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Does anyone read our boudoir blog any more?

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I’m guessing probably not since we never update it. He he. But today we had the urge to do just that, give whoever it is out there who may still take a peek at this boudoir blog a little update on us and our business. (Side note, I did just check our analytics and plenty of you folks do take a lookie at this blog. So hey now, we’re even more motivated to write this post).

Because of our silence on this blog, it may have seemed as though we dipped out of the photographer spotlight that we were so grateful to for so long. But it’s with good reason. After 8 years of that ‘put your head down, work your booty off’ season of your life, Kimberlee and I decided it was time to reap a little bit from what we sowed. K really reaped her harvest, pumping out two gorgeous children in two years (see evidence of that incredible feat below). Arie and Maelee are such a blessing to us, I can’t wait to get them into trouble and have lots of adventures with them & K when they are older.

And as for me (Marissa)… I meandered the globe taking in all kinds of amazing sights and sounds, one of those things that’s necessary after even the most amicable of divorces. I roamed South East Asia with a kindred spirit for a month, hit up my second home in Paris twice with Kimberlee and friends (not literally MY second house, I wish)! I lived in the bellows of a cruise ship for a few weeks with a friend hitting up every port in the Caribbean (that was actually my favorite), hiking the trails off Cinque Terre in Italy, and even doing big Yosemite Half Dome hike. And  I even did a little good, creating this video and fundraising campaign for a hero of mine.  I’ll pop the video in my ‘show and tell’ collage below. And, last but not least, and so necessary in all break ups, the cutting and dying of my hair 😉 All the while we were taking care of our studio (Kimberlee mostly remotely) and just kinda rolling with it. Still doing some pretty dang cool things photography wise if we do say so, again, evidence below.

So all that to say, you didn’t see us around, cuz, well, we were  too busy kinda living the simple(ish) life for awhile. Taking time to raise a family and be present, and travel the world, all the while so grateful to the staff at the studio who was okay with me just popping into the studio an average of about 30 hours a week at that time. Erin taking care of all the typical biz owner’s responsibilities, so much love for her.

But then something happened around January. The wind shifted, and all of a sudden here we are again. In drive mode. And once again we were all about that very hands on biz life. Myself especially, really putting every bit on my focus on the studio.

And when you focus, it pays off.  Last month our boudoir studio had one of it’s most successful months ever (if we don’t count the times we do our big annual sale – and we don’t actually count that sale in our monthly gross). In just one month, June 2016, we grossed over $31,000.

And all in that time frame of ‘aha’, we also saw some of our past boudoir workshop attendees killing it! That got us even more excited! This is one of the most rewarding parts of being educators in this industry: seeing our teachings being implemented, and turned into success stories! There are a ton of you, but a few of the most notable ones that we see out there are Jen Rosenbaum and Denise Birdsong, just doing amazing things. Then we got a few workshop testimonials that just hit us…. for instance Jenny Taylor wrote us this on Facebook: “Hi. Just wanted to stop by and say thank u for all the informational advise you have put out in the world. 7 years ago when I started you were so inspirational and still are today! I owe some of my credit to you.” I love how all of us boudoir photographers cheer each other on. It’s infectious.
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And messages of gratitude from other photographers keep coming in, on a regular basis. And then we thought, man, we have all these resources that are still SO valuable, especially our new online workshop. We need to start telling the newer boudoir people about this stuff.

I mean after the success of last month, my goodness we REALLY want you all to know how we did it. So all that to say, please stop by our shop and see all the updated resources and then do check our newly launched, more affordable than ever Online Boudoir Workshop which we’ve broken down into pieces. Use PROMO CODE: AUGBLOG to get an additional $35 off your online workshop purchase. Expires Aug 31, 2016.

So now I welcome you to the show and tell portion of this blog post. Here our studio decided we wanted to add some flair to the back of our studio (see all our shinanigans at @theboudoirdivas …..

A recent outdoor boudoir shoot, styled with Peggy of @feathersandfox
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My gorgeous biz partner and bestie, Kimberlee, and her sweet new adventure in mamahood….
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Some of my faves from my wanderings,
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Meet my hero Josie, it was an immense honor to tell her story in the Philippines….

