Charleston Boudoir Photography - Miss E


This Miss drove almost three hours to my Charleston Studio to have her boudoir photos taken before she took the big step and became a MRS. I held off on sharing her lovely images until AFTER their wedding of course, so I wouldn't ruin the surprise for her now-husband! I am so appreciative of my clients who allow me to share their images. It's so important to me to showcase real clients (non-models) on my website and I am so grateful when real women love their images enough to share them with you!

A gorgeous boudoir photograph of herself is something that every woman should have. Boudoir Photography is a kind of therapy for women. It allows you permission to love on yourself and see yourself in the way that others see you - giving you a new perspective on yourself.

There's no pressure in my studio to do anything that you're not comfortable with. Want to pose (tastefully) in the nude? Sure! Want to stay covered and classic? That's fine too! Thinking of a smokey and glamorous makeup look with supermodel hair? Let's do it! Want something more understated and natural? It's totally up to you. This is YOUR photoshoot and YOUR images. I want YOU to feel YOUR most beautiful, whatever that entails. 


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Miss S - Charleston Boudoir Photography

It's been a bit crazy around here lately - the holidays and Valentine's Day are always big for boudoir and I've got new motherhood to keep me busy in my downtime (How do I have a 6 month old already?!).  I've been working to update the studio and re-work the client preparation materials for 2017.  So, there's been big things happening here at Boudoir by Marie, despite it being quiet here on the blog.

Excuses aside - I photographed this stunner back in January and I am just blogging her GORGEOUS session now! I love it when I have a client that is up for anything, and Miss S was ready to go the moment she arrived! Some of my new studio stuff was in at this point, and it allowed me to play a bit more with light and have fun with her curves - I'm really digging the depth that shadows and moody light provides! 


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Aloha! An Outdoor Boudoir Shoot in Maui - International Boudoir Photographer: Boudoir by Marie

Being photographed by Marie was such a great experience. I had the pleasure of meeting up with her while she was visiting Hawaii. I had never done a photo shoot that was sexy or dressed in lingerie. Leading up to the shoot I was a little nervous of how to pose, the dos and don’ts, the awkwardness of being less than covered, knowing how to interact with the photographer, etc. As soon as started working together and shooting all concern went away. Marie has a very unique artistic eye and takes quality photos. She gives excellent direction with posing. There were no uncomfortable moments throughout the shoot. She in extremely professional and made sure I was as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Her bubbly personality was very easy to connect with. I kept the whole shoot a secret from my husband. For his birthday I will have a collage of the photos we took. I can’t wait to surprise him. I highly recommend Boudoir by Marie. She is not only friendly and professional, but she has a talent of capturing that perfect photo.
— Miss N

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An American in Paris : International Boudoir Photographer

Few places in the world are better suited to romantic boudoir photography than The City of Love. Paris, full of old-world elegance and innate sophistication, it creates a beautiful backdrop for this fashion-forward boudoir session. I was lucky enough to get to enjoy some time in Paris and have the opportunity to photography this lovely client during my time there.  

Luxury is what boudoir photography is all about - whether in my Charleston studio or abroad, every shoot is a luxury and a rare occasion to take time just for yourself. Boudoir is a unique and somewhat daunting experience, but it is an incredible chance to build up your confidence and give you the opportunity to celebrate yourself. I coach my clients through poses that flatter their best features, helping them to see their body in its most elegant form. I draw beauty from the inspiration of each and every woman in front of me, and each photo made during the session tells an often-overlooked part of that woman's story.

This session was featured on Fiercely Boudoir

It's easy to imagine this gorgeous Parisian woman seeing off a paramour in the brisk autumn morning, or simply reveling in luxury for her own sake. 

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My favorite outfit a client can wear... Nothing but the sheets!

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.
— Kavita Ramdas

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Embrace your inner badass... | Charleston, SC Boudoir Photography | Part 1 of 2

“My husband and I are going through a separation/divorce and I would like to do this shoot FOR MYSELF to get a little bit of my ‘groove’ back.”
— Miss C, on why she wanted to book a boudoir session

Miss C showed up as a butterfly having just been reborn. She had just gotten out of a messy relationship and wanted to celebrate her reemergence into the world as a new woman, free to start her next adventure... and a little "boudoir therapy" was just what she needed. 

This woman is a force of nature.

I love being able to give women such a confidence building experience.  Everything we see on tv and read and hear through the media says that we're imperfect and need this diet or that product to be "beautiful" and to be our best selves - even then, will it ever be enough?

