Dylan's Playful, Present Boudoir Portraits

To guide the style and direction for her session, I asked Dylan about her favorite things about herself. She told me she loved her sense of humor, she loved her work as a theatrical stage manager, she loved her “dark Scorpio side” and she loved the moments where she felt more grounded, more calm. Most important to her in these photos was creating a sense of connection, of being vulnerable and present in the moment.

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Alyssa L-K
Rachel's Minimal, Dance-Inspired Boudoir Session

Rachel wanted to see herself the way she felt. We all go through times when we feel really good about ourselves, and visually documenting that confidence can be a powerful reminder on days when we doubt ourselves, or just need that memory of being really happy and alive in your body and mind.

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Alyssa L-K
Emily Rose's Post-Yoga-Glow Boudoir Session

When I first met Emily Rose, she told me she had been drawn to Illuminate Boudoir because my work didn’t feel manufactured or overly stylized. “I’m not a pin-up girl,” she said during our first conversation. She was drawn to the idea of celebrating herself with photography, but couldn't find the right photographer to capture her vision. So when we met, there was an instant synergy in capturing boudoir photos that were elegant and organic, that celebrated Emily Rose as she is.

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Alyssa L-K
M's Cozy, Elegant Boudoir Photos

When I first met M, she told me that she hadn’t been professionally photographed in years. She had been following along with Illuminate Boudoir and was excited to create some portraits that were empowering, elegant and intimate.

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Alyssa L-K
Autumn's Strong, Feminine Boudoir Session

Autumn had been thinking about a boudoir session for a long time, so when body positivity and self-love became a big theme in her life this year she decided to schedule a session with me! Autumn wanted her portraits to feel romantic, feminine and strong and I loved that combination.

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Alyssa L-K
Allie's Powerful, Body-Affirming Boudoir Portraits

I often reflect on how inspired I am by the stories people bring to the boudoir studio; their diverse reasons for choosing to celebrate themselves and their journeys with me. When Allie reached out to schedule her session, I knew the day was going to be an emotionally powerful one when she shared that she was recovering from an eating disorder and was ready to see herself in a different way.

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Alyssa L-K