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Holiday boudoir roundup - posing samples

And motivation for the new year... no more cookies.  For those who didn't get this for Christmas, you know Valentine's is coming, right? Yeah I know, shameless, but I just say, any excuse for you to do it is a great excuse. 

Notice all the successful posing tips: 

Tuck in your finger in your underwear, tilt head to the side:

Squeeze boobs together, even while lying down. (do not worry, I won't take pictures while you are arranging them :)

Squeeze while standing up

Pretend to take your underwear off, lift those hips!

Or just lie down and let me do all the work. And take your stuff off.

What to wear: Pearls, lingerie and pouty lips.

Or just jewelry! This picture will be on my fridge to help me not eat so much cheese.

And put it on and take it off. Busy hands are modeling hands.

 Thanks for the motivation ladies... will go and walk around sucking in my pouch now.

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argh! so much to blog... so little time

will be right back!
Here is just a teaser, I have tons of work to post next week when I'm done the holiday craziness.

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Side boob

Here is a sample of someone that pays attention to what I say! you know the tip where I say bring your hands behind your head like stretching, you might think you look like you are getting a whiff but it is actually truly sexy. And this lucky fiance/side boob lover is going to enjoy these.

And no it is not taylor swift, the mouth is kinda like hers eh?

And Im giddy with my new black wall. Do not tell the landlord.  I needed it.

So behind! so much to blog! so little time! xxoo

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The gift certificate- tips on buying the right one

You get a personalized pdf with the package information so you just buy one of these and a set of lingerie and oh boy, its the gift that keeps on giving!
just saying :)

You can always choose any package from my list or choose any amount towards a package
But here is a guide on which one to give. I am breaking it down for the men/other halfs buying this type of session for their beloveds.
First make perfectly clear that although I say naked a lot, and I mean a lot, nudity is optional. Most clients get PG pictures they can show around included. It's about the makeup and the poses and sometimes the lingerie but mainly about you. My job is to make you feel and look your best in a photograph.

For the girlfriend/live in girlfriend :
Boudoir starts at $300.00 and it can be used as a headshot package, or even "family" shoot of the two of you and the dog.

For the wife of 5 plus years:
Purchase the regular package with me and when you book make it a night in the town rent a hotel for the night ( and she is all set to go out with her makeup and naughty lingerie. You are welcome.

For both of you:
Boudoir for couples includes some images just of her and then some for you two. PG ones and Boudoir ones. :)

And LADIES!! If you are planning on doing this for your other half- do it! its the perfect excuse to buy some lingerie, get your nails done and enjoy the process, its fun! and you get awesome pictures to share. A bonus.

And if you have a group of close friends do the boudoir party!
I can host it at my place (up to six women) or at a hotel room that you get for the night. We do the makeup together so there is a bit of a make-up class so everybody has the pussy cat look.

 Purchase gift certificates here:

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Boudoir for Couples- update

Hello there. I have been meaning to update my boudoir for couples area, since you people like to google " couple boudoir photos", "sexy photos for couples",  "boudoir photography nipples", and my personal favourite "butt is sticking out while standing"
Because we all think about that. And some people google it.

But I digress. This post is about couples. Adventurous couples. I think a certain level of commitment is required.

And here it is! tadaaaa.
I am combining the ability to get the boudoir photos, plus the couple photos in one appointment.
Choose from these boudoir packages

The session will go more of less like this:
Makeup and boudoir for her while either the other half watches or waits outside. I have beer, its ok.
and then everybody gets dressed so we can take it all off. After that if you guys still want some normal pictures we go to the parks and shoot some casual shots. SO stuff for you and stuff you can show your mom.

Here are some samples, and again this time me and the man posed for ours. Poor Dana, my assistant, in what other job do you have to photograph your boss in their undies? Of course we couldn't stop laughing but you get the idea.
And the things I do for you people, here I am again, in my underwear. Photoshop I love you, my back flab and hairy thighs (its cold now- you are lucky I shave to my knee) thank you.

So go ahead! get yours done.

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Cookies and Lace

So- it looks like I am on a networking roll. Thanks to twitter. Yep, I am a convert, I embraced the religion.

I got invited to The Sweet Sensations Social hosted by the Sweet Flour bakery and Sensational Wedding Vendors. Or how I ended up calling it; The cookie overdose.

