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Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot with Best Boudoir LA

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

Who says a boudoir photo shoot has to be done in a bedroom setting? Since I am located in Los Angeles, there are many fun and unusual locations available to do a boudoir photo shoot.

The reason I chose this particular location at the LA Old Zoo for this particular woman was her fun long braided hair. I visualized her in a funky, fun and off beat environment. The Old Zoo in Los Angeles offered itself perfectly as a colorful and interesting backdrop.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

If you have never been at the Old Zoo, it is worth a trip through the narrow caves, cages and graffiti, they are fun to explore. You may have to squeeze yourself through fences and small openings. Be careful where to step, there is lots of glass and gravel.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

We had fun getting ready at my house where we normally do our bedroom setting boudoir photo shoots. My makeup artist does an amazing job of accentuating a woman’s features to make her even more beautiful.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

Then we made our short drive over to Griffith Park. We brought a big blanket to hold up to cover our model while she changed her outfits. It is not a very crowded location, so changing is quite easy.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

There was another photo shoot going on right next to us in another part of the cages, as this place is very popular with other photographers. Our shoot was with minimal equipment, just a camera, a reflector and an ice light and we didn’t pull a permit with the city…shhhht! For larger projects, such as commercials with lots of equipment I would recommend checking with the city and getting a permit.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

Youngsters use this place to express themselves through graffiti. The blue graffiti below was literally still wet and we smelled the spray paint, someone must have just finished this work of art.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

My favorite spot here was the narrow stairs with a metal cage door at the end, the walls are full of colorful spray paint and the steps are illuminated with beautiful natural light. I didn’t use any flash or fill light, just as is.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

It was great to have an assistant help carrying cloths, water and spot me while climbing with my camera in hand. She also snapped some images with her iphone to show behind the scene images.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

We left all the trash as we found it there, I think it is more authentic and adds to the contrast of beauty in an environment of disrepair.

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

I always take some time to show my ladies how beautiful they look on camera. It is so encouraging and surprising to them. A lot of time they will say, ‘Wow! Is that really me?!’ ‘Yup’ , I say ‘You look amazing!’ .

Behind the scenes Los Angeles Old Zoo boudoir photo shoot

We wrapped it up after I filled two SD  cards and we had more than enough images to work with. I don’t like to go on and on, but finish on a high note. After 1.5-2 hours of shooting the model and myself are getting tired, especially on a hot day like it was.

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Cheers,

Beate Pilgreen

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Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Sexy Sixties and Seventies Boudoir

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

As a photographer I meet wonderful individuals every day, let me tell you about my encounter with an extraordinary lady I had the honor to shoot recently (pictured in this blog post).

Sabine Reichel a seasoned internationally published author, also advocate for women with gray hair, publisher of the popular Gray in LA Blog was recently featured in HuffingtonPost50 describing her boudoir experience with me as her photographer.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Namely this lady has caused me to think about my own struggles with age. I am turning 50 this year and somehow the thought, I AM TOO OLD ! has twisted my brain since my childhood.

At 11, I thought I was too old playing with barbies. At 25 I felt too old to model, at 38 I felt too old for child birth, at 45 I felt I was too old to start a new career…

Seriously! That’s just a bunch of bullshit, excuse my French!

Yes, there may be actual physical limitations, such as giving birth after menopause, but let’s be honest, most of our preconceived  notions of age are constructed in or heads and are directly influenced by what the media has presented us over the years. Sometimes it takes inspiration from ladies around us to change our outlook on age.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

When I met 69 year old Sabine Reichel at an event at the posh Edison in Los Angeles I was mesmerized by her positive attitude regarding her age. She shared with me that she was contemplating to reignite her modeling career… at age 69! I was not only impressed by her flawless skin, but also by her strong feministic expression and her I-don’t-give-a-damn-what-others-think philosophy.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

At the end of the evening we had not only found a new friendship, but we also planned to do a photo shoot together.  Sabine is a free spirit and since boudoir is my forte, she was game for a sexy lingerie shoot. Needless to say I was thrilled! I specialize in women over 40 and 50, to have a lady close to 70 was a great addition to my repertoire.

