9 Reasons to Get a Boudoir Photo Experience

Top 9 Reasons to Get a Boudoir Photo Experience
A boudoir session with Allebach Photography is much more than just taking sexy photos of a woman in lacy lingerie. Boudoir photography can uncover the most intimate part of who you are in a way that showcases your own unique beauty. It can reveal a new sense of confidence that makes you proud of your curves, your body and your smile. It can unveil a new type of comfort within your own skin. And it can expose your strength in a different light that makes you go home feeling beautiful and in love with yourself and your body again.  A boudoir session with Allebach Photography is much more than a photo session, it is a way to rediscover what makes you, the magnificent person you are both in body and in self.

Being Pampered – Every woman deserves a day to feel like a true queen. Sipping on champagne, getting your hair and makeup done and then slipping into something that makes you feel sexy and beautiful is something every woman should experience.

Celebrating the human body – The amazing thing about the human race is that each and every person is different. Each body, each smile and each expression is uniquely yours, therefore, we must celebrate it. We spend so much time hiding our bodies or feeling insecure but it is time to celebrate every freckle and every curve.

Gift for your SO – Your  significant other loves you just the way you are. They love the way you move, the way you laugh and the way your eyes sparkle when you are feeling confident and strong. What could be a better gift than giving them artwork of one of the things they love the most.

Treating yourself – Women rarely do things for themselves. Either you are a mom chasing after your kids, a wife making sure all the errands are done, or a career woman who is motivated and working long hours. Women sometimes get so lost in the shuffle of everyday life that they don’t take the time to appreciate themselves as a woman, and being a woman is definitely something worth honoring.

Healing/Therapy – No matter what traumatic experience you have been through, if it is domestic violence, a car accident, an illness or etc… you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and you have earned the right to remind yourself just how beautiful you really are. No matter what life altering experience you have been through, you are more stunning and stronger than ever. Time to peel away the trauma and show yourself that strength!

Feeling free to be yourself – Walking into a boudoir session could be a huge step out of your comfort zone, but once you are in front of the camera, and start feeling more confident and comfortable, your personality will slip in and not only will your artwork be sensual and beautiful, but your art will also be as quirky, cute and silly as you are.

Feeling fine. You have set a goal for yourself, you have been eating healthy, working out and drinking plenty of water. You are feeling good. No, you have been feeling great! You just tried on those jeans that you couldn’t get above your thighs last summer and they fit, your arms are looking toned and you catch yourself smiling as you check yourself out in the mirror. Time to call us and set up that boudoir session.

Couples boudoir experience:  Let me ask you one question, do you remember the last time you and your SO did something that focused solely on how much you love each other? The two of you have walked through heaven and hell together. They are the the first person you call when something good happens and the one who comforts you the most when things aren’t going well.  A couples boudoir session is a way to show each other how deeply you cherish your relationship. You will walk away from the session feeling more in love, stronger and with gorgeous wall art that you and your SO can hang up in your bedroom that showcases your love for one another each and every day.

Artwork– Boudoir sessions are a great way to capture the beauty you possess in artwork that will act as a daily reminder that your body is beautiful, your soul is stunning and your personality is magnificent. On the days when nothing feels like they are going right, you are stressed, tired and are feeling down, you can take a look at that artwork and remember just how alluring you really are.

Allebach Photography is now book Boudoir and Couples Boudoir.  Contact us today at 610.539.6920 or on our website here.

The Tattooed Bride Manifesto

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I recently had some issues on Facebook with people being surprised by what I post. Here is the manifesto I posted.

12 things wedding photographers want to tell you, but can’t

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Most wedding magazines will give you a list of questions to ask your wedding photographer. Stuff like: “Can you describe your style? What equipment do you shoot with?”

Let’s be real: Those questions are boring. And you probably don’t actually care about the answers anyway.

So I surveyed some brides and photography-friends, and put together a list of all those questions you really want to ask, and all those things we really want you to know. 

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1. How do I pick a good photographer when there are hundreds listed in my area?

First, look for a forum or blog that appeals to your style. Obviously, if you’re an Offbeat Bride, you’re in the right place — I receive my best clients through the Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide. The photographers listed are both gay-friendly and accustomed to photographing offbeat weddings.

Once you’ve got a few favorite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favorites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you’re meeting with the person who will be wielding the camera at your wedding, not a sales consultant or studio owner. You have to, like, trust and get along with your photographer — that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer’s hands. Not only should you like their images, you should also like them! You’ll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day.

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2. How many photos do I get?

The wedding photographers I surveyed typically deliver 50-100 photos for every hour of coverage they provide. Four hundred photos may seem like a lot, but your wedding photographer is preserving all those little details and the moments you missed while you were mingling.

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3. I love those photos with the blurry backgrounds. How do you get that look?

