What To Wear Wednesday | San Jose Campbell Los Gatos Boudior Photography

 

Motherhood is many things, and yes sexy is one of them. Here are some sizzling ideas for your boudoir maternity session. Each look is unique and fits for every woman’s comfort and personality.dec_border

 

A bodysuit is a super cute look for any photo shoot, especially a maternity shoot. No matter what style, cozy or dramatic, you will love how a bodysuit makes every curve look.dec_border

 

 

Gowns are elegant, classy and very chic. This style is one of the most used looks for these sessions and with its simple design with delicate fabrics one could look like a glamorous Goddess in every picture.dec_border

 

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And my personal favorite is the classic chemise. No matter the style, color or fabric this simple flirty lingerie dress will always achieve the snugness you need for your exciting boudoir maternity photo shoot.dec_border

 

Be sexy while showing off the true beauty of mother earth!

 

Heather

 

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Sexy Accessories | San Jose San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Photography

 

When doing a boudoir photo shoot keep it unique and keep it about you. It’s time for that sexy side to sizzle. The best way to do that is through accessories, but you never want to over accessorize simply because IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!! There are so many fun ways to do this that will not take away from that perfect shot!

Let’s go from top to bottom!

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Hats are a great start. Often times you can play with a lot of different close-up shots. And there is a hat for every look and every type. Everything from a big Hollywood glamor look to a rustic cowgirl look, you’d be surprised about its versatility.

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Now, personally, I am not a hat person. I’m not the only one either. But I can’t help but love a good headpiece of some kind. A great flapper style headband adorned with ornate fabrics and designs is one option that will enhance every picture.

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Tiaras and different bejeweled hair accessories are essential for the perfect boudoir bridal photo. The tiara is best when worn with an elegant veil, but is just as stunning by itself to make your inner princess come to life.

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But I can’t resist just keeping it simple and sexy with flowers in the hair. You can have a single rose sitting delicately on one side or have an entire arrangement placed throughout your hair of any flower you wish.

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Make a statement with an alluring mask. Entice those who look to stare deep into your eyes and become mesmerized. Be as subtle or as decorative as you wish with this fanciful accessory.

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Chokers are the sexiest types of necklaces. It hugs the neck with elegant styles and materials that make this ever sensual part of your body look longer and more delicate.

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Pearls are as simple as can be along with being as sexy as ever. Pearls pair well with every boudoir outfit, but it is even more desirable when it stands alone. Wear it close to your neck like a choker, wrap it with layers around your neck, or wear them long as the pearls follow down the center of your body.

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Go big and rocker with various types of draped chain. Gold is another personal favorite and letting the layers drape long and proud down every curve is so sexy.

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One option, if you are not into a chain like I am but still want to make a big statement, is to go with big colorful beaded pieces. The more colorful the better!

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But who could resist a wonderful jewelry set being the only outfit you wear. Let your jewels inspire the sexy in you.

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And what better to match with your exquisite jewels than a stunning fluffy fur stole or fur coat. It can be faux or no, colorful or simple, and always soft to the touch.

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Add a silky touch of something extra sexy with a pair of luxurious gloves. With such choices as lace, chiffon or satin, how could you not look glamorous? Have them long and simple or short and decorative to show off a unique you.

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Fans are the most beguiling accessory and always makes for a fabulous photo. Even more so than then any hat, the fan can be a great prop for a captivating close-up like no other.

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Body chains are the sexiest trend in boudoir accessories and with as many styles as there are ways to wear them you can not go wrong. When used for a photo shoot it often highlights the most arousing features.

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Belts can also be a great addition to your choice of outfit. With a corset waist belt, you can cheat! You have the same classic look of a corset without having to lose your breath or deal with to many ties.

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Chain belts are another great way to enhance your outfit and give you an edgy look that snugs closely and enhances your racy side.

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Garters! Need I say more? And with so many styles to choose you can be anything from a blushing bride to subtle hints of s&m, however the mood strikes you.

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Stockings? What’s more risque than stockings held up with a classic garter belt? It’s that vintage look that will never go out of style because it is so perfect, especially for a boudoir shoot.

