Saint Louis boudoir session: 4 reasons to book today

Ali booked her first Saint Louis boudoir session with me 2 years ago. I can’t even believe it’s been that long.

At the time, she was turning 39 and was ready for a boost in her self-confidence. She’d had a lot of personal life changes and felt this was the perfect time to feel beautiful again.

Since then, she’s had TWO other boudoir sessions with me. Every time I see her I can just see the growth since the first time I met her.

I’m not saying boudoir sessions are life-changing, but I do think they can shift your perspective, which in turn CAN change your life.

Based on Ali’s experience, there are 4 reasons to book your session today.

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By the way, if you don’t want to read this blog post, scroll to the bottom to see a video of exactly what she thought of her Saint Louis boudoir session.

Ali’s favorite part of her Saint Louis boudoir session

Ali has come to know my hair and makeup artists super well. Kendra was her artist in the last two sessions, which definitely helps put clients at ease. They know they can trust her because she knows her stuff.

Having your hair and makeup done is the perfect way to relax before the session, plus seeing the transformation from beautiful woman to a model is super fun.

She mentioned that I was able to put her at ease immediately at the first session, which made the next two sessions really comfortable.

Seeing the beautiful final images is the icing on the cake of a great/relaxing/confidence-boosting experience. Being able to see yourself as a gorgeous woman can really change your perspective.

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The scariest part of the Saint Louis boudoir session didn’t last long.

“The scariest part of the session didn’t last very long because Tracy made me feel so comfortable. I was nervous about being half naked in front of a photographer,” Ali states in the video.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I have “ice breaker poses” that I literally developed to help get clients comfortable with me in front of the camera very quickly. These poses are great for every body type and don’t require a lot of expressions since most aren’t ready for that at the beginning of the session.

We also go through all of your outfit options and photograph your session in a way that will help each outfit flatter you in the best way possibly.

I’ve photographed 400+ sessions in three years just in St. Louis at this point(not counting my previous experience), so I know body types, angles, lighting, and all the things that will help you look your best in the images. You can put your trust in me for your Saint Louis boudoir session.

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Boosting confidence with a boudoir session

Ali said multiple times in her testimonial video how the boudoir session came at exactly the right time. She was going through some major life changes and it helped her see herself as beautiful.

I hear this so often from clients, how a boudoir session will change your life. One of my clients changed her career completely because she felt so much more confident in herself. How cool is that?

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The movement to empower women

According to Wikipedia, women’s empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do, and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied.

A boudoir session could be the first step in empowering you to go to the next level in life, maybe through a new career, your health/fitness, or just becoming a mentally stronger you. It gives you so much confidence in yourself by just realizing you are a strong beautiful woman just the way you are.


After her third session with me, Ali agreed to do a testimonial video, although she was nervous! I love what she had to say about her Saint Louis boudoir session.

A boudoir session is a day of celebrating YOU. Although you may feel nervous right before the session, by the end of the day, you will have a boost of confidence that leaves you feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world, ready to accomplish anything life throws at you!

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Social media for photographers: how to save time

I’ve found there are two types of photography businesses on social media. Those who post super sporadically and a lot at once, typically while they’re retouching photos, and those who post on a super strict schedule. 

I used to be the sporadic poster. It was mentally exhausting and not beneficial to my business. There are definitely better, more productive ways to do social media.

Now, I schedule my social media out the month before in one day and can work on my business the rest of my month, rather than in my business.

"social media is just a buzzword until you come up with a plan." -Unknown quote
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I want to discuss why having a social media workflow works so well for a business, when and how to schedule out your social media, and specifically which programs to use.

Why schedule social media

“A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.” – Peter Turla

First, let’s talk about something you already know.

Everyone’s on social media. It’s necessary for businesses to have one in order to stay front and center in the minds of potential clients. If used right, it’s super beneficial to your business. It’s like a daily reminder for them that you’re around.

No, I don’t think you should rely on social media ONLY. I think investing your time into building your email list is way more important in the long run.

You hear it all the time, “The email list is the only thing you OWN. You don’t own your followers on Facebook or Instagram.”

But, you still need social media in some capacity. I’ve heard over and over and I’m sure you have to, a potential client has to hear/see your message at least seven times before they take action and buy from you or book your service.

That’s where social media comes into play. That daily reminder that you are there and ready to serve them.

Yes daily. Don’t let them forget you.

