No Censorship Here ::: Orange County Boudoir ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love that a lot of our clients come from there. We are able to keep it updated almost daily with new material so people have a really good visual of the images we take during our sessions. I love the connection with people far away. Watching Insta Stories is so fun to me.

But I hate the censorship!! Yes, I get why we need it but it doesn’t mean I have to like it, though. At least there’s no censorship on our website or blog. Which is especially awesome for this client because DAMN, nipple rings are so incredibly sexy. I wish I had the nerve to do them myself, but I am far too chicken for it. So when clients have them, I swoon. Which is probably kinda creepy butttt … lol.

In her own words:

“I don't even know where to begin with what a wonderful experience this was. I was so wary going into my shoot because of insecurity and being unsure about my body, but I wanted to do this for myself and as a gift for my husband for our wedding. Jeni and Sarah made me feel so beautiful, welcome and at ease. The shoot itself was so fun! It was so nice having my favorite music playing, and Jeni was so encouraging and directive in a really great way, there's no room for doubt or question and she guides you for the most beautiful shots. At my viewing session I was absolutely floored! I couldn't even believe it was me. Needless to say I had to buy every single shot, and it was so worth it. I will definitely be back!! I really recommend this experience to everyone, it's so empowering and a wonderful gift not only for a partner but for yourself. Don't walk, RUN to work with Jeni and Sarah! :)

Going Commando ::: Orange County Boudoir ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

Ohhh how I love a tattooed body! I, myself, only have one but I live vicariously through my clients who have their bodies covered. I think it’s gorgeous and so expressive. I looooved her session so much! I love when a client trusts us completely and decides to do some photos commando. It’s so liberating.

Seriously, this girl knocked it outta the park!

“I seriously don't even know where to begin! First of all, I owe a huge thank you to Jeni and Sarah. I originally found them on yelp. I wanted to do a shoot for a gift but also for myself. Even if you don't plan on this before for yourself, it really is. You will no doubt fall in love with yourself all over again. From the initial email, I knew I was in good hands.
These ladies are experts at what they do! When you first arrive, they have a welcome sign on the door with your name. You literally feel like you have known them forever and they yea treat you like a queen. I wasn't nervous but for someone that may be, you will feel right at home. I have never had my makeup professionally done so I wanted full glam. Sarah did an amazing job without it being over the top. It lasted all day so you bet I went out that evening!
Jeni is very direct at how to have you pose. This for me was great because the last thing you want to do is look or feel awkward not knowing what to do with your hands or where to look. She knows what looks good and how to have fun doing it.
I went to view my photos today and I seriously have no words for how amazing the photos are. Like hot damn, that's me?! Seeing yourself from a different angle really is eye opening at how beautiful we all are. I think every woman should have this experience. I know I will enjoy these photos for years to come. When I finish some more tattoos, I'm definitely booking another session.” Miss H

Nudity, Daisy Dukes, and Stormtrooper Helmets :::: Orange County Boudoir :::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

I love when clients don’t take themselves too seriously. Miss S came in for a shoot as a gift for her soon-to-be-hubby. She knew she wanted sultry images but she also knew that their personalities were more fun & silly and she wanted to incorporate that. So she brought her fiance’s stormtrooper helmet. When I first pulled it out of the bag, I gave her a quizzical look… to which she responded, laughingly, “I know it’s cheesy but that’s what I’m going for!” I can’t get mad at someone for knowing what they want and being realistic about the outcome. I knew right away the best and, honestly, the cheesiest, way to present it would be wearing it while nude. And so we did just that!

I promise you, lots of giggles and laughs ensued during those shots.

“Grace & Lace is the absolute best! I got a boudoir photoshoot done as a wedding present to my fiance and Jeni & Sarah surpassed all my expectations. They are professional, fun and overwhelmingly talented. Definitely recommend for anyone wanting to get this done!” ~Miss S

Expectation VS Reality ::: Orange County Boudoir ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

Expectation: I’m going to feel sexy while having my photos taken!

Reality: Ummmmm, hate to break it to you, sis, but … no you won’t. The process isn’t sexy but the photos ALWAYS are. You’re going to be thinking to yourself, “There’s no freaking way this looks good. How much further does she want me to stick out my tush?? Mouth breathing is sexy? I am literally shaking like a leaf. Seriously, there’s NO WAY this looks good!”

Just put your trust in me. I promise I’m not gonna make you look stupid and there’s ALWAYS a reason for the madness.

Expectation: This is going to be easy, peasy!

