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“I was afraid I was going to feel awkward” | Client Interview | Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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1.  How old are you? I’m 23 years old.
2. What do you do for a living? I’m an actress, and I also work at different commercial casting studios running the door for auditions. 
3. What made you decide to take a leap of faith and do a boudoir session? I saw Alyssa’s beautiful photos on her Facebook page, and I was so inspired! I wanted to feel as sexy as those women looked!
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4. Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir? Recently, I’ve been having insecurities about my sexuality. I’m usually a pretty confident person, but for some reason I was feeling really down on myself and like I couldn’t get sensual. I was afraid I was going to feel awkward. 
5. Was the session different from what you expected it to be? I read Alyssa’s blog posts before going, which helped a lot. I expected it was going to be a positive experience, but I didn’t expect to have as much of a blast as I did! 
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6. What was your favorite part about the entire experience? I felt so comfortable the entire time. From getting my hair and makeup done (which looked AWESOME), to the outfit changes, I was so at ease! Alyssa even gave me fruit snacks at one point, haha!
7. How did you feel when you saw your photographs? I was pretty amazed. I looked so gorgeous! Not only that, but so natural. I brought my boyfriend with me to the viewing session, and he was in awe! His eyes were glued to the computer screen. I seriously felt so empowered!
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8. Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session? DO IT! You will not regret it. Do it for yourself, because you deserve it.
9. Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of the session? Everyone has their favorite parts of themselves, and their not-so-favorite parts. This experience and the resulting photos made me not care about my not-so-favorite assets. I looked and felt gorgeous!
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10. How did you like working with Alyssa Michelle and her team? I absolutely loved them. Like I said, I was completely comfortable the whole time. Alyssa made me laugh and I felt like I was being showered with compliments every step of the way! I never felt awkward or out of place.
11. Will you continue to go to Alyssa Michelle and her team for your future boudoir sessions? YES! It was such a positive experience and I’ve been on a high ever since. I’m going to recommend them to anyone who’s looking to get boudoir photos done!
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Where to buy lingerie online

The most frequent question I receive from my clients is “I have no idea what the heck to wear, any suggestions?? HELP!”

Ladies, have no fear! I have complied a list of online and in store suggestions and links of my favorite places to buy lingerie, just for you!
Because I love you, and I want you to LOVE you outfits and feel so super sexy in them!

Keep in mind, I do have pieces in my boudoir client closet for you to try on and borrow for your session, they are mostly bodysuits, because I’m obsessed with them!
But it’s always good to buy your own lingerie, so you can have it to remind you how wonderfully sexy and beautiful you are, even though I guarantee after your shoot, you are going to feel sexy no matter what you are wearing!  

ENOUGH CHIT CHAT! HERE YOU GO!

  1. ‪www.hipsandcurves.com
  2. www.boohoo.com 
  3. www.fleurofengland.com
  4. www.shop.forloveandlemons.com/collections/lingerie
  5. https://gooseberryintimates.com
  6. http://www.hopelesslingerie.bigcartel.com
  7. http://us.intimissimi.com/home.jsp
  8. http://www.lingeriediva.com
  9. http://www.trashy.com
  10. http://www.yandy.com
  11. ‪ www.victoriassecret.com
  12. www.fredericks.com
  13. http://us.asos.com/women-lingerie-sleepwear/rsrua/?cid=6046&via=top
  14. http://www.barenecessities.com/?cmp=xyz
  15. http://www.bhldn.com (Bridal)
  16. http://www.dollhousebettie.com
  17. www.laperla.com
  18. http://www.bellabellaboutique.com
  19. http://www.journelle.com
  20. www.agentprovocateur.com
  21. http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/
  22. www.nordstrom.com
  23. http://www.wacoal-america.com
  24. www.target.com
  25. www.forever21.com
  26. www.torrid.com
  27. http://www.hm.com/us

 

