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As a makeup artist, I’ve been on set for many of Lindsay’s boudoir shoots. I know exactly how things go down. Right before my eyes, I’ve seen so many women transform into the bold and confident women you see in Lindsay’s images right here on this blog. I KNOW that it happens. I’ve heard every woman that has shot with us say “is that ME?!” while they would catch a glimpse of their smokin’ hot selves in the mirror or on the back of Lindsay’s camera.  I know that Lindsay only produces quality, stunning, artistic images. I trust her. But still, while I  stood there in front of the mirror the morning of my white sheet session I thought to myself “What the HELL am I doing?!”. I was only 5 weeks postpartum. Not only did my entire body feel foreign to me in it’s new shape but so did my mind.

Who was I? I knew that I was no longer the girl I was prior to giving birth to my daughter and that terrified me. If I wasn’t her anymore, who did that make me now? Regardless, I glammed up my face for the first time since giving birth, curled my hair,  and took my weird body, lost soul, and sleep deprived mind to Lindsay’s to shoot my white sheet session.

I’ve been in front of the camera a few times before but this time it just felt different. With the first few clicks of the camera, I was tense. I could feel the insecurity radiating off of me. I felt so unaware of how my body looked. Lindsay continued to click away and guided me through getting my body into the most flattering poses and after every few clicks I’d hear a “yaaaaaas girl” or some other type of encouragement. But with each click, and every “yaass girl” something wonderful happened; I started to let it all go. All of the tension, uncertainty, self-doubt, insecurity, I let it go, click by click. And damn it felt good.

But with each click, and every “yaass girl” something wonderful happened; I started to let it all go. All of the tension, uncertainty, self-doubt, insecurity, I let it go, click by click. And damn it felt good.

 
As soon as Lindsay revealed to me what she had captured, I saw it. I found my answer. Raw and vulnerable. Elegant and confident. There I was. That’s who I am now. I am a woman, a mother. I am strong. Brave. Selfless. Curvey. And yep, I’m going to say it, BEAUTIFUL. I finally got it. THIS is why I’ve heard so many women say “is that me?!” while seeing their images for the first time. Not because they don’t actually recognize themselves, but because through these images Lindsay has revealed to them qualities within themselves that they have always possessed but never believed in. These photos are beyond boudoir, guys, this is about recognizing who you are is a unique piece of art. It’s about giving yourself permission to believe in your own beauty. It’s about freeze-framing the person you are right now, because wherever you are in life, you have been on a journey and you have a story to tell. It’s about having having sexy-ass wall art to plaster all over your bedroom for your significant other to drool over for the rest of their life. Just kidding about that last one. Kind of. No, never mind, no I wasn’t. That part is pretty awesome too.
 
The bottom line here is, if you are looking in the mirror and thinking to yourself “I’m not ready” because you’ve just had a baby, or because you’re not at your goal weight, or you feel insecure about this or that, then I am going to encourage you take a giant step out of your comfort zone and book your boudoir session with Lindsay right now. What you need is to not wait until your insecurities disappear because they never will. What you need is the opportunity to see yourself in a new light. More specifically, the sexy dim light that Lindsay shoots her sessions in. This an opportunity to rock what you’ve got, own your journey, tell your story, and love all that you are. Take it.
 

Xo. Erin

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The City That Never Sleeps

Where do I even begin? I mean, this is Agnes, THE Agnes, the Agnes that I talk about all the time. This session is where our epic friendship first began.  Agnes is another incredible Boudoir photographer, my boudie sister if you will.  We are both members of the esteemed Association of International Boudoir Photographers which is where we connected for the first time.  I had been planning a shoot in the city and wanted to test out some new lights so I asked Agnes if she wanted to come be my model for the night.

It is always terrifying as a photographer to photograph another photographer, especially one who’s work and skill you admire as much as I admire Agnes’s work.  When she showed up, I am pretty sure she could tell I was nervous out of my mind because she right away went into the mode of calming me down and ensuring me she would love whatever I did, and that the reason she was there is so I could work through testing out new skills anyway.

