The Eyes Have It!: False Lashes Are A Must Have For Your Boudoir Pictures

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

When you look at yourself in the mirror, you are seeing the "real you" in a natural, or close-to-natural light. You make your adjustments according to where you plan to present yourself, boardroom, bedroom, or beach, and head on out. But as good as you may look in the mirror, the camera may not agree. The lighting in a studio is intended to highlight certain areas or create dramatic shadows in others. It's a lot more "fine-tuned" than the natural light from the sun or the artificial light from General Electric. As a result, what looks good in the mirror might not translate so well through the camera lens.

This is particularly true with the eyes. Even with copious amounts of mascara your eyelashes can fade into the background, sometimes even getting overpowered by dramatic eye makeup. In fact, too much mascara can make you look like you had an accident with pudding and copier toner. That is why false lashes are a must have for your boudoir pictures. Here are some tips for selecting the right lashes for your shoot:

  1. Stay away from the shiny, plastic-looking lashes. Nobody's lashes are glossy, and these will catch every glint of light they can. False lashes are supposed to provide the dramatic outline of a "come-hither" stare, not flash like a neon sign on a seedy nightclub.
  2. Full lashes that connect at your eyelid can sometimes feel heavy. You might be comfortable with this, but in case you aren't, consider lashes that attach at the tip of your natural lashes.
  3. Do not skimp on the glue! Now, that doesn't mean to use a lot of it. It means to be sure you're using a good glue. Nothing destroys a sexy pose like having your eyelashes fall off!
  4. Match the lash to your style. If you aren't using a lot of makeup, go for a lighter lash, a little subdued, to match the look. Nothing like a little quiet understatement to get the point across! If you're going for the "pin-up" look, thick, full lashes are the way to go. Knock him out with a glance!

Nature has programmed people to look at the eyes first and foremost, even above any tantalizing features elsewhere. In boudoir photography, it's the eyes that will offer the invitation to the viewer. What do you want your eyes to say to that special someone?

Professional hair and makeup is included with every boudoir photo shoot along with false lashes!  Our makeup artist's will style your look to match your outfits.  Contact us today to talk more about the look you want for your boudoir pictures.

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by Opie Janzer

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Booked for 2014 Valentines Day

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I'm now completely booked for all boudoir shoots before Valentines Day 2014.  Available dates are on the calendar for shoots after Valentines Day.


Valentines Gift Ideas for Him - Smoking Hot Boudoir Photos

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Ah, Valentines Day, that special day every year that you make that extra special effort to show your man how much you love an appreciate him. Want to get your handsome man something extra special but don't know what? Don't scramble to look for Valentines Gift Ideas for Him when you could have a professional boudoir photo shoot!

Imagine the surprise, and maybe even blush, on his face when he sees you all dolled up, and looking like your drop-dead gorgeous self! What guy wouldn't love to have beautiful photos of his beautiful girl?

Boudoir photography isn't just for the man in your life either. You get to have the fun of getting all dressed up and feeling extra-special. This is as much for you as it is for him, you get to see just how stunning you are!

You don't even have to go all the trouble to gather everything you need. We provide two different bedroom sets, along with various lingerie, furniture, backdrops, and props. We also provide professional hair and makeup with an all female staff to keep you comfortable. We know all the tricks to help you look and feel your best. Don't know how to pose for the camera? We help with that too!

Feel free to bring your own lingerie and props too! Bringing your own props can make your photos that much more personal. Maybe he's got a favorite sports jersey, or maybe one of his work shirts? There are endless possibilities!

Want to surprise him with something sultry? Contact us!

by Opie Janzer


The Art of the Smokey Eye for Your Boudoir Pictures Can Make You Even More Beautiful

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Boudoir photos are sexy, timeless and an extension of your beauty. There are a few things however, that can make your photos really stand out and one thing is certain, the art of the smokey eye for your boudoir pictures can make you even more beautiful.

Although the smokey eye has been around for decades, it has become even more popular in the last few years. For one reason, it adds depth to your eyes that more subtle looks cannot duplicate. With photographs of any kind, you always want to be just a little heavier on the makeup so that it shows up. Although you don't want it too heavy where it masks your beauty, lighting tends to make makeup look more subtle. A smokey eye is perfect for creating a look that not only stands out in your photos but will make you look your best.

