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Experience The Magic of Boudoir Photography

There’s this magical thing that happens when you are faced with the rawness of a boudoir session. You’re forced to see what you love about yourself. A lot of people come into these experiences worried all they will see is what they wish they could change. But the truth is, you’re actually forced to admit that there are things about you that you can’t deny are fucking beautiful and downright sexy.

When I finally fixed my hair after my quarantine bleach fail, I was feeling so much better and fresher… ‘almost’ confident. I was considering asking Mike to photograph me but was too scared to open that door. It frightened me to think that, while I felt better, none of that would translate because I’ve been photographed many times before and walked away in tears. Well… Somehow Mike has some weird intuition because my first day back in after my fresh new look, he asked if I wanted a portrait done. I said maybe, because I was too embarrassed to admit I had really wanted to ask him.

So as I did my hair and packed up my makeup, I decided to bring the one and only mildly sexy thing I own. What the hell right? I probably won’t do it but at least the option is there. Well as soon as he walked in the office he asked if I was ready for my photos. I felt that embarrassment rush back into my face. I said that I didn’t know and I felt weird. But, just like the moment he made me be in photographs with my daughters, he took a stand for me and said, in so many words, “let’s go”.

So I put the thing on I brought and even threw my oversized shirt over it because I felt silly. I did my makeup as dark and moody as I could, to match the set he was putting together, and I took a few deep breaths and reminded myself that he does this everyday and I have nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of.

Now, I’m someone who has photographed thousands of people and pride myself on finding those angles that really work with the person on the other side of the lens. But I’ll be damned if I know what those angles are that work for me. I believed I didn’t have those angles. A beautiful and flattering photograph of me was extremely rare.

I think you know where this story is going…

As Mike queued up the photos, I wanted to hide behind my hands. I wanted to peek through a sliver in my fingers so it wouldn’t hurt as bad. Like I do when I know a jump scare is about to happen in a horror movie and I want it to be easier to get through. But I watched as photo after photo of me appeared on the screen. “Who the fuck is that?” “Is that me?!” “There’s no way…” I honestly wanted to cry but my makeup was too on point, so I choked back the tears, threw my head back, and I’m pretty sure I whispered “What the fuck” to myself before saying anything else.

I didn’t see all those things I wish I could change. I was forced to admit to myself that I have really beautiful skin, gorgeous eyes, my hair is fire, and that top I was embarrassed about made my 2 breastfed children-chopped up with a breast reduction boobs look amazing. It was uncomfortable telling myself these truths. I never had the permission to do it before this moment. I hear women talk about themselves, confidently complimenting themselves and how amazing they are, inside and out. I’ve always admired that. I’d even look in the mirror and try to declare positivities about myself but always shied from my own eyes in my reflection because it was too uncomfortable.

But now I get to look at these photographs and think, “god damn I’m beautiful”. That’s a first for me and I have Mike to thank for it. Of course his talent is unparalleled. That goes without saying. But his ability to show up for you, push you outside of your comfort zone to see beyond the criticisms you tell yourself and admit you’re worthy of love in all its forms… That’s what you won’t experience anywhere else. That’s something you won’t ever forget. It’s a feeling you will want to chase. And every single moment you need a reminder, you will have your photographs to transport you back to feeling confident, sexy, worthy of love, and worthy of being seen.

When was the last time you felt beautiful and sexy?

Whatever the circumstances, you felt like your hottest self… Nothing has changed about who you are and how amazing you are. It’s time!

Let Mike show you!

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Follow New Mother’s Emotional and Empowering Birth Story

7am-6pm | Eryn planned, diligently, every aspect of her birthing experience. She wanted a natural, at-home, water birth, under the care of a midwife.

For the first half of her over 40 hour labor experience, she was living that plan. With the company of her husband and mother, she patiently worked through every hour and minute of the pain of contractions; and soothed them in the water Mat was carefully monitoring.

6am-11am | Despite all of her efforts, Eryn birthing plan was derailed by her little boy.

Her midwife decided it was time to go to the hospital. Despite the plan changing, the consistent pain, nothing was going to break Eryn’s spirits! She was so close to meeting her baby boy!

3:10pm | Natural birth just wasn’t in the cards for Eryn, and baby Adrian was delivered via c-section.

I wasn’t able to be there so I gave my camera to Mat who did an amazing job (alongside the nurses) capturing what I couldn’t; the first moments of Adrian and parents meeting in the world.

6:00pm-7:00pm | When I was permitted to return, after mom and baby were safe and sound, I got to meet this stubborn little man.

He was so beautiful and peaceful, laying skin to skin with his mama. Eryn, so tired, yet so elated to finally meet Adrian. Two became three that day, and the difficult journey of labor quickly faded in the shadows of this new adventure ahead.

Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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We Need 10 Families To Share Their Stories

OUR LATEST MODEL CALL IS LIVE!!

We are looking for 10 families to model for the day

The spots will go quickly, so first come, first serve

For your participation, you will receive a complimentary session, $200 credit towards artwork for your home, and an experience designed to celebrate your family.

Email Erika at hello@allebachphotography.com and share what an experience like this would mean to you.

