Miss A | 40th Birthday Glamour | Albuquerque, NM

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Her 40th birthday present to celebrate in the most glamorous way!

Oh Miss A, your smile lights up the world. We met last year at the Ronald McDonald House's Girls' Night Out. You and your besties were so dynamic. I kept my fingers crossed that you'd book a 40th birthday present to yourself because I knew that your mega-watt smile would be so photogenic.

She's a mom, an entrepreneur, a wife, a philanthropist, and all-around amazing woman. Take a peek at her beautiful photos and you'll be captivated by that twinkle in her eyes. 40 looks damn good on you!

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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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My mother-daughter Glamour Shot!

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My 90s Glamour Shot with Mom

If you're a child of the 80s or 90s, then chances are you've sat in a mall, had piles of makeup applied, your hair sprayed to unnatural heights and then posed with a sequin jacket. That pretty much sums up my 90s glamour shot with mom.

My mom and I had these photos taken in 1993 and even though they're clearly dated (hello sailor collars), we both love them because we remember the day together.

We laughed, she felt pretty, I felt special and then with our overly-rouged cheeks pressed together, we posed for a photo that we still love more than two decades later.

I've got something up my sleeve for you and you should check it out by clicking here.

In the meantime, enjoy this flashback to mall bangs.

Cheers!

Leslie

PS: Mom, you're so gorgeous.  Thank you for taking the photo with me in the first place and taking the photo of it for this. I love you.

Miss A | Maternity Boudoir

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Miss A is one of the most radiant pregnant mamas. She's a trainer, so it's not a surprise that she stayed super fit. In fact, we had to push her belly to its fullest even though she was pregnant with TWINS! Yup, that tiny belly is 30 weeks along with twins and this isn't her first pregnancy. Don't we all wish we could be so radiant? I wanted something that celebrates her unique and vibrant personality. She brought in some fantastic wardrobe options, and of course I had to photograph her on the bed set, inspired by Christina Aguilera's pregnancy photos.

Makeup: Makeup by Adeana Hair: God-given gorgeousness Photography: Leslie Cersovski

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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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How to wear a man's button-down shirt for boudoir

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How to Wear a Man's Button-Down Shirt for Boudoir

Well, you don't.  We've all seen the movies where the adorable girl wakes up, pulls on her man's button-down shirt and looks even more adorable as she sips her coffee on the sofa while flirting adorably with him. So you're thinking why not wear my man's button-down shirt for boudoir.

Chances are, you aren't the same exact size as your husband and I'm 99% sure you've got more curves. Maybe you're curvy and he's that guy who can eat an entire pizza in one sitting and never gain an ounce.  Maybe he's taller and broader than you. Either way, his shirt is unlikely to be flattering.

 

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How to wear his shirt without looking like him:

  1. Buy a man's shirt in your size. It will look like you raided his closet, but it won't dwarf you.  If you're petite, look at the juniors section. Miss K is wearing a junior's large white shirt that I picked up on sale at Macy's.
  2. Bring your own button down shirt. It will nip in at the waist to highlight your hourglass figure, but still give the same look.
  3. Pose so that you're barely wearing the shirt. Do NOT button it up all the way.

Styling Tips:

  1. Add a wrap belt to show off your waist
  2. Make sure that it as been ironed or steamed but not starched
  3. Pick a color that suits your skin tone. Pale and more sheer materials look great for back-lighting and dark colors have an edge.
  4. Pair it with super-feminine skivvies for contrast.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  1. Don't bring a shirt he is extremely attached to. You don't want stray makeup on his favorite Hugo Boss shirt.
  2. If you want to keep this a secret, bring your own shirt. The man who never pays attention will probably suddenly be offering to take clothes to the cleaner's.
  3. Creases from the wrapping. Get it steamed or toss it in the dryer with a damp rag before you come to your shoot.

 

 

 

 

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Cedar McCrary | CedarFit | Albuquerque, NM

I'm back this month with our next "Woman Crush Wednesday" feature and this one is awesome.  Meet Cedar of CedarFit gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's an entrepreneur, adventurer, romantic and all-around awesome woman. Our paths crossed a few times, but the first that really stands out to me was the Hautepreneurs Ball last February. She and her husband were seated at the same table as my husband and I. They came rushing in at the last minute. Like every other working mom, she says off-hand that she was worn out that day. Turns out it wasn't from working, or cleaning or caring for her household... it was because she had been out in the snow all day. Cedar is a horse-lover, skier of blizzarding mountains, wife, mom to two adolescents and kick-ass entrepreneur with a top-of-the-line gym in NorthEast Albuquerque.  Read her interview and I'm certain you'll be as enamored as I am, especially when you get to the very end. I need to get a wall decal with her wise quote.