Scheduling posts for social media

There are several different ways to schedule your posts. I personally use Later for Instagram because it allows you to schedule stories, whcih are important in your social media plan, but more on that on another day.

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The great thing about Later is that it’ll post most of your regular posts for you. It’s the only app I have found that can do that.

I’m not someone who’s on Instagram or Facebook all the time and if you follow my personal profiles, you will know I rarely ever post, so something that posts FOR me is very important to me.

It doesn’t post stories though. It sends a reminder for you to post the story, but it’s a simple 3-4 click process.

Another good thing about this app is the fact that it tells you the optimal times to post, the times when your followers are most likely to be on the app to see it. We all know the algorithm is going to show the posts with the most interaction, so it’s important to post at the times your followers will be able to see/comment/like the post.

This brings me to another point. As much as you don’t want to, you have to interact on the post for a while in order to stay visible for potential clients. This part isn’t my favorite, but I do try to comment back for a few hours on each post.

Other options

I love Later. The price isn’t bad, I can plan for the entire month including stories, and it keeps what I have posted separate from images I haven’t posted. Really, that’s only important for the Instagram Top Nine at the end of the year, but I also don’t like to repost images more than once a year if I can avoid it.

Other options I have looked into, but they just don’t fit my needs at the moment are Buffer, CoSchedule, Sendible, Hootsuite, Meet Edgar, Planoly, and Tailwind. I know there are others, but these are a few I’ve looked into in the past.

Your needs may be different than mine, so check out all the options for sure. Then, make a decision, stick with it, and be consistent.

What about Facebook?

Facebook has its own scheduling tool. It’s a pain, but I spend the few extra minutes to copy and paste my posts from Instagram and change them up as needed. Facebook seems to prefer if you schedule directly from their site.

There are options such as CoSchedule, Sendible, and Hootsuite to schedule your posts out, but I’m not sure it’s worth the risk of Facebook not showing your content by using another app.

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And Pinterest?

I mentioned Tailwind above. You’d think I’d use it for Instagram since I use it for Pinterest, but I don’t. It just doesn’t make sense for me yet. Maybe in the future though.

I love Tailwind for Pinterest because it can pin your content from your website on several different boards, which keeps your content posting all the time. Like most of the other apps, it will give you the optimum times for your audience so that you stay top of mind for your potential clients.

With Pinterest it’s not so important how many followers you have, but more important that posts are being seen.

Honestly, I don’t get a huge flow to my website from Pinterest, but I do get some traffic which makes it worth it to me since it doesn’t take a lot of time to pin the images.

Most of the previously mentioned companies will also schedule your pins as well.

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“Don’t worry; skills are cheap, passion is priceless. If you’re passionate about your content and you know it and do it better than anyone else, even with few formal business skills you have the potential to create a million-dollar business.” -Gary Vee, Author of Crush It

If that quote doesn’t motivate you, I’m not sure what will.

As we discussed before, it takes a potential client SEVEN times hearing your message before they’ll take action and book you. Staying top of mind on social media is so important because of this.

Coming up with a social media scheduling plan and workflow will not only help you get more $#!& done the rest of the month because you have time to work ON your business, but it’ll also help keep your books full because your potential client is seeing you ALL. THE. TIME.

The extra bit of work at one time is worth the productivity you will achieve later. Promise.

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Boudoir Album Design: The process

Printing photos is one of those things I’m super passionate about. That’s why I take the boudoir album design process so seriously. I want your album to be one of those things you cherish forever.

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“A photograph doesn’t feel real until it is a tangible physical object I can hold in my hand.” – Stephen Johnson

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that this generation will be the most photographed generation with no photos to show for it in ten years. I firmly believed that five years ago, but with companies like Social Print Studio making it easy to print directly from Instagram, I feel as though that trend is improving

I am so thankful that people are printing more photos again. It doesn’t even matter if those photos are art. What matters is having those memories later when the kids are grown up, or their grandparents are gone and you want to look back on those images.

Printing Stats

Here are two stats about printing photos that I found interesting.

  • It’s estimated that less than 1 out of 100,000 photographs taken today actually ends up being a printed photograph.
  • It’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined.

I’m going to play devil’s advocate here though. Honestly, a good percentage of the photos taken don’t need to be printed. They’re probably Snapchat photos with goofy faces or photos of food, or something else not necessarily worthy of being printed.

