Thursday, February 28, 2008

Workshop Details

Check out the schedule for our May workshop... (it's on our website under WORKSHOP/PRODUCTS) Please let us know if you have any questions about it. Looking forward to fun times and lots of learning about boudoir!!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Our Stance on Boudoir

This might raise a bit of a heated discussion, as I'm sure there are a lot of opinions out there regarding what exactly boudoir photography is all about. But hey, this is our blog and we're allowed to post our own personal opinions! :)

Original meaning of the word "boudoir" - "a woman's bedroom or private sitting room" - 1777, "room where a lady may retire to be alone," from Fr., lit. 'pouting room,' from bouder 'to pout, sulk,' which, like pout, is probably of imitative origin. [French, from Old French bouder, to sulk.]"

So, in our own opinion,

Boudoir photography is...
-Accentuating a woman's beauty
-Intended to give to her husband or groom as a gift
-With the hope to combat society's view of "beauty," bringing out the beauty in every woman, no matter what shape or size. We're bringing curvy back!

Boudoir Photography is NOT...
-Cheesy glamour-type photography (a la Deb's glamour shots from Napoleon Dynamite).
-Sleezy X-rated shots (showing more really isn't more, if you catch our drift!)
-Photos of a man and a woman doing things that should be left behind closed bedroom doors. We consider this "couple's intimate photography," which is a completely different genre of photography. It is our personal stance to never shoot this style of photography. In our opinion, this is taking things to a whole different level, and honestly we just wouldn't enjoy our job if we had to coach a couple in that setting. It's SOOO much fun coaching a gal through a boudoir shoot, and then showing her the photos and watching her reaction as she realizes how drop-dead gorgeous she is! :) THAT is true boudoir photography.

Our Boudoir Studio's Mission Statement: Our God grants us beauty and love everyday. He gives us strength and wisdom to create a life that will benefit those around us and those he asks us to help and give to abundantly. He gives us the resources and creativity to create a classy and romantic piece of art that ignites confidence and excitement in a bride or wife and re-enforces beauty in a woman and romance in a couple. With praise and deep gratitude we thank God everyday for the blessings He gives to us. We have nothing to fear because Christ Jesus sustains us.

Our Goal with every boudoir shoot: To celebrate each woman individually, capturing her in a new light that can re-ignite confidence and the way she sees herself. We hope to make a positive effect on the way our society views beauty and bring it back from it's current state of distortion. To celebrate all shapes and sizes.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Captivated by the Light!

This past weekend, the four of us ladies went to Ed Pierce's Captivated By The Light Seminar. It was awesome! Very inspiring and lots of fun. We especially loved it when Ed talked about studio lighting. It gave us fresh new ideas and inspiration to try out some new techniques!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our Next Workshop Dates!!!

We just announced our next workshop dates! If you're on our newsletter list, we sent out an email with more details (check your inbox!) Email for more info:, or to register, sign up on our website! Looking forward to it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Workshop Portfolio Pics

Our workshop attendees were freakin' awesome, and we just wanted to showcase a few of their awesome images from our workshop portfolio shoots. Here's a slideshow with some of the images.
And of course, we have to say a huge thank you once again to our gorgeous models. Our workshop gals had a great opportunity to build up their portfolios with you beautiful ladies... thank you again SOO much, models! Also, check out the websites of our workshop attendees:
Olga Wilson of Las Vegas, NV
Leslie Biggar of British Colombia, Canada
Shannon Atkinson of Fort Worth, TX (website coming soon)
Jennifer Johnson of Las Vegas, NV
Julie Ambos of Key West, FL

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Desiree was one of our models for our Boudoir Divas' Workshop last month... isn't she gorgeous?!? I love a challenge, and five photographers in between me and the model definitely posed a challenge. So I had tons of fun walking around and trying to snag some shots with a new perspective, from some different angles than the way I usually shoot. Thanks so much for helping us out during our workshop, Desiree! You were an awesome model, and we appreciate your help SOOO much! :) Here are a few of my favorite shots...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Have a great day, everyone! xoxo, Kimberlee & Marissa

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Boudoir Divas KISS 'n tell all event!!!

Exciting stuff! A lot of you have been emailing and asking about our next workshop, and we're shooting for May (official date will be announced soon). But if you can't make it out to Cali for one of our workshops, how 'bout meeting up w/ us in VEGAS?!?!? We're doing a boudoir photo shoot at the KISS house on Las Vegas Blvd., and it's only open to a select amount of photographers. So if you wanna join us, you'll need to sign up asap! CLICK HERE for more info on our "KISS 'n tell all" event!!! If you have any questions, feel free to email: or if you know you definitely want to sign up, shoot an email over to Kevin Swan at KISS, and he'll get you registered. Also, check out these 2 other awesome events happening at the KISS house that week: The Jim Kennedy Reality Tour & a small-group session with Mike Larson. CLICK HERE for more info on these sweet KISS events!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Huge news!

If you're on our newsletter mailing list, check your inbox! We've got some exciting news we just sent out (hint: it has to do with something happening in March in Vegas!). :) We'll post about it tomorrow here on our blog, but you newsletter peeps got an early heads-up about it today!!! So exciting! (If you're not on our e-newsletter list, send an email request here:

Friday, February 8, 2008


We love getting new ideas and inspiration for our boudoir shoots. One of our favorite things to do is sit with a glass of wine and look through magazines. We scrutinize all of the fashion spreads, thinking about how we might be able to incorporate new lighting techniques or props into our boudoir sessions. So much fun! We encourage you to look everywhere for ideas and inspiration for your shoots! And, we figure that while looking at this photo you probably have two questions in your mind; A) Are they really just hanging out on countertops looking at magazines, drinking expensive wine (can they really be that cool)? Or B) Are they such embarrassing nerds that they put the camera on timer and set this whole scene up?

