Quiet, Happy New Year

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The essence of stillness and quiet seems like nothing than less than a pure luxury these days.  

Honestly, these days I seem to only get this quiet 20,000 feet in the air between Sante Fe and Grand Junction.  I have less than two hours until I land in LA.   That's when all the chaos will begin.  

At times I feel like I'm going to loose my sanity, and since giving up drinking the only thing I have left to loose is my mind.  

I'm okay with that... as long as it's not my ambition.

But like the saying goes.  Don't complain about a full plate if you asked to eat.

That is what I'm doing, eating.  I'm shooting ALL the time.  Working with incredible boudoir clients and shooting in the style I finally like.
I still have a full-time job. I get up at 6AM (okay, I lie, more like 7AM), get ready for work, walk my dog, shower, rush out the house because nine out of ten times I'm already late.  Rush to work.  Work until 5.  Talk on the phone on the hour long trek back home.  Play with the dog. Eat. By this time it's 7PM and I'm working until 1 to 2 AM in the morning on my passion. 

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking aimlessly through the dark.

Well, if I'm too be honest, I feel like that all the time.

Photography is the only thing that brings me happiness.  Well, not the only thing.  The pure childish innocence of my niece and nephews' laughs are way up there.  Okay, it's number one but photography is a close number two.

In such a chaotic world I feel like it's the only thing I control. 

I have learned so much about photography this year.  The biggest lesson is that I'm the director on set.  While everyone can give me their opinion, wants, and desires ultimately it's my eye that decides what goes into the final product.  

Let me tell you at first, it was REALLY hard for me.  When I work I feel like it should be more of a collaborative effort, but the more I shoot the more I learn that I have to be more assertive about what works and what doesn't.  I HAVE to have a critical eye.  I work with styling, hair, and makeup... and I have learned so much about the team and people that I work with.  

I used to fear that if I asked them to change anything they would be upset.  But they soon learned, just like me... it's not that the work is bad, it just doesn't match the vision.  The more I started to work with people the more our styles began to collide and the magic begins to happen.  
I have become closer with so many amazing people.  It's so hard and rare to find in a world people who work as hard as you.  Let's be honest, busy doesn't mean hard working it means that your time has been occupied with something.  Right now I'm working with artist, fashion creators, videographers, hair stylist, makeup, stylist, and models.  All these people are artist because they create something from nothing and spread happiness, love, and beauty.

I mean, when you get a haircut and everyone starts complimenting you it's because of the eye and hard work of your hairstylist.  Or when another woman comes up to you and compliments you on how beautiful your eyes look against your fiercely beat fact that came from the makeup artist.  

Art changes you on a mental and emotional level.  

It's been such an honor to speak to so many women who have thanked me for turning them into art. They get to look back at their photos and feel inspired, they feel happy, they cry, and they share with me the feeling of finally FEELING beautiful.  

This is what art creates.  Art evokes an emotional connection that shapes you in some form.

Which brings me to why I love boudoir.  Why I'm okay with only five hours of sleep each night?  While I feel as though what I'm going through is not a sacrifice but more so an initiation of what to expect when I begin to do this full time.  

I want to create an art that speaks to women all over the world. 
I want to show the world that a woman needs no permission to be intelligent, sensual, powerful, and sexy.  We are designed that way by nature.  Why must we be scared of that? Why must we be ashamed?  Why do we allow society to define what a "lady" is? Why does sexy only look one certain way?

I can say without a shadow of a doubt all that is changing.  

Change isn't coming.  Change is here.  What are seeing are the masses finally getting it.  

Today I take a vow that I will give myself at least seven hours of quiet time a week.  Which in turn will allow me to connect with you guys more and more.  

I can see in my soul that nothing but good things are going to happen from this.

Let's consider this a Happy New Year for the brand.
04/27/2016.

How to get the Most Out of Your Boudoir Session | Dallas Boudoir Photography

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If you guys haven’t noticed I did a MAJOR facelift to Wonderland Boudoir.  I thought my website was good but I had been toying with the idea of updating it for awhile.  After a long conversation and a virtual reality check from Denise Birdsong( from Modern Love Photography) I took off one full weekend to updated my boudoir site.  

One of the suggestions that Denise had for me was to use one solid image as my anchor image.  As soon as she said that I knew what image… or in my case images… that would be.  

Recently my client Tia drove all the way down from Arkansas to shoot with me for her 21st birthday.  I felt so honored that she allowed me to take these beautiful photos for her.  

There is a reason why Tia’s photos came out so incredibly amazing.  Tia communicated exactly what she wanted from her photos, already had her wardrobe ready, listened with intention, and kept an open mind.  

