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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Cozy Time | Campbell Los Gatos San Jose Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

 

 

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It’s important to bring the real you out in your session. If that means your not a satin gal, great! Sometimes just a simple knit sweater or a cute cotton pantie does the trick. Cozy styles allow you to be relaxed and elegant, fun loving and seductive. It can be just as colorful, playful and creative as even the sexiest lingerie. Because, in the end, it’s about having fun.

 

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Miss O is one great example of a simple open knit sweater look making everything seem so comfortable yet sexy. One could not resist being drawn in by her deep gaze. Another wonderful example is Miss M and her plush sweater paired with adorable leg warmers. Head to toe she looks as soft as a cloud.

 

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Miss E is showing her playful side with her color choice along with pairing a comfy cotton tee and lace panties. She feels at ease and confident which shows in her smile. Miss F embraces a little more of a seductive side to her cozy style with a full lace lingerie set simply paired with a lovely cotton cardigan. Her casual elegance shows through perfectly.

 

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Miss C and Miss K step it up a notch in the creative department and show proudly their unique personalities through their outfits. Miss C gives you her superhero side with her Superman socks. She made it even cooler with her charcoal hoodie and sexy black lace bra. Miss K is Cozy meets Geek Chic perfection with her Harry Potter panties, cotton tank top, and black rim glasses.

 

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For whatever personality trait you want to show, be it cozy or no, there’s lingerie that.  

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Valentine’s Day Special | San Jose Bay Area Boudoir

Get super sexy and RAW!

It’s that time of year… what better way to surprise your lover AND find your inner sexy and confidence then by baring your soul and body. Our RAW package will do just that. We get back to the basics in our beautiful San Jose photography studio with this simplistic yet sensual sheet session. Just 30 minutes of shooting, go have some lunch, come back and see your finished images. You’ll even get same day delivery of your 10 digital files via download!

A RAW session is not for the faint of heart, but you don’t have to be an exhibitionist either. This intimate session is about finding yourself. It’s about growth, sensuality and being comfortable in your own skin. You can read about the full RAW experience HERE on our Investment page.

 

We are running a Valentine’s day RAW SPECIAL!

 

Need to see a little more for yourself? Here’s a sexy video to show off our RAW session…

Need more convincing? Come check out our super sensual RAW GALLERY!

Our V-Day special is only good through Feb 9th and spots are booking fast! If you want to get in on this fabulous deal, contact us ASAP.

 

Wondering what the little black book looks like? Here it is… sleek, sexy and all about you!

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P.S. The album will take a couple days to arrive. 😉

 

So what are you waiting for? There is no better time than now to reconnect with yourself and release your inner sex goddess. Let’s do this, ladies. Let’s get RAW!

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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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Beauty Beyond Breast Cancer | San Jose Bay Area Boudoir Portrait Studio

Today I am honored to share a post from a recent client. She is strong, courageous and very brave.

 

This is her story:

 

My name is Daniella C. my journey started back in July of 2016. I went to El Centro for my grandfathers funeral. When I was there I found out breast cancer was pretty heavy on my dad’s side, but I didn’t know how far down the family line it went. My father passed in 2015 from Gastric Cancer at the age of 59. Hearing of the breast cancer frequency, I began asking questions. I spoke with a cousin that I met as a small child and we got to talking. She let me know that my grandma and great grandma on dad’s side both passed of breast cancer. She also informed me that we had a first cousin pass at 32 from breast cancer. Then she told me her sister is beating it right now at the age of 38. I knew right there I needed to get checked. My cousin then informed me that her sisters doctor suggested that ALL first cousin women and men should be test for the the BRCA gene. I asked my cousin if she had been tested? She said no because her doctor told her she was too young. We continued to talk and I found out that there is frequency of colon cancer on my mom’s side also. With all this new family cancer knowledge, I began my research.

When I returned home I explained my findings to my husband. He told me to reach out to my OBGYN and start from there. I did my first mammogram in October 2016 and everything was normal. After speaking with my OBGYN we also decided for me to talk to a genetic specialist. The genetic specialist started my family tree for cancer. We went through the whole list of all the people in my family that had cancer. After this whole processes she came back and said you aren’t that high of a RISK. But in my Gut I knew I was. I explained to her I wanted the BRCA test done because of the recommendation of my first cousin’s doctor. She told me that if I can get her the genetic test my cousin took, she would test me also.

