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BOUDOIR DIARY

Boudoir: to spray tan or not to spray tan



Back in the day, the look of fake tans was so orange that I did not recommend it. Boy! Have the spray tans have come a long way!
I decided to test it out myself, being a spray tan virgin. I only did the self-tanner thing once with the orange palm result. And was forever traumatized.
So! Thanks to Jenn from schulzbeauty.ca I got to try it out.

FIRST let me give you the tips.

Schulz Beauty recommends:
1) shower and exfoliate really well before your appointment
2) after showering no moisturizers, perfumes, makeup (GASP!)
3) after the spray tan don't get wet/gym/sweat for 6-8 hours ( 8 hours for best results)!
4) after the spray tan no heavy exfoliation
and lots and lots of moisturizing to extend the life of your tan!

More FAQ's here 


I followed it to the T, except the makeup, I wore my naked face but never without  mascara. I figured that would not interfere and I look awake.

So I did my scrubbing and my shaving the night before, figuring too that the shaving of the winter fuzz would exfoliate a lot of it. I was a bit wrong. 
And then the sweating part.  I wear extra strength stuff, still some of my armpit area looked funny but nothing noticeable.

And here is what I recommend:


To go there: in the summer is easy to just plop on a dark summer dress and be loosey goosey but in the winter with the layers and all those skinny jeans it's so hard! I wore my sweat pants. And of course in that area  where her place is located, everybody is so fancy you feel schlumpy. But with a great tan afterward. Bra is truly optional.

Wear: If you are comfortable wearing nothing, be naked. Or wear the tiniest G-string possible and go topless or with pasties. Jenn is cool, and the room is very private. Keep in mind that whatever you wear will leave the tan lines, so wear a bra top that looks like lingerie- like a strapless bra or a demi cup one.

I am sucking it in as much as I can.


Start exfoliating a week before your appointment daily. You can't believe the stuff that doesn't get scrubbed that often. Especially in the middle of winter. One spot I missed my inner arms and around my ankles. Yeah, they look clean, but the dead skin shows like dirty tan skin. So use a sugar or salt scrub a week before, and then keep rubbing stuff off during your showers. And the night before do the last one with the shaving.

Avoid white stuff. What I liked about it, it looks great right after the application,  technically after you shower (min 3 hours) it sets you won't stain, so you can  pretty much have a shoot the same day or the next. But 3-5 days is fine too. As long as you moisturize. Mine was still ok at day 9.

And Ta-Dah! That is right after the magic, and then it develops a deeper tone :) Not orange looking at all! It takes only 15 minutes!


I forgot to suck it in.

This is me and Lily- this is 3 days after the tan, no super white legs and smooth colour all over.


Can't wait until the next one :) Get yours here http://www.schulzbeauty.ca/toronto-spray-tanning/




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Tips: Chic for winter boudoir


When outside it's brrr, we can heat things up with your session! There is something really sexy about a lingerie item with a loose sweater and knee high socks. Or even a touque! Gives you that effortless sexy like: "oh why yes, I hang out at my house with matching lingerie sets and just a sweater because it is chilly" HA! Not like my batman pajamas. It is all an illusion.

We can always pretend is winter season, this tip is for all year round comfortable sexiness.
After you have taken some with the sweater, you can showcase your lingerie. A good place I have found to have a great variety is online store Adore me - besides my trusty Winners - at a great price, who doesn't want to shop online? That is how you found me :)

 


The main tips for cozy winter boudoir:
                - Bring at least one lingerie matching set.
                - A couple of sweaters, one could be off the shoulder and another one a cardigan type
                - Knee high socks
                - Touque or warm hats
                - Plaid shirt
                - Or the regular pajama pants and no top work too! (it's all an illusion :P)


Some inspiration








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Bridal Boudoir Photography tips

Are you getting married soon?  Here are some tips for your Bridal Boudoir!


Bring: Personalize your shoot by bringing your veil and hair accessories. Your jewelry, shoes and lingerie. Anything that has special meaning to you like gifts, jewelry he gave you even that teddy bear he won for you at the fair. (I know I am stretching it here :P)

A Toronto based lingerie design company www.LolaAndAugust.com has gorgeous stuff! And the right time to splurge on a bridal item, well look no further. Their rose items are so flatering on every skin tone! And with  Promo Code "MARLENJAMES" 15% off and free shipping



About Lola & August:
Lola & August is a lingerie label from Toronto, Canada. We believe in beautifying the body, not changing it’s shape, and our comfortable designs and luxurious fabrics are as elegant as they are wearable.
Handmade in Canada with imported fabrics, these pieces are inspired by European design for the free-spirited, modern romantic.
Ethical and eco-conscious thinking have gone into the development of the label and line, including the designers’ use of local manufacturing for every garment.

Think about: I've seen lots of nifty book ideas and adding a personal touch like dates- songs- and every corny thing you could think of, makes a more memorable and personal gift.

Time: Consider time frame for your appointment also. We need at least 3 weeks for a book to be ready from appointment to book in your hands. If you only want prints, they can be ready within two weeks. Take into consideration that the last week you really don't want to be running around picking stuff up, so delegate!

Makeup: Take advantage of your hair and/or make up trial and book the same day. That way when he sees the pictures, you look like what you did that special day. But if that doesn't happen, do not worry! If you show me a picture I can try to copy it.



Some recent samples

Wear white...











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I started shooting boudoir in 2006

Where the hell has time gone? No idea.


On a personal note:
This year I turn 40. And I don't feel like I am almost 40. I can still pass for, 34 I think, so I am not complaining, but I am really surprised that this is what 40 looks like to me. I still shop for my black t-shirts at forever 21. I still sound like I am 12. My favourite things have skulls or batman on them. I remember my parents at 40 and thinking, wow that is old.

