Picture this: You in your guy’s favorite t-shirt sensually lounging on a messy bed with tousled hair and a sheepish grin. Now imagine this as a photo and you handing this over to your guy.  How does this make you feel? Excited? Nervous? What do you think your guy would say?

Here is an answer from one of my recent clients:

“When I decided to surprise Jeff with boudoir photos for his birthday I admit I was intimidated just thinking about posing in lingerie. My body is not perfect. I guess I am like many women and see so many flaws while looking in the mirror. Something that made me push through my anxiety and to just do this was how much I knew Jeff would love it. He has always told me I am the Moon and Stars, the girl that he always wanted. He is my Sun and Sky. I wanted to gift him something that would blow him away. This did. When I handed him my photos he was rendered speechless for a good five minutes. That is rare. The first thing he said when he looked up to me was “You are the Moon and Stars.”

Thank you for making my dream possible (and his). xo, Sarah”

Sarah shared her story with me but she has chosen to keep her images private. I always want to make it very clear to all of my potential clients I do not share your photos without written permission. Even if you can’t share images I love hearing the story of how you shared the images with your significant other.

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Gift ideas for 1 year wedding anniversary for her

Guys, are you looking for the ultimate one year anniversary gift for your wife? Not only are boudoir and/or beauty sessions a romantic gift idea for women, they are truly unique. These type of sessions can be empowering and make any woman feel like a rockstar.

Let me tell you more… My Couture Boudoir® photo sessions are tasteful and classy. Very similar to magazine style fashion shoots. Your wife will come to the shoot and first be pampered with hair and makeup styling. A wardrobe consultation will take place and then she will be photographed by me (a female photographer). I will coach her on posing so no modeling experience needed. Special add-ons can be accommodated such as chocolate covered strawberries and red roses or maybe a bottle of her favorite perfume to make her feel even more sexy for her shoot.

The shoot can be styled in lingerie or in beautiful dresses. (clients bring their own wardrobe). If your wife is more on the shy side a beauty shoot might be just the thing to bring her out of her shell. Both styles of sessions are sexy and sensual while being tasteful.

 I have a range of packages to choose from. If you would like to learn more contact me.

1 year anniversary gift ideas

Ahhh! It makes me so happy to receive these notes from my clients! 

“Oh Critsey!! You are such an artist. You exceeded my expectations ten fold. I knew the pictures would be pretty but hot damn!! They are breathtaking, stunning, absolutely amazing!! I guess this sounds super vain since they are pictures of me, I know you get what I am saying. I am sure I drove you crazy with all my questions and I am so grateful for all the time you took to answer them. It really helped me feel more at ease to do the session. I will tell all my friends about you. I can’t wait to share my album with Steven. Thank you for making me feel beautiful and more alive then I have ever felt. Mrs. A”

New York boudoir

I am often asked for ideas on what to wear for a boudoir photo shoot? Well let me tell you there are many great items you can choose right out of your own closet. Not every item needs to be lingerie.

Choose at least one bra and panty set. Be sure to try on items to make sure they have a proper fit before your session. If you are like me you may still have some lingerie from years ago that you just have not thrown out because it is still perfectly good…however, since I have not wore it since 2002 it may not fit me now. My best advice is try everything on because it could be too big or too small.

THINK VARIETY
Simple bra and panty sets are great and so are strappy complicated nighties. The more variety in your lingerie the more photo choices you will have.

Bra tip: If you are a B or smaller find a bra that has lace around the top of the cup. It will make you look a whole size bigger in photos. Can’t find one? You can sew lace in yourself.

SOMETHING OF HIS
Bring something that belongs to your guy. One of his button up shirts and/or his tie. If you or your guy are sports fans wear a sports jersey with some knee high socks. You could even take it a step further and order his favorite team jersey with your name on it or the words sexy. Be creative. The more you put into it, the more he will be blown away.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Have fun with your outfit choices and jewelry. (yes, don’t forget jewelry, more on that in a minute) You can choose bright colors and even be super wild by wearing mismatched bra and panties. Wear your favorite pair of cowgirl boots and cowgirl hat or if you think your guy would love you in a nurse’s outfit – go for it! Try out something totally off the wall and fun! It can make for a fun and creative photo.

IN THE CLOSET
Look through your closet for a see through or lace blouse, a soft sweater you can pull off your shoulders, a vest or sleeveless sweater. Any unique or lace cropped tops can be cute with panties too.

ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
Bustiers are a great way to create curves and enhance cleavage. If you are smaller then a C cup be sure to bring the kind of bustier that has built in cups. (usually a corset does not have cups but I have seen a few bustiers without cups too) The bustiers without can make you look flat chested and we don’t want that!

