Velvet & Suede Boudoir
by Karen Rainier
A modern boudoir experience for The badass woman who wants to rediscover her magic
that's what she said...
"Karen killed it, seriously. I was nervous but she made me feel so comfortable... Body image is not my strong suit but she made all my dreams come true with these photos!!!" - Brittany
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The Power of Boudoir
hey you...You are good enough.
When is the last time you did something for you? As women we are bombarded with messages daily that tell us we aren't good enough, and often, without even realizing it, we start to believe it. Add to that daily responsibilities and stress of work, kids, and life in general- raise your hand if you often feel feel burned out, stressed or maybe just forgotten in the shuffle. Well, let's fix that.
spread some self love
Think about the things you say to yourself when you look in the mirror- would you say those same things to your best friend? If not, why are you saying them to yourself? Boudoir is a unique opportunity to love and celebrate yourself. Let's use our time together upgrade your inner dialogue to nothing but love and positivity!
Feel like a badass
Let me guess- you have never done this before, you have no idea how to pose, you're nervous. Accurate? That's totally normal, and don't worry, I got you! I am here to make this a fun, comfortable experience. We will laugh, we will hang out, and I will guide you through step by step and make you look and feel like a rockstar. You may come in feeling nervous but I guarantee you will leave with more confidence than you knew you had. My goal for our time together is to help you remember (or discover) everything that is awesome about you. I want you to feel like the confident, sexy, beautiful BADASS that you are.
This is for you.
This experience is for everybody. And I mean that. It is for EVERY body. Let's celebrate what you look like right now. YOU ARE GORGEOUS. Let our session together give you fresh eyes to see that. This will be a fun, transformative experience that will help you see yourself the way everyone else does. How do I know? Because I felt that transformation myself (see that pic right there? That is ME in those fishnets, with a newfound confidence and sense of self). Yep, I have had this experience first hand, and I know how powerful it is. It is the ultimate act of self-love and self-care, and you will not regret it. Let's make some magic.
"She made me laugh the whole time feeling like it was just two girlfriends hanging out. She made me feel proud to be in the skin I am in, and I now have zero shame in who I am or the body I have. Karen made it so easy to love myself again."- Casey
After you contact me, I will be in touch asap with available dates and you will get access to prices, packages and product info (although you are not obligated to purchase anything, and you won't need to decide until after you see your images.) A signed contract + retainer fee secures your date. Once you book, I will send you all the info you need to help you prepare for your session
Next you will fill out a questionnaire so that I can tailor a personalized experience for you and we touch base about your vision for your session. If you have a plan already, let's go for it! But I am here if you want guidance: I can go over outfit options and help you express your vibe and flatter your body type. I can also give you tips on where to shop. You also have access to my client closet if you want to wear one of our pieces!
Pro makeup is included with every session! Sip wine while you relax and let an amazing makeup artist work their magic. Come with a makeup look in mind for them to execute, or let them create a custom look for you. (Need hair help? Add professional hair styling for an additional fee)
I will guide you step by step to pose! It will be fun, I guarantee it. And you will be surprised how quickly you will feel comfortable. I use light, angles and posing to create images that highlight your favorite parts and flatter your body. You can go as wild or as chill as you want to during your session- it is up to you how much you want covered, and I will always respect your preferences.
Viewing & ordering
After your session, go grab some coffee and meet me back at the studio in an hour to see your photos!! Yep, you read that right. I will get to work right away editing your images so that you can view them when you return that very same day, and I will walk you through all of the options for ordering products and packages. At this time, you also can sign a release if you don't mind your images being shared with future clients, otherwise your images are always private.
want more info? let's do it.
This sounds amazing but how much is it?
If you want the cheapest, this is not it. If you want a personal, transformative self-love experience that will leave you feeling sexy and confident, you found it. The session booking fee ranges from $195 to $395 depending on the length of the session you choose. Average client investment in digitals, prints, albums and products is $595-$1495, but we have a la carte options starting at $50 and there is no obligation to invest in products after the session.
where and when do you shoot sessions?
I pre-schedule and advertise specific boudoir session dates. Sessions take place on weekdays, and makeup and prep begins at 10 am. Most sessions are shot in my home studio, however I can also shoot in your home or at another location of your choosing (we can even shoot outside if you want!) A travel fee may apply for alternate locations. I also hold marathon events about 3 times a year. These are very popular and sell out quick. Sign up to subscribe to the newsletter HERE to be the first to know the details!
Everyone in these photos looks so chill, how? I am super nervous!