I got to meet Jen and Eve, talked to wedding planners Jennifer from Sparkle and shine, Kadeshia from Essence Occasions another Jennifer from Diva Weddings and Events and Robin from Weddings in the Tropics. And of course overdose on cookies. A handmade ice cream sandwich. Dude. And freshly made muffin tops. Yeah, the good kind of muffin tops. You choose your ingredients and they BAKE IT RIGHT THERE, for a fresh muffin top in 2 minutes. I like saying muffing top.

On the image on the right, of course I was going to cover my boobs with the pumpkin cookies but the photographer handy was my eight year old.
So I do not wanted to scar him for life.  Or his teacher knowing a cookie story.
And those cookies- I won the gift basket! I never win anything. Had cookies for dinner, breakfast and lunch.

And the lace part!
 Here we used my technique of chopping off pantyhose to create stockings! and less "sausagey" than the normal ones, and a hell a lot easier to pin with the corset thingies.

 And yes I love garters. And slutty shoes.

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HI Marlen, I like your website and style of photography. I just learning about about portrait photography. I have a Canon rebel xti. Just wondering what lens do you use for portraits and do you use continuous lighting or flash. Looking forward to your

hi! I use nikon and have two lenses always handy. I have a 50 mm 1.8 (I want the 1.4) prime lense and my zoom is the 70-200. The first one I use for close ups and details and the second for full body or action images. I use continuous lighting, but every now and then I play with off camera flash. It gives it a more fashion look. I do tend to overexpose for a smoother finish. And photoshop is my best friend. :)

Ask me anything

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On a desert island with Marlen James- and sexy shoes

yes I saw it on Glamour, yes I am interviewing myself.

DVD  The fifth element. "It has everything I need, Bruce Willis, futuristic elements, costumes by a fashion designer, action, comedy and the outfit I want to wear one halloween (after my lipo) as Liloo."
TV box set  True blood. bloody sexy I tell ya! I am team Eric.
CD George Michael's greatest hits. I still have faith you know. I think this is where it all started for me. Watching sexy George Michael videos and girls in lingerie. And then I want your sex, I hardly knew what sex was. Oh crap it all makes sense now! Damaged goods since 1986.
Book I am reading the Dark Hunter Series, I want them all.
Snack  Chips. My kryptonite.
Drink Beer!
Toy My camera. it counts

And Internet. I think I would need Internet. Just thinking about it not having Internet gives me the shakes.

Oh well.
But here! Interesting pictures of butts and shoes. Yeah I am making a few fetishists happy :)

And this one, that actually I had to ask her, are you OK?  I've done it before and it is quite a popular request, to me it is interesting how its sexy and kinda dirty at the same time.

Quick! How tall are the heels? as if you would notice. :) I have to much fun sometimes.
Oh yeah! and before I forget! See why you need to bring shoes? Those shoes that you still have in a box because they hurt so bad? I promise I wont make you stand long.
I like looking at amazon adds that suit my blog. Amazon sells everything. Type in fetish. I dare you.
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Tricks and tips - Vol.1 - stockings - fashion and networking

  • Stockings

This one blew my mind! And I hack stuff all the time. You know I moan and complain about the stockings with the elastic band around the thigh that makes us look like stuff sausages. I found the solution! HACK them! cut the offending crap off! who knew?? I learned it at the Fredericks blog

I'm giddy with delight. And you know what? it makes me feel awesome that even skinny bitty models have the sausage effect when wearing stay ups.

  • Networking

The past week,  I met a lot of interesting women the week before at the Fuchsia Factory Networking Event. I do not usually attend these things, but the fact that it was all women did convince me.

I met Carrie from Pink Elephant Communications I was flattered by her comment:
" I love how much of your personality you've put in it. I can see why people feel comfortable taking off their clothes for you.  :)"  Coming from someone that actually creates marketing campaigns and a professional online presence its the bees knees!* (I always wanted to use bees knees in a sentence- sorry)

  •  Fashion

 I also met Wendy from The Refinery. She is a style coach. She will teach you how to dress and more importantly how to buy. She will even come to your house and arrange your closet so you get 30 (!) stylish outfits from what you all ready own. And style tips. And its only $120. A ha. I did not know this existed. I have worn outfits that should be on the what not to wear show. I'm a little wiser now, I hope.

And now I am also a Mary Kay rep, for all your Mary Kay needs , go here! I am a sucker for beauty products and I did want to offer a quality moisturizer as a primer when I do my make up. so suck it Avon, I'm a Mary Kay pink lady now.

