Thursday, July 31, 2008

Video of our production area....

As I am sure all of you know already, there is quite a bit more time spent behind the computer rather than behind the camera in this digital world. In order to keep it to a minimum we have streamlined everything in our studio, and let me tell you, after a five years of being unorganized it feels sooooo good! We have check off list and procedure docs for any and every little thing.

Here is a video clip of all of us working away. Oh, BTW, too bad I didn't film this after we our big cleaning fest today. Just imagine everything all neat and sparkley like it is now.

If you can't see the clip above click here to watch on You Tube.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

IMPORTANT: Paris dates have changed!

In our quest to find the perfect apartment to host the Paris workshop in we have changed the dates. We apologize as I know this will probably be a bit of inconvenience for those of you who were trying to clear your schedule to make the other dates work. Unfortunately it was a bit out of our hands, but these dates are double and triple confirmed and good to go.

Everything else about the workshop is exactly the same, only the dates have changed. We will have more about nearby hotels as well as possible apartments to share for much cheaper with other photographers very soon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A little credibility....

Kimberlee and I call ourselves "The Boudoir Photography Divas," which is a bit bold for gals who know that they are a major work in progress. At least the haughty title gives us a lot to aspire to and always makes us work a bit harder. One thing we love about boudoir photog is the amazing emails we get after our shoots. As a wedding photographer and portrait photogs, we are able to compare the response of those shoots to our boudoir clients' responses. The latter always seems as if she has had a big mental shift in the way she perceives herself- so satisfying as a photographer. Here is what a client sent me today. I love it, and at the risk of seeming like I am bragging about the job I adore, I am going to post it anyway!

"Hi! I received my proofs from my WC shoot! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! Marissa did such a great job, she is so awesome! I was so nervous, but she totally put me at ease! I am convinced that this is something EVERY woman should do!! I felt so empowered when I left!! I was definitely one the best experiences I've had so far in all of this wedding planning. Anyway, thank you SO much!!! I had a great time at the shoot, looking through the pics, etc. I cannot wait to show my fiance!!! The hardest part of it was trying to choose only 20 pics! Marissa definitely knows how to capture girls at their best. :) THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) melissa "

Paris Plans...

We are SOOO excited about Paris! We're now accepting deposits to reserve your spot, so if you're interested, shoot us an email and we'll get you more details. We have tons of exciting things in store for this trip. Mainly: shooting, shooting, and more shooting... Fun boudoir shoots in a private Paris apartment! Plus shooting (more editorial/fashion-type shoots) on the streets of Paris! AND a e-session or bridal shoot just for fun! It's going to be so awesome. Marissa & I are already shopping and picking up fun/funky things for our models' wardrobes. We can't WAIT! Oh, and yesterday Marissa was booking our Paris apartment, and she was showing me where it is on Google Earth. So amazing to actually SEE where we're going to be shooting! It's crazy - just look at this aerial view of the Eiffel Tower! Photobucket
The streets outside of our Paris apartment are SO perfect. Like if you've ever dreamed of doing a photo shoot in Paris, you're going to die when you see this place! We'll share photos of the location later... (can't you feel the suspense growing?!) :) Heehee... if you're thinking about booking the Paris workshop, we'll require a 50% deposit now ($550), and then the remaining $550 will be due about a month before the trip. Let us know if you have any questions! (email: For the ladies who have already signed up... we are SO excited & can't wait to meet all of you in Paris! I'm sending out an email today w/ more details, so be sure to check your inbox. Thanks!

Monday, July 28, 2008

6 months away...

If you haven't already signed up for DWF's Convention, head on over to their website to register! January 11-14 ... we're so excited to be sharing at this year's convention! [Check out the seminar line-up here]. Photobucket

Sunday, July 27, 2008


So Marissa is on vacation right now, with no internet access and no way to check up on things here. Which means, I have full reign of what I can post! This would be a good time to bring out all the funny photos of crazy times at Disneyland and such. Hahaha. I'm not going to do that, don't worry. Instead, I'm going to take a little time to brag about my friend and biz partner. She would probably kill me for bragging about her, but she's not here so she can't stop me! ;) Ok so here's the deal. Marissa started Woman Captured about five years ago, although, it's REALLY taken off and gotten huge within the past 2 years or so. Which means that in just a few short years, this boudoir studio has totally blown up! We just recently moved from a 2-car garage into a 4,000+ square-foot studio! Riss usually waves off compliments, and she always downplays this fact. She's also a little shy about sharing photos of the new studio space, because in her mind, it's not completely "finished" yet. But I think it looks AMAZING. Sure, there are a few finishing touches to add to make it reflect the complete vision... but I am just so impressed by all that Marissa has done to get this space looking like it does. (I'm going to give a little sneak peak here... this is just a PORTION of the shooting space in the new studio - it's SO huge!) :) Yes, I know I may be bragging a bit too much - so I'll get down to the heart of it. We can't take the credit. For anything. Yes, I'm SO proud of Marissa... she's come so far in such a short time! But Marissa would also be the first to acknowledge that NONE of this would be possible without God. In her new office/workspace, Riss has a verse written on the main wall: "Let the beauty of the Lord establish the work of your hands..." (Ps 90:17). Marissa and I both know that we wouldn't be where we are today without God. Our faith is so important to us, and we just want to acknowledge how we know that any amount of success that we see w/ the boudoir studio, the boudoir book, or our own personal photo businesses - ALL is because we have been blessed by God. That's all. Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Riss, see you soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dressing room video

Question: Do we know how dorky we are?
Answer: Yes. :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Woman Captured Blog gets a little face-lift...

