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Hi all – Ruth here.  I’m working on a blog regardings nudes that is important to both Mark and me, but maybe even more important to me.  It’ll be posted in the next couple of days so be sure to check back!!  Tomorrow is my birthday so I can’t promise it will be done tomorrow because apparantly Mark has some fun plans to occupy me for the day :)))

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Can I meet with you prior to my photoshoot? Definitely!! At Casual Elegance Photography your comfort level is my highest priority! I am always happy to set up a time for my clients to come in and chat – look at my portfolios – discuss the types of photographs they would like for themselves… besides making them more comfortable with their experience, it also allows us to set up a “game plan” for what types of shots we will be taking well in advance of the day of the shoot!
Do I need to come in for a consultation ahead of time? No. Our clients come to us from all across the United States, and even from other countries for their boudoir photo sessions, so we have gotten very good at doing complete consultations by email and phone.  If your schedule is too crazy to allow time for an in person consultation, we can always do a consultation for you over the phone or via email. Lots of my clients send me several emails ahead of time discussing what types of photos they want, what outfits they plan to wear, etc. Whatever works for you, works for us!
Do I have to be nude for Boudoir Photographs? Absolutely not!! In fact, most of the time boudoir photographs are not nudes. One of the reasons boudoir photography is so popular is that it allows you to create the illusion of nudity without actually having to be nude. Of course many of my clients elect to do at least one or two shots where they are completely nude, and that is totally up to you! Even in the completely nude shots it is possible to leave everything to the imagination through posing and lighting/shadowing.
Can I bring someone with me to the photoshoot? Of course! We have a very comfortable area set up in our studio for friends or companions of our clients to wait during the shoot. It is right off our shooting rooms, so they are able to be part of the process without interfering with the shoot.
What type of outfits should I wear for boudoir photographs? The answer to this is simple – articles of clothing that you are comfortable in – typically lingerie – (if you buy new lingerie or clothing for your shoot that is not comfortable, your discomfort will show in your photographs).  Also items that have special meaning to both you and the person you are taking the photographs for. Don’t forget the accessories such as heels and jewelry that would go with your outfit. One important note regarding outfits – PLEASE arrive for your shoot wearing loose clothing or undergarments – many clients choose to wear a loose sundress with nothing under it. Why? Clothing lines take hours to disappear, and although many can be removed in post processing, excessive or deep indentations in the skin cannot always be completely eliminated. If you are doing a combination of boudoir and art nude photographs, your session will start with the art nudes so that the articles of clothing you choose for your boudior session do not leave marks on your skin.
Do I need a makeup artist or can I do my own makeup? Unless you are familiar with how to do makeup for a photoshoot, we highly recommend using a makeup artist. The makeup artists we use are not only great makeup artists, but also help with ideas for the photoshoot. If you are on a budget, our makeup artists also can provide a “paint and go” service, which runs a little less than full service. Some clients prefer to have their makeup done at one of the larger department store makeup counters prior to the shoot. If you decide this is what you want to do, be sure that they understand that the makeup is for a photoshoot – not everyday makeup. There is a significant difference in the type of makeup as well as the application of makup for photography. Also make sure that they blend your neck so there is not a drastic transition from your face to your body. Remember you will be shooting under powerful strobes, which wash out normal, “everyday” makeup.
What is “paint and go” makeup? With a paint and go service the makeup artist will arrive when you do, apply one look of makeup, wait while we do a test shot to make sure it is perfect, and then they leave. With full makeup service they stay for almost the entire shoot (until the last makeup look is applied) and continually adjust/touch up your makeup during the photoshoot. They can even change your look entirely during the shoot if you are going for multiple looks in your photographs.
My husband likes to read “men’s magazines” and loves the more explicit pictures in some of them. Can I get that type of photograph taken during my shoot? Yes! Our goal is to capture the type of images that you want taken. At Casual Elegance Photography we have only the highest respect for our clients and understand that they are coming to us for the most private and intimate of photographs. It is important to us that you feel safe, secure and confident in our studio. Your privacy is our utmost concern, and aside from you and me, the only people allowed at the shoot are the ones you allow! This is one of the reasons we offer the makeup artist paint and go service – if you don’t want her to stay for your session, she doesn’t have to (however if you read our testimonials – our clients love our makeup artists and their input into the process!)
I’m not a model, and I don’t know how to pose. Do you offer assistance with posing etc? We will guide you with suggestions for posing based on what has worked well for other clients. At any time, if you are not comfortable with a particular pose, you can simply let me know and we will choose something else. After all, these photographs are very personal and your input is very important to the process! During your shoot you will be able to see your images coming up on the computer screen, and if you or I feel that a certain pose does not work for you, we will make the necessary adjustments. You will be surprised at how much fun you are going to have during your shoot! Once the pictures start coming up on the screen, any jitters you might have are sure to disappear!
Is there an age limit for doing boudoir or nude photographs? Yes, you must be over 18, and less than 145! Seriously, at our boudoir or nude photoshoots you must present at least one form of photo ID (preferably two if there would be any question as to whether you are of legal age) before we will even begin the process. Each client must sign an agreement that they are of legal age and that they are doing the shoot of their own free will and desire. We’ve also have had clients come in who were well into their 60’s and many of our clients are in their 40’s and 50’s. Remember, beauty is not age dependant, and the boudoir experience is for woman of all ages.
What if someone calls you and asks for copies of my pictures? Your photographs are never made available to anyone without your signed, written permission. This means that even if your boyfriend or husband paid for your shoot, and they called me later for reprints, they would not be able to get them without your specific written and signed permission. We are known for our integrity and the value we place on our clients’ privacy.
What if one of your packages isn’t quite what I want? All our packages are able to be customized to your specific requirements. Just give me a call or send me an email and let me know what you are looking for and I will create a package just for you!
Is your studio located in a shopping mall? No, my studio is a completely private and comfortable studio – and not located in a shopping mall.
How far in advance should I book my boudoir session? The earlier the better. We are available for weekdays, evenings and weekend shoots. The closer it is to a holiday like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc, the more booked up we get. If you have a specific date that you need your images by (for instance if you are booking a Bridal Boudoir session) PLEASE talk to us well in advance so that we can do your shoot with plenty of time to get your prints back. Our lab takes 10-15 business days to turn around orders.
Can I pay with a credit card? Absolutely. We accept most major credit cards, checks and cash.
What if I have to cancel my appointment? A deposit may be required to book your session. Please visit our website http://www.casualelgancephotography.com under Services and Pricing to read our deposit and cancellation policy.
Can I get images on a CD instead of prints? Yes. There may be a slight difference in pricing, but we can provide your images on a CD. Call or email me for more specific details.
I have stretch marks and a few scars. Do you edit the images and airbrush them? Images that you select for printing are completely edited. We have many techniques that we can use to make your pictures gorgeous!
I’ve been shopping around and have found a wide price range for boudoir photographs. Why should I come to Casual Elegance Photography for my boudoir photographs? Casual Elegance Photography is competetively priced. We hope to earn your business based on the work you see on our website, our client testimonials, and the integrity that Casual Elegance is known for. In choosing a photographer for boudoir photography, please be sure that you feel comfortable with the photographer, the processes, and the work that they have done in the past. We pride ourselves on being able to capture the images you want and providing you with a professional, comfortable, relaxed and private atmosphere for your photo session.

