Vancouver Island - Boudoir with Courtney - Nanaimo: Blog https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog en-us (C) Vancouver Island - Boudoir with Courtney - Nanaimo (Vancouver Island - Boudoir with Courtney - Nanaimo) Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:11:00 GMT Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:11:00 GMT https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/img/s/v-5/u844477005-o819590740-50.jpg Vancouver Island - Boudoir with Courtney - Nanaimo: Blog https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog 120 60 Why You Need a Boudoir & Beauty Session {Top 3 Reasons} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2018/3/why-you-need-a-boudoir-and-beauty-session-top-3-reasons Top 3 Reasons You NEED a Boudoir & Beauty Session

I'm certain there are a whole lot more reasons you need a boudoir or beauty session in your life, but lets start with baby steps...

 

1. You've Earned It.

Its really that simple. You work hard in life, in play - so reward yourself! I meet a lot of incredible women whose greatest struggle is learning to celebrate themselves. A boudoir session, or a gorgeous portrait session showing off your favourite features, or outfit, lingerie, smile - its a REWARD for all the hard work you put into your job, your family, your marriage, your craft or even dinner! So go ahead and TREAT YOURSELF with something that will make you feel incredible and inspire other women to do the same! Seriously...look at these gorgeous women below!

2. New Experiences Build Confidence.

I don't know about you, but every time I step out of my comfort zone to try something new, I feel incredible. I feel sexy, empowered and ready to take on the world, and the daily tasks that come my way! About two years ago now I finally had a water shoot, photographed by my very talented friend, Alec Watson. Two years later I'm still walking on air from that day! I remember seeing my images on the computer that same day...I cried and cried and cried some more, because I finally KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt that I. Am. SEXY. I am beautiful. And I am capable of being all those things. Here are a few words to describe how I felt, and still feel to this day:

Accomplished - I can now say with confidence, "I did it." Overwhelmed with Gratitude - I worked hard and finally took time to treat myself and get out of my comfort zone! And thanks to Alec, I have stunning images from that moment in time! Joyful I don't think I've ever felt so filled with complete and utter joy. Confident I know there I am a supermodel in my own right and nothing feels quite as amazing! Whether I'm in my PJ's, jeans or a sexy pencil skirt - I am on FIRE. 

There is such power in having that knowledge - and there is a confidence that will never go away!

Photo Credit - Alec Watson

 

3. Celebrate Milestones.

Its not often enough we as women celebrate anymore. Little things, big things - there needs to be more celebrating of milestones! Today you finally got that promotion at work, you got that drawer cleaned out in the kitchen or you were honest with someone when they hurt you, no matter the success, its time you celebrate the victory! If you've got a special birthday coming up, why not book a shoot? Honestly, you deserve to celebrate and be celebrated - so DO IT! 

So...what do you think? Are you ready to treat yourself? 

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Beauty & Boudoir {Justine} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2018/3/beauty-boudoir-justine Beauty & Boudoir {Justine}

This gorgeous girl came to me by way of her very best friend, Leah! Pretty awesome bestie? I think so! Justine's wedding was coming up, and she was hoping to do something extra special for her fiance - so Leah had to idea to book her a session with me as a wedding gift! To say Justine was ready to rock when she showed up for her session, is a slight understatement! This woman was on FIRE, she was celebrating her amazing fitness achievements, upcoming nuptials & her stellar beauty! I honestly don't think I need to add much more to this...Justines images speak for themselves - she loved them and her fiance LOVED them! 

If your'e ready to celebrate your hard work and self love through a Boudoir & Beauty session with me...click the link below and lets get chatting!

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How I Overcame My Fear of Photoshoots https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2018/3/How-I-Overcame-My-Fear-of-Photoshoots How I Overcame My Fear of Photoshoots

"I don't have my photo taken very often...if ever...I don't like it"

- Crazy Courtney Julien, sometime before June 2016

Up until June of 2016, it was often mentioned to me that was a little weird, given I'm a professional photographer for a living, that I never had my photo take in a fancy way. Sure. I could see that. The truth was, I was not overly comfortable in front of the camera, hadn't learned to love & embrace all of me, and hadn't yet had a ridiculously incredible experience in front of the lens. But - I never really put myself out there either! 

