Calling all Photographers!!!!
As we begin October, I have a very exciting announcement to make… Hedley and I will be speaking at Mystic Seminars in Portland, Oregon in January!! We are so so so excited to be a part of this wonderful selection of very talented photographers.
We are teaching a seminar on, specifically, boudoir photography. Because boudoir is a rising trend, and The Boudoir Café is the best of the best in the Cali area, we have been selected as the speakers for the event. Not only do we feel very honored, but we are very proud to share our knowledge of boudoir photography so photographers everywhere can start spreading this amazing, inspiring, special brand of photography to lucky people everywhere.
Hedley and I will be speaking on Saturday, January 16. The seminar takes place at and around the Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Boudoir Café seminar will discuss….
WOW. We are obviously covering a lot of important information for photographers working in the industry, and we think it is especially essential to anyone who is even interested in the boudoir photography trend. Again, this seminar is completely hands-on! You're essentially working in the field with us! Hedley and I are sharing all of our top secrets!! You won’t want to miss this!!
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you back all the info you need to sign up and pay!!!
We are also only inviting 12 photographers to be apart of this day…..
We look forward to sharing our techniques and info to help everyone make a very successful and very lucrative business….We know exactly how to do that!!!!
Psstt... We also heard through the grapevine a Nikon Big Wig will maybe be at this seminar!!!
Happy autumn darlings!
CherieFoto is known as a singular, elite, unique photography studio in the LA area. We are top photographers in California. And, our boudoir photography studio, The Boudoir Cafe, is known as the best boudoir studio in LA as well. Both The Boudoir Cafe and CherieFoto are world renowned.
My style -- and indeed the style of Hedley and all our lovely team -- tends to the innovative, the imaginative, the whimsical, and (often) reaches into the deep recesses of the sublime. Truly, there is no one word that can define our aesthetic. Every photograph is different, every photograph reveals a new realm of art.
One of the most intriguing subjects in art has been, and continues to be, the art of the portrait. Ever since human beings learned to draw, they began to draw the individuals around them. It speaks to our unending desire to learn about others, to draw them closer to ourselves, to glimpse into what is unknown to us: the workings of a human being. Portraits, in and of themselves, have layers upon layers upon layers of meaning. From the pose to the facial expression and all the way to the background, within a portrait is hidden a never-before-seen perception of an individual, that can last forever.
Our team at both The Boudoir Cafe and CherieFoto strive to provide intimate personal portraits. Our portraits are contemporary. They speak to the art of womanhood. They are portraits that nestle themselves into the art of the woman.
The Boudoir Cafe and CherieFoto personal portraits are the most unique form of portraiture around. Our portraits capture you, your essence, your aura, your desires, your feminine grace, and (most importantly) your personality as an individual. Me and my team work with you in order to achieve the most personable, creative portrait possible. One that represents you and all of your multilayered, wonderful, fantastic facets.
Yes, a picture can say a thousand words. But a portrait of you from The Boudoir Cafe or CherieFoto can say more than a million.
Wishing you sugar, pumpkin spice and everything naughty and nice,
(To see even more fabulous portraits, head over to our Boudoir Cafe blog!)
Today I want to give a special shout-out to one of my pride and joys: boudour photography at The Boudoir Cafe.
A boudoir photoshoot can have some amazing effects on a woman. (See The Boudoir Cafe blog for more about this...) But what about a significant other she is sharing the photos with? What are their reactions, before, during, and after the process?
I spoke with the greatest hubby ever, Tim, to see what he has to say about boudoir photography, The Boudoir Cafe, and our wonderful team. Tim had a lot to say about how it felt to be there during the whole process, as well as some helpful advice to guys considering boudoir!
Q: How did you find boudoir? What did you think about it at first?
A: Honestly, I think that the first time I heard about boudoir photography was through a social media advertisement for a wedding photography business that offered this option for brides to consider for their husbands as a wedding gift. First and foremost, as a guy, I was intrigued from the beginning and saw this as a quite creative, sexy, and edgy gift idea. I immediately asked myself how I could get my wife to do the same for me. However, my wife and I had long since tied the knot, so a wedding gift was out for us. But that didn’t mean that an anniversary or birthday gift would one day be out of the question. And for that matter, we really did not even need a specific milestone day…just a fun and unique experience, something out of the ordinary, unique, and special…just for us. The sensual side of it and maybe a small part of the edginess of this type of art was something that was attractive to me from the start. And it did not take much research to sell me on the process, the experience, and the end results.
