A sizzling, sexy boudoir session

In the comfort of her own home, Ms. S leans into a sexy boudoir session, and the results are amazing!

What makes this latest photoshoot with Ms. S such a sexy boudoir sesh? For one, we love that it took place in her home, an apartment therapy worthy space in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.  It the setting felt intimate and personal, and probably added an extra sense of comfort for Ms. S.  We also think she embodies a fully liberated woman— self-confident and comfortable expressing her sensuality.

If interested in a boudoir session in your home, visit our contact page to learn more.


















An alternative to boudoir photography – Revealed Undone

Revealed Undone – Stripped down, natural, for this moment…

 

We’re ready to share our big secret..introducing Undone Sessions

Over the last year, we’ve been quietly creating a series of images to represent a new style of work. It’s been hard keeping this work hidden, but we’re finally ready to announce Revealed Undone—an alternative to the traditional boudoir.

 

What IS an undone Session?

Beginning at sunrise or sunset, we’ll set out for a secluded location in nature. This is about the moment and your expression, so wear something simple, something that moves with you. We’ll give you a little direction, like a yoga or dance instructor, but nothing overly intrusive.

The Details:

Sessions will last around 90 minutes, give or take. Afterward, we’ll choose between 25 and 35 images that we feel best to tell the story of your experience. They’ll be web resolution and delivered to you electronically. These files are complimentary. We feel this type of work looks best as fine art prints or an unbound album, which you can purchase after you’ve seen your photos.

 

Undone vs. Boudoir:

Why offer this sort of session in addition to our boudoir services? There are a number of reasons—our personal love of taking pictures outside (the light, the natural beauty); we’re also suckers for the way hair and fabric move in the wind. But beyond those reasons, this is a response to something deeper.

In all we do we want to provide a safe space for women to connect with and express themselves. While boudoir is a great way to do that, this undone session take it one step further. In shifting the focus away from hair and makeup, away from lingerie, and away from the recipient of the images, the experience becomes even more personal and intimate. It can be meditative, playful, and releasing. This is for you. The whole you, free of the public gaze, of judgment, of pressure.

SPECIAL PRICING THROUGH THE END OF JUNE.

For a limited time, we’re offering Undone sessions for $499 (regular $599) and a portion of the profits from all Undone sessions will be donated to End the Backlog.

Slots are limited for 2018 due to the Chicago climate. Contact us today to secure your session while the weather allows.

To see more undone session examples, please visit our Revealed Undone page.

 

 

Lingerie Photography with Ms. J

“I feel like I can conquer the world with the right lingerie. And to this, I celebrate.” With pieces all the way from France, Ms. J stuns in her lingerie photography session

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Sometimes one boudoir shoot just isn’t enough. Which was the case for Ms. J, who came in for her first session last February.  In July we received an email with the subject line: “Virgo season, bday shoot.” Before we even opened the message we knew we’d already be on board for whatever she had in mind.

Her idea was to showcase the gorgeous pieces of lingerie she picked up in Paris over the summer in a sultry hotel setting. After some speedy research, we decided on a suite at The Waldorf Astoria, loving the clean lines, neutral color palette, and floor to ceiling windows.

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When we arrived, Ms. J had each item laid out on the bed before us in a layflat design that would make an editorial stylist proud. When we saw the lingerie in person we knew exactly why she wanted to do another photoshoot. This time around though, we’re letting her share in her own words…

“I feel like I can conquer the world with the right lingerie. And to this, I celebrate.”

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“I have no idea where my love for lingerie comes from…all I know is how I feel when I’m wearing it. Empowered.On my last visit to Paris, I decided to do a Tour de Dentelle. Tour of Lace. My journey brought me to some of the oldest lingerie boutiques on rue St-Honoré to the newest and trendiest departments at Galeries Lafayette. I wanted to do a photoshoot in them not only to celebrate myself for the 34-year-old woman I’ve grown to become and love but also to capture and commemorate the essence of the items that speak most to my soul.

