We hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with your loved ones. In the midst of the holiday stress and shopping craziness, we hope you were able to take the time to be refreshed, to remember what is most important in your life, and cherish those who mean the most to you.
With love and gratitude,
Marissa & Kimberlee
Happy Monday everyone! Today I (K) wanted to share some photos from the fabulous, beautiful baby shower that Marissa, my sis Kelli, and my momma threw for me! This was such a special day, and at the end of it I just couldn’t stop smiling. I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many great friends to encourage me, love me, support me, and shower me with love in this season of my life. Baby boy and I got spoiled big-time. :)
So the theme of baby boy’s nursery is all about “Adventure.” It’s based on a book that used to be my grandfather’s when he was a little boy – called “Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax.” (I’ll be sure to post a few pics of the nursery reveal once it’s ready!) So this is what Kel and Riss used to go off of for the decor of the day. The shower was held, of course, at the Divas home – our San Diego studio! All of the little details were so adorable, and I just loved seeing how they set everything up.
Let’s talk about all of the food you see here. As a prego woman, I love to eat… and Caroline with Cucina Coronado created some absolutely DELICIOUS appetizers and small bites for the shower. Everything was beautifully prepared and displayed, and Caroline was so sweet. Even though we just met her on that day, it felt like she fit right in with the Diva family!
And that adorable cake!!!! It was made by Truly Scrumptious Cakes – and it truly was scrumptious!
Thank you, Riss, Kel, and Momma, for giving me such a special day. And a special thanks to Mama Cece and my other sis, Ash, for all your help in setting up the shower! AND… thank you to all my family, friends, and Diva fam who got to be at the shower – it was so special having each of you there. Love you all! xoxo, K
Haha! Wow. Who are these crazy girls? Apparently 5 years ago we thought we were way funnier/cooler than we actually are LOL. Thought it would be fun to show off some of our debut videos we put out to the world in 2008. Can’t say they are great, but they sure do make us smile.
I think the main reason whey I felt the urge to post these little videos is because I (K) have been working on editing a FREE WEBINAR that we’re going to be releasing soon. This webinar is more for newer boudoir photographers, and it’s about a half hour of M & I sharing our Top Marketing Tips. And during the webinar, we talk a little bit about how important it was for us to film and share videos when we were building our biz. Our video filming & editing skills have since come a LOOONG way, but I wanted to show these old ones to just say where we came from. It didn’t matter to our clients that the videos we posted were a little lame/silly/quirky and not high quality. :) The main thing is that these videos showed a bit of our personality – who we are – so that they were able to get to know us before they came in for a shoot.
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As you may have seen, we are SUPER excited about the new look of our studio’s website! We love all of the new features and new sections, and we are excited about how much content & info is on there. We want our clients to feel like they can ‘step into our world’ and spend a lot of time reading, browsing photos, watching videos, and interacting with us as they are starting to plan and get excited for their boudoir shoot.
This morning we wanted to chat for just a minute about the “Before & After” section of our site, and why we chose to include that section. I know a lot of photographers out there are stoked on the idea of putting Before and Afters on their websites, and we agree that it can be very powerful. However, we have always struggled with asking our clients to allow us to post their Before & Afters, because we feel that it could come across wrong. We would never, ever, want our clients to get the impression that their ‘before’ pics are ‘ugly’ – and then afterwards, WE make them beautiful. That is not our intention. As boudoir photographers, we hold SO much power to affect a woman’s confidence and the way she sees herself. What we do and how we interact with her can be powerfully positive, but it can also be damaging to her spirit.
Our team believes that each and every woman is drop-dead gorgeous, JUST as she is. We want to empower women to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. We truly believe that all women are uniquely beautiful – and we LOVE having the chance to give our clients an experience where they can see themselves in a new light. So the reason why we choose to share Before and Afters on our website is to showcase another side of these ladies’ beauty – their “Diva Bombshell” side! Typically only celebrities and models have a chance to show off that side, and we feel like all women should have the opportunity to be pampered and have a fun photo shoot experience that reveals a new aspect of their beauty.