Submit your story today! Applications due by January 29th.

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Couple Celebrates Their New Commitment To Each Other

Angie and Diane recently came into the studio as a way to celebrate their new commitment to each other after being together for more than 17 years. 

The two met through a mutual friend 22 years ago. 

“We became very close friends. Upon leaving a 10-year relationship, and not knowing how I was going to make it on my own, Diane offered to let me live with her until I got back on my feet. During that time, our friendship grew closer. Day in and day out, talking, sharing our lives, cooking together, all of those things strengthened our friendship,” says Angie. 

As Angie began making preparations to move out into her own home, she realized that was beginning to develop feelings beyond friendship for Diane. 

“I was terrified to talk to her about them. I didn’t want to ruin the amazing friendship we had. We had helped each other through some really tough times. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, so I kept my feelings to myself,” she said.

The closer it got to moving day, the bigger the knot in Angie’s stomach grew. 

“I had to say something. I risked it all, told her about my feelings, only to find out that she felt the same way!”

Angie decided to still move out and after a year and a half of dating she moved back in as Diane’s partner. 17 and a half years later they are engaged to be married. 

When asked what she loves the most about Angie, Diane says, “Her smile, sense of humor, her eyes sparkle when she looks at me. How she holds me, touches me and kisses me. Her gentleness. She’s very passionate. Her love for animals and her dedication to being a spokesperson for animals.”

Angie said she loves Diane’s “Beautiful blue eyes. Her smile. The way she laughs with her whole face and how she can make me laugh even when I don’t want to. She’s sexy and playful. She’s generous, loving and compassionate. How she makes me feel when she kisses me and touches me. How a certain look can take my breath away and make me wet.”

Like many couples in loving long term relationships, Diane and Angie have struggled to stay connected and to keep things feeling new and exciting. 

“In our relationship, we had been struggling to be and stay connected for several years. Through hard work and a lot of therapy, we started on a new path. The session with Mike was a gift to ourselves to celebrate our new commitment to each other,” said Angie. 

Everything about the session, from the lead up, to the big reveal of their photos was exciting. 

“Once we had the initial call with Mike, we both began to get excited. We started planning our outfits and thinking about poses we wanted. We had so much fun shopping for the outfits and accouterments for the red room,” says Diane. 

Diane’s favorite outfits that Angie wore were her jeans, tank top, and then her blue and silver matching bra and panty set. Angie’s favorite outfits of Diane’s were her lacy black bra with matching panties and knee high leather boots and of course her full body leather harness. 

Angie: “The day started out with both of us very nervous. The makeup artist was wonderful. She was so friendly and calming. She did an amazing job! She made us look so beautiful! After the first outfit change, we were able to relax and really get into it. It became about being in the moment and celebrating us instead of worrying about how many chins were going to show up in the photos or sucking it in so there’s only two rolls instead of three. We had an absolute blast!! At times, we forgot Mike was there.”

Afterwards, at the big reveal, “We were both shocked! We had never seen ourselves on film in that way,” Angie says. 

They decided to create an album of their favorites as well as a canvas. They hope to get even more wall art in the future and have plans for another session. 

“We look at our book every night. We’ve shown it to a few choice friends. They’ve all remarked how Mike really captured our essence. Captured how we are with each other. That is such a gift he has given us. We came away with wonderful memories. Lifelong memories. A renewed realization of how sexy and loved we feel together and about each other. We felt pampered. We felt validated and we felt celebrated. I personally came away from this experience liking my body a little more. I’ve never seen myself as sexy, until now. It has truly been life changing for me. Issues of body image I’ve been fighting my whole life have been lessened by this experience. I am eternally grateful.”

Ready to join Angie and Diane and to see what all the hype is about? Book your own boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting  http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Motherhood Session Freezes Time for Mother and Daughters

Sara, like many moms these days, is a full time working mom trying to balance her work with her children’s schedules. 

“Some days are a little crazier than others, but we make it work. The girls’ dad works crazy hours, leaving before the sun comes up and sometimes working past the ‘normal working hours,’” she shared with us. 

This leaves Sara in charge of not only getting her girls (three-year-old Lily and one-year-old Carter) up and to daycare, but picking them up at the end of the day AND making sure that they all have dinner on the table. In addition, the girls have swimming lessons throughout the year they need to be taken to and picked up from. Oh, and did we mention she works full time? Can you say Super Mom?

“I am thankful to have my husband, who helps around the house, so our girls can have my full attention as needed, and I’m not left with everything…. work, kids, household, etcetera. I am definitely an attachment mommy and do my best navigating their emotions to help them better process what they are feeling,” she said. 

“Lily is a full on Mama’s Girl, while Carter is a Daddy’s Girl. We have both girls in swimming lessons throughout the year and we belong to a summer swim club. They are both naturals and love the water. Lily is also showing an interest in gymnastics and loves to ride her bike! Carter is our little funny girl, with so much personality, but is also the love bug, giving hugs and snuggles all of the time!”

When Sara saw our Renaissance of Mom sessions, she thought it was such a cool and unique opportunity to stop and capture her relationship with her girls at this stage in their lives.  

