Often as a photographer, it’s easy to forget to shoot for yourself or make little projects for yourself that reignite the heart, but it’s so important. As a matter of fact, it’s vital in order to continue as an artist to find ways to be inspired. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked so openly about my ideas and never followed through. Then those ideas sit in a catalog in the back of my brain categorized as Maybe, Someday, and Scratch. Well this time, I finally got of my lazy butt and went for it. And I have to say, I couldn’t feel more satisfied with myself.
Remember the fictional character, Ophelia, from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet? I’ve always been inspired by paintings, drawings, and other photographs that were inspired by the same character. The image is generally serene, feminine, and ethereal sometimes dark, even. I wanted to have a small group of work that resembled that kind of beauty and emotion. Well, I shamelessly and proudly used my niece for such occasion. It sort of came to me on a whim. Since she was already in town for a few days, we whipped up the set the night before she had to head back to school.
I have to say, when I look back at these impromptu images, I proudly punch my fist in the air for following through with one of my silly ideas and I want to kiss my niece’s facefor being such a beautiful and delightful spirit. Thank you Miss A. for being my muse! I love you!!
Miss R.’s presence is dazzling the studio and the blog. Xo
Make-up Artist: Allison Bower
Hair Stylist: Jennifer Grace
Long distance relationships are difficult especially when a loved one is on deployment, away from their wife and kids. That’s why Miss K. came into the Boudoir Factory and got some shots to let her husband know she’s thinking of him and she loves him!!
You’re Sexy, Girl!!
Make-up Artist – Allison Bower
They’re heeeerrreeeee! I have new album samples for viewing for your pre-consultation. Albums make such a great gift for your loved ones if they want to keep secret pictures of you at their work desk, or they also make a perfect gift for the soldier in your life who’s away on duty. I offer 3 album sizes: 5×5, 8×8, and 10×4, which all three come in your choice of Vegan and Leather covers. You can pick out your favorite 20 images you want, and I place the order that day. Albums arrive approximately between 2-3 weeks. So, be sure to book your session so that there is plenty of time to order your album.
My current display is my 8×8 and 5×5 Vegan albums.
If there is one thing I’ve learned to love, that’s falling in love with long, voluptuous, sexy and sometimes, drag queen eyelashes. That courtship began when a dear friend of mine from Artistic Enhancements bound those fantastic things to my eyeballs. Not only does having long lashes look great in photos, but people notice and you get great compliments for looking pretty. And who doesn’t love getting compliments for looking pretty? What I love about having eyelash extensions is that it’s low maintenance beauty. Sure, you have to keep up with them in that you will have to refill them once or twice a month, which is no different than keeping up with your manicure. What I mean is, you don’ have to put on a lot of makeup, or even wear any at all, and it looks like you just rolled yourself right out of bed looking amazing.
I have worked with Tara and Alexis at Artistic Enhancements over the years and they are both skilled and talented ladies when it comes to eyelashes, airbrushing, and other aesthetics. They will be displaying a booth at this year’s Women’s Expo at the Devos Place this month from the 8th-10th. Be sure to come down and say hi! And be sure to also Like them on Facebook.
The super quiet Miss J. heats up the Boudoir Factory this month as one my Valentine’s models. Don’t let this nice nurse fool you. She’s got a naughty side too.
Hair Stylist – Jennifer Grace
Make-up Artist – Allison Bower
I love the sparkly, exotic things in life especially when I’m on my way to my favorite shopping places. I dream of the day of owning my own studio and if I had it my way this is what I would be furnished with!
Hair Stylist – Christina Postelwait
Make up Artist – Allison Bower
It’s been awhile since I last wrote on this blog. As matter of fact, unless I check my archives, I can’t remember when I wrote last. So why today? Why now? Well, simply, I have some things to say. The past few years of my business have been an eye opening and even more, a heart opening experience. I have been able to go places, see beautiful things, and meet beautiful people. Within that time, I have had many moments of self reflection, especially this past year. For the past 6 years I have been a wedding and portrait photographer and I have learned a lot from this business. I’ve had a chance to connect with many of my clients on a deep level and even better, reconnect with people I have not seen in years. It’s amazing how time flies and how the years just past by in a blink. During my times of self reflection, I have come to a hard truth and have been scared to admit for sometime, but I’ve built up the courage to say out loud that I will not photograph weddings for my business anymore. It’s not that I don’t like them and I certainly don’t hate them. I just don’t feel as passionately about weddings as most of my colleagues are and their images are proof of their enthusiasm. I enjoy shooting weddings but I prefer a more sidekick approach which is second shooting for other photographers, in which I will continue to do so.
With all that being said, I am still photographing. My camera is not sitting down. As a matter of fact, I am very excited and happy to announce that I will be photographing boudoir and glamour photography. What does this mean? It means I will dedicate my business and life to making beautiful images of everyday women and helping them appreciate a little bit more of who they are and what they do. My heart just swells just typing that out. I have always been inspired with people in general, and I’ve always wanted to connect with them more on a deep and profound level. At the same time, I am fighting for women on their definition of what beautiful is. I will always disagree with women who badger themselves in how bad they look and only encourage how wonderful they are. Confidence, encouragement, appreciation, acceptance, friendliness, respect, kindness, and authenticity are the core ingredients of what beautiful is. I want to photograph any and every woman who can understand and relate with me on the kind of beauty that I speak of. Photographing them is the best way I can express that.
Glamour sessions are beauty sessions for women who prefer an option without wearing sexy lingerie. Boudoir is more edgy and has a more sexy, risque appeal, but it’s also quite a bold act to make for yourself. That’s why I love what the genre stands for. Why not seize the moment and embrace yourself as you are right now? Be brave! Be courageous! The truth is it’s scary to put yourself out there and see yourself in such a bold way. One day you’re going to look back and see those crazy, sexy, gorgeous pictures of yourself and say, “Wow, I was one sexy B****!!”
For more information on my Boudoir and Glamour sessions or just go for it and book a session, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to go over the details about my sessions.
To all of my clients, friends, and family, thank you for supporting me and being a part of my journey. I hope you understand my decision and that you continue to stay by my side as I continue to do big awesome things for my little business.
I am so excited to be able to offer this Valentine’s Day Special to my Emery & Co. Photo clients. If you have been thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot for your special someone, this is the perfect opportunity!! Book any package for your shoot and receive 5 extra digital files!!
Plus, if you book Package 3, get a complimentary disc of all 50 of your images. That’s a $350 value! If you’re curious about our pricing check my boudoir packages here. Some packages include professional hair and make up.
If you’re ready to book your shoot for Valentines, give me a call ASAP! (Slots fill up quickly!) I would love to chat with you about your Boudoir Experience, answer any questions you may have, and get you on the calendar…so call me today!! 616-893-1576. Ask for Jesamin!