Another reason why we feel it is important to share before and afters on our site is because we hear from women ALL THE TIME things like: ‘I could never look like those women on your website’… or ‘I could never look that sexy’… and we want to tell them, YES YOU CAN!
WE DO NOT SHOOT MODELS. WE ARE NOT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HIRE PROS. Our clients are EVERYDAY WOMEN of all ages, all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life.
To prove this point even further, Marissa & myself (Kimberlee) decided that we wanted to be brave and share OUR Before & After photos – so that our clients can see that ANYONE can do this!
So, fellow photographers, what are your thoughts on all of this? Do you like showing before & afters on your website? Would you ever be bold and brave enough to post a before/after of yourself? We’d love to hear from you – leave us a comment below! xoxo, K
Yes, it is just wishful thinking, you are right ;) But hey, girls can dream can’t they? And with Inutit’s new amazing contest, it could be a reality. They are giving away a Superbowl commercial to a small business!! Could you even imaging what that would do for not only our studio, but boudoir photographers everywhere!!?? Ah, I get chills at the thought.
So we ask, please vote for us!
It only takes a second, and you don’t have to sign up, oh and you can vote everyday if you are an amazingly motivated person, which fingers crossed you are. And if you still aren’t sure you want to vote for us, well we made this little video to try to win you over ;)
Ahhhhhh!!!! I’m so excited to officially announce to the internet world that Eric & I (K) are expecting a new little bundle of joy! There are days where it still doesn’t seem real, and maybe it just hasn’t sunk in yet. And then there are times where it is VERY real – like listening to this little soft heartbeat – and I realize, oh my goodness, there is a LIFE inside of me!
I have loved being a stepmom for the past year and a half… it’s been an incredible experience. And now – I just can’t wait to expand our family by adding a new little guy or gal into the mix (in late January 2014). My hubby is secretly hoping for a boy, and my sweet stepdaughter is (not-so-secretly) hoping for a little sister. :) And I am fine with either! So far pregnancy has been a breeze – I guess I’m just one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have morning sickness or really any symptoms at all (I’m VERY thankful about that). Eric might disagree with my ‘no symptoms’ statement, however, as he’s been calling me p-brain (ok, ok, maybe I AM just a little more forgetful these days). In any case, so far so good – 3 months down, 6 to go!
And in case you wanted to know what my business partner thinks about all of this… she has been SO super supportive, and I can’t write this blog post without saying that I am just really thankful for her. The day I called her on the phone to tell her, I immediately started weeping, and she had to decipher what I was saying through sniffles and tears (ok, yes, maybe just ONE more prego symptom here). I was feeling a little excited/overwhelmed/freaked-out/overjoyed all at once, but Marissa was so sweet and so excited for us. And then the very next day, I had a package on my doorstep from her – with an encouraging note and the “What to Expect” book inside.
Thanks, Riss, for being such a great ‘auntie’ already! This little Diva or Divo is going to be spoiled with so much love! I know, I know, I’m gettin sappy – time to wrap it up.
I just wanted to end by saying thanks to all of you who have already given such huge support and love to me through my FB page &/or Instagram. It means so much to read your comments and feel all of your excitement as I begin this new journey!
And then a request for all of you moms out there who are also business owners/photographers…
a) how do ‘make it work’ with a newborn?
b) is my world going to be rocked?
c) any other advice or words of encouragement for me? Feel free to leave me a comment below!
Hey everyone! How are you all doing this week? We are writing this to you from our “2013 Boudoir Divas Summit” here in San Diego, California! Since I (Kimberlee) live in Washington state these days, most of our planning and scheming is done long-distance. The times when we are together in San Diego are usually packed full of to-dos, projects, workshops, photo shoots, and running around like crazy. So for this trip, we decided it was time for us to slow down the pace a little, with three full days set aside to do nothing more than plan and dream. We’ve had a great Summit so far – and have already decided that this is going to be something we’re going to do every year from now on.