You’re talking about shallow depth of field. Photographers get that look by using professional lenses that are able to focus tightly on the subject.

4. I found one photographer whose images look soft and pastel, one whose images look clean, and one whose images look like they were shot on old film. What’s the deal?

Every photographer has a different way of editing their images using computer software (the high-tech version of a darkroom). This is called “Post-Processing.” Most photographers do some basic lighting and color adjustments, but you can also use editing software to create a unique look. Three popular styles right now are:

  • Clean: lightly processed to appear natural
  • Matte: a low-contrast look with muted pastel colors, similar to vintage film
  • High Contrast: a vibrant look with rich colors that pop

It doesn’t matter which style you go with, as long as you love it!

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5. Why is wedding photography so freakin’ expensive?

This is the question I see most from brides on the interwebs. Wedding photography seems like easy money — work for one day and rake in the cash, right? But most full-time wedding photographers I know carry over $15,000 worth of wedding gear and often work 60-hour weeks. (Remember those 800 images from question #2? It takes several full days just to edit those.)

Add insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping, and studio expenses, and many photographers end up making less than minimum wage for the first few years of their career.

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6. How can I make sure I look good in my photos?

Relax. Trust your wedding photographer.

If you’re relaxed, it’ll come through in your photos.

Leave some breathing room in your schedule so you don’t feel rushed — I recommend a minimum 30 minutes for family and wedding party photos, and an hour for the couple portraits.

Oh, and get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water the night before.

Take it easy at the rehearsal dinner. Wedding-day hangovers are not fun.

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7. I keep hearing about “shoot and burn” photography. Sounds painful. What is it?

Actually, yeah, it can be kind of painful. “Shoot and burn” is slang for photographing a wedding and burning it straight to DVD or USB without post-processing. It’s usually super cheap — for a reason. Bad lighting isn’t corrected, distracting elements aren’t removed (hello, Speedo-clad photobomber!), and zits remain proudly on display.

Digital files may be important to you, but find a full-service photographer who will edit the images and print reference proofs before handing over the digis.

And please, don’t let the digitals rot on your hard drive. As a photographer, I want you to proudly display your wedding photos. It makes me sad when I think of all the photos that never get printed. Don’t hide your wedding photos! I tell my clients to hang up a large print or two — when you’re having a crappy day, it’s great to look up in your living room and see a photo of an awesome day.

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8. Should we do a “first look”? And, um, what the hell is a “first look”?

The first look is a chance for wedding couples to see each other privately before the ceremony. Two-thirds of my clients currently opt to do a first look. It’s a great chance to get the wedding jitters out and spend a few minutes alone together. I find that first look photos tend to be some of my favorites. It’s a real moment with real emotions.

Honestly, it’s also a great way to avoid stress on your wedding day. (Some of my couples even choose to get ready together!) And many of my couples get to enjoy their whole cocktail hour because they got all of the photos out of the way before the wedding.

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9. Do I really need a second photographer?

No one needs a second photographer, but they can provide you with more images and a different perspective. Many of the top photographers only work with assistants who carry gear and help with professional lighting. The best thing is to ask your wedding photographer to see how they prefer to work. You can get good results either way.

10. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?

Many in-demand wedding photographers book weddings at over a year out. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer.

If your favorite photographer is unavailable on your date, don’t panic. Ask them for recommendations — they may know someone with a similar style and a lighter schedule.

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11. You can Photoshop that, right?

It depends. As a photographer, I want to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. Posing, location scouting, and camera settings can “fix” most things before I even click the shutter. If your uncle photobombs you, I’m going to retake the photo — it’s much easier to get the photo right than to fix it with Photoshop. Many photographers charge for extensive editing in Photoshop, because it can be very time-consuming.

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12. Should I tip my photographer?

I get asked this a lot. There was a great article about tipping on Offbeat Bride. For photographers, “Tips are never expected but are always appreciated.”

Hopefully this clears up some burning questions about wedding photography — and makes it a little bit easier to find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.

See if we are available for your wedding date here! 


Tattooed Bride Photographer Guy - Mike AllebachPost written by Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography.   Originally published in Offbeat Bride

Mike Allebach (aka The Tattooed Bride Photographer) is a wedding photographer who also writes tips for tattooed brides, and has an unhealthy addiction to Taco Tuesday. Book your wedding, engagement or boudoir session here

Profoto B2: Cherrish: Out of Prison Story

Profoto B2 Off Camera Flash Launch: Cherrish’s Out of Prison Story

This was my contribution to the Profoto B2 Launch.  I’ve been using the Profoto B2s for over 4 months now. Cherrish graciously shared her story of cancer fight.  The photoshoot takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa. See my review of the Profoto B2 here.