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The star of my show was made by Aubade. This company was founded in 1875 and was known for their girdles and corsets. I picked up this set because of the originality of the suspender belt design—so simple yet excellent at elongating the thighs because they hold the stockings from the sides, not from the front and back, like most. Easier access for all parties involved  Another thing I love about this set is the tiny blue Swarovski crystals sewn into the lace. One can only see them if he’s lucky enough to get that close!

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The bodysuit was made by Honey Bridette, which is actually an Australian company, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with the details. The deep v front leaves exceptional room for the imagination. The gold buckles add just enough of a bondage feel but are offset by the dainty lace trim on the open back. Paired with my favorite red lipstick and stilettos, easily one of the power pieces in my collection.

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Lastly, the high waisted briefs. Love at first sight! Pairing this with a bra wouldn’t have done them any justice. The boning all around the piece and the placement of the lace will accentuate even the most petite woman’s curves. The drawstring in the back gives it a true under corset feel and also enhances the seduction factor 10 fold. These were made by Cadolle. Herminie Cadolle invented the bra in 1889 and today the boutique still makes bespoke corsets.

Interested in your own boudoir or lingerie photographer session?  Contact us here or call 773-273-9063.

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Ovation Chicago Photography – Caroline + Nic are Married!

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Caroline and Nik’s Ovation Chicago Photography

I first met Caroline nearly 10 years ago on the other side of the world. We were in Thailand. I was fresh out of college teaching a photography program for the summer and she was one of my students.  Caroline was kind and sweet, the type of person you felt comfortable with instantly. I also sensed her intelligence, genuine interest in people, the world, and a pull toward what made it all stick together.

Well, nearly eight years later, I heard from Caroline in a message on facebook.  She was getting married and remembered “her photo instructor” while in Thailand. She wanted me to document her wedding, or rather, post-wedding celebration. She and Nik were married in Canada nearly two years before this American ceremony. I couldn’t have been more touched.

Kelly fell in love with Caroline just as quickly as I did. And the object of her affection–Nik, well he’s as endearing and remarkable as she.  These are just a few pictures highlighting their wedding day. What a joy and honor to be a part of it all and witness their love reaffirmed before their closest friends and family at the Ovation event space in Chicago.

If you’re interested in learning more about our wedding photography services, please visit our wedding site or contact page.

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Big shout out to these amazing vendors!

Florist Flowers for Dreams
Wedding Dress by Emmy Mae
Wedding Venue Ovation Chicago
Catering by Tri Star Catering / Lou Malnati’s / Stan’s Donuts / Dairy Queen
Hair and Make-up: Diem Angie
Style Matters DJs

Kimmy + Braden’s Backyard Wedding in Barrington Hills

A childhood dream is made true when Kimmy and Braden married in a backyard wedding

On a beautiful sunny Saturday, Kimmy and Braden were married in the front yard of Kimmy’s childhood home.  Their family and friends watched from folder chairs as the two exchanged their vows. After, those same chairs were brought to the backyard and used for seating during the reception. Kimmy’s father walked her down the aisle with a delighted grin was impossible not to return.

It was a gorgeous day and Kimmy looked just timeless with finger-wave curls and a sweetheart neckline wedding dress. The groom and his groomsmen were classic in black and white tuxes. The whole day felt like an intimate family affair.

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Big Shout to these Vendors:

Florist – Mayfield Florist

Caterer – Wild Asparagus Catering

Makeup Artist – Beauty by Tassi (Monica)

Hair Stylist – Beauty by Tassi

DJ – Toast and Jam DJ

Videographer –Petite Four Films

Undone Lake Michigan Photoshoot

Undone Lake Michigan Photoshoot

We’ve known Tanya for some time now. She’s one our makeup artists at the studio and the warmest and most loving people you will ever meet. When we started shooting Undone sessions, we knew we work with Tanya. We also knew it wouldn’t be difficult, because she is so supportive of not just us, but of all women getting in touch with nature and themselves.

