Leah’s Strong, Empowered Boudoir Portraits

It is interesting to think about how much can change in even a single year of life. How we feel and look and the energy that comes through pictures can be completely different in this amount of time. A favorite part of my job is when I’m granted the privilege of documenting a person’s journey through multiple boudoir sessions. Leah came to me to plan a second boudoir session for a little over a year after her first. I loved her energy during our first session and was thrilled when she reached out to work together again.

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Alyssa L-K
Kiersten’s Intentional, Strong Boudoir Portraits

When we first chatted, Kiersten and I talked about what she was really proud of in her own life recently, and a theme that kept coming up was taking time to be intentional for herself. She wanted her session to be a celebration of her full life and inner strength, and I feel like that totally came across in her photos.

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Alyssa L-K
Boudoir as a Gift: 7 Really Celebratory Ideas!

I am so passionate about everyone creating space to celebrate themselves. The Illuminate Boudoir experience is one epic day to slow down, to be in the moment with yourself, to celebrate everything you love about your body and spirit and, perhaps, to create an unforgettable gift for yourself or someone you love.

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Jensen's Subtly Dramatic Boudoir Session

Nothing is a bigger compliment than when my past clients return for a second boudoir session. I’ve so loved sharing the journey with my clients as they return and seeing how they bring new energy to the session each time we spend the day together. When Jensen reached out to plan her second boudoir session, I was so so excited to reconnect with her.

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Alyssa L-K
Annie's Calm, Empowering Boudoir Portraits

Annie came to the boudoir studio after vowing to do things that scare her. When we first chatted she said that her life had contained some big changes recently and she was challenging herself to overcome some big fears; for years she had found boudoir portraits to be both intriguing and a bit scary, so it seemed the perfect experience to embrace during a year of saying “Yes.”

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Alyssa L-K
New Year, New Studio, Renewed Gratitude for Amazing Boudoir Folks

At the beginning of this new year, I am feeling so grateful for all the serendipitous moments. A post about an available space made its way to me online and I couldn’t get the huge beautiful windows out of my head. After a few days of thinking about it, I went to see the building and was filled with a kind of perfect knowing that this was the place for the next step of Illuminate Boudoir.

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Alyssa L-K
M.'s Textural, Gratitude-filled Boudoir Photos

M wanted to use her boudoir portraits to “walk the walk.” As a healthcare professional, she’s often encouraging her patients to focus on what their bodies are capable of, to have gratitude for what they can do rather than dwelling on the negative. And, while M had been interested in boudoir for a while, she thought that boudoir wasn’t for her, that she would never have the confidence in her body to do a session.

But the more she matured in her life and work, the more she saw that she needed to focus on the positive for her own body too. More than anything she wanted her boudoir experience to be celebratory and empowering, so when she came across my work, she knew she had found the right photographer for this journey. And I was so excited to work with her!!

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Alyssa L-K
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