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“I feared boudoir wasn’t for me, because I’m not skinny” | Client Interview | Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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1.  How old are you? 23
2. What do you do for a living? Receptionist/Office Assistant
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3. What made you decide to take a leap of faith and do a boudoir session?
Well, Alyssa and I have been trying to do a shoot together for about, 2 years. It first started with wanting to have her photograph my ex fiance and i for engagement pictures and then our wedding. That failed and i started seeing that she was getting into boudoir, and i reached out to her saying that i think it would be amazing for me considering my lack of self confidence and all that i had gone through, i basically wanted to feel good about myself. After trying and failing, OVER and OVER again, whether with money or scheduling, we were FINALLY able to work something out and me finally decide that i was going to invest in myself, and an added bonus to be able to get something for my boyfriends birthday in September;)To put it mildly, it was time.
4. Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?
Obstacles were more like making excuses, i’m not happy with my body at all, and so i used that as my “obstacle” that and my work schedule. Fears, oh yeah, tons, i am so critical of myself that i think other people are constantly judging me as well. I feared that boudoir was not for me because i’m not skinny.
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5. Was the session different from what you expected it to be?
Only in the way that it was ten times more of a confidence boosting experience then i had originally thought it would be. It was relaxing, a little bit of a work out, and loads of fun! I also loved how i could feel myself really get in to it and feel more and more confident with each second that passed by, i definitely did not expect my nerves to give up.
6. What was your favorite part about the entire experience?
Favorite part?! Is that a joke? ALL OF IT. Start to finish! Hearing Alyssa scream and giggle and say how in love she was with the shots she was taking was definitely a high though, and getting major compliments from her whole team. I was on cloud nine
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7. How did you feel when you saw your photographs?
I was speechless, i had tears in my eyes a few times. I can not believe what Alyssa captured and i can not get the images of myself out of my head.
8. Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session?
DO IT! Whether you are 90 pounds or 300, it is the best gift you can give yourself. It is ok to feel nervous, Alyssa will put you at ease RIGHT AWAY. I would also suggest to choose your outfits based off of what YOU are most comfortable in and what your personality/style is, it makes it 100 times easier.
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9. Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of the session?
Simple, i am gorgeous no matter what. I can always have a laundry list of things that i wish were different or don’t like, but at the end of the day it comes down to how i portray myself and what i can bring to the table, from the inside.
10. How did you like working with Alyssa Michelle and her team?
Like? More like LOVE! I was getting compliments from start to finish, everyone was so amazing and happy and fun! It was the best experience i’ve had in a LONG time, and i would do it over and over!
Thank you Alyssa and team!!!
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20 common misconceptions about boudoir photography – stop making excuses!

I always get the same “excuses” from potential clients, most commonly, is #2 and #4 and #6, ladies… STOP IT! You are beautiful RIGHT NOW. Let’s document this moment in your life, tomorrow is never promised, go out of your comfort zone, and start living.

