Artistic Photography by Sydney: Blog https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog en-us (C) Artistic Photography by Sydney photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:28:00 GMT Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:28:00 GMT https://www.photosbysydney.com/img/s/v-5/u674292928-o295046908-50.jpg Artistic Photography by Sydney: Blog https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog 84 120 Bombshell for a Day - Miss K https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2016/6/bombshell-for-a-day---miss-k

How would you describe your overall boudoir experience?

Fun! So much fun! From the consultation to picking up my final photos, it felt like a visit with my friends.

 

List the outfits you brought and where you bought them

A suit jacket that was my fiancées. A green button down shirt that was the one my fiancé wore when he proposed. A Blue and Green Nightie- one of the few pieces that I bought for the shoot from the Vanity Fair Outlet Mall. A white tank that I already had. The necklace I wore in those shots in pure Lapis and unrefined silver that a friend brought back from her honeymoon in Egypt. Lingerie that was purchased at the Lion's Den. A green velvet dress that I have had for years and wore to a James Bond Casino Royale party a few years ago. After the consultation I realized I had a lot in my own closet that I could use.

Who did your hair and makeup? What were your thoughts on those vendors?          

Katie- she was awesome! So much fun to work with. She was engaging and did a great job with my hair and makeup. I'm hoping to see her again - I may have found a new stylist down here!

 

What kind of vibe were you going for? Do you think we pulled it off?

Hollywood Glam while toeing the line to boudoir. I think we did it perfectly.

 

Were you nervous about anything about the shoot beforehand? If so, what? Did you become more comfortable after the session started? If so, what helped to relax your nerves?

A little. Just the general “I don't have the right body for this” kind of thing nervousness. After my hair and makeup was done and we started shooting, I relaxed more and more. Sydney was great about checking in and making sure I was still okay.

 

What advice do you have for others getting their boudoir pictures taken?

Have fun, enjoy yourself, and don't think you have to go buy a new wardrobe. My fiancée was thrilled with my wardrobe choices. Especially the shirt he proposed in and the green velvet dress. He had never seen me in that dress, and it was fun to see his reaction when he realized what shirt I chose.

 

What was your reason for doing the boudoir session?

A gift for my fiancé, and ultimately myself. Our two year anniversary was last July, and our wedding was in September, so this was for both of those. This turned out to be a gift for myself. I never thought I could ever look like that.

 

What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies? What about skills?

I scrapbook, embroider, weave, and read. I also play the flute and saxophone and I am learning the hammered dulcimer. History is one of my favorite things- I spent summers after college at Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg, IL as a docent. I have also spent a considerable amount of time back stage at various community theaters as a costumer, dresser, makeup artist, and kid wrangler.

 

What was our favorite part of the session?

I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite part. The hair and makeup was awesome, the shooting was fun, and going through the photos was amazing.

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) After Beauty Before Boudoir Client Interviews and https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2016/6/bombshell-for-a-day---miss-k Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:28:20 GMT
Bombshell for a Day - Miss S https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2016/2/bombshell-for-a-day---miss-s

How would you describe your overall boudoir session experience?

It was wonderful. Sydney and Kaitlin made me feel so relaxed and comfortable. We laughed a lot and I had so much fun. 

 

List the outfits you brought and where you bought them.

I brought an NFL jersey that belongs to my husband, and some Broncos underwear that I ordered online. I also brought a fancy bra and panty set that I bought at TJ Maxx, and a black nightie from Walmart.

 

Who did your hair and makeup? What are your thoughts?

Kaitlin did my hair and makeup. She was AMAZING. She did exactly what I wanted.

 

What kind of vibe were you going for? Do you think we pulled it off?

I wanted to go for soft and sexy. Boy did we ever pull that off. I didn’t think I could even pull it off, but I did with tremendous help from Sydney and Kaitlin!

 

Were you nervous about anything about the shoot beforehand? If so, what? Did you become more comfortable after the session started? If so, what helped to relax your nerves?

I was EXTREMELY nervous. I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about how I would look. Would I even be able to pull off “sexy”?  Would I have the right outfits? Do I even have enough outfits? I looked in the mirror before I left and wanted to cancel. I had a moment where I thought “I can’t do this, I’m way too gross”. I was even nervous about my hair and makeup. I didn’t want to come out of the bathroom after I put my first outfit on. Sydney was so comforting and just kept telling me, “you can do this! You’re beautiful, trust me.” That helped calm my nerves. During my session, Sydney and Kaitlin were so positive about everything and never once said “that’s ugly”. And that helped a lot!

