Are you a football widow?
Oh football. Although the season is halfway over, you seem to be on television all the time. For some of us, it is an opportunity to hang out with friends and cheer for your favorite team. For others, it is a boring time spent alone as a football widow.
A football widow is a wife whose husband spends the majority of his free time engrossed in football during the football season.
It is not too late to get his eyes off of the game or fantasy football stats and back on to you.
Want to know how to do it? Easy. Experience a boudoir photo shoot while wearing a jersey of his favorite team (he will also love some photos in lingerie too).
Finding a football jersey to wear for your boudoir shoot may be a challenge, especially if their favorite team is not located in your home city. I am a Detroit Lions fan, so it is pretty much impossible to find a Lions jersey here in Las Vegas. So where do you go? I looked at the NFLs online store and they have a great of selection for every team, however their prices were extremely high. Probably not be the best value for something you will likely wear only once.
I searched some more, and was surprised to find that Targets website has a great selection of shirts and jerseys for every team. Just search under the teams name.
Targets prices were awesome. In the photos here, the gray shirt is $7 and the blue jersey is $11. Plus, they ship it free to your local store. Also, another thing I love about the jerseys on Targets site is that they have styles fit for a woman, not just a bulky mans jersey.
The playoffs are right around the corner, as well as the holidays. Give him an amazing gift that will get his eyes back onto you.
Enjoy the moment, you deserve it!
I was recently contacted by Denisse who wanted to break up the monotony of her everyday life. She wanted to do something fun and exciting, something she has never done before.
Denisse said she works all week and rarely has any free time to herself on the weekends because thats when she plays catch-up from her hectic schedule.
This weekend, Denisse decided to do something for HERSELF. She contacted our North Las Vegas boudoir photography studio and scheduled a photo shoot. Denisse said she wanted some beautiful boudoir pictures to make herself forget about the daily grind and celebrate the sexy woman that she is.
The boudoir photo shoot with Denisse went amazing! She brought some sexy lingerie with her, and looked fantastic wearing it in her photographs.
If you are looking for something new and different to do on the weekends, a boudoir photo shoot just might be exactly what you are looking for.
DIY Tutorial On How To Refurbish An Old Thrift Store End Table To An Amazing Piece Of Boudoir Studio Furniture On A Budget
Are you a new boudoir photographer looking for ideas to create sets for your studio? Or maybe someone who wants a new look in your home, but does not want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars doing so? Great! This is for you.
Sure, you can go into your local furniture stores or shop online for new furniture to build the perfect set for your boudoir studio, but if you are on a budget like me, I try to find solutions that look equally great at a fraction of the price. You just have to use some imagination and creativity.
This is what I did.
First, I took a trip to my local thrift store. I love the thrift store because of their super low prices and great looking vintage styles. Usually finding something decent looking that you can refurbish is hit or miss.
Luckily, on this trip I found my thrift store score, a end table.
It was something that most people would pass by and not even take a second look at. The prior owner spray painted the majority of it black, leaving only the top in its natural wood finish. At first glance it was a disaster, however, I saw its inner beauty.
The end table was an absolute gem. I had to have it!
Regardless of the price I was going to buy it. I could imagine it as a night stand in my boudoir studio already.
Sure, It is going to need a little work, but that is where you have to use some imagination and creativity. I did not see it as an old used black spray painted table at a thrift store, I visioned it as a new high-end white nightstand that I will use in one of my boudoir sets.
The price was $16.99. Under twenty bucks, awesome! After lugging it through the store I notice a sign near the checkout that say orange tags are 50% off today. Sweet! So the price dropped to ONLY $8.50.
I purchased it and immediately took it to my studio. I wiped all the dirt and dust off of it with a damp rag. When I removed the drawer I noticed that it was stamped, Thomasville.
Wow! They make some great quality furniture.
Here is the step-by-step instructions on how I refurbished this old end table into my new boudoir studio nightstand.
First, I had to sand it. Initially, I used regular 120 grit sandpaper.
It was a major pain in the ass sanding the black spray paint off. After wasting 30 minutes of sanding around the top of the table I said forget this and drove to Home Depot and purchased some sandpaper for the electric Black & Decker “mouse” sander I already own.
The sandpaper for the mouse costs a little more than regular sandpaper but it was definitely worth every cent in terms of the time and energy saved.
I sanded down the entire table until most of the black paint was gone. Some of the hard to reach spots were still visible but I sanded then down the best I could.
