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Fashion Friday | Santa Clara Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what colors look good on your skin tone. Neutrals are always a good choice. Black, white, ivory and grey. Yes, grey. Let me show you some beautiful greys.

Glamorous Greys

 

What I love about grey is there are a lot of different hues. The outfit on the left is a beautiful purplish grey. The middle outfit is more of a traditional grey while the right outfit has a bit of a greenish hue. They are all great color choices.
Grey can be dressed up with colored jewelry or shoes. It’s always best to choose neutral colored lingerie for your photoshoot. Sometimes the bright colored items can look harsh “on film”. Remember, Danea does wardrobe consultations to take her up on that option! She will steer you in the right direction.
 Devon

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50 and Fabulous! | San Jose Campbell Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

When I created the model call last Feb, I never imagined I would have so many amazing women respond. It was a challenge to narrow them down and I ended up choosing more than I should have. My shame is that I am still editing a couple sessions because I ended up booking so many regular clients on top of those chosen and thus the mc ladies keep getting bumped in the editing line, but we can ring the shame bell later.(My geeky Game of Thrones reference…hahaha).

Today I am super excited to show off Miss V. Her initial contact letter stood out to me and she immediately made the first cut. What I didn’t expect was her reaction to the session and photos. I mean her beauty was obvious to me, but she made me realize how life and circumstances can change us and skew our perception of ourselves. Miss V was gracious enough to write a few words for this blog post and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I say it all the time, a Boudoir Coterie session is NOT just about sexy photos… but I’m going to let her words do the talking and for the record, I cried. Happy tears streaming down my face as I read this, knowing that my job can have such a powerful affect on women.

When Boudoir Coterie published a model call, completely out of character, I leapt at the opportunity. I have done a lot of good things with my life – got two daughters off to college, rebuilt a career after being a stay-at-home mom, became a licensed massage therapist and held a side job as the owner of my own massage studio, and then lost twenty-five percent of my weight as a gift to myself for my fiftieth birthday. Even with that accomplished list, way down deep, I lacked confidence. A burden I carried, that no one could see from the outside. I wrote in the model call letter “I would be so grateful to have a tangible memoir of an occasion that captures the awakening of my love for myself – a concept that I am finally beginning to appreciate. I believe that for the first time in my life, I will see these photos and think to myself ‘I am beautiful and lovable’ and truly believe it.”

Upon leaving Danea’s studio after the photo shoot, I already felt a tremendous surge of empowerment. A little shy at first, because I had never been photographed so intimately, I quickly felt my inner goddess emerge! I spent the rest of that day with a Cheshire cat grin, singing in my head “I know something you don’t know…” and privately glancing at the sneak peek Danea posted online. Who was that powerful, stunning woman in the picture that looked like me? I had spent years focused on the flaws, and had all but entirely dismissed the beauty of “the whole package”. And there it was, staring me in the face with smoldering eyes, a confident smirk, and seductive pose. Female strength, in all her glory.

Days later, another sneak peek was posted and it completely turned me upside down. Something in the candid joy that was captured on camera reminded me of a woman I used to know and admire. Imagine my shock when I finally realized the woman it reminded of was me, from years ago, before life slowly pushed the inner goddess aside. One simple photo erased decades of neglected love and acceptance of myself, letting me reacquaint with the real me. A vivacious, feminine woman, with beauty inside as well as outside.

Choosing the images I wanted to purchase was difficult, only because every single photo presented was a work of talented art. With Danea’s encouragement, more than surface beauty is revealed in intimate portraiture – a woman’s true spirit is awakened. When my package arrived, before I even finished looking at everything in it, I placed two of my favorite prints in a side-by-side frame. The images are similar; one with a demure, downward glance, which is in black and white. The other is the same pose, but with a hearty laugh, looking up.  The second print is in color. For me, having the two displayed together is a reminder that when I laugh, life is lived in color. This experience became so much more than posing for some pretty pictures. It brought the essence of my soul shimmering out to dance with the world, with grace, vitality, and confidence.
 
Thank you, Danea”
Thank YOU, Miss V. It was a pleasure working with you and not one I will soon forget. :)
Hair and Makeup by the wonderful Mari Valencia.

