Facing Breast Cancer Head On

Last year as I was scrolling through my FB feed while sipping my morning tea I came across a post from a friend where she was bravely sharing her breast cancer diagnoses and upcoming mastectomy. My heart broke for her, for her family and her two young boys. My immediate thought, as strange as this may seem to some, was that she needed me now more than ever… to take her pictures. Ha! To be fair, she has expressed interest numerous times so when I contacted her later that morning, it wasn’t completely out of the blue. With the whirlwind that had just become her life, she agreed that now was the time and so we got the ball rolling on this very meaningful session.

You see, this was not my first pre-mastectomy client. I have been witness to more than one beautiful and courageous woman who wanted to teasure her body the way it was. Time brings changes in many ways but often we are not given a choice on what is to come, it is these times when we must stay strong, encouraging and do what we can to uplift others. My gift is with the camera and crafting beautiful, pretty, sensual and sexy photos for every women who graces my studio. Miss M was no expetion. She transformed from this sweet, soft spoken mom to a gorgeous, bold and sensual woman and thus, she has allowed me to not only share her images but a bit of her story and for this I am grateful.

From the lovely Miss M…

“A month before the shoot I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. I knew my body would never be the same and I wanted to have a positive memory of my body. I also wanted to do something special for my husband. I’m so happy I went through with the photo shoot. Danea made me feel so comfortable from the beginning to the very end. My hair and makeup were both perfect.I knew that no matter the outcome of the surgery, I am beautiful no matter what. I am normally pretty modest and shy so I was surprised at how confident and empowered I felt AFTER the shoot! I’m now 5 months post surgery and cancer free. Thank you Danea for not only making me look beautiful but for making me FEEL beautiful.”

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Thank you, Miss M!

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Summer Inside | Best Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

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Bring The Sizzle Inside

 

 

Boy, is it hot out there! And you’ve been spending all day baking in the sun. That’s why it’s time to take the date inside. That’s when the night gets even hotter. What better way to make your lover break a sweat than with the perfect lingerie. Since it is such a bright time only bright beautiful colors will do. Start with all the colors of the rainbow and let the summery hues inspire you. So crank that AC and make the season come alive indoors.

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White

 

 

 

Divinely simple and always exquisite. A hue that brightens and softens all in one elegant entrance. Though white is often associated with the Winter season, with snow that sparkles like crystals, it is also a color that invokes the hue of summer.

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   Yellow

 

 

 

 

The flowers are in bloom and the sun is pouring in warmth and light. Oh no, I’m not talking about outside. I’m talking about Yellow and how it brings that exact summer sensation right into the favorite room in the place.

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Orange

 

 

 

 

Think of an adventure under a setting sun and the colors it produces. As the sun sets those yellows sometimes turn to orange. Those moments are the most romantic. That same romance can be worn as you radiate with the beauty of a Tuscan sunset.

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Pink

 

 

 

 

Another color a sunset often has are bursts of pink streaking through. On occasion, it encompasses the entire sky. Those are the sunsets that are the most passionate. Who wouldn’t want to wear the color of passion for a night destined to be filled with plenty of it?

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Purple

 

 

 

 

A regal yet relaxed statement may seem an odd combination at first, yes. But on a perfect summer night with a glass of wine and your handsome prince, this lovely statement is not only simple to achieve it is an absolute must for a most successful evening.

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Blue

 

 

Another regal yet racy color is blue and with the various shades, the stunning possibilities are endless, timeless and without a season. Let it remind you of the water that cools our bodies and quenches our thirst. Make this the inspiration you take with you to every room in the place.

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Green

 

 

 

 

Nature may come inside for a naturally sexy night with a brilliant shade of green. From emerald to moss, the perfect lingerie can bring that sense of spirit as you awaken your inner desires. Entice him further as the essence of the garden comes to life in the boudoir.

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Red

 

 

 

 

Make his heart race with the hottest color of all. A sizzling summer like no other is waiting for your lover. Turn the flames up a little more with a sheer material that leaves nothing to the imagination. Why keep him guessing when you’ve already made his blood boil?

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Black

 

 

 

 

Though, why change something classic? Are all those bright colors not much to your liking? Are you more of a midnight person with a dark an daring side? Black is your color, Black is intense and exciting, and black is always here to stay. Embrace your Dark Side.