I'm a part of a group called "Healthy Role Models", or "HRM's" as we refer to ourselves. It is made up of hundreds of women, locally and globally! We exercise together, but apart, pump each others' tires, inspire, encourage and celebrate successes! It is a community of women learning to support each other, all the while building a healthy lifestyle! The group is amazing! As women, we are incredibly critical of ourselves. We have forgotten to celebrate even the tiniest of successes. I didn't stop for the IcedCapp I wanted at Timmy's today...#WIN. Even though I didn't break a huge sweat, I took a walk today. #BOOM. It's all about celebrating the small wins in life - no matter how trivial they may seem! Through those mini celebrations - we learn to love ourselves, grow and be far less critical!

At the end of the HRM challenge, there is a celebratory photoshoot. One, that in 3 challenges, I had never opted to do. Always telling myself I couldn't do it, or didn't progress enough...BLAH BLAH BLAH. HELLO POT!!! YES KETTLE? I know. We've all said that to ourselves. My clients have said that to me. And I always tell them..."There is no time like the present. If you don't do it now...will you ever? Celebrate YOU - in this exact moment!". I finally took my own advice and celebrated MYSELF. Exactly how I was. I worked hard, fallen along the way, but I still made progress! It seemed like the perfect opportunity - and I nearly talked myself right out of it with an entire book of excuses. If you know me, I'm always happy to plunge right into adrenaline pumping experiences (like bungey jumping!) but a photo shoot - no thanks. It exposes a lot. You worry about what will show up on camera - perhaps the doughnut you ate last week? The little crease of skin on the backside of your bra...you think about how you'll see your images and think I should have worked harder at the gym, you think about what things you won't like when you see the images, or how you hate the way your hair is going to look already - and you haven't even SEEN THE PHOTOS! Its pretty stressful! 

So...how then did I overcome my fear of photoshoots for myself, and the bigger question you ask yourself: "How can I overcome my fear of photoshoots!?" 

After going through the entire process myself, the answer is finally here:

DIVE RIGHT IN. HEAD FIRST. IGNORE THE LITTLE VOICE IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD SAYING YOU CAN'T DO IT. YOU'RE NOT READY. 

YOU ARE READY. Its that simple. 

​I was pretty nervous the day of my shoot. Then I had my shoot. Looking at my photos after the shoot, I cried, no - I definitely sobbed. I surprised even myself. Then I cried some more...and some more after that. And I thanked Alec profusely for capturing the sassy woman inside! I saw a woman who had let go of her emotional and mental hang-ups, and instead put on a pair of heels, a classy - yet SEXY skirt, and a splash of loud colour! I threw caution to the wind. I saw ME. And I loved her! She was sexy as hell, gorgeous and confident! Now I could look at photos of myself all day and find nothing but things I love about myself. I have become the best version of a vane woman I know! 

So what am I getting at here? That life is for celebrating. For being grateful for the small wins. For finding something that you love about yourself. And then celebrating the hell out of it! I am so grateful to the amazing Alec Watson for this incredible gift! His images make me feel like a goddess - and I am eternally grateful that he could help show me the beautiful woman inside! 

So ladies...when are we meeting up to celebrate you!? I can't wait!

Photo Credit: Alec Watson

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Boudoir {Melanie} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2018/3/boudoir-melanie Boudoir {Melanie}

Melanie brought some pretty amazing flair to her session - the inspiration for her first look came from one of her favourite comic book characters, Harley Quinn! We had a lot of fun with the look, and I played a little with some colourful light to bring out the Harley vibe for her! Not every session I photograph is the same, and what I love most about that is it gives a girl the freedom to chose something unique for the shoot! Melanie's first outfit was incredibly diverse, with the amazing sequin bottoms and a sweater on top! I loved the look! She had booked a session with two looks, and I absolutely LOVED the second choice too!! The session was a sexy surprise for her fiance - and she definitely made it happen! 

Here is just a little snippet of what Melanie had to say about her session...

"I had an amazing time! My images turned out amazing! It made it so much easier having you show and explain all the positions! It is definitely something I would love to do again! It was definitely such a worthwhile experience. You were amazing to work with!"

