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Boudoir at 40 – Miss L- Albuquerque, New Mexico

LH-Lavish-Boudoir-002.jpgL, you are one of the coolest women I’ve encountered. You rolled up to your consult in this bad-ass Jeep. Not the kind for cruising around town to look cute, but the kind that may or may not have rolled over a few times. And here you were booking boudoir at 40 (something) and I knew you were going to rock it.

You opened up about how you’ve found this great place in your life. How you’re busy with travel, helping take care of your grandbaby and working on all the behind-the-scenes work for you and Hubby’s business.

You’ve been working out and absolutely killing it in the gym. You’ve got this beautiful new home that you love to decorate with art that means something to you. When you gave me the tour of your pieces, the enthusiasm you have just radiates. You told me you were finally ready. That this was your time to just go for it and celebrate this time in your life.

You went all out with our deluxe shoot, and I’m so glad you did. I don’t know how we could have narrowed down your outfits further. Everything from the tank and jeans to the beautiful bra and undies set brought out a different side to you. Even the football and rolled up jersey was awesome.

The photoshoot was effortless for me (even if it wasn’t for your lower back) and we rolled through nearly 100 fabulous photos. Scrolling through, I could hardly wait to show you.

You brought Hubby to your reveal and I’m not sure which of the 3 of us loved your photos more. It just makes my heart sore to see how much he loves you and thinks of you as this goddess. Now you have the photos to prove it.

I hope you love the album and wall art for many many years. I hope that when you glance at your metal photos that hang over your bed, you feel sexy and beautiful and loved.

Thank you so much for picking me. I cannot tell you how excited I am to know you and I am sooooo looking forward to our future projects together.




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Getting High & Making Miracles

Okay… I confess that was a little bit click-bait-y. But it’s true.

I’m not into drugs, I’ve never even smoked weed. It was just never my thing. I’d rather get high off of  a heart-pounding workout, a giggling fit with my friend Jen, or a “Leslie” cocktail at a nice restaurant (recipe here).

I believe in making your own miracles happen, simply by allowing them.

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But I do get a major endorphin high when I have a great workout after a good night’s sleep. Yes, working out makes me healthier. Yes, it keeps those Leslie cocktails from expanding my waistline. Yes, it’s a bit of me-time. But mostly…

It makes me feel like anything is possible and the universe delivers.

Whether you call it the Universe, God, Source or the Cosmic Waitress, there’s something about dripping with sweat that makes me feel connected.

In fact, that old adage “Be careful what you wish for,” is so true that I’ve often instantly brought things into my life that I didn’t exactly mean to. For example, a while back, I was huffing and puffing on the stair mill and thought, “You know what? I need a break. I’m feeling overwhelmed.” Before I even got back to the locker room, my phone pinged with an email with the subject line, “I need to cancel my photoshoot.”

NO! That’s not what I meant! Fortunately, I re-booked shortly thereafter.

I only share this because I think that as a mom, we feel like the miracles must be happening elsewhere. That they belong to “someone else.”

Make your miracles, Momma.

Get to that place that makes you feel amazeballs and open yourself up to the wonderful things God-Universe-Source-Angels-Cosmic-Waitress have lined up for you.

Some of my favorite ways, if you’re not into climbing floor after floor of stairs.

– prayer or meditation
no need to make specific requests. Just sit quietly and listen to your breathing and silently tell whoever is listening that you are ready for more miracles.

– tapping (EFT)
I love Brad Yates because he’s done the hard work for me. I just follow along with him on YouTube. If you ever see me tapping on my forehead while I’m driving, this is why.

– dance party
Crank up the kind of music that speaks to your soul and get moving. Great to do when you have kids around.

– a quiet walk at sunrise or sunset
Let Dad handle bath-time or breakfast and get outside for a leisurely 5-10 minute walk. The world will go on without you for that time.

Look for the miracles that start showing up, because they will.

