Month: June, 2014

The wild ones

June 18, 2014

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You know it when you see them. You can sense it. They play by their own rules, they command attention when they walk in a room, and they have a way of making you nervous as they stare deep in your eyes.

We all want to be one, even if we don’t want to admit it. It’s in there, somewhere, waiting to be let out. To be wild, to be free, to not give a f**** what other people think.

We all put constraints on ourselves, we tell ourselves lies, so many stupid lies… Lies like, you’re not good enough, you don’t have what it takes, you’re not skinny enough, you’re not young enough, you’re just not fucking enough. It’s seems like it’s in all of our DNA, the need to tear ourselves down and criticize everything we do.

I’ve done a lot of work to shut that damn voice up, but somehow it always keeps coming back, taking aways things that I want and driving to me question everything in my life.  I have to make a conscious effort everyday to stay in a space of grace. I mean, how lucky am I that I get to wake up everyday and do what I love and to provide a service to people that will live on for an eternity. I’m so blessed.

This year is full of so many new beginnings. I’ve had things fall apart and then they’ve fallen back together in the most magical of ways. I’ve manifested the man of my dreams, moved into an amazing place surrounded by nature, and landed the biggest boudoir studio I could have imagined. I’d say that’s a pretty good year, but I’m tough of myself, I don’t think that will ever change.

I want nothing more than mastery, mastery of my craft, mastery of myself. Every day is a challenge, to be the best I can be, to leave that stupid voice in the back seat. We all have those days, somedays better than others.

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So I will remind all you as this lovely amazing woman reminded me, wild and free, is the best way to be. Do something brave, something bold and a little dangerous… Get outside your comfort zone a be the woman you want to be, I dare you..

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Boudoir Bliss

June 11, 2014

My new studio has me in a bliss!

I have had a natural day-light studio for almost 8 years now. I have only shot strobe when I have had to and being that the light in my studio is so insanely beautiful, it has not been that often.

My signature look has been built in my day light studio. It’s all about to change! I will keep my day-light studio, but I will be primarily shooting all my intimates and glamour in my new studio.

So, here we go!  This shoot was the first time I shot in my new place, and I’m blown away with all my images. Every corner of this space is a sexy photo waiting to happen. I’m on cloud 9 with all the creative juices flowing through me! Anything seems possible! It’s really a dream com true. I have had my ultimate studio on my vision board for years and it has finally manifested. I’m feeling beyond blessed.

I’m so excited for the boudoir mini’s party! If you want to book a session for the 28th, email or call us today for info!

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You are invited...

June 10, 2014

Are you looking for a sign?  Well It’s here! Come celebrate my new boudoir studio with a very special boudoir mini’s party.

The champagne will be flowing and your beauty will be glowing!

We only have 5 spots for Saturday the 28th, so call today to reserve your session! It’s the steal of the the year for $295. 

This will only happen once, so go ahead and jump! I promise you are ready! To view photos of the new studio click here.

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Bridal Boudoir – Unveiled

June 7, 2014

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Boudoir and Weddings: Made for Each Other

Wedding season is here and I know the beautiful brides are looking for the hottest new gift for their husband to be, what other could it be than Boudoir photography?

Boudoir photography has been heating up the wedding scene for the past few years — and for good reason. When done right, the shots are the perfect mix of sensuality and simplicity. This “spicy sweet” aesthetic is indicative of its 18th century French roots — where boudoir referred to a woman’s private dressing and bathing room, the place where only her confidantes, handmaidens, and lovers were permitted.

Nowadays, this something that was once so private has emerged as a mainstream art, something worthy of magazines and museum walls. Yet, despite its popularity, Boudoir is still incredibly personal and intimate, which is its inherent charm.

After a photo shoot, many brides-to-be only share the photos with their future spouse as a wedding gift. It becomes a beautiful, sexy secret between lovers.

And trust me, ladies, Boudoir is the gift that keeps on giving.

But Boudoir doesn’t have to be a secret, it could be anything you want: a party with friends, a chance to show off your pre wedding bod that you have been working hard on. It can be to celebrate a milestone, or a way to capture how beautiful and sexy you are at this point in your life.

Getting started

Choosing a photographer

Choosing a Boudoir Photographer isn’t easy! You’re making a significant investment in your visual memories, about to record one of the beautiful, fleeting moments of your life –you want it done the right way, don’t you?

Of course you do!

As someone who’s been in the photography business for more than a decade, I’ve learned a thing or two about what separates quality photographers from those who are not so quality. One of the most important things to know is that when you make this investment in photos is that Boudoir Photography isn’t just about photography, it’s about the total Boudoir Experience.

Don’t know what that looks like? Here’s a simple checklist to point you in the right direction.

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1. Style

Every worthy photographer has a defined style that’s uniquely their own. A photographer whose work is clearly all over the place isn’t really worth your time, because you won’t be able to depend on them to produce the kind of photos you really want.