Q: Were you able to become comfortable with the idea of your wife behind the camera? What made you comfortable after specifically talking to The Boudoir Cafe?
A: At first thought, I could see where it may seem a little odd, but there was never any overwhelming feeling of being uncomfortable during this whole process, even in the beginning. Besides, she’ll take the shoot where she wants to take it and what she’s comfortable with. I’m fortunate in that my wife has no real reservations about her body and is completely confident and comfortable in her own skin, so overall, if anyone was going to be uncomfortable here, it was going to be me. And IF I was uncomfortable, she would have sensed it and that may have influenced her decision in a different manner. So, for me to feel at ease, I did what anyone in my position would do…I did my research and I asked questions for both of us, a lot of them. To her credit, Cherie was very supportive, encouraging, and always available. It became clear to me very early that Cherie was the absolute best in the business, the consummate professional. Her credentials and awards speak for themselves, but her candor and ability to communicate and relate to clients is phenomenal. I’m sure that it would have been easy for her to focus her attention on my strictly my wife’s questions as she was the one in front of the camera, but she stuck it out with me as well. We discussed the shoot so much via phone and email, that by the day of the shoot, I had no concerns whatsoever. My wife and I both knew that she was in good hands and in for quite an experience. Later, with the success of the first shoot in one of The Boudoir Cafe studios, we planned a second shoot at one of Cherie's different locations. The planning involved in both shoots and the complete cooperation and constant communication from Cherie had long erased any doubts that I ever had. And my wife had an absolute blast. You could see it was very empowering for her during the shoot and the end results were far beyond anything that we expected. Just an unbelievable experience for everyone involved. The level to which Cherie and Hedley will go ensure a fantastic time for her clients is remarkable.
Q: How did you and your wife discuss this awesome decision? What were her thoughts
A: Well, I was approaching a milestone birthday and I knew that she was considering a number of options to surprise me with. But I brought this up in conversation one time on a date night and she was open to the idea, but wanted more information about what I was thinking and then more info on The Boudoir Café. A couple of weeks later, we looked over the website and looked at some of the gallery pictures. I got the feeling that if she had any reservations at all, the quality of the work found on the website in addition to online reviews squashed those. It was like we were dealing with the Super Bowl of boudoir photographers. Best in the world. From that point, it was fairly straightforward and simple. She told me to set it up for a certain timeframe and see if it could fit into her schedule. One specific characteristic that stood out early on was that Cherie was not just a photographer. She’s an artist and knows that her work tells a story that she’s responsible for communicating and she takes that very seriously. Anyone can take a picture. Not everyone is an artist. And even fewer are capable of producing the moments that she can.
Q: How would you describe the outcome?
A: In two words…Absolutely Stunning! I look at the outcome in two ways…first, how did my wife feel during and after the shoot and then second, what did we get to remember the moments caught on camera. And to both of these, I simply say, absolutely stunning. We both felt like our expectations going in and far been exceeded. And Cherie has such a catalog of options for how to preserve those moments from photobooks to a variety of canvas prints, the list is just too long to print here. Just talk with her and look over what she offers. If you don’t see what you like, just tell her what you are envisioning and if it’s possible, she’ll make it happen. It may be that you don’t know what you are looking for…she can help you with that too. But again…the end products were more than just what I received later. Just knowing that my wife was having a blast…from the make-up and hair prior to the shoot, to picking out the lingerie, to working it in front of the camera…all of that is what makes the experience. Don’t get me wrong; I thoroughly enjoy the take-aways daily. But the entire package is the REAL deal and it’s exactly why I brought this up with my wife in the first place. In the end, it was more than just about what I wanted. I knew that there was going to be a great end result for her as well. And from her perspective, she’s absolutely thrilled with the experience and what we have preserved through keepsakes.
Q: What do you recommend to other men who are considering, or maybe have just found, boudoir?
