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There was something different about K. I noticed it right as she stepped into my studio. One of things I do as boudoir photographer is I see the beauty in all women, even if they don’t see it in themselves. The truth is more often than not women are really hard on their image, which is a shame because WOMEN you are GORGEOUS. K mentioned to me that she was a mom, but unlike most moms she seems really confident and very accepting of her mommy curves. So much so that I had stop her during her session and ask her what her secret was to her self confidence. I ADMIRE IT so much! Of which she replied, that it was a confidence that came with age. And when she said to me that I could share her photos, I cried in glee because I do believe that all women should love their mommy curves! Cheers to you K.

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I get asked quite often if I provide props in the studio or if people should bring props. Some of my favorite props are the ones that are the most personal to my clients. I’ve had people bring everything from something simple like his shirt to more intimate items like a stethoscope because they were med students or a spoon he used to propose with. When it comes to something that has a significant meaning to you, it makes the shoot extra special. I find it fun and challenging too when the props are little bit unique. Trust me, posing with a spoon really gets your brain thinking. When J came to her shoot she told me she loved photos that a little bit of mystery in it. We did mostly poses that gave her a lot of allure and showed off her best assets, but my favorite photos were the photos with the champagne and glass because she explained that these items held great memories in their relationship. Check out my favorite photos from her set below.

Hair and Make-up By: Ashley Grinnell

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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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