Well, I have to say, her energy did calm me right down, and taking away all of that pressure really allowed me to focus on learning and expanding my skills. But not only that, we totally clicked and vibed and I instantly saw a future bestie in her. I could look at her and instantly see behind her sweet goofy outside was this baddddddddass female on the inside that I simply could not ignore.  It was her inner badass that made me fall in love with her.

Her take no shit, but cause no problems attitude is one that is right in line with my own thinking.

 I cannot even put into words how much I love this girl!

We have such a bond over the city that never sleeps too.  Funny enough Agnes lives 2 blocks away from where I lived on the upper west side for all of those years and we never met!  We totally bonded over Thai Market and giant slices of pizza on Broadway, and of course our obsession with boudoir, so It absolutely made sense that her shoot featured the city too.  When you live in New York you are basically entering into a relationship with the city, be it a good one or a bad one, you cannot live there without being completely infected by its energy. It remains a part of you no matter how many years you live away from it, and now, she will always have this little reminder of the total FIC (Female In Control) she is when it comes to her relationship with New York.

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I love you all the gifs Agnes!

Fall Outdoor Boudoir

Carolyn and I were introduced about a year ago through our mutual friend Sarah. Sarah must have known from the start that connecting the two of us would result in nothing but pure magic. Carolyn is one of those down to earth girls that exists in the moment, she doesn’t care about the latest trends or what the Kardashians are wearing (yes I am a admitted Kardashian addict, judge me, its fine, I judge myself for it.) Because of this, her style absolutely and positively rocks! It is who she is, what she is feeling in the moment, and it is bad-ass! She legit has a pintrest lookbook of her wardrobe and when it came time to style her session, she gave me free reign to put together whatever outfits I wanted from her collection. I was literally drooling at some of her awesome pieces…um kitty panties and pegasus heels?! yes please!

Despite the insane rush of the fall  / holiday busy season, I was so obsessed with this session that I forwent sleep in exchange for editing to make sure that I got it out just in time for my favorite holiday of the year! An entire holiday where everyone is almost as weird as I am, it is much easier to find awesome skull-y things, and where Nina Simone plays on repeat (see above, you are welcome 😉 <3)

So Ghouls and Gals, Happy Fall – Happy Halloween – Happy best time of the damn year!

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A special thank you to Cassandra McKenna for her beautiful makeup artistry!

Curated Print Products

 “You never know the value of a picture until it is all you have left.”

I’m sure you’ve heard that statement before. I know I have, but had never given it much thought until photos were all I had left. Before going into photography, I always used to take pictures with my phone and post them on Facebook. It wasn’t until October 16, 2013, when I lost one of my dearest and oldest friends in a tragic accident, that I really learned the value of self-preservation through pictures. When photos are all you have left to remember someone by, their value increases astronomically! I think back and remember when my grandmother passed away, going through her old pictures and stumbling upon a box of old prints from when she was younger. It was incredible to see time preserved in these photos, holding them in my hands transported me to a time before I even existed. That is the power of pictures, to transport us, to freeze time. All that is left behind when we are gone are our pictures and memories. Seeing her so young, with her hair perfectly coiffed and posed, I am reminded of old black and white modeling photos of Judy Garland. Luckily, I have an old vintage nighty of hers that my mother kept for me. I shot my dear friend Kristen in it. (Check it out in a previous blog post!)

I love social media and the age of the internet, but with technology ever evolving I sometimes fear for the future of our digital memories. We went from huge disks, to floppy disks, to cd’s to usbs…as each of these mediums become outdated, we loose more and more of our pictures and memories. Thankfully, the one thing that can’t be outdated or replaced by the newest technology is prints.