Whether it’s finding a penny in the street (my boys’ favorite), getting a lead for a job you’ve been wanting, the perfect buyer for your home, or even getting your kids to bed on time without a fuss (hallelujah!!!).

Say thank you for every miracle great and small, and you’ll be showered with more.




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Feeling better and looking better than I have in a loooong time.

You know when you have an event coming up (possibly a boudoir photoshoot) and you’re like, “MUST LOSE 5 POUNDS NOW!”

I was invited to my college roommate’s wedding in San Diego. Ever been to the land of the skinny before? Know what it’s like to compare your post-baby bod to their marathon-running-haven’t-yet-grown-a-human physique?

Isn’t the bride freaking gorgeous!?

I’m on the far right with my arm pressed against my body, and I KNOW BETTER THAN TO DO THAT.

So I needed something quick and painless. You know what isn’t painless?

  • counting calories
  • counting points
  • low-fat/low-carb/low-taste
  • vegan or paleo
  • keto or whatever that one is
  • cleanses
  • glycemic indexes

It’s all stressful and you know what stress does? It makes you fat.

I decided to keep it simple… I made a choice not to eat any added sugars. No refined sugar, no honey, no syrups, no fake splenda.

Guess what happens when you do that? You cut out all the crap without having to do any calculations or extra work.

Within 3 days, I fit into my pants more comfortably, had more energy, slept better and grumped less and I still ate: chips and salsa, cheese on crackers, fruit, bread from Panera.  I replaced my energy drinks with lemon flavored sparkling water (a bit of an acquired taste).


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Jessica & Jacey – Mother & Daughter’s Day Out Photoshoot

I met Jessica months ago at Femfessionals’ Fems’ Night Out. She was frantically trying to get the crew to assemble the pipe and drape before the doors opened, but she did everything with a smile. She came by my booth, browsed my work, said hello and dashed off to get something else in line.  As the event was wrapping up, her little girl Jacey was loving the freedom to play in the open ballroom. From that night, I had the idea that they would be perfect for a mother-daughter photoshoot.

In March, Kate of Tyler Brooke Photography and I sat down at Starbucks to work out our collaboration. I envisioned a flowing tulle skirt for mom, a giggling little girl in a pretty dress and photos that will last in their family for generations. She has the kid-whispering skills to take care of a little girl while I can bring out the best in Mom.

We knew that Jessica & Jacey would be perfect. Looking at the back of the camera, I was nearly in tears because this was exactly what I envisioned all those months ago.

It was such a joy to show each of these ladies just how special they are.

Hair & Makeup: Leslie Cersovski
Photography by: Kate & Leslie

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WCW | Christy Johnson | Albuquerque, NM

boudoir makeup artist Albuquerque, NM | Lavish BoudoirMeet Christy Johnson – owner and principal artist of C. Johnson Makeup

Christy is an amazingly talented makeup artist for boudoir photos with Lavish Boudoir in our Albuquerque studio. It’s been a pleasure to work with her and I cannot rave enough about her talent and professionalism. Trust me, it’s a rare find. Oh, and shes’ freaking gorgeous. What a dream to photograph!

Tell me about your business! What makes yours unique, what inspires you, what keeps that passion in you alive?

We provide hair and makeup services for special events, primarily weddings, as well as for photography. Occasionally, we are asked to work commercially as well, meaning for magazine, television, or other publications. This means that we are usually working on  weddings during the weekends, and providing hair and makeup services for headshots, maternity photos, family photos, etc… during the week. The variety keeps us engaged and passionate; we absolutely love meeting new people in new places. My job is never dull!


Would you do it all again? What have you learned along the way?


