Chrissy Smith Photography: Blog https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Chrissy Smith Photography (Chrissy Smith Photography) Tue, 02 Aug 2022 16:56:00 GMT Tue, 02 Aug 2022 16:56:00 GMT https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u857047273-o30442108-50.jpg Chrissy Smith Photography: Blog https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog 80 120 This Is YOUR Shoot! Stop Compairing Yourself To Others. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/7/this-is-your-shoot-stop-compairing-yourself-to-others
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Try Something New https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/7/try-something-new Boudoir is the best time to try something new. You are already stepping a little outside you "normal" per say. So why not try something a little different. This client did and she absolutely ROCKED it. This outfit seemed very daunting when hanging in my client closet, so when I mentioned giving it a try. She was a little intimidated, but placed her trust in me. After snapping a few shots with it, I happily showed her the back of my camera and giggled. She was shocked at the results... and how amazing the outfit looked on her.

So, the point of this is, don't be afraid to give something a try and step outside your "normal".  You may just be very surprised with the outcome, just like Miss R.

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Why investing in a Boudoir Experience is an investment in yourself. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/7/why-investing-in-a-boudoir-experience-is-an-investment-in-yourself

When making an investment, you want to make sure you are getting your money's worth. While a luxury boudoir experience may seem like an extravagant want for some people, for many it is actually a need. Women need to feel beautiful, confident, and sexy. You just can't put a price to the empowerment that boudoir brings to your life. If you've been considering a boudoir shoot but can't justify the price tag, let me explain exactly what goes into the investment in yourself... and trust me, your worth every penny.

 

Equipment & Education

Anyone can go out and drop the cash to buy a top of the line camera and the best photo editing software, but learning how to use it correctly is a different story. Lighting, exposure, technique- all of the skills come with years of experience and education. When it comes to photography, you absolutely get what you pay for. When you look back on these photos, you want to feel proud and happy to show them off, so don't skimp for anything less than professional.

 

Studio

Wedding photographers travel to your ceremony site, portrait photographers take advantage of the outdoors, but boudoir photographers work so intimately with our clients, that we must have a studio space. With a secured studio space, we then have to fill it with the perfect props & sets including a beautiful bed set for those super sultry sexy poses. The more sets in the studio the better as this gives a variety of looks and not just one. Trust me, you want to feel as comfortable and secure as possible during your shoot, so a quality studio is well worth the cost of a session.

 

Professional Hair & Makeup Services

One of the most significant (and most necessary) costs in a boudoir shoot is the professional hair and makeup services. When you book a boudoir shoot, you don't want someone who makes YouTube or TicTok makeup tutorials for fun doing your glam. You want a professional licensed artist that can give you any look you desire. My team uses the highest quality products, so you look your most beautiful when they are done bringing out that natural beauty. I want you to be the most confident sexy version of yourself and with the magic of makeup, you'll definitely feel that way.

 

Time

To someone who has never experienced boudoir before, the investment may seem daunting for just a few hours of shooting. But in truth, there is so much more to it then that. Consultations, editing, ordering and creating products - there is so much that goes on behind the scenes. While each shot captures just a moment in time, there are countless hours of prep work behind what you see. I've even driven several hours on three separate occasions to get the perfect prop piece for shoots. All this effort goes a long way into giving you a finish product you will completely LOVE.

Additionally, because the personal nature of my shoots, I commit to only 1 client a day so that she can have all the personal attention she deserves.

 

Planning & Execution

When you book a shoot with Chrissy Smith Photography, your experience will be unlike any other. I place a great deal of time and effort into crafting and bring to life the most unique settings for my clients. My Studio is located on just under 10 acres of beautiful mountain scenery, so we take full advantage of the beauty nature provided us with with both a cast iron gate set and amazingly stunning claw-foot tub set to capture some truly one-of-a-kind shots. Sure, it seems like a lot, but you deserve for your shoot to be individualized just for you.

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You don't compromise when making an investment in your home, so why would you compromise when it comes to your self-worth? This is a once in a lifetime experience and you deserve the best. Your newfound sense of confidence and empowerment is something you just can't put a price on. I even offer financing that allows you to pay for your package over the course of an entire year if need be. So you can enjoy your Boudoir Experience now, with no stress. If your ready to invest in yourself, let's chat!

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Boudoir? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/7/what-is-boudoir Boudoir...where did it come from?

Boudoir is french for a woman's private bedroom/dressing room. Long ago, in the early 1920s, boudoir photography was considered tasteless and disgraceful. While it was intended to capture the beauty of a woman's figure and emotions. Many saw this as a unrealistic or inappropriate explorations of her body. This was back when women were laughed at, mocked, shamed, and not treated equally (or fairly). And during this time, it was actually illegal.

Albert Arthur Allen, and American based photographer was wrapped in scandal because his style of nude photography wasn't quite acceptable (example of his work shown above). In fact, so much so that he was indicted for sending obscene materials through mail and spent years in litigation. All of which was eventually dropped. **Eye roll**

Fast forward to the mid-1930's and 40's. Pinup girls, *whistles*. Before Marilyn Monroe, there was Betty Grable (pictured above). Betty was the face of the iconic pin-up-girl-look that was created in the 30's and 40's, right around the beginning of WWII FACT: Our government actually used a pin-up of Betty as propaganda to persuade young men to enlist into the war! Do you remember those bomber plans with the pin-ups on the noses? Yup...

Women then started commissioning their own pin-up drawings and photographs to send to their husbands away at war as motivation for their safe return home. Betty's work did so much more than just becoming the government's pin-up girl. Betty was also the highest-paid actress and woman in her time.

When the 50's rolled around Marilyn Monroe became a pretty household name. Some would argue that Marilyn kicked off the sexual liberation of women. While she is one of many women, Marilyn definitely normalized female sexuality and is still a household name 50+ years later. But, it wasn't just the photos that made her so popular and intriguing. Marilyn was outspoken, charismatic, humorous, and embraced herself with ease, resulting in the entire world falling in love with her.

After that, boudoir picked up and more and more women started participating in the trend. These women paved the way for modern-day boudoir. Today, while some people are still uncomfortable with the idea of having a boudoir session. Boudoir is widely accepted in today's standards. We see women all over social media, magazines, and in movies embracing their bodies and flaunting their stuff! Women have a variety of reasons why they chose to do a boudoir session. It may be a gift for a significant other or celebrating a milestone in life. However, a surprising number of women take these photos just for themselves. One thing that happens with all women is that boudoir sessions allows them to see themselves differently. There is an unexpected journey that clients go through from planning stages, showing up the day of their session with great bravery and finally putting their own self-criticisms aside to truly appreciate the beauty that has always been there.

Boudoir is booming more than ever. So... what are you waiting for? Become part of boudoir history and book your session!

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New Body Jewelry! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/7/new-body-jewelry I am so excited to announce we have added some new pieces to the client closet! To say I am stoked about theses two pieces is a under statement. However, with all new items that means I have to get some new photos of said items. So, no sooner did they enter the studio I had to try them out myself lol.

I cannot wait to actually shoot these beauties on some of my amazing clients!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Client Closet??? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/6/client-closet

In order to keep my Boudoir Experience the best experience possible for my clients. I offer a client closet. What is a client closet? Well, it is a collection of all different shape, size, and color lingerie I have collected and offer to my clients for their sessions. I also have a selection of couture body jewelry as well. This way if you are unsure of what you have, or heck. If you don't have anything. I always have items available in studio for client's use.

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Boudoir... Who's it really for? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/6/boudoir-whos-it-really-for

When many people think of doing a boudoir shoot, they automatically think of a spouse or significant other. But in truth, is that who the shoot is really for?

I really wanted to dive into this a little more and explain. You see, as much as boudoir is an amazing gift to give to your partner, I feel it is even more of a gift for yourself.

Just like strutting your stuff with your new coach purse, rocking that new mani & pedi, or getting your hair done and feeling like a million bucks... Boudoir is about making you feel good about yourself.

There is a reason I call my boudoir more then a "session", but an experience. A session is in and out, you come, get photos, and that's it. Nothing that really changes how you see yourself or even really makes you feel good about yourself. Heck I couldn't tell you how many family portraits sessions I shot in the past where the women would forever tear themselves apart in photos. Not liking their hair, their smile, their bodies. All because they didn't reach the standards they thought were placed on them. All because they couldn't see the beauty that they had right then.  This is why I offer an experience.

From the time you walk into my studio to the time you leave it is ALL ABOUT YOU! Designed to be all inclusive, Hair & Makeup, wardrobe, shoot, reveal... everything under one roof. So no running to the hair salon, to the makeup artist, to Ulta to get lashes, heck you don't even have to run to a lingerie store if you don't want to, because I have already thought of that and even offer a client closet for all my clients to have the availability to use.

I want you to feel confident, and I want you to rock that confidence even after your experience is over. Then when your excitement has started to drop you'll get to come back in studio for the live reveal of those amazing images you had so much fun doing. Bringing that confidence boost right back up when you see just how amazingly beautiful you are and always have been all along.

So, this is a gift to you, to be a part of the total pampering and confidence renewing experience offered by Chrissy Smith Photography. The images and products... they're just the icing on the cake.

Want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our VIP all ladies FB Group! And see for yourself how awesome a Chrissy Smith Boudoir experience can be.

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5 Tips of How to Relax during your Boudie Session https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/6/5-tips-of-how-to-relax-during-your-boudie-session  

Are you nervous about your boudoir session? No worries, everyone gets the Boudie jitters, and I totally get it. Each one of my clients that step through my front door are nervous, but the best part is, when you step back out that door. Your nerves will be the last thing on your mind. You will walk out, a goddess with your head held high with a all new sense of self esteem you never knew you possessed.

Below are a few tips that I have compiled to help you relax on the day of your shoot. Some of these I even do in studio to help.

Play Music – This will help you to calm down and feel comfortable. I always play my Boudoir Playlist during shoots. Not only to help you relax but also to add to the fun... cause we all giggle at "I'm too sexy" or "Sexy and I know it"...lol
 

Deep Breathing – Practice deep breathing. This is a proven relaxation method. Breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale through your nose. Repeat until you feel better.


Take a Break – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we can take a break from shooting and talk and relax before resuming the session.


Drink – Not to get drunk, but a glass of wine before your shoot might help take that edge off. While I don't offer wine or alcohol in studio I do offer bottled water.


Laugh It Off – If you’re feeling silly in front of the camera, laugh at yourself. Laughter is a great relaxation technique which is why I strive to make your experience as fun as it is uplifting. I want my clients to have fun, laugh, and go back to their friends and family telling them how much fun they had.

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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{Boudoir} How to choose the best Lingerie for your body https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/6/-boudoir-how-to-choose-the-best-lingerie-for-your-body "I have no idea what to wear, what do you recommend?"

I get asked this question a lot when it comes to Boudoir; and to be honest I wish it was a super simple answer. However, each lady I see is built completely different. That's not a bad thing though, I mean that's what makes us all unique.

So, in order to help answer this question I have compiled a little information to help you out.

First things first, find your body type. There are many different types of shapes however, all those shapes fit into one of these categories.

You have the Apple, Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle, and Inverted-triangle.

To figure out which of these you are, you will need to do two things.

  1. Measure your bust, waist (at its smallest part), and hips (at their largest part)
  2. Look at a full size mirror and assess your silhouette (the outline of your body) from front and sideways view

If your bust measurements are the same or very close to your hips measurement and you have a well defined waist – you are an Hourglass type

If your bust line, waist and hips are equal or very similar (there is no a defined waist) you are Rectangle body type. Also when you look at yourself from the side your bottom may look flat.

If your bust, waist and hips are equal or the waistline is slightly bigger than the hips and bust line. Shoulders are soft and rounded and the bottom (from a sideways view) is curved. You are a Apple or Oval.

If your bust line is narrower than your hips. Your bust is smaller than your hips when looking at yourself sideways and your bottom is curved. You are a Pear (or Triangle). Just look at these celebrities, they all have curvy bottoms and their busts are visibly smaller then their hips.

If your bust line is broader than your hips in measurements and when looking at your silhouette sideways you are most likely an Inverted-Triangle.

Now the fun part, we have covered body types and you have a pretty good idea as to which you are, so we can figure out what lingerie looks best on each body type.

Hourglass

If your lucky enough to have that Marilyn Monroe's bombshell hourglass figure, you can pretty much pull anything off. However there are a few pieces of lingerie that look best for this figure including garter belts, teddies, and corsets. Of course you could also go for a high leg panty or even a lace bra and matching thong.

Pear/Triangle

It's all about the booty right now {Just think how popular JLo and Kim K are right now}. So if your one of those gals rockin' the big booty, try a lacy negligee that is taut at the breasts but flows down around the hips. A bustier is also a great option to draw attention to your breasts. You can also try out a matching set with a ruffled bra and panties or a bandeau bra that levels out your shoulders and hips.

Rectangle

If your rockin' that athletic figure, you have a rectangular body. You need something that cinches at the waist, and corsets are the best option for that. They add curves and look sensuous. If you have a long torso, a garter belt or a teddy will look great on you. You can also accentuate your breasts by going for push-up bras and bustier lingerie.

Inverted-Triangle

Broad shoulders define this body type, and what you decide to showcase is a personal preference. Halter necks are your best option here. If you have a flatter bum, go for a teddy to divert attention away from it. A bralette with a matching lace panty or a thong is another sexy option. Matching cami sets are another option if you like a relatively tame look.

Apple/Oval

If you have a rounded waist and your torso and upper body are much wider than your hips, you have a round body. This means you need lingerie that makes your body look proportionate. A negligee that hides chunks of your waistline and defines your bust line is a good option. A teddy also sits well on this type of body. For newbies, a pair of chemises or satin lingerie gowns are an interesting choice – they are sexy and give you coverage.

 

So get out there and have some fun shopping for those sexy little somethings for your Boudoir session! And don't forget to check out our pinterest board of some adorable lingerie ideas!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Not quite ready to book but want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our Ladies Only VIP FB Group! 

 

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Women's Only Boudoir VIP FB Group https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/6/embrace-you-boudoir-vip-fb-group

That's right, Chrissy has created a VIP Women's ONLY Boudoir group dedicated to empowering women like you!

This amazing group is for all women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Whether you are interested in learning what Boudoir is all about, want to have a shoot, want to share your boudoir experience, or just want to hang with other women like yourself, this is the place. With weekly makeup tips, posing tips, studio insights, girl talk, and more! Embrace you and refuel that confidence in this amazing group!

Come join our rockin' group of amazing ladies by clicking the link below.

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How to prep for your Boudoir Session. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/6/how-to-prep-for-your-boudoir-session

Here are some tips for finding the looks that will enhance your natural beauty, personality and sensuality during your shoot.

  1. Visualize the clothing, sexy heels, accessories, and wonderful props you will want to wear for your shoot. Flip through your favorite fashion magazines for more examples on ways the pair colors, fabrics, and styles for easy runway glamour.
  2.  Shop your closet for your go to items when you want to feel sexy (and look) your very best. Let your imagination free.
  3. Grab a style savvy go to friend and hit the stores to find a super sexy flattering outfit that not only sexy, but comfortable and relaxed.
  4. Pick out lingerie that highlights your beautiful curves, but please remember sometimes a too tight tee shirt, soft sweater, or oversized button down shirt can be even sexier. Let your personality shine through.
  5. Don't forget to bring something meaningful to you or your significant other; this serves as a great way to personalize your shoot. I have even had a client pose with her husbands police hat to make it more personal for him.

Five days before your shoot...

  • If you wax, do so a  few days prior to your shoot to avoid redness and bumps.
  • Make sure eyebrows and nicely shaped and groomed.
  • If your planning to visit the salon for a haircut or color, give yourself a few days to make sure your happy with it. 
  • Be sure to get a salon manicure and pedicure for a flawless finish.
  • Stay out of the sun- while a basic tan will be nice in photos, red blotchy skin will not.
  • PLEASE - DO NOT SPRAY TAN.
  • Drink plenty of water for luminous skin.
  • Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol, if your worried about retaining water.
  • Try on your outfits and lingerie to make sure they fit properly; remove all tags and labels. Steam or iron your ensembles and hang them properly so they keep their shape.

The day before your shoot...

  • Bathe, shave, and moisturize.
  • Where those loose fitting clothes to your session to avoid red-marks on your skin (no jeans, tight socks, or tight clothing for instance).
  • Eat some thing light but filling.
  • Arrive with a clean, moisturized face and CLEAN HAIR! (This is important.)
  • Take a deep breath and RELAX. It is completely normal to be a wee bit nervous before your shoot, but please don't worry. You will be in good hands. I will show you exactly how to pose and help you to get the best shots possible. :)
  • MOST IMPORTANT!! Have fun!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Choosing the best way to display photos in your home. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/5/choosing-the-best-way-to-display-photos-in-your-home Now that your session is over, it’s time to decide where you are going to put your photos and what will look best in your home.

  • Canvas – We offer beautiful canvases stretched over varying thicknesses of wood to make it stand out more or less depending on your preference. These photos are free-floating and do not require a frame.
  • Framed on Wall – Dress your photos up with stylish frames to match your home décor. We offer a variety of print sizes for you to choose from. Contact us for more details.

*When hanging photos on your wall (framed or canvas) you can choose to hang a single photo, or a group of photos in a collage to change it up.

  • Framed on Shelves, Desks, Tables – If you are renting or don’t want to put holes in your walls from prints or canvases, you can also frame your prints and place them on shelves, desks, or tables around your home. (You can also do this in addition to the wall hangings if you’d like.)
  • Photo Boxes – Customized photo boxes are totally in! These are very popular amongst our clients. This is a great way to display your photos, and you can keep more prints inside or use them as a keepsake box to house your precious memories.
  • Wall Calendars – Enjoy your photos all year long with these beautiful wall calendars!
  • Albums/Coffee Table Books – If you just can’t pick out a few photos to display in your home and you need more space, you can always get an album printed up and place it on your coffee table or bookshelf. Pull it out and look through it to remember how fun your session was, and how much your family loves each other.
  • Computer Screensaver – We also create slideshows that can be used as screensavers so you can enjoy your photos while your computer gets some rest.

 

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How Boudoir Can Heal You And Make You Fall In Love With Yourself https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/5/how-boudoir-can-heal-you-and-make-you-fall-in-love-with-yourself When was the last time you felt truly confident or truly sexy?

Too often, the business of life gets in the way of our ability to look inward and reflect on all the reasons why we are as beautiful and perfect as we are. When life changes hurt your confidence, it is even harder to remember this. Boudoir photo-shoots strip away the distractions of everyday life. When it is just you and the camera in a completely safe space, your innermost self is revealed. All of the worries, anxieties, and responsibilities overshadowing your confidence fade away, leading to more authenticity and self-discovery than you ever thought possible. 

Boudoir encourage self-love and self-reflection. You will feel different at the end of your shoot–stronger, sexier, more confident, beautiful. It then becomes your job to put the pieces together and recognize that you are no different than the person who walked into the shoot, even if you feel different. You just allowed yourself to lean into those feelings of confidence and self-love and allowed yourself to fully engage in a transformative experience. When you experience something challenging, traumatic, or life-changing, you will sometimes need reminders of who you were before the event and who you want to become. After your boudoir shoot, you will always have an amazing experience and memory to return to, reflect on, and remind yourself of your power and worth–past, present, and future.

 

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Not quite ready to book but want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our Ladies Only VIP FB Group! 

 

 

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Celebrate That Big Birthday With Boudoir! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/celebrate-that-big-birthday-with-boudoir

Celebrate a Milestone with a Boudoir Session

If you’re looking for a reason to do a boudoir shoot, a major milestone in your life can be a great time to capture some new, professional images of yourself. Boudoir can help you mark this phase of your life.

Start a new decade off right
Whether you’re about to hit 30, 40, or 50, a professional boudoir shoot can help you mark a milestone birthday with some glamour. Dealing with aging, especially entering a new decade of life, can be a challenge, but a sexy boudoir session can remind you of your beauty and allure.

Remind yourself of your strength
Maybe you just came through a particularly difficult time in your life—a divorce, an illness—and you need some way to remind yourself of how strong you are. Maybe you’re feeling a little less beautiful and could use some stunning images to look at to show you how just how gorgeous you are. Regardless of the reason, boudoir is all about empowerment and capturing your inner strength.

Mark a new beginning
A boudoir session can also be a great way to embrace a new period in your life. Whether you’re dealing with sending your little ones off to school for the first time or trying to get used to an empty nest, boudoir can remind you of who you are and that you are enough.

Show off your hot bod
Some women choose to do a boudoir shoot after a major weight loss. After all, you’ve put in all those hours at the gym and skipped out on your favorite foods, so you deserve to show off the body you’ve worked so hard on.

Boudoir photos make great gifts for your significant other, but they can also be something just for you—a way to recognize your strength and power as a woman and to celebrate the big moments in your life.

 

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Boudoir Is About Who You Are Now! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/boudoir-is-about-who-you-are-now If you have every watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you will remember one of the best and honest lines in the movie,

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Life does move fast.  First we are in school then maybe off to college or we get married and before you know it, even your kids are getting ready for graduation.  Then we look back and ask ourselves, where in the world did the time go?

During that time, we go through so many different changes.  Some are physical, some spiritual, some attitude and some just are seeing the wisdom that your parents may have imparted to us.  Regardless of the change, we need to celebrate making it another day and be comfortable with ourselves for who we have become.  

Why should you do this? Let’s face it, society has done some pretty nasty things to us.  People, especially women, are made to feel that they need to be skinny size zero with a muscular physique and a flawless complexion with hair that flows like the wind.  The cruel side effect of this is that people begin to compare and demean themselves because they feel a constant need to compare themselves to those other. They lose the confidence that had inspired them to become who they are. Society has been chipping away at women for a long time and it is only getting worse and I’m here to say…

THAT’S NOT RIGHT!!!

Fortunately, I am here to say that I can help fix that situation!!!

EVERY woman, every person is a perfectly unique creation that deserves to be admired for who they are and what they have accomplished in their lives.  Each of us has gone through so many different struggles in our lives and we need to celebrate the fact that we have persevered through it all! You deserve to be reminded of that every day.  Every aspect of YOU deserves to be celebrated.  

Maybe you have just had a milestone birthday.  Maybe, you have undergone a weight loss journey. Maybe you have just had your third child.  Maybe you want to just celebrate being you.  Maybe, you want to celebrate with a group of friends that just want to have a good time to remember.  Any number of these things are reasons that you should capture the YOU that you are today.  

In Boudoir, women have the opportunity to capture themselves in that moment of their life.  It is a moment in time that will pass by if you are not careful.  It can also be something you look back over the years and relish in the memories that came with the experience or the reactions of your significant other as they saw your images for the first time. Regardless of the reason, a Boudoir shoot can help serve as a reminder of just how fun you can be and grow your confidence to help you feel better about yourself.  

Regardless of the time in your life, regardless if you are 21 or 60, regardless of your body type or any other factor, every woman should pamper themselves with a Boudoir shoot at least one time, if not multiple times in their lives to help them feel great about themselves.  Take back what society has stolen from you and retake your confidence and self worth.  You have worked hard in your life.  You deserve to celebrate YOU!!!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

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Couples Boudoir! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/couples-boudoir

Do you want to celebrate your relationship? Need a perfect birthday, holiday, or anniversary gift?

Couples Boudoir is more than just a photo shoot. It helps couples feel closer and get in touch with the chemistry they have between each other.  I believe relationships should be celebrated! So I take the time to learn about you and your partner before the shoot.

Get the experience of a lifetime, and the artwork, albums, and memories to treasure from Chrissy Smith Photography. See why so many of our clients come back time and time again, and experience boudoir on a whole new level.

Your rock, your best friend, your soul mate, whatever you call that amazing person who is the light of your life, be sure to give them the best gift ever! Celebrate each other! Take your relationship to the next level. Feel closer. Couples boudoir is about the art of getting close to that special someone. The intimacy shared, and the emotion. In the hustle and bustle of life, we need those moments to get close and celebrate what we have. And this is the perfect gift for both of you to enjoy!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

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Not quite ready to book but want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our Ladies Only VIP FB Group! 

 

"Do you want to celebrate your relationship? Need the perfect birthday, holiday or anniversary gift?" - from Philadelphia's Allebach Photography at https://allebachphotography.com/couples-boud
"Do you want to celebrate your relationship? Need the perfect birthday, holiday or anniversary gift?" - from Philadelphia's Allebach Photography at https://allebachphotography.com/couples-boudoir
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Common Fears & Concerns About A Boudoir Shoot https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/common-fears-concerns-about-a-boudoir-shoot

Many women have concerns and fears when trying to decide whether or not to book a boudoir shoot.

These fears are very common and unfortunately, cause many women to miss out on this amazing experience.
One of the things boudoir photographers hear most from boudoir clients after all is said and done is, “Every woman should experience this at least once in their lifetime!” They also get many repeat clients because after their first experience, they have put those fears and concerns to rest.

Let’s look at some of the most common concerns that I hear from girls who feel a little skeptical and let’s put those fears to rest!

 

"I am not comfortable with my flaws."


Let’s face it, we all have flaws! Not a single one of us is perfect. There is no such thing as too heavy, too thin, too pale, too dark, too many stretch marks, etc. Our flaws are what makes us unique. And you are ALL equally beautiful! I have flaws myself, and I can assure that I am that last one to judge any female for anything they see as a flaw. I see you as a strong badass woman who is gorgeous in her own way. I see you as a client therefore, I will go above and beyond to listen to you and help guide you the whole process while focusing on your best assets.

 

“I won’t know how to pose properly.”


Listen up ladies! As a professional boudoir photographer, I do my research. You do not need to know how to pose, it’s my job to pose you! I will direct you through the whole process all the way down to the way you tilt your head and where to place your hand. I will actually demonstrate the poses with you and physically move your hands, arms, legs, etc. if needed. It is a team effort and we are in this together. All you need to do is show up and let me handle the rest. You may come into the shoot feeling a little stiff and awkward but, gradually you will become more and more comfortable with each pose. You do not need to be a professional model to have a boudoir experience

“I’m afraid I won’t like the photos of myself.”


This concern usually stems from the above two concerns. Being afraid that your flaws and inability to know how to properly pose will ruin your images. No one wants to look awkward, uncomfortable, or have their flaws put on display and captured on camera. I take great pride in my services and work. I want you to look beautiful and FEEL beautiful when you see your photos! I want you to be satisfied and enjoy your experience. And that’s why I will work tentatively with you to make sure we get the perfect poses and expressions that highlight everything beautiful about you!

A boudoir session is such a wonderful experience! They allow you to see yourself in a way that maybe you refuse to yourself, beautiful and sensual and just plain awesome! I want my clients to be pleased and blown away when they see their images and be proud that they decided to go through with it. Please do not let these common fears and concerns from having this experience yourself.
You will NOT regret it!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Not quite ready to book but want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our Ladies Only VIP FB Group! 

 

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3 Amazing Ways To Display Those Rockin' Boudoir Photos https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/3-amazing-ways-to-display-those-rockin-boudoir-photos

3 Ways to Display Your Boudoir Photos

Amazing images are never meant to stay on a screen. Your images have breath and life in them. They represents the beautiful, fierce soul, which is you. Who deserves to be celebrated! Here are 3 ways to display your boudoir photos after experiencing a boudoir session.