At this point I reached out to my cousin and asked if she could pass my contact information to her sister and to please have her call me. I was so nervous because she was battling cancer and I wasn’t sure if she would even want to reach out. Well, one day I received a message through Facebook and it was my cousin with breast cancer. I was so happy she was willing to speak with me! We got to talking and I explained to her everything that was happening. She was so happy and loving and she sent me her test results within 2 days. I couldn’t believe it and was so thankful. As we all know, not everyone is so forth coming on personal situations.

At this point I emailed the genetic specialist at Kaiser and information she needed. The next day she contacted me by phone. By now this was December 2016. She told me all I had to do is go in and have my blood drawn and the results would come back in 3 weeks. This was right before my 36 birthday that I did the test. The first week of January of 2017 I got that call while at work. The genetic specialist told me I was BRCA1 positive. My heart sank into my stomach and the first thing I asked was what about my children? She told me all my children would have to be tested at the age of 18. I have a son who is 21 but does not want to get tested yet. My other 2 children are 13 (daughter) 7 (son).

Hearing those words I knew right away I would have to take action and do something. At this point I knew I was high risk for breast AND ovarian cancer. 85% for breast and 40-50% for ovarian cancer. My life was about to change in a very big way. I started the journey of appointment after appointment and doctor after doctor. I was scared and nervous about the decisions to be made but with the support of my husband and kids I knew I could do this. After all the appointments and getting a MRI which I requested, they found a mass in my right breast. I was so scared. I had a ultrasound and biopsy of the breast and it came back benign. One thing I can say going through all this right here is stick with your GUT!

At this point I knew the best thing to do was surgery to remove my breast. They told me a mastectomy would reduce my chance of breast cancer from 85% to less then 5%. Right there this was a no brainer for me. I finally decided on the date of 5/25/2017. I also decided to have a double mastectomy with diep flap reconstruction. This was by far the biggest decision in my entire LIFE, but I knew if I didn’t, I had a high chance of dying from cancer. As a mother/wife/daughter/sister telling your family you have CANCER is something NO one would ever want to say.

I was gifted this mini photo shoot by my Tia. It was the best thing I did before my surgery. I would have never done this for myself, and after I did this shoot, it really sunk in; in a couple of weeks my breast would be gone. A part of me for 36 years, would be gone. They breast fed my children and of course comforted my husband hahaha. This new journey I was about to embark on was overwhelming to say the least.

It is now post surgery. I have new breasts but with no nipples and not so nice scars, however, I AM CANCER FREE. WOOOHOOO! My photo reveal was post op and was very emotional. I looked at myself and was like WOW, these are beautiful pictures. Then I looked down and said to myself WOW, I am STILL beautiful! Once I am healed, I will definitely be doing another with Danea. Every women should do a shoot in her lifetime. We as women need to embrace ourselves and love ourselves with all the flaws we have.

As a women we need to know our BODIES and always stick to our gut. If I didn’t I could be sitting here now, with cancer. PLEASE listen to your body and research the BRCA gene. I am so happy I did.

Thank you for reading this. I hope it will help someone out there.

Love

Daniella

And here are her stunning images… oh and that hair, yes please!


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San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
San Jose Boudoir Photographer where to take sexy photos Best portraits
Despite a session like all others full of laughter and sexiness, we took a few moments at the end to really embrace the true solemn feelings that Miss D was experiencing. The loss of breasts does not make you less of a woman, but it’s a changing body, a loss. And with any loss, there is a sadness, a mourning, a change. Again, thank you so much, Daniella, for putting your story out there for others to see. You are beautiful inside and out. xo

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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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Rock Your Curves! | San Jose Campbell Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

If there is one thing that I am a strong believer in, it’s that every single woman can look and feel sexy. It’s about feeling it and believing in yourself. It’s really that simple!

Miss K was one of my model call applicants. In her email, she told me about her weight struggles and how she has finally come to accept her body and embrace it for what it is. She is finally allowing herself to feel as beautiful and sexy as her boyfriend keeps telling her she is.. and dangit, I’m with him. She’s super fly <— reverting back to my the 90’s lingo. Haha

When Miss K came in for her session she let loose. She played it up for the camera and rocked her fabulous curves. We had fun, we laughed a lot(it can feel a bit goofy playing up your sexy face, but it’s so worth it, and there is the bonus of the feel good laughs!). The resulting images are sexy and powerful. From pretty to daring, she did it all and hot damn, she looks fabulous!!!

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Are you ready to believe in yourself? To feel as beautiful as I know you are? If so, it’s time to contact me. I know it’s nerve wracking but I promise, you’ll do great and have a blast!

Contact me today!

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