From Behind to In Front of the Camera | Oklahoma City Boudoir Photographer

I recently spent a week in Las Vegas. I took several photography workshops from boudoir photographers in the industry who I admire, and the workshops did not disappoint. There are always new photography methods to learn, and I had a blast learning from industry leaders and experiencing new techniques and methods for photographing intimate lifestyle portraits.

It was also an amazing opportunity to connect with other boudoir photographers who are extremely excited and passionate about what they do. One such creative was Anna Johnson, an amazing boudoir photographer based out of San Diego. I had the opportunity to photographer her in her hotel suite, in an amazing tub strategically placed in the bedroom of the her suite, near the glass doors of the balcony, with a view of Las Vegas spread out below.

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Anna had this to say about her boudoir session with me:

“One amazing thing about teaching in [Las] Vegas is my ability to get in front of the camera of other amazing Photographers…[e]ach time I have my photos taken by someone I take away something from the shoot. This time was no different. Ore is literally a HAPPY Butterfly, her smile is contagious and I couldn't have felt more comfortable in front of her camera (and I was NAKED).”

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Las Vegas Boudoir Session woman laying in tub

“It's not easy to start a shoot off not knowing someone and being completely naked but honesly I would not have wanted to do this shoot with anyone other than Ore. I never even once had that "OMG, I'M NAKED AND I NEED TO COVER UP" feeling. You know, the feeling that makes you keep your legs closed, hunch down and cover every part you can with any free arm or hand. It was refreshing to be able to just be free.“

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“If you have been questioning or wondering if you could do this... THE answer is YES and you can trust that your photographer ORE knows exactly what she is doing.”

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Las Vegas Boudoir Session woman laying in tub with eyes closed

Dance Inspired Creative Boudoir Session | Oklahoma City Boudoir

My mind is always a whirlwind of ideas. They float in and out of my head, sometimes faster than I can write them down. Thankfully, some ideas remain, and some special ones tug at your heart until you have no choice other than bringing to life your vision and letting the magic unfold. This ballet inspired couples boudoir session was one projected I knew I needed to bring to life.

Watching ballet dancers perform is a magical experience for me. Seeing the way dancers move across the stage, admiring the control they have over their bodies, appreciating the beauty they create with the angles and lines of their body - all of that takes years of practice, dedication, strength and perseverance; but seeing it all come together and their skill in making it seem so effortless has me convinced that just a little magic may be tossed in for good measure.

Recently I had the opportunity to work with two local ballet dancers, seeing them come together for this creative project and create their own kind of magic. I was so excited to plan this project and thrilled to capture the entire session from start to finish.

I’m excited to share with you the results of my vision to create a series of intimate portraits of two dancers showing grace, agility, and movement, with intimacy and connection woven throughout each portrait.

Dancers:

Tylor Bradshaw - Oklahoma City Ballet

Vinicius Vasconcelos - Oklahoma City Ballet

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers heads together
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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers standing together
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers
Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir two male ballet dancers

Angel Wings Boudoir Session | Oklahoma City Boudoir Session

I’m still in love with the amazingness of these blush angel wings from Leah Maria couture. I wanted to do more of a fun and playful creative shoot, so I partnered with Oklahoma City based model Emily Victoria and rented Whitemoose Studios, a natural light studio in Oklahoma City, to do another angel inspired boudoir session.

My first session with these wings involved a Halloween angel inspired male boudoir session with downtown Oklahoma City as the background. You can check out that session here.

I think the results from my session with Emily Victoria speak for themselves. A mixture of sensual and playful, with a little bit of sass and plenty of bold confidence thrown in.

Looking to schedule your own boudoir session with these blush wings? You can contact me here, I’d love to talk with you about scheduling your own boudoir session!

Model: Emily Victoria

Makeup artist: Elegantly Finished Faces

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Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman lying on floor with angel wings
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Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings looking in mirror
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Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings sitting on floor
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings sitting on floor
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings sitting on floor
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Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings
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Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings dancing
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings dancing
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings dancing
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings dancing
Oklahoma City Boudoir session woman wearing angel wings dancing

Patrick and Jon | Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir Session

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What was your motivation for scheduling a boudoir session?

