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TESTIMONIALS

I met Linda a few years back and recently did a boudoir session with her. She has captured through her lens a beauty I could not see. …..Sofia G.

Meeting and working with you has been a life-changing experience. The photo shoot has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. You are amazing…Sue G

I came with ideas in mind and you took them to a new level! I loved working with you and love the images! Thank you for everything!!  ..Amanda G.

ABOUT LINDA

Hi, I am Linda and I believe that every woman should have a beautiful boudoir portrait session no matter her age, status, size, etc. For once she does, she falls in love with herself all over again and in turn she greets the world with a renewed sense of spirit, love of self and confidence.

I have a loft studio in my 100 year old farmhouse as well as a secret garden designed with portrait sessions in mind.

“Beautiful,” “empowered”, “strong” are words I hear when I have the privilege of photographing women. It is all about getting her in touch with herself and to see what I see behind the lens..a beautiful woman!

Annapolis Boudoir Photography is a division of Visual Concepts Photography and it is located in Davidsonville, MD. We serve greater Annapolis area, Baltimore, Washington and the Eastern Shore.

Erica’s Boudoir Experience

Erica’s Boudoir Experience

Meet Erica and learn about her experience with having not ONE but TWO boudoir sessions with me at Annapolis Boudoir, conveniently located in Davidsonville, Maryland!

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“I am getting married this year so I was looking into a wedding gift for my fiancé. I loved the idea of doing a boudoir shoot not only because it would be the perfect wedding gift but I felt it was a good way of embracing my recovered body after years of disordered eating. I was SO nervous for my shoot but once I met Linda I felt at ease. She made me feel so comfortable and beautiful!

Before the shoot, Linda and I collaborated together in designing a shoot with me in mind. She took my ideas and incorporated them in the studio to make my shoot customized.  There isn’t anything cookie-cutter about her style, poses or studio sets! Because I did my shoot in the Spring, we were able to take advantage of her stunning Japanese Magnolia and old-fashioned tree swing that provided a stunning backdrop to stunning outdoor images.

When I saw the photos, they were amazing! Not only would my fiancé love them, but I loved them! They empowered me in ways I never thought possible.

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Linda has the most amazing Secret Garden nestled on the side of her farmhouse studio. It has an amazing pond, flower garden with bird bath and a wrought iron fence that opens to the most secret garden ever! A few months after my studio session, I was able to do a second shoot in her secret garden. I found that my second time I was even more comfortable and I am IN LOVE with those photos as well.

I can’t wait to see the look on my fiancé’s face when he receives my wedding gift! I would never go anywhere else for boudoir photos. Thank you, Linda!!”

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TOP TEN FAQ’S

TOP 12 FAQ’S

1. Do you use a  Hair and Makeup Artist?

Your session fee includes makeup artistry.  If you want your hair styled, there is an additional fee.  We highly recommend it as we use a professional who applies a natural look and enhances your eyes, lips and cheekbones and can style your hair to give you a finished polished look.

2. Do I bring my own lingerie or do you have a wardrobe?

Yes, you can bring your own lingerie. We will go over your options during our consultation. Yes, we have a studio wardrobe that complements our lingerie.

3. What if I don’t wear lingerie?

No problem! A white sheet, an oversized shirt, a jersey all work beautifully.

4. Do you share my images on social media?

We only share images that you have approved.

5. How do I view my images?

You will be invited back to our studio to view your images via our flat screen TV. Your edited images will be set to a slideshow with music. Kick back, relax and watch your shoot unfold. It’s where the magic happens!

6 How long is the shoot?

The shoot usually lasts about an hour. We only do one shoot per day so that we can give you our undivided attention.

7. Do you have payment plans?

Yes. Your order is placed at the time of your reveal. We require a 50% retainer at that time and then a minimum of $250 a month for a 6-month plan.

8. Can I just get the digitals?

Due to the nature of the photo session, we provide digitals with albums, collections or folio boxes only.

9. What if I don’t want an album?

No problem! We have beautiful desk folios, folio boxes with matted prints and wall portraits.

