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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HOW TO PREPARE FOR BOUDOIR SHOOT

New Year's Eve is upon us. How about a little game of... TRUTH OR DARE? 

TRUTH=  

I believe, wholeheartedly, 1000%, irrevocably, that you are perfect to me, and I can photograph you right now. You do not need to prepare at all.

Every individual has an element of beauty that is invisible to themselves. I can see it. I always see it. EVERY SHOOT, EVERY CLIENT. I want to capture the beautiful sensual person you are TODAY. And then again tomorrow. And maybe even next year, if you'll indulge me.

But time and time again, my new and prospective clients hit me with that old cliche...

"I am just nowhere near boudoir-ready."

Boudoir Ready? What is that? To me, it is NOT about perfection. It is not about looking like a Victoria's Secret model... 

It IS about celebrating confidence. Allowing yourself to feel a little vulnerable. Taking a leap of faith that you just might be pretty spectacular. And, it's a chance to open yourself up to something extraordinary. (Not to mention kick one off the bucket list). 

Ok, so "I'm not boudoir ready"... That phrase might be YOUR imagined truth. (I still don't believe it, but OK.)  So then, I offer you this... 

DARE=

I dare you, to book your shoot, and in 21 Days, get into amazing shape...Feel as gorgeous and confident as ever. Go ahead I dare you. Seem too hard? If you think you need more than 21 Days, go ahead and take it. To me, progress is about having goals and just plowing through them. 

Not being a huge risk taker, I usually go for the TRUTH rather than the dare. But it's New Years, so let's "go streak the quad" and go all out on a limb. To help you, I've brought in a DARE MASTER....

Anna Vega is a Professional Fashion & Runway Model, a devoted Mom of a 4 year old toddler, and ... A BeachBody training coach.

Starting TONIGHT, December 29, we are daring you to create your "Boudoir Ready Self" with Anna as your Coach. She will help you get on track with a healthy effective diet, fitness plan and personal support. You will be immersed in a BOUDOIR DARE challenge group, which starts JANUARY 5, 2015. It's includes a group of motivated, supportive people who just like you want to prep for their photo shoot with me.

Here's what You Need to Do...

1. FIRST, TAKE THE LEAP. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO DO THIS SESSION.  
Click here to pre purchase your 2015 BOUDOIR OR GLAMOUR PHOTO SHOOT. (Clients who are already booked with a date skip this step!)

2. GET READY FOR YOUR BEST CONFIDENT BODY in 2015. Click HERE to purchase and get IN ON ANNA'S 21 DAY CHALLENGE.  Just look for the orange colored JOIN link, and create your free account there.  Log in, and ORDER your 21 DAY FIX. This will include: 

•The 21 day fix 30 min/day workout programs

•A full meal plan and grocery list

•The color coded food containers that go with the program

•30 days worth of the nutritional shake shakeology in your flavor of choice (30 breakfasts)

•A to-go shaker cup for your shakes

•A calendar of different shake recipes

•A free health and fitness coach (PRO MODEL ANNA VEGA!)

•Free 30 day club membership to to the team Beachbody site to track meals, workouts and tons more

 

YOU WILL BE BOUDOIR READY. I DARE YOU! 

xoxoxo, 

Cate