The best way to create a smokey eye is to start with a neutral color base that covers the entire eyelid. On the far edge of the eye start with a darker color of your choosing (deep purples, browns, etc.) and blend it upward and outward towards the crease of your eye. Blending is the key to making it look natural. Using the same color or even another dark color to line the eyes gives it a finishing touch. One way to ensure you get the best look is to use an eye primer first so that your eye shadow doesn't look greasy or shiny. You can always look at video tutorials online or practice till you get the look you want.

No matter what colors you choose for your smokey eye look, you can guarantee that your photos will look sexy and beautiful and you won't have to worry about the color looking washed out because your eyes will stand out.

If you want to learn more about boudoir photo sessions, simply contact us.

 by Opie Janzer

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How to Plan a Romantic Valentines Day Date At Home

Friday, January 10th, 2014

A romantic date is a hallmark of Valentine's Day. A planned out date shows adoration, commitment, and willingness to invest in the relationship. Valentine dates, however, do not need to be expensive or particularly extravagant. You can even celebrate Valentine's Day in your home. Suitable for busybodies or professionals, Valentines at home will offer you and your loved one convenience and ease of mind, while still being romantic and sensual.

How To Plan A Romantic Valentines Day Date At Home

Picnic Right at the Fireplace: Before your loved one arrives from work, fire up the fireplace and place the sofa closer to it. Show that you paid attention to your partner's needs by bringing out their favorite wine or champagne. Bring out cherries, strawberries, or pomegranates to bring out the flavor in the drink. Make a home-cooked Valentine's Day meal, one that includes appetizers and desserts. If you are not a viable cook, then order out. Place all the food on fancy plates and get rid of any containers that will give the setup away. No one will be the wiser. For a particularly romantic touch, introduce your partner to a handwritten letter once done with dinner.

Spa Nights At Home: Fill your bathtub with warm water and place a couple of rose petals. Here's a tip roses tend to be expensive during this time of year. You can ask your florist for a box of plain petals. These petals will be cheaper than the stemmed kind. Have a couple of your partner's favorite chocolates to nibble on by the side of the bathtub. While they are in the shower, ready the bedroom. Place a couple of warm, clean towels in the room. Bring a basin of hot water and a number of spa supplies. This may include body exfoliators, moisturizers, and body oils. This idea is suitable right after dinner.

To learn more about how you can show your adoration to your partner via photography or other Valentine ideas, contact us.

by Opie Janzer

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4 Romantice Ideas for Valentines Day

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Valentines Day is coming and you don't want to be left with last-minute gifts. He means the world to you and you want to put some thought into the most romantic day of the year. Here are four ideas for the perfect Valentine's Day gifts that are sure to knock his socks off.

1. Boudoir Photos: You. Lingerie. What else could he want? Sign up for a boudoir photo shoot and show off your sexy side. He loves you...he already thinks you're the sexiest woman in the world. Now give him the proof! You wearing some sexy lingerie and an album of boudoir photos would be a perfect gift or Valentine's Day.

2. Rose Petals: They're not cliche at all! You know how you would feel to come home and find a trail of rose petals from the front door leading to a bed with a blanket of rose petals? Well here's a little secret: he'll feel the same way! Give it a try, it'll impress every time. 

3. Love Notes: The world is dominated by emails and texts. But there's no replacement for a handwritten note. tell him how much you love him in a personal way. He'll keep the note and treasure it forever.

4. Dinner: You know the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach?" It's true! Cook him dinner for Valentine's Day, but make it special. This isn't a pot roast or sloppy Joe night. It's a romantic, candlelight dinner night to show him how you feel.

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. We hope these ideas will help you make it perfect and memorable. And for help with those boudoir photos, contact us today.

by Opie Janzer

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Happy New Year! 2014

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone!  2013 was an exciting year here at the boudoir studio.  We expanded the studio to include a new hair and makeup room and a stunning new french bedroom set featuring pink and cream colors.  We are now processing your photos the same day as your shoot while you go eat lunch.  This means you can view and order your photos right after lunch.  We shot a total of 116 boudoir shoots in 2013 and will most likely shoot even more in 2014.  A very special thank you to Kristen Packard, Cali, and Flavia for making all my boudoir clients look stunning with professional hair and makeup.

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Go Bold With Lip Color for Your Boudoir Pictures and Make Your Photos Really Stand Out

Friday, December 20th, 2013

If there are two things you want to do when having boudoir photos done, they are to stand out and look glamorous. One of the easiest ways to show off your look and be more glamorous is to go bold with lip color for your boudoir pictures.

