Saucy Bridal Boudoir | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

When you think of traditional wedding gifts for a groom, what comes to mind? Socks? Cufflinks? Tie-clips?

Let me paint a different picture for you. ;)

Your groom wakes up the morning of your wedding day, knowing he’s not going to be seeing you until either your first look, or the moment you walk down the aisle towards him. He is prepared to spend the morning with his guys, just goofing off and getting ready for the biggest day of his life.

He sends his wedding gift to you with your maid of honor, and you read his sweet card with tear-filled eyes. He knows he may be getting something from you too (let’s face it though…he’s getting YOU..soooo….what could be better? ;)), but man…he has NO CLUE what you have up your sleeves. He has no clue that months before your big day, you took a day for yourself to relax, get pampered, and then slip into sexy lingerie as a gift for your soon-to-be-hubby. He has no idea how excited you’ve been, and how hard it’s been holding this amazing secret in without spilling the beans!

You hand your maid of honor a beautiful box with an elegant ribbon tied around it. She has clear instructions to kick anyone out of the room who isn’t a photographer or videographer. Meanwhile, he’s wondering “why is everyone being kicked out?” Then he opens this gorgeous box, finds a beautiful album inside, and turns to page 1.

Just close your eyes for a second and imagine his reaction. Imagine his cheeks going as red as can be, and the excitement he feels knowing that this beautiful woman in his very own Little Black Book is about to marry HIM. HE is about to be the luckiest guy in the world, because YOU said “yes,” and you gave him an amazingly thoughtful gift for your big day.

How incredible does this sound?! I absolutely love working with brides on their bridal boudoir sessions, and their grooms all LOVE their gift. I mean…what is not to love?!

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Saucy Bridal Boudoir | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Pageants to Mommyhood | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I always ask my girls “why are you doing a boudoir session?” I love knowing if it’s something just for them (which most of the time, it is JUST for them!), or if it’s for a special occasion. It helps me understand what they’re coming in for, what they need, what they want.

The Lovely S. wrote this: “This is a mix between wanting to surprise my boyfriend and wanting to do something for myself. Growing up I was in pageants and used to LOVE getting pictures of myself done and once I became a mom I stopped loving that so much. You can rarely find a full body shot of me anywhere now that I'm "plus sized.””

The bold part is clearly where I want you to focus your attention. Our bodies change, our priorities change Things CONSTANTLY CHANGE. But damn…how important is it that we take a moment to realize that we need to focus on ourselves, too? We can’t allow ourselves to be pushed to the end of the “priority list” each time something new comes along. No way. We NEED to remind ourselves that if we aren’t happy, those around us will feel it.

MOMMA NEEDS TO BE HAPPY!

Am I right?!

I absolutely ADORED her session, and I love how much it boosted her spirits. I specifically remember the day I sent her gallery to her, and she told me she was having a rough month and really needed to see them. It made my heart so happy knowing that her beautiful photos and experience lasted beyond her session date, and that seeing photos of herself like this is a constant reminder of the amazing woman she is!

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Pageants to Mommyhood | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Embrace Who You Are | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

The Lovely A. recently came in for her first boudoir session, and damn….she knocked it out.of.the.park!

One of the biggest things I say about boudoir sessions with our team is that they are meant for you to embrace who you are! And you know what, she totally did! She loves wearing wigs and having different looks. She has multiple different ones, but for this session she chose to wear her long, black wig. And so she took what makes her happy, and she embraced it in her session!

We can all agree that she is absolutely beautiful (take a look at her “before” photo!). But what I love about boudoir is that it takes you from your every-day beautiful, to your special-occasion bombshell!

I absolutely cannot wait for her second boudoir session in just a couple of months, and I can’t wait to see what look she decides to go with for that one!

Embrace who you are. Love your qualities. Love the things that make you happy (like wearing gorgeous wigs!).

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From Beauty…

…to Bombshell

Embrace Who You Are | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Newfound CONFIDENCE | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I adore my girls. When I say “adore,” I mean ADORE. They have become my tribe, my extended family, my cheerleaders. And I get to be their cheerleader, too. I love getting to know each and every one of them. By the end of their session, we start telling each other so many personal things and really open up to one another. Life stories, happy times, sad times, and everything in-between. I couldn’t be more in love with that I get to do for a living! I feel like I not only get to be part of changing their lives, but they get to be part of changing mine as well.

