It’s hard to believe I am saying this, but yea, Kimberlee and I have come to Paris for six years now either leading workshops or doing photo shoots. And now we are here again! Excited to see what this year holds for us as we set out to shoot two wonderful studio clients in this mind blowing city. Earlier today we were reminiscing and thought we would share our Parisian escapades with you lovelies. If you were ever there with us we’d be honored if you commented! (You have to go to the actual post by clicking on the header to comment fyi).
2009 was our first try at this Paris thing. This was one of the bravest things we’ve ever done. We were like 26 year old little squirts (with terrible fashion sense) who wanted to lead a group of photographers in Paris, teaching them and creating community with them. We led a boudoir photography workshop for 12 ladies, who traveled to Paris from the US and a few from Europe! We were nervous, and SO relieved when everything went off without a hitch. Oh this was also the era of K and I wearing matching things ALL the time. What the? This was also the year we decided to force our workshop attendees to create a music video with us, which you can watch here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRYRKIb_Tb4 After our workshop, we also took an epic roadtrip through northern France and Brugge.
2010. Or as we call it, “The Year of The Volcano.” We took on a lot this year as we planned for two back-to-back photography workshops with 14 people in them each! We rented a beautiful, to die for apartment in the Trocadero Arrondissement, and we even brought our moms out to help and have fun with us. Alas, a volcano filled the skies with tons of ash, stopping all air travel for about a week, and only about half of our attendees made it out. We were beyond disappointed. BUT for those who were there, man did we have a great time. All those who missed out ended up attending a workshop in San Diego or in Paris the following year. See the video here…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLVX0Xk8vrk
2012!!! Two workshops back-to-back, held in Le Marais Arrondissement of Paris. We really felt ‘in our grove’ this year and really understood how to navigate this crazy city. Afterwards K and I went on a road trip all over France. Incredible times, to say the least.
2013. We were asked to speak for GNPP in Tours, an awesome photography organization for the talented photographers here in France. We piggybacked it with a photo shoot of our friend Tenley. See the videos…. Sunny Day and Eiffel Tower.
Last year we created a beautiful video/photo shoot with one of our loves, Christine Penny. This woman inspires and motivates us and she booked this package with us so that we could collaborate and create a dreamy kinda ‘day in the life of a fabulous entrepreneur in Paris’ visual story. Her video is one of the pieces we are most proud of. This is the year that K’s little man (just 3 months old at the time) traveled with us as our travel buddy.
We are here again this year, and we couldn’t be more excited. This year we have two beautiful clients traveling here for their own photo shoots on the streets of Paris. Jennifer & Jessica are two friends who wanted to have a fun experience together, and we are honored to be able to be a part of this dream for them.
While we are here prepping for our photo shoots this year, we have already been talking and dreaming about what is going to be in the plans for 2016. We love doing photo shoots and will probably book a couple more again for next year. But then we’ve also been dreaming about possibly hosting a ‘reunion workshop’ here – for any PAST attendees (who have ever come to a retreat or workshop, either in Paris, SD, Vegas, or Miami). So we’re putting this out there to all of you past attendees – would you be interested in coming for a Paris Reunion??? If so, please email us and we’ll start putting together a waiting list. xoxo, M&K
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.
I know we say this a lot, but it doesn’t change the truth: we are SO blessed to be given opportunities to travel around the world, and share about our passion for boudoir photography! Last week we were able to travel to Lima, Peru, for Fovitech 2013. We loved traveling to this country, and loved meeting some wonderful photographers! We were able to speak about “Secrets of Boudoir” at our platform program, and then a couple days later, we had 20 photographers join us for our full-day workshop! It was a really great experience, and we hope to go back again someday!
Of course no trip to another country would be complete without the fun van rides….
We got the royal treatment from the organizers of the convention – including a limo pick-up from the airport! So we wanted to give a huge shout-out to Aldo & his sweet wife Chevela, for being so kind to us through the whole week. We are thankful to have met you both – thanks for your hospitality!
