Boudoir Photography: ˈbo͞oˌdwär fəˈtäɡrəfē. Noun. Historical. French for a woman’s private room or somewhere that creates an intimate setting for romantic images. If you want to feel risky, daring, gutsy, beautiful, sexy, wild, and/or maybe even a little crazy, you've come to the right place. For over a decade, our boudoir sessions take women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and confidence levels to a very hard-to-find place... a place where they willingly throw vulnerableness and self-consciousness out the window. We see your minds turning, saying something like: "So not only am I going to want to take my clothes off in front of a camera, but I'm going to feel good about it?" YES. And not only good, but powerful, strong, confident, proud, and will leave you celebrating the gorgeous babe you are. And guess what? We have the best news for you. You're here. You've already begun your research into the uncharted territory that is boudoir. The rest is cake. Congratulations! We are here to walk you hand in hand through this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, remarkable, unforgettable, must-have experience. You. Will. Not. Regret. It.
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I'VE ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH MY WEIGHT, AND WAS WORRIED HOW MY 250 POUND FRAME WOULD PHOTOGRAPH, AND I WAS SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT A PHOTOGRAPHER NOT WANTING TO WORK WITH ME. BUT, I DECIDED TO TAKE A LEAP. KNEW MY FIANCE WOULD LOVE THE OUTCOME AND I LOVED THE IDEA OF GIVING HIM SOMETHING SO INTIMATE AND UNEXPECTED ON OUR WEDDING DAY. I DID SOME ONLINE RESEARCH AND FOUND A FEW DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA. KATELYN'S SITE CAME UP AND AFTER SEEING THE VARIETY OF BODY TYPES ON HER SITE, I KNEW I HAD TO GO TO HER. AFTER OUR PHONE CONSULTATION, I KNEW THIS EVEN MORE! I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO BE SO IRRITATED WITH ALL MY QUESTIONS BUT SHE WAS SO DETAILED IN HER ANSWERS AND GAVE ME A WALKTHROUGH OF HOW THE SESSION WOULD GO. I WAS SO THANKFUL. AND AT FIRST I WAS WORRIED ABOUT TRAVELING TO THE SESSION IN PEORIA NOT BEING FROM THE AREA, BUT SHE HAD A LIST OF RECOMMENDED HAIR AND MAKEUP GIRLS. I WENT TO A SALON AND HAD MY HAIR DONE BY ONE OF THE GIRLS, AND THEN THE MAKEUP GIRL MET ME AT KATELYN'S HOME WHERE I HAD A PRIVATE ROOM TO GET MY MAKEUP DONE AND THEN GET READY. SHE REALLY HAS THOUGHT OF IT ALL! SHE HAS A SAMPLE OF THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK AND PRINTS THERE TOO AND IT MADE THE DECISION TO ORDER A LBB (LITTLE BLACK BOOK) SO EASY.
KATELYN WAS MY CHEERLEADER FOR THE SHOOT AND HER ENCOURAGEMENT BROKE ME OUT OF "HOW DO I LOOK" TO "I'M GOING TO WORK THE CAMERA." I FELT UNSTOPPABLE! I WAS HOPING TO LIKE A FEW OF THE PHOTOS AT BEST (AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE WITH ME), BUT THE MOST APPROPRIATE WORD I HAVE TO DESCRIBE MY REACTION TO SEEING MY GALLERY OF PHOTOS IS "HOLY SH*T!" MY CONFIDENCE SHINES THROUGH THE PHOTOS. THIS WAS A LIFE CHANGING AND UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE. ALSO HAVING THE VARIETY BETWEEN THE BEDROOM SETTING AND OUTDOOR SETTING WAS 100% WORTH MY DRIVE TO PEORIA. IT'S STUNNING. AND THE POND WAS GREAT BECAUSE MY FIANCE AND I LOVE THE OUTDOORS. I CANNOT WAIT TO GIVE THESE PHOTOS AND LBB TO MY FINANCE!