The Lovely C. recently came in for her first (2nd one is coming up soon!) boudoir session, and I am beyond excited to share some of her images with you all! I’ve asked her to share a little about herself since she has such a special message to share.

I am a wife, a mother and a full time employee. My life can get bit hectic! This year, I've decided to #doitafraid, and start taking my life back! The first thing, my health. I've lost 60 lbs and I was ready to embrace this new body. What better way then with a Boudoir session! Almost 9 years ago, our lives were turned upside down. Our son was born very sick, and as a result was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. For the next 3 years specialists, doctors and hospital stays was all we knew. There wasn't a lot of time to focus on myself, my marriage or my health. We took the "back burner" as our sons health was way more important. I am happy to say that he is a happy functioning not so little (anymore) guy with a great future ahead of him!!  So now, it's time for momma!  This session caputred so many things about me. My smile, which I have a hard time hiding, my new body, but most importantly, my new found CONFIDENCE!!! This was honestly one of the best days of my life, and I can't wait to do it again in April.  This session was for ME, but will be gifted to my husband for his birthday in February.  Time to bring some sexy back into our relationship.

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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

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FROM BEAUTY……

…TO BOMBSHELL

Newfound CONFIDENCE | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

A Hopeful Boost of Confidence | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

You know what one of my favorite things is to hear from a girl who is on the fence about booking a session with me? “I don’t look like the girls on your website,” or “I could never look like that,” or “my butt isn’t good enough.” You know what I say to that? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Except really…it’s NOT a challenge. Because NONE OF THE GIRLS ON MY WEBSITE ARE MODELS, yet…they look straight out of magazines. I repeat: none.of.them.are.models. They wake up without makeup, with messy hair. They have errands to run, bags under their eyes, and are tired AF a lot of the time. They have bad days and good days. They just power through the bad ones, and look forward to their weekends with loved ones. Does that sound familiar? Maybe like the person who stares back at you in the mirror every day? ;)

And guess what? A lot of them don’t THINK they have a good tushy…not until they come into our studio!

There is SO much posing that goes into a boudoir session. Sometimes, I have women tell me that they’ll just hire a friend who is a photographer (a new one, a seasoned one…whichever) to do their boudoir session. Except…their friend is not a boudoir photographer, and so my soul gets crushed just a bit because all I can do is hope that their friend understands angles and will capture the best version of them! And while they may be AMAZING at their craft (weddings, newborns, whatever it is)…boudoir is a whole different world. Just as I am not at ALL a newborn photographer (trust me…I’ve tried, and I did not feel like I was capable!), not everyone can be a boudoir photographer. There are such delicate angles that you need to know. There is flattering lighting vs. unflattering lighting. There are poses that while they may work amazing for girl A, may not work at ALL for girl B. And this…this is where you hire a Certified Professional Boudoir Photographer (yes, that’s a real thing, and yes, I am one!). Someone who specializes in JUST THIS. Someone who has studied boudoir photography. Someone who knows how to make sure that you are at your ultimate level of comfort for such a special (and sometimes nerve-wracking) session.

When this beautiful girl filled out her questionnaire a few days before her session, she wrote that one reason she wants to do a boudoir session is for “a hopeful boost of confidence.” If I could have photographed the expression on her face when she saw that this is HER…ahh…well, I’d just be a happy camper to have a photo of that moment!

She is an incredibly amazing person, and I am so lucky to have been able to photograph this special session for her! I hope that now YOU will come to me for YOUR boudoir session…and put your trust in me and my amazing hair and makeup team (see below for their website!). I know it sounds dramatic…and you may roll your eyes…but boudoir sessions are truly life changing. They change the perception you have of yourself. They show you what you look like in someone else’s eyes. And they show you how truly, freaking, beautiful you are all around. Let us do that for you! You will never regret it…you’ll only regret NOT doing it.

