Red Hot Boudoir

December 18, 2014

This has been the best and worst month of my life! I’m not going to go to into it right now but my beloved, wonderful dog, Kingston was hit and killed by a car over the weekend. I’ve been a total and complete wreck. Especially with the holiday rush workload it’s been total caos in my life. I loved this dog like nothing else I’ve loved before. He was a part of me, so needless to say my blog, my work, christmas have all fallen behind.

Day by day it’s getting a little better. I have not cried yet this morning and when I wake up to wonderful boudoir testimonials like these, I can’t help but feel a little better!!

Hey Marisa!

Wanted to let you know I gave Erik, my fiance, my boudoir photo box last night. He LOVED them!! He is one who can really appreciate fine art photography and he kept mentioning afterwards how he can tell you know how to use lighting, pose your subject, etc. He was VERY complimentary of you.

When he took the dogs out last night, I took off all my clothes, put on a pair of heels, and laid on the bed with the red photo box between my thighs. When he walked in, I said Merry Christmas! and he was like “which one is the gift?” Needless to say, he was stunned! He thought the photos were amazing.

Thank you so much, again, for everything!

I truly hope you have a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year and hope to see you soon!

Much love,

Jill

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My new boudoir video

December 13, 2014

Happy Friday!! It’s been over 6 weeks now that I’ve taken a day off and time is fucking flying on by! It’s killing me that I have not had time to blog, but in about a week here I’m going to be bustin this blog out with the last two months of hottttttt shoots and I can’t wait because I’ve had so many amazing jobs, clients and more than anything I can’t wait to drop my new promotional boudoir video that I’ve been working on for the last few months.

The last part of the video is tomorrow and for weeks and weeks we’ve been coming up with questions and of course I am leaving this all to be done last minute, so since I have to write these out, I might as well share them with you.

-Where are you from?

I was born and raised up North in Los Altos and Santa Cruz, until we picked up and moved to Boise, Idaho in my first year of high school. I rebelled for years and got into a shit ton of trouble!  When we moved, I was heavy into dance, and had hoped to become a professional dancer.  But I couldn’t find a highly competitive dance company, so I became lost. Once I found photography, life began to make sense again.  I felt I had a new purpose in life.  I don’t think it’s possible for me to live without passion and purpose, so I’m actually grateful for the upheaval that led to my true artistic calling.

-When did you start creating art (photography) — and what or who were your early passions and influences?

My dad gave me my first camera when I was 15. I wandered around and started looking at the world in a whole new way, noticing the beauty in even the smallest thing.  The beauty that surrounds us really inspired me. Perpetually curious, I just wanted to capture it all.  That’s really how I started making my art.

Over the last 15 years my passion has been creating unique portraits of women. The photographers I’ve loved over the years are Sarah Moon, Joyce Tenneson,  Ellen Von Unwerth, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Helmut Newton, and Herb Ritts to name a few! All of these photographers capture the essence, passion, and beauty of women in a genuinely poetic way.  I like how they not only capture the emotion, they define the work with cultural resonance. 

Truly iconic images capture that wild, fearless, and sexy thing inside a person.  I compare my work to the artists I admire, so that the bar I set for myself is high. I want every shoot to better the last one.

-What are your main impulses to create photos?

I’m not sure I can define what my main impulse is to create art.  I have a deep-seated need to express myself visually.  Not to be maudlin, but to cease creativity is death for me.  If I can’t create something new every day, starting over with new challenges constantly, I can’t breathe.  Art is rebirth, over and over. A piece of me, of my heart, my spirit goes into every single thing I create.  As I grow, so does my art.  Years from now, when I look back at my life and what I did, I am content to know that how I made people feel in an instant that I captured behind my lens, will live on forever.

-When it comes to Photography what is your criteria for quality? What are your main challenges and ambitions as an artist?

Quality is my main concern as an artist. Everything I make has to be PERFECT.  I want my images to look like they could be in a magazine, an art show, or a book. I don’t use filler images, period.  What my client sees is perfected and amazing. I don’t sell files, I sell art. 

Another reason for me doing this boudoir video is to show how important is it educate my clients in quality verses quantity.  People want everything!  I need to explain why it’s better to have a small collection of 6-15 artfully retouched, timeless, museum-quality images, than 40 just-average images.  

When I was coming up, it was drummed into my head that I would more likely get a job with a portfolio of 10 strong images, rather than 20 “ok” images.  Wouldn’t you rather have one beautiful Ferrari over twenty Twingos?  If you’ve never driven a Twingo, it’s a tiny European car akin to the Yugo, cuter than a Pinto but not as kitschy hip as a Pacer.  Be the Ferrari.  Not the Twingo.

  -What do you usually start with when working on a new project? Describe your creative process.

Every client is unique, and I do my best to understand who that person is, what she likes, and figure out how SHE wants to be photographed. I spend time figuring out what makes her individually exceptional.  I note the images that she gravitates towards, and build the session from there.  Is she a jeans and tee kind of girl or does she wear heels everyday?  Is she conservative or does she live on the wild side? These are all very important things to know before a session, as I am not going to put a shy girl in provocative pose. And I’m not going to put a turtleneck on a liberated vixen. Ha!  I start every session with a vision board, so I can see what clicks.   What are the poses she’s drawn to, the mood, the feeling?  What lingerie does she like?

This kind of foundation helps me navigate the session to the best of my ability and allows me to create something new and fresh for each client. 

-Do you like to listen to music when you shoot photos? If so what bands and genre?