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You’re going to need one sexy pair of pumps to really make your stockings complete. Any color, any style and however high you want them is the best way to make your luscious legs reach to the stars.

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But it’s not the only way to make your legs look spectacular. Boots! The higher the thigh the better! Make them look even more scandalous by wearing only your boots during your session.

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From head to toe and everything in between, make sure the true sexy vixen that exists within every pearl clutching lady shines brighter than a diamond.

 

Heather

 

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Retro Glam | San Jose Bay Area Boudoir Photography

 

 

Vintage never goes out of style, especially in the boudoir. And capturing this sexy elegance in a photo is as old as photography itself. And to look sexy for your love is even older. As old as time. The evolution of these delicate undergarments have a long history, but styles are often repeated and made better through the ages. As times change and needs of the boudoir do, so to must lingerie.

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Victorians were not as stuck up as one would think. They knew how to have fun and dress for the occasion, even in private. For the modern Victorian look a touch of lace here, a neck-full of pearls there and a breathtaking corset is all you need

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By the 1920’s women were not only politically free but a little more sexually free and their less constricting often more revealing lingerie was a sign of the times. Even the music in the bedroom became more exciting with Jazz.

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As Hollywood grew in popularity so did the need for looking like a star in the bedroom. Even with WWII taking all the silk, that didn’t stop the ladies from wearing the most glamorous looks! (Thank You Nylon)

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Can you imagine the 1950’s being sexy? Well, the truth is some of the sexiest styles we still use today came from the 1950’s. It has become the most copied look for vintage lingerie.

 

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So if you feel like you were born in the wrong era…there’s lingerie for that!

Heather

 

 

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Bad Ass Boss Lady | Los Gatos Bay Area Boudoir Portrait Photographer

I’m back, baby!!! Yes, it’s been a while and I promise I will share more about what has been happening the past few months and why I have been silent. The important thing for now is that we are back and jumping into 2018 with full force!

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

I recently had the pleasure of working with the gorgeous Ofelia, owner of O Spa Salon in Los Gatos, again! The first time she graced my studio was for some much needed head shots. You may remember this the shot from IG?

 

Well this time she was braving a sexy shoot! It can be hard for women to take the much needed time to pamper themselves, regardless of whether you are a stay at home mom,, employed or run your own business. What better way than a personalized shoot designed to push your boundaries, bring out your inner sexy or discover a new found confidence!?

 

About O Spa Salon

How long have you been in business?

I have been running O Spa for 8 years but in the skin care industry for over 20!

What made you want to start your own business?

Honestly, I was working for someone else and paying a lot of money in rent each month. I figured I could keep that money myself! I had no idea all of the work that would be involved with running my own business but it’s worth it!

What drew you to your profession?

My mother was a model and a beauty consultant. I was trained at a very young age how to take care of my skin and it came easy and I soon realized it’s where my heart is.

What do you specialize in?

My specialty is skin care, especially Hydrafacials, and tattooing for permanent make up. I have extensive training in eyebrow tattooing. Eyebrows can drastically change a womans face. Shaping and designing the most flattering custom look for each lady is something I do with care, consideration and skill. Every face is different as are the needs of each client.

What drew you to your specialty?

The beauty industry has always fascinated me. I love making women feel beautiful and look beautiful. What better way to utilize my skills and passion than owning a spa!? Learning and taking the time to train and use the latest technology keeps our salon ahead of the game as well as keeping things new and exciting.

What kind of experience should a first time client expect?

We value customizing things for each client. So each client will get preferred treatment and individualized customer care to suit their specific needs. Our salon takes pride in customer consultation and explaing each service we plan to provide. We are always happy to answer any questions a client may have.

Is there anything special you do to prepare the client? 

We always do a consultation in the beginning of each 1st time client to make sure we understand what they’re looking for so we can always over deliver!

Is there anything you would like to add about the spa or yourself?

At O Spa you can be assured that you will be taken care of from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave we will even give you our personal cell phone number so that you can reach us with any additional questions!

