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One of the things that makes shooting boudoir extra special is I get to hear about the relationships of women and their significant other. I love to see your faces light up just at the thought of him. (And that’s how it should be!) But what really makes me melt is that some women would never think about doing a session otherwise. Give yourself a pat on the back ladies for mustering enough courage to be vulnerable in front of the camera for the person you love, but most importantly walking away with a little bit more self-confident than you entered!

As always I love it when you make your boudoir session personal to you. Many of your have heroic men in your life and I think it’s awesome when you want to incorporate them into your sexy looks. If you want to get patriotic in your boudoir session here are some ideas.

1. Steal his jacket.

Easier said than done I’m sure, but this is the most popular and personal way of incorporating him into your session. I’m sure he will be surprised when he sees the photos and how you pulled it off!

2. Cameo Sheers or Overlay

Here’s something you can find at any store. A sheer cameo shirt is perfect to cover up. Or if you want to go more subtle try a cameo printed scarf.

3. Fun Costumes and Lingerie

If you want to go more scantly clad, try a military inspired costume. This one is from Gworld intimates. Hot, hot hot!

4. The American Flag!

This is one of my favorites because I love the vibrant colors of our American Flag and in a way it’s not so literal, but still patriotic.

5. Military Inspired Corset

One of the things I love about shooting in the Orange County studio is that it attached to a design shop. You can rent out tons of different corsets and when I saw these military inspired ones I was in awe!

6. On my wishlist

If you want to go more glitz and glamour here are a few things I found on pinterest that I’ve always wanted to shoot and yet again not so literal so it can still be timeless. You can find something like this on esty.

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As you can guess, It’s been a crazy surreal week. I can’t believe within 24 hours my life has changed drastically. For those of you that are curious, we went into labor Sunday night at 11pm and arrived at the hospital early Monday morning at 2am, 5 hours before our schedule c-section because he was predicted to be a big baby. They say Aries are known drama queens. I can see that. He really did wait til the last minute to decide he wanted to come out. After 10 hours of labor and 3 epidural shots, he still wasn’t dropped low enough even though I was 9cm dilated so we went ahead with the Cesarean, which was scary! I felt like I was in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but without the witty commentary, and the last thing I remember was my doctor saying, “Tammy, everything is going to be fine, I’m here with you.” And I woke up to Lance holding my hand and Trent was here. Baby Trent is doing well and on his way to many firsts as well as I. All I can think about now is poop and breast milk! LOL. I can safely say that it new. I’m sure every parent says this, but he is an awesome baby and being a first time mom is unexpectedly smooth, but also harder in some aspects. When you have a baby everyone wants to give you advice, sometimes that advice makes you feel guilty if you can’t follow with it, but the best advice I received was from one of my past brides (and friend). She said to me, “Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself sane.” And you know, I have to says that’s the smartest thing I’ve heard yet. I feel lucky to have such a beautiful baby boy, a loving husband and a new budding family. And most of all, I wanted to thank everyone who has reached out for your kind wishes and thoughts! We appreciate it and can’t wait to share many more milestones with you.


Newborn Photo by Stevie Cruz Photography


Lifestyle photo by Stevie Cruz Photography

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Here’s something a little bit different that you don’t get to see much when you are thinking about boudoir. In the studio that day I didn’t intend on shooting this outfit. I came in thinking I wanted to do some military inspired sets for my portfolio, but when I saw this ruffled skirt I just wanted to fall over and die. It’s so glamorous and girly, how could I say no. The skirt was full, but light and airy, so we spent most of the the shoot playing with motion. We twirled, we flipped, we danced and it really was just gorgeous frilly fun. So in love and inspired by these.

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One of the rewarding perks of being a photographer is you get to hear tons of stories and it makes everyone I meet amazing and unique. As you may imagine I get many military wives in the studio and it’s always fun trying to incorporate a theme into a shoot. As always I really love it when women make the shoots personal to them. It makes their images a little bit more endearing and memorable. Sometimes it’s very literal, with his jacket or hat, but I love things that are specifically created for women with a great inspiration. When I saw this corset I was so excited to shoot in it. You can rent it at the OC studio location, so definitely inquire about it if you are interested. It’s totally cute and reminds me of the old pin up sort of look. When I told KA about the shoot she said coming for a military family she was excited to support our armed forces! This is a great homage especially if you are looking for something a little bit different for your military inspired shoot. Happy Friday!

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I’m having a baby!

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Tomorrow I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant. That means the baby can be here any day now. I can’t believe that 9 months has gone by so fast, yet the last month is going by so slow! Every year I make goals for myself, especially for my business and every year I say to myself I want to get more personal on my blog. This is one resolution that I for some reason can never keep. I feel connectivity is an important factor when you are picking a photographer and I wish I was better at sharing, but lets just say that sometimes my thoughts are not so kosher so I try to keep them to myself. I’m like the Jeff Lewis of photography, I suppose. For instance, I think I’ve been sortĀ of an nontraditional mom-to-be. I am not goo-goo-ga-ga baby crazy. In actuality the first thing I wanted to do when finding out I was pregnant was go on vacation. He (our baby) didn’t even really get a registry until about 2 months ago…and even that I suck at because I honestly can’t believe the pile of crap that they try to sell you now for babies. I don’t mean crap like poorly constructed items, I mean crap, like stuff that will clutter your house for no real reason at all except for the fact that you suddenly popped out a pooing machine. I registered at one place and there is like 20 things on the registry….and to add on to this thought I’m not sure why you need to register at like 500 different places for the same blanket? You see, this rant is already becoming inappropriate. Anyway, what I am trying to tell you that I have a lot amazing changes happening in 2014. I’m very grateful for them and I hope to share this new journey with you more. If you can put up with me, I hope we can become better friends.

In January, my amazing friend and photographer Sandy of Sandy Le Photography shot our maternity pictures. I thought I would share my favorites before it was too late and the baby was already here. In addition to the fact that Sandy puts up with my borderline offensiveness, She is truly a talented family photographer, if you are in the Norcal area and looking for a family session I highly recommend her!

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