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BOUDOIR DIARY

Holiday Family Portrait Tips


For non-cheesy family photos!
Well, who am I kidding, if there is a time for cheese it should be the holidays! Here are some tips and recommendations based on my "viral" Family Portraits tips on the beach. And by viral I mean, it gets pinned on Pinterest. I wish I could get bookings from that thing but I guess reputation is great. 

First, I just want to say, take this chance to take a nice photo, even if it's Walmart, as long as someone else is taking the photo. Dress up, print it, and hang it on the wall, not just post it on facebook.
So take advantage of the holiday pressure and kill two birds. Get an awesome family photo and send your relatives a printed photo.

So my first tip is going to be:
1. Do a formal portrait. Maybe add a touch of red, but don't make it too Christmasy with the red and green together. Yes, a pop of red is great. But think home decoration. You do not want to print a big photo with your reindeer sweater. It doesn't look that great the rest of the year.


2. Wear neutral colours. For the same reason above, BUT, add a Rudolph scarf? Your ugly Xmas sweater? Your Santa hat? Yes take a couple of really holiday photos but only keep it to a couple.
Wearing neutral colours will let you use those accessories quickly without stopping a shoot for a change. Remember, kids have the attention span of a, well, kid.


3. Keep it short. Kids give you a solid 10 minutes attention if that.  So be ready, have the arguments in the morning while getting ready, and drag them all dressed up all ready. Yes, promise ice cream and treats if they behave,  but use it as a last resort. Explain how this is a gift for grandma, for someone they like, and that it is very fun and short! A good photographer will capture honest laughs or action shots. I always ask them to show me how high they can jump. The joy of playing is priceless. Or instead of a kiss, to blow a raspberry  :)


4. Tickle and play. It will be great if all of you are looking at the camera at the same time, but really, it rarely happens. So tickle away, I will make sure those 4 takes look like one awesome one. Or maybe just get a moment like this: 

And here is the fancy holiday guide :) 









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3 reasons why not to have a boudoir session...



I am gonna get a little serious here, (this photo is me trying to do a smart face?) but the dorkiness will show up - don't cha worry.

This one I have been cooking for a while. But first, let me say that I think everybody should do it once in their life for themselves.

And this is the important part. I've had clients which have told me "My husband/boyfriend/other really wants these type of photos" and great! as long as that is giving you motivation  and excuse to do it.
BUT, and this is a big BUTT

1. Do not do it because you have been told to do it.
Especially if you are saying to yourself: This is not me... I feel so hoochie... I can't. Then maybe don't. Do a glamour photo session instead.

A little black dress that shows some cleavage. Or your jeans and a cool shirt with high heels. You do not have to show me anything. Or anyone for that matter. 

2.  You do not have photos of yourself.

There are people that hate their photos with a passion, (my mother for example) runs away from the camera or when coerced looks at some other random spot, anywhere but the camera. PET PEEVE of mine. I have one of her with my son, and where the fudge is she looking at, I have no idea. 
If you are like my mother, try a glamour session first. You will love at least one. 


3. You have really high expectations of my photoshopping skills.
Oh, I can do it, I will give you Kim Kardashian butt, but, do you really want to? I can also make you the shade of number 6 line of the toaster. But you are super pale. It does look a little bit fake. Go to get a spray tan at schulzbeauty.ca first.

I will fix the tank top tan from that weekend you forgot sunscreen. Or match the belly to the arms, that I can do, and do it well. It is when you are expecting abs when there is none, or worse, because another photographer did it for another session in the past. Nope. You do not have barbie skin. Or a barbie butt. It is plastic.


And I am pro-photoshop. Enhancing what is already there and fixing little things like skin tone matching and the chin pimple, and the darn mysterious super bruise. 

There! I let it out of my chest, feel better now!
But again! let me emphasise! Do it for you!







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Types of boudoir photography



Did you know that there are differences in boudoir photography? This is my simplified version of what you can get when you show your boobs. I kid.


Pin up
This one it is a bit more costume-y, for the fans of retro and really dig it. Anyone can pull it off with the right makeup, hair, outfit, and attitude. You have to be more outgoing and flirty and "out there".
A nice article of the history of pinups by Boudoir Louisville - here

The background is plain and any color. The outfits require more planning. Click here for info and to book!





Artistic or Implied Nude
Well, yes, you do have to take all your clothes for this one. It's more a play of light and shape, more like a piece of artwork to put up on your wall. Barely any eye contact needed really.
Here also there is a comfort level needed, it also helps if you have an idea in mind that we can interpret. For this one, I would go for a simple white or black background.





"Fashion Magazine" boudoir
A little more brazen and plenty of eye contact. This is the Maxim style cover. TheVictoria Secret catalogue. Fan in the hair. Touching body.



"Getting ready"boudoir
My specialty. A little peek into the sensuality of you getting ready, or getting undressed. Some tossing around the bed included.
The idea is capturing you in a natural setting and the result is a little more voyeuristic.