Do you have any specials you are currently running?

We always have seasonal specials and we offer all first time clients a new introductory offer. Call to ask for but our special promotions!(O Spa 408-354-1100)

Check out Ofelia’s fabulous spa and all it has to offer —-> O Spa Salon  

About Your Boudoir Coterie Photoshoot

 
How did the experience make you feel?

Danea knows the woman’s body and she knows how to get behind the camera and make you look and feel confident! As a model, yes I’ve had much experience, but to do a sexy lingerie shoot it takes a talented photographer to make the images excellent!

What surprised you the most about your experience?

I’ve worked with many photographers over the years but like I said Danea puts you at ease and her lighthearted spirit and personality make you feel confident and at ease!

What was your favorite part about your session?

Seeing the final images of course!

How did you feel during the reveal process?

I was completely surprised at her lighting and beautiful work.

Would you recommend other women like yourself to do a session of their very own?

I would absolutely recommend Danea and have done so with friends AND clients. Every woman should have this experience!

Would you ever do another shoot for yourself?

Yes!

Is there anything else you would like to add about your unique experience? 

I highly recommend Danea and her photography studio for lingerie shoots her studios have the perfect backdrops settings props lighting! She is a complete professional with the best attitude and when there’s passion there is talent and Danea fits at all!

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Thank you so much, Ofelia for letting us learn about you, your salon and your bad ass boss lady ways!

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How To Feel Sexy | San Jose Bay Area Boudoir Portrait Photographer

Sometimes you need to be shown how beautiful you are…

 

All women struggle with feeling beautiful and confident. There are so many things in life that get in our way, change how we feel or how we look and sometimes we need a little reminder. I had the gorgeous Miss D in for a session a couple months ago. She was nervous but excited. She allowed us to play with her adorable pixie cut for some playful spikes, it looked fabulous on her! We raided the studio wardrobe for this elegant dress and a sparkly necklace. The low cut front and leg slits showed off all her gorgeous assets. She looked amazing and as always I love to see the transformation from shy and nervous to confident and strong. Miss D has it going on!

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Those eyes!

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This dress is a studio piece and looks amazing on!

 

Next, we got a little playful with this sexy little number, also a studio piece. We paired it with this gorgeous mask for the perfect match.

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Seduction. When you feel beautiful, it can happen without even trying.
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Miss D is wonderfully tall, perfectly shown off in this image. What you don’t see in this set is how much we laughed throughout her session. Some of these poses are not the most natural. Hahaha Modeling can be hard, but it can be rewarding also. After showing Miss D a few images on the back of the camera she did her best not to cry with excitement. I was able to show her how stunningly beautiful she is. To me, that has greater value than the images alone. I know I have said this a lot but there is so much more to a Boudoir Coterie photo shoot than having your picture taken, it’s an experience every woman should have. We all need to feel beautiful, sensual and confident.
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Why yes, I do shoot topless, but I am not allowed to show it on my website. I think I found a way around this. 😉 If sensual images fit your style, then these sexy sheet set shots are the way to go.
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Miss D was amazing and brave. For someone so nervous about being in front of the camera, she completely stepped out of her comfort zone and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Her images are stunning and sensual. the perfect portrayal of this gorgeous woman. 

You were a pleasure to work with, Miss D. Stay sexy!

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Hair & Makeup by the fabulous Nikki of Nikki Notarte Artistry

 

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50 and Fabulous! | San Jose Campbell Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

When I created the model call last Feb, I never imagined I would have so many amazing women respond. It was a challenge to narrow them down and I ended up choosing more than I should have. My shame is that I am still editing a couple sessions because I ended up booking so many regular clients on top of those chosen and thus the mc ladies keep getting bumped in the editing line, but we can ring the shame bell later.(My geeky Game of Thrones reference…hahaha).

