Alright guys. This post is a big deal for me. A REALLY big deal. For the past 7 years now I have been a professional boudoir photographer. As a boudoir photographer, I am accustomed to pampering my clients, making sure they feel special, seeing their absolute beauty and showing it to them so they can see it for themselves. It’s a powerful experience for any woman. But, I had yet to really see that side firsthand for myself. Sure, I played around with selfies, set up my lighting and camera for the ex-boyfriend to take a shot of me, had a rushed shoot with a dear friend, and another rushed impromptu shoot with Carole this past week at the retreat. But, I had yet to do the real thing.
I honestly wasn’t sure I could find a photographer who could even capture beauty in me. I know that sounds silly. But, I had spent the past 7 years of my life feeling invisible. Not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not young enough. Not blonde enough. Not skinny enough. And that was with someone who loved me. So, how could a random photographer see anything good in me if the person I needed to see it the most couldn’t? Yet, I knew that with my recent life changes, that this was something I needed to do in my now single journey into love and self acceptance.
I’m also at a different life stage now, where I am really noticing the effects of aging. I am still a vibrant woman inside though and I wanted my youthful personality to be captured, and not just the outward appearance of aging. This meant I needed someone who could see the very soul of me. Impossible, right?
Yet, I was still searching for the perfect photographer. Not easy when you are a perfectionist like me. One issue for me, aside from if someone could truly see beauty the way I wanted and the way I do with my own clients, was that I needed a photographer who knew how to light a scene, add drama, and basically create the shot with lighting instead of relying on what was already there. I am a lover of lighting, whereas the majority of boudoir photographers are leaning more towards natural light. That’s fine for them, and it’s pretty for sure, but I craved the drama, the sex appeal that comes from crafting the light on a subject and a scene to make it pop more. But, that was hard to find. Except for in Craig Lamere, a kick ass photographer and lighting expert, who also happened to be my friend…and had also expressed an interest in photographing me many months ago. Yet, I wasn’t convinced yet.
Watching Craig work at the retreat changed my mind in the first 5 minutes though. This guy is not only amazing with lighting but watching him work with his model was simply awe-inspiring for me. I knew he was the one for me in that very instant. I knew he looks for the same things I do for my clients when posing them and felt confident he would do the same for me. So, I told him I was ready to go for it now and we agreed on the last night of the retreat. Being photographed by Craig was such a great experience. He made it fun and easy, while making me feel like an absolute star.
Thanks Craig! I trusted you entirely and you far exceeded my expectations. In fact, I’m thrilled to pieces over this!!!! This was absolutely a life changing moment for me and I am so immensely grateful. Thank you for truly SEEING me!
I also have to thank Miranda Richards for the incredible hair and makeup job! You really added to this whole experience for me, Miranda!
So, without further ado, here I am!!!! ……..
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