Category Archives: oregon boudoir photographer

Portland Boudoir Photographer | New Studio | Sneak Peek

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but I moved out of my Salem studio and am now renting studio space in Portland. It is in an old warehouse, near the Ross Island Bridge (SE side). It has huge old windows that let in gorgeous natural light and I’m totally smitten with it. There are so many options for posing and backgrounds too! Half of the studio is all white, as seen in the photo here, while the other half offers a darker, more moody setting. I can’t wait to share more form this session, as well as others that have been created in the new studio.

Salem Oregon Boudoir Photographer | ballerina inspired session

My beautiful friend was in my studio one day for a boudoir session. Anyone who has visited my studio knows that I keep a rack of clothing in the corner, with various items on it. I have wedding dresses, lingerie pieces, accessories, and other random things. I’d just picked up this adorable pink lace dress and realized about halfway through our shoot that the dress would probably fit her. Sure enough, it fit. So, I proceeded to treat my friend like a real life dress up doll. Ha! Anyway, I remember exclaiming, “Oh my gosh, you look like a ballerina!” When I took the first shot in front of the window. And her reply? “Oh, I was in ballet growing up.”
Perfect.

Salem Oregon Boudoir Photographer | Featured on Finding Bliss | Kelsey

Here are a few of my favorite images from Kelsey’s all film boudoir session. This session was also featured on Finding Bliss (click here to view), where you can see more images from the session, as well as read a little bit about me, Kelsey, and our photo shoot.
Camera: Bronica ETRS + 75mm f/2.8 lens
Film: Ilford Delta 3200
Lab: Photovision (Salem, OR)

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 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!