Boudoir Album Versus Digitals/ STL

In this modern age of 2018, it’s tempting to forgo printing photos and just get your photos digitally. The problem with that? Digital files can disappear (well, not if you get photos with me– I back them up in 6 different places, 2 hard drives, my computer, and each have their own cloud backup). Regardless, I highly encourage my clients to  allow me to create and deliver a boudoir album after your session. I learned that lesson the hard way.

scarf and black lace panties/ black heels/ white fur rug/ chaise lounge/ Boudoir by Tracy Brown/ St Louis

When Digital Goes Wrong–

I heard once that this generation is going to be the most photographed generation with the least to show for it. I don’t think I have ever heard a more true statement.  We’re all guilty of it. Between Snapchat and Instastories, we are all taking photos. We rarely save the actual photos and if we do, it’s on our phone where we can easily lose them.

I have heard of clients who had their wedding photos given to them in digital format. They didn’t print them at the time, thinking they would get around to it eventually.  Ten or fifteen years later, things happen.  Maybe they lose the CD in a move, or just misplace it, but still they never end up printing their images. Now, there isn’t even anywhere to print the photos on considering it’s on a CD!

Isn’t it sad to think that some of us may not have images of our own lives to show our grandkids?  Didn’t you love looking at these of your grandparents?  I know I did and still do.

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The Lesson–

As technology changes rapidly, those digital files don’t always keep up. Remember when people used to get pictures on CDs? My Mac doesn’t even have a disk drive! Thumb drives and CDs can get damaged, files can get distorted, and digital images get lost. While digital can be a decent backup if you have a very sturdy hard drive and some cloud storage, prints are, in my opinion, the way to go. (Again, though, if you’re my client, you don’t have to worry about my hard drives crashing as I have them carefully backed up to 6 different places!)

boudoir album//photography album//classy//tastefull//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

This is why I HIGHLY recommend my clients and friends get an album and prints of their photographs, from any session or photographer, whether it be your wedding, family photos, or a boudoir session. Really, we hire photographers to have tangible souvenirs of certain magical but fleeting moments of life. Digital files are not tangible and can become outdated. Print photos, if stored safely or displayed in a nice frame, can last.

boudoir album//digitals vs prints//boudoir photography album//leather//classy//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Boudoir Album– It’s all about quality

Also, I would recommend that you get your prints through your photographer. For me, I am very serious about the quality of prints for my clients and thoroughly assess prospective vendors before I choose to collaborate with them. My lab is professional quality and I carefully hand picked it because of the high quality of their photo processing. That being said, getting prints through your photographer will be of a MUCH better quality than if you go to the grocery store or drugstore’s photo developers.

Sheer Red Sexy bralette with Dark Lace Details/lavendar hair/light pink nail polish/ glossy lipstick/ Boudoir by Tracy Brown/ STL

So, when you have a professional photography session, make sure you have something to take away. Digital files probably won’t last. Make those memories tangible. Learn from other’s mistakes and just go ahead and get those albums and prints.

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St Louis Boudoir Photography | Ali

standing against wall posing boudoir/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The strength of a woman can’t be measured by her workout routine. It’s not measured by how heavy the laundry basket she carries is; nor is it based on how many kids she wrestles to cook for, clothe and get ready on a weekday morning. While all of these are things Ali does do, they’re not true measures of how strong she is. Perseverance, fierce love, and devotion are the true signs of her strength. This is a St Louis Boudoir photography client I’ll never forget. Her story is captivating and the results of the shoot are what keep me loving the boudoir photography business!

posing on bed with sheets/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

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About Ali

Ali is a single mom who works day-in and day-out to support, take care of, and love her family with all she has. She’s a hard-worker from O’Fallon IL and is only in her thirties. But even at her young age, she felt like she was getting a little burnt out. The wear and tear of day-to-day life can be rough on anyone; but when you add kids to the mix, life gets really tough. Through sheer willpower and endurance, Ali has tirelessly kept on and persevered.

boudoir woman gazing out of the window/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

boudoir lying back on couch/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

