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I didn’t chicken out… #believeinbeauty

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Marissa here!

It’s done……….and so therefore I can’t “un-do” it. Because people know it’s been done. And then I would look like I panicked. And for the most part, I am a fairly confident person. So “un-doing” it would ruin that whole idea I have of myself in my head. See my past blog post if you are wondering what the heck I am talking about 😉

So I am a pretty conservative-ish person, and yes I am a boudoir photographer. And I have this thought, if I want to run a boudoir studio that’s known for being the most conservative/private boudoir studio, I can’t be showing my own boudoir pics. Like here I am conservative biz-owner and here’s me in my undies.

Not that I would really want to anyway but just like all our other clients, I have some SERIOUSLY hot ones that impress even me, so once in a while I have gotten excited about the thought of showing a pic of me at my best, a wowzers boudoir pic. But it’s just not in the cards for me. As well as for my personal modesty reason and the afore mentioned reason.

HOWEVER….

For years now we have been wanting to do a BIG and very HONEST before and after piece on a client. But we are always VERY weary of before and afters. Especially posting them on FB etc. (side note, don’t please don’t get me wrong, we TOTALLY see why other studio do them). But our overall fear is that it looks like we are saying, “hey look at this girl who is “beautiful” NOW because of US.” And we worry that this would bring us amazing monetary gain, while perhaps hurting their feeling (sometimes, not always, please don’t think we are bashing other boudoir studios, this OUR reservation). The before and afters we do have of the gals you see on our website or FB are our close friends, and signed up for the task with no reservation. Understanding the scope of how, why and when we would use them.

So back to that project we wanted to do. Like I just explained,  we decided that we couldn’t ask a friend or client to look like total crap in terrible light on video in their skivvies. So in a moment of bravery, and a desire to take charge of my mind (see the video for the full story)…. I did it! Ah!! While I feel very vulnerable expressing my un-confident inner thoughts (and my cellulite) in this way, certainly far from the glamorous ways I once fantasized about showing off a boudoir pic or two, I think that if it can help some other gals overcome the same thoughts I am having, then it serves a purpose.  I try really hard to live honestly, if I am going through things, I share them. I never want to act like I have it all together, leaving others to feel isolated. So here it is…. my current thoughts…. and what I am doing about them…

 

 

 

I almost chickened out…

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Marissa here. So I am working on a new video project called, “What light do you see yourself in?” It’s a step in a crazy direction for me. It’s very honest, and it’s also very revealing in many ways. The other day I was editing and I said to myself, forget this, I don’t want to do this anymore. I quit Final Cut with no real intentions of opening it to finish this project I had been dreaming of doing for the past few months. Then something happened, a little voice clicked on in my head that said, you have been a lot of things, you have made mistakes, but being a coward was never one of them. It was a resonating thought. And it continued to resonate till I got the car later and heard this song. Then I knew the thought wasn’t a fluke, I was being taught a lesson by the universe.

So with that I leave you with the fun news that we will be launching a little bit more of a provocative video than we are accustomed to. IF I am brave enough 😉 (Maybe this post was written in a hasty moment to be sure I don’t chicken out) -xoxo – M

The Best Photo Lab in the UNIVERSE

Boudoir Gear & More, Boudoir Tips

Goodmorning photog friends, and happy Monday! K here today, starting off the morning with my cup of (half decaf) coffee, a Christmas playlist, and my beautiful Christmas tree sparkling in the corner. I love this season! But that’s beside the point. Today I wanted to share an FAQ. We recently got the following email from a fellow photographer; I liked her question and thought it would be helpful to post our answer here on the blog!

“Hello, my name is Katie my fiance and I are wedding photographers and I’m currently breaking into boudoir. I watched your top ten on youtube it was very helpful – thank you. I have two questions if you dont’ mind. What print lab do you guys use and what web hosting? Thanks a bunch!”