“It seemed like a fun and unique date opportunity.”

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What made you choose Intimate Lens Studio?

“Instagram”

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir couple dancing in living room

What were you nervous about going into your session?

“Having a stranger with a camera witness our intimacy”

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir boyfriends holding each others faces

What was your favorite part of the experience?

Doughnuts! But also, a stronger sense of closeness that came from the experience.

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How do you feel now that you've completed the session?

“Empowered”

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir LGTBQ same sex male couple kissing under the sheets

Would you recommend Intimate Lens Studio to others?

“Yes, absolutely”

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir LGTBQ couple boyfriends lying in bed

Would you do a boudoir session again?

Yes, especially since we have a feel for it.

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir LGBTQ boyfriends hugging in living room

Anything I haven't asked that you would like to add?

“Ore is SO good at feeling your personal boundaries and making you feel comfortable and safe.”

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Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir LGTBQ same sex couple male boyfriends kissing in front of door

Why I Love Photographing Couples INTIMATE LIFESTYLE PORTRAITS | Oklahoma City Couples Boudoir

Have you ever been around two people and just knew that they were meant to be?  

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Not because they both look good based on society’s beauty standards, or because the couple comes from the same background and share similar interests, but because you can almost visibly see their profound and abiding connection and commitment to one another.

 You see the way their thoughts flow together and the way they seem to see into each other’s souls and know their partner’s heart.   You see the way they laugh together, tease each other, fight (acknowledging that no relationship is perfect 24/7) and make up, and live each day with the conscious choice and commitment to “do life together.”

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 I enjoy being around these couples.  I love seeing their connection, seeing their joy, and I want to give these couples a tangible reminder of what they mean to each other.

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It’s easy for couples who have been together for a while to get stuck into a routine, focusing on the day-to-day activities that need to get done… jobs to go to, bills to pay, chores to complete, kids to pick up, clothes to clean, dishes to wash, etc., and sometimes couples forget that their life together is more than just completing things to check off items on an imaginary list.

 It’s about living out life with your favorite human…and stealing the covers.

 And so I want to give couples photographs that remind them of the truth of their relationships that they may sometimes forget.  That their partner loves them, cares for them and has chosen them. 

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I  photograph couples either at my in-home studio or at the couples’ home with the goal of capturing who THEY are as a couple.  No two couples have the same relationship, so in my pre-session questionnaire and pre-session video or in-person consultation I ask couples specific questions about their relationship with the goal of photographing each couple and capturing what it means to them to be in their relationship; how they fit, how they interact, and how they connect with each other.  I love hearing couples say that they feel like I captured “THEM.”   

Some of my favorite images to photograph involve one partner looking away, while the other partner is staring at them without the partner who is looking away knowing they are being admired.  You can see in the eyes of the partner staring intently at their lover that they know the prize they have “won”, they have a look in their eyes that says my partner chose me, and I’m so FUCKING THRILLED that I get to spend forever with them.

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When I have the opportunity to capture that emotion and then present that photograph to the partner who didn’t see it because they were looking away, and that partner then gets to see that connection and love shining in their lover’s eyes, that gives me the BEST FEELING EVER.  It’s like a big warm hug (if you like big warm hugs, if not think of it as a really great high five!).

These portraits allow couples to see their love shining back at them through photographs of them together, and they can have them as a reminder either in high quality albums or as wall art displayed in their home.

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oklahoma city couples boudoir lgtbq friendly gay men lying on bed

The best part? You don’t have to have a special event to wait and schedule a couples boudoir session.  By scheduling a couples boudoir session, I’ll capture your love, connection and intimacy, giving you a tangible reminder that each of you is loved by the other.

