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."
Radiate JOY with every move you choose...
Give off such vibrant energy that the environments you enter in are immediately impacted + when you leave they are wanting more.
Be unforgettably + authentically you.
- Miss D
NSFW: Not. Safe. For. Work. - if you're not okay with a little nipple, just move along my friends!
The time flew by...
...it was like spending time with my best friend!" -Miss K
"My favorite part of the whole experience was how I felt that day...
I was doing this for my husband but in the end it was for me as well. I finished the shoot with so much more confidence in myself! I absolutely would recommend Boudoir by Marie to everyone!!!"
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....
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!
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!?!
We are fully booked through the end of August, we have ONE available session remaining in Sept and have limited availability through the end of the year!
Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis with a signed contract and paid retainer. I recommend shooting 4-6 weeks before you need your final products.
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!
Boudoir is definitely out of 99% of my clients' comfort zones! You're taking intimate photographs of yourself and it's a very unusual experience - it's not every day that most women disrobe in front of strangers and entrust them to make them look and feel glamorous and gorgeous! That said, I promise that my hair and makeup artist will make you feel gorgeous and beautiful, and I will be there every step of the way with you, guiding you with posing and expression and creating images that you love.
Many women feel uncomfortable and have a hard time figuring out what to wear. They spend a ton of time scouring website and stores trying to find the "perfect" outfit and nothing seems right - I've found this usually happens when clients are trying to come up with outfits that don't feel like "them".
Take my "Lingerie Guide" with a grain of salt, it's great for getting ideas and learning more about lingerie, and if you are a high heels and lingerie kind of girl, great! BUT, if you never wear high heels, don't bring them! We can shoot you barefoot! If you never wear any lingerie and the thought of wearing it makes you feel uncomfortable - don't buy or bring any! Bring your favorite sweater and a pair of cute underwear that makes you happy. Bring a dress or a tee shirt that you love, his favorite shirt, etc. If you search "modest boudoir" on Pinterest you'll find tons of different ideas that think outside the typical lingerie box.
I want you to wear things that make you happy and make you feel like yourself!
Don't go overboard worrying about the outfits! Some of my favorite shots I've ever taken are with nothing but client's wrapped up in a white sheet. The sheet covers everything but also lets your personality and femininity shine because there are no distractions!
Boudoir is what YOU make of it and it is only as revealing/sensual as you would like it to be!
If you'd like to bring a fun and supportive female friend to your session with you for encouragement, you're more than welcome to! Same goes for if you would like to bring a beverage of choice to sip on during hair and makeup! This session is about YOU and I want you to be comfortable and pampered!
For booked clients, if the schedule allows and you'd like to meet for coffee one before your session to get to know me a little bit and chat things out, I would be happy to meet with you! I'd also be happy to hop on the phone with you if you'd like as well, just let me know if you'd like for me to give you a call :)
I'm here to make your boudoir experience as awesome as possible - please, please, let me know if you have any specific questions or if there is anything you'd like to talk about!
Don't just take my word for it! I asked a few past clients about their experience in my Private Boudoir Facebook group (Request to join here if you're not already a part of it!) .... here is what they had to say:
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.
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.
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...
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.