At a certain point, though, she lost any and all focus on self-care and didn’t ever get any “Ali time”. She knew she needed a day that was all about her. In order to take care of others, you need to have some time where you can take care of yourself; even spoil yourself every now and again! Ali contacted me to book her St Louis boudoir photography session to find confidence in herself again. She needed that extra boost to rejuvenate and restore that amazing strength she possessed.

bare shoulder boudoir photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com over the shoulder smile photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Shoot

Ali met me at my St Louis boudoir photography studio, anxious and excited to get started. As always, with my clients, we began by getting her relaxed and giving her some much-deserved pampering. I found out that a few days before, she had received Dysport injections at Pure 111. She confessed she never thought this type of skin-care was for “a person like her”… but it was so cool she did it! To really put yourself out there and do something out of your comfort zone is awesome.

boudoir pose on white couch//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

white fur rug boudoir pose//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

boudoir booty photo//off the shoulder tee//black nails//hair and makeup//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

lying casually on couch//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The results were incredible, as her beauty was radiant throughout the photo shoot. Her fair skin shone gorgeously as the lighting hit it perfectly. Her alluring curves were exciting to shoot as we played with different poses and looks. As an avid John Mayer lover, we had a little fun with the shoot as she chose to wear one of his shirts as an outfit. She was sexy as could be. Slowly, I saw a girl who came warn, tired, and unsure of herself blossom into a strong and powerful woman right before my eyes.

cleavage boudoir photography//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

boudoir sheets covering body//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

magenta bra and panties//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

sexy john mayer shirt//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

rule of thirds boudoir pose//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

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maroon bra and panty set//black heels//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Aftermath

Ali left her St Louis boudoir photography shoot feeling refreshed and carrying a new attitude. Her self-confidence was restored and she learned this: sometimes mama’s gotta put herself first! Later, at the ordering session, we were looking through her breathtaking boudoir photos. Tears of joy welled in her eyes as she saw the photos. The persevering, devoted, hard-working woman she truly is translated wonderfully in her pictures. Ali is a strong woman in so many ways; after this photo shoot she is now more confident and sure of herself than she has been in a long time. Ali is a force to behold and I’m so glad I got to be her boudoir photographer.

woman opening her gift//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

holding a hand written note//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

woman looking at her photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

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woman looking through her boudoir album//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Ali later contacted me to give a review of her experience. Here is what she had to say:

“After my initial meeting with Tracy, I KNEW she would be the photographer I would chose for my boudoir photo session. Tracy has a calm, reassuring aura about her that instantly put me at ease. Not only does Tracy produce beautiful work, she personifies professionalism. I am extremely grateful for Tracy and her talent- she captured me in ways I had never seen myself before-and it has done wonders for my self confidence. After my photo shoot with Tracy, I left her studio feeling BEAUTIFUL AND CONFIDENT- two words that I never thought I’d use to describe myself. Not only do I have a BEAUTIFUL album and wall portraits to document this chapter of my life, I also made a friend:)”

I’m so grateful to be your friend, Ali!

If you’re interested in booking with me, contact me here and we’ll get in touch and talk about how we’re going to bring out your inner fierceness. To check out some more of my work, here is a previous blog post you can check out about Keely the NICU nurse!

 

A Holiday Reflection– Reason for the Season

Reason for the Season

I don’t know about you but this holiday season and blown by. It’s been a whirlwind of wrapping up this fiscal year as well as wrapping those gifts. It’s so easy to get wrapped (pun intended) up in the chaos and anticipation of it all that sometimes I find it hard to just slow down to appreciate and enjoy the reason for the season. This is why I’m taking a moment to pause and reflect on this Christmas season.

My family during the holidays// A reflection on the season// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Living in the Moment

This time can definitely be stressful but I hope you can take time to breathe, relax, and revel in the lovely yet fleeting moments with your family and friends. I so often feel a pressure to be “on the go” to find gifts, get them packaged just so, and do all the other things on my list. But when it comes to Christmas or whatever brings you with your family, it is just so rewarding to slow down to enjoy your company. I know this probably sounds very yogic but lean into the moment to be present. Try to let the peripheral happenings of work, stress, etcetera stay peripheral– you can pick it back up after the holidays.