What advice do you have for others getting their boudoir photos taken?

DON’T BE NERVOUS!!! I am the MOST self-conscience person there is and I did it! Sydney will make you feel sexy and beautiful. She makes it so much fun and really puts you at ease.

 

What was your reason for doing the boudoir session? (a gift for him, yourself, a wedding present, anniversary, etc.)

I wanted to do this for our wedding anniversary. We’ve been together since high school and I wanted to show him how much I still love him. I also did this for myself. I don’t normally feel good about myself. I am not skinny, I’ve had two kids, I have a BIG booty. I have curves. I wanted to feel beautiful for once and Sydney did that!

 

What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies? What about skills?

I enjoy Netflix and long walks to the fridge. LOL!  I do love Netflix, but I also love CrossFit.

 

What was your favorite part of the session?

I can’t pick ONE part because the whole session was amazing. Sydney is an absolutely wonderful person and she really made it fun and exciting.

 

Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Sydney taught me to embrace my curves. She taught me that I am beautiful just the way I am, and not only me, but EVERY woman is beautiful! Thank you Sydney and Kaitlin for making this experience wonderful. I will never forget it and you may see me again! 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Beauty Boudoir Client Interviews https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2016/2/bombshell-for-a-day---miss-s Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:53:29 GMT
Mini Boudoir Session - Miss K https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/9/mini-boudoir-session---miss-k Miss K recently booked a mini boudoir session as a surprise gift for her hubby on their first wedding anniversary. She is an accountant who loves working with numbers and solving analysis problems. She is also into crafts, reading, painting, and has two adorable corgi puppies.

She was going for a more natural, everyday look so she did her own hair and makeup. For her first outfits she brought a black lace bra and matching panties from Victoria’s Secret with her husband’s white button up shirt from their wedding day.  She also had a pink and black lace bra and matching panties from Victoria’s Secret with a black silk/lace robe from Wish.com.

Here's what she had to say about her experience at the studio:

Before arriving at the studio I was very nervous about being in lingerie in front of a stranger on camera. However, after meeting Sydney in her office to talk for a few minutes before going to the studio, I was immediately relaxed by her demeanor and professionalism.

My experience was fantastic. Sydney was great at keeping the mood fun and comfortable. I was going for a natural vibe, like playing around in the bedroom on a Saturday morning. I think that Sydney did a wonderful job pulling it off with the poses and backgrounds we chose. It was exactly what I had envisioned in my head during the days before the session.

I would highly recommend having a boudoir session done if you have not before. It is very empowering and confidence-building. As someone with body image issues, I felt beyond beautiful and confident both during and after my session.

My favorite part of the session was interacting with Sydney and getting to learn about each other in such a comforting environment.

Although some people might be skeptical because this company is based out of a home studio, I would highly recommend it to friends and family for all events. I have worked with multiple photographers over the years with different events and competitions during school. Artistic Photography by Sydney is definitely the real deal and strives to make her customer receive exactly what they are envisioning.

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Beauty Boudoir Client Interviews https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/9/mini-boudoir-session---miss-k Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Vintage Boudoir Bombshell https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/9/vintage-boudoir---a-client-interview  

I had the pleasure of photographing Miss T a couple of months ago, in preparation for a birthday surprise for her hubby. I'm personally crazy about a vintage theme, and her vintage inspired shoot went off without a hitch. She went with our all day experience, the Bombshell for a Day package and then added a custom case and USB drive of all of her favorite images. Check out her before photo to the left, and then read her interview below!                                   

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your overall boudoir session experience?

It was a blast to get all made up and have pictures taken- the whole experience was FUN!

 

List the outfits you brought and where you bought them.

Purple/Black Corset from Adoreme.com, white nightie with black cheekies from Walmart,

and a Cardinals jersey.

 

Who did your hair and makeup? What are your thoughts?

Kaitlin did my hair and makeup and she was AWESOME! She was really down to earth and made me feel comfortable. I told her I wanted the vintage glam look and she nailed it! When I climbed out the chair I looked as if I climbed out of a time machine. Finger waves and all!

 

What kind of vibe were you going for? Do you think we pulled it off?

Sexy vintage glam and yes, Sydney & Kaitlin hit it out of the park!!!! HOME RUN!!

 

Were you nervous about anything the shoot beforehand? If so, what? Did you become more comfortable after the session started? If so, what helped to relax your nerves?