SPY SEXY
Trench coat with sexy high heels can be oh so mysterious. Don’t forget to look through your coat closet. If you have a form fitting sexy coat bring it along. You know he fantasizes about you showing up to his office in nothing but a coat and heels all while he pretends to be James Bond. Oh wait, that may be our fantasy.

ON TREND
Rompers are all the rage this year and are not only cute but can be super sexy. If you do not already own one be sure to purchase one for your shoot. Off the shoulders blouses are also en vogue and will look great with a thong panty.

LEGS, LEGS AND MORE LEGS
Almost every woman brings fishnets and/or thigh highs to her session. My number one suggestion is if you plan to wear them with a garter belt, buy the kind without the plastic stay ups. If you plan to not wear a garter then the plastic stay ups are a must. Oh and did I mention garters can be a sexy little add on to any panty and bra set? Yes they can!

RED IS THE NEW BLACK
Many women come to their shoot with almost all black lingerie…snooze…Bring color!! The more variety the better. Red is always pretty damn hot. Honestly any color pop is fantastic! Bring a variety.

MAKE A STATEMENT
Don’t forget jewelry A statement necklace can be cool for a few images and  Bring a few choices in earrings and rings as well. Long necklaces make for great props and short colorful pieces can add drama.

THREE INCHES OR MORE
And most of all don’t forget to bring some killer high heels! Nude heels can go with many outfit choices. Black heels are a staple. However, anything strappy, studded or with bling is a must bring. The higher the better. Try to stay away from platform and wedges for your shoot.

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Pictured is a lace crop top with panties.

It truly makes my heart happy when I know my clients are smitten with their boudoir photos. Here is a sweet love note from a recent bride…

“Dear Critsey,

I cannot thank you enough for my beautiful photos. I gave the book to Josh on our wedding day and he loved it. He actually mentioned it several times throughout the day and he was like a little kid wanting to look at it when we got to our honeymoon suite that night. He even insisted on bringing it on our honeymoon! To say he is obsessed with it is an understatement. I will send you photos of his face seeing it for the first time when I get them from my wedding photographer. He told me he was completely shocked. I can’t wait to see those photos myself. 

I also wanted to thank you for making me feel more confident in myself. I read on your site that this makes women feel more empowered and I did not think it could make me feel any different but to my surprise it did. When I look at the photos I see a part of me that Josh sees everyday that I never saw before. I will be forever grateful for that. I think I will do this again when I turn thirty. 

Thank you! Mrs E”

Charlotte bridal boudoir

I love creating a variety of images for my clients to choose from. This includes doing a variety of lighting techniques. For my sessions I use natural light, off camera flash as well as LED light. I know it all sounds technical so basically I want you to know you will receive photos that are bright and airy, photos that are moody and dramatic and photos that are artistically lit. Maybe even some that have lens flair. 

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Moody boudoir photo

You probably already know that the 1 year anniversary gift is paper. So it clearly makes sense that photos are the perfect gift! And to give him boudoir photos of yourself is a double score. Just imagine his face as he looks through your beautiful photos. Some women plan ahead and give boudoir photos as their groom’s gift. Bridal boudoir was polled as the number one gift in 2016 by The Knot. With it being so popular a lot of grooms may already be secreting wishing for a boudoir gift over a watch. If you missed giving this gift on your wedding day imagine his surprise to receive it on your anniversary. 

My boudoir sessions include hair and makeup styling, a wardrobe consultation, pose coaching (don’t worry about knowing how to pose in advance) and a beautiful section of images to choose from. While you are here take a look around and view my galleries. If you have any questions anytime please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you. 

Charlotte New York boudoir

I ask a lot of questions and I am always curious why a woman is doing a boudoir session and I am just as curious why women have not done a boudoir session. Over the years I have asked many women about this topic. The reasons for doing a session usually have been: 

  • a gift for their significant other
  • celebrating a milestone 
  • celebrating getting back in shape 
  • documenting before having a baby
  • a gift for themselves and etc…

The reasons for not doing a session are more complicated and way more then I can list but let’s address a few:

  • Need to lose weight first 

I get it I really do but this one really should not be the reason any woman would not do a session. You are amazing and lovely just as you are. And besides if you really want to lose ten pounds book a session and use it as a motivator.

  • Scared, nervous “I can’t pose like the women in your photos”.

Can I tell you that 90% of my clients all felt the same way and they are the women in my photos. Everyone gets the jitters and no woman knows how to pose. I show my clients every pose. I make the environment stress free and by the time we are shooting you will totally forget about being nervous. You can ask any of my past clients and they will tell you how easy and fun their shoot was.