 

1 | Albums

Your photos come alive in a whole new way in print, especially in an album. Albums offer you beautiful moments to sit and sift through the pages. Smell the leather and feel the silk finish of the pages.

There’s nothing like seeing your photos come alive on the pages of an album. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.

 

2 | Prints

Prints are a perfect addition to a custom album. Prints can be small gems found throughout the day, as a bookmark or hidden in a suitcase for your love to find. Or they can be enlarged and hung in your bedroom or master bath, a perfect view from the tub.

My favorite way to display prints is through a folio box. With a pearl finish and white border, they’re unlike anything else I’ve experienced. Wrapped with a silk linen ribbon, it’s a perfect way to keepsake prints.

 

3 | Gifts

A thoughtful gift, whether for yourself or your significant other, is the perfect way to continue preserving your boudoir photos. After your session, take the time to look at your photos often and enjoy them. Leave a bit of lingerie on the bed with a photo of you or send a surprise text to your better half and let them know you’re thinking about them. The little things go a long way.

A little secret from me to you:

As a photographer, I spend hours making sure each and every one of your photos is perfect. The bummer is, not every company that offers tangible goods have top-notch professional printers. So the photos that have been carefully crafted may not look so hot coming out of a Walgreen’s printer. This is why I only offer the best of the best with my  products. I want to be sure my clients get the best quality and the best prices, not to mention you feel super warm and fuzzy about supporting your local small business owner.

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Boudoir Is For Single Ladies Too! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/boudoir-is-for-single-ladies-too "All the single ladies...

                All the single ladies..."

So my singing isn't the best, but let's face it. There is a HUGE misconception in the Boudoir world that you need to be married or with someone in order to enjoy a boudoir experience. And in all honesty, this is so far from the truth. Boudoir is more than a gift of amazing images for someone... heck, its more then a shoot. It's an experience, and EVERY woman deserves to this experience at lease once in their lifetime.

I cannot preach how important self care is. Women of all ages can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Which makes it super easy to "let yourself go" if you don't take the time to take care of yourself and treat yourself from time to time. Enjoy a glass of wine with a book in a bubble bath with locked doors so no one can barge in and interrupt, or plan a nice relaxing hike enjoying nature on a beautiful day without demands are both examples of self care.

The experience of boudoir is a excellent way to treat yourself. Many of us, myself included, need to find ways to remind ourselves that we are beautiful. Stress and life in general can easily cause us to loose our self esteem and confidence. Boudoir can give us an outlet to feel beautiful and regain that confidence we tend to lose over the years.

The shoot isn't just about taking beautiful images of you. But the experience to get pampered and get your hair and makeup professionally done. The goal is to get you as relaxed as possible, and to highlight ALL of your best features to make you glow with confidence and feel gorgeous in front of the camera. So you leave the shoot feeling courageous and empowered. Leaving, knowing you still have "it". All of it!

Social media, TV, Movies, Ect... all tend to leave us never feeling like enough. We are either too thin or too heavy, too pale or too dark, too short or too tall... we are all unique in our own way and we are all built differently! We need to learn to embrace out bodies the way they are, and learn to love them, flaws and all. A boudoir experience is perfect for doing just that.

And for that matter you don't need to have a special someone in your life as a reason to enjoy boudoir. In fact, boudoir is perfect for single ladies! Maybe you have been scorned in a relationship or marriage? These shoots are a perfect way to remind yourself of what THEY lost. Maybe you just aren't having any luck in the dating world so you are flying solo until the perfect one comes along? It can be easy to fall into the mindset that you just aren't good enough for a relationship. Boudoir can definitely change your mind.

So, do yourself a favor, and treat yourself to one of the best experiences a woman can have. I guarantee that you will leave feeling amazing, confident, and beautiful! And when you see your images for the first time and see yourself in a way that will leave you knowing YOUR ARE A GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, who is in fact, good enough!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Not quite ready to book but want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our Ladies Only VIP FB Group! 

 

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What To Bring To Your Boudoir Experience https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/what-to-bring-to-your-boudoir-experience What To Bring To Your Boudoir Experience and How To Prepare

A boudoir experience is all about getting pampered, feeling empowered, and seeing yourself in a whole new light! It’s exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. But I am here to put those nerves at ease. I have you covered, and I will be there from the time you first contact me, to when you pickup those amazing products!

To help ease some of the nerves of getting ready for that amazing experience I have put together a quick checklist for your boudoir bag and an overview of how to prepare for your session.

Boudoir Bag Checklist

1. 2-3 Outfits + a Few Extras

I’ve been there, outfits can be hard to narrow down! So bring your favs and allow me to narrow them down based on what will photograph best.

2. Accessories

This is an area where less is truly more. Simple jewelry, knee-high socks, oversized sweaters, button-down shirt, veil, robe, + any additional accessories you may like will all make for great accessories! Don't have any accessories, I have a client closet including many accessories and body jewelry items.

3. Lotion

Moisturizing is always a great idea! Bring your favorite lotion to feel amazing in your skin.

4. Light Snacks

If you’re anything like me, getting hangry is a real thing. So while you’re being pampered with hair and makeup, bring a granola bar or some fruit to snack on. I provide bottled water to all my clients.

Preparing for a Boudoir Session

4-6 Weeks Prior

1. Begin dreaming about your ideal boudoir outfits.
Shop your closet for your favorite pieces you already own and look at magazines and brands you love for inspiration.

2. Go shopping!
Ask a girlfriend to join you and help you find pieces you not only look good in, but feel good in! Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to try something that’s a little out of your comfort zone. You never know, you could love a new piece! I highly recommend checking out Underneath It All in Camp Hill, PA. They offer Boudoir fittings where you can try on lingerie and they will help you find the best fit for your body.

3. Choose 3-5 Outfits
Begin to narrow down your outfit choices to 3-5 favorite outfits. Don't fret if you only have 1 or 2 outfits, we do have a fully stocked client closet of items available to all our amazing clients!

4. Think Beyond the Shoot
Think about how you want to preserve your photos. An album and prints are my favorite way to show off my boudoir photos!

3-5 Days Prior

1. Wax/shave and moisturize.

2. Avoid spray tans or tanning lotions. No matter how natural tanning sprays and lotions may seem, they create an orange glow that cannot be retouched after your session.

3. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin.

4. Remove all price and sizing tags from lingerie. Even the permanent ones.

5. Choose your final outfits you plan to bring with you.

1-2 Days Prior

1. Get a fresh manicure! Avoid bright colors, neutrals are best.

2. Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin!

3. Moisturize your skin.

4. Pack your boudoir bag the night before to ensure the essentials aren’t forgotten.

5. Double check your list, relax, and get excited to be pampered!

Boudoir Session Day

1. Arrive with a clean, moisturized face and clean dry hair. My amazing MUA will pamper you with hair and makeup.

2. Moisturize your entire body!

3. Wear loose fitting clothing and undergarments to avoid impressions on the skin. (Set them tata's free ladies!)

4. Eat a light meal that will ensure you’re satisfied but not bloated.

5. Allow plenty of time to arrive a few minutes early. You’ll feel at ease and ready to slay your boudoir session!

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Ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience?

Reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Not quite ready to book but want to see how awesome an Chrissy Smith Boudoir Experience can be? Be sure to Join our Ladies Only VIP FB Group! 

 

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Fairies and Nymphs oh my... https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/4/fairies-and-nymphs-oh-my It's hard to believe I am thinking of spring and summer and we have just really started Winter and Snow. But of course that's how it goes with trying to stay one step ahead in the world of Boudoir.

We have done the Angel theme, which is amazing. However I have been throwing around the idea of fairies and nymphs since last year. This time around I am putting it on my inspiration board of shoots I want to complete in 2022!

I took to Pinterest and needless to say I am hooked. Just take a peek at some of the ideas for outfits I found!!! Can we just take a moment to be in AWE!? Not to mention how totally cute would these look for a maternity boudoir???

Boudoir is all about embracing your natural beauty, and what a better way to do that then embracing it in nature itself? I have been trying to think of how I want to do the set for these shoots and what kind of feel I wanted to create and then I came across this image.

This really had me thinking, we have a TON of wild grapevine in the woods. How hard could it be to make this in real life and life sized??? Not to mention, we have boulders galore on the property... so....do I think this is my next project? Do I think it will be amazing? Do I think my husband is going to hate me.... Hell yes I do! LOL

Oh, and combine that set and wardrobe with an amazing natural headdress and cellophane wings and amazing things are bound to happen!

I am convinced that that pinterest will be the death of me, but I look forward to all the inspiration it gives and opportunities for amazing shoots for my clients!

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Will A Boudoir Shoot Boost My Body Confidence?? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/3/will-a-boudoir-shoot-boost-my-body-confidence

It is perfectly normal to see significant changes in our bodies over time and these changes can lead to lack of self confidence. I mean lets be honest and face the truth here, I think every woman has experienced getting a photo taken of herself and then been deeply disappointed at the results, pointing out every single flaw we can find and putting ourselves down. As a woman myself, I see what happens as a result of a bad photo.

While I passionately believe that ALL bodies are amazing and need celebrating. I fully understand why we all focus on the bad sometimes. Some more than others. So, if a single bad photo can do such damage to our confidence, just think what an amazing one can do.

Think about the last time you had a photo of yourself that you absolutely LOVED and how it made you feel. Excited, sexy, happy, attractive, amazing, confident... the list goes on.

A boudoir photo-shoot can boost your confidence in so many ways. Which is just one of the reasons why our clients adore their boudoir experience and often come back for more.

I am passionate about helping women feel more confident and consider it my mission to help you exist in photos and feel good about your body.

A Boudoir Experience is above all, a celebration of YOU.

I want to ensure that you not only have a liberating experience on the day of your shoot, but also create many amazing images that you'll be able to feel proud about.

If you haven't been feeling good about yourself, for whatever the reason, then a day in my luxurious studio can change that! In fact, so many of my clients tell me that their boudoir experience boosted their confidence beyond their wildest dreams!

Even if your nervous on the day of your shoot and worry you won't look good in front of the camera, I can help. Rest assured you will  look great, and I will be able to create images as amazing as those you have seen on my website!

The very act of having a boudoir experience will help you rediscover your confidence and I am certain you will leave my studio with a whole new outlook on yourself and huge smile on your beautiful face.

If you're ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience, reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Embrace you! Boudoir VIP FB Group https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/3/embrace-you-boudoir-vip-fb-group

That's right, Chrissy Smith Photography has created a group dedicated to Boudoir Photography.

This amazing group is for past, future, and those who are interested in learning what Boudoir is all about. I will be posting tips for preparing for your boudoir, clothing choice, posing tips, and much more. Plus there is nothing like having the support of other local ladies who have already completed a boudoir session, or maybe you just want to chat with others interested in boudoir.

And who knows, I may even throw a giveaway in there from time to time!

If interested in joining our FB Group click the link below.

VIP Boudoir by Chrissy Smith Photography

 

 

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Who said boudoir can't be done outside?!? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/3/who-said-boudoir-cant-be-done-outside When many people think of Boudoir, they think in studio and nothing more, and with good reason to be honest. A lot of times being in studio is the only place you can avoid prying eyes for such a intimate shoot. I mean, who wants to go to a public park and prance around in next to nothing for the world to see? Or have some unsuspecting hiker to come along and get to take in more "natural beauty" then he expected?

This is one thing that sets Chrissy Smith Boudoir Studio apart from other boudoir photographers. Since we are nothing but a boudoir studio I am able to dedicate my time and space for nothing but boudoir sets. With being located on just under 10 acres of land, where we are able to go into our property without worry of unsuspecting visitors... well other than the occasional deer or squirrel. LOL

You are able to feel comfortable and confident hidden by the gorgeous beauty of nature. And really let out your inner goddess.

Last year not only did we design our claw-foot tub set outdoors, but we also added a rustic gate as well as scouted out locations for our floral swing sets for spring/summer/fall. These sets continue to blow me away with the elegance of nature to help add to my clients natural beauty.

This year I have a few more ideas in mind to add to our outdoor sets to have even more fun in creating amazingly gorgeous images for our clients. But you'll have to stay tuned for more information on those *wink wink*

 

Interested in booking your own outdoor boudoir with Chrissy? Contact us here!

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Will 2022 be the year you invest in yourself? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/3/will-2021-be-the-year-you-invest-in-yourself Let's face it. 2021 was a sh*t show (kinda like 2020).  So many people, including myself ran into so many ups and downs it left me tired, worn out, and stressed. I definitely needed some me time. To me, my "me time" is usually spent getting my hair done. Just those few hours of sitting in a salon being pampered without "mom, mom, mom",  "I'm hungry", "what's for dinner", "where's my toy"...

I mean let's face it, we all need a break from time to time. But, we also tend to put ourselves last when it comes to doing stuff for "us". Trust me I am the queen of doing this. I am the person who goes shopping with the intention of "today is the day I buy for me" and then talk myself out of everything I picked up for me, and replace it with stuff for my kids or hubs. I can never justify investing in myself, so I know the struggle first hand. However, with being in this business. I also see where we are allowed to invest in our selves. With everything we do for others, what's wrong with doing something that makes you feel good, and renews that self confidence that we tucked under the rug when we had kids? We deserve to pamper ourselves, and what a better way then to spend a couple hours out of the house, getting your hair and makeup done by a professional, and then getting some amazing photos to remind you of how beautiful and special you truly are?

These ladies took the leap and invested in themselves, will you?

 

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5 Things To Know about Boudoir Posing

 

It’s no secret that posing is one of the ingredients in a beautiful portrait. (I didn’t forget about you my other favorites light & lens, pinky promise!)  But it can be tricky to know exactly how to pose your body. In this post, I’ll give you some tips on how to 5 things you can adjust and play with for beautifully posed portraits. I’ll also remind you about a hundred times to breathe.  Just breathe.

There are so many details to consider when it comes to posing for a photo. Whether you’re a model or just someone who found this page while searching about doing a boudoir selfie . . .  there’s more to it than just arching your back and popping an elbow and pouting. In this post, I’ll cover the basics of how to pose from head to toe – which is a very quick version of the body language guidance I give at your actual boudoir session. I’ll tell you what to do with your hand, your jaw, your shoulders, your hips and your feet and where to look so you look your sensual best in your boudoir photos.

 

Jaw

Relax your jaw and breathe! Breathe, damn it breathe! You’ll see the difference. I promise. 

 

Shoulders

Shoulders (forward rotation/they don’t have to be doing the same thing and we get more angles!!)

Hips

Hips (roll them forward seated, laying down, standing, kneeling) = more movement potential/more weight shifting/more flexibility. Or in easy terms, pop that bootay! If you ran a line from your shoulder blade to your booty, we want to create a triangle in the small of your back.

 

 

Eye Line

Eye line options (look away/look down/close eyes/right at camera)

 

 

Feet

Barbie Feet (weightless heels and pushing out through the ball of the foot / not too much tension in the toes)

Side Crunch

Like at the gym? Kind of….  You are bringing your rib cage down to the hip which stretches out the opposite side of your body

Bringing it all together!

 

 

Close the eyes.

 

Make sure you are breathing….

 

Barbie feet and side crunch

 

All of these things together from a different angle and eyes to camera.

When you’re posing for a photo, it’s important to understand how to control your body. Posing can make or break an image, and if you don’t know the basics, you could wind up looking awkward or uncomfortable. By practicing all these, you’ll be able to take better photos of yourself and rock your next photo session!

 

Trust me – all it takes is a bit of practice!

If you are someone who is ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience, reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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DIY at-home Boudoir selfie shoot https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/3/diy-at-home-boudoir-selfie-shoot I will fully admit this is the kind of post that is useless without pictures. But luckily, I have practiced this for years. And while I will admit, it does have it's hurdles compared to experiencing an actual shoot with someone else behind the camera. They are super fun to take. So, if you’re interested in taking DIY pictures, here are some tips on how to take a boudoir selfie. These are all actually me!

If you have ever tried and failed, at DIY boudoir photography, then this guide on how to take a boudoir selfie is for you. Sharing a few of our favorite mindset shifts, poses and lighting suggestions so that you can make some of your own gorgeous boudoir selfies.?

Of course, I wouldn't steer you away from doing a professional boudoir experience, but if you aren't comfortable yet having someone else take your boudoir photos, here's how to take things into your own hands and make a gorgeous boudoir selfie.

Tips on How to Take a Boudoir Selfie

GET IN THE MOOD

It all starts by getting in the right mood. When you are feeling good – your images will capture that. Ever wondered how to do boudoir photography yourself?? Here's where to begin!

 

CONFIDENCE

Stand tall. Take four deep breaths. You got this. One of our mantras here is that the best thing you can wear is confidence. Play some music to get you in the mood and movin'. I like playing songs that make me feel like a badass (lol) for instance Rhianna S&M or Pussy Cat Dolls - Buttons.

COMPASSION

Have compassion for yourself. Taking a boudoir selfie (and potentially sharing it!) takes courage. Remember that you are a whole, beautiful person. Love yourself for trying this.

PLAY

This should be fun. It's ok to enjoy it! Boudoir selfies are not a time to be serious – it’s a time to have fun. It’s time to play. And remind yourself that laughter is totally sexy.

LET GO

Don’t fixate on what doesn’t work or look good. Edit as you go. Delete the terrible ones. No one needs to see them. Focus on the good ones and keep the gems. Professional photographers work on lighting, angles, wardrobe to get it right and even though we are professionals, it doesn’t always happen the way we want it for the first time. If the angle or lighting isn't working – let that shot go for now and move on to the next one.

SET THE SCENE

Learning how to take a boudoir selfie isn't only about your inner attitude, it's about the place where you are shooting. Who hasn't held up their phone at arm’s length and taken a few from bed? And the ever classic bathroom mirror? Boudoir selfies can be taken anywhere, you can get out of the bathroom and your bed!

FIND THE GOOD LIGHT

Photography is literally nothing without light. And everything looks better with good light. How do you find that sweet light? Window light is usually a good place to start. You can stand facing the light for even and flat lighting. You can stand with the window light to your side which will show more definition and shadows. You can stand with the window light to your back and try a silhouette. They all have their benefits. Try shooting in each one to see which you like best.

TELL THE STORY

Where are you? What are you doing? What else is there? You can create a little narrative in your boudoir selfie to make it more interesting. Or at least check the background for things that are not flattering (mine was always a cluttered side table, lol).

TECHNICAL STUFF

You can use your actual camera, of course, but a phone is perfect for doing boudoir photography yourself – The front-facing cameras on most of our phones are set to wide-angle – which is not the best for taking portraits when you can only hold the camera at arm’s length from your face. But it is awesome for checking out lighting and finding the right place to position yourself and the camera. Self-timers are a selfie portraits best friend!

Give yourself some room to play. Don't let your arm length limit the variety of images you can get! Flip your phone to the front-facing camera, prop it up on a chair/ladder/windowsill and put on the 3 or 10-second timer.

Or another option is to set your camera to video. Take a video as you move through your poses, then go back and watch your video, screen shooting the moment you nail the pose!

DIY BOUDOIR POSES

The best boudoir photos don't look like you are trying too hard. They look natural and real – which is what makes them sensual and amazing! That is why I suggest starting with the mindsets above. Feeling grounded and alive and fully in your body is the place to start. Find the light and the scene and then you add motion and bring the energy.??

When you're in the studio, you'll go over all of this step by step. You can start out with these tips and practice at home with your own boudoir selfie before you have a session with me.

 

  • Exaggerate Your Curves Start by moving around and exaggerate the curves of your body.
  • Create asymmetry in your body You can this by shifting your weight back and forth. Activate your hands by running your fingertips along your body – one hand runs up along your body while the one runs down and then reverse. Touch your skin gently.
  • Position Your Chin Use the camera to see the difference between keeping your chin up or bring it down and looking out from under your brow – which one looks better??
  • Rotate your shoulders Move your shoulders forward to show more of your clavicle. Then bring that shoulder forward and your chin around to almost touch it creates a beautiful space by your neck.
  • Play with your hair Use your fingers (they are like little arrows pointing to what you want people to look at!) to bring attention to your face, your neckline, your collarbones, your cleavage – any place on your body that you want someone to notice. Keep your fingertips soft and moving – you can trace circles on your skin.
  • Don't forget to breathe Breathe brings life into the images.
  • Laugh Anytime you feel like laughing – laugh!
  • oh and don't forget your face!

We keep tension in our faces. Often when we see pictures of ourselves that we hate – it goes back to us not wanting the picture taken and holding tension about that right here in our faces. So, your mindset matters. Relax your mouth. Relax your jaw. Relax your brows. Focus your eyes. If your face looks tense, go back to some deep breathing and then release any leftover tension by laughing! And take that boudoir selfie!

If you are someone who is ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience, reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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My 6 Favorite Boudoir Experience Poses https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/3/my-6-favorite-boudoir-experience-poses Boudoir is so much more than just taking pictures of a person in their lingerie. But creating an holding space for you to make yourself vulnerable, to allow yourself to be unscripted and raw – creating an unforgettable experience where I make portraits with real emotional connection.

As a boudoir photographer, I have seen the transformation that happens when our clients are affirmed through their boudoir experience. And I have to tell you, it's an amazing thing to see. But just like any Boudoir shoot, posing is a HUGE part of that shoot and can be the difference between being an amazing one or a "meh" one. And let's face it, if you aren't used to being in front of a camera, it can also be one of the most challenging parts of doing a boudoir shoot. This is why I guide all my clients through every pose every step of the way.

No matter what the styling or aesthetic is, boudoir comes down to body language. If a client is stiff or uncomfortable, that will translate into the images. I want all our boudoir portraits to be truly intimate expressions of who you are. So your boudoir portraits should be as alive, as honest, as tangible and as sensual as you are. A lot of the poses that I do at a boudoir experience are inspired by being in a bedroom – poses that are about being in a space where you feel free and at ease.

The more confident you feel, the more at ease you will feel. And that confidence and ease translates into natural beautiful boudoir photographs that are honest and authentic. Mindset matters. So when you book an experience with me, I will send you our Chrissy Smith Photography boudoir prep guide that will walk you through the whole session experience and let you know what to expect.

As I was thinking through what poses I love and what boudoir poses work with every kind of body. I wanted to narrow them down to six of my best boudoir poses. These are poses that I love starting with – and clients love seeing in their albums and wall art. Practice these poses yourself to see how it affects your body. What poses highlight the parts of your body that you love???

So, what do they all have in common??

  • Look good with all bodies
  • Reference work outside the genre
  • Can work with any wardrobe and styling?

These flattering boudoir poses we can do with anybody and at any shoot – the wardrobe and the lighting and the textures and colors in the frame change the look and feel of the image.? All of these poses are easy to learn and add movement to – change the direction of your gaze (directly at the camera, at the light source, at your own body, or close your eyes) and move your fingertips along your body. This does two things-? draws attention back to your body and you can check in to how your body feels.

So enough with the yapping and lets get to the poses shall we?

 

#1 The Cougar

Yes, you heard right. I named this pose after those Cougars out there because that is exactly how you amazing ladies look with this pose. Personally I love this pose because it flatters all ladies and gives an amazing view of that rocking bootay! It's really no different than crawling and can be pulled off in many sets, from the bed to the wicker chair, this is sure to be a pose that Significant other will always remember.

 

#2 The Reach

This is another of my favorite poses because it is so versatile and can work with all ladies no matter how much amazing curve you possess. Once again you can rock this pose anywhere from the bed to a chair, the sky is the limit.

 

#3 Daydreamer

This pose has to be one of my all time favorites! The best part, it is so stinkin' simple to pull off. Just lay with your booty facing your bed and prop those long beautiful legs up and wa-la. Instant model! Not to mention this pose gives not only an amazing view to those legs, but your chest as well.

 

#4 Work it

A lot of ladies ask why I call this the "work it". Well, I do have to admit, getting into this pose is usually a little daunting and there is typically a lot of laughing involved with getting into this pose. But, I can honestly say this is one of those poses that ALL my clients have loved when they see the final image.

 

#5 The Lounge

Let's face it ladies, we have all been guilty of doing this one even without noticing we have done it. The best part is, this natural, smokin' pose works for all of us! And when shot at the right angle, really enhances that natural sensual beauty we all possess.

 

#6 The Nymph

This is a go-to for my outdoor claw-foot tub set. There is nothing more sexy than a beautiful woman within the beauty of nature, and this pose always looks amazing and innocent!

 

These are just a few of my ago-to poses that I use for my amazing clients. (Heck if I decided to show them all, we would be here all day. ) Slight variations may occur, of course as no two shoots are ever the same, but there are some of my favorite boudoir poses. No matter the wardrobe, these poses are timeless, elegant, sexy, and simply beautiful.

For Chrissy Smith Photography, I don’t want my boudoir poses to be over the top. These six sexy boudoir poses will make your photos authentic and intimate. Remember that mindset matters – so keep your hands and gaze moving.

Have fun trying our these six sexy boudoir poses on either side of the camera!

And if you are someone who is ready to feel sexy at your own boudoir experience, reach out to my Luxurious Fairfield, PA Boudoir Studio and schedule a FREE consult call.

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Inspiration... https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/inspiration Growing up, I was a very artistic person drawing, painting, and creating. However, for me, my creativity was always based around fantasy. I guess this was my way of escaping the stereo-types placed on you as a teen. Where others in my class drew what the art teacher asked, I was always living in my fantasy world or fairies and unicorns lol. Once we moved from jars and boring items to drawing figures and the human body, I fell in love with seeing the beauty in the human body. Now, I will fully admit you don't go into "detail" in high school when drawing the human anatomy but for my artistic mind and family background of artists, it wasn't long until I was getting how to draw people and portraits books for Christmas or a birthday lol.

Mythology was another thing I loved and somewhere along the way I started to combine the two. In high school and friend of mine noticed this and introduced me to Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Two AMAZING artists that were and still are known for taking portraits of people to the next level by combining them in a fantasy world of their own. I fell in LOVE with these artists and their paintings and turned my drawing into this very style. Of course in high school this was not "proper" but I didn't care. I loved it. And only once I got to college did my art instructor help grow this passion and creative love. She taught me posing of models to create even better portraits and gave me even more insight to growing my creative abilities.

Now, two things I learned from college that still stick with me today. One.... sorry fellas, but doing portraits of yall... yeah. The female body is much more beautiful to create portraits of then yours. Not saying the male anatomy is bad, but yeah... it's pretty boring from an art perspective lol. And 2... it's amazing the things you apply in drawing and painting can be applied to photography.

Now to get back to the point of this blog post. As I was trying to think of what I wanted to bring to my clients in 2022 I started to think of my past. Which happened to remind me of these two amazing artists and their work. After revisiting their work with some of their books I had in the attic it made me wonder about creating these in photography form. Having clients pose like in these pieces of work and combining elements of fantasy to them. Maybe I'm biting off more then I can chew with this thought, but I can't get it out of my mind.

What are your thoughts? Should we give it a go?

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Boudoir... Who's it really for? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/boudoir-whos-it-really-for

When many people think of doing a boudoir shoot, they automatically think of a spouse or significant other. But in truth, is that who the shoot is really for?

I really wanted to dive into this a little more and explain. You see, as much as boudoir is an amazing gift to give to your partner, I feel it is even more of a gift for yourself.

