Have you ever considered doing a boudoir photo shoot but don't know where to start? Maybe you think that you don't have the perfect body so you've felt intimidated? Don't worry, you're not alone. I have been considering doing a boudoir photo shoot for myself, and in just a few weeks I'll be behind the camera in my very first boudoir photo shoot. While I know my body isn't perfect, this is a way for me to embrace myself. A way for me to love my body, to build my self-confidence and my self-esteem. If you're like me, you're probably wondering, well where do I start? Today I want to share with you a few ways that you can stay confident during a boudoir photo shoot.
Know your limits. Establish what kind of pictures you want in the end. Are you looking for black and white nudes? Or do you want more of a sultry, calendar-girl, lingerie shoot? Decide what you are comfortable and stick with that. Tell the photographer in advance and provide examples of his or her past work that you really liked, along with some other artists’ work you may be gravitating toward. If you have a plan and know you won’t be pushed past your limits, you’ll be more comfortable the day of. Do some prep work. You'll likely feel sexiest after you’ve had time for physical self-care. If you can work out in the months leading up to the photo shoot, do so, but if you don’t have time, don’t sweat it. Find ways to accept your body, flaws and all, exactly as you are. Avoid salt (which leads to bloating), drink enough water, and get plenty of sleep the week of the shoot. Take care of your skin, but don’t pick at anything! (Photoshop can work wonders on minor imperfections.) Topically applied caffeine temporarily reduces the look of both cellulite and under eye puffiness, so use some products containing this ingredient regularly in the month before. Get your hair done, make sure you do all of your shaving/waxing in the appropriate amount of time beforehand, and get a mani-pedi.
Go shopping. Have fun choosing what (if anything) you’ll wear. Don’t limit yourself to popular chain lingerie stores. Mom and pop places usually have beautiful options for women of all shapes and sizes. What you’ll wear includes your makeup. Allow yourself to be pampered at a local makeup counter and purchase a few items you’ll be able to apply for yourself on the day of the shoot. If possible, make an appointment to have your makeup done the day the pictures will be taken. There is no cost for this, but a purchase from the makeup artist is in good taste. Check out the competition. If you’re feeling less than confident, even after all of this, take a look at boudoir photos of real women. Find pictures of strong, confident women of all ages, shapes and races, who have posed nude for magazines, but not in a gratuitous way. You’ll find some with scars, wrinkles,extra weight, and missing limbs. If they can own and accept their beautiful and powerful bodies, so can you!
Things are definitely not the same from when I graduated. I remember within just a few days of school starting, we got that dreaded notice that is was time for school pictures. This wasn't just any photo this year however, this was the final year, the most important; senior year, graduation time! Back then however, if you wanted a cool or amazing photo for your senior picture, you would go to someplace like a home studio with a photographer who did something just a little different then your average Olan Mills Studio. Seniors didn't have the option of multiple locations, to shoot at, just different backgrounds.
Seniors want something different now! In a world that is constantly telling you to reinvent yourselves, teens want to do just that and show off just how different and unique they are while still keeping that cool, sleek, vibe. It's our job, photographer and senior, to work together on these sessions, collaborate, and come up with some cool, funky concepts. What they are wearing, and bringing to the photoshoot all has to stay individualized. You cannot group seniors in a box and figure all of them are going to want to shoot in a grassy field or under a tree; although some will! You see, it's not enough to just bring a prop or two either, high school seniors want to bring in the whole car!
And if you plan to show off their love for sports, you have to do it in a fun, yet dynamic way! No more just showing up with the bat and baseball for the cute mom pose. Photographers better get ready to get in the field with theses athletes, get on the ground, and get a little dirty! These seniors are thinking well outside the regular year book frame! Having a junior in highschool already, it's imperative that I keep up with his style and his lingo to remain relevant to him! This helps me a ton when I'm on a one on one shoot with these guys! I cut up with them, and really ease them into things. I can see them eyeing my tattoos, which somehow just means I get it (laugh out loud). Wait, did I just spell that out? I show them I know a little and then laugh about it as well! Senior sessions remain one of my favorite sessions to be on. Their creativity alone drives me to keep doing what I'm doing.
