Black Bodysuit for Boudoir

Still on the simplicity kick here… a black long sleeve body suit. With coloring like snow white… K looks absolutely stunning in this suit. You can find similar ones at Yandy.com, AmericanApparel.com or even Amazon.

Boudoir pro tip: the ones without crotch snaps are better if you can find them.

The dream tutu

When I asked Miss K to come in and test some new ideas for the studio, the wardrobe we picked was your standard ideas. Lots of black. A cheeky t-shirt. Fabulous boots.

But after sifting through her bag, I found a small tulle skirt and thought to pair it with her pretty burgandy bralette. A few shots in, my wheels started turning and I remembered my gorgeous ombre tulle skirt from the mother-daughter shoot.

Presenting arms full of tulle, she giggled and said, “Oh my god! My dream tutu.”

This is what we came up with:

Photography: Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir™

Makeup: Makeup by Adeana

5 "Outfits" in one hour - A simple, but sexy shoot with Lavish Albuquerque and Ms. J.

So many of my clients tell me they have no idea what to wear. This is from a recent shoot with J. After a dozen or more shoots together, we always wonder if we can get something unique. Well, we did. But here’s the coolest thing, we used practically nothing for this and got a huge variety of looks in a one-hour photoshoot.

Outfit #1: White sheets and a lot of skin

Outfit #2: nothing but skin

Outfit #3: a body necklace we have in studio

Outfit #4: a cute little bodysuit you can get pretty much anywhere

Outfit #5: a sexy bikini that she brought

I occasionally browse Amazon because prime means that even procrastinators like me can get last minute lingerie in time for their photoshoot. These items aren’t the finest quality like Agent Provocateur or Honey Birdette, but they’ll photograph beautifully in a pinch. Please note that the default color on the list is not necessarily what I recommend. When in doubt, black or red. Never white stockings. Ever.

See my amazon shopping list here.

Photography by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir™ in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Makeup by Adeana Dillon at Makeup by Adeana

Lighting for Boudoir - New Mexico Studio

When I started photography back in 2006ish, I knew absolutely nothing about light. I knew how to point a camera at a subject, I knew basic posing, and I knew how to make a woman feel comfortable in front of the camera. My studio was called “Photography by Leslie Anne.” My photographs were as generic as my name.

In 2008ish, I attended a workshop with one of the most brilliant wedding photographers in the world. Jerry Ghionis offered a workshop just one state away and I jumped at the opportunity.

The first thing we did was publicly display our portfolio for critique. I was pretty proud of my work. Jerry had other opinions. He basically told me that all of my light was flat and boring. Well, then…

Turns out, he was right. Luckily, the next 3 days were dedicated to seeing light. To understanding the difference in high key, low key, short light, broad light and flat light. We learned to use buildings as reflectors, to tuck models into strange places to get some artistic framing and how to turn a warehouse wedding into a memorable photo op.

I don’t photograph weddings anymore, but I credit his teachings to knowing and understanding light.

This photo was taken in my studio with the same light and the same angle for the model. Each says something entirely different to me and appeals to different viewers.

Which light do you prefer?

Oh, and he’s the one who gave me the idea for the studio name, LAVISH. Huge improvement in the name. He still offers workshops, so if you’re still learning photography as a professional, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Too... This, That, or the Other - Why Imperfect is Beautiful

I hear all the time from clients that they're too old, too fat, too droopy, too thin, too wrinkly, too flabby... too imperfect to be photographed.  It breaks my heart.  This week I had a 60+ woman in my studio who is waifish and tall.  Last week I had a 23 year old who is curvy and petite.  What made each of them sexy is that they put their insecurities aside and trusted me.  Trusted me to show them beauty isn't about a size, a shape, or a feature. It's vulnerability and the confidence to see that imperfections are amazing.  These are some of the things I've heard from clients, who ended up near tears at how much they love their photos.

  • I'm fat.

  • I'm old.

  • I'm too young.

  • I'm too thin.

  • I'm too short-waisted.

  • I'm too long-waisted.

  • My nose is too big.

  • I hate my smile.

  • My hair never looks good.

  • I don't know how to do my makeup.

  • My thighs are too thin.

  • My thighs are too fat.