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But there are things that are worth printing. Your wedding photos for one. Or the photo of your child with his/her grandma that may not be here next week. The photo of your husband holding your baby for the very first time. Things that are important.

Things like the boudoir album design I so meticulously planned out after your boudoir session. The one you worked so hard to prep for. Your boudoir session deserves more than being saved on your phone, where you could lose it next week.

Ordering session process

Lot’s of client’s ask about the ordering session process. It’s super simple on your part. We meet online via Zoom after I have gone through the images.

You’ll end up seeing between 60-120 images and we will go through them one by one until we narrow it down to your very favorite images. This can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours. However long it takes until we have the exact album you dreamed!

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Boudoir album design process

After the ordering session, I send the photos off to my retoucher. She’s AMAZING. Once they come back, I sit down at my computer and review them myself to make sure they are up to my standards.

Once I have approved them I start the boudoir album design process! I have a very specific style with my albums, which you can view in the gallery section of my website.

Outfit, certain poses, specific sets, and the mood or vibe all play a role in how the album is set up. I prefer sexy/serious on the same spread and then playful flirty in a separate spread. It’s better to have the same or similar outfits on one spread than to have the outfits all over the place in the album.

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Why? Because the album tells a story!


One important thing to know about my brand is that my turnaround time is very quick. You’ll mostly likely have your album in your hands with in 3-6 weeks, depending on what you order.

Quick turnaround time is very important to me. We live in a time of instant gratification after all.

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“Photography helps people to see.” – Berenice Abbott

Although it’s time-consuming and seems unimportant at the time, I want to encourage you to print your phone photos. That’s what you are using every day. I know that. You know that. You won’t want to lose those important moments because you were too lazy to take a few minutes to order them. While you’re at it, back those photos up in several places as well.

That goes for your boudoir photos too. I highly recommend letting me design and order your boudoir album. But back up the digital files that come with your album, also!

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STL Wedding Dress: 3 shops you want to check out

Most brides purchase their wedding dress eleven months before their wedding. Have you started looking yet? If not, I have some great suggestions for your STL wedding dress purchase.

And no it’s not clearance racks, Monica.

via Gfycat

By the way, this article will probably be full of Friends’ GIFs. Sorry?

On her wedding day, a woman should be certain she has found a dress that makes her feel confident, and above all else, beautiful.” – Carolina Herrera

Weird facts about wedding dresses

I thought this would be a fun and interesting thing to research and I wasn’t disappointed.

  • 1.85 miles: The length of the world’s longest wedding gown train. I may not be happy if you bring that kind of train to your boudoir session and expect me to photograph it.
  • The average price of a wedding dress is $1,564.
  • 18% of brides buy their dresses online(I’m not sure I could do that).
  • 14% of brides show the groom their dress before the wedding.

I don’t think I would want to show my groom my wedding dress. Save those emotions for the wedding day. I mean look at Chandler. Would you want to miss out on that?

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STL Wedding Dress Shop Suggestion #1

The Ultimate Bride is located at 1115 South Big Bend Boulevard, in St. Louis, MO. They carry wedding dresses by designers like Stella York and Stella York Plus Size, Essence is Australia, Mikaella, L’Amour by Calla Blanche, Morilee, and Juliette Plus Size.

They not only carry STL wedding dresses, but they also carry bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, and accessories!

By the way, the fourth annual National Bridal Sale Event takes place on July 20- 27, 2019. Find out more information here.

STL Wedding Dress Shop Suggestion #2

Clarice’s Bridal is located at 5714 South Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis, MO. They provide brides with a one-of-a-kind, personalized dress shopping experience and carry more brands than I can name, but a few are Allure, Madison James, Mori Lee, and Martin Thornburg.

They have been around since 1979 and really know wedding gowns and the wedding industry. You won’t go wrong trusting Clarice’s Bridal for your STL wedding dress shopping.

STL Wedding Dress Shop Suggestion #3

Town and Country Bridal and Formal Wear is located 2730 North Ballas Road in St. Louis. Their goal is to provide you with the highest quality wedding dresses from the designers that you adore at an affordable price, as well as a five-star experience that will provide memories for years to come. 

They also carry tuxedos so you can send your groom and his groomsmen here for his wedding attire!


No matter where you decide to purchase your wedding dress, make sure it’s the dress of your dreams. You only get one wedding day, so it should be exactly what you want. The Ultimate Bride, Clarice’s Bridal, and Town and Country Bridal and Formal Wear are all great options, but there are tons of options in STL. I know you will find THE dress of your dreams in this city.

