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Location: Private Home  Ravenna, Seattle, WA
Hair & Makeup: Aley Savage
Client: Erica


Holy moly.

What an incredible way to kick off the be{you}tiful project.

With this loving soul.

It just pours out of her.

Erica recently battled breast cancer. And boy did she battle. She went through a mastectomy, chemo, radiation, pokes and endless prods. Something I LOVE about Erica, is how proudly she refuses to wear her uncomfortable prosthesis. Something else I LOVE about Erica is how she chooses to stand up to society’s standards of beauty. She’s proving that a unique and courageous body is nothing to be ashamed of but something to be honored. Her entire outlook on life has changed since her fight. She could care less about spending energy and time hating her body’s signs of aging. Quite the contrary, she feels honored to experience her wrinkles!

She was an absolute blast to photograph. She was relaxed, genuine and beautiful.

A soul like Erica’s has this ability to reach right through the camera, grab my heart and make magic. SO grateful to have met and photographed such an amazing woman with such a loving outlook on life and community.

boudoir, photography, seattle, dana kae, breast cancer, survivor

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  • September 18, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    Mary-Jo - Absolutely stunning photos. Erica is a true treasure and you captured the essence of her beauty!!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Mandy - What an awesome project!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    Betsy Wolff - Erica is a force to be reckoned with. I love her so. The photo’s are Stunning, Beautiful, Amazing. Love them and Erica. Thanks for doing this project.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Maleah Jacobs - Beautiful, stunning photography of my beautifully stunning sister-friend Erica. I have tears of joy just looking at her luminosity you captured so exquisitely Dana. Great post too.

    Erica, this is how I see you. Along with many others. I’m so happy you get to see yourself this way now too. You, my dear friend, are a BEAUTIFUL soul.

    Nobody looks this good if the insides don’t match the outsides.

    Brava ladies! Brava!


  • September 19, 2013 - 6:29 am

    Regina Chacon - Dear Dana,
    All I can say is Wow! This brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad you connected so deeply during this experience. I just knew Erica would be a great candidate. You captured her beauty and spirit and style. I love the shots in the hanging laundry and her rare courage to bare her scar. Excellent beautiful work. Thank you so much for the important work you do to remind women how beautiful they are, inside and out!
    Bless you!

  • September 20, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Libby Hill - wonderful. I love you with the laundry and and wearing white Erica and fancy clothes too and especially smiling off the edge of the bed with the owl feather. what a fine project.

  • October 9, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Kaye - Dearest Dana, in making your generous contribution of your creativity and talents in your be{you}tiful project, you give a profound gift not only to those lovely subjects you photograph such as Erica but also to the entire community of those who see your work. Time and again your blogs speak to the joy and wonder you experience when you connect with your subjects during a shoot. You write about your discovery of what playful and beautiful souls they possess. Well, speaking here as someone who has had the very good fortune of having been shot by you a few times, I want to say on behalf of all of us, “right back at ya, girl!” What a miracle you are. We couldn’t love or thank you more, Dana.ReplyCancel

  • October 18, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Bry @ Bry Photography - This is beautiful Dana!

    Erica, you are a gorgeous, courageous and strong woman! You are absolutely stunning in these images!

    When I saw the first image on Dana’s FB page (laying down w/black lace), I was like “OMG, is that Jamie Lee Curtis?!”


Location: The Alexis Hotel – Downtown Seattle, WA
Hair & Makeup: Jamyrlyn Mallory
Client: Robin



This shoot is the perfect example of why it is so important to developing a clear concept of what you want from your boudoir shoot and use that to guide your location choice. Robin did this with flying colors. Her inspiration: Dita Von Teese. She compiled inspiration images for me and we both set to out to find vintage hotels in Seattle. We finally decided the Alexis Hotel would get us the closest results. She also brought a phenomenal dress, which meant we were able to explore other parts of this gorgeous hotel. This added to the variety and story we wanted to tell. Then it was just a matter of finding the light! That’s when I spotted this silver-snake-skin-amazingness right next to a window in a less traveled part of the lobby. Look at how it glows against that red!


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  • July 29, 2015 - 1:22 pm

    Kathryn Martini - I love everything you stand for and do!

Location: Private Warehouse  SODO, Seattle, WA
Hair & Makeup: Peter Czarnecki
Client: Megan


I got home from this shoot and literally ran to the computer. Initially, I really just wanted to see the pictures big and in color… 6 hours later and I had 25 gorgeous shots of this girl. Megan and I decided to shoot at a warehouse in south Seattle, which, at first glance, was simple and pretty empty but ohmyheavens the light in that building was so incredible! Ladies who are planning shoots with me – this is a perfect example of how getting creative with the location can give your shoot a very unique tone. Thanks to Peter Czarnecki, an incredible stylist and friend, the wardrobe and Megan looked absolutely flawless. We also had some assistance from Megan’s wonderful girlfriend Barbara Danczik, and we even used a studded vest she designed!

These are the kinds of shoots that revive me as an artist. I mean really? Boudoir in a warehouse? I die.

 boudoir, photography, seattle, dana kae, sexy, photos

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