Thank you to Cherrish Krasulak for being the inspiration for the video, Ed Seiders for shooting, Ryan Hendricks for lighting assistant, Gene Smirnov for BTS and Steven Skidmore for UAV footage. I scored the music and played guitar  in the second half of the video.

Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia Wedding: Casey and Greg

Look! Casey & Greg had their WEDDING at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia! What?!! I’m serious! Take a look at some of the detail shots we captured on this awesome day of marriage.

Featuring Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, Bar and Caterer across the street (they catered the wedding too)!

(Venue details at bottom of post)

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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

http://www.easternstate.org

Jack’s Firehouse
2130 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

http://www.jacksfirehouse.com

Wedding dress:
www.Dollycouture.com

Book us for your Historic Prison Wedding today!

Amada Restaurant & The Powel House Philadelphia Wedding: Robyn & Brent

Picture perfect bride and groom, locations, food, and perfect pictures!  Robyn and Brent had their first look and ceremony at the lovely Philadelphia historic landmark, The Powel House. Food and fun followed with delicious food tapas at Amada Restaurant.

Check out this wedding!  Oh and don’t miss all the delicious Garces Group food at the bottom.

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Amada Restaurant in Philadelphia // A Jose Garces Group Restaurant

217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106(215) 625-2450 http://philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com

Powel House Historic Landmark in Philadelphia

244 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106(215) 925-2251 http://www.philalandmarks.org/powel.aspx

Eastern State Penitentiary Trash the Dress Philadelphia, Pa: Erica & Jay

Here’s the Trash the Dress session at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia! Not so scary… more like a love story.

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We have photographed more weddings, engagements & trash the dress sessions at Eastern State than any other wedding photographer.  If you are looking for a photographer to take photos of you and your fiance in a prison we are your best choice.   Whatever your style, we can accommodate a prison bound session starting at $600.

Schedule your Eastern State Pennitentary Wedding, Trash the Dress or Couples shoot with Allebach Photography today!

Eastern State Penitentiary is located at:
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Call Eastern State to find out more (215) 236-3300

Call Allebach Photography at 610.539.6920 to book today!

Instagram Contest for Free 1 Hour Photoshoot with Allebach Photography

Go to our instagram at http://www.instagram.com/tattooedbridephotoguy to check out the brand new contest

Rules > Repost either of these images with @tattooedbridephotoguy #allebach to enter on instagram!  Snap a pic of the screen with your phone or use a reposting ap. 

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We are still booking nerdy awesome tattooed lesbian and gay weddings for 2015.  We photograph anywhere in the United States. Click here to contact us today! 

College of Physicians and Mutter Museum Wedding with Croquembouche: Joanne and Justin

College of Physicians and Mutter Museum Wedding with Croquembouche

What’s cool about having the College of Physicians building as your wedding venue?  Guests were able to tour the Mütter Museum during the wedding!  It also enabled us to snap some pretty sweet photos.  Check out this awesome wedding with Joanne and Justin!

That cake at the end, it’s a traditional croquembouche cake cutting with a fricken sword!  It’s a French thing.

What is a croquembouche?

“A croquembouche or “piece montee” is a wedding cake made from filled choux buns held together with caramel in an impressive pyramid… Traditionally, the top of the croquembouche would be hit with a sword, silver mallet or even a champagne bottle, cracking the top off while the bridesmaids hold up the corners of the table cloth to catch the pieces.  The croquembouche is then taken away to be broken up, or left for guests to help themselves!”  – Wedding Cakes UK

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Interested in booking the Mütter Museum?
They’re located at 19 S. 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ((215) 563-3737)
http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum/

Southern Mansion Wedding in Cape May, NJ: Jennifer and John

In need of wedding ideas? Jennifer and John took full advantage of the seashore conveniently located right up the road after all the fun and games of getting dressed, getting married, ect… No dull moments, no dull photos! Enjoy.

 

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Interested in booking the Southern Mansion for your wedding?

The Southern Mansion

720 Washington Street

Cape May, NJ 08204

www.southernmansion.com

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821 Shunpike Road

Cape May, NJ 08204

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The Studio Is Open in North Wales, Pa! (epic uncensored party pics inside)

After being in business for 7 years the Allebach Photography studio opened. It’s 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia in North Wales, Pa.  We still will do weddings in Philadelphia and all around the United States.  BUT we also will be doing headshots for LinkedIn, senior portraits, family photos, tattoo stories and other awesome photoshoots at our North Wales location.  It’s an easy walk (1 block) from the North Wales station of the R5 Lansdale / Doylestown line from Center City Philadelphia.

Please contact us today if you’d like an in studio portrait session.

This is also the location for Mike Allebach’s newest venture marketing TV show & blog called BrandsmashTV.

Here are some pics from the Studio Opening party by Lee Shelly.

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Here are some photo booth pics:

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