"When it snows you have two choices... shovel, or make snow angels" and I chose to photograph one! When the "bomb cyclone" hit Charleston a few weeks ago, we got a gorgeous layer of snow over everything! Unfortunately, Charleston isn't prepared for snow, so that meant a few days of staying inside and waiting for the roads to thaw. The whole time I was hoping that I could find someone brave enough to venture out in the frigid weather before it melted!
Miss J and I had already setup her session with me before the storm and luckily enough, the roads cleared just in time! We shot in studio but when I asked her if she was feeling brave enough to shoot outdoors... she jumped at the opportunity, as you can see!
Something about this crazy winter storm and all this snow reminded me of Miss S's snuggly shoot! Further proof that there's not need to worry about what you wear to your boudoir session, you're perfectly dressed in a simple bra and panty set OR your birthday suit!
2017 was a year of growth for Boudoir by Marie. After having a bit of a required slowdown in 2016 due to pregnancy and maternity leave, I made it my mission for Boudoir by Marie to be back on track by the end of 2017! This year I managed to shoot in 2 countries (Bermuda and the US) and ended the year with an even busier schedule than before my son was born!
I wanted to showcase some of my favorite images from the past year that my clients have so wonderfully agreed to allow me to share. It was so fun for me to go through and see the faces of all the women that I've photographed this year. I love getting to know you all as you come through the studio. Everyone has their own stories, hopes, dreams and fears. I am always honored to play a little part in your story and help to build your confidence.
For 2018 I have some big goals for this little business of mine: More travel, more sessions, more personal projects, more furniture and sets to shoot on.... and most importantly, more amazing experiences and #boudoirtherapy for my clients!
Thank you to all of my 2017 clients!
If you'd like to come see me in 2018, you can inquire here!
Reviews like this make my heart sing! THIS is why I do what I do.
"Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear! When you’ve had two babies via c-section it’s hard to find the confidence you’ve once had. It’s hard to see yourself as beautiful. After months and months of talking myself out of it, I decided to do something for myself and book a boudoir shoot with Boudoir by Marie. I was terrified and I walked in so anxious. I spent hours laughing and having the most fun I’ve had in years. I completely forgot that she was taking pictures of me in cute lingerie. For the first time since becoming pregnant four years ago, I didn’t think about my pooch, my scars, or how I looked in certain things. That stuff didn’t even cross my mind. I walked out of this shoot more confident then I’ve ever been in my whole life. I developed the ability to ignore my post babies flaws and see my true beauty. Who cares what your body looks like. Marie’s ability to capture true beauty is incredible! She’s able to show you how your significant other views you! She’s able to show you in pictures how the world sees you. It’s beautiful!! I can’t thank you enough, Marie!! If you’ve ever considered doing Boudoir... do it!! You won’t regret it!! It’s incredibly empowering!! These pictures are STUNNING!! I’m so excited to gift my husband these photos for Christmas!! 💙" - Miss T
There is no greater compliment that a previous client can give me, than to refer me to their friends. Miss S was a referral from a client that I photographed earlier this year. She's recently graduated college and came in for a shoot of self-celebration! She was a beautiful ray of sunshine to work with (that SMILE!) and I was honored that she chose me as her boudoir photographer.
"For months, I had contemplated doing a boudoir photoshoot for my husband, but like most women I never was able to muster up enough courage to book a session. Thankfully I didn’t because at that time I had not yet stumbled upon Marie and her amazing talent! I must have researched at least 20 photographers and never found one with a style that I liked. Eventually, I gave up my search thinking I would never find someone that would portray the sexy, classy and seductive look I wanted. Months later, with our wedding anniversary rapidly approaching, I re-started my search for boudoir photographers that could put together a book for me to give my husband on our 5-year anniversary...
...That’s when I found Marie."
"To say I was nervous about my session was an understatement. To be quite honest, I could’ve easily cried the moment I had to walk out in front of her in my first outfit (okay, I might have actually shed a few nervous tears in the bathroom). I am a fairly reserved person and not exactly someone you would say is comfortable in front of the camera. Marie was so patient with me and allowed me to take my time and express all of my concerns. Ten minutes into my session all of my nerves had disappeared! We laughed, told stories, jammed out to old-school music and took amazing photos. I was completely relaxed because she made sure each pose, each facial expression and each outfit looked perfect. She always made sure to accentuate my best features and I could tell she wanted these pictures to be just as perfect as I did. . ."
You will not regret it.
