"Life-changing." That's how the client above described her Oaktown Boudoir experience. People often talk about how a boudoir session can give you confidence. I think of it differently: together, you and I are creating a space where you can give yourself permission to be yourself. To revel in who you are. You'll be surprised how much fun you're having and how quickly you find your groove in your session. The images we create together will be everything you've dreamed of — and more.
I was very nervous but Cheshire made me feel so comfortable! We laughed and chatted the whole time, and he took every detail into consideration in order to make it the best, most personalized experience.
why choose me?
There are a lot of wonderful boudoir photographers in the Bay Area, each offering something unique. Here are four reasons why my clients choose me to help them create their gorgeous images.
my natural, authentic style
Boudoir photography represents a wide spectrum of styles, from natural to glamour to retro pinup and more. My clients choose me because my natural style reflects their authentic selves. Yes, boudoir can have some fantasy element to it, but we're highlighting the amazing person you are, inside and out. You're multifaceted, and your photos will be too — we'll capture tones and emotions from abstract to lighthearted to mysterious to erotic and anything in between, whatever you feel represents you best.
a handcrafted experience just for you
From start to finish, I tailor everything about your experience to make it uniquely yours. Through detailed planning and careful listening, I'll find out what works best for you and make sure we capture it, adjusting as we go. I'll even make a custom playlist (or four!) that includes your favorite music to vibe to. For finished items such as books, I use my 30 years of graphic design expertise to create every layout from scratch, so your images flow beautifully across the page as we tell your story.
shooting with me is so much fun
Almost everyone comes into the studio feeling a little nervous — many of my clients have never even had a professional headshot before, let alone something as bold as boudoir! Does that sound like you too? But don't worry, you'll forget all about that within minutes after we begin. Clients often remark how much more fun the experience is than they imagined — it's an unhurried day of laughter, pampering from my makeup artist, great music and snacks, and seeing yourself in a whole new light.
Doing your boudoir images with me is neither the most nor the least expensive among Bay Area photographers. I try to keep pricing reasonable while still reflecting the amount of care and expertise that I bring to every moment of your experience. I don't want this to be a once-in-a-lifetime thing for you. I want to make it so that you'll come back again and again for this uniquely invigorating experience.
Social responsibility: I recognize that my studio sits on land stolen from the native Ohlone peoples of this region, and I also recognize the horrific injustices against BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people in this country, as well as the lingering social, emotional, and financial effects of all of these wrongs. Boudoir is an empowering, uplifting experience, and I want it to be accessible to all. I will do whatever I can to help you create beautiful images that affirm, honor, and celebrate you.
Cheshire was amazing. Most importantly, I loved my photos. I had never done boudoir before, and am a 45-year-old mother of 2, so not a typical slender and smooth bride. He was kind, professional and fun. I recommend him highly!