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
Gift Cards Available. Call 918.810.5402
Mother’s Day 2017
Colors of Etnika
Colors Of Etnika is a brand with passion for artisan- inspired fashion dedicated to empowering artisans, providing economic opportunities and paying a fair price for their crafts! Our vision is to improve the quality of life of those involved in the process! Shop Fair, Give Fair and make a difference at home and around the world! Handmade Jewelry, Ethnic decor, handbags & Art.
It was so much fun getting to work with you Karla. Thank you for trusting in me to capture your vision for your beautiful fashions.
Feeling too Fat For Photographs
A fellow Photographer blogged this story.
So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed . . .
Listen. I hear you. You’re a few pounds heavier than you like (or a 100lbs heavier than you like). I completely understand how you feel. I get that same blah feeling about myself when I think about booking new head shots or long overdue pictures of me and Justin. Precious, I even picked a career that has me permanently behind the camera rather than in front of it. Seeing myself in pictures actually produces the faintest sick feeling in my stomach. Isn’t it amazing we can see the beauty in our best friends, sisters, mothers, and aunts without the slightest thought to their flaws . . . but can obsess for hours on our own imperfections? We fixate on our flaws to the point we shirk at any documentation that our round faces and curvy bodies ever walked the earth. No pictures to show how we LOVE, how we laugh, how we are treasured by our families. How is it possible that a double chin can overpower the beauty of a mother cuddling her child? How does arm fat distract from the perfect shot of a spontaneous hug? I swear y’all . . . how is it that we can put more value on a TUMMY ROLL than the captivating way you throw yourself into a roar of laughter during a shoot?
In our warped minds pictures become frozen mirrors that we can stare at as we pick apart our features over and over again.
I know girl. I know.
My personal duck-and-cover (or signature “make a funny face”) approach to having pictures of myself changed completely when I had aserious car accident last year (and started over). In the flash of a second (or a flash of the text message the young woman was reading) my entire life changed. I nearly left this earth with no physical evidence of the goofy, wide open and loud love I have for my life, my husband, my family and friends. I haven’t had professional pictures done since our wedding in 2006 . . . always waiting for this elusive moment where I would be thin enough (pretty enough) to have such a permanent record of me. Because, you know, HEAVEN FORBID there be any proof that I look the way I actually look.
So here is the harsh truth y’all. Listen good. Our vanity is no longer enough of a reason to avoid the camera. Life doesn’t wait until you “get thin” enough to capture it. Life is happening . . . it is happening right now and the only moment we are guaranteed is the one we are living. I shudder at the thought of leaving behind no pictures of my life with ME in it. My mom says of the accident she is “just glad that we’re still awhole family.” My gift to her this Christmas was a family portrait showing just that, 9 months post-accident . . . a whole family.
Do you know what my mom sees when she looks at this picture? Her beautiful family all together.
Do you know what my husband sees? The family he gained the moment he met me (and how much he looks like my dad…)
Do you know what my dad sees? The happy family he has worked for every day of his life.
Do you know what my brother sees? That he got away with wearing shorts…
Shocker: No one is looking at how fat I look.
Can we agree to put the value of family over the value of fat? Can we just accept that the weight you’ve been trying to lose for 5 years might actually just be a part of what you look like . . . and that if this magical day does come when you’re acceptably thin you’ll STILL regret not having any pictures of you with your kids from ages 5 – 10? Can we acknowledge that the insecurities we have in our heads will never be a part of how our children, husbands, and friends see us? Can we just please let our loved ones remember the YOU they love?
Your children want pictures with their mom.
Your husband wants pictures with his beautiful wife.
Your mom and dad want pictures of the happy, successful, amazing woman they raised (ok, and more pictures of the grandkids while you’re at it)
And if you’re thinking that high school friend on Facebook will say to herself (“wow she has gained weight”) then . . . newsflash you DID. You gained weight. Shed a tear. Read a book. Drink a Sweet Tea. Watch Oprah. Whatever it takes. Accept this reality . . . YOU GAINED WEIGHT. The truth is you’ve gained a lot of other things too (a career, a family, some kids, a house, a love for travel, the ability to coordinate your separetes . . . ) and that girl from high school is going to spend a lot more time hating on those things then she ever will on your double chin.
So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed? . . . Ok. But you’re the only one who notices. The rest of us are too caught up in loving you.
A must see video for all those women who believe they are not beautiful. Get your tissues!
Extraordinary Health Magazine
Penni Shelton, a vegan and raw food chef, was asked by Garden of Life to do an editorial spread for Extraordinary Health magazine. I met Penni a year ago Christmas at a friend’s party. I instantly loved her vibrance, charm, wit, and bubbly personality. A year later Penni called me asking if I would photograph her for this editorial in Garden of Life’s magazine. Our mutual friend and my fellow photographer offered her kitchen. It was perfect for this photoshoot. Since we were all about raw foods and health it made since to use natural light.
I’m honored to have been a part of Penni’s journey. Thank you Penni for including me. Thank you Kim for the use of your kitchen and for your help.
PS. You can pick one up Extraordinary Health Magazine at your local health foods store!
heheh….I finally made it to print (see bottom left center) LoveLoveLove. Lana
Voulez Vous Open House
COME ON AROUND THE BEND!
Come discover local businesses and experience an up and coming area of downtown!Featuring Voulez Vous Portraits and many other local and neighborhood vendors including:
Voulez Vous Boudoir – glamour, beauty, and boudoir portraits
820 E. 3rd Street
Come visit and tour the studio!
Studio 818 – music, art gallery, graphic design
818 E. 3rd Street
Mark Gibson will be playing live music – tickets $10
Girouard Vines – wine bar, winery & vineyard
817 E. 3rd Street
Come sample their assortment of local wines!
Jamie Gartside – local jewelry artist
820 E. 3rd Street (featured at Voulez Vous Boudoir)
Handmade jewelry and accessories
Voulez Vous is located in the heart of “East End Village,” a little pocket of new urban development on the east side of downtown Tulsa. (On 3rd street, we are approximately three blocks east of Peoria, on the southwest corner of 3rd and Lansing.)
Come see us in February!
Love, Love, Love,
Urban Tulsa Weekly visits Voulez Vous Portraits
This week Voulez Vous Portraits along with the East End Village businesses including Studio 818 (an all art studio), Girouard Vines, and Hodges Bend Coffee and Cocktail Bar were featured in one of Tulsa’s hot weekly newspapers, Urban Tulsa Weekly.
If you really want to get involved and see what’s happening around our the neighborhood Mark Gibson will be playing at Studio 818 February 15th at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. To make it even cozier there will be a wine and chocolate bar…YUMMIE!
Voulez Vous Boudoir Portraits & Tulsa Wedding Show together this Saturday, January 5, 2013. We have some exciting new products we will be premiering, show specials, and gifts to give away. Come by our booth to see these beautiful new products & visit with us. Remember! Portraits Are A Gift To Your Future From Yourself.