10 ways to have a better body image

September 29, 2014

Having a boudoir state of mind means loving yourself, loving your body and taking care of it the best you can. If you don’t take care of the engine that takes you through life than you how can you respect it and expect it to be good to you.

We have to shift the value off of what our bodies look like and more to how they feel. If you eat well, exercise regularly and focus on what you are grateful for, your body                   image and well being will only get better.

Here are 10 tips to have a better body image

1. Take a few minutes everyday to focus on what you are grateful for. Write them down and if you need to, take a peek at them a couple times a day!

2. Focus more on what you put in your body everyday. Listen to some podcast on health and wellness. Learn about your body. Nothing is more inspiring than understanding how your body works and the amazing things that can happen when you put proper fuel in it.  I have been really loving is the Shawn Stevenson podcast.

3. Surround yourself with positive people. Negative will TAKE YOU DOWN! get rid of the people in your life that don’t inspire you to be better.

4. Exercise more, make your body stronger. I took on a yoga challenge this month and getting myself into a 100 degree room when it’s 100 degrees outside has been quite the challenge, but my body feel stronger than it has in a long time. The strength I cultivate in class carries me throughout my day and gives me the focus I need to have the best day possible.

5. Treat your body with respect and kindness and remember it the vehicle that will carry out your dreams. It’s the only one you got.

6. Stop thinking than thiner people are happier. This is just ridiculous

7. Do something that helps you feel strong. It could meditating, hiking, or just something you are really good at! Do more of it!

8. Is there one thing that is contributing to your body bashing? Really take some time to evaluate what voice that could be behind your body image.

9. Do more of what you love. Are you in the career you want to be? Have you been putting your dreams on the sidelines? Take action towards creating the like you want. If you do what you love you will always be happier and confident in yourself.

10. Do something bold, something that scares you, something that takes you out of your comfort zone. These are the things that make us realize our strength our beauty and that WE ARE CAPABLE of changing the script of our lives. Maybe that’s booking a shoot with Boudoir Los Angeles.  I do know that Every women deserves a beautiful photo themselves. Getting in front of the camera can be scary, but once you do it, you’ll be happy you did. Your body is beautiful, it is strong and it deserves to be celebrated daily!

If you have anything you want to add about maintaing a positive body image please feel free to add in the comments what has worked for you!

Here are some lovely photos of a brave women I shot a few years ago. She had been in a terrible fire accident when she was a teenager. She suffered sever burns from head to toe. This was her first big step closer to being comfortable in her own skin.  She braved her beautiful scars in this boudoir shoot to gift to herself and her husband who was currently serving in Afghanistan.

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Inspire your desires

September 24, 2014

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I’ve been locked up retouching for the last couple weeks. I think I’ve retouched around 150 photos in the last two weeks and although I do love retouching my own boudoir photos, I could use a break and so could my eyes. I think one of the hardest things as a business owner is deciding what tasks to outsource and what to keep for yourself. I know I would be shooting A LOT more if I could let this go, but I just can’t, not yet, maybe not ever.

There’s just something I love about watching my photos transform into art before my eyes. I’ve been professionally retouching for 10 years and  I’m fast, I’m good and I just get better everyday. I think training someone to see what I see is half the battle. The other half is giving my creative process up and that’s something very near and dear to my heart. Photoshop is a beast and I’m in love with the damn beast. It’s taken me a long time to get the beast to do what I want and really the sky is the limit with all the brilliant things she can do. So for now,  I’m just going to rock on with my cup of joe, my loud dance music and all these dressed to thrill sexy ladies!

If you follow my blog you’ve have been seeing these sexy boudoir dungeon photos pop up more and more. I think this dungeon has really made me see how fun it is to explore a more intimate side of photography. I just love the idea of women doing something outside their comfort zone.

I would much rather live on the bold and audacious side of life and as I continue to explore my sexuality and what it means to me to be a women in her 30’s; the more accepting I am to my desires. I am loving and embracing it and so is my art. I know not everyone is going to love what I do or appreciate it, but that’s perfectly ok. Love me or hate me, I am who I am.

Here’s a fun fact. 70% of women miss dirty sex and are afraid to tell their partners about it. Having a boudoir state of mind means embracing what you want, who you are and not being afraid to ask for whatever it is you fancy. If that starts with a boudoir session, so be it. I’m thrilled to inspire your desires!

