5 Tips How To Choose A Boudoir Photographer | Patterson, California Photographer

April 27, 2017  •  2 Comments

Whether you call it glamour photos, lingerie pictures, beauty portraits, or boudoir photographs, you've decided that you'd like to see your sexy side. Are you a little nervous? You're normal. The unknown is unsettling. Information is your friend. Let me help you. First you'll need to find a boudoir photographer. Here are a few tips on how to choose a boudoir photographer for you.

1. Look at their style. 

Photography is an art and each artist has a style that is their own. They have a vision. Look through their portfolio gallery. Does their style of editing appeal to you? Does it match what you had in mind for your shoot? Some photographers have a dark shadowy edit, others produce light airy images, and then there's everything in between. Does the posing appeal to you? Make sure that you are comfortable with that kind of imagery for yourself. Check to see if their work is consistently similar.

2. What kind of experience do you want?

Are you just looking for quick pretty pictures or are you wanting to have a special day that caters to you? Ask the photographer what the session includes? Are hair and makeup provided? Will there be any snacks or beverages? How much camera time will you get? Will your photographer assist you with wardrobe choices?

Some photographers offer mini sessions, which is just like it sounds, mini. To keep cost low, the hair and makeup may not be offered, or only one of the two, and it's much shorter in time. With less time to photograph, less images are produced. On the positive side, this kind of boudoir shoot is budget friendly.

If you are wanting an experience that has healing qualities as well as pampering, you may be disappointed with the mini option. That kind of session takes time. I see women at transitional times in their life; getting married or divorced, pre or post surgery, before a weight loss journey and after that journey is accomplished...that kind of thing.  Some women simply struggle to appreciate their own beauty. Those full sessions include more camera time. There's more time to relax, and connect with yourself as well as your photographer. That leaves time for more outfit changes and a larger gallery of images, as well.

Think about what you are trying to accomplish with your shoot. Do you need a quick gift for someone? A mini will likely fit the bill. If you are wanting an experience that is for you with a bonus for that special someone, a full session would be your best option.

3. What is included in their boudoir shoot experience?

Do you remember the glamour pictures that they shot at the mall? The 90's were fun, weren't they (or am I just dating myself...eeep)? Part of the experience was having the hair and makeup done, along with the wraps. Those were the days! In order to provide a consistent product, I provide a professional hair stylist and makeup artist with every boudoir shoot so that the images on my website will match in quality with what you would receive in your gallery. If the photographer gives you the option to use her artists or do your own, you may want to ask to see images of both varieties, so you know what to expect. Ask what kind of makeup the artist uses. Is it designed for photography? What about false eyelashes, are they included? In my opinion, they are a must for a shoot! I've been using the same artists and stylists for years. They know what works best for my boudoir photo shoots. It never hurts to ask them about their glamsquad. I love to brag about mine.

4. What do you want to do with your images?

Ask the photographer what print options they have, if any. What is your comfort level? Do you want to keep your images discrete, for your private viewing? Albums are a perfect choice. Ask to see a sample and find out how many pages and images they hold. Is it the type of quality that you want? For the bold girl who wants to show off her images, wall art may be for you. Find out what kind they carry. There are canvases, metals, framed, and acrylics, to name a few. Maybe you want a bit of both. Is there an option for that?  We live in a digital age. Does the photographer have any digital options?

5. Do you feel comfortable with the photographer?

Saving the most important for last. This is a very important one. How do you get to know the photographer? Is communication done by email, a phone call, or in person?  With their form of contact, are you made to feel comfortable with them? Every woman that inquires with me, gets an in person consultation. I'm about to ask her to get down to her birthday suit for me, so I like to buy her a cup of coffee first. Not only do we get a chance to get to know one another, I also get to let her know what to expect from a shoot.  Among other things, I can help her select wardrobe, give her beauty service recommendations, and answer all her questions. If you'd like to get to know me better, I invite you to join my private, women only, Facebook VIP group, HERE. We motivate and get to know one another in the group, and of course there are the shenanigans! The group is usually the first to know about what is happening at Karen Ludwig Boudoir Photography. So come join us!

I've been on both sides of the camera lens. Because of that, I've created an experience that will fulfill my clients emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The session that I offer is modeled after the session that I would want. Contact me to schedule a consult of your own by clicking the picture below. It is free, with no obligation. Just meet with me for a coffee and see what boudoir is all about. 

