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Holiday Boudoir Tips

For men:

  1. Purchase a gift certificate for a session here packages start at $175. 
  2. Get some stockings or a lingerie item and print the gift certificate.
  3. Do make sure you have a PG gift handy, like pijamas or a locket! https://www.southhilldesigns.com/marlenjames
  4. Wait for the finished product and enjoy.

For women:

  1. Go for it! it's a fun experience for you and your partner is going to love the pictures, it's a win-win.
  2. Do a naughty and nice theme!

A nice teddy or just under the covers and a super naughty outfit from a stripper place like this:

sexy lingerie and clothes
He, he, bring out your inner stripper.



Hurry up with the booking, spots are limited during the Holidays and we need some time to edit and print books if necessary.

November 29:  9 am 11 am 1 pm 3 pm
November 30: 10:00 am 12:00 pm 2:00 pm
Friday December 5: Booked
December 6: 9 am 1 pm 3 pm -last day for album
December 7: BOOKED all the way to December 14
Tuesday December 16: 10 am 12 pm
Wednesday December 17: 12 pm
Friday December 19: 1 pm 3pm
December 20: 9 am 11 am 1 pm 3 pm
December 21: 10:00 am 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

CHRISTMAS DATES:
Last day to book with album DECEMBER 6, last day for a shoot with prints DECEMBER 21
My lab is offering a rush printing fee if interested in a book, we can still do one December 18 but it will cost extra.
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Blog post challenge: Nail Art

I received an invitation to blog about halloween nail art, you know, all those things you see on pinterest and you wonder how the hell they do that, and then do it on the right hand?
This is me:


Yeah my left hand sucks for doing the nails on the right. I said sure! as long as they are no spiders.
Seriously, spiders are a deal breaker.

So here is me, trying to do this:


It looks easy enough right? and there is a kitty cat!
Step 1: paint nails a dark blue colour for the night background.
Mistake number one, I did it yesterday and then washed the dishes. And remembered why my nails always look "punk".
I have a nail polish called uptempo plum, dark enough. 
Step 2: draw the moon. With yellow! who has yellow? I had to venture out to the drug store so I bought a white manicure pen. Figured a pen would be easier.

Step 3: draw the fences. err, skipping this one. I don't have brown or cooper. I have the one red but it looked a bit dry so I skipped that step. I don't know how I am getting graded on this thing.

Step 4: draw the kitty cat. aaaaaaaaand my nails are teeny tiny. Like 10 year olds have a better nail bed. rats. I feel like those people who draw on a grain of rice.



Step 5: do the dots for eyes... with what?!. Didn't think that one through, I tried to do it with the pen but a blob came out and I had to wipe it off. So I photoshoped them in, ha ha.


And ta-da! it does look like a cat, kinda right? Like one who is turning towards you with a bit of disdain. Why do people do this?
Well I had fun. I am going to do some more blog posts trying new things.
Thanks to www.julep.com for making me try. Nice product line. There is a black sparkly one called boho glam that is calling my name.
:)
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Tips for anniversary photos



I had the pleasure to shoot this great couple, Caroline and Pat, thanks to a gift certificate from a client that had no idea what to get them as their 25th wedding anniversary. She emailed and ask; "do you do family portraits?" Why yes, yes I do.

It's funny in my business how it works.

Anyway, they drove in from Kitchener - hoping not to run over a marathoner (runners!) and avoiding traffic. It worked great to do at 3 pm. Fall light is very flattering.

I shared my tips with them for couples shoots, but they had a couple of great tips of their own!

First, the last time they had professional shots done of just the two of them, was their wedding, so they did their homework.

OUTFITS
They chose the colour that they used for their wedding, purple to tie in their wedding with their anniversary. How clever is that! And the purple just popped against the orange of fall.  I could not have styled it better myself.
And they chose it as an accent, in her jacket and his shirt, that way they look coordinated but not matchy-matchy.

POSES
This was genius. They looked at pictures that they have taken over the years and brought them with them. Pictures they both liked how they looked so they knew exactly what to do. It made my job way easier.
The session went like: now let's do the one where you are holding him from behind, and Caroline knew exactly what to do, and it looked great.

RECREATE OLD PHOTOS
They had one where they were looking over their sunglasses and were caught in a very candid moment when they were hanging out at the cottage.
We recreated that 25 years later with sunglasses they were given as anniversary gifts!




Location: Woodbine Beach Park
For pictures of the location click here



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Privacy and naked pictures

This happened and it is super scary... the fappening! (yeah I am with it with the lingo). Naked celebrity pictures- out to the world to see and fap (eww).