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

Life is always changing and struggles are every where. My favorite saying is "it never is what it never was.." constantly adapt and learn to be flexible! My passion is health and wellness. That's a daily struggle for all of us and I've learned to be realistic about my experiences and apply that to my daily coaching!

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

If I knew then what I knew now I probably would not do it again. The struggle for the 1st 4-5 years was significant and came at an extreme cost for our family.  If my husband had not been a business owner for 20+ years I am not sure our marriage would have survived.

You’re a mom. Tell me about your family.

We've been married 21.5 years with a 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter. We camp with our  horses in the summer & ski together almost every weekend that there is not a track meet. Our focus on children is to teach them how to think outside the norm and to not need to be entertained by phones & electronic input. Time will tell if we have accomplished this task. :)

How do you try to maintain a balance between building or maintaining your business and raising your children?

My business is essentially my 3rd child... scheduling time away with just my husband is critical. At some point the kids will be grown and fostering/ growing my marriage is of utmost priority!

Are you able to carve time for your husband and yourself to just be a couple and keep the spark going?

Yes. We have a weekend away quarterly if not every month. That relationship is the core of everything and must be preserved:)

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

To sleep;) Ok. To the future to see what investments we should make for our families long term security.

March is a month of falling off the wagon. We start the new year with enthusiasm, lofty goals and usually a brand new fitness goal. What can we do this month to keep the momentum going?

Mindset coaching. It's all a head game... we all know what to eat and what not to eat. The real question becomes why we choose to "cheat" on ourselves with the crummy food choices we keep making! CedarFIT has incorporated regular (2-3x per month) Month Mindset Coaching for this exact purpose. Change your mind to change your body!!

Cedarfit really seems to emphasize the lifestyle change, and you’re living proof of it. What did you learn from your experience, about making changes that stick?

You are the only thing you can really control in this life. We spend some much time & effort on other tings and it's time to make yourself a priority!

Lifestyle change is just like saving money for your future. Every penny you put in the savings account counts toward your goal:)

You have an upcoming program that helps women (and men) create the changes they need to see in their health, their bodies and ultimately their lives. Tell me about this.

We don't just offer a workout program. Mindset, nutrition & goal setting is almost as important as the daily exercise! We offer all of those things as part of our regular programming!

If you could share one bit of advice to working moms, what would it be?

"Clean enough to be sanitary and dirty enough to be sane;)". (Advice from my husbands grandmother when I was a new mom).

 

Thank you Cedar for your honesty, your wisdom and humor. It's always a pleasure working with you.

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Welcome Tyler Brooke Photography!

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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, KATE!

An amazing thing has happened in our studio. Being a low-volume boudoir studio (only 4-6 VIP shoots per month), the space gets a bit underutilized. What better way to make the most of my charming little studio in Nob Hill than to bring on another photographer. The best news, I'd rather retire than be a family photography studio, and she feels the same way about boudoir. But we both get requests outside of our genre.

Opening up my studio to another photographer might have been something to stress about. It's sort of like leaving your kid with a babysitter for the first time. But Kate is not only brilliantly talented and sweet as can be, I know she has the same set of ideals for her clients as Lavish and will take very good care of my baby.

If you love my light and airy style boudoir photography, you'll swoon over her ethereal family portraits.

M E E T  K A T E

“It is my goal to capture the present and preserve memories for the future…timeless keepsakes for your children and grandchildren to enjoy decades from today.” Kate, Owner of Tyler Brooke Photography

Kate lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and spends her days raising two beautiful little women. She works in her natural light photography studio located in Albuquerque for newbornbaby and maternity sessions and enjoys photographing family portrait sessions on-location during the warmer months.

Visit her beautiful site here: http://www.tylerbrooke.com/ or leave some welcoming words below.

 

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So please give a warm welcome to Kate and her fabulous photography.

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WCW - Meghan Cross

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Bookkeeper for Small Businesses in Albuquerque - Beekeeper - Mom - Woman

Today is my first feature profile on an amazing woman entrepreneur. You may be wondering what this has to do with boudoir. Well, it doesn't. But it is about empowering women, teaching women and giving you a glimpse into the perspectives of these fabulous business owners.  Each month on Woman Crush Wednesday, I'll continue to feature a woman who is killing it at life.

So without further adieu, I introduce you to the lively, passionate and brilliant, Meghan Cross of Freeform Finances & MJ Honey Enterprises.