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Karen Ludwig Boudoir is a boudoir photographer, located in Patterson, California 95363 , about an hour south of Sacramento, and approximately the same distance east of San Francisco. My location allows me to serve clients in the Tri Valley (Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton California), Bay area, Northern California and the Central Valley as well. I create intimate portraits of women who are looking for a boutique photographic experience, where they explore their bold sexy side and appreciate their beauty, while creating alluring images of their unique “you”.

 


Patterson California Boudoir Photographer | Wine and False Eyelash, Do Not Mix

March 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A boudoir photography session with Karen Ludwig Boudoir Photography is a full photographic event.  Not only do we get sexy with Karen, here in the Central Valley, Patterson, California, it's a boutique experience, with yummy treats and a mimosa that'll knock your sox off (which is convenient since this is a clothing optional situation). I schedule and arrange a seasoned professional hair stylist as well as makeup artist for each shoot. Sometimes women want a sultry sexy makeup look.  Sometimes they want something soft and alluring.  Whatever the case, when she adds those false eyelashes, my clients eyes really pop. I mean POP! Those extra lashes take the look to a whole different level of sexy. A level that I, personally, wanted to achieve.

Now, I'm a pretty outdoorsy kind of girl. I like camping, gardening, and taking the four wheel drive down to the river. But hey, I scrub up pretty good if the situation arrises. So I had a glass or two of wine one night and ordered me a pair of $45 gorgeous false lashes. I. Was. Giddy. You know how you get emails, telling you your order has shipped? I screenshot that and posted it on Facebook. It was that kind of exciting. Finally the fluffy little gems arrived. But I controlled my joy and set them aside. You don't want to be hasty with these. I mean, they were intended to be worn like 30 times. I didn't want to mess them up. So I watched a YouTube "how to" video on application, bought the recommended glue, and waited for just the right time to get glamorous. This was serious business!

One Friday night, the hubs calls, on his way home from work, and says his buddy's band is playing that night at Woodbridge Crossings, a restaurant /bar about 30 minutes south of Sacramento. SCORE! First things first, I hit the gym, because the dress that'll go with my lashes is a little clingy and I need to drop 27 lbs in the next 3 hours. Workout, check. After slipping out of my sweaty sports bra, I rewarded my effort with a glass of wine. Don't judge me, I earned it at the gym. Shower, hair, and makeup, as prescribed in my eyelash tutorial, and I was all ready for my sexy eyes! Hubs helped a sister out and refilled my glass while I trimmed the lash strip length to fit my eyes. Have I mentioned that these were $45? And I'm taking scissors to them?! No worries, me and that Pinio Grigio got this.Trim, then check the length. Trim, check, trim, check. Time for glue. You know that face you make when you put mascara on? Apparently I make the same face applying glue. Suuuuper pretty. It takes about 45 seconds (or 3 healthy swigs from a wine glass) for the glue to get tacky. Ahhhh the moment of truth. I slip one on the right eye, pinned it in place, and it sticks perfectly. Only it's too long and looks kinda ridiculous. Even the hubs, who is now my intrigued audience, because this event is taking longer than expected and he's gauging how much later our reservation needs to be, could only say "well.... they are long". Which I'm pretty sure is code for, I don't like them. But I had one on and I was committed to see this through.

Three more swigs and good ol' lefty is tacky. I lined up the strip, laid that bad boy on my left eye, carefully tried to pin it in place, and the SOB stuck to my lashes. I didn't  have time for this! How the chick in the tutorial made it look so effortless, is beyond me. But now I kinda' hate her and I'm starting to sweat. Time to hydrate. Three more swigs. Remember the neighborhood kid that could turn his eyelids inside out, when you were younger? I'm now one of them.  Pulling a strip of glued on falsies off my eye was a harrowing experience. I'm surprised that I have any of my own lashes left behind. The mascara, that looked so nice before I started this madness, had gobs of goo making them stick together and to my lid. Faaaaabulous.  The hubs, who was patiently waiting, decided he was going to help. Ummm no.  I can't even put eye drops in, not happening, bruh. You're not fingering my eyeball. I thanked the maker that I chose a sleeveless dress because my under arms were starting to reveal my frustration. I cursed the perky girl in the tutorial again, drained my glass, then tried a second time to put the left strip on. Once again, it didn't line up, but at this point, me and the two (or three, I lost count) glasses of wine didn't care. It's probably dim lighting in the restaurant, right? Who will even notice? But my man informed me otherwise, "I can see that it's not on". In a fit of frustration, I unceremoniously stripped both eyes of their adornments, muttered "I'm F###ing over it", and threw everything in the garbage. Yup, in the trash. Normally that would have killed me, but it was oddly satisfying, like I showed them who's boss or something.