We’re so excited to share her images from her session.

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A portion of the profits from each Undone Session goes to endthebacklog.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the backlog of rape kits and reforming laws in each state to ensure that new kits are tested in a timely manner.

for more information on our Undone sessions email us at info@revealed-studios.com

Male Boudoir Photography

Everything you need to know and stuff you didn’t even know you should know about male boudoir photography.

More and more men are finding the appeal in a male boudoir photography session. With the chance to look and feel great, plus photos that make you look like a subject of GQ, can you blame them?

While we primarily photograph women, we’re always game to work with the opposite sex. It lets us exercise our creativity in different ways, directing for moodier expressions and stronger angles.

Can Men Do Boudoir Photography?

male-boudoir-photography-2So often we hear men (and women) say, “No way, not me.  Why would I ever do that?” Au contraire.  You CAN and should.  There are so many reasons to do a male boudoir photography session. Maybe you’re in prime physical condition and want a similar experience to this Mens fitness photography shoot or maybe you think the whole thing is a little silly and want to do a funny male boudoir photography session as a tongue-in-cheek gift to your significant other. That’s cool too.

 

In our humble opinion, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to push back against the notion men should always be tough, dirty, and unkempt and ladies are the only ones who get to indulge in some pampering.  Well that’s no fun!

 

Male Boudoir Photography Ideas

You’re starting to get it, but still nervous.  We understand!  How about some male boudoir ideas?  Think of the cover shoots of Gerad Butler or Denzel Washington. We want ALL men, not just artists or performers, to have the chance to get some kickass photos. You could do the classic Marky Mark black and white Calvin Klein ad (back before he went by Mark Wahlberg) in white boxer briefs. Or what about something like this more contemporary Armie Hammer photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz.  Super sexy and he’s totally clothed guys!! Seriously, look how many clothes he has on!

Ok, so we realize those two are pretty steamy.  How about someone more relatable?  What about Jason Batemen going with the “messy, just got off work disheveled look“. Or Stranger Things’ David Harbour looking irresistibly approachable in a Moto jacket photoshoot. Could he be more charming?

Boudoir Photography for Men: Comfort First.

male-boudoir-photography-3When it comes to boudoir photography for men, just know our work aligns closer to what you’d see in Details or Esquire vs. Boogie Nights. We’re happy to photograph you like a male model in an editorial spread or even a tasteful nude to capture your physique.  We do not do full frontal or allow any sort of groping pictures.

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Interested in your own male boudoir photography shoot and seeing your self confidence rise? Check out what our customers have to say in our boudoir photography reviews or how to prep for a boudoir photography shoot.
Empower yourself, book online with Maggie directly with your name and number and we’ll get back to you to schedule your session and answer any questions you might have.

Hey self confidence, where’ve you been my whole life?

When you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle, how do you find and keep your self confidence on a daily basis?

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Some women seem to be born with a sense of confidence. For others, it can feel elusive–appealing, but somehow out of reach. If you’re the latter, we feel you. We’ve been there and we want to help ya out.
We’ve met and photographed A LOT of women. Many of them were full of nerves when they came in to the studio, but left having crushed their shoot. So how did they manage to overcome those butterflies?  And where did they find the courage to comfort their fears?

Maggie, owner of Revealed Studio, opens up and shares ways to gain and hold on to your self confidence.

Start with the Bunny Slope.

On the path to self-love, we often stop before we even start.  The road ahead seems long and difficult. Instead of focusing on your “perfect self,” begin small. If we’re newbie skiers and went straight to the black diamonds, most of us would say “f-it!” as soon as we get off the chair lift.  While there is no short cut to confidence, like skiing, there are definite ways to help you reach the top of the mountain.

