Back to School means MOM Time!

Back to School means MOM Time!

Life gets in the way of taking time just for ourselves, no one gets that more than a fellow mom of three. I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Ms. J, a single mom of 3 and a successful professional business owner.

Why boudoir is my passion

Why boudoir is my passion

There is something a bit exciting and daring about having your photos taken in your undies. It is, perhaps, a once in a lifetime event, a decadent experience that I wish for every woman. For me there is nothing quite like the experience of getting to witness the revelation of a woman as she arrives at her own beauty and loves what she sees.

My First Time

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My First Time

...She was stunning and gracious. Her beauty radiated from deep inside her and I was transfixed. Looking into her eyes as I clicked the shutter I could feel how powerful the moment was for both of us. Still to this day I think about our time together; it was life changing, empowering and liberating. It was the birth of a fire in me that has not gone out and I hope never will...

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Katie

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Katie

I wanted to capture my body and essence as it exists right now, a sort of farewell package to the last chapter of my life. I wanted an amazing photographer and artist with visions, enthusiasm and flare to help me bring this side out ~ I was lucky enough to find Mel. After my initial consult, I was convinced that the boudoir experience was partly for the man in my life ~ it didn't take me long to realize that it was entirely for me.

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Brand your Business

There are few things I love in this world as much as my family, but Photography and Branding come pretty close! I have been providing branding services for years; family, friends and past employers have always benefited from my passion for branding.

Stephanie Filip and her assistant at Tranquil Nights Sleep Solutions.

Stephanie Filip and her assistant at Tranquil Nights Sleep Solutions.

There is just something so beautiful about a well crafted marketing piece with just the right images to convey your message. More than half of the women I know personally are either a representative for a network marketing company or have started their own business selling services or products they have made themselves. But while their messages are unique, their branding needs are all very similar. They want to connect with people that want or need what they are selling and they want to make an impact with their marketing. That is where I come in! You can choose from the packages I have created or we can create a branding program completely unique for you.  Don't miss out, the free package will be awarded at the end of February!

Client: Tranquil Nights Sleep Solutions

Enter to receive a Branded Photo shoot! Promotion ends February 28th at 10 pm. Recipient will be announced March 5th. Contact me from this website contact page telling me about your business and you will be entered to win.

The email you use to enter will be used to contact you about updates of this promotion as well as to notify once a recipient has been determined. Chance of being chosen is relative to the number of entries. Selection will be made once promotion ends. Prize valued at $599. No purchase necessary. Business is located in Ingersoll, Ontario Canada. Travel fee not included in prize.

The time to enter to win the Free Business Branded Shoot Giveaway has ended. Recipient will be announced March 5th, 2017.

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Ms. B's Diary

She asked herself "Why not me?" I love her answer

Why not me?

To me, boudoir photography is the epitome of feminine expression, beauty, and sophistication. When people I knew had photos taken of themselves I admired them for their confidence and strength, as well as their beauty. I let my imagination take me to a place where I could be comfortable enough in my own skin to model for photos in feminine lace and satin, and for a moment, it felt empowering and exciting. When my daydream ended and I snapped back to reality, I felt angry that I would only let myself experience this in my mind; angry that for whatever reason, I didn't think I deserved to feel beautiful or sexy.

Three beautiful children call me mommy. A wonderful man calls me his wife. I work hard for the ones I love and think nothing of putting their needs before my own. I'm the only female in a house full of testosterone, hockey, trains, and Lego. So why not me? Why don't I deserve this? Who says I'm not sexy or beautiful? So when Mel posted the model call, I don't even remember thinking when I responded to it, I just did. A wave of excitement hit me. I was going to do this, something I've wanted to do my whole life. No more excuses, no more fear. I'm going for it.

I used my upcoming shoot as motivation to take care of myself. It wasn't just about the working out and eating well to achieve a body I was more proud of, it was about doing it to feel better about myself, and I did. People around me noticed a glow and a more upbeat attitude. I started accepting compliments from loved ones instead of brushing them off like they were obligated to say something nice. For the first time in far longer than I can remember, I was starting to feel beautiful.

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The time leading up to my session with Mel was full of ups and downs. The ups were fitting into clothes I hadn't fit into since before becoming pregnant with the twins. The lows were letting negativity sneak in and allowing it to question where someone who looked like me found the audacity to think I deserved to be doing something like this. The week of the shoot was particularly hard because I still didn't look like what I thought I had to look like to model for boudoir photography. My worst fear was that all the makeup and sexy lingerie, or even someone as talented as Mel couldn't create a photo I could be proud of.

The day of my session, I arrived with wardrobe in hand, pounding heart in my chest. Mel made me feel comfortable almost immediately, settling me into her wardrobe room and getting me prepped for hair and makeup. We chatted and laughed, and she made me feel worthy of such an incredible experience.

Then when we started the session, she posed me and suggested outfits to wear, and I started feeling more confident. When she showed me photos she had just taken, I was in awe. That was me? I looked sexy! She drew out a confidence that I didn't even know I had. Somehow, I lit up. I was sultry and sexy and happy and radiant, and I had never been more happy to have taken a chance and done something bold.
Ultimately, I don't know exactly what I expected to walk away from this session with, but I know that what happened was unexpected. In the time leading up to the session and the time in front of the camera, I began to feel revived, like I was worth more than what I give myself credit for. I started taking care of myself and I liked it. I am beginning to feel a sense of self worth and pride, and I like that too. I still know I'm not skinny, tall, or the sexiest woman I know. But I am kind, selfless, and loving, and those things make me beautiful. I will try harder to love myself for who I am and I will let others love me too, because I deserve that.

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I started this journey thinking 'why would I deserve to look or feel that beautiful?'. Sometimes I still think that, but now there's a voice that responds with 'why NOT me?'. I'm beautiful too, and I will repeat it to myself every day until I believe it beyond a shadow of a doubt. That's the power of Mel and my boudoir photography session.

I'm so thankful to Mel for providing me with the opportunity to begin to change how I feel about myself. It won't happen in an instant, and I'm not there yet, but this is a start. To anyone who felt like me; like they aren't worthy of this or that boudoir photography is just for the tall and skinny women, please reconsider. We all deserve to feel beautiful. Scars, stretch marks, mommy tummies, tired eyes and all.

Why not you?

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New Beautiful | Miss. A | Paris Studio

Miss. A arrived with on a wave of trepidation. Her body had changed in the past couple years, it does not seem to feel like her own, it moves different, feels different, looks different. Having babies will do that to a girl. It was a changing moment when she saw her images for the first time, teary eyed, "That's me? Wow. How?"

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Is she not stunning?

When you can find the beauty in everything it is insanely easy to find it in a beautiful woman. We see our own flaws so clearly, it is all we see some days, until someone shows us the parts we didn't notice before. The parts that were always there but because we are too busy being mean to ourselves, we stopped noticing. Never stop looking for your beautiful.

Thank you to Make-Up By Shelby for the fantastic job she did on Miss. A's hair and makeup!

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