Kicking Cancer's Boudie | Orlando Boudoir Session

As many of you probably know by now, I believe that boudoir sessions are not just for women who are living their day to day lives unscathed (which let’s face is…everyone has their battles!). Let me rephrase that, then. It’s not just for the women who you THINK live their lives unscathed. You may look at someone and think “she has it together. Her life must be perfect.” But as we all know, that is rarely the case.

To me, boudoir sessions are about something much, much deeper than that. They are about finding inner peace, falling in love with your body (either again, or for the very first time). They are about feeling bold, feeling beautiful. They are about doing something that you never thought you could do. They are about stepping outside of your comfort zone to find a you that you didn’t even know was there.

Boudoir sessions are for all women. Should I repeat that? Boudoir sessions are for ALL.WOMEN. And let me just add…if you have been through something in life that has turned your world upside down, if you have experienced something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, if you have experienced looking at yourself and not knowing what tomorrow will bring…I urge you..no…I BEG you. Do a boudoir session for yourself. FOR YOURSELF.

The Lovely S. did just that. After being diagnosed with cancer at a young age, she has experienced some terrifying moments in her young life. And I am beyond happy to say that she is here to tell us her story. She was also more than happy to allow me to share her photos, AND her story. In fact, her sister had purchased her a boudoir session after having one of herself done a couple of years ago. She knew that after what her sister went through, she deserved some quality “me” time. She deserved to see herself through a light she hadn’t seen in a while, after cancer treatments took her hair and ports left her scarred.

Here is what the Lovely S. had to share:

In April of 2017 I went to ER with what I thought was appendicitis, but they found my appendix to be fine. They did CT scan, an ultrasound, an MRI and a biopsy. My gynecologist sent me to a gynecological oncologist. The first question my oncologist asked me was “what are your fertility goals?” I looked at him and laughed and said “I just got engaged 2 months ago. We are getting married July of 2018.” I had cancer. My oncologist said looking at scans the tumor had ruptured my uterus and was growing outside of it. My worst fear had become my new reality. I have always wanted to carry my own child and I could not wait to see what our child would look like. Would they look like me or like Juan. I bet they would have been a beautiful combination. We will adopt, and we can’t wait to meet our children. On June 20, 2017 I had a total hysterectomy. My tumor was very rare, making me the 22nd documented case of this particular tumor. I started chemotherapy in August, 8 hours a day for 3 days back to back with 19 days between cycles. I did 7 rounds of chemo and 2 months of radiation treatments. I stopped chemo at the end of February due to horrible side effects. Chemo was absolute hell. It was absolutely exhausting, everything was a chore. Eating, showering, working, talking, everything took energy and energy was a precious thing. It took a huge toll on my body. I hated how I looked and how I felt. I hated how people would look at me everywhere I went, I hated how they would stare. I did not feel beautiful. I felt everything but beautiful. I had gone from being a happy excited bride to be with big plans before our wedding to just wanting to make it to the wedding, the wedding was my light at the end of the tunnel. Our reception was such a celebration of life. My sister had gifted me a boudoir shoot as a gift for my future hubby. She suggested that I do it after chemo so I could see how amazing I really was, how strong and beautiful I was. My session with Sivan was amazing!!! I felt beautiful. I finally was able to see the brave, strong woman I am. I love my pictures, I even made sure to take some with my port scar in it. My boudour session made me fall in love with my amazing body. If you haven’t done a session I highly encourage you to do one. Do this for yourself, I promise you will not regret it!!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

White Crop Top | Orlando Boudoir Session

Today, the Lovely C. is featured on Our LiL Blog!

I have photographed this beautiful girl multiple times, but it was finally her time to shine in her OWN boudoir session. Not a family session where momma doesn’t get front and center attention. No, this time…it was all.about.HER.

And what mom doesn’t deserve that? EVERY mom deserves to feel beautiful. To be complimented. To look at herself in the mirror (and in photos) and have her own jaw drop to the floor at how flipping gorgeous she is.