And before I drive you crazy with a jam packed post. Here are some recent shots, of what else? stockings!

and a garter and thinking about other uses for stockings, mm mm.

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PIN UP photography

Work, sashay shante

you better work - cover girl
work it girl - give a twirl
do your thing on the runway

Yes, I have Rupaul stuck in my head. The things I do for you people. 

So! I was brave enough to pose for some pin-up shots since I won't use the ones of my clients (stupid genius! privacy policy sometimes bites me in the butt) Here! I will show you my boobs! (sorta) 

Here is a sample shoot of what you can get. My new buddy Xander from 416cyclestyle and me got together for a fun bike pin-up shoot. 

Pinup photography is  (thank God) - a cool way to showcase an outfit and vintage props.
It's all about the Makeup (by me) the outfit (the fiance had a say in this one- I have no white shirts I borrowed his) and getting good direction (by Xander) and just trying to imagine what Betty Page would do.

Have you always wanted to do a pin-up shoot? Well, we have a special date and offer to come! Start thinking about your outfit. And stretch that back. I kid-you-not that after all that twisting and pointing the toe, I pulled a muscle.

SO Ta-da!

Yes, I am a bike babe. I big special thank you to photoshop and Spanx. And Xander of course! And that bike on the left is Medori. He names his bikes. :)

If I can do it anyone can!! And to quote Taria Reed
"I'm a firm believer in not asking my clients to do anything I'm not willing to do. So yes I do take and show my sexy **cough cough** pictures to my clients."

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"How to do boudoir" secret revealed

ha- couldn't find a tittle for this post. It's really my first step during the session. But gotta get that internet traffic somehow. Naked pictures of women is pretty saturated. And "my first step" doesn't really have anything catchy. Or maybe my first step to get you naked! I do not want to even google that. Secret it is.

SO ta-da! Here it goes.
So you come in to your session right, all giddy or nervous, or both. Which is normal, really. You are about to show me your underwear. And you have to imagine I am a hot guy. And you are about to look really sexy for me.  (me in my yoga pants and sweaty mustache upper lip- it gets hot with all those lights ). Its nerve wracking. And funny too.
First I ease you into a false sense of security, muahaha, by checking your outfits first. Then we decide what make up look to go for considering your outfits.  Once done you put on your little dress you brought for your PG pictures.
After some jokes, maybe some tequila, I will tell you, show me some leg. Show me a shoulder with the strap down. Pretend you are taking it off. Then take it off biotch! (not exactly like that but this is a dramatization)  :)
And the result: 
  • > You relax into the session (and get over your deer in headlights look)
  •  I get awesome pictures

>There! you are posing! and goofing around awesome! not that hard eh? 

Underside boob = sexiness - almost as good as side boob or semi open mouth Last tip: Practice posing! no matter how silly you think you look. There are some sexy moves you have in there.

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 you can buy stripping poles on Amazon? really? And Carmens is the cheapie one. ha. 
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Social media and boudoir photography props

Someone told me 20 years ago that I would still like comics at ripe old age of 34, I said: you crazy. And then 10 years ago someone told me you are becoming addicted to the internet, I said: you crazy. I like my comics better. Four years ago, my bf told me about twitter "you have 140 characters to say what are you doing in that moment to anywhere in the world" and I said... you know what I said. 
These days I am even on you tube!  
So here I am becoming a social media maven, well not really, but not too shabby. 
Are we friends on Facebook? Are you a fan of my page? Do you follow me on twitter? But it is everywhere! I am now friends with Casa Loma. Yes, you crazy.

Anyway, after my social media semi-rant, I have to acknowledge a couple of bloggers that I girl crush on. And yes they have a standing invitation for a boudoir session:

And where is the boudoir you may ask? here it is!
People are getting creative with props! some ideas here.

She is a doctor... of love! sorry I couldn't resist.. she is a real doctor

And she has the best prop ever- hair below the nipples! very Eve!

And if we have no hair, necklaces always help.

So for your session bring something that represents you. 
There, I have imparted my wisdom. tootles! 
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June boudoir roundup (and some July)

Nutty month- some boudoir, some business headshots, family shots all over, a 160 person group shot and two weddings with my buddy Davide Greene. So if I get asked nicely, I do put out, I mean do other type of photography.