“I can’t keep calm, I said yes to the dress.” — Unknown

I’ve written some other bridal tips in other blog posts, so be sure to check them out. You’ll find a wedding cake designer, a wedding invitation designer, a photographer, suggestions for groom’s gift, bridal boudoir session tips, and so much more. All the information is free for you, and each recommendation is from my heart. I know each of those business owners and would use them myself if I needed to.

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The Pink Bride Wedding Show

I want to mention, I will be at The Pink Bride wedding show on January 11-12 at America’s Center. They are taking over for STL Bride and Groom and I think you all will love them. It will be a super interactive show and Renee, the owner, knows so much about the wedding industry. I’m super impressed.

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Tasteful Boudoir: Why, How, Where, and When?

The first time I had ever heard of boudoir photography was when I started photographing clients. Seriously, I had no idea what it was before then. I was super sheltered growing up, by the way. My first thought was there’s no way that someone can shoot tasteful boudoir photos. And then my parents will never understand when I tell them what I am doing!

Honestly, I still don’t think my parents understand, but they are a bit old school. Also, it’s 2019 and I am a grown woman and can photograph what I want. 💁🏼‍♀️

The important thing to me is showing women their true beauty in a beautiful, classy, and tasteful way in a time when all we are seeing is overly filtered photos on social media.

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“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” -Coco Chanel

So, today, I want to talk to you about common boudoir misconceptions, prepping for a session, what a session with me is like, and when to have and why you SHOULD book a boudoir session. We have a lot to cover. ☺️

Boudoir misconceptions

Have you said any of these things to yourself?

  • I’m not pretty or sexy enough for a boudoir session.
  • Only models are photographed like that.
  • That photo HAS to be a model.
  • I won’t be able to get the expression for a boudoir session.
  • Boudoir photos are not classy or tasteful.

I’m here to prove you wrong on every item on that list today. Although, I do photograph SOME STL influencers(Maddie, Vi, Gillian), my every day clients and women on my social media and in my portfolio, are normal women who have never been in front of a camera before. With great posing, beautiful lighting, good expression, and the right clothes, every woman can look like a classy model in her tasteful boudoir images.

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Prepping for a classy and tasteful boudoir session

It’s very important to prep well for a boudoir session. By that I mean bring great outfits, get a spray tan, and trust my hair and makeup artists.

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” -Leonardo da Vinci      

You can read more about what to wear in this blog post, but the main points are listed below.

  • Correctly fitted underwear. Cheeky or thongs that are one size above what you normally wear to prevent skin indentions.
  • Bring a few bra and panty sets so that we have plenty to choose from. Lace is always better. It looks classy/tasteful and makes you feel beautiful.
  • 1-2 Bodysuits. They are good to help you get comfortable in front of the camera while still feeling sexy. It’s important to have thong or cheeky bodysuits to make your booty look its best.
  • Either an off the shoulder sweater or a robe that you feel sexy in. Make sure the sweater isn’t bulky or it won’t photograph well.
  • Bring one of your man’s button up shirts. He will love these photos the most!
  • Super high heels. They will lengthen your legs and you will love the photos in them.
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Spray tan

Are you one of the unlucky fair complected women like me? Or if you just have an uneven tan, try Just Fakin Tans. She is my go-to for the perfect tan that will have your skin glowing during your boudoir session.

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Hair and makeup

My hair and makeup artists are in the studio before your session to help you relax. The girls will help you feel beautiful, relaxed, and pampered before your session, and they can help you achieve the look you want. Be sure to come in with some ideas prior to your session as well. Need some inspiration? Check out my Pinterest boards.

Leave the posing and expression to me

The one thing you don’t have to worry about is the actual session. As long as you bring the perfect outfits as I mentioned above, you will have a beautiful, classy, and tasteful boudoir session full of gorgeous pictures for your album.

I have “ice breaker poses” that we photograph during the first set of poses. These poses were carefully designed to help you get super comfortable in front of the camera. Once we finish these and you see a few back of the camera shots, you will be 100% confident in your sexiness, and my ability to help you achieve the session of your dreams.

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He will love it

I promise you, when he sees these tasteful boudoir photos, he is going to flip out. It will be worth the worry and nerves you feel before the session when you see his reaction. And to top it off, you will feel like the most beautiful woman in the world!

When should you have a tasteful boudoir session photographed?