A: I would honestly say that if their curiosity has piqued and they are considering it, then they should definitely follow up on it. If you are like me, you would not be able to erase it from your thoughts. Trust your intuition. My intuition said that my wife would not only gladly do this for me but that she’d be comfortable with it once all of her questions were answered. I was right. But I doubt that she would have done it without me bringing it up. I had to be the one to take the initiative for her to see how much I really wanted her to do it. But obviously, discuss it with her, do the research with her…don’t be shy. There will be a point in which she can take over the planning and keep you guessing or perhaps she’ll let you do all the planning yourself which is just as fun. That’s the way my wife preferred it, but wanted me to keep her in the loop. Take a look around…look at other photography studios that offer boudoir photos. Do the comparisons. But don’t underestimate the need for wives/girlfriends/significant others to feel at ease and in an environment that is supportive, encouraging, and high energy and that captures what they want to portray. You simply need to look no further than the great folks at The Boudoir Café.
Q: Anything else you can say about The Boudoir Cafe!!
A: You establish a real relationship with Cherie and Hedley. They are great people, very trustworthy and supportive, and truly want you to get the best out of the experience. For some folks, this may be a once in a lifetime type shoot, so why not go all out? For others, the first time alone may fuel the desire to do it again….and maybe again. There are a lot of boudoir studios out there, but I am convinced that there is only one Boudoir Café. Why settle for anything less than the best? We are so comfortable with the process and those involved that we will do it again, but we’ll only go with Cherie and Hedley. They are great visionaries and really are able to create exactly the look and experience that is desired. They’ve done it twice for us and we would not hesitate for a third shoot…we even have a few ideas in mind now.
Tips for creating the perfect wedding photos:
For the Best Wedding Images at your wedding ~ A How To!!!
One of the biggest sources of stress for every bride- to- be is how they will look in their
pictures; however, by following the guidance outlined in a new book called “The Art of a
Wedding” by Cherie Steinberg and Hedley Jones, every woman can look their best in their wedding pictures.
The book, published in 2014, is an essential resource for every bride, and this article shares some vital tips from the new publication to help you get the best possible pictures on the big day.
Find the Best Photographer
As Cherie and Hedley make clear, far too many people skimp when it comes to choosing a
photographer. They either ask family and friends, or they might choose to go with an amateur
photographer that advertises locally, and while the photographs might well be adequate, they
often won’t be exceptional. The best advice is to find a professional photographer and start
looking for them as soon as possible.
A professional photographer will understand about staging, lighting and the most flattering
angles; it is worth the additional investment so that you can be sure that you’ll get the best
Another valuable tip you’ll find in the book “The Art of a Wedding” by Cherie Steinberg and Hedley Jones
is to practice posing for photographs. Posing for pictures isn’t something that most people feel comfortable
doing, so practicing can make you feel more at ease and enable you to find the most flattering
angles. Moreover, the more relaxed you look in front of the camera, the better you’ll look in
Finding the right time and location
Timing is everything when it comes to finding the right location for your wedding photographs.
As Cherie and Hedley explain, where and when you have the photographs taken can make a
huge difference into the quality of the pictures. For instance, pictures that are taken in the
strong summer sun can often be far too harsh and the result will be an unflattering image.
However, as the light starts to fade, the photographs will be much more flattering, and the
shadows that form at sunset can help to create a dramatic backdrop.
Find a great makeup artist
Some people don’t want the added expense of a makeup artist, but a wedding is one of the
most special days of our lives, so you can’t afford not to have this luxury. In “The art of a
Wedding” Cherie advises that a bride finds a highly trained, qualified
make-up artist that knows how to make them look their best so that they look picture-
perfect for their wedding photo shoot.
These three tips are just a fraction of nearly 150 tips collected by the team at CherieFoto for brides to get the best and most memorable wedding photographs.
The ebook is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ONCY7NC
Hedley and I are pleased to announce that we have a new baby on the way... but not what you might think!!!!!! HaHaHa......
Our arrival is the 2nd edition of our fabulous ebook for Brides, Photographers and Wedding Planners to get the best out of their wedding photographer and have the most amazing photos at everyday wedding...........
The book is based on all the tips that we have picked up in our years of experience as wedding photographers. It has been completely updated for 2015 and beyond:
We know that it will be a valuable resource for all brides-to-be!
Please share it with your friends, family and clients.
Cherie and Hedley
"Voted Best Wedding Photographers in L.A. 2014”
We are so happy to report that we were voted the #1 BEST Wedding Photographers 2014 in Los Angeles on the HOT LIST LA 2014......
This just totally made our day that we were on this very prestigious list and then to get 1st lace was really really special for us!!!!
Thanks to everyone that voted for us...We knew some people BUT did not know alot of others that voted for us!!!