When you’re browsing through the websites of potential photographer candidates, and it should go without saying that having a solid website is the mark of a professional, look closely on the kind of work they consistently create. You’ll find some are classic, edgy, versatile, black and white, glamorous, bright and fun, etc. Now imagine yourself as the subject of these photos, because that’s a pretty good indicator of how your final photos are going to look.

If you love a Photographer’s style, that’s step one for making the decision to work with them.

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2.Budget

This is often a difficult matter to discuss because most people don’t fully understand the amount of time, talent, and expertise that goes into creating professional grade  photos. Ultimately, booking a session is going to be an investment, but determining the amount of that investment is entirely up to you.

You’ll need to ask yourself how much you would like to get out of the experience, do you want someone who’ll provide an empowering experience with all the trimmings, a luxury-style intimates photographer who will transform you into a queen for a day, or do you just want some photos taken, or maybe something between these two extremes?

As I’ve said before, Boudoir is ultimately about the complete experience. Personally I think you owe it to yourself to have a bigger budget, and to enjoy the luxe intimate boudoir experience of a lifetime.

 3. Experience

If you’re sick and go to the hospital, would you want to be treated a part-time doctor who is also going to school to be a lawyer and has only been practicing for a year, or would you want someone with a solid reputation in the area who has been doing it for more than a decade? The answer to this is obvious. And even though photography isn’t a matter of life or death, most people don’t take into consideration just how much a photographer’s experience in the art affects the quality of their work.

Also, a point to think about when you’re choosing a photographer, does the person you have in mind do this full time or part time? A photographer who does this full time is fully committed to consistently producing top of the line, quality work because he or she has to in order to support themselves. Someone who only does this part time has less at stake, and won’t be as dedicated to making sure you have a worthwhile experience. Someone who does this day in and day out, and has done so for some time, knows how to create a quality experience again and again, and they’ll be able to do the same for you.

4. Final Product

Do you just want some photos or are you interested in the full presentation?  Photographers offer a wide range of products, both digital and print, to display your photos. Look for someone who offers a large variety of professional options, someone who ideally does the printing in-house and who can customized the finished product to meet your unique needs. Photographers who have a hands-on relationship with your printed images are more invested in the quality of these images, and you’ll get exactly what you need.

5. Extra Goodies

You want to look and feel your best on the day of your session. The best photographers know this and will usually have a hair stylist, makeup artist, and wardrobe specialist they work with to ensure that you are the star of your big day. They should be able to help you decide on outfits, know how to prepare yourself before the shoot, and throw in some champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to sweeten the deal.

Boudoir photography isn’t just a trip down to the local portrait studio (yuck!), it’s the complete experience, designed to make you feel incredible. Don’t settle for less than you deserve, use this checklist to choose the photographer who is perfect for you.

Over the summer Boudoir Los Angeles will be kicking off the summer with some very special boudoir bridal marathons. The  first  date will be June 28th and 29th.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact the studio today. These date will fill up fast and you guys are the first to know. There is no official flyer YET, and I will be releasing that next week, so please inquire if you are interested in having some of the sexist boudoir photos in town!

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Marisa’s Boudoir Philosophy

June 2, 2014

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Happy Monday!

As the birthday looms closer and closer I have decided to do a little diving into my soul. I’m giving myself exercises to do and asking more questions to find more meaning in my life, ultimately looking for ways to give back in all areas of my life and especially with my boudoir photography business.  Over the weekend I can up with a plan and I can’t wait to start implementing and sharing it with you.

Some very special boudoir photo contests and giveaways are on the way. It’s still in development, but soon you will be seeing new ways to become involved and inspired through some very special stories and contests.

Also, over the weekend I laid out the frame works of my ebook and welcome to chapter 1. I won’t be sharing everything but I’ll be giving you some pieces to chew on as I get closer and closer to launching it.

If you have anything you think I need to put in my ebook, something you want to know more about, please do share.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Marisa’s Philosophy

Every woman is a photo waiting to happen — a star waiting to be discovered.

My camera has been a natural expression of who I am for as long as I can remember.

I got lucky, I found my calling in my teens and never looked back, never seconded guessed and just ran with my heart first. I was gifted with the burning ambition to tell stories with my camera, to search for light wherever I went and to never give up on my dreams.I feel in love with photographing women in my early 20’s. Women are beautiful, mystical creatures. They are art in the most natural way. I couldn’t help but want to idealize their beautiful bodies and souls in a moment that would last forever.

In the healthiest of ways, I seem to be obsessed with the form of a woman and what we are capable of and in search for my own power as a woman, I discover myself more and more through the beauty and strength of my clients. Intimate photography is in the core of who I am. Taking pictures of beautiful, strong women that are celebrating their bodies with me is an honor, and one that I do not take lightly.

Through my many ups and downs as a photographer It became clear, that if sharing my knowledge and my tools would help other boudoir photographers follow their dreams, than it was all worth it. I am writing this guide to not to help you survive as a photographer, but how to thrive. I will teach you how to stand out from the crowd and create your own blue ocean of opportunity.

Through this book, I grant you the insight into my personal philosophy concerning Boudoir, give you some technical, marketing, branding and business tips that will help and hopefully inspire you to take your boudoir business to the next level.

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