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A few things I absolutely adore about the Anaheim Studio in Orange County is the sets we have. From a French inspired white headboard with gray backdrop to some lace curtains. It’s something so simple, but is a good match for everything. However, favorite thing is the chandelier that I swoon over every time I see it. But most of all I love that right next door that is a costume shop that holds all types of awesome wardrobe including the most fabulous corsets you have ever seen! The day of the shoot M came with absolutely nothing to wear, so we were lucky that a room full of lavish corsets was within arms reach. Wonderland corsets has everything from glitter to pearls to lace to themed ones, but I chose this one for M because it was little more simple. And although I do love a pretty corset I adore the images at the end when we asked her to put on her sweater. It just is a good example of how you can mix a little bit of comfort into your photos and still be sexy.

K contacted me wanting to do some photos for her online dating profile. I never thought about it before and as soon as we were done with her session I wondered why! It was so much fun and such a great way to show the best version of yourself on your eharmony or match.com profile! If you are wanting a little make over, build some confidence or just get a really great portrait of yourself this is an awesome idea! Remember, your boudoir shoot can be anything you want it to be and more.

Whether it be your wedding day or you are coming in to a boudoir shoot, I know that posing is a daunting thought. After all, you want to look your best in front of the camera and although you wish the camera could capture you just the way you are in reality it needs your help to create the perfect visual. The hard part is these are not things that we generally do as habit or a daily basis, therefore we don’t know what to do when we get in front of the lens. So here are some simple beginning posing tips that you can practice before your shoot to maximize your time.

1. Create Separation between Limbs.

Keep your joints loose and don’t push your limbs towards your body. Loose joints and bent elbows create thinner waistlines and when arms are mushed up against your body your skin tends to spread out and make them look bigger and lengthens your body mass.

2. Elongate your neck.

Tara Banks calls this the turtle. Basically it’s pushing your chin and ears forward. This feels weird, but gets rid of that dreaded double chin and contours your face and neck.

3. Pop your hip.

Create an S shape with your body. Do this by popping your hip and putting weight on one foot. Even if you are petite, you need to do this to create curves and angles.

4. Cross your legs.

Another way of creating curves with your body, but mostly this is about bending the knees to create visual lines. No straight joints!

5. Arch your back.

Push your butt out and arch your back! If you are facing toward the camera push your butt away to create flat tummies. If your butt is facing the camera, push your butt towards it for awesome booty shots, but most importantly arch, arch arch. This gives your boobies and your butt a lift.

I received a call last week asking if I would shoot a more fitness inspired boudoir session. It reminded of this set last year with L. At that time L had a new found interest in fitness and really want to incorporate this new love into her session. As I pulled up these images I wondered why I never share them before. As you know I really love it when my client bring me ideas that are not the norm. Boudoir doesn’t always have to be all about lingerie. I know plenty of women out there who have worked really hard at the gym and want to show off their new bodies or are just generally into fitness. So I hope this will inspire you to come into the studio and lift some weights with me.

I never get tired of meeting new brides. It’s so fun to hear their wedding plans and talk about their future plans. I see the gleam in their eyes when they talk about their fiance. And while some women would never get enough courage to do a session like this for themselves, they always seem to put aside all nervousness for an incredible gift for the man of their dreams and I adore it when my clients incorporate their husbands into their session. Such as A who brought his jacket to her session, but what I am in aw of the most is this cathedral veil she brought. It’s amazing! What a truly gorgeous and sexy bride!

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