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Midnight muse

September 23, 2014

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Boudoir Photography Tips

September 19, 2014

Boudoir Photography Tips: Using Light to Tell Your Story

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” – Martin Luther King

When’s the last time you sat down and thought about the nature of light. As a photographer, it’s not necessarily your camera, but light that becomes your medium. If you want to see your work move to the next level, you need to start up a conversation with light, fall in love with it, and watch it work wonders for you.

Photographers use light like painters use color to tell a story. How you use light determines the tone and sets the stage for the image you are trying to create. Dark shadows express one idea, whereas bright tones and radiant highlights tell another. Never be afraid to get creative with the light you use, because that’s how you’ll differentiate yourself as a photographer.

You will learn that softer light lends itself to glamour, even light can work better and gives your clients that radiant skin they want. Editorial photography has dark contrasts, bigger lighting ratios and tends to be more seductive and alluring.

One of the best compliments you’ll ever get in the field is this: “you use light so well.” And the more you practice the more that will come.

In Boudoir Photography, light is so incredibly important. It sets the entire mood for the shoot. I’m a sucker for using natural light, because it illuminates my clients so radiantly. But now since I’ve been spending so much time at my new beautiful boudoir studio, L’Cherivye, I’m coming around to the beauty of studio lighting and telling stories with it. It’s a whole new look and feel and I’m lovin it. It’s just another playground for me to run around and create in and I’m so grateful.

Growing as a photographer has so much joy in it. I look at photos I took 10 years ago and it’s so amazing to see my work evolve and how it has changed with the seasons of my life. I can’t go a day with out art on my brain. Who I want be, what I want to create, how can I grow as an artist daily. Pushing yourself and your art daily is the best advice I can give.

The next time you plan a Boudoir shoot, I encourage you to think about how you use light to tell a story. This way, your subject becomes your canvas, and the light your paint.

I shot this lovely fancy fox’s wedding and she came back to me to shoot these photos for their 7 year anniversary. Wow,  I can’t believe how fast time flies. I am so thrilled that I was able to blow her husband away again with her beauty. Yes, her husbands a drummer, so this was ever so fitting. I always encourage my clients to bring in fun props to work with. It’s makes their shoot unique and to me that’s always one of the most important rules!

Thank you my Darling Christine for letting me post these and coming back to me after all these years to create memories with you again and again! And after all these years, just so you know, your wedding will always be one of my all time favorites! I will never forget the way that Joey looked at you when you were looking away and the overwhelming love I felt gushing out of both of your hearts. Your love is rare and I’m just so happy you two are still in love and growing strong. You’re an inspiration!

Happy Friday All!

XX

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Natural Lighting for Beautiful Boudoir

September 16, 2014

How to Take Advantage of Natural Light 

In Beautiful Boudoir photography, if you really want to control light, there are few things better than having a continuous lighting rig in a studio. But let’s be serious. Given the choice between the best artificial light and the best natural light, every Boudoir or Portrait photographer will choose natural, hands down.

Many people have tried to argue with me about this, until they see the results. Because let’s be real,  there are no artificial light sources which compare with the radiance of natural light. Plus, properly using natural light is one of the best ways to flatter your Boudoir clients. There’s a reason why I originally chose my 5500 square foot daylight studio in Los Angeles – the wide veranda windows facing north and west light along my big white walls gives me the most beautiful soft light possible. This gorgeous light gives me the versatility I need to make any women look amazing.

One of the things people don’t like with natural light is that you have to be at its mercy. As the sun moves, the light changes, and sometimes this will work to your benefit, and sometimes, it will make it impossible to shoot. Fortunately for me, living in Los Angeles, I don’t have to worry much about rainy days – but for many photographers across the country, dealing with dark stormy days can be difficult.

Despite the obstacles, you can still use natural light to your advantage. Because not only is it a fuller, more flattering source of light, it doesn’t require any expensive setups. All you need is a window, a beautiful subject, and maybe a reflector, and you can make magic happen. Or, obviously, you can just go outside.

If you plan to shoot outside, there are certain types of day which mean better light for capturing your subjects. Generally, between 10 AM and 3 PM, when the sun is high overhead, is the worst time to schedule a Boudoir session. The sun will cause harsh shadows to fall. Shooting outside this window, during the golden hour or just before or after, will diffuse the light and give you much more freedom.

So, when it comes down to it, I will always choose natural light in my Boudoir shoots when I can. The sun is the most magical light source, and although finicky sometimes, produces the best results. There really is no argument.

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