Glamour Photography

March 27, 2015

Glamour photography has come a long ways since the the 20’s. Interesting enough, glamour photography used to be considered erotic photography.  Ha! Thankfully old french pin ups in the 1900’s gave glamour photography a new face. During World War II is where it really started gaining momentum! Movie stars started exposing more and more skin and there it began, sassy, scantily clad dressed women were winning the hearts of service men and men around the world.

This new take on glamour made it more socially acceptable. Although it was not as taboo as before, it was still considered to be highly controversial and even illegal up till the 1950’s.

It was the one and only Marilyn Monroe in 1953 that was featured nude in the first ever playboy magazine. This took nude and glamour photography mainstream.marilyn-monroe-1953

There has been so many glamour standards and styles over the last century. With each period reflecting what is socially acceptable. Glamour photography has never gone away but over the last decade it’s made quite the comeback and is better than ever.

I like to say I shoot modern, fashion, glamour photography for real women. It’s so nice to see that boudoir and glamour photography are more popular than ever and more every day women are feeling empowered to celebrate who they are! I love showing my clients that they are just as beautiful as those women they compare themselves to in fashion magazines. I like to show them with the right hair, make-up, lighting, angeles, photography and retouching, they can be just as glamorous!

This lovely woman was a natural beauty, yes, but her skin was very damaged from a brutal fight with teenage acne. I’m not going to show them, because well, that’s just rude, so you will just have to trust me! She was a model we hired to shoot a jewelry look book and when she showed up we a little surprised, as we could not tell from the images she had sent us that her skin was really quite bad.

I did the best I could do. I lit her with soft beautiful light,  and did some retouching magic. The results are pretty amazing. You would have no idea? Right?

They wanted something modern and glamorous , so I thought it would be prefect to do something similar to Peter Lindbergh campaign for David Yurman. This was years ago, so I would have done a lot of things different now, but everyone was happy and I think they turned out lovely!

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California Girls

March 21, 2015

My darling Brooke! The Quintessential California girl!  I just love everything about this lovely woman.  You might recognize her from my new boudoir promo video. She has been my client for years and truly, she is one of the sweetest, smartest and prettiest damn girls I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I am always so excited to work with her and I’m just so honored that she came to be one of my models for my new video! We focused on video most of the day, but luckily I was able to get these sexy gems!

I think Katy Perry says  best!

You could travel the world, But nothing comes close, To the golden coast, Once you party with us, You’ll be falling in love Oooooh Oh Oooooh

California girls, We’re unforgettable, Daisy Dukes. Bikinis on top,  Sun-kissed skin, So hot, We’ll melt your popsicle, Oooooh Oh Oooooh

California girls, We’re undeniable, Fine, fresh, fierce, We got it on lock, West coast represent,Now put your hands up, Oooooh Oh Oooooh

Sex on the beach. We don’t mind sand in our stilettoes, We freak. In my jeep. Snoop Doggy Dogg on the stereo

Tone, tan, Fit and ready. Turn it up cause its gettin’ heavy. Wild wild west coast. These are the girls I love the most. I mean the ones. I mean like she’s the one, Kiss her. Touch her, Squeeze her buns

The girl’s a freak, She drive a jeep, In Laguna Beach, I’m okay. I won’t play, I love the bay,  Just like I love LA, Venice beach. And Palm Springs, Summertime is everything

Homeboys. Bangin’ out. All that ass. Hangin’ out. Bikinis, zucchinis. Martinis, no weenies, Just the King, And the Queeny, Katy my lady (yeah), Lookie here baby (uh huh)   I’m all up on ya Cuz you’re representin’ California (ohhh yeahh)

California girls. We’re undeniable, Fine, fresh, fierce, We got it on lock. West coast represent. (West coast, west coast). Now put your hands up. Oooooh Oh Oooooh

Happy Friday!