Paris photo shoots for our clients this past May 2016, email us if you wanna know when the next trip is!
We also gave away a trip to Paris and a photo shoot packages to a lucky client! Kirsitie Ennis won the drawing. See www.parisgiveway.com to see how we did it!
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Meet the awesome Jenny Chambers! She flew all the way to Paris for a mentor session. We talked shop then went out and photographed a model together! This is the stuff dreams are made of.
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WPPI 2016 Recap & SALE! Free Boudoir Goodies too!

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A little recap and then more info about free boudoir photography goodies….

Things have certainly changed at WPPI, a few years back we were the only ones talking about boudoir photography, now it’s all the rage, and we are honored to still be a part of it. WPPI, as always, was full of some seriously good, door opening, exciting information for those of us who dream of pushing the limits with our photography business. To think that I got to speak about what K and I do, the business that we have made, it feels… just good. Good that the hours we have spent on business and marketing and what we have learned in those sometimes long, sometimes difficult hours gets to be shared with others and maybe make a difference in their dreams. Save them some trouble. Like I said, it just makes us feel the warm and fuzzies.

Now there were some more difficult moments. And that was speaking WITHOUT Kimberlee! I know. WHOA. Could you imagine such a thing? I couldn’t, seriously it was hard. But it was for an exceptional reason, Maelee. Get to know Maelee, this gorgeous bundle of joy here on K’s beautiful post.

Ok so now I leave you with some photos people took of the presentation and tagged us @theboudoirdivas.com on Instagram but more importantly I leave you with free boudoir goodies…

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We are also super excited about our WPPI SALE and giveaways!!! In case you hadn’t heard about it yet, go check out this page for all the details!

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Again, go check out this page for all the details or listen to Kimberlee explain all the wonderful freebies and new products in this video below! You can even watch the intro of our Online Boudoir Photography Workshop for free on this link!

Thank you so much to all of you who came out to our platform class. I saw so many familiar faces and it always feels like a fun boudoir high school reunion or something. And in VEGAS no less!

xoxo- Marissa & Kimberlee, The Boudoir Divas

 

 

Boudoir is for the Bedroom

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We TRULY believe that you need to SHOW your clients what you want to SELL! Our boutique used to be very over-loaded with every kind of product we could find for our clients… and it was just way too much. Don’t overwhelm your clients – just choose those products that YOU love, and have samples to show your clients! We have chosen our favorite albums, large prints, canvas prints, & framed art to showcase in our boutique. (If you want details on exactly what we have in there and where we get all of our products, be sure to sign up for our Online Boudoir Workshop – we’ll be going over all of that and MUCH MORE)!

Through the years, we’ve have a lot of photographers ask us whether we sell large prints and canvases – and the answer is YES! What better way to show off such a fun experience, than by hanging a large print in your bedroom, bathroom, or walk-in closet? In our opinion, we feel like there are so many beautiful images that would make such a perfect, classy fine art piece for a couple to showcase and hang up… and many of our clients agree! We say that “Boudoir is for the Bedroom™”! So why not try it out? Get a few of your favorite images printed large, put on canvas, and framed – and then show them to your clients so they can imagine having a piece of artwork like that in their own homes.

And to go along with this blog post, we are doing a fun CONTEST for you all…. winner chosen on FRIDAY of this week! The winner will receive a complimentary 16×20 print from us! All you have to do is ‘like’ The Boudoir Divas Facebook page & the Bay Photo Lab​ page, and share this post, OR share a shot of your studio’s ‘viewing’ area or boutique (wherever it is that you show off your favorite products). Make sure you tag us too, so we’ll see your post! (If you share on instagram, use #theboudoirdivas so we’ll see it there too). We’ll do a drawing and choose one winner on Friday!

Lastly, we wanted to give you a quick little ‘sneak peek’ inside our boutique, at our San Diego studio – so you can have a glimpse of the vibe in there and how we display and share our favorite products. Enjoy!

We also want to give a huge thank you to Bay Photo for being the BEST lab in the universe, and for always providing us with the most amazing products, highest quality, and absolute best customer service. We love you, Bay! 🙂 If you don’t have a lab yet, or if you aren’t 100% satisfied with your current lab, we highly recommend going with Bay. If you want to try them out, make sure you sign up as a new user to get 25% off your first order! And then check out their SPECIALS page – they are always running awesome deals, so that if you DO need to get a few new samples for your studio, keep an eye out and order when a sale or special comes up!