After months and months of sourcing every professional print lab in the United States, England, Australia, etc. I finally ended up with a Canadian, professionals only, print lab. The albums are handcrafted in the finest Italian tradition. These prints are heirloom quality, and truly designed to last forever. My new website, with a brand new products page is launching later this year. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of our newest collections:

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Just a few of the many swatches from our options for your album cover!

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And of course our boutique packaging <3

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Are you ready to preserve your legacy and take part in an empowering long term investment to capitalize on your individual beauty?

Lets chat!

Email me at Lindsay@photographybylindsayrae.com

Troy, NY Portraits

Miss Kitty P, also now known as the leading lady for the band Donner Social, (You have to hear the pipes on this girl – she can saaaannngggg!) has graced my camera again!   Can you believe she actually let me color her hair? Yes, she bleached it out and then let me have my way with it doing a bold lavender to blue ombre…I am sort of obsessed, and not just because I did it myself!  Once of my favorite things about Kitty is her ever evolving style, she doesn’t try to fit in, she just wears what she wants when she wants it and the same thing goes for her hair.  That confidence in being 100% herself is something that totally inspires me, and that all of us women can take a tip from!

This time we set out to capture the last of the setting summer sun in Downtown Troy for our Ruby Rose inspired session.With Orange is The New Black being one of the hits of the summer, we were super inspired by Ruby Rose’s feminine yet still androgynous style, and more specifically, her super girl ability to rock a blazer with any outfit and make it sexy as hell!

For indoor boudoir sessions, try mixing a sexy blazer with high waisted bottoms (for my curvy ladies, like myself) or lacy bikini bottoms (for the slender or more athletic builds) with a lacy bra or even no bra for a super sophisticated and provocative look.

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Self Portrait

There has been a challenge of sorts circulating around the Boudoir community to get in front of your own camera. I decided to take this challenge.  You may have seen the amazing session that Cate Scaglione of Life As Fine Art captured for me, if not you definitely should check it out HERE, this session captured the me that I try to put out into the world. Sophisticated, elegant and a bit edgy…

However….the time has come to really just allow myself to be raw, to live in the emotions that I am feeling and to embrace the beauty of not only light, but darkness.

Let’s be honest here, as amazing as life is, we all go through trials and tribulations and things that make us sort of want to curl up into a ball. I went through one of these things recently when I faced a total violation and breach of trust. I will be honest, I really let this event in my life affect me, bring me to tears and make me question my love and trust in people in general.  I gave myself about 5 days to “wallow” in my sorrow before my beautiful clients snapped me right out of it by embracing their own experience. I got a call at 930pm last night from one of my new clients from NYC, this client might have been my most nervous and vulnerable client to date, but she went through this amazing transformation in front of my camera.  She has finally gotten a chance to view her gallery and called me to tell me how “hot” she looked.  That moment, of hearing my client love herself, that is what snapped me out of it…now the residual feelings from what I went through are still there, but I decided to give myself the experience I give my clients in front of my own camera.

I embraced the moment I was in, no makeup, no clothes,  not even a brush through the hair.  Completely vulnerable and emotionally exposed, I just went for it.  I have been photographed before…but I have never photographed myself with anything aside from my cell phone, so this was especially challenging for me. More challenging than getting the settings right for the dark, emotional vibe I wanted to capture was the self-talk.  I had to talk myself into trusting myself, the same way I ease my clients into trusting me, and by the end of my session with myself, I felt free of all of the darkness that has been surrounding me lately…almost like the camera sucked it all up.

What you see may not be the best technical photography or best poses I have ever done, but they are raw, they are me, and they are my way of saying “I am in this with you girls”

In the words of my dear friend Rebecca Williams “I honor the skin I am in.”