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A Hopeful Boost of Confidence | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Freeing Yourself | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I distinctly remember my very first conversation with the Lovely K. on the phone. I remember where I was, what I was doing, and even what day of the week it was. I don’t know why…but I guess some conversations just really stand out.

In life, you’re going to be thrown curve-balls. Things you never expected. Things that break your heart and break you down mentally and physically. And those things…they aren’t fun. We don’t want them. But…we HAVE to come back from them. And the Lovely K…she has quite a bit of these said-experiences under her belt. They have shaped her into the amazing, caring, wonderful person that she is today.

I wasn’t able to put into words myself what she’s gone through, so I asked her if she would write it for me so that I could share it with you all. Just like I’m sure she does, I truly hope that if you yourself are going through something rough right now, you’ll find comfort in her words.

Guess I’ll start by saying, I don’t know how to talk about me. Lol. 

What I feel grateful for, are my parents and proud to say I was their rock. My mom words, not mine. I did things for her that to this day is between her and I. No reason for it and I feel to this day it would reflect as “look what I did. 

The same can be said for my dad. I cared for him till his last breath. That was an interesting, lengthy, stressful and educational experience. 

The world is a different place without your parents. 

Immediately after the passing of my father I had a health journey of my own. Caring for my father changed my outlook on life, my own journey tweaked my outlook. The past (experiences) readies one for the future, I No longer spend time trying to figure out things that are futile.   

The Boudoir Session: I began to think about it during my health crisis journey.  I saw those in my situation doing various things to celebrate themselves. They did so in various forms. From purchasing their dream car, dream vacation, tattoos, going to a concert whether in their city or a trip. I started looking at Boudoir photos. I have no idea how you/Lovely in Lace came on my radar. One night, there you were on Facebook. I followed your post for months. Then another local Boudoir photographer showed up in my feed. I liked how you spoke to the ladies, empowering post. Spoke of protecting the group from creepers. Your photos are tasteful, natural, whimsical and ladies of all shapes, sizes, culture and judgement free. The comments are positive and encouraging. Your vibe truly attracts your tribe. I felt you would be the person who knew how to handle my “on screen” insecurities and nerves. 

I did the session for me! To show me, after all I had been through, 2 1/2 years of very scary things, that I still can be sexy for me. So many changes, physically and mentally. 

I could not believe it was me in the first few photos you showed me right in the beginning of the session. Seeing myself through your lens was emotionally enlightening, freeing the insecurities. 

Every lady has a story that they led them to you. Mine; medical, physical and emotional changes and mental strength in myself. When I look at the photos, I can remember what I was thinking about at that moment in the shoot. 

I thank you for showing me what you, your lens shows is there. Just the right encouragement in a safe & fun environment and it comes out. 

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Freeing Yourself | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Staying Focused; Staying Positive | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Sometimes, you meet people who really create a shift in mindset for you. You see how they handle the scary things that life throws at them, and it makes you take a step back and appreciate the little (and big) things. When you meet someone like this, your life changes, even if it’s not someone you spend time with on a regular basis. And when you find yourself getting frustrated at the normal frustrations we all deal with…well…it makes you take a step back and re-evaluate the situation.

I really didn’t know how to properly explain what Alyssa has been through, so I asked her to write a little something about it instead. She has gone through way too much, and seeing her glow from doing a boudoir session has been truly empowering! I’ll tell you this: it isn’t just me who empowers you in your boudoir session. ALL of my girls empower ME, too. It’s just a beautiful cycle that I am so beyond thrilled to have found in my life.

Here is what Alyssa has written for me to share in here with you all:

My name is Alyssa and I am 26 years old.  I did my first boudoir session as a wedding present for my fiancee.  This was my first time ever doing a boudoir session but man am I glad that I did.  Not only is Sivan an AMAZING person, but she helps you to feel comfortable during your session.  (I hate calling it a session, I would rather call it an experience, because truly it was an experience from start to finish.)  This session brought out confidence that I was unaware I had.  These photos are pieces of art work and are honestly some of my favorites!  To tell you how excited I am about this entire experience, I have booked two more sessions for this year.