Boudoir is all about stripping down and embracing the woman you are in THIS moment and celebrating yourself because you are amazing and wonderful and beautiful and POWERFUL... just as you are.


Light is easy to love. Show me your darkness.
— R.Queen

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What happens in Vegas... Traveling Boudoir Photographer - Part 2


This edgy girl with a soft feminine side is a Vegas native and former Cirque du Soleil dancer. I always love photographing women who have dance experience. Dancers have this gorgeous natural grace about them - her movements were so fluid and effortlessly sexy. Miss T totally rocked her session!! 

This shoot was featured on "Fiercely Boudoir"

See Part 1 of this Session, here... 

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A celebration of self ... after a fitness journey


When the lovely Miss M emailed me interested in booking a session, she used the words that I love to hear: 

" I am just finding a confidence that I never had before and am finding the women everyone else has always seen. I am really looking to take some awesome photos for my boyfriend AND myself! My boyfriend would really enjoy having these but I am really looking forward to doing them. I think it is just a win win!"

DOING IT FOR HERSELF! Miss M recently started on a new healthy lifestyle and wanted to commemorate how good she is feeling in this moment. Nothing makes me happier than a woman who is looking to celebrate her own body and femininity!  Boudoir is the best kind of therapy and I am so happy that Miss M came to me to help boost her confidence.

HE WAS BLOWN AWAY! I absolutely love how everything turned out. It is so perfect! I’m definitely glad that a random Google search led me to you! I don’t think it would have been such a successful experience if it was anyone else!

The experience and the product are top notch. You deserve all the awards given! I’m already ready to do another shoot lol :)
— Miss M

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Boudoir Therapy for a Fresh Start - Charleston Boudoir Photography


Miss A came in for a session to celebrate her fresh start after a divorce. This mama and all-around badass needed a little time in our studio to rediscover her own sensuality and beauty.

She is an absolute stunner and I am so happy that I was able to give her a better mirror to see herself in and a way to embrace this beautiful next chapter in her life! I hope she goes forward knowing that she can take on the world and look (and feel) unbelievable doing it! 

I don’t even know where to begin! This shoot was fantastic. Marie is funny, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable on boudoir photography! I wanted to do really do something for myself after a divorce to remind me that I was more than just a single mom. This did the trick! She makes you laugh and feel so comfortable the entire shoot! I left feeling amazing and that was before I even saw the final images. They truly blew me away when I saw them. Marie has such talent capturing who you are and showing you how beautiful you can be. It was empowering and I would recommend her a million times over!
— Miss A

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Give Santa a little help this year... book your boudoir shoot in time for Christmas!

The big guy in red sometimes need a little help, come Christmas morning...

There are only a few remaining sessions available with delivery time before the holidays!  
Sessions MUST take place before December 1st for Christmas delivery!

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A Pregnant Perspective... Thoughts on Boudoir with a Baby on the Way

As I sit here, in my 9th month of pregnancy with our first child - I often think about the new perspective pregnancy has given me on boudoir photography.

2016 - By Amy J. Short, Maui, HI

2016 - By Amy J. Short, Maui, HI

I photograph women of all walks of life, many of them mothers. I hear their stories, talk of their families and children, jobs, and daily life... their post-baby tales of their bodies, the difference from one pregnancy to another, from one woman to another, all different. 

As a photographer, I've written before about how deeply I believe in documenting your life in photographs.

As a boudoir photographer specifically, I think it is especially invaluable for me to be on the other side of the lens in a boudoir setting to have a better understanding of my client's experience. 

I have had two boudoir shoots myself in the past. My first was at 22 years old for my then-boyfriend/now-husband, before he left on a military deployment. This was long before I was a photographer myself, and I traveled to Los Angeles for the shoot.

1st Boudoir Shoot - 2011

1st Boudoir Shoot - 2011

That session was short and sweet and the photos made me happy at the time. But if I'm being honest, the experience was not the best and I was rather disappointed with how it made me feel. It didn't feel like a fun "girl's day out", I felt processed and like just another client that she was photographing that day. Little did I know how much I would learn from that session that would go on to shape my future business. 

The woman who photographed me was very emotionless and directive, and there was absolutely no communication from her about how to prepare or what to wear, etc. I felt really clueless about the whole process and that I was walking into her warehouse studio completely unprepared. This is just one of many reasons why I am always working to improve and expand my already robust Client's Only area. I want my clients to feel very prepared and ready for their session after they book with me! 

Still, I'm happy I did the session! The experience was lackluster and the images are a little dated and overdone, but I know my husband still loves them and it's definitely a fun way to remember that time in our lives... in MY life. Young, unmarried, just starting out after college. Those photographs bring me back to a time in my life and a mentality that I don't know that I would otherwise remember so clearly... 