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It’s almost too hot to stay inside! How could anyone stay cool, even in air conditioning, with all these perfect boudoir looks? So if you’re looking to make your summer never ending no matter where you are, there’s lingerie for that.

 

Heather

 

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Independence Never Looked So Good | Santa Clara Los Gatos Holiday Boudoir Photography

Happy July 4th!!

 

 

Independence Day is the day we celebrate stickin’ it to the King of England! Just like the other countries of the world that celebrate freedom, we wrap ourselves in our flag and blow things to smithereens. It’s also a day where the adventures seem endless. There is always somewhere to go and something to do on the 4th of July! So I guess the only question is, what do I wear? Here are some inspirational ideas that will make you one hell of a patriot.

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When thinking of what to put together always think red white and blue. It’s your freedom to wear whatever colors you want, but it’s always fun to show your pride loudly and proudly. And plus you can’t go wrong with this color combination. Leave it to a woman, Betsy Ross, to make sure our colors were going to always be fashionable for generations!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let your pride fly as freely as the flag and represent the U.S.A with class. Always feel free to celebrate how you like, but please party safely and enjoy celebrating the independence of our great country by watching a light show blowing up the sky! Have a Happy Independence Day!

 

Heather

 

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Final Touches For Summer | San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Photography

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Face it, besides a swimsuit, sunblock, and bag, you NEED something to dry off with and something to throw on between destinations without having to worry. Without a great towel and a beautiful cover up, you simply are not prepared for summer. Here’s are some great ideas to complete your summer and make it as sensational as possible.

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Starting with the most important of course…

Towels!!

 

 

Don’t just think of them as a way to get dry or lay on the hot sand. Think of it as an extension of yourself. Everything you love can be reflected through your towel. No matter what it is or how crazy! Here are the latest trends for Summer!!

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You’re an Animal!!

 

 

Animal prints are always a blast. But you can go one step further with a print of your favorite animal (even if it’s your very own pet.)

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Happy Hour!!

 

 

 

 

Wet your whistle with a good cocktail while laying poolside on one. It’s a refreshing way to have a little fun with your summer.

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Food for Thought!!

 

 

 

What’s a summer outing without a good feast? Make your summer more delicious with a fantastic food towel shaped like your favorite treats.

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Tribal Connection!!

 

 

 

Bring back the spirit of the native culture and feel free and easy while walking on the beach or laying on the grass and dream the day away.

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Little Mermaid!!

 

 

 

Be apart of a beautiful, magical world that only exists in the purest imagination and feel one with the sea and the summer.

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Leave A Message!!

 

 

Make a statement and don’t be shy about conveying exactly what you want for your seasonal experience. Be creative while staying cool and dry.

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Flower Child!!

 

 

 

Get in a natural state of mind by bringing the palm trees and tropical flowers with you to every summer destination.

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Now that you’re set with an awesome beach towel…

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It’s time for the chicest part of summer…

 

CoverUps!!

 

 

Of course, it’s easy to just wrap a towel around you and walk around. But it is not the most practical nor the most fashionable. The towel always falls off and drips and gets sand all over the place. If you want your summer fun to continue without worry then there here are the latest trends for every personality.

 

CoverUps!!

 

Animal Instinct

 

 

Bring your wild side out and making the boardwalk your personal catwalk with animal-inspired designs.

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Push Her Buttons

 

 

A simple, oversized, button up blouse is a must-have for your breezy beach outing.

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The Touch, The Feel, Of Cotton

 

 

Make it funny or make it casual, but always make it comfortable with cotton.

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Garden of Eden

 

 

Bring a fresh feel with a floral design and accentuate your more natural side.

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Flapper Fabulous

 

 

Let those tassels sway in the breeze and let the wind point the way to the unforgettable.

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Bohemian Ways

 

 

Just as the music follows so too does the festival vibes they bring with a bohemian inspired print.

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Jump All Over It

 

 

In order to elongate every inch, you must take a chance and plunge into a jumper.

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Lovely Lace

 

 

Sheer elegance and chic will follow every season when wearing lace material.