Pulling your hair out over tax season? Contact her directly: meghan@freeformfinances.com

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

 

We have a few family businesses, however mine is Freeform Finances, offering bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses.  My niche is to work with each client’s communication and timing styles, going with their flows, while providing guidelines to help keep everyone on track.

 

I thoroughly enjoy helping to make my clients’ lives a little easier.  Organizing and tracking the finances comes easy to some, however most would rather spend their time and energy doing what they do best. I love numbers; they center me.  The rest of my life is not so organized, so my job is what keeps me grounded.

 

My husband and I also own and operate, MJ Honey Enterprises.  We are local beekeepers who sell raw, unfiltered and delicious honey by zip code!  And he owns Abraxas Electric, which I also help support by doing the accounting and some administrative work.

 

 

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

 

I would. I believe everything in life provides us with moment-by-moment experiences to unfold our ongoing perfection. If my life were different, I wouldn’t have this awesome soup of my personal existence, that keeps getting better with each spice and variation along the way.

 

You’re a mom. Tell me about your family.

 

I am a mom to two amazing boys, ages 3 and 5.  They are part of the reason that I have come to be so passionate about life, partly out of survival and partly out of inspiration!

 

How do you try to maintain a balance between building or maintaining your business and raising your children?

 

I stay home with the boys part of the week, and feel really blessed to be able to tailor my work to their schedules and needs.  Most days when I’m home with them, I try to do very little if any work at all.  Other than that, I oftentimes work at 4am, occasionally at 1am, and most of all, don’t have a TV.  Probably like most readers here, rarely stop.

 

Are you able to carve time for your husband and yourself to just be a couple and keep the spark going?

 

I am so grateful that my mom lives here, and my mother-in-law visits every 6 weeks or so.  We have every-other week breaks for a night or two.  In the past couple of years, we have made an intention to go out, get a beer and just play.  Oftentimes we also work, but definitely take some downtime with each other.

 

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

 

A couple of years ago, I would have had some fabulous ideas.  But now, I really get a perfect blend of me-time.  I go to the gym a few times a week after dropping the boys at preschool, and we spend so much time outside with our garden and chickens; I feel at peace with things as they are. Now, if you hear me scream outside when I’m going nuts on certain days, then perhaps, you can ask me this question again!

 

 

You are an accountant, and I’ll get to that in a moment. But you believe in self-love and have incredible optimism and kindness. What inspires that?

 

For over thirty years, I spent life in a sort of low-grade anxiety and pretty much felt like my life was not worth anything beyond trying to please other people.  Through spiritual and personal explorations, and tuning into the suffering in others, I have experienced huge transformations in past few years.  Although always challenging, my life feels easy, in the flow and seated in gratitude.  Everyday, we can focus on the difficulty of our lives.  Or, we can be always perched at the beginning of opportunity.  And if I can be a light of peace and ease for others throughout my day, I have lived another 24 hours to the fullest.

 

Do you think that women who work or run businesses treat themselves the way they need to be?

 

As our generations continue to be leaders and business owners in industry outside (or frankly, inside) the home, we mature in amazing ways.  And I think many women are couched in extremes, of either being rough, or being passive-aggressive.  We are nurturers, and we like to please others, however we do not want to be taken as sensitive or weak.  Just like in a marriage, I think that if we state our needs, very clearly, briefly and with kindness, and we follow-through on our intentions without letting emotions derail us, we can be super-effective at what we do.  We are beautiful, amazing women, and do not need to be men.  There are enough, wonderful men in this world.  We offer a different kind of emotional insight and organizational approach, which, if harnessed with firm-yet-kind power, can keep companies grounded and our own lives and minds balanced.

 

 

We’ve chatted a bit about living a life of abundance and how that’s not something to bring on guilt. How do you define an abundant life and make strides towards your goals?

 

It took me until later in life, about the same time as self-love started to kick in, when I could peacefully accept a gift from someone, or charge a client what I or anyone else is worth.  We don’t serve anyone when we play small, believing that the world’s resources are limited and we should be martyrs in this life.  I believe the more that we truly enjoy the friends, family, home, money, whatever that we receive in this life, more will show up for us.  And through that receiving, giving becomes so fluid.  It’s like your life becomes one opportunity after another for giving, but not necessarily what you seek out.  Opportunities will present themselves and if our eyes are open, we can give of ourselves and this world’s resources, without a second thought.

 

Abundance, I believe, it being a joyful conduit of the ebb and flow of everything that we as a community need.

 

We’re approaching the deadline for taxes. Many women have already filed and if they weren’t outsourcing, they are probably wishing they had better systems in place. What do you recommend doing on a regular basis to make things easier at tax time?

