In Home Session | Raleigh, NC

Let's talk about some serious business. If you are recently engaged, this post is for you. This post is all about your WEDDING REGISTRY! Oh mah gahhhh yeahhhhh!

I teamed up with Southern Bride & Groom for a super sweet styled shoot for their 2018 magazine. The whole idea of this session was to showcase some special items that future brides could register for. Yes, the images you are about to see are going to make you swoon with joy in dreams of decorating your home with all of the pretty. Trust me, I did the same thing.

Local blogger and newlywed Stephanie Scarano of A Style of Her Own graciously provided her home as a styling station and backdrop. We even did an "in-home" session while we were there, because you know, they are adorable. How great is this idea?! I totally wish this was a thing when I was married last year! We are starting trends in 2018.

We could not have done all of this without the help of some amazing vendors! Special thanks to The English Garden for providing such a sweet arrangement, Maghon with All She Wrote Notes for her swoon-worthy and just all around happy calligraphy, and hair and makeup by Parlor Blow Dry Bar! The china featured below can be found at Belk, Southern Season (a local Chapel Hill treasure chest), and Baileys Fine Jewelry located in Cameron Village! Some designers include the delectable Kate Spade collection, and even some from a NC local chinaware company inspired by all things Italian--Vietri.


Nikki Whitt
Julie Levic | Raleigh Realtor Headshots

"Nikki was absolutely amazing to work with! I was able to tell her a few small details of what I wanted and she took it from there. Her vision just amazes me. I needed guidance on what types of professional style photos I would need for my new business branding. Nikki took the time to ask me questions about my business goals and dreams and somehow put those into photographs. I have gotten many compliments on my headshots and I could not be happier! Thanks Nikki!" --Julie Levic

My favorite part of Fancy This is the fact that I get to help people. Julie approached me for ideas in hopes of a collaboration for her headshots. Julie is a Realtor in the triangle area, just accepted a position with Fonville Morisey, and is just an all around great source for education on your home buying experience.

Julie is a fun loving gal, a transplant from Nashville, TN. She made her home in Cary, NC a few years back, and has taken the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area by a storm. With years of being a stay at home mom, she decided it was only fitting for her to spread her wings and to follow her dream. I applaud her decision in going to Realty School, she can now call herself a Realtor.

We wanted to showcase Julies personality, and more importantly, show her inside her own home--a haven she has cultivated for her family. I have known Julie for about a year now, maybe even more, and I have to admit her sweetness has never dulled. One of my favorite things about this lady is how she gives out so much positivity no matter the circumstance. I can only hope this session brings happiness to her future clients, can help them see her personality, and know that she is the right fit for them.

How to Prepare for Your Boudoir Session

Hey ladies! 

Let me just say--boudoir sessions are killer! Ah! This is one of my favorite types of portrait sessions. Whether you are wanting to gift your beau something special for your anniversary, or even day of the wedding, or just want to feel really good about yourself--this is something you should think about doing. There is something so powerful about it, and yes, I promise you will feel like a rockstar afterwards! Who doesn't want to feel like a hot babe in their own skin?! 

I wanted to write this blog to give you ladies a few bits of advice, some preparation tips, and some of the things that I ask each client to bring to their session. This is a fun shoot, and to document all of those amazing characteristics about you we should hone in on some specifics to prepare.

Let's start with the fun stuff--hair and makeup! I always suggest to have your hair blown out the day of your boudoir session. One, it feels absolutely amazing, and two, you look amazing. This is such a good time for you to go out and have yourself pampered-you deserve it! I don't feel as though an up-do is needed as those long locks are beautiful when down. This session is about feeling natural, and having your hair down gives us more options for you to play with it, etc.

For makeup, I would suggest to have it done professionally. Professionals know what makeup looks best on camera, but also it just gives you a time to relax before the session. Most of my sessions portray more of a natural look, so I always suggest to go that way when having your makeup applied. However, if we are going for a more moodier type of session, I love a good smokey eye. If you need recommendations for the triangles best hair and makeup studios, I will be glad to give you my list of recommendations. 

Treat yourself to a manicure, ladies! We will be doing some close shots, so your hands will definitely be modeling in the photos. If you are feeling extra fruity, treat yourself to a pedicure, as well. You deserve it.

Next up on the list is outfits! Yes ladies, I love a good pair of heels and sexy lingerie! The list below goes over some items you should looking out for and packing while preparing for your session.

  • Veil -- If you are planning on gifting this as a gift to your significant other right before the wedding, or even as an anniversary gift, then I want you to bring your veil! Endless opportunities here and it just feels classy.
  • 5-6 outfits. Try bring outfits that portray different types of mood. For instance, you can bring your favorite pair of jeans and a white button down blouse. Bring different types of lingerie to showcase different sides of you. 
    • For lingerie, bring something light and ethereal. Creams, nudes, ivories and blushes are a perfect match for this!
    • Bring something dark and moody, like black or navy lingerie. A deep grey works well, too.
    • Bring something that is just downright sexy. Think a long open back black dress, even lace. Think classic, bold, and sexy.
    • Bring something fun and enticing. For me this would be something pink and flirty, for other people this may be red lingerie with cute kitten heels. This is your time to be something you have always wanted to be, so take that excuse and go shopping for something that is totally you.
  • Heels and/or stilettos. There is nothing sexier than a good pair of heels, ladies. Bring your favorites!