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!

Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the holiday season which means lots of fun, family and friend time, and delicious food. While it’s such a great time of year, it can admittedly be a bit stressful. Maybe we have decent habits throughout the year that all seem to come to a screeching halt as soon as the mashed potatoes come out or that decadent cheeseball and crackers come in plain sight. This is exactly why I want to share with you some holiday healthy eating tips from local expert, Gillian Becker.

High peep toe heels, black lace and mesh bra, shiny sequined holiday mesh tights//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// St. Louis

More About Gillian Becker

Gillian Becker is a registered nurse, certified personal trainer and weight loss specialist with a passion for transforming men’s and women’s bodies and empowering them through healthy lifestyle changes! She is the lead trainer at momshells.com, the world’s first weightless and support system for moms! She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 12 years as a bikini competitor and fitness model and is a sponsored athlete with 1st Phorm International, House Of Pain Apparel, and Toxic Angelz Bikinis.

Grey Crop Top Comfy Long Sleeve, White Lace Thong/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Gillian’s Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

There are so many things I love about Gillian. She understands how bodies work and is all about helping you be strong, healthy, and feeling your best. I also love that she’s realistic– it’s not about starving yourself– you deserve to eat foods you love while respecting your health and your body. Here is some excellent advice for how to handle the holidays without stressing out.

Before the Party

  • Exercise the day of your event.
  • Bring a healthy dish with you to serve to guests at your holiday parties (fresh veggie platter, large mixed green salad, Cauliflower Fauxtatoes).
  • Eat a high protein snack with a small portion of fat and carbs before your event so that you don’t overeat when you get there. A good pre-party snack is a handful of almonds and a serving of nonfat Greek yogurt.

At the Party

  • Choose a smaller plate at the buffet tables at holiday events.
  • For every alcoholic beverage that you drink, drink one large glass of ice water.

Gillian Becker wearing thigh high black knit socks, black panties to match, and a long sleeve scoop neck crop grey sweater//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

You can still indulge…a little

    • Don’t fret over enjoying your favorite holiday indulgences but keep your portion size small. Remind yourself that it’s just as satisfying to have a few bites of your favorite holiday foods rather a large plateful.
    • Be a food snob! Don’t feel that it is your responsibility to sample every item at the Christmas buffet table. Enjoy small portions of the foods you truly enjoy and skip those that don’t appeal or that you can live without.
    • Remember that holiday events are all about the company you share the season with, not the food☺

Gillian Becker in a deep red mesh and lace bodysuit // photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

The Next Day

      • Get back on track the day after your holiday event. Start the day with a green smoothie (handful of fresh spinach, handful of fresh Kale, juice of one lemon, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1 pear, 2 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt, filtered water).

For More Inspiration

You can still enjoy yourself without feeling guilty or totally derailing your body. And you’ll feel better! If you’re interested in connecting with Gillian, email her at beckerbuiltbodies@gmail.com. And for more advice, check out her Instagram.

Now that you’re ready to enjoy the holidays and you’re feeling your best self, email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com to secure your spot in my books for your holiday boudoir session!

Gillian Becker in a mesh and lace white bodysuit with a high neckline //photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

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Christmas Boudoir Session

Tis the Season

In a blink of an eye, it’s November and you’re now sipping your hot Starbucks out of the notorious holiday cup. Once you book your Christmas boudoir session as your special gift for your special someone, it’s time to think about ideas for your Christmas boudoir session. This is the fun part!

Fun Christmas Boudoir Session Ideas

When I’m envisioning Christmas boudoir session ideas for my clients, the goal is not to get too cliché but to get a little creative. We can still style a wonderfully Christmas feeling shoot without Santa outfits or holiday lights. To prep for sessions, I suggest that my clients bring in about four different outfits. For your Christmas boudoir session, there are some fun options you can bring with you!

Comfy Sweater Weather

Make sweater weather sexy and bring a comfy, oversized sweater, knit socks and a cup of cocoa.

Cozy for winter. Taupe thigh high stockings with button details with an off the shoulder, deep red/wine waffle long sleeve night gown. Elevated with black nails and matching wine lips//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

Deep Red Lingerie Set

Deep red lingerie is a sexy yet subtle way to get into the holiday spirit. St. Charles based Liviara, one of my favorite local vendors, has a gorgeous corset and lingerie set in Bordeaux, a deep rouge– perfect for your Christmas boudoir session.

Deep red bodysuit– perfect for a holiday boudoir session. //photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.comSTL

His Shirt

Take one of your man’s shirts for that oversized look. Add in a tie paired with thigh high stockings or knee high knit socks that match to perfect your outfit.

Oversized chambray shirt with cuffed sleeves//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Cozy Coverups

You can even forgo a full lingerie set for a few photos. Cover up with a fur throw (I love this one from West Elm and this one from Bed Bath and Beyond) and pearls for a sophisticatedly sexy look. Or a white scarf (both Target and Etsy have cute ones) with a red thong will create a beautiful contrast and truly give that holiday look.

Bodysuits are a perfect addition in your outfit rotation as they’re a slightly more modest counterpart of little negligées. While I’ve shot bodysuits for other occasions, I’m envisioning some more season-specific garments. A red, lace, long sleeved body suit, like this one from Forever21, would be perfect with white high heels with the classic touch of pearls. Or a more casual approach with a gray bodysuit would also be great for your holiday boudoir session with red high heels. Free People has a nice option in a lot of different colors or Aeri has a great assortment of cozy but cute winter bodysuits.

This black bodysuit makes for a pretty and comfy boudoir photo// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Props

While I tend to not use many props in my sessions, there are a few that come to mind that would work really well!

  • The obvious choice, a Christmas tree! I already have this in the studio!
  • A dark red throw –I do already have a blue throw at the studio that would also look great.
  • Wrapped gifts in a classic, shiny gold wrapping paper.
  • A large coffee cup with “Cocoa” on it. Here’s a shot below of a cute mug that makes for a fun photo. Instead of a light pink, summery mug, I would try something like this cocoa find on etsy or a mug from a St Louis favorite of mine, Mrs Shoppe on Etsy.

Here are some ideas to get you started! There are so many ways you can make a boudoir session feel like the holidays. Getting creative with the styling and direction of my shoots is one of my favorite parts of a boudoir session.

Have you booked your holiday boudoir session yet? Email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com to secure your spot!