Just like strutting your stuff with your new coach purse, rocking that new mani & pedi, or getting your hair done and feeling like a million bucks... Boudoir is about making you feel good about yourself.

There is a reason I call my boudoir more then a "session", but an experience. A session is in and out, you come, get photos, and that's it. Nothing that really changes how you see yourself or even really makes you feel good about yourself. Heck I couldn't tell you how many family portraits sessions I shot in the past where the women would forever tear themselves apart in photos. Not liking their hair, their smile, their bodies. All because they didn't reach the standards they thought were placed on them. All because they couldn't see the beauty that they had right then.  This is why I offer an experience.

From the time you walk into my studio to the time you leave it is ALL ABOUT YOU! Designed to be all inclusive, Hair & Makeup, wardrobe, shoot, reveal... everything under one roof. So no running to the hair salon, to the makeup artist, to Ulta to get lashes, heck you don't even have to run to a lingerie store if you don't want to, because I have already thought of that and even offer a client closet for all my clients to have the availability to use.

I want you to feel confident, and I want you to rock that confidence even after your experience is over. Then when your excitement has started to drop you'll get to come back in studio for the live reveal of those amazing images you had so much fun doing. Bringing that confidence boost right back up when you see just how amazingly beautiful you are and always have been all along.

So, this is a gift to you, to be a part of the total pampering and confidence renewing experience offered by Chrissy Smith Photography. The images and products... they're just the icing on the cake.

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Chrissy's 2022 Inspiration Board of Sessions https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/chrissys-2022-inspiration-board-of-sessions At the beginning of each year I like to sit down and create a board of ideas that I would like to complete before the end of the year. This year I have compiled a list of some super fun ideas that I would love to bring to life at the Chrissy Smith Boudoir Studio.

Let me say that none of these images below are mine, but were captured by other photographers. These images are not exact replicas of ideas of have items in each image that correspond with my ideas of what I want to create.

 

1. Nymph/Fairies

2. Cowgirl with horse/Yellowstone theme (hell I would LOVE to do a men's Yellowstone boudoir!)

3. Vikings... yes, I love this idea as well.

4. Sparkle and shine! I kind of did this with gold flake in the past but I would love to do it again with a little more bling.

4. Winter/Snow... yeah I know, but I promise freezing those tata's off would be sooooo worth it lol.

5. Bubble bath in our outdoor claw-foot tub set

6. Mechanics

Which idea above is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Interested in one of the themes listed above and want to help Chrissy bring it to life with your very own Boudoir Experience?

Contact us today!

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Can I just say how much clients LOVE our egg chair set!!! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/can-i-just-say-how-much-clients-love-our-egg-chair-set

This is one of the moodier sets we have in studio, and our clients eat it up! I'd say for good reason too. Just take a peek at how amazing these ladies rock this set below!

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You don't have to be a Victoria's Seceret Model to experience boudoir! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/you-dont-have-to-be-a-victoria-s-seceret-model-to-experience-boudoir That's right. I said it. You don't have to be that perfect size 0 or even have to be built like a VS model to experience boudoir. Think of it. The standards for beauty changes every day, and what once was tabu, is now more common and excepted. The perfect body is a myth and women around the world are coming to love the bodies they are in. WHICH IS AMAZING!!! So, what is holding you back from embracing you beautiful self? Many women stand in the mirror and point out flaws. I challenge you, yes, YOU. To stand in that mirror, or if you don't have a mirror, take a look at a recent photo of yourself. And point out all the amazing things about your self. Pick at least 5 things, say them out loud. And really listen to yourself! There is nothing holding you back! And if you still don't believe in yourself. I'd love to show you just how beautiful everyone see's you with one of my boudoir experiences!

Remember, you don't have to be a VS model, but you can definitely slay like one!

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Why you should invest in yourself! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/why-you-should-invest-in-yourself

Everywhere you look boudoir photographers are telling women the same thing. Invest in your self! And it's true. With all the daily stress of cleaning, grocery shopping, bills, work, kids... the list goes on. When was the last time you invested in yourself and did something solely for you?

If you anything like me, you can justify spending the money on your kids or family but when it comes to you... you can come up with a thousand reasons you don't need to do it. But there comes a time we really need to sit back and see what placing ourselves on the back burner has done.

Think about it. As most women grow older what do we do? We put ourselves down. We say "oh I wish I looked better", or "I wish I could loose this weight". It's always something negative.

So when I decided to do boudoir, it was to remind women of how beautiful they are, not matter the age or stage of life they are in. That they are awesome in their own bodies and that they should own who they are. Not who they were or want to be. Who they ARE, right now!

When investing in a boudoir experience with Chrissy Smith Photography you are not signing up for a regular photo session. You are investing in yourself. From the time you pick up your phone for our phone consult to the time you walk out the door with your amazing products, I want the full experience to be one you LOVE and want to tell all your friends about. I want it to be the experience that re fuels your confidence in who you are and how amazing you look!

When designing my experience I wanted it to be a all in one type thing. I didn't want it to add stress to any part of the shoot. So that meant, making it a one shop pit stop. What do I mean? Well, versus having to travel to get your hair done, then to get your makeup done, then to the location of the shoot. I wanted to offer all of that in one place. You don't have to run everywhere. You come to the studio where our professional hair and makeup artist will be waiting to pamper you with the hair and makeup style you want. All while having some girl time during your pampering we talk about the look you are going for and outfit choices. There are a lot of laughs and girl chat during this time, but it allows my clients to relax and enjoy the full experience. Once your pampering is done we move on to the shoot. Every one of my clients to date say how much fun they have during their shoots. I don't just throw you in front of the camera and boss you around. We laugh, we act silly, we have FUN! And before you know it the shoot is complete and your acting like America's Next Top Model! And THAT is what I love. To be able to see the transformation of a woman come into studio shy and nervous and leave with her head held high and a new sense of confidence is AMAZING! Even though the shoot ends, the experience continues as a week later my client will come back for an amazing reveal of her stunning images a week later where client's are then able to choose their favorites and pick products/collections. Even at the reveal and order appointment, I have designed it around keeping stress down. So my clients have the availability to in-house payment plans to take the stress of cost away and make it affordable for everyone.

Ladies, those reasons for not investing in yourself.. are no longer legit. There is no reason you don't deserve some self-love! All that's holding you back, is yourself!

Ready to have your own Boudoir Experience? Contact Chrissy today!

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Client Closet??? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/2/client-closet

In order to keep my Boudoir Experience the best experience possible for my clients. I offer a client closet. What is a client closet? Well, it is a collection of all different shape, size, and color lingerie I have collected and offer to my clients for their sessions. I also have a selection of couture body jewelry as well. This way if you are unsure of what you have, or heck. If you don't have anything. I always have items available in studio for client's use.

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Perfect prepping tips for your Boudoir Experience. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/perfect-prepping-tips-for-your-boudoir-experience

Here are some tips for finding the looks that will enhance your natural beauty, personality and sensuality during your shoot.

  1. Visualize the clothing, sexy heels, accessories, and wonderful props you will want to wear for your shoot. Flip through your favorite fashion magazines for more examples on ways the pair colors, fabrics, and styles for easy runway glamour.
  2.  Shop your closet for your go to items when you want to feel sexy (and look) your very best. Let your imagination free.
  3. Grab a style savvy go to friend and hit the stores to find a super sexy flattering outfit that not only sexy, but comfortable and relaxed.
  4. Pick out lingerie that highlights your beautiful curves, but please remember sometimes a too tight tee shirt, soft sweater, or oversized button down shirt can be even sexier. Let your personality shine through.
  5. Don't forget to bring something meaningful to you or your significant other; this serves as a great way to personalize your shoot. I have even had a client pose with her husbands police hat to make it more personal for him.

Five days before your shoot...

  • If you wax, do so a  few days prior to your shoot to avoid redness and bumps.
  • Make sure eyebrows and nicely shaped and groomed.
  • If your planning to visit the salon for a haircut or color, give yourself a few days to make sure your happy with it. 
  • Be sure to get a salon manicure and pedicure for a flawless finish.
  • Stay out of the sun- while a basic tan will be nice in photos, red blotchy skin will not.
  • PLEASE - DO NOT SPRAY TAN.
  • Drink plenty of water for luminous skin.
  • Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol, if your worried about retaining water.
  • Try on your outfits and lingerie to make sure they fit properly; remove all tags and labels. Steam or iron your ensembles and hang them properly so they keep their shape.

The day before your shoot...

  • Bathe, shave, and moisturize.
  • Where those loose fitting clothes to your session to avoid red-marks on your skin (no jeans, tight socks, or tight clothing for instance).
  • Eat some thing light but filling.
  • Arrive with a clean, moisturized face and CLEAN HAIR! (This is important.)
  • Take a deep breath and RELAX. It is completely normal to be a wee bit nervous before your shoot, but please don't worry. You will be in good hands. I will show you exactly how to pose and help you to get the best shots possible. :)
  • MOST IMPORTANT!! Have fun!

 

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Calling all angels! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/calling-all-angels

Did you miss out on our first Fallen Angel Marathon last year? Well ladies, the time has come and they will be coming back! That's right, you heard me right. I will be bringing back the cloud set in all it's glory and we will be rocking those angel wings!

And we all know how our clients LOVE rocking those luxurious couture wings! I mean come on, who wouldn't?!?

So, for the month of February I will be opening up select spots to offer Fallen Angel Sessions! These will be LIMITED sessions! So once they are booked. They are gone!

What are the deets? Well my lovely ladies, first off there are ONLY 10 dates available! To ensure my ladies all get amazing photos and I am able to keep my studio sanitized and clean I will only be shooting one Angel session a day. So if you wish to book a date listed below, be sure to contact me asap before they fill up!

Available Dates:

  • Wed, Feb 2                             
  • Thurs, Feb3                                 
  • Tues, Feb 8
  • Wed, Feb 9                             
  • Tues, Feb 15                               
  • Wed, Feb 16
  • Thurs, Feb 17                           
  • Tues, Feb 22                               
  • Wed, Feb 23
  • Thurs, Feb 24

The big question, how much will these sessions be?

These sessions will be ONLY $399 and will include 1 hour professional pampering (hair and makeup), 45 minute session, professional posing guidance, the use of our luxury couture wings (gold or ivory), custom cloud set, client closet, and professional retouching. Clients will then be able to purchase from four separate product packages offered.

Product Packages:

  1. All Inclusive Package: This package includes a 8x8" luxury leather bound album containing 20 images from your session, all 20 images as digital downloads with print release (delivered digitally), and a 8x12" passepartout.
  2. Little Extra Package: This package includes a 8x8" luxury leather bound album containing 20 images from your session, and 8x12" passepartout.
  3. Digital Package: This package includes 5 digital images of your choice with print release rights. This means you can print your images where ever you wish and do not have to order through me.
  4. Album Package: This package includes a 8x8" luxury leather bound album containing 20 images from your session.

**Package pricing starts at $1,600. In-house payment plans available.

Don't miss out on these super amazing sessions!

Ready to reserve your date for your very own Angel session? Email me at info@ChrissySmithPhotography.com or call 717.515.3410

 

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5 Tips of How to Relax during your Boudie Session https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/5-tips-of-how-to-relax-during-your-boudie-session

Are you nervous about your boudoir session? No worries, everyone gets the Boudie jitters, and I totally get it. Each one of my clients that step through my front door are nervous, but the best part is, when you step back out that door. Your nerves will be the last thing on your mind. You will walk out, a goddess with your head held high with a all new sense of self esteem you never knew you possessed.

Below are a few tips that I have compiled to help you relax on the day of your shoot. Some of these I even do in studio to help.

Play Music – This will help you to calm down and feel comfortable. I always play my Boudoir Playlist during shoots. Not only to help you relax but also to add to the fun... cause we all giggle at "I'm too sexy" or "Sexy and I know it"...lol
 

Deep Breathing – Practice deep breathing. This is a proven relaxation method. Breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale through your nose. Repeat until you feel better.


Take a Break – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we can take a break from shooting and talk and relax before resuming the session.


Drink – Not to get drunk, but a glass of wine before your shoot might help take that edge off. While I don't offer wine or alcohol in studio I do offer bottled water.


Laugh It Off – If you’re feeling silly in front of the camera, laugh at yourself. Laughter is a great relaxation technique which is why I strive to make your experience as fun as it is uplifting. I want my clients to have fun, laugh, and go back to their friends and family telling them how much fun they had.

 

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Don't be scared! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/dont-be-scared

A lot of client come to their Boudoir Experience a little scared. And that's totally okay.  As I’ve pointed out before, it’s totally normal to feel a little shy during your boudoir experience. I mean it's not every day you strip down for a stranger and placed into a pose feels particularly exposed or is something you wouldn’t normally do. Heck, even with the camera is right on top of you for some detail shots, I can totally see getting a little uncomfortable. But that's why you chose an amazing photographer for your boudoir photos. Trust the process. Chrissy knows what she’s doing and how to show you off. Let go a little, do as she asks, and I promise you will love the outcome.

Still a little unsure? Check out a few of her reviews here! Or check out her FB VIP Group filled with awesome ladies like yourself. Some of which are past clients, current clients, or even ladies just thinking of taking the step into their own Boudoir Experience!

 

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How to choose the best Lingerie to suite your body https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/how-to-choose-the-best-lingerie-to-suite-your-body "I have no idea what to wear, what do you recommend?"

I get asked this question a lot when it comes to Boudoir; and to be honest I wish it was a super simple answer. However, each lady I see is built completely different. That's not a bad thing though, I mean that's what makes us all unique.

So, in order to help answer this question I have compiled a little information to help you out.

First things first, find your body type. There are many different types of shapes however, all those shapes fit into one of these categories.

You have the Apple, Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle, and Inverted-triangle.

To figure out which of these you are, you will need to do two things.

  1. Measure your bust, waist (at its smallest part), and hips (at their largest part)
  2. Look at a full size mirror and assess your silhouette (the outline of your body) from front and sideways view

If your bust measurements are the same or very close to your hips measurement and you have a well defined waist – you are an Hourglass type

If your bust line, waist and hips are equal or very similar (there is no a defined waist) you are Rectangle body type. Also when you look at yourself from the side your bottom may look flat.

If your bust, waist and hips are equal or the waistline is slightly bigger than the hips and bust line. Shoulders are soft and rounded and the bottom (from a sideways view) is curved. You are a Apple or Oval.

If your bust line is narrower than your hips. Your bust is smaller than your hips when looking at yourself sideways and your bottom is curved. You are a Pear (or Triangle). Just look at these celebrities, they all have curvy bottoms and their busts are visibly smaller then their hips.

If your bust line is broader than your hips in measurements and when looking at your silhouette sideways you are most likely an Inverted-Triangle.

Now the fun part, we have covered body types and you have a pretty good idea as to which you are, so we can figure out what lingerie looks best on each body type.

Hourglass

If your lucky enough to have that Marilyn Monroe's bombshell hourglass figure, you can pretty much pull anything off. However there are a few pieces of lingerie that look best for this figure including garter belts, teddies, and corsets. Of course you could also go for a high leg panty or even a lace bra and matching thong.

Pear/Triangle

It's all about the booty right now {Just think how popular JLo and Kim K are right now}. So if your one of those gals rockin' the big booty, try a lacy negligee that is taut at the breasts but flows down around the hips. A bustier is also a great option to draw attention to your breasts. You can also try out a matching set with a ruffled bra and panties or a bandeau bra that levels out your shoulders and hips.

Rectangle

If your rockin' that athletic figure, you have a rectangular body. You need something that cinches at the waist, and corsets are the best option for that. They add curves and look sensuous. If you have a long torso, a garter belt or a teddy will look great on you. You can also accentuate your breasts by going for push-up bras and bustier lingerie.

Inverted-Triangle

Broad shoulders define this body type, and what you decide to showcase is a personal preference. Halter necks are your best option here. If you have a flatter bum, go for a teddy to divert attention away from it. A bralette with a matching lace panty or a thong is another sexy option. Matching cami sets are another option if you like a relatively tame look.

Apple/Oval

If you have a rounded waist and your torso and upper body are much wider than your hips, you have a round body. This means you need lingerie that makes your body look proportionate. A negligee that hides chunks of your waistline and defines your bust line is a good option. A teddy also sits well on this type of body. For newbies, a pair of chemises or satin lingerie gowns are an interesting choice – they are sexy and give you coverage.

 

So get out there and have some fun shopping for those sexy little somethings for your Boudoir session! And don't forget to check out our pinterest board of some adorable lingerie ideas!

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New Year, not so new me! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/new-year-not-so-new-me We all say it, “New Year, New Me!” Translating into, I'm going to change something about myself this year.

Well, as I look back over my personal life, my business, and my work I can truly say that I have grown but I am pretty much the same old me and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. At my core, I am still the person that I have always been. I enjoy laughing and having a good time. I’m a mom-boss who seems to be stressed more then not. I love food and when children allow a nice glass of wine. An artist, true and true, even to a fault. Emotional and sensitive, yet cold and abrasive at times. I care about others even to the detriment of myself and my own well being sometimes, and even in those moments I would still say that it was worth it.

As my first year of specializing in boudoir comes to a successful close, it feels I am opening a new chapter in my life. There was so much that went into building and restarting the business into boudoir last year that it was hard to sit back and really think on it. So to start 2022 I wanted to celebrate myself and my victories in the only way I would tell anyone else to celebrate themselves, with a bad ass boudoir session! That’s right, I did one too and it wont be the last! You can expect one every year from here on out, because as difficult as it is to look at your own flaws in the editing room, I feel incredibly proud of myself and these portraits!

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Why I shoot Boudoir https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/why-i-shoot-boudoir Many times I have been asked why I chose to shoot Boudoir. So I wanted to sit down and give my feelings on why Boudoir is so important to me.

Women in our country spend so much of their lives feeling insecure over their bodies. Instead of embracing who they are right now, they constantly look back on how they used to be or even worse, how someone else looks.

Heck, I’m guilty of it. But the thing is, others don't view us as we see ourselves. We look in the mirror and see lack of makeup, late nights with sick kiddos, stress balls with a bad hair day. While my husband reminds me how beautiful I am daily. You see, I struggle to see what my husband sees. Just like every other woman out there. We criticize ourselves to the max. and for some weird reason love to compare ourselves to everyone else.
There was an article from 1997 that said 56% of almost 4,000 women that were surveyed were unhappy with their overall appearance and 89% wanted to lose weight! Clearly this feeling is every bit as relevant over 20 years later. Which is crazy!

Boudoir celebrates women. Even though, most women often book a boudoir session for their significant other, they end up realizing it’s more for them. They see how beautiful, sexy and special they are . I find that I really enjoy being able to connect with my clients on a more personal level. I discovered how much of a confidence boost these shoots are and how empowered my clients felt after their session, especially once they see their images!

I love being able to create an experience that enables a woman to love and appreciate who they are. It means so much more than just having their picture taken. The photo is usually a gift for their significant other but the experience is ALL for her. It’s a beautiful self-transformation and as a photographer, an amazing gift to be able to provide someone!

and THAT’S why I love and shoot Boudoir!

 

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If you want to discuss your boudoir session or would like more information, be sure to join our women only VIP Boudoir Photography Group on Facebook. Here's the link:

Facebook.com/groups/chrissysmithboudoirvip

This group is an intimate & exclusive women only group for past, present, and potential future clients of Chrissy Smith Photography.

My group goal is to encourage body positivity, self love, and supporting your fellow ladies and learning to love yourself a little more. If you’ve already done a photo shoot, are about to do a shoot, or are just considering a shoot with me, this is the place for you! Members will get to see sneak peeks of what's going on behind the scenes as well as news first of any promos and preference for session giveaways.

Feel free to invite your friends to join the group. Nothing is a bigger compliment than your referral! Your comments or images will never be shared outside of this group without your consent. This is a group for encouragement and positivity and I want EVERYONE to feel comfortable.

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Why I specialize Boudoir https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2022/1/why-i-specialize-boudoir
If you would have asked me 10 years ago where I saw my business and what I'd be shooting. I'd more then likely respond with every genre of photography imaginable. However, over the past 10 years I have learned which genre's really speak to me. Which allow me to be creative, and which allow me to really connect with my clients and overall make me happy and excited to shoot. When I took the plunge last year to specifically do Boudoir I was so afraid to fail. But, I worked on manifesting good energy and hoped for the best. As hard as 2021 was, it was the best year of my photography career! I loved being able to share moments with my clients, hear their stories and watch their confidence be renewed right before my eyes! There wasn't one session I didn't get excited to shoot, and to me. That is a wonderful feeling! I can only hope that 2022 will be just as amazing!
 
 
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Skip the resolution this year! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/12/skip-the-resolution-this-year Every year, we spend the last few days trying to come up with a good New Years resolution. Some of them are pretty typical... losing weight, finishing our honey-do lists, learning a new language. Some of them are more complex, like starting a business, learning to play guitar or letting go of a past failing or trauma.

I’m telling you to skip that this year. That's right.... toss those resolution thoughts to the side.

Think about it. Why do we make resolutions to begin on a “new year”? Why is the slogan “new year, new me!” so popular?

Is there really anything wrong with the old you???? Most likely, no. Is there really anything that needs changing, or do you just need a perspective shift?

Stop putting so much pressure on yourself to change who you are. Don’t promise yourself you’ll lose weight. Don’t promise yourself that you’ll buy that gym membership or talk to a surgeon about a tummy tuck. Don’t promise to change yourself, as if there’s something really wrong with you.

You are a perfectly imperfect human being. You are not a side, you are a main dish. You’re valuable and beautiful and incredibly important to more people than you could possibly know. You don’t need to change who you are. It’s a lot easier to learn to accept who you are. The weight on a scale and the scars on your skin do not define you.

Learning to love yourself isn’t easy. It isn’t something you can cross of your list and say “Great! I’m all done!” It takes daily work and affirmations. It takes effort and it comes with the knowledge that some days, you won’t achieve that goal. But it’s a lot cheaper than surgery. It’s a lot less painful than stepping on a scale and being disappointed that you don’t see the number you wanted to see. It’s even cheaper than a $20 gym membership.

IF you want to go to the gym this year to be healthier, go for it.

If you want to schedule surgery to feel confident in your skin, do that.

But please, PLEASE don’t make huge life changes because you think you have to.

Don’t make huge life changes because you think that’s what the world wants to see.

Don’t make a New Years resolution because everyone else is and because you think that this is the year you’ll finally achieve something that’ll make you “worth” anything. You’re already worth everything to the right people. Now you just need to show that value to yourself and embrace you!

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Why does Boudoir cost so much? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/11/why-does-boudoir-cost-so-much

Boudoir is not your typical JC Penny or Walmart photo session, and it shouldn't be compared to it either.

While some may associate Boudoir with soft porn, it's not. Rather, its an intimate, private method of expression. As such it is a special, intimate style of photography that requires intricate attention to detail to give the subjects a very special experience. As well as something that is classic and timeless they can be proud of for years to come.

Rather than being into the Walmart Studio or an amateur's side hustle, boudoir is the only type of photography that connects the client with themselves on a deeply personal level. It's celebrating yourself in a manner that was ignored or neglected for many years due to other commitments and responsibilities. Boudoir is focused on self-care, empowerment, recovery, and celebrating the best version of yourself. It's done for yourself or gift to your intimate partner. Your investing in yourself in a way that will pay for itself.

All in all I will be blunt. You get what you pay for. For those of you, like me, who have body art, you pay for quality. I can't recall the amount of women who have had previous "boudoir" sessions with another photographer and hated it. Most commonly saying they felt rushed, had no guidance, posing was horrible and didn't help highlight their best features.

They were hired because they were cheap and in the end the client was dissatisfied.

A good boudoir photographer is trained in understanding the complex vulnerabilities of human emotion. We are your biggest supporter in making you feel empowered and secure in the skin your in. No matter age, size, or demographic, you deserve to feel amazing.

People pay what they feel value in. For example a $1200 iPhone is way out of a lot of peoples price range, yet many people find a way to pay for that phone. The most common way with a payment plan. Boudoir Photography is the same way.

The planning and prep that is done behind the scenes takes a great deal of investment and capital. A good competent Boudoir Photographer will have a professional Hair and Makeup artist included. Some photographers even include lingerie for clients while others don't. Studio location rentals and set ups are also not cheap. Custom albums, wall art, shipping costs, editing software, and equipment makeup a good chunk of expenses. Little novel items such as gift bags begin to add up. Do you want to take pictures with our Lux couture wings? Those cost the photographer. Do you want photos with those amazing sets? You guessed it, it all takes money. And it's all coming out of the photographer's pocket. Travel, licensing fees add up as well. Want to recreate a look you saw from pinterest? The photographer is continually researching and purchasing supplies to make your photo-shoot the best experience ever. Marketing, running ads and other overhead costs are all the expenses photography businesses have to pay. And this doesn't include making a living to feed their family, pay the bills, and provide a decent quality of life for themself. 

While some people retort with "I just want the digitals to print somewhere else." Do you really want to take your photos to your neighborhood Walgreens or Walmart for some random stranger looking at you in various stages of undress? Also some print companies will not print your photos due to the varying degrees of nudity. Remember earlier that I said some people view Boudoir as porn? Well unless you know a boudoir friendly print shop you might get rejected.

For a JC Penny or Walmart session, while you show up with your matching outfits for your family portraits they are not making your session customized and unique. It's the same backdrop, no assistance in posing, no adjustments to the lighting, like McDonald's, it's point, shoot, go, next customer. The amount of training a photographer does to get the lighting, posing, and lines right for your specific body type is another expense. A true artist will invest in ensuring your session is an amazing experience.

You get what you pay for in life. While some things are available in a Ritz Cracker budget, moments of self-care and love should be a Ritz Carlton experience. A Chrissy Smith Boudoir experience is definitely the latter. When you are ready for the best photographer to bring this experience to life for you, give me a ring, and lets set up a consultation and talk to see if we are a good fit for each other...

 

Do you, Be you, Love you!

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Black friday is only a few days away!!!! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/11/black-friday-is-only-a-few-days-away Black Friday is only a few days away!

You know what that means? It's time for our BIGGEST sale of the year! That's right! But there's a catch! In order to take part in this super awesome sale. You have to be a part of our VIP FB group!

So if you want to get in our this super awesome sale, join our Chrissy Smith Boudoir VIP Group.

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BS excuses that keep you from experiencing a Boudoir Session https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/11/bs-excuses-that-keep-you-from-experiencing-a-boudoir-session I have been shooting Boudoir enough where I have heard it all. With so many women comparing themselves to the women on my website and social platforms, not realizing they ARE those women. Everyone you see is a real person just like you who has their own insecurities.

Yeah, they do look amazing... and sexy AF, but guess what??? If you put your fears aside and come in to see me. That could be you as well. I decided to make a blog post about the most common excuses I have heard in the industry when it comes to women talking themselves out of Boudoir.

#1 BS Excuse:

"I need to lose weight first"

BULLSHIT. Says who? Why?  EVERY person has weight and body esteem issues. Boudoir is about empowerment. And empowerment and confidence is for everyone. I have photographed  every size and body type and they are all equally stunning. Boudoir is a way to see yourself in a way you never have before, especially if you  have only seen yourself through a scale.