We are thrilled to be considered some of the best Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles!!! We are also considered pretty good
Boudoir photographers as well especially for Bridal Boudoir!!
Our secret in turning over great wedding photographs – revealed!
By Cherie Steinberg
Photography is more than just capturing photos – it’s a form of artistry. Since I started photography, I love how I can turn ordinary sceneries to beautiful works of art. Fine art and my experience in high fashion taught me how to make a woman look her best in a photograph. The dresses, shoes, and other glamorous accessories a woman can wear enhance that artistic feel I want to achieve. This is why I love to shoot boudoir and weddings!
We created a unique style of making a woman to be wed look like a fashion model or a Playboy bunny during her wedding day. Aside from this style, we are absolutely hands-on with our clients – we spend time with them and usually, we become the best of friends. This relationship bring us to be their partners in every milestone of their life, including shooting for their kids’ birthday parties.
Wedding photography is not an easy task for us. It’s not just a process of us going to the venue to take photos. We train the couple on our role in the wedding and mentor them how they can help us take the best photos. In short, it’s not a one-day affair for us. It takes time to build the relationship so that our vision – the couple’s and our’s – will be realized.
Our hands-on style cannot be compromised by any other factors like the pains of post-processing. At a single wedding, we shoot hundreds of photos from multiple cameras of our team. It’s a nightmare to meet deadlines and at the same time photograph another wedding!
We have one great secret that helps us in creating wedding photographs: we have a partner that helps us with post-processing. We have been outsourcing our post-processing work for several years already. It’s not a team here in the US – we have been employing the work of ImagePerfekt, a team based in the Philippines. All the grunt work of post-processing, including image culling, photo retouching, and color corrections are done professionally.
It’s not just your ordinary retouching team. Here are a couple of benefits that our team have been experiencing from ImagePerfekt:
1. The team is composed of artists and photographers. They don’t make photos look presentable to the general public – they make photos great according to the standards of a photographer. With their ability, they can pick the best photos when doing image culling. Plus, as artists, they also have the ability to manipulate photos to resemble paintings. That’s how good they are!
2. They are efficient and help you meet deadlines. Quick turnaround is helpful for a photographer trying to meet deadlines and fortunately, ImagePerfekt accomplishes this in just 1-2 days. You can also ask them to turn over the photos sooner if it’s a rush request.
3. They have vast experience. One of the worries of a photographer in outsourcing their post-processing requirements is the experience of the retouching team. ImagePerfekt have been working with several well-known photographers in the United States, including myself. They would know exactly what you need when requesting for a retouched photo so it is so easy to work with them again and again!
4. Flexibility. ImagePerfekt doesn’t stop when they finish retouching your photos. There are times when I had to request them to edit the photo until they get what I was trying to achieve. They provide one to two revisions without additional charge.
5. Great team to work with! With their experience, they know how to deal with clients and are always professional. Their friendliness is an added bonus. It’s always a pleasure to work with them at all times!
You can check them out by going to their website: www.imageperfekt.com or directly upload your photos at http://portal.imageperfekt.com
Weddings and Boudoir Photography Los Angeles....
So why is this combination working so well and this trend is growing faster than anything I have seen for many years......About 65% of our girls that we see are getting married and this is well face it the most amazing gift that a Bride can give to a Groom on the wedding night. Or anytime for that matter. So get on board girls. It is one of the most memorable things you will ever do and you will have those images for a lifetime.
Ask any 50 year old girl if they wish they would have done pics like this when they were 25-45 and they will all say the same thing. OMG yes wish I had done that. Bridal Boudoir Photography here in Los Angles is just about the most fun a girl can have. Read our yelp listings for Cheriefoto or The Boudoir Cafe. We are pleased to say we have a 5 star Yelp listing with over 60 reviews. These are for Weddings, Portraits and Boudoir.....So get with it and come in to see us and have the experieince of a lifetime...You will always remember the day you did these images....I promise....
We have the premier Boudoir photography studio in Beverly Hills a charming sweet and intimate place where people come to have a day that they will never forget!!!.....
So do something you have always wanted to do and treat yourself or better still get your guy to treat you!!!
Enjoy 2014 Wedding and Boudoir Season!!!
Article and photos in The Rolling Stone Magazine...
Super excited that our images were put into this iconic article about the one and only Iron Sheik.....
It is always amazing when Cheriefoto gets to have our images in institutions and legendary publications.....