REAL BOUDOIR + TIPS + M’PUPPY | Would you shoot a boudoir session in the middle of THIS PLACE? | Chelsea Maras Photography

Hey guys!  Happy Thursday afternoon to your entire collective face.  Ok so in this post we’ve got three things:

  • a boudoir shoot
  • tips for rocking it right
  • my puppy, Bambino Wigglestein McPuppypants, III, Esquire

I included my puppy because you guys like me to include pictures of my puppy, but also because:

A universal truth.

Ok now listen – I dunno what you had for lunch, but I just had some crispy sweet potato fries, so I am ALL SET.  Actually Bambino really enjoyed watching me eat them.  It was his pleasure…

Either it was his pleasure, or he would like to muddy my face in his poopings if I don’t hand over the remaining fries that I have inadvertently placed *just* out of reach of his shnoz.  Oh well.  In other news, BOUDOIR!

Chelsea Maras, of the aptly named Chelsea Maras Photography, submitted this stellar I Am Woman Hear Me Motherf**king Roar type of shoot (at least that’s what I think of when I see these pictures), and I’m thrilled to share not only the inspiration it provides for what you can do with a lovely summer’s day and a random available field (that you’ve checked for nearby little league games first), but ALSO AS WELL — I’m throwing in a bunch of important simple tips I think you might like to have on ya, should you pursue the rocking of one of these types of shoots yourself.

Aright, YEAH!

Starting with my first one…

TIP: I’m definitely a big proponent of feeling good about yourself WITHOUT makeup, and hardly wear any to work.  But work is 14 steps from my bedroom, at my desk in our office.  So that’s not really fair of me.  But ANYWAY, that said– I want you to know that I am a HUGE PROPONENT of great makeup for your boudoir shoot.  It just makes everything that much better.  So rock some stellar makeup, and prepare to feel sexier and more alive than you ever possibly could while standing in a field of tall grass in your skivvies.

TIP: bring some seating not normally found in nature, for an added pop of colorful detail AND for a comfortable break between shots. :)

TIP: Headgear is ALWAYS  a good idea, especially if it’s loud, magazine-layout type shots you’re after…

TIP: Relax.  Enjoy the process.  If you’re comfortable with your body, you can look great in ANYTHING.  Check out this confident gal in a pair of what look to be fantastically high-waisted leather shorts!  She’s KILLIN in those things.

Here’s the background behind the shoot from Chelsea:

“California Native” was the brain child of myself, Chelsea Maras and a good friend of mine, Brianna Romano, who was the makeup artist for the shoot! Brianna and I both love fashion and have a background in styling so we teamed up in an effort to show how clients could make Boudoir unique and fashion forward! From a photographer’s point of view I want my clients to know that Boudoir can be more than just “sexy lingerie photos.” I want them to feel empowered and confident with their sexuality. From an artistic viewpoint, I want to take Boudoir out of the bedroom and into nature where the beauty of the women can be complimented by a beautiful backdrop. Growing up in California I feel like so many of us forget to stop and take in the beautiful place in which we live, I like to treat my photo shoots like an adventure into our natural surrounds. The style of the shoot was inspired by Native American culture who advocate for a deeper connection to the natural surroundings. Doing a stylized Boudoir shoot is a fun day where the client or bride can discover their inner Earth Goddess and spend the day outside being treated like a super model. My advice to brides who are considering a Boudoir shoot is to plan, I like the work with them and create an inspiration board for their shoot so that it is uniquely theirs! For brides, a Little Black Book makes for an awesome gift for their groom before the big day and allows them to capture this special time in their lives in a very personal way! I love for each shoot to hold special meaning for my ladies, whether it be inspired by the place they spent their first Anniversary or their guys favorite sports team, each shoot is different and special in it’s own way!

Thanks for sending us such a stellar shoot, Chelsea!  Amazeballs inspiration for a little atypical outdoor action!  ;)

One more TIP, for the road: Beach waves never hurt anybody….

He still hasn’t given up.  I can’t lift a finger without getting the below reaction while these fries are still unfinished.

Ok ladies, so lemme hear it — would YOU dare to shoot a session in the great outdoors?  And if so, do you think you’d require at least two shots of tequila before you did it (like me)?

xoxo  - Alison

Photography: Chelsea Maras Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Makeup: Brianna Romano

Label(s): Mr. McPuppyPants, {Real Boudoir}

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  1. Lena on August 9, 2012

    Holy AMAZING. She looks damn good. Almost as sad as McPuppyPants, pouting over there!

  2. Alison on August 9, 2012

    Lena – I’m just ready for my hair to look like that at least once while I’m alive. Unless you think ‘beachy waves’ wouldn’t go with the Super Woman full costume I’ll be wearing at my shoot? Hmmm.

  3. Kelly on August 10, 2012

    I love love LOVE her headdress. She looks amazing! And if I can add in an additional tip: fake lashes all the way. They probably fall under your makeup tip but still I thought I’d say it, because they are game changers!

  4. Natalie on August 10, 2012

    I had no idea boudoir could be like this. Now I wanna do it. In a field -nowhere near civilization- but definitely in a field like this. Love how this shoot came out, great images.

  5. Sara {Burnett's Boards} on August 10, 2012

    Love that shoot – it’s SO much better than the weird baseball mitt covering the lady bits styled shoots or the ‘I’m making love to a guitar’ pics I’ve seen. The boho vibe is amazing!

  6. Alyx on August 14, 2012

    amazing shoot! love her make-up :X

  7. B on August 27, 2012

    Love the false lashes. they’re very Katy Perry!

  8. Bebe on September 7, 2012

    So sexy! So beautiful!

  9. Amanda on September 20, 2012

    She looks so empowered. What a beautiful shoot!

  10. on April 21, 2013

    You just give me an idea, thanks for your informative post. i will surely come back to see your updates :)

  11. on April 21, 2013

    This is usually a article that gies straight for the point , no fluff here . You should publish some far more about this !! Thank you and bookmarked!

  12. Joseph Alizio Jr on February 28, 2014


  13. Yaneck Wasiek on November 8, 2016

    totally beautiful! Love the colors and overall style!


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