Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baby it's cold outside, The Christmas Ball!

It's that time of the year again... The chill in the air, the spirit of giving and best of all the holiday parties! I just love dressing up and socializing with family and friends. Dressing up can mean so many things, from ugly Christmas sweaters, hot cocktail dress to going vintage and embracing your inner Betty. I never discriminate from a good party, I love them all! This year there are two amazing holiday parties that I will be involved in, The Big Band Christmas Ball and The Santa Baby Ball! Both are almost a month away and don't worry I won't leave you out in the cold (pun intended) you're invited too!

More information to come about each event! Stay tuned...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! Vintage Halloween Pin Ups

Happy Halloween! 

I love Halloween for all the creative costumes and the pumpkin spice lattes. I also love how Halloween brings out the child in all of us. Here are some iconic Hollywood stars in there Halloween costumes. Class never goes out of style, even for Halloween.

Hollywood icon Ava Gardner, star of The Killers.

 Betty Grable, the blond boom shell before Marilyn Monroe. She often posed for Pin Up's during the 40's then starred along side Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionare.

Janet Leigh, the star of the horror film Psycho and mother of Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis started in Halloween , this is one horrifying family. 

Another photo of the gorgeous Janet Leigh.  

Here is a fabulous photo of a silent film star.

The sexy Veronica Lake.

A sweet pose of Yvonne De Carlo who stared as Lily Munster on the 60's TV series, The Munsters.


The French film star Etchika Choureau in a beautiful pinup pose.

The beautiful Lillian Wells, famous for the Film Noir film Mr. District Attorney and the film Dead Reckoning.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Let's Celebrate! Boudoir-Denver.com

Today is the beginning. Presenting the new Boudoir-Denver.com Dedicating myself to specializing in just boudoir photography has been a long and sometimes hard battle. I loved being a wedding photographer, I still love the wedding industry and second shoot from time to time but something was missing. When I was first introduced to Boudoir it lit a fire in my heart. I have always loved pin ups like the classics from Gil Elvgren or Vargas; boudoir photography was this hybrid of classy, sensual photography along with a celebration of womanhood.

Now that the official site is up, I’m ready to tell all of Denver about Classy & Elegant Boudoir Photography! But I need your help, and your help deserves to be rewarded! I’m GIVING AWAY ONE FREE PHOTO SESSION! Here’s how to enter…

1.     “Like” Boudoir Denver’s facebook page.
2.      Follow @BoudoirDenver on Twitter.
3.     Leave a comment here on the blog just saying why you love boudoir photography.

I will choose a winner on Monday October 24. Now if that wasn’t enough… I have a second announcement. This year has just flown by so fast! I can’t believe it’s already nearing the holiday season. With out further a due… The First Annual Pin Up Calendar Photo Shoot! Be his Santa Baby this Christmas and give him a pin up calendar that he can enjoy all year round. You will get a one hour session with twelve different looks to complete your calendar. A Vintage Affair has been kind enough to lead some of their fabulous vintage props to make each look unique and fun. Spots are limited … book your session today! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Class Never Goes Out of Style | Denver, CO Boudoir

Back from a fabulous week in NYC. Finally saw my favorite painting, probably the painting that inspired me to be an artist A Starry Night in person. Now to get back to blogging, I have two new boudoir photo shoots to show you! Thank you ladies for allowing me to post your photos. I respect my clients privacy first and foremost and never post any pictures online without permission.

I was really excited (I don't know if that's the right word) to photograph this lovely lady because she is actually a best friend of mine that I've known since before we were women. We met in middle school and although we've grown apart since the days we spent practically every moment together it was such an honor to photograph a friend. It is crazy to think that we started to become woman together, going shopping and doing each others hair, then starting high school together. When I say doing each others hair I more so mean her doing mine, which is funny now that she is a hairstylist and actually did her own hair and makeup for the photo session.

Besides being a dear friend of mine I loved the vintage lingerie she used because it's not just any ordinary lingerie but actually a corset her grandmother made for her honeymoon. How adorable is that?! I love the red and white checkered pattern on it that unique from the typical lace or satin fabrics used. After seeing it I could tell where my friend gets her individual creative personality from. It just goes to show that class never goes out of style.

It was such an honor photographing my friend, I can honestly say she has grown into a beautiful woman both inside and out.

Elle Bea
or LBo which was the nickname she gave me in middle school.

Monday, July 18, 2011

August Photo Shoot Anouncement!

Hello Monday!