Second, I took the table outside and sprayed it with white Krylon Primer.
It took one full can to properly cover the table and the front of the drawer. I did not spray the top center of the table because I planned on covering it with white vinyl.
I let the primer dry for about 15 minutes.
Third, I grabbed a can of satin white interior paint and a couple paint brushes. I purchased them at Walmart. I did not want to spend a lot of money on paint so I went with the cheapest can available. It cost about $15. I went with a satin finish because glossy would be too glossy and flat would be too flat.
After applying one coat of paint, I could still see the wood beneath in certain areas, so I waited about ten minutes for it to dry and then applied a second coat. The paint still did not cover properly, so I applied a third coat of paint. Now it looks great and completely white with no visible wood underneath.
As I said earlier, I did not paint the center because I am going to cover it with white vinyl. This would give my nightstand a fancy and expensive look.
The center top of the table has a square area with an indentation around it. Inside this area is where I will place the vinyl.
Next, I used a drywall T-square to measure each side of the indentation. All sides were 23 inches long. I used a T-square because it makes perfect right angles.
I drew out the square on a piece of cardboard and then cut it out with a box cutter.
I wanted to make sure my measurements and cut on the cardboard fit perfectly inside the square area of the table before I cut the vinyl.
I placed the square piece of cardboard in the center of the table and the indentation matched up exactly around the edge of all sides.
Next, I laid the cardboard cut-out on the vinyl and traced around the edge of it with a pen. Then I used a pair of scissors and carefully cut along the drawn line. Now I have the final square piece of vinyl that will be used in the center of the table.
To prevent the vinyl from moving around I sprayed the back side of the vinyl with Krylon Easy-Tack spray adhesive and then carefully lined it up in the center.
It took a few attempts to get it perfectly lined up. Luckily the adhesive is not super sticky so you can peel it off a few times until you get it right. Once the vinyl was set where I wanted it, I used my hand to smooth and remove any air bubbles under the vinyl.
To finalize the look that I wanted, I needed some upholstery tacks. I could not find a store in my area that had a tack with a shiny silver finish, so I ordered them online at Amazon. They cost about $8 for a box of 100. I ordered three boxes just to play it safe.
You will need a hammer and a pair of needle nose pliers to set the upholstery tacks in place.
I started in the corner. Hold a tack with the needle nose pliers in indention between the vinyl and the wood. Lightly hammer in the tack and slide out the pliers a little bit with each hit. Once the tack is aligned straight and in the position you want, completely hammer it down. Repeat the tack hammering all the way around the table.
Try to keep the tacks close together without them overlapping on top of each other. If you notice that they are either too close or too far away, immediately pull the put with the pliers because if you hammer the tack in too far you may scratch up the paint while trying to pry the tack out.
My table took a total of 202 tacks. Good thing I ordered three packs or I would have been short 2 tacks and have an incomplete table top.
Lastly, I replaced the old black drawer knob with a new shiny silver one that I purchased at Home Depot for $4. This knob matched perfectly with the upholstery tacks.
There you have it. A fun and easy DIY project to turn old furniture into an amazing look that you can incorporate into your boudoir photography set.
Please share if you like, and leave any question or comments below.
The new school year is almost here. To welcome it, Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir is offering 20% off for all teachers and college students!
Its almost that time of year... The start of school.
We understand that buying supplies for your classroom or for your classes can be quite expensive, so we are offering teachers and college students 20% off all photo shoots and professionally edited digital images*
Make it a girls day out. Tell your fellow teachers or friends and share an amazing afternoon together with an exciting glamour or boudoir photo shoot experience, and then hit the town in the evening and party like a rockstar. One last chance to do something fun before classes start.
*Not valid with any other discounts/offers or prior booked photo shoots. Must show valid teacher or student ID to receive discount. Special valid through 8/31/16
Thank you for making Las Vegas Glamour the best boudoir photography studio in Las Vegas
We could not have done it without you.
With your suggestions and feedback we are making your boudoir photo shoot experience amazing!
Here is how we are accomplished it.
A while ago we wanted some feedback regarding our website, so we asked lots and lots of people to review it. Some of the people were friends, and many were strangers. We asked them to be brutally honest about the website. What do you like about it and what needs some work?
Most of the reviews were favorable, but a handful had suggestions on what could be done to make it better. Some said that the overall feel of the website was too dark and it needed to look cleaner and brighter. Others felt it was difficult to navigate because they could not find what they were looking for in a few seconds and hated searching for information, while others said the pricing was too confusing.