 

For someone who has a computerized system in place (e.g., QuickBooks or Excel), sitting down maybe once a month or once a quarter.  Clear your space, put some flowers or something pleasing in your space, make a day or half-day out of it and know it will feel better come year-end.  Or at a minimum, constantly put everything that you know could be either receipt-or tax-related into a tub or filing cabinet, or file from your email’s inbox.

 

They say that they cobbler’s kids have no shoes. This is so true for me because I spent my time focused on my clients’ books.  For Freeform Finances, I put all of my paperwork in a plastic filing bin and then organize it all within a few hours at year end.  I don’t recommend this approach at all, but it’s certainly better than needing to pull everything in haste come April 10th!

 

 Speaking of outsourcing, what do you suggest an entrepreneur look for when hiring a bookkeeper or accountant? What’s the difference?

 

Bookkeepers organize and maintain your books.  Accountants ensure that special entries to the books, tax filing and in some scopes of work, tax planning is maintained.  Freeform Finances is a one-stop shop for small businesses. I charge a flat monthly fee for most clients, in which they can come to me at any time of the year with ideas and questions, and know that they won’t receive an extra bill for that five-minute phone call.  And come tax time, we’ve already addressed the issues needed in remaining compliant and making bigger decisions about business and strategies, etc.

 

My recommendation is that you feel comfortable with your financial person or people.  Not comfy in the sense that it’s a party every time you get together, but that you trust they have your best interest in mind, and that you can ask them any question. Like a good parent, they won’t always tell you “Yes”, but they will certainly take the time to listen to your question or ideas and give it their best shot to explore alternatives if their answer is a “No” or a “Maybe”.

 

Any final words of advice to all those hardworking moms and business women?

 

I am preaching to myself as I say these words: Our kids will grow up faster than we could ever expect, so enjoying them while we are with them is priceless.  And, keep on doing your best as a working mom without guilt!  It seems like we are not giving out kids what they need with our time, but if we continue to model ethics and the harnessing of opportunities, while devoting quality of time when we are home with them, they will benefit from our efforts.

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Wow, that was just amazing. If you want more information on this incredible woman's work (or some of her delicious honey), please e-mail her at meghan@freeformfinances.com

 

34 and It is Fantastic!

Everyone says that the 30s are wonderful and I must admit as I take stock of my life, my goals and my self-awareness, I have to agree. I actually loved most of my teen years (minus a handful of mean girl incidents), had an incredibly exciting and romantic twenties as a newlywed, and the first half of my 30s has been pretty eventful (3 cross country moves, 2 children, 2 businesses).

Last week I turned 34 and it is fantastic.

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Me at 34:

My body isn't its slimmest or even strongest (I still miss those killer cheer workouts), but I can play like a kid at recess for an hour straight when we visit the trampoline park.

My mind isn't its sharpest (I have 2 kids under 5 and I'm tiiired), but I have an almost fanatical desire to learn.

My business isn't quite where I want it to be, but it's fulfilling to work with my amazing clients (yes, you!), and I'm damn proud of what I've built so far.

My skin isn't flawless, but my eye crinkles tell many tales of a million smiles.

In 34 years, I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm great at (working hard and unwavering optimism), good at (taking care of my family) and absolutely crap at (cleaning and to-do lists). But I don't have a problem with any of it. I've learned to love myself unconditionally. I love my highs and my lows. I'm learning to forgive my mistakes. I've got room to grow as a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur and a woman. I'm not perfect, but I'm perfectly fine with where I am right now.

If you're reading this, thank you. Thank you for being a part of my journey.

What decade has been your best?

Tell me your stories... Have you fallen in love with yourself yet? E-mail me for a complimentary consultation... a photoshoot is a huge step towards this.

 

 

 

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The Scientific Reason You Should Book a Couple's Boudoir Photoshoot

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Scientific? Yup…well sort of. I'm not a scientist, but I do know a thing or two about the subject.

Why you should book a boudoir photoshoot | Lavish Boudoir | Albuquerque, NM

Have you thought about the couples boudoir photoshoot idea? Yes... then ready on for why. In short, it’s amazing and can really spark something in a relationship.

Have you ever watched the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise? About midway through the season, they push the participants waaaay out of their comfort zones together. They do this to fast-track the bond that has to be created within the course of a few weeks for filming. Whether it’s repelling from a tall building, crossing a rickety suspension bridge or stripping down in front of a virtual stranger, you’ll have this adrenaline rush. When it subsides, you’re flooded with endorphins and oxytocin. You look into your partner’s eyes and you associate all those good vibes with him. Tada... true love... or something that feels like it.Boudoir photography ideas for couples | Lavish Boudoir™ | Albuquerque, NM

I have a funny little rule for my couple’s shoots: NO KISSING!