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What Should You Wear to a Boudoir Session? Here are 3 Tips to Get You Ready to Rock Your Session

I want you to feel comfortable during your boudoir session.  That means if you feel sexy and gorgeous in frill and lace, than maybe a leather bondage suit shouldn’t be your first purchase for your boudoir session. However, if you already own said leather bondage suit, than bring that bad boy!

Here are 3 tips on what to bring to get you ready to rock your boudoir session:

  1. Accentuate the Positive

Identify your specific body type, and buy outfits that flatter that body type.  Don’t worry about what works well for other body types.  Purchasing well-fitting and quality pieces for your body type helps you to worry less about not having the “perfect body”, and more on accentuating your “positive assets” - the parts of your body you love the most. 

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2. Lingerie

There are several different types of lingerie options, but I find that bodysuits and teddies (which you can think of like lacy bodysuits) work well for varying body types, and in various sizes.   

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3. Non-Lingerie

Don’t want to wear lingerie? I have several dress options to choose from.  Going for the more girl next door look?  Booty shorts, large button up sweaters and tube socks are a fun option.  Panties and a simple t-shirts are another great option.  Note that T-shirts are not a one size fits all option.  You can bring a crop tops, a form fitting t-shirt, a white t-shirt (to get wet), or even a t-shirt that skims your body and falls near the hips (clients can pull and tug on a longer t-shirt for a more sultry look).

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Oklahoma City Boudoir Session
Oklahoma City Boudoir Session

For anything that you bring, make sure it fits your body.  I don’t recommend bringing anything that will leave marks on your skin (like a too tight fitting bra that once removed will leave indentions and/or cause marks on your skin) or have you feeling uncomfortable. 

 If your still concerned with what to wear, that’s not a problem.  I have you covered with a lingerie style closet with well over 300 pieces for you to choose from!  The sizes in my lingerie style closet range from XS to 3X and are designed for all different body types (with additional sizes available upon request). 

 I ask everyone to bring a nude thong, a black thong, one matching bra and panty set, and 2-4 pairs of your favorite high heels.

 Finally, note that if clothing just isn’t your thing, you always have the option of doing your boudoir session fully nude! 

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Oklahoma City Boudoir Session woman lying on bed
Oklahoma City Boudoir Session woman lying on bed

Brooklyn | Oklahoma City Boudoir Session

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What was your motivation for scheduling a boudoir session?

I’ve always wanted to do one, but was to afraid or nervous I guess. But then winning the contest [held this summer for ladies in my VIP Boudoir Facebook Group] pushed me to just do it, and I am so glad I did!

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What made you choose Intimate Lens Studio?

I love [your] work. You make everyone look beautiful, strong, and comfortable in their own way. Not 1 session looks exactly the same so I like how your able to individualize each session based on your client.

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What were you nervous about going into your session?

Being in front of a camera with basically no clothes on.

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What was your favorite part of the experience?

Finally seeing my pictures. I was honestly shocked with how good they looked and how it made me feel. (My own insecurities, nothing to do with Ore’s amazing talent!)

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How do you feel now that you've completed the session?

When can I sign up for another one??

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Would you recommend Intimate Lens Studio to others?

Yes, already have!

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Would you do a boudoir session again?

Yes, a couples session would be awesome.

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Based on your experience, what would you tell someone who was thinking about booking a boudoir session with Intimate Lens Studio?

Just do it, it’s such a great experience. You don’t even know what to expect or how to feel until your in front of the camera and then when you see your pictures, it’s such a confidence booster!

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Anything I haven't asked that you would like to add?

Ore is amazing! She makes you feel so strong and comfortable you forget your in front of a camera with no clothes on.

Frequently Asked Questions | Oklahoma City Boudoir and Intimate Portraiture

Interested in a boudoir session with Intimate Lens Studio but want more information before booking your session?

I’m here to help you gain more insight and give you the information you need by answering some of my most frequently asked questions.

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I don’t think I have the right “look” for boudoir. Could you photograph me if I don’t look like as amazing as the people on your website?