We also love trying out new foods while we’re traveling. And while I (K) wasn’t able to taste this next dish (doc’s orders, no raw seafood for a few more months) ;) – Marissa sure LOVED the Peruvian ceviche!
We also did a little cooking ourselves, in our awesome apartment (with a killer ocean view!)
As you know, we LOVE speaking and teaching about boudoir photography… and this workshop was definitely a memorable one. We really enjoyed meeting these fab photographers from Peru (and a few other countries as well).
Before we share more photos from the workshop, though – we have to tell this quick story about the photo below. We have traveled to 4 countries with these lights in the past, and have NEVER had an issue with them! Until last week, when Marissa plugged this bad boy into the socket, turned the light on, and BAM – that thing seriously exploded. Like, I mean, the light bulb shot out flames and then shattered glass flew across the room. And then people came running into our room to make sure that wasn’t a gun shot. Needless to say, it got our adrenaline pumping just a bit! :) And thankfully, we were able to use other lights to demo with.
Rest In Peace, little light. Ok – now back to some more photos of the workshop. :)
We also have to say a big thank you to our FABULOUS translator, miss Julietta Swartzmann! Julietta is so wonderful; you may recognize her (from our boudoir workshop in Madrid), and we just love how easy it is to work with her! Thanks again Julietta – can’t wait for the next adventure. :)
During a portion of the workshop, we were able to work with two beautiful models to demonstrate some basic boudoir posing and lighting techniques. Here are just a couple of those shots…
Thank you so much to all of you who came to our full-day boudoir workshop, taking the time and investing the money to learn all about boudoir photography!
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!
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!!!
Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!!! We just wanted to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the Graphistudio webinar yesterday. We LOVE educating and inspiring boudoir photographers, so thank you again, Graphistudio, for inviting us to be a part of such an amazing community. I did forget to mention something in the webinar yesterday, though… Graphistudio is currently offering an awesome discount on all of your sample books. (Click here for more info). If you haven’t yet decided on an album company to showcase your beautiful boudoir work, we highly recommend Graphistudio. Last year we had the opportunity to visit the Graphistudio headquarters in Italy. We were able to meet members of the team in Italy, walk through the showroom and factory areas, and we actually saw the Graphistudio team making their gorgeous books… watching a woman HAND-craft the cover of a beautiful leather book… it was just such a cool experience! If you aren’t currently working with Graphistudio, why not fill out the info form and get started with creating your own sample today!
We also want to encourage you to have updated sample books to show off to your clients & potential clients. If you don’t have a sample for your clients to hold in their hands, you aren’t going to sell. You need to have a tangible, physical book to hand over. We’re gearing up for bridal fair season with boudoir, too – we want our clients to have the BEST books out there, and so we are going to be promoting our Graphistudio books this year a lot more with our gorgeous boudoir gals. I (Kimberlee) am in the midst of designing a new studio sample that we’re going to order from Graphistudio, using this awesome discount. We’re going to use these images from our beautiful client, Miss Angelique…
We will be sure to post photos once we receive our sample album here at the studio. Can’t wait to show it off to YOU – and to our clients! xoxo, The Divas
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Hey photographers – are you ready for Vday!?? Do you have your marketing plan in place? Do you know how to reach out to potential clients in the next few weeks?
If you’re not sure that you’re ready, then we would LOVE to have you join us tomorrow, January 15, at 12noon Pacific (2pm Central time), for a 1-hour webinar – brought to you by Graphistudio! We are thrilled to be joining Graphistudio again for another webinar, and we are excited to share some of our favorite tips on marketing for Valentine’s Day! If you’d like to join us, simply go register here – and we’ll see you tomorrow!
To all of you who are thinking about shooting boudoir, but don’t really know where to begin…
We would LOVE to have you join us for our Graphistudio webinar tomorrow at 12noon (pacific time). If you’re interested, please email Rachel: email@example.com for more details on how to join (it’s limited to just 100 participants, so you’ll need to RSVP!)