NYC & NJ WARDROBE WED. | WHAT TO WEAR -BOUDOIR PHOTO SHOOT

WHAT'S THE LATEST TREND FOR LINGERIE STYLES? THIS NYC & NJ BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER WILL TELL YOU ON WARDROBE WEDNESDAY...

 

GLORIOUS FLORALS 

GLORIOUS FLORALS 

When a client comes to me and asks what to wear for a boudoir session, I often turn to the runway for inspiration. Seeing the latest trends from Fashion Week, you can get a feel for what will make an impactful session. The goal is not to be trendy in lingerie choices, but rather make sure that the client has a high-end, fashion-inspired look.

That is the difference between my boudoir style and many more "mainstream" choices of boudoir photographers in New Jersey and NYC  is that I want a couture look for my clients. It should feel like a high-end designer's boudoir photo shoot, even if their attire isn't actually a designer!

The key is to keep a finger on the pulse of the fashion and lingerie industry, and help clients achieve couture-looks, that are classic boudoir yet never feel out of date.

One of the freshest mainstays of the fashion world has been the floral fabrics the past few seasons. It emerged in 2013, and again just this year with some of the lingerie designers. 

What's really cool, is that at the Life As Fine Art Studio (Red Bank, NJ boudoir), you can even carry that theme over to your custom album design!



WHAT TO WEAR IN YOUR BOUDOIR SHOOT | WARDROBE WEDNESDAY

LINGERIE INSPIRATION: 
GORGEOUS GOLDEN LINGERIE & ACCESSORIES FOR A LUXE BOUDOIR LOOK 

"I'm the kind of person who would have liked to have lived at the Plaza. I love crystal chandeliers and gold leaf, velvets and mirrors, Oriental rugs and marble."
- Candace Bushnell

 
Gorgeous Glamour Gold

Oscar de la Renta jacket
$1,325 - net-a-porter.com

Rosamosario bath robe
$515 - net-a-porter.com

Wolford tight
pret-a-beaute.com

Agent Provocateur body suit
$485 - agentprovocateur.com

Dolce&Gabbana white boots
$940 - farfetch.com

Sophia Webster strappy sandals
$555 - net-a-porter.com

Pearl jewelry
shopakira.com

Chanel belt
1stdibs.com

Chanel perfume
neimanmarcus.com

Dolce Gabbana nail polish
$28 - harrods.com

Queen bed
ikandi-interiors.co.uk

Though my design sensibility has always been somewhat tailored and tame, all that changed during my first trip to Venice, Italy in 2003.  I fell in love with the romance of it all -- this ancient, complex water world, gorgeously wrapped up like an ornate dream. Luxe gold carvings, beautiful metallic details and delicate lace surrounded me, along with thick, velvety fabrics. I found that the Venetians had such an amazing ability to combine the ancient, the rustic and the lush into one gorgeous element. 

I found myself beginning to incorporate more gold into my home and my wardrobe after that trip! I also loved seeing the jewelry and fashion trending toward gold looks in the past few years.

When women ask me what to wear for a boudoir session, I like to refer them to some more of the differentiated, unique lingerie wardrobe ideas.

When I say "Go for something gold!", I sometimes get the sideways look. But imagine yourself at my Red Bank boudoir studio, this elegant ivory setting, with a gorgeous glittering pop of gold against the backdrop of the many soulful antiques! SIGH...Simply stunning.

Gold makes me think of Venice.

It makes me think of old-world romance and ancient Roman goddesses.

I'm reminded of the golden age of The Great Gatsby.

These are things that make my heart swoon! And if you can't envision it, let some of these gorgeous lingerie, shoe and accessory gems guide your light the golden path.

Guess what? I also carry gilded album covers and golden craved fine art frames so you can enjoy a fully coordinated boudoir album or boudoir gallery wall.