- Melanie 

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What I Want You to Know {Top 5 Things to Know Before Your Session} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2018/2/what-i-want-you-to-know-top-5-things-to-know-before-your-session


 

5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Session

Like most things, there a tips and tricks that will really help you to make the most of what you're investing in! For Boudoir, it is no different! My sessions are about you embracing your butterflies, throwing caution to the wind and enjoying one of the most amazing, confidence boosting, love infusing experiences you can ever gift yourself with! So...here are a few of my favourite tips to give women before heading into their session...

 


 

1. Throw Away Your Expectations. 

Lots of women will tell you what to expect, what to do, what to not do, what to wear, make-up to put on, how your hair should be done...it's exhausting! So instead...let those expectations GO! Embrace the moment, the butterflies! Your nerves! Your experience will be completely different from someone elses...and thats a good things! The only expectation you need have coming into your session is that you will leave an empowered woman, confident in herself! 

2. Wardrobe is KEY!

Lots of women ask me..."What should I wear?" My answer is always the same: "Something that you are sexy comfortable in - not hiding in!" Many of my clients worry about how they will look if they haven't yet reached a goal weight, or gotten rid of those last 5 pounds! With the right lingerie, you don't need to! I can work with you during the session to pose you in ways that will hurt later, but blow your mind! You won't even notice that you hadn't lost those 5 pounds ;D If you want to know what might suit your gorgeous figure, I've put together the perfect reading material for you, just click here!

3. Get Nervous...

This one might sound a little contradictory. But who wouldn't feel nervous before heading into a boudoir session? You'll be dressing down into your under garments, and then we'll be taking some incredibly sexy images of you! BUT the key here is to embrace the nerves and the butterflies! They are part of what make the session amazing. They allow you to explore and trust my coaching your through the process, they keep you excited because you know its only going to get better!

4. Have Fun!

If you have a particularly interesting them you'd like to bring to your session - let me know! If you want laugher to pervade your images, then lets get you laughing! The session is all about bringing your unique personality to the table, and making sure it comes through in your images! You want a finished product that represents you - the best way to do it is make sure you are having FUN! One of my favourite sessions was with an amazing woman who LOVED Harley Quinn...she wanted to incorporate sequins, colours & a cute little sweater! Not what you would typically image for a session? And YET...so perfect for her vision!

5. YOU are READY

Thinking that it may be best to wait a little bit before you book, hoping to re-book your session at a later date...NO WAY! Boudoir is not about "being ready"...its about CELEBRATING YOU...exactly where you are! Its about being vulnerable in front of the camera so that we as photographers can show you just how incredible you look! Its about stepping outside of yourself and your comfort zone to show that little voice inside that you are READY and more importantly, you are worth celebrating! 

 

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Fifty Shades of Sexy https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2017/3/fifty-shades-of-sexy Fifty Shades of Sexy


Whether you have read the books or not, we are all familiar with the famous tie, red lips & mask! While it doesn't seem like a traditional palate to book your session with, trust me it is SEXY! Incorporating small elements really allows us to add some mystery and more creativity into your already sexy session! 

I love so many of the ideas below, especially the red lips and the mask! To really get this look, is fairly simple - here are the key pieces:

 



 

The Mask - You can find a delicate mask at most party stores, and they're making them with more detail every time I hit the shops!

Tie - This little accessory can add layers to your detail shots, as well as provide some very alluring mystery to a darker shot! Feel free to borrow your significant others' tie to really spice it up and surprise him!

Lingerie - The piece I've selected below can be found at Victorias Secret. What I love about it, is the intricate lace details, the way it shapes curves and some of the paneling is sheer to show off your sexy skin! PLUS...it comes with matching panties! 

The Garter Belt - Garters don't make too many appearances during my sessions, but for this look - its a MUST! The addition of stockings to complete this outfit really make it stand out and add an extra layer of gorgeous!

Earrings - Whether you wear earrings or not, you'll want to add just a touch of elegant sparkle to your look!

Stilletoes - We'll need 3 inches or taller for these! The touch of gold on these shoes adds a look of sophistication! You can find them at Aldo!

 White Dress Shirt - Hopefully your husband has something clean you can borrow without him noticing ;D He'll thank you for it later!

