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I have been wanting to do a boudoir photo shoot for years but between either being concerned about finding the right photographer or not having "the body I wanted" I put it off. With my wedding coming up, I figured now was the perfect time. I found stellar reviews for Laura online and decided to book her for the Ultimate session (4 sets/outfit changes, hair & make-up, photo album, and copies of all digital proofs).
From start to finish it was an amazing experience! I brought some of my own lingerie but also used some of the amazing pieces which Laura has perfectly organized & some of her jewelry (everything is super hygenic with alcohol swabs for the jewelry and sanitary liners for the lingerie). My hair & make-up also came out amazing--the best hair of my life!
Laura works with you on every aspect from your outfit/accessories to the set to what poses will look best. She also expertly lights every photo. You may think posing half naked is awkward, but Laura makes you feel so comfortable and have fun you completely forget! I even did a few photos fully nude to keep for posterity!
You get about an hour break after the shoot and then sit with Laura to go through your proofs and pick out the photos for the album. I normally hate pictures of myself but I LOVED almost every photo that Laura took, they were breathtaking. I had a hard time narrowing it down to 20 for the album and elected to pay extra for 5 more photos because I couldn't decide. Even then I was so relieved to have all of the digital copies as part of the package because the photos were truly amazing! Laura also photoshops/retouches every image before putting them in the album so on top of taking amazing photos she makes them even more perfect after that!
I haven't received my album yet--should in about a week, can't wait! Although I did it in part as a wedding gift for my fiance. It really is a gift for myself as well. I strongly urge anyone to book a shoot with Laura, it's a great, fun experience and makes you feel good about yourself! I went from a person that hates looking at pictures of myself to looking at the digital images from the shoot to cheer me up when I'm having bad day. Definitely worth every penny!
I had an appointment last week for a Flirt session, and woke up the next day still not believing what an amazing experience it was--one of the best things I have ever done for myself (and I am sure my fiancé will be sure to think so as well).
To be honest, I was tempted to postpone the appointment all together purely out of nerves, but after reading the positive reviews, communicating with Laura via email for MONTHS, and scouring her work online for inspiration and courage, I went for it.
As soon as I walked in the door I was met by the makeup artist & hair stylist, Sasha, and then Laura herself, and almost immediately all of my concerns went away. They were both just so warm, personable, and professional. On a side note, the studio is adorable and designed beautifully!!
I had hair & makeup done by Sasha which turned out amazing. And the photographs by Laura were absolutely PHENOMENAL... it made choosing so, so difficult. I cannot wait to see my final selected images :)
Bottom Line: I can't recommend her services enough. I only wish I had booked more time with her!
Coming into my bridal boudoir shoot I didn't know what to expect. I had gotten the deal to rue boidoir on living social and had booked with Laura six months in advance. What was really cool was she had a Pinterest page of all the goodies in her closet from props to outfits to shoes and jewelry that way you could pre browse and it was easier to select outfits. I did this and made a board for Laura to look at . Upon arrival she had everything I wanted pulled and I was also able to browse the closet on my own. There was a makeup and hair artist on hand who was amazing and really listened to what I was looking for. Laura let me try on the outfits and then offered her opinion on what looked best. We did the photo shoot after and she really took what I wanted on my Pinterest page and integrated it into the shoot which was awesome, she was great at helping me pose the right way and got me to relax and have fun. After that we went through all my photos and picked the best. I am normally so indecisive but Laura was helpful as far as how to narrow down the pictures best. I had so much fun and the Pictures so far look gorgeous. I can't wait to see the final touches to make into a book for my almost husband on our weddimg day. Thank you Laura for such a fun day in the city
Also one other comment I should mention is the cleanliness of the outfits and that liners are present for the bottoms of the outfits which I thought was really a nice touch
Laura was excellent. She totally sets your mind at ease and makes you feel 100% comfortable. Her photos are very classy and accentuate your best features. Nothing else to say but Awesome!!