I listen to EDM. I’ve been listening to house music since I was 13 and it is a big part of who I am. I like loud emotionally charged music at my photo shoots.  It keeps the energy high, and the stress level low, at least for me it doe, lol. But if you are reading this and you hate EDM, don’t worry I won’t make you listen you it. My clients get to listen to whatever they want, it’s all about them, but if they don’t care, then I pump  up the volume and dance, dance. Just kidding… Or maybe I’m not.

-Please tell us what’s next for you?s

Every day my dreams and goals get bigger!  Whether I’m jumping out of a plane in my skivvies to inspire my international “BE BOLD” INITIATIVE, or traveling around the world sharing women’s stories, my mission in life is to go big or go home; so with that said, I guess the next thing you can expect is something BIG!  Lots of things in the pipeline, so just look out!

And there were a few more questions, but I’ll leave those a mystery, because I can’t give everything away, no way.

Since this blog post was personal, I thought I’d share a couple photos of my last road trip with my favorite cousin, Taryn. We do silly things… 

So stay tuned for my new boudoir video. It’s going to be epic!!

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the luxe experience

December 5, 2014

I’ve been shooting at my fancy pancy new boudoir studio a lot lately and I just can’t get enough of it. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now. I have two amazing boudoir studios,  I’ve never been busier in my life. Honestly, sleep has been a luxury in the last few weeks, but I’m on fire, business is booming and it seems like everything is finally falling into place.

I’ve been doing things alone for a long time. I’ve had interns, assistants and virtual assistants, but never someone that I have trusted enough to train on all the ins and outs of my businesses, and I finally found that one special person, so things are about to get even better! And the exciting thing about this special person is that she has been my client for 8 years.

I’ll never forget when this special girl walked into my studio with her fiancé. We sat down to go through all my information and talk about what she wanted, once we got done with all of the small talk and I handed them my price sheet, she started to cry, seriously, she really started to cry. She looked up at me with her pretty brown eyes and she said, but I just love your work so much and I want you so bad, but I cannot afford you, and I don’t know what to do.

I took a deep breathe, as no one has ever cried before in a wedding meeting and I said, oh Heather please don’t cry, you can have me, let’s make it work, if you want me that bad, than I think it’s in my best interest to make this happen. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I shot her engagement photos, wedding, her pregnancy, her first born, and we must have had 6 sessions since then. She has been the best client I have ever had, appreciates everything I do for her, and  tells everyone she knows about me and how amazing I am. She is my ultimate cheerleader.

Now I get to call her mine. My best client is now taking over all my emails, follow ups and so many other things…. I’m over the moon!!!

So now the luxe boudoir experience is going to be even better, because everything is going to go smoother. Hurray!!!!

So now, when you reach out, the wonderful Heather, will be taking care of you. I promise you will love her as I do so much!

Thank you my darling Heather, for taking on the exciting new opportunity to work with boudoir los angeles, and make it even better than it was before!

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A Little Kitchen Boudoir

December 3, 2014

Bakers are sexy too!

I always love a good challenge! I’m usually not a big fan of props, because most of the time they can be well…. quite kitchy. Haha, get it. Kitchy, Kitchen.. Oh my god I’m such a dork. You should hear me laughing at myself.

But I think I nailed this one!

Thank you my darling Nicole for letting me post these and challenging me with some kitchen boudoir. Next time bring the flour!

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Strange Magic

November 27, 2014

There is so much to be grateful for…. When I woke up this morning, I went through my normal routine of giving thanks for all the wonderful things in my life.

To paint a picture, I am at the moment with my boyfriends family in a little house with a lot of people, in the beautiful town of Fresno. Now honestly, let’s be real Fresno is not my first choice and as much as I adore his family, the last thing I wanted to do is travel to Fresno for 48 hours, sleep in a teenagers bunk bed and have a big dead Turkey on the dining table.

I have been working insane hours, driving 3 plus hours a day, sleeping very little and the stress I have been under has caused my body to break down. My boudoir business is growing faster than I can handle and although it is everything I have wished for over the last 15 years, I am struggling to keep it all together.

If there is one thing I know about myself, it is that I am a hard ass worker and I will stop at nothing to create everything I want in my life. But over the last couple months, the 14 hour days, 7 days a week has driven me to my breaking point. I have been working on hiring someone, but just finding the time to do that and train that person has been challenging.

So… as my eyes slowly open this early morning, as a 2 year old is running through the house screaming and neither one of us has slept well because we are two gown adults sleeping in a bunk bed, my back hurts, and it’s fucking cold, I remember…. I remember that I am a lucky girl. I am a very very lucky girl.

I am laying next to the man of my dreams, I am healthy, the people I love are healthy, I have everything I need and I get to wake up every morning and do what I love. I get to create the life that I want and everyday and when I flutter my eyes open it really does feel as if there is magic all around me.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to connect what you are grateful for, but today feels no different than any other day for me because I am grateful for all the people and things my life is blessed with everyday of my life. We so often and so easily get caught up in the things that we don’t have and the life we may not have yet, but if you can practice daily gratitude, then I promise you, you will create more space for all that you wish for to show up. Gratitude fills your heart and moves you from limitation and fear to expansion and love. Gratitude is the key to creating magic in your life.

So on this special day, I encourage you to make everyday this special, to open your heart a little more and forget about what you don’t have a little less. To remember that anything is possible and yes, you can create whatever you want into your life.

You just have to put your mind to it!

Thank you for visiting my blog, I love and appreciate you and thank you for taking to the time to read my posts and wherever you are in the world, I wish you a magical day of giving thanks with the people you love.

XX Marisa

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