Gearing up for a very merry Christmas!

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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!

 

Boudoir Set DESIGN? We’re lovin’ Drop It Modern’s new lineup! Oh…and The Boudoir Divas $25 off discount code for YOU!

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We get asked all the time, “so how do you create your sets?”

Well that’s kinda of a complicated answer actually. You see our sets are put together by all kinds of different components. We really like our sets to be three dimensional, to have layers so you feel like you were in a very cool room, or in a mysterious location. Most of the pieces are from garage sales, antique stores, flea markets and thrift stores. Another key factor is my mom, as she loves to frequent all these places and find little gems for us, then she reports back to us, sometimes even re-upholstering items for us. But as we mentioned, we use many, many ingredients, and one of those common ingredients we seem to use A LOT is a drop it MODERN backdrop. Sometimes it’s used as the fancy looking wallpaper backdrop, sometimes it becomes the hip looking floor, or sometimes it just used as a nice little pop like this shot above. Over the years our obsession with drop it MODERN has led them to ask us to pass on some killer deals to you, as they see that question get asked over and over on our social sites, “where do you get your cool boudoir sets?” So they gave us this little goodie to give to all you boudoir photogs…….a $25 off discount code! YES PLEASE!

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So maybe it’s time for a new boudoir backdrop … yes? ‘Cause it’s all about NEW at drop it MODERN! They have so many cool new options for us photographers…..

From fresh new prints to the new simple solids, there’s seriously a backdrop for every style and genre, especially boudoir photography. Be sure to check out ‘Gatsby’ in 8 different painted glitters. Yes GLITTER!

Also back in stock are the 2 best damn backdrops in the biz; ‘Spangled’ and ‘Mermaid’! The most amazing sequins lined drops in Gold and Silver. They’re a studio MUST! See for yourself in our shots below with the Spangled Gold Backdrop.

And since everyone loves a deal, drop it MODERN has an entire section dedicated to ‘DEALS’! Some backdrops are priced as low as $30, WOW. Obviously there are plenty of backdrop companies to chose from but no one offers the amazing quality, prices, and crazy fast delivery like drop it MODERN. Their backdrops are built to last through all of our in-studio or on-location destination boudoir photos shoots, and we put them through the ringer, haha.

Visit their site at www.dropitmodern.com and use this exclusive Boudoir Divas code: DIMLOVESDIVAS for $25 off.

You can get new product updates and follow their shenanigans on your social media of choice below!

https://www.facebook.com/dropitmodern
https://twitter.com/dropitmodern
Instagram: dropitmod
http://pinterest.com/dropitmodern

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Drop It Modern Hard Case is 40% Off

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Hey everyone! As you already know, we have been in the Caribbean for our Supermodel Shoots… and we have been having an amazing time. We had some gorgeous clients fly here for their own shoots, and then we also had the opportunity to create a killer editorial boudoir shoot (more on that coming soon!)

I (Kimberlee) also wanted to mention that I have found my favorite new traveling companion… the Drop It Modern Hard Case. This baby is my new best friend and favorite carry-on. It fits perfectly under my seat on the airplane, and I am in love with how I can keep everything organized and compartmentalized in the case. It’s so sturdy, and fits a ton of stuff in it. It’s the most unique camera case I’ve seen out there, and it’s got such a cool vintage vibe. AND… Drop It Modern also just reduced the price on these babies, so you can save 40% on the case RIGHT NOW! This is a killer deal – so go grab yours today!

Signing off from the Caribbean…
xoxo, Kimberlee (and the rest of the Boudoir Divas team)

Get in on the boudoir excitement!