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Upon leaving Danea’s studio after the photo shoot, I already felt a tremendous surge of empowerment.

 

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Caption: I took a #gumball from the candy bar as l left the studio.
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Fashion Friday | Campbell Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

When I say Fredrick’s of Hollywood, what do you think? Maybe something not glamorous, a bit on the “wild” side, more for the bedroom type lingerie? I’m going to change your mind on that today ladies! They have really upgraded their lingerie and I am loving what I see! While they still have lots of pieces that are definitely more “for the bedroom”, Fredrick’s has really brought out many gorgeous, timeless pieces that would be great for your boudoir shoot (and after!).

Let’s look at some of their pieces and talk about what are some good choices for your shoot, and what are not good choices!

Don't & Do

 

The pink piece on the left is definitely daring, but is that the look you wanna go for in these beautiful, sensual images you are creating? The stunning piece on the left is timeless! The lace makes a gorgeous statement and the collar on it is just amazing, while the lace in the pink outfit competes with the straps and just makes it look “busy”.
A lot of women go for a bodysuit as one of their outfits, and that can be a great choice. Just make sure you are picking one that is flattering.
Bodysuit don't & do

 

When choosing lingerie don’t pick something that has side cut outs; these kinds of cut outs flatten out your boobies and create a very unflattering image. While the plunge on the right is a very flattering cut, creates great cleavage and looks great on many body types.
One more comparison for you today; remember that you want to be able to look at your images for years to come, without saying “I can’t believe I chose that outfit!”. You want to select pieces that are timeless, and not a reflection of todays style.
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The outfit on the left is very modern looking, and those details are very reminiscent of the styles of todays lingerie. If you like the detail of lines, choose something like the outfit on the right which doesn’t reflect any specific era.
The closest store in our area is at Oakridge Mall. Don’t forget that Danea does wardrobe consultations and can meet you there and help you choose what will photograph well, best part is you can try them on and really see how they will look on your body!
 Go check out their store or website and find some beautiful, classic pieces for your shoot, or bedroom 😉
 Devon

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Caption: Just had a discussion with today’s client about our #migraine stories and guess who got an aura? #thisgirl. I’m still all smiles and headache was knocked out before it began! Woot.

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Fashion Friday | Mountain View Bay Area Boudoir Photographer

It’s dress season ladies! There are so many different styles of dresses out there, today I’m going to show you some handkerchief hem dresses.

I love the hem line of these dresses, and that they can be found in a shorter style, or a longer maxi style. That really fits everyones comfortable length.

This style of dress can be an every day type dress. Something you could wear to work, or out running errands even.

everyday handkerchief dresses

 

These every day dresses would look great with some cute, strappy sandals.
Of course there are options for an event, or date night dress.
dressier handkerchief dress

 

These dress would look great with some heels, and the right accessories.
I love that this style would fit every body type too. You don’t have to be a skinny mini to fit this dress. There are so many different options to fit your style too; long, short, patterned, solid.
What’s your style? Would you like a short dress or long dress? Patterned or solid? Let me know!
 Devon

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Boudoir Coterie Model Call | Campbell, San Jose Bay Area Photographer

I am very excited to FINALLY have the time to start blogging my model call ladies. For those of you who had not heard or are new to the website, we moved to a new studio back in February and I felt the need to update the portfolio since it’s such a cool new space! Of course this means that I’ll be updating the galleries soon also but baby steps, I’ve been a very busy girl! Hahaha

This is Miss J. In her “application” email she said she has always wanted to do a shoot like this but never felt brave enough. She took a chance with this call and BOOM! here she is and looking fabulous.

Since this wasn’t a surprise for her hubby, he got to come to the reveal and I must say, he was pretty impressed with what he saw. Hehehe

So here you go, the gorgeous Miss J proving that being brave and taking chances can really pay off!

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Because boobies and baseball. 😉
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I met Miss J at Curvy Girl Lingerie in San Jose for her wardrobe consultation and we picked out this gorgeous robe and garter belt set. They have so much more online but being in store and actually getting to try things on is awesome! The simplicity of this look, paired with a large jeweled necklace is sexy, elegant and timeless!
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