudoir session is something that I am going to be seeing a lot more of in the coming years. Now that boudoir photography has become a major player in the portrait category, I think women will be looking for something different than your “typical” boudoir session as it’s popularity grows. And, since there are so many men and women in this state that are lovers of the outdoors, what sexier combo is there than the “naked in the woods” scenario?!? In fact, if I ever do a boudoir session again in my life (yes, I have done one too) it will DEFINITELY be an outdoor session, and most likely, at this same cabin in Eldora. I just love this location because there are tons of options to photograph and it’s totally secluded and private. And besides that, the cabin on the property gives me a place to change, warm up, take a shot, gather courage, or whatever else is needed.
We ended up making a book of these images for her boyfriend and from what she told me, it was a major hit! Good luck sweetie and I hope to see you again when you get married!
I love outdoor boudoir photography and I love it even more when my clients come to me with ideas to personalize their images. This particular client’s special man loves fly fishing and she wanted to do something sexy for him in fly fishing waders, and was even willing to get into a freezing cold stream to accomplish her vision. We choose a little inlet near my family’s cabin in Eldora, CO and the images in the fishing sequence are definitely my favorites. Since we decided to do this session at a time when the river behind the cabin was literally “raging” I was too nervous to put her in it or in any kind of a dangerous situation. We went the safe route and found a little spot off of the main stream where the water was calm and there was no chance she could slip and be swept downstream. I used my long lens for a short depth of field and cropped the images such that you can’t tell where she is or that the stream she is in isn’t actually a “real” stream. But, just because we weren’t in the real stream, that doesn’t mean the water wasn’t just as cold! We had to work fast! She was a great sport about it and the images are exactly what she was hoping for.
If you are thinking about doing a boudoir session for your special someone this year I highly recommend brainstorming ideas that incorporate some of the other things he or she loves. Not only will the images be more personal, but they will also be totally unique! If you are interested in an outdoor session, I have several locations that I know of that are private and beautiful!
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