You’re probably thinking that sounds really strange for a sexy photoshoot. The reason is two-fold.

  1. It keeps everything in check. I’m not an nc-17 kind of photographer. There are no sexual acts in my photoshoots. Just lots of seduction. This leads me to my second reason
  2. Seduction is the most gorgeous kind of intimacy between a couple. It’s the longing to touch, taste and quite frankly… get busy, that brings out those gorgeous photos.

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If you look through my photos, you won’t see an actual kiss. Lots of almost-kisses. Do you know how sexy it is to be millimeters from her lips and not be able to follow through? Your heart is pounding, your hormones are flooding and you ares so ready to take your lover home and have your way.

Remember I mentioned those happy hormones? Those are unleashed through your body every single time you look at that photo. You brain sees those photos and you are transported back to that moment and those feelings.

Put a beautiful print on your wall and experience that fire every single day.

Some of the highlights from my favorite couple’s boudoir photoshoots:

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Miss M - Glamour Photoshoot - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Glamour Photoshoot

Sometimes a woman simply cannot recognize her own stunning beauty. M and I have been friends for a couple years now. We have 5 small children between us (me: 2, her: 3), so sometimes we'll go months without seeing each other. But she's one of the most vibrant women I've ever met. She's energetic, she's positive and always up for just one more glass of chardonnay.

Glamour Photoshoot by Lavish Boudoir  by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir™ AlbuquerqueI have been dying to photograph this stunningly beautiful woman since the day we met. And it's taken me months to convince her to step into my studio. I finally begged her to model glamour for me since most of my clients elect to have their photos in their undies. She's a conservative kind of girl, so I knew this was the only way. I explained that I needed a woman with such an awesome wardrobe to come do a completely g-rated photoshoot and let me film some behind the scenes.

She started in makeup with Edgar Campos (recently profiled in ABQ, The Magazine) and he took a naturally gorgeous woman and emphasized her long lashes and toothpaste commercial smile. Glamour pictures at Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque- Sexy red dress, love her beautiful make up beautiful woman portrait wearing a gorgeous sexy red dress. Great hair for boudoir photosHer wardrobe was spectacular. The dresses... swoon. Such vibrance and classic style... kind of like her.  Albuquerque women's photo studio stunning glamour portrait idea using bench pose

I love photographing blondes against my black velvet drop. The fabric contrasts with her highlights and gentle curls beautifully. Glamour photos with black backdrop , Albuquerque photo studio Add a hair fan, and hello magazine cover. gorgeous make up for glamour photos, love her black top and skirt combo and earrings cute outfit ideas for glamour photos. Photos by Lavish Boudoir

I love a casual "girlfriend" style photo. You know how in movies, the lead is always pining after this gorgeous supposed-snapshot of his great lost love. The kind of photo that just captures the look that is unique to a woman. Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir™ Albuquerque Photo Studio Gift yourself with the beauty of glamour photos.

Thank you, M, for letting me photograph you. I know it wasn't exactly your idea of a great day, but when you told me... "That wasn't as bad as I thought," it meant the world to me. So here are some of your photos... come back and see the rest!

Cheers!

Leslie

 

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Brand New Folio Boxes from Lavish Boudoir Albuquerque for 2017

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Just when I thought I couldn't love a product more...

I've upgraded the folio boxes for boudoir and beauty photos our Albuquerque studio. This tiny little Irish company started carrying these gorgeous handmade boxes that hold beautifully matted photos. They also have a little niche for your flash drive.

Each box is carefully wrapped in a beautiful (and discreet) white box with a ribbon tied for elegance.Inside you'll find a beautiful grey nubuck faux suede folio box.

 

LAVISH is imprinted in rose gold foil.

Nestled inside you'll find the gorgeous matted 7x10 prints. The perfect size to show of your beautiful photos.

Then you might notice the pretty rose-gold-capped crystal hardrive embedded in the black velvet lining. This will hold your matching printable files for the smaller folio collections, or a complete set of photos for our Signature Collection purchases.

Each drive is engraved with LAVISH for nostalgia and safekeeping.

When you lift the pretty ribbon, you'll access all of your beautifully matted photos that are nested in the velvet-lined interior.

Stash all of your boudoir and beauty photos for privacy, or take them out individually for framing, display or gifting. We hope that you love these new folio boxes as much as we do.

 

Cheers!

Leslie and the Lavish Team

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Photoshoot Wardrobe Advice from Lavish Boudoir™

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Here are our best tips for boudoir outfit ideas!

TIP #1: Take care of your girls.