“It just felt like it was something that I wanted to be a part of and the pictures of Erika with her babies was something I haven’t seen offered from other photographers. I am also a breastfeeding mom. At the time I was nursing, (and still am), both girls. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to not only capture these memories for our family, but to show that extended breastfeeding was normal and okay.”

One thing she says she truly appreciated about her session with her girls was how comfortable and natural she felt, which is such an important ingredient to create authentic images. 

“Having done a solo boudoir prior, I know that the studio was a safe place to be yourself. However, my first shoot was with Mike and not Erika, so I wasn’t sure what her style was. When we started I knew right away that Erika was just as wonderful as Mike. I was at ease very quickly, and there were some points that I didn’t have my top on and wasn’t embarrassed, it just felt natural. Overall the whole experience of the Renaissance Mom exceeded my expectations!”

Sara says the session left her with such strong feelings of love; love for both herself and for her little family. 

“Love that my husband was on board with the girls and I doing a session together. The love that comes through in all of the pictures between my girls and I, and the ones of just the girls together.”

She chose an album in a gorgeous peacock blue as well as a canvas of both her girls. 

“We have the book safely stored in the box it came in on our piano bench and the canvas hangs above the piano in the living room,” she said. 

As she mentioned above, this is actually Sara’s second experience with us. She met us a few years back at a bridal show and decided to do a solo boudoir session as a surprise anniversary gift to her now husband.

“Mike was amazing! He made me feel so comfortable right away. He would always ask to try something during the shoot and made sure I was comfortable with it. For example, I had brought some of my husband’s sports jerseys. One was a button down and Mike felt it would be better if nothing was under it. By then I was so comfortable and knew I was in a safe place that it wasn’t a big deal. Following this, we got one of the best pictures of the day using the chandelier!”

Sara is enthusiastic about recommending us to other families.

“I would absolutely recommend that mothers and families book a photo shoot! It was such a magical experience and hope I get to do it again in the future!”

Ready for your own Renaissance of Mom session? Call 610.539.6920 or visit to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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The Gift of Seeing Ourselves As Lovers Instead of Parents

Lindsey and Blanton initially met about 16 or 17 years ago through work, but reconnected several years ago when they were each at a crossroads in their lives. 

“I had recently lost my husband in 2016 and Blanton was divorced and had recently ended a dating relationship,” Lindsey explained. 

At the time, her children were four and two. She had their third child soon after he passed away in November 2016, only two days before the funeral. 

Lindsey was understandably hesitant as a single, newly widowed mom whose children meant the world to her. 

“When Blanton re-entered my life the baby was still very young. We had been quietly dating but were very careful not to be affectionate around my kids due to the sensitivity of the time, trying to be respectful of the situation and just wanting to be sure before the kids got attached,” she said. 

Blanton quickly showed Lindsey not only how much he cared for her, but also how much he cared for her kids. 

“Blanton had come over to hang out and brought me gifts for my home. He was going to get them out of his car and Kieran asked if he could go. Without any experience as a parent or having kids himself, Blanton took that tiny child so craving male connection and sat him down, put his shoes on and took him with him out to his car. And never even needed to ask me what to do or how or anything. I had spent the last months and truthfully even before that in my last relationship feeling alone and without a true partner so the initiative and intuitiveness that showed told me I was ready to talk to the kids and at that point just like Blanton knew it was serious and we were all in,” said Lindsey. 

Blanton jumped right into the role of parenthood and in 2018, the couple surprisingly and happily learned they were pregnant with their own child. They now have four children together and were engaged in December 2019 just before Christmas. 

Lindsey found Allebach Photography on Instagram and showed some photos to Blanton. 

“My previous relationship had left me with quite a bit of emotional baggage and self esteem issues so the fact that I even felt comfortable enough to share it with him was very telling of our relationship. He looked at some of the pictures with me and agreed that it would be fun! And a great way to see each other as lovers and more than just parents which we are pretty consumed by with four,” Lindsey said. 

She bought a gift certificate for a session then “basically waited as long as possible” since she was still nursing to schedule their session.

Separating from their kids for the session was hard, emotionally and logistically, but they felt better upon entering the studio.

“It was the longest we’d been away from the kids in a while and the logistics of that was hard. I cried the whole drive up I think. As soon as we saw Mike though, his smile and tour of the studio started to put me at ease,” said Lindsey. 

Getting into hair and makeup also helped get Lindsey in the right frame of mind to enjoy her and Blanton’s session. 

“It was fun to watch the transformation as I had only had it done one other time,” she said.

The couple then went downstairs to get dressed, where Lindsey promptly set her bra on fire! Not intentionally. “I was changing in the bathroom and took it off and threw it onto a tea light by accident. Once I put that out and sheepishly apologized we got started,” she laughed. 

Lindsey says they trusted the process completely, instead of going in with any preconceived ideas of poses in mind. She even surprised herself by going nude at the end, something she wasn’t necessarily planning to do. 

“I didn’t think I would go nude but I did. I ended the session in nothing but a bright red thong!”