WHEN I FIRST WAS INTERESTED IN THE IDEA OF DOING A BOUDOIR PHOTO SHOOT, I STARTED DOING MY RESEARCH. I CALLED AND EMAILED EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER IN A FIFTY MILE RADIUS OF CHICAGO FOR PRICES AND INFORMATION. UNSATISFIED, I EXPANDED MY SEARCH TO OTHER AREAS OF ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MICHIGAN, AND WISCONSIN. I KNEW I WAS ONLY GOING TO DO A SHOOT LIKE THIS ONCE, AND I DIDN'T CARE WHERE I HAD TO GO TO FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER. WHEN I FOUND KATELYN'S SITE, I KNEW SHE WAS IT. KATELYN WAS NOT ONLY PROMPT IN HER RESPONSE, BUT WAS THE MOST AFFORDABLE BY FAR. SHE WAS ALSO VERY FLEXIBLE, WILLING TO WORK WITH MY SCHEDULE AND ALSO GO ON LOCATION. I RENTED A HOTEL ROOM IN PEORIA THAT KATELYN SENT OVER IN A LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS, WHICH WAS SUPER HELPFUL NOT BEING FROM THE AREA. I WANTED SOMETHING GLAMOURS AND MODERN, AND SHE KNEW JUST THE RIGHT PLACE. THE ROOM WAS GORGEOUS, BUT I WAS INCREDIBLY NERVOUS FOR THE SHOOT TO START (TOTALLY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE). WHEN KATELYN WALKED IN, ALL MY WORRIES WERE PUT AT EASE. SHE WALKED IN WITH A BIG SMILE AND FULL OF ENERGY, IMMEDIATELY MAKING THE SITUATION MUCH MORE RELAXED. I PLAYED MUSIC FROM MY IPOD AND WE LAUGHED AND CHATTED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SESSION. NEVER ONCE DID I FEEL AWKWARD OR UNCOMFORTABLE AND SHE WAS ALWAYS OPEN TO ANY IDEAS I HAD. I WOULD JUST PULL PINTEREST UP ON MY PHONE AND ASK TO TRY DIFFERENT POSES, AND SHE ALWAYS MANAGED TO TWEAK THEM TO COMPLIMENT MY BODY SHAPE AND SIZE. THE PICTURES ARRIVED BEFORE THE DEADLINE WE DISCUSSED. I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE ALL OF THEM AND ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY WERE IN BOTH BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR. AFTER SEEING THE SAMPLE OF THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK THAT KATELYN BROUGHT TO THE SHOOT, I HAD TO HAVE IT. THERE IS JUST NO OTHER WAY TO DISPLAY THESE PHOTOS MORE ELEGANTLY. IT WAS A GIFT TO MY HUSBAND AND HE WAS IN COMPLETE SHOCK. HE SAID IT'S THE BEST GIFT HE'S EVER RECEIVED AND HE STILL LOVES LOOKING AT IT ALMOST A YEAR LATER. I WOULD RECOMMEND KATELYN TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE. YOU SIMPLY CAN'T BEAT THE EXPERIENCE SHE PROVIDES.
I CANNOT SAY THIS ENOUGH- KATELYN'S TALENT IS AMAZING! ALTHOUGH KATELYN HELD MY HAND THROUGH ALL THE PREPARATION, I WAS SO, SO NERVOUS. A SHOOT LIKE THIS IS SO OUT OF MY COMFORT-ZONE AND I SPENT THAT WHOLE MORNING STRESSING OVER WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. HOWEVER, ALL OF THAT STRESS MELTED AWAY FIVE MINUTES AFTER MEETING KATELYN. SHE BEGAN THE SESSION BY MAKING ME FEEL COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE AND CHATTING WITH ME LIKE WE WERE OLD GIRLFRIENDS. I LOVE THAT SHE ASKED ME "WHAT PARTS OF YOU DO YOU/YOUR FIANCE LOVE? WHAT PARTS OF YOU DO YOU WANT LESS FOCUED ON?" IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE SHE REALLY CARED ABOUT WHAT MY THOUGHTS WERE. SHE GAVE ME SO MANY COMPLIMENTS THAT REALLY HELPED ME TO FEEL AT EASE (AND DARE I SAY IT--- SEXY!). I HAD SO MUCH FUN AND WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE MY PICTURES. ONCE I SAW THE PICTURES, MY JAW DROPPED. I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING - THE PICTURES ARE FABULOUS! KATELYN HAS A WAY OF LETTING ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS SHINE THROUGH AND MASKING THE AREAS I WAS INSECURE ABOUT. THE BEST PART? THE PICTURES LOOK LIKE ME! I CAN'T WAIT TO GIVE THESE PICTURES TO MY FIANCE AS A WEDDING GIFT. I KNOW HE IS GOING TO LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS I DO. I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERY WOMAN I KNOW, NOT ONLY TO DO A BOUDOIR SHOOT, BUT TO GO TO KATELYN. YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST, FEEL CONFIDENT, AND WILL BE BLOWN AWAY BY THE RESULTS! THANK YOU, KATELYN, FOR MAKING ME FEEL GORGEOUS!I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS AMAZING SESSION!