  • My butt is too flat.

  • My butt is too big.

  • My ankles are so thick. (That one might have been me.)

  • My boobs are too big.

  • My boobs are too small.

  • M boobs are too droopy.

  • My legs are too long.

  • My legs are too short.

  • I wish I worked out more.

  • I wish I'd lost 10 lb.

  • My ears stick out.

  • My teeth are weird.

  • My face is too round.

  • My face is too narrow.

  • I have a double-chin.

  • My arms are too wobbly.

  • I have a huge zit.

  • I have so much cellulite.

  • My stretch marks are so bad.

  • My face is too wrinkly.

  • I hate my freckles.

  • My lips are too thin.

Some of these comments have come from these beautiful women.  Could you ever imagine one of them saying such terrible about themselves?

THE Tutu with K in Our Albuquerque Studio

Adeana and I attended the Association of International Boudoir Photographers (always learning to better serve you!) in Boulder, Colorado recently. We came back recharged and ready to play with a willing model. K was perfect the job. She’s a mom (like most of our clients), but she’s also a classically trained dancer. She is also studying acting, so I actually think I’ll have to have her back in for another shoot and let her take more control. But for now, I wanted it to be quite similar to a shoot I’d have with any other client.

She brought a pretty little tulle skirt of her own, but once I saw it, I knew I had to show her my huge pastel pink tulle skirt. She couldn’t see my grin behind the mountain of tulle I was carrying, but I couldn’t wait to see her reaction.

She just about squealed and said,

“Oh my god! My dream tutu!”

Here are a few shots I wanted to share. If you’re interested in where I got the skirt, shoot me an e-mail. I have a little girls’ version, too.

Makeup and Hair: Adeana Dillon
Photography: Leslie Cersovski
Location: Albuquerque Studio

J's Bridal Boudoir Shoot in Albuquerque

Dear J,

You were one of the most beautiful brides I've photographed. Women like you give me the urge to come out of wedding photography retirement.We met over the phone since you were coming all the way from Midland, Texas. We chatted between flights because we needed to get you booked asap. I remember hanging up and thinking that this was going to be so much fun. Your enthusiasm was obvious, and that's the best kind of photoshoot. We wanted to surprise your groom with a gift that he'd love. We created a photoshoot to be bright and airy. To show off your smile. I knew that we could create photos that showed him just how sexy and confident you are.

Some women worry about fading their tan lines before a boudoir photoshoot, but I think it adds to the allure. What do you think?

I'm so glad you wore your wedding shoes that had so much bling on top and the bottom had the prettiest teal bottoms for your "something blue." This is one of my favorite photos.

Your engagement ring is so beautiful. I'm sure that every time you look at it, you fall in love with B all over again.

Thank you J for trusting me with capturing you as a beautiful bride-to-be. I can't wait to have you and B back next year to celebrate your anniversary.

Sincerely,

Leslie


Photos: Leslie Cersovski Makeup: Edgar Campos Hair: Amanda White

What we retouch, and what we don't

I get a lot of questions about retouching for boudoir.  Especially, "You an make all my cellulite go away, right? Yes, but it's not usually with photoshop.  Here are the steps to ensure your photos display flawless skin:

  1. I instruct my clients to prepare their skin at least a week in advance. Drink lots of what, hydrate with coconut oil and exfoliate a day or two before the photoshoot.
  2. I provide my clients with a lotion that I LOOOOOOVE called Prtty Peaushun. You can buy it on Amazon directly. It diffuses the light without looking greasy.
  3. I light with flat lighting on the potential lumps and bumps. No shadows? No cellulite!
  4. If I get a fabulous pose with less than fabulous flat lighting, then I'll lighten up those unflattering shadows in post production (aka Photoshop)

So what DO I do in photoshop?

I delete bruises, pimples, spider veins, skin tone changes from being hot cold or nervous and stretch marks if I can even see them after the lotion is applied. I look for any wandering makeup that makes the eyes look dark where they shouldn't. I also will smooth out any bulges created by posing. For example below, I should have had her legs resting together slightly differently to avoid that tiny little curve on her leg. My bad. But I'm not going to punish my client for my oversight.  As you can see, I'm not making any changes to her beautiful shape or size, I'm just polishing out the things you would never notice in real life.

