December 2009

Boudoir Photography

December 30, 2009


This is my take on a specialized kind of photography. . .

Boudoir photography is giving the gift of fantasy. It’s capturing a time when a woman feels her most glamourous, confident self. This is one of those moments that I am so thrilled to be a part of.

It’s one thing to stand in front of a photographer and pose, tilt a chin or cast eyes in one direction or other, but this is completely different. First, there has to be trust. . .almost a friendship between photog and client. I feel the photographer has to be invested emotionally in this client because it is an intimate moment. A time when someone has to let her guard down and trust that the best angle, lighting, etc. will be directed by the person in charge. . . that photographer.

I’ve had the privilege to work with such an artist. Her name is Kim Graham. She is a Charleston photographer who is constantly busy, and for good reason. Kim not only photographs amazing weddings, engagements, and family portraits, but she has a knack for boudoir photography. The main reason I say this is because her clients trust her. She is a kind, unassuming presence. . . gentle and encouraging, yet very much in control. These qualities enable her to put her subjects at ease and really get into the nuances of this sexy, intimate kind of photography. Kim innately knows the best placement of a hand or a downward glance or a prop that can help make a woman look like a celebrity and herself all at once. She is great at determining someone’s comfort level and taking her to the edge of it. That’s what makes great boudoir photography and keeps clients happy and confident.

What a gift! The ladies whose photos appear above, were both doing sessions for Christmas gifts for their husbands. Imagine that surprise! I am a big fan because it symbolizes them in their prime. It takes some guts to do this; to put yourself out there and say, “here I am. . .remember me like this . . .”

Boudoir photography is private. Often, it’s just the photographer and client, to ensure her comfort. From the makeup artist’s perspective, this is one of my FAVORITE ways to work. . . the makeup is quite a bit heavier than the client would wear on a daily basis. I usually have carte blanche in my choice of colors and formulations (always airbrush!). But take a look at the lashes . . . I could sing about the LASHES for days! For me, the lashes are key.

If you’ve ever or never considered boudoir photography, I suggest you think about it. No matter what stage you’re at in your life, a little va-va-voom never hurt anything 😉

Thank you, Kim Graham Photography.

Thank you, Beautiful Wives.



And he answered:

Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?

And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

The weaver of my speech? I am the first one to want to look good during this festive time of holidays, family, friends, food, and all other things Good. My prayer / meditation this year is for my speech, demeanor, and deeds, to be the beauty that is noticed first and foremost.

I love a good beauty product. . . both giving and receiving them. But this year, I want my actions to belie my “beauty.”

Merry Christmas, y’all.


The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


Xmas Jam Part 2. . . Lip Junkies

December 18, 2009

I went over-prepared. If I’ve learned anything in my years of doing makeup, it’s much better to err on that side of caution. I didn’t really expect the artists to sit for an airbrush application. But I didn’t know, so I lugged it all. It came down to a few staples: concealer, powder, eyeliner/guyliner, and […]

Read the full article →

Did That Just Happen? Xmas Jam ’09

December 15, 2009

My brain is still trying to wrap around this. I waited for so long, and as with “all good things. . .” well, you know the rest. Because there is so much to tell you about, I’m going to keep this first installment short and sweet. Last weekend I had the great privilege of being […]

Read the full article →

Let’s Talk Airbrush. . . MAC Pro Airbrush!!!!

December 4, 2009

Years ago, when I first heard the term “airbrush” as it relates to makeup, images of supermodels on the covers of all the top fashion magazines came to mind. Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Elle Macpherson on Vogue, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated. “Airbrushing” also carried connotations of a post-photo shoot computer correction of flaws. I […]

Read the full article →

World AIDS Day & MAC Viva Glam

December 1, 2009

Just another reason I love MAC. . . The MAC AIDS Fund was established in 1994 by Frank Angelo and Frank Toskan, the founders of Makeup Art Cosmetics, to support men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. That same year, VIVA GLAM was introduced to financially support the Fund. To date, over $110 million […]

Read the full article →