Is this for a gift? If so, I would recommend no later than 2 months before you want to give him the album. My turn around time is super fast though, so you can contact me if you have a quick deadline.

But honestly, the perfect time for a session is right now. It will change your life and your view about yourself, and let’s face it we all need that. It’s 2019 and social media is full of overly filtered photos that can wreck our confidence when we see our unfiltered selves.

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Now, back to when I started my career in boudoir photography. My goal was to photograph women in a classy way through tasteful boudoir photography. Over the years, I feel like I have been able to achieve this by educating clients on what to wear and how to prep for tasteful boudoir photos.

Good lighting and posing combined with helping clients get the right expression also helps to achieve the tasteful boudoir photos I wanted to create, photos that not only will your man love, but will make you feel like the gorgeous woman you are.

The perfect time to schedule a session is now. I promise you won’t regret it.

I’d love to talk to you through a consult, which you can schedule here.

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Photographer’s Scheduling: How to make your process efficient

I have so much trouble giving things up, but because of that, I have developed my workflow so that it is super efficient…Although, my photographer’s scheduling workflow wasn’t efficient until recently.

Raise your hand if you have control issues! **Raising both hands over here.

My old photographer’s scheduling workflow

Before December 2018, I literally had SEVEN steps to booking one client.

  • Email with the client to choose a date/time.
  • Schedule the session in my software.
  • Send:
    • The invoice and hope the client pays.
    • A separate questionnaire.
    • A separate contract.
  • Schedule hair and makeup.
  • Send a separate booking email with all the information the client needs prior to the session.

I seriously did all of that before the session was considered booked. Can anyone else relate?


So, I want to explain to you how I now have my booking process down to two steps, what software I used to do this, and why it’s important for you to look at your processes and where you can improve.

Efficiency: Photographer’s scheduling

The business dictionary definition of streamline: to improve the efficiency of a process, business or organization by simplifying or eliminating unnecessary steps, using modernizing techniques, or taking other approaches.

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Every year, I look at different areas of my business I want to work on improving. In December, I looked at my client booking process and researched how I could make it more efficient. Seven steps seem a bit ridiculous don’t you think?

I decided to try Acuity Scheduling and oh my gosh my life got so much simpler. Now instead of seven steps, I have two. Yes, you read that right. TWO steps.

All I have to do now is send the contract using HelloSign after the client books(and pays) and schedule hair and makeup. Easy peasy.

This lets me get so much more done. Things like photographing more clients/marketing/advertising/blog writing/idea creating. The things that can make more money and bring in more clients- the things we SHOULD be worrying about.

Why should you look at your scheduling process so you can improve it?

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Because why wouldn’t you want more time in your day? If you have a process that is time efficient and condensed down to as few steps as possible, not only will you have time to work on more things in your business, but it also prevents things like unsigned contracts or unpaid invoices floating around. Both super important things to keep your business going and safe.

An efficient photographer’s scheduling process gives you more time to work on your goals in your business because you aren’t spending all of your time doing those time-consuming tasks. And it gives you more time behind the camera doing the thing you ACTUALLY love to do. The reason you started this business at all.

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Burnout: That real thing we all are afraid of

Freeing up your time in small areas like scheduling clients will also help to prevent burnout. We see photographers every day closing their businesses because they are tired and just not making enough money to survive.

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Little things like improving your photographer’s scheduling process(and so much more) will give you more time to get away from photography so you can enjoy your life. This is so necessary. Be the person who works to live. Not the person who lives to work. Maybe it’s cliche, but give yourself time to make some memories with friends and family. When you get older, you are definitely not going to be saying “I wish I spent more time working instead of making those memories.”

It will also give you time to be creative with your photography. We all get in slumps. Sometimes you just need to carve the time into your schedule to create something different you can be proud of. You can’t do that if you are spending all of your time in your email trying to book your upcoming clients!


Scheduling clients is one of those time-consuming but VERY important tasks. Condensing your client scheduling workflow by using software that can do all the things for you will make your life so much easier, help you be more efficient in your scheduling, prevent burnout, and give you more time in your day to photograph more clients or work ON your business instead of IN it.

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Perfecting your photographer’s scheduling workflow will help you find work-life balance. I promise it’s super important for your business and your sanity.

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Photography Business: 3 reasons for a checkup

I know- you’re bogged down in all the things you need to do in your photography business… editing, booking clients, emails.  The list is never-ending.