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Heya Bou buddies! We are always amazed and seriously so grateful when we look at our analytics and see how many people are stopping by this blog. Wowzers, thank you for stopping by, even if just for a few minutes! So we feel like we have been posting all the things going on randomly on our blog, facebook and twitter, and if all the chaos is kinda making our head spin, then we wanted to make sure we spelled out exactly what was going in case your head was spinning too. So below we have a list of all the current happenings. We would just love for you to be a part of one, two, three, or heck, all four of these fun, boudoir-inspired activities. And while we are in a “Back to School” mode, we hope that our “zesty-ness” maybe inspires you to do something a little quirky or energetic for YOUR boudoir business. Maybe a fall-inspired boudoir marathon for your clients, styled with boots and sweaters? Maybe a boudoir concept shoot like we talked about a couple months ago? An annual sale? A set make-over? Or maybe it’s time to really push that one product you have been meaning to push more for your clients. Like boudoir gift certificates or beautiful wall art. Whatever it is, just know that we wish you the very best – and we are rooting for you! We want boudoir to be famous all over the planet. (“Boudoir Photographers, Unite!”)

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That’s right, as I am sure you heard, we have finally re-launched Boudoir International. And if you sign up by TODAY, you’ll be able to enter to win one of these killer prizes!!! What we love about our contest is that you actually have a pretty darn good chance of winning something! We have so many people emailing and calling the studio asking us if we have a specific recommendation for a boudoir photographers in there area, now we can easily point them in the right direction. Yay!  You may have gotten an invitation to join Bou Intl, but if not, don’t be afraid to email us at [email protected]

We just love that we get to host other photographers in our studio, that together we can have so, so much fun while also helping your boudoir business move to that next level. I think that seeing some of our past attendees just take off after attending our workshops has brought more joy to us than we could imagine. To say we would be delighted for you to make your way out here to spend time in our studio is such an understatement.

And we believe with every fiber in us that it will help your business grow so much. Investing in education and learning is one of the best ways to spend your money when you are building your business! For instance, in 2005 I couldn’t find any boudoir photography workshops, so I (M) attended Vickie Taufer’s children and family workshop. I just wanted to see a huge dream that was realized in action – and that alone was worth more than I could ever have imagined. If Vickie was surprised when I told her (while we were studying light on babies!) that I wanted to shoot boudoir only, she didn’t show it. And just being around her, with all of her enthusiasm and drive, was infectious. I never could have imagingd I/we would fall so in love with boudoir photography, and that our business would see so much success, that we would soon have the opportunity to play that same role for others. Life is amazing, isn’t it?

We are so in love with our Boudoir Workshop – and we would love to have you join us in October! It’s the last workshop for 2012, so go check it out!

Enough said right?! Um…. best photo shoot opportunity ever! We shoot about 4-8 Supermodel Package shoots in our studio a month, but come on, as much as I ADORE our studio, I think this backdrop beats it, hands-down. Our shooting locations are going to be so glorious that I may have some bouts of jealousy of the gals I am shooting – simply because I will want pics of myself in all the spots I place them! 🙂 Nothing is sexier than a sandy beach, with the turquoise blue water shimmering and palm trees waving in the breeze. Oh and I should mention, one of the spots we will be shooting is in Old San Juan, it looks like those cool pics you see of vintage Cuba. Ah!!!! So freaking exciting!

We do have just ONE spot left (all the other 3 have been snatched up!)… so if you are a photographer & want to get in FRONT of the lens for a change, we would be honored with the opportunity to work with you and take your photos with our Caribbean Supermodel session! (Email: [email protected] if you want more info on this last spot).

La Jolla beach bathing suit photos

We are such Cali girls at heart. Maybe even a little bit more “hippie” than “Diva” in reality. So with that said, beach boudoir photo shoots are pretty much pure excitement and joy for us around here, and being in Cali we have the added perk that our summer lasts a bit longer than the typical summer season.  So we are gonna squeeze the summer for every drop we can get out of it! Do you want to join us by booking a killer beach shoot promo? Email us at [email protected]

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“Paris, Paris, Paris”. That’s what my Mom kept saying in her sweet little voice when we were on the plane to Paris for our 2010 workshop. Now it always rings in my head whenever I start dreaming & planning our next workshops.  Have you always wanted to go to Paris? Are you a boudoir photographer? If you said “yes” to both of these, then 2013 is YOUR year! Email us at [email protected] so we can be sure to email you first as soon as we launch the workshop. (*NOTE: we already have about 40 photographers on the list who want to be notified about Paris… this workshop is gonna fill up FAST! So start looking at your calendar for mid- to late-April 2013, and start dreaming/planning – and then you’ll be able to grab a spot before it fills up!)

