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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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Maternity Boudoir

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The last few years it has become very popular to flaunt a pregnant baby belly in anticipation of welcoming a new addion to a couple’s life. Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were the front runners who publicly got pictured nude or semi nude in boudoir photos on magazine covers.

Maternity boudoir photography Los Angeles baby belly

 

It is an expression of how comfortable and proud a woman shows her changing body and starts the first memories on connecting with her unborn child. There are more curves to be flaunted and a beautiful glow to be captured which makes it a great experience for both the photographer and of course the mother to be.

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Looking at the pregnancy boudoir photos years after will bring back memories on what it was like to be one and how exciting it was to expecting. A great memory not only for the mother, but also for the father and the rest of the family. Years later a mother may express to her child how welcomed he was and what it was like to get ready for him.

Selfies are nice, but to show off the whole beauty of a woman and her baby belly it should be done professionally. We want to avoid images that are unflattereing and essentially would be rejected to look at or shared with others. We use hair, makeup and edits to highlight a woman’s best features and hide insecurities.

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If you are interested in more details about our maternity boudoir photos or know a lady who would be interested, please contact me here at http://bestboudoirla.com/contactus

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Teasing without Sleazing in Boudoir Photography

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In boudoir photography it is not all about showing everything. Yes it is sensual, sexy and provocative, yes it is often nude or implied nude, but it is not pornographic or sleazy.

 

Often times I have to reposition legs, hands or bodies to make them look more classy and tasteful, rather than spread legs and expose breasts. It is all about the story and mood in the picture and the photographer controls the tone of which the photo expresses.

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The majority of my clients are wives, professionals and mothers who never had a professional photoshoot done before and rarely show their sensual side to anyone, but their spouse. It is very important to me to protect the ladies’ integrity, but at the same time allow them to be vulnerable and emotional.

The best photos happen when my clients trust me in my judgement and artistic eye to showcast them in images they will love forever. If you are curious about a boudoir photoshoot contact me here.

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Boudoir empowers women

10965328_10204930925065382_1847492404_nOften women put other people’s needs before their own, their spouse’s, their children’s, their household’s and their work place’s. To get pampered, to get undivided attention, to be the star in the room may seem foreign, but it feels absolutely invigorating.

After most boudoir photoshoots women will tell me how empowered and uplifted they feel. During their shoot they are allowed to show their sensual vulnerable side, gently guided by professionals without having to be in charge.

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The reveal of the finished images always brings smiles and sometimes even tears of joy to a woman’s face. Do you know that most women are unaware how beautiful they are until they actually see themselves in a boudoir photo?

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At fiftyfour years old this lady thought she couldn’t pull off showing herself in lingerie. I’d say she totally rocked it!

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When she saw the images she couldn’t believe how beautiful and elegant she looked. She is a beautiful women inside and out, before and after the makeover. What do you think?

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When I met this young lady recently for a boudoir photoshoot I was delighted to dicover the strong confidence in her own body. She was very comfortable with it and I loved that she didn’t want me to avoid any parts of her when photographing her.

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Often women tell me they want me to cover or edit their stomach or thighs, because they think they are too fat, too skinny or plain ugly. I really understand that first hand, because the media and society in general has a certain beauty standard and for the most part we want to fit in.

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This beautiful young woman in contrast was very relaxed about her image and trusted me to show her from any angle. It was a very refreshing and endearing experience and I am delighted with the result. To be comfortable within one’s on skin exudes as confidence and that is absolutely sexy!

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If you have questions about boudoir photography, please contact me at Best Boudoir LA.

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Bio

Hi, my name is Beate Pilgreen, I was born and raised in a small town in South West Germany, where I pursued fashion, modeling and fitness. I fell in love with California in 1992 and moved permanently to Los Angeles to enjoy the sun and the beach.

I always loved photography, because when I look at photos it brings back memories and feelings from the moment they were taken. That is why I have taken a gazillion photos of my two kids growing up. We love to sit, look at old photos, laugh and remember what it was like.

Approaching my 50s rapidly and raising 2 teenagers in a busy household I have come to understand the value of taking care of myself and how to refuel my energy levels so I am a better version of Me. Sometimes taking a few hours exclusively for myself can work wonders.

A few years back I discovered how much confidence and empowerment a well organized photoshoot would bring me. Often I don’t like to have my pictures taken, because I don’t wear makeup, have my hair in a bun or wear unflattering clothes. When I decided to do a boudoir shoot for my husband’s birthday I quickly realized that it was more a gift to myself than for him. I felt sexy, desireable and beautiful again, just like before having children.

That confident feeling is what I want other women to experience. I am passionate about boudoir photography, because it highlights the beauty of every women no matter what age, size, shape or color.

I love the creative preparation to hunt for props as well as the actual process of shooting and editing which is always interesting and different. At the end it is very fulfilling to have created a lasting beautiful memory for another women to keep. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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