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

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

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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WCW | Christy Johnson | Albuquerque, NM

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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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Miss S | Bridal Boudoir

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I've been going through my clients' files and came across this gorgeous photoshoot from a couple of years ago. I cannot believe that I haven't posted it already. Miss S came in for a shoot as a groom's gift and whew she rocked it. She listed to my coaching and spanned the emotional range from vulnerable, to flirtatious, to confident, to longing. Thank you, S, for being such an incredible woman to work with! bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Valdosta bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque bridal boudoir portraits | Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque

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Boho Chic Boudor Photoshoot | Albuquerque, NM

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"If you're going to San Francisco... be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."

How to create a boho chic boudoir photoshoot.

Boho chic is all about a look that is natural and ethereal. It's about showcasing a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. They way you might spend a Saturday morning with your lover.

Styling ideas for creating a boho chic boudoir photoshoot:

  1. Incorporate textures... delicate lace, fuzzy blankets, soft natural fabrics
  2. Keep your hair un-fussy. I love some big hair, but this is time for "I woke up like this" waves and a flower tucked behind your ear.
  3. Emphasize those sleepy eyes with long lustrous lashes, but skip the lower liner
  4. Pillows, lots of pillows, and scarfs and blankets create the cozy boho nook.
  5. Light should be bright and natural

 

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Miss D | Glamour Photoshoot | Albuquerque, NM

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I'm a Cali girl by nature, but I love some sexy voluminous big hair glamour photos.

A letter to Ms D:

Ms. D, We've known each other 30ish years and I cannot believe you still let me do your makeup and take your photo. Ever since Christmas eve in the late '90s, we've been playing dress up. You've never needed much makeup to look AMAZING. Remember how everyone would tell you that you looked like the girl from My Girl? It's those crazy long lashes and doe eyes. Guess what... you're even prettier now. You don't need my help to be beautiful, but it sure is fun to play with the beauty God gave you. I love you so much, thank you for modeling for me.

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Sister Beauty Shoot - Lavish Boudoir

"She's my sister.  Break her heart and I'll break your face."  - Unknown Okay, I was going to post a syrupy sweet quote about sisters, but this is a little more accurate.  These are some seriously feisty girls.  Adeana and I like to keep things running smoothly; we have a system that works.  And then you get girls like these.  Ha! Enthusiastic, sarcastic, energetic and a tad wild do not even begin to describe these girls.  They're the type of girl to sign the other up for a reality show without telling her.  I finally had to separate them in order to get more than just laughing expressions.  Each is so beautiful and they love each other like crazy.  What a blessing it is to be a sister and to have one.

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Miss J - Fashion Boudoir

Miss J has done so many shoots with us.  You can see her photos in our marketing materials and at these links (and probably more I couldn't dig up): This is one of my favorite beauty pictures I've ever taken.  Thank you to Makeup by Adeana for such a dramatic look that brought to life exactly what I imagined.

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Thanks to Lindsay Adler's class on Creative Live for the retouching lesson.  It's a whole new level.

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Miss J | Teaser Video

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Miss J is one of our favorite clients.  She's been a faithful friend and client since the beginning in 2010.  Crazy!  This was from our last shoot together before I move out of state.  With Adeana's brilliant collaboration, we created 2 unique looks, 70+ dramatically different photos and this fun little teaser video.

 

Miss J - Now a Mrs! - Lavish Boudoir - Georgia

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I have worked with J several times and her most recent session was the most special by far.  After all, she was about to get married!!!  In preparation, her girlfriends threw a lingerie shower for her and boy did they spoil her.  J scheduled her wedding hair and makeup trial run on the morning of the shoot.  Candi Ganas did an amazing job and J was bridal perfection.  Out with the veil and in with the sparkly accessories.  I've been waiting until after J's new hubby had a chance to check out his album before I could share them with the world.  But they said their I-Dos on Saturday... so here they are.  Congratulations to J & Mr. J! lavish-boudoir-bridal-compositeBridal boudoir on black backgroundseductionwedding nightengagement ring and curvescowboy bootsboots and pantieshourglasshourglass black and whitebridal pearls and bootyteddychaise

Miss C - Boudoir - Savannah, Georgia

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I featured a single image of Miss C a few months ago, but never got around to publishing some extras.  I shot Miss C's wedding (way back when) in Northern Arkansas.  She found me on Google and decided to take a chance on my work.  Wow... the energy and celebration of that wedding was off the charts.  This girl can move.  When I announced that I was offering boudoir, she decided that she had to have her own session.  One problem... she was living in Colorado and I was living in Albuquerque, then Valdosta.  On a vacation to the East Coast, she called up and said... meet me in Savannah!  We worked out the perfect location and got to work planning her session.  These are just a few of our favorites from the session and I am so thrilled that she allowed me to share them here.  Thank you to my favorite little red-head. Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - stockings - Savannah - Georgia -Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - stockings - Savannah - Georgia -Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - stockings - Savannah - Georgia -Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - stockings - Savannah - Georgia -Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - yellow slip - Savannah - Georgia -Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - bridal - white -stockings - Savannah - Georgia -Lavish Boudoir - Vintage - Soft - bridal - white - stockings - Savannah - Georgia -

Miss Courtney* - Lavish Boudoir - Atlanta, Georgia

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Courtney* and I met nearly a year ago at a bridal fair here in Valdosta, Georgia.  She was working with another vendor and our two booths were sort of squashed into the back corner.  We ended up spending as much time chatting with each other as with brides.  On my next trip to Atlanta, we did a shoot in her home with two different looks by the fabulously talented Latonya Beckum.  Courtney* was so easy to work with... I mean, she's gorgeous, right?  But it was her confidence and spunk that made the shoot so wonderful.  Thanks for letting me share, Courtney*.

 *name changed to protect the sexy