I would absolutely do it again! I love what I do, and I love meeting new people. It’s so fun to talk about people about why they’re getting ready and what they’re getting ready for, especially weddings! It’s so fun to hear about the engagement and the fiance and the whole process of planning the wedding. We’re so honored to be a part of it and it’s just so fun for us to hear all about it. Along the way, I have learned so much about the ins and outs of running a business and providing the best possible service to all of my clients. Of course we always learn about new techniques and new product and we strive to keep learning  and getting more skilled all the time!

boudoir makeup artist Albuquerque, NM | Lavish BoudoirYou’re a young woman, what advantages or disadvantages does that give you in business?


The biggest advantage is that I can relate to my clients! I understand what it’s like to want to look your best and I know that sometimes that can be a struggle. Because of  Because of my perspective I believe it gives me the opportunity to relate to my clients and really meet them where they’re at and make sure that they get the best possible service and the best possible outcome that they can.


How do you try to maintain a balance between building or maintaining your business and having a love life?


Honestly, it’s really difficult. My business can be all-consuming sometimes, especially when we’re talking about working with brides and weddings that are rapidly approaching. Between spring and fall we’re pretty much non-stop working on weddings every single weekend and when we’re not actually at the wedding or physically with clients we’re working on schedules and contract or taking phone calls. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve had to cancel important plans or reschedule my love life in order to accommodate my clients. I’m just thankful that I have a very understanding boyfriend.

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Are you able to carve time for yourself to keep from burning out?


At a certain point you just have to schedule yourself with days off and really stick to that schedule. It can be very difficult especially when someone tries to make an appointment last minute. I really want to be able to accommodate everybody all the time however, to keep my relationship going strong and to keep myself from burning out I really have to set a serious goal to take time off and stick to it.


If you had twenty-four hours and a teleportation machine to yourself (no family, boyfriend or work), what would you do? Where would you go?


I would absolutely go sit on the beach in Bali. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit and it just looks completely peaceful and relaxing!

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You are a business woman who happens to be in a creative field. What do you do to balance the desire to express yourself artistically, while maintaining a thriving business?

I like to participate in styled shoots with other creatives. This allows me to express my creativity while creating some amazing, gorgeous images! But when it comes to the client I really listen to them and do what I’m asked. My goal is to provide them with all that they are hoping for.


If you had $100,000 to spend on your business (no vacations, no new houses, etc), what would you do with it?

I would train an army of hair and makeup stylist to take over the world! Hahaha

What part of your business is most rewarding?

I really love working with women who struggle with their confidence and helping them to see just exactly how beautiful they truly are. There’s nothing more rewarding to me than to see somebody’s eyes light up the first time they look at themselves in the mirror after I’ve done their hair and makeup.

You work with a lot of engaged couples and brides, what have you learned about relationships this way?

I always say there’s a shoe for every foot. And I truly believe that after meeting all of our amazing couples! Sometimes, I get to see two people who I couldn’t imagine just being more perfect for each other.boudoir makeup artist Albuquerque, NM | Lavish Boudoir

I know you’ve got a special someone in your life these days. How does being in a relatively new relationship affect your business?

I would definitely say that the business affect the relationship more than being in a relationship affects the business. Keith has really great about understanding my chaotic schedule and waiting patiently at dinner when I have to take a call from a client. I try really hard not to inconvenience him or make him feel unappreciated, but a lot of times my clients do come first especially when we’re on a close deadline for their wedding.

We are all dying to know your best advice for busy moms and entrepreneurs. What are some tips to making yourself look amazing in a short amount of time?

I always recommend that on a day-to-day basis women do what feels most comfortable and makes them feel most confident. For me that means wearing my hair down. If I don’t have time to fully do my makeup I will put in the extra 5 to 10 minutes to make my hair look great. Or vice versa, whatever it is that makes you feel really wonderful, focus on that and don’t sweat the rest of it.

What are your top 3 makeup products right now?

That’s an impossible question. It’s like asking me to choose between my babies! Haha


Christy and her team are beyond amazing. I cannot recommend her enough for your wedding, family portraits, or even just a night out… but plan ahead because her business is booming and I couldn’t be more excited for her. CLICK HERE to see her makeup page






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