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Have you seen our past Editorial Concept Shoots that we titled, “Believe in Beauty?” If not,  please check out our pirate beach shoot and our hot air balloon dream shoot on you tube. We are now planning for our next big shoot. Watch the video below to see the latest item we checked off our list in preparation for this fun shoot. (Oh, and keep in mind that this video was taken and edited on my iphone). It seems I still have a few quirks to work out when it comes to editing on a telephone – don’t judge us, it’s just for fun. 🙂

So that’s a little bit of what we are up to right now. We sure hope that you can be a part of at least one of these fun events! And again, as always, thanks so, so, so much for stopping by. xo- M &K

Stickyalbums Giveaway

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I am happy to introduce this awesome new way to connect with your boudoir clients: Stickyalbums!

Stickyalbums is a new tool that allows you to create a custom iphone/iPad/Android app – with your client’s images! You can offer this to ALL of your clients, or you can sell it as an add-on (hello upselling!), OR you can include this as a free bonus for your top packages (incentive book those bigger packages!)

We recently used Stickyalbums for one of our gorgeous clients, Miss Chelsea. She was gracious enough to let me share her app here on the blog for all of YOU photographers to check it out and see what it’s like! I love the way it turned out and I’m excited about offering this to our clients – I feel like it will be a great way to give something really cool to our VIP clients. If you would like to see what this app looks like for clients, open this link (*Be sure you are opening it on your iPhone or iPad!)

And YES, we are also giving away TWO $100 vouchers to Stickalbums Pro! (See below to find out how to enter) And, bonus – we’re also giving away 2 copies of “Worth Every Penny” by Sarah Petty & Erin Verbeck.

So are you ready to get your hands on this?! Enter to win NOW! All you need to do is enter below (either “like” us on FB, or Tweet about this contest – and you’ll be automatically entered to win!) The contest ends NEXT WEEK… good luck!

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Boudoir Divas Contest: Choose your prize!

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Happy Friday everyone! This post is specifically for all of our past workshop attendees… I’ve been alluding to this on Twitter & FB, but now I’m making the official announcement of a new contest! The winner will get their choice of the following three prizes:

First choice is a 60-minute Skype consultation with me (K), where you can ask me ANY type of follow-up question that you’d like to chat about. After the workshop, I know that a ton of questions probably come up as you get your business up and running. This is your chance to pick my brain & ask anything you’d like. I love brainstorming ideas about business, marketing, etc, so I am really excited about offering this (and, hint hint… this MIGHT be something that we will start regularly having available in the future!)

Your other prize choice is a $100 gift card to The Boudoir Shop!

So, what do you have to do to win??? All you need to do is:
1) Film a short video of YOU talking (2.5 minutes max, keep it short & sweet!)… In the video, talk about what has happened with you and your business since coming to the workshop (we just want to know an update on you and how things are going for you since the workshop!)
2) And then post your video on Facebook, and TAG the Boudoir Divas (you have to ‘like’ our page to do this)


DEADLINE: You must film your video and post it on FB by December 16 (that’s two weeks from today!) Please keep in mind that the video doesn’t need to be anything fancy! We are HUGE proponents of getting your face on video and putting it out there for your clients/potential clients to see you, recognize you, and get to know you. As you may know, we have hundreds of silly/dorky videos on our Boudoir Divas YouTube Channel, and from the time we launched this business, we haven’t been afraid to put ourselves out there. When we were first starting with posting videos, we would just grab a point & shoot camera, hold it out, and film ourselves. So just do that! Or, sit in front of the built-in video camera on your computer, press record, and upload that video. You can make it whatever you want – but we just want to make sure you know that it doesn’t need to be anything crazy. If you don’t know how to edit video, don’t worry – don’t let this project intimidate you! Just go for it, film it, and upload it!

We really just LOVE hearing how our workshop attendees are doing… we love seeing what they are up to, and how their businesses are thriving. So we want a quick update on each of you! We’ll choose one random winner (so it’s not based on your filming skills or based on what you say)… anyone who posts a video will be entered to win!

Have fun – and we can’t wait to see your videos and hear what you’ve been up to!