Of course I was nervous! Holy crap, getting half naked in front of strangers - YES! Sydney’s personality puts you at ease so quickly; she’s hilarious and made me feel completely comfortable. Her studio is nice and inviting. She goes above and beyond to make sure you’re comfortable.

 

What advice do you have for others getting their boudoir pictures taken?

Seriously, just have fun! Don’t over think it.

………… and maybe do a few stretches the night before, those poses are serious stuff. I have a whole new respect for models. You’ll hear the phrases “pop the butt out, arch the back and suck in the tummy” sounds easy?...... not so much! Sydney was so understanding of it though & made things humorous.  

 

What was your reason for doing the boudoir session?  

              My hubby’s birthday present.

 

What was your favorite part of the session?

The transformation from “everyday” to “Va-va-voom”!!

 

Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Sydney has the perfect personality for what she does, she put me right at ease and made the whole thing wonderful!! She even promised me a “boob shot” I’d be thrilled with, and she delivered with several of them! I would go back to Sydney in a heartbeat!! You will not be disappointed!


 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) After Before Boudoir Client Interviews Vintage and https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/9/vintage-boudoir---a-client-interview Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:48:12 GMT
How a Boudoir Session Can Heal Your Scars https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/8/how-a-boudoir-session-can-heal-your-scars

We photographed Miss A last year after she had been in a severe motorcycle accident. This was one of those photo shoots that validated yet again why we do what we do here. This photo shoot was to help her take ownership of her scars, and begin the process of emotional healing.

 

  1. How would you describe your overall boudoir session experience?   The experience was fantastic. It was not only to feel pretty and to do something “sexy” for my husband, but also the start of a healing process for me.

 

  1. List the outfits you brought and where you bought them.   Red bra and black lace underwear from Wal-Mart, black pinstripe corset, and black and red corset both purchased online from spicylingere.com,  Harley Davidson jacket was purchased at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson.

 

  1. Who did your hair and makeup?    Kaitlin did my hair and makeup and she was amazing. She did exactly what I had envisioned and explained to her.

 

  1. What kind of vibe were you going for? Do you think we pulled it off?    I was going for a sexy, but soft and gentle feel at the same time. In a few photos I really wanted the hurt and healing to be captured, which Sydney did beautifully.

 

  1. Were you nervous about the shoot beforehand?    Did you become more comfortable after the session started? If so, what helped to relax your nerves? I was only nervous about the outfits that were going to bring back the memories, feelings, and  raw emotion that I felt about my wreck. Sydney and Kaitlin made me feel so comfortable and safe and even cried with me. Truly the best team ever!!!

 

  1. What advice do you have for others getting their boudoir pictures taken?    Relax and enjoy. This is not only for your significant other, but this is also for you. Feel beautiful in your own skin whether you have scars, you are not stick thin, or whatever you “think” you have issues with. Sydney and her team will make you feel like you are a supermodel. Sit back and relax, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!!

 

  1. What was your reason for doing the boudoir session?     A Christmas gift for my husband, and the start of a healing journey for myself.

 

  1. What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies?    Pastimes and hobbies have kind of been put on hold due to injuries. I am a volunteer firefighter and really enjoy it. I enjoy traveling and seeing and meeting new people. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 

  1. What was your favorite part of the session?    The entire session.  There is not one part that I can section out.  We laughed and had a great time the entire session.

 

  1. Is there anything else you would like to mention?    Sydney was a great part of the beginning of a healing journey for me after my motorcycle accident in April of 2014. I had shied away from cameras since the accident due to scars and discoloration that I was left with, and because I was more critical of myself. I was afraid that people would view me differently. After being in and out of the hospital all summer with various problems relating to my accident, and being told several times that I was lucky to be alive, I lost a part of myself and felt as if I was not pretty anymore or attractive in someone else’s eyes, let alone my own. Sydney opened my eyes to the beauty that was within the scars and bumps and bruises that remain, and the story that was behind them . I hope that by doing this I can inspire other women in the same situation to take this journey and do it for themselves, for their emotional and physical healing, and to accept that they are beautiful just the way they are. No amount of scars or imperfections are going to change that. Sydney does a fantastic job at making you feel like you are a million dollars and that when you are in her hands, everyone is beautiful no matter how big or small the imperfection is.