I was a bit hesitant to do boudoir photo shoot as I was afraid I'd feel and look awkward, but am so happy that I decided to do it! Laura is extremely professional and made me feel completely comfortable. She coached me throughout the photo shoot, helping to find the perfect poses. I got to see the photos at the end of the shoot (so great that you don't have to wait!) and they looked gorgeous! I'm so excited to give my "Little Black Photo Book" to my fiance.
Also, the Rue Boudoir closet is amazing! I can play dress up in it all day!
I had no idea I could look as good as I did today! I was incredibly nervous-- to say this type of thing was out of my comfort zone is an understatement, but as so many others have said, the moment I stepped into the studio I felt at ease; like I was just playing dress up with my girlfriends. Hair and makeup is a total must-- it really helps set the scene, and it helped me feel more like I was playing a character. Laura was great at getting me into the right poses (let's be real, this isn't natural for most of us) and she took so many great photos I had trouble choosing which ones I'd be giving to my fiancee! I ended up purchasing an extra because I couldn't decide. Every woman should give herself a day to feel this beautiful and to capture that youth while it's there!
From the very first moment when i walked into her studio, til the very last minute of when i walked out, i was welcomed and at ease. I was stressfree and willing to have photos taken of me even though she was a complete stranger to me. She guided me from the very beginning, from talking about my ideas to actually doing them on
my own. Even though i was the bride to be, i felt like a super model posing for a magazine! The best part of all of this is when my husband to be will open up a book or photos of his wife on our wedding day.....his reaction, the emotions, the thoughts.....will all be worth it.... i cannot wait to see his reaction and at that moment i will be his one and only...the book will forever be his, for his eyes only.... when we're 60 years old and gravity takes over, he will still have the book and the memories of our wrdding day! Laura is a absolute amazing talented woman, she's such a sweet person and loves whatse does for a living! I will be coming back for another shoot once i get my baby belly!
At first I was very hesitant about 1. booking a boudoir shoot and 2. the cost of the shoot. I am a very conservative person, both personally and financially - but I will say, I truly believe you get what you pay for. I saw groupons/living socials for other cheaper boudoir salons, however Laura was recommended to me from a friend that used her services and she promised me that even though she was a little more expensive, the difference in cost was worth it - and she was completely right! (not to mention that at the time I booked my shoot, Laura was running a living social deal, so I ended up getting an awesome price anyway!). When I arrived, I was extremely nervous, but Laura greeted me at the door and was very pleasant and welcoming and helped me to pick out accessories for my shoot that matched well together. She helped me through each pose (the facial expressions, how to move my body) and never made me feel uncomfortable, even in a situation that would normally be very uncomfortable for me.
So now, if we fast forward to the end of the shoot - I normally hate photos of myself, Laura and I went through and chose the photos that I wanted for my album for her to touch up - and honestly, I was beyond impressed before the touch-up. Never have I had such a collection of photos of myself that I truly was happy with how I looked - I truly think that is a great talent that Laura has.
I haven't received my final product yet because I just went for my shoot last week, however, Laura was very professional about the timing and asked when my wedding was to ensure that I had plenty of time to review the shots before the big day.
I would (and already have) recommended Laura to my friends considering a similar thing, and I will say that you won't regret it!
I highly recommend Laura and Rue Boudoir for her amazing talents, professionalism, and overall experience.
I felt comfortable and at ease and the pictures came out absolutely breath taking.
This is the perfect gift for your significant other or for yourself! The pictures will for sure come out absolutely stunning and the experience will be a blast!
Laura makes you feel right at home the second you walk through that door! I have never done a boudoir photo shoot before and thought it would be a great wedding gift for my husband-to-be! She told me where to look and and how to move to capture those sexy shots that will make him blush the morning of our wedding! Her studio has shoes, jewelry, and even veils to choose from. I'm glad I went to her for my photos. She sat with me after the photo session and my mind was blown away at how the photos turned out! That was without the touch ups!! It's a great confidence booster and great gift for my fiance! Cant wait to see what the book will look like! I was more than satisfied with the shoot!!