She continued, “Mike was amazingly professional at all times and worked his magic for sure. My favorite part of the whole day was the end of the shoot. Mike had more snacks ready and we hung out and just relished in the day. Seeing the pictures unedited was something I thought I needed to prepare for. I was ready to force myself not to hate them and my body but I loved almost every one and cried.”

The couple chose a large album of all of their favorites, which we drop shipped to make sure they’d have it in time for Christmas. They also chose a few of the “tamer” photos for their bedroom wall.

Lindsey says she can’t wait to do another session. 

“We’re definitely planning on doing it again. I’ve lost weight so I’m anxious for new pictures in my new body to help with some of the dysphoria. My kids are older. The first time we did the shoot, got dinner and went right back home because of the baby. I’m anxious to be able to do a shoot and take the energy from it back to a hotel instead of into the real world with kids!”, she says.

Lindsey can’t say enough about her session with Blanton. 

“Not only did it give us the gift of seeing ourselves as lovers, not parents, it strengthened our already amazing relationship and gave me a new appreciation for my body and my sexuality/sensuality just as is. I can’t really put into words how healing that exact moment was but anyone who has been in an emotionally abusive relationship in the past should understand.”

Ready to see your partner as more than your co parent in crime? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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“The Most Fun We Had Since Our Wedding Day”

It’s crazy to think that for all of the memories Brian and Jennifer have made together in the past few years, the couple almost didn’t meet at all!

“We met online.  Funny thing about it was that she was logging into her account to delete her profile because she was tired of the types of responses she received from the guys.  She was looking for the right guy (That’s me),” Brian says. 

“When she logged in and saw my write-up, that I actually read her profile, and had something more to say than ‘You’re hot” or “nice boobs’. She really had to think about whether to respond to me or not.  She waited three days to respond.”

When they finally met after talking online for a month, Brian says it was magical. 

“When she walked in the smile she had and the smile in her eyes of the prettiest blue captured me.  She was perfection in motion, but just as importantly, she had a great heart.  She was special on the inside.  She could stand on her own.  She didn’t need me, she is intelligent, and cares about people.  She was confident, but not arrogant.  She had it all.  And she had me from that moment,” he said. 

Jenn fell equally as hard for Brian, and over time she showed him just how much she cared for him. At a low point in Brian’s struggle with depression, she helped him work through it by planning an excursion that featured three places she knew he’d enjoy. 

“I was dealing with some major depression (It was going on long before we met), and she saw what I could be. I’m not perfect, but she knew my heart, and she wanted it.  Little did she know she already had my heart,” says Brian. 

Brian asked her father for her hand in marriage (he agreed). He bought a white gold ring with a pear-shaped sapphire and two wedding bands of white gold with alternating diamonds and sapphires around the band and proposed to Jenn at the bottom of a waterfall at Crabtree Falls, Virginia. They eloped about a year and a half ago. 

Jenn had been following the studio online and showed some couples boudoir photos to Brian.  

“It wasn’t the scantily clad women, it was the fact they looked so comfortable.  It was like Mike had this way of bringing out the confident sexy sultry vibes hidden deep inside their hearts and minds, no matter the body type.  The subjects just looked so comfortable, and the couples seemed to be having such a great time,” he said. 

When we put out a model call requesting 10 couples in their 40s to 60s, Brian jumped on the opportunity. 

“A couple days later Mike emailed me and said he would love to shoot us.  I was so excited to tell Jennifer, and she was having a rough day, so that really lifted her spirits too! “ 

The couple had their phone consultation a couple days later and set their appointment date.  They spent the next few weeks shopping for outfits to wear for the shoot. 

“It was a lot of fun finding the things we wanted to dress in.  I really feel like it was a great pick me up for Jennifer,” says Brian. 

“The session was the most fun we had since our wedding day!  We did bring wine to the session, but had so much fun we forgot to drink it!  The theme I chose was Batman, and I wore my underwear outside of my tights with a sock inside for good measure.  I’m kidding. We really didn’t have a theme other than sexy lingerie and to have fun, which we had in spades.  Jennifer had two or three outfits she changed into and I had a couple different color underwear to compliment her.”  

Brian continued, “The day couldn’t have gone any better.  It started with us enjoying the pictures on the walls going into the studio.  Once inside the studio, we explored the different sets that were set up.  Mike even has an 1800’s bank vault he uses for the “Red Room”.  Can I hear an Amen!  Mike took us on a little tour of the building and then had us get changed out.  The rest was photo session magic, as we had the time of our lives with each other.  It didn’t feel awkward at all having Mike there with us, in fact I think it made things even more exciting in a way.  I feel like we made a friend that day, and we have plans to do a second session with Mike, next time we’re doing a night shoot.  The whole day was a great experience!”

The couple selected an album with many of the photos taken that day for wall art they chose from body scapes, as well as just a few of their favorite images together. 

“Everything has turned out so well.  I mean even beyond the skill that Mike brings to the table – the quality of the wall art is really stunning!  We chose the metal prints and they are absolutely gorgeous.  We put one in our foyer, some on the landing of the stairs, several in our bedroom/bathroom, and trying to figure out where the second session’s photos will go,” Brian said. 

