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What to Wear Wednesday | Campbell Los Gatos Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

I love it when ladies share where they’re getting some of their fantastic lingerie. Frederick’s of Hollywood has some fantastic things right now that could work for a bridal boudoir session or for an “any reason” boudoir session.

Most large malls have a Frederick’s inside so it’s nice to be able to go in and try pieces on. Sometimes, o most of the time, lingerie is cut different than normal sizes so it’s best to take a few sizes into the fitting room with you to see what fits your body best.

This is a fantastic bra set. The detail of this is amazing. I love how the bra is cut to show a bit of underboob, and that the garters gather straps gather then cross each other.

Frederick's bra set

 

This is another spectacular bra set. I love how the bra has the lace that goes up and over the shoulder but then leaves the back open. And the panties with the attached garter belt with the peek a boo back is great detail. You could do the blue set for your “something blue” for your photo shoot!
Frederick's set

 

What about just a robe with some panties, your veil and wedding shoes?! Those make for some smoking hot photos.
Frederick's robe

 

If a chemise or babydoll is more your lingerie type, of course there are options for you too!
FOH chemise

 

I am loving that nude lace color! It’s available on several of their lingerie styles right now and paired with the nude stockings I think it’s amazing.
Could you see yourself wearing any of these for your boudoir session? What’s your favorite?
 Devon

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What to Wear Wednesday | Los Altos Palo Alto Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

Lace bras are a hot trend right now, and I can see why. They’re beautiful! Let’s talk about the longline bralette.

These are lace bras that go down further than a regular bra. Depending on your style, comfort level, or event you may even be able to pull one off as a top. I know, that sounds a bit odd but let me share some photos with you.

Wear it under a blazer for a chic look for a night out.

Ladie's Night Out!

 

Or without a blazer for a confident look.
Nasty Gal More or Lace Bralette

 

You can get one with gorgeous lace straps
La Perla Cocktail Looks Z/Lace Bralet Coppa B

 

Eyelet Lace Longline Bralette

 

Don’t forget some amazing detail
Lily Lace Longline Bralette

 

Satin is a beautiful choice as well

 

Thistle & Spire Devoe Satin Longline Bralette

 

There are longer options too if you prefer
Yoins Tease Lace Longline Bralettes in Black

 

And don’t feel that there are no options for you if you have a fuller bust, it may just take more looking around
Torrid Lace & Mesh Underwire Bralette

 

You can totally bring and wear this to your boudoir photo shoot too! Bring some complimentary, or matching if a set, panties and some fantastic heels. Danea will take care of the rest.
 Devon

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What to Wear Wednesday | San Jose Willow Glen Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

School is starting this week for most of our kids, and the weather has turned a bit cooler these past few mornings. Fall is around the corner but you know we always get a bit of a warm streak. Cool California mornings that warm up mid afternoon. It can be tough to figure out what to wear on those days but I’ve got some ideas for you.

Shorts are pretty much a must, but of course whatever length is up to you. I prefer Bermuda type shorts that hit around my knee.

If you have a casual day try pairing your shorts with a hoodie and sneakers.

Casual Friday

 

Or try a colorful oversized sweater with a tee or tank underneath.
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Meeting some friends for lunch? Pair a crocheted sweater, shorts and some gladiator sandals for a put together look that’ll keep the chill off in the morning but won’t be super hot in the afternoon.
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A jean jacket is a great option. Try pairing it with a pair of tan shorts and a fun graphic tee.
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But of course your jean jacket doesn’t have to be the traditional blue; choose a black jacket and pair it with some fantastic flats.
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Have fun with your wardrobe! Use layers to dress for the weather but keep in mind to put the whole outfit together as a cohesive look. You don’t want to loose the look you’ve set out to achieve once you take a layer off!
 Devon

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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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What to Wear Wednesday | Santa Clara Santa Cruz Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

I am not the type of girl who wears skirts just because. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am very much a jeans and t-shirt wearing gal. I do however enjoy dressing up when the occasion calls for it, and I appreciate pieces of wardrobe that can be worn many different ways from formal to casual.

A pencil skirt is a great option for putting outfits together. Depending on how you style them they can be a fantastic look for office attire, date night, ladies night out, or casual day at the beach or maybe even a concert! I have a dress that fits like a pencil skirt on the bottom and it is my go to favorite little black dress. There is something about the way a pencil skirt hugs and the hips and through the legs that makes me feel sexy. And I do believe that this silhouette looks great on every body shape. I’m telling you, something about the shape of it is very sexy ladies. Oh, and just imagine wearing this skirt with some stilettos and a bra (or braless!) for your photo shoot! Smokin’ hot ladies!