And well, I’m just super pumped that the Lovely C. did this for herself. Her boudoir session was perfection!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Green Haired Goddess | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Oh.My.Goodness.

Can we all take a moment to just be in complete awe over the Lovely J’s hair?! I mean SERIOUSLY. I call her my Green Goddess, because…well, look at her!!

When she and I first talked on the phone, we instantly bonded. We had some personal things in common that are sure to bind any woman, and then there were just those things that made you feel as though the universe was really trying to tell you something.

The one day that I was able to offer her for her boudoir session just so happened to be on the day that her momma would have celebrated her birthday. It was such a special day to her, and for that to be the ONE day I mentioned…well, you can guess how the rest went. Her session was just so beyond special, and I adored her excitement over seeing herself all dolled up. It’s just so freaking important to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Don’t forget that, ladies. You.Are.IMPORTANT. And it is ridiculously important to make sure you continue to remind yourself that every single day, even on the difficult ones!

I cannot wait for the Lovely J’s NEXT boudoir session in 2019 on her own birthday! Okay, now stop reading and go look at the beauty below!!!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

White Dress Boudoir Session | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I tell my girls all.the.time. You do NOT need to wear lingerie in order to have a sexy boudoir session!

When this beauty came to the studio, I was elated when I was going through her wardrobe! She had so many beautiful pieces, and it was tough narrowing them down! But my absolute favorite piece was this white dress she brought. She had owned it for a while, but rarely found the right times (or places) that she could actually wear it. Ding ding! Perfect for a boudoir session!

I just LOVE her photos, and these are some of my favorites!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Black Lace | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I LOVE the lingerie this beautiful girl brought to her session! The lace, the fringe…everything about it! And of course the fact that it fits her like a glove!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Black Lace | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Sweater Mugs | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

This gorgeous girl came to me for a session that was all.for.her. It’s one of the best reasons for you to do a boudoir session!!

Ms. L. is a traveler, an adventurer, and a REALLY fun girl to be around. After a double-knee replacement, she decided that doing something extra-special for herself was in order. I am SO excited that the “thing” she decided to do was a boudoir session!

Her session was full of smiles and laughter, which you’ll see in her photos below! Make sure to also watch the video at the end to hear what she had to say about her session!!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Beautiful in Black | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I love color when it comes to lingerie, but there is something so perfect and sexy about wearing all black! It sets a mood, and it tells a story.

I adore these photos from Ms. H’s session, and I adored working with her, too!!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Booty Booty! | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

In honor of this beauty getting married tomorrow (eeeee!), I am featuring her boudoir session today!

This gorgeous girl rocked.her.session (I mean let’s be honest…all of my girls do!). From her sultry black-lace lingerie, to her flirty purple one-piece, to the cozy jersey, every outfit was absolute perfection.

This gift wasn’t only for her (although…do we need any other reason?!), but it was also for her fiance’s “dirty 30” birthday. I mean come ON. How perfect of a “dirty 30” gift is that?!

She was awesome and let me try out some brand new poses, and I just loooove how they turned out. Thanks girl, I cannot WAIT for your wedding tomorrow! Good times will be had, for sure!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Beautiful Momma | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Being a mom is hard.work. Worth it? 100000% yes! But…it is hard nonetheless!

The first time I photographed this beautiful girl, it was before her wedding. She was doing this as a gift for her soon-to-be husband, and maybe partially for herself, too.

Fast-forward through the wedding, a couple of years of marriage, and a sweet baby now in their lives, she decided it was time to reclaim who she is.

Whether you’re a mom or not, we all have “labels.” In her case, her label is “wife” and “mom.” There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but when we have these labels, we tend to live by them. She told me that she wears comfortable clothes on a daily basis (as in…loose shirts and loose pants), and doesn’t really find time to take care of herself anymore. Her attention is all towards her baby, as it should be! But…we HAVE to make time for ourselves. HAVE TO.

