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Victoria’s Secret Inspired Angel Wings Photoshoot in Toronto – Why I Offer These Sessions

It’s quite simple:

In and of itself, these Victoria’s Secret inspired angel wings are an example of beautiful and expensive craftsmanship. On their own, they are just majestic ostrich feather luxury prop items that spark curiosity and wonder.

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However, when a woman wears these and has her photos taken in these, one or both of the following might happen:

Feeling your own powerful existence

We had a very special session in the studio recently where a lovely woman came to us to cure her heartbreak. She called to book the session because she was feeling hurt and betrayed. Once we treated her with extra TLC, gave her an experience she would never forget, and presented her with her beautiful photos, she broke down in tears feeling recharged and healed.

She saw herself stand tall, powerful, and was able to appreciate her true reflection which was temporarily obscured by the feeling of hurt and sadness.

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She’s looks like a phoenix rising from the ashes!

She brought the full force of her personality to this angel wings boudoir photoshoot and that made these feathers come to life.

Realizing you are as beautiful as you always wanted to be

A mom of toddler twins and a 6 month old was in the studio this week for the angel wings boudoir photoshoot I offer in Toronto. She told me she had never, ever liked full-body shots of herself. But when she saw her photos after the session, 80% of the images she ordered were full body shots! If a pair of these wings is what it takes to make you see your own beauty, then all my investment is worth seeing the smile on your face. Remember, it’s not because of the wings that you are beautiful. It’s because of you the wings come together in the picture.

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So, really, this is not so much about the fact that Dream Boudoir Photography owns a pair of one-of-a-kind wings. It’s about you being a Dream Boudoir Photography DREAMGIRL who makes these inanimate come ALIVE.

The pride of my photography and my studio is not these wings. The pride of my photography is being honored with the trust women like you put in me to capture you — and I cannot wait for you to grace these wings with the gift of being photographed on you.

See you in the studio xo

 

Vintage Pinup or Classic Boudoir Photography – What’s Your Flavour?

You have heard your girlfriends talking about doing a boudoir shoot but you don’t really understand what that means?

Or have you read about pinup shoots but didn’t know what that meant either? Well I’ll tell you one thing that they both are: EMPOWERING!!

 

Both boudoir and pinup photography focus on YOU and provide an incredible opportunity to release your inner goddess which is unique, gorgeous, sexy, and confident. This allows you to cherish these images as unique works of art, showing you the powerful femininity that’s jam-packed inside you.

When you think boudoir, imagine larger-than-life angel wings, Victoria’s Secret inspired hair, radiant skin with highlights on fleek, smoky and sexy eyes — and you. Lying on a chaise lounge, adorned in pearls and black lace. There’s a Christian Grey’s playlist playing in the background and you’re wearing your plumpest lipstick.

This session is for you if you are all about exploring and embracing the sexual power and ready to reclaim all your battle scars and turn them in to memorabilia of your achievements. If you are ready to show your good-girl-gone-bad side in contemporary MAGAZINE STYLE ARTWORK, Classic Boudoir is your calling.

Now imagine yourself with hair rolled up, nude garters peeking through, and a polka dot dress hugging your killer curves. You have a sexy pair of pumps on, wearing the biggest smile on your face or maybe even a grin – this session is for you if you like to flaunt your flirty and fun side, with a touch of innocence. If you are all about playing the FANTASY ART of the era gone by, pinup is your calling.

 

Little History of Women in Pinup Poster Art

Pinup photography originated in the 40’s and has since become a movement of positivity and freedom for women since Marilyn Monroe days. The pinup era is typically considered to be between the 1940-1960’s. These pictures were gorgeous and brimming with a retro energy filled with facial expressions that told a story, or hid a secret, or were just downright playful. Always dramatic and theatrical. Think a look of surprise or a come-hither smile.

The point of pinup photography at our Dream Boudoir Toronto Studio is to have a flirty, playful feel with the hint of teasing and focus on striking features of a woman. Pinup goes above and beyond with the extravagant makeup. Think Dita Von Tease: sexy, flawless skin with a defined red lip. We love sculpted cheekbones with layers of mascara and maybe even feathered, dark black lashes!

Vintage hairdos are an essential part of this the glam look: Volume and rolls, luscious curls and bouncy hair – maybe even a head scarf tied in a bow.

