For Leila, Seriously Sexy Boudoir's resident shutterbug, sexiness isn't about how much skin a woman shows, but how she shows it. During one-hour boudoir and maternity boudoir sessions in a private, female-only studio, her all-women team guides guests through each pose. Whether with a suggestively arched back, pouty lips, or a flirtatious wink, the team works to ensure that every image has a sultry touch devoid of redeye, which only serves to seduce Terminators. Leila also provides top-notch lighting, impressive sets, and appropriate wardrobe suggestions to enhance the experience even more.
Afterward, Leila invites clients back for an unveiling, where they can review every image and examine samples of products that can preserve their favorite shots. Leila digitally retouches each picture in her digital darkroom before creating prints, high-resolution images, or photo albums.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
To Angela Smith, the entire San Antonio area is a photography studio. A specialist in natural-light photography, Angela conducts outdoor, on-location shoots, typically at locales of her clients? choosing. The natural process allows her subjects to pose at venues of personal significance, such as the site of a marriage proposal or the site of a taffy-factory accident that left them attached together. During shoots, Angela often eschews conventional poses in favor of candid, active shots, encouraging her clients to relax and have fun while in front of the lens. Though each photo shoot is a collaborative process between client and photographer, Angela recommends that most shoots take place either before 10 a.m. or in the late afternoon or evening in order to work in the most ideal lighting conditions and allow for the extremely long lunches her camera demands.
Ladies of all ages and physiques pose for skilled photographers in a private, female-only studio to create artful, sumptuous portraits highlighting femininity and confidence. Upon arriving at the Boudoir Photography by Angie Garfield studio, clients comb through potential outfits with the talented shutterbug and can sip a glass of wine to calm any preshoot jitters. The photographer then leads subjects through a beauty-capturing session composed of a series of poses tailored to the client’s comfort level. Boudoir Photography encourages women to incorporate flirty accessories such as feather boas, long strands of pearls, and velvet leprechaun caps into the session. The retouched prints and digital images immortalize each subject’s unique beauty for a personal keepsake or memorable gift. Groupon holders may also purchase additional prints, products and makeup-application services at 10% off.
The photographers at Retro Vice release each subject's inner temptress with sultry re-creations of classic pin-up poses. Bombshells sit down in the stylist’s chair to make tresses shimmer and cheekbones blush for prints that light up the insides of lockers. A plethora of vintage props and wardrobe pieces spice up shoots with skimpy sailor suits and naughty aprons, and photographers coach models, cladding them with a natural confidence. Much like bootleg antiques, five portraits of the client's choice undergo vintage retouching before the images are finalized in physical and digital form.
High-fashion photographers might view laugh lines, stretch marks, and scars as imperfections, but boudoir photographer Erin Colleen sees them as marks of a life well lived. This aesthetic infuses her sultry boudoir shoots, during which she captures the unique beauty of subjects of all ages and sizes. During sessions, which can be purchased for holiday and anniversary gifts, her models can don outfits ranging from football jerseys and panties to lingerie and thigh-high stockings; alternatively, they can pose nude and conceal themselves using artfully cast shadows, rather than by peeking out from behind a clothed friend. Erin Colleen just as artfully documents women flaunting their curves solo and couples showcasing their chemistry.