COMMUNICATION IS KEY FOR SUCCESSFUL BOUDOIR

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The most important element in ANY relationship is communication.  Tia and I communicated so much that it was easy to gauge exactly want she wanted.  

She hit me up on the Gram (translation: Tia sent me a direct message on the social media platform Instagram) inquiring about a session.  She was turning 21 and wanted to do a shoot to celebrate herself and all her accomplishments to this point in her life. 

Tia already had a clear idea of what she wanted to accomplish from her session.  She wanted single, strong, and sexy.  She backed up this concept with inspirational photos as her example. She would find and screenshot photos from other models or photographers on Instagram.  There would be some mornings where I would wake up and find a whole slew of inspirational photos that she had gathered the night before.  

I love when clients send too much information rather than not enough.  I never want a client to feel as though they are “bugging” me when they send reference photos.  That doesn’t bother me.  If anything I encourage it.  It shows you're dedicated and excited about your upcoming boudoir session.  

Since Tia was able to explain what she wanted out of her boudoir session through photos and conversation we were able to produce beautiful imagery the reflected exactly what she wanted.  

PERFECT OUTFITS FOR YOU BOUDOIR LOCATION

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What you wear to your session should not only reflect  your personality and body shape but the location of where the session will take place.  People tend to forget look over the fact that location plays an important role in planning for your outfit.  What you wear should compliment that location.  

Currently, Calvin Klien is all the rage again.  We are seeing CK underwear everywhere.  Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, and Twigs has been rocking this retro brand. Even Urban Outfitters now carries the line.  Calvin Klein represents minimalistic sexiness.  Something Generation Yr’s love.  I mean we did grow up with CK.  

Since CK represents minimalistic strength I knew the focus would be on her and to use the room as a backdrop for negative space.  The CK brand is strong enough not to need an extra fancy bedroom set.  The focus would be her and her Calvin Kleins.  

Since the focus was just going to be leveraged on style and posing I knew I had to shoot very simplistic and strong.  Sometimes the most effective element of art is simplicity.

HOW TO POSE FOR A BOUDOIR SESSION

Having strong and effective poses is critical when producing amazing boudoir photos.   When you look at your photos 20,30,50 years from now you will want your pictures to bring you to back the beautiful emotional state you were in when you first saw them.  Part of that is creating strong and evocative posing.  

Practice Makes Perfect

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Tia is not a professional model and nor are most women who take part in a boudoir session so it’s up to the photographer to help pull out the best poses.  However, it would be really beneficial to you as the client to study magazines and movies prior to your session.  While I am not a huge selfie person I do suggest that you guys practice your “modeling face” by taking selfies and learning what your face actually does (not what you think it does) when you’re taking a photo.  

Listen with Intention

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Listening to your photographer about how to achieve level 10 posing will help create epic photos that you want to buy.  Hearing is something we do all day, but listening is not something we all practice on a daily basis.  Tia rocked this season because she listened with intention.  She didn’t think about what she going to do while I was coaching her poses. She listened and then went into the pose. 

Keep an Open Mind


Keeping an open minded during your boudoir session will help you create beautiful photos with your photographer. While Tia knew exactly what she wanted from her session she did keep an open mind up when I suggested a mild variation on any idea.  Your photographer is accomplished and well versed. Typically when they suggest something it’s because they see something you may not because they do this quite often. 

 

 

 

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Just Remember...


When you and your boudoir photographer work as a team you will create beautiful images that you will cherish for a lifetime.  In order to create these beautiful images, you need to have open and constant communication.  Also, your apparel and lingerie should match your location, you must practice strong posing, and you have to keep an open mind.  

If you’re interested in having a boudoir session or just want to learn more about boudoir please contact me using the form below.  I typically reply back to all to inquiries within a 24-hour timeframe.  
 
In the comment section below please let me know which photograph of Tia’s is your favorite.  

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Fergie's M.I.L.F $ Tells Women to Celebrate our Sexiness during Mommyhood

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1I don’t give a fuck what anyone says.  Fergie’s M.I.L.F $ video was outstanding.  I am loving the fact that she is promoting the healthy ideology of women having their own careers while still owning that sexuality that has made them, them.  You can be a leader, a businesswoman and a mom, all while still being hot as fuck doing it.  Don’t let the world or society tell you what your limits are as a woman especially if you are a mother. 

The thing I don’t like is “feminist” knocking Fergie saying this video doesn't represent feminism.  Feminism is defined as the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.  