10. How many outfits should I bring?

You can bring 3 outfits minimum; 5 maximum. A variety works best; lingerie, oversized shirt, sexy dress or top all work.

11. How do I prepare for the shoot?

You will receive our guide with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your shoot.

12. Where are you located?

We have a 100 year old farmhouse in Davidsonville that boasts a loft studio and outdoor gardens including a secret garden, pond, southern front porch and an old fashioned tree swing that are all used in our shoots!

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Excuses ~ no excuses

Excuses {No Excuses}

Here are some of the excuses I hear from my clients before they book. Make sure you read #5!!

1. I need to lose weight

Don’t we all! Speak to almost any woman and she will tell you that she could stand to lose at least 5 lbs and then she’ll do a shoot. I’ve heard it time and time again. Kudos to the gal who feels like she needs to lose weight but pushes through her blocks and is amazed (and I do mean AMAZED) at her photographs. She doesn’t realize how gorgeous she is until she sees herself in a boudoir shoot! Every women is beautiful by design. It doesn’t matter her age, her height, her weight, her status. She is beautiful. Women see the bits of themselves that they hate. They cling to them. But they never see their whole self. It is only when they allow themselves to be vulnerable and be photographed will they see their true authentic self.

2. I don’t have the time.

Who does? We make time for everyone but ourselves. We are the nurturers, the caretakers, the center of the family’s universe. We do it all from holding down a full time job to caring for the family, prepping dinners, and chauffeuring the children from one practice to another. The list goes on. But we never take time for ourselves. What if I told you that taking the time to do a boudoir session for yourself will change the way you think about  yourself? What if I told you that you will fall in love with yourself all over again and by doing so you will greet the world with love of self, confidence and a renewed sense of spirit? Don’t take my word for it. Carve out the time and watch the magic happen. And, it will happen.

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3. I don’t have the money to invest in a boudoir session.

It’s a luxury item.  But there is no dobut that it is also an investment in yourself.  Investing in your boudoir session is probably one of the best things you can do to empower yourself.  Exist in portraits for you and your loved one. Your investment will last you throughout your lifetime and every time you look at your images, you will smile, feel all warm inside and your light will shine.  By allowing your light to shine, you give permission for others to do the same. That’s empowerment.

4. I am not worthy.

Yes, you are worthy! You are worthy of existing in portraits. The most difficult step you will take is making that first phone call. Once you do, be prepared to see how very worthy you are and how this boudoir experience will forever change the way you see yourself, think about yourself. I’ve had clients tell me that they walk a little taller, hold their head a little higher and have a confident stride in their step. Isn’t that amazing? All because of one phone call.

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5. I don’t want erotica photos

That’s not what this is about. It’s all about empowering you. My philosophy is that women are beautiful creatures by design. We have gorgeous curves, we are mysterious by nature, and we are badasses. My job is to show you what I see: a beautiful woman who deserves to be in photos so that she can see what I see, a woman who needs to know she is gorgeous just the way she is — right here, right now. My imagery is showing the viewer the beautiful female form as well as her beautiful soul. I want the viewer to see a woman who is so worthy of being loved and so worthy of giving love . . . a woman who is not defined by society’s standards but is defined by her own standards. . . a woman who loves herself with her whole being and is proud of what she has become . . . a woman who is confident enough to take that first step on a journey to self-discovery and in the process is amazed at her uniqueness, her beauty and her originality.

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Why I Shoot Boudoir

Why I Shoot Boudoir

Dear Reader:

This is me. Was I scared? Hell, ya!! Did I like putting this photo out there? Not really. But what I did like was what I saw. I was looking at a mature woman who has been through a lot and I saw someone who was strong, compassionate and a bit sassy. I saw someone who pushed through her blocks, one at a time, to get to see what others saw in me.

I didn’t realize how empowering a shoot like this could be until I did it myself, albeit with a little direction from my husband, Michael. I learned to like myself and to accept all my flaws and to acknowledge all the good in me. I found my balance. I found my passion. I found my power.

Don’t listen to the inner critic. You know what I am talking about. Ignore it and take a chance. You will be so glad you did. Much love, Linda

Why do I shoot boudoir and why is it my favorite genre?

