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My Top 10 of 2013 {#3}

{I have decided to show and tell my favorite shots from 2013….often the pictures that grip me are not the picture-perfect poses, but the images that tell a story…}

In 2013, I met two of the most beautiful women, inside and out. I LOVE getting to do the beauty and boudoir portraits that I do, but there is no way I would have anywhere near the fun I do without these two talented women! Meeting them both was total happenstance, after my go-to hair/makeup gal cancelled on me last minute, and I’m so happy things turned out the way they did! Getting to photograph them this summer at the beach was super fun, something that I will never forget. Their images turned out in a way that matches their separate personalities SO well, we did a lot of laughing, and they are always happy to share their own boudoir experience with my clients while they get dolled up in the hair/makeup chair.

<3 making friends at my job!

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My Top 10 of 2013 {#6}

{I have decided to show and tell my favorite shots from 2013….often the pictures that grip me are not the picture-perfect poses, but the images that tell a story…}

I am so lucky that often, the people I meet as clients become friends. I got even more lucky when a client-turned-newborn assistant became a great friend this year! This has been the year of exploring something I have really grown to love, beauty and boudoir portraits. I talked at length in the original post about the difference between the two and why I think they are so important, but I wanted to share this little bit again:

I believe that as women, we put ourselves last. With time, energy, money, we are always sacrificing for our families, our jobs, and that’s not bad – but it is important once in a while that we honor and love ourselves enough to invest those things in ourselves. We cannot always run on empty and expect that we are giving our best to those we love. I’ve bought many a things that I loved for a moment, but boudoir and beauty portraits are the kind of experience that change you. forever.

I wanted to share those words again because I find that this year has been about so many challenges for myself and my family, in a way that has us centering on the things that are important above all else: family, health, and how we spend our precious time, energy and money. When I look at portraits like these below, those words ring so true to me – if I have any hopes and dreams for the coming year, they are to honor myself and those around me by loving myself a little more each day, and encouraging those women around me to do the same.

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a little pinup fun

Every once in a while it is important to break out of your comfort zone and push a little. Getting to work with Serena (for those of you not in the know, she is my go-to, amazing makeup artist turned super sweet friend) and Kaitlyn was so much fun, and getting to explore the pinup side of boudoir (a new thing for me) was way more fun than I expected!

***I don’t typically post my boudoir images online, but because this is all pretty PG/fully dressed images, I decided to share. If you would like to be added to my private boudoir Facebook group to check out my work, hear testimonials and get all the info on specials I run, request to be added here – females only, please!***

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Boudoir Showreel

Along with my newborn video, we also shot a boudoir video. Boudoir is something that is very close to my heart – so very often, as mothers and wives, we don’t take the time to relax and reward ourselves for all that we do. Boudoir is a great example of a way to treat yourself to a “day off”, to relax, unwind, and leave with amazing images that (I hope!) show you how the world views you, not how you see yourself in the mirror.

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Rana {beauty portraits}

When I started doing boudoir portraits two years ago at the urging of a client, I had no idea they would take off like they have. I envisioned them as a once-a-year offering before Valentine’s Day, and I’ve now just returned from a 3-day boudoir marathon at my favorite beach hotel, and we had SO much fun. Most women approach boudoir thinking they are doing something for their significant other, and leave feeling empowered, beautiful, with a new sense of how beautiful they are on the inside and out. I have a closed, private group on Facebook (for women only) where I share images, client share testimonials, etc. and because of that I choose not to share any images on my blog or Facebook.

As much as I love boudoir, I have been wanting to explore the idea with a twist, and that is where Rana and Beauty Portraits come in. As much as boudoir is sexy and provocative, Beauty portraits are modern, fun, relaxed, and not as revealing but just as intimate. Intimate because everyone that sits in the hair and makeup chair gets to know myself, Serena and Candice just as we get a small glimpse into her life, what makes her tick, and that is the magic that allows us to create such authentic portraits.

Rana has been my newborn assistant for a few months, and she’s become my right hand woman! From our first meeting, she had the most genuinely happy and enthusiastic spirit about her. If Rana is excited about something, you can’t help but want to follow along! She and I had been talking about boudoir for a while, and when she mentioned she was more modest, I knew that she was the perfect person to experiment with Beauty portraits! She got the same amazing hair and makeup treatment from my glam squad, and then we dove right into creating images that she could happily share with everyone.

I believe that as women, we put ourselves last. With time, energy, money, we are always sacrificing for our families, our jobs, and that’s not bad – but it is important once in a while that we honor and love ourselves enough to invest those things in ourselves. We cannot always run on empty and expect that we are giving our best to those we love. I’ve bought many a things that I loved for a moment, but boudoir and beauty portraits are the kind of experience that change you. forever.

One thing we always do for both kinds of sessions is a before and after – I love working with real women, of all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds – and showing a before and after  to me is a great example of that! (I have lots more on my private boudoir page!)

Rana said about her Beauty Portrait experience: I had an amazing experience with Mandi, Serena and Candice while doing my beauty portrait. I felt and looked pampered and beautiful and the end results were stunning.

If you are interested in booking a session, please use the Contact Me above or feel free to email me at info@mandimcdougallphotography.com

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