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We as women need to stop wasting our time judging each other and join forces.  The highlight of M.I.L.F $ is that the cameos are all iconic women who are not ashamed their sexuality (Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gemma Ward, Tara Lynn, Devon Aoki, Angela Lindvall, Isabeli Fontana, Amber Valletta, and Natasha Poly).  All these women have made a career for themselves by loving and owning who they are as women.  While the world told them to cover up while yelling, “you’re a mom now!” they went about their business and climbed to the top.  These women have succeeded in owning that femininity and showing other women they could have it all too.

Fergie M.I.L.F Chrissy Teigen Breastfeeding

The narrative we women face every day is HOW we need to ACT as ladies.  Women shouldn’t have to “act” any certain way.  This is why I love boudoir photography.  Boudoir allows women to just let go and be who they have always wanted to be, themselves.

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One of the other narratives that society tells is that we can’t be sexy and a mother.  Why?  Who the fuck determined that sexiness stopped after you became a mom?  Sexy does not mean slutty.  How is a mother a slut for owning her sexuality and femininity?  Where did this bullshit idea come from?

So, I decided to look up the word slut.  Per Google, slut means a WOMAN who has many casual partners.  Why is slut only used towards women?  Why can’t a woman have many sexual partners?  Why are men celebrated for their promiscuity and women are put down?  Also, what is the male version of slut?

Why do we as a society confuse sexiness with sluttiness?

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I mean real talk… Why are Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose called sluts?  We have to be all be honest here... Kim wasn’t sleeping with every dude in the world.  She just made a sex tape where she was having sex with one person who we ALL know she was in a committed relationship with.  Same with Amber Rose.  She was in a long-term relationship with Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, but because these women decide to show off their curvaceous bodies and own their femininity they are now… sluts?  Even though it’s been proven they haven’t earned that title?

Fergie M.I.L.F  Alessandra and Daughter

To own, love, and rock the fuck out of your mommyhood and womanhood is something ALL women have the right to do.   We as a society don’t have the right to tell a woman to do with her body or how she should act or look after she gives birth. 

Own your femininity.
Own you sexuality.
Stop letting the world validate who you are as a person.

At the end of the day you have to live with yourself.  Don’t allow yourself to be mentally imprisoned based on another person's opinion of femininity, sexuality, and womanhood.

Thanks Fergie

The Hottest Look on a Warm Winter Day | Dallas Boudoir Photography

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It's 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and we are just strolling the streets of Dallas in a black sheer silk midi skirt on a Sunday afternoon in January.

The life of an editorial boudoir photographer.

Yes, this how I typically spend my Sundays, shooting beautifully designed lingerie on gorgeous women.  

We actually shot this set on January 3rd, a day after my birthday.

This perfect day produced some of the most beautiful photos have I have taken so far this year (considering it was day 3 at the time. LOL).

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On this unusually warm January day Celina, Jazzy, and I took to the the streets of Dallas and hit up the least likely places that anyone would find us, a grungy alley and a forgotten about parking garage.  You must find beauty anywhere.

 

BOUDOIR IN AN ALLEY

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Our first stop was a tiny alley between two Dallas staple restaurants.  I wanted to shoot in a place that was super dark and moody.  We originally planned to sneak into a building in the West End District that housed this beautiful 20’s style elevator… but they closed down that building for the weekend.  Good thing Celina shot in this area before and remembered this particular alley from years prior. We squeezed between the cracks of two buildings to shoot some of the best dark and moody images I have done in a very long time.  

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We thought were were being so sneaky and clever shooting in this alley.

Keyword was thought.  

Turns out the owner of one of the adjacent restaurants put a camera up in that back of his building.  He came out to tell us about it and how he typically keeps the gate locked but forgot that day.   But he gave us permission to continue shooting.  I guess he saw a beautiful woman in lingerie, a girl with a camera, and a fabulous makeup artist and assumed that we would be no threat.  He could have been a total jerk about the whole thing with good reason, but he was so cool.  

We only shot for about 15 minutes in that super narrow alley.  Honestly it was probably only 2 feet wide, if that.  But it was surprisingly super clean and didn't smell at all.  

I love how the cast of the old stone reflected a moody rainbow on Celina's body.  The whole thing was dank, dark, and beautiful.  

I admire the juxtaposition of such a beautiful outfit against a worn down background really made Celina pop.  

 

DANCING ON ROOFTOPS IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS

Next we headed to an empty parking garage in the middle of Downtown Dallas.  Celina brought this BEAUTIFUL black sheer bodysuit for this part of the session. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a good bodysuit.  There is just something so understated and sexy about them.

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Celina also brought along a black lace rabbit ear mask.  If you guys remember about a year ago I shot in another lace rabbit mask.  There is just something about the whole rabbit year thing that I love.  (hence the logo)..  