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Beauty Body Boudoir Client Interviews Positive Standards https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/8/how-a-boudoir-session-can-heal-your-scars Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:07:53 GMT
A Few Personal Thoughts About Beauty Standards https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/6/a-few-personal-thoughts-about-beauty-standards I'm angry.  I'm angry at myself for letting the standards of others affect how I feel about myself and my body.  I know, this is nothing new to most women, and isn't that sad?  I photograph women for a living.  Every week, I meet women who are struggling with body issues.  And you know what?  Some of the most insecure women were also some of the most beautiful women I have ever photographed. 

Our society has a standard of beauty.  Okay, that's normal and had been the case with every society throughout history.  But, has there always been this horrible self-loathing in every woman who didn't fit that exact standard of beauty?  I don't know.  Whether yes or no, we need to stop.  I do genuinely believe that everyone is beautiful in their own way.  However, I have had a hard time listening to my own voice lately.  All it takes is one person to put you down, make a snide remark, or give you the dirty up-and-down look of hate.  Now, at this point, most of you may be thinking that I'm referring to skinny women hating on curvy women, or vice versa.  Well, no.  It's everyone hating on everyone else.  I can tell you that skinny girls do not have it easier.  Yes, okay, clothes can be easier to find when you don't have curves.  But, the amount of hate that I remember is remarkable.  People were always saying things like, 'I wish I were skinny, but not as skinny as Sydney because that's gross', 'Boy, you're so thin! I can't wait to see you when you get FAT!', 'I hope you have ten kids and get huge one day!'.  When I worked at a clothing store selling denim, I got yelled at on a weekly basis by women who hated themselves and were taking it out on me.  Now, I am a much curvier version of myself due in part to some health issues from a couple of years ago.  I'm 5'8" and about a size 10. Well, there shouldn't be anything left to make fun of now, right?  Sadly, that's wrong.  I've still had people make comments, and now it's about how funny it is that I'm not so skinny anymore. What!?  Are you kidding me?  I also feel more societal pressure lately to be thinner which I know is ridiculous, but it still gets into your head.  It's very hard to ignore the negative messages around you.  Especially when they tell you that you are not good enough.  No matter what size or shape we are, there will always be someone to tell us that it's wrong.  And that just plain sucks.  So, let's all just stop it right now.  We need to love who we are, and be who WE want to be and not what others tell us we should be.  If you love your curves, then own it!  If you are a tall, thin, typical model type, then you own it too!  Do you have a scar left over from an accident or serious illness?  Then be proud of it and all that you have overcome.  If you have an athletic build, if you are a mother with stretch marks, if you just plain don't  fit into someone else's 'standard of beauty' then just love yourself, dammit!  And more importantly, let's all accept one another and just learn to be happy for once.

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Beauty Standards body boudoir curvy glamour photography pin positivity skinny up https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2015/6/a-few-personal-thoughts-about-beauty-standards Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:55:32 GMT
Boudoir Beauty https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/boudoir-beauty This Boudoir Beauty came to Artistic Photography looking for that special Valentine’s gift for her husband.  She wanted something flirty and sexy, and came prepared with pink lingerie from Victoria’s Secret.  She did her own hair but had a professional artist do her makeup, which she highly recommends.

She was a little nervous at first, since she had never been part of a photo shoot like this before, but Sydney made her feel very comfortable.  She enjoyed the session too much to pick a favorite part!  Her advice for anyone else during a boudoir session?  “Just have fun with it!”

 

Get in touch so we can talk about photographing YOUR dream session!   Herrin, IL    618-889-7154   http://www.photosbysydney.com/contact.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Boudoir Client Interviews https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/boudoir-beauty Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:00 GMT
Are Comfy Shoes the Key to a Lifetime of Happiness? The Raupfer Wedding https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/are-comfy-shoes-the-key-to-a-lifetime-of-happiness-the-raupfer-wedding  

Are Comfy Shoes the Key to a Lifetime of Happiness?  The Raupfer Wedding

Or

The Raupfer Wedding at Von Jakob

(if you want to be boring)

Ann and Matt - Wedding at Von Jakob Winery

Matt and Ann Raupfer’s fairytale began two and a half years ago, when they met at a sports bar through mutual friends.  A year later he asked her to marry him, during a horse-drawn carriage ride on New Year’s Eve.  The lovely couple vowed to spend the rest of their lives together on May 31, 2014 at Von Jakob Vineyard and Brewery in Alto Pass.