Today I am super excited to show off Miss V. Her initial contact letter stood out to me and she immediately made the first cut. What I didn’t expect was her reaction to the session and photos. I mean her beauty was obvious to me, but she made me realize how life and circumstances can change us and skew our perception of ourselves. Miss V was gracious enough to write a few words for this blog post and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I say it all the time, a Boudoir Coterie session is NOT just about sexy photos… but I’m going to let her words do the talking and for the record, I cried. Happy tears streaming down my face as I read this, knowing that my job can have such a powerful affect on women.

When Boudoir Coterie published a model call, completely out of character, I leapt at the opportunity. I have done a lot of good things with my life – got two daughters off to college, rebuilt a career after being a stay-at-home mom, became a licensed massage therapist and held a side job as the owner of my own massage studio, and then lost twenty-five percent of my weight as a gift to myself for my fiftieth birthday. Even with that accomplished list, way down deep, I lacked confidence. A burden I carried, that no one could see from the outside. I wrote in the model call letter “I would be so grateful to have a tangible memoir of an occasion that captures the awakening of my love for myself – a concept that I am finally beginning to appreciate. I believe that for the first time in my life, I will see these photos and think to myself ‘I am beautiful and lovable’ and truly believe it.”

Upon leaving Danea’s studio after the photo shoot, I already felt a tremendous surge of empowerment. A little shy at first, because I had never been photographed so intimately, I quickly felt my inner goddess emerge! I spent the rest of that day with a Cheshire cat grin, singing in my head “I know something you don’t know…” and privately glancing at the sneak peek Danea posted online. Who was that powerful, stunning woman in the picture that looked like me? I had spent years focused on the flaws, and had all but entirely dismissed the beauty of “the whole package”. And there it was, staring me in the face with smoldering eyes, a confident smirk, and seductive pose. Female strength, in all her glory.

Days later, another sneak peek was posted and it completely turned me upside down. Something in the candid joy that was captured on camera reminded me of a woman I used to know and admire. Imagine my shock when I finally realized the woman it reminded of was me, from years ago, before life slowly pushed the inner goddess aside. One simple photo erased decades of neglected love and acceptance of myself, letting me reacquaint with the real me. A vivacious, feminine woman, with beauty inside as well as outside.

Choosing the images I wanted to purchase was difficult, only because every single photo presented was a work of talented art. With Danea’s encouragement, more than surface beauty is revealed in intimate portraiture – a woman’s true spirit is awakened. When my package arrived, before I even finished looking at everything in it, I placed two of my favorite prints in a side-by-side frame. The images are similar; one with a demure, downward glance, which is in black and white. The other is the same pose, but with a hearty laugh, looking up.  The second print is in color. For me, having the two displayed together is a reminder that when I laugh, life is lived in color. This experience became so much more than posing for some pretty pictures. It brought the essence of my soul shimmering out to dance with the world, with grace, vitality, and confidence.
 
Thank you, Danea”
Thank YOU, Miss V. It was a pleasure working with you and not one I will soon forget. 🙂
Hair and Makeup by the wonderful Mari Valencia.

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Upon leaving Danea’s studio after the photo shoot, I already felt a tremendous surge of empowerment.

 

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Bring It On 2016! | Campbell Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

Happy New Year!

It’s here already, 2016. In fact we are now 5 days in and I am finally “coming out of hiding”. I want to talk a little about the past year and then tell you about some exciting changes for 2016. But first, a confession. I have been sick, like really sick for the last month. Flu and cold viruses ganging up on me. It’s been never ending(I still have it) and I have had to stop my Enbrel which is an immune suppressant for my RA just so it didn’t take a turn with an infection of any sort, well it actually did and I had to do a small dose of antibiotics over Christmas. I started to stress out about being so sick and taking care of clients that as soon as the last album was delivered, I shut down. Despite having a never ending list of business things to take care of, I realized that the world would not end if I didn’t write that Happy Holidays newsletter, or post about the new year. Instead, I rested. I slept. I colored. I lived in my pj’s. I let it all go, that is until today when I finally had to get back in the game and play catch up. But you know what. It was worth it!

