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6.03.2010

{low down, throw down with the boudoir divas!}

you know and you love them!! the boudoir divas!!
the are completely amazing at what they do! any lady would be soooo lucky to be in front of these ladies' lens. they are fun, beautiful and their skills are unmatched. we are SO excited to have them both here on our blog! that's right....maternal lens is bringing sexy back! okay, the boudoir divas are, but we'll take it!!!!

we are super excited to introduce you to the boudoir divas.....


Names: Kimberlee West & Marissa Boucher
Business name: The Boudoir Divas Incorporated
Location: San Diego, CA
Website/blog: www.theboudoirdivas.com
BLOG: www.thedivasblog.com
Resources for photogs: www.boudoirshop.com
Photographer referral list (still under construction) www.boudoirinternational.com


Tell us one sentence to describe your photography:
Sexy, classy photos - for his eyes only!

What's one thing that everyone should know about you?:
Although we call ourselves "Divas", you have to know that on the inside, we're really just 2 major nerds! We love to have fun, we love to laugh, and we honestly don't take ourselves too seriously.



Is boudoir photography for everyone? We are so excited that boudoir is FINALLY catching on... we've worked hard to give boudoir photography a 'facelift', and we're so thankful that more and more photographers are becoming interested in boudoir. We certainly don't think that ALL photographers ought to add boudoir to their list of services, however, if you're a photographer and you'd like to have the opportunity to make women feel beautiful in their own skin, you should definitely give boudoir a try! :)

Do you have any formal training or are you self taught?: We have both taken photography classes (back before digital... we both got our start working in the darkroom with film!) However, we are both mainly self-taught; especially when it comes to studio lighting.



If they made a movie about your life what would it be titled and who would play you?
Marissa: Gosh that is a tough question! The title would be "Don't Wish Upon a Star, Just Put Some Elbow Grease Into It'" and I would want to be played by a Disney animated character for sure. I would want her to look and sound like Belle from Beauty and the Beast because she was my fav when I was little ;)
Kimberlee: The title would be "Beauty for Ashes"... and I'd love it if someone like Keira Knightly or Natalie Portman played my character.



What and how much do you discuss with the client about retouching? Our clients know that they're going to receive professional re-touching on all of their final images, and we tell them that we'll be softening their skin for all of the images in their products. We are quite strict when it comes to changing what a client looks like... we have a pretty strict 'no-liquefy' rule! When it comes to re-touching, we really want to emphasize a woman's unique beauty, rather than using tools in Photoshop to do a little 'nip and tuck', thus changing the way she looks. We want her to feel confident and gorgeous, JUST as she is!



What does beautiful mean to you? Unfortunately in our society today, there are some crazy, distorted perceptions of beauty out there - and one of our goals here at the Boudoir Divas studio is to help combat those unrealistic views of what beauty is. Through our photography, we hope to show our clients that they each have their own unique beauty, and we want them to know that they are truly beautiful - just as they are. With that said, we also have to acknowledge the fact that beauty isn't just an outward thing. Beauty really does come from within a person... it is seen in a woman's confidence, her character, her soul... when she knows who she is, and isn't afraid to show who she is to the world.



One item in your life that you couldn't live without is:
Kimberlee: My Bible & journal!
Marissa: I would have to agree with K on that one. Although my Ipod may be hard to give up for sure.


What is the first photographer that comes to your mind and why? Herb Ritts - known as the 'grandfather of glamour photography' - we just love his black and white images, and how he was able to capture the human form.

What is your greatest post processing tip that you are will to share?:
Lightroom presets have cut our post-processing time in half!



If you could photograph any celebrity (living or dead) who would it be and why?: For a boudoir shoot... We'd love to work with Scarlett Johansson... she's got a great look that would photograph so great for boudoir! If we can do just a regular, non-boudoir photo shoot, we would choose Walt Disney! He is definitely an inspiration to us, to dream big and then make those dreams happen! We would love to do a shoot with him just so that we'd have the chance to pick his brain and talk to him about his business model.

What are some of your tips for making the client feel comfortable? With boudoir photography, you have to remember that your clients are definitely going to be feeling a bit uncomfortable! These are regular, every-day women, not models... and so our biggest tip would be to keep talking! Our motto is: "Never Shut Up"! We need to constantly be talking, coaching her with the posing and expression, but also just chatting and keeping her engaged so that she's able to relax and enjoy the photo shoot experience.



What have you found to be the best resources and/or method of advertising?: Word of mouth! If you have a client who loved her experience, you better believe that she is going to call her mom, sister, and best friend to tell them about the experience! We like to reward our clients with a little gift from us when they refer their friends to us, because those referrals have been so integral to the success of our studio.

What is at the top of your wish list right now?: We've got a few new sets in the works, so we're really excited about getting those up and running! Especially some faux walls that we can use for some interesting/unique sets with funky wallpaper and new vintage furniture!



Do you have any tricks for getting the most flattering angles?
Believe it or not, posing is actually one of the most difficult aspects of boudoir photography! It took us a long time (and a lot of mistakes) before we came up with an arsenal of poses that work great with all body types. Our number one tip for flattering angles: shoot from above! That's generally the most flattering angle for most women. (PS... we've compiled all of our fave poses in our Posebook, which also comes with a video of Marissa & Kimberlee demo-ing all of these poses with an actual client! If you're interested, check out the link here: http://www.boudoirshop.com/home.php?cat=3).