Why is it that Monday's always have such a bad reputation? Well this Monday we have some fabulous news, the latest Boudoir Denver hotel photo shoot for August! Mark your calenders for August 25th. AND for this photo shoot I am partnering up with the amazing Samantha of LadyCharm Artistry, she will be providing hair and makeup styling (which is by the way always included in the session price). Every session will last one hour, you will be provided with hair and makeup which is then followed by your photo session, there are three different package options. Space will be limited... there are only so many hours in a day after all. Contact BoudoirDenver@gmail.com for more information and to secure your spot.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Boudoir in Print: Vanity Fair Boudoir Inspired

Hello Ladies!

Hope everyone had a super fabulous fourth. Just thought I would bring you some more boudoir inspired photo sessions that have hit the newsstands. Have you caught the recent August issue of Vanity Fair? Vanity Fair is one of my favorite magazines for inspiration and this month there's even more to love... a boudoiresque photo shoot! Featuring some fabulous ladies like Gwneth Paltrow, Poppy Delevigne and Olivia Inge. Not only are these photographs tastefully done to show their elegance and beauty but also show off some fabulous jewels. Forget the frills and the lace and instead have simple lingerie paired with big costume jewelry. You don't even have to be a millionaire, check out some of these fake "jewels" that still add sparkle to your boudoir photo session. What do you think of this latest hollywood gone boudoir photo session? 

Live Inspired,
Elle Bea

Faceted Collar Necklace - Forever21 ($10.80)
Faux Diamond Encrusted Earrings - Forever21 ($6.50)
Captivating Curb Chain Necklace - Forever21 ($10.80)
Gradual Beaded Earrings- Forever21 ($4.80)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Distractions : MTH Challenge Step 2

NOTE: For those of you who just joined us, I am interrupting the blog for some business owner confessions. We all have dreams, mine is to own a successful boudoir photography business. This is my journey through the Make Things Happen Challenge, I hope you will challenge your self and follow your dreams!
We all have our weaknesses. I have a weakness for cupcakes and ice cream. Foreign Accents. Anything involving French culture. These are all healthy weaknesses, but I also have to admit I have an unhealthy weakness for social media. Hi, my name is Laura and I’m addicted to social media.
I am nothing but grateful for social media. I have gained a lot from facebook and twitter that I am nothing but grateful for. I have reconnected with old friends, networked with other professionals who inspire me and free cupcakes! Social media even brought me Make Things Happen, but social media is also a big fat distraction.
In the challenge for day two it says to list your top ten distractions.
5.My Day Job
6.Brain Junk
7.The food network
Instead of focusing on what really matters to me, being a photographer. I am wasting my time on all these distractions!  Are you guilty of taking one more peak at facebook instead of doing the things that are truly important to you? Not only am I guilty of letting it distracting me from my dreams but also my family. My boyfriend Matt is my family, he is the boy I want to marry and create a family with. He is also the one I’m ignoring when I’m buried in Twitter updates rather than meaningful conversations.
So this weekend I’m cutting the cord. No Twitter, No Facebook for Saturday through Monday. Yep I’m adding an extra day, since it’s the fourth of July. Connecting with people through a computer is wonderful but connecting in person is A MILLION TIMES BETTER! A few months ago I decided to take twitter beyond 140 characters and meet with one Erin, the owner of Theda Bara Vintage Lingerie. It was so empowering to connect with someone face to face! At first I was scared of meeting with “strangers”, afraid I would sounds stupid and they might reject me.  But after facing that fear I was given the best reward, encouragement! Then I did it again with Erica from Colorado Occasions. Meeting with other people that share your interests is so encouraging and it’s great to know you’re not alone. This is one of the main reasons I decided to put all this personal business stuff on my blog… I hope to encourage others to go after their dreams. It doesn’t have to be photography or wedding related, you could have a dream of being a doctor (my boyfriend’s dream), learning something new or being president and it all starts with these small steps from the Make Things Happen Challenge that will lead you to BIGGER, BETTER, GREATER THINGS!!! (Explosion of excitement) BUT we have to turn off the distractions. After reading the challenge post for day two I turned off all the notifications that constantly pop up on my phone through out the day, I unsubscribed to all the sh*it email lists that clog up my email and I am also taking a vow to not only turn off social media this weekend but also every day after 7pm to 7am. It’s time to respect my dreams and myself. As much as I love all my lovely ladies I chat with on twitter every day I would much rather have a glass of wine and talk about our dreams in person.