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Loving on a single mom.

Miss T had been on the fence about a boudoir photoshoot for ages and just hadn’t pulled the trigger. When I asked for women who would be wiling to sign a model release and full artistic control in exchange for a session discount, T was one of the first to apply.

I think it was the makeup-free photo in a Hogwarts sweatshirt that sealed the deal for me. She had these huge glasses covering these sparkling eyes. Her insanely beautiful red hair and porcelain skin just added to her beauty.

She honestly didn’t say much in her application. Some women spill their guts, but something in her photos spoke to me.

When I met T, there’s this warmth to her that makes you feel like you’ve always been friends. She mentioned her son and her eyes lit up. She told me about moving here from Houston. She told me about the new job she was hoping to take. She told me about her best friend whose name is tattooed on her wrist.

Being a single mom is not easy. But she never once had a single negative thing to say about it. Her strength and quiet confidence made her so easy to photograph.

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When I photograph a woman, I want to see the emotions in her. I learned from a mentor a long time ago how powerful it is to put women in touch with these emotions. We are so often going through the motions of life, that we don’t stop to recognize what we feel. When we are allowed to do that, and then it’s captured on camera, it is so freeing.

An emotion that I’m not particularly comfortable with is vulnerability. So I rarely photograph it it. I prefer confidence, joy, desire, laughter, flirtation… anything but vulnerable.

But that day, it spoke to me. Because I’m pretty sure that T doesn’t let herself get vulnerable too often. I’m sure she’s built up her confidence and to let some vulnerability show is uncomfortable. I didn’t realize how often I captured her throughout the photoshoot in this way until I went through the images to share here. But she makes it look beautiful, right?

T, you are just an amazing young woman and I am so glad you sent me that 2-sentence e-mail to model and the photo in the Harry Potter sweatshirt because girrrrl, you rocked this shoot and I loved being your photographer.

Miss J | Mom's Day Off

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J, You won me over with wine, chocolate and bedroom toys. Wait, that sounds so wrong. Ha! But really, when I went to a friend of a friend's house for your Pure Romance party, I honestly wasn't all that enthusiastic.  I usually end up spending money on stuff I don't need. But you were so charming from the beginning with scooting your adorable 1 year old out the door with his daddy, your somewhat obsessive cat, enormous dogs and welcoming smile that crinkles your eyes.

Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - www.LavishBoudoir.comHere's the thing, and I haven't told you this before, but I totally misread you on first impression. I thought you were shy, reserved and far from the confident, sensual woman you really are.  I knew you were a whole different woman, when you started acting out a particularly funny moment one might encounter in bed. THAT was a woman I wanted to photograph.

Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - www.LavishBoudoir.comSo I sent you a little voucher to show you what I do, and I was ecstatic when you called. I was in Florida visiting family and my kid had barfed on me that morning (twice). So to say it was the highlight of my day would be the understatement of the year.

Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - www.LavishBoudoir.com

We did your consults and tried on the new teddy I had from Yandy.com and a super sexy shaper skirt that seemed like it was made for you.  We found you a pretty lacy little bra from Claudette, because as you pointed out, you hadn't really lingerie shopped since before your baby. Your curves made your lingerie look beautiful.

Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - www.LavishBoudoir.com

You mentioned you had done a boudoir shoot before, and I got so nervous. It's always a bit intimidating to photograph someone who has expectations in place. But I think we nailed it.  How about you?

Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - www.LavishBoudoir.com

Thank you to you and your wonderful-adoring-husband-of-the-year (and good luck to his dreams of being a test pilot... so cool).

Makeup by Edgar Campos Hair by Andrew Madvin Photography by Leslie Cersovski

Photo by Leslie Cersovski at Lavish Boudoir - Albuquerque, New Mexico - www.LavishBoudoir.com

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Miss A | 50 & Fabulous

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Lovely A, We met at a networking event aaaages ago... the food was kind of terrible, but the company was great.  We talked about your work as a Rodan + Fields consultant and mine as a photographer. You mentioned enthusiastically that you had done a photoshoot years ago, and you had wanted to do it again.  I wanted you to book then and there, but I had to be patient.  After all, you're GORGEOUS and just about as sweet as can be. Patience is not my strong suit (see this post here).lavish boudoir by leslie cersovski in Albuquerque, New Mexico - 2016 - www.LavishBoudoir.com -

When I put out the model call for "50 and Fabulous," you answered, even though you aren't quite there yet. Although you don't do much to represent that demographic because you have the body of a 22 year old and the skin of a 30 year old. But who am I to argue with the opportunity to photograph such a lovely woman?

lavish boudoir by leslie cersovski in Albuquerque, New Mexico - 2016 - www.LavishBoudoir.com - When we could finally make our calendars align, I was so excited.  One thing I especially loved is that you told your husband and that I think he was excited enough for the two of us.  He did everything from wardrobe advice to helping you see how beautiful you looked in your photos. I'm glad we got a couple of special ones with him in mind.  Husbands deserve to be spoiled, too. Maybe you can drop some hints during the next Agent Provocateur sale, because that corset was pretty freaking stunning on you.

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Your gentle nature led to a sensuality that was peaceful and sweet, but sexy all-the-same.  Although I think our last set in the corset brought out a bit of daring in you.  But who wouldn't when they look like that?

lavish boudoir by leslie cersovski in Albuquerque, New Mexico - 2016 - www.LavishBoudoir.com - Thank you so much for modeling for me. I hope that you and Mr. K enjoy your folio box.

Makeup by Edgar Campos Hair by Andrew Madvin Photography by Leslie Cersovski

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Miss J - Headshots - Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Another set of personal branding portraits for Miss J. We met at one of her Pure Romance parties, but that's all I'm going to say for now. I'm saving the details for her upcoming post of her super sexy boudoir photos. Makeup by Edgar Campos Hair by Andrew Madvin Photography by Leslie Cersovski

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Ask and you shall receive...

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I have been dying to photograph a redhead with great eyebrows.  I know... that sounds like a strange thing to look for.  I found this facebook group of New Mexico photographers and models... and there she was... with her red hair and fabulous bold eyebrows.  Yay!If you're a photographer, you know that models who aren't booked through an agency are notoriously unprofessional.  I e-mailed her and crossed my fingers.  Turns out she's as sweet and mature as she is beautiful.  We didn't get to spend a whole lot of time together... but I think we got some pretty great shots in the 45 minutes or so that we worked.  Isn't she just GORGEOUS?!

Photography by Leslie Cersovski Makeup by Edgar

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