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The Rue Boudoir Experience: Grace

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? I wanted to get my fiancé a gift for our wedding that was personal and would help him remember this particular time in our relationship. My friend suggested boudoir photos, but I was pretty hesitant. Both about taking pictures in my underwear and about what he would think, would he think they were ridiculous? But after a friend told me how blown away her husband was by the gift, and after a glass or three of wine, I scheduled a session. And it wasn’t embarrassing or scary, at all. It was so much fun playing dress up in Laura’s amazing closet, having my hair and makeup done, and feeling good about myself. I worked hard to feel strong and sexy before my wedding, and I’m glad there’s a record of that. And my husband was completely surprised and loved the gift. How did you find out about Rue Boudoir and/or what made you choose Rue Boudoir? I’m friends with Brandy and Laura, so I had seen the blog, heard about the business and I thought shooting with a friend would be easier. Truthfully I think Laura would have made me comfortable even if I hadn’t known her beforehand. What did you do to prepare for your session? How were you feeling about the upcoming experience? I was pretty nervous before the session, but I’d also been getting fit for my wedding for the past few months, so I was actually feeling proud of my hard work too, which made it easier. Where did you shop for your... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Chloé

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? My first boudoir session was actually with another photographer in mid-2012. At the time I had just lost a great deal of weight over the course of a year or two and actually started to feel beautiful. When I came upon her LivingSocial deal for an introductory boudoir session I decided to take the plunge and do something crazy and completely outside of my comfort zone! I was extremely nervous at first but turns out it was very fun and served as a powerful motivator to work harder to lose weight. How did you find out about Rue Boudoir and/or what made you choose Rue Boudoir? After my first shoot ever, I got really interested in boudoir photoshoots and went on a journey through Google searching for information about other boudoir photographers. This search brought me to Rue Boudoir’s website and I was immediately pulled in by both Laura’s work and the variety of sets offered. I also greatly appreciated the transparency of the different packages and add-ons without having to send an email to ask for basic information. When I happened to come upon a Gilt deal for Rue Boudoir in late 2012, I jumped on it and am so glad I did! The experience was great and the results were fantastic. So much so, I decided to return to Laura for a bridal boudoir shoot in 2015. For both sessions I decided to mix it up between straight-up lingerie sets and glamour sets. What did you do to prepare for your session? How were... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Janene

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? I heard about the boudoir sessions that Laura Boyd does thru a coworker of mine and thought it would be an exciting way to explore more of my sensual side. The thought of being on the other end of a professional camera lense, was sexy in itself! How did you find out about Rue Boudoir and/or what made you choose Rue Boudoir? Thru a coworker… She showed me the shots she did for her husband to be and I couldn’t make my appt fast enough! What did you do to prepare for your session? How were you feeling about the upcoming experience? I was SO excited. I’m not shy, so I didn’t have any nervous butterflies or anything like that… I put myself into a Victorias Secret model mind set and loved every min of it! Where did you shop for your lingerie/shoes/accessories? Do you have any shopping tips? For me less is more, so I kept it very basic… Victorias Secret had mostly everything I needed. Black bra and panties, high heels, boots- I did several shoots, ranging from basic to theatrical, to raw and edgy. Would you offer any advice to other women who are considering doing a boudoir shoot? Simply, do it and OWN it!! U will feel amazing about urself, and Laura makes sure u feel like ur a model on ur 200th shoot. Ull find urself feeling like modeling is 2nd nature to u. How did you feel during the experience? What was your favorite moment? Laughing and talking with Laura during... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Dolly