Red Lips & a Smokey Eye - Your red lips will be an invitation, and your smokey eyes will be the RSVP! 

 


 

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Boudoir {Daylene} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2017/1/boudoir-daylene Wow...is pretty much all I can say about this beautiful woman! Daylene's session is to date still one of my absolute favourites! One of the hardest parts about shooting boudoir is not being able to share images from a session, I was ELATED when Daylene gave me the go ahead to post a a few from hers! I don't get to share images all that often, as you might notice...

What better way to start off the New Year than sharing a few of my favourites from Daylene's shoot...

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Kelbree {Sharing} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2016/1/kelbree-sharing I absolutely love what I do. I meet women from all walks of life, some are busy moms of 2 or 3, others are brides to be, and some are just celebrating! BUT...most of the women I work with have struggles! The struggle could be emotional, it could be linked to their body image, you name it...women across the globe suffer from a lack of self love. 

Kelbree is an absolute stunner. Inside & Out! You would never guess looking at her photos, that she would be anything less then proud. I think we can all agree, she is a natural in front of the camera! Ladies, this is for all of you who are worried about being judged, worried about how you look or feel about your body, have had health struggles in life or just struggled with loving yourself in general. Kelbree has been there. I've been there. Hopefully you find what Kelbree has to say encouraging in you taking the next step in loving YOU!

"So, I am officially half naked on social media. After talking it over with my husband, I've decided to share this after the experience I had with Courtney. Originally this photo shoot was meant as a wedding gift for Greg, but after having a hard year of health issues and uncertainty, this experience also had a significant impact on me. Greg was very supportive and ecstatic to see that I ventured out and did something that made me feel beautiful and boosted my confidence. Working with Courtney was such a fun experience. I think most people are afraid to show their bodies in fear of being judged, but with Courtney she brings out a confidence that you never knew you had. At no point during the shoot did I worry about my body or how I looked. Courtney has such a fun personality all I remember was laughing and appreciating the patience she had when showing me how to do a pose. Greg and I are both in love with the photos Courtney produced and we are her biggest fans!

No matter what you're experiencing in your life right now, just remember to take the time out to LOVE you! I promise...you won't regret it!

xoxo

Courtney 

#‎loveyourself #‎confidenceiskey #‎bodylove #‎nojudgement #‎happiness #‎boudoir "

 

 

 

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SALE EXTENDED https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2015/12/sale-extended Black Friday Boudoir...EXTENDED!

The response was so great to the Boudoir with Courtney's Black Friday sale...that I extended it until January!

The Details...

I'm offering you, the gorgeous woman reading this post right now, an opportunity to experience boudoir through a ridiculously awesome deal:

NO SESSION FEE.

What does that mean exactly? Well...normally there would be an initial investment into your session (Starting at $295) BUT if you book your session date before January  1, there will be NO SESSION FEE! WHAT! That's right! For a one hour session,  I'm not charging a session fee. You will experience the amazing-ness of boudoir with absolutely no feeling of risk! 

​Now...there are a few stipulations or quid-pro quo's if you will, so please...send me an email, hit the contact button above and lets get chatting about how you can take advantage of this amazing sale!!! 

EMAIL: boudoirwithcourtney@gmail.com for details!

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Celebrate Christmas... https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2015/11/celebrate-christmas What's under your tree this year? Celebrate with the gift of boudoir! Whether you're buying as a gift for someone special, having the session done for yourself or just because...you won't want to miss out on this offer!

Lets get together over a warm Peppermint Mocha and chat! I would love to help you craft the perfect gift this Christmas!

*For all the incredible husbands out there, Gift Certificates are Available!*

PLUS!

Book your session in time for Christmas and receive a special gift just for you! 

What are you waiting for...

 

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Cher https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2015/5/cher Cher has one of the most vibrant personalities I've ever photographed, and it wasn't just her fabulous choice in lingerie! I had an amazing time with this beauty! We spent most of her session laughing, having girl chat & creating some stunning photos! I always like to stress the importance of choosing lingerie that you love & are comfortable in, and that is also reflective of who you are! I may be a little biased with Cher's coral ensemble...its just so wild and speaks to me!!! Cher matched her bright personality with an equally bright piece of lingerie, and it made her session!

