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Mother Morpho | Wisconsin Boudoir

I’ve had the Mother Morpho concept floating around in my head for awhile now. To say it came to me in a dream sounds corny, but it’s 100% true, at least the name for the shoot did. And this shoot almost happened with someone else a year prior but it was pouring rain and we were downtown St.Paul and it just was not meant to be. So I put it on the back burner and …

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Embrace Your Weird | Wisconsin Boudoir

From the very beginning when I first picked up a camera Rachel was down to pose for me, no matter what the concept. I would throw her in pouf dresses and mohawks and even once, with the help of my entire family, I suspended her in a cobweb of ropes from a few trees. She’s always trusted my vision and never hesitated to help make the pictures in my head a reality.  I fondly call …

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Summer Goddess | Madison Boudoir

It’s hard to talk about summer Goddess sessions when the Midwest is about to be dumped on by 17 inches of snow. In April. Luckily, I’m currently in Nashville where it’s a nice 65 degrees! I took these images last summer and am just now getting around to posting them because life is busy and I suffer horribly from dotoomuchitis. But here they finally are!  Elan looks like a damn Goddess brought to life…because she …

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold | Wisconsin Boudoir

It’s hard being a woman. Most of us are stuck in a state of MORE- a bigger, better, faster, stronger mentality that keeps us in a loop of perpetual unhappiness.  The constant need to PROVE and BE THE BEST (what even is that?) gets to all of us at one point or another, no matter how zen you claim to be. And the worst part? All of us are walking around unhappy wondering what the hell …

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Kimono Flow | Wisconsin Boudoir

I LOVE styling boudoir sessions. LOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE it! I think I could honestly just quit taking photos forever (sad day) and still be able to carve a beautiful life out for myself with styling photo shoots/movies/whatever floats your boat. Lingerie and vintage clothing bring me THAT MUCH JOY. There’s something so incredibly satisfying about pulling different elements together to create a narrative. You become what you’re wearing. Everything makes sense and just clicks in. That’s important …

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Pin Me Up | Madison Boudoir

I have a great love for pin-up, old Hollywood glamour, and film noir styles, probably because I have been collecting vintage for literally over half of my life (It all started with a pair of snake skin kitten heels…). Due to my reverence and respect for the past I am very wary about photographing the different genres (because those are 3 different genres, and even those three can be divided further into sub-categories) unless we …

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F*CK That Guy…| Minneapolis Boudoir

I’m a Do More Photographer. It’s a group comprised of the best boudoir photographers in the world and I’m freaking proud to be one of them. We have a private group where we discuss ‘boudoir’ issues and help one another out and one concern that gets brought to the group way more frequently than it should is this- A client wants to book a shoot but their husband/fiance/lover says NO and cites various excuses such …

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You Are Safe With Me | Wisconsin Boudoir

I want to talk about how important it is to me that my clients feel safe when we are working together. Boudoir, for the most part, is a deeply personal experience. You are baring your soul and your body and tapping into parts of yourself that you probably rarely let see the light. It’s a little uncomfortable but it should be because you’re growing.  All of these things are wonderful and powerful and can sometimes …

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Darling Just Fucking Own It- Part 3 | Minneapolis Boudoir

Here it is people! Part 3 of Darling Just Fucking Own It! If you haven’t yet I suggest you go back and look at Part 1 and Part 2 so you can better acquaint yourself with Kit and the message behind these posts.  Wardrobe- Duende Boudoir Wardrobe Closet Hair and Makeup Artist- Elle Allen Hair and Makeup To book your own self-empowerment session- Click this! 

Roccoco in the woods | Wisconsin Boudoir

When I first picked up a camera 4 years ago it was to take all of the ideas that were hogging space in my head and bring them into the world. I grew up on the (small) stage and both my grandmother and mother were part-time seamstresses so my head has been filled with pouf dresses and ballerinas and faeries and glitter for as long as I can remember. As I grew older I also …

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Mother Goddess | Wisconsin Boudoir

Okay I’m going to be very honest here and tell you that I don’t want kids. I don’t even really like kids. I’m that person that awkwardly holds little babies when I’m forced to but only because saying HELL NO is apparently considered rude to most people. I know, you’re probably thinking I’m a horrible human but WHATEVER KAREN not everyone has that maternal….thing. I mean I have it hardcore for my dog but people …

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Darling Just Fucking Own It- Part 2 | Minneapolis Boudoir

Remember when I wrote about this awesome powerhouse of a woman? If not, hop on over HERE to catch up and check out the first set of images. In that first post I also talked about how I’m doing things a bit differently now and I’m following my heart more. Which really is a fancy-ass way of saying I’m gonna just get a bit more RAW and SEXY and make imagery that give you ALLLL …

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