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We were at the Mohs surgeon at 7 am today for yet another skin cancer surgery for Mark. This one was, thankfully, the easiest of any he has had over the last 15 years. One pass got all the cancer on both spots and we were out of there by 9:15! Our normal routine involves the Mohs surgeon first, usually an entire morning to remove the cancer, followed by an immediate trip to the hospital for plastic surgery to close the cancer surgery site. Then a day or so later a follow up reconstructive surgery. So we feel really blessed today – two bandages and only minor discomfort! Seems funny to say that seems like a treat comparatively!!
Tomorrow it is back to the business of Casual Elegance Photography, with a boudoir photoshoot scheduled and meeting with a new model to discuss her portfolio shoot scheduled later this week. PLEASE wear your sunscreen people!!!
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We put the final few touches on the latest expansion of Casual Elegance Photography’s studio today, and can’t wait to get back to the business of photography this week!  We couldn’t be more pleased and can’t wait for all of you to see how spacious the studio is now!  If you could have seen it earlier this week, with lumber and power tools spread from one end to the other, you’d never have believed we could whip it all back into shape this quickly!  We were pretty amazed ourselves!!

We know our clients will love the new space, and the comfortable new environment for their boudoir and glamour nude photoshoots as much as we do!
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How many times have you caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you stepped out of the shower and thought for a split second “Hey!  I look darn good!”  We hear so much about women not liking this or that part of their anatomy – but most women will have those split second moments where they actually see the true beauty of their form. 

Maybe it is the curve of your hip, or the length of your neck, but something will catch your eye and for that split second you allow yourself to see your true beauty.  That is what we love to create with our fine art nude photography.  When you see yourself on the screen and say “I can’t believe that’s really me!” then we have done our job and captured one of those “split second moments” for you and preserved it for you forever in a beautiful photographic work of art.

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We are thrilled to announce that after a week of back-breaking work we have completed Casual Elegance Photography’s new boudoir and glamour nude studio addition!  Affectionately known as “studio B”. 

