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This is the story of a woman who changed her mind halfway through. Twice. 

For the first half of my college career I pursued a bachelors in psychology. I passionately studied how images in the media affect body image. I completed research project after research project with solid results that indeed, women (and men) are affected by what they see in advertisements. Two and a half years later, the universe was pushing me towards photography. Hard. I unapologetically became the typical change-your-major-sort-of-dropout, packed up, and moved to Seattle to go to the Art Institute; delving head first into what I saw as a chance for a new identity.

I needed it.

Soon after graduating, I got a surprising and amazing job offer from a commercial photography studio to be their lead lifestyle and fashion photographer. I enthusiastically accepted the job but less than a year in, all I had found was unhappiness and resentment. I truly felt lost. I thought to myself over and over again, “How can I not love this?

This is supposed to be the dream…”

The problem was that it went against everything I had and still believed in. In fact, I was now the creator of the media that I so fiercely detested. When I was younger, I can remember looking in the mirror, seeing an overweight face looking back and thinking “You are beautiful. I love this body. I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I think I’m amazing just the way I am.” I could feel and see my beauty everyday. At this point in my story, I was deep into a poisonous career, no longer thinking such positive thoughts about my body.

Something had to change.

Just a few months earlier, I had done my first boudoir shoot on a whim for a friend of a friend. It was absolute magic, I felt my soul light up with excitement. I loved working with women who weren’t used to being in front of the camera. I loved the styling and planning. I loved the mix of fashion and portraiture. I loved how creative I could get in the editing and the photography. And I loved her reaction to the photos. I absolutely loved EVERYTHING. I remember having a fleeting thought after the shoot, “Maybe this is what I should do.” I ignored it, but not for long. It planted a nagging feeling that wouldn’t be satisfied until I eventually left my studio job and pursued a career in photography that lined up with both my passion and personal beliefs.

Now I stand at the middle of Dana Kae Boudoir.

I look back at all the awful jobs, stressful long nights, worry and doubt, and see that all of it – ALL OF IT – was somehow instrumental in ending up where I am today. I am not only a photographer, I am here to be an advocate for women’s beauty, to help women heal and to change lives.

With all that I have,
Dana Kae

Location: The Ace Hotel ― Downtown Seattle, WA
Hair & Makeup: Client Provided
Client: Jessica

It was such a pleasure to do this shoot for Jessica! She was SO much fun to work with. I had her do some “research” before the shoot and dang, did it pay off. This is definitely what it looks like to put everything you have into your shoot. Also, I just want to call her sparkle eyes from now on. They glow!!!

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Dana Kae Boudoir // Lavender & Presents

After hours of research and planning, I spent all day yesterday shopping around downtown Seattle and Bellevue for the perfect packaging to represent the brand Dana Kae Boudoir. Now I’m going to tell you how I did it!

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I got the kraft boxes and aqua ribbon at Michaels. The tags came from Watson & Kennedy located in downtown Seattle (very cute little store). Each thank you card will have a hand-written note on the back as well.

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I hand stamped and embossed the dress onto the box, using clear ink, embossing powder, and a heat gun. It’s raised like glue or paint would be and it looks awesome in the light.

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Inside there will be:

-3 cute paper flowers

-a little hand-filled bottle of lavender

-a thumb drive with your images in high & low resolution

-and a pair of my favorite Hanky Panky panties from Nordstrom!


Dana Kae

  • February 4, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    Bry Photography - This is beautifully thought out and created.

    I’d love to do a shoot with you Dana, but first I need to drop a couple pounds to get my confidence up to speed!

    Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2013 - 8:11 am

    Sarah - Wow…this is an amazing little gift you have put together! Fabulous job!!!ReplyCancel