Check it out! Photobucket

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Hey everyone, Just wanted to give you an update & let you know that there are still 2 more spots left for our Paris workshop at the $950 rate... after that, it goes back to the regular $1100 rate. Within a matter of a few hours we had 3 gals sign up for our boudoir workshop in the City of Lights! :) Thanks, ladies - can't wait to see you in Paris! To RSVP, email: Thanks!

***EDIT*** -- Sorry folks, we've had our first five lovely ladies already sign up. They are the lucky gals who are coming to our workshop in Paris at the discounted rate. Anyone else who signs up from here on out will get our regular price, $1100.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mailing List

Just sent out a newsletter (unfortunately I think it was sent out from my personal email account, rather than our normal Boudoir Divas email address... oops!) Sorry about that. That won't happen in the future. :) We've had a few email addresses that bounced back to us, so if you THINK you should be on our mailing list & haven't received an email, let us know by writing: (*but check your bulk/spam box first). Thanks!

Other Stuff...

Check out our other work... brand new blogs just launched!

Paris Dates Announced!!!

******EDIT 7/30/08******
Dates changed to 4/1/09 - 4/4/09

If you cannot view this video Click Here to watch it on You Tube.

This workshop will be much more in-depth than our workshops in the past. We will be covering:
- Shooting on-location, for those of you who shoot in hotel rooms, we will be covering how to work with natural or existing light.
- Shooting with the lighting and sets that we recommend and use in our studio
- Posing (our favorite and most flattering poses)
- Rapport with client during the shoot
- The overall supermodel experience
- Processing images (Photoshop, actions, etc)
- Order Production
- Album design
- Marketing
- Booking process
- Products and pricing
- Shooting a model in the streets of Paris (Boudoir fashion shoot)
- One-on-one creating a biz game plan with a Boudoir Diva
- "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" Together we will create a custom action plan and help you leave the workshop ready to churn a profit.
- An engagement shoot in Paris with Marissa and Weston BOUCHÉR! (or possibly a bride & groom)

Exciting News - Coming in a few hours!!!

Oh, yeah... we've got our dates finalized for the Paris workshop and we're going to make the announcement before the end of the day! Check back soon...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

San Diego Workshop - Postponed

Due to an overwhelming amount of inquiries & support for our PARIS workshop... we have decided to put a hold on our upcoming San Diego workshops for the rest of 2008. We are sorry to inconvenience any of you who were strongly considering the Aug workshop.

As for the Paris workshop - we are about to confirm the dates, it is looking like either the last week of March or first week or April! We will post as soon as we have the exact dates.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Training Guides - On Their Way!

To all of you who have ordered a book this past month... THANK YOU for your patience! Any book orders placed from now on will be shipped out within a week of receiving payment.

Shootsac Love

We wanted to send a huge thank you to Jessica Claire & Keats Elliot over at Shootsac! We LOVE Shootsac! ;) Here are a few shots from our last workshop here in San Diego... And the winner of our Shootsac giveaway... Janet!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mini overview of The Bad-Ass Training Guide

Check out this clip! Kimberlee takes on the camera and gives us an overview of "The Bad-Ass Training Guide".

***NOTE: if you can't play the above video, CLICK HERE to see it on youtube.

Video of our shooting area....

Here is a video clip of where we shoot most of our sessions. Before you watch I just wanted to apologize, it seems the harder we try to be professional the further away we get from just that. Oh, and I was just playing the video on my computer and realized that that the music was way too loud in the background! Sorry guys, hope you like J.T.!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Oh For Pete's Sake!

The books were supposed to be here on Monday, well actually last Monday, well if we are really getting technical, the Monday before the Monday before that. To say our publishers are making us anxious is an understatement. BUT, there is good news. We have an official UPS tracking number and they will be arriving in 2 days! So if you have ordered a book we will be shipping it ASAP on Weds. We can't thank everyone enough for their patience in this waiting game. Thank you for the orders.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Serious "Boudoir Diva" heels

Marissa here again: I spotted these bad boys at the mall yesterday. It was like they called out to me..."I was made for a boudoir photographer." They look like edible candy and for $10 bucks who could say no. I was pretty stoked on Kimberlee's cool high heel pic done by Jasmine Star, and even though this is a blatant copy cat move, I know she won't be able to help but love my new boudoir kicks. And on that note, "kicks" is the perfect term because I will be "kicking" them off before I start shooting of course :)

Stay Tuned!

There is so much we want to share with everyone about our studio and boudoir photography in general. We figured what better way than video! Video with info and tidbits to come next week.....

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Inspiration Wall.

At our Woman Captured studio we are always updating our inspiration wall with random photos that stir us. This month it is a majority of "V" and "Vogue" magazine shots. The photogs always seem to break all the rules and create some seriously bad-ass stuff. Every time I feel like I get stuck in a rut all I have to do is pick up one those babies and I ready to rock!