See J open up her boudoir box for the first time!

See J open up her boudoir box for the first time!

What to do with boudoir portraits? A wedding gift for your fiance! 

Do you remember J's cozy, sexy boudoir portraits from a couple months back?  She chose such beautiful art with her portraits - check out the video below to see her opening her finished box for the fist time!! Here's what Jen had to say about choosing what to order: 

I ordered the 4 picture folio and the 12 photo wooden box... I did the shoot as a wedding present for my fiance, and decided to give him the 4 picture folio as a birthday present. The 12 photo wooden box will be given to him on our wedding day before the hustle and bustle of the day starts.
— J
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Jen's chose a pale gray/blue linen cover for her four-image nightstand folio (above). Her walnut box (below) holds a stack of twelve of her favorite portraits, and makes a beautiful gift! 

Elegant portraits in a Minneapolis boudoir studio

Elegant portraits in a Minneapolis boudoir studio

Emily planned this incredible session as a celebration of herself; at the time of her session, she was a few months out from getting married and wanted to honor and document her current chapter of life. 

I remember in one of my first phone calls with her when we were talking about her session, she said something that changed the way I approach bridal boudoir portraits. She said that being engaged to her partner made her excited to be married and proud of her partnership, and also made her proud of herself as an independent woman. 

What to do with boudoir pictures: a silk box

What to do with boudoir pictures: a silk box

My whole philosophy about photography is embedded in creating tangible, printed art with your portraits - so in addition to taking home a usb with her portraits, she also stacked her favorite portraits into this luminous silk box. 

Cozy, Sexy boudoir portraits in Minneapolis

Cozy, Sexy boudoir portraits in Minneapolis

J and I met last year at a wedding fair - she is getting married and wanted to do a bridal boudoir session to celebrate herself, and to share her portraits with her fiance as a wedding gift.

J wanted her portraits to feel pretty and stunning, and she brought a great variety of outfits to showcase different sides of her personality: cozy cotton layers feel relaxed, lace bra/underwear sets brought in a pretty and elegant vibe, a patterned corset feels epic, and a white detailed set feels airy and bridal. 

How to make a boudoir book

How to make a boudoir book

The first part of designing a boudoir album is choosing which images you want to include in your album! I do this step with my clients at their Boudoir Reveal, all as a part of my same-day process. Clients come to my studio in the morning for pro hair/makeup styling and a photoshoot, take a break midday, and then come back to my office in the afternoon for a Boudoir Reveal to see all of their final images. It's amazing to see your boudoir portraits the same day as your photoshoot! 

Empowering Boudoir Portraits in Minneapolis

Empowering Boudoir Portraits in Minneapolis

Bria is an amazing woman - a social justice advocate, woman-changing-the-world kind of person, she spends her days empowering and lifting up others and needed some self-care and an opportunity to celebrate herself at this moment in time. I always love working with women to create empowering boudoir portraits - especially when they are planning a session as a gift for themselves!

Anniversary Boudoir Portraits

Anniversary Boudoir Portraits

K wanted her pictures to feel confident and sexy and relaxed - she was so excited to incorporate her wedding dress into some pictures, so we planned a series of images inspired by how she felt getting ready on her wedding day. 

Charlotte's leather boudoir album

Charlotte's leather boudoir album

What to do with boudoir portraits? Charlotte's printed albums tells her bridal boudoir story. 

Charlotte and I worked together for a bridal boudoir portrait session  recently. She decided to create this gorgeous boudoir album with her portraits and I had to show you how beautifully the album turned out! 

It's the Little Things : What accessories to bring to your boudoir session

It's the Little Things : What accessories to bring to your boudoir session

Using boudoir accessories + details to bring out your style and personality in your portraits

Last week, I talked about how to style boudoir portraits to reflect your personality and personal style. I've had a lot of questions about the accessories and little details that you can bring along, so I wanted to flesh out some more information for you here! 

How to style boudoir portraits

How to style boudoir portraits

Bringing a defined personal style into your boudoir portraits is a way to express your personality, to make your portraits feel more like "you". When I start planning a session with a new client, I spend time talking with her about what she is looking to capture in her portraits, the kind of feeling/vibe she wants her pictures to have, and we collaborate to think about how she can bring that style out in her pictures. 