But the one thing you may be overlooking is the thing that can help keep your business healthy.

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quote// sir winston churchill//however beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Every month, I look at the health of my business.  Things like income totals, lead generation, website SEO, yearly booking trends, and my email subscriber list.  These things ensure that my business is sustainable and on track to grow.  Plus it takes MAYBE twenty minutes to evaluate. And usually(not always), I get to do a happy dance once it’s over.

So, let’s talk about why the monthly checkup even matters, what it’s costing you if you aren’t taking the few minutes to do it, and how it can help you in the long run.

Why does a monthly checkup even matter?

Maintenance is important to prevent issues. Just like your car gets an oil change to make sure it’s running well, or you have your teeth cleaned to prevent gum disease(by the way my degree is in Dental Hygiene so you may notice I reference that more than the ordinary person), your business needs a check up to maintain it’s health as well.

Every business has goals(or should if they don’t) for several reasons. 

  • Keeps you focused on things you want to achieve in your business.
  • Helps you maintain profitability and growth.
  • Keeps you accountable for marketing/blogging/social media posting.

By the way, I have a Goal Planner just for photographers. To get your copy, fill in the form below.

Photography business highs and lows

Probably the thing that helps me sleep the most is checking my yearly booking trends each month.  It shows me how many sessions I’ve shot in previous years, as well as the total inquiries I typically get and consults I do. This way I know where I am compared to other years.

As photographers, we all know photography can be feast or famine.  January is extremely slow while October is so busy you can’t breathe.  
With this report, I am able to put my mind at ease if things seem normal, or crank up my marketing/advertising if I need a few more sessions that month.

If you don’t do a monthly checkup- what will happen?

I mean, your business probably won’t go under if you don’t do it, but what a monthly business checkup does is help keep you on track.

The thing I hate is when you get to the last month of the year and realize you haven’t achieved several of your goals. At that point, instead of enjoying the season with family as you should be doing, you are hustling trying to meet the goals you set.

Or maybe you aren’t. Maybe instead you are ignoring the fact that you bombed your goals for the year. Then come January when you go to set your goals for the new year, you are crying in your wine because you were so off in your plans from the year before.

Why not just stay on top of it throughout this year and make your life better/smoother/easier/less stressful?

How can a monthly checkup help your photography business goals in the long run?

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quote//strategy//robert filek

The monthly checkup helps in so many ways.

  • Stay organized and on top of things like social media, bookkeeping, your goals.
  • Learn and know your business inside and out.
  • Build systems that work for you AND your business.
  • Figure out your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Maintain profitability.
  • Keep things done and stay focused on the things that are important that help you grow your business.
  • Decide where you may need to outsource.

Staying on top of all of these things and analyzing them regularly is like having your very own business coach.  Business may not be the thing you love to do and the reason you got into photography in the first place, but it’s how you’ll get to stay in photography. Don’t skimp on the little to do lists!


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quote//ellie pidot//strategy

So, we talked about the monthly business checkup and why it matters, goal setting, what it’s costing you if you aren’t taking the few minutes to go through the monthly checkup, and how it can help you in the long run.  And it will help you in the long run.  I promise.

A healthy business is what will keep you from going back to the 9-5 grind working and making money for someone else’s pocket.  That’s what we all want right?

Maybe you started your business because you love photography, but with great systems and a little bit of hustle(but, not too much- enjoy the life you live. You only get one), you can support yourself and your family with a career you love. Not one you are overwhelmed by.

I want to leave you with this quote.

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quote//karen kilgariff//live the life you want to live

From her and Georgia Hardstark’s book Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered.

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One on One Photography Business Strategy

By the way, I am now working one on one with photography businesses to help you get organized and stay organized with streamlined strategy. I want you to be able to enjoy life with your family/friends and actually enjoy your business!

For more information, email me at

One other thing, I am still a boudoir photographer in the St. Louis area first and foremost! Be sure to book your consult online here. I would LOVE to photograph you. 🙂

Groom’s Wedding Gift: The Perfect Idea

Bridal boudoir albums are so much better than flasks or watches. I’m sure he will agree.

Have you googled “the perfect groom’s wedding gift” since you started your search for something for your man on the wedding day? If so, I bet the results were something like watches, flasks, whiskey glasses, or tech stuff.

That’s all great and I’m sure he would love it.

But this is your ONE WEDDING DAY. You need to wow him with something unique and personal.