Do you use actions or presets? If so, what are your favorites?:
We love Totally Rad presets and actions!!!




What is something that will will always find in your refrigerator?
Marissa: A can of heart of palm (I know, I know I am weird)
Kimberlee: 'Salsa especial' from Trader Joe's... a bottle of pinot grigio... and lots of fresh vegetables!

What equipment do you use and if you had only one lens to use...what would it be?:
We shoot with Canon 5Ds and the MarkII. We use a lot of different lenses, but our favorite would probably be the 50 mm 1.2!



What has been your most embarrassing professional moment? Hmmm... I think I'd have to say it was offering a client a glass of champagne... at a maternity shoot. Oops! I guess I just get in the habit of offering a glass to our VIP clients before their shoots, so I completely forgot - and then felt like an idiot when she reminded me that that probably wouldn't be a good idea!

What was your first paid session like? Were you nervous? Did it turn out how you wanted? Was I ever nervous!!! The session went really, really well and even when I look back at the images I am pleased with them but I really wished I had been more outgoing with the client and created a much more fun experience for her.



Is there a song that inspires you and lifts your spirits when you hear it?
"It's Amazing" by Jem The lyrics are beyond inspiring.....
Do it now
You know you are
You feel it in your heart
And your burning and wishin'

At 1st wait, it won't be on a plate
Your gonna work for it harder and harder
And I know cause I've been there before
Knockin' on door with rejection (rejection)
And you'll see cause if it's meant to be
Nothing can compare to deserving your dream

[Chorus]
It's amazing it's amazing all that you can do
It's amazing it makes my heart sing
Now it's up to you

Pactents now frustration in the air
And people who don't care
Well it's gonna get you down
And you'll fall (fall)
Yes you will hit a wall
Get back up on your feet
And you'll be stronger and smart


If we surprised you at your house today what would be the first thing we would notice?
Marissa: Elaine and Puddy my rascally Boston Terrors (no that isn't a typo)
Kimberlee: Fresh flowers on the table... funky bright colors everywhere... and absolutely NO artwork on my walls! (I just moved in last month and have yet to decide what images I want to put on my walls!) :)

What photography based organizations do you belong to?
WPPI & PPA

And lastly.....when we started the maternal lens all of us filled out this questionnaire and shared our answers....now it's your turn :)

What is your favorite word?
Marissa: spunky
Kimberlee: linger
What is your least favorite word?
Marissa: I can't even write it I hate it that much
Kimberlee: moist
What turns you on creatively spiritually or emotionally?
Marissa: music from my vintage record player streaming out my window while I sit by my chiminea on the patio
Kimberlee: Sitting on the beach reading and writing in my journal.
What turns you off creatively spiritually or emotionally?
Marissa: not having time to take of myself or loved ones
Kimberlee: Getting consumed with work, not taking the time to process my thoughts.
What sound or noise do you love?
Marissa: My hubby Weston walking through the door
Kimberlee: My nephew's laugh!
What sound or noise do you hate?
Kimberlee: Fingernails on the chalkboard.
Marissa: Oh ditto to K's answer. Yucky!
What is your favorite thing to say when you get mad?
Marissa: I pretty sure I just grunt/scream
Kimberlee: 'fabulous... just fabulous.' (Said with a healthy dose of sarcasm).
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Marissa: I would have liked to try to act. I loved playing dress up and pretend when I was little. The real reason is that I would just love to wear one of those gowns from like Pride and Prejudice or one of those other incredible movies.
Kimberlee: Teaching - specifically in Special Education.
What profession would you not like to do?
Marissa: Anything involving a cubical
Kimberlee: Waitressing.
If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Kimberlee: 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'
Marissa: "Well done, good and faithful servant."

a HUGE thank you to Kimberlee and Marissa!!!
make sure to leave them lots of blog lovin'!

13 comments:

  1. Anonymous6/03/2010

    I LOVE the boudoir divas! how fun to read their interview. It's awesome!

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  2. Ladies, you are such a huge inspiration to me. I was so excited when I had the chance to meet you at WPPI. Keep doing what you do because I can't get enough of it! Thanks for a great interview!

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  3. Awesome interview! Kimberlee & Marissa, your work is so inspiring. :O)

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  4. Fabulous interview! I would love to do more boudoir. Thank you for being so open and honest about it all. I going to go spend some time on your site for photographers. Love the divas! lol

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  5. Susan B.6/03/2010

    Wonderful interview. I love all the different types and styles of photographers you interview. Marissa and Kimberlee, your work is excellent. I will be bookmarking your site and blog for sure.

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity to be featured on your site! And thank you for all the kind notes in the comments. :)

    xoxo, Kimberlee and Marissa

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  7. Greta S.6/03/2010

    Nice post. These girls are great. And, I ~~LOVE~~ that song, toooo!!! It is one of my absolute faves...

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  8. Haha, such a great interview! You ladies truly are "Fabulous...just fabulous!!" (Zero Sarcasm there!!!)

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  9. Tiff Michaelsen6/03/2010

    They are the best! I don't personally know them, but I've followed them and their work forever. Such an inspiration. Love everything about them!

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  10. Torreyanna6/03/2010

    Amazing! I must live under a rock to have never heard of them. So happy you did this. I've only dabbled in boudoir, so I am really curious about their photographer site. I LOVE that song too!

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  11. loved the interview and the amazing photos!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. Love, love, love you ladies!!! Your work is fabulous and inspiring to say the least. =) Awesome interview!

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