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boudoir props

March 17, 2015

As I have said numerous times before boudoir props can be tricky. How many time have you seen a girl over lit with the football or helmet in her hand. I thought about posting a few, but I couldn’t stomach to put those images on my lovely boudoir blog.  Just type in boudoir props on google and see what the gems you find. I’m not here to talk sh***t, I am just here to inspire you to think out of the box. Don’t do what everyone else does and for god sakes don’t just put a flash on your camera and shoot. There are so many ways to shoot boudoir props in a fun, sexy and classy way!

Try back lighting, or side lighting, use your flash off camera or bounce it for a nice fill. Put the prop in between her legs or in front of her and shoot down in her sexy boobies.

Next time your client shows up with a boudoir prop, say “challenge accepted” then do something kick ass! Something your client will be super excited about and something that you will be proud to put on your website!

And send it to me, I would love to see it!!

XX

Marisa

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boudoir client feature

March 15, 2015

I am so excited to share lovely Laura for my boudoir client feature with you this week! I am so thankful when my clients let me post their beautiful body of work! Hehe.  It does not happen all so often and when I have a beauty like this darling woman, naturally I want to show off her glamorous photos.

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I am so in love with my new Fiilix LED lights! They are perfect for beauty and boudoir photography! They are so easy to set up, move around and take anywhere. I honestly think Fiilix has the best LED kit on the market and I would recommend them to anyone! Because they are so light and easy to move around, I am always trying fun new lighting patterns. I also love that I am able to get such soft beautiful light and still shoot wide open.

I’m sure I’ll do a little demo as soon as I have some time, so you can see how fun they are!

Laura was so fun to work with! She had such a great attitude, and was such a good sport. When my boudoir clients show up and are super excited and game to do anything, beautiful things happen! It’s really about trust and when people have it, I feed off it.

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That’s why choosing the right boudoir photographer for you, is so important. I totally understand that I am not going to be everyones cup of tea and I’m ok with that. In fact, I don’t want clients to come and shoot with me if they have doubts.

It’s all about energy and that’s why I do my best to put myself out there as much as I can. I want it to be easy for people to decide whether or not they want to work with me. Most of the people that walk in my door, have done their research, really appreciate what I do, and understand the value in the images I create.

Dear Laura, thank you for putting your trust in boudoir los angeles, for letting us create art work for you that you will cherish for a lifetime and allowing us to post your photos for this beautiful boudoir client feature ! You are a real life Barbie and I adore you!

XX Marisa

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Passion never fails

March 12, 2015

Passion, Connection, and Love are the three things that rule my life. If I’m not passionate about it, I’m not doing it. If I’m not building connections with people, I feel empty. And If I’m not in love with the life I am living, I am not evolving.

I was lucky. I had a family that supported me, told me I could be whoever I wanted to be and do whatever I wanted to do.

I was pushed to follow my heart, my dreams and ambitions. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for the beautiful life I have created for myself. There happens to be a little voice inside my head that tells me I can never give up, I can fail, and fail again, and fail as many times as I need to, but I can never give up on pursuing my dreams.

Lately it seems as if my dreams keep getting bigger, so I’ve just been working harder and harder, but I can’t imagine it any other way right now. Passion is my fuel and passion never fails, so I just keep following my bliss.

I’ve got so many fun projects right now. I am jumping out of bed in the more because I’m just so f**** excited! The ecommerce site, the e-book, something super secret I can’t tell you about yet, and last but not least,  I’m putting together a photography workshop at the end of May in Joshua Tree for photographers.

I’m teaming up with another talented photographer, we are renting a big fancy house, we’ll bring some super sexy models, great make-up artists, and we are hiring a chef to make our lives easy peasy. We will be covering lighting, branding, marketing, storyboarding, and posing. Everyone will have turns shooting and will be able to get some good one on one time with both of us. Sounds fab, right?!

Do you want to make some gorgeous images, learn some sexy new tools,  collaborate with some great people and be wined and dined? Oh yaaaa! It will truly be an unforgettable photo adventure. If this sounds like your cup of tea, make sure to email me It’s going to be a small group of 10-15 people and will fill up fast. Please let me know now if you are interested, so I can make sure to send you the info!

More details soon to come!

xx

Marisa

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