Artistic Photography joined the Raupfers for their special day.  Ann bought her dress at Touma’s Bridal in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The ball gown style dress had a full tulle skirt topped with sparkly appliqués that flowed up onto the bodice and straps, and the bodice laced up the back like a corset.  Ann said she wanted something very traditional, and the sparkly details of this dress made her feel like a princess.  The couple hired the Dave Caputo Band to do their music, Larry’s House of Cakes for their cake, and the catering was done by Von Jakob.             

The ceremony went smoothly, with Matt and Ann quoting movies to each other during their vows.  “I was worried people wouldn’t get it or would think it was tacky,” said Ann.  “They ended up thinking it was cute and funny, and even asked for an encore of them during the reception.”  Her favorite part, though, was when she saw Matt’s smile as she walked down the aisle.   

Ann says the most important thing for future brides to do is to relax and have fun.  Her number one tip?  “Comfy shoes!”  She recommends hiring a decorator and a caterer to help keep the stress at a minimum.  “Getting the pictures before the wedding is a much better idea. After the wedding, everyone is hungry, ready for a drink, and they disperse. If you are doing photos after the ceremony, make sure all immediate family and the wedding party know that they are expected for pictures afterwards.”  She suggests having fun with the pictures and making the most of your memories.  “It was a great experience.  Making it fun is a really important aspect for me and Sydney and crew really knew how to make it fun. It was also very pleasant because they really listened to my wants and needs for photos and found ways to get great shots no matter the situation. They were very professional and experienced.”

Thanks, Ann and Matt, for letting Artistic Photography spend your beautiful day with you.  Congratulations!

 

Get in touch so we can talk about photographing YOUR dream wedding!   Herrin,IL   618-889-7154    http://www.photosbysydney.com/contact.html

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Real Weddings Wedding https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/are-comfy-shoes-the-key-to-a-lifetime-of-happiness-the-raupfer-wedding Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Alternative Wedding Dress Styles https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/alternativeweddingdresses Not all brides dream of wearing a shade of white on their wedding day, much to the dismay of those around them. Don’t fret: there’s no reason to feel pressured into it! Especially not when you consider all of the wonderful style options that you can wear on your wedding day that can perfectly encapsulate your style.


Goth Gowns

When people hear “goth”, their mind immediately goes to black. While that’s an option, that’s not the only option at your disposal! Gothic wedding gowns denote a style of wedding dress that is inspired by medieval art and lines. They’re big, they’re poofy, and boy, are they beautiful. Goth gowns can come in a myriad of gorgeous bold and dark colors, including purple, black, red, and grey. Not only will that dress be incredibly memorable, but it will also be supremely gorgeous.

goth-wedding-gown


 Vintage Gowns

There are so many designers that are trying to pass off their modern collections as “vintage”, but you needn’t get pulled into their lines. These dresses can be inspired from any bygone era, whether Edwardian, or 60's. With beautiful material and dreamy, clean lines, your gown can be reminiscent of the dress of one of your favorite relatives.

vintage gown - marie


Multicolored Gowns

Why settle for just one color on your wedding dress when you could combine all of the colors? Multicolored wedding dresses are beginning to gain popularity, and we’re all for it! You can get as extreme as having a rainbow colored wedding gown, that will make folks grin at the fun of it, or just have several colors highlighted in different ways: one color for the dress, another for a belt, and maybe even another color for your crinoline. Speaking of which…

Ariel Gown


Multicolored Petticoats

If you were thinking of going a more traditional route with your dress, while still wanting something fun just poking out from underneath your hem, why don’t you look for a great petticoat? A petticoat is worn under your dress, and you can get a great petticoat in any color that you want. That way, you’ll get a perfectly presentable dress with a fun splash of color.

There are many options at your disposal if you’re more of an offbeat girl that is looking for a fun alternative to a traditional wedding dress, giving you plenty of opportunity to find the perfect dress that meshes just right with your personality. Don’t let anybody talk you out of pursuing something that is more within your taste, and when you get the opportunity, rock it!

 

 Contact us to discuss your Dream Wedding!  Herrin, IL 618-889-7154  http://www.photosbysydney.com/contact.html

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Dresses SimplyBridal.com Weddings https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/alternativeweddingdresses Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Interview with a Bombshell https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/interview-with-a-bombshell


After a day of shooting, we sat down with Miss A to ask her about her Bombshell Session experience. 

 

How would you describe your overall boudoir session experience?

Empowering. I left feeling confident and strong and unstoppable.