Typically, when clients ask for a pinup shoot, they are looking for fun, retro vibe. These shoots are definitely era specific – many choose to go with outfits that exhibit stories over the eras like a vintage low-cut frilly dress or a red corset with black panties and sexy high heels. Wardrobe can further include: swing dresses, one-piece bathing suits, wiggle dresses or rolled up jeans and a tank and plaids with a bandana.

Pin up encourages you to light-heartedly explore your femininity and follow in the footsteps of icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page.

What is a Boudoir photoshoot?

Both boudoir and pin up allow you to fall in love with yourself and your inherent beauty.
They may seem similar but there are comparable differences between the two, especially when it comes to the photography aspect. While pin up is more playful and flirtier, boudoir is bold, serious, relatable, and powerful. Boudoir is smoky, intimate and focuses on sensuality with more of a physical reveal. Boudoir photoshoots invite you into the bedroom, it’s great for a more sensual and intimate display of your beauty and definitely comes across as sexy.

Boudoir makeup is also very different than our Toronto pinup photography sessions, in that its more contemporary glam. Think dramatic, wispy lashes covering smoky bronze eyelids, along with a glossy nude pout and voluminous curls. Many clients love a pop of color on the lips and either go with a deep magenta or a bright, red lip.

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We like to keep the eyes and skin fresh, sexy and radiant as to not take away any attention from your physical beauty that we want to showcase in our Toronto and Vancouver Dream Boudoir Photography Sessions. The focus of boudoir shoots is your sex-bomb self at the centre and not so much colorful elements as you can see in pinup photoshoots.

 

While Pinup Is…

A sharp winged liner, sculpted cheekbones, and a pouty red lip, and curled up hair. A fun and flirty pinup image could cover your living room or bathrooms as pop artwork whereas your boudoir pictures are magazine-style art creations fit for your bedroom, above your bed, or in the walk in closet.

These pinup sessions are highly stylized, meaning they are meant to project digital artistic interpretations with suspension of belief required to enjoy the final products. Our Toronto Pinup photography images are standalone works of art presented in collections of no smaller than 8×12 ready-to-frame matted & mounted wall prints while with boudoir, you have a choice of our luxury albums as well because these images tell a story.

Our luxury boudoir images are intimate and sensual while our vintage pinup photography sessions scream “check me out!”

 

Our pinup photography sessions in Toronto are also different when it comes to posing and styling. The poses are exaggerated, theatrical, and almost unrealistic — this is intentional to create the world of fantasy where women can celebrate their whole beings on their own terms.

Both boudoir and pin up are great ways to celebrate your body and sexiness while also having an incredibly fun, unique and exciting photoshoot experience in our all-female Toronto pinup photography & boudoir studio. With up to 20 boudoir and 6 pinup shoots every month, we’ve seen women embrace both their pinup girl and edgy boudoir side with us. For regardless of the medium of expression the focus really is on YOU taking control of your narrative and how you want to preserve the best of yourself.

 

Why?

Because everyone woman deserves photos of herself that empower her and remind her that she’s got it all! You deserve the time to be pampered and to have the camera focused on you and nothing but you. Regardless of how you choose to capture your sexy and fun goddess who lives within you – these images are memories preserved in museum quality artwork and they will be yours to cherish for a long, long time.

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17 Thoughts All Women Have When Going Lingerie Shopping

1. “Time to Pull Off an Adriana Lima! Wait. Where Do I Begin?”

You walk into the store and your sprits are high in excitement for your boudoir shoot. And no idea where to begin? No worries! Our helpful Lingerie Guide, which comes complimentary with all bookings along with 2 other e-books, will be your best friend, helping you find the best look!

2. “Can I Rock This Without the Wings?”

You can. But you don’t have to!

I took this image on the right during an outdoor boudoir session and have had so many women since request these wings! I actually went ahead to to special order these and I now have real Ostrich feather, Victoria’s Secret runway angel wings available for special Toronto boudoir sessions in the studio! Interested? Drop me a line and I can fill you up with the details!

 

3. “Do Women Really Wear This Kinda Stuff?” 

In the privacy of an all-female professional boudoir photography studio, which makes you feel like home, you’ll end up surprising yourself for what you can dare to wear 😉

The idea is to keep it classy and beautiful at all time. That’s my job. Your job is to bring that one piece you so badly want but feel almost embarrassed to even show it to anyone, let alone be photographed in it. Challenge yourself. Or you will regret not at least trying it out!