As a Minneapolis boudoir photographer, I get a lot of questions about how to style boudoir portraits to feel full of life and personality, so here are a few ways you can bring out your style in your portraits.  

Boudoir as a gift

Boudoir as a gift

"... My favorite thing about boudoir sessions that you're planning as a gift, though, is that the session also becomes a gift for yourself. I approach all my boudoir sessions with the goal of giving my clients an empowering, uplifting experience - something that celebrates your body as well as your personality - and that's something that you get to walk away with and keep for yourself. It's like a magical bonus gift that you get to keep while also giving something beautiful to your partner."

Published: Boudoir Collective

Published: Boudoir Collective

A few weeks ago, I shared images from Stephanie's boudoir session, and an incredible boudoir portrait blog, The Boudoir Collective, is featuring this session on their journal today!

Minneapolis Bridal Boudoir Outfit Inspiration

Minneapolis Bridal Boudoir Outfit Inspiration

White is feminine, romantic, and very bridal, so it's an obvious choice for a Minneapolis bridal boudoir outfit. If you're not sure what to choose, go for a romantic style with a matching bralette and lace panties. I also recommend including other bridal accessories that you have - bring along your wedding jewelry, shoes, veil, garter, or even your wedding dress! 

Romantic, natural Minneapolis boudoir photography

Romantic, natural Minneapolis boudoir photography

Sara is a beautiful person, inside and out. As we were planning how she wanted to be photographed for her boudoir session, she wanted her portraits to feel natural and beautiful, sweet and romantic and soft. We had a beautiful morning in the studio with lots of laughter and a little prosecco, and I'm so excited to show you the resulting images!

Stunning Minneapolis Boudoir Portraits

Stunning Minneapolis Boudoir Portraits

I love this portrait! Her lingerie is on point, her shoulders look strong and epic, her expression and her curls are the perfect mix of effortless and poised. She wanted her portraits to be true to herself and her personality; she wanted them to feel romantic and effortless and relaxed. 

She brought along epic lingerie full of textures and delicate designs, and together we created these stunning Minneapolis boudoir portraits.

Stephanie's sexy, elegant Minneapolis boudoir portraits

Stephanie's sexy, elegant Minneapolis boudoir portraits

As Stephanie and I were planning her boudoir portraits, one of her goals was using these portraits to celebrate herself and her body. We discussed planning boudoir portraits with a mix of sexiness and elegance, and her session in my natural-light boudoir studio in Minneapolis was incredible!

As we went through her session, I took advantage of the bright, beautiful sunlight in my gorgeous natural-light studio to bring an effortless, elegant feel to her portraits.

Vintage-inspired Twin Cities boudoir portraits

Vintage-inspired Twin Cities boudoir portraits

Beyond her beautiful wardrobe, V also brought along some accessories that added a lot of personality into her portraits! She brought an epic string of pearls, a vintage fur coat that belonged to her mother, a black feather fan, and a few loose peacock feathers. I think the perfect accessory is something with personal meaning that adds to the style of your portraits without being too distracting, and these were the perfect touches - they made her portraits come alive. 

Elegant Minneapolis Bridal Boudoir Photography

Elegant Minneapolis Bridal Boudoir Photography

I love getting to work with brides to plan out some bridal boudoir photography before their wedding. It's an incredible time in life and a great reason to book a boudoir session - most brides will gift the pictures to their partner as an engagement gift or a wedding-morning present.

I loved working with Charlotte on her bridal boudoir session! She wanted her images to feel beautiful and effortless and true to her personality and she brought along some stunning lace and silk chemises.

Casual Boudoir Portraits with a sweater

Casual Boudoir Portraits with a sweater

These portraits are from a session in my natural-light Minneapolis boudoir studio from last fall, and I'm so excited to show them to you! She wanted her portraits to feel relaxed and beautiful and cozy, so we planned some casual boudoir portraits with a sweater and a mug of coffee and it was glorious.  

See your boudoir portraits the same day as your session!

See your boudoir portraits the same day as your session!

I've restructured my boudoir session experience so that you come in for a Minneapolis Boudoir Session in the morning and see your portraits that afternoon! It's an incredible experience - boudoir sessions have already been empowering, but this transforms it into an entire magical day of self-care and self-celebration.