Because with a booty this fabulous, who would notice that tiny bruise on her top cheek?

before and after retouching with Lavish Boudoir studio

PS: Next time I WILL NOT put the client right in the middle of a background crease. Even I have duh moments.

Our new dark and moody bedroom studio set!

If you've been to my Albuquerque studio, you know that I love bright and airy. Putting women in all-white room assures that cellulite and wrinkles are never to be seen.  But I do like to get a bit more raw and moody. In the past, I've had to drag out the huge 4x8 black and white v-flats to cut down most of the light. Effective, but I'd rather use my time taking photos of you than setting up the studio for moody photos. When the seamstress next door left a vacancy, I jumped at the chance. I painted it my favorite grey pain from Sherwin Williams. I strung up piles of sheer curtains and transformed a pretty weird and ugly space into the perfect place to capture the photos I longed for.

So now when you come into the studio, we'll capture some gorgeous photos in the skin-illuminating white room that you'll love, then we'll jump next door for some more sensual photos that will drive him wild.

By the way, isn't Miss J's hair incredible? That's natural folks. Her hair is what most people spend $$$$ creating with highlights and extensions.

Photography & Makeup: Leslie Cersovski Studio: Lavish Boudoir Albuquerque Wardrobe: ASOS

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Miss L - Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - 2018

Miss L, We absolutely adored photographing you. Your enthusiasm was contagious. I couldn't have had more fun during a session. You've got a kind of sass without having even a hint of snark.

That strappy red slip you brought in is perfect for boudoir. So perfect, I went and ordered one for the studio. It showed off your curves fabulously.  The cowboy boots and button down gave a sweet playful edge while the white sheets are always timeless. Especially with the bedroom-eyes gaze you have.

Thank you so much for choosing Lavish. I'm so glad you're already telling your friends. If they're as much fun as you, we'd LOVE to have them.

Cheers!

Leslie & the Lavish Team

Photography: Leslie Cersovski Makeup: Edgar Campos Studio: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Miss J - Bunny Mask Boudoir

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Fashion Boudoir Photography in New Mexico

J has been a part of the Lavish family since she hired me nearly 10 years ago. She was 21, and ready to claim her beauty in photographs. I don't photograph a lot of young women. Let's be honest, they look so good in their selfies, they don't need a professional to coach them.

Creating art together as model and photographer

But J has always appreciated the art of boudoir and loves to collaborate. We've done several other shoots together and somehow we always come up with something new.

When J told me she was flying into Albuquerque for an overnight layover, we knew we had to make this happen. So on a Friday evening, we both sipped champagne (I usually don't partake with clients, but this was for fun) and played dress up. She brought piles of beautiful clothing, but sadly we ran out of sunlight. Of course it was one of the 10 rainy days that New Mexico gets in a year.

What to do in Albuquerque on a rainy night.

But I brought out the studio lights, this awesome bunny mask from Yandy, a pair of fishnets and together we created a brand new style.

I must say I looooooove them. What do you think?

Makeup & Photography by Leslie Cersovski

 

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Miss L - 50th Birthday Boudoir - Albuquerque, NM

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L, I love that you came in knowing what you want and we rocked this 50th birthday boudoir photoshoot together.  Your love of Prince was THE best... I always play the same boudoir playlist but for you... Prince on Pandora. We even added a little nod to him with the purple ribbon in your image box.

It's kind of funny how we met. You e-mailed me and said, "You photographed my friend and I want to do this, too!" I checked my archives and I had no record of this friend. So I scheduled a meeting with you thinking that maybe she had a nickname or something. But I knew from your e-mail that we absolutely should meet for a studio tour.

We connected and I knew that I could create AMAZING photos for you. You had all these great ideas and I just knew that we were a good match.

You went ahead and booked me and we started the planning. The Prince shirt, borrowing the beautiful slip from my wardrobe, your slouchy sweater that was so sexy off the shoulder, white sheets and a high-fashion look with the high-waisted panties and push up bra.

Your photoshoot was effortless. You worked it like you've been doing this forever. There was never any awkwardness as you easily took my direction. I love it when that happens!

