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La Grande Boudoir Photographer | couples maternity boudoir | River & Levi

I don’t even need to tell you that they’re an adorable couple and ridiculously in love because you can see it, plain as day, in these photos! Levi played his guitar to River and their baby (Ivy) during their session and it was so calming and awesome. It made the session so enjoyable for everyone, including me. River is due any day now (and based on her facebook posts is ready to be done with this pregnancy, haha!), so I thought it seemed like a good time to share this session. Maybe it’ll help you come to terms with being pregnant just a little bit longer, River!

La Grande Boudoir Photographer | couples session | sneak peek

I am often asked if I do “couples boudoir” session and the answer is yes, but I’m very selective in who I work with on these types of shoots. It is a requirement that we all meet prior to the shoot, to make sure that we are a good fit and that everyone (including me) is comfortable and that we are all on the same page for the shoot and the final product.
River is a returning boudoir client and I’d photographed them together during a portrait session prior to their couples boudoir session. They’re possibly one of the cutest couples ever and I cannot wait to share the rest of this maternity-couple-boudoir session with you!

Eastern Oregon Boudoir Photographer | full circle.

I’m going to apologize in advance because this post is going to be long.
It has taken me quite some time to figure out exactly what inspires me and what my “style” is when it comes to photography. Admittedly, this was easier to answer in regards to my boudoir work. When I was in college, earning my art degree, I was very focused on one style of photography: black and white nudes. It is funny how things have come full circle for me in that regard. In college, I would photograph my friends on black and white film, often using moody lighting (i.e., a bare 60 watt lightbulb). 
After college, I ventured out into the world of photojournalism, which I loved. Not necessarily because I enjoyed photographing political meetings or car accidents, but because I was out in the community, talking to and getting to know people. I loved hearing their stories and part of their lives, even if it was only for a few short minutes. Photojournalism sort of lead me to portrait work. Stay with me here. I began photographing children and families, and eventually weddings. All before I even considered boudoir photography. Strange, huh? Anyway, I had in my mind that boudoir was something tacky and/or trashy and I was an artist, so that genre didn’t appeal to me at all. Until one day, when I saw some tasteful boudoir images online. At that point, I realized that boudoir could be whatever I wanted it to be. Not some stereotype I had in my mind up until that point. So, I decided to try my  hand at boudoir, telling myself that if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to continue.  
Well, of course, I absolutely fell in LOVE with boudoir photography. Not just the artistic freedom it gave me (which was lacking in most of my portrait work), but with my clients. With women who were doing something for themselves. Who value themselves. Or at the very least wanted to value themselves. I loved that my clients walked away feeling empowered and truly beautiful. I loved that they wrote me afterwards, thanking me for their experience. I loved that they sent their friends to me, not just to have some photos taken, but to also feel empowered. I’m telling you… that feeling is so amazing that you want your friends to feel it too. Sort of like being in love. 
So, fast forward a little. These days, I’m doing a lot of work on b&w film again. Sometimes nudes, sometimes partially nude. Often with moody lighting. So, this is where the full circle thing comes in. I sort of had to get out there and experience the world and other kinds of photography, just to confirm that I was doing exactly what I was meant to do 20 freaking years ago! Go figure. 
Are you wondering why I’m rambling about all of this in a seemingly unrelated blog post? Well, there is indeed a reason. You see, last fall when I was planning a trip to La Grande (where I attended college) for a boudoir event, I decided to also put together a styled bridal shoot. In the process, I found River on a modeling website. I contacted her about the bridal shoot and as it turns out, SHE is currently an art student focusing on photography, at my alma mater. Not only that, but after communicating back and forth for a bit about the bridal shoot (which she rocked, by the way, wearing my mother-in-law’s wedding dress… click here to view that post), she decided to also book a boudoir session with me. Obviously, as seen by the images below, she rocked that as well. Anyway, it was so wonderful to not only work with another photographer, but to be able to look at her and sort of see myself, oh so many years ago. I’m happy to say that we have kept in touch and I consider her a good friend now. Funny how that works out. 

La Grande Boudoir Photographer | vintage inspired session

I had the honor of photographing a fellow photographer while I was in
La Grande, Oregon last fall. This beautiful woman was one of several that I
photographed on this stop of my boudoir tour. 
I loved that she grabbed this orange and white vintage shirt from her boyfriend’s closet and paired it with a mismatched bra and panty set. I thought it all pulled together so nicely with the color palette in the hotel room that I did a few shots in color. 
In case you have not heard me mention this before, my boudoir sessions should come with a disclaimer. I have had SO many clients get pregnant within just a couple months of their boudoir session. This was no exception. I’ll be traveling back to La Grande in a few weeks to do maternity photos for this beautiful artist!

I will be offering boudoir sessions in La Grande, Oregon on Saturday, April 11th.
Please contact me if you are interested in booking a session or would like information.

kel@kelwardphotography.com

La Grande Oregon Boudoir Photographer | my gorgeous friend

The first stop on my boudoir tour was La Grande, Oregon, which is such a special place for me. I attended college there, spent the first few years of my marriage there, and even had my first child there. I don’t get the opportunity to visit often, so it was really great to be able to visit some friends AND host a boudoir event. One of my dear friends (and former cheerleading teammate) booked a session for herself. She was also one of my models back in college for many photography projects. Not only is she gorgeous (obviously), but she is incredibly kind hearted. She’s also super busy with her full time job, husband, and two children, so I’m glad she made time to do this and to spend time with us. Sara, you are beautiful, inside and out and I am so glad I finally got to photograph you again!