 

4. “Sold a Kidney to Get This Set, I Better Look Like a Supermodel!”

You WILL look like a supermodelThat’s my job 😉

Also, you don’t have to sell a kidney. I have special coupon codes and recommendations for you to get beautiful custom lingerie that’s locally produced and designed. Let’s talk and I will help ya out!

 

5. “Is This Supposed to be This Uncomfortable?”

A little bit of pain, and you get lots of sexy in gain! But it doesn’t always need to be this bad. Check out these ideas for a kick-ass beautiful boudoir session. During your Production Design Meeting, we will have lots of time to think outside the box 😉 Hit me up?

6. “Who Am I Kidding? Let’s Just Stick to the Period Panties”

Maybe it’s time for a change. Maybe you are long overdue to treat yourself and get out of those cotton staples.

And, girl, we have seen it all at the studio. And our all-female environment is stocked with supplies too!

7. “Babydolls? Garter? Sexy Satin? I NEED to Have ALL of This!”

There is NO wardrobe change limit to your session. NONE!

So go ahead and bring that suitcase and the garment bag and everything else and we will help you carry it all into the studio!

 

8. Quadruple Boob Syndrome

Oh, I know this one too well! Pushup doing weird things that puppies keep overspilling!

During your boudoir session, we will do a proper lingerie consult and along with my years of experience in beauty posing and retouching, we will make sure you look absolutely as perfect as you truly are!

9: “I Figured Out Where All the Straps Go!”

Rest assured, you will also look as sassy as you see yourself in the fitting room mirror!

 

10. Is There a Tutorial I Can Find for This?

Pffft.

We’re experts at dressing you up (and down!) for the perfect boudoir look you can ever have! Just order that fishnet one piece you’ve been eyeing online and we will help you get in it! AND kill it!

11. “Hold On. How Do I Get Out Of This Now?”

Get that corset, girl! And we will help you lace it up for the shoot and loosen it up after, too!

12. “Ohhhhh no! Please Don’t Tear! I Will Give Up Coffee for a Whole Week! PleaseeeeDon’tTear!”

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We know all the tricks in the bag and will help you save the best of it all for a that romantic dinner date 😉

13. “SALE TIME! There goes my rent money…”

Grab your girlfriend and go to splurgetown with lingerie shopping! Better yet, bring her in, too, and make your boudoir session a double session!

Ever heard of a better Girls’ Day Out idea?!

14. “Um… What Exactly is This Supposed to ‘Cover?'”

For your boudoir session, go a little risqué. A little out of your comfort zone. And we’ll transform your beautiful form into a complete work of art!

15. “Street-corner Fishnet? Or High-End Stockings?

Why not both? A little experimentation hurt no one 😉

 

16. Oooh, Yeah! That’s the One!

Your dream lingerie can be anything! From that vintage beauty your grandma gave your mom or that gorgeous new Fenty line.

 

17. “Watch Out, Miranda Kerr!”

LET’S SHOOT, GIRLFRIEND!

 

Now It’s Time to (privately) Photograph That Look!

That lingerie splurge gave you super powers. And I’m now here to capture that essential beauty that you are!

Let’s get down to Booking Your Session so you have something to look back to and celebrate anytime you ever doubt yourself!

 

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Finest Handmade Lingerie in Toronto

Off the rack doesn’t work for your rack?

THEN IT’S TIME TO SPLURGE ON FINE LINGERIE MADE IN TORONTO!

Recently I’ve become a collector of fine lingerie. The reason? After having the baby, there were not only physical changes in my body but also personality changes. For example, I’d rather dish out a few extra bucks to get a comfortable and a PERFECT FIT set of undergarments than the same amount of money on 5 cheaper off-the-rack versions that never feel worth the spent. Honestly, Victoria’s Secret, LaSenza, La Vie en Rose etc have become a huge hit or miss for me.

So I went on a hunt in the city and I’m happy to report that I found not one but a few FABULOUS women who have specialized stores and studios in Toronto to create lingerie that looks and fits the absolute best I have ever seen.

I’m listing these amazing custom lingerie found and produced in Toronto for your ease <3

 

Women pour their hearts out to me when they call me to talk about why they want to do this shoot. Let me share some of those stories with you.