Heck to the Yes! Former clients, just like you, at one point looked at the photos on my website and thought - "I don’t believe my portraits will be as good because I don’t look like a model.” I am a big supporter of body inclusivity. Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes. I don’t want you to look like anything or anyone but you. My goal is to amazing portraits that capture you at your best right now, which I believe is pretty freakin' amazing.

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I’m self-conscious about my [arms, butt, legs, arms, etc]. Will you retouch my photos?

My general rule is that if it is temporary mark (something that will no longer be on your body after two to three weeks), I will remove it (pimples, zits, bruising, scratches, etc). I also do some minor adjustments. When I say the word “adjustments”, I mean that I may remove slight bumps or lines that show up in photos because of certain poses or the way an article of clothing looks. However, I do not slim down bodies in any way because I want you to look like YOU, not anyone else.

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Do you photograph men?

Photographing men and those who identify as male is the peanut butter to my jelly. I believe every individual deserves the chance to feel empowered and confident in their own skin!

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Will you photograph me and my partner?

Absolutely! I love couples boudoir. Photographing the love, connection and intimacy between couples is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I also have a special package for in-home extended couples boudoir sessions. Message me for more details on this special offer!

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What’s the price?

The Session Fee is $325 (plus tax) for individuals and includes the following:

· phone/email pre-session consultation

· up to 90 minute photography session with coaching and posing guidance

· Access to lingerie styling closet (closet includes over 200 pieces from size XS-3X)

· up to two outfit changes during the session

· Professional image retouching

· In person image reveal and purchasing appointment

Add ons:

On-site professional makeup with lashes | $85

On-site professional hair styling | $75

additional person (couples boudoir) | $100

The Session does not include prints or products. Prints and products are sold separately, with prices starting at $1,000.

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What type of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, all major credit cards, PayPal Credit (For those who qualify, PayPal Credit offers financing at 0% interest if the balance is paid in full within 6 months) and have several payment plan options.

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I’m not sure how to prepare, what should I do to get ready for my session?

I’ve got you covered! After your contract is signed and your Session Fee is paid , I will send you a boudoir session guide which includes detailed information about preparing for your big day. Part of the Session Fee also covers a pre-session Skype or other video consultation, where I go more in depth with a schedule of how the day will unfold, and you can answer any questions you may have about getting ready for your session.

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Where does the session take place?

Boudoir sessions take place at my in-home studio. I also am available for travel for in-home sessions in the Oklahoma City metro area. A travel fee will be added to sessions outside of the OKC metro area. If you’d like to photograph your boudoir session at a hotel or an Airbnb, the same travel conditions apply. In addition, the client is responsible for the cost of the hotel or Airbnb.

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Who else will be at the session?

You (and your partner if doing a couples session), my makeup artist and me will be at your session. That’s it. No one else is permitted in my in-home studio while you are being photographed. We ask that partners not being photographed, friends and any children remain home during a session. In my experience, people are able to be more open and candid when working one on one with me, and I’m able to capture some amazing portraits when clients aren’t worried about what other people in the room may be thinking.

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Do I have to go completely naked during my session?

No. There is no requirement for you to be naked during your boudoir session. Being confident and loving your body doesn’t require you to be nude, but I want you to be open when you come into your session with me and ready to embrace and love every party of your body. That being said, I will push you to try new things, and allow me to use my creativity to make your session as unique and special as you are.

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I don't want my pictures posted anywhere online. What are my options on restricting any type of display of my photographs from the session?

I totally understand and respect each client's decision on whether to display their portraits on social media. If you don’t want your portraits displayed on my website, blog, social media, etc., they will not be posted. Simple as that. This is something we go over and is include in your boudoir session contract. If, however, you want to be featured (and I absolutely love showing off how my clients absolutely ROCK their sessions), I’d love to share your portraits on social media.

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Do you sell digitals?

I offer a variety of products, including albums, prints and wall art. I love for my clients to be able to have a tangible reminder of their session with me. For those who would prefer digitals, I do have digital packages available.