Hello lovelies!  Over the last year I’ve seen some fine art boudoir photography that has been so entrancing I can’t help but want to try it; I love the idea of being able to empower women and show them how beautiful they are, while maintaining a sense of class, romance, and femininity.

As such, I will be offering promotional pricing on fine art boudoir sessions for women over the next few months.  I will start with 5 available slots, and add more should the interest be great enough.  Those interested must be willing to sign a model release as they will be part of my portfolio (this means that I have the right to post them online or use them for promotional purposes), although the images will be handled with care and never sold or given to another person.   The shoot will take place in a studio in Sandy, UT.  If you’re interested please send me an email at atwistoflemonphotography@gmail.com!  All sizes and shapes welcome.

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Fine Art Boudoir Session:

-Free! (Yup.)
-45 minutes of shoot time in studio or outdoors (weather permitting)
-Hair & makeup, professionally done
-Personal use print release
-15-20 high resolution, beautifully edited images

Guidelines:
-Clients are responsible for bringing their own clothing/lingerie items; this is to maintain a clean and hygienic environment for all subjects.
-Clothing articles must be light colors, such as white, ivory, cream, blush, light pink, red, pale blue, gray, or floral print – this is to maintain a similar aesthetic in the images.  You are welcome to check items with me before your shoot, and bring up to 5 different outfits should you choose to do so.
-Clothing articles must give full coverage (no thongs, peek-a-boo, or cutout bras).  Lace articles are acceptable.
-Please make sure that the clothing articles you choose fit properly; this will ensure that you look the most comfortable and we won’t have to spend shoot time adjusting straps and lines.
-Soft sweaters with mild patterns, slips, robes, and chemises are also welcome.
-Models must have no tattoos or body piercings (ears excluded), and must have a natural hair color.

Resources:
While you may already have items in mind or on hand, here are a few resources that I would recommend:
BHLDN
Nordstrom
H&M
Adore Me
Victoria’s Secret

 If interested, please send me an email with a current picture of yourself and your contact information!  I look forward to hearing from you!  Those interested who would prefer not to sign a model release can still participate at the scheduled date with hair & makeup for $100.

Here is the mood board for the shoot, to give you an idea of the desired aesthetic:

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1. Katie Lamb
2. Hannah Millerick
3. Carmen Santorelli
4. Unknown
5. 6. 7.  Erich McVey
8. Michael and Carina
9. Elisa Bricker

2014 was an amazing year for A Twist of Lemon!  My experience and skill has grown exponentially, and by really putting my heart into my business I’ve changed the quality of everything I do and offer to my amazing clients, whom I’m proud to have become good friends with over this last year.  They, along with an incredible industry of photographers, wedding planners, florists, and so much more, have really helped me to see my own value, and I’m going into 2015 with a renewed confidence and passion – just you wait!

A few highlights from this year:
-I got to work closely with other vendors on 3 gorgeous styled shoots, all three of which were showcased (or will be, this month, wahoo!) on national and international wedding blogs!
-I got to photograph several of my dear friends’ weddings, and made many more friends along the way.
-I rebranded my business, thanks to the lovely Jess Kasteler Design Studio!
-I revamped the website!  Revamp is kind of an understatement, it was a total redo and the results are phenomenally better than what I had before!
-I sampled and worked with many different labs and product companies to find the best products to represent my brand and give the highest quality to my clients.
-I met several photographers in person from our incredible photography group on Facebook.  This group has been vastly important in my growth, fostering creativity and support, business and customer service skills, and sharing our work for constructive criticism.  It’s nice to be a part of something where we all want each other to succeed, even in an incredibly competitive and over-saturated market.
-I defined my niche; as of 2015 I will no longer be offering family shoots over groups of 4 (which will still be pretty rare), because my passion lies in wedding and editorial photography.  That is where I give my very best, thrive the most, and have the most creative success with my images.  I’ll still try different shoots here and there to continue to stretch my vision and skills, but knowing what I love to create gives my clients the best experience I can offer.

Truly, thank you, for an incredible year.  This is the year I realized what I can do, thanks to endless support from clients, friends, and most importantly my loving family.  I also wish to personally thank Claire Buys of Claire Marika Photography, for getting me on track with beautiful product resources as well as collaborating with me on all three published shoots – I’ve learned a lot and I’m very grateful for your friendship!

Wishing you all the happiest for 2015!  Here are a few of my personal favorites from 2014:

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I hope everyone had an absolutely lovely Christmas!  It’s by far my favorite holiday, and I used to get a little depressed in the days and weeks that followed, knowing that it would be a whole year until the season returned with its fresh, clean snow, scarves, family and friends, Christmas music and holiday greetings, not to mention amazing food by candlelight and tree light.  But last year, and this one as well, I find myself more excited for the new year, because not only are the days getting longer again (photographers are squealing in gratitude at this), there are changes to be made and growth to happen, both in myself personally as well as in my business!  I didn’t take advantage of New Year resolutions when I was younger, but now I see it for the opportunity that it really is, and now I’m eager to write down and genuinely strive to fulfill my resolutions!

Enough about that, I’ll do a “2015 Changes” post later on, but one of the things I’m doing in 2015 is Preferred Vendor spotlights!  I’ve worked with some incredible people in this industry, and I’ve partnered with several of them to create a few get-to-know-you posts about them and their businesses and what they can offer and provide.  You can expect at least 1 post a month from about these vendors, whom I’ve hand selected to show you where you can get the best products met with the best experience as you prepare for your wedding day!