Go for the gold, baby! 

xoxo, 

Cate

NEW JERSEY + NYC BOUDOIR | VINTAGE STYLED BOUDOIR SESSION

HOW TO STYLE A VINTAGE BOUDOIR SESSION | A MODERN TWIST ON THE
 CLASSIC TIMELESS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

As a boudoir photographer, I sometimes like to imagine my studio as a real, living storybook. Every boudoir session we complete together as team is like a colorful page in a winding, epic  novel. We have stories about the past, present and future that unfold before my lens. Through these visual stories, we often help women re-examine their self image and for some, experience self love in a totally new way. Styling is a super relevant part of this equation. That's why we love stylized boudoir sessions most of all. 

Sometimes, just for fun, we like step into the PAST, creating a rich visual storyline through vintage boudoir. Timeless yet classy; Dramatic and unique, these sexy stories of the past are truly special. 

But how do these sessions come about? How can you go sexy retro without looking all cutesy-and-kitschy? Well, style is our obsession here at my Red Bank studio. If you love styles of the past, here's a bit of insight from myself and my amazing New Jersey & NYC Makeup Artist, Miranda Richards.

What are the most popular hair and makeup trends? What do you see happening next …and how would you like to see this work for
boudoir style

Says Miranda Richards, "We often hear a lot of people asking for the dramatic contour, which can be flattering on some, but for others it gets a little overwhelming. The Kim Kardashian look is still very requested for boudoir, but unfortunately it is not flattering on every face. The Victoria's Secret look is extremely popular, which consists of a simple, natural, smoked eye and tousled beach waves." This is very common -- and seductively easygoing... But what if you want to go a bit dramatic?

Sometimes -- letting go of a little control enables some amazing outcomes, as we were able to do with client Dana Leigh in this session. Miranda is truly an artist, and letting her do her thing produces some wildly amazing results.

Here, Dana relinquished complete control to us. Armed with a plethora of wardrobe choices from the in-studio boudoir boutique as well as a brave client, Miranda and I worked some magic on an already gorgeous "canvas". 

A vintage session gives you an excellent chance to step outside the ordinary and step into a dreamy, dramatic and sexy character.

A vintage session gives you an excellent chance to step outside the ordinary and step into a dreamy, dramatic and sexy character.


I absolutely love the vintage look, and I love playing around with vintage hair - I’d be happy to see more people requesting looser soft waves like Veronica Lake, and Lauren Bacall. I’d love to see that merge with an edgy look, like the way we orchestrated this session.
— Miranda Richards
Red Bank, NJ Boudoir Studio | NYC Boudoir 

Red Bank, NJ Boudoir Studio | NYC Boudoir 

SO HOW DO WE PLAN AHEAD TO CREATE THESE RETRO LOOKS?

Sometimes we pull inspiration from weird things, like the tapestries in the studio, furniture, the wardrobe, or even a single accessory to style a session. Or maybe it's from a recent movie we've seen or favorite book. For this particular shoot, Miranda pulled her inspiration from a color. She had been obsessing over cranberry and wine color palettes for a while, and I told her to go rogue. We selected wardrobe based on Miranda's vision for the hair and face.  

Some of the questions I may ask a client, to appropriately design her stylized session might include:

  • Is there a certain era you identify with? Or that your loved one identifies with? 
  • Do you have a favorite fashion icon or designer (this often gives me insight on how elaborate we should go) 
  • Tell me about your home... how is it styled? (This might tell us what kind of artwork could look great on the wall).

Armed with these insights, we mix together some of the old (era, vintage pieces and a an overall setting/vibe), with new, modern makeup trends that blend into an awesome styling canvas. It sets us up for an epic boudoir photo shoot. 

BUT FIRST, A SELFIE...  

I always ask a client to send me a barefaced selfie before the session, so that Miranda can dream up some looks and plan ahead. Looking that gorgeous? It's way more orchestrated than you'd imagine and requires our attention as artists.

preparations... 

Sometimes, Miranda will experiment on her own face to test a new look. This way, she knows what products she needs for the session and how to execute it brilliantly. If you follow her Instagram (@Mrndmua) you'll often see some of these interesting test looks.  

We also lay out the CLIENT'S BOUDOIR WARDROBE before the session, preferably while hair and makeup is being done. This helps us guide the session and keep it running smoothly. Preparation helps us maintain the constant zen relaxed vibe we enjoy at the studio. Our clients often tell us how at ease they feel during the styling session once we lay out and select all that wardrobe!