  • Single and no one to give the photos to

Let me tell you, THIS is one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself. Even my clients that do this for someone else in the end realize how much it means to themselves. It truly is empowering and gives you an outside look at your sensual side.

Want to chat more? Email or call me anytime. I would love to hear from you.

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It totally makes my day to receive such kind words from my clients! I wanted to share one of my recent love notes…

“What a fabulous experience! From the first inquiry emails through the shoot and beyond, Critsey is professional and lovely to work with. I was a bundle of nerves the morning of the shoot but once hair and makeup began, all my jitters fell away.

The shoot was fun and so much easier than I had expected. After seeing my beautiful photos, I am beyond happy that I chose Couture Boudoir and would recommend this so highly. I cannot wait to surprise my husband for his birthday! This is one gift that he will definitely NOT be returning!!

Thank for everything!!
Jen”

New York boudoir photographer

I hear from so many clients how nervous they are about their shoot and are usually a nervous mess leading up to the session. I wish I could just say the words “relax” and it magically happen but I know it is not so easy. However, I can guarantee the shoot will be a breeze and way easier then you imagine.
And it is so true for almost all of my clients once they sit in the chair for hair and makeup they begin to feel calm and ready to be a super model.

Are you ready to book your session? Fill in my quick contact form for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!

This Issue is EVERYTHING! It is 100% produced by Women. The Girls girls and 50 other female forces on owning Your Look, Your Body. Your Happiness. Your Future.

I grew up reading Glamour magazine and I cannot even begin to express how impressed I am with how far the magazine has come from just being about beauty to being so much more.

This issue is especially magical because they used exclusively females photographers. Even though the photography industry is dominated by females, the top percent that magazines use are men. It is so interesting that magazines that sell to mostly women are being produced mostly by men.

Kudos for the changes you are making Glamour!

 

Glamour Magazine February 2017

My main goal when photographing my clients is helping them find their feminine power. Just like men have this aura of masculinity and find pride in that, I feel women should not be made to feel ashamed of their sensuality. We are all sexual beings or we would not be here. There is so much healthy power in feeling confident in your body. 


If you lost that sexy feeling and want to get it back email me. Or maybe you just want to document your sensual side at this season in your life, no matter the reason send me an email and we can talk more. 

If you are looking for an amazing gift to give your partner, boyfriend, fiancé or husband for a special occasion then you are in the right place! Boudoir photos are something he probably has always wanted but would never expect which makes it the best surprise. It is also the one gift he cannot purchase for himself. Any guy can buy himself a new set of golf clubs or a watch!!

Boudoir, is not something he can run out and buy. This is why doing a boudoir shoot for him is the ultimate gift. Something he will cherish.

Want to learn more? Email me for my information guide. Or feel free to call anytime if you have questions.

There are no rules when it comes to getting dressed for a boudoir photo session. You don’t have to wear clothes. You also don’t have to be naked or topless. You can (and should) do whatever you feel most comfortable with. Your outfit, or lack thereof, should reflect your personality. If you feel uncomfortable, the photos will show that; on the flip side, if you feel attractive, even a typically basic outfit will come off as seductive and alluring. Take your time and decide what makes you feel the best. All in all this shoot may be for him but you will be the one to most benefit from your sexy photos if you truly love what you see.

I photograph women of all different ages, body types and backgrounds — as diverse as it gets. To me beauty isn’t defined by just one ideal.

You are amazing. You are beautiful. You are worthy.

Let me show you. Contact me for details on your very own boudoir shoot.

Guys, are you looking for the ultimate gift for your lady? Not only are boudoir and/or beauty sessions a romantic gift idea for women, they are truly unique. These type of sessions can be empowering and make any woman feel like a rockstar.
Let me tell you more… My Couture Boudoir® photo sessions are tasteful and classy. Very similar to magazine style fashion shoots. Your wife, fiancée or girlfriend will come to the shoot and first be pampered with hair and makeup styling. A wardrobe consultation will take place and then she will be photographed by me (a female photographer). I will coach her on posing so no modeling experience needed.  I have a range of packages to choose from. Special add-ons can be accommodated such as chocolate covered strawberries and red roses or maybe a bottle of her favorite perfume to make her feel even more sexy for her shoot.

The shoot can be styled in lingerie or in beautiful dresses. (the client supplies their own wardrobe). If your wife/girlfriend is more on the shy side a beauty shoot might be just the thing to bring her out of her shell. Both styles of sessions are sexy and sensual while being tasteful.

If you would like to learn more contact me.