Having fun in the Moment

While spending time with family is my favorite part of this season, be sure to enjoy the other joys of Christmas and winter time! Those Dirty Santa and White Elephant games only come around once a year– have fun with them! And be sure to enjoy any fancy holidays parties and let’s not forget about those special gingerbread lattes that you can only get now! While it feels like it’s getting dark at 3pm and winter can feel a little blah, it’s a time of celebration and can be really fun if you let it!

My family during the holidays// A reflection on the season// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St Louis

Capturing the Moment

While I hope you are fully enjoying the moment, don’t forget to snap some photos! They don’t have to be fancy– just whip out your trusty film camera or iphone! You can get some great photography tips for the holidays from my blog post here. While I try not to be constantly taking photos, I’m so grateful for the photos I have of my family, especially of my grandpa who left us earlier this year.

Be sure to capture the special moments during the holidays// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// STL

So this holiday season, grab your loved ones, give them a big squeeze and live in the moment. I hope you enjoy your holidays with your loved ones and fill up your cup with all the positive and happy feelings to fuel you for your 2018!

Don't forget the reason for the season– A candid with my family at dinner// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

 

And if after the holidays you want to treat yourself to a boudoir session, email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com.

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3 Tips for Photographing the Holidays

Making Memories

Most of my clients are moms, but even if you aren’t, you will likely be spending time with family this holiday season. Because I am a photographer, I wanted to give tips to help you take your holiday photos to the next level. No, I am not talking about posing every photo to make your family look sexy. Grandma may not appreciate that! But there are a few things you can do to make those already very special photos even more special! Whether or not you’re a professional photographer, here are some holiday photography tips to take your photos to the next level!

 tips to help you take your holiday photos to the next level– A candid with my family at dinner// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

No Professional Equipment Necessary

One holiday photography tip is to not stress if you don’t have a fancy camera. Most of my family photos on this post I took with my film camera, not my fancy studio camera. There’s no need for a professional camera– a point and shoot, a consumer DSLR, or even a phone can look great if you follow these tips below. And really, it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use because what matters most are those memories with your loved ones. Here are my favorite photography tips below that you can use right away this holiday season!

One holiday photography tip is to not stress if you don’t have a fancy camera/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Get On My Level

Get a different perspective and get yourself and your camera down to your kid’s level// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com  St. Louis

Get a different perspective and get yourself and your camera down to your kid’s level. It makes for a more interesting view of the world and more flattering photos. Changing the level of your camera also shows more of the scene in your photo rather than just the floor.

Seize the Moment

Try to photograph and capture those fleeting moments– Grandma talking to the kids, Grandpa conversing with your husband or laughing with the family, and the kids enjoying some cookies. Soak it all in and get it all on your camera. Snap after snap.

Be sure to capture the special moments during the holidays// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

Trying to capture all of these memories on film hits close to home for me. My Grampy passed away in February of 2017 so last Christmas was the last one I ever got to enjoy with him. The photos we took from last year during the holidays are the most important photos I have. You never know when this holiday could be the last so be sure to capture the moments! Now please excuse me while I take a break to cry.

I miss him so much and I’m so thankful for the memories and those photos I have of him.

Be sure to capture the special moments during the holidays// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

This, my friends, is why photography is so special and important.

Let There Be Light!

Natural light is your best friend in photography// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

Find the light. This is my mantra in life! (and photography). Good light will always make for better photos. It can be from the christmas tree lights, the window light on Christmas morning, the light by the table on thanksgiving, the lamp beside your grandad’s rocking chair. Light is light. Use it!

Light is your friend in photography. Even if it isn’t natural light, find the light!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

Enjoy it!

I hope you all have a great holiday season and enjoy the memories and as well as your photographs. While you’re busy capturing the moment, don’t forget to live in the moment and take time to enjoy great conversations and food! For more tips, check out this article and for advice on what to do with your digital files (if you used a digital camera), check out my recent blogpost.

 

If you’re still trying to find the perfect gift for your special someone, or a special gift for yourself, look no further than a boudoir shoot with Boudoir by Tracy Lynn and email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com!