Your lip color is the perfect way to enhance your look and in combination with false lashes, smokey eye makeup and a foundation that makes your skin look polished, you can look your best.

For instance, don't be afraid to go with a vivid, rich color like a luscious red or coral. Even pink lips can stand out as long as they are rich in pigment. You don't even have to choose a traditional color but bright red and pinks are a popular choice in boudoir photos. One reason to choose a bold lip color is that photos sometimes don't show your makeup as well when the colors are light. It's the same reason you see newscasters wear a lot of makeup, the lighting can make the look more subtle than intended.

You can also enhance your natural beauty with a bold looking lip color. Those with thinner lips can plump up their look by using moisturizer then outlining the lip and adding a vivid color. Adding lip gloss to the finished look also creates a glamorous look but you don't have to gloss the entire lip; just the center of the top and bottom lip is sufficient in creating a sexy, polished look that is glamorous yet natural.

The point is to make your photo shoot an extension of your natural beauty but more glamorous and sexy than your everyday look. If you want to learn more about how you can be captured in a photo that will last a lifetime, simply contact us.

by Opie Janzer

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Should you go nude during your boudoir photo shoot?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Wanna get naked?

That's not exactly the first choice for most people when walking into a photography studio, even if they're going in for boudoir photos. But it's something you should at least think about. Here's how to make up your mind if nudes are right for you.

  • Are you comfortable? This is obviously the first question to ask. but don't make it a knee-jerk reaction. You are not fat or ugly. You are you, and that's who should be represented in your boudoir photos. That being said, if you're not comfortable being naked, the photographs will reflect that. You want to be sexy in these photos and being comfortable is being sexy.
  • There are degrees of naked. You don't have to bare all for a nude boudoir shoot. If you're only comfortable with bare shoulders or a bare back, that's fine! You can cover up parts of yourself, or go for the "full Monty". It's entirely up to you. 
  • Who's your photographer? Because you'd better like them and be comfortable around them if you're thinking about doing a nude photo shoot. Get to know your photographer so they can put your mind at ease, calm your nerves and answer any questions. It also helps them to know what you're comfortable doing and whether you'd like to try and test your limits. This should all be done well before you ever step in front of the lens. 
  • Lighting is magic. Well, not quite magic, but lighting can do wonderful things to ease your mind. If you're concerned about how you look (even after reading the first tip!), your photographer has a lot of tricks up their sleeve. Remember, they're the experts, they know how to flatter. Talk about it with them first.

Going nude for boudoir photos can be liberating...even a little daring. It's not for everyone though. If you're considering going naked, take some time to think it over. Then, contact us to talk it over. We can answer any questions you have and put your mind at ease.

by Opie Janzer

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Boudoir Photography: The Best Grooms Gift

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

On your wedding day, you'll promise to love and care for your new husband in sickness and in health. If you're looking for a way to also say, "And, how about we keep it hot, too!" you really can't go wrong with boudoir photography. Boudoir: the best grooms gift!

First, let's talk about what it is. In French, boudoir refers to a lady's bedroom or dressing room. It comes from the French verb, bourder, which means "to be sulky." Ooh la la! Taken tastefully and with your taste in mind, boudoir portraits become classy, sassy, and outrageously fun. 

I love what Carrie Denny, Philadelphia-based all-things-wedding writer at, had to say about her experience with a boudoir photo shoot last year. Denny went in a wary skeptic and after her experience boldly declared that every bride ought to consider a boudoir shoot.

According to Denny--and I couldn't agree more--the magic of the boudoir shoot happens when you enlist the help of a photographer you trust. With the right photographer, a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy, and a welcome and comfortable atmosphere, the boudoir shoot becomes a fun mini-party with girlfriends. To make it literal, bring those girlfriends along! 

It's easy to see the appeal for your groom. A sexy portrait serves as a permanent reminder of the gorgeous woman they married. But it's pretty terrific for you as the bride, also.

I love the way brides transform during a boudoir shoot--when they tap into the beautiful and bold women underneath. Although you may be doing what you don't normally do, looking differently than you normally look, and even feeling differently than typical, what comes out during this shoot is charmingly real and authentically you.

Although you may initially embark on the boudoir adventure as a gift for your groom, inevitably it becomes a gift for yourself. Perfect.

I'd love to help you create the perfect gift for your groom (and yourself). Contact me to talk ideas for your boudoir photo gift.

by Opie Janzer

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