The couple flew in from out of state and so after their session they planned a weekend getaway through the New England days. 

“It was fall and the perfect time to see the leaves changing colors. So not only did we have the most incredible experience with our photo session, we had a whole week in beautiful land to reconnect with each other,” says Brian. 

 “We certainly have lots of great memories.  This was a day for the books!”

Brian is adamant about encouraging other couples to give this experience a try.  

“I would just like to encourage anybody that is on the fence about doing a boudoir session to just do it.  You won’t regret it.  You WILL have the time of your life, and someday your grandkids will see how sexy grandma and grandpa were together.  Don’t talk yourself out of this.  Mike is great to work with, and photography is about catching a moment in time.  When the moment is gone, it’s gone forever.  Why not let Mike capture some of those moments with you.”

Ready for your own session?
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She loved it. Couples Boudoir is the Perfect Birthday Gift

Bryant and Meredith’s Couples Boudoir Story

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We love the words Bryant uses to describe his relationship with Meredith: “Our relationship is built with all of the honest pieces of ourselves,” he tells us. 

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When the two of them met (at the gig of a mutual friend’s who is a guitar player – Meredith on a date with another guy), they were both going through nasty divorces.

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While their divorces gave them something to commiserate on, going through such painful ordeals separately made them both realize how important it was to build a relationship around trust and open communication.  

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“Based off of our shared experiences in our own failed marriages, we’ve really learned to just be honest and super communicative, and it’s been tremendous,” Bryant said, adding that they have their own issues now and then (like everyone else) but it’s without the toxicity that they’d become so accustomed to in their previous relationships. 

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“I love how genuine, loving, accepting, and confident Bryant is. I love and respect him very much as a partner and friend,” says Meredith. 

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Bryant and Meredith have been together for three years and have five kids between the two of them that keep them on their toes! 

When Meredith’s 40th birthday began to come up, Bryant thought a couples boudoir session for her was just what she needed. 

“We came across Allebach on Facebook and joined the page. Meredith had said how much she would enjoy the experience, and with her birthday coming up, I figured that would be a lovely gift. My goal was to give her this opportunity to bask in feeling gorgeous and really get some new wind in her sails,” he says. 

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“I recently got divorced, lost my job and turned 40 all within a few months so it an amazing gift from my partner to get to do this!” Meredith chimed in. 

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The two had such a fun time in the weeks leading up to their session, deciding on outfits and shopping for things on Amazon. They looked through photos to get ideas and inspiration for their own session. They even picked out a small bottle of bourbon to bring along. 

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Since they were coming from Harrisburg (about a two-hour drive), they also decided to make arrangements to turn it into a little vacation. 

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“As the day approached we decided to make it a bit of a vacation, so we booked a hotel, which really allowed us to take our time and not feel rushed. The shoot itself was very much what we’d hoped for. Mike was very professional, and he got some great shots of the both of us!” said Bryant.

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“I felt very comfortable pretty quickly with Mike. It was a fun, empowering experience. Then to see the pics at the end of the session was incredible!” said Meredith. 

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Bryant says, “We really enjoyed the shots Mike got of us on the St. Andrew’s Cross, in addition to one that captures Meredith looking over her shoulder with her new Phoenix tattoo. Mike even got a good picture of just me wearing only sweatpants and a fur, playing my guitar! It’s going to be so much fun to look through them all again.”

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The couple is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the album they ordered (couples typically receive their artwork within 4-6 weeks of their session). They are also planning on ordering some wall art ASAP says Meredith. 

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 “We had such a good experience, and it was good for us to use our session as the focal point for a much needed break in our normal routines. 10/10 would recommend!”

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Ready for your own session? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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10 Reasons A Family Session Is The Best Holiday Gift This Year

If you have children, I’m sure you’ve noticed how fleeting moments are and how quickly they change. Capture all those small but precious quirks they possess or things they do that remind you how special they are, right now, in this moment.

You may live together, and/or spend a lot of time together. But when was the last time you truly spent quality time loving and appreciating one another? Photo sessions are a chance to slow down and just be present with each other.

The value of family portraits increase with time. Lots of gifts are exchanged, opened, appreciated, adored, and then forgotten. A photograph created now, is priceless and precious twenty, even thirty years from now. A window to the past, crystal clear.

It’s sad to say but aging really takes a toll on memory. Our elderly relatives, and us as we continue to age, will have the opportunity to look back upon happy memories. Time-traveling brought to fruition.

What better way to say “I Love You” than a photographic love letter. As your children age, leave the nest, and grow their own families, they can channel your love through those special moments frozen in time.

This one goes out to all those people who are great at taking the photos, but never end up IN the photos. I’m certainly one of those, and as a photographer, I can’t rave enough about how important it was to have my own session. Yes, that’s me below!

There is a lot of beautiful artwork out there to decorate your home and it can be overwhelming to decide what fits your style best. That’s the beauty of photos! They can be designed to match your aesthetic. It couldn’t be a more custom piece of art, nor could it be more meaningful.