But back to boudoir:

This one is two different women - I needed to do a side by side: 

super legs, sexy freckles and a hint of lace:

a hint of lace:

And I got a brave couple! yay! love me my couples who feel comfortable enough to pose, or rather, make out in front of me.

and this one is a stand alone image for sure:

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How to pose sexy standing up


Oh, I had so much fun doing these. At first I found the images from this Victoria Secret model and thought to myself " I should recreate these and not look so dorky". Then I thought well that will be a lot of photoshopping of body, and I couldn't help staring at that butt and that waist, and those abs, so I said to myself " just put your face" self, you are so smart. All those pictures I have taken with the self-timer paid off. And I heart photoshop.
Here you go- your class on how to pose brought to you by Victoria Secret vand me. This is how I would look if I had 3 hours at the gym everyday, go blond with extensions and grow from 5'9 which is not bad, to 6' and weight 120 pounds, laser the lower back hair (and who am I kidding, all the extra "peach fuzz"), skin resurface on entire body, surgically remove a couple of moles and a make-up artist airbrush with waterproof makeup all my bruises from biking . And minus 14 years give or take a few.

All photos are of Candice Swanepoel photo shoot that I am not sure who took it,  but probably the very talented Russell James (no relation- I wish)

Pose 1: Look over the shoulder. Push butt out, after a bit your lower back hurts but it looks awesome. Notice how hands are relaxed and near the mouth.
Pose 2:  Still touching self, tilt head back, instant chin removal and longer hair effect. Butt is still out, but in a bit more comfortable position
Pose 3: Push your butt out more, yes until it hurts. Notice dainty hands and touching self. No looking at the camera necessary. There is something going on over at that corner more interesting than sticking out your butt.
Pose 4:   Now bring your hand to your mouth and emphasise your waist by putting your hand on it. You could open your mouth a little so you look a little dopey instead of mean.  Separate legs, it gives the impression there is room in there.
Pose 5: Squeeze the boobs. This is how is really done. I always try to explain this and my re-enactment falls flat. It's like crossing your arms but arranging stuff so it looks bigger. Poutting helps. Like "oooh, squeezing boobs makes me all kissy". I am kinda proud of this one. If I am ever single again is going on lavalife.
Pose 6: Play with hair. Do not forget to keep sucking in gut, stick butt out and leave hand dainty. Yes, that would be my face if I had those abs. I would not wear clothes. Only daisy dukes.
Pose 7: Twisty frontal. See how she is making curves out of flat abs? She is all twisty and playing with her body. Putting one leg in front of the other also accentuates this. Notice thumb tucked in the bikini. This is the most popular Maxim pose ever. Looking smart with the hand close to the chin. Dainty hands, a hard thing to do.
Pose 8: Still twisty. Now the other side. Play with hair and tuck in the thumb. She is multitasking. Very talented And not even paying attention.
Pose 9: Head tilt. Let the hair flow to one side, hands touching self, and butt in an impossible natural position.
Pose 10: Ponytail. Hard one, still maintaining twisty and sticking out butt, pretend you are putting your hair up. This one lengthens abs and makes you look 10 pounds lighter, guaranteed. I would walk like this all day if I did not look special needs, or I am checking for armpit smell.
Disclaimer: Your lower back may hurt, after all this twisting, consult your doctor before attempting. This was for entertainment (mine) purposes only. As stated above these are not my pictures or body (I really wish!)  It really was just for fun. All other work in this site is mine except these - which I photoshoped. I do not claim any ownership to the Victoria Secret brand or awesome body of Model Candice  Book today! 
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May Boudoir Photography Round up-

Yes my blogging has been neglected... but the good news is that I found an intern, Dana, but she really found me, which is awesome. She had me at I love Betty Page.

Anyhoo, May has been a month of lots of brides to be and some pretty swanky rings.
And! I have loved that I got the brides to be that would ever, ever do this, and the fiances have no clue at all! These women are my heroes. They totally jumped into the pool at the deep end. I made them swear they would film or take a picture when the guy sees the pictures. Or at least a vivid detailed email.

and some sexy lips:

And I did play around a bit
To get that one awesome shot- there where plenty of dorky ones in between- see right column - as if I would include those big in the blog. Just sharing that sexy sometimes is really an accident. I was about to yawn. True story. And I did get a manicure after seeing my ridiculous 8 year old hands. 50's Makeup by Mel Dixon.

Thanks for reading!
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