List the outfits you brought and where you bought them.

I brought three different nighties from Victoria’s Secret and Dillard’s, a white button-down men’s dress shirt and solid black tie, a few black bras, three pairs of lacy underwear (red, pink, and black), and a brown wiggle dress from Macy’s. You know, in case I ended up looking awful in everything else, I better have some legit clothes.

Who did your hair and makeup? What are your thoughts on these vendors?

The studio provided both hair and make-up artists immediately before my shoot. I wanted big, curly, wavy hair playing off of my natural curl and hoped the ginormous pimple near my lip would be concealed. I was able to show Sydney pictures of hair and make-up during my consultation, and both artists achieved exactly what I wanted!

What kind of vibe were you going for? Do you think we pulled it off?

I originally sought these pictures for my husband who is currently stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, with the Army National Guard. Naturally, I wanted these pictures to look like me, maybe waiting for my husband, wanting my husband. Wearing something I’d easily wear around my house, for the most part. I didn’t want too much make up, no uber frilly costumes, and natural light in a bedroom scene. I also wanted these pictures to represent the woman I have become in my late twenties. I feel strong, beautiful, and confident, and I wanted to see that in print.

Were you nervous about any part of the shoot beforehand? If so, what? Did you become more comfortable after the session started? If so, what helped to relax your nerves?

My biggest concern was that I would look nervous in my pictures. Also, that I would think my thighs were too big, my boobs were too small, or that nothing would fit right that day. I think any jitters I had were erased during hair and make-up, though. There’s just something that makes a woman feel so good when someone else pampers her. My make up was airbrushed, and my hair was so sexy. I felt incredible just looking in the mirror in my tank top and jeans. I loved the music, too! It also helped to chat with Sydney. She’s so easy to talk to.

What advice do you have for others getting their boudoir pictures taken?

I made a “secret” Pinterest board prior to my consultation. I pinned tons of stuff: outfits, hair, make-up and poses. I wanted to keep the fact that I was doing this shoot private, since at the time my husband didn’t know about it yet. I took that board of ideas to Sydney who also had a board of pins for me on her Pinterest. It made it really easy for us to collaborate and stay on the same page.

What was your reason for doing the boudoir session? (a gift for him, yourself, wedding present, anniversary, etc.)

A gift for him, that ended up being a gift for me. Originally, I thought I should do this for my husband, but as I was proofing my photos I realized this was totally for me. I ended up purchasing a “big book,” because there was just no way could I narrow down that many awesome photos to fit in the smaller book. I plan to keep it forever. I’ll share it with sisters and friends and my daughters as they get older. I want my girls to grow up knowing what it means to love and respect their bodies. I want them to see, regardless of size or whatever “problem” areas they may see in their bodies, that they’re beautiful and sexy and no one’s opinion matters if they really believe it. I believe it. I feel it. And now I see it in my pictures.

What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies? What about skills?

I love baking, crafting, and playing with my two kids. I sing in my church’s choir, and I spend most of my time running my kids to soccer practice and piano lessons when I’m not working full-time, like most moms. I love reading and the arts. I’m a professional stage manager, but I grew up performing, dancing, singing and acting.

What was your favorite part of the session?

I loved how this entire day was just about me from start to finish. No babies, no work, just fun with a friend. I LOVED getting to view my proofs right then, too.

Why did you choose the location where the session was held?

I wanted a bedroom scene, because I wanted these pictures to represent the “me” my husband would see. I want him to be able to take these with him should he be deployed and remember what’s back at home waiting for him, loving him, and wanting him. I loved that I was able to look out a window “looking for him.”


Contact us to discuss your Dream Session!  Herrin, IL  618-889-7154   http://www.photosbysydney.com/contact.html

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Boudoir Client Interviews https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/interview-with-a-bombshell Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:30:00 GMT
Ryan and Aubree - October 31, 2013 https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/ryan-and-aubree---october-31-2013

 

Ryan and Aubree’s relationship has been full of fun and romance right from the beginning, and it didn’t stop with their wedding last fall. They invited Artistic Photography to spend the day with them, and capture the wonderful moments of their union.

Since Ryan was involved in theatre, and Aubree was involved in art, it was no surprise that they met in the theatre lobby of Rend Lake College in 2010. They hit it off right from the start, when they “violently shook hands, jumping up and down!”