Get a bra that fits well. Strap it on, then bed forward so your breasts rest fully in the cups. The cups should not gape. Now stand up, your boobs should not be spilling over. Last step, take off the straps and dance around a bit. The band should be fitted enough to fully support your breasts like a strapless bra.

Our favorite store for bras for all sizes: www.playfulpromises.com/

TIP #2: Throw that free g-string in the trash.

It is doing you no favors. Find a complementary (not complimentary) pair of undies. For super fit or slightly flat bums... go for a thong to enhance the shape. Rounder bums look bootylicious in a pair of cheekies. Bums that need a bit more coverage and the illusion of lift, look best in traditional bikini style with wide sides.

Our favorite place for undies in a variety of styles: www.hankypanky.com

TIP #3: Embrace shapewear that embraces you.

We all want an hourglass, whether we're 110 or 210 lbs, 25 or 65 years old. Shapewear used to mean nude colored granny panties, girdle and bra. Not anymore... they come with lace panels, sexy materials and even cute prints like leopard. Slips and corselettes (not corsets) are best for those who want a bit more control over hips and waist. You can even get some that go under your regular bra for a truly custom fit. Teddies show off toned legs, but trim the waistline. If you have a tiny waist but feel like your bottom half is a bit generous, try a skirt.

Our favorite place for flattering pieces that make any woman feel like a sex kitten: www.GossardUSA.com

BONUS TIP:

Don't buy your stockings at the mall. They're overpriced if you aren't looking for something to wear multiple times.

My favorite place to buy affordable stockings and tights in sooo many cute designs: www.Yandy.com

I hope that your boudoir session planning is going well. Whether you decide to book with us or not, we want you to have the BEST experience possible, because we truly believe in the transformative power of boudoir.

Recently a client wrote to me, "This was a serious milestone for me, and I want everyone to have the same confidence/ego boost that I experienced. I initially booked as just a fun gift for my husband, and it evolved into so much more. Even at my best fitness level, I've suffered a poor body image for various reasons, and even though it's a drag to have waited until 46 years of age to start gaining real confidence, it's better late than never!"

Happy shopping!

If you'd like to schedule a complimentary consultation, I'd be happy to give you more specific advice.

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What to ask your boudoir photographer...

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What to ask your boudoir photographer

besides how much and are you available?

I don't know if I'm the 1st or the 10th photographer in your quest for an awesome boudoir experience, but I'm glad you found me because I'm going to help you find a boudoir photographer that you love.

You're probably feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused. Most of my inquiries have no idea what to ask me. So where do you start?

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Start with these questions:

1) How long have you been photographing boudoir?      A photographer can be awesome whether the answer is a year or 10, but listen to her confidence. If she* says it proudly, she probably has the skills to back it up.

2) Do you photograph other genres?      Maybe this is her specialty, maybe it's not. Maybe this is her "quick cash" weekend marathon idea, or maybe this is what she spends her time perfecting. I know photographers who solely photograph boudoir and spend extraordinary amounts of time and money learning their craft. I also know some talented photographers who really prefer photographing families, but occasionally dip their toes into boudoir. The more time someone puts into their craft, the more you'll get as a client.

3) Will I need to rent a hotel room or do you have a studio?      I have done both, and each has its perks. Just keep in mind that a hotel will be an added cost that could be spent on your gorgeous photos.

4) How will you help me get ready for the shoot?     The more you put into a photoshoot, the more you take away. That means there's a t0-do list of beauty preparation. It goes way beyond shaving your legs. And some things are counter-intuitive. Everyone wants to tan... don't. Dry orange skin is NOT sexy and is incredibly costly to fix in Photoshop.

5) How much retouching do you do on the photos and is it before or after I buy them? There are lots of different answers to this. Some artists prefer to show you rough edits and then will retouch the ones you purchase. Some offer no retouching at all, as they prefer a more artistic than glamorous look. Personally, I retouch all of your proofs before you see them. I am very light-handed with the Photoshop because I've been doing this long enough to get it right in camera. But I would never show a client a photo that wasn't absolutely gorgeous and tell her how I'll make it better.

6) What's your privacy policy? Some clients want EVERYONE to see their awesome photos; some clients, like lawyers and teachers, require that NO ONE sees their photos. If you are comfortable sharing, make sure there is a written contract/model release. If you want them to remain private, you need to say this. I would never ever ever share someone's private photos without her permission. If you are particularly sensitive for cultural or professional reasons, ask about in-house printing so that the photos never go online.

