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)
We are busy at work with launching the new Boudoir International Blog (so exciting!) and wrapping up the official launch of our new expanded boudoir studio space. We can’t believe we get to officially say that the studio is 6,500 square feet! For reals… pinch us! We are so thankful and blessed. Although, we do have to admit that it wasn’t all just luck, a huge part of it was the immense amount of time we put towards our client’s experience here, as well as late night hours marketing and branding; and then combined with the simple fact that boudoir is gaining major momentum! Go bou photogs!!!
Here are a few images from a recent photo shoot in the new space….
We wanted to leave you with a fun video of a boudoir shoot in the expanded space and revamped sets to celebrate!
Thank you so much to the two sweetheart clients who trusted us to totally style their boudoir shoot and then let us film a fun video of the entire experience.
Note, if you’re new to this blog, this is our boudoir blog that is geared specifically toward photographers. We talk about all things boudoir photography- tips, tricks, posing ideas, etc.. As well as marketing for boudoir and overall business approaches. This is also the space where you will find the more candid & personal side of our lives ;).
If you are looking for a boudoir shoot and are in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles or Riverside, head over to www.boudoirphotographysandiego.com or if you are outside those areas, visit www.boudoirinternational.com to find an amazing boudoir photographer near you!
Back by popular demand… it’s our “Back to Basics” Webinar, brought to you FREE by Graphistudio! The webinar will take place this coming Tuesday, June 4, at 2pm Central (12noon Pacific time). We’d love to have you join us, so go register for the webinar now!
The Divas love Graphistudio!!!
Alright everyone – we are SO excited to finally officially announce the new Boudoir International Blog! If you don’t know what Boudoir International is – basically, it’s a referral website to help women be able to find a boudoir photographer in their area. The site is doing great, and we are so proud of it. We’re also incredibly honored to have each and every amazing boudoir photographer on the site! But if you know anything about us, you know that we aren’t just going to stop or settle… we are going to push ourselves and do our very best to make Boudoir International even better.
And so – we’ve decided to launch the new blog! It’s going to be a place that is full of inspiration, ideas, and eye candy – so that women from around the world will be able to browse the posts and start dreaming and planning for their own boudoir shoot. It’s also a place where we’ll be able to show off our Boudoir International members, and give them a place to feature some of their favorite boudoir shoots. Go check it out to see the beginnings of something new and beautiful…
And in order to get things started right, we are ALSO doing a fun contest for all of the photographers who are members of Boudoir International!
You must be a member of Boudoir International to submit. If you’re a member, please send us your favorite horizontal image! (Only one image per studio). Email the photo directly to us here: info@BoudoirInternational.com
We’re going to review all of the submissions, and in 2 weeks, we will post our TOP FIVE FINALISTS! These finalists will each win one 8×12 canvas print (of their image that was submitted)! Then we will have you all vote for the top image. The winning image will be featured on the Boudoir International Homepage for 3 months!
Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to get more of your work featured on the blog! (Check out this link for info on how to submit your beautiful boudoir editorial or real boudior shoots!)
SIGNING UP FOR BOUDOIR INTERNATIONAL:
If you’d like to find out more about Boudoir International, please check out our 2013 MEDIA KIT – and if you’d like to submit your website to become a member, fill out your info here!
We are in LOVE with this space!!!!!! Ahhhh! I know, I know… as if our huge 4,500 square foot studio wasn’t big enough already… we have officially expanded the space! We have loved shooting in this huge natural light studio, and cannot wait to get more beautiful clients in here for their shoots. Just wanted to share our exciting news with you, and give you a glimpse of this space – as I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future! xoxo, K&M
We met the adorable,, kind, fun Vanessa at one of our Boudoir Workshops a bit back. V is from Puerto Rico, so when she told us that she was going to book one of our Penthouse Bond Inspired Shoots, we were beyond thrilled that she was going to make the trek to us again. I mean sure WPPI was going on at that time too, but we like to think she just came to see us :)
This woman has the most infectious laugh ever, being around her is a pure joy. So to say we loved shooting her is an understatement. This year instead of having our usual boudoir booth at WPPI, we decided that we were going to something that would not only thrill us to the core, but also give the supermodel experience to other photographers. Thanks for letting us show off your images Vanessa!
We are considering doing boudoir shoots in Vegas during WPPI again next year. But we need to know if you all are interested to know if we should start planning. To leave a comment you actually have to go to the post page, click the header of the post :)
We had SUCH a fabulous time at our April Boudoir Workshop!!! We truly loved this group of photographers, and we are so thrilled that we were able to spend 2 full days working and sharing with them. And we just love it when we get to read reviews from our workshop attendees. It’s so much fun to hear how they enjoyed their experience, and to see the workshop through their eyes. So we just loved reading Ashley’s recap from the workshop over on her blog.
Ashley, thank you so much for sharing about your experience! I loved seeing all of your photos and reading about the workshop from your perspective. So glad we got to finally meet in-person, and I hope we see more of you in the future! xoxo, K&M
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