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Location: Hotel Ballard, Seattle, WA
Hair & Makeup: Ashli Danielle
Client: Quinn

 

I LIVE for clients like Quinn. Unique. Creative. Raw. When Quinn reached out to me, I responded with an immediate and enthusiastic “Hell yes”! As much as I adore super feminine boudoir – my bread and butter – it is incredibly rewarding to be able to explore all gender expressions within boudoir. We brainstormed ways to mix both masculinity and femininity into the shoot that felt true to Quinn and their personal expression. A suit with heels, lingerie and muscles, lipstick with a mustache – literally what could be more fun! It was like instead of just half the crayon box, we got to use the whole set. What a blast.

I’m thrilled to be able to share these images and hopefully, challenge the “boudoir status quo” to show that boudoir is whatever, wherever, and however you need it to be. There is no rule book. Your photographs should be a true expression of YOU and that is all that matters. Everyone is different, sexy, and deserves to see it and feel it – let’s celebrate that!

All my love,
Dana Kae

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  • June 2, 2015 - 7:00 pm

    Monica - Fabulous! Really ingenious and truly the SEXIEST boudoir photos ever!! Thank you both for sharing!ReplyCancel

Location: AirBNB – Lincoln City, OR
Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Fajardo
Client: Vicky

 

My mother is an incredible woman. Strong, brave, talented, smart, stunning – she really has it all. She has taught me so much about what it means to be a confident and successful woman, yet I’ve always felt she didn’t quite feel the same way about herself. When she approached me about doing a shoot, I was thrilled. This was it, my chance to show her what the world has been seeing all this time. It’s been absolutely incredible to watch her transformation since the shoot. See our Q&A below:

What was the most challenging thing for you leading up to the shoot?

A shoot was all I wanted for my Mother’s Day gift in May 2013, but it was just recently that I finally booked a date and an AirBNB on the Oregon coast. For months I delayed and delayed because I wanted to lose a few pounds. Yet I gained ten. I knew I just had to trust in your talent. Time and time again I have seen you find the beauty in your subjects. I truly believed you could find that glimpse of “Ooo, who’s that?” I would occasionally see in the mirror. In any case, I finally stopped waiting on the weight and took the leap.

How did you feel after the shoot?

I still can’t believe the joy I felt that day and the days following. The overall experience was incredibly powerful and left me feeling more self-confident and sexy then I’ve felt in years and the feeling has lasted! Never, in my wildest dreams did I think my favorite photos would be in my bathing suit. In fact, the day of the shoot I wanted to scratch that outfit altogether for fear of showing too much but you insisted and I’m so glad you did because I love how free and open I look in those images. They remind me that I am still beautiful. I haven’t lost it, I had just forgotten. I am forever grateful for that. I’m even thinking about dating again! I’d liken this experience to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy. It was that restorative and life altering.

What was the most surprising thing that came from the shoot for you?

It’s interesting because before the shoot, like I said, I was desperately trying to lose weight. Now, in the months following, I am finding the weight coming off easier than ever. I have a new compassion and respect for my body that wasn’t there before and am finally working in tandem with it, instead of against. Now that I know in my core that I’m beautiful, the rest comes easy. What a thought! I’ll absolutely be doing this again in the coming years to keep this feeling alive.

I am beyond thrilled that this experience did so much for her! I couldn’t be happier. I love you so much Mom! For all the other amazing Moms out there – treat yourself to a boudoir shoot this Mother’s day! Wherever you’re at, don’t worry about it being perfect, because perfect is now. You deserve to feel amazing. Believe me, you’re ready.

All my love,
Dana Kae

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  • April 16, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    Inness - Beautiful! I wish all mothers would do this. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • September 10, 2015 - 7:24 pm

      Vicky - Thank you Inness! It’s been over a year now. The glow remains. But then you know what I mean.ReplyCancel

Location: The Sorrento Hotel
Hair & Makeup: Ashli Danielle
Client: Roxanne

 

I LOVE women who own their sexy. From the start Roxanne knew she needed this shoot for herself and by the end, she was seeing her images for the first time with a tear in her eye. I thought I’d share a few of her own wonderful words about the shoot:

“Working with Dana was unlike anything I could have imagined. She has a true gift, not only as a photographer but as a woman who cares about her clients and what they are trying to achieve. As a woman over 50, I was a bit nervous due to my age and body, but Dana made me feel so empowered, beautiful and sexy. I have a renewed sense of confidence in myself!”

Gush, don’t you just love her? Check out her radiant and rosy photo shoot below:

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  • April 9, 2015 - 9:21 pm

    Inness - She is SO gorgeous and classy. Love this shoot. And that teddy! OMG, I die. Crazy sexy!ReplyCancel

Location: Private Studio
Hair & Makeup: Serenity Skye
Client: Danielle


         “Everyone you know,

          everyone you ever heard of,

          every human being who ever was …

          lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” – Carl Sagan

Danielle is such a lovely human. She’s quiet and sweet beyond words but don’t mistake that for being meek, this girl has presence. From her phenomenal singing voice to her strength and openness, she climbs mountains and doesn’t stop there. It was such a pleasure to work with Danielle on my final Be{you}tiful Project photo shoot for the 2014 season. With the next season just around the corner (begins March 1st!), I thought she’d be the perfect way to reintroduce the project. For more details and info on how to nominate someone that you think needs to feel beautiful by receiving an empowering FREE photo shoot click here and to see other Be{you}tiful nominees check out Erica and Colleen!

All my love,
Dana Kae

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  • February 26, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    Inness - Aaaahhhh yessss! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for these and they’re MAGNIFICENT. I only wish there were, like, 100 more. 😉ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    Danielle - You amaze me with your skills & talent, Dana! These are wonderfully beautiful! ❤❤❤ I do agree with Inness though, 100 more please! ReplyCancel