 

  1. 80% Attitude. Your attitude is a powerful tool in supporting your effort. Starting with “I can’t” or “not me” is self-sabotaging. Give yourself the chance with affirmative statements: “I got this” and “today, this is me.” If that’s too much, “I’ll try” or “I’m willing to” is a step in the right direction. self-confidence-revealed-studios-03
  2. True Friends. The law of attraction in physics states that “like attracts like.” Choose your tribe wisely. Unfortunately we’ve seen it more than we’d like:  a client comes in with a friend, and instead being their cheerleader, the friend turns into someone more like a frenemy. They suck the good vibes right out of the air and not only is the client left feeling bad, but our whole team needs a big “shake it off” afterwards.  Having a group of non-judgmental, positive friends will strengthen the foundation of your confidence, support it when it’s weak, and even help rebuild it when truly broken.
  3. Reflect on the Source. Is your self confidence coming from the superficial? It’s ok to feel gratitude for your body and even your appearance, but at the same time it’s important to remember it’ll only get you so far (and it’s not the most sustainable longterm).  What about feeling confident in how you’re taking care of yourself? Being good to your body and your mind—well that’s something to really feel proud about. Across the board, when you look at pyramids ranking the hierarchy of needs in humans from Oprah, to Tony Robbins, to the late American psychologist Abraham Maslow, all place your physical form at the base of the pyramid. But it’s not so important how that physical form looks, but rather how your health enables your best, fullest self.Reflect on the source. Is your confidence coming from the superficial? It’s ok to feel gratitude for your body and even your appearance, but at the same time, it’s important to remember: those surface things only get you so far (and they’re not the most sustainable longterm).  What about feeling confident in how you’re taking care of yourself? Being good to your body and your mind? That’s something to really feel proud about. Across the board, when you look at pyramids ranking the hierarchy of needs in humans from Oprah, to Tony Robbins, to the late American psychologist Abraham Maslow, all of them physical form at the bottom of the pyramid. In other words, it’s not so important how that physical form looks, but rather how your health enables your best, fullest self.
  4. Be Curious. It’s normal, and as a matter of fact, very common to be hard on yourself.  On a daily basis we’re exposed to direct and indirect messages that can lead to self-doubt.  Next time you feel that urge to cut yourself down rather than being judgmental, try being curious. For example, that’s interesting, every time I scan through instagram and see a woman with an awesome booty I start to spiral, committing to 100 squats a day till my flat butt grows an inch. What’s going on there?  Is a bigger butt gonna make me happier? Is social media making me less secure?  Try asking questions rather than immediately labeling yourself. self-confidence-revealed-studios-02
  5. You are beautiful & Unique. Comparing is a self-defeating monster. When we measure our worth alongside others, we fail to recognize the million tiny factors that make each and every one of us wholly unique and valuable in our own way. Try the curiosity trick again when you get the urge to compare.  In doing so, your mind will open up. And here’s the truth:  behind so many perfect-looking photos, there’s a level of smoke and mirrors worthy of a Las Vegas performance — photoshopped figures, strict dieting that by clinical standards would be considered an eating disorder, and a desperate need for affirmation that leads to addiction.   self-confidence-revealed-studios-01
Step-up and surprise yourself, our experience has shown that the person in the image IS that beautiful and wonderful and kind. And GREAT!  The world needs more people like that. Remind yourself of your self worth and how beautiful you are – replace jealously with admiration, free your emotional space for an abundance of joy in your heart. Wanna know another word for joy?  CONFIDENCE!
See what some of the women who joined us for our photo sessions, also known as self confidence shoots, have to say about their reviews on boudoir photography.
You can also see some of the shoots and read about these amazing, beautiful, and self confident women,
Interested in your own boudoir photography shoot and seeing your self confidence rise? Check out what our customers have to say in our boudoir photography reviews or how to prep for a boudoir photography shoot.
Empower yourself, book online with Maggie directly with your name and number and we’ll get back to you to schedule your session and answer any questions you might have.