It’s by far one of the best things I’ve done for my husband, and myself.
". . . My fears of exposing my body and looking stupid had suddenly vanished and it was like I was hanging out with an old friend. For the first time in forever I rediscovered my inner sexy and was so much more than just frumpy mom of two young children. We even did a between the sheets session (something I had definitely not planned on doing), and I’m so glad I did – the photos completely knocked my husband’s socks off! To the women who may be on the fence about doing a boudoir photoshoot with Marie – JUST DO IT! It’s by far one of the best things I’ve done for my husband, and myself. You will not regret it."
Monica is an absolute master of her craft and a joy to work with! Professional hair styling and airbrush makeup application with false lashes is an invaluable tool to help you relax and feel ready for your boudoir shoot with me. Plus, who doesn't love a makeover!? This amazing business woman has been key in my creation of gorgeous images of incredible ladies over the last few years, and I thought it was time to get to know her better!
BOUDOIR HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST: MONICA
I met Monica early in 2015 when she came in to work with me on a marathon shoot day after coming highly recommended. Once I saw her work, I knew I wanted to continue to work with her. A few months later she became the only hair and makeup artist that I work with!
Here's a little bit about the Monica, in her own words:
Hi Dolls! I am the Owner/Operator of Mirror Mirror Hair & Makeup Artistry based in Charleston, SC and I am Marie's hair and makeup artist for all of her boudoir shoots! I specialize in airbrush makeup and individually craft colors to match each client's skin tone so that their skin looks flawless!
I am a born and raised Texas girl from San Antonio! I love DIVERSITY, INDIVIDUALITY, and I love LOVE!
Aside from running my own business, I have three children (two girls, one boy!) and one fur-baby (a teacup Yorkie). We love to do anything that we can do as a family! My husband, Juan, is a Vintage car enthusiast so we spend our free time together going to car shows and showing off our work - we've even been the occasional trophy winner! The kids love it and think we are pretty cool - so, I'll take it!
I've been interested in hair and makeup since I was little... I was professionally trained at Charleston Cosmetology Institute. After that, I've spent countless hours growing in my trade through study and lots and lots of practice. I've been in the in the industry for 8 years and branched out to start my own business in 2015. Starting Mirror Mirror Hair and Makeup Artistry is what I would consider that my greatest business achievement so far! Well, that, and having my work published in Southern Bride Magazine!!
I love Boudoir! I love working with Marie and watching the transformation - getting to see the reaction of my clients when they see their "after" is the best! I love to bring out the sexy alter ego in my clients and remind them that they still have "it"!
We tend to forget about ourselves as we grow older and I would love to help boost your confidence & remind you that you are SEXY & BEAUTIFUL at every stage of your life. Embrace your individuality and your feminine fierceness and book a boudoir shoot with Marie and I!
I love getting to share images from my clients, but what I love even more is hearing about how their Boudoir Experience with Boudoir by Marie impacted them. Here is Miss A's experience, in her own words....
I always advise my clients to bring color to their session - there's often a lot of black in my client's wardrobe which doesn't always showcase their personality. Well... this shoot just went ahead and broke ALL the rules.
Miss C only brought black outfits, but they are some of the most unique black outfits I've seen. Her clothes may all be the same color, but varying the style speaks volumes. We have a little Retro-Grunge Glamour with her Nirvana tee, and then a gorgeous lace number, some stunning vintage corsetry as well as a beautiful, modest, and contemporary off the shoulder sweater - all in black, but they all come across differently
Oh, and can we talk about her KILLER hair?! I'm a little obsessed! Who needs colorful clothes when you're a freakin' unicorn!?!
It may feel like all of your business is exposed and that your least favorite areas might be more visible, but I promise you that white sheets are some of the most flattering "outfits" that we can work with! I'll use the sheet to cover any areas that you may not want to showcase while drawing attention to your best features!
Shooting in your birthday-suit makes the images all about YOU and not about cheesy props or what you are wearing.
To me, shooting in between the sheets is the BEST of boudoir. It's all about showing YOU your most beautiful self.
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.
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!
Contact Marie if you'd like her to bring a session to you!
Boudoir by Marie is an all-female photography experience with the option to include professionally styled hair and makeup to make you your most gorgeous.
Boudoir by Marie provides beautiful and tastefulboudoir photography. Great as a gift to pamper yourself or to give someone else, to celebrate a milestone, or to book as a bridal boudoir session to create an unforgettable day-of wedding gift!!