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN.... KATELYN IS SIMPLY AMAZING! I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR A BOUDOIR SHOOT FOR MY FIANCE. I ALSO WANTED A BOOK MADE FOR HIM TO GIVE HIM ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING, SO I WAS SUPER PLEASED KATELYN PROVIDED THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK. NOT ONLY WAS THE SHOOT WORTH EVERY PENNY, BUT THIS BOOK IS SO HIGH QUALITY, IT WAS THE PERFECT GIFT FOR HIM. I LOVE THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT DESIGNING IT. SHE TOOK CARE OF THAT AND I WAS ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE DESIGN AFTER VIEWING IT IN A PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW QUICKLY IT ARRIVED EITHER! ALSO, I WAS VERY WORRIED THAT IF I MADE MY OWN BOOK OR PRINTS THAT THEY MIGHT BE LEAKED ONLINE. SHE ASSURED ME HER PRINTERS ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND THIS WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE WHICH MADE ME FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. I ALSO HAD A "CLOSET COLLAGE" OF PRINTS MADE AND THE METALLIC PRINTS ARE SOOOO BEAUTIFUL. I REALLY LOVE THE MOUNTED ONES.
AS FOR THE SHOOT, I DID A LOT OF RESEARCH ONLINE TRYING TO FIND SOMONE THAT DID PHOTOS THAT WERE TASTEFUL AND ROMANTIC. I CAME ACROSS HER PAGE AND WAS IMMEDIATELY IMPRESSED. SHE CAME TO MY HOME IN WASHINGTON, ILLINOIS AND SHE WAS SO AMAZING. SHE MADE ME FEEL SO COMFORTABLE AND I HAD SO MUCH FUN. PLUS THE PHOTOS TURNED OUT BETTER THAN I EVER EXPECTED THEM TO! I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE! SHE IS MY GO-TO PHOTOGRAPHER NOW! I CANNOT WAIT TO DO ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SHOOTS, WHICH IS FUNNY CONSIDERING I WAS SO NERVOUS I WANTED TO BACK OUT SO MUCH ON MY FIRST ONE! SHE HELPED ME GIVE MY FIANCE A GIFT THAT HE WILL ONLY LOVE MORE AND MORE DOWN THE ROAD AND FOR THAT I AM FOREVER THANKFUL!
I'M KNOWN FOR BEING SPONTANEOUS, AND SO I DECIDED TO SURPRISE MY TWIN SISTER FOR OUR 60TH BIRTHDAY WITH A DUAL BOUDOIR SESSION. I FIGURED SHE WOULD PROBABLY KILL ME, AND ONCE SHE REALIZED MY SURPRISE, SHE ALMOST DID! WE ARRIVED TO KATELYN'S HOUSE AND SHE EXPLAINED THE PROCESS TO MY SISTER (WE HAD ALREADY HAD A CHAT ON THE PHONE BEFORE I BOOKED AN APPOINTMENT). MY HUSBAND IS A BIG GOLFER AND HARLEY LOVER, SO I HAD PROPS AND OUTFITS FOR THAT. MY SISTER'S HUSBAND IS INTO THE PIANO AND SHE'S INTO GARDENING, SO I BROUGH PROPS AND OUTFITS FOR HER, TOO.
KATELYN'S HOUSE WAS THE PERFECT STOP FOR THE PHOTOS. WE DECIDED ALL OUTDOOR PHOTOS WAS FITTING FOR US (ALTHOUGH HER HOME AND BEDROOM SETTING IS BEAUTIFUL) AND WE HAD GORGEOUS WEATHER. THE BACKYARD IN THE WOODS HAD LIGHT COMING THROUGH THE TREES - VERY PRETTY. I, OF COURSE, HAD TO GET IN THE WATER AND IT WAS QUITE THE EXPERIENCE! MY SISTER TOLD ME AFTER THE FACT THAT SHE DID HAVE FUN (I KNEW SHE WOULD). BUT THEN WE RECEIVED THE IMAGES AND WE COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT WE SAW. WE LOOK SEXY! WE MAKE 60 LOOK GOOD!
I PURCHASED 2 "LITTLE BLACK BOOKS" FOR MY SISTER AND I TO GIVE TO OUR HUSBANDS AFTER WE VIEWED THE SAMPLES. I'M VERY SCARED THEY MIGHT DROP DEAD, BUT WOULDN'T THAT BE A GOOD WAY TO GO? AND WHAT A STORY TO TELL! I LOVED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PICK OUT WHAT IMAGES WE WANTED TO GO IN THE BOOK. THEY TURNED OUT BEAUTIFULLY AND I LOVE THE GIFT BOXES THEY CAME IN.
KATELYN, THANK YOU FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TIME AND NOT PASSING JUDGEMENT ON THESE NOT-SO-SPRING-CHICKENS. WE HOPE YOU HAD AS MUCH FUN WORKING WITH US AS WE DID YOU!
WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE! WE LOVED WORKING WITH YOU AND LOVE OUR IMAGES! WE HAD A VIEWING PARTY AND AGREE, YOU WERE THE BEST DECISION OF MY BACHELORETTE PARTY! THANK YOU FOR OPENING YOUR DOORS TO US. YOUR HOME SHOULD BE ALL OVER PINTEREST, AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING STACY A PERSONAL TOUR, LOL. YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND ABILITY TO MESH RIGHT INTO A GROUP OF 8 CRAZY GIRLS IS ASTOUNDING. I LOVE THAT WE ALL CAN SHARE THIS EXPERIENCE AND THE MEMORIES TOGETHER. IT WAS A GREAT DAY AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MARRIED AND SURPRISE RYAN WITH THE IMAGES OF ME ON OUR WEDDING DAY. I ALSO CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO CAPTURE HIS REACTION! WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE FOUND YOU AND THAT YOU ARE CAPTURING OUR WEDDING. I LOVE OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, AND NOW MY BOUDOIR PHOTOS. YOU'RE BASICALLY LIKE FAMILY AT THIS POINT AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO TAKE FAMILY PHOTOS FOR US SOMEDAY TOO! THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME CREATE THESE AMAZING PHOTOS FOR MY HUSBAND! YOU KNOW HOW NERVOUS I WAS GOING INTO THIS SHOOT AND I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR PATIENCE, ADVICE, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND BOOSTING MY CONFIDENCE. I AM SO HAPPY I DID THIS SESSION AND I CANNOT IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE TAKING THESE PHOTOS BUT YOU. YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL, HUMOR, AND CREATIVITY MADE THIS SESSION NOT ONLY COMFORTABLE, BUT FUN! I HONESTLY WOULD DO ANOTHER IN A HEARTBEAT!
ALSO, THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK IS INSANEEEE. IT WAS 100% THE PERFECT PURCHASE. MY HUSBAND RAN OUT AND BOUGHT A FIREPROOF SAFE FOR IT THE NEXT DAY, LOL! WE'VE BEEN NEEDING ONE FOR SPECIAL DOCUMENTS ANYWAYS, BUT HIS REACTION WAS MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. THE QUALITY OF THE ALBUM IS UNSURPASSED AND I CANNOT WAIT TO BE OLD AND GRAY AND HAVE MY HUSBAND REMEMBER WHAT A BABE I WAS (HAHA!). ALSO, THANK YOU FOR WORKING AROUND MY TIGHT DEADLINE. YOU ARE AWESOME! NO ANNIVERSARY GIFT WOULD HAVE COMPARED.
I AM GOING TO RECOMMEND YOU TO ALL MY FRIENDS, AND I AM SO HAPPY MY SISTER REFERRED YOU TO ME. YOU HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT PROFESSIONAL TO WORK WITH AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN THIS FALL FOR OUR FAMILY PHOTOS. I KNOW WE WILL NEVER FIND ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER WHO PUTS AS MUCH LOVE, CARE, AND PASSION INTO THEIR WORK.
KATELYN! I JUST OPENED MY GALLERY AND I AM IN TEARS! I HAD NO IDEA HOW WONDERFUL THESE WERE GOING TO TURN OUT! THE VARIETY AND DETAILS... I HAVE NO WORDS! I AM SO HAPPY AND I JUST HAD TO LET YOU KNOW! JOSH IS GOING TO DIE! THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER! THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME MAKE THIS SPECIAL GIFT FOR HIM. I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK ARRIVED TODAY AND I AM SO EXCITED TO GIVE IT TO MY HUSBAND! IT IS PERFECT. I BETTER GET THE BEST WIFE AWARD FOR THIS VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT HAHA. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENTS WITH ME. I AM SO PLEASED AND IMPRESSED BY YOUR GIFT OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND PROFESSIONALISM. I COULDN'T BE MORE THANKFUL AND HAPPY. KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK! - BROOKE
KATELYN! HOT DAMN! I JUST OPENED MY ONLINE GALLERY AND I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I'M SEEING! IT'S ONLY JANUARY AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I'M NOT GOING TO WAIT TILL VALENTINE'S DAY TO GIVE KYLE HIS GIFT. YOU. ARE. THE. BEST. I'VE BEEN SO NERVOUS (OK, FREAKING OUT) ABOUT HOW THEY TURNED OUT AND I AM NOT ONLY RELIEVED, BUT IN LOVE WITH WHAT I SEE! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE UPDATE :). ANDREW LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK! I WISH I WOULD HAVE VIDEOED HIS REACTION! IT WAS PRICELESS! THIS WAS SO OUT OF THE NORM FOR ME, HE WAS SPEECHLESS (WHICH NEVER HAPPENS!!!). HE SAID IT WAS THE BEST GIFT HE HAS EVER RECEIVED :). THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING FROM START TO FINISH! THE SHOOT AND BOOK WERE WORTH EVERY PENNY TO GIVE HIM THE BEST VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT EVER AND I'LL RECOMMEND YOU TO EVERYONE I KNOW! - KELLI
THE IMAGES ARE AMAZING! I AM SO PLEASED! THANK YOU FOR GETTING THE IMAGES TO ME IN TIME FOR A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. I KNOW MY HUSBAND IS GOING TO FLIP OUT! YOU HAVE BEEN SO GREAT TO WORK WITH FROM START TO FINISH. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME WITH SORTING OUT MY THOUGHTS, IDEAS, OUTFITS, AND INSECURITIES. BEING A MOM OF THREE, I WAS SO NERVOUS BUT I AM SO HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME! THIS IS AN XMAS GIFT MY HUSBAND WILL NEVER FORGET AND NEITHER WILL I! YOU ROCK!