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Neon Dreams Come True

 

 

The sun isn’t the only reason for people around you to wear their shades when wearing neon.

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Catch More Fish With That Net

 

 

Fishnet is not just for the catch of the day anymore.

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Who Wears The Pants

 

 

Sometimes the right slacks make your summer outfit sizzle.

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Sensational Skirts

 

 

Summers are all about bringing the skirts out to play.

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Top Me Off

 

 

You’re going to need to top to go with that hot summer sun.

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Romp Around A Bit

 

 

Everything about summer is the romper: perfectly sunny in every way.

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Dress It Up

 

 

Slay the day away, no matter where you’re going, with a long flowing dress.

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Simply Wrap It Up

 

 

It’ll get that summer style wrapped up, thank you.

 

With the perfect coverup, your summer style is complete…

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Happy Summer!

 

 

Now your summer needs are met you are set for the fun in the sun, a cool moonlit night and everything in between. Enjoy your cocktails, your bbq’s, your tan, your best life and your best friends! 

 

Heather

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Head to Toe Summer Cosmetics| Monterey Santa Cruz Bay Area

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Face the Summer Looking Your Best!!

 

 

It’s time to think light and bright now that the sun is shining and the beach is calling you. The greatest thing about summertime is the kaleidoscope of colors hiding in your closet can now come out to play! So have some fun checking out all the latest trends in hair, makeup, and nails that are sure to make for a sizzling season.

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As always, let’s start from the top…

 

Hair!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair is the most empowering way to express your summer self and bring out your brightness! With just the right style, color and accessories you will have the attention of the whole beach. Go for pastel colors, put in a stylish braided updo, and put some glitter along the part and hairline and you are ready to step out as the top hair trend of the season.

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Makeup!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup is a woman’s war paint no matter what the season. She’s gotta slay when she steps out that door. Since the summer is all sun you have to think of how that hot look is going to protect you from the hot sun. Yes, I know, you’ve heard this from me once before. But it’s true, summer sun and skin damage go hand in hand if you don’t take the proper measures. So, of course, UV protection and waterproof is a must have every summer.

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Nails!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite way to express myself, especially in the summer, is through my nails. Because sometimes I just don’t have the time to put on that cute summer make up r take a long time getting the hair just right. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. So, this summer, go bright, go bold and always have a blast from hands to toes. Stay with the current fashioned by going with nautically themed nails and make the ocean come to you wherever you go.

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Now that you know the way to a flawless face this summer…

 

 

 

 

Let that stunning shine through with the perfect combination of beautifying cosmetics that will make you hotter than any summer!!

 

Heather

 

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Accentuating Summer Accessories | Los Gatos San Jose Bay Area Photography

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Make a Splash with The Trendiest Summer Accessories!!

 

 

Often times summer accessories have a dual function; protection and fashion. You cant have the most fun in the sun without covering all your bases and looking damn good while doing it! So, complete that out of this world look with any one of the latest seasonal trends.

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Let’s start at the top…..

 

Hats!!

 

 

 

 

A stylish hat is an absolute must for those hot summer months! Be as sporty or as chic as you wish and still have the best protection for your head and face. And don’t be intimidated by a large brim. It’s too fabulous to pass up. and the bigger the better.

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Sunglasses!!

 

 


 

 

Look at your summer through rose-colored specs and keep those eyes safe with a jazzy pair of sunglasses. UV protection is not just important for your skin. Your eyes need that same care too. And since the colors and styles are numerous go ahead and have a different pair for every summer day that shines bright like a diamond.

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Scarfs/Wraps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarfs can be an exciting changeup to your summer look in so many ways. Wrap your head and create a chic way to shield you from the sun. Or even wear it as a shawl, cover-up or skirt to go from beach fashion to street fashion in a snap. Go for bold prints and loud colors to spice it up even more.

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Jewelry!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are just so many wonderful creations to choose from! I cant just pick one that is the most fun to wear. They all add that special something your summer outfit so desperately needed. Gold and natural stones are always in style, but this year’s fun trend is full body, hand, and feet decore. This trend truly accentuates the best of you while feeling comfortable and unique.