Let me show you some ways to wear a pencil skirt at an office or for a professional job.

You can choose a gorgeous colored skirt and pair it with a complimentary top. If your job requires you to wear a blazer this skirt pairs perfectly with one.

Mint Pencil Skirt and Polka Dot Top

 

A wrap pencil skirt is another great option for a professional look.
BOSS Vylea Wrap Pencil Skirt

 

A patterned skirt is a great look for work,
Printed Pencil Skirt

 

or for a casual day.
Lace Pencil Skirt & Eyelet Top

 

How would you feel wearing this out for a Spring date night?
Spring Date - Burberry Geometric Print Pencil Skirt

 

I found so many great looks for wearing pencil skirts when I was searching, I’m having trouble not sharing them all with you! The last way to wear a pencil skirt I’ll talk about today is for a casual look. Get out of those jeans and put on a casual skirt for the day (talking to myself here ;))
Tricky Trend: Pencil Skirts and Sneakers

 

Ah ok, just one more because it is so freaking gorgeous! Look for a lace pencil skirt! Swoon.
Lace Pencil Skirt

 

Lace Pencil Skirt

 

What’s your favorite? Would you go for a professional look or are you more of a casual pencil skirt gal?

What to Wear Wednesday | Santa Cruz Los Gatos Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

I love a dress that it a bit longer than normal; a tea length dress. These usually hit mid-calf and I personally find them a bit more comfortable than above the knee dresses.

Tea length dresses have a retro feel to them with their cut and shape, but they do come in different styles. Let’s take a look at some.

Long Sleeve Swing Dress

 

I’m guessing those are the types of dresses you think of when I saw retro and tea length. I love this style of dress, however if you have good child bearing hips like myself these don’t flatter your shape. Trust me.
I do have a black dress like this, that I absolutely adore and is my go to LBD.
The Little Black Dress

 

I love this one below! It has a great flow to it.
TwinkleDeals - black dress!

 

A tea length dress can be a great summer dress to wear to work and could transition to a night out.
Valentino Sequin Midi Dress

 

You can find a formal tea length dress too, which would look fabulous for any upscale event.
YELLOW DRESS

 

And possibly my favorite way to wear a tea length dress would be for your wedding! I find tea length wedding dresses beautiful and if I had to redo my wedding, it would be a serious consideration for me.
Tea Length Wedding Dress💍

 

My dreamy dress

 

Aren’t those beautiful?! All right, what’s your favorite style for a tea length dress? Do you have one? What does it look like?
 Devon

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What to Wear Wednesday | Mountain View Los Altos Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

What is better than soft, cozy pajamas? Soft, cozy pajamas that you can also bring and wear at your boudoir photo shoot!

Now, I’m not talking about some long pants and long sleeved ratty shirts, even though they be your most comfortable pair of pj’s. Two piece pajamas can be comfortable and can be sexy for your photo shoot.

Look at this amazing pajama set. I’m seriously considering adding this to my closet. It looks so comfortable and I love the detail in the neckline.

Soma In Bloom Penny Lane Cami Shorts Pajama Set

 

Here’s another set from the same company, Soma Intimates.
Soma In Bloom Idlewild Cotton Cami/Shorts Pajama Set

 

Aren’t those both great?! So comfy looking yet would look great at your photo shoot with Danea.
I love the ruffles on the top of this one.
Three Graces London Francis and Ariel pyjama set

 

The eyelash lace that this set is trimmed in haps elevate it to a more sophisticated look, even though it’s still pj’s.
Women's Topshop Eyelash Lace Pajama Set

 

The layered shorts and the flow top of this outfit would be so comfortable to sleep in, and sexy for your photo shoot.
Flora Nikrooz 2-Piece Camisole Sleep Set

 

Now of course you don’t have to go with something like I posted, choose something that is more your and your style! That’s probably one of the most important things when choosing items for your photo shoot; if you’re not comfortable in it you are going to think of that every time you see your photos. Who wants that?!! If something like this is more your style, go for it! Danea will still help you look and feel amazing.
Pyjamas

 

I hope I’ve helped you consider some ideas a bit out of the box for your photo shoot. There’s nothing that says you have to purchase anything new, or bring lingerie (even though most women do). Choose what your comfortable in!
 Devon

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