KATELYN IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER. MYSELF AND MY 2 BEST FRIENDS HAD TOSSED AROUND THE IDEA OF DOING ONE OF THESE PHOTO SHOOTS FOR YEARS. WHILE THEY ARE OUT IN CALIFORNIA AND I AM IN ILLINOIS, WE ORIGINALLY PLANED ON ME FLYING OUT TO DO A SHOOT THERE... THAT IS, UNTIL I HEARD ABOUT KATELYN. A FRIEND OF MINE USED HER FOR BOTH HER WEDDING AND BOUDOIR PHOTOS AND WE WERE IN AWE. WE TRIED TO FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT COMPARED TO BOTH HER WORK AND PRICES IN SAN DIEGO TO NO AVAIL. SO WE BOOKED AN APPOINTMENT WITH KATELYN, MARIA AND ANA FLEW TO CHICAGO AND WE DROVE DOWN TO KATELYN'S LOVELY HOME. HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTS KATELYN REFERRED US TO WERE WAITING FOR US WHEN WE GOT THERE AND DOLLED US UP. WE LISTENED TO MUSIC AND DRANK SANGRIA (WHITE RECOMMENDED BY KATELYN... DON'T WANT RED TEETH/TONGUE! SHE IS FULL OF THESE TIPS THAT YOU WOULD NEVER THINK OF. LIKE TAKING OFF TIGHT CLOTHING THAT WILL LEAVE MARKS IN YOUR SKIN. SO SMART!).
WE LOVED THE SESSION AND TRULY FEEL LIKE WE WERE HANGING OUT WITH A LONGTIME FRIEND. I LOVED THE BEDROOM SET UP, WHILE MARIA AND ANA LOVED THE OUTDOORS (I DON'T DO DIRT HAHA). IT WAS SO NICE TO HAVE A PLACE AVAILABLE TO US THAT MADE EVERYONE HAPPY AND DIDN'T COST US EXTRA TO USE. AND OUR IMAGES ARE SO UNIQUE TO EACH ONE OF US. I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE KNOWS WHAT ANGLES AND LIGHTING WILL FLATTER EACH GIRL, BUT SHE DOES. AND SHE NEVER RUNS OUT OF IDEAS OR POSES. I THOUGHT FOR SURE WE WOULD DO SIMILAR THINGS BUT SHE REALLY MIXED IT UP. AND BEING ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THEM RIGHT FROM ONLINE WAS SO GREAT SEEING AS WE ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND NOW MY SISTER HAS BOOKED A SESSION FOR HER WEDDING. WE REALLY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF KATELYN!
IF YOU ARE PONDERING TO DO A BOUDOIR SHOOT OR NOT – DO IT! AND IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHERE TO GO – GO TO KATELYN!
I WAS TRYING TO COME UP WITH AN EXCITING OUT OF THE BOX GIFT FOR MY GROOM THAT HE WOULD NEVER EXPECT BUT WOULD APPRECIATE, AND I CONTINUED TO TURN TO BOUDOIR. I RAN ACROSS KATELYN WHILE LOOKING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR MY WEDDING, BUT SHE WAS ALREADY BOOKED. SHE MENTIONED SHE DID BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY IN CASE I WAS INTERESTED IN THAT, AND THE STARS ALIGNED! SHE WAS SUPER RESPONSIVE AND ANSWERED ALL OF MY QUESTIONS – SHE SENT ME A GREAT TIP SHEET TO HELP PREPARE FOR THE SESSION TOO! ALSO, I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE ONLINE GALLERY OF PICTURES ON HER SITE ARE OF GIRLS OF ALL DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES WHICH MADE ME IMMEDIATELY FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE.