I went to Rue Budoir to have sexy budoir photos taken as a wedding gift for my husband-to-be, and I am so glad I did! From the moment I walked into the studio, Laura made me feel completely comfortable and at ease. She has a large selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories you are free to use, which makes it even more fun - it's like a dream closet! I had my hair and make up done in the studio by one of the hair and make up artists Laura works with, named Zuleika, who listened to what I wanted and did a great job. I told her I wanted sexy but natural and she totally came through and gave me the look I had in mind. In addition to being extremely talented with the camera, Laura is also super skilled at helping you pose. She gives very clear direction in telling you how to position yourself, what movements to make, and where to look for the most flattering photos. I tend to be a bit self conscious and critical of myself in photos, but I was truly amazed at how they turned out. After the shoot is over, Laura takes about 30 minutes to go through the images herself and then goes through them with you to select your favorites. It was actually very hard for me to choose! The shots were sexy but tasteful. She was very helpful in giving me her honest opinion to help me narrow it down. I ordered an album with 20 photos, and cannot wait to see the final finished product. I would highly recommend Rue Budoir to anyone considering budoir photos - you definitely won't regret it! Laura is a true pleasure to work with, super talented, and an absolute professional. But just a piece of advice, be sure to book in advance, I had to schedule my shoot a few months ahead of time, she books up very quick.
ETA: When booking my appointment, I asked how long it took to go from photo shoot to completed album, and I was told 4-6 weeks. The day of my shoot, I asked again to be sure and was told by Laura again, 4-6 weeks. While I had a great experience and am very happy with the finished product, I didn't receive the album until 8 weeks later, just 2 days before my wedding day, which I had told her was the absolute latest date I could have it by. My now husband and I were exchanging gifts prior to the wedding, so I really could not have it any later. Laura was very accommodating when I expressed my concern as the date was approaching, and she did send it via fedex overnight, free of charge. My suggestion though, tell her you need it sooner than you actually do, because it was just added stress which I certainly didn't need the week before my wedding!
Our turnaround time is definitely something we are working on to avoid stress for everyone involved. Starting in the new year, we will have a full time studio manager and our processing time will be even faster than the current 4-6 week estimate. Tha...
I absolutely loved having my photos taken at Rue Boudior! Laura was terrific. She made me feel comfortable right from the start and throughout the entire photo shoot. I was also able to view all of my photos a little while after the shoot which was a big plus. The quality of the photos were amazing! Thank you Laura for everything!
I just had my photos done at Rue Boudoir the other day. I was refered to Laura by my soon to be sister-in-law and had a good feeling of making a boudoir shoot happen when I met her at Rue after her own shoot, and got to see the studio in person and her selected images.
I am usually a tough critic when it comes to quality of photos having many photos taken being involved in the dance and fitness industry here in NY. It is hard for me to take the leap and trust someone to give me the quality I always hope to get for the price.
Laura was OUTSTANDING! Her direction during the shoot was on point and she knew exactly what was going to look good in the photo and for me to be happy. She is a true professional and great for the boudoir scene. After the shoot, we got to sit down and go through the images and narrow them down to the 10 that came with my "flirt" package. Like I said earlier, I am usually a tough critic when it comes to my own photos, but the first one came up and I was in awe how beautiful I looked, untouched and everything! Now that may sound self indulging, but it's true, her job that day was to make me feel comfortable, and sexy, and beautiful, and that was my first reaction when I saw the first photo. It was so tough to narrow them all down. I ended up adding an extra 5 because I couldn't make up my mind. I cannot wait to get the re-touched images and give them to my man on our wedding night :)
Thank You Laura, again, for a fantastic experience, all around amazing. The studio, the make-up, the hair, and my beautiful photos. It's worth it for any bride out there on the fence.