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How about a bridal boudoir album? Something to remind him of how lucky he is to get to spend the rest of his life with you.

Not something that you both will set aside in later years. Something you can look back on to remember how hot you were when you were starting your life together.

In this post, I’m going to explain to you what a boudoir session is, why it’s the perfect groom’s wedding gift, touch on what to wear, AND help you figure out how to gift it to him the day of the wedding.

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What is a bridal boudoir session?

A bridal boudoir session is just like a normal boudoir session, but the end goal is to have the PERFECT album to give as a groom’s wedding gift on the most important day of your lives.

Hair and makeup, mimosas, and pampering are all included in the session. I guide you on what to bring as far as outfits and even show you how to wear that sexy lingerie you want to surprise him with on the wedding day.

I know what you’re thinking. “But I don’t have a CLUE how to be sexy.”

I’ve got you covered here. I pose you from head to toe during the session. That’s not something you need to even think about before, during, or even after the session.

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So, why IS this the perfect groom’s wedding gift?

Like I said before, it’s unique and personal. Unlike the flask or whiskey glasses I mentioned before, this is something he won’t just set aside to collect dust.

When he opens the gift that day, he will be so excited that this beautiful woman is the woman he is marrying and choosing to spend his life with.

It’s something you can BOTH cherish for the rest of your lives. He can look back and remember the woman he fell in love with, while you can remember how confident and beautiful you felt at this point in your life.

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But what should you wear?

For in depth ideas, refer to these blog posts… What to Wear: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and 2019 Outfit Suggestions.

But as an overview, you will want to bring:

  • At least one bodysuit- usually a thong so that it’s more high waisted.
  • At least 2-3 bra/pant sets
  • One of his button-up shirts or something meaningful to both of you.
  • High heels- the higher the better

For the underwear, I’d recommend cheekies or thongs and make sure they are one size bigger than you would normally wear to prevent “muffin” over your underwear.

We all have it no matter what size we are, I promise.

Like I said above, be sure to check out those blog posts for more recommendations! Or email me at I’m happy to answer any questions you have!

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How to give this AMAZING groom’s wedding gift

I have an entire blog post written ALL about this topic. But here’s a quick overview on previous client’s ideas.

  • When you would traditionally give the album- just make sure the groomsmen aren’t around!
  • Give him a small nightstand album with less risque images and a super sweet note explaining he will get the rest of the gift later.
  • After the rehearsal dinner so he can get excited about the wedding day(and night).
  • The wedding night when you both are alone.
  • At the Honeymoon, so you can both take the time to enjoy it.
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I’m sure you are nervous about a session. Totally understandable.

My client Rebecka said this after hers…

“Tracy is absolutely amazing. Being someone who is self conscious, let alone exposed in front of a stranger, I have never felt more comfortable. She was very friendly, personal, and professional. She made me feel beautiful and like I was simply just hanging out with a friend.”

I am over the moon in love with her work. She really has an eye for making your body look it’s absolute best. I received my album super quick and she was wonderful to work with. 100% so glad I chose her.”

This gift is unlike any other groom’s wedding gift you could choose, plus it’s something you both will enjoy when reminiscing about this time of your life for years to come.

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A Guide to an Outdoor Boudoir Session

For a while now, I considered offering the outdoor boudoir session and decided to pursue it last summer.   It’s a really fun genre of boudoir photography, though not for everyone, and that’s okay.

By the way, scroll all the way to the end for a special offer code when scheduling. AND here’s the scheduling link.

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Outdoor boudoir doesn’t make sense?

When I first considered photographing my boudoir clients outside, I thought to myself, this doesn’t really make sense.  Why would anyone wear lingerie outside? But then I thought, who really cares?  Who’s making the rules? If we want to photograph lingerie outside, let’s do it.  Boudoir photography is whatever the creator(s) decide it is.  These outdoor boudoir photos are beautiful, the light is gorgeous, and I get to get out of the studio in the summer to enjoy the beautiful weather!

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What should you wear to these sessions?

A big question I get asked, and one I thought long and hard on, was what should clients wear to these sessions?  Although you will be photographed on my farm in Southern Illinois, this isn’t something for which you need to dress super “country.”  If it suits you, your style, and your personality to dress more western, then definitely go for it, but if you are a city girl at heart, then dress the way you want. Honestly, I think you can wear as much(or as little) as you want. Implied always works SUPER well for outdoor boudoir sessions.