A little about my background, I look like a normal healthy 26 year old, but boy can looks be deceptive.  I got really sick for the first time when I was two with cancer.  After beating cancer, I was decently healthy until high school.  During high school, we discovered a heart problem and I had two heart surgeries while in high school.  On my way to a college class, I was in a car accident that lead to four surgeries, two of them being spinal surgeries. This past year, I have learned that my heart problem has worsened leading to another heart surgery and I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy.  Through all of this, I have learned how truly precious life is.  I love how Sivan encourages women empowering other women!

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Staying Focused; Staying Positive | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Then to Now | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Let me tell you all a little something about the Lovely A.

I recently got to see her again for the first time in YEARS! I photographed her wedding in 2011, and she had asked me prior to the wedding if I would do boudoir photos of her. I DIDN’T REMEMBER THIS AT ALL, AND I AM SO THANKFUL SHE REMINDED ME! All of these years, I’ve been asked “how’d you get into boudoir?” and I truly never had a good answer. I could not remember how! NOW I KNOW! It’s because of this beauty right here!

When she asked me if I will do boudoir photos for her, apparently I told her that I don’t do that type of photography, and I referred her to several other photographers who do. She wasn’t happy with that answer, and so a few months later, I decided to do boudoir photography! She was one of my very first clients — back in the days when I booked hotel rooms and did about 6-7 back to back boudoir sessions. It wasn’t glamorous, but hey…it worked at the time!

Fast forward to now, and I had the amazing opportunity to photograph her all over again. This time in my very own studio, where it IS glamorous. And where I CAN give my girls the absolute best experience!

I just adore this girl, and I am so happy she’s stuck with me over the years and did another boudoir session!

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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!

Orlando Maternity Boudoir | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

There is SO much beauty to bringing a new life into the world. It isn’t just about the pregnancy, but about everything that the pregnancy stands for. All of the moments leading up to it (meeting, falling in love, and whatever other story it is that led to this moment), and more importantly, the moments after.

I think there is something so peaceful and elegant about maternity photos. And when you incorporate boudoir into them, it’s an opportunity for the mom to really see herself the way she deserves to see herself. It’s easy to get lost in the numbers on the scale. It’s easy to see the body transformations and to be terrified of it. But it’s beyond important to remember that what you are doing is INCREDIBLE. Your body is quite literally creating new life. A new child that you will have love for like you never knew was possible. Stretch marks may come, loose skin may stick around. You may struggle with your physical appearance from time to time. But take a moment to revel in the sheer beauty of what you are doing, and of how you actually look to others around you.

Momma. You-are-amazing. And don’t you forget it!

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Orlando Maternity Boudoir | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Elegant White Lingerie | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

One of the reasons the Lovely M. wanted to do a boudoir session is for her wedding as a gift to her fiance, but then she decided that she is also doing this for herself!! She was excited to feel empowered by her session!

I absolutely LOVE the lingerie that she wore to her session, especially the white piece! It is so elegant, and when I see it, I can’t help but think of the oh-so-marvelous Marilyn Monroe! What do you think??

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Elegant White Lingerie | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Fulfilling a Promise | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Everyone has a story, and I absolutely love hearing them. When my girls come in for their boudoir session, the first thing we do is get them into hair and makeup. I LOVE this time. This is the time when I can sit down with them and actually get to know them before the session starts. It is truly so enjoyable learning about each women who walks into our studio. They’re all just SO amazing!

When I asked the Lovely J. what her purpose was for doing a boudoir session, this is what she wrote me:

My sole purpose is to capture every inch of my body just the way it is right now at this moment in my life, not just for myself or my husband, but to full-fill the request of one of the most influential woman in my life, Sarita! 

Sarita was like a mom to her, and right before she passed, she asked the Lovely J. to promise two things: 1. finish school. 2. Have photos taken of JUST her. Not with a spouse, not with children. JUST her. What an AMAZING wish! And it was seriously an honor to be able to help her fulfill this one!