Adult coloring, it’s the latest “trend” but I am loving it! I completely recomend investing in art pencils though. I was using kid ones and it made my hands soooo tired. The soft Prismacolor shown below are like butter! Great for blending, shading and rich colors! I received two coloring books for Christmas, Game of Thrones and a 6×6 Japanese image book. I love them both! Here are just a few of the pages I colored while crashed on the couch trying to cough my abs into a six pack:

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2015 started out with a busy Jan. I was booked pretty solid through the winter, spring and summer. In August, Boudoir Coterie participated in the filming of an upcoming tv show called Plus Life. It’s a new show featuring women who are “fat and happy”, no excuses, they love who they are and I think it’s fabulous to live life and be happy with yourself. It’s a crowd funded series and they can use your help(so that the diet industry doesn’t buy up all the commercial spots and play into societies “you must be thin to be beautiful and happy”). Follow the link above to check it out and help if you can. The episode I shot featured Chrystal, the owner of Curvy Girl Inc and two other fabulous ladies who did a mini boudoir session. I won’t lie, being on camera was completely nerve wracking, especially while I was shooting. I am sure I come across as a bumbling fool but on second thought, that’s probably not too far from the truth. Hahahaha. Here’s a little sneak from the shoot…

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After years of unexplained fatigue which had me struggling with actually accomplishing basic tasks, this past fall I was diagnosed with ADD. The complications of finding the right meds and doses has begun. Not something I wish on anyone! At this point I am doing better in regards to the fatigue but focus is still a bit of a struggle. I find that the busier I am with business and clients, the better I do! The nice thing about the meds is finally being able to complete tasks on my want to do list. Like this fabulous coffee table that had been weathering in my back yard for 9 months. I felt guilty about not having the energy to complete it and then one weekend, I finally did. Sanding, painting, distressing, staining. I did it all in two days with drying time. I love it and I’m so proud of myself. Am I allowed to admit that? Hahaha.

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For the first year in many, the Christmas season was slower than usual. We went on a trip to Austin in Nov and it was nice to get away and see my husbands family(and have dinner was three fabulous Austin area boudoir photographers!). November is also when I introduced a new add-on item to my product line. It’s a gorgeous 12 month calendar. I finally found a lab that I trust and I love the finished look. Just one more fabulous item to have!

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I also started a new private Facebook Group called Boudoir Coterie VIP. I often hear from ladies that they want to like my page but don’t want their significant other to see it in their feed. I also have a heck of a time with FB not showing my posts so this way you won’t miss out, you will find it all in the group! It’s also a great way to get a feel for myself, the experience and how it all works. There are wonderful past clients in the group that would be happy to answer questions. Sometimes speaking to someone who has done a shoot can really help ease your mind. Plus, there will be VIP goodies and specials just for group members!

Some Changes

Last month I decided to play a little with capturing more emotion in my images and by this I really mean, giving the option to clients to do more suggestive/risque poses with a darker moodier feel. I’ll soon have a new portfolio showing off this style but here is a sneak peek for now.

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So now to introduce the biggest news… Boudoir Coterie IS MOVING! That’s right, we will be leaving our San Jose warehouse location and moving to a fabulous location in downtown Campbell! My husband and I put so much work into our current studio that I admit to having mixed emotions. It’s bitter sweet to leave the space that started it all but honestly the lack of heat, air conditioning and leaky roof did me in. I fell into the new space with lucky timing. It was so sudden I almost had a hard time comprehending how fast it all happened and what it meant. Haha. It’s a beautiful “old saloon” with so many fabulous shooting areas. This location will be a shared space with ladies who work in and around the wedding industry and all of us do something different. Brides to be— we’ll be your one stop shop! LOL. I’m really looking forward to some fabulous events being held here and of course, SHOOTING! I am excited to do my first test shoot there tomorrow and will be sure to post some sneaks!

Here’s a little peek; there will be some changes coming soon, including new paint colors! My main shooting studio will be through those upstairs doors. 🙂

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So there you have it. 2015 ended with a bang! I am very excited about what will come this new year. I have so many grand ideas and I’m looking forward to sharing them all with you and of course meeting more lovely ladies who will trust me to making them look and feel beautiful!

Happy New Year!

 

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