7) How and when do I choose my photos? Some photographers offer inclusive packages and some have the photoshoot and products separate. Both have pros and cons. We offer it separately because we want you to only buy the photos you LOVE, not ones to fill a pre-purchased quota. Also ask if your proofing will be online or in person. We don't offer online ordering galleries. Those get hacked very easily and pervos love the idea of seeing photos they're not supposed to.

8) What should I wear? This will obviously depend on what you want. But the response is very telling. If she says she'll guide you to choose based on your body type and desired look, you know she's invested in making YOU look good. If she offers you a generic list of ideas or no ideas at all, you could end up with an outfit you thought would be adorable, but photographs terribly. Click here for our top three tips to get the best boudoir wardrobe fit.

9) Do you offer files or products or both? Everyone has different needs, but you should know if the photographer suits your desires. Do you want to hold a beautiful boudoir album in your hands and rediscover your beauty page-by-page? Do you want to be able to surprise your husband at work with a naughty sexy text? I love both ideas, so I offer both. I believe that photos have 1000x more impact in print, but I also love quick and easy sharing. Anything you buy in print gets a matching file. This is my current favorite product.

10) Do you offer files with a print release, copyright release or just for digital sharing? Most consumers have no idea what this means, so here you go:

PRINT RELEASE: The photographer is giving you and anyone described in the release the rights to print your photos for personal use. That means yes you can wallpaper your bedroom with 8x10s, but no you can't submit them to Playboy. The photographer still owns the artistic property.

DIGITAL RELEASE: This is similar to the print release, but only applies to digital sharing. You may not print these. You may not add Instagram filters. You can just upload and share. This may be enough for you, because you just want to email your best friend to show her your sexy new photos.

COPYRIGHT RELEASE: This means the photographer can no longer do anything with the photos without your permission. This usually comes with a very heft commercial price tag because it means that you could sell that photo to whomever you want. This is unusual and unnecessary. Don't worry, if you didn't sign a model release, she can't use your photos in her portfolio.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK IF IT'S A BOUDOIR MARATHON OR GROUPON OFFER: How much time will be allotted just for me? Will my shoot be customized to my body type and specific needs? Will hair and makeup be included? What happens if you're running late?

Whew, you made it. It's a lot to ask, but it's important. You're putting a lot on the line with these photos and we want you to have an incredible experience.

If you're interested in booking a complimentary consultation with Leslie in Albuquerque to ask all of your questions, just use the link below.  See you soon!

 

 

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How to make choreplay even hotter - Lavish Boudoir

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Studies say choreplay is sexy...

WTF is choreplay? In a study called Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage, Kornrich, Brines & Luepp, basically found that couples who stick to a more traditional division of chores have sex more than couples who take a more gender-bending approach to chores.

Now, I am all about equal effort to take care of a house and home, but I do think it's sexy as hell when my husband remembers to take out the trash every night and mows the lawn (preferably shirtless) on the weekend.

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But here's what I think is the best choreplay... hiring someone else to do it and spending that time connecting. Sometimes that means an hour sitting on our butts watching Shameless. But it usually means we are not too damn exhausted to want to hug, hold and get it on.

We live crazy busy lives and I bet you do, too. Whether it's a demanding job, busy children or even a dedication to a special organization... I bet your days feel like there are never enough hours, let alone sex.

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We still do the daily tidying up, the cooking and the resulting cleanup, and we definitely need to scrub our little boys nightly. But a team of dedicated professionals come and turn my pigsty into a palace. It takes me 2 hours of prep work to tidy, but it means that while they're doing the heavy cleaning... I'm playing with my youngest, serving clients or doing something that I am much better at (seriously, I've been told I'm actually bad at the skill of cleaning). They can accomplish in two hours what would take me at least six.

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So on Thursday night, I cook, my husband cleans the kitchen and I scrub my littles. We cuddle up on the couch, look around at our lovely home and just relax. That is the best foreplay in the world.

So grab a feather duster, put on something sexy and get dirty.

Photos & Makeup by Leslie Cersovski (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

 

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The perfect gift for him.

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Christmas 2016

The perfect gift for you husband, boyfriend or lover is a gift he can't get for himself. There is something so perfectly unique about giving him a gorgeous folio filled with the sexiest photos you've ever seen of yourself. The gift will be so much more perfect than you can even imagine.

Christmas 2016 gift for him | Albuquerque | Lavish Boudoir™Top 5 signs he'd love this gift from you:

  1. He loves you in lingerie
  2. He loves you out of lingerie
  3. He dives into the Victoria's Secret holiday catalog before you even get a chance.
  4. He's told you he thinks your hot as hell.
  5. He's a man... who likes women, but REALLY likes you.