I LOVED her session, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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Fulfilling a Promise | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Celebrating Yourself | Orlando Boudoir Photography

The Lovely S. has recently lost weight, and to celebrate, she decided to do a boudoir session! But the catch is…she wore NO lingerie! For her, lingerie just didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like her. And well, you know what I say to that: boudoir is about being yourself! She did the right thing!

I love the outfits she brought, and I love that she was willing to let me guide her through the poses and looks! She let me help her push through some barriers she subconsciously set against herself, and I adore how her photos came out! She is such a beauty, inside and out, and I am super proud of her for doing this session for herself!

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For Herself | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

This beauty came to me for her boudoir session a few months ago, and it was absolute perfection! She is actually a fellow photographer, and I have to say…it’s always an enormous honor when I get to photograph another photographer!

The Lovely M. did her session as a gift for……..herself! And I couldn’t be happier about that! I am finding that more and more women are getting the message and realizing that YOU CAN DO THIS FOR YOU! It does not have to be for anyone else! It doesn’t make you selfish. It doesn’t make you self-centered. It certainly doesn’t make you cocky. What it DOES do is show you (and anyone who you show your photos to!) how CONFIDENT you are. How YOU are WORTH gifting something amazing to.

And with that…enjoy the Lovely M’s photos! She’s simply breathtaking!

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Firefighter's Wife | Orlando Boudoir Photography

Oh-em-gee.

I am ridiculously in love with this session! The Lovely S. brought in SO many beautiful pieces, and NOT just lingerie! We’re talking blazers, t-shirts, firefighter gear….the works!

In fact, I don’t even want to write a lot for this post. I just want you to immediately go see the photos! :) Enjoy!

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Firefighter's Wife | Orlando Boudoir Photography

An Eagles Boudoir Session | Orlando Boudoir Session

You guys. You KNOW I love when you customize your boudoir sessions. It’s what helps make the session so much about YOU and not about someone else’s session!

This amazing girl knew exactly how to do it, and she NAILED IT! From her cowboy boots, to her cowboy hat, all the way to a custom-made (off of Etsy—-wink wink nudge nudge) lingerie set for her favorite sports team!

Let me know in the comments of this blog: what would you bring to your boudoir session to make it extra special for YOU?

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An Eagles Boudoir Session | Orlando Boudoir Session

Wifey for Lifey | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Oh I just have so many things to say about the Lovely M!

I met her through her hubby, actually! He and I went to high school together, and somewhere down the road, we reconnected on Facebook. When he proposed to his beautiful girl friend, they reached out to me about photographing their wedding (which you should definitely check out here!).

She ended up wanting to do a boudoir session too, and I am so happy she did! And I can promise you that her husband is thrilled, too! ;)

The Lovely M. just has a heart of gold. She is such a compassionate person, and together…they honestly make one of the sweetest couples I’ve met in my entire life. They have so much good to give to the world, and I feel insanely lucky to not only know them, but to be their photographer!

Enjoy this beauty!

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Wifey for Lifey | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

Purple Haired Beauty | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

I met this beauty when she was planning a high school reunion and looking for a photographer. When I met her in person, she was just smiling all night (the night of the reunion) and seemed like such a fun person to be around!

When she reached out to me about a boudoir session, you have no idea how excited I was! I knew we’d have fun, and I am just so thrilled at how her photos turned out! While I can’t show you all of them, she has given me permission to share these two!!

How GORGEOUS is she?!

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Sweet and Sultry | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

The Lovely L. is truly LOVELY! Her personality is so sweet, and she was really so much fun to photograph for her boudoir session!

She exudes so much confidence, and I’m not sure if that’s her norm, or if she was really just feeling it during her session! Either way, I just love how her photos turned out, and I love that she chose one as a canvas for her bedroom!

I just ADORE her smile and think it is so contagious. I love that her session included a variety of sweet and sultry. That’s the goal with each session, and I think she nailed it!

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Maternity Boudoir | Orlando Boudoir Photographer

When this beautiful momma-to-be signed up for her boudoir session, she was newly pregnant and excited to show off her adorable baby bump! Everything about her session was perfection. From her calmness, to her glow, to that adorable little bump. Her little one is due to arrive very soon, and I couldn’t be more excited for her to add to her sweet family!

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