Ryan proposed by recreating a painting of Aubree’s. The painting was of two trees with a couple holding hands underneath them. Ryan took Aubree for a walk, and had to keep her from putting her hand in the pocket where he had the ring box hidden! He proposed underneath the trees, just like the couple in the painting, and had even brought a blanket and hot cocoa since it was mid-January. Aubree says she knocked him to the ground, hugging and kissing him, because she was so happy that it went just like she had fantasized.

While there are many reasons for this couple to be in love, Aubree says what she loves most about him is how thoughtful and sweet he is, as well as fun. They do everything together, from joking around and play fighting, to going on walks and listening to music together. She says he is home to her.

And what does Ryan love most about Aubree? He says she is the perfect companion. She’s always understanding and willing to listen, yet also willing to travel and try new things. It’s a very secure kind of love.

When asked about their funniest story together, they recounted the tale of a sleepover at a friend’s house. They were cuddled up together on the couch, when Aubree jerked in her sleep and back-handed Ryan across the face. Like everything else, Ryan took it in good humor and they have joked about it ever since.

When it was time to walk down the aisle, Aubree had eyes for only her groom. Though they were surrounded by the love of their family surrounding them, for them they were the only people there and time had stopped. That, Aubree says, was the favorite part of their wedding day.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Real Weddings Weddings https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/ryan-and-aubree---october-31-2013 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:00:00 GMT
Josh and Katie - October 20, 2013 https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/josh-and-katie---october-20-2013 Katie and Josh joined their lives forever at Blue Sky Vineyard on October 20th. Family and friends came from near and far to help them celebrate, watching the beautiful bride march down the aisle to her teary-eyed groom. They enjoyed everything about their day, and asked Artistic Photography by Sydney to help them remember every minute.

Katie loves that Josh can always make her laugh, and keeps her in check when she tends to fly off the handle. He’s always there for her, yet lets her be an independent woman. Josh knows Katie is her true love because he can always be himself around her.

On their first date, the couple had gone to Wal-Mart to kill some time. Little did they know there would be a tornado warning and they would be stuck in the store for two hours with lots of other customers! Fortunately, they didn’t mind spending all that time together and were engaged three years later. He surprised her with an engagement ring on the bridge over the koi pond at SIU’s Japanese garden. Her response? “Oh my God! Are you serious?”

He was, and they are now living happily ever after! Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Real Weddings Weddings https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/josh-and-katie---october-20-2013 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:15:00 GMT
James and Sarah - October 26, 2013 https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/james-and-sarah---october-26-2013 Meet James and Sarah, an example of a blind date gone right! They were introduced by a work colleague, and nine months later found themselves engaged. He proposed to her at a New Year’s Eve party, pulling her into the middle of the room and telling her he didn’t want to be her boyfriend any more. Sarah wasn’t sure if he was going to break up with her in front of everybody, but he proposed instead and they started planning their wedding.

Sarah has a hard time pinning down one thing she loves the most about James, because there is so much. He’s easy to be around, and has supported her no matter what. She also says that James has a habit of hitting his face on glass doors, windows, and even the side of a skill crane machine! Fortunately, she finds the smudges on the glass endearing.

For James, he loves that Sarah accepts him for who he is, and that she’s such a kind and caring person. An extra bonus is that she can “cook like a boss”!

The couple couldn’t pick a single thing they liked most about their wedding day. Even though James messed up the vows, everything was perfect.

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations James and Sarah, and thanks for letting Artistic Photography by Sydney share in your special day!

 

 

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Real Weddings Weddings https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/james-and-sarah---october-26-2013 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT
Under the Crinoline Part 2 - Colonial America https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/1/under-the-crinoline-part-2---colonial-america

Underwear. We take it for granted. It’s a normal part of our everyday lives, and quite often peeks out as part of our wardrobe. In photography, we often pay tribute to time periods long gone, when women were finally able to show off their garters and their femininity. But how did we get the undergarments we know and love? It all had to start somewhere, right? Grab your flux capacitor for a journey back in time, to explore the history of underwear with our blog series, Under the Crinoline.

Part 2 – Colonial America

For the second part of Under the Crinoline, we travel to colonial America, from 1607 to 1776. People from all over Europe were coming to America, many of them to escape religious persecution and heavy-handed governments. A lady was nevertheless appropriately dressed.

            -Shift – Pretty much the same as what we described for Tudor England, this was made of plain cotton or linen and worn next to the body. Typically, women didn’t wear any sort of underdrawers.