Update...I'm picking up a second pair of lashes, in case I'm feeling adventurous again (hides corkscrew).   I'll let you know how it goes.

Karen Ludwig Boudoir is a boudoir photographer, located in the Central Valley, Patterson, California 95363 , about an hour south of Sacramento, and approximately the same distance east of San Francisco. My location allows me to serve clients in the Tri Valley, and Bay area as well. I create intimate portraits of women who are looking for a boutique photographic experience, where they explore their bold sexy side and appreciate their beauty, while creating alluring images of their unique “you”.


Patterson California Boudoir Photographer | What To Wear To A Boudoir Photography Session

March 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Do you ever tear your closet apart, looking for an outfit to wear?  I know I do!  Clothes strewn all over, discarded like banana peels after an epic smoothie party.  Yep, sometimes it's hard to find the perfect outfit. I feel ya, girl.  I've been there. What to wear??

When I get an inquiry about a boudoir session, I arrange to meet with the gal for an in person consultation, here in Patterson, California.  During that meeting, since we are going to be a bit more intimately involved shortly down the road, we get to know one another.  We chat about why she is doing the session, whether it's for her or a sexy gift  for her significant other.  We talk about the variety of ways to preserve her images, and how to prepare for her session. The one item that always comes up is, "what should I wear?"

In an effort to avoid a smoothie party incident, I have a lingerie guide with boudoir wardrobe ideas on it that my fabulous client gets to take home with her.  I also have a board on Pinterest. Don't you love Pinterest? Each pin on my board has an explanation as to why I think it is a favorable or less-favorable choice.  Since it's online, she can refer back to it, on her smart phone, while out shopping or as she is digging through her "funderwear drawer" at home.  Between clicking through my board and the guide, my girl will have a great idea about what to wear to a boudoir shoot. I'll get you there, girl, don't worry.  And I too have a smart phone, so she can totally call me with questions or dressing room selfies.  Yep, its happened. I'm cool like that.

For the record, wearing nothing-at-all is very pretty.  "Just a sheet" leaves a little bit to the imagination.  Women are blessed with great curves.  To show them off, a simple white sheet is a fantastic option.  I can lay the sheet just-so, exposing only the important curves.  That pretty curve of your back, the seductive hip, the alluring cleavage, and the lengthy legs... all uninterrupted by panties, bra, or whatever else she may have had on before I pulled the sheet out.  Yep, a sheet works just fine.  So don't worry too much about what to wear for your session.  Take it easy on the smoothie party and let's show off those curves. 

Contact me to schedule your own consultation.

Karen Ludwig Boudoir is a boudoir photographer, located in the Central Valley, Patterson, California, about an hour south of Sacramento, and approximately the same distance east of San Francisco. My location allows me to serve clients in the Tri Valley, and Bay area as well. I create intimate portraits of women who are looking for a boutique photographic experience, where they explore their bold sexy side and appreciate their beauty, while creating alluring images of their unique “you”.


Patterson California | Boudoir Photographer | Thank You

March 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I believe that a woman's sexuality is beautiful and it shouldn't be hidden. Life has a way of developing a persons set of beliefs. At a very young and impressionable age, I was sexually molested by someone I knew. According to the National Center For Victims Of Crime, 1 out of every 5 girls is a victim of child sexual abuse... Damn, what a heartbreaking ratio. I'm hoping that my story may help heal that scar that runs so deeply for those that have (or are) suffering with the lasting pain. Deep breath.