In the past, all our photoshoots were done in one room – so if a client wanted to do boudoir or glamour nudes, and then wanted to do artistic nudes, it required breaking down of sets and setting up of others.  Now we have two shooting rooms – the new “Studio B” will always be set up as a bedroom, and Studio A will be used for headshots, artistic nudes, fashion photography, commercial photography, maternity photography, etc.

Book a session with us soon, and come in and see all our beautiful changes!

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Have you ever thought about capturing a very romantic and sensual artistic photograph of you and your partner?  Well you are not alone – couples photography is becoming very popular here at Casual Elegance Photography.  So exactly what does this type of photoshoot entail?

It can be as simple as a photograph of a kiss on the neck – revealing nothing except the tenderness of that moment.  Or it can contain nudity that focuses on the form and shape of your bodies.  It’s all about showing the bond between two loving individuals.  Our artistic couples images are often used by our clients as pieces of art for the walls of their home.  It is possible to show much passion and romance with no frontal nudity involved at all.  Many of our photographs involve simply the curves of two bodies in an embrace.  The choice of what is revealed or shadowed is completely up to you.

We consider ourselves fortunate that people trust us to create these beautiful and lasting romantic images for them.

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At Casual Elegance Photography we offer several types of maternity photographs.  Our goal is to make sure that you get the style of photograph you want at this special time in your life!  Some of our clients prefer to be completely clothed for the entire shoot.  Others just want their belly exposed.  This can be accomplished with your own clothing, with lingerie (one client wore a skin tight black leotard type outfit and did more of a silhouette shot), or with a variety of fabrics that we have available in the studio.

Other clients prefer a partially nude type of pregnancy photograph and will wear sexy panties or other types of lingerie to partially cover themselves.  Still others prefer to shoot totally nude.  Through the use of draped fabrics and shadows it is possible for you to be completely naked, and have nothing showing in the photograph except your belly! 

We love input from our clients so if you have a photograph that you have seen in a magazine or other publication, and you want to try to create something similar for yourself, by all means let us know!  Many clients come in ahead of time for a free, creative consult with Mark.  This is a great, relaxed way to go over your ideas, and to discuss the various styles of images we can create so that you have a definite “game plan” set up ahead of time for your photoshoot. 

We do recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute to set up a session.  We’ve had clients who misjudged their due date and never made it to their appointment, and we had one who left her session and two hours later was in the hospital delivering her baby!

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Casual Elegance Photography is now offering a package that allows our clients to create a 12-month calendar beginning on any month they choose.  We’ve found a fantastic company to work with to produce the calendars.  They will print boudoir, artistic, and up to Playboy style nudes.  We did one for a client as an anniversary gift for her husband who is stationed overseas.  She added captions to each month’s photograph and it was absolutely gorgeous!  She was completely blown away and so excited to send it to him, and we were thrilled to finally have a quality product in the calendar line to offer our clients.

Each calendar contains 13 fully edited images (12 months plus cover).  You can choose to have the calendar printed with or without U.S. Holidays.  Your calendar can be photographs only, or you can choose to add captions to each month’s image.  The package includes up to 2 hours in the studio, and makeup artist “paint and go” services.  This is a great gift idea for brides who are looking for a unique gift for their groom, and can lead up to their first anniversary in style!  Whether you need a unique birthday gift, anniversary gift, or just a gift to say I Love You, this is one gift that will keep on giving all year.

We will have the package listed on our website by tomorrow, or you can call or email Mark to inquire.  info@casualelegancephotography.com  or 770-294-5225   Casual Elegance Photography Website www.casualelegancephotography.com

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One of our posts this week talked about how things go in cycles with the photoshoots at Casual Elegance Photography.  Seems like that is the case in our everyday lives too!  After weeks of not seeing our kids or grandkids, by the end of this weekend we will have seen all of them in a week’s time!  Adam and his family are back in FL after their whirlwind GA vacation.  They crammed a lot into the 5 days they were here – family visits, friend visits, and trips downtown to the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium!   

We’re off to Chattanooga today for a long overdue couple of days vacation!  The AL Andersons – son Dave, his wife Dusty, and our granddaughters Sydney (3 1/2) and Payton (10 weeks) are meeting us there.  We have two tickets to the Antiques Roadshow, and the “boys” will be going Saturday morning since they are the ones who have items they want appraised. 

Dusty and I will take the girls to the pool at the hotel so Sydney can swim, and when the guys return from their big TV adventure we will do some more touristy stuff, like the Aquarium and the Tennessee Valley Railroad.  It will just be nice to just get away from the normal routine and enjoy a little more time with family!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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