I loved sharing the reveal with your husband. You were a little bit hard on yourself, but he and I both agreed that you looked PHENOMENALLY sexy.

I didn't get to see your face when you opened the folio box for the first time since we did a hand-off delivery at Sandia, but I will always remember the text you sent afterward.  It absolutely made my week.

Thank you, L, for honoring me with this important celebration. I can't wait to have you and your daughter back for a glamour shoot.

Sincerely,

Leslie

 

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Welcome to Amanda, our new studio assistant/miracle worker!

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Meet Amanda!Amanda White - Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque

 

 

If you're a recent inquiry, you've probably heard Amanda's voice by  now. Amanda and I met at the beginning of the school year at the bus stop. Talk about opposites attracting for this friendship!

Amanda: No fewer than two colors (at least one vibrant) in her hair at any given time

Leslie: Thought it was super bold to dye her hair a natural shade of red


Amanda: Knows where everything is at all times

Leslie: Loses stuff all...the...time (like my camera during sessions)


Amanda: Cooks brilliantly and even makes the delicious chocolate dipped strawberries for my sessions

Leslie: Burns toast


Amanda: Fearlessly extroverted

Leslie: Classic introvert


I'm turning 35 tomorrow and I'm well aware of my strengths and weaknesses. Since leaving Georgia and Adeana, I've really been trying to compensate for my weaknesses with Lavish. It's been a struggle to grow as I'd like and provide the organizational consistency that my clients deserve.

A smart business woman knows when to fill the gaps... so I took a deep breath and asked Amanda if she'd join my team.  She said yes!  ***I sound like I proposed, ha****

It's been a little more than a month and I cannot even express how invaluable she's been to Lavish and to you, the clients. Now you get the best of everything... my wild creative brain and her strategic planning brain.

So please welcome this GORGEOUS and funny and brilliant and wonderfully type-A woman to the Lavish Team.

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Miss D | Body and Soul Transformation

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Body and Soul Transformation | ®Leslie Cersovski | Lavish Boudoir | Albuquerque, New Mexico Miss D - Your body and soul transformation is just so inspiring.

You came to me to celebrate an incredible accomplishment.  You lost a significant amount of weight (scroll to the bottom to see her before photo) and gained poise, a fabulous new wardrobe and the confidence to step in front of a camera as my model.

Your story touched my heart. How you spent your whole life hiding behind your weight.  How you always wondered what it would be like to feel beautiful. You spent decades caring for others and completely neglecting yourself.

You said the doctor told you that your body was not just heavy, but that you might not be around very long to care for those two beautiful boys you love so much. That was your wakeup call. Who would have guessed that the woman who emerged would be so much more than you already you were. You were already kind, you were already giving, you were already smart... they were just eclipsed by your fear of being seen.

Your doctor helped you on the journey and you absolutely nailed it. You were healthy, you were strong, you were ready to conquer the world and you asked me to help capture that in you.

So I asked if we could film you. Your personality is just captivating and I wanted YOU as a representative of everything boudoir is to Lavish. You said yes!

Your makeover with Edgar Campos was stunning and you warmed to the camera so quickly. Red lips and your velvety dark skin were just a dream to shoot.

Thank you...  thank you for taking care of yourself because you are an asset to this world. Thank you for trusting me and asking to be photographed.  Thank you for agreeing to let me share your beautiful story with the world.

You are such a blessing.

Sincerely,

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Photo ®Leslie Cersovski at www.LavishBoudoir.com in Albuquerque, New Mexico

See her BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO HERE.

 

Photography by Leslie Cersovski

Makeup by Edgar Campos

Before her weight loss transformation:

Behind the Scenes of Lavish Boudoir | Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Behind the Scenes of Lavish Boudoir

 

Behind the Scenes of Lavish Boudoir

Miss D agreed to let us film her photoshoot from start to finish to show you just what it's like. Just how easy, fun and fabulous.

Photos to come next week! Stay tuned!

Photography: Leslie Cersovski Video: Kate Herrera Makeup: Edgar Campos

Boudoir at 40 - Miss L- Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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.

Cheers!

Leslie

 

See more photos of fabulous women in their 40s, 50s and 60s

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Getting High & Making Miracles

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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).

 

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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