After I showed her her photos, she cried. She got emotional because she had forgotten who she is. She forgot to see herself for ALL of the wonderful, beautiful things she is. A caring wife, a loving mother, an amazing woman…among many other things.

I am just sooo proud of her for taking a step out of her comfort zone and doing this for HERSELF. Not for anyone else, this time. It was just.for.her.

Make sure to check out her video testimonial at the bottom of this post!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you

Fishnets, oh my! | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Listen, ladies. There are SO many looks you can have for your boudoir session! Don’t feel like you have to “conform” to any specific style or look. BE YOURSELF. That is what this is all about! Embrace who you are, and dress in a way that you feel like YOU!

And with that…here are some photos of this gorgeous boudoir lovely of ours, rocking some super-sexy fishnet stockings!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you

Short Hair Don't Care | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I don’t know about you, but I have been LOVING this short-hair trend. Maybe it’s not a trend and maybe I just never paid much attention before, but so many of my girls lately have had short hair. I LOVE it! There is something super sexy about it, and also freeing.

When this gorgeous girl walked into the studio with a giant smile on her face, I knew we were going to have a REALLY great day. We laughed so much during her session, and her photos turned out ah-may-zing!

Enjoy!!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you

Curves Curves Curves | Orlando Boudoir Session

Sometimes the stars align just right, and amazing things happen as a result!

In this case, I posted a last minute opening for a boudoir session on my Instagram, and this lovely lady happened to come across it. She said she’s been considering doing a boudoir session for quite some time, and seeing the post made her realize that now was the perfect time! She was INCREDIBLY excited about it (which of course gets me that much more excited!).

One week later, her boudoir session date arrived and she walked in ready for some pampering and beautiful photos! This girl was all smiles the entire time, and her photos just turned out so beautiful. She knew these were for HER, which if you’ve seen anything of my posts ever…you know that’s my motto. It’s for Y-O-U! Sure, it can serve as a nice gift for someone else, but at the end of the day, you are going to appreciate your photos more than anyone else will. This is a moment to capture who you are TODAY. Not tomorrow, not next year, not in 10 years.

Now…go enjoy her photos, and then go to the contact page and email me about your own boudoir session!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

The Hourglass | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I absolutely love this session. I adored HER, and I adored the outfits that she brought with her. Every single one fit her beautifully, and her personality really shone through for the photos! 

Something that really caught my eye with this lovely lady's session is her amazing hourglass figure. The black and white full body photo (you'll see below) is one of my very favorites! I think it so perfectly shows her beautiful curves, and I'm just in awe! 

Enjoy! xoxo

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

A Bride to Be | Orlando Boudoir Photographer | Lovely in Lace by Sivan Photography

Holy blog-slacker, Batman! I am normally the queen of blogging, but I've been so focused on making sure all of my girls are getting an amazing experience that blogs have definitely ended up on the back-burner for me. 

But have no fear, I will still be blogging as often as I can, and you'll always have beautiful photos to look at between the website, blog, Facebook, and Instagram

BUT...today's blog isn't about me slacking about blogging (okay, I'm done saying the "b" word), it's about this incredibly gorgeous bride-to-be who gifted her album to her fiance! She even showed me the photo of him opening the book, and holy cow. His reaction.is.everything!

I am beyond thrilled that she gave me permission to share her images with you all. When I asked her if I can share some of her photos with other women, she said that she'd love to since seeing other women on my blog is what encouraged her to do this for herself! That's what it's all about, ladies. It's a great gift for a spouse, but ultimately, it's for Y-O-U. Don't forget that!

And with that...enjoy! 

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

What to Wear for Your Boudoir Session | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

You've done it. You've taken the bold step and booked your boudoir session! Cue happy (albeit somewhat nervous) dance! 

...now what?

You've seen the photos on our website for inspiration, you've perused your closet and drawers, and now you're stuck wondering "what the bleep am I going to wear?!" Don't worry girl..we've got you!