The fun part? We usually do a combination of all! Because why not? Since most people do this usually once, except for a very special few (hi, gals!) Book your regular session and we can go from there :) Click here





So there, class dismissed. Children be good. Do your homework. 
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Turn Your Photos Into Artwork With These Canvas Prints - Guest Post




If there’s a photo that you’re proud of then there’s no better way to enjoy it that with a canvas print on the wall so you can show it off to everyone who visits your home. It could just be a perfect selfie where you’re having a day where your hair looks fantastic, or it may be a holiday snap with your children, or a photo of your favourite pet. Whatever it is, looking at transferring your photos into personalized canvas prints will allow you to show off your photo in a form that is likely to last even longer while providing you with a form of artwork which can allow you to really put your own personal touch on your home.

Photographer

If you want a photo that you can turn into a canvas print, then turning to a professional photographer is always a good idea. They can find provide you with the best lighting, angles and more to really get that picture perfect. They also have the patience to deal with energetic children for family portraits or fidgeting animals so you know you can get that perfect picture that you may not be able to get at home. In addition to this, photographers may even come with a stylist or designer so you can make your picture even more personal with a pin-up or boudoir look to really escalate that personal touch. Whether you hire a photographer to come to your home, or you want to go to their studio, there are plenty of ways that you can create a truly perfect photo without having to struggle with timers and bad angles.

Editing

In some cases, a photo on its own isn’t always one that you’re going to want up on your wall. However, before a photo is turned into a canvas print, and normally not long after the picture is chosen for the one that you want, it will be edited in order to remove any blemishes, adjust lighting and saturation and other aspects that can truly help to enhance the image and make it even more captivating than ever – like a true work of art. In some cases, the editing of photos can even make the photograph look like a work of art, with a watercolour or painting effect all included. While photography is a form of art, you can go one step further and edit your images to make it look truly like a one-of-a-kind image that you will want to place on your wall.

Personalisation

One of the best things about canvas prints is that it allows you to put your own personal touch on your walls at home. This can give your home a feel of family and love, depending on what the picture is of. One of the main aspects of the photographs is that they tend to be made up of memories, and it is these memories that you will want to cherish forever. Whether it was a family day out or a photo of your latest holiday destination that you particularly like, you can truly create a personal touch by transferring these photos in canvas prints.


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Thanks for this post! And I agree! You should print at least one large photo of your session :) and what a great way to make it artwork. If you need help selecting which image to crop it so there is no face showing and be able to hang it on your room let me know! (we do not want to traumatize the kids).



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Tips for Boudoir Photography in Hotels


I just got this question on an email and remembered that I have been meaning to write a post about this. And doing it before anything else distracts me.

The question was: have you done Boudoir Photography in a Hotel?


Why yes I have. And let me impart my wisdom. Note: with these tips, the photographer comes to you and you are in charge of booking and paying for the hotel. They do not apply for marathons where the photographer is booking several appointments at one tim :)


1. Look for hotels that are newish or have been recently renovated. 
I was at the King Edward hotel in the renovated suites. Oh, my lordy. I wanted to move in. Clean colours with hints of red. And my dream headboard. So do check pictures of the hotels and make sure you confirm you are getting the new ones.

Nice hotels I have been in Toronto:

Close to the entertainment district for dinners:

Le Germaine - it has those blinds from the washroom I can shoot through, warm tones
The Ritz Carlton
Trump - it's so pretty! more of white and grey tones and cherry blossoms - not that I like Trump he has a nice hotel

Close to the Eton centre:
Cosmopolitan
Pantages
Cambridge suites (just went to this- pleasantly surprised! and economic)




2. Book for a Saturday or Sunday, book me 3 pm then enjoy the night.


I was told that Sundays to Monday you can get cheaper rates. If you can get in early that is great. I need to start your appointment at 3 so in winter I still have daylight.


3. Hide the alarm clock, phone, remote controls.

Even those water bottles in the night stand. I usually do a sweep to do that but if you do that ahead of time is great.


4. Contain your wardrobe to one area.

Usually the washroom works, unless you want to use it in pictures if the shower or bath is extra nice. But we usually do that until the end. We do not want to mess the makeup.
Even plan for a milk bath shot! You just need to buy a big jug of creamer.


5. Share the expense.

Maybe get a one or two friends to pitch in for the room and make it a girls night. Or surprise your other half by making plans for dinner (you come to the hotel early), so you can meet him after the shoot and stay over. Maybe even show him an outfit or two you got for the shoot.

So maybe even do a boudoir shoot for his birthday or anniversary, where you book the hotel and have the session, then surprise him with the printed book and he will be like:  heeeeeeey, I know that place! And now you have a gift that makes them re-live the experience! I get bright ideas sometimes!

Book the Renaissance Toronto on a Blue Jay game!!! Have the session for you or both of you and then enjoy the game. :)













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What happens during a Boudoir Photography Shoot



I can't believe I never wrote this blog post, in my ten years of blogging and boudoiring. (yes I am inventing that word)

What goes on a Boudoir Shoot?