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? I wanted to do a shoot to feel glamorous and beautiful in my own skin. I wanted to pay homage to the 50’s & 60’s icons. For curvy girls everywhere. What did you do to prepare for your session? Looked at pinterest to get ideas. I also had a vision of recreating Marilyn Monroe in the sheets. Where did you shop for your lingerie/shoes/accessories? Do you have any shopping tips? Victoria Secret but used the amazing onsite wardrobe. Would you offer any advice to other women who are considering doing a boudoir shoot? Be comfortable in your own skin. Own your natural beauty. And accept how perfectly unique everyone is. How did you feel during the experience? I felt wonderful. I felt classic. I felt sexy. Favorite moment was being made up. The crew are amazing. What does SEXY mean to you? Loving you. Valuing you. Owning you. How did your boudoir experience impact you? I think I will always have these memories captured and to look back on with... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Kate

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? I love to surprise my husband, and the moment I looked at Rue Boudoir’s website and saw the photos, I knew it would be the perfect gift for Kevin! I had never done anything like this before, but the moment I met Laura, I immediately felt comfortable and it definitely shows in my pictures How did you find out about Rue Boudoir and/or what made you choose Rue Boudoir? After reading the reviews on Rue Boudoir, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Laura is all about women embracing their bodies and feeling beautiful, and she made me feel so confident during our shoot! What did you do to prepare for your session? I pampered myself before the session by getting my hair and makeup done, which was so much fun! It made me feel so confident, and I definitely recommend pampering yourself before the shoot! Where did you shop for your lingerie/shoes/accessories? Do you have any shopping tips? I looked at Rue Boudoir’s pinterest board quite a bit before our shoot, and picked out my favorites outfits and poses. Some of my favorite pictures from my shoot feature a pair of Louboutins that my husband bought for me, and I know he loved seeing them in my pictures! How did you feel during the experience? What was your favorite moment? The whole experience was so laid back and comfortable, and I loved being able to go through all of the outfits and choose my favorites. It was also awesome that I got to... read more

get ready to shine: preparing for your session

You have booked a boudoir session, and you are soooo excited! If you are also crazy nervous and not sure how to prepare… that’s totally normal. The build up to a boudoir session is WAY more nerve-wracking than the actual session, I promise. You don’t have to come into the studio knowing how to pose or with a shot list (that’s my job!). All you need to do is plan your outfits (either purchasing lingerie, pulling from your current closet, or planning items to borrow from our Dream Closet – or some combination of all three of those) and do some basic personal prep. Here are some things you can do for yourself in advance of your session to make sure you look your glowing best in your photos: 1. You’ll be baring a lot of skin in your boudoir photos, and we want to make sure it looks gorgeous and supple. At least a week before your shoot, get extra serious about drinking water and moisturizing. We should all do this anyway. We know, right? But be religious about it before your boudoir appointment to maximize a healthy natural glow to your skin. 2. Please avoid spray-tans and self-tanner lotions in the weeks leading up to your shoot. If anything goes streaky or freaky looking, there won’t be enough time for it to repair itself. Milky skin will always be in, but streaky or orange skin is gross!  (And as an aside, tan lines are not something we can always remove. The more you can avoid tan lines the better. If you already have them, so be it. We can... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Ana

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? I wanted to feel sexy and have a day that was all about me! Being a busy, working mom doesn’t allow for much “me time” so this was a much needed opportunity. Plus this was a Valentine’s gift for my boyfriend which he immensely adored! What did you do to prepare for your session? How were you feeling about the upcoming experience? I checked out a few inspiration images but I went into the experience with an open mind. I really liked Rue Boudoir’s work on their website so I knew I would be in good hands. Where did you shop for your lingerie/shoes/accessories? I bought a few items at Victoria’s Secret and selected some other pieces from Rue Boudoirs impressive closet. Would you offer any advice to other women who are considering doing a boudoir shoot? Go for it! I think every woman should do this at least once in your life. You will truly realize that you are a sexy, empowered, and amazing woman. How did you feel during the experience? What was your favorite moment? I am a shy person by nature. However, once I stepped on the studio floor, with my hair/make-up done and outfit on, I felt so sexy that the nerves subsided. The point when I stopped worrying about how I looked and just enjoyed myself was my favorite moment. What does SEXY mean to you? Sexy means being confident in your own skin. To accept yourself for who you are: inside and out. How did your boudoir experience impact you? I... read more

