Category: Conceptual

Creative Play with Voulez Vous Boudoir


Creative Play is so important.  How do you figure out what you like and don’t like if you don’t take time to imagine and create?  We know how important it is for children, but what about as an adult.  For me, when I see something; whether an image, an object, a person, a location, or inspiring words my imagination is sparked and I have the feeling to create and just see where it takes me.  Creative thinking brings new ideas and and excitement when I put it to fruition.

I have an “inspiration” folder where I keep thoughts, images, notes on things that come to my imagination.  This folder is many years old and  when I feel stuck or uninspired I go to it and it never lets me down.  I also take time in nature for inspiration and meditation.  Quiet time is vital to my imagination; letting my mind be free of clutter.

This particular creative play day my assistant/friend had this same inspirational photo in her folder, so we decided to work on it together.  First we chose our model, Daisha Braggs.  Then we did some shopping for the flowers from the dollar store and hobby stores.  We also made a trip to Home Depot for the chickenwire, wire cutters, and tape. We used felt on the inside of the skirt for comfort.

Time for the creativity to begin; attaching the flowers to the chicken wire.  We arranged and rearranged a few times laughing and giggling and listening to fun music.  As you can see the skirt ended up as a headdress as well.  I don’t know how heavy it was, but at least 10 pounds I would guess and I wouldn’t want my model to put it on her head without testing myself first…LOL.  I didn’t plan for any type of posing, we just freestyled it and let our time be what it was, creative free play.

Model: Daisha Braggs

Assistant and fellow photographer Kelly Thompson Edwards

Another blog post coming soon with second inspirational shoot with Daisha.

 

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Voulez Vous and Soul Sparkle


Come with Hayley Hines of Soul Sparkle and I to the South of France and let your Soul Sparkle. June 2018. Experience the magic you hold in your heart. Ladies, we long to be seen, supported, accepted, and deeply loved. We want to be surrounded by visionaries and kind souls that inspire us to dream big and to follow our heart. If you are a dreamer, a light bringer, a magic maker, an adventure seeker, a love giver, come. If you are a woman with a big heart and big dreams, come. We are gathering together as a collective of women.

And to document your journey I will be there to capture your magic! During our gorgeous South of France experience you will receive a portrait session with me to capture your inner and outer sparkle!

You can sign up here http://soulsparkleliving.com/south-of-france/ or call me directly at 918-810-5402.

 

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Voulez Vous Boudoir & Ana Berry “Unscripted”


 

The Art of Healing, Transformation, and Celebration.  Elegant, Classy, and Sophisticated portraits.  Discover your own beauty on this portrait experience.  We will design and customize your session just for you and guide you through posing and postures.  Come giggle and laugh while sipping bubbles and give yourself some love with a professional makeover and portraits that you and your loved ones will cherish for the rest of your lives.

I am inviting you to my studio for a day of pampering with a magazine styled photoshoot and professional hair and makeup makeover.  Bonus: an emotional and mental makeover to go along with your beautiful portraits that will change the way you see yourself.

Ana Berry is a TV host, a journalist and content creator.  Her website is www.Unscripted.com and www.Anaberry.com.

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Celebrating Self-Love


Celebrating personal growth, transition, milestones, and self-love.  Watching and listening to her as she walked towards her portraits on the reveal wall my heart raced, my eyes, teared, and I got goose bumps all at the same time. Her reaction I was not expecting. She stood back with her hands cupping her face as she squealed with excitement and scrolled through the images.  In those moments I was reminded again just how important my job is.  I went to sleep that night knowing I made a woman feel beautiful about herself and showed her what others see. Megan, I am so humbled an honored you shared this part of your life with me.

She took home all thirty images and I cannot wait to see how she displays them on the walls of her home.

 

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Discover Your Own Beauty


Wherever you are in your life, whatever journey you are on or whatever your fears are you need to discover your own beauty. We all want to exist and be seen, be heard, be noticed, whether it is to strangers, family or friends.  We let fear keep us from being who we are meant to be, it suffocates and keeps us from growing.  Fear can drive you and set you free if you choose to let it.

What is your legacy/heirloom that you want to leave to your loved ones? Do this for the generation behind you.

Amy is a mother of two little ones and in her 30s.  She asked me to photograph her as a gift to her husband and to have portraits for her children when they reach the age she is here.  We worked together designing her photoshoot.  She flipped the pages of Voulez Vous Boudoir’s Portrait magazine, reviewed our website and social media and we came up with a plan of action for her photoshoot designing especially for her.

The black gown she is wearing is vintage from the 1940s purchased for the studio a few years back.  The images in the black hat were designed specially for her using lace and velvet hand picked by Lana Thomas.  The hat we just added a fascinator to it for an added element.  The flower picture is a headdress made specially for Voulez Vous Boudoir.

I look forward to designing your custom portrait experience so you can discover your own beauty.