At 5 years old, I discovered and was ashamed of my sexuality, all at the same time, as a man I knew used my body to satisfy his sexual deviance. In my innocence, I didn't understand what was happening to me. As I matured, however, I wondered what I had inadvertently done to incite such a behavior from a man. I feared, since I didn't know what I'd done, that I'd accidentally draw that attention from someone else. As children do, I blamed myself. So I became guarded. "Shy", they called me. Invisibility was my protective shield. If I didn't get noticed, there was no threat. I learned to fear my sexuality.

"one day, I realized that they would never fit"

As an adult now, if I can understand a problem or make sense of it, it's easier for me to deal with it. Once I can understand the "why" of it, it can be boxed and put away. So I, mentally, spent years in a dimly lit space, trying to fit the puzzle pieces together. I struggled, wanting to feel whole. But no matter how hard I looked, the pieces never fit. They just wouldn't fit! So they laid there on the table, messy and unfinished, in its dark place. Until one day, I realized that they would never fit, because the pieces were confusion. Utter and complete confusion. That day, as I prayed to be freed of the host of negative feelings, it was as if I had found the key to the room that I'd been trapped in. I could now understand that a grown man shouldn't be sexually attracted to a child and what he did was done from a place of confusion.  Therefore, it would never make sense, and I was free to let it go. As I unlocked the door, I could suddenly see and the air was fresh. I came to understand that letting go wasn't giving up or sweeping it under the rug. Letting go was the solution to my happiness. So I threw the pieces away. Mentally bagging them all up and kicking them to the curb. I was done with it. Left behind like the refuse that it was. Without looking back, I walked away. I don't know where it went. Incinerated, perhaps.

The table, once covered in confusing pieces, now gleams beautifully. I've discovered that my sexuality isn't something to be ashamed of. In fact, it is beautiful. As a boudoir photographer, I get to share that belief with you. We explore, joy, pleasure, vulnerability, and desire. We celebrate them. We make noises that would make anyone within earshot blush, and we giggle and love it. We close our eyes and let go of inhibitions. Boudoir photography isn't just about pretty pictures, it's also about embracing the sensous feminine you.
I've become a crusader for women loving their sexy side. With each boudoir session, I see women walk away, embracing their sexuality, and I heal a little more. I applaud your bravery, ladies. And I thank you.

Karen Ludwig Boudoir is a boudoir photographer, located in the Central Valley, Patterson, California, about an hour south of Sacramento, and approximately the same distance east of San Francisco. My location allows me to serve clients in the Tri Valley, and Bay area as well. I create intimate portraits of women who are looking for a boutique photographic experience, where they explore their bold sexy side and appreciate their beauty, while creating alluring images of their unique "you".

 


Patterson California | Boudoir Photographer | Hello Gorgeous

January 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hello, gorgeous!  Over the years, I have started and deleted approximately 489 thousand blogs.  I pinky promise, this is the last one.  In case you missed the About page, I am exclusively a boudoir photographer. That's what I'll be blogging about. (I know, I'm excited too!)  In the past, I've photographed newborns, babies, families, high school seniors, weddings, and every thing else in between. They each have their charm.  Who doesn't love a squishy baby cheek, amiright?   However, one February, when I decided to offer Valentines Day gift boudoir sessions, I fell in love with all things boudoir. Between the makeup artist and hair stylist making my client look and feel like a million bucks with their glamour experience, then watching her transform from nervous, to a woman owning her sexy side as I coach her through her poses, I knew I had found my niche. As my first client walked out the door after her shoot, she stopped to tell me, "I never thought of myself as sexy before.  I do now." BOOM! Drops mic...

meet your photographer, Karen Ludwig

Be bold.  Be beautiful.  Be you.  As I post, you'll see that these 3 things are deeply imbedded in why I have chosen boudoir photography as my career.  You'll also find posts about all that goes into a boudoir shoot along with images from my sessions, how to embrace your femininity and love your body, and you'll get to know me a little better too.  Lucky you!  So, be sure to follow this blog.  It's going to be epic!

Karen Ludwig Boudoir is a boudoir photographer, located in the Central Valley, Patterson, California, about an hour south of Sacramento, and approximately the same distance east of San Francisco.  My location allows me to serve clients in the Tri Valley, and Bay area as well.  I create intimate portraits of women who are looking for a boutique photographic experience, where they explore their bold sexy side and appreciate their beauty, while creating alluring images of their unique "you".