You spoke, we listened.
With your suggestions we changed the background of the website from black to white for an elegant and cleaner look. We also added extra links to the site that will help you find areas you want to see a lot faster, and we simplified our price list from a long confusing list of products, to an easy two option photo shoot package.
Your satisfaction is our goal and we strive to exceed your expectations.
We also now make leaving feedback easier and more convenient.
After your photo shoot, you will receive an email with a link to our feedback form. It is a quick survey that lets us know how much you enjoyed your boudoir photo shoot experience, your edited photos, ask what you loved, and what areas that could use some help.
Filling out surveys can be a real pain and nobody has time for that, so we made our’s fast and easy. Only a few questions. Check a couple boxes, leave a comment if you want and you are done!
If you love what we are doing at Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir, let us know. Actually, let your friends and everyone know too!
Or view/leave a review on Google (search: Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir).
Thanks for making us better!
Using Photoshop on nude and boudoir photos - Is it necessary?
Almost every photo you see nowadays will have some type of editing applied to it. No, seriously. You may or may not notice it, but the most popular camera today (your smartphone, I know, crazy right?) allows you to apply many types of “filters” to your photos. Beauty face softening, HDR, face swapping, and ones that apply a glamour makeup look to your photos are just a few examples.
Are these filters necessary to make a great photo? Not really.
However, they can make a photograph more appealing and interesting to look at.
So, when does photo editing go to far? Is it the selfie of your friend on Facebook who’s face is softened so much that the only feature you recognize are her eyes? Or is it the photos in magazines of glamorous supermodels, singers, and entertainers that look absolutely flawless?
I want to believe these people truly look like this, however, I know that some sort of photo editing software or filter was used to make them look more appealing.
All of the photos that you see on my website are edited. I will say this again. All of the photos that you see on my website are edited!
It could be anything from simply brightening an image, removing a few pimples, enlarging breasts, slimming a waist, or removing a distracting electrical outlet on the wall.
I use Photoshop as a enhancer. It is a tool designed to make something that already looks good, look better. Just because I have the ability to over-edit a photo to the point it looks fake, does not mean I should.
The photo I am using in this post is the most viewed boudoir photo on my site. I have also licensed it to a tanning salon for use at their business. That being said, people really like this photo!
In this blog post, I am doing what most boudoir photographers are afraid to do on their websites..... Actually post the unedited image with the final edited product.... AND I AM DOING THIS WITH MY MOST POPULAR IMAGE!!!
As you can see, the edits on this nude boudoir photo are very minimal.
-A crop was placed to remove less-interesting items, while keeping the ones that your eyes are instantly drawn to.
-The skin was lightly smoothed and blemishes were removed.
-The ankle, thigh, and stomach were slightly slimmed. Her back and the heel of her foot were also given a little shape.
-The backdrop was cleaned up, darkened and highlighted in certain areas to bring more attention to the body.
-The photo was then converted to black and white and given a blue tint.
Using a photo editing program like Photoshop or filters on your smartphone can make photos look better. Just use them in moderation.
I believe that Photoshop should be used to enhance a photo, not BE the photo.
Your belly looks beautiful. Time for some maternity pictures, but before you strike your curvy pose in front of the camera, here are some tips to consider for your upcoming maternity photo shoot.
1 - When To Schedule
You will want to have your maternity shoot starting around the middle of the 7th to 8th month of pregnancy. You and your belly will have a beautiful, full shape. Plus, the pregnancy “glow” will look its best during this time.
2 - How To Prepare
Since this is a maternity photo shoot, your hands are very important because they will be touching or holding your belly most of the time. Having some great looking nails will make you look much better in your photos.
Get a manicure and keep it simple. Over the top designs or styles will put more focus on your fingernails and take away from your belly.
3 - Hair And Makeup
There is nothing that says you can’t get all glammed up for your maternity photo shoot with a smokey-eye makeup look, long fake lashes, and your hair styled perfectly. It may actually look very sexy.
Unless that is the look you are going for, it is best to keep your hair and makeup simple and natural. Go with a minimalistic makeup look. Use a light foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and a natural tone lipstick. Keep your hair styled as natural as possible.
4 - Posing For That Perfect Shot
There are lots of great looking poses that will make you and your baby bump look amazing. You can do a Google image search or look through Pinterest for pregnancy photo poses. There will be thousands. Try to find some that interest you and the look you are trying to accomplish.