#2 BS Excuse:

“I’m not sexy”

Ok so this one makes me laugh because I feel the same way. I am TERRIBLE in front of the camera and make the worst facial expressions. (I have severe RBF lmao)

But, here's the thing, there is no reason to worry! I pose you from your hands to your toes. Literally. Not everyone is a model and even if they were I don’t just show up and click the camera. I set up the Studio, the outfit ,the pose, and your facial expression. Not to be cocky, but I am a PRO at posing and why I stand out in this industry. You are totally sexy, you just need me to walk you through it!

#3 BS Excuse:

”I don’t have anyone to give sexy photos to”

Yes, you do. YOU.

Boudoir is a gift for yourself, always. I have clients come in only doing this for a gift for a special someone sometimes, and come back to tell me that they discovered how much of a gift it actually was for themselves. You never NEED anyone's approval to feel good about yourself and enjoy something of your own.

#4 BS Excuse:

”I'm too old”

Whatever! I have photographed women even approaching their 70’s. Age is truly only a number. If you have waited this long already to celebrate your temple of a body, why wait any longer?

#5 BS Excuse:

”I can’t afford it”

We can always afford things if we really want it. For some maybe its a Starbucks in the morning, or keeping up with manicures, or beautiful tattoo sleeves, maybe you really like Kate Spade handbags. There is a lot of value in hiring a professional photographer who specializes in boudoir. I get it, and it can be expensive, but it is totally worth it and totally affordable and here is why: I offer payment plans. Whaaaatttttt!? I know right?!

You can book a date a year from now if you wanted to, and do pre-payments as low as you want. Or you can come see me now and split up your payments so you have that special gift by next Christmas etc. I want you to have this experience and if all up front is impossible, we work with you 100%.

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Invest in yourself! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/10/invest-in-yourself What led you to the moment you decided to do a boudoir photoshoot? Had you just gone through a major life change and wanted to regain some control over your life? Did you want to celebrate a personal accomplishment? Were you getting ready for your wedding? Did you simply want to celebrate yourself for being the amazing, gorgeous, and badass person that you are?

Whatever the reason, you decided your ready to take the leap and invest in yourself. The best part is, you will have photos and memories to last a lifetime that shows just how brave and uninhibited you could be.

When you see your boudoir photos, you will see your story of how you gathered the courage to try something new, how you renewed your self confidence and learned to embrace who you are, right now! You will also record the story of how you overcame the challenges and celebrated the wins that inspired your photoshoot in the first place. How amazing will it be to relive these truths? Pretty damn awesome in my opinion!

Your boudoir photos fit squarely in the book of who you are as a person and offer a reminder of the love that you have for yourself and your body. Anyone who sees them will get a glimpse into your story and hopefully feel inspired to write a story of their own!

So rock on girlfriend!

Ready to book your own shoot? Contact me today!

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Celebrating the beauty of women through Boudoir https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/10/celebrating-the-beauty-of-women-through-boudoir

Here’s the truth: everybody has a body, and boudoir can help women realize that their own, real bodies are sexiest. I mean lets face it, our bodies carry us through everything life can throw at us. They hold us up on the hard days, help us make memories of the good days, and can help us build connections with other people. Heck, some bodies can even bring life into the world and help it grow.

With all the media placing what feels like impossible standards and telling us that we need to look or be a certain way, boudoir photos are a refreshing reminder that we are all unbelievably beautiful, powerful, and sexy, just as we are. This is because boudoir photos are a celebration of the feminine form, finding strength in softness and beauty in vulnerability. And teaching you to embrace that.

When you see someone you know posting some of their own boudoir experiences, all of a sudden, it is easier to imagine yourself showing your body some love and having a photoshoot of your own. For this reason, sharing your boudoir photos with women you are close to they will feel comfortable investing in and celebrating themselves. We need to all lift each other up and show that we can all be amazing no matter what our body type is.  

 

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How to prepare for a flawless boudoir shoot? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/10/how-to-prepare-for-a-flawless-boudoir-shoot A little preparation can go a long way to help your shoot be the best it can be! Here are some simple tips to help you prep for your boudoir shoot.  

A WEEK BEFORE YOUR SHOOT

Maintain a healthy skin regimen

  • Cleanse skin daily and wear sunscreen
  • Use an anti aging serum regularly
  • Exfoliate the skin 1-3 times a week

 Keep skin hydrated

  • Limit alcohol intake and drink lots of water
  • Stay away from salty foods
  • Moisturize your skin daily

Shave, Wax, or thread the following (optional):

  • facial hair
  • brows
  • arm hair/leg hair 
  • bikini area

THINGS TO PREPARE THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SHOOT

Get a mani/pedi 

  • Choose a nail polish shade that matches your outfits
  • Exfoliate the bottom of your feet

Wardrobe

  • Try on ALL of your lingerie to make sure they fit properly
  • Clean bottom of high heels because they may show in photos.

THE DAY OF YOUR SHOOT

Hair and Makeup

  • Arrive with clean dry hair
  • Arrive with a clean moisturized face

Day of clothing

  • Do not wear tight clothing on your portrait day – such as socks and jeans… anything that can leave marks on your skin

Eat something filling

  • Eat something light but filling before you leave for your shoot. You will need your energy for all the posing you will do

Lotion and Lip Balm

  • Moisturize your whole body before the session, especially areas like hands, elbows, and knees that can get dry.
  • A thick layer of lip balm will keep chapped lips away 

Set your GPS

  • Allow plenty of time to get to the location without stressing. Check weather and traffic reports to ensure you have allotted enough time for unexpected delays

These tips may look simple but will make all the difference. Feel free to email me anytime if you have additional questions.

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Modest Ideas for a Boudoir Photoshoot https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/10/modest-ideas-for-a-boudoir-photoshoot Modest Boudoir!?!?! Yes, you read that right. No, it’s not an oxymoron either! Yeah, I know, I know. Today, everywhere we go we are made to feel that there is something wrong with being sexy. But in truth. There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling sexy!

However, there’s something so beautiful, romantic, and yes, even innocent, about doing a boudoir photoshoot…but also, sexiness has its place too.

For the single ladies, boudoir photography is empowering! Sure there are those who claim boudoir isn't what we make it out to be. But to see the change in the women who have entered my studio for a shoot and how they are when they leave. Sorry but actions speak louder then words. There’s just something about getting your hair & makeup done professionally, then seeing photos of your body that make you realize you are more beautiful than you ever believed & that new-found, head-to-toe confidence in yourself can help you land someone special.

I’ll admit that I’m not the most risque boudoir photographer around & that I’m very selective in what I post and even with client permission, you won’t see EVERY photo I shoot on my website.

With all that being said, I’m sharing a few modest boudoir photography shoot ideas from sessions I’ve done in the past. These looks are the perfect mixture of soft & feminine to make any woman who’s a little nervous about her boudoir shoot feel more like a princess than a vixen. Not that one is better than the other. We just understand that all different types of women come to our studio & we’ve honestly been forgetting to talk about the softer side of boudoir photography here on our blog.

Sweaters

Give your photo-shoot a cozy feel! Wrap yourself up in a cardigan or wear a pull-over sweater to cover up a bit more.

Button Downs

Get a little more personal and borrow a button-down shirt from your significant other. This idea helps keep things modest while also adding a personal touch to your session.

Robes

Robes are a natural option for modest boudoir sessions. They fit right in with your lingerie, sometimes even included in matching sets. We also have a few of our own robes in the studio for you to use!

Dresses

There are no rules that say you must wear lingerie for your boudoir session. If you want to wear your favorite dress for one of your looks, go for it!

Ready to get your boudoir photography shoot on? I’d love to see you here at Beautiful You Studios wearing such a pretty, feminine, & tasteful boudoir outfit like one of these, or anything else you’d like to bring from home!

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How to choose your Boudoir Photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/10/how-to-choose-your-boudoir-photographer

So, you have been thinking about doing a Boudoir session for some time now, but you want to make sure you make the best choice possible for your photographer. I know how important this experience is for you, and it's my aim to make the process as simple and stress free as possible from start to finish. I also tell clients that I'd love to be there photographer. However, I understand my style is not for everyone. So in this post I want to be able to give you some guidance so you have the best experience in finding a boudoir photographer.

Make sure the Photographer is a full service!

Boudoir is an intimate experience that many women only do once in a lifetime. So you want to select a photographer who will treat you like your session is the special occasion it is. This means your experience should include everything from hair and makeup to pose coaching and ordering products for you. You shouldn't be left to figure out posing on your own or where you can safely get your images printed. When you have a photographer who handles all these things for you, you know you're getting the best the industry has to offer.

Consider their work closely.

Compare, compare, compare. You want t be sure to check out their website. Yes, a website! In the world of Facebook and Instagram being easier, I personally would be weary of any "boudoir photographer" who doesn't have an actual website for their business. A website shows they have a working business and typically gives you alot of good information about the Studio/photographer and how it/they work. Checking out their work also allows you to be able to access their style and skill level. Do they have a diverse clientele that demonstrates they can provide hair and makeup for all skin tones and hair? Do they know how to properly light both fair skin and deep tones? Do they know how to pose all different shapes and sizes beautifully and naturally? Paying attention to these close details will help you to make the best decision when choosing.

Experience

Does this photographer specialize in boudoir or do they shoot everything as well as boudoir? I mean lets face it. If you had a heart condition you wouldn't go to a foot doctor would you? With boudoir photography, it is best to select a photographer who is passionate about giving you the best they can offer.

Know who will be present

Ask if the photographer will be working with an assistant. Know who will be present at your shoot to determine what your comfortable with on the day of your session.

Read reviews or ask for references!

Nothing tells the truth like others' personal experiences. Check their website, or even join their VIP group on FB if they have one and ask questions to past clients. Like I said above, make sure they have a web presence on Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. A fully functioning business is going to be on more than one platform to advertise their business. This allows you to check them all out and get a better feel for them.

Choose someone who makes you feel comfortable

Meet and speak with the photographer. Most professional boudoir photographers will have no problem getting on the phone with you and answering any questions or concerns you may have. Personally I do a phone consult with each client. This allows me to get a feel for my client and for my client to get a feel for me before committing to anything. Remember, you want to feel confident and comfortable going into your shoot. This is an amazing investment and you want to be sure to get the best experience you can!

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 9 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/9/different-sets-to-explore-part-10-of-9 Clawfoot Tub Set

 

Last but not least this is my first outdoor set (but not only) ;). For those who follow our VIP Facebook page you know the other outdoor set that will make it's big reveal here in October! But until then this set has been in high demand and rightly so. I cannot wait to see how it looks in the fall with all the changing colors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 8 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/9/different-sets-to-explore-part-9-of-9 Cloud/Angel Mini Set

 

This is one of my Mini Sets that has become a very popular set. I will pull this set out at least once a year for my clients and they absolutely eat it up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 7 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/9/different-sets-to-explore-part-8-of-9 Wicker Chair Set

 

This moody set amazes me every time I shoot with it. I love the look the wicker chair gives and the poses we are able to do with the amount of room the chair creates. This set is sure to create that sexy moody look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 6 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/9/different-sets-to-explore-part-7-of-9 Wall Set

 

Just like the floor set, we can turn anything into an amazing set for Boudoir Images! Our bright white wall is another of our favorites for those light and airy photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 5 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/9/different-sets-to-explore-part-6-of-9 Floor Set

 

Yeah I know, how can I quality the floor as a set. Well, simple. Hardwood floors are full of character to begin with. Add some awesome poses and accessories and you have some amazing floor boudoir photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 4 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/9/different-sets-to-explore-part-5-of-9  

 

Vintage Chair and Ottoman Sets

 

These two sets are quick and easy to add to other sets in my opinion. They add their own look without changing too much. The dusty rose ottoman in front of the big bay window just looks amazing! If the ottoman isn't your thing, try the vintage chair we have. I have to admit, the first time I used this I fell in love with the look and multiple poses I could do with this simple chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir Set

 

This piece/set actually was something I personally inherited. This Boudoir was my mother's and with as creative and supportive of me as she was. It only seemed fitting to create this piece into a set for Boudoir. With it's rustic wood looks I reminds me of the 40's and 50's!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 2 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/different-sets-to-explore-part-2-of-9

 

 

Bay Window Set

 

 

 

What's better than a big bright window? Clad in our beautiful silky while drapes to let light fill our studio but still keep prying eyes at bay. This beautiful window gives the perfect amount of light for amazing light and airy Boudie shots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different Sets To Explore {Part 1 of 9} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/different-sets-to-explore-part-1-of-9 Boudoir can be shot anywhere, hotel, B&B, your own home, in-studio, outdoor, you name it. However, the problem is, a lot of Photographer's don't own their own Studio. So all those Car Wash themed shoots you have been seeing on TicToc lately... yeah. Anyone in their brother...or mother...or boss, is watching. And if your like me, you don't want your business plastered all over the internet followed by phone calls asking why i was washing my car in a thong in public. LOL.

This is where I took the leap into offering my clients a safe, discreet, private location where I not only own my own studio, but the very house and land it is on.

Located on the outskirts of Fairfield, PA the Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Studio is settled on 10 acres of private land. With my studio containing several sets, I also wanted to offer something others couldn't. Which is when my outdoor sets were born. When my husband and I originally purchased this home, we looked knowing I would want to continue creating and making outdoor sets for my clients to enjoy all year long.

Now that I have talked your ear off, I will get into the goods with our first set.

Bedroom Set

Let's face it, it's just not Boudoir unless there is a awesome bed set-up to go with it. I wanted a vintage/rustic appeal to my bedroom set and fell in love with these colors when I shot a wedding at a local venue. Everything else kinda fell into place after. The best part about the bedroom set is you can change the mood with a simple change of sheets. Just take a peek into some of these images from our bedroom set.

 

 

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Different sets to explore at Chrissy Smith Boudoir Studio! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/different-sets-to-explore-at-chrissy-smith-boudoir-studio

Different Sets To Explore At Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Studio

 

If you have to yet to explore the option of boudoir photography – you’re missing out! Chrissy Smith Photography prides itself on helping women feel and look their absolute best. Whether you want an indoor boudoir shoot or an outdoor boudoir shoot – the options are always there for you. Boudoir photography is really all about YOU. You get to choose the outfits, the mood and the sets.

Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Studio sets

Owner and photographer, Chrissy Smith prides herself on reinventing the options she has to offer at the studio. The studio has been transformed since the beginning of its existence and this is all because of Chrissy’s drive and tenacity. When she sets out to do something – watch out world! As a woman herself, she understands the importance of offering options to her clients. Not every client has the same vision for their boudoir shoot and she wants to ensure every client is satisfied and is happy with the boudoir set options.

Choose the boudoir photography set that suits you!

This blog post will consist of several different blog posts so we can go into a little more detail with our sets. So stay tuned for some insight into our numerous indoor and outdoor sets!

 

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Chrissy Smith Photography Payment Plans! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/chrissy-smith-photography-payment-plans

So we have already covered what you can buy, now lets talk about the different options for buying them!

If you missed our previous Product Blogs, you can check them out here!

Our Products | Our Collections

So you know what you want to buy, now lets talk payments and the other unique options Chrissy Smith Photography offers to their clients! We understand this process can be a bit daunting, but our goal is to always make it as easy as possible for our clients to have the best experience ever!


Payment Plans

This is very commonly over analyzed and clients often get so confused about this. We offer a few options for getting everything you want but breaking up the total costs into smaller payments.

Paypal Credit: This is an option I highly recommend checking out! Its a 6 month zero percent interest credit line through paypal that allows you to pay me up front, receive your product quicker, and still allows you to make payments after the session. If you like this route, apply for it well before your session so you know how much your spending limit it!

In-House Payment Plan: We offer a break up to your product order, in house. We do have a few guidelines to explain!

  • No products will be ordered until the entire invoice is paid in full.

  • A minimum 1/3 down payment must be paid to begin the payment plan. This is typically the first payment for the payment plan

  • You can break up the payments up to 6 months (however, I am willing to work with clients needs).

  • The payments can be broken up in half/third/quarters, monthly, bi monthly, or every other week. We are very flexible on how you break up the payments

  • You fully choose when the due dates are for the payments. We love helping you plan around pay days.

  • You are responsible for making the payments on time. You will be emailed a reminder 2 days before its due. We allow up to 5 days past due before a $25 late payment will be applied. This late payment is applied to each time a payment is late.

  • If you miss 3 payments, with zero communication to us to restructure the payment plan, then your payment plan will be canceled, and you will have to pay the remainder in full.

My goal for offering payment plan options is to make everything as easy and flexible for you! You can have payment plans started as early as you booking your session! The earlier you start the payment plan the sooner you receive your products!


Prepayment Bonuses

So we talked about payment plans, but lets talk about my favorite thing, prepayment bonuses! Are you the gal who loves getting free stuff?! This is also going to be your favorite thing too!

If you choose to pay off your product order by the date of your session, including having a payment plan set to be paid off by the date of your session, you get to choose free things to add on to your experience!

Bombshell Collection (Or equal/more A La Carte order) - You choose 3 Bonuses

Vixen Collection (Or equal/more A La Carte order) - You choose 2 Bonuses

Siren Collection (Or equal/more A La Carte order) - You choose 1 Bonus

Here is a list of our free bonuses you get to choose from!

  • Personal Shopping Assistance (either in person or online via zoom to screen share and shop online)

  • Next-Day Viewing Appointment

  • Angel Wings Rental for your shoot

  • 3 Professional Head shots

  • Claw foot Tub Set

  • Outdoors

  • Album Cover Upgrade

  • 10 extra images in your Album

  • Crystal USB for purchased digital images

  • 8x12" two-image folio

The sooner we set up your order, the sooner we get to pick which bonuses you’d love to add! We do require some be settled on early, like our next-day viewing, outdoor sets, etc so we have time to plan for them, but there is so many that can happen at the session, or afterwards!

We love spoiling our clients, if you haven’t figured that out yet ;)

 

This concludes our Product Series!

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Chrissy Smith Photography's Boudoir Collections & Packages https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/chrissy-smith-photographys-boudoir-collections-packages

I don’t know about you, but for me my favorite thing in the world is a good deal and getting the best bang for my buck.

If you haven’t checked out my other product blogs yet you can find them here

Products 101 | Payment Plan & Prepayment Bonuses

Collections

The best bang for your buck.

I built these collections with you solely in mind. They are our most popular products, bundled together at a discount. After years of watching what my clients love purchasing, what they go back and forth with, what they are happiest getting, and thus my Collections were born!

Our collections

Bombshell Collection

Are you the gal who wants EVERYTHING?! If so, then this is the collection for you!

  • 10x10 Luxury Album with 45 Images
  • Matching Luxury Album Presentation Box
  • Full Digital Album on Crystal USB
  • 8X12" Passepartout
  • 10 Image Folio
  • 20X30" Canvas Print


Vixen Collection

By far our MOST popular collection! Its definitely a favorite with our clients!

  • 10x10 or 8X12" Luxury Album with 25 Images
  • Matching Luxury Album Presentation Box
  • Full Digital Gallery (Delivered Digitally)
  • 8X12" Passepartout
  • 16X20" Canvas Print

 

Siren Collection

Can you tell we love our albums? They are offered in almost every Collection.

  • 8X8 Luxury Album with 20 Images
  • 8X12" Passepartout
  • Corresponding 20 Digital Images from Album (Delivered Digitally)

 

 

Pin-Up Collection

Still want a discount, but none of the others spark your fancy? Here you go!

  • 10 Image Folio
  • 8X12" Passepartout

 

Want more information on the cost? Fill out our inquiry form to schedule a FREE phone consult!

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Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Products 101 https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/chrissy-smith-photography-boudoir-products-101

We aren’t just a fancy experience kinda studio. When I say you are going to be spoiled, I mean more then just the services you receive. After your session is done you get to truly enjoy the photos for years and decades to come with our hand picked signature products!

What exactly do you mean by products?

Don’t over think this! I mean the literal products you’ll get with the photos from your experience! I plan to go over them in depth below, and during our consultation before your session you’ll have a chance to physically see and touch each and every product we offer!

  1. Albums

  2. Image Folios

  3. Wall Art

  4. Digital Images

  5. Add on Products (Our Small Gifts!)

Here we go!

 

 

 

Albums

 

 

Albums are hands down my favorite, and its not surprise its also our best seller! Our flush mounted albums are beautiful representations of you in art form. Private, but still feeling like your holding something luxurious, Albums also make the perfect gift! You get to choose what images goes inside the album, as well as what cover options you want!

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait Boxes

Our newest addition to our product list, but still not as popular as our Albums! Do you like the privacy of the album but always wanted a collection of prints instead? In the same thickness of the albums, we offer multiple prints inside a variety of different photo boxes! You get to choose which size you want, how many prints you want, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall Art

 

 

This one is pretty easy to explain! We offer an amazing select of different types of wall art like gallery wrapped canvas and metal prints! In just a few sizes to pick from, you will be able to hang up your photos with ease! Stunning additions to your home decor!

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Images

I absolutely sell just digital images with print release if that’s what your looking for! All digital images purchases are delivered by an email link pretty much immediately. So they are by far our quickest in delivery!

 

Add - On Products

What is an add - on product? We have a line of smaller products we think of as small photo gifts! These can be added on to any product or collection purchase, but cannot be purchased separately! These include things like our super finder Retro Viewfinders, mini accordion albums, small prints, 12-month calendar, and more!


 

 

 

 

 

This pretty much sums up all the products we offer here at Chrissy Smith Photography! To learn more about our collections or our payment plans you can check out these blogs here!

 

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3 Common Miscpnceptions about Boudoir https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/3-common-miscpnceptions-about-boudoir

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Bridal Boudoir - The ultimate gift for you and your partner! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/bridal-boudoir---the-ultimate-gift-for-you-and-your-partner

A bridal boudoir shoot is the most perfect wedding gift for your partner because you can truly give yourself to your soulmate in the most beautiful and unique way.  I have seen the incredible confidence transformation that it can give to brides to be.

Sets in my studio have been decorated with wedding boudoir in mind – with the light and airy vibes – stylish and luxurious  – it’s all about perfect simplicity.   I wanted to create a beautifully feminine and pretty space to shoot boudoir sessions.

Why is a bridal boudoir session an amazing investment?

 

A wedding boudoir photography shoot is an amazing experience but here are a few reasons why you should consider investing in bridal boudoir photos:

  • You can surprise your partner with a boudoir album the night before the wedding – giving him a preview of your wedding lingerie (because we all know that you might not actually be wearing it on the day!). It will also be the greatest wedding gift you can give yourself because in addition to beautiful images you will also have an enormous confidence boost – I can’t emphasize this point enough.

  • You are probably looking pretty fabulous after months of hardwork and pampering for the big day and if you plan on having a family then it is the perfect time to create some beautiful memories and celebrate this milestone time in your life.

  • You can use your bridal boudoir shoot to showcase your wedding lingerie and also feature those amazing shoes you spent hours searching for.

  • Bridal boudoir outfits often include stunning wedding robes, veils and even your wedding dress if you wish.

  • If you are at all nervous about being photographed on your wedding day then a wedding boudoir photography shoot is the ideal way to get over feeling camera shy. If you think that boudoir photography is about getting undressed then you are not seeing it correctly –  it is much more about getting dressed – in exquisite lingerie that you might not normally wear.

  • Imagine how much fun it would be to have a lingerie bridal shower and perhaps ask your closest girlfriends to contribute to a boudoir gift certificate as their wedding present to you?

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The Boudoir Experience, from start to finish. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/8/the-boudoir-session-from-start-to-finish Let's talk about the Boudoir Experience.

The Boudoir Session Experience for many girls is a GREAT mystery. If you are a first timer to Boudoir Photography, you have a lot questions.  And if your first Boudoir experience was one of those awful Boudoir Marathons where you were hanging out in your underwear with a bunch of strangers, then you really have a lot of questions.

I'm here here to help. Let me guide you through what an amazing life changing boudoir portrait experience should look and feel like. Are you ready to explore a Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Experience from start to finish? Let's Go!

Here's what we offer with every Session:

  • Chrissy's FREE phone consult which allows her to get a feel for what you are wanting to get from your session. As well as allows you to get a feel for her as a photographer.
  • Lingerie Guide to help plan and decide what lingerie you want for your shoot.
  • Welcome Client Guide, containing tips and tricks for rocking your experience as well as a day of shoot checklist.
  • Professional Hair Styling
  • Professional Full Face Makeup Application (including lashes!) Combined with hair styling you are pampered for 45-60 minutes with our Professional Hair and Makeup Artist!
  • 90 minute boudoir photo-shoot with Chrissy
  • Access to all indoor and outdoor sets! That's over seven sets to choose from!
  • Exclusive access to client closet and jewelry!
  • Professional Pose coaching from Chrissy herself. She will even show you the poses so there is nothing to worry about!
  • 1 hour viewing and ordering session
  • Membership in our Ladies only VIP FB group
  • Custom Professional Image Retouching

1. A GREAT BOUDOIR EXPERIENCE STARTS WITH PLANNING

At South Central Pennsylvania's Premier boudoir studio, Chrissy Smith Photography, Planning is EVERYTHING. As soon as you select your day and time from our calendar, you will receive access to two key planning tools. The first is Chrissy's amazing Client Welcome Guide. This guide is packed full of information and tips to ensure an amazing boudoir experience. The Client Welcome Guide will guide you through how you dream of being photographed, tips on how to selecting outfits to wear for your session and help you plan every detail with a session checklist.

The second planning treat offered at Chrissy Smith Photography's Boudoir Studio is Chrissy's Lingerie guide. It's full of tips, tricks and even the best places to shop. This guide is full of lingerie magic.

2. THE BEST HAIR AND MAKE UP ARTISTS

Chrissy Smith Boudoir studio only works with the BEST of the BEST for your hair and your makeup. These artists come to the studio and are waiting for you when you arrive. When you arrive, they already know the look you want and help match the colors of your face palate to the amazing outfits you brought along with you.

You will will enjoy the pampering of a new look in hair and make up for at least 1 amazing hour in the studio before your session.

3. ACCESS TO THE STUDIO WALK THROUGH CLOSET

The walk through our client closet is a game changer. You can borrow glamorous accessories like jewelry, and Chrissy's awesome accessory collection. Or if you are a fast changer, you can add an entire outfit from the amazing lingerie pieces at the Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Studio. You can also borrow layering pieces like robes, or sheer skirts to add some new sparks to the outfits you brought along with you. We also stock cozy options like sweaters. You can also elect to wear the couture Angel Wings that were commissioned just for Chrissy at Chrissy Smith Boudoir Studio. They are glorious ivory or gold colored wings made with real ostrich feathers - guaranteed to make you feel like you are on the Victoria's Secret runway. They are amazing.

4. 60-90 MINUTES OF PROFESSIONAL BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

This is where the magic happens. You look amazing. You feel amazing. It's time for Chrissy to show you how truly valued and beautiful you are through this amazing portrait session. South Central Pennsylvania's premier boudoir studio is full of all the luxury and trendy set ups you dream of when you think about boudoir photography. Lots of sparkle, lots of silk and lots glamour. Chrissy will pose you in each outfit in multiple areas of the studio with and without layers to create a wonderful variety for the products you want to create.