Since lingerie is a staple during a boudoir shoot, let's highlight a few things on the topic before thinking outside of the box!

  • New or lightly worn lingerie is best.
  • Always try on everything before you bring it.
  • Wear what YOU feel SEXY in.
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And now, let's get creative!

  • Something of HIS/HERS! If you are doing this as a gift for your significant other, bring something you can wear or incorporate of theirs. This can be a uniform, sports jersey, t-shirt, anything you know that has meaning to them and will make his/her jaw drop when he/she sees you making it sexy!
  • Something of YOURS! Bring something that has a special meaning to you, whether it's a necklace, something that represents a hobby you love, or even your favorite coffee mug. Boudoir is a celebration of you so incorporating your something special will make for some extra special photos!
  • Something CASUAL! You would be surprised at how sexy your favorite oversized sweater can be during a boudoir session. Or even a pair of your favorite jeans that make your butt look super cute. Bring in something from your "every day look" and watch how it can be some of the sexiest photos you have seen!
  • Something DRESSY! Do you have a favorite cocktail dress? Bring it! 
  • ACCESSORIES! Don't forget to bring your favorite jewelry, it can really up the sexy for everything else you bring. And don't let it stop at jewelry! Make sure you bring high heels, fishnets, garters, glasses, hats, etc. 
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See below for more inspiration, and make sure to scroll through our galleries and blog for even more!

There is Only One You | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

It's no secret that I love to mix and match styles in my boudoir sessions. Us women are so diverse, so why limit it to one "mood?" I want you to tap into your sultry side AND your sweet, playful, flirty side! I want your spouse (or whoever is getting this album...even if it's you!) to look through your album and say "yep, there's my Jane!" <--not this client's name. ;)

Boudoir isn't about impersonating magazines or models. It isn't about posing for the camera to be someone else. It is about capturing who you are, loving who are you, embracing who you are, and OWNING who you are. After all...there is only one you in this world. Why would you want to be like someone else when you are rocking being YOU?? 

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Bride to Be | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

How FUN is this client of ours?! I love that she came into the studio full of energy and ready to get her photos taken! 

With each client, I incorporate something new that I haven't done in previous sessions. Something I rarely do is use the bathtub (I'm usually just not a huge fan for some reason), but holy smokes...this girl made me fall in love with that tub all over again! 

I adored her boudoir session, and her husband LOVED his gift! Seriously...tell me what better gift there is for a wedding day for your groom? I bet you can't think of any! 

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Bride to Be | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

A Little Laughter | Orlando Boudoir Session

What's not to love about this beautiful smile from our lovely client?? She had so much fun during her session, and so did we! 

One of my favorite parts about our boudoir sessions is that we mix in all different moods. Happy, sultry, goofy, flirty, you name it! And this gorgeous girl nailed it!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

A Little Laughter | Orlando Boudoir Session

Fit Momma | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

This session is an oldy, but a goody! As I was poking around through a ton of sessions today, I saw this one and thought WHY HAVEN'T I BLOGGED THIS YET?! 

Girls. Just LOOK at this goddess of a mom. How flipping beautiful is she? I adore her fun personality, and I just remember this session being a total blast. She is for sure an inspiration to me as a fellow momma. My abs have never, ever looked like that. Yeesh! She definitely worked for it, and it shows!

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Flirty Boudoir Session | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

This girl though.

She absolutely rocked her boudoir session at the studio! Her emotions, her movements, and her attitude really allowed me to create art for (and with) her! 

But really, one of the things I love is that you absolutely, 100%, do NOT need to know how to pose yourself for the camera. I have a background in dance and modeling, and I am very in-tune with different body types and the best poses and angles for them! If you put a little trust in me, take a deep breath, and just dive right in...you'll be amazed at what we can create! 

HAMU: Kristy's Artistry Design Team

All images shown by Lovely in Lace have received signed permission from Client for use. We are so thankful to be able to share their beautiful images with you!

Flirty Boudoir Session | Orlando Boudoir Photographer