NSFW: Miss K on Embracing the Experience - A Charleston, SC Boudoir Photoshoot

NSFW: Not. Safe. For. Work. - if you're not okay with a little nipple, just move along my friends! 

I was searching the internet for someone to take my boudoir pictures, I came across Boudoir by Marie’s website and loved it! ... I have had pictures done in the past, but with Marie it was different. She professional but she also makes it comfortable an super fun! The time flew by, it was like spending time with my best friend!
— Miss k
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 The time flew by...

...it was like spending time with my best friend!"   -Miss K

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"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!!!"
-Miss K

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Meet the Hair and Makeup Artist: Monica | Charleston Boudoir Photography

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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


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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!

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Doing it for yourself! - Miss A - Charleston Boudoir Studio

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....

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I wanted to do a boudoir session for many reasons, but the two big reasons were: First and foremost, for myself. I wanted to capture this time in my life where I feel good about myself and where I am in life.  

Secondly, my husband is so difficult to buy for! I knew this would be a great Christmas present for him and one he wouldn’t forget!
— Miss A
I was nervous before going in, but excited too. After talking and getting to know Marie a little bit she made me feel at ease and it was like I was with a good friend! Afterwards I felt so confident, sexy, and ready to conquer the world!!
— Miss A
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All of it was really fun! Definitely take advantage of hair and makeup; so worth it. 

You only live once and a boudoir shoot will give you memories that will last a lifetime. It’s a great confidence booster and so much fun!!
— Miss A

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Bridal Boudoir Session - Miss E- Boudoir in Charleston, SC

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!

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Accessorize with Hair Color - Miss C - Charleston, SC Boudoir Photos

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!?! 

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There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.
— W.E.B Dubois
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Hair and Makeup Styling by Bonnie Ferrell

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Fall 2017 Availability Update!

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!

Please contact me ASAP if you are looking to get in with us for a boudoir session this fall!

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.

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My favorite outfit a client can wear... Nothing but the sheets! - Charleston Boudoir Photographer

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. 

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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It's all up to you - Miss E Part I - Charleston Boudoir Photography

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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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Lady in Red - 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

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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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So, you're nervous before your boudoir photography session....

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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:

Doing a boudoir shoot is not just a great gift to your husband or significant other, it is also a gift to yourself! Marie is great at calming nerves and making you feel comfortable- you will be so happy you did it! For my first shoot I was so nervous, but by the end I felt amazing and my confidence has never been the same. I brought things of my husbands- his favorite hat, sports team items, that really helped me too! I think every woman should do it, such a great way to see how you beautiful and naturally sexy you really are!
 
 
I was a little nervous too, but that doing the shoot actually increased my confidence and made me feel even sexier and more beautiful than before I did it! It’s fun to see yourself the way others see you and in the most positive and flattering light! After you sent me the pictures I kept sneaking back to my computer all day to keep looking at them! One of the most fun days I had all summer! can’t wait to do it again!
Boudoir is so much fun and makes a great gift to a significant other, plus Marie is amazing at making anyone look good in their photos! Don’t be nervous about your session. It’ll be so much fun! You will be amazed at how beautiful you are/look. I’m aching for a second session!

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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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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
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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.

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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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