5. SEE and CHOOSE YOUR PORTRAITS

How many will you choose? What will you create? You hold all the power. Get a few. Get them all. The best part is you get to decide. A week from your shoot you will come back to the Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Studio where she will reveal your amazing images to you! Chrissy will help you fit into the collection of your choice and select any gift items you'd like to create from your session. Chrissy Smith Photography offers a variety of albums, boxed images, wall art and novelty items sure to please anyone you are looking to surprise. The portraits are a keepsake from the amazing experience we offer at Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir. Every time you walk past the art on your wall, you will feel empowered. You will feel valued and worthy of anything life throws your way. 

All images you select are professional retouched to Chrissy's high standards.

A message from Chrissy

Life is busy. It's easy to just stop believing all the loving things your partner says, replacing them in your head with things like, "oh you have to say that because we're married or because have been together for however many years". Trust me I get it. But, that doesn't make it less true. You look in that mirror every day and you just can't see it. As a woman, business owner, and mom myself, our views get clouded with the expectations placed on us for years by media and how we should look. We question our value, beauty, and our worth. Let me open your eyes to the amazing beautiful woman you are right now. Not 10 pounds from right now, right now. As you are. I can do that for you. And I can relight that flame of self-confidence to show the amazing woman you are! Will you let me?

 

XOXO ~Chrissy

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Favorite shops for all (Part 1!) https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/favorite-shops-for-all-part-1

I have a couple go-to's for lingerie. Whether it's to stock up my client closet, or I want to surprise hubby I have a couple go-to's. So... this will be a couple different posts since there are a few places.

Fave shops for all-things lingerie Clothes can be frustrating to shop for - especially when it comes to a sensual boudoir session. But, there is something out there for you. I promise!

One thing I suggest: Finding a lingerie boutique with real one-on-one help. The people working are experienced with different body types and know what might suit your needs. Don't be afraid to ask a worker, friend, or even your boudoir photographer for help when trying to find the perfect outfit. When you shop at a boutique or storefront dedicated to lingerie, they will help size and measure you.

Finding a "real" lingerie shop is actually harder then you would think. But luckily I have done the hard work for you. One of my favorite Lingerie shops to shop at is Underneath it all located in Camp Hill, PA. This quaint little shop is AMAZING. From lingerie to corsets and more, this shop has it all. Their prices are about the same as Victoria's Secret, however, I cannot say more about the quality of their products and how well they hold up in comparison to VS. The best part... they offering fitting appointments where they will happily fit you for bra and lingerie!

So, now that we have a lingerie shop in mind. Let's figure out what look you want to go for: Dramatic, sexy, classy, pinup, bridal, or completely unclothed. Figuring out your boudoir wardrobe can be exciting! Choose your favorite colors and try on plenty of various types of lingerie. Quick tips: I recommend bringing at least one bra and panty set to your shoot.

Anything with an underwire or extra shaping; like a pushup bra or corset. Try on different textured outfits. This could be satin, lace, mesh, net, beading, etc. Don't be afraid to try out bodysuits, corsets, thigh highs, stockings, knee-high socks, teddys, high-wasted underwear, and slips. You'd be surprised to see what flatters you the most! Plus you'll have a blast during your fitting and find what flatters your figure the most.

Normally Underneath it all books their fittings 2 weeks out, so be sure to give them a call and schedule with them a minimum of 2 weeks before your session.

Location: 1801 Market St (Rear Parking, Lot), Suite 104, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: (717) 761-7474

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Saying YES to Boudoir! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/saying-yes-to-boudoir

Once you say yes to booking your boudoir session, it's time to get excited!

Nobody truly understands how powerful it truly is until they do it. Many people do boudoir for several different reasons. They are back in the dating world, they beat cancer, they hit a goal weight, they are celebrating motherhood, they're healing from trauma, they're celebrating a birthday, or they just want to experience it. And the list goes on.

I will chit-chat with you on your style and your dreams with boudoir. That way, I can help you tailor your session to your unique personality. After you and I discuss what to expect, you're ready to start shopping and doing the prep work. From there, it only gets better and better!

Let's schedule your FREE phone consult today and get the ball rolling!

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Couples Boudoir??? Yes it's totally a thing! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/couples-boudoir-yes-its-totally-a-thing

Thinking about booking a boudoir session with your sweetheart? I encourage it! I might be partial, but there's no better way to spice things up in a relationship or marriage than sexy, sweet, and intimate boudoir pictures.

If you have an anniversary coming up, this could be a super exciting experience for both of you! Celebrate your love and the next milestone with beautiful images of you as a couple.

One thing a lot of newlyweds don't think about is booking during their honeymoon. YES! Why not? It's romantic as heck, and it'll capture those first wonderful moments together as a married couple.

 

Regardless of your relationship type, a couple's boudoir session is a way to keep the fire burning.

 

 

 

 

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Treating yourself to a Boudoir Session! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/treating-yourself-to-a-boudoir-session

Break out of your comfort zone. Odds are, you've been spending too much time focusing on your flaws and not your beauty! It's a fun experience where you have the chance to celebrate your beautiful body. It's a special session where you can discover the sexy that's been hiding within you all along. If you don't try something new, you'll regret it. Good things never come from holding back! Boudoir sessions show a different side of you. For far too long, you've held back. You have been too afraid to show the world your intense side! Let that go and dive in. Someone out there believes in you. Show them you do, too, with powerful, out-of-this-world photos that will have them shook. It's a duo gift; fun for you and them! It's an intimate gift you both will love!

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Break the Ice and show that self-confidence in front of the camera https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/break-the-ice-and-show-that-self-confidence-in-front-of-the-camera

No matter if you're a newbie or returning client, those butterflies will always pop up! How do you release the tension and capture your authentic self?

  • Rest, rest, rest.
  • The night before, be sure to get enough sleep. Turn off the electronics (step away from the phone!), turn on a fan, and keep it dark! Have everything you're bringing ready and prepared. Outfits, accessories, and anything else relevant to your session.
  • Get to know your photographer! Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask for advice from your photographer. I promise we aren't scary! This is one of the reasons I do a VIP group. This allows me to post things about me and my personal life as well as business so my clients can see I am a real person.
  • Get in front of a mirror and practice. I know this sounds funny but move your body, see what angles you like, try out different expressions, and feel comfortable moving around!
  • Be sure to have a professional hair and makeup artist. Especially if you recognize you aren't so great at it or stress about looking your best, this could make significant changes to your appearance. I personally offer this as part of my Boudoir Experience. This allows my clients to not have to worry about going to a salon for hair and then beautician for makeup prior to our shoot. This also allows more time for my clients to be pampered and relax before their shoot.

All these things will insure you will be relaxed and ready for a fun filled day of pampering and fun.

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Boudoir sessions are made for all women! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/boudoir-sessions-are-made-for-all-women Boudoir sessions are made for all women!

Treat yourself...

No matter how old you, your body type, and your style, you have every right to indulge in boudoir photography. It's a great pick-me-up and reminder of your beauty and strength. And nothing boosts your spirit and self-esteem more than gorgeous images of yourself!

It's life changing.

I'm serious. I know some of you will probably think how can a photo-shoot change a life? Well, it's something you've never tried before and once you do a session, you become hooked! It's exhilarating, fun, and from the moment you start pampering yourself until the day you see your final photos, you'll understand why!

You'll appreciate it.

Boudoir encourages women to love themselves for who they truly are. It's a great way to embrace you (flaws included) and love the skin you're in!

Pictures as a reminder.

You'll have quality images that last for years. This way, you can always look back and reminisce about that season of life and how much fun you had!

Outfits and lingerie.

Who doesn't love to shop? Boudoir is a great excuse to buy lingerie that makes you blush! There's something out there for every woman!

Body positivity.

Boudoir is classic, beautiful, and timeless. Every woman is unique and beautiful. No matter what skin color, body size, age, and lifestyle, you deserve to be dolled up and captured on camera.

Women Empowerment.

When another woman sees you doing boudoir, they become inspired. It's all about lifting each other up and accepting our beautiful bodies. We shouldn't compete against each other, but instead, encourage one another to do the dang thing. Every woman has their own story. When women come together, powerful things happen.

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Boosting your self-esteem! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/boosting-your-self-esteem

Nobody, I repeat... NOBODY should have to feel like they aren't good enough or worthy.

It's time to retrain your negative thoughts and how you feel about yourself! Try identifying your negative beliefs. Challenge those and ask yourself questions: Is it true? Is there evidence? Most likely, they aren't true. Be positive about yourself. I know saying this is a lot easier then doing, but look at it this way. That perfect person you adore? That person who seems to have it all together with the perfect life and family. They have flaws, too. The truth is, everyone does. That's what makes us all Human. But just because you aren't "perfect" doesn't mean you can't be happy with yourself.

The secret... be happy, give yourself grace, and be content with yourself.

Yeah, sure easy enough to say right. Well, I have a challenge for you. I want you to write a list of things you're good at and what you love most about yourself. You love your eyes, great! Tell me why. You love your singing, amazing! Tell me why. Love your job, even better... tell me why. You name it I want all those positive things you LOVE about yourself and all those thing you are really good at on that list.

So why am I asking you to write this dumb list?? Well, simple. This list is a great daily reminder to look at! If you are feeling down about yourself, just take a look at your list and read off all those wonderful things that make you YOU.

If your worried there are people in your life who are toxic and don't build you up, well...avoid them. You don't need negativity in your life. The relationships in your life should be encouraging and positive, not try to beat you down. This is tough if the person or people are family members or close friends. But think about it. If they really, honest to god cared about you. Wouldn't they want to see you happy?

So ladies, be kind to yourself. Smile often. Don't be too critical. And most of all laugh! Embrace you, all of you and practice that self-love and your self-esteem will shine through!

 

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Where did Boudoir come from? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/7/where-did-boudoir-come-from Boudoir...where did it come from?

Boudoir is french for a woman's private bedroom/dressing room. Long ago, in the early 1920s, boudoir photography was considered tasteless and disgraceful. While it was intended to capture the beauty of a woman's figure and emotions. Many saw this as a unrealistic or inappropriate explorations of her body. This was back when women were laughed at, mocked, shamed, and not treated equally (or fairly). And during this time, it was actually illegal.

Albert Arthur Allen, and American based photographer was wrapped in scandal because his style of nude photography wasn't quite acceptable (example of his work shown above). In fact, so much so that he was indicted for sending obscene materials through mail and spent years in litigation. All of which was eventually dropped. **Eye roll**

Fast forward to the mid-1930's and 40's. Pinup girls, *whistles*. Before Marilyn Monroe, there was Betty Grable (pictured above). Betty was the face of the iconic pin-up-girl-look that was created in the 30's and 40's, right around the beginning of WWII FACT: Our government actually used a pin-up of Betty as propaganda to persuade young men to enlist into the war! Do you remember those bomber plans with the pin-ups on the noses? Yup...

Women then started commissioning their own pin-up drawings and photographs to send to their husbands away at war as motivation for their safe return home. Betty's work did so much more than just becoming the government's pin-up girl. Betty was also the highest-paid actress and woman in her time.

When the 50's rolled around Marilyn Monroe became a pretty household name. Some would argue that Marilyn kicked off the sexual liberation of women. While she is one of many women, Marilyn definitely normalized female sexuality and is still a household name 50+ years later. But, it wasn't just the photos that made her so popular and intriguing. Marilyn was outspoken, charismatic, humorous, and embraced herself with ease, resulting in the entire world falling in love with her.

After that, boudoir picked up and more and more women started participating in the trend. These women paved the way for modern-day boudoir. Today, while some people are still uncomfortable with the idea of having a boudoir session. Boudoir is widely accepted in today's standards. We see women all over social media, magazines, and in movies embracing their bodies and flaunting their stuff! Women have a variety of reasons why they chose to do a boudoir session. It may be a gift for a significant other or celebrating a milestone in life. However, a surprising number of women take these photos just for themselves. One thing that happens with all women is that boudoir sessions allows them to see themselves differently. There is an unexpected journey that clients go through from planning stages, showing up the day of their session with great bravery and finally putting their own self-criticisms aside to truly appreciate the beauty that has always been there.

Boudoir is booming more than ever. So... what are you waiting for? Become part of boudoir history and book your session!

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False eyelashes... yay or nay? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/false-eyelashes-yay-or-nay If you know us, then you'll know false eyelashes are a no-brainer. It doesn't matter if your makeup is natural or all-out glam, falsies make a huge difference. They enhance the eyes and make them stand out in every single picture taken.They might feel heavy and look fake in real life, but on camera, you'll fall in love. With the help of a professional makeup artist, they'll make sure they are applied correctly. That way, if you're a newbie at putting them on, you won't have to figure it out by yourself. They can be tricky!

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A number does not define your beauty... Boudoir is for any age! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/a-number-does-not-define-your-beauty-boudoir-is-for-any-age

 

Beauty has no age limits. And the desire to feel that beauty doesn't go away with age. Many of the women who walk through my door are over the age of 40. These beautiful women wanted the experience of getting in front of the camera for a boudoir shoot just like many of the young women I have come in.

Many women think, “I could never do that”, “I’m not sexy enough”, "I could never pull that off"... But, I here to prove to you, your wrong. You can do this. You are sexy enough. And you can "pull it off". There’s no qualification or age to whether or not a woman is sexy enough for a boudoir shoot.

Every woman can find her sexy and that is what my studio is all about.

Catering to my clients from start to finish, we pamper you with professional hair & makeup all while getting to know each other with a little "girl talk". We laugh, we smile, and most importantly, have fun. Sure, my clients come for beautiful photos, but most clients book their shoot with me because I make the shoot very comfortable and down to earth while literally guiding her through every single pose from head to toe. There’s not one piece of a pose that goes missed.

Here are some great reasons for women over 40 to book a boudoir shoot:

  • You’ve raised beautiful children and its time to do something AMAZING for yourself

  • You’ve survived a difficult divorce 

  • You’ve achieved great successes

  • You’d lost 5, 10, 50, or 100 pounds! Go girl! Let’s CELEBRATE!

  • You’ve lost a spouse

  • You beat cancer 

  • You’re an empty nester and it’s time to experience something special for you because you’ve been busy taking care of everyone else your entire life.

  • You’ve gone through menopause and are ready for this next chapter. This isn’t the end of the road. It’s a new beginning.

The reasons are endless! Don't let a number define you. Embrace that number and show it who's boss!

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Trend Alert: Bodysuits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/trend-alert-bodysuits

There's so much more to boudoir than just being in the nude. Sexy isn't defined by what you don't wear - it's the emotions, the posing, and the feel of it all. When it comes to finding something comfortable to wear and still feeling beautiful, we have an answer for you.

Bodysuits.

You shouldn't feel on the fence about boudoir if clothing is what's holding you back. Bodysuits are coming in hot, and they're to die for. You see them almost everywhere nowadays. These hot one-pieces come in a variety of fun styles, patterns, colors, and cuts. Everyone needs this modern staple in their wardrobe.

Why do we love them so much? Easy; they flatter everyone! We mean that. If you're uncomfortable with your stomach region... bodysuit. If you want to be somewhat modest... bodysuit. If you don't want your back to show... bodysuit.

There are loads of questions we are asked when it comes to these: Do you wear undies with them? How do I wear them? What types of bottoms should I wear with them? How do I use the bathroom in one? Why do they look like swimsuits?

You know how baby onesies snap at the bottoms? These do the same thing - making your bathroom trips not-so-complicated. Unlike a romper, there's no need to take it completely off. The whole purpose of a bodysuit is to provide a seamless, tightened, and tuck-in look. Suppose you are considering wearing one during your boudoir session. In that case, there are typically two different bottom styles: Thong and full coverage.

There are endless varieties of colors and styles out there, from lace, see-through, leather, office-casual, and so much more. They are straightforward, and you can mix and match any type of bottoms with them, such as skirts, shorts, capris, or jeans. It's entirely up to you.

You don't have to wear a bra or underwear with them, thank goodness! When it comes to posing, we must say it maximizes the session to make it hotter than hot! We love seeing seductive wall or chair posing with these. Legs are always accentuated and elongated - trust us!

 

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Bringing sexy back.... https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/bringing-sexy-back

 

I know I have said this time and time again, but ladies....  YOU CANNOT LOSE YOUR SEXY!

"Sexy" people do certain things... and those thing, just enhance the appeal you already have.

We all want to look good - right? But does it mean starving yourself or hitting up the gym every chance you get? No. Ha! Take me for example, I try to work out 10 minutes every day, I do a small fitness video and can do great with it. However, I tend to get sidetracked with kids, or lucky me, when aunt flo comes to visit. And next thing you know it's been weeks since I last worked out LMAO.

Okay, so if we aren't working out how do we get sexy?

Sex appeal. How can you achieve this? Think about it. Whether you're trying to score a date or simply feeling better about yourself, we all have these thoughts.

The first thing to do: BE YOURSELF. Don't try to be something your not. Be confident in who you are and own it! Confidence in yourself speaks wonders.

Okay, so you're not up-to-date on fashion trends. That's okay! We believe fashion stems from personalities. The main thing you want to aim for is being comfortable. When you're cozy, you can be yourself and relax. Have a friend help you decide what compliments you the most!

POV: No matter who you are, cleanliness is key. Personal grooming matters and does wonders for your appearance. Take some time to style your hair, trim your nails and pluck those stray brows. Not saying take this to the max but have you ever noticed the different look or reactions you get from when you have that messy mom bun and sweats on vs when you did your hair, makeup, and actually took some time to choose something to wear?

Last but not least - SMILE. That is your best accessory. A happy person is more approachable and personable. A little love and laughter go a long way!!!

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Shades of Red Lipstick that are sure the catch attention! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/shades-of-red-lipstick-that-are-sure-the-catch-attention

 

Shades of red lipstick that are fire!!!

Let us start by saying there is a red lipstick out there for everyone, regardless of skin tone and complexion.

If you think red isn't for you, stop right there. There's one out there made for you! Besides, not all shades are created equally.

 

Berry Red

Seek out these colors if you have a fair or light skin tone for a bold look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Red

A universal staple in the red lipstick world that makes a statement for everyone.

 

 

 

Fiery Red

A timeless color that anyone can wear - if you're comfortable with something with a bang!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suede Red

This color boasts peachy or golden undertones. Dreamy and glowing!

 

 

 

 

 

Orange-Red

Not too bright and not too crazy. A lovely pop of color that matches so well with darker complexions.

 

 

 

 

Dark Vampire Red

A moody color choice that looks stunning on any skin tone.

 

 

 

 

 

Pink-Red

Especially for fair skin tones, finding a gentle pink-red shade will compliment your natural undertone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick Red

If you have a medium skin tone, then warm red is your friend.

 

 

 

 

Wine Red

Dark skin paired with a deep red lip color is a match made in heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coral Red

Olive skin? This is for you. The orange-based red compliments this skin tone perfectly.

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Elevated self-worth...The side effect of Boudoir! Chrissy Smith Boudoir | Fairfield,PA https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/elevated-self-worth-the-side-effect-of-boudoir-chrissy-smith-boudoir-fairfield-pa Ooh la la!

Today I have a very special boudoir blog post for you. It features Jennifer Aniston... Okay so we didn't shoot Jennifer A but I swear, Miss Brittani, could have been her twin! This gorgeous and confident woman was an absolute pleasure to work with. As you can see, she is extremely photogenic.

For her session we used several of our indoor sets and our outdoor claw-foot tub set. Her hair and makeup were done by Athena, who did an impeccable job as always.

Once Brittani was finished getting pampered and perfected, we began the shoot. She brought  several super adorable changes of clothing for the session and I loved them all. Especially the studded shoes! Can I just say how much I really want to get a pair of these now.

After the shoot Brittani shared, " I felt so sexy and confident while shooting and still do!"

When asked what advice would she give to anyone looking to book a boudoir with me she replied, "Chrissy definitely help with the jitters and tells you everything you need to know and do. Seeing a quick picture while shooting helped so much too! I couldn't believe I was looking at a picture of myself."

I'm glad to hear she had such a positive experience!

Without further adieu, the stunning and captivating Brittani!

Ready for your own boudoir experience with Chrissy?

 

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Where to buy Lingerie? A look into my favorite lingerie stores! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/where-to-buy-lingerie-a-look-into-my-favorite-lingerie-stores

You’ve gotten your boudoir session booked, now it’s time for the fun part. Shopping! Where do you even begin to start your search for the perfect boudoir session wardrobe with all the options available out there? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and I’m here to help you find just the right pieces for your photo-shoot.

The one thing I highly recommend if you are planning to buy some new lingerie, get yourself measured! You may find the prettiest bra ever, but if it’s ill-fitting, it’s not going to make for very flattering photos. Here’s a link to doing your bra measurements yourself at home, along with some extra tips from Third Love to make sure you have a proper fit! Once you know your proper size, let’s get started on where you can find a wardrobe to match your boudoir style!

Shop your own closet!

The best pieces are going to be ones that you feel most comfortable in, and you likely have a few of those already in your closet! And remember, it doesn’t have to all be lingerie for your session. I love things like a basic white tank top, a flirty tee, oversized/off-shoulder sweater or cardigan, a lacy robe, sheer top, pantyhose/stockings, etc. Check that closet first and save some of your wardrobe money for more prints!

Shops for the budget shopper

If you are a girl after my own heart, i.e., someone that is not a big spender when it comes to wardrobe, here are my top recommendations for some fun outfits for your shoot!

 

  • Forever 21 – you can find some pretty inexpensive bras, undies, bodysuits, swimsuits and other kinds of fun stuff like – cheeky shorts, kimonos, faux fur jackets, etc. All the trendy stuff that the youngsters are wearing!
  • Target – they recently launched a lingerie line called Auden that is quite size inclusive
  • H&M
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Kohl’s – they always have some kind of sale going on!
  • Nordstrom
  • Shein
  • Ross
  • TJMAXX

Where to find the fancy stuff!

If you are wanting some bougie pieces that will stand the test of time, these are my top picks below.

I want something more loungy + casual

If you’d prefer less of the lace and underwires, and more of the casual lounge wear, here are a few of my favorite shops!

I just want to shop online!

Don’t feel like going to the mall or a local boutique store? Here are some options for quick + easy lingerie shopping online.

If you are still struggling to find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I will do my best to help you out. And don’t ever hesitate to shoot me an email at info@ChrissySmithPhotography.com.

And don’t forget to join my Facebook Boudoir VIP Group so you can chat with other past, current, and future clients for inspiration and see sneak peeks from sessions before they are seen anywhere else!

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Why is Boudoir so expensive? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/why-is-boudoir-so-expensive

 

When people inquire for my Boudoir photography pricing, I tell them:

“The average clients usually spends somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 on their reservation & image collection.”

 

THEN, they say things like: 

“You charge how much? That has to be a mistake.”

“That's insane, there is no possible way I can afford that.”

“This is nowhere near what I thought it was going to cost.”

“I was hoping to spend a couple hundred dollars at most.”

 

I realized to most people, they only see photography as an easy thing to do…

“Just holding a camera, and clicking a button”;

but… its not even remotely that simple.

 

DID YOU KNOW? 

There are literally hundreds of photographers in just our local area alone charging prices ranging from $20 to $20,000 for their artistry; and that in the United States, the average photographer makes only $31,000 per year? When you count everything we're going to discuss below, most photographers are actually only making between $12 and $15 an hour!

 

Here are 9 reasons why boudoir photography is so expensive:

 

 

1. "There's a lot of time involved."

For Starters, my boudoir photo-shoot experience isn't a in and out, JC Penny type of thing. There’s a reason I call it “An Experience”. I call it this, because your total experience is 3 and a half hours of time. From the hour of getting luxuriously pampered with our hair and makeup professionals, to your hour reveal appointment

In addition to that, you should also include the time spent on editing and retouching your images once the session is over, just think, I show on average 150 images at our reveal. Lets say each of those images takes 5 minutes to edit/retouch. That's 12 and a half hours of editing and retouching (any that's only giving me 5 minutes per image!!!). Then after the editing and retouching is complete I have to upload you images into the gallery for your reveal, then there's designing the albums, communicating back and forth before and after the session, etc. You can see how the time really ads up.

 

 

2. “The amenities aren’t free.”

When you have an experience that is as luxurious as the one my studio is providing, you have to consider that there would be a lot of cost in order to provide those services. Your pampering, the lingerie we include, jewelry, Angel wing props, etc are definitely not free. I pay for all of that. To insure you get amazing images!

 

3. “My team is well paid. They aren’t volunteers.”

You may not realize it, but there are a lot of people involved in making your shoot happen…

~ There’s the glam team themselves (Joy and Athena) who gets paid to beautify every single client who walks in the door. 

 

BOTTOM LINE IS: No one is donating their services. I pay them well, they work hard, and they do an amazing job. They always go above and beyond for my clients, and they love to exceed expectations!

 

4. “Photography gear is not cheap”

Now, I have a lot of gear that I have purchased in the past few years. So here is some more information on what I use & how much things costs:

 

  • Nikon D750 Camera Body - $1,500

  • Nikon 70-200 2.8 Lens - $1,500

  • Nikon 24-70 2.8 Lens - $1,000

  • Other Nikon Lenses I Own - $1,500

  • Other Gear For The Camera I Own: $1,500

  • Dozens of CF Cards: $60 each

  • Dozens of SD Cards: $90 each

  • Dozens of Extra Batteries: $20 each

  • Multiple Reflectors: $30-$100 each

  • Multiple Studio Lighting Modifiers: $50 - $500 each

  • Multiple Light Stands: $50 - $200 each

  • A Commercial Grade Tripod: $100 - $150

  • Professional Studio Strobe Lighting
     

  • Not to mention the costs put into a specific Boudoir studio (sheets, props, outdoor sets, etc)

DID YOU KNOW?
Just one set of those Luxurious Angel Wings we have in Studio costs $1,896!!!! Yup you read that right.

 

5. “Software adds up”

Not only is there gear, but you also need a lot of software to run and operate a photography business! My costs for software alone are over $7,000 a year! 

 

6.“Unlike most photographers, I have studio expenses.”

Sure, most photographers can meet you outside at your favorite park, or at your home, a hotel, or another place to take photos, but I actually have a studio where I work from, meet with clients, and do my Boudoir sessions. I do own my studio building, however this doesn't mean I don't pay for this space. I pay mortgage which a percentage is considered rent for my studio space and utilities, just like any other photographer with a studio. Plus I am responsible for any upgrades/renovations needed along the way. Remember, If I don't have any clients, I still have to pay for the space, and it’s not cheap.
 

None of that even counts what I purchase for my studio.  I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on my studio lingerie collection, my custom bedroom sets, furniture, jewelry, props and accessories, bedding, candles, audio visual equipment, photography equipment, sample albums, wall art, and other printed products to display...

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Our new studio cost over $20,000!!! And that's not including any landscaping for our outdoor sets.

 

7. “I pay to be a better photographer.”

There are SO many awesome resources for people in the industry. Private workshops, national conventions, conferences, online courses, business coaches, mentors, and mastermind groups. None of these things are ever cheap but they are worth every penny for the knowledge and education you receive and get to take with you.

I personally have 2 business coaches, partake in a mastermind group, continue to take many online classes, save up for large conventions, and book a private workshop at least once a year.

 

8. “It costs money to run a legal business.”

If anyone is offering boudoir photo-shoots for under $200, they probably aren’t running a legal photography business or they are just starting out and don’t realize the costs of business quite yet.

