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
We are THRILLED to announce that we have launched our brand-spankin-new studio WEBSITE!!! We’ve worked long and hard on this site – it has definitely been a labor of love. Go check it out!
There is SO much information about the Boudoir Divas Experience, and we wanted to be sure to give as much info as possible to our fab Supermodel clients. So this new site has all kinds of updated sections, including a new “About Us” section, “Experience” section, all-new Galleries, and SOOOO much more!
We often get a TON of questions about what is important to include on your website for boudoir photographers. Your web presence is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT – and we do have quite a few tips for you. So go check out The Boudoir Divas’ Top Tips for your Boudoir Website.
Happy MONDAY everyone! We were honored to be the Featured Vendor last week on Wedding Chicks – so we just wanted to say thank you so much to the fab WC team for sharing the word about our boudoir studio. We’re honored! And to our fellow photographers out there – hope you have a wonderful week! This week we are committing to publishing a NEW BLOG POST every single day! So check back… xoxo,
Recently Marissa & I (K) have been chatting about how we can connect with more of you out there. We love chatting with other boudoir photographers, or NEW boudoir photographers, and we love being able to answer peoples’ questions. So we’re thinking we’re going to give this Google Hangout thing a try! If you have a question (or 10), and you’d like an opportunity to hang out with us for a half hour and just ask anything, we would love for you to join us! Details will be coming soon in our newsletter – so be sure you’re SIGNED UP to receive it.
We will probably do our first Hangout in the next couple of weeks, and if it goes well, we might even make this a regular event! If you’re excited about this and would want to join in, please leave a comment below and let us know.
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 ;)
“Hello Ladies! My name is Kaitlyne, I took your workshop I think about 4 years ago now! Anyways I just wanted to take the time to thank you! When I walked in your studio I was so amateur I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I had just learned what boudoir photography actually was. I came in with my canon rebel shooting in full auto… yup pretty embarrassing now! But you fully accepted me and even took the time to teach me how to shoot manually ON TOP of everything else I learned that weekend. Long story short, 4 years later I run a very successful business, one of the most well known in Edmonton, Canada. We (Yup I have an amazing all female staff now) have a gorgeous studio complete with a sales area and salon. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for accepting me, teaching me, and answering my silly questions. You never once made me feel unwelcome or dumb. I have created my own brand and style and it all started with you ladies! Thank you :) All the Best, -Kaitlyne Tyner GreenTee Photography”
Kaitlyne, You just made our day!!!!! We absolutely LOVE teaching our boudoir workshops – and we LOVE when we hear updates from our past workshop attendees. Thank you for sharing – it seriously means so much to hear how your business is doing, and we feel so proud of you! :)
If you’re interested in joining us at a 2014 Boudoir Workshop, we’re doing things a little differently this year – we are having it be LONGER, and BETTER – with the BOUDOIR RETREAT! AND mostly all-inclusive (includes your stay at an awesome house in San Diego!) We are already booking the SD Retreat up fast… it’s halfway full right now, so that means only SIX SPOTS LEFT! If you want one of those spots, go sign up now! (And, PS, we also have awesome payment plans available to make this doable for you!)
September is “Self Awareness” month. So all of us here at the studio are encouraging ladies, and ourselves, to gear up for this special month by considering self awareness, which we are loving the description of that as achieving total self acceptance and long-term personal happiness.
I really enjoyed reading this article that spelled it out a little more clearly as this…
“Often, people are unable to see themselves as others see them, as their reality is different than most (self image, internally and externally). They prefer to focus only on the aspects of their being that make them feel good about themselves. Or contrarily, some prefer to focus only on the negative aspects. The dichotomy reflects an inability to be objectionable with oneself.
The habit of pushing the ‘bad parts’ out of their conscious eases the mental stress of having to deal with those issues, as positive change requires humble effort, so they choose to not accept those negative aspects when they look at themselves in the mirror.
Conversely, some people tend to sway in the opposite direction and focus only on the negativity. They continuously find fault within themselves which becomes a barrier in acknowledging the good qualities they possess, therefore hindering long-term personal happiness.
Denials are barriers in self awareness. Individuals need to accept all the parts of their being, good and bad, to begin a happy journey in life.” - The Examiner