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.
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.
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.
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
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Mother’s Day 2017
Power in the Portrait
When you decide it’s time to exist in photos you have realized how powerful a portrait really is and how important it is to your family and friends. But, most of all I hope for you to FEEL and SEE the beauty of your own self; and LOVE who you are. Be proud of who you are and let your light shine through your soul and eyes. There IS Power in the Portrait when you feel and believe you are beautiful.
Le Anne in her 50’s has never had her portrait made. The images shown are a few of her personal favorites. When she came for her reveal I noticed she was resisting looking at her portraits. As I walked her to the reveal wall I said to her, “this is you.” Her eyes filled with tears as she took in one portrait at a time with not a word until she had looked at them all. Then my eyes filled with tears and in my own moment I thought about how important my job is, how honored and grateful I am to give such a gift. A gift that will change the way you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Don’t wait, exist in photos and I’m not talking about the ones with your phone. A portrait, a powerful one, the one that you can see in your eyes that you really believe you are beautiful and YOU believe it and others see it.
Bailey had a vision for her senior portraits when she arrived at my studio. She wanted to be classic with a vision of “Twiggy” (an english model, actress & singer from the 60s know for her short hair, long lashes and thin build). As I looked through her wardrobe for her senior portraits we decided which outfit would be shot on each back drop and got started. She wanted her senior portraits to have a twist of fashion, fine art, fun and classic. Shooting in the studio, outside the studio, and studio rooftop gave us the variety we wanted.
Taking time to get to know Bailey and her on a personal level during their consultation, the photoshoot, order session, and delivery of their senior portraits gave me so much gratitude and happiness. Bailey’s plans for her future are in the arts and are so inspiring and I hope to one day photograph her again.
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.
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.
“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!”
Flowers, Fabrics, Natural Light, Oh My….
If you are following me you know how much I love using flowers, fabrics, natural light, and my beautiful rococo bed. This head piece is actually a long wreath I had laying around the studio for the past year and haven’t used. During the process of styling and designing Sabrina and I had the same vision of folding it up and placing it on her pretty little head and used piece of fabric I had laying around. The tulle skirt was made for the studio about a year ago. I love adding grain and textures to images, it reminds me of when I shot film and weddings before the digital era.
Sabrina has been on a personal journey and in celebration of losing 100 pounds she wanted to have her portrait made. She is now a marathon runner AGAIN! How powerful are women.
Lily Christiansen Dance Into Your Dreams
Lily Christensen is a salsa dancer in Seattle and while visiting family, her Auntie, Melanie Patterson of Colourblind Salon in Tulsa she took time out to have her portraits made. I was so excited to photograph her since I have not photographed a dancer before…that I can remember anyway. Since the shoot was not planned in advance she showed up with only what she was wearing. We browsed through the wardrobe closet here at the studio and she found some items she wanted to be photographed in. She danced around the studio as if she was the only person in the room. Dance into your dreams Lily. This poem reminded me of Lily…the way she dances around with such grace and beauty and with a smile on her face.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. "William Wordsworth"
Shooting on Vacation
I had not planned to work on my family vacation to Quebec this past June, but the universe thought differently. So I asked my family if they could give me a day to shoot while on vacation. The second day of my vacation I spent with Amy, an aspiring model and this was her first shoot to get her started down her path. If you don’t know this about me, I rarely photograph models unless I am at a workshop. I love photographing the woman who never gets in front of the camera, for whatever reason; too old, too fat, I have to loose weight first (If I called you a year later would you have lost that weight?), too thin, “I’m not photogenic” girls, etc. That’s why I’m here, to show you are, in this moment, in this time, at this age, at this size, you are a beautiful person and you are loved and those loved ones what to see you exist in photos; Heck! I love looking back on photos of me when I was young and seeing who I have become, and my family does too.
Inspiration. While sitting at the patio table with my mom I noticed the tablecloth from the 70’s. It reminded me of when I was young and having picnics at the park. The tablecloth was warm toned, muted fruit and as my mind wondered I thought to myself I want to make a photograph of this…put it on the body. Then another thought, I remembered seeing the plastic fruit on the table…WOW! I’m going to put that on her head, but how? My mom walked into the living area, took the lampshade off the lamp and started to pin the fruit to the lampshade. MOM! You are amazing! Using the wall of the home and the beautiful sunlight coming through the old, large french windows I started to shoot. I remembered seeing lace draped over the dresser in our my room, so I grabbed that for our next wardrobe change.
Living in the moment, taking a thought and making it happen. Thank you family for putting up with me and my passion and supporting me. Thank you Mom for seeing my vision and helping me make it come to life. Amy, I wish you the best in your journey into modeling.