I posed Celina in a lot of power poses because the city of Dallas is such a strong background and we needed Celina to express that as well.  

One of my favorite shots is Celina standing in front of the Statler Hotel. They are rebuilding and reoccupying this iconic building later this fall.  

While Celina and the City of Dallas play such strong characters in this photo story it has to be mentioned that Jazzy did an amazing job softening up the look a bit by doing a bold yet soft eye.  Blue is the color he wanted to play with because the sky was so clear and he wanted the look to pop against Celina's eyes.  

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HONESTLY...

I am so in love with how amazing these photos turned out.  Especially since we shot in the dead of day.  In photographer world that is a major no no.  However this year I decided that I am going to throw caution to the wind and shoot in all the ways we are told not too.  I am so tired of following the rules because the people who have made history are the ones who changed it.  I’m going against the grain.

Can we talk about how BEAUTIFUL Celina looked against the Indigo Hotel for minute?  Yes ma’am!  That is ALL her!  I’m sure the guest of the hotel has a blast watching us shoot her  in such a beautiful location.  

I mean CHECK out this video we made.  Can we say love?

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BOUDOIR MAKEUP

If you want a rundown of what Jazzy used on the eyes and the rest of Celina’s  then check out his blog post from our shot that day.  

Thank you guys for joining on this beautiful photo diary of Celina’s session.  Be sure to keep following as we will have MANY more sessions planned and popping up this  year!  

If you’re interested in booking with us please contact us using the following block below. Also, feel free to contact me. We look forward to working with you!


 

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We Found Boudoir in a Hopeless Place | Dallas Boudoir Photography

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Alexis is one of my favorite people in the world.  She is a fashion stylist and model who recently relocated to New York City for work and love.  She came back to Dallas in late December to visit family and friends for the holidays. While in town she requested that I shoot some photos of her for her new blog, Lone Star in the City.  Since Alexis is amazing I couldn’t say no to her!

WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS...

If you guys weren’t aware on December 26, 2016 major tornadoes hit the North Texas area demolishing blocks and blocks of neighborhoods while many people lost their lives.

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Yeah, we were shooting on that day.  In fact this was supposed to be a twilight boudoir session over the city of Dallas.  However, due to turbulent and unpredictable weather we brought the boudoir session inside of my building.  

Yes, these shots took place in the stairwell of my building!  I love how the moody emptiness is also an unspoken and unseen character in these photos.  These photos emphasize her adult allure and sexiness.  . 

Check out this video we made with Alexis.  It’s crazy how just the most simplistic of places can spark the most incredible settings.  

 

THE BOUDOIR OUTFIT BREAKDOWN

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BOUDOIR OUTFIT

This whole outfit came from Victoria’s Secret.  I just adore gold hardware and exposed zippers.  I feel like exposed zippers are a node to vintage quality and craftsmanship.   This exposed zipper on this corset top proved to elevate the game of sexiness when it comes to seductive designs.

The matching panties to this set were so incredibly tantalizing.  Too bad they are no longer on sale.  It’s so hard to find geometric cut outs on panties, and these were perfect for that.  

The skirt was my FAVORITE part of this whole look.  First of all who doesn’t love silk?  Only crazy people.  There is just SOMETHING about silk that makes you feel instantly high class, sophisticated, and sexy.  Turn that into a tulle maxi skirt and you are asking for any woman to bring out their innermost Upper East side sexiness.  

BOUDOIR HAIR

The hair was just simple.  I wanted to do a high poofy and messy bun that sat on the top of her head, but because the outfit was so slick and Spanish inspired we opted for the more for a sleek look to embrace the aura of the feel. 

Later in our session I asked Alexis to take her hair down because it was "too" perfect (if you notice in my photos I have a thing for messy-sex-in-the-morning hair.  I wanted to something more grunge, real, and could evoke an emotion of relaxed power and longing.  

We leveraged Alexis hair as an element of storytelling.  Look how well Alexis brings in her hair to help elevate the allure of the photos.  

 

BOUDOIR MAKEUP

There is a reason they refer to Jazzy as the King.  He knows what he’s going.  I love how he took a chance by placing a bold red lip on a woman of such a dark complexion.  He helped add drama to the overall look by creating an intense smokey eye look.  Doing this created a sense of mysterious coy power.  

This couldn’t have been more fitting for such a crazy night.

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ONE MORE NOTE

One camera you should ALWAYS have on your shoots is the Fuji Instamax.  We has SUCH a blast with this camera.  You have to check out the fun photos we took below.  