Lot's of giggles that's for sure. And depends on the photographer but pretty much this is the drill:

Outfit selection
Most people come with more than it is needed, just in case - the extra pretty pink set, and the loose sexy underwear in the drawer.  It goes on the bed, and we sort it, so I can plan your shoot:
"This outfit for the window, this one for the black background, this one for rolling around the bed and this one to take off".


Makeup
Now I get your butt in the makeup stool, depending on how much makeup you use on a day to day basis, we can go from natural: make your eyes pop - to glam smokey eye.

This will feel like a lot of makeup if you are not used to any, the thing is, photography makeup is more than the everyday stuff, we need to highlight your eyes as much as possible. And hopefully, it will bring out your inner stripper :)


Start
Now you got your full face on, we retouched the hair if needed, it is time show me the goodies! Kidding. We start we the most covered outfit, maybe even some headshots to easy you into the sexy part. And it is nice to have a PG photo for social media with all your makeup done anyway.

Session
Well, I won't reveal all my secrets, but there is a lot of instruction, showing you what to do first, showing you the basic poses and lot's of laughs. Because honestly, this is "the most ridiculous thing" you will ever do in front of a stranger. But the results are awesome! I do show you some photos along the way to show you what I am seeing. Most reactions are like: wow! I did not think I could pull this off! 
You are going to :)



Wrap up
I like to finish the sessions with a couple of shots between the sheets. To me, those are the most "real" and after tossing your hair and rolling around, you truly do look like you have been busy :)

And this is pretty much what happens in all the sessions at my place. You come in a little bit or a whole lot of nervous and that is perfectly normal. And then you forget you are prancing around in your underwear.





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5 Types of Lingerie That Fascinate Women - Guest Post



Because I haven't been writing much!  This blog is now a monster, in a good way, lot's of hits, thank you! And a little bit intimidating! So here is someone that has something to say that works for me :) It is nice to get a guys view sometimes, welcome Andrew!



5 Types of Lingerie That Fascinate Women


While there’s plenty of hard evidence to support the appeal of lingerie for men, the right lingerie can be just as fascinating - if not more so - for women. Designed to bring out one’s inner goddess, temptress, or pin-up girl, the perfect piece can appeal to one’s playfully powerful, wild and seductive sensibilities. Here’s a brief guide to five types of lingerie that hold a special fascination for women.


Baby Dolls


A truly classic style, seductive baby doll lingerie first gained popularity during World War II, when fabric shortages prompted traditional nightgowns to take a very sexy turn. Since that time, baby dolls have held a special appeal for both men and women, and contemporary versions often range from playfully flirtatious to jawdroppingly seductive. Best yet, baby dolls tend to be universally flattering, and are ideal for every body type.





Teddies


Many women harbor a secret curiosity about this versatile and multifaceted style. Designed as a single piece, teddies are an ideal choice for reflecting the personality and desires of the wearer. Employing a diverse array of fabrics, textures, and creative configurations, some iterations are revealingly risque, while others are dramatically elegant.




Bustiers


With variations in leather, lace, mesh, and more, bustiers can vary widely, but a few core elements make this a favored lingerie style. Elegant Bustiers tend to create a lengthening, slimming effect through the torso, drawing attention upward toward the bust and downward to the curvature of the hips. Often paired with thigh-high stockings and heels, the bustier can be a striking component of a fierce look.




Camisole Sets


At once playful and sensual, camisole sets are among the most natural and flattering types of lingerie. To choose the perfect sexy camisole sets for a relaxed and luxurious fit, aim for soft textures and simple, high quality details, such as scalloped edging and deep-cut necklines. When it comes to this style, bold colors and delicate detailing are a must.



Corsets


Similar to the bustier but traditionally strapless, corsets highlight a cinched waist and help create a classic hourglass figure. Whether one’s fantasies tend toward the classically romantic or the edgily empowered, corsets are an endlessly appealing style reflecting confidence, voluptuousness, and the intrinsic beauty of the wearer. Darker colors help create a sense of high drama and rich sensuality associated with this seductive style of lingerie.





Finding Your Ideal Style


Ultimately, one’s selection of lingerie should reveal both outward style and internal desire to pose a fascinating appeal for men and women alike. Whatever your personality and aesthetic, the most crucial element to alluring lingerie is discovering what piques your interest and inspires you to be your most creative and alluring self. Browsing for exciting lingerie styles is easier than ever before. When you shop online, you can truly find your personal style from well curated boutiques, like Smitten Lingerie, which stocks a tightly edited collection of intimates for women who love to take charge of their look and style.


Author Bio: Andrew Hoffman is a freelance writer and journalist from Los Angeles, CA, who has written on behalf of a range of clients including the Livestrong Network and Demand Media. In addition to writing about a range of topics, he enjoys surfing in Santa Monica and collecting classic, first-edition novels. You can reach out to him over here.

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