This month, I was happy to interview the wonderful Lola of Gateway Bridal!  I’ve had such grand experiences with this shop and its team of wonderful ladies – if you want a fun dress shopping experience with a large variety of prices, styles, and accessories paired with great customer service, this is the place to go!  Ask for Barbie or Lola, they are absolute gems!  Their contact information can be found here.

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When did you open? We opened a few streets away back in 2001 as Latterday Bride, but we expanded to this location as Gateway Bridal and Prom in 2008.  We tend to be known as both nowadays, and still run the LDS Bride Blog, featuring brides with modest dresses.
What is the approximate price range brides can expect for dresses in your shop? Our dresses range anywhere from $395 to $1900, and the gowns are organized by price range.

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Personally, which dress line is your favorite? I adore Casablanca, their gowns are gorgeous and they are extremely easy to work with when it comes to alterations and customization.  Some designers are very strict on what they will allow you to alter on their gowns.
Can brides buy off the rack or do they need to order the dress in if you don’t have their size? Either, depending on the dress, although we keep ourselves fairly well-stocked in the back, so if there’s a dress you want to try we’re happy to check the back if you can’t find your size up front.  We also use clips when brides try on gowns, so they can see how it will look when properly altered.
Do you do in-house alterations? We refer our brides out to a few select and very talented seamstresses across the state.  We can do alterations as simple as fitting the dress correctly to building up the neckline and sleeves to make a dress more modest if the bride would like.

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Do your brides need an appointment? Appointments aren’t needed, we happily welcome walk-ins!  There are a few benefits to calling ahead though: if you are scheduled, then you will have a bridal viewing area all to yourself, with three way mirrors and space to accommodate your friends and family that may be shopping with you.  If those corners are booked, we have multiple dressing rooms available for walk-ins.

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Gateway Bridal | Preferred Vendor FeatureP I N this to pinterestDo you offer more than just wedding gowns? Yes, we offer gowns, bridal accessories and jewelry, shoes, veils, and we’ve just started offering tux and suit rentals as well!  We also have a section for prom and Sunday dresses.

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Gateway Bridal | Preferred Vendor FeatureP I N this to pinterestGateway Bridal | Preferred Vendor FeatureP I N this to pinterestGateway Bridal | Preferred Vendor FeatureP I N this to pinterestWhen is your busiest season? From January until May – many people get engaged over the holidays, so we get lots of brides coming in while they’re still on school break or in town with their families.  The busiest wedding season is in the spring/summer, particularly April to late June, so it’s great when brides come looking for their gown several months before so they have time to find, order, and alter their gowns in time for the wedding, as well as plan the rest of the wedding details.

I’m excited yet again to bring you another stunning styled shoot, created by Charming Details, Claire Marika Photography, and myself.  With the seeds of inspiration for this shoot in our minds since January, this green, botanical inspired shoot came together beautifully, thanks to our incredible vendors.  We shot it in July, and we’ve waited 6 long months for it to grace the pages of the wonderful Wedding Chicks!

“Claire and I recruited Emmily of Charming Details to design this moody botanical-inspired bridal shoot.  All vendors brought their own personal aesthetics to the table and all vendors walked away having a very cohesive representation of their artistic work.
We were drawn to the incredible Nicole of Soil and Stem for her asymmetrical and untamed arrangements, which perfectly complemented our vision for a natural and organic aesthetic.  The dyed silk ribbon on the bouquet is from Ginny Au at Frou Frou Chic.
Emmily of Charming Details chose a natural wood table and chairs, and mixed textures in the plates and mercury glass votives.  Her touch of blackberries and greenery to the classic, single tier frosted cake from The Chocolate added rich color and visual flavor, and the tall aged candlesticks brought a romantic touch to the scene.        Melissa Anderson created the paper suite, using green watercolor calligraphy on a heavy cotton rag paper and adding vintage stamps as the perfect finishing touch.
Flavia of Versa Artistry is unmatched for her ability to showcase her subject’s natural beauty while still tastefully elevating it to a formal style.  Morgan was a brilliant model, her sea green eyes contrasted beautifully with her red hair, and her charm was evident from beginning to end as she brought her femininity to the raw power of our beautiful horse, Casper.
Claire Pettibone’s Orange Blossom gown was an essential element of this shoot, with its three dimensional buds, open back and gold threading.  Barbie and her staff from Gateway Bridal provided this piece for us.  We chose a rose-gold ring with a leaf pattern from Fadel’s Fine Jewelry, tying in the subtle gold accents in the tablescape and the botanical theme of the shoot.
A Twist of Lemon Photography and Claire Marika Photography worked together to capture this collaboration, working with the natural lighting and temperature of the surroundings as time progressed.”

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Design/Styling: Charming Details
Florals: Soil & Stem
Model: Morgan Owens
Hair & Makeup Artist: Flavia, Versa Artistry
Calligraphy & Paper Suite: Melissa Anderson
Cake: The Chocolate
Gown: Orange Blossom by Claire Pettibone, from Gateway Bridal
Ring: Fadel’s Fine Jewelry
Photography: A Twist of Lemon Photography & Claire Marika Photography
Horse: Casper (special thanks to his handlers, Madeleine & Henry Hanks)

And one more, because sometimes your “groom” wants some of the spotlight, too.

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