Now, more than ever before, you just never know the next time you’ll see someone you care about. Capture the love and connection you share, so you can always be transported there when you need it most.

One of our favorite parts of these experiences is getting to know our clients and all about how they spend time as a family. They become a chance to have fun and be unapologetically yourselves. Sure, we do a little bit of posing to set it up, but at the end of the day, we capture who you are as a family. So be silly, dance a little, laugh a lot, sing loud, and hold onto each other tightly.

There is so much to think about once the holiday season kicks off around Thanksgiving. Why not take one thing off your holiday to-do list? For every session booked by December 8th, we will design and print 100 holiday cards for you at no extra charge. It’ll be the most productive give you could give yourself and your family this year.

Offer runs through December 8th and cannot be combined with any other offers, including our Black Friday sale. Schedule a call today.

Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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Confidence, Deep Connections, and a Memorable Experience

Megan and Derek met through an online dating app called Zoosk, though they were both hesitant to get back out on the dating scene, having each recently gone through a divorce. 

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“To give perspective on my situation, in that past year, I had gotten divorced, lost my job and lost my mother to cancer. I was lost,” says Derek. 

Meeting Megan for him at that time in his life was like getting a second chance at life. 

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“She was a breath of fresh air, an angel in disguise. I believe that it was quite literally ‘love at first sight.’ We clicked from the very beginning.”

Megan and Derek have now been together for 8 years, married for 6 of those, and have one child from Derek’s previous marriage. 

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When asked what he loves about Megan, Derek says, “one of the plethora of things that impressed me with Megan is how quickly and seamlessly she assumed the Mother figure role for Aidan. That only made my love for her grow even stronger.”

Shortly before the couple was to be married in 2014 they found out they were pregnant with twins. After many visits and procedures, they miscarried a month before the wedding. Though Megan still struggles with this at times, being a motherly figure to their son and their niece has helped fill that void. 

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Megan first came across the studio through a couple she worked with who had posted their artwork on Facebook. She began following Allebach on social media and brought up the idea of a couples session to Derek. 

“I thought it was so awesome, but initially, in my mind, couldn’t see myself doing it.  When Mike’s post about the modeling call for couples boudoir call up, I was immediately intrigued.  Knowing that if we waited for the other person to take that leap it could be forever, so without telling Megan, I put together an email to Mike, along with a picture of us.  And to my surprise, we were chosen!”

Derek explained that with the extra daily stresses that the pandemic has put on Megan at her job this year, he wanted to give back to her in a way she deserved. 

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“Unprecedented times with COVID, Megan works on the front lines every day tirelessly to make sure that her residents in her community have as normal of a life as they can.  I wanted to give her an escape from reality so that she can finally see with her own eyes, what I’ve been telling her for 8 years, how beautiful she is.”

After the couple had their first initial phone call with Mike, any nerves that they had immediately disappeared. 

“Our session was sooooo amazing! From the awesome hair and make-up artist to Mike and his undeniable skill as not just a photographer, but at making you feel so comfortable in your own skin,” says Megan. 

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The couple went right “to it” so to speak and skipped the dress up part and were half naked before they knew it! They felt completely comfortable in their own skin. 

“During the session, we felt a type of connection, electricity, that was unlike any other feeling.  As though we were not actually doing a photo session but alone just the two of us.  We felt reinvigorated with this even deeper sense of passion brought out by the amazing direction of Mike and allowing us to be ourselves,” says Megan. 

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“We also really enjoyed the time being unplugged from all distractions like social media, etcetera,” Derek added. 

After sitting through the unveiling of all of their photos, they had an extremely hard time narrowing down their favorites because they loved them all!

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When they did finally manage to narrow it down, Derek and Megan chose the Storyboard Collection for the bedroom wall, as well as 6 of their favorite prints with mat.  

“It brought out so much emotion, and even tears to see us portrayed in such a light,” Derek said. 

The couple took away so much from their session. 

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“A deeper connection with each other, a greater self confidence for each of us, and one of the most memorable experiences of our lives thus far.  We cannot thank Mike and his team enough for allowing us to create memories and photos that will last a lifetime!”

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Are you ready to give your relationship what it deserves? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Couple Enjoys Boudoir So Much… They Do It Twice!

Sarah and Jon enjoyed their couples boudoir session with us so much that they’ve now done two.

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Like many of our couples, the two were high school sweethearts and have been together since 2001. 

“We met through mutual friends, but he lived an hour away. So every weekend our parents would take turns driving me up there and bringing me home” Sarah explained. 

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After Sarah graduated from high school, the two eloped and soon had their first daughter. Today they have three children together and just recently celebrated their 15th anniversary. 

“My middle daughter, Quinn, and I like to do pageants together sometimes. I met Mike when I was Miss Pennsylvania and I was preparing for the national pageant. I needed headshots for the program and I looked up local headshot photographers,” says Sarah. 

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While she was getting her hair and makeup done she began looking at his boudoir portfolio. When Mike said she could totally do one, “I told him no way, that I was too fat. He told me they had model calls often and he loved to have couples of all shapes and sizes for his portfolio. So I said Jon and I would like to try!”