When you find some you like, try them out in front of a mirror along with your facial expression. Does the pose look better with a full teeth showing smile, just the lips smiling, or a neutral expression?
5 - Getting Your Skin Camera Ready
If you are wanting pregnancy photos what will show off your bare belly, or if you are going to be posing nude or semi-nude, you will want to avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing and accessories at least 2 hours before your photo shoot.
Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid elastic or clothing marks on your skin.
You will also want to moisturize your skin with lotion at least an hour before your shoot to prevent any glare on your belly from the studio lights and dry skin patches from showing.
6 - What Outfits Look Best In Maternity Pictures
Again, keeping it simple is the best way to go. You and your beautiful growing belly are the stars of your maternity photos.
-A bare baby bump looks stunning!
-If you are wearing clothes, form-fitting clothing look the best and will compliment your figure.
-Black clothing gives you a slimming silhouette.
-Silk or sheer fabrics that are draped or wrapped beautifully around your body revealing your baby bump looks very elegant.
-Strapless, spaghetti straps, and long sleeves all look good, but avoid t-shirt length sleeves.
-Also avoid clothing with large distracting patterns, floral prints, stripes, swirls, and plaids.
When in doubt, simple is better.
7 - Should I Bring Any Props
Some maternity photographers love to use props like your baby’s first ultrasound photo, cute little baby shoes, or a chalkboard with your baby’s name on it. Although bringing such props sound like a good idea and in theory should look fun in your pregnancy photos, unfortunately, they rarely do.
Ultrasound photos are hard to make out and not very clear. Blocks and shoes are just a distraction and will take away attention from your beauty. Save yourself the time and leave these at home.
8 - Can The Father Be In The Photos Too
Absolutely! This is an important time in his life too. However, just because you may be posing nude or showing your bare belly, it is not advised that the father be topless as well. This is another idea that sounds good in theory, but I gave seen countless images of both the mother and father topless and they all look awkward. So guys, keep your clothes on.
9 - I love All My Photos, But…
I have had many of clients look at their photos immediately following their photo shoots and love nearly all of their photos. They want to buy all of them but say they have a budget of “X” amount of dollars.
My job as a photographer is to create amazing photos that you fall in love with and want to purchase.
A photo is a memory, a moment in time captured. Something that is forever.
It is not an expensive designer purse or shoes that looks great at first, but will collect dust in a closet or go out of style in a few years.
Truth is, it’s better to get more now and be happy that you did, than to not get enough and wishing you had more later.
Thank you for reading my 9 tips for maternity photos. If you found them helpful, please comment below and share with your friends.
To schedule your maternity photo shoot click here
Out with the old and in with the new - Simple boudoir photography price list
If you hate something, change it.
I have always been told never to say hate. It is such a strong and extremely negative word. Maybe I should use words or phrases such as dislike, not fond of, or no longer enjoy LOL. Those sound really nice.
One thing is for sure, I hated a lot about this website. I have asked many people over the years to give me their feedback about it. Some have made suggestions and I made improvements based what they thought would make it better. But there was always something that never seemed right with me. This website is about empowering women and making them look beautiful, yet it felt cold and uninviting, almost like a doctors office. Who likes that?
So I changed it. I got rid of the cold black background. Say hello to the new bright, clean and simple, white background.
Hated it. Changed it. Easy enough.
Simple is a good thing, right? K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. Apparently, I was stupid because I was confusing you all for the longest time. I did not stop at changing the background, I updated my pricing page to make it easier to understand.
Gone is the confusing pricing list or investment list or whatever photographers like to call it. There are no more packages with limited outfit changes or set changes, if purchase this you get a discount of off that, or any other trick photographers will use to make more money from you.
I hated my previous price list. There were too many options on it and instead of making sense, it just confused people.
Below is not really a photo of my previous price list, just so you know.
Too many options drive me crazy!!!
I have gone to the grocery store many of times with the intention of going in quickly to grab something to eat, only to spend 45 minutes wandering aimlessly around the store because there is just too much to choose from. I can never decide. I get confused and frustrated and eventually leave the store hungry and empty handed.
Please tell me I am not the only person that has experienced this?
I hate being confused, so now our pricing is simple and easy to understand.
No more packages!
Now, there are only TWO photo shoot options available. Thats all.