20 Shattered Misconceptions About Boudoir Photography by Cate Scaglione

  1. “I am not a model.”   Great. Because actually, 99.9% of my paying clients aren’t models either. A “model” is someone who is paid to be photographed for a living.
  2.  “I don’t look like a model.”  Well, most models don’t look like models. Have you ever seen a “before” picture of many top models? Often times, they’re not the same stunning people you see in magazines. Hair, makeup and Photoshop are typically involved in creating that polished editorial look. You have the option to choose to do the same, and you too can look like a model. Or, go with a more natural look.
  3. “I have no idea how to pose in pictures.”  Haha, well… neither do I actually. But if I have a an experienced beauty photographer trained to pose me and give me great direction, I would look fantastic in photos. Luckily I am that person for you.
  4. “I am too overweight to do a boudoir session.”  Too overweight? …compared to what standard? You’d be surprised to know many well trained boudoir photographers LOVE sessions with curvier women. In fact, many of us prefer it. Why? We know how to light, pose and dress you so you can celebrate those curves and not condemn them. I like to shatter your negative myths and help you create new, positive ones.
  5.  “I am too shy for this. I don’t see myself as sexy.” This is an intimate portrait session. By definition it’s about intimacy, privacy and solitude. My job is to make you comfortable so you feel great in your own skin, and to draw you out to the person you know you are within. It’s YOUR version of sexy,  not anyone else’s. And, when I do my job right, you will absolutely see yourself as sexy.
  6. “First I need to lose these last 10 pounds.”  No, you don’t. Because you probably won’t. I’ve had a client expressing vehemently for 3 years now how she wants to do her session as soon as she loses that extra weight. She still hasn’t booked it.  Celebrate who you are RIGHT NOW.  You can do a session today then again and again. It’s actually great fun to see that progress. That is the beauty of milestones… You can celebrate your life every time you decide to.
  7.  “I’m too old to do a boudoir session.”  Are you too old to feel special? Appreciated? Beautiful? YOU get to choose to embrace who you are throughout life’s many beautiful stages. YOU get to choose how you’re styled in a way that makes sense to you. Sure, you may not be that same girl as you were in your early 20s. Now you’re even better…you’re a woman. Today’s woman is better than yesterday’s woman. Let’s go now.
  8. “I’ll have to wear sexy lingerie for the session.” There are no rules that say a boudoir session is about lingerie. It’s about creating your intimate definition of beauty in any way you like. That can be in a sweater… in a negligee…in a ball gown. It’s about intimacy with your sense of self… not your  wardrobe.
  9.  “My pictures will end up on the Internet.”  No. Client privacy is the number one priority for any reputable boudoir photographer. To us, your intimacy is a highly protected entity that we go to great lengths to secure, and share only with your written permission. We love and respect all clients, whether they choose to publish their images or not. We are guardians of your privacy.
  10. “I can shop around to get great deal for boudoir photography.”  A woman’s private moments should never feel like “bargains”. The blatant truth here is, you’ll get what you pay for. A boudoir session is a life-changing experience, which typically includes a moderate investment. A professional photographer’s trade is very expensive to run; Therefore a highly skilled, reputable boudoir photographer is almost never “cheap” and does not “deep discount”. A boudoir photographer who knows their own worth also know what a great client is worth to us. We’ll go to the furthest lengths to earn every penny, with gratitude and a pursuit of excellence.
  11. “It’s arrogant to hang pictures of myself around the house.”  Really? Why? Is it arrogant to look in the mirror? To keep a journal? To meditate? Your portraits are no different. They are just an introspective symbol of your feminine self. My job is to help you love that Woman on the wall as much as any other work of art that hangs in your home. What’s selfish about that?
  12. “My friends and family would not approve of me doing this.”  Well, that’s fine, because you’re not doing it for them. You’re doing it for YOU. You don’t need anyone else’s approval but your own.
  13. “I’m too scared to do this alone. I think I need moral support!”  That’s perfectly fine. While I prefer to keep sessions confined to me, my client and my hair/makeup artist only, I do allow friends to book sessions together. They often find that it’s a blast (and want to come back alone again!). I’ll warn you though, we do laugh a little too much.
  14. “I’ll be a nervous wreck the whole time.”  No, you’ll be nervous for 8.5 minutes and that’s all. Because if you are nervous after the first 8.5 minutes of your session, I am doing an awful job. Once we get started, I help melt away the tension and you feel your groove. I find that it literally only takes 8.5 minutes, without fail before SHE makes her grand appearance.
  15. “I’m not photogenic.”  Well, if I haven’t photographed you before, you are not unphotogenic to ME.  This is not bragging… this is my JOB.  My single task is to help you look and feel the most beautiful you’ve ever felt. Invariably, clients often cry in disbelief when they see their images, when they see a beautiful woman staring right back at them.
  16. “I’ll do it because my (husband/boyfriend/partner) will like it.”  Your (husband/boyfriend/partner) liking the byproduct of our session is surely a bonus. However, this experience is for you and you alone. This is a celebration to reacquaint with your feminine self, in whatever style you choose for it to be. You are more than a book, a framed picture or an album. As a woman, you are a work of art. You deserve to feel that way.
  17. “Oh my goodness, my photographer is going to see me naked.”  Yes, while some clients choose to be in a state of undress, that does not have to be the case. You can wear as much as you want or as little as you want. It’s not about your wardrobe but a depiction of your intimacy. Besides, you’d be shocked to know that I’m so busy adjusting my light, composing the shot, working my camera, and posing you, that your state of nudity is virtually the last thing I am noticing. An experienced boudoir photographer is like your doctor. We have seen it all and we don’t notice it.
  18. “My photographer is going to think my idea is crazy, but…” As artists, we are idea people. We love to hear ideas and to fulfill your wishes. And, if we cannot accommodate them, we can refer you to another photographer who may be able to. Your ideas about beauty and intimacy are yours and not up for our judgment.
  19. “My (husband/boyfriend/partner) will not like this idea.”  If your significant other does not appreciate the opportunity for you to feel special, confident and beautiful, that is their unfortunate choice. But you do not have to choose the same fate for yourself. You are your own person, with your own emotional needs. I respect the nature of your relationship but YOU as my client are my only priority and my person of concern.
  20. “This is a once in a lifetime experience.”  Yes and no. You can do this once for your bucket list; Or, you can do it year after year, in as many styles or variations as your little ritualistic self would like. It will feel like a once in a lifetime experience every time, that I promise you!”

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“I couldn’t think of a good reason as to why I needed them” | Client Interview | Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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