Sarah was nervous to ask Jon but that after looking through Mike’s photos he became really into it. 

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“I wanted us to have pictures of ourselves as a couple, to celebrate us together as lovers instead of just parents,” Jon explained. 

Though Sarah had been in front of the camera many times before, she admits she was very nervous for their couples session. 

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“I’ve never been nervous per se in front of a camera, but I was TERRIFIED when I got there. I was unsure of what my body would look like. I was unsure of how Jon would be with me in front of Mike.” 

To her surprise, Jon came to life in front of the camera, acting like he had done it his whole life. The complete opposite of what I thought was going to happen!

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After 20 years of being together, she saw a side of her partner she’d never seen before. 

“After our session, I truly felt like I saw a side of him I never saw before. It made him so much sexier to me. We became closer sexually,” she said. 

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Sarah learned so much from their first session that she wants to pass on to future clients:

“Number one, it’s so important that you’re not nervous and you just let go. You can tell the differences in my first couple boudoir and our second one- and it’s because I wasn’t nervous the second time and just let go! Number two, TRUST Mike. He’s going to pose you. He’s going to tell you to how to look good. The man can’t take a bad picture – I don’t care how you think you look. He’s brilliant. Number three, I would bring one or two outfits max, and they really don’t have to be super intricate. Some of his sexiest pictures are just bra and underwear. And definitely his nudes are the ones that really shine. The hardest part of the whole thing will be picking the pictures you want to keep and ones you want to exclude! I always want to keep every one of them.” 

Sarah has now shot with the studio four times and Jon three. In addition to couples boudoir, they’ve done headshots, solo boudoir, and calendar sessions. 

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For the first couples boudoir session, the couple got a box of matted prints, which are hanging in their private bedroom. They have albums for Sarah’s solo shot and for their second boudoir session. 

“I have another shoot coming up in December for the calendar and I’m not sure what I’m going to do for that one! I think the wall artwork is beautiful,” says Sarah.

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The couple says they are thankful and fortunate to have such visual reminders of their love, as well as fond memories of the process. 

“I’m so excited we will have these pictures to remember us as lovers and not just as a married couple or parents. They’ll remind us of such an important part of our relationship and love and not a lot of people get to have a visual reminder of that,” says Jon.

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Sarah agrees. “You will enjoy your experience with Mike, and he will make you look and feel beautiful, no matter where you are in your life at the moment. It’s an experience you’ll treasure forever and won’t ever forget.”

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If you’re ready to get your own visual reminder of you and your partner’s love for each other, book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Adventurous Couple Tries Boudoir for the First Time

Since Sarah and Scott met 10 years ago while playing an online world domination game, it’s only fitting to say the couple has celebrated a decade of domination together!

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“We have been married for four short years but our 10 years together, since meeting on the Evony game, have been what we both refer to as a Decade of Domination as we continue our quest to ‘take over the world’ in real life,” says Sarah. 

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Their relationship began as just casual conversation while playing Evony, a multiplayer online game set in the European medieval time period. They chatted mostly about gameplay at first, but soon their conversation grew more personal. For the first four months, Sarah and Scott felt a strong connection without even knowing what one another looked like!

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“Since it was online we had never seen each other so our attraction was based on communication alone. After about four months we agreed to exchange pics and neither of us were disappointed,” Sarah explained.

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Scott lived in Virginia Beach and Sarah lived in Pennsylvania so the two soon began a long distance relationship as their relationship began to blossom. 

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“After a year of spending periodic weekends together, we decided this was the relationship we had always been looking for and agreed to become exclusive and pursue a long distance relationship until one of us could relocate,” Sarah says.

It was challenging because they both had small children (Sarah has two girls from a previous relationship and Scott has a son) but despite the difficulties they made it through three years until Scott could relocate to Pennsylvania in 2014. Scott proposed to Sarah and the two were married in September 2016.

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“Since that first year that we met we have always had a very adventurous relationship. We have been to many places and experienced many wonderful things together. It seems like every challenge gets accepted and we are both very competitive so it can sometimes be super interesting but it is always exciting and memorable,” Sarah says. 

Keeping that adventurous relationship in mind, as the couple’s anniversary began to creep up, Sarah discovered Allebach Photography and thought a couple’s photo session would make an exciting anniversary gift to one another. 

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“Since our anniversary was in September I suggested to Scott that we should look into a couple’s photo shoot and asked for his feedback. He agreed that it could be fun so we decided to schedule a time and dedicate it to each other as an anniversary gift.”

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The drive to the studio brought on much excitement and anticipation for the two of them, and “the actual shoot was also exciting, passionate, and adventurous.”

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Sarah brought a couple of different outfits, but nothing “too crazy or outlandish” as that’s not their style. They went for  “moderately conservative” while being “very open to suggestions and direction.” 

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While they may be an outgoing couple, Sarah admits she did have some nerves before the session. 

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“I think I was more nervous about the shoot than he was but it turned out to be a perfect day and we both had a great time. They say time flies when you’re having fun…well, the three hours went by so fast and we felt extremely comfortable and very relaxed the entire time,” she says. 