When I first started as a photographer I charged basically nothing. $25-$100 (Yep. I really did that. lol) After doing that for a few years, and seeing how much things cost, I had to raise my pricing quite a bit. I used that money to help get my business started & purchased new gear, got a new studio, upgraded everything in it, and set myself up right. When I got the paperwork for my business, I then realized I have to pay taxes, hire an accountant, pay sales tax for physical goods, and, woof, the list of expenses grew and grew.

 

9.“You are paying for Professionalism, Experience, & Quality”

 

I have dedicated my life to helping women see how beautiful they actually are through my art; and I am not just talking about on the surface.

My goal is to help women illuminate their authentic self, feel confident in their own skin, and give them the ability to love what they see in the mirror each day.

Remember, any photographer can make you look beautiful by getting you dolled up. I go further and strive to make you actually feel beautiful, so you leave your session not just with photos, but with uplifted confidence as well.

When you work with me, expect to have a positive, fun, and life-changing adventure that you will enjoy reflecting upon long after it is over. Your comfort is my priority, and I will guide you every step of the way to feature your best assets, get the perfect poses for your body type, and make you feel amazing.

No matter how old you are, what size you are, or if you are experienced in modeling or not,

YOU ARE WELCOME IN MY STUDIO. 

Nothing makes me happier than being able to support women in breaking their vulnerabilities, make them feel sexy, and support them in fostering genuine confidence.

 

 

 


Final thoughts…

The next time you question a photographer with their pricing, please keep things like this in mind. We are the smallest of small business owners with dreams, and desires just like the rest of you. I love what I do, I love my clients, and I want to provide an incredible experience for each and every one of them.
 


 What do you think? Still think photography pricing is overrated?

Leave a comment below to let us know!

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You don't need to change anything about you before your boudoir! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/6/you-dont-need-to-change-anything-about-you-before-your-boudoir  

As I was sitting in my bath relaxing the other evening, I just so happened to think about how I haven’t shaved my legs... in a week.
This automatically had me feeling I needed to shave the forest down - but stopped to think… you know what? THAT’S FREAKING FINE. The world didn’t end because of my hairy legs, did it?! In truth, I had been so busy I didn't even think about it, until that moment in the tub.


BUT, my stubbly legs got me thinking about my business and how most women wouldn’t be caught dead without shaving their legs at their session. Or just in general. But in truth, it’s just hair. I meant body hair is normal. And who does my hair effect? Literally nobody. And I’m fine and comfortable in my body in this moment and THAT is what matters.

I know you’re thinking, why are you telling me this Chrissy?! But truthfully, it's not just about the body hair. It’s about our bodies in general, and being okay with where we are in this very moment. It’s hard and I completely 100% understand that. I have so many women afraid of SO many different things before booking their experience. 

They want to lose weight.
They want to tan away their complexion.
They want to shave / wax their entire body.
They want to dye their grays away.
They want to get a mole removed.
They want to get plastic surgery.
And the list goes on… and on… and on…

But it’s important to remember that Boudoir is about loving the YOU RIGHT NOW. What does that mean? It means embracing every single part of you that exists. Body hair. Stretch marks. Gray hairs. Chunky thighs. Thin thighs. Stubbly legs. And everything in-between.

That doesn’t mean that you cannot do any and all of the things above, but the important thing to know is that IT IS NOT REQUIRED for you to book a session or for you to feel beautiful. If these things help you see your own beauty, just like getting your makeup on in the AM, or doing your hair.

PLEASE if you do these things, do them for yourself. But know you NEVER need to change unless you want to do it just for you.

Please also promise me that you will NEVER allow something that makes us human stop you from booking your Experience. You are beautiful just how you are in this moment & I would be honored to show you that.

If you have questions about an Experience, let’s chat!
Talk soon, beautiful.

xo
Chrissy

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Your body is a beautiful Story! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/your-body-is-a-beautiful-story My body serves as several reminders and stories of my life. Not all of them are good. But they are important, and they are part of what makes me, me.

One of the stories my body tells is the story of my children. Like many woman, my body holds the proof of children including tiger stripes and mommy pouch. However, for me it holds a bit more of a story from my daughter.

In 2011, a couple months into being engaged, Eric and I found out I was pregnant with Raelee. Both of us were excited, nervous, but excited. A couple months in, I started gaining weight, and I mean REALLY gaining weight. This made not sense to me as what I craved was salads, not "junk food". So I started to question my OB when I went in. This led to numerous glucose testing which always came back negative and clear of any problems, including gestational diabetes. I was confused, and quite unhappy. I had finally gotten to a weight I was happy with pre-pregnancy and now I was gaining like crazy. Over the next several months I ended up going from a very content 150lbs to over 300 lbs! Gaining over 150 lbs that no one could tell me why, only saying that it was hormonal and happens to some women. I was upset but I had a beautiful daughter. In the following 6 years I tried everything to get back to pre-baby body. I worked out for a year 3-4 days a week at the Y, I tried nutrisystem, Dr. put me on diet pills.... nothing, and I mean NOTHING worked. Then a friend of mine mentioned gastric sleeve. At this point I was ready to jump all in. I talked with hubby and explained my thoughts and concerns, which brought us to talking about baby #2. Up till this point due to Raelee's labor, we had said no more kiddos. However, I knew Eric always wanted two kiddos and I wasn't supper apposed to giving Raelee a brother or sister. I just hoped for a better pregnancy and labor then Raelee.

In Jan of 2017 we decided we were going to try for baby #2, and after I would look into what I needed to do to get fit again. That Mother's day we happily announced we were pregnant with Gage and on January 4th he made his way, rather easily into this world (thank god, lol). With Gage's pregnancy I worried about gaining even more weight as I was already at 290-300 lbs and the last thing I wanted was more weight. I feared for my health and wanted to be sure I would be around to see my children grow. So, 2 months later, after Gage arrived into the world I looked into Gastric Sleeve and started the 6 month process to getting healthy.

August of 2018 I had surgery, and months later I went from my "starting weight" of 288lbs to 180 lbs by May 3rd of 2019. I had lost 100lbs and was still loosing. Today, I went from a size 26-28 to a size 8-10!

Through this whole story, I gained a lot of loose skin, stretch marks from gaining and then loosing all the weight, a apron from my mommy pouch, as well as scars from my surgery . Where the stretch marks and scars don't bug me, I do worry about some of the other places. However, this is my body, my story, and I love it. I wouldn't have two amazing children without it.

What stories does your body tell?

 

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Take a peek at this slideshow from one of our Boudoir Clients https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/take-a-peek-at-this-slideshow-from-one-of-our-boudoir-clients I loved having Miss C in the boudoir studio the other week! She totally rocked her shoot. She did a boudoir experience with her professional hair and makeup done by our AMAZING Athena! Check out how her natural beauty shines through her photos in the slideshow below. I also love these outfits from our client closet on her!

When you book a shoot wit Chrissy Smith Photography, you have lots of options - you can book as many outfits as you like and you can choose to book our luxurious Angel wings. You can choose to bring any kind of props or outfits that make you feel sexy and help you customize your shoot. Your shoot is about YOU, YOUR experience and YOUR photos - we're not looking to have a bunch of rules to follow. Come have fun and Embrace YOU!

 

Can't wait to have YOU in the studio!

 

xo Chrissy

 

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Check out my new outdoor set!!! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/outdoor-boudoir-who-knew If there is one thing that really gets my creativity flowing, it's being in nature. Just being in the woods, with the fresh air and beauty that comes with Spring. I Love it.

Ever since we moved in last April all I could think about were all the cool ideas for shoots. Obviously back then, it was a mix of all genre's but now that I have dedicated myself to boudoir... yall, my mind has been spinning with ideas. And lucky enough it warmed up enough to not only get one of those ideas done, but I was able to get some photos in use as well!

What set am I speaking of? Most of you have already seen the sneak peeks I posted a few days ago. But for those who haven't I talking the claw-foot tub set! I still have a few things I want to add around it (some ivy and maybe some flowers) but those are really items that will make this set even more amazing in a year or two once they are able to grow a bit. For now, I am extremely happy with the outcome of this idea and am happy to say this set will be available for any of my Boudoir Experience sessions!

 

Okay enough of my blabbering. Check out this super amazing outdoor set on our very own Chrissy Smith Photography Studio property! Don't forget to comment and let me know what you think ;)

 

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Why I include professional hair and makeup with your boudoir session. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/why-i-include-professional-hair-and-makeup-with-your-boudoir-session

Professional Hair and Makeup is a MUST for your Boudoir Session.

 

When you think of any professional portrait of yourself, you want to look your best, right? SO, when I started planning out my Boudoir Experience for the new studio, I knew including the BEST Professional Hair and Makeup artists was a MUST. Not just for my brand, but for YOU, my clients. You want to feel your best, it just makes sense to have to best of the BEST creating that beautiful look for you. There are probably thousands of reasons that I hire Professional Hair and Makeup Artists for your shoot, but here are just a few:

1. Confidence Boost.

There is nothing like the immediate confidence boost from getting your hair and makeup done by someone that knows what they are doing. There are very few women who have the confidence, knowledge and talent to say that they FULLY trust their own hair and makeup application skills. Heck, I know I don't, and I even thought about taking a course or two lol. Most women are at best average with their hair and makeup application, and that's OKAY. It's exactly the reason why there are people who's primary full time job is to have this product and application knowledge. I hire a professional hair and makeup artist to ensure that you not only look your very best, but you will FEEL like you look your very best. A professional hair and makeup artist will know which products to use and which styles will look best for you. The professional Hair and Makeup artist will ensure that not only will you look your best, but it photograph best and it will stay put for your session. The last think you want is makeup that smears and lashes that lift. The professional Hair and Makeup artists I hire have film knowledge. They will make you look amazing for you and for ME - to ensure that you will LOVE your portraits.

2. Less Stress.

Less stress for you & me. My hair and makeup professionals come to my studio for you. They all run successful businesses but will bring their business to me JUST FOR YOU. This is important for several reasons. First, you have your hands full with packing and planning. The last thing you need is be worrying about the ever changing Pennsylvania weather ruining your curls. My hair and makeup professionals will be at my studio before you arrive, waiting to make you FEEL like the masterpiece that you are. You will receive all the pampering of 45 to 60 minutes in my hair and makeup chair. These artists will create an amazing full face makeup application with lashes and a beautiful hair style will will last through all the posing. And best of all, you get to just sit there and enjoy the experience. So relaxing. It's nice to be pampered.

3. Less Edits.

Professional Hair and Makeup artists ensure better hair and makeup for you, and less edits for me. The better you look in camera, the more you will love your portraits and feel like yourself when you look at them each and every time. You will also feel more confident sharing and displaying your final images knowing that it looks just like YOU, and not a photo-shopped version of yourself.

4. Enjoy a little pampering.

It's not everyday that you treat yourself to a full face of makeup and a head of perfectly styled hair. When it's time for your boudoir session at Central Pennsylvania's premier Boudoir studio, Chrissy Smith Photography, we think you deserve it. No one can deny how much easier it is and better you feel when you let a professional help you get all dolled up. You are going to hold onto these photos forever, meaning that you will want to be confident about how amazing you look each and every time you pull out your portrait album. When you invest in a session with Chrissy Smith Photography, I invest in the BEST hair and makeup professionals for you. Because you deserve it. You deserve a day to feel like the most beautiful you. 

5. Say goodbye to those Nerves.

Everyone shows up nervous. EVERYONE. Even the women who were here before. There is always a little self doubt that I won't be able to see the beautiful woman you are with my camera. But those are lies every time. The area of my studio for hair and makeup is in our luxurious bath/wardrobe room. While you are in the chair, feel free to check out our Boudie Wall, with polaroid snap shots of all our all star Boudoir Babes and their words of support to all my other clients. For an hour you get pampered while listening to your favorite music, and I'm prepping for our session. We're hanging out chit chatting about life. You will feel like you had the needed girl time a lot of us crave, especially during this icky pandemic. It's a good feeling. You feel great about YOU and that feeling gives you the confidence to start your boudoir shoot like a glamorous rock-star. By the time it's time to start, you are ready and you are excited.

6. Extra Bonus

There are two more extra benefits to having your session photographed at Chrissy Smith Photography. First up, your style will be set to last all day, not just a few hours in my beautiful studio. This means that if you schedule a 9am shoot with me, your partner can plan a romantic evening for the both of you. Or you can plan an exciting adventure with your girlfriends. The most important thing to remember is this look is yours, until you scrub it off.

 

 
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How to find the confidence to book a boudoir shoot? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/how-to-find-he-confidence-to-book-a-boudoir-shoot I get it, I really do. I have been there, making excuses, playing the waiting game. I'll wait until I loose more weight, wait until I'm tone, wait until my hair grows longer, wait, wait, wait...

But in all honesty, I know it is something I really want to do because I keep thinking about it. I just can't seem to pull the trigger on booking. That was, at least for me, until I realized if I kept waiting, what if I never did it.

I really believe that ALL women should experience a boudoir session at least once in their life. It really is a game changer and a boost in self-confidence.

So the simple answer to how to find the confidence... Just do it. Book that session and rock it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a boudoir session really reveals.. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/what-a-boudoir-session-really-reveals

I have photographed many different genres over the years; Families, Newborns, Children... and each type is very special to me. But boudoir is something that has become one of my favorites. Maybe it’s because I am getting older and appreciate the changes a woman goes through with motherhood and the changes in their body. But, Making a woman look and feel beautiful is the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done. It’s the greatest gift to have a client look at her images and feel truly beautiful. 

So, in this post I wanted to reveal some truths about boudoir. So you can feel confident booking with me, and in what you are truly signing up for:

Boudoir is about having a positive emotional experience.

  • It's a common misconception that boudoir is akin to porno, and that you have to be nude. Ladies, this is far from what truly happens at my sessions. It's about feeling confident in your own skin, and feeling like a woman. Boudoir can be incredibly healing for a woman going through a hard time in her life or health, and it can bring out your natural confidence. It's technically not a sexual type of photography, however, there is no shame in feeling sexy!

It is for EVERY body type!

  • Let's say this one together. There is NO ONE body type that is perfect for boudoir. It is not about being a Victoria Secret model. Everyone has insecurities with different parts of their bodies. Heck I just posted about one of mine on the VIP group page not that long ago. Whether your rocking tiger stripes after having children, you may not love your tummy, thighs, or tush. With years of experience, I have learned how to flatter everyone’s shape with posing and styling. That way, you can embrace and love yourself, because you are beautiful just the way you are!

It’s normal to be a little nervous

  • Nearly every client feels those nerves of getting so vulnerable in front of the camera! It's natural. This is why you should look for a photographer who is compassionate, caring, and someone who can relate. I have insecurities with my body just like any other woman and I have been through the different stages in life being a larger woman o being smaller and every size in between. So I relate to every woman who walks into my studio, and I never judge. It is my job to celebrate your beauty and empower you to have fun, and feel your best! I will also help you pose, so you don’t need to be stressed about “not knowing” what to do. I never ask a client to do anything they’re not comfortable with, and I will demonstrate poses when possible. I also carefully style you so everything is right before I take the photos.

We make sure you look amazing!

  • It is not all about the lingerie. Sadly, this is often a source of stress to some clients (I think it comes off much like bathing suit shopping, lol). You can be rest assured, when you book with me, you will receive a lingerie guide which will walk you through the best choices for your body type. It outlines which bras are best, and the different items you can bring to get a variety of looks. Some of the sexiest shots are in off-the-shoulder sweaters or team jerseys! I have a style consult with each client a few weeks before the shoot so you feel completely prepared and comfortable! We also provide professional hair and makeup, which also is a chance for you to feel pampered and relaxed (and one less thing for you to think about). Our makeup artist uses airbrush makeup which gives you that flawless look!

We never distribute your images without permission

  • Many clients wonder what happens to their very personal images after the shoot. I never share these with anyone without your express written consent, so you can feel confident I protect your privacy. These are YOUR images, and sharing them is your choice!

Boudoir is about REAL women. They are women in all stages of life, and going through all kinds of different circumstances. They come in to do portraits for all kinds of reasons: empowerment, confidence, celebration, healing, for a loved one, or just to experience something new and fun for themselves.

Boudoir is for YOU, and you’re worth it!

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Places to display your boudoir photos that won't shock your mother. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/places-to-display-your-boudoir-photos-that-wont-shock-your-mother

I offer many different ways to preserve and present your photos. From albums and digitals, to passepartouts and wall art. However, one qualm that we would like to address is, “Where would you put an enlarged photo of yourself in lingerie?” This is actually something that I came across after my boudoir session. Hanging up an implied nudity photo over my couch would not impress my in-laws; however, I am sure my husband wouldn’t complain (lol). There is so much time, thought and nervous sweating that goes into a boudoir session and some may feel that putting these images in an album tucked away is a waste. I mean, obviously all of our clients look sexy AF so why not display your photos proudly on your wall so you can be reminded of this. Every. Single. Day.

So let’s talk about location, location location!


1. The Bedroom

This is the most obvious choice! The bedroom is where all the magic happens so, naturally, displaying your boudoir photos here would be the safest place. Perhaps placing them on a wall that is not immediately noticed as soon as you open your bedroom door would be a good idea if you have a nosey guest (or kids). I put my boudoir photos right next to my full-length mirror so I can be reminded how amazing I look every day (and to remind my husband ;) ).

2. The Master Bathroom

This would probably be the second-most private place in your home, the master bathroom. Girl, listen. . . if you have a soaking tub with wall space above it. . . I cannot think of a more perfect place to admire one’s naked self. Most would argue that boudoir photos are for your significant other. I, however, find it as a great confidence and self-esteem booster. Display your photos not only where he will see and enjoy them. . . you should enjoy them too!

3. The Walk-In Closet

If you want to keep your photos under wraps from nosey guests and children, consider using your photos as the centerpiece for your walk-in closet. The word "Boudoir" in French does mean a woman's private sitting room. So maybe the place where you keep all your styling clothes and shoes may be the perfect location for a enlarged empowering photo of yourself.

4. The Man Cave

When your man just needs to escape and get away from it all, why not give him a reminder of the gorgeous woman he is with? Some of my clients gift their products to their hubby. So it would only make sense to hang them up where he can enjoy them. I mean, I would much rather have a sexy photo of me on the wall, then some stranger for him to gawk at, am i right?

5. The Home Office

This one may require a little more bravery or just the right photo. The home office may be the perfect location to display your boudoir photos discreetly. Hey, it may just be the right amount of motivation for your hubby to get his work done quicker! Whatever, the work is done in your home office, perhaps an empowering boudoir photo can create inspiration and creativity on the worst of days.

 

When dreaming about your boudoir session, it’s hard not to think about what to do with the images afterward. If you have a specific location where you want to display your image or have an idea of how you want to be portrayed, let me know. I even have a program where we can add a photo of a room in your house and see exactly how your images would look on the wall in real life.

 

 
 
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Fallen Angel Mini's are Now Booking! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/5/fallen-angel-minis-are-now-booking

Fallen Angel Mini's are here!

On Saturday, May 15th, I will be offering a day of minis with these beautiful angel wings. Treat yourself to a sexy Fallen Angel photo-shoot. These wings are so pretty and feminine, they are sure to make anyone look amazing!

DETAILS:

~ I will supply the luxury couture wings as well as my body jewelry from my Client Closet.

~You must supply your own clothing and shoes.

~Hair and makeup is NOT included but can be added on for $150

~Sessions are 30 minutes long and will include 5 professionally retouched digital images.

Price is $399

SESSIONS ARE LIMITED, PAY YOUR FEE AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE. If you want hair and makeup please be sure to add that in your quote.

 

 

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What's you Boudoir Style? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/4/whats-you-boudoir-style

What’s your boudoir photography style?

 

Sporty

Calling all sports fans! This style of boudoir is a fun, playful way to rep your favorite team (go Orioles go) or to change the way he feels about his favorite sport altogether.

 

 

Implied Nude

This style moves from fun to passionate, to sensual, to playful and then back to fun… Technically, it's “playfully naughty”. We’ll turn you into an elegant work of art that leaves juuuuust enough to the imagination.

 

 

Playful Romantic

This style of boudoir turns photographs into a beautiful “sneak peek” of what it is like to be loved, adored and desired by you.

 

 

Dark and Mysterious

Feeling a little dangerous and seductive? This style of boudoir is edgy, mysterious, and enticing for anyone viewing the photos.

 

 

Glamour Girl

This style of boudoir means it is time to look into the camera, exude your womanly powers and find your sexy. Get ready to experience empowerment in one of its purest forms.

 

 

Comfy and Cozy

Cuddle up in your favorite oversized sweater, coat, or you mans favorite shirt, for a comfy, cozy and lovable set that is sure to warm your heart!

 

Bridal

Bring in that gorgeous cathedral veil so we can showcase it for some shots or maybe bring in that Bridal robe for getting ready. Either way, let’s create an elegant bridal look! This is a popular groom’s gift!

 

Victoria’s Secret

Rent my gorgeous lux wings for a set during your shoot and you’ll be sure to feel like an angel.

 

Outdoor Boudoir

Last but not least, outdoor boudoir at its best! I have several sets on my very own private property at my Studio for amazing outdoor Boudoir Sessions!

 

 

No matter what style you’re going for, I can help create beautiful boudoir images for you to look back on for years to come. If you’re like most women, who want to express a softer feminine side as well as a darker steamier side. I know that we women are surely multi-dimensional and there are many different ways to enhance an image with lighting posing and wardrobe. The different styles are what make's me love what I do for my clients and have a whole lotta fun doing it! You may just leave it to the boudoir experts! Many times, my clients will come in and I will dictate the style based on her wardrobe and personality for her. Whether you’re bringing me inspiration photos, or just leaving the shoot up to my creative imagination, I cannot wait to help you find the ultimate goddess within yourself. I can't wait to give you the luxury boudoir experience you deserve!

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Make your boudoir session a date night. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/4/make-your-boudoir-session-a-date-night Who doesn’t love the opportunity to get dressed up and have their hair and makeup done! On top of that getting to show it off or have your significant other show off how good you look is even more fun! So why no combine the two with a couples boudoir. When you have a boudoir session done you already have your hair and makeup professionally done and adding you significant other into the mix certainly spices things up. So, make your boudoir session a date night and get more bang for you buck.

Make a day of it

Being pampered is such a fun opportunity. Especially when you can have someone else do your hair and makeup for you. Not everyone is good at doing this so having someone professionally do it for you is great. So, make a day of it! Commit to having a boudoir session done and be pampered by a hair and makeup artist and accent your natural beauty. Then let yourself be pampered by a photographer as I pose both you and your significant other into some steamy yet classy poses. Not only is this something fun and exciting, but for many it's something outside the box to spice things up. I promise once you’ve gotten the chance to have your session done, keep the good feeling vibes going. Go out on a well deserved dinner date with your significant other. You are already going to be on a high from your session. So, keep that going with a really special date night out. Both you and your significant other are going to love how you look and feel not to mention your special someones confidence will be souring with you on their arm!

You deserve this

You deserve every bit of this pampering and self care day! And the way you take care of yourself with all this love and empowerment is also going to bode well for your relationship too. Others can see when you feel amazing about yourself and in turn that makes them feel great too. You (and your relationship) are deserving of this opportunity to make a day of it and feel like a badass. The empowerment that will coming from being pampered and doing a boudoir session will trickle into your relationship and your date night and great things will happen.

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Sexy things you have in your closet right now for your Boudoir Session https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/4/sexy-things-you-have-in-your-closet-right-now-for-your-boudoir-session Many girls think they have to run out and get new lingerie for their boudoir sessions. But in truth I can guarantee you already have at least 5 of these sitting in that closet already.

Let's take a look shall we?

 

1. Lingerie.

Of course lingerie would be on my list. I am a boudoir photographer after all. But think about it, you already have your favorite set of bra and undies in your drawers. And I’m pretty sure your man has a favorite one too. You may have different styles like all white or all black, red, lace, soft cotton, pastel colors and more. You can go for a more fresh and airy look with pastels or a more dark romantic look with deep reds, wine and black colors.

2. His White Button-Down/Dress Shirt

Believe it or not, men are simple creatures when it comes to women. However, nothing really gets their heart racing then their lady in one of their shirts. This is a classic that can pull off so many poses as well. From leaving a few buttons open to tying it in a knot over your bust. And if you really want to spice things up, maybe even do a shower type look in the white shirt making it cling to you are show a little more.

3. A Slip Dress

Grab your sexy nightgown. It's super silky and coverts into a slip dress. It's tight and hugs your every curve, accentuating you best ass-sets ;) and what he secretly loves.

4. Robe/Oversized Sweater

Nothing like feeling sexy and comfy all at once. Your robe is the perfect addition to seduce your man with a peek of skin here or there. Or really wow him with that super comfy sweater you love to snuggle in on the cold nights.

5. Sports Shirt or Band Tee

Nothing says I love you then wearing his favorite team or repping his favorite band while rocking a thong. Add in a simple prop (football, bat, guitar, etc) and you will be rocking his world.

 

 

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Mother day Boudoir Session?!? Why not spoil mom for the day? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/4/mother-day-boudoir-session-why-not-spoil-mom-for-the-day Mother's day is just around the corner, and soon people will be hitting the stores in search for something good for the amazing woman who seems to endlessly put others before herself (YOU).

So this year, why not spoil yourself on Mother's Day. I mean isn't that what Mother's Day is about? Soiling mom and letting her recharge her inner batteries for another year of  washing clothes, dishes, cleaning the house, working, cooking dinner, keeping the kiddos alive.... the list goes on. I think it's safe to say all you mom's deserve a pampering dedicated around your awesome self. Lets face it, how many times a year do you put yourself first and get to be placed in the spotlight? If your anything like me, the answer to that is a big fat NEVER. Sure, I get my hair done once every two months. But I'm lucky to get a "it looks nice," or "did you do something to your hair today". Lol, certainly not a confidence booster.

SO why not do a Boudoir for Mother's Day? Why not celebrate you this year? Celebrate how awesome you are and have some photos to prove to yourself every day, you are one amazing, self confident, beautiful, stunning, warrior, who has gone through the amazing experience of bringing another life into this world and still kicks ass at everything.

 

 

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How revealing will my Boudoir Session be? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/4/how-revealing-will-my-boudoir-session-be

When thinking boudoir, one of the first questions I get asked from women is, "How naked do I have to get?"

The answer is simple. It's up to you. When do you feel your sexiest and most comfortable? Base your outfit choice on what you want the final outcome of the shoot to be. The boudoir session you book is for you and is entirely based on your comfort and confidence. Indeed, some people even prefer to do boudoir fully clothed. Your session can be as revealing or conservative as you would like. 

You Choose What You Wear

If you're someone who feels a rush of confidence in your favorite lingerie or a bra and panty set, that's the perfect outfit for your boudoir session. If a flannel and panties are the energy you're bringing to the shoot, rock your rustic look for the camera. If you want to wear your birthday suit or your skin sweater and bare it all in front of your photographer confidently, the choice is entirely yours. Your comfort and confidence levels are my first priority, and the more confident you feel in yourself, the more your sex appeal will shine through on camera. Know that you can trust me to respect you during the shoot, and communicate exactly what I want from them. I will help direct you into poses, and even show you the pose before you try it so you have an idea of what I's asking. Poses can even be changed upon comfort levels as well. 