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Thanks for your email, Katie. So first of all, we have used Bay Photo for MANY years, and think they are absolutely, hands-down, the BEST photo lab in the universe! We use Bay for almost ALL of our boudoir products that we offer our clients. Here are just a few of them…
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We order all of our clients’ prints through Bay, as well as the 8×8 & 5×7 prints that we include in our basic books that you see here. We also order our calendars, fine art canvas prints, thin wrap prints, metal prints, and framed images through them. On top of ALL of these products that we offer our clients, we ALSO order a ton of awesome products through Bay Photo for marketing – such as their beautiful hard cover press printed books, and press printed postcards, business cards, & trifold cards. So as you can see, we are speaking from experience here. We truly do love Bay Photo and think they are the BEST LAB IN THE UNIVERSE. :)

Also, if you’re looking to run a special for your boudoir clients right now before the holidays, we recommend that you take advantage of the Bay Photo sale happening right now – 10% off all framed prints (through Dec 12, 2013).
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We like to tell our clients that ‘Boudoir is for the Bedroom’ – and then we sell our beautiful framed boudoir art prints for them to display in their bedroom, master bathroom, or walk-in closets.

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So for hosting – we use HOST GATOR. It’s easy to set-up, and super affordable!
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Don’t have much more to say on that topic; it’s pretty straight-forward. :) But if you want to know more about creating or revamping your website, we do have a lot to say about that in our article: Top Website Tips for Boudoir Photographers. So go check it out!

Oh, and lastly, if you haven’t seen our Top Ten Marketing Tips for Boudoir that Katie mentioned in her email to us, here’s that FREE WEBINAR for you right here!

Seattle Boudoir Shoots

Boudoir Photo Shoots

Hey everyone, we are excited to let you know that we’re going to be in SEATTLE next week! Marissa and I will be hanging in the city, planning for 2014, working on some new projects, and… SHOOTING!
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We’ve already booked up quite a few of our spots, but I believe we might be able to squeeze in one or two more ladies.

So if you live in the Seattle area, and you’d like to give your guy the SEXIEST gift this Christmas, email us asap for more details (info@theboudoirdivas.com). Hope you have a fabulous weekend, and we can’t wait to see a lot of you ladies next week! xoxo, K & M

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale – Last day for 15% off!

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Today is the LAST DAY!!!! Take advantage of this sale and get 15% off ANY PRODUCT in the shop. ANNNND… it’s not just our cool books and DVDs. It’s ALSO good for our LINGERIE!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
We hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with your loved ones. In the midst of the holiday stress and shopping craziness, we hope you were able to take the time to be refreshed, to remember what is most important in your life, and cherish those who mean the most to you.

With love and gratitude,
Marissa & Kimberlee

My fabulous, beautiful baby shower!

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Happy Monday everyone! Today I (K) wanted to share some photos from the fabulous, beautiful baby shower that Marissa, my sis Kelli, and my momma threw for me! This was such a special day, and at the end of it I just couldn’t stop smiling. I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many great friends to encourage me, love me, support me, and shower me with love in this season of my life. Baby boy and I got spoiled big-time. :)
eclectic baby shower decorSo the theme of baby boy’s nursery is all about “Adventure.” It’s based on a book that used to be my grandfather’s when he was a little boy – called “Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax.” (I’ll be sure to post a few pics of the nursery reveal once it’s ready!) So this is what Kel and Riss used to go off of for the decor of the day. The shower was held, of course, at the Divas home – our San Diego studio! All of the little details were so adorable, and I just loved seeing how they set everything up.
baby shower food ideasLet’s talk about all of the food you see here. As a prego woman, I love to eat… and Caroline with Cucina Coronado created some absolutely DELICIOUS appetizers and small bites for the shower. Everything was beautifully prepared and displayed, and Caroline was so sweet. Even though we just met her on that day, it felt like she fit right in with the Diva family!
boudoir divas baby showerAnd that adorable cake!!!! It was made by Truly Scrumptious Cakes – and it truly was scrumptious!
vintage baby boy showerThank you, Riss, Kel, and Momma, for giving me such a special day. And a special thanks to Mama Cece and my other sis, Ash, for all your help in setting up the shower! AND… thank you to all my family, friends, and Diva fam who got to be at the shower – it was so special having each of you there. Love you all! xoxo, K

Fine Magazine images

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We are SO incredibly honored to say that we were recently featured in FINE MAGAZINE!
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There’s an awesome write-up about us in there (click here if you want to read the whole thing)… and beyond that, Marissa was also able to shoot an entire editorial spread for the November edition of the mag. SO cool!
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Here are more images from that editorial shoot. Oh, and be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to watch an entire behind-the-scenes video of the shoot!!!
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We wanna give a huge thank you to the fabulous Daisy Varley for filming and editing this awesome video for us!
 

