Alright, we know Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Which means… That’s right, so is #Christmas!
The Boudoir Café knows how difficult it is to pick out a #gift for your special someone. After all, what do you get someone who already has everything? (And, by “everything,” we mean you, darling.)
Shopping on Black Friday poses the risk of injury. Buying a #gift on another day during the holiday season is just tedious. Plus, there is always the risk that you get a #gift that your partner won’t even like. It happens. We know. But it doesn’t lessen the sting of giving your soul mate something they did not like.
The Boudoir Café has a pretty awesome #Christmas #gift suggestion: a special, sexy, boudoir photo package.
Girls, this is definitely a #gift he will love; and, with The Boudoir Café experience, it is a #gift that you’ll have fun giving, too! And guys, if you get her a Boudoir Café photo package for Christmas it is a double #gift for you too! Not only did you buy your girl a pampering and beauty day to make her (and you) so happy – but you also bought unique, lust-worthy photos to last for many Christmases to come.
This is one #gift that really really keeps on giving!
Even though we’re in LA, we can create some beautiful wintertime memories. Backdrops can include snowy landscapes, Santa’s workshop – anything your heart desires! (And it doesn’t even have to be holiday-themed… Though it certainly is in keeping with the spirit that it is!) Hedley and I make sure to sit down with you to talk about exactly what you want the final result to look like.
Book a Boudoir Café experience today to get your photography #gift package by the time the holidays come around!
Until then, remember: you can be naughty and nice – and still make it on Santa’s list, even twice. Especially if you give the adorable elves at Boudoir Café a call.
Okay, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: curvy is beautiful. Girls, your curves are the reasons men drool after you. Men don’t have curves. They’re all angles, squares, and straight lines. The soft curves of your body are fascinating to them, they crave to get to know the wonders of them.
That being said, sometimes we want to tone up. Sometimes, we don’t feel too comfortable with every single centimeter of our curves. And that isn’t a problem. Yes, mainstream media has put this idea of the “perfect female body” into our head. But we’re smart enough to know that that is a bunch of hocus pocus. All of our bodies are already perfect. But, self-confidence often relies on what makes us feel comfortable within our own skin… And sometimes that means dropping that last five to ten pounds of that little bitty weight that is clinging onto us.
Now, our healthy and body experts here at The Boudoir Café have a completely easy way to lose that last 5-10 pounds easily! (A piece of advice and self-care which is only one of the many little extra dashes of sweetness that keep us as the #1 Boudoir Photographers in LA and Las Vegas!)
This plan requires no unnecessary fuss, no expensive equipment to buy, nothing to count or measure, and really – nothing to even buy, that you may not already be buying! Yes, you can begin this lovely Boudoir Café diet as soon as you are done reading this article!
Are you ready for it? The super simple, easy, and manageable method of losing that few stubborn pounds is to just eat protein, vegetables, and fruit! This is probably a diet some of you have heard before. And there is a scientifically proven reason why it works: A diet of protein, vegetables and fruit is equivalent to what our ancestors (those hard working hunters and gatherers) used to fill their bodies with. And, with all the added physical work they did during the day (much the same way you are exerting your own body by perhaps walking to work, or going grocery shopping, or maybe doing that extra bit of cardio by taking a stroll around the block after dinner) it easily burned off these healthy calories, stabilizing and energizing the human system.
Truly, The Boudoir Café assures you that this will not at all require any drastic changes to your diet. It really ends up about being cutting out carbs and starches and dairy… But it is also scientifically proven that not only do these two food groups add weight very easily; it is also proven by evolutionary biology that these two food groups are difficult for our homosapien bodies to digest in the first place – because starches and carbs and dairy were not part of our original diet plan, from the very beginning. We hold onto the weight from processed and inorganic food products so easily because they are not naturally really meant to be in our body anyway!
So here’s what we, at The Boudoir Café, personally recommend you do if you are feeling a little insecure about that extra few pounds: eat healthy, eat natural, and be the bad, hunting and gathering woman you once were eras ago. If it’s not grown or made by nature, don’t eat it! I mean, we don’t totally recommend you get completely down with your bad self and go and hunt and gather in the wilderness for yourself (unless you’re into that, in which case we totally approve… you go girl!). Really, a quick trip to the grocery store should suffice.