Very Proud to announce that Lea Flores Photography will be opening a new studio! The new studio will allow clients to have a choice of weather or not they would like to have a more intimate indoor session. Though primarily the studio will be used more for the infamous boudoir sessions, LFP is utilizing the full area to allow her creative spirit to freely flow! With different setup through out the studio to include Pinup options, family portraiture, one one High School Senior photos, comfy and intimate infant photography and again the classic boudoir, wedding boudoir and so much more, Lea is very excited to open the doors and let loose in her space! Lea's ideas for the new studio range from offering a new line of lingerie for purchase in the studio and other things such as offering classes for local photographers to really get one and learn the basics of photography. A grand opening white dress event will happen soon, with local catered food and drinks, look for your private invitation shortly!
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Although a lot of kiddos now a days can pick up their camera phone and take a great picture, professionals photographers have invested years of education, continuing education to learn the trade and invested lots of $ into some very expensive equipment to be able to call them self a PRO.
Article: When Microsoft Frontpage was first released, everyone thought that web designers would go out of business since the secretary or graduate student could now 'design' webpages. You had a whole bunch of people setup shop advertising as 'web developer' and 'webpage in a box' services. It was the 'coolest' job title to call yourself a web designer.
However over time, partly because web design became so accessible, the average person became better at appreciating good web design/pages. Nowadays you don't get very many 'I wanna be a web developer' people - sure there are still bad designers out there, but the professional web designers still very much have a viable business model.
I think photography will head the same way over time - right now, we're in the Frontpage era of digital photography. But over time, you'll find people stop being so attracted to the 'hot trend' of calling themselves a pro or semi-pro photographer when they realize that they can't duplicate the quality of professional photos.
People love the idea of seeing themselves a semi-pro/pro 'photographer' - but over time they come to realize how much time and effort is required to actually make it happen and they give up. It just takes a little while for that to occur.
The good news is though that because so many people are being exposed to photography these days, the appreciation for good photography should go up - and that will only be beneficial for pro photographers.
Now don't get me wrong, we all had to get our start somewhere, the only sad thing I see in the profession is people picking up their camera slapping up a webpage and calling them self a photographer over night. What I see a lot of is, Point, shoot, and aim, seems a little backwards.Know the difference.
Everyone needs some pampering! And these ladies def. needed some pampering. These are the nurses who take care of all those new born babies and mothers in the new born and infant ward at both St. Francis Medical and Evans. Most of these ladies were not new to makeup with a twist, and had so much fun last time that they decided to make this a regular! Well, let me just say that we love these ladies here at Lea Flores Photography, and we love to take care of them! They booked another private party and shut down the Studio for the night! Thank you to Jessica W. and Vanessa E. For an amazing and yet different job again on these ladies! Ladies, we cant wait to have you back for your choice THEME NIGHT!
Did you know that Lea Flores Photography is not the type of studio to slap some digital files on a CD and just give them to you? Why do you ask, in the world of digital, would you not do this? Well, the answer is simple, Lea Flores is a print artist and she takes pride in the images that she photographs by making art pieces for your home and yes, private bedroom! Lea wants to preserve your images for you. In a digital world, you would think that most people would be printing their photos themselves, but the truth of the matter is, their NOT. 42 percent of people no longer print photos at all and 53 percent havent printed a photo in a year or more. 67 percent of people dont even back up their images and 4.5 million people have lost their mobile phones in 2016 with many of their images stored right on their phone. We truly do have a disappearing art. Lea Flores along with the thousands of Professional Photographers of America have decided to take a stance and say no to selling only digital pictures. Now wait a minute, don't get your panties all in knot thinking, well I want to share my images online with friends and family. Like most professional photographers, Lea does allow for purchasing of digital images with prints, and also does do low resolution images for Facebook and Instagram fun. However, Lea challenges you to see the difference of a beautiful framed photograph on your wall, rather than, hey guys come look at my family photographs on my computer! Lea Flores designs anything from custom wall collections made to fit your decor and living room, to hand made custom Albums direct from Italy for your loved one. Come by the Studio in Fountain Colorado to see all the beautiful items you can get at Lea Flores Photography and see your images in a different light!
I wanted to give women a few little tips and some additional information on what to expect out of a Boudoir session. So many women WANT to do something like this but some are so self conscious that they wont. I have many women say they are to big or not thin enough! Let me just state that there IS NO SUCH THING! It is my job as a PROFESSIONAL to paint you in your best light! Thats where the years of experience come from in posing lighting etc. You see everyone is a photographer now a days right???? Everyone has my trade built right into their phone..