            -Stays – The predecessor of the corset, the stays were not for uplifting and accentuating the bust so much as support and posture. Even children wore them to develop their posture. Colonists were aware that lacing their stays too tight could cause injury, and often criticized those who did so for fashion.

            -Pocket – Women in colonial America did not carry around Coach purses or tuck their money in the back of their Levi’s. The pocket was tied on after the stays, and could be accessed through a hole in the skirt of the gown. The very first fanny pack!

            -Hoops – Tied on over the corset and shift, these provided shape to the skirt, but didn’t push it as far out horizontally as those of Tudor England.

            -Petticoats – Often there were two layers of petticoats. The first was for warmth and volume, and the second for fashion since it was visible underneath the gown.

            -Gown – While we are mostly concentrating on underwear, we can’t help but share this fascinating fact: Gowns were fastened with straight pins! The two halves of the gown were pinned together in the front, with the sharp ends buried in the layers of clothing. It provided a neat and tidy closure, and allowed for clothes to be more adjustable.

            A far cry from running to Walmart in your yoga pants!

 

Check out our Pinterest board for this blog series: Pinterest - Under the Crinoline Part 2 - Colonial America

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Under the Crinoline https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/1/under-the-crinoline-part-2---colonial-america Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:55:00 GMT
Under the Crinoline Part 1 - Tudor England https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/under-the-crinoline-part-1---tudor-england

Underwear. We take it for granted. It’s a normal part of our everyday lives, and quite often peeks out as part of our wardrobe. In photography, we often pay tribute to time periods long gone, when women were finally able to show off their garters and their femininity. But how did we get the undergarments we know and love? It all had to start somewhere, right? Grab your flux capacitor for a journey back in time, to explore the history of underwear with our blog series, Under the Crinoline.

Part 1 – Tudor England

Let’s start in Tudor England, 1485 – 1603. Fashion dictated what people wore underneath their clothes, and was mostly a support system for the clothes themselves. The heavy extravagant gowns of the upper class required quite a support system, and even the lower classes wore several layers. Here are the most common types of underwear for the time:

            -Stockings- Not your stretchy pantyhose of today, stockings were often wool or silk, and held up with garters.

            -Chemise or Shift- Made of linen and worn next to the body, this was most often the only garment that was washed on a regular basis.

            -Petticoat- This was basically an underskirt, often with ropes, reeds, or even whalebone sewn in to give stiffness and structure to the rest of the garments.

            -Roll or Rowle- This was tied around the waist in substitute of a petticoat to make the skirt of the gown extend horizontally. Just imagine a Boppy pillow tied under your dress.

            -Kirtle- Worn over the petticoat, the kirtle often had decorated or jeweled hems and showed around the neckline of the gown itself. The forepart of the kirtle worked similarly, and showed through the front split of the gown’s skirt. The kirtle also served for corset-like support, shaping the upper body with whalebones. Separate corsets were not seen until the very end of this time period.

 

            Far from the simple bra and panties we wear today, just imagine how long it would take a woman to get dressed even with the help of a servant. Next time your man complains about waiting on you, just tell him he should be grateful for Victoria's Secret.

 

Check out our Pinterest board for this blog series: Pinterest - Under the Crinoline

 

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Under the Crinoline https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/under-the-crinoline-part-1---tudor-england Thu, 02 Jan 2014 03:45:00 GMT
Congratulations Kim and Nick! https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/congratulations-kim-and-nick

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Meet Nick and Kim, who recently joined their lives at The Liberty Theater in Murphysboro. They asked us to help them capture their memories, so we asked them a bit about themselves.

Before we found them posing for their vintage-inspired wedding photos, we would have found them working at the same construction company. Kim was carrying pumpkins when Nick cracked a comment about her “nice melons”. While that didn’t exactly sweep her off her feet, he came back with some higher quality compliments another day, and they have been happy ever after since then.

There were many unique aspects of Nick and Kim’s wedding, including her fun pink pumps and the historical downtown setting. What this pair loved the most, however, was that they had family come in from hundreds of miles away to join them in their special celebration.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and thanks for letting Artistic Photography be part of your fairytale!

 

Contact us to discuss your Dream Wedding!  Herrin, IL   618-889-7154  http://www.photosbysydney.com/contact.html

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photosyd@yahoo.com (Artistic Photography by Sydney) Real Weddings Weddings https://www.photosbysydney.com/blog/2014/8/congratulations-kim-and-nick Tue, 03 Sep 2013 02:45:00 GMT