This vintage accessory was scored at a thrift shop for $5. SCORE! It was one of many looks we photographed that day.

This vintage accessory was scored at a thrift shop for $5. SCORE! It was one of many looks we photographed that day.

Here at the studio, we have a beautiful lingerie boutique for shopping, an accessories closet to borrow and stylize, and plenty of inspiration lying around to help you plan the session of your dreams.

(c)2015 Life As Fine Art | www.LifeAsFineArt.com

(c)2015 Life As Fine Art | www.LifeAsFineArt.com

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NEW JERSEY BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY | THE STUDIO'S THIRD TRIMESTER

NEW JERSEY BEAUTY & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER LIFE AS FINE ARTCATE SCAGLIONE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE UPCOMING OPENING OF HER *NEW* CUSTOM-BUILT
ECO FRIENDLY STUDIO & SPA LOCATED IN RED BANK, NEW JERSEY.

CREATING A NEW 'HOUSE OF WORSHIP' FOR MY CLIENTS. Here's the beautiful exterior of the new Life As Fine Art studio, which rests below the bell tower.  

CREATING A NEW 'HOUSE OF WORSHIP' FOR MY CLIENTS. Here's the beautiful exterior of the new Life As Fine Art studio, which rests below the bell tower.

 

Well, the secret's FINALLY out. For the past 9 months, I've been incubating a little bundle of joy and it's now in its final trimester. No, it's definitely not what you may think. 

Introducing My Life As Fine Art  Red Bank, New Jersey STUDIO & SPA.  

It's a beautiful space, where I have the ability to create the most amazing experience for my clients.

This is a house of worship of a different kind, where I can help my clients feel revered and honored, for the day...But in a way that will change their life.

Soaring ceilings and beautiful natural light flood the studio in a gorgeous fashion.

Finding and building this space has been a cathartic journey, a project of the soul that helps me deliver the very BEST photography experience in New Jersey and New York City.  It's also a prime destination for clients who travel and visit from beyond to indulge in the hip, hot town of Red Bank, New Jersey 
 
But to me, this is so much more than a studio space in New Jersey. THIS IS A REBIRTH. I

It is a chance to create epic moments and profound memories in the privacy of this enclave. 
It's a place where I can, without boundaries, create beautiful art that's meaningful and memorable.

It's not showy, pretentious or overindulgent. It's just... Heavenly.

And, once all the beautiful treasures of found antiques and luxe, up-cycled furniture are appointed, it will be ultimately swoon-worthy.

"Exclusive?" HELL NO. It's INCLUSIVE.

I always say "Custom Portraits are for Everyone". Everyone deserves to feel special. Art deserves to be preserved. And here, that's what happens. (And maybe just add a luxe organic massage while you're here)  ..winks.  ;)  

ON THE RISE. A soaring staircase, made entirely of reclaimed wood from the church leads to a mezzanine loft space and heavenly skylit- setting.

ON THE RISE. A soaring staircase, made entirely of reclaimed wood from the church leads to a mezzanine loft space and heavenly skylit- setting.

Want to come play?

As I put the final touches on this beautiful space, I would love to include you in the journey. Please be sure to subscribe to my website newsletter to stay informed of developments, contribute ideas, and get invited to the Gala Night during my Gallery Exhibition opening. 

LOFTY EXPECTATIONS. The open loft area, which overlooks the studio, will serve as a shooting space and a styling area. The beautiful skylight is designed for compelling light and shadow in the set all day long.

LOFTY EXPECTATIONS. The open loft area, which overlooks the studio, will serve as a shooting space and a styling area. The beautiful skylight is designed for compelling light and shadow in the set all day long.

Please be aware that with all this new excitement the calendar is already booking up fast. I'd love to have my longtime friends and followers be among the first to experience the new space. Be sure to contact me and  book your appointment NOW! 

WINDOWS TO THE SOUL. The studio features beautiful gothic style church windows throughout, creating an iconic look to my sessions as well as beautiful varied light throughout the day.

WINDOWS TO THE SOUL. The studio features beautiful gothic style church windows throughout, creating an iconic look to my sessions as well as beautiful varied light throughout the day.

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