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My clients from this month all chose very different styles! Maddie chose a few bodysuit outfits and a few dresses.  Vi is a little edgier and chose more implied outfits and then a dress to finish the session out.  Madi wore some lingerie and a few off the shoulder shirts that were a little more country with her cowboy boots. Stephanie went for a more lingerie style outdoor boudoir session. I literally love every single outfit that was chosen and think it fits each woman’s personality to a tee.

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So, where do these Outdoor Boudoir Sessions take place?

My family has a farm in Anna, IL, about 20 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois.  where we raise cattle and train horses.  One of the pastures is super secluded,  PERFECT for an outdoor boudoir session. There is a very cute creek with little waterfalls, grass, trees, and the most beautiful flat rocks ever!

Seriously, would you ever think this image was taken in Southern Illinois?

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Right outside of this little area, there is a pasture on top of a hill, which has GORGEOUS light and beautiful green grass. We usually start the session at the creek, and finish on the hill in the pasture.

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Can horses be in the photos?

For liability reasons, I am not allowing my horse or the farm horses in the photos or around for the session.  You are more than welcome to bring your own horse for your outdoor boudoir session, though. The photos are amazing when you throw in a beautiful horse!

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Remember, we will be out in the woods in the middle of the country.  Things you may encounter are ticks, snakes, bugs, etc. Come prepared with walking shoes, bug spray, and bags to carry your outfits!

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How to book your outdoor boudoir session?

I am now booking outdoor boudoir photography sessions in Southern Illinois. St. Louis clients, I hope you decide to make the trip down! I promise it will be MORE than worth the 2 hour drive.

To book, simply click this link. It will take you through the booking process. As a thank you for booking, use the coupon code OUTDOOR for 10% off the session fee. 🙂

Hair and makeup is included, most likely by the amazing Fringe the Salon in Carbondale, Illinois, but possibly through another HMUA.

One week following the session, we meet for an ordering session(online).  More pricing information is found here. Also, check out the reason I am anti digital files and prefer albums here.

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4 Vacation Photography Tips you’ll need this summer!

When you’re on vacation, it’s great to live in the moment– but it’s also nice to have some photos from your trip! It’s all about finding that balance! I know many of you may be going to some fun places with your family, so I put together vacation photography tips to help you catch those incredible memories. Whether your child is two or fifteen, this is your first trip as husband and wife, or this is your twentieth year anniversary, you want to be sure to remember them for years to come.

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Capture the Details

There are so many new and fun things to see when you visit a new place.  Be sure to photograph the cool things so you can remember it!

Think about photographing the sunrise or sunset, the way the water moves, the fish you catch, the food you eat, the fun signs they may have in the restaurants, etc.  Also photograph your kids playing in the waves in the early morning, or your new husband walking down the beach to you.

Did you notice that most of my details are near the ocean?  I love the beach so much.

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Photograph the Moments

What I mean by this is catch the quiet moments when your baby is asleep, and photograph him/her having the time of their life as well.  Photograph your husband lying on the beach taking a nap or playing in the waves while you read a book. Don’t miss the moments just because you don’t think it’s important now.  It’ll be important one day!

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Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines

If you aren’t a photographer, you may not even know about this.  It’s a composition basic in photography, though. Basically, things are more pleasing to the eye if you place things in a third of the photo. Check out this article to see more about it, but a basic overview is in the photo below.  It has leading lines, AND follows the rule of thirds a bit.  It isn’t technically perfect, but I was on vacation and more worried about having fun than having perfect photos!

The boat dock leads your eye straight to the sunset in the right third of the photo, so it includes the leading line and the rule of thirds.  Just know you won’t have access to leading lines in every photo you take, and don’t spend your whole vacation searching for them. If you stumble across leading lines, though, put them to use!

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Forget Perfection

I think this is the most important vacation photography tip I can give you. It’s one I definitely subscribe to when on vacation. Enjoy the moment and forget about perfection. Vacation doesn’t happen often and while it is a great time to practice with your camera, it’s also a time to enjoy your family.

I still worry about light and the way it falls while on vacation, but what I really want to capture is the feelings on vacation.  It’s not going to matter in 50 years how perfect your photos are.  It’s going to mean more to just have them to look back on.

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The Most Important Vacation Photography Tip

The most important vacation photography tip I can leave you with is to just enjoy your vacation. Take the photos with your iPhone and leave your camera in the room if it helps you enjoy those moments.

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