Here is what scares me. Someone actually took the time to hack "the cloud" whatever that is. All those images were for personal use, and most were not even aware that they had a copy saved there.

Here is the answer that I heard: Well don't have naked pictures on your phone! Take a polaroid instead.
But that ain't happening. People are shedding the clothes and taking some nekkid pics. It's just too easy to do. This day in age is just not possible. We all want to look back at the perkiness. For me, it was circa 2007. I didn't have to suck it in as much.

What I think we should all do:

  1. If you are saving a copy on your online drive: save your images and zipped them, name the folder something innocent: "PM Dawn Lyrics" "Chilli Cookoff Pics" or "Poems" "Catwoman Comics" 
  2. Delete all emails that have links to the images or stuff you emailed your friend to help you choose images. Ask them to do the same.
  3. You could save it on a hard drive at home, but to be realistic, on the event of a virus on a computer or an accident, those pictures are gone forever. 
  4. Or print a little black book. Now you have a hard copy of your naughtiness.

What I do to keep your images safe.

  • Password protected proofing site.
  • Password protected FTP gallery.
  • I do not take my "naked" laptop anywhere. 
  • I only post cropped pictures with no tattoos or anything recognizable. 
  • Most of the time- I distort the images a tad. 
  • My lab is very trustworthy and professional, not Walmart.
  • From now on, I am deleting the online backup every two months. In cases where privacy is more of a concern, I delete them as soon as you confirm you downloaded the images.
Is a scary digital world out there, I am just so glad that we had no camera phones when I was in high school or university for that matter. God I feel ancient. The way technology has evolved. There are some artsy nudes of mine from back in the day, I posed nude for some art photos when I was 20, but I dabble in the naked world anyway and I am not running for office, so whatever. Wish I had a copy though. 

And don't let all the scandals scare you. There is always a tiny risk when you are doing something naughty :) that is what makes it fun!

I leave you with a Catwoman quote. Let's all do something that makes us feel yummier! I am grabbing the red lipstick and a girdle some Spanx. Life is too short.



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City Hall Wedding Photography

Hi!
So yes I am horrible at posting and keeping this updated. But I had to share this wedding I did in June.


After being together for a while, it makes sense to make it "legal" and for me, it makes sense to do it on the "not-so- expensive" side. Don't get me started on weddings that cost 50,000 dollars. I have been trying to organize one since 2008 and I always get sidetracked.

Anywho, enough about me. I was glad I shot this wedding.
I even got to be a witness! Loved that they kept it to the basics but still have great pictures (ahem).

And in two hours of coverage.
Including "getting ready shots" that we took when we snuck in the public bathroom at the Sheraton across the street, and even with the weird lighting we got the traditional dress and shoes shots. You know, for artistic purposes. Not even sure if anybody ever prints those pictures but I take them anyway.

Shoes are nice to look at.

Here they are! Andrea and Olivier married in June. On a really nice saturday at City Hall. Trying out this app for collages. I should water mark after, sorry.


The ceremony, and me signing :)
In the ones below, I accidentally made Oliver crack up, when I said: "Do not worry about my squatting with a skirt, I am wearing shorts!" He wasn't expecting neither my squat or my comment :)





Thanks for letting be part of your day! I had fun.
Oh and this last picture makes me smile. We are all blurry. I am so used to my camera that when I lend it to someone I forget that the auto focus finder is to the side. Almost a nice pic :) no age spots freckles.

So yes I am available to shoot weddings! Small ones, odd ones or elopements and shotgun.
More wedding samples that I forget to blog: http://mj.dphoto.com/#/folder/3fe5ap


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Guest Post: Tips for Choosing Lingerie That Flatters

Hi there! I have a guest post here from Heather McNiel. I figured since someone want to write here, I will let them! I have several posts cooking and not enough hours in the day. Enjoy!
MJ


I know (or at least hope) I’m not alone when I say that finding clothes that both fit right and flatter is a challenge sometimes. Pressures of American society to look a certain way aside, coming across a pair of jeans that fit my hips, legs, and tush (and make all that jazz look awesome at the same time) is hard. And when it comes to shopping for lingerie? Multiply the challenge by a hundred, because of the near-nakedness factor, of course.

I’ve always found that a second opinion comes in handy when shopping, but it’s not so easy to ask the woman in the fitting room next to yours at Victoria’s Secret what she thinks of the mesh teddy you’re trying on. But never fear. With these tips for choosing lingerie, you’ll be more than prepared to venture into that lace and satin jungle.