AS THE DAY WAS APPROACHING TO DO THE SHOOT I WAS MORE NERVOUS THAN I WAS EXCITED! HOWEVER, WHEN KATELYN CAME IN – SHE IMMEDIATELY MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE. ANY CONVERSATION THAT STARTS WITH “I WORK WITH WOMEN OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND I KNOW ANGLES THAT FLATTER THEM ALL” IS A GREAT CONVERSATION STARTER FOR THE SETTING AND HELPED ME RELAX AND FORGET ABOUT THOSE 5 LBS I DIDN’T LOSE OR THE COOKIE I HAD THE NIGHT BEFORE :)! I HAD SOME PICTURES PRINTED OFF AND A COUPLE OF IDEAS OF MY OWN AND SHE RECREATED THEM WITH HER ADDED FLARE!
MY GIRLFRIENDS KNEW I DID THE SHOOT. WHEN THE PHOTOS CAME BACK AND I SHOWED THEM, THEIR MOUTHS DROPPED OPEN AND ONE HAS ALREADY BOOKED A SESSION WITH HER! WITH IMPRESSING MY MUCH TOO PICKY GIRLFRIENDS, I KNEW MY FUTURE HUSBAND WOULD BE IN AWE! THE NIGHT OF OUR REHEARSAL I WRAPPED A BOOK UP FOR HIM AND STUCK IT IN HIS OVERNIGHT BAG. I TEXTED HIM BEFORE I WENT TO BED AND TOLD HIM TO LOOK IN HIS BAG, HE WAS SPEECHLESS (WHICH IS HARD TO DO)!
THE ONLY THING I WOULD HAVE CHANGED ABOUT THE ENTIRE SHOOT WAS TO HAVE ONE OF MY GIRLFRIENDS THERE. KATELYN TOLD ME FRIENDS WERE WELCOME BUT I THOUGHT HAVING AN EXTRA SET OF EYES ON ME WOULD MAKE ME EVEN MORE NERVOUS! HOWEVER, ONCE KATELYN GOT THERE AND WE GOT TO CHATTING, SHE WAS SO FUNNY LAID BACK! I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD A FRIEND OR TWO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE WITH ME SO WE COULD SHARE THE MEMORIES!
ALTHOUGH IT WAS ULTIMATELY A GIFT FOR MY GROOM, I CATCH MYSELF LOOKING AT THE PICTURES IN UTTER SHOCK THAT I DID IT AND EVEN MORESO THAT I’M THE ONE IN THE PICTURES! I CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE IT! I WON'T LIE, IT WAS QUITE AN INVESTMENT FOR THIS NEW COLLEGE GRAD BUT I KNOW THERE IS NO ONE ELSE WHO COULD HAVE MADE THIS EXPERIENCE BETTER AND I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW MUCH I WILL (AND MY HUSBAND WILL!) VALUE THEM THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. I AM BEYOND PLEASED!
IS THAT REALLY ME? I LOOK SO AMAZING! MY HUSBAND IS GOING TO DIE! I NEVER THOUGHT IN A MILLION YEARS I WOULD LIKE EVERY SINGLE PHOTO. I WAS HOPING FOR A COUPLE FAVORITES BUT THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! YOU HAVE EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS! I AM SO CRITICAL OF MYSELF AFTER 2 BABIES AND I LOOK LIKE A ROCKSTAR! THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME FEEL BEAUTIFUL (SOMETHING I HAVE A HARD TIME SAYING THESE DAYS). I'M PROUD TO SHOW THESE TO MY HUSBAND FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW FUN YOU MADE THE SESSION. I LOVED ALL YOUR IDEAS AND I COULD TELL YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING. YOUR LAND AND HOME WERE THE PERFECT AREA TOO. YOU ARE A TRUE TALENT AND YOU ROCK. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU COME UP WITH FOR THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK!
THE BOUDOIR STANDARD PACKAGE - $650
- 30 minute brainstorming // vision session
- 15 minute acclamation // tour
- 90 minutes shooting time // 4 outfits
- Editing: photoshopping, editing, airbrushing, retouching
- All color photos duplicated in black + white
- Locked online gallery w/ immediate download privileges
- Flash drive w/ all high-resolution images
- Print release
- Indoor // Outdoor location provided
- Travel within Peoria, Illinois
We do travel nationally and internationally for shoots and frequent the Miami, Phoenix, and Las Vegas areas. Please use the "contact" area of the website to check availability.
2+ people. bachelorette parties, please inquire within for incentives. Tip to brides - - plan a session when your wedding hair/makeup trial so it doesn't go to waste!
Any person who values fine photography should be able to have it. For this reason, I work with all my clients on creating a payment plan that works best for them. check, cash, and cards are accepted.
Each additional outfit is $80 and includes an extra 20 minutes of shooting time.
DO YOU HAVE AN EDUCATION IN PHOTOGRAPHY?
