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

 Are you interested in planning your own special boudoir photo experience? Look no further, we are excited to dream up something special with you...Just send us an email below...

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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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NYC + NJ BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER | WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR SHOOT | ART DECO

As a NYC + New Jersey Boudoir Photographer, I get the privilege of working with some exceptionally stylish women. Despite their excellent fashion sense, they still always seem to seem nervous about shopping for their boudoir session...and want to know how they can look tasteful and sexy in their boudoir pics. 

CHECK OUT THIS BOUDOIR PHOTO SHOOT LINGERIE BUYING GUIDE BELOW! 

One question I like to ask clients in their pre- boudoir photo shoot consultation is, "What's your favorite era?"  Meaning, I am very interested to know what style they identify with in women's fashion history. For many, it is the Art Deco period, characterized by vintage boudoir of the mid to late 1920's. 

Flowing gossamer, sheer silks and luxe lace all add to the details of this terrifically styled session. With the beautiful work of my hair and makeup artist Miranda Richards, the look is retro yet uniquely contemporary. It's one of my favorite ways to style a session.

NJ & NYC BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY SHOPPING LIST by Cate Scaglione


   NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER   does some personal shopping for you, based on your body type. See the fabulous finds below!

NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER  does some personal shopping for you, based on your body type. See the fabulous finds below!

NEW JERSEY AND NYC BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER CATE SCAGLIONE'S "BEST OF" WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION SHOPPING LIST  

In a previous post, I outlined how to determine your body type and how to select wardrobe for your session. To make things easier for you, I have compiled this "best of the best" shopping list to match your body type. You can shop anywhere you like... but these top quality designers and selections will serve as a great guide to go for that perfect look. If you'd like to shop in person and be assisted, may I suggest "Femme By Ashley" boutique in Red Bank, NJ who I find to be extremely helpful and wonderful in finding the perfect item for you. 

WHAT TO WEAR WITH A STRAIGHT OR RECTANGLE FIGURE

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http://www.agentprovocateur.com/us-main-nav/lingerie/corsets-basques/info/demelza-corset~black

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WHAT TO WEAR WITH A PEAR SHAPED FIGURE

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WHAT TO WEAR WITH AN APPLE SHAPED FIGURE:

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WHAT TO WEAR WITH AN HOURGLASS FIGURE

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STRAIGHT BODIES, VINTAGE LOOKS

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If you prefer to try on some of these and similar fashions in person, I highly recommend: 

Femme By Ashley, in Red Bank NJ
Sweetest Sin Boutique, Red Bank, NJ

Neiman Marcus stores Intimates Department

Happy Shopping!