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2014 Boudoir Retreat in San Diego CA

Workshops on July 31st, 2013

Hey everyone! We were hoping to send an email out this morning with the info about our new 2014 Boudoir Retreats – but sadly, our domain is down right now because of issues with our server. :( So…. just wanted to let you know that we are still planning on officially launching today, as soon as our site is back up! PS – we ‘pre-released’ the info yesterday to a select few people who wanted to hear more about them, and TWO SPOTS have already been taken for San Diego! That means only 10 left… these are gonna go quickly!!!

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We’re havin a baby!

Personal on July 29th, 2013

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!
kimberlee west 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?
and
c) any other advice or words of encouragement for me? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Fovitech Peru Boudoir Speakers

Speaking Programs, Workshops on July 24th, 2013

We are always honored when we’re asked to speak to groups of photographers. And when we’re invited to TRAVEL to another country to speak, we just have to pinch ourselves! We’re pinching ourselves again right now as we gear up for speaking next month at Fovitech 2013 in Lima, Peru! Ahhhhhh!!! We cannot WAIT!

First Paris video launched!

Paris Boudoir Workshop on July 19th, 2013

Yay! Launching the first of about three Paris videos to come! Featuring footage from the beautiful Tenley AND the ever enchanting city of light, Paris! After many, many days of rain, the sun finally came out and we loved every second of it. Shooting in Paris is a dream we have always had, and we are so blessed to have been able to experience a day this exciting! This day will forever be in our hearts.

Photo/video/editing by us, The Boudoir Divas, Marissa Boucher & Kimberlee West. Hair and Make-up by Erin Ashley Greene. Song by Melissa Vaughan.

Here are a few of the still from the video…
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paris louvre portraits

louvre fashion portaits photos

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If you watch it we would be thrilled if you left a comment on this post ;) There are so many of you visiting the blog and we would really love to know who it is stopping by. In order to leave a comment you have to go to the ACTUAL post, so click on the header of the post and you will see where the comment options are.

We hope to do more photo shoots in Paris, France late spring 2014. Please email us to be on list to receive info as soon as we have exact dates, pricing, etc.

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Getting ready to launch one of many Paris vids….

Inspiration, Paris Boudoir Workshop on July 17th, 2013

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goooooooddddnneeeessss! We are currently burning the candle at both ends working on so many new projects! Now that the studio revamp is officially done, we have focused our efforts on Boudoir International, our new studio website launch AND the Paris photo shoot and videos! Ah! While we are feverishly working away at this thing, we wanted to leave you with a a couple little teasers until the first of many Paris vids is launched….

SIDE NOTE: So not sure what this whole thing is about? You mean you aren’t totally well versed in the lives of The Boudoir Divas? Hee hee,  just kidding, sometimes we wonder if the 300 people who visit our blog everyday are just our mom’s over and over. Every year we do our very best to find an excuse to go to Paris, France to work. Cuz let’s get real, if you love Paris as much as we do, AND you love your work as much as we do, well then it’s just a dream-like scenario isn’t it? We usually go to host a boudoir portrait workshop, but this year we went just to photograph our client and friends Tenley Molzahn from The Bachelor. She is an amazing model, and just all around the cat’s pajamas ;)
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You are beautiful…

Boudoir International on July 15th, 2013

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This is typically a blog geared toward boudoir photographers, but we wanted to be sure that if you happened to find yourself here and you are considering a photo shoot, that we let you know who we all are and what we believe….

What boudoir photographers all seem to have in common is the belief that every woman is uniquely beautiful and the desire to showcase each person’s uniqueness. It seems that most women tend to look more for perfection in themselves, rather than seeing what beauty others see in us. We think that a boudoir shoot is an amazing way to give yourself the opportunity to throw away the idea that perfection is necessary, and instead embrace all the positives. Strong healthy legs, smile lines from a life of laughter, strong shoulders from picking up kiddos, hips that definitely remind you you are all woman, and the list continues.

Let a boudoir shoot be the beginning of a journey to accepting and loving yourself as you are. Click here to start the search in your area.

 

Our hopes for the Boudoir International Blog…

Boudoir International on July 10th, 2013

You heard us say it before and we will excitedly say it again, “we want a boudoir photo shoot to be so popular that every woman in the world will know about this fabulous must-do experience!!!!” And so we have created a new feature for Boudoir International, a blog for potential boudoir clients, www.boudoirinternational.com/blog . Our dream for this blog is that potential clients that are just kinda being introduced to the idea of a photo shoot can come to the blog, get inspired and excited to book a shoot. Then they will of course mosey on over to the site and find a photographer in their area. Maybe YOU! Check this video that illustrates what we had in mind.

We are currently looking for boudoir photography submissions from our member to feature their images on our blog. Please learn more on our submissions page at http://www.boudoirinternational.com/boudoir-blog-submissions/

Bou Photogs Unite, let’s do this!!! – M&K

Keep dreaming…

Inspiration, Personal on June 27th, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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
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“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)