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Oh boudoir photography! Many people have a love/hate with this word. You see, I always call myself a portrait photographer because I do so much more than just boudoir and I don’t want to be pigeonholed. And yet when a woman is looking for a shoot that will make her feel sexy in her skin, she usually googles for “boudoir” (I’ve also seen some spelling errors like boudior or budoir or bodoir or buodior! ha!)…. you get the picture. The word is damn hard to say, spell and even harder to define.

SO let me define it for MY SHOOTS

  1. It’s an empowering photoshoot all about celebrating the beauty of the female form. It’s about celebrating your beautiful body and all it’s done for you thus far.
  2. It’s about showing a bit more skin than most of my other shoots. Though you don’t have to go full nude as you can see above. You might wear a robe, or a slip, or a tank or a bodysuit or some combo… or you might just lay in the sheets
  3. It’s about being classy, tasteful and fashion inspired (I never photograph anything that’s raunchy or vulgar! ugh!). And don’t worry I pose and style you with this in mind so we never accidentally swerve into territory that’s too racy! I always like leaving a little something to the imagination as mystery a huge part of sexiness.
  4. It’s for you not for your partner. Though yes your partner may share in and enjoy the benefits of these photographs, I want you to do this for you!
  5. It’s all female all the time. My shoots are a safe space so I use an all female team and it’s no boys allowed!

 

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These days I photograph a lot of personal brand shoots for Santa Barbara, Ventura and the Greater Los Angeles area. I tend to work with powerful women entrepreneurs who are building successful businesses– typically in the health & wellness industries (though not exclusive to that).

Personal Branding can mean many things. I have created social media content for some clients, but for most of my clients I am creating a suite of clean, personality filled images for their website, social media profiles, marketing graphics, and PR media kits.

Dani was no different. Dani owned a successful gym here in Santa Barbara and has made the leap into life coaching (a profession I work with a lot). Our goal was to create a few key images for her website (like the header slider, about section, etc) that could be repurposed for social media and other marketing needs! I am so pleased to say Dani was thrilled with her results and I can’t wait to see how everything comes together on her final website!

Holly came to my studio in 2018 because she was writing a photo-essay style book about her journey battling and surviving breast cancer. Her book documents through her personal photographs and text her entire fight with cancer. She wanted to include images throughout the process of a double mastectomy, healing and reconstruction because most literature on the topic shows you the before and after but not the very long middle. And she thought it might help some women picture what to expect throughout their entire healing process. Now, the pictures in this book are personal, brave and raw. So she really wanted something beautiful to end her book with. Portraits of her fully healed.

I was honored to create these images for her.

We took images of Holly alone and later on with her amazing husband (who got a breast plate tattoo to match Holly’s post surgery cherry blossom breast tattoos). The love these two share is palpable and anyone would be so lucky to have a devoted partner like this in a time of crisis.

Holly’s shoot is not the first time I’ve photographed a woman who’s survived breast cancer. I do these shoots frequently. Any health crisis, but especially breast cancer, can really affect how you feel about your body and beauty. These shoots are all about reclaiming your body, your beauty, and your power. I hold the space for my clients to celebrate life and survival and this moment right now. I work with you to customize a shoot so you can be photographed post-cancer how you desire (not everyone wants to actually photograph their nude body though it can be powerful).

If you or someone you know has survived breast cancer and is looking to celebrate this moment right now, I’d love to talk to them about their journey!

 

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I’m so honored to be the featured photographer for Santa Barbara’s Annual Go Red For Women luncheon. This is the second year I have created a portrait campaign for the event. The luncheon was today and I can final share these portraits.

Last year (2018) I photographed women who survived heart conditions– including heart attacks, strokes and congenital defects. This year the luncheon is all about honoring Santa Barbara County’s top cardiac nurses. I photographed 5 cardiac nurses from all areas of the county who are at the top of their field. It was a privilege to photograph them and hear their stories.

I also photographed a heart transplant survivor who was a featured speaker at the luncheon.

This annual campaign is always so meaningful to work on because I know I am spreading awareness through my portraits. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women and it can often come silently and without warning. We are all vulnerable and we all must take care of our heart health.

Thanks to American Heart Association Santa Barbara Division for choosing me once again to photograph this campaign and play a huge role in the over all event.