A camera that is, but here is what they may not have, and that is the experience. Make sure when just like choosing a WEDDING photographer, choose a photographer who's work you love! Make sure that you can see the experience behind their belt. ANYONE can buy a camera now adays throw up a website and call them selfs a photographer. DO NOT BE AFRAID to ask them to see their portfolio. Meet with them for a PRE consultation where you can view their work, what they offer, and get a little more comfortable with the person who may see you in a very vunerable state. At Lea Flores Photography, we are ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE!
Boudoir photography is very intimate and you want to be sure that you are comfortable with the outfits you have chosen, (if any at all.) wink emoticon Also remember makeup is a girl’s best friend in this type of photography, don't be afraid to play it up. If you would like lashes put on, then please bring with you the day of and my stylist can apply for you. Pay attention to the small details as the camera sees everything. Go pamper yourself ahead of time and get those toes and nails done. A simple polish on both will do the job as well. Bring a few different pair of heels and stockings and such. You are in control here and can be as conservative or as sexy as you want. If there are specific props you would like to use, then most definitely lets add those in. This is a very fun session but can be a little nerve raking, if you want to bring a girlfriend along, please do. You can also bring wine with you and can have it while at the session in a responsible manner. I cant wait to do a session with some of you ladies out there and hope this helps to make your decision a little easier. See and know the difference!
I'm just not sure yet what is more extravagant a wedding or a quinceanera. Now I have been to many a quince, however this was one was by far one of the most beautifully done celebrations I had seen. These events are typically highly anticipated by the young teen women in the latin community. I can see why definitely after this one! I was just in awe of all the details that were put into this particular venue and event held at the Elegante Hotel and Venue in Colorado Springs! A bunch of local vendors were used for the wonderful treats and I have to say that they did an amazing job! From set up to break down I was impressed! The #choreographed #dancing the dress the celebration was just amazing. I moved in this event just as fast as I move in a wedding. With all the different action going on, I had to stay on my toes! I was glad to be a part of it and to witness the meaning behind it for this beautiful young lady! Jessica Worster amazing job on the hair and makeup!
Lea Flores Photography is super excited to announce another location in the Fountain Colorado Springs area.
Not only will this open a more versatile choice for her clients in her boudoir, family, and high school senior sessions, it will also act as one of Colorado Springs first Country Posh Venues in the South area of town! Lea is hoping to host events for the local community there and is partnering up with a ton of smaller businesses to maintain that smaller community feels.
The Ranch acted as a full blown farm, and horse boarding property at one time and Lea would like to keep that same style while re-facing the ranch. She has high hopes that the Fountain Community will embrace the upcoming Wedding Venue and Event Center, and plans to welcome everyone with open arms! You may see Lea at the property on Vali Farm Road alot this summer as her team begins to prep and plan. You may even see a few Zumba classes going on at the event center as well! Come on by and say hi!
If you are interested in hosting an event, such as a wedding or a quinceanera here, there will be oppurtunity for PROMOTIONAL PRICING for a short period of time, as the business begins the foot work. Please call Lea at 719-201-4344 or her acting manager Luz Delgado at 719-602-9469 and Si Hablas Espanol!
I heard one of the most amazing little stories today! And yet it's a story that I wish I heard more often. A lady contacted me to take pictures. I asked her what type of session she was looking to be photographed for and she explained she needed a portrait session. After Hair and makeup with one of the most talented women, Jessica Faye Beauty, I sat and talked with Heiki for awhile. I asked her, what made her decide to do this session? This was not my most famous boudoir session, nor a family session, but just herself, one on one with me, displaying who she is. Heiki replied that she hadn't had her portrait taken since the 90's and her 80 year old mother really urged her to get it done reminding her that life is short and you need to leave a little something behind. So, she said, I'm doing this for my mom, a gift for her on Mother's day. What a most amazing gift to give! I looked over Heiki outfit and I knew I needed to take her to the ranch location. She lit up when she saw it and I knew who this woman was within a few moments of our session. I am honoured to take this ladies portrait that her mother and her children will have for a lifetime! When is the last time you have had your portrait taken? Life is short and goes by in a minute, and tomorrow is not promised. Will your family have a cherished photograph of you? Will your loved ones have a photograph that will display who you are today? If you havent been photographed in the last five years, it's time to do so!