See for yourself just how fabulous Cher is...

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On the Farm {Tricia} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2015/3/on-the-farm-tricia First off...Thank you Tricia for allowing me to share a few of your images! So EXCITED!

One of my favourite things about summer outdoor boudoir! Don't get me wrong, I love working indoors...but the magic on a summer evening is incredible! Tricia is a gorgeous woman with a wild spirit, and we had so much fun on the farm! I loved her combination of lingerie with the jean vest! Perfect for the scene! Our summers have been nothing short of amazing the last couple of years, so if you're looking for an outside the box session...this is for you!

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Bold & Beautiful {Laura} https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2015/2/bold-beautiful-laura I am always so floored and appreciative when client says "YES" to sharing their images! That tells me that I have done my job on shoot :D They feel confident, beautiful and proud! I was so glad that Laura was pumped to share...if for no other reason that you can see just how fabulous red lips can look! She completely owned her session, inspired me in the process and rocked a modern day Marilyn look! I loved it! Laura, thank you so much for sharing your images! 

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New Year...New You! https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2015/1/new-year-new-you As we ring in the New Year, its become a custom to have "resolution". Something that you will work hard to change or do better in the coming year. Every year, I seem to be making the same one: Get to the gym. Get healthy. Lose weight. Feel better. Blog more. Spend less...and it goes on! Sound familiar?

Whats your New Years resolution for 2015? 

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This year, I'm not making one. At least not the typical kind. 

How often do we miss the mark and end up disappointed or frustrated that we couldn't or didn't make the time, we might beat ourselves up, or deny ourselves of something fun to eat! I know I do. NO MORE! This year the only "resolution" I'm making is to love my life, myself, my husband, cats & live blissfully in the joy that those blessings provide. In abundance.

I meet so many gorgeous women who want to change their weight, wish they had smaller hips, or had more courage to do a boudoir session. My wish for you this year is that you celebrate the skin you're in! Once you love the body you're in, the rest will follow!

I'm inviting you to join me. This year, love who you are, the body you're in & the blessings you've been given! Think of one amazing thing you're blessed with each of the next 365 days. It doesn't have to be extraordinary, maybe its just that you have cream in the fridge for your coffee! Or that your cat gave you extra snuggles while you were watching your favourite TV show! Take your pick...the good stuff is everywhere!

You'll have to stay tuned in the next couple of days to see what I have planned next! In honour of YOU, I'll be hosting a special event to help celebrate you!  

I'd love to know what you're thankful for this week...leave me a comment in the section below!  

 

 

 

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Outdoor Boudoir... https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2014/6/outdoor-boudoir When this gorgeous woman (who shall remain discreet!) contacted me to shoot some sexy photos for her, we immediately got to chatting about what she wanted for her session! Mentioning in an email that she wanted something completely out of the box, I knew the hotel room was out of the mix! And I was so excited!!! Not that I don't love shooting in elegant hotel rooms, but this definitely got my creativity buzzin' & the weather is absolutely stellar right now! We met up for coffee and came up with a very different concept for her shoot. My head was spinning with excitement about what her hair would look like, the wardrobe, the shoes! EVERYTHING! Her hope was to shoot somewhere that was run down & a little gritty, and the first place that came to mind was Shack Island. If you're not familiar with it, its a little (mostly abandoned) island sandwiched between Pipers Lagoon & Neck Point, in Nanaimo. Its full of ramshackle, old fishing shacks in various shapes & colours, a few tall oak trees, starfish & oysters! And most of all its full of character!

​We made our way over during low tide in the evening, and shot until the tide started rolling in...which was up to our waists by the time we reached the shore!

Ladies...if you're feeling bold enough this summer, shooting your session outdoors would be incredible!

This fabulous lady was kind enough to let me use a few images from her shoot...

Focused with the Focus 2 app

Thank you for being brave & fierce enough to let me share some of your session! 

​If you're looking for something a little different for your boudoir...contact me today and we can get planning your incredible session

 

Fiercely Yours,

XOXO

Courtney

 

HUGE THANKS TO:

Marcie Allen at Serenity Salon for her incredible hair styling!