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Times Square Boudoir

I always like to share a little bit about how I met the client and our story, and it is no different with Beth Claire.  Beth is a fellow “Boudie” and an incredible one at that! We c connected through the Boudoir community and hit it right off! There was one day in a group discussion that the question was asked “If you had to photograph one other photographer in this group who would it be?”  My answer was immediately Beth! Aside from her amazing hair (we all know I have an obsession with red hair) she had this personality that radiated through both pictures she has modeled in, but more importantly her photography.  It is always really really scary to photograph another photographer, especially when it is one who’s work you really admire. Needless to say I was uber nervous when Beth showed up! Lucky for me though, she was so laid back and in good spirits that I was able to just relax and make a new friend.

We went through the process just like normal, Beth set off to hair and makeup with Natalia from Blush Blush NYC while I went through her wardrobe and paired off and set up outfits for her. She must have been able to sense my nerd-dom through email, because I about gasped when I pulled out the amazing Marvel dress! Fate would have it, our hotel was right in Times Square and the characters from all of the comic books were out on the street, so I most obviously had to take advantage of that!

Chickity-Check out the sick video for this session and then scroll down to view the full size images!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qJNMPC38co

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HAVE YOU BEEN SEEKING A LONG TERM INVESTMENT TO CAPITALIZE ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY?
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Email us at Lindsay@photographybylindsayrae.com to book your session!

Saturday Fashspiration

I have decided that Saturday’s are made for fashion inspiration! The perfect way to spend a Saturday is with a little shopping anyway right?

This week I am super inspired by mixing super edgy with classic elegance!

Let these looks inspire you as we plan your shoot!

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Ms. Lindsay NY Boudoir

I met Lindsay one fateful evening in NYC through a mutual friend.  I had gone into the city with two of my best friends to work and have fun, and we ended up deciding to go out down by west 4th street. I remember this night clearly because that was the night I got into a fight with the bouncer at Down the Hatch and got kicked out of the bar lol! You know me, always standing up for the under-dog and getting myself into trouble 😉  But this is a story for another day! lol!

Anyway, Lindsay and I totally vibed so we kept in touch and when she told me she wanted to shoot with me I was thrilled!  We planned her shoot and really set a tone to what she was going for and made the plans for me to come into the city for a hotel session for her!  We scored a hotel in Times Square and set to work creating one of my favorite most inspiring sessions to date.  I normally shoot very bright and vibrant, but something about Lindsay’s chill energy and comfort in her own skin allowed me to push my own limits and shoot for a darker and more raw type of look.  This session really pushed me out of my comfort zone to really embrace the sensuality and and the energy of female sexuality.

I think you will start to see more of this type of energy in my future sessions, there was something very empowering for me about pushing myself and my client a bit past our normal comfort zone to create something very true to both of us.

I am heading back to NYC next week for 3 more client sessions and I am really looking forward to seeing what we create.

Check out the video and then scroll below to see the full size images:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z2ZOTCX_-E

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HAVE YOU BEEN SEEKING A LONG TERM INVESTMENT TO CAPITALIZE ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY?
BOUDOIR IS THE ANSWER.
LET’S CHAT!

Email us at Lindsay@photographybylindsayrae.com to book your session!

Ms. Nora Outdoor Boudoir

This session was really fun for Erin and I to work on for a few reasons! One reason of course being that Nora is a babe, but also because she was actually really nervous and sort of shy when she first walked in. We took her out of her comfort zone by changing up the dark makeup she normally wears and really pushed her to the max with this shoot and boy oh boy did she deliver!  Shot in a private garden and a few secret spots in Downtown Troy, we had the ability to really give 4 different looks to Nora, ranging from an All-American Fit Girl to an Edgy Urban Vixen to a more Ethereal Goddess.

Check out the video we put together for Nora and then scope out the full size images below!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubY7-WAnRmE

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HAVE YOU BEEN SEEKING A LONG TERM INVESTMENT TO CAPITALIZE ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY?
BOUDOIR IS THE ANSWER.
LET’S CHAT!

Email us at Lindsay@photographybylindsayrae.com to book your session!