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Yes, this lady was blessed with amazing genes, but it is her bravery and open mindedness that allowed her to discover this new side of herself.  Wrinkles, gray hair or an aching hip? So what! Get over it!

Have you ever seen photos of young super models without make up taken from an unfortunate angle…unedited? Not so hot either! So why should images  of mature ladies be different? It is the lighting the angles, makeup and editing that will make the difference for anybody in front of the camera, trust me!

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

Ladies of any age, do yourself a favor and don’t buy into the lies of our society, that older women should’t be shown as sensual beings.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, SEXY AND POWERFUL!

Best Boudoir LA sexy over sixty photo shoot featured in Huffington Post.

For more info or bookings contact me at http://bestboudoirla.com/contactus

xo

Beate Pilgreen

 

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Husband's email of photoshopped boudoir photos go viral-Why he wanted to see her all natural.

Viral email of husband’s response of wive’s photoshopped boudoir photos

Husband's email of photoshopped boudoir photos go viral

Note: This is not the lady mentioned in the email or post.

As a boudoir photographer and female myself I understand the dilemma of editing very private images of my clients carefully. I usually take my time to discuss in detail what my client is looking for and how to make them happy and satisfied with their boudoir photo session and their edited digitals.

Many of the photos will be printed in a beautiful album or even become wall art, therefore they needs to be on point. However it is desireable to keep the photos as natural as possible.

I have had  a situation where a lady wanted to slim her face, nose and body significantly, to make her look like a different version of herself. After pointing out that the finished product may not resemble who she was she still wanted to follow through with a very heavy edit. It was not what I would choose for my client, but at the end of the day I want to make my boudoir clients happy!

 

It is always amazing to see the reaction of a significant other to the reveal of the images. I would love to be there for all of them, because they are usually very emotional and for the photographer rewarding and fulfilling. Most of my feedback is from my female clients directly and they will report me how much their husband’s like their images.

 

Husband's email of photoshopped boudoir photos go viral-Why he wanted to see her all natural.

Note: This is not the lady mentioned in the email or post.

Of course there are some responses that may be more witheld and private, but wouldn’t it be great to hear directly from the one person the photoshoot was for?

That is exactlty what happened to my collegue Victoria Caroline Haltom in San Antonio, who received a very honest and touching response from a loving husband, who missed some “flaws” he loves about his wife.

Read the full email below

( Warning! It may tear you up):

“These pictures…while they are beautiful and you are a very talented photographer…they are not my wife,” he said.

His heartfelt message continued with, “when you took away her stretch marks, you took away the documentation of my children. When you took away her wrinkles, you took away over two decades of our laughter, and our worries. When you took away her cellulite, you took away her love of baking and all the goodies we have eaten over the years.”

After posting this heartfelt reaction to her social media Haltom received an overwhelming response which has since then became viral.

Not only clients, but also friends of mine noticed and send me this post. How do you feel about your photos? Would you like to erase some of your unwanted features or are you happy with what you have?

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Sexy beach boudoir photography in Los Angeles by Best Boudoir LA

Boudoir at the Beach?

Sexy beach boudoir photography in Los Angeles with flowing fabric

I was recently asked to do a boudoir photo shoot at the beach. Traditionally I do most of my shoots in my studio in NELA in a more intimate setting. The word ‘boudoir’ is French for ‘bedroom’ and usually involves lingerie and bedsheets. However I happen to love the beach and posing and angles are similar and I was totally game!

Sexy beach boudoir photography in Los Angeles

To shoot on location is a whole different ball game than in a controlled studio atmosphere. There is wind, water, sand, sun, clouds and people to consider. I had to take a lot more shots to get the best photos, but I was very pleased with the outcome.

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The golden hour right before sunset is the perfect time to get the most beautiful and flattering photos. The lady in this image is 49 years young and she looks amazing to begin with, but the golden sunlight gave her a little touch of extra magic.

If you are interested in more info about my photography services check out my website bestboudoirla.com

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