Now, well yes, few (hundreds) more gray hairs, glasses, the (fl)abs and the botox in the near future. But my lifestyle is pretty much the same. So I have decided I need to make some changes. I want to turn 40 fit. And for someone that only runs to catch the bus and cycles to work only when the weather is between 15-35C with no wind, in a city where that only lasts 4 months, it is going to be a challenge.
Exercise is not my thing. If it is your thing I am jealous.

So I am writing this post to make myself accountable. I have a pin up photoshoot planned for June 1 ( http://www.marlenjames.com/cherry ) and I will take the last appointment of the day. I want to have an actual waist by then. Here I go.

 
me, circa 2007
me, January 1, 2016


On a professional note:
Ten years,  holy wicked old batman! I continue doing this because I love it. I love the makeup, the outfits, the shoes (!). I love meeting women from all different walks of life, different bodies, different cultures and ages.


I had to bring in help - and I am so glad I did. Linda and Melissa are great. I trust them with my boobs so should you :). 
Melissa, Marlen, Linda "we are all nerds" who wear black

Anyway, I am really looking forward to this 2016. I plan to write more, draw more and keep on shootin'. And yes, I might have to exercise. pffft.

Here are some images I have loved from this past year.











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Top 5 getting ready for your session tips






Tips for your best boudoir portraits. -

1. Groom - this one is a given. But sometimes we forget to do nails and pedicure. Like my nails are just nubs. But red nubs are prettier than naked nubs. Your hands are an important part of the composition. Even those new king of press on nails look good. Just make sure you bring extra glue. Shave or wax a day or two before.

2. Super Moisturize - When you shower in the morning just pat dry just a bit and then slather the baby oil. All over. It will absorb do not worry. You'll be smooth as a baby's butt - I couldn't resist. Or even better, coconut oil, better for you anyway. Just take it inside the shower so it melts a bit, when it gets cold it hardens.

3. Hair - Smooth. Unless you have curly natural hair then I touch it up here with a curling iron for definition. For everybody else, blow-dry smooth. Preferably do not use the flat iron if you want to add "victoria secret" waves.

4. Loose - Wear loose clothing for the shoot. It takes a bit of time for the skin to recover and a hell of a lot of retouching, better safe. You'll be able to wear your tight stuff here. Specially winter, remove socks as soon as you take off your boots.

5. Accessories - Do not forget your shoes. Clean the soles very well because they may end up in the picture. Any bling that is special. - A really awesome tip from some clients. Go get the shoes you love and can't walk in them and after the shoot return them. You are either standing on carpet here or lying down.

But whatever works for you and makes you feel confident.

NOTE: Makeup wise - it's ok to wear your normal makeup before you go out into the world. I would never go out without my mascara, primer, foundation, and blush. EVER.
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Why boudoir is a great gift for the woman in your life...

Besides the benefit of your partner getting sexy images that you get to enjoy after, I think it sends a message of:

And this is good for our self-steem, bonus points if you can make that Ryan Gosling smouldering look.

So not only you get sexy art, she gets:

  • The surprise: "oh my lordy, what the hell have you gotten me into."
  • The getting ready and pampering part of removing the extra fuzz, and she will be extra-nice  if you add a gift certificate for a mani-pedi, or a spa treatment.
  • The chance to dust off the lingerie, even an excuse to buy a few new items. Everybody needs a new nice bra set. The latex is optional.
  • The photoshoot part, is about a nice girly time, getting the makeup done and general goofiness.  Alcohol is allowed. I am telling your partner to get on all fours and lick her finger. 
  • The result: Most clients are like:" wow, I didn't think I could pose sexy! "Which, let's face it, we do not feel sexy that often, especially after kids or being in a relationship for a while.

Not that I am claiming to be like Dr. Phil or anything but from experience and as a witness to several women enjoying the whole experience and feeling great about themselves after... what are you waiting for?

SO! get a gift certificate from your local boudoir photographer, or me, even better, wrap it up in a pair of stockings or new undies, and write a lovely note.

Email me or purchase directly here: http://www.marlenjames.com/payment and you will be sent a personalized gift certificate. 

A popular one is the Model, enough to upgrade to a printed book. 

In the event, that she is like "no way", she can still use the certificate for a glamour photo session (no lingerie) and have a really nice photo. Or put it towards some family photos. I do those too.


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Open letter to the SEO people

(AND google listing phonecalls)



Thank you for your email on my contact form. Here I am getting all excited a client is trying to book an appointment and then I read that you found me on the back pages of google.
Well you were not looking right. I show up on the right searches.

My favourite ones for Boudoir are:

  • Boudoir photography Toronto
  • Erotic couples photography
  • Boudoir photography GTA
  • Couples boudoir photography
  • Boudoir


Some random ones I lol:
Boobs no face
Show me a nipple

So you see, these: Photographer Toronto, Photographers Toronto, Photography Toronto, Wedding photographer Toronto, Wedding photographers Toronto, Wedding photography Toronto

I don't care about so much. I speciallized in boudoir. And for weddings, when people find me is because they like my hourly package and my attitude, not because google tells them. Wedding photographers Toronto is sooooooo saturated. I can't even deal. I used to know a couple of photographers back in the day, now all these new kids are showing up and I can't compete. Don't even want to.

For those special couples that find me through very specific key works, how you doin'? I wuv you.

So Mr. or Miss SEO person, thank you but no thank you. Automated Google Listing ROBOCALLS.  You go to my block list. And on my "things I don't like list". You do not want to be on that list.

Anyway, if you read this rant, sorry!
Here is some pretty lace underwear. Actual silk stockings. So pretty!





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