Know Your Size


Whether you’re getting ready for a boudoir photography session or just shopping for some new lingerie pieces, knowing your proper size is of utmost importance when it comes to undergarments. You’ll want to keep the girls supported and looking their perkiest, and getting professionally fitted for a bra is the way to do just that. Any lingerie store worth their salt (or in this case, underwire) will offer a free fitting and guide you to options that are perfect for your true size.


According to Fox News, as many as 80 to 85 percent of women are in the wrong bra for their body. Not only does an ill-fitting bra look bad (I’m looking at you, back bulge and cup gap), it can also have negative long-term effects on your breasts, back, and posture. Because underwire is the foundation of many pieces of lingerie—whether it’s in your everyday bra or a special occasion slip—make sure you start off right.




Flatter Your Shape


You may be a pear shape, or a little on the leaner side, hourglass, petite, muscular, plus-size—every figure is equally as sexy in the world of lingerie. To feel your most confident, focus on the parts of your body you want to show off and pick pieces that work for you rather than against. Love your small waist? Try a corset to make it look even tinier. Not crazy about your tummy? Opt for a babydoll chemise or slip that will draw attention to the neckline while camouflaging a fuller lower half.



Woman’s Day showcases a ton of flattering lingerie options for every body type and occasion, from essential pieces to racy numbers that will (hopefully!) never make it out of the bedroom. Just remember that no matter your shape or size, there are no set rules for what you should be wearing. Choose the pieces that make you feel good, sexy, comfortable, beautiful, and completely yourself.


Hit the Dressing Rooms


The only way to know if something is working for you is to try it on. Just like with dating, the first one isn’t guaranteed to be a keeper (but if so, you lucky girl, you!). So slip on as many options as you can manage when shopping. Though shampoo, purses, and late-night infomercial offerings are great to buy from the comfort of your very own home, lingerie is not. It’s important to brave the stores and bare it all if you want to find the most flattering pieces.


Maybe more important than how lingerie looks in the mirror is how it feels against your skin. Pay attention to the fabric of a piece—do you prefer the silky caress of satin or the light sensation of sheer chiffon grazing your skin? It’s tough feeling like the sex goddess you are when a scratchy sequined G-string is riding up your derriere or when you’re worried about how your tummy looks in that sheer nightie.


What's important here is that you're comfortable and confident, a notion that's backed by Adam and Eve in their take on lingerie: "When you wrap your body in the finest lingerie, you may discover a whole new level of confidence and sexual inspiration!" To that end, don't be afraid to dabble outside of your comfort zone when shopping for lingerie, because who knows what you may find yourself loving with an open mind.


Now that you’re armed and ready with these tips for choosing the perfect lingerie pieces, you can shop the racks with confidence knowing exactly which kind of sexy suits you.
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Tip: Shoes for Boudoir session

I might have a small shoe fetish. I can't wear them, but if no one is looking, I will caress them. I have like 6 pairs that I just like saying hi every now and then. I am an awkward high heel walker too. Like my grandma used to say: You walk like a chicken with thorns on your feet. A thorny chicken. It sounds as ridiculous in spanish.

Anyway. Since then I kinda know how to walk if I practice for a bit before I have to actually go anywhere, but in reality the occasions to wear them are very few and far apart. And I feel like a giant if I go out with hubby. So flats are my thing.



As a general tip, when you come to a boudoir shoot, it is nice to have a newish pair of shoes for the shoot. Your heels go all over the place in weird positions that I make you do, but you can see the heels in some shots.

HERE IS THE TOP SECRET TIP: 


"Buy a new pair and return the pair the next week." You really are not walking anywhere except from one corner to the bed.

A suggested this to a client that wears flats and has the one pair of very used high heels, you know, thinking she is getting a $60 dollar pair at winners or something. She came in with a freaking pair of $1,200 Louboutins. OH NO, SHE DIDN'T, YES she did!

She is my hero now. I am making room on my credit card so I can do that. To at least feel what a nice pair of shoes feels like. Apparently this is done a lot for styling photo shoots and movies. The trick is to use the non-stick painters tape if you are going to practice your walking. If you are just lying down for photos then you do not have to worry about it.

There is something sexy about that darn red sole...








It might be the proximity to the butt as well. :) 
It's funny I started looking in the archives and apparently I have shot a lot of Louboutins. Even those pink ones. Pink and red look good together without looking like roger rabbit. Who knew!

Oh and if your credit card doesn't have the room for a pair like this like me, just paint a newish pair.

Old jar of red nail polish here I come.










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