You will also notice that there is only one product available for purchase, Professionally Edited Digital Images, THAT YOU CAN PRINT YOURSELF.
We are not up-selling you by creating a photo album, selling you prints, wall mounted canvas prints, or any or the things that you can do by yourself and save hundreds of dollars while doing it.
You may ask, “why be so different when every other photographer sells these exclusive products?” The answer is simple. Our job is to take amazing photographs that you will fall in love with and want to purchase, not to sell you “product”.
We create life long memories, not sell you an 8x10.
Back in the day, photographers had access to printing companies that the general public did not. These printing companies could create huge prints, lay flat photo albums, framed portraits, canvas prints, etc.
However, the internet changed all of that. Now the printing companies make their products available to everyone, not just photographers. It is as easy as doing a Google search under “photo books”.
We wanted to simplify the buying process so you could spend your quality time doing the things you enjoy, not by wasting it trying to decipher a confusing price list, or even worse, having to contact the photographer and request one by email.
Your time is valued.
The last thing I hated was the welcome message on the home page. Yikes, I can not believe that at one point in time I thought that boring and generic message was acceptable. It was like meeting someone for the first time to shake their hand, only to do that smooth move when you pull your hand back really fast right when the other person reaches out to shake your hand.
It was horrific, absolutely horrific.
Well, that welcome message on the black background is no more. Now the message on our home screen is much more inviting and empowering, clean and clear.
Hope you enjoy the changes.
Showing off that sexy new figure while pregnant
It has been years since Demi Moore appeared naked on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. I am sure that half of you reading this have no idea what I am talking about (Google it) and the rest of you can clearly remember. I absolutely loved that photo and it is still a favorite of mine to this day.
Although it is really no longer shocking, since most pregnant women don't mind being nude to show off their amazing curves that they have gained while being pregnant, it is still an amazing photo!
I was recently contacted by Stefanie to do a maternity photo shoot together with her husband Will. This is a special moment in both of their lives as they are expecting their first child. They wanted to capture the beauty of Stefanie's pregnancy with some photographs that they will always remember and cherish.
Although these photographs are more conservative than the Demi Moore photo, we created some beautiful images that everyone loved.
It is said that pregnant women glow. This is absolutely true. Stefanie shined in every photo we took. She looked amazing! Her husband, Will, would also gave me a smile in every shot that could last for days.
I was honored to photograph this excited and beautiful couples maternity photos.
Congrats to you both on your new child!
Need some help preparing for your boudoir photo shoot? Here are 3 ways to help make your shoot amazing!
Preparing for your boudoir shoot will not only make you feel comfortable and confident, but also ensure that your photos turn out how you want them. Boudoir is personal and should be done to bring out and show off your own unique style. Here are three tips to help ensure you have everything ready to help create a perfect shoot.
Bring Props That Mean Something.
Most good boudoir photographers will have a selection of props available, but you can really make your photos special by choosing something that is more meaningful to you.
Think about props that represent your relationship. It could be something relating to how you met, or something you share in common. If you have a favorite vacation spot, you could use something that represents that place like beach sandals, sunglasses, or souvenir items that feature the name of the beach. Perhaps you both like listening to vinyl records – bring them! Love a specific sport? Grab a bat, ball, helmet or other gear related to the sport.
Add Accessories To Match Your Unique Style.
The right accessories can make your boudoir photos more personal. If you’re doing a boudoir shoot for an engagement or as a wedding gift, consider wearing a bridal veil combined with a sports jersey from your guys favorite team.
If you like time periods, why not go Victorian with Steampunk styles or even take the bridal veil and use a vintage style from the 40’s or change the color to black.
If you like to joke about being a princess, a tiara or sexy Cinderella could add a little whimsy to your photos.
Add something unique that shows off who you are in your shoot. What makes you the person your partner loves? Think about that and then tie it in with your outfit or accessories.
The prime item that will ensure your boudoir photos are stunning is lingerie that fits well while making you feel sexy and confident. Choose something that enhances all of your best assets to make you feel comfortable so you are ready to shine for the camera.
The following infographic is the perfect way to help you pick the piece or pieces that are right for you.
Curvy Girls Guide To Lingerie
Having the ultimate boudoir shot is easy. Think about what makes you the person you are and then bring those things in as props and accessories. Next, find the lingerie that works with your props and helps show off your favorite features. Now all you have to do is pose and let your photographer do their magic.
All images in this blog post provided from Hips & Curves