To all of our photographer friends out there – as you know, it is SO necessary as business owners to set time aside yourselves. If you are feeling overwhelmed, with no direction and few dreams, we really want to encourage you guys to have your own Summit. Put it on the calendar, get babysitters for the kids, take a weekend and get away for a few days. Bring a journal and pens (and if you’re like us, you’ll also need big pieces of white paper and tons of fun colored markers like from when you were in elementary school). Take some time to reflect on how your business is doing, and where you’ve come from. And then start dreaming! Where do you want your biz to be in a year from now? Five years from now? Then create some attainable goals, with a timetable so that you will actually get them done. And once you’ve got your attainable goals listed, you also need a few CRAZY dreams. The ones that would maybe take a little extra fairy dust to make them come to fruition. Write those down too.
After just 2 days, we are already feeling ready to tackle our dreams and make shit happen. Want to join us? Boudoir Photographers, JUST KEEP DREAMING!!! xoxo, K&M
“I don’t want to sit around and wait for things to happen. I want to make them happen. I want to be in control of my own destiny.” – Drew Barrymore
Pics by Mr. Weston Boucher (Technical Director of The Boudoir Divas and awesome hubby to Riss)
Ok, so this is something we don’t talk about much, but since 2008, we have been approached SO many times about a possible boudoir reality show, I think at this point we have lost count. We’ve talked with producers, we’ve visited offices and held meetings with teams in Hollywood, and we’ve filmed a few teasers/sizzle reels in the past. But it wasn’t until a guy named Dean Houser came along that we really decided we would give any weight to an offer. All of the past things didn’t seem to quite ‘fit’ right. But then Dean approached us… and he not only “got” us, but also totally respected what we did and what our studio was about. He and his crew were the legit of the legit. We absolutely loved working with them when we filmed this (last year)… it was such a fun experience, and Dean & his crew were just so professional!
We have never shown this “sizzle reel” before (a sizzle reel is something that reality show producers put together to pitch to networks) and we are a little nervous to show it now to be honest. I think it gives a pretty good overview of what we do but with a little dramatic flair thrown in in true TV spirit. Hee hee. (Keep watching past our meeting, that’s when you get to see what the real experience is like!)
Oh my goodness we had so much fun making this! We really just wanted to show all of you so that you can see how much fun we have… and so that you can see what the experience is like for our clients! On that note, we want to say thank you again SO very much to the 2 amazing clients who were willing to be a part of our reality show sizzle reel!!!! Thank you for being brave enough to strip in front of the cameras, in order to help show other women what this is all about! At the end of the day we don’t know whether or not we will ever have a Boudoir Divas reality show. Right now it’s not looking like the networks are biting on the concept, even though we think they’d be crazy not to. From the very beginning when we launched this business, it seems like every other day our clients and friends are telling us how we need a reality show, to give the world a glimpse into the Boudoir Divas world. So far it hasn’t happened… but we are TOTALLY ok with that. We gave it a shot, and if it isn’t meant to be – then no big deal. God is always in control of these things. I have a feeling we are just way too nice. Our office isn’t necessarily full of drama – we actually love each other and we’re like a family here – so we certainly would be no “Jerseylicious.”
Honored that you stopped by to watch our 15 min of fame. No matter what happens with us, our goal will ALWAYS be to speak to the hearts of women and make sure that EVERY WOMAN GETS THE CHANCE TO FEEL LIKE A SUPERMODEL FOR A DAY®! Thanks for watching, and we’d love to have you leave a comment below! And thank you, Dean, for believing in us, and for catching the vision for how we hope to empower women through the Boudoir Divas experience. We love working with you! xoxo, Marissa & Kimberlee