Reality: This one makes me LOL. It’s… a lot of work. You’re gonna get sweaty, you’re gonna get shaky in poses, you’re gonna be sore. When I say stretch in the weeks leading up to your boudoir session, I mean STRETCH. It will be a work out. You have to arch, bend, reach, stretch, squeeze. And if you’re not sore, I have not done my job! Just think of me as your one on one trainer for the day. Hate me today, love me tomorrow, babe.

Expectation: Photoshop fixes everything!

Reality: Nope, it doesn’t. Because I don’t photoshop. Photoshop is an amazing program that can do amazing things, but I don’t wanna learn it. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what you can do in PS. I’ll smooth your skin a tad but you’ll still look like a real human being and not a doll. I’ll remove anything that isn’t permanent like bruises or blemishes but beyond that, I’m NOT your girl. There’s nothing wrong with wanting that but you’ll have to go to another photographer for it. I believe that you need to see you how others see you. This is not about making yourself into something you aren’t. This is about your body love journey.

Expectation: I’m so awkward in front of the camera!

Reality: Friend, we may not have met yet but I promise you, you’re not more awkward than I am in front of a lens. As a result, I just assume everyone else is too. This is why I tell you EXACTLY what to do with every portion of your body - including fingertips and toes. I even tell you how to breathe. I am not leaving you on an island here - NO WAY.

Expectation: There’s no way I’m going to look good or like any of my photos.

Reality: I’ve lost count of how many women I’ve proven wrong who have thought that!! I’ll prove you wrong too. Come and see…

Anonymous Bridal Boudoir ::: Orange County Boudoir ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

Come take a peek into this stunning, anonymous bridal boudoir. Just because it is a gift for your wedding day, definitely doesn’t mean it has to be all white or with your vail. By all means, if that’s what you want to do, let’s do it … it just doesn’t HAVE to be. You could do blue like this stunner below. And nude. ;)

Whatever you end up deciding, let it be something you’ll be thrilled about later on, too.

Anonymous ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir ::: Orange County Boudoir

Anonymous... I was asked the other day why we don’t post more pictures with faces in them on our social media pages. The main reason? Probably only one out of every ten ladies will sign a full release. And we have NO PROBLEM with that. We don’t offer any incentives for you to release them - I NEVER want you to feel pressured. If you choose to share them, it is because you are DAMN PROUD and able to to.

We love love love anonymous photos, and we are super grateful for any picture that we get to showcase. The privacy of our clients is extremely important to us. Please know that we respect any decision that you make regarding YOUR photos. We are just thankful that you are getting out of your comfort zone and trusting US with your experience. 🥰

The Future You Will Thank You ::: Orange County Boudoir ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

Some women choose to do a boudoir session as a gift. And what an awesome gift! Some choose to do it before or after hitting a milestone. Another great reason to have this incredible opportunity! 🖤
But the very BEST time to do a boudoir session is right now! You don’t NEED a reason. Yes, it might be scary, you may think you’re not ready. But trust us when we say, the future you doesn’t deserve this more than the present you. You deserve self love now. You deserve to feel empowered now. You deserve to shine ALWAYS

Want to know what it's like in front of the lens? ::: Orange County Boudoir ::: Grace and Lace Boudoir

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like in front of my lens? Let this client share her experience with you... “I am SO glad that I stumbled upon Grace and Lace! I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to do a boudoir shoot for several months, and then I had to find the team I thought I could trust, and that I could afford! If you are on the fence about doing a shoot, or are just trying to decide who to go with, I cannot recommend Grace and Lace enough. I am so camera shy, and am usually the one behind the camera on family trips and such, so I was very nervous and unsure of what to expect. But the experience from start to finish was so perfect. Jeni and Sarah are so professional, but also just super friendly, welcoming, and fun! 
The day of my photo shoot, I was greeted by a welcome sign on the door with my name on it, and we got right to work on hair and makeup. I felt like every second of my time was utilized to the fullest, and that I was kept in the know about the whole process. While doing hair and makeup, Jeni went through the pieces that I'd brought with me to decide what outfits we would shoot, and the whole time we were talking and getting to know more about each other. I LOVED this, because it felt like I was building a friendship and a trust that made the whole day feel so easy and comfortable. Jeni is a PHENOMENAL photographer, and coach. She obviously knows her stuff, isn't afraid of the silly and awkward, and her work is absolutely stunning. I am not sure what I expected my photos to look like, but let me tell you, they are so much more than I ever could have hoped for. I loved that I was able to view my photos in an online viewing that Jeni walked me through, since I'm not a Huntington Beach local, so she saved me the drive! She is so great at walking through the whole process of selecting the perfect photos (which trust me, is SO HARD! They're all amazing!) and she never made me feel pressured to buy more than I said I wanted or could afford. 
Long story short, if you haven't already, book with Grace and Lace. I'm already trying to find an excuse to book again!”