*With Love Lingerie*

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Carrie, the owner and designer of With Love Lingerie is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Her collections reminds me of the grandeur of a Gatsby party. What’s more? For a limited time, all Dream Boudoir Toronto ladies will get a 50% off coupon with booking for anything purchased off her website. THAT’S RIGHT, GIRL! Half-off your entire order of this custom-made lingerie brand straight out of Hamilton!

HOW COOL IS THAT!

 

*Bettie Fatal*

This brand of Toronto’s finest handmade custom lingerie is romantic and deadly in nature. I LOVE how the owner and designer of Bettie Fatal, the lovely Avery Barsony, quotes the words of McQueen, “I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” A girl after my own heart. Love her collections. Check out her Instagram by the same name for her always limited-edition new designs.

 

*Ohhh Lulu*

In the world of custom lingerie experts in Toronto/GTA, Sarah Norwood is a very well-known name. She also sells sewing patterns if you’re a DIY kinda girl and she also takes custom orders for fine lingerie in Toronto and beyond. Check it out and let me know what you love from her line for your next shoot!

 

*Gigi’s House of Frills*

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Julia, who also goes by Gigi, is the sweetest vintage doll herself and the owner of this cute store right off Ossington station. If you are looking for beautiful vintage lingerie in Toronto or vintage-inspired, this store the place to go. She also stocks some beautiful ready-to-wear items from some of the local designers I have already talked about above. If you go to my instagram (@TorontoBoudoirPhotography) you will be able to see a tour of her store I have put up on my IGTV.

Beyond Lingerie: Custom Corsets

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In addition to your “standard” lingerie sets, corsets are a BRILLIANT idea for a beautiful and elaborate boudoir photography theme. I recently did a shoot with Dianna and will be posting the pictures soon. Her corsets scream luxury and ornate art and are meant to last a very long time. Take a look at this style of custom made fine lingerie in Toronto and set up and appointment with her for a fitting of your dream corset. Then come to me and we will photograph the best boudoir photography session in Toronto anyone would’ve ever seen!

 

Beyond Toronto: Montréal

Ellesmere Lingerie has my heart! Although they are not based in Toronto, Montréal is not at all that far. You can order online and bring these beauties over for your very own, fully customized boudoir photoshoot experience. Yes, you can have it all!

 

AND GUESS WHAT?

Shopping at With Love Lingerie, Bettie Fatal, or Gigi’s House of Frills makes you eligible for a store credit at my studio for your prints! Curious how that works? Let’s talk and I will explain 🙂

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10 Types of Women Who Want to Feel Sexy

Hey, ladies!

I’m heading into another busy week of back-to-back shoots but I wanted to make sure to reach out to you to take away the “myth” behind the voice at the back of your head, “but what kind of women go to a boudoir studio?!”

The short answer is: A woman like you. Because you are reading this for a reason. As a female boudoir photographer myself, you will find the love and support you need to embrace yourself at your most beautiful!

 

Women pour their hearts out to me when they call me to talk about why they want to do this shoot, this is one of the many reasons of being a female boudoir photographer in Toronto. Let me share some of those stories with you.

1. THE NERVOUS WRECK

You are judging yourself before even giving yourself a chance. You feel like you want this boudoir photoshoot SO BAD but what if someone sees your photos? What if they judge you for being vain (i.e. BEAUTIFUL)? For being indulgent (i.e. TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF)? You are so nervous if you “still got it” and if you will be able to keep it together come the day of the shoot.

This is 90% of all women who walk into my studio. TRUST ME, the care with which I craft every shoot, their nervousness goes away so fast that once they book a photoshoot in my all female boudoir photography studio, their confidence REALLY spikes up. To the point that almost all of the “Nervous Wrecks” end up requesting a classy topless shot 10 minutes into the session! NO KIDDING!

2. THE SELFLESS ONE

You keep giving, and giving, and giving: To your husband, to your kids, to your parents, to your friends, to your work. Ever wondered what it’s like to take a break and instead of giving the best of you to others all the time, replenish yourself with taking a day that’s just for yourself? Tasteful and classy glamour portraits and boudoir photography will remind you that you are your first priority and responsibility. In the airplanes, they say it for a reason that you should put on your oxygen mask before helping others — because that is the only way you can help others. So give yourself a treat and do this Toronto boudoir photography session just like so many other women like you who I meet everyday.