Remy Marten for the amazing make-up

My husband, Steve Julien of Julien Photography for assisting me on the session!

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What to Wear? https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2014/4/what-to-wear "What should I wear to my Boudoir Session"

Thats a great question, and one I get asked often! This will be a bit of a read, but don't let that stop you! It will prepare you for your session! There is so much lingerie out there, and it can be frustrating trying to find the right piece for yourself...especially when some are made of no more than string and tassel! We come in all different shapes & sizes, and there is a style of lingerie that is perfect for you and your body! Read on and I'll help shed some light on what might be the perfect lingerie for your body type!

There are about 4 body types, maybe a few more, but I'll stick to the usual for this!

Rectangular (or Banana) Figure: Narrow Shoulders & No Hips

Apple Figure: Broad Shoulders & Bust, No Hips 

Pear Figure: Fuller Hips & Small Bust

Hourglass Figure: Hips & Bust are almost equal in size, with a Narrow Waist

Image Credit: www.vanityrich.com

So we've gone over the various and very "general" shapes, now lets talk about which pieces suit your beautiful body!

The Rectangle.

This is one of the most common body shapes! Your hips and bust are equally balanced, but there isn't much definition in your waist. With this shape I would recommend more form fitting lingerie, such as a slip! You'll want to enhance your waist with the lingerie you choose, finding slips & corsets with embellishments around the waist area are a great way to draw attention to the area and create a shapely waist line. If you go with a bra & panty set, choose a set with ruffle detail on the top & bottom, and a little extra padding in the bra to create more shape!

 

The Apple.

Just like the name implies, you've got broader shoulders, narrow hips and a less defined waist. The best way to play up your shape here is with lingerie that defines your waist, and gives the illusion of more curves! What do I recommend? The sexy bustier or corset! These pieces add shape to your mid-drift by cinching your waist in, thus creating more shape in your hips and upper body - giving you more of an hourglass look. You can wear lacy thongs, brazilian bottoms, or a dainty panty with corsets or bustiers! Often bustiers & corsets have garter attachments so you can add some sexy stockings to the mix for a different look! 

The Pear.

Your hips are wider than your bust, and you have a fantastically defined waist! With this body shape you'll want show off all your best assets, to do that, you'll want lingerie that balances out your top and bottom. To balance things out, you'll need to draw the eyes up! Choose a sexy slip or teddy with a plunging neckline and a halter top. One of my favourite items out there is the one piece halter Teddy! Its fitted like a one piece swimsuit, and with the right plunge it will balance out your shape! Add a chunky bracelet to the mix and you're golden!

The Hourglass.

Your bust and hips are fairly balanced, and your waist is narrow. With this shape there are some great options for lingerie, and you can't go wrong with too many items! A simple bra & panty set will really show off your shape, if you want to sex it up a little more, try a Teddy! A slip will really accentuate all the great curves you're rocking!

 

WHAT TO AVOID

We've talked about what is best for your body shape, perhaps this is a good time to bring up what doesn't work, at least in your boudoir session! There aren't too many pieces of lingerie that I would tell a woman not to buy, but a baby doll is one of them! Baby Dolls are the yoga pants of the lingerie world. While they are comfortable, they don't offer your body what it most desires: SHAPE. Typically designed to hug the bust and flare out (an empire effect), they just don't cut it in a boudoir session. You don't throw your yoga pants on for a girls night on the town! You can also toss Push-Up bras from the mix! Although amazing in your t-shirt, or that sexy little dress you just bought, they don't work for the camera! They gape when you're on your back, and they gape when you're on your stomach...sadly they just don't cut it in your boudoir session either! Last but not least, the string thong! This is the one that looks like a nicely decorated piece of dental floss. Perfect to avoid the lines in your tights, or little black dress - but they don't flatter your body lines! Here's a few examples of "What Not to Wears'"

 

Think on your shape for a moment. Are you Rectangular, Apple, Pear or Hourglass?

What is your favourite asset?

Now...lets celebrate your fabulous shape with lingerie that shows it off! 