That said, it took me until I actually started photographing boudoir myself to realized that I needed to book another session and have an updated experience! 

2nd Boudoir Shoot - 2015 (Jennifer Williams)

2nd Boudoir Shoot - 2015 (Jennifer Williams)

Last year (2015) I had my opportunity!  We traveled back to the west coast for a wedding and during this trip I had the opportunity to study under the incredible boudoir photographer Jennifer Williams of Vancouver, Canada. After an invaluable day of mentorship where I learned from her about how she has created such an incredible boudoir studio and client experience, I came in the following morning for my shoot.

Jen and her makeup artist, Kelly, were fantastic and it was a wonderful experience for me to really understand how I want to make all of my clients feel. Prepared, pampered and drop dead gorgeous.

The timing for this second shoot was also important. My husband and I had decided we had reached the "let's see what happens" stage of family-planning and I knew it was highly likely that we'd end up starting our family in the near future. Sure enough, I found out that I was pregnant at the beginning of this year.

I am SO happy that I have these images now, not only to remember my "pre-baby body" by, but to celebrate my own womanhood and strength before becoming a mother. 

Maternity Boudoir Selfie - 2016 (37 Weeks)

Maternity Boudoir Selfie - 2016 (37 Weeks)

Recently, thanks to a little tripod-magic and occasionally a helper to press the shutter, I've been trying to document the changes my body is undergoing as I'm growing in this pregnancy.

Maternity boudoir is something that I have shot for clients in the past, so I am familiar with shooting it, but it's been a whole new world to be on the other side of the camera for the experience. 

I can now fully understand how difficult it can be to move around, to get up and down and to try and curve your body into different positions. It's funny how a baby bump can get in the way and completely limit your mobility and balance! 

Am I nervous about how my body will look and feel after our son arrives? Of course! But I think that it is all a part of my story and growth as a woman.

Next year I am determined to book another boudoir shoot for myself with a photographer I admire to get "back on the boudoir wagon" and celebrate my battle scars and new "post-baby body", in whatever form it takes...

I firmly believe that every body is a boudoir ready body and I'm certainly ready to put my money where my mouth is and sign up for a post-partum session myself. 

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What happens in Vegas... Traveling Boudoir Photographer - Part 1

On a recent trip to Vegas I had the opportunity to photograph a client in a gorgeous high-rise hotel room on The Strip. I love exploring new places and enhancing my portfolio with different styles and clients. Miss T was perfect to capture a hip, creative Las Vegas vibe.

This shoot was featured on "Fiercely Boudoir"

Stay tuned for Part 2....

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Because you know I'm all about that bass.... Curvy Girl Lingerie Favorites!

As a lifetime member of the "itty-bitty-titty-committee" I can't personally speak for how difficult it is like to shop for lingerie if you have a larger bust. That said, I photograph women of all sizes and I often hear how hard it is for them to find beautiful AND supportive garments in the appropriate size for them to wear during their boudoir session. Anything too big, (or worse) too small, will not flatter your body and create smooth lines.  I want my clients to come to their session feeling their most confident and that starts with LOVING what you bring to wear and making sure that those items FIT and fit well! 

Ladies, have I found something beautiful for you!! The Ashley Graham Collection, created by the stunning model it's named for (OBSESSED with their bodysuit), and the Déesse line: inspired by the sensuality of French lingerie, drawing its name from "Déesse", the French word for goddess.

But don't take my word for it, listen to Bustle writer, Jodie Layne's review of the two collections below... 

"I'm a complete lingerie fanatic. But I used to be the type of person who would buy a new white and nude bra to alternate every nine months or so and call it a day. I've always had breasts that were a bit on the bigger side and have pretty much been at least a DD cup since puberty. And the biggest size I was able to get at the lingerie chains in Canada was a 36 DD, because as anyone with a fuller bust knows, the sizes available dwindle as the numbers and letters on the bra size go up. The first to go have always been the sexier styles and so, t-shirt bras became my staple — and my idea of a "sexy" bra was the same fuller cup with a little push-up, maybe in black.
Shopping the newly-revamped and renamed in-house line from Addition Elle was nearly an emotional experience for me. My first new bra in ages was from their lingerie collaboration with Ashley Graham and having a "pretty" bra for the first time, well, ever was an amazing feeling. I picked the frilliest, most extravagant bra just because I could. The rest of the bras were lovely enough but not unlike everything else I'd been wearing for years already.