Answer: A & B. We really were doing this on our own. (Embarrassing part starts now) We noticed how cool we looked and took 5 minutes to set up the camera in the perfect spot on timer.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

We love KISS!!!

We know there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to albums. But for boudoir, there is nothing better than KISS!!! We love everything about our KISS books. The silky soft leather, the simplicity of the ordering process, and the outstanding customer service. Plus, they're simply gorgeous books!!! :) Just take a look at these beauties... If you are thinking about adding boudoir photography to your list of services, we HIGHLY recommend using KISS for your high-end leather albums. We promise, your boudoir clients will absolutely fall in love with them!

Books and Bundles are on their way!

To anyone who pre-ordered a book or bundle BEFORE Jan. 10th, you should've already received it. For those of you who place an order AFTER Jan. 10th, your orders are on their way! We dropped them in the mail yesterday, so you should receive them this week. Please shoot us an email when you receive it and let us know what you think! We apologize for the delay; our books were on back-order because of the [unexpected] huge demand! We completely sold-out our first shipment of pre-ordered books, so we had to wait for our new shipment to arrive for any recent orders. We just got the new shipment in, so you'll be receiving yours soon! We also have plenty of books in stock now, so any orders placed from here on out should be shipped within a week of payment. Thanks so much to all of you who have ordered our Training Guide. We hope it will help you become successful in this niche market of boudoir photography! Also, thanks for spreading the word about us! Since we haven't really started marketing yet, a big part of our success has been through word-of-mouth. So to those of you who are posting nice things about us on photography forums and your own photo blogs, thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep spreading the word! ;)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Day After the workshop

What did Marissa and I do after our first Boudoir Divas' Workshop ended? We went to the beach! We definitely had a blast at our workshop, and we're already SOOO excited about our next one (coming in May- dates will be announced soon)... but we also promised ourselves that after our workshop ended, we would take a blanket to the beach and just lie there, not talking about anything business-related! The SD weather was absolutely perfect that day, so Weston, Marissa, and I all headed down to Del Mar for a late lunch and a day of relaxing on the golden sand! Here are a few pics from that glorious day... :)

We'll be sending out an e-newsletter soon with the official dates for our next workshop... so if you're thinking about signing up, make sure you're on our mailing list! If you're not on our list, shoot an email to our awesome office manager (Crystal), and she'll hook you up!

5 Years!

Happy Anniversary, Marissa and Weston!
CLICK HERE to see photos of their vow renewal in Vegas!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Photo Shoot w/ Crystal

So as our workshop attendees were shooting our model Keely (at our outdoor shoot), I (Kimberlee) was having a blast shooting Crystal, who is our stellar office manager!!! Not only is she great at customer service, organization, and keeping everything running smoothly in our office... but she ALSO was a fabulous model for me! (Thanks, Crystal!) Here's one of my favorite shots from the day...

Jan. Workshop: Recap

Five wonderful photographers
Beautiful San Diego
Lots of cameras and computers
Gorgeous models and tons of shooting
What an awesome workshop!!! So much fun! Thanks to all of you ladies who made it out to our workshop... we hope you enjoyed your time here! It looks like our next workshop is going to be mid- to late- May, so keep your eyes open for the official launch date (due to the volume of requests and inquiries we've received, it's looking like this one is going to sell-out pretty quickly!!!)

Website Re-vamped

Hey everyone, check out the website- we've added a few new things, including some awesome testimonials from a few of the photographers who have pre-ordered our Bad-Ass Training Guide and Boudoir Bundle. We're so stoked that we're receiving such positive feedback regarding our products. We're glad that you love our stuff! :)

Catching up on blogging...

Wow, it's been such a crazy whirlwind these past few months!!! We finally received our books from our publisher... we completely sold out our first shipment of books & had to order a new shipment... we had our first Boudoir Divas' workshop... we submitted photos and articles for some huge publications... we got sponsored by some awesome companies...

Seriously, sometimes we have to just stop and pinch ourselves and ask- "is all of this REEEALLY happening?" :) We only just launched our Boudoir Divas website at the end of November, and can't believe how fast this has taken off! It really goes to show how popular boudoir photography is becoming. There is such a HUGE demand for boudoir, and if you can jump in and start shooting boudoir right now, you will have so many opportunities to dominate this niche market! Not to mention, you'll also have a chance to help set the standard for what boudoir should be (sexy & fun, not sleazy & cheesy).

Anyway, all of this to say... this weekend I've carved out a little time to catch up on some blogging, and to share some of the exciting things that have been happening around here. So check back in the next few days if you'd like to see some of the latest "happenings" with the Boudoir Divas!

Check it out: we were able to check off our entire "to-do" list for the months of December & January! (It's a miracle!) :)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Blog Hits!

What?!? Are you serious?!? This was our general reaction a few minutes ago when we saw how many hits our blog has received in the past month. We started tracking our blog hits on December 28th, and since then, we've received a little over 2,000 hits! That's insane! So hey peeps, leave us a little love (We LOVE comments!!!) ;) We love hearing feedback/comments/suggestions about our products/website/etc... so feel free to leave us a note and tell us what you think! Thanks to all of you who are checking in with our blog! :) xoxo, Kimberlee & Marissa