Wow! What can I say? Laura is so talented. This is a must for any newly engaged couple. I wanted to surprise my fiancé with a gift that he would never forget and I am so glad I chose to do this. I was so nervous to get photographed at first, but Laura made me feel so comfortable, like I was a real model. She walked me through the entire process, step by step, and by the end of the session I really felt like I knew what I was doing. She is so professional and truly has a gift of capturing the moment. She also had a great selection of shoes, outfits, and accessories to choose from which helped me really get the look I wanted. My pictures came out so good I had to buy the entire set. I highly recommend using Laura. She really made this such a wonderful experience and my fiancé has been smiling for days since I showed him the pictures.
I had the pleasure of visiting Laura this weekend for my boudoir photoshoot! Aside from school pictures & our engagement pictures, this is the first time I've even been photographed by a professional. I was SO NERVOUS (for obvious reasons!) but Laura made me feel SO COMFORTABLE! She was extremely professional and guided me throughout the entire process. She brought her absolutely adorable cat Kiki to the set & that was just the icing on the cake. What a fun and amazing experience. If you are considering taking boudoir pictures for yourself or your (future) husband, do not hesitate and BOOK WITH RUE BOUDOIR! I'm sad it's over! I want to do it again! Thank you Laura! I can't wait to see the edited pictures back! :)
I did the Ultimate package as a gift to my fiancé on our wedding day. On the day of the shoot, I felt like a superstar. I had my hair and makeup professionally done and Laura helped me choose outfits for my 4 sets. I was able to accessorize and design my own looks for the shoots from her amazing closet of goodies. I had never done anything like this before and Laura made me feel comfortable and beautiful being sexy. I truly felt like a Victoria Secret model during my shoot!! After, I went to get food and came back to look at the pictures from the shoot the very same day! I had so many images to choose from and all came out amazing! Laura was a sweetheart and dream to work with. She gave her honest opinion as we selected the images for my book. I was so excited to give this gift and my now husband! He absolutely loved it!! He was blown away by it and will now have it forever. I will never forget my experience and would highly recommend this to anyone that is thinking about it. I would definitely do it again in the future and Laura is the way to go!! She is extremely talented and professional and captures great and tasteful shots!
When I was first engaged, I made an impulse buy via groupon for a photography package at Rue Boudoir. After seeing tons of cute bridal boudoir photos on Pinterest, I figured I would give it a shot and scheduled my appointment over a year in advance so that the shoot would occur two or so months before my wedding. A bit (okay, a lot..!) nervous, I decided to bring a group of friends with me on the day of. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Laura, the photographer. She made me feel comfortable instantly and was calm/patient with my friends who decided to have a little fun trying on items from Laura's AMAZING closet of clothes, lingerie and accessories. For my first "look", I chose to go total bridal and wrapped myself up in one of the several veils that Laura had on-site. Having little to no experience modeling, Laura took the time to literally contort my body into a number of positions, which she told me would look flattering/sexy in photos (and boy, was she right!!!). After the shoot, Laura took about 10 minutes to go through the photos and make any initial edits, while the girls and I straightened up the room and closet area. When it was then time for me to review the gallery and make my selections, I was nervous.. but as it turns out, for no reason! It was actually very difficult for me to decide on which shots to keep, since they almost all looked FLAWLESS - I couldn't believe that this was even before any retouching! I made my decisions and went with a photo album and four prints for my fiance, which I gave to him the night before our wedding. He was blown away by the gift and thought I looked beautiful and sexy, yet incredibly classy. He even mentioned that the photos were so good, I now have myself a selection of head shots if I ever wanted to become a real model - quite the compliment (to me, but also Laura, to whom all the credit really belongs!). If we hadn't already booked a wedding photographer, I would have certainly been interested in hiring Laura. I will definitely be returning sometime in the future for more beautiful professional photos that are shot by a super kind woman in a studio space that is both fun and comfortable. Thank you for everything, Laura! I honestly can't say enough good things..!