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Phone Cases!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The phone is not only a phone, it’s a great part of everyday life. With use being such daily necessity it’s only natural to accessories it considering how much we show it off during a selfie alone. A phone is an extension of ourselves and should reflect that in the most fun ways possible.

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Purses!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I speak for every woman when I say that a purse is your greatest lifeline! How else are we supposed to carry our whole summer around wherever we go? Explore colorful patterns and quirky designs. Go big for the beach or small for the evening and always stylish everywhere in between.

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Let’s end with the best part…

Shoes!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect pair of shoes is the most adventurous way to celebrate summer in all its colorful glory! Whether it’s a pair of pumps or a classic flip flop summer will never be boring when you wear the latest trends in summer footwear. Rainbow is all the rage in shoes right now. You don’t have to choose just one shade, choose them all and live your best life.

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Now that we’ve covered everything from head to toe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a time to be bold, a time to be brave, and a time to be free. Let the Summer, and all the wonderful accessories it has to offer, take your breath away!

 

Heather

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Sizzling Summer Solstice | San Jose Bay Area Boudoir Photography

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Summer Is Officially Here!! And we all know what that means; SWIMSUITS!!

 

 

There is no better way to show your unique summer self than through the perfect swimwear. Thankfully there are so many to choose from and it is perfectly acceptable to have more than one style of swimsuit in one season.dec_border

Are you into a One Piece…

 

 

 

 

A one piece is a classic structure with so many possibilities. It’s comfortable and extremely flattering. You can conceal as much or as little as you wish and still feel confident and secure. Choose from an endless array of styles and patterns to be unstoppable at the beach all summer long.

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Or are you into a Two-Piece…

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re strutting your stuff and laying poolside with a sexy bikini or sporting your athleticism with a structured two-piece, you will always feel confident and comfortable. And just like a one piece, there are an unending array of styles and patterns. The possibilities are not only ceaseless but they are sizzling.

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Here are some of my personal favorite trends of Summer 2018…

 

High Waist Swim

 

 

 

Take a vintage look and make it modern. It accentuates every curve and keeps you secure while making you look flawless. Top trend right now in high waist swim attire is the long sleeve mesh top bikini.

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Athletic Swim

 

 

 

 

Keep movin’ and groovin’ with the ever comfortable sporty swimsuit. Always comfortable, always durable and never out of style. The top trend in athletic swim attire right now is designer label two-piece.

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Mix and Match Swim

 

 

 

Never get bored again when you mix and match your tops and bottoms. You can even mix styles and colors you wouldn’t think match in a million years. The top trend in mixing and matching right now is an off the shoulder ruffle top with bikini bottoms.

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Multi-Toned Swim

 

 

 

 

 

Wheather you’re a one piece or a two piece girl you will always look great in the multi-toned block pattern. Inspired by early 90’s color schemes, but always timeless. The top trend in the multi-toned swim attire is the tri-color bikini.

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Strappy Swim

 

 

 

The strappy style is definitely for the boldest and most confident beach goer. Some are meant for laying chic poolside and some are structured well like athletic wear, but both are always jaw-dropping, to say the least. The top trend right now in a strappy swim is not so much a style as much as it is color; bold, bright, hot colors like pinks and yellows.

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Island Patterns

 

 

 

Bring out your inner island girl and feel the rhythm move you. The choice of patterns and colors are as numerous as the culture of every island nations that make up this awesome world. The top trend in Island inspirations is a Barbados ‘Crop Over’ Festival print with a trim of gold.

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Mermaid Swim

 

 

 

 

Mermaid style is one of the top trends at the moment. So many women would much rather mermaid than adult and with today’s fashion, you can. There are even fully functioning swimming tales to complete the mythical magic. Of course, the most trendy thing of all in mermaid style is everything Ariel from Little Mermaid.

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Vintage Swim

 

 

 

 

Last but not least is, of course, the timeless Vintage style swim. It’s swim that’s meant to last under any circumstances and make you look classicly irresistible. And the most consistently popular trend through the years is all about the 50’s, whether it’s polka dot or leopard it has withstood the test of time.

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Sizzle this season and always remember…

Make sure this summer to have the most fun you can have in your most dangerous curves. Show off loud and proud, get some well-needed sun and make it about you conquering the world.

 

Heather

 

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