 

3. THE ONE GIFTING HER SEXY

The Luxury boudoir album, printed at the museum quality lab in Italy is the absolute favourite of most women do a shoot with me. From the perspective of a female boudoir photographer in in Toronto, I know that my studio’s Italian-made Boudoir Photography Professional Albums are the absolutely perfect gift for your partner, be it Christmas, Valentine’s, your birthday, their birthday, you name it!

 

4. THE ONE STUCK IN A RUT

Yep, you’re bored. Same old routine, same old you, from home to hustle, every day seems like the one before. No time to think about a change of haircut, or risking a new makeup routine, or even thinking outside the work wardrobe capsule, be it the nurse’s slacks or the pant-suit. Sex life also seems to have hit a plateau — These women come to me, your Toronto GTA Boudoir Photographer expert, to make them come alive once again. The supermodel experience of you being the centre of attention for an entire day and you playing dress-up every which way. For these women, this is one the best days they’ve had in a long time, in their own words.

5. THE HEARTBROKEN ONE

From stories of being in an unhappy or abusive relationship to amicable parting or cheating spouses, my all-female Toronto boudoir photography studio has seen it all. The good news is that you now have the “excuse” that you needed to put your big girl pants on, wipe away your tears, and embrace the stronger you that is on her way to rising out of the ashes just like a Dumbledore’s Phoenix! 😉 I show women like you the mirror of self-love and confidence everyday. You’ve got this!

 

6. THE NEWLY IN LOVE

If you ask the women what “newly” in love means, they will tell you about the guy they met 6 months ago or the guy they have been married to for 28 years but found their heart skipping a beat again. This boudoir photoshoot has it all: I will capture the twinkle in your eyes, the glow on your face, the best of his white shirts framing your body.

 

7. THE WARRIOR

You overcame a serious health issue or you just paid off your house AND put your kids through college: Whatever defines strength for you, my studio has seen it all. The women who walk into my boudoir photography studio have so many stories of strength and courage that whenever they do allow me to share their struggle, I can see other women identify with it find inspiration in it. I’ll be your trusted confidante female boudoir photographer, and I encourage you to tell your story and celebrate your triumphs. You can read more about these stories on the blog here.

8. THE ONE WHO HAS NEVER BOUGHT LACEY LINGERIE BEFORE

The last time these women thought about pretty and not just practical underwear was their wedding 25 years ago. And that was also the only time they bought something half-decent. Because who’s gonna see your splurge? When these women book their shoot at my all-female Toronto boudoir photography studio, they LOVE the helpful e-books I send them and find it so empowering to walk into a lingerie store to buy the most delicate and romantic thing they can find and for no other reason but to feel gorgeous inside out. The shoot becomes their excuse to have this experience and not feel guilty or ashamed about owning “nice things” in life. Congratulations, girls!

9. THE NEW GRANDMA

From those who got married at 19 30 years ago to the 62 year old grandma of six, I have photographed it all. Seriously! Feeling fabulous has no age or weight limit and the trust of these wise women in my professional photography at the boudoir studio makes MY day a fabulous one!

10. THE SEXTING DIVA

Long distance across the ocean or 20 minutes drive away from home at their work place, OR a new Tinder prospect, at my Toronto boudoir photography studio, women experience a new side of their sexy everyday. Taking “shame” away from it all, I strongly believe that a woman’s body is to be celebrated so enjoy these beautiful photos to boost your own self-esteem and to remind your special someone how lucky they are 😉

 

BUT WAIT: THERE’S MORE!

11. THE HUSTLING SINGLE MAMA

I salute you, ladies — because your stories and your effort is HARD WORK. And it’s always a pleasure to be your professional boudoir photographer.

12. THE ONE WITH SELF-DOUBT

Am I good enough? Am I thin enough? Am I young enough? Am I sexy enough? Is feeling sexy really a “need?” Oh, god, woman! Stop! I get teary when women talk like that about themselves — that’s why, at my Toronto boudoir photography studio, no negative self-talk is allowed. And trust me, all the women who walk in with these thoughts leave the studio skipping with happiness and confidence once they see how beautiful they look!

13. THE ONE WITH BURSTING SELF-CONFIDENCE

These women have got it all. They’re the definition of Beyoncé’s Independent Woman. And they come to do this glamour makeover boudoir photoshoot to document the amazing bliss they’re experiencing in their lives and to keep feeling fabulous forever!

 

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