I meet with many women, and we often chat about what to wear to a session! While we often discuss what you'd like to show off, we chat equally about is what you don't like! Not fond of your stomach area? I don't recommend bringing a panty set to shoot your session in. You'll spend more time worrying about whether or not your stomach is exposed and not enough time embracing your supermodel self! Love your bust line? Rock it with a sexy plunging neckline! Your boudoir session is a way to celebrate YOU. So lets make it fabulous!

Hopefully this helps when you're out shopping for your lingerie! Whether you're looking to pick some up for your session, or just get sexy in the bedroom, its always amazing to know what works best for you!

Interested in a session with me? I'd love to chat! Hit the contact link at the top of my page to send me an email and we can meet up over drinks to plan your incredible boudoir session!

Warmly,

Courtney

xoxo

Stay Fierce.

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The Bold & Beautiful Cinema Experience https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2014/4/the-boudoir-experience Ever wondered what it would be like to experience your boudoir session in cinema? How it would feel to be a celebrity on your own silver screen? I offer the cinema experience with my exclusive "Bold & Beautiful" package! We teamed up with Jackie to make this trailer, and we had so much fun! If you're looking for the next step in your boudoir session, something a little different, my team and I would love to work with you to create something incredible! 

Contact me today to book your "Bold & Beautiful" cinema experience!

Interested in what Jackie's images looked like? See them all here!

Jackie Boudoir Video Experience

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Beautiful Bodies Campaign https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2014/4/beautiful-bodies-campaign-with-beckie-ross A little while ago, I had to opportunity to collaborate on a shoot with the fabulous Beckie Ross of Innovative Entertainment & Laura Kalcsa of The Wedding Ring Magazine. Beckie and her team are responsible for "the Bridal Exhibition" that happens here on the island! If you are a bride, or you've got a friend recently engaged and are looking for fabulous vendors and all the latest and greatest things weddings here on the island...the Bridal Exhibition and the Wedding Ring Magazine - Vancouver Island are your two new best friends!

Not unlike myself, Beckie is very passionate about loving the body you're in and celebrating every woman. When she asked me to shoot the campaign for her, I was all over it!

The focus of Beckie's project is that "Every Body is Beautiful". Her goal with the project is to "feature the confidence & sexiness that can (and [does]) exist in every woman - regardless of their size!". As a a woman & a boudoir photographer, that is one of the most important lessons to learn. Here's how Beckie summed it up, and I couldn't agree more!

1. Size is JUST a number. 

2. Take time to Pamper Yourself. If you feel good, your inner beauty will shine through!

3. Learn to see yourself through you significant others' eyes! They fell in love with YOU!

4. Love your Body!

Pick up your copy of the Wedding Ring Magazine today to read all of Beckie's inspiring article!

 

Photography: Courtney Julien of Boudoir with Courtney & Julien Photography

Gowns & Lingerie: The Bride's Closet

Hair & Make-Up: Maffeo Salon

Venue: The Vancouver Island Conference Center 

Laura Kalcsa The Wedding Ring Magazine

Beckie Ross of Innovative Entertainment

 

 

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Julia https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2014/3/julia This is one sexy lady who Rocks. Period. Julia has one of the loveliest personalities I've ever had the joy of meeting & photographing. We spoke mostly over email, and a couple times over the phone, and I could tell she was great. It wasn't until I met her in person that I knew she was beyond fabulous! She even brought me Bath & Body Works treats!!! Like I said: Fabulous. And then we got to shooting...WOW! She has looks that kill and knew just how to work the camera!  

Julia, thank you so much for your inspiring confidence!

Stay Fierce.

 

Warmly,

Courtney

xoxo

 

Hair: Jesse Carr from Lab Salons

Make-Up: Jodi Thompson

Venue: Bear Mountain

 

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Miss K https://www.boudoirwithcourtney.com/blog/2013/12/missk One of my favourite pieces of lingerie is the Teddy. Its something I suggest to lots of women, not just because I think they're sexy, but because they look incredible on just about every woman! Miss K came to her session with a couple of different options, but we both LOVED the Teddy! She rocked it with amazing confidence, and I loved everything from her session! She was married this past summer, and as a gift to her husband to be, she wanted to spoil him with a little something extra special...

Miss K, you are a Gorgeous woman!  

Miss K, you are stunning and I loved working with you!

Stay Fierce.

Warmly,

Courtney

xoxo

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