Be sure to follow Alexis’s new blog, Lonestar in the City. It is a fashion and lifestyle blog that documents how Alexis will navigate her way through New York City as a Texas Native.  

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Question of the Day!

In the comment section PLEASE let me know your favorite photo of Alexis and why.  Also let me know if you have a Fuji Instamax and what you think about it.

 

If you’re interested in a session with us please feel free to fill out the form below and a member from our team will reach out to you within 24 hours!

 

Have a Great Day!

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LA Boudoir Model Call

LA BOUDOIR MODEL CALL

Hey Ladies!  I am Wonderland Boudoir and I will be visiting LA for the FIRST time April 28th! While there my team an I want do a Boudoir Model Call! We ALL know LA has THE most beautiful women in the world and we want to see you while we’re on town.  

We will be shooting in a BEAUTIFUL loft in Downtown LA and I personally couldn’t be more excited!

No.  You don’t have to be a model.  We love beautiful everyday women.  Moms, students, teachers, doctors, brides, and wives. We love them all!  Yes, if you just happen to model you can apply too!

 

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  1. Asian Woman, ages 27-45

  2. African-American  Woman, ages 30-65

  3. Latina, ages 22-37

  4. Classic Beauty, ages 25-65.  Think Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, & Hye Kyo Song

  5. Curvy Woman, ages 22-35 size 14-16

  6. Girl Next Door,ages 22-28

  7. Red Hair & Freckles, ages 25-32

  8. Classic LA Blonde, ages 21-35

  9. Persian Woman, ages, 27-40

  10.  Future Brides, Women engaged to be married, ages 21-37

 

THE EXPERIENCE

  • Complimentary hair & makeup application with false lashes (if wanted)

  • 1 hour photo shoot in Downtown LA Loft

  • 5 lightly retouched photos

  • Additional $100 credit to use toward any purchase of a Photo Collection or anything on our a la carte menu

  • Plus EACH woman that you refer to us that books a regular priced session between the end of your shoot and your in person photo reveal will qualify you to obtain a $100 print credit!  So that means if three of your friends book a session with us you get a $300 credit to go towards a photo collection or anything off our a la carte menu.

 

THE DETAILS

  • This Boudoir Model Call is a steal at only $197! You will NEVER see prices this low for a boudoir call.  Of the total, $97 will be a deposit that can be paid through on our site.  The remaining balance will be due at the time of our session.  You MUST sign a Model Release giving me permission to use the photos in my marketing (website, blog, facebook, printed materials, etc.)

  • You will provide your own lingerie

  • You will be posing in lingerie

  • The Model Call sessions will be held April 28th & 29th in Downtown LA.  Time slots are given on first some first serve basis. 

 

To hear more about this great opportunity, please  email me directly at info@WonderlandBoudoir.com or click here to schedule a time to speak! CONTACT US!

In the subject of the email type ‘Model Call’.  Please tell me why you are interested and which model you would like to represent.  Please also attached a face shot if possible.  Whenever we host Boudoir Model calls we have a lot of inquires and book fast.  Again, please email us at info@WonderlandBoudir.com
 

*Please Note: This Model Call is being offered in exchange for a signed full Model Release.

PAY $97 DEPOSIT FOR THIS SESSION!

The Ultimate Groom's Wedding Gift + Boudoir Mini Session Winner

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Wow!

Dallas Bridal Show

I can’t believe that it’s been over a week since the Dallas Bridal Show happened.  It was such a fun and incredible experience.  We were able to meet over 200 of you ladies Saturday and Sunday!  Even better was the fact that you guys could see all the work in person and meet hair woman extraordinaire, Jill, from HashtagGlambition.  You also had the opportunity to meet King of all Palettes, Jazzy Baptiste!

Fun was had by all!

For all the ladies that could not make it out to the Dallas Bridal Show I would like to tell you guys about an AMAZING offer!  On February 27th and 28th we are hosting a bridal boudoir mini session.  This will be a 60 minute session where you are able to have your hair and makeup done for a great groom's gift.

The incredible part?

Wait for it!!!!

It’s only $550!!!

I know!  You also get a $250 print credit that you can use towards photos, books, or albums!

Book you Boudoir Mini Session TODAY!

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We only have seven spots remaining and I know they won’t last too long.  If you’re interested in booking a session for this special offer PLEASE contact us as soon as possible either by email or phone number.  Feel free to use the contact box below to have us contact you to speak about this session.

Thank you again Dallas Brides for letting us tell you a little bit more about boudoir and this special….

Yeah, I need to announce the winner of a boudoir session!

The winner is Courtney F.!!!!

Please contact us as soon as possible to claim your prize!  


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