Before I answer that question, let me give you a little background about me: I’ve been a professional photographer for nearly 30 years and started out like most photographers start out —  photographing my children, and then my neighbor’s children which ultimately led me to family and wedding photography. I never set out to be a boudoir photographer as it was a genre I wasn’t totally comfortable with due to personal blocks.

I never felt good enough. I never felt pretty enough. I never felt popular enough. The list goes on and on but most of all, I never felt worthy enough. It was the messages I received all my life and somewhere deep inside of me, I believed it with all my heart. So, how could I even think if photographing a genre that would show women how beautiful they are if I, myself, never felt it? I think that is when I realized I had to shift my thinking and work through my own blocks.

In 2001, I was dealing with a life crisis that brought me to my knees. My marriage fell apart and life as I knew it was forever lost (or so I thought). It was through a photography conference during this time that I searched deep within myself to figure out how I could rise above this self-loathing and be the person I was meant to be. During the course of the conference, our keynote speaker introduced us to Marianne Williamson’s powerful poem, “Our Deepest Fear”. Here is an excerpt:

“Who am I not to let my light shine. Actually, who are you not to be.” “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give people permission to do the same.”

Her words and message were life changing for me. Letting my own light shine was a difficult journey but one I was open to exploring. It was through that journey that I grew as a person and allowed myself to explore the possibility of empowering women through photography. To show her through my lens her uniqueness, her specialness, her beauty (not only physical but internal as well). And as I did this, something awakened deep within me.

I then realized what I wanted most in life had just happened. I let my own light shine and by doing so, I gave permission to others to do the same. I watched the magic happen. To see my client transform right before my eyes was pure magic. To see her look at the back of the camera and say, “Is that me? Is that REALLY me?” with wide-eyed wonder was pure magic. She gave permission to see herself without judgment and in turn she fell in love with herself all over again and greeted the world with love of self, confidence and a renewed sense of energy. It is a gift she takes with her every day of her life.

Check out Sophia’s story here and how a glamour and boudoir session changed the way she saw herself.

A boudoir shoot is a life-changing event. It will alter the way you see yourself. I know. I’ve done it and it was here that I realized I finally came to a place of self love and forgave the child within me and by doing so I felt free to live my life the way God intended me too.

 

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Should I Lose Weight?

SHOULD I LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE A BOUDOIR SESSION?

by ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

I hear it all the time: I need to lose 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs and then I will do a boudoir session with you (insert nervous laugh).

Yea, NO, you do not need to lose weight before a boudoir session.  Why would you?

Are you defining yourself by a number on the scale? Is that how you see yourself? By how much you weigh? Step back from the scale for a moment and listen up! You are body shaming yourself, girlfriend.

STOP IT !!!

Would  you ever say the same to your girlfriend. “Hey girl, you are going to do a boudoir session? Aren’t you going to lose a few pounds first?” Of course not! You would never say that to anyone, let alone your BFF! So why say it you!

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What if I were to let you in on a secret? Are you with me so far?  GOOD! Here it is:

You are beautiful just the way you are, right here right now!

Let’s look at the whole you, shall we? You rock it! You look great, you have a great personality, you are loved by your friends and family. You are amazing!

Now here is the secret . . . BELIEVE it! Believe what I just said. Close your eyes and say to yourself, “I am beautiful!” “I am beautiful” “I AM BEAUTIFUL!” Now open your eyes. You feeling it? You bet you are! Because you are not letting weight define who you are. You are a BADASS who needs to let her light shine and by doing so, you will allow others around you to let their light shine as well.

I can go into all the stuff we pros do to make you look gorgeous with the proper lighting, proper clothing, etc. etc., but I am not going there because that isn’t what this is about.

It is all about YOU believing you are beautiful and not allowing a number define who you are.

Like not EVER!

I hope you read this far and, if so, that you will take that first step and set up a complimentary telephone consult.  Let’s chat!  That phone call may change your life and the way you see yourself forever.

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ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

located in Davidsonville, MD,

serving the Baltimore/Washington area and the Eastern Shore,