The bottom line is, I know this is most likely a new experience. I know you are stepping out of your comfort zone. I got you. Before the session, I will get to know your vision, your preferences, your fears. I will use that info to guide you step by step in styling and posing. I promise you will be surprised how quickly you feel comfortable, and we will laugh the whole session (in between sultry posing haha). PS- join our fun private facebook community to say hello to us, get insider info from past clients, and stalk the most recent sessions :)
I am curvy, is this just for skinny chicks??
Umm what?? Heck no this is for EVERY body. Don't you dare let the thought cross your mind that you are too [insert negative self-talk adjective here] for boudoir. Don't tell yourself you will do it after you [insert negative crap about fixing your "flaws" here]. In fact, if you are feeling insecure for any reason, that is all the more reason that I encourage you to do this as you are RIGHT NOW. Celebrate yourself as you are. I can't wait to see you view your final images, and CRUSH those insecurities into the ground.
exactly How naked do I need to get?
You can go as tame or as wild as you want. It's up to you how much you want covered (or uncovered). You may start out with no intention of taking things off, but then get comfortable and decide to go a step further-and I will always respect your preferences. We can also do"implied nudity" where we make things steamy but keep it more reserved by using angles and shadows. It is totally up to you, and you will never be pressured.
When will I Get to see My Photos?
ONE HOUR after your session. Yep, you read that right. I will get to work right away editing your images so that you can go grab lunch or a coffee, and come back and view them that very same day. When you come back, I will walk you through all of the options for ordering products and packages. There is no obligation to purchase anything (but I have never had someone leave empty handed because once you see your badass self in these photos, you will want alllll the things!)
Can I keep my photos private?
Absolutely. All photo galleries are private and password protected. However, if you love them and want me to share them with future clients, I would LOVE to do so. After you view the images, I will give you the option to an sign a release to allow your images to be shared with future clients. There is no obligation or pressure to do so, though. And if you don't want them shared, they will always remain private.
CAN YOU PHOTOSHOP MY BUTT TO LOOK LIKE KIM KARDASHIAN'S?
Yes and no. Yes, I use flattering posing, careful use of angles and meticulous editing to help you look like the best version of yourself. That said, I value self-love, body positivity and authenticity, and you should too (especially if you hired me)! That means if your butt doesn't already look like Kim K's, it probably won't look like it in your edited photos, either, but that is ok, because I am quite certain your butt is amazing already lol! In all seriousness though: I don't typically do extensive editing to change things that make you you because I like you the way you are. Things like color correction and small blemish removal are included, but things like digitally altering your body shape are not. However if it is something you desperately want, it can usually be done but there is a per-image flat rate fee associated with those types of extensive edits.
Can I bring a friend or my significant other with me?
No, but I promise it is for good reason. This experience works best when you and I make a connection. Believe it or not, having someone else in the room, even if it is someone you love, can be a huge distraction and can get us off track. The only input and opinions that matter to me are yours, and the easiest way to build your trust is to have a chance to chat and connect during your session. I get that it can be a little scary to come into this experience blind, which is why I make sure to chat with you long before your session. The number one thing my clients say about me is that I feel like a friend. This is so important to me because I want you to feel 100% comfortable, and I want you to know I am truly invested in making this an amazingly positive experience! *****However, I do offer a "Double Your Pleasure" discount where you and a friend book one 85 minute session on the same date and split the time evenly. It is a good way to have a fun girls day with a friend while also getting a deal on your session fee :) Contact me for more info about this promotion!
so...is this experience for me?
I take a limited number of sessions per month in order to ensure that I can connect with each person, and provide the same personalized experience to each and every client. That said, you may love my photos, but my shooting style is not for everyone.
Here are some things that I have been known to ask of my clients in order to get that "perfect shot":
Trust me. I promise I have a plan. Sometimes you are going to think I am crazy, and the pose will feel super awkward, but I promise you will be blown away by the results.
Be kind. Be Bold. Be Yourself. Don't be afraid to show your personality or be a little extra for photos (translation: go big or go home with your outfit choices haha)
Let me use the good light. I can shoot anywhere, in any light, but if you want the most flattering photos, understand that only happens at certain times of day with great light (either in the studio or a pre-approved location). Let's take advantage of that amazing light and make some magic!
Don't be afraid to be a little silly or get a little crazy. Don't take yourself or this experience too seriously- it will be fun if you let it be, I promise.
Value artistry and creativity. I need a little artistic freedom to make that magic happen :)