Boudoir International Update

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NEW PRICING for Boudoir International

Hi Guys!
Good things happening around here that we wanted to fill you in on. First off – some of you BI members who did the year-long subscription, well… your year may be up! And if so, you will be getting a personalized email from us soon. But don’t be bummed about that because we have exciting news!! Those of you that are month to month, no worries, you are good & won’t be getting an email from us, however you may want to considering going yearly, because it’s SUCH a better deal! (If you want to go yearly, just email us: info@BoudoirInternational.com)
NEW PRICING
We wanted to make sure you knew that it’s now even MORE AFFORDABLE to sign up for a full year – it’s only $150! That’s like less than getting 2 fancy coffees at Starbucks each week. :)

WE WANNA FEATURE YOU
Also, we want YOU to be featured on the Boudoir International BLOG!!!! Once you sign up for a yearly membership, then we want to make sure we give you a little love in return, and get you hooked up with a “Featured Member” post on the blog.
The goal of the BI BLOG is to get potential boudoir clients more invested and excited about an experience, and then start looking for someone in their area to be their fit as a boudoir photographer! Hopefully that’s you!

You probably already know that we’ve been advertising on Green Wedding Shoes for the past year. But did you know that we are also starting to run campaigns with Google AdWords? We have been doing this for the past couple of months and we are definitely seeing the benefits, as our site stats continue to climb! Our goal is to get more eyes on this site, and more eyes on YOUR PROFILE!

MEDIA KIT
If you haven’t already seen the updated media kit, take a few minutes to read it over!
QUESTIONS?
Shoot Sarah (she is our fabulous Associate Editor for Boudoir International) an email if you have questions about anything here, she is at info@boudoirinternational.com! Also, if you want to update any of your info on your profile page or send us new images for your gallery, you can do that by just emailing them to Sarah directly as well.
THANK YOU
Thanks again for joining us on this journey… Boudoir Photographers, UNITE! xoxo, Marissa & Kimberlee

Gearing up for a very merry Christmas!

Boudoir Photo Shoots, Boudoir Tips, Sales & Contests

The Holidays have the potential to be one of our best seasons for our business, but it seems that every year they sneak up on us a bit. So this year we made it a point to plan all of our marketing early (see previous blog post)! And not only that, since we were going to launch one of our biggest sales ever, we wanted some hype to go with it. So we set up two commercials in hopes to get our potential clients excited, thinking and planning about Christmas earlier in the Fall. It’s not too late fellow Bou Photogs! What are you going to do to maximize your holiday? A sale, a marathon, mini sessions, a new set, a new product that has quicker turnaround so you can continue to shoot closer to Christmas?

Our goal with this one was to inspire ladies to make this holiday a little sexier than the norm. And those of us that have been married a long while know that romance can take some planning!

And this one…. well A) we wanted to goof off and B) we wanted to announce our sale in an excited and different way!

 

Thank you for your support!

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Happy Monday everyone!!! We just wanted to follow-up with you about Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Contest, and let you know that unfortunately we didn’t make it into the next round. BUT – we wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who voted for us over the past few months! We got SO much love and support from all of you, and all of your votes got us ranked SO HIGH on the list! We were in the top 100 and even in the top 50 for a while there. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. If you didn’t have a chance to watch our Small Business Big Game Commercial, go check it out!
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And while we’re talking about videos… have you subscribed to our Boudoir Divas Youtube Channel yet?! We love posting videos of our photo shoots, our travels, our lives, and lots of silly behind-the-scenes vids from the studio. We have some really cool videos in the line-up that will be coming soon, so if you don’t want to miss any of them, make sure you go subscribe! Hope you all have a fabulous week. xoxo, K&M
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