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It’s hard to say which part of the day was their favorite, from the beautiful drive to the studio, to the shoot itself, to the final reveal of their photos, Sarah says the entire experience made for one of their favorite memories of their relationship. 

“In the end, I feel that this session was a benefit to our relationship. While experiencing the shoot and reviewing the pics afterwards it definitely sparked a fire within our relationship. Not that we ever had any issues romantically but the passion has risen to the point that it feels like we are a new couple again. The review and selection of the pics was awesome and inspiring because I don’t think we consider ourselves daily to be as romantic and engaged as was captured in the pictures. That was very refreshing. This experience has been wonderful and my husband and I will always cherish these memories.”

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After their session with us, we can say with confidence that Sarah and Scott are ready to dominate their next 10 years just as well as their first!

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Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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One of the Best Moments of my Life. A Couples Boudoir Story

They say opposites attract and in many ways that’s exactly why Crystal and Aaron work so well together. 

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“I have an adventurous, spontaneous spirit and he is the calm laid back gamer that grounds me,” says Crystal. 

Crystal and Aaron met 23 years ago, in high school and have been married for seven of those years. Together they have three children and three crazy dogs.

“He’ll tell you it was love at first sight, but he would be referring to my ass! I didn’t notice him at first – he was playing video games in the corner of the pool hall. We were there with mutual friends so when our paths finally crossed that night and we first talked we became inseparable,” says Crystal. 

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Because she’s gotten to know her husband so well over the years she decided to keep the couples boudoir session a surprise until she’d already booked it.

“This was all my idea,” Crystal says, laughing. “My husband had no clue I set this up until after the appointment was set. I knew he wouldn’t go for it if I gave him a choice! This is totally out of his comfort zone but totally my kinda thing.”

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Crystal first discovered Allebach Photography when she was considering doing a solo boudoir session for Aaron as a surprise gift for his birthday. 

“I just never had the nerve to go through with it. About a year or two ago I came across Allebach Photography on Facebook, joined the group and just loved everything, the photos, the reactions of everyone after their sessions. It all just kinda put me at ease – I knew I found the right place,” she explained. 

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Just as she was about to schedule her solo boudoir session, the world shut down due to Covid so her plan was unfortunately put on hold for a little until, Crystal says “one day I saw a post for the model call on Facebook, but even better for me the model call was for couples. So I sent the email to Allebach Photography and a few days later I had an email back and an appointment set up for my session to be on my birthday! I was so excited!”

When the day of the session finally came, Aaron was very nervous on the drive over to the studio but admitted that, “once we arrived Mike welcomed us, made us very comfortable and eased our nerves before we got started.”

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Crystal went right into hair and makeup with Katherine (what girl doesn’t love that?) and the couple continued to relax. 

“She made me look and feel absolutely amazing and my husband definitely loved it! Once we were ready for Mike time just seemed to fly by. We started off a little nervous but that slowly faded away and before you knew it we were just having fun and being ourselves. Mike was pretty awesome, he made the whole experience from start to finish comfortable and fun, it really exceeded all my expectations,” says Crystal. 

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Aaron agreed, adding, “He had some great ideas for the shots and to be honest I was unsure of how some of them would come out, but he works some kind of magic so you fall in love with every shot he takes.”

Since the session landed on Crystal’s birthday she decided to make the session even  more fun by bringing a birthday cake. 

“It was probably the best idea I have ever had! So glad Mike was up for the idea because he made it even better then I imagined.”

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When the couple got to see their big reveal, Crystal nearly bawled. 

“Can I just tell you though, when sitting down watching the slideshow, I almost cried! The first couple photos were of us in our jeans and shirts just sitting and laughing together. I love how Mike captured those moments, it felt like the first time I saw us…it was amazing.”

Some of the couple’s favorite photos are from the “red room,” the birthday cake shots, and the photos the couple took in the stairwell. They took their favorites and designed an album. 

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“The memories we got from our session will be in my to 10 greatest moments, forever. I mean honestly, what better why to spend your birthday!” Crystal said. 

“Even after 23 years together, this whole experience has helped bring us even closer together,” Aaron said.  

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Ready to experience one of your own top 10 greatest moments of all time? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Is Couples Boudoir Right for Us? One Couple’s Story

Matt and Jodi: High School Sweethearts Keep the Flame Burning

Jodi and Matt met in their sophomore year of high school and are still going strong 15 years later. 

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After 10 combined years in the Marines, marriage, and three amazing kiddos, the couple was looking for a unique way to keep the romance going in their relationship when they came across our studio. 

“We are always searching for ways to keep the flame burning in our love life. We always had a tendency to go a bit farther with things than the average couple would so I asked one day of she ever considered having someone take sexy photos of us just for fun,” Matt said. 

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To his surprise, Jodi responded with an enthusiastic yes and together the two began to do some research. 

“Immediately we were pulled into the amazing work of Mike,” the couple said. 

Jodi got the ball rolling, she called the studio and before they knew it, “we were lined up for a stranger take pictures of us in the most intimate of ways and we were beyond excited,” she said. 

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When the day of their session finally arrived they were