Monthly Archives: February 2009

boudoir – feedback (books!)

Rachel,

I just wanted to let you know that [he] absolutely loved the accordion style photo album that we made.  He was so surprised and totally appreciated the gift.  (His first question was “who took these?”)  Also, thank you so much for the 8×10 mounted photo you sent!  I love it and [he] said that I look like an Hermes model in it!  I’ve recommended you to all my girlfriends so hopefully you will get some calls.  Thank you again!

Best,
C

Just wanted to let you know that he LOVED the book! He couldn’t have been more shocked! Thanks again for everything – I’m so glad I went with the 20 shots and love the peek-a-boo cover that you included.

Best,
K

Hi Rachel,

I received the album and it is beautiful! I love how the images have a silver tone to them. I was able to give it to [him] on Valentine’s day so it worked about perfectly! He loves it and thinks your images are very artistic and lovely.

Thanks so much again for everything and hopefully when I’m engaged/married you can do pictures for us.

Best,
G

 

We are now booking spots for our boudoir hotel sessions on April 3 & 4 in BOSTON. Email for more info.

retro pin-up

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My stylists and I have been researching retro pin-up style, and now that we have a studio location with enough open space to try out some of the more classic “legs-up” kind of posing, we’re ready to shoot! You might now realize this, but a pin-up session is quite different from a boudoir shoot — the type of clothing, accessories, makeup and hair styling is a different retro style. From a photography perspective the lighting, background, and actual posing of our models is different.

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[image source: Vanity Fair]

I subscribe to a lot of magazines, and Vanity Fair is by far my favorite. Every month they feature an upcoming actress in her own 50s pinup pose, which they thankfully make public in their Vanities section. Thanks VF!

We’re excited to have some specifically pinup-inspired shoots on the books for 2009.

boudoir feedback | MA boudoir

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks here as we prepare for Valentine’s Day… we’ve been doing boudoir sessions with some really wonderful and inspiring women.  We spent the weekend in Rhode Island doing a hybrid hotel date where we book a hotel room and provide styling, and then did a few more studio sessions yesterday in our Lowell studio space. I’ve already heard back from one of the women:

“Wow.  Rachel…seriously!  I can’t believe some of those images!!  Is that really me?  Just awesome…thank you, thank you, thank you…this is such a wonderful gift for me – forget about [him]!  I’ve been told my whole life (usually by strangers, who can be so mean) that I look like “a little kid”.  These pictures will serve to remind me that I am, in fact, a woman.  I’m definitely recommending you to anyone who will listen – I really think every woman should do boudoir at LEAST once in their life…and not for anyone but themselves.  “

The woman who was the most inspiring to me recently is a lovely lady who has been working up a special dance for her husband for a sexy Valentine’s Day surprise – and took exotic dance classes from Gypsy Rose in Boston (whom she recommends). It was amazing to see someone come into the studio who has been married for 15 years keep the sexy alive in such an intentional and wonderful way. He is one lucky husband!

On another note, I’m really looking forward to seeing what the press has to say about boudoir since it’s being picked up on so many channels lately. I remember when the media picked up on “trash the dress” sessions in 2007 and we saw it everywhere from hometown newspapers (note to self: subscribe to the Lowell Sun) to NBC.  I think boudoir is going to do the talk show circuit soon. (Wait… is that a good thing?)

One of the things I like to emphasize as boudoir is being opened up to the wider public is that we go for a more natural approach to our Boston-based boudoir work. Some studios are heavy on the retouching and change subtle things about your body to make the photos more universally “pleasing.” Our whole thing is that you are beautiful as you are, without being modified.  We do encourage styling for the shoot (professional makeup, cute outfits, etc.) but want the images to be realistically wonderful.  Flattering posing, beautiful light, and a dose of confidence can show us how sexy you are… naturally. The quote above emphasizes this fact.

Thank you to all of our Boston and Rhode Island boudoir women who have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to us. It takes courage to step out of your normal routine and trust someone with a camera to document your body… we don’t take this responsibility lightly!

boudoir in the news!

I’m so happy to see that boudoir is getting some attention in the press! MSNBC has a piece out right now, timed for valentine’s day.

The first group photo with the featured photographer looks a little dumb, but a few in the gallery were ok. I also liked a few images throughout the story… something about the one with all the bows was pretty cute for a seasonal shoot.

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Sorry though – I won’t “change the shading of your body with an effect that makes it look like you have more abdominal muscles than you do” – I prefer a more natural approach to the work!  With a combination of flattering poses, cute outfits, and a safe place to be themselves, our boudoir clients have all been pleasantly surprised to see their photos… sans airbrushing.