Shop Déesse online at:  

The new Déesse collection has definitely upped the game and delivers the type of luxury product and experience that other people could so easily take for granted. Take, for example, that even with me being a 38 DDD, I was still able to have my pick from every single style. The line is designed so thoughtfully with features like a U-back to keep bra straps from slipping, being able to adjust the position of the straps on the back, some major support, and gorgeous detailing. ...
I went home and looked over my purchases, carefully unwrapping them and photographing them for Instagram because I couldn't believe how pretty they were. When I put them on, I felt comfortable, confident, and supported. It's what many people experience when shopping for lingerie, but something that I had never really had."

See her full article here.

Any other amazing stores I should know about?
Comment below and let me know!

I'm always looking for amazing vendors to add to the list for clients to help choose from! 

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White Sheet Sessions: You don't have to take your clothes off ... but it's more fun if you do!

In my opinion, the best "outfit" to shoot is actually not an outfit at all! It's a little intimidating, but my favorite shots are often sans outfit, in between the sheets. 

There's something about stripping away all of the distraction of an outfit and leaving you with a mind-blowing portrait of yourself, as you are.  

You may be worried that in stripping down to the buff that all of those little areas you're not the most comfortable with will be on display.  Never fear girl, I've got you - the sheet covers everything and anything that you may not want to be seen. 

In doing so, it draws the eyes to the areas of skin that are being showcased, slimming you and honing in on your favorite parts of yourself.  But don't take MY word for it, listen to Miss J. 

Miss J is a second round client of mine. She came in for her first session around a year ago as a gift to her boyfriend while deployed. This time, the shoot was for HER and this brave girl decided to channel some old-school Marilyn Monroe and spend the second half of her shoot dressed in nothing but red lips and white sheets! 

I love all of the images that Marie captured on the day of our shoot, but my favorite by far are the “in the sheets” pictures. Marie made me feel completely comfortable and at ease, and we had so much fun creating those images together! I think that the idea of not having lingerie on can be a little intimidating at first, but the images turned out so feminine and elegant. The sheets actually help you show what you want to, and cover what you don’t want to show!
— Miss J
I feel like the images really captured my personality, and there are no distractions based on what I am wearing. I had seen some “in the sheet” images on Pinterest, and I’m so glad I finally took the plunge and tried some out with Marie. I would recommend adding a sheets-only portion of the shoot to any other ladies getting boudoir photos taken with Marie. They are timeless photographs that you will cherish forever.
— Miss J
Sexy boudoir session by Boudoir by Marie, located in Charleston, South Carolina
Always remember that it is MY job to make you feel and look your most gorgeous, all you have to do is show up :)
— Marie

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Dancin' 'cross the desert ... a Las Vegas Outdoor Boudoir Shoot

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I had the lovely opportunity to photograph Miss L out in the desert of her gorgeous city. 

The conditions were amazing light-wise! It was a bit of a miracle for Vegas that there were actually clouds to block out the harsh noonday light, creating a bit more of a moody atmosphere. The blowing dust and wind did provide a bit of a challenge with Miss L's eyes and hair, but we managed to make it work, and create some windswept gorgeousness in the process!

Miss L's shoot with me in the Las Vegas Desert,
was featured on Lace in Light, click through to check it out!

The bravest thing you can ever do, is to stay kind and soft
even when the world has been cruel to you.
— Nikita Gill

 I was so impressed with the bravery of Miss L to climb to the top of a 30 foot desert plateau to get the distance shots.

We both agree it was totally worth it.

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The icing on top... Boudoir is for YOU.

The majority of my clients originally contact me with gift-giving in mind. Ladies inquire about my boudoir photography looking for an amazing present to give their spouse-to-be on their wedding day, a great gift for an anniversary, birthday or Christmas for that special someone. Little do they know that the present is just the icing on top of the boudoir cupcake! 

After their sessions, those clients are the ones that tell me how rewarding and what a confidence building experience it was, how it was really for themselves, even more than it was a gift for their loved one! 

I honestly don't think there's anything else that will give you such a boost of confidence in a shorter amount of time. "Boudoir Therapy" is something I've seen touch the soul of so many women and make such a huge impact on their lives. 


Recently, I've had an influx of "just because" and "it's for myself" clients. Celebrating a fresh start after a divorce or breakup, reminding themselves that they are more than "just a mom" or "just a housewife" or "just" anything! 

Miss J came in the studio about a year ago to create a gift for her boyfriend - this year, she's back with a session for a more sensual session just f0r herself... see the results of this "boudoir therapy" session below! There's something magical that happens when a woman takes time to celebrate herself, just for herself.