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Mothers’ Day 2017


The best gift you can give yourself and Mom is a portrait of her. When all else is lost what do you look for; A legacy, an heirloom, a portrait. Give her an experience in portraits that lasts longer than anything she will receive.

Includes:

Complimentary Consultation Styling & Designing Professional Make-up & Hair Up to 5 Wardrobe Changes Bubbles & Chocolates

Sitting Fee $299 Wall Portraits start at $275 Collections start at $1200

Gift Cards Available. Call 918.810.5402

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Bridal Boudoir … A Gift for You Both


Bridal Boudoir has been growing in popularity for several years now.  Oklahoma was just rated the highest state for goggling boudoir photography as a gift.  Giving your fiancé intimate portraits of you before you tie the knot is a perfect gift for the both of you.  Your boudoir shoot can be as much or as little clothing as you like.  The style at Voulez Vous is classy, sophisticated, and elegant and we will create and style together the vision you have for yourself.  Every woman I photograph feels some sort of vulnerability, but I will guide you through the poses and make sure you are feeling and looking your very best before I snap that shutter button.

This first image I was metering the light and I could see Chelsea was totally relaxed and being herself.  This is when your beauty will shine through your eyes and others will see it.  This is the magic that I am looking for when I shoot.   

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Love is Everything


“Life is ever so brief and fragile…yet this should not foster fear but freedom.  Freedom to love desperately, fully willing to be broken by it.  Freedom to forgive with all your might, in spite of every justification, freedom to be alive in this moment. For at the end, my friend, love is all you leave with. And therefore, it is everything.” by: Cathey Byerley.  I am 50.  Love Is Everything.

Cathey is a gardener and we wanted to do something fun to tell her story.  She spends hours in her backyard creating a beautiful haven for her family.  I imagined her there working away digging, planting, standing back and thinking of what’s next.  I imagined flowers bursting from her mind out the top of her head…yes, I did envision this.  And, because she’s “50” she said let’s go for it!  The purple flowers I picked fresh from my yard the day of.

When I look at Cathey’s portraits I see beauty, confidence, and wisdom that comes from growing her own inner seed of love.

 

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Ellie’s Journey, The Warrior


Ellie’s journey.  She is 44 years old.  She walked into my studio with a mission. She began to tell me she had body image issues and her journey was to believe and appreciate herself, and to be her very best.  One part of her journey was to lose 100 pounds; she reached that goal and her reward was to document that achievement.

I asked Ellie to describe herself to me and she responded; “funny, smart, loyal, trustworthy, empathetic, compassionate and eclectic.”  When we started making portraits I could actually see these words coming through my lens and in her eyes as she smiled and giggled.  I felt her energy and beautiful spirit and it made me feel happy.

I asked Ellie what she liked about herself and she replied;

“my hair, I love my hair.  I love it when it’s all curly from being washed, I love how dark it is, but also my strands of wisdom (grey) show up against the dark of it.  I love how tall I am.  I love how strong I am.  I love my shoulders and how strong they make me feel.  I love my little waist my ‘violin shape.’  From a lifetime of not seeing my natural beauty, I’m working on embracing myself fully and accepting my heritage of sturdy yet soft and strong body type I’ve inherited from my French ancestors.  I am still self-conscious about my rear and thighs.”

I asked Ellie about her hobbies; art, nature, embroidery, learning.  She loves flowers and lace and camping.

I asked her how she saw herself being photographed “sweet and innocent/maybe sexy too”  She is known to her group of friends as “warrior.”  If you spend time getting to know her you will understand why. This explains the images of her with paint on her pretty little face :)

A gift Ellie gave me; stop judging myself and love who I am, what I am, and work to change the things I can.  I notice as she speaks that she used the words “self-conscious” instead of  “don’t like or hate.” I like this approach and decide to change my mindset for my own issues.

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Boudoir Wedding Gifts for Groom


Hailey was getting married and wanted something very special for her fiancé.  While styling and designing her shoot I kept imaging how her life is changing and she’s becoming a wife with a whole new world of adventure.  Trees and flowers came to mind…how they bloom and become some beautiful.  The night before the shoot I went to my back yard and cut away flowers and branches and started play using fishing line, tape, ribbon and whatever else I thought I could find to make work.  I knew we were going to be using the studio’s roccoco bed with pink, the vintage lingerie with the vanity, and a simple backdrop, but wanted more to add.  The fresh flowers were perfect.

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“I wanted to do some boudoir photos for my husband as a wedding gift. I’m so glad that I went to Lana at Voulez Vous Boudoir. She spoiled me with champagne and fruit, as well as providing a hair stylist and make up artist. I loved how all of my photos turned out and it was so hard to narrow them down for my album. My favorite style is traditional, and so she took some photos of me sitting at her vanity and also of me sitting in a pretty victorian chair. Those turned out to be my husband’s favorite! Thank you so much Lana!”

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