Personally, I lost 12 pounds in just 2 months! Doctors even say that losing 5-6 pounds per month is the healthy average at which to lose weight – and keep it off, too! Even better… I am never hungry! For example, my guilty pleasures are sweet potato fries and a hamburger. Instead of this, I choose to eat half of a baked sweet potato (because it does still count as a starch… make sure to still treat yourself, diet isn’t a punishment at all!!) and a burger without the buns. I have sausage and eggs for breakfast; and a huge salad with tuna for lunch. At night, I treat myself to some fruit for dessert!
And then, when you find those tinsie-insie pounds slipping away (and the time it takes for this to happen varies from woman to woman, as our metabolisms all hold and lose weight in extremely different ways), and you see yourself standing in front the mirror more and thinking, “I am the most beautiful of them all” – give The Boudoir Café a call, because we have the perfect photoshoot, pampering, and Queen for a Day experience that will make you feel, “Yes, this is my body, and I own it, and I am proud of it. It does so much for me, and I do so much for it. I am beautiful and strong, and I never want to forget that for the rest of my life.” And you have found the right people to call: the supporting, caring and best boudoir photographers in LA and Las Vegas, The Boudoir Café, promises that we will capture that forever-moment.
I think we all remember the first time, as little girls, when we tried on high heels. We stumbled like baby giraffes, trying to emulate the way we saw our mothers walk. And later, as teens, it was runway models we had in mind as we slipped on strappy stilettos.
And, of course, there is a reason for this. When we saw our mothers walk in high heels, we admired her stature and her grace as our first role models. And then super models became our idols with their smirking, pouty lips and quick and confident strut.
Ever since we were dreamy young women, heels have been a symbol of power and adulthood. And for good reason! We now know that when we put on high heels, they lift us above our normal height; in the workplace they lift us above men and above the glass ceiling; and when we down the street (whether it be to the office or to the club) the smart noise the heels make against the concrete assures of our womanly strength. When we wear a pair of heels, we keep our head high and our hopes higher. We are the beautiful and accomplished women who our mothers wanted us to be; and we are equal (or better than) the models we once revered.
Truly, high heels have so many proven benefits. Yes, they add height. But they also improve our posture, making us throw our shoulders back and keep our head up -- a proven powerhouse stance. And, in terms of sex appeal, heels lengthen our legs and push up our cute booty. No wonder models looked so good walking down that runway! Their legs looked sky-high, their behinds looks perfectly perky, and they looked down from a great height with their hooded eyes at the lowly audience. Impossible to resist.
You know you are impossible to resist in high heels! And can you imagine how super sexy you would be in a steamy boudoir photoshoot, with just some lingerie and strappy heels on? No need to imagine any longer, friends! As the #1 boudoir photography studio in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, The Boudoir Cafe encourages all of our clients to wear heels during their photoshoot. The Boudoir Cafe believes (and it's true!) that there is something unbelievably enchanting about a boudoir photograph in which a woman in lace is standing, sitting or lying down with her long legs elongated and her behind round and perky with a pair of high heels. And your face in a Boudoir Cafe boudoir shoot as you do this shows that you know how good you look with those heels on. Head to heeled-toe, you give off a total come-hither vibe.
At The Boudoir Cafe, we even have heels we can provide for you, if you don't ave any ones of your own that you think will foot the bill! Because we are one of the most famous boudoir photographers in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas area, we have the great honor of being the owners of a high-heel collection (see pics in this post!!) that you are completely welcome to choose from at the time of your shoot as a part of your pampering hair and makeup session. Because, really, what's a queen without some high heels? You should be able to sit on your thrown higher than everyone, and you should be able to look down on everyone not as gorgeous as you (the same way those models did), and you should rule with grace and confidence (the same way your mother did).
After all, it was the great and fabulous Marilyn Monroe who said, "I don't know who invented high heels. But whoever he was, all women owe him a lot!"
We sure do!!
Exciting news, boudoir fans!!