Contact me today and book a "boudoir therapy" session for yourself!

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La Dolce Vita: International Boudoir Photographer

Italy is where my heart is happiest. So when I had the opportunity to combine by two loves (Italy and Boudoir Photography), I jumped at the chance! Despite my limited knowledge of the Italian language, this session in Italy was a lot of fun and went off without a hitch!  

I can't say enough good things about the light in Italy! I photographed Sara (who had one of the most impressive lingerie collections I've ever seen!) at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como in northern Italy a few months ago. 

The shoot was a dream come true for this italophile and I can't wait to head back abroad next year to create some more magic! As always, Boudoir by Marie is available for travel, both domestically and worldwide! :)


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A little off topic, and a great big update....

Breaking from the norm of posting shoots today and chatting with you about something that is near and dear to my heart. Understandably, I believe in the importance that photography plays in our lives. I believe in the value of photography and I believe that women especially should document their lives in a tangible way.

You deserve to have more photos of you with the person you love than just your wedding photos. (Priscilla Thomas Photography, 2013)

You deserve to have more photos of you with the person you love than just your wedding photos. (Priscilla Thomas Photography, 2013)

Women are so often behind the camera, capturing moments in their lives of their loved ones and families - which unfortunately leads them to go undocumented in those moments themselves. This is part of why I am so adamant about the importance and power of boudoir photography. Boudoir gives women the opportunity to celebrate their bodies, spirit, and their femininity in a tangible and meaningful way - something that is very often overlooked and stifled. 

In turn, family photography is also important. Family photos were not a priority to my family growing up. We certainly documented everything with photos, Christmas, Easter, Birthdays, etc. but getting the ENTIRE family in the image was a rare event. To me, this is tragic, my mother especially is missing from many photos growing up, despite being present for those events! 

Anyone who knows me well, knows that whenever my husband and I go on a trip (which is as often as possible, due to my horrible case of wanderlust) - I schedule a photo session in our destination. (Bonus: they make great photos to use in your holiday cards, if you send them!)

I am not a big "selfie" person and my husband and I are rarely in photographs together normally. So, he's a sweetheart and begrudgingly goes along with these travel photo sessions. Even if we did not travel, I prioritize at least one photoshoot of us together per year.

It is important to me, not only as a photographer, but as a wife and future mother to have images of us together. 

TIP: If the man in your life is not a “photo guy”, keep the session short and sweet - a half hour is plenty! Oh, and plan something fun for after!

The reason why I usually schedule shoots while traveling is for a few reasons. I don't want to just shoot gorgeous landscapes of this new and faraway place without capturing US being THERE.

We are investing a lot of time and money in the experience of visiting this new location and I want to be able to remember our time spent there beautifully and in something more than in a selfie. Plus, it is really fun to get kind of dressed up for the photos and go on a little date afterward!

But, my main intention with my yearly photoshoots is to beautifully document this time in our lives! I love these photographs and they bring back so many sweet memories. 


We did engagement photos when we visited Oahu, Hawaii a few years ago. (Photos by Ann Carter Photography)


A friend offered to take some photos of us on the Strip in Las Vegas before we moved away to start our new chapter in Charleston in 2013.


Italy was somewhere I had always wanted to go, so I scheduled us an amazing session in Rome while we were on our honeymoon there in 2014. (Photo by In Love In Italy)

BONUS: In meeting with these local photographers, we also find out about beautiful hidden spots around the area that we may not have found on our own. (They also tend to have fantastic restaurant and sightseeing reccomendations!)

During our trip to Paris last year, we did a little mini-shoot near the Eiffel Tower. (Photographs by Giancalo through Flytographer)


These are all photos that I will cherish forever.

They're beautiful samples of the trips we took, as well as a frozen moment in our lives. 


A few weeks ago in Maui, I scheduled a session with photographer Amy Short... 

...this time a maternity session!


Yes, we are expecting and could not be more excited!! I couldn't help but document this moment, bump and all!

I cannot wait to continue this tradition and incorporate our darling little boy next year!

I can't wait to watch him grow and change in the images.

I can't wait to see the way the photographer captures his spirit and personality.

I can't wait to see these images only get even better over time as we add to our family and grow in love :)


  • If this is something that you'd like to incorporate into your own travels. I have found that googling the location you'll be traveling to for family photography is a great start.
  • There is also a wonderful company called Flytographer that works with photographers in many vacation destinations across the globe - they are fantastic and I have used them in the past (Paris) for our images. They schedule everything and are fantastic to work with! (Book through this link and use the code #FLYFAN to get $25 USD off your next shoot!)

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