Yes! I am a 2009 graduate of Illinois State University. I have a Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts with a major in Photography, background in Graphic Design, and a minor in Art History.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I've been a full time photographer since 2010, but I've been shooting almost a decade. I've captured around 250 weddings, and nearly 150 boudoir sessions!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HIRING YOU?
Having a background in graphic design allows me to enhance, correct, and edit images resulting in the most flawless photos possible. For instance, if I take a gorgeous photo, but your eyes are closed . . . no worries! I'll fix them and you'll never know. Is there a fly away hair? A wrinkle in your outfit? I'll take care of it :). Also, being a full time photographer means I get to spend all my energy and efforts with my clients and in the office. There's no competition for my time at another job! I don't have to rush my work and deadlines are always met.
WHAT ARE YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?
You can see for yourself ! But if I had to guess. . . I hear I'm fun and laid back :). I'm here to direct and guide you through this one-of-a-kind shoot... I will alleviate any photography fears and stress that you might have. I make it so you can't wait to come back and do another session :). Every client is different, and I work closely with each to really understand what kind of photography they are looking for. We then plan together their session to ensure they are prepared and will love their photos.
WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER?
Out of around 300, I was recently ranked top 20 photographers in Central Illinois by Expertise.com. I was judged on reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism. I love that my hard work and my drive to give couples a great photography experience was noticed! I was also ranked in the Top Twenty out of 74k photographers in the ShootAndShare.com contest. More than anything though, I genuinely care about your photos. I want you to love and cherish them forever. I shoot every session as if it were my own. I run my business solely on principles and values. I treat my clients how I would want to be treated, and nothing less.
LITTLE BLACK BOOK - $350
the ultimate storyteller... simply the best way to display your favorite images in one place, forever. a luxurious way to awe and surprise. you pick out 25 of your favorite photos, and the design will go into a locked gallery for you to view, make changes to, and approve.
payment plans are available.
please allow for a 4 week turn around (design time + printing)
- 8x8 flush mount album w/ 20 pages + 25 photos
- professional thick substrate mounted pages
- premium black leather w/ white contrast stitching
- option to include personalized message in album
- photo cover, design fee, and a gift box, tax and shipping are included
- additional pages are two for $30, up to 60 pages and will allow for 3 extra images in the album
- metal photo cover - $180
- upgrade to 10x10 album - $100
- upgrade to 12x12 album - $200
The home studio is located just outside of Peoria, Illinois. An indoor and outdoor setting is available for client use all year round at no extra charge. A private room and bathroom are also provided for clients.
The indoor bedroom setting is complete with tufted headboard, window skylight, chaise lounge, with a warm glow and rustic charm decor. This location also boasts an acre of private timber and trails, a grassy valley, breezy fields, waterfront access, and an outdoor bed. Chairs and blankets are available for prop use per request. You are welcome to do your whole session indoors or outdoors, or a combination of both.
Locations within the Peoria area are also included in the session fee. Private residences, hotels, and bed & breakfast locations are all welcomed!
SOUTH FLORIDA LOCATIONS:
We have alternating home studios throughout Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, or should you like us to come to your private residence, a hotel, etc., we will travel to those locations within the South Florida metropolitan area at no extra charge.
FLY IN TO THE ILLINOIS STUDIO:
The Illinois home studio is conveniently located just a few miles off of Interstate 74, and just under 30 minutes from Peoria International Airport. Should you choose to fly in for a session, transportation will be provided!
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the beauty of boudoir knows no bounds. we travel nationally and internationally for sessions, with frequent stops in las vegas, miami, and phoenix.
photos taken in the provided indoor bedroom setting, complete with tufted headboard, window skylight, and rustic charm with a warm glow.
see the beauty of the provided outdoor setting, which includes an acre of private timber and trails, a grassy valley, breezy fields, and an outdoor bed.
the boudoir co has the answer to any request. learn more using the links below to find out how we guide you through this thrilling adventure from beginning to end, and why we are the perfect fit for you.
So let's be honest - - getting into your undergarments in front of not only a stranger (aka, us the photographers) but also a camera, can sound super intimidating. We are here to tell you, it's not! In fact, it's fun! The Boudoir Co has been around almost 9 years now and has these exhilarating sessions down to an art. One of the most important factors in a successful shoot is the planning that goes into it.
We. Are. Real. People. Yes, we run a business (and we are damn good at it), but we also have feelings, are relatable, funny, and kind... we are human! And because we are so good at being human, it's easy for us to understand how personal a session like this can be, and all the different emotions that come with it. So we aren't just here to take pictures... we're here to help guide you through this experience starting with a consultation where you can meet us in person, over the phone, or even Facetime/Skype, and we can answer any questions you have. We will walk you through the process step-by-step before ever committing to a session. Once booked, we'll have a one-on-one brainstorming session where you can tell us about your vision/style/ideas, likes/dislikes, areas of insecurity/confidence. We will also talk about props, outfits, shooting locations, and you will be given a tip sheet to help prepare for your session. No two sessions are alike... your experience is unique and custom to fit you.
