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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!
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Cary, NC Wedding | The Matthews House in Cary

Let's get down to the knitty gritty of, like, the best wedding party ever. For one, I have never laughed so hard in my entire career when editing a wedding; Jayme and Elliott are hilarious and had a blast at their wedding! Seriously, this is how weddings should be; an undeniably fun, out of this world, super happy, super funny, totally in love couples who have the coolest friends and family to match their awesome love story. Their wedding was so up their alley and I am over the moon smitten that I was there to document this tremendous, gorgeous, emotionally filled day.

I. LOVE. MY. COUPLES.

Jayme and Elliott share a love for football, tailgating, and all things NC State. I mean, what better couple could I have had?! With growing so close over the last year with this couple, I have to admit I am a tad bit sad to have finished their wedding. These two were the sweetest things I have ever come across and just had me at hello from the very beginning. How sweet it is to give them these images from day 1 as Mr. and Mrs.!

The day started out with champagne and bubbly for the ladies, which may I add this was the sweetest bridal party I have ever come across! All of the girls were so happy for Jayme and were over the top excited for what the day had in store! They were the absolute nicest to my second shooter and I, and I actively learned each and every one of her girl squad members names! There were 8 total plus a flower girl so needless to say I was very proud of myself. Those girls deserved that plus so much more!

Once Jayme was dressed and ready her dad come up and saw his daughter for the first time. This is sometimes one of my favorite parts come wedding day just because it can be so sweet to witness such true emotion. Bless the daddy's daughters of the world, I know its an emotional time. Shortly after meeting her dad, which was the sweetest interaction, Jayme and Elliott had their first look. I am in love with the image of Jayme being walked down the staircase (black and white) in anticipation of meeting Elliott. This was the best part of the day, from my perspective, just because after all of the planning and designing--the day finally came and their he was. I just love it! And Elliott was the happiest groom on the face of this earth. How sweet it is to witness that kind of love!

Without further adieu, please enjoy Jayme and Elliott's wedding images!

Vendors

Venue The Matthews House in Cary
Florals Teacup Floral
Hair Blown Away Raleigh
Gown Lana Addison Bridal
Gown Designer Martina Liana
Mens Attire Mens Warehouse
Rentals CE Rental
Bridesmaids Dresses Savvi Formalwear
Catering Rocky Top Catering
Cupcakes Publix
Earrings Kate Spade
Shoes Betsey Johnson
Second Shooter Samantha Rae Photography
Music Your Personal DJ

Glamour and Grace | Fiesta Inspired Wedding

From the blog of Glamour and Grace.

Bright florals, citrus details, and colorful prints make this the perfect inspiration for a summery fete. The long sleeve lace gown is everything you could want in a wedding dress: elegant, sophisticated, yet sexy. And with fun details like a sangria bar, you can bet your guests will be in love too!

This session took place in the beautiful countryside of New Hill, NC, at a ravishing and sweet venue named The Bradford. Tucked away following a serene little driveway rests this 2 story house that caters to all things wedding and events. It was a pleasure to photograph in the space, but more so a treat to be able to collaborate with the owners of the house. We loved styling and staging this little beauty and really made it something extra spectacular. For more images, please visit our feature on Glamour and Grace.

 

Vendors

Venue // The Bradford
Hair and Makeup // Makeup For Your Day
Florals // The Flower Cupboard
Bridal Gown // Alexia's Bridal
Grooms Attire // Bernards Formalwear
Calligraphy and Signs // All She Wrote Notes
Decor // Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Cake // Sugar Euphoria
 

Bethany | Durham, NC Bridal Portraits

It's taken some time, but I can finally start to see some true progress in my business. To have a dream of owning your own business and actually putting forth the constant effort of building it are two vastly different avenues. For years, I'm talking years, I have dreamed of working for myself, for the people who love my craft. To say it has been hard is an understatement, in its truest form.
With the limited time that I do have, I can't help but to think of more photography! Ha! This is the downfall of being a photographer; everything I see I think of how beautiful it would look on canvas. A blessing and a curse--all the same. That's what happened with Bethany. Always thinking of the next big thing I can do. She was it.
I met Bethany a couple of years ago when I was hustling in photography school. I helped with a few shoots with her, and oh my God, I thought she was gorgeous! I reached out to her some time ago and mentioned I would love to get her in front of MY camera. And? She totally took me up on that! I put together an impromptu session within a few days and let me tell you--she rocked it!
We started off the day at Makeup For Your Day's studio in Raleigh, NC. Those ladies are killer, and I can never truly thank them for the work they do for me. Once the beauty portion was done, Bethany and I headed to the Eno. I had found this eery little cabin a while ago and thought "this is it, I am using that creepy little cabin." So we marched right on out there like we owned it and set up camp. Bless Bethany as she had been running on only a few hours of sleep, but I could never tell. How did I end up knowing so many amazing people?

Vendors
Bridal Salon: Tre Bella
Gown Designer: Lazaro
Veil Designer: Modern Trousseau
Florals: Tre Bella
Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day