The Boudoir Café was featured on the popular current news website, The Daily Beast! :
Journalist Samantha Allen was kind enough to contact me and The Boudoir Café team as prime contributors to her article, “How Boudoir Photos Are Redefining Sexy.” The article itself is lovely, and has a lot of good words to say about boudoir by those who have participated and been changed by it; and by boudoir photographers (including Hedley and myself!) who have found a great passion and art in capturing such intimate and beautiful moments.
Do yourself a favor and read it! Just like a boudoir photoshoot experience itself, it promises not to disappoint.
Hi beautiful, boudoir divas!
The Boudoir Cafe photoshoot package doesn't just include a photoshoot. It includes a full hair, makeup, and general pampering! It's what we call our Queen for a Day session and love treatment!
We all work so hard, every day, that we deserve to treat ourselves and relax.
Guys, there's no reason to gift her just a regular spa day. And girls, there's no reason why you should settle for even giving yourself such a small, few-hour lasting treat.
A Queen for a Day, Boudoir Cafe session includes fashion tips, posing advice, general beauty, makeup, and health advice -- and, of course, sex tips! The Boudoir Cafe team, including Hedley and I, just wants you to feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy! We gossip with you like your best girl friends, and even give out some relationship advice and playful couple tips... We're like a real-life issue of Cosmo, right in front of you, all day!!
A Boudoir Cafe "spa" day and photo session truly lasts forever -- in the photographs! Our Boudoir Cafe team pampers you from head to toe, making you feel your most beautiful and sexy. This feeling really comes out in your photos.
So guys and girls, give yourself a treat when you buy a Boudoir Cafe photo package. The benefits of a spa day only last a few hours, after all. Those sexy photographs will last a lifetime.
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.
Award winning Boudoir photographers from Beverly Hills, CA Cherie Steinberg & Hedley Jones are very excited to offer a 1 day seminar full of their techniques and a live shoot at an amazing Hotel in Portland walking distance from the Hilton…..
Will include the following:
THIS $599.00 BOUDOIR 1 DAY SEMINAR TOPICS INCLUDE: HOW TO GET THAT AMAZING LOOK AND STYLE•
• How to stand out in a big sea of other good photographers…
• How to make an amazing portfolio and website that people will love….
• How to do repeat business and lots of referrals…..
• Makeup and styling how to create a team for yourself…
• PLANNING SESSION AND MAKING THE CLIENT READY FOR THE BOUDOIR SESSION•
• Have a getting ready document for your clients from what to eat before the shoot to cutting the tags out of the clothes
• How to get the client to feel totally amazing and comfortable with 5 minutes of coming into studio
• How to connect with all clients for a very strong bond while planning everything!!
AMAZING TECHNIQUES & IDEAS FOR POSING•
• Working with Women: How to work with non models and nervous clients to bring out their best.
• Posing: How to flatter curvy girls and every body type with simple posing principles.
• The poses you need to know and master that work for every woman
LIGHTING + GEAR•
•Lets use and learn some studio lighting!!!
• Using the light that is in the room and how to do that, so you can shoot everywhere!! • Working with simple yet effective lighting sources including natural light, shadows and simple one light set ups that can be done anywhere.
• Gear that is suited to boudoir specifically in the lighting and the lenses that are chosen to shoot with and why A FULL ON BOUDOIR SHOOT WITH LIVE MODEL•
• Storyboards: Using storyboards to build a must-have shot list of 35 shots that sell.
•The top 5 shots that every girl wants of themselves and the 5 their men want
•Shooting for artwork that for sure can be made into a very large framed image.
• How to create a system for shooting all girls to make an amazing product for them in the end.
ALL PRE AND POST PRODUCTION•
• Making everything camera ready and post production ready and how I do that.
• Looking at before and after to discuss the retouching phase of the process.
• Working with IView Media Pro or Lightroom
• Why I outsource as much as possible and how I did it.
• How to have the studio filled with very happy girls who will be writing you on review forums and referring everyone they know.
****BONUS • Tips on increasing all your sales and booked the boudoir clients for their wedding and trash the dress and family portraits!!!
SPONSORED BY… Nikon and The Boudoir Cafe!!
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 session is completely hands-on and so-so informative!
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