You may have noticed the "15 minute acclamation // tour" in the "investment" part of this website. When you arrive at your session, we will show you around the property/shooting locations (should you come to The Boudoir Co), point out important things like robes, samples of the Little Black Book, internet password, and more. We'll go through your outfits and confirm which ones you would like to do in what location, answer any questions you have, and then get to work!
After the "tour," you'll get in your first outfit and we will walk you through the basics to get you familiar with the camera and process... after that, it's cake! We will be laughing, jamming out to music (feel free to bring a playlist and connect to the wireless speaker system via Bluetooth!), talking about life, and making you feel like a supermodel.
There's a lot more included in the session but we can't reveal all our secrets.... have to give you something to look forward to! Anticipation is all part of the experience!
We get it. It's a touchy subject. Today the words "airbrushing" and "retouching" come with a negative connotation... but here at The Boudoir Co, we use them in a positive way. Let's be real - - you're paying for a quality product and you don't want photos that look like you could have taken them with your iPhone... and in the same breath, you don't want to look like plastic and unrecognizable. It's a fine line, and we've got the perfect formula. What if you rammed your shin into a coffee table the night before your shoot leaving it a pretty shade of blue and purple? Or how about a dreaded zit? We. Got. You. Between professional lighting and camera equipment, experience and techniques, custom posing, and image post-processing to adjust lighting and angles (or even out a spray tan streak), every photo is polished and demanding attention for all the right reasons.
Of course! Any person who values good photography should be able to have it. For this reason, I work with all my clients on creating a payment plan that works best for them after the deposit is paid ($250).
The Boudoir Co is located just outside of Peoria, IL. We offer both an indoor and outdoor setting for clients (please view the "about" section of this website to view photos of the location). However, we are also happy to work at private residences, hotels, and bed & breakfasts. Travel in the Peoria area is included. Please inquire about travel elsewhere (we go all around and out of the country!).
Great question, and this is VERY important to us. Your boudoir session images will go into a private, locked online gallery. Only you will have the password to it. Should you want to showcase some of your bombshell images on our online gallery, you will have to give permission to do so. Otherwise, you and your photographer are the only ones who will ever see your images (and whomever else YOU choose to share them with).
It is hard to find a photographer that will put as much love and care into their client's experience and images as we do. We aim to make our clients' jaws drop. You will not find more understanding and patient photographers than us. Here you are half naked, you're nervous (only for a few minutes!) but brave, and girl, we are so proud of you! We love to laugh and will talk with you throughout the whole session so by the end of it, we'll know pretty much everything about you :). It never fails that after about 10 minutes of shooting, clients are full of confidence and busting out all these amazing poses. All in all, we want you to have an amazing experience and have images to be proud of.
These sessions are for every shape, size, color, height, and age! We will use our experience, posing expertise, lighting, and equipment to flatter YOUR body. We will go over your favorite (and/or your significant other's favorite) parts of you, and you can tell me about any areas you'd like less focused on (if any!). These sessions are about not only looking gorgeous, but feeling gorgeous. We will discuss your vision/style/ideas for the session and you can leave the rest up to us!
Topless or classy/tasteful nudes are welcomed for some of the session, but not the whole session. Lingerie/outfits are needed for a majority of the shoot for variety and poses. At this time we do not service men or couple's boudoir sessions, but we plan to in the future!
The retainer is $250 to reserve a date, and it is non-refundable. If you need to cancel at any time, the deposit will be forfeited. If you need to reschedule, your deposit will be expended and a new deposit will be due to book another date.
There are 4 outfits included in the 90 minute session, and this is to ensure the maximum amount of images and variety is captured within that 90 minutes. You can elect to purchase extra shooting time for additional outfits. Please visit the "investment" section of this website for more details.
Because most clients already have a trusted hairstylist in their life, and makeup artists are not "one size fits all," we want our clients to feel confident in who they choose to have these services done through. We do have a long list of recommended vendors though (including eyelash extension and spray tan artists!). And our theory on getting hair and/or makeup done for the session is to do it. If you're gonna do a boudoir session, you might as well go all out!
Use the "contact" portion of this website to start the booking process or ask questions. We book up VERY quickly!! We typically schedule 2 months out to 1 year out depending on the season. You cannot get on our calendar quick enough!
If you want to bring a friend, please feel free! To keep focus, we recommend keeping it to just one. And yes! Of course! Bring whatever music will keep you relaxed and bubbly. I have a speaker system throughout my home, so you can even bring a playlist. And please feel free to bring adult beverages if you wish!