Conclusion

Boudoir is meant to showcase a woman's confidence and power, and whatever you feel the most vibrant and sexy in will be perfect for your session. Nudity is not a requirement for sex appeal, nor is it a requirement of your boudoir session. Having an open discussion with my clients is essential to getting the best possible boudoir photos out of your session. I'd love to hear about your boundaries and what the ideal result of your session would be.

If you have any more questions, I'd love to answer them! And if your ready to book your Luxury Boudoir Experience, GREAT! Lets get you in those books!

 

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Stephanie ruled her session like the Queen she is! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/3/stephanie-ruled-her-session-like-the-queen-she-is Cue the sultry music for this post, gang!

Today I'm featuring Stephanie, a stunning woman I photographed March 5th at the Chrissy Smith Photography Studio. This boudoir session was particularly special, as Stephanie, just like many other mom's out there has never done a boudoir before. And it had been a while since she had put herself first, so this session was all about making sure Stephanie was treated like the queen of the house she is.

As you can see, Stephanie is incredibly beautiful, but looks aren't the only thing she's got going on. This mom of two, has been rocking the home schooling for her two adorable children and hubs during these stressful Covid times.

Even though she was a little nervous before our shoot (who wouldn't be?), Stephanie was able to relax pretty quickly and we got some gorgeous shots.

She brought three different outfits for the session and each looked amazing on her. Her favorite being the green jumper type lingerie we used during the egg-chair set! Oh and did we mention, these awesome sets were purchased off Shein!

No more talking – let's get to the pictures!

 

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Will 2021 be the year you invest in yourself? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/3/will-2021-be-the-year-you-invest-in-yourself Let's face it. 2020 was a sh*t show (pardon my french).  So many people, including myself ran into so many ups and downs it left me tired, worn out, and stressed. I definitely needed some me time. To me, my "me time" is usually spent getting my hair done. Just those few hours of sitting in a salon being pampered without "mom, mom, mom",  "I'm hungry", "what's for dinner", "where's my toy"...

I mean let's face it, we all need a break from time to time. But, we also tend to put ourselves last when it comes to doing stuff for "us". Trust me I am the queen of doing this. I am the person who goes shopping with the intention of "today is the day I buy for me" and then talk myself out of everything I picked up for me, and replace it with stuff for my kids or hubs. I can never justify investing in myself, so I know the struggle first hand. However, with being in this business. I also see where we are allowed to invest in our selves. With everything we do for others, what's wrong with doing something that makes you feel good, and renews that self confidence that we tucked under the rug when we had kids? We deserve to pamper ourselves, and what a better way then to spend a couple hours out of the house, getting your hair and makeup done by a professional, and then getting some amazing photos to remind you of how beautiful and special you truly are?

These ladies took the leap and invested in themselves, will you?

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5 Tips of How to Relax during your Boudie Session https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/3/5-tips-of-how-to-relax-during-your-boudie-session Are you nervous about your boudoir session? No worries, everyone gets the Boudie jitters, and I totally get it. Each one of my clients that step through my front door are nervous, but the best part is, when you step back out that door. Your nerves will be the last thing on your mind. You will walk out, a goddess with your head held high with a all new sense of self esteem you never knew you possessed.

Below are a few tips that I have compiled to help you relax on the day of your shoot. Some of these I even do in studio to help.

Play Music – This will help you to calm down and feel comfortable. I always play my Boudoir Playlist during shoots. Not only to help you relax but also to add to the fun... cause we all giggle at "I'm too sexy" or "Sexy and I know it"...lol
 

Deep Breathing – Practice deep breathing. This is a proven relaxation method. Breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale through your nose. Repeat until you feel better.


Take a Break – If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we can take a break from shooting and talk and relax before resuming the session.


Drink – Not to get drunk, but a glass of wine before your shoot might help take that edge off. While I don't offer wine or alcohol in studio I do offer bottled water.


Laugh It Off – If you’re feeling silly in front of the camera, laugh at yourself. Laughter is a great relaxation technique which is why I strive to make your experience as fun as it is uplifting. I want my clients to have fun, laugh, and go back to their friends and family telling them how much fun they had.

 

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Take a peek into the New Boudoir Studio! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/3/take-a-peek-into-the-new-boudoir-studio As you all read in my last blog post, I turned my temp studio (see below "before pics") into my new Boudoir Studio. **insert happy dance here**

This was a interesting undertaking but in the end I am super stoaked about the results, not to mention. I have already had a number of AWESOME Boudie sessions in the new Studio!

As you can see below, the process of removing walls and rebuilding was a messy situation.

After the walls were removed separating the office from storage room and office from the studio, it was time to make the new wall that would be closing in the new Studio Bathroom.

Finishing the drywall, mudding, sanding, a bit of paint and trim.... and we had a whole new studio!

With several different sets including the bedroom corner and my egg chair set, I am in LOVE with how the studio turned out. And how the finished session images are coming out as well!

So without further ado... I present a sneak peek into the NEW Chrissy Smith Photography Boudoir Studio!

With a little down time from finishing the studio and getting some of my first shoots done in studio, I am officially holding my Virtual Grand Opening this Friday from 4-6pm! 

I cannot wait to share all the accomplishments and steps in the right direction with everyone. And hope to see everyone in our LIVE Friday!

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Chrissy Smith Photography Update https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2021/3/chrissy-smith-photography-update To all my faithful followers,

I want to apologize for my absence over the past few months. I will fully admit, Covid took us for a ride when everything shut down, and it has been like climbing Mt. Everest to get back to where I was. It has also made me sit back and reassess my business, where I want to be, what I want to do, etc (No worries, I will never give up on my photography).

When we moved last April, my original plan was to finish half the garage on our property and turn that into my studio. Then covid shutdowns struck, and like many small businesses we were forced to use what we had saved for business upgrades to pay bills and get buy. Leaving us back at square one on the Studio. I continued to shoot outdoors at the numerous beautiful locations around our studio and even on our studio property, but that still didn't seem to make me extremely happy with where I was in my career. Then, we had our second shut down. With the holiday's coming up and so many people suffering with loosing their jobs and not having extra money for photos. It was hard, and probably one of my worst holiday seasons since opening my business. This really made me sit back and take in my situation.

It had already been on my mind for a while as to what I really wanted to shoot. I wanted to pick a niche and stick with it, but in all honesty, I was scared. What if the niche I choose is wrong and I fall on my face and the business fails? What would my family think? I didn't want to fail my business or my family... or myself for that matter. 

As I spoke to my hubs more then once, he finally talked me into taking the leap. "Telling me, you'll never know if you don't try." So, for two weeks in late Jan. Eric and I took action into our own hands and turned the temp studio, office, and storage room into my new Boudoir Studio.

That's right, Boudoir Studio. I will continue to do other types of photography on the side for now, but my attention for the most part will now be focused on growing my boudoir studio and brand. Why Boudoir? Well, you see... when you shoot many different types of photography you start to burn out. And the love you feel for photography turns more and more into "just get it done" attitude. This is not where I wanted to be. I love photography, I love being creative, and I love giving all of my ability into my work to create amazing work for my clients. So when I saw that waver, I knew it was time to pick a niche. Something that made me happy, something that made me excited to shoot, and gave me something to look forward to.

Boudoir does that for me. It allows me to be creative all while making people feel amazing with my talent. Empowering women to see the real woman they really are and just how beautiful she is. That is just as uplifting for me as it is my client, and I love it.

 

 

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2020 Christmas Mini's are in the making! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/10/2020-christmas-minis-are-in-the-making That's right. Believe it or not, I already have next years Christmas Mini's covered. 2020 Christmas Minis will be a Christmas PJ theme! Just take a look at some examples with the set! These are too cute for words!

Sessions will run $99 and include 30 minute session, 10 professionally retouched digital images, and print release.

As always our spots are super limited for Mini Sessions and will book fast. Reserve your spot today

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{Erica Lefevre} Family Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/6/-erica-lefevre-family-portraits Once again, I cannot begin to tell you how much I have been chomping at the bit to get back to shooting. The Steckel Family is another one of my clients who have been effected by the Covid-19 shut down. Even thought little Everett made it in for his Newborn Session back before we were closed down, his 3 month portraits (part of our milestone packages) were delayed. Then when we were finally able to start booking outdoor sessions, his daddy was called into duty for the National Guard in Baltimore, MD for the riots that started. Naturally at a time like this we work as hard as we can to make sure our clients get their sessions in. So when Erica asked if she could do a Family Session, I made sure to fit her in.

I am so happy that this beautiful family finally had their chance to shine for their Family Portraits and I cannot wait to see Everett again in a few months!

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WE'RE OPEN! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/6/were-open

 

That's right. Adams County is officially in the Green Phase and we can reopen to all sessions! I am super excited about seeing all your smiling faces again!

 

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Summer Trellis Mini Sessions are NOW BOOKING https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/6/summer-trellis-mini-sessions-are-now-booking That's right. Now that things are slowly going back into the new "normal" I have opened up booking for our Summer Trellis Mini Sessions.

These sessions will be held July 11th & 12th with the rain date of July 25th & 26th at our property at the new Chrissy Smith Photography Studio in Fairfield, PA. Sessions will include a 20 minute session and 5 professionally retouched digital images with print release all for only $99! This is a steal and I am certain they won't last long so be sure to reserve your spot today. There are limited spots for both days and you can view availability and reserve your spot by clicking our Book Now tab and scrolling to the bottom.

For any questions please call 717-515-3410

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Pet Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/6/pet-portraits Did you know we can create one of a kind pet portraits of your furbabies?? Just take a look at some examples of our suave Puppers below.

For $80 you can get a custom 8x10 canvas of your adorable pet in the suave style below.

Interested in getting a custom portrait done of sir snugglesworth? Send us an email at Info@ChrissySmithPhotography.com or call 717-515-3410

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{Rhiannon Kump} Mommy & Me Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/6/-rhiannon-kump-mommy-me-portraits I have had the pleasure of being able to capture Rhiannon and her family for a few years now. So when Rhiannon took advantage of our Limited Mini Sale during the shut down. I was extremely excited for their session. Luckily for me, Rhiannon decided she wanted to take advantage of our client wardrobe and moss chair for this super adorable Mommy & Me session! Just take a look at the stunning outcome below!

 

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{Allen Jansen} Family Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/6/-allen-jansen-family-portraits I couldn't begin to tell you how excited I was to shoot this session. I was scheduled to capture little Bennet's Newborn Portraits, however we never expected for Covid-19 to shut everything down. Now almost 2 1/2 months later I was finally able to meet this adorable new addition to the Jansen Family. Just look at those cheeks!

I have to admit I was a little worried when Bennet wasn't too into his first photo session. However, after he got the hang of things he was beaming smiles left and right! Just look for yourself.

 

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{Krysta Valenzia} Graduation Portraits | Class 2020 https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/5/-krysta-valenzia-graduation-portraits-class-2020 I have had the pleasure of watching this young lady grow. From the time I baby sat her in my teen years to now, there isn't much that has changed this beautiful young lady. She is still the spunky, smart, fire cracker I have always known. Only now... I feel old taking her Graduation Photos. Lol.

So before, I get into the good stuff (I'm talking photos, don't worry Krysta I won't talk about big barbie days on here). I want to say, CONGRATULATIONS! I am very proud of you!

 

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{Jennifer Storm} Riley | Class of 2020 Senior Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/5/-jennifer-storm-riley-class-of-2020-senior-portraits After a much awaited session due to the Covid-19 shut down. I was finally able to do this beautiful young ladies Senior Portraits!

Riley, graduated from Gettysburg High School and plans on attending Penn State with a Softball Scholarship! {Awesome sauce!} This bright cheery young lady certainly showed off her sparkle during her Senior Portraits and I cannot wait to see where life takes her. Just take a peek at a few of her beaming portraits below! And don't forget to comment and show some love for our 2020 Seniors!

We're proud of you Riley! Congratulations, we know you will go far!

 

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We are back open for business! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/5/we-are-back-open-for-business

 

That's right, we are officially in the Yellow Phase and can shoot outdoors! So schedule those Summer Sessions now before we book up!

 

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Hoppy Easter from Chrissy Smith Phototgraphy! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/4/hoppy-easter-from-chrissy-smith-phototgraphy

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We offically move tomorrow!! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/4/we-offically-move-tomorrow Well the time is here for our BIG move! Tomorrow April 10th Chrissy Smith Photography will no longer be at 67 Fawn Ave in New Oxford. Our new location will be at 1319 Old Waynesboro Rd in Fairfield, PA.

I really look forward to sharing our new location and studio with you soon! I will try to post a sneak peek into our new studio once we have things moved and settled!

~Chrissy

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Updating our Client Wardrobe! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/4/updating-our-client-wardrobe So this is something I have been thinking of doing for a while now, but haven't been able to take the plunge into doing. With the move and new studio being built, I have been putting more thought into the "look" I want to achieve and style of shoots I want to do. So I have been searching high and low for small businesses that are willing to create some of the items I am looking to add.

Princess and the Frog Boutique located in Denmark, Europe is just the shop. Soon I will be adding some of their amazing dresses to our wardrobe and cannot wait to share these with all my clients. Just take a look at a few examples of her work!

And if that wasn't enough to get you excited, I am also looking into purchasing a set of these Ginny wings for our studio as well!

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Grace Kelly Salon {Commerical Shoot} https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/4/grace-kelly-salon-commerical-shoot

I had the pleasure to shoot at one of my favorite places in Gettyburg just recently. Th Grace Kelly Salon located right off the square in Gettysburg, PA. In 2004, owner, Kelly, moved back to the area after living the fast-paced metropolitan lifestyle of Northern Virginia where she worked for Redken and planted the seed that is now Grace Kelly Salon. Between her and the amazing ladies she has working in the salon, they not only rock their jobs and take pride in their work but are very personable and fun to be around. Be sure to check out this great Salon the next time you go to Gettysburg, tell them Chrissy Smith Photography sent you!

 

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Spring Sales https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/spring-sales Chrissy Smith Photography has created some amazing sales for this spring.

Just take a peek at our Spring Wedding offer below. We are also offering Limited Mommy & Me Mini Gift Certificates that can be used any time throughout the year! And if that wasn't enough if you purchase any regular session gift certificate, receive $50 off the purchase of the full digital gallery!

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Some Tips To Eliminate Those Fake Smiles From Children https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/how-to-eliminate-fake-smiles-during-your-session

Kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. We want to avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our session.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Make a list of things that your child thinks are funny and send it to us prior to the session. This way, we can be prepared and add these things into our bag of tricks.
  • Also give us a list of icebreakers for your child. Tell us the kinds of shows they watch, music they listen to, friends’ names, favorite story, etc. This will give us something to talk to them about, and will help them forget they’re in front of the camera.
  • Practice phrases at home to see which ones evoke the best smiles from your child. (Please, oh please, avoid “Say cheese!” unless that really works for you child.)
  • Try out a couple of jokes with them. During the session, we can ask them to tell us a joke and this will typically loosen them up as they tell it to us
  • If there is a song that your child loves, load it up to your phone and bring it along with you, or be prepared to sing it for them during the session.
  • Prepare a bribe (such as a toy, a trip to the zoo, etc.) and show it to them, or remind them of it, during the session.

 

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Making it through the Covid-19 https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/making-it-through-the-covid-19 Toilet paper is flying off the shelves, businesses are being forced to close, and schools have shut their doors. And we all have to admit, things have become quite scary for the average American family. Scared not only for our health but for the uncertainty of our economy and what that means for not only small businesses but for those who also work for larger companies as well.

Even as I fear for my own families health and the sustainability of my own business. I continue to do the best I can. I mean that's all we can do right? So instead of worrying what the future will hold, I am making the most of what I have right now.

Of course, I can't help but laugh as I write this...I mean I am in the middle of what they say is one of the top most stressful things you will do in your life... buying a house and moving. (And they weren't kidding, I think my hair is fully gray now). Between the packing and the sitting and waiting on inspections, appraisals, loans, more appraisals and inspections, lol, I'm ready to be done with it all. I guess it wouldn't be as bad if we were just buying, but we also have to sell our current house as well. So it comes out to double the stress to make sure everything goes smoothly for our buyers of this house as well as the purchasing of our own new home. But no matter how stressful it is, it's worth it. The things I can look forward to with the business and with my family certain out weigh the stresses of home selling and buying.

As for right now, I am enjoying having my kids around. Well, most the time. Lol. Even with the temper tantrums and getting into EVERYTHING, I know these moments will only be temporary and in the blink of an eye they will be trying to get away from mom and dad and rolling their eyes as we ask where they are going. You see, this virus can be made into a positive experience. Make memories with it. Have family game nights. That's what we have done. For the past two nights we have played charades and uno, and let me tell you, charades with a 2 and 7 year old... I don't think I have laughed so hard in my life. Bored during the day? Go on a hike and do a nature scavenger hunt? The kiddos will have fun being outside and some fresh air will help everyone.

As for my business, you may wonder what can be done when stuck at home. Well, for me sadly, I can't do much shooting as my studio is now packed up and ready for our move in a few weeks. But there is still plenty of things I can do. For instance, catching up on my blog, and writing new blog posts, updating my website, and working on honing in my editing and education. You see just like with the family aspect, use this time to do things you normally don't have time for. For me, I still have to work it around my children. But while they are napping, coloring, or playing together, it gives me a little time to do these things.

So we will make it, the virus will eventually pass, and things will go back to normal. Sure things may be a little harder for everyone when this virus is over, but if you work hard and keep your spirits up, you will be fine.

So as I end this post. I want to wish you all good luck with your endeavors. And pray you all stay healthy and safe from this Virus.

 

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Mommy & Me Mini's gift certificates are now available https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/mommy-me-minis-are-now-booking  

What's a better gift for mom then photos of her and her children? I mean come on, we all know mom secretly wishes dad would take pics of her with the kids, but sometimes that doesn't happen. So here is a way to make sure mom gets those adorable photos with the littles that made her  a "Mom" to begin with.

This year, due to the unknown predictions of the Covid-19 outbreak, I am doing things a little differently.  We originally planned these sessions for April and a rain date of May. But, without knowing where we stand and what we will and will not be able to do. I am now offering these mini's as a gift certificate.

What does this mean? Well, this means when you purchase a Mommy & Me Mini Gift Certificate, you can redeem this at any time! You don't have to wait for a certain day or time. You just contact Chrissy Smith Photography and set up the date and time you wish to have your session.

In turn, this helps keep small businesses like Chrissy Smith Photography afloat during these hard economic times, and you are still able to get those amazing Mommy photos at your convenience.

However, there will be 12 of these sessions Gift Certificates Available. So be sure to contact Chrissy Smith Photography at info@ChrissySmithPhotography.com to reserve yours today.

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chambersburg Chrissy Smith Photography Emmitsburg Fairfield Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Mommy & Me Minis New Oxford Photographer Now Booking Pennsylvania photographer Waynesboro https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/mommy-me-minis-are-now-booking Thu, 19 Mar 2020 22:00:00 GMT
{Boudoir} How to choose the best Lingerie to suite your body https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/-boudoir-how-to-choose-the-best-lingerie-to-suite-your-body "I have no idea what to wear, what do you recommend?"

I get asked this question a lot when it comes to Boudoir; and to be honest I wish it was a super simple answer. However, each lady I see is built completely different. That's not a bad thing though, I mean that's what makes us all unique.

So, in order to help answer this question I have compiled a little information to help you out.

First things first, find your body type. There are many different types of shapes however, all those shapes fit into one of these categories.

You have the Apple, Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle, and Inverted-triangle.

To figure out which of these you are, you will need to do two things.

  1. Measure your bust, waist (at its smallest part), and hips (at their largest part)
  2. Look at a full size mirror and assess your silhouette (the outline of your body) from front and sideways view

If your bust measurements are the same or very close to your hips measurement and you have a well defined waist – you are an Hourglass type

If your bust line, waist and hips are equal or very similar (there is no a defined waist) you are Rectangle body type. Also when you look at yourself from the side your bottom may look flat.

If your bust, waist and hips are equal or the waistline is slightly bigger than the hips and bust line. Shoulders are soft and rounded and the bottom (from a sideways view) is curved. You are a Apple or Oval.

If your bust line is narrower than your hips. Your bust is smaller than your hips when looking at yourself sideways and your bottom is curved. You are a Pear (or Triangle). Just look at these celebrities, they all have curvy bottoms and their busts are visibly smaller then their hips.

If your bust line is broader than your hips in measurements and when looking at your silhouette sideways you are most likely an Inverted-Triangle.

Now the fun part, we have covered body types and you have a pretty good idea as to which you are, so we can figure out what lingerie looks best on each body type.

Hourglass

If your lucky enough to have that Marilyn Monroe's bombshell hourglass figure, you can pretty much pull anything off. However there are a few pieces of lingerie that look best for this figure including garter belts, teddies, and corsets. Of course you could also go for a high leg panty or even a lace bra and matching thong.

Pear/Triangle

It's all about the booty right now {Just think how popular JLo and Kim K are right now}. So if your one of those gals rockin' the big booty, try a lacy negligee that is taut at the breasts but flows down around the hips. A bustier is also a great option to draw attention to your breasts. You can also try out a matching set with a ruffled bra and panties or a bandeau bra that levels out your shoulders and hips.

Rectangle

If your rockin' that athletic figure, you have a rectangular body. You need something that cinches at the waist, and corsets are the best option for that. They add curves and look sensuous. If you have a long torso, a garter belt or a teddy will look great on you. You can also accentuate your breasts by going for push-up bras and bustier lingerie.

Inverted-Triangle

Broad shoulders define this body type, and what you decide to showcase is a personal preference. Halter necks are your best option here. If you have a flatter bum, go for a teddy to divert attention away from it. A bralette with a matching lace panty or a thong is another sexy option. Matching cami sets are another option if you like a relatively tame look.

Apple/Oval

If you have a rounded waist and your torso and upper body are much wider than your hips, you have a round body. This means you need lingerie that makes your body look proportionate. A negligee that hides chunks of your waistline and defines your bust line is a good option. A teddy also sits well on this type of body. For newbies, a pair of chemises or satin lingerie gowns are an interesting choice – they are sexy and give you coverage.

 

So get out there and have some fun shopping for those sexy little somethings for your Boudoir session! And don't forget to check out our pinterest board of some adorable lingerie ideas!

 

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Boudoir Central PA Chambersburg Chrissy Smith Photography Emmitsburg Fairfield Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg New Oxford Pennsylvania photographer Waynesboro https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/-boudoir-how-to-choose-the-best-lingerie-to-suite-your-body Tue, 10 Mar 2020 22:00:00 GMT
A few new locations to shoot at! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-few-new-locations-to-shoot-at With our move from New Oxford to Fairfield coming up quickly, I have been doing some research and getting a list together of places I have shot in the past that are close to Fairfield, or are even places I would look forward to shooting in the future.  Sure, we have many plans and land behind the new studio, but it is always nice to have other locations as well. Below are just a few of the locations on my list.

  • Caledonia State Park in Chambersburg, PA

Caledonia offers a number of really nice areas for photographs. Between the pine run reservoir (top left) which my family has kayaked, and the Caledonia falls (top right) which has been the background to many engagement photos, there are many different looks and backgrounds in this beautiful state park. I have done several sessions here over the years. From family and extended family sessions to engagements. Caledonia is just as good of a location as Codorus State park. Only Codorus doesn't offer a waterfall!

 

  • Tayamentasachta Environmental Center in Greencastle, PA.

Tayamentasachta Environmental Center is beautiful. From there beautifully placed trees, to their gazebo and barns. Tayamentasachta is unique and fun for family or children sessions. Not to mention there is much for the children to do during the summer with checking out the pond they have with ducks galore!

 

  • Appalachian Trail.

It's hard to believe, but the Appalachian trail is always easily forgot about by a lot of clients, and has to be one of natures most beautiful stretches of land. From streams with small falls and rapids to stunning trails laced with mountain laurel, the Appalachian trail is an gorgeous location for photos. Our family has hiked many areas of the Appalachian trail, however I have found my own special spot that I am really looking forward to doing sessions at.

 

  • Gettysburg

Gettysburg has always been a favorite of mine. With the amazing history and many looks throughout the year, this is a location that can offer it all. Devil's Den, the Weat Field, Sach's Covered Bridge... they are all stunning and offer an amazing backdrop for any type of photography.

 

  • Lesher's Sunflower Field in Chambersburg, PA

Lesher's sunflower field is another hidden oasis many people who are not local to the area know nothing about. With fields upon fields of stunning sunflowers, this is a prime summer spot if you can catch these radiant beauties in peak bloom.

 

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Emmitsburg Fairfield Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg New Oxford Pennsylvania photographer Photography Locations Waynesboro https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-few-new-locations-to-shoot-at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Shoot & Share Contest 2020! https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/shoot-share-contest-2020 That's right, the Shoot & Share Contest is back this year, and for the second time. I have decided to try my luck and enter with some amazing images from 2019.

For those who are unsure of what the Shoot & Share Contest is, this is a competition of over 50,000 Photographers in 160 countries and countless images entered. Each Photographer is allowed to enter 50 images each. Entries for the contest are usually in mid to end Jan of each year. Then once the entries are in there is almost 2 months of voting. Images are voted on by fellow photographers and photo enthusiasts until the remaining top images remain.

Last year, my first year entering, I had images make it into the top 10%. This year I am hoping to make it into the top 5% or if I can, I'd love to be a finalist. Of course with over 50,000 photographers entering their images this would be amazing!

Here are a few of the images I am entering this year.

Wish me luck! I will post updates once they begin voting.

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) affordable central pa chrissy smith photography Fairfield Photographer gettysburg hanover pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/shoot-share-contest-2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT
{Q&A} Why you should hire a professional? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/-q-a-why-you-should-hire-a-professional

Let's face it photography is more accessible now than ever. I mean I can almost guarantee that everyone has a camera in their It’s like doing a DIY project: you might have a garage full of tools and some experience under your belt, but if you really want to get the job done right, you need to call in a pro.

So why should you hire a professional photographer?

Before getting too far, I want to make sure I don’t give the wrong impression. Most of the time, you probably don’t need to hire a professional photographer to get good pictures. However, there are situations where you and your gear just can’t quite cut it.

Even photographers who shoot photos for a living need to hire a professional photographer from time to time! Yes, I take my own family portraits from time to time, but I also hire a professional photographer every year. And to be honest there are plenty of reasons for putting your own camera aside and asking a professional to deliver the results you want.

Experience matters

While it’s true that almost any camera today can produce outstanding results, great photos are about more than just a camera. I always tell my clients, my camera is my paintbrush and my photos are my canvas. It takes more then my equipment used to create the images which is why my website and social media posts aren’t about what cameras I have or what accessories I use.

A professional photographer understands concepts like how to use lighting (both in studio and outside), the best locations, and editing to make the types of images that stand head and shoulders above what most people can get.

For example, I had a client book a senior portrait session for her son. When I asked about a location she insisted they use their home. Now, where most clients don't see this as a problem. Most photographers do. Why? Well, it's simple, there are a number of things we look for in locations we shoot at, and when shooting at a Clients home, we cannot control the environment. In this case, when arriving to the clients home, there were a few things I took notice to right away.

  1. Suns location. The sun was coming from the back of the property, so in order to keep my subject backlit, his back would be facing the sun. This wasn't bad, however, the neighbors homes and barns were right behind the single line of trees, which meant they would be in the photos.