How to style your holiday boudoir photoshoot:

  • Choose lingerie that lends itself to the holiday spirit, but isn't too costumey.
  • Jewel tones are spectacular on all skin tones from the fairest porcelain to the deepest cocoa.
  • Add some twinkle lights.
  • A furry blanket adds warmth and texture... and feels nice against bare skin

Fun ways to present your boudoir photos to him:

  • Wrap it in a deceptive box. For example, wrap it in a boxer brief box and tell him you got him something sexy.
  • Buy a red velvet stocking and hang it on his bed post.
  • Dress up in your favorite lingerie and strut out to "Santa Baby" with the beautifully wrapped gift. Tell him he can't unwrap you until he opens his gift.
  • Count down the 25 days of Christmas with one photo every day. Start mild and get to wild.
  • Use the 12 days of Christmas to leave hints

You read to thrill him?

  1. Decide if you'd like to do the photoshoot by yourself or with 1-3 friends and make a day of it.
  2. Check our availability by clicking here.
  3.  Call Leslie at 866-930-7060 and press 1 or e-mail Leslie@LavishBoudoir.com for full pricing and to start planning
  4. That's it! Easy peasy. We'll take it from there.

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Beauty is in her DNA

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Talk to your daughter about beauty and boudoir

Talk to your daughter about beauty and what is sexy

I firmly believe you should talk to your daughter about beauty and what is "sexy." I photograph a lot of moms and grandmothers. I know.... they all look so hot, right? It's a miracle what the proper pampering can do for a woman's mojo. Anyway, I digress.

I also sell A LOT of wall art for these ladies, but it isn't usually what they're inclined to buy right off the bat.

Here's my typical conversation in the boudoir photo sales session:

Miss Hotty-Pototty-Mommy: Oh, I love my photos. These albums are just so gorgeous.

Miss Mostly-A-Mess-From-Shooting-All-Day: Yay! Let's take a look at the options I have...

[blah blah blah, long process of deciding on the perfect cover because there are soooooo many pretty covers]

Miss MAMFSAD: Okay, which photo is your favorite for hanging on the wall? Wall art is offered in these super elegant frames.  Do you want something knock-his-socks off sexy to start the day or a bit more subdued and implicit of sexy?

Miss HPM: Oh [blush] I don't know if I could put one on the wall! My kids would see!

 

The first time I told a mom to show her boudoir portraits proudly:

The first time I really remember this conversation was with one of my friends who finally became a client. She has a daughter who was gradeschool age. This daughter is so precocious and has the most beautiful freckles. She'll probably grow up to look just like her mommy, who is growing up to look just like Heidi Klum.

She had actually purchased the wall art, but texted me in a panic afterward. She hadn't thought about what her daughter would see.

But I think she still hadn't. Her daughter was nosediving into tweendom and before she knew it, this nail-polished, knee-scraped, life of the party would hit puberty. Someone would tell her she's not pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough, tough enough or say something else was lacking. We spend a lot of time reinforcing to girls that they're super smart and talented all these other things that we fear girls don't get told enough. We should always keep those compliments coming... no doubt about it.

Show a girl she's enough

We've become afraid to tell a girl she's pretty enough. As if being pretty negates all the other wonderful things about her. But she'll wonder at some point in her life... and the answer is always, "You are."

I believe that when a young girl sees her mom as a beautiful work of art, she sees her own reflection. I believe that you can tell your daughter, "Look how pretty mom is, and how confident she is, and how nice this photo makes her feel. You'll grow up to look just like me, and I bet you'll be even prettier."

Point out her magical smile, her captivating eyes, her life-of-their-own curls. Those things make her pretty, certainly much more than pretty enough.

Now give her hug, tell her she's smart, talented, driven and pretty... anything in this whole world can be hers.

Maybe seeing that beautiful portrait of mom will remind her that beauty isn't an age, a size, a shape or a color, that her beauty is right there in her DNA.

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Miss A | Boudoir

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People have been asking how long I've been a boudoir photographer... and I surprise even myself when I say 6 years.  Holy cow. That's a long time. I started in a home studio in Valdosta, Georgia.  I knew basically no one, but I needed a portfolio. So I dug around on some modeling websites and found A.  We had a collaboration with Randy Buchanan (makeup artist) and decided to go for it. She was the first model for whom I started coaching emotion. Not only was she aaaaadorable, but she was so sweet and totally trusted me. That might have been when I knew this genre was for me.  Thank you, A, for trusting me and being my guinea pig. I still love these photos, even though it's 6 years, and 3 studios late.  Love from Albuquerque, Leslie.lavish boudoir albquerquelavish boudoir albquerquelavish boudoir albquerquelavish boudoir albquerquelavish boudoir albquerque  

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