We chose Laura Boyd Studio because of the stunning photographs I found on her website & I'm writing this review because of the phenomenal experience my husband and I had working with Laura for our engagement and wedding pics. I really fell in love with Laura's pictures from this site and the other reviews helped too, but then working with Laura for our engagement pics confirmed that she really was the Mary Poppins of Photographers....Practically perfect in every way! :) Laura really has a gift for capturing the moments that you never want to forget. She's creative, professional and a true delight to work with. The albums she creates are top notch and had both my husband and I blinking to make sure our eyes were telling us the truth... Gorgeous! Laura also didn't bat an eyelash when working with the numerous props I dragged along to our engagement shoot or with the crummy weather... I mean winter wonderland weather... the night of our wedding. She's an artist and an incredibly nice person. Even though I'm a newlywed my brain is totally thinking of, and looking forward to, getting to work with Laura again.... Boudoir! Babies! Eeep!
If I could give Laura 100 stars, I would. She is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. From the first time we met, I had a super awesome feeling about her - and let me tell you, it's only gotten better since! As a hobby photographer, I had a lot of strong feelings about that particular aspect of our wedding. I poured over a lot of sites & met with a fair amount of local photographers, but when I saw Laura's work, I was sold. She has an amazing eye and her work across the board is stunning.
We ended up booking her for both our engagement & wedding photos and the results were beautiful - as evidenced by the endless compliments we get on the albums!
I think her work speaks for itself, but I also want to add something about working with Laura - it's also pretty amazing. She's warm, funny and easy going - things that we really appreciated throughout the year leading up to the wedding. Did I mention that she's also really organized and super quick to respond to email? It's a dream come true for slightly overwhelmed, stressed out brides. Doesn't sound like you? Trust me, you'll still appreciate her. Hands down, it was the BEST wedding-related decision we made. We are so happy with the results!
(ps: I say life photography because her ability to capture moments - real, heartfelt, emotional moments - is not something that's limited to weddings. And that shows in her boudoir work, family portraits, newborn photo sessions, etc. We don't plan on starting a family any time soon, but I know that when we do, we'll be calling Laura.)
I just went to Laura Boyd Studios (Rue Boudoir) for a pre-wedding boudoir photo shoot and I have to say everything about the experience was amazing!!! Laura made me feel completely at ease and is so much fun to work with. Plus - the most important part - her photographs are amazing!!! I'd love to use her for our wedding or engagement shots, but we took our engagement photos months ago and have already booked the photographer for our destination wedding in Costa Rica. I am, however, planning to track her down for any future life events requiring photographic documentation and wholeheartedly recommend her for any brides-to-be looking to do a boudoir shoot. I've read about lots of brides give photobooks of their shoots to their fiances as wedding gifts. I wasn't planning to do this, and initially just did with this two of my friends (who are also my bridesmaids) as 30th bday presents to ourselves, but, after seeing the pics, I am now strongly considering purchasing the book. (As I'm writing this, I'm just realized this could be a really fun bachelorette party idea for more low-key brides with small wedding parties.) For those looking to work with Laura for any reason, one other great thing about working with her is that she responds to emails at lightening speed. I know this may not be the most relevant review for those looking to work with Laura as an engagement or wedding photographer, but, based on my experience, I can definitely attest to the quality of her work and the value of her personality, so I thought I'd share my experience.
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Own Your Sexy
You'll never feel more beautiful than you do before your wedding, so capture your gorgeousness and give the perfect wedding gift with a bridal boudoir session. Laura Boyd's cozy and supportive studio is specially designed for boudoir and making every girl feel like a supermodel!
- Starting Price Range: Under $1,000
- Other Styles: Boudoir, Trash the Dress
- Specialty: A Variety/Blend of Styles
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