destination boudoir: fantasy becomes reality

The lure of far away lands – romantic cities and exotic beaches – calls to me regularly. I long to create my art not just in the confines of my beautiful and cozy studio, but all over the world. I am so obsessed with Paris that I think I must have lived there in a prior life! So it is only natural that our destination boudoir experience will begin there. We are renting a luxury Parisian apartment and pulling out all of the stops for five lucky clients to have the experience of a lifetime. And then next up on our destination boudoir itinerary will be Puerto Rico. JUST IMAGINE: strolling in a glamorous dress, styled to the nines, rock star hair and makeup, cobblestone streets … and the eiffel tower glistening in the background… luxuriating on a sunset-kissed beach, waves crashing over your feet, sand clinging to your bare skin, your sexed-up beach hair flowing behind you… reclining on a chaise lounge, white curtains fluttering in the window behind you showing glimpses of centuries old buildings, ancient church bells chiming in the distance, your killer curves in an exquisite corset and jewels… a terrace overlooking the soothing azure sea, your dress flowing in the breeze, your tan shoulders soaking up the sun… Which of those scenes speaks to you the most? We are going to bring them all to life; we just need YOU to complete the magic. Destination sessions bring the boudoir fantasy to a whole new level, leaving you with once-in-a-lifetime memories and the most amazing photographs you can dream of. The photo album you come away... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Amelia

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session?  I have always wanted to do something outside the box, something fresh and new for me and my husband’s 8th wedding anniversary. Especially after losing 65lbs, I felt it was a better time then ever to do something flirty and fun. How did you find out about Rue Boudoir and/or what made you choose Rue Boudoir? I found out on livingsocial. I bought a voucher because I fell in love with the photos on the website and Laura’s work seemed amazing. What did you do to prepare for your session? How were you feeling about the upcoming experience? I took the opportunity to buy some new lingerie. It felt exciting going through the outfits, and ofcourse going shopping for new sexy clothes is always fun. I haven’t done that in a long time. Do you have any shopping tips? I say go with what makes you feel sexy. Would you offer any advice to other women who are considering doing a boudoir shoot? Yes yes – go and do it, do not hesitate. It’s definitely worth your while. It’s all about transporting yourself, finding yourself and feeling great about yourself. How did you feel during the experience? What was your favorite moment? I felt like I was channeling my inner goddess on a quantum level. I felt comfortable thanks to Laura’s direction and coaching. My favorite moment was of course the bed, I felt extremely sexy taking pics on the bed. What does SEXY mean to you? Sexy means owning your beauty, embracing yourself and your sexuality with open arms. How did... read more

The Rue Boudoir Experience: Donna

Tell us your story! Why did you want to do a boudoir session? I wanted to do this as a one year anniversary gift for my husband.   How did you find out about Rue Boudoir and/or what made you choose Rue Boudoir? I found out about Rue Boudoir through Living Social. All of the reviews were so wonderful that I had to give it a try! What did you do to prepare for your session? How were you feeling about the upcoming experience? I had photos done before at another studio. I wasn’t happy with the previous studio, so I was a little nervous. Little did I know what a great experience it would be!   Where did you shop for your lingerie/shoes/accessories? Do you have any shopping tips? I used my wedding shoes and lingerie. My tip would be to buy/wear something that you feel comfortable and confident it! Just like the studio’s motto – own your own sexy! Would you offer any advice to other women who are considering doing a boudoir shoot? Don’t hesitate to try Rue Boudoir! Laura is wonderful and the makeup artists are amazing! You won’t be disappointed!   How did you feel during the experience? What was your favorite moment? I felt very sexy and confident! Laura gave great direction and was very complimentary the entire time! What is your definition of SEXY? Sexy means being confident in who you are and what you look like. No matter what ‘flaws’ you may think you have! They are part of you and that’s what makes you who you are and beautiful!  ... read more

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