  2. Misc Items on Property. The yard had items everywhere. Bird baths, garage, tire swing, etc. So no matter which direction I choose to shoot there was something in the frame I didn't want.

I knew after seeing the location there was no hiding the neighbors houses and barns. Even with using bokeh, they would still be noticeable. And I couldn't turn my client or he would be facing the harsh lighting (which is a BIG no no).

Even when I expressed some more concern the client still preferred their home. So I continued with the shoot. Once her son had come out, I noticed a few more details. His pants were too short showing off his ankles and socks when he sat and his shirts were very tight and didn't help his build.

Now, you have to understand, we as photographers, do not say things to be mean, rude, or bully. However, we know what you hired us for. And when things don't add up to create images, like the ones the client saw and hired you because of, it means we as photographers have to speak up. This session was a learning experience for me, as I learned that if my gut is telling me no way jose'...then I best listen and do what I feel is right.

Anyhow, I finished the shoot and delivered the images. I will admit they were disappointing, and I as the photographer was embarrassed as I knew I should have spoke up. To no surprise my client wasn't thrilled. She didn't like the houses and barns in the background, she didn't like what her son was wearing, and I couldn't blame her. So, I told her I really wanted to do a re-shoot, however, if we did I had recommendations on locations and clothing choices to assure she received the images she wanted. We re-shot the session at a location I recommended and the gentleman chose some more appropriate attire and when I delivered the re-shoot my client was more then ecstatic.

For most people lighting and composition, not to mention technical settings like aperture size and shutter speed, aren’t really things they notice or even know about.

Professionals are keenly aware of these factors that can add layers of complication to the simple act of taking a picture. They know how to deal with them, how to plan accordingly, and how to improvise when necessary, or re-shoot to get the best results.

This type of thought process doesn’t automatically happen with the purchase of a camera. It takes years of experience, including learning from mistakes and failures, to get things right. Anyone can learn these skills but it takes time and dedication. In the meantime, if you’re someone who just wants to get great photos it can be worth it to hire a professional photographer.

A mobile phone can take good shots on Portrait Mode, but it won’t help you know where to stand to get the best lighting, a pleasing background, and bring out your best smile.

Professional Photographers can do all of this and much more.

One analogy that I read that works well here is cooking. Anyone can look through a cookbook, buy some ingredients, spend a bit of time in the kitchen, and end up with a meal that tastes pretty good.

Professional chefs take the same ingredients and produce culinary creations that delight your taste buds and challenge your notions of consuming food. It’s not a matter of having the ingredients, but knowing just what to do with them in a way that no cookbook or YouTube video can explain.

Experience counts with cooking, and it also matters with photography.

Professionals have the right gear

There’s a popular saying in photography: The best camera is the one you have with you. That’s true to a certain extent, but if your goal is to get a specific type of photo, there are certain cameras, lenses, flashes, and other gear that are best suited to the task. These often cost thousands of dollars and can be the difference between images that are adequate and awesome.

Consider the 70-200 f/2.8 lens. These are expensive, heavy, and impractical for casual individuals who enjoy snapshots with their phones. And while you could spend the equivalent of a few month’s rent or car payments on one of these lenses, you might be better off forking over a fraction of that amount to a professional instead.

A photo like this is simply not possible with a cell phone or a basic kit lens.

This lens is just one example out of many, but the point is, professional photographers have researched the right gear for the job. It’s similar to how many people have a basic tool set at home. However, a professional mechanic has a garage full of specific sockets and drivers, as well as impact wrenches and other tools that are ideally suited to specific tasks.

Some people can probably do a basic oil change in their driveway, but serious work requires serious knowledge and an expensive set of tools to match.

The same is true for photography. When you want pictures that make you and your loved ones look your best, it sometimes takes expensive high-end gear to make it happen. And professional photographers have just the right camera gear to get it done.

It’s about more than just the photos, its an experience.

Anyone can take a camera, point it at a subject, press the shutter, and end up with some good pictures. They might even be great pictures. But when you hire a professional photographer, you are not only getting photographs, but an entire experience to go along with it.

Photographers create fun, energetic, exciting events that go far beyond simply providing a photo to hang on the wall or share online. I know photographers who have been shooting the same clients for over a decade because their sessions are about creating, not just images, but memories.

I recently did boudoir mini's in January, and after delivering the finished images one of my clients messaged me. Not only was she raving over the photos and how she and her significant other LOVED them, she thanked me and bragged about how much fun she had at the shoot.

Professional photographers create experiences that clients will share with friends and family. When people talk about photos from a session, wedding, or important event, they talk about the photographer almost as much as the photos!

They share stories of how the photographer made their kids laugh, treated people with respect and kindness, listened to their requests, and made them feel like the most important people in the world.

These are the kind of experiences that get people coming back to professional photographers. Moreover, it’s something that holding a mobile phone on a selfie stick can’t replicate.

On the flip side, when people have a bad experience related to service, they will often share that with others even more than a positive experience. Professional photographers know this, which is why they take great care to pay attention to their clients, create memorable photography sessions, and keep them coming back for years on end.

Why you should hire a professional photographer: Conclusion

I’ve seen people balk at the price of a professional photography session, and I completely understand that reaction. It can seem impractical or downright silly to spend anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on a professional photographer.

That money could pay for a lot of camera gear, and even some educational courses to help you learn how to use it! But there’s a reason people pay that kind of money for professional photos, and you will probably be pleasantly surprised at the value you really get for your money.

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{Allen Jansen} Maternity portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/-allen-jansen-maternity-portraits I had the honor of capturing these beautiful memories for Allen and his wife the other weekend at Codorus State Park. Codorus made the perfect backdrop for their Maternity Portraits. And can I say, mom and dad to be were troopers, who braved the chilly weather to get some amazing maternity photos. I cannot wait to meet little Baby B and have him in studio! You two will be amazing parents!

Take a peek into their session below.

 

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Chrissy Smith Photography Codorus State Park Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Hanover Maternity Portraits photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/-allen-jansen-maternity-portraits Thu, 20 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Limited Availability https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/spring-availability-dont-wait

I am blessed to be writing this to you all. Last year was amazing, and this year is shaping up to be just as great! However, as amazing that it is that I am booking up so fast, that means I have very limited availability left. Spring looks like it is the best bet at this time, if you are looking for a weekend date. So if you are looking to book a session and need a weekend date, I would highly recommend reserving your spot ASAP. Once these spots are gone, they are gone.

 

As of right now I have the following weekend dates available.

March

  • Sun 1st
  • Sun 15th
  • Sun 22nd
  • Sat 28th
  • Sun 29th

April

  • Sat 4th
  • Sun 5th
  • Sat 25th Mommy & Me Mini's only
  • Sun 26th Mommy & Me Mini's only

May

  • Sat 30th
  • Sun 31st

June

  • Sat 20th - Codorus Blast Minis only
  • Sun 21st - Codorus Blast Minis only

July

  • Sat 11th
  • Sun 12th
  • Sat 25th
  • Sun 26th

Aug

  • Sun 2nd
  • Sat 22nd
  • Sun 23rd
  • Sat 29th
  • Sun 30th

Sept

No weekend available!

Oct

No weekend available!

Nov

No weekends available!

Dec

  • Sat 5th - Christmas Boudoir Mini Event
  • Sun 6th - Christmas Boudoir Mini Event
  • Sat 12th
  • Sun 13th
  • Sat 19th
  • Sun 20th

Reserve Your Spot Now

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Hanover Pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/spring-availability-dont-wait Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Chrissy Smith Photography - We're Moving!! - Fairfield, Pa https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/chrissy-smith-photography---were-moving---fairfield-pa

Well, the news is OUT …we are moving to FAIRFIELD, PENNSYLVANIA!! My sweet family and I are making the big move. But before I share more about the new place and all those fun details, I figured I should first share how this BIG decision came to be. So let’s rewind a couple years back shall we?

We have had it on our hearts to move out of our current little home for YEARS. Those who know us well have heard us talk about it at some point, especially the last year or so. With the growing of our family (welcoming Raelee in 2012 & then baby Gage in 2018) and the growing of the business, this was becoming more and more of an necessity to keep Chrissy Smith Photography growing. We specifically were looking for a place where not only did our family have room to grow (as in space, no more babies for this mommy! lol) but so did Chrissy Smith Photography. So we set out in search. We initially were hoping to find something a little more rural, but in the same area (New Oxford). However, after searching for a while we were hitting nothing but dead ends. So we expanded our search, continuing to look in Adams county and even looking into York county. We did find some really nice places, however none seemed to have everything we were looking for.

Finally one night, I ended up coming across a listing on Facebook (go figure right). So I reached out asking for some more information. The house is a beautiful older farmhouse with plenty of room for our family, 10 acres of land which would be amazing for our outdoor life, hobbies, and shoot locations, and a large 3 bay garage that would be PERFECT for the new Chrissy Smith Photography Studio.

Upon more interest and talking we did run into a few hiccups, but in the end they were well worth it.  Especially for our now forever home and new location of Chrissy Smith Photography. I am super excited for this adventure as it opens up so many new opportunities for Chrissy Smith Photography. Not to mention the amazing shooting locations close to the new place as well.

The exact date of moving has not been set yet as we still need to sell our current home, however we are looking late spring early summer. 

We will be holding sessions in our current studio until the move date, which we will then be doing newborn sessions in our temp studio. Chrissy Smith Photography will also still be attending Codorus Blast 2020. However this may be our last year doing so. The Summer Trellis Mini's will still be offered as well, the only difference is our booth will be a 10 x 10 spot instead of the 10 x 20. All other mini sessions will be going on as planned, with an exception of the Christmas Mini's which will be happening in our new studio!!!

And for those of my client's who are worried that the new location may be a little too far. If you are a current or past client, I will not be charging travel fee's for the first year at our new location (as long as the locations are still within the 30 min of our new oxford studio). So if you wish to still shoot at one of the usual locations, we can still do so :)

I am really excited to share this tremendous jump with all my fans, friends, clients, and followers. So once we have completed the new studio, which we are thinking will be 6 months. You can bet we will be hosting our very first Chrissy Smith Photography open house!

 

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Fairfield Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/chrissy-smith-photography---were-moving---fairfield-pa Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:37:43 GMT
{Q & A} Why don't Photographers give out RAW photos? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/-q-a-why-dont-photographers-give-out-raw-photos When you start out as a photographer or even just start into the hobby and do a shoot here or there for family, you don't tend to think about limiting the amount of images you hand out. You don't think about the benefits to culling images, or getting your brand out there. Typically at this stage you are still building your portfolio and are trying to get the experience under your belt. But what you don't know is this in turn will come back to bite you in the butt as a Professional. Let me explain.

This is a question I have come across on numerous occasions since I began my Photography career, and even more so since I rebranded. "Why can't I have all images?" or "Can I have the RAW photos?"

More then likely if you ask this to your photographer, they are going to respond with a firm "No." Why, you may ask? Well, because we as photographers want to give you the best that we can give. We want to give you the work we are proud of and are proud to have you show your friends and family.

Think about it, if you take an amazing selfie, what's the first thing you want to do? Post it. You want everyone to see that awesome photo and how great you look. However, if you take a selfie and its a clear shot up your nose into space, do you really want to post that? Lol... no. Photography is the same way when you hire someone. We want you to have the best to show off the best. It's not because we want to hold memories hostage.

Don't get me wrong I understand where clients come from, I get the "well I paid for them, why can't I have them all?" But here is the argument.

Raw photos are not the finished product. RAW images are much like film back in the old days. You wouldn't go to a photographer back in the day and ask for your undeveloped film after getting your photos taken. Why? Because the photographer would need to develop the film into amazing photographs. The digital world is the same way. We take uncompressed images (RAW) that are typically very bland and on the darker side, and turn them into extraordinary photographs during our post processing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and programs we use for editing.

On top of RAW images not being the final product, it takes special programs to turn RAW images into jpeg images that can be read by computers/cell phones/etc. Most computers cannot read a RAW filed image.

Impressions matter. If a photographer was to give out "all" of their images, we cannot guarantee the best of our images would be shared. This in turn means people will look at those images that you may have thought were funny, however technically it's out of focus, or very unflattering. When someone views that image, they are going to think that is what they should expect from the photographer. When you go to a hair dresser, you continue going back because you were impressed with what they did with your hair. You were happy with the outcome of their service. So if you went and they gave you a afro and turned your hair green, would you be impressed? No. And you certainly wouldn't recommend them or go back.

Misrepresentation. "Why can't I have the unedited images?" This one I would be asked quite a bit when I stopped giving out "all" images. The answer, because the unedited images misrepresent me. I am able to capture images and then further make them my own by using my own unique editing style in order to make them mine. That is why you hire me to begin with. You have seen my work and love my style. Why would you want images that are unflattering, or have a fault in them? I give out my best, and only my best. Because that is what I want to represent me.

Quality over quantity. "Well you used to give me over 500 images, now I only get to pick 15." Yes, this is true. Back when I started, I never culled my images. I never weeded out the missed focus, bad lighting, bad poses, unpredictable moments, unflattering images, etc. I was more worried about getting the images wanted and didn't realize how the "bad" images really hurt my business. So now, I cull my images. I still take 5-10 shots per pose (maybe even more with children or large groups) but during the culling process I will go through and find the best out of those 5-10 images and decide which is best, that will be the image that is edited and added to the gallery. "Why take so many of the same pose?" you might ask. Well, if I am shooting 10 people and took 5 image. The first person #1 blinked, the second the kids were fighting, the third, someone sneezed, etc. I am able to take three of those images and combine them to make a perfect image where everyone is looking, smiling, and posing as they should.

All in all we as photographers want to give you the best we can. We want to give you the images that will make you talk and brag to your friends and family about how amazing we are. We want the world to see you are your best, how we see you. So I promise you, we are not out to get you, we are not being mean. We are simply doing our job, as professionals in the photography business!

 

 

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Embrace you! Boudoir VIP FB Group https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/embrace-you-boudoir-vip-fb-group

That's right, Chrissy Smith Photography has created a group dedicated to Boudoir Photography.

This amazing group is for past, future, and those who are interested in learning what Boudoir is all about. I will be posting tips for preparing for your boudoir, clothing choice, posing tips, and much more. Plus there is nothing like having the support of other local ladies who have already completed a boudoir session, or maybe you just want to chat with others interested in boudoir.

And who knows, I may even throw a giveaway in there from time to time!

If interested in joining our FB Group click the link below.

{Embrace you} VIP Boudoir by Chrissy Smith Photography

 

 

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Boudoir Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Hanover Pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/2/embrace-you-boudoir-vip-fb-group Tue, 04 Feb 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Develop from the negatives - Chrissy's story. https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/develop-from-the-negatives---chrissys-story In a world with cameras in everyone's pockets, photography as a career has become harder then people think. Professionals in careers used to be able to claim their profession after months of training or years of knowledge. Now, it seems people can go purchase the most expensive camera they can and call themselves professionals.

I started my own photography journey back when I was a teenager. I was probably around 13 when I started to show interest in photography, so my mom gave me my grandfathers old Canon 35mm camera. I fell in love with shooting and using my star burst lens as much as possible. At the time, I shot whatever I could around our farm. Pets, flowers, buildings, even my mom's garden decor, lol, it was all fair game. However, I still hadn't given photography much thought to being more then a hobby. I loved drawing and painting and wanted to be an artist when I graduated. However, I knew there wasn't much that I would be able to do with that unless I did something for Disney.

That seemed way out of my league and I also was very active with the local fire departments at the time as a volunteer. So I decided I wanted to be in the medical field. I started collage taking my basics.

During this time I had also started working on cars with my father and brother. Yes, I was one of "those" kids lol. I had a little sports car of my own and wanted to build it up into a show car. So, for three years, I worked on cars, building, painting, and airbrushing them. During those three years I had built my own show car (a 1996 Toyota Celica) and been featured in numerous magazines and even landed a spot on Speed Channels Pass Time (with my 1990 Nissan 300zx). In 2006 I was named Top Female Auto Builder on the East Coast by the NCCA and had achieved the honor of winning Best Female Ride and Best Toyota. This was amazing and I had busted my butt to achieve it, but still didn't feel right. Even during all the years of building I found that I was always there taking photos of the cars I built or my own vehicles.

I was lost, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life or career. Continuing with airbrushing and building autos just wasn't going to work. There is no demand for that sort of thing in PA, and we all know I am no city girl. Cali or even the west just wasn't going to cut it for me.  Thanks to my mom, during those three years she had pushed for me to go to collage, so I did. Only I changed my major from medical, to animation. I then attended the Bradley Academy of Visual Arts for Animation while I worked on autos on my days off.

In 2007 I moved to Alabama, I had met someone I thought was the one (hey all teenagers are naive at some point) and was working in a ultrasound/xray clinic where I was working my way up the ladder. This really had me rethinking the medical field. I was happy at my job and was proud to be moving up the ladder so quickly. Then one day in 2009 I realized I had moved away from my family for the wrong reasons. So, back to PA I went. Only when I came back to PA I tried to continue my medical career only to be met by closed doors.

Once again, I found myself lost. I took some time for myself. Went through photos I had taken over the past years. The autos I build, the ones I owned and sold, the trips I took, and the friends I made. All captured to remind me of the accomplishments I had made. I worked for a few years as a Receptionist for a local PowerSports shop during the mornings, while I worked at Advanced Auto during the day, then bartended at night. I still hadn't found my calling but was working on growing up either way.

Then in 2009 I met my now husband and everything changed. After a year of dating we knew it was meant to be and Eric proposed. It wasn't until we thought about getting photos done for our parents for Christmas that I started to think of Photography again. As JC Penny's had closed, the next thing we thought of for pictures was (yes I cringe admitting this) was Walmart. So, Eric and I got dressed up and decided to get our photos taken. I mean heck it was only $15 for a sheet of photos, which is all we thought we needed. We showed up and spoke with the clerk/photographer and she started to pose us and take shots in the tiny studio. The photos felt like jail line-up shots but we smiled as we knew our mom's would appreciate it. After she finished she sat us down and showed us the photos telling us to pick out the ones we liked. So we did so. They photos weren't horrible, but they weren't amazing by far. Pretty much exactly what you would expect from Walmart. The clerk then looked at us and asked what the photos were for. Big mistake. As soon as I mentioned the dreaded "engaged" word, everything changed. Our price then went from $15 to over $300! Eric and I looked at each other shocked, I actually laughed out loud asking if she was serious. She then confirmed they were no longer portraits but engagement photos so she had to charge more. I once again laughed and told her no way. At this point I decided I would shoot my own engagement photos. So I enlisted the help of my brother and did just that. And to be honest I couldn't be happier. They are certainly far from what I am capable of now, but it's fun to think that I took my own engagement photos.

Shortly after the start of planning our wedding, we found out that I was pregnant with my daughter. At this time, the PowerSports shop I worked at had closed down, and I had decided to change my career path again. So I worked as a bartender for a local restaurant, that was until I was "let go" due to pregnancy complications. This had broke me. Every job I ever held I busted my rear at, and I had just been "let go" for something I had no real control over. Even after speaking with a lawyer, I was told that by the time a case would have been settled with fighting a big chain company, it wouldn't be worth it. I found myself once again at a loss. I was 7 months pregnant and I had nothing to contribute. I felt worthless. Luckily, the man I had fell in love with is amazing, and never once complained. He lifted me, assuring me we would be fine and suggested I just wait until after our daughter arrives to decide what to do next. So, that's what I did. I took the time off, capturing memories along the way. The work we did to the house in prep for our daughter, my growing belly, everything I could leading up to being sent to hospital for Raelee's arrival.

Once Raelee arrived, she was my inspiration. I couldn't put my camera down. I wanted to capture every single moment. After about two months, I started getting friends and family commenting that I had a talent in photography, and maybe I should look into that. So, in 2013, that's exactly what I did. While being a stay at home mom, I focused my free time on photography, relearning the basics and business aspects of it. I started doing shoots for family and friends, slowly working my way to building a portfolio. As my talent grew, I slowly saw the light showing me to my career path.

Then in March of 2013 I was hit with a curve ball, my wonderful mom who had supported me my whole life was diagnosed with Cancer. This broke me, but I was convinced I would take care of her and my plans for photography we placed on hold as I moved my mom into our home. Then after 8 months, my mom lost the battle. To be honest, I thought this would have been the end of me. I thought I would have turned into a blob and waste away to nothing. But then I had my daughter and Eric. My rocks. Even when my grandmother passed the following month after my mom, I still found a way to carry on. Everything seemed to go by quickly, and I don't remember much from those two months, but I realized I couldn't mope or be sad forever. I had an adorable brown eyed little girl counting on me to keep going.

2013

2015

2017

So, I did just that. Climbing back in the saddle, I picked my camera back up and started shooting again, pushing, striving, and learning along the way. I'd love to say that photography just came natural to me but I'd be lying. During each branch of my photography journey I was taught something.

Having the 35mm camera taught me the basics of photography and how to shoot correctly to achieve results straight from the camera. Building cars and being a auto enthusiast taught me automotive photography, how to pose vehicles and the best angles to shoot, and edit. Not to mention pose models with the autos. Going to school for animation gave me the leg up with Photoshop and editing, teaching me much more then I thought I would ever use in photography. Moving to Alabama had taught me how to photograph my pets. Doing my own engagement photos taught me how to take portraits and give direction. Having my daughter, opened my eyes to my love of photography. Loosing my mom and grandmother, taught me how much photographs mean. The list goes on and on.

Even now, after many classes, upgrades in equipment,  and years of perfecting my talent I am still learning. Striving to be the best I can be and learning from my own life and mishaps along the way. The saying "Life is like a camera, focus on what's important. Capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't work, take another shot." could not be truer.

If anyone ever tells you they can just pick up a camera and become a photographer, they are very wrong. Photography is much more then buying a camera and clicking a shutter. Being a Photographer is not something you just choose, it is something that chooses you. Yes, I know that sounds super corny, but I stepped away from photography many times in my life. Never thinking that was career path and yet time and time again it found it's way back into my life. And I couldn't be happier. I love being a photographer and I LOVE capturing memories for my clients. 

2019

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) affordable central pa chrissy smith photography Fairfield Photographer gettysburg hanover pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/develop-from-the-negatives---chrissys-story Thu, 30 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Gift Certificates make the best gifts! {Elizabeth Trump} Extended Family Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/gift-certificates-make-the-best-gifts-elizabeth-trump-extended-family-portraits Elizabeth contacted me last year for a Gift Certificate for her parents for Christmas, so I couldn't be happier when they contacted me to schedule their session before Christmas. Elizabeth and her family met me at a beautiful farm where we did their Extended Family Portraits. Even though it was super chilly that day, I love how their photos turned out. We even had a barn cat who wanted to join in and be part of the family as well (you can spot him in one of the shots in the background).

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Extended Family Portraits Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Hanover Pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/gift-certificates-make-the-best-gifts-elizabeth-trump-extended-family-portraits Tue, 28 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Looking for something fun for your kids to do for Valentine's day this year? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/looking-for-something-fun-for-your-kids-to-do-for-valentines-day-this-year Why not book a Valentine session with Chrissy Smith Photography and she will create a one of a kind Valentine just for your child to hand out to their class.

Valentine Sessions are $45 and include a 10 minute session and 20 custom photo Valentines. Just take a look at these valentine's from last year!

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Hanover Pennsylvania photographer Valentine's day cards https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/looking-for-something-fun-for-your-kids-to-do-for-valentines-day-this-year Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT
{Jamie Walker} Extended Family Portraits https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/-jamie-walker-extended-family-portraits I had the honor of capturing Jamie and her families Extended Family Portraits right before Christmas. With all the family together including their adopted fur babies, they did amazing. Just peek below at this beautiful session.

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Extended Family Portraits Fairfield Photographer Gettysburg Hanover Pennsylvania photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/-jamie-walker-extended-family-portraits Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Wedding Photography: How many hours do I need to book my photographer for? https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/wedding-photography-how-many-hours-do-i-need-to-book-my-photographer-for

One of the main questions asked to a client when they contact me for wedding photography is how many hours do they need me for. A lot of the time brides to be are uncertain of this as lets face it, wedding planning is no walk in the park, and if this is the first time, as it is for a lot of you. It can be very overwhelming.  With that in mind I have put together a few tips to help you figure out just how long you may need your wedding photographer for. Obviously some weddings are shorter then others and many different factors can change the length a photographer is needed, but this should help start you out and give you an idea :)

What do you want covered?
First, you need to decide what important details you want covered. Do you want a lot of getting ready shots prior to the ceremony? Do you want first-looks? Do you want us to stay for the entire reception? These details will affect the length of time you will need us there. If you want us to stay until your reception exit, and you want a lot of candid, getting ready shots, you will need full day coverage. If you just want a few getting ready shots, that will knock off some time. If you want us to stay for just the main events in the reception and not until the last guest leaves, then this will also shorten the day. By deciding on a start and/or end time, this is the first step to booking your package.

Ceremony Length
Next, you need to think about the ceremony length. For a Catholic wedding, the ceremonies tend to be longer, so you will need to allot more time for that. If you want us to cover you getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, I suggest 10 hours for Catholic weddings. If you have a shorter ceremony, you won’t need to take out as much time from your schedule.

Location Transfer
Now let’s talk about location. If you have a shorter ceremony and your reception is at the same venue as your ceremony, then you won’t need as much time because you can take out travel time. I would say something like this would be good for six to eight hours, depending on the formal photos.

On that same note, if your reception is at a different venue, you will need to include travel time into your schedule. Also incorporate the amount of time it takes to pack up all of your stuff to take to the reception. If you are going to take photos along the drive to the reception, more time will need to be added for that as well.

Formal Photo Requirements
For formal photos, you have to consider how many people are in your bridal party, and how many people are going to be in your family photos. If you have a small bridal party and a small number of family members having photos done, (and you’re at the same location the whole time), then six hours will suffice. If you have a larger family or bridal party, you will need closer to eight hours.

Special Exit
If you’re doing a special exit from the reception, like a sparkler exit, you’ll need to have full day coverage.

Some weddings can be covered in just four hours. If you’re having a backyard wedding or a courthouse wedding where your reception is short (for example, no dancing, etc.) and maybe just like a sit down dinner at a restaurant, then this could all be covered in four hours time.
 

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(Chrissy Smith Photography) Affordable Central PA Chrissy Smith Photography Fairfield Photographer Hanover Pennsylvania photographer Wedding wedding photographer https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/wedding-photography-how-many-hours-do-i-need-to-book-my-photographer-for Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:00:00 GMT
{Brittany Miller} Theodore is turning One! | 1st Birthday Cake Smash https://www.chrissysmithphotography.com/blog/2020/1/-brittany-miller-theodore-is-turning-one-1st-birthday-cake-smash
Good evening my fellow Photography enthusiasts,

I had the pleasure of capturing some of the most adorable 1st birthday cake smash photos to date. Brittany, Theodore's mom had contacted me on facebook after seeing one of our recent cake smash sessions asking about our own packages. She was a little concerned with some of the restrictions she had and if we would be able to work around them. I obviously was more then happy to hear from her and make things work. Plus we have an amazing cake maker who was able to meet those needs and still make an amazingly perfect cake.

After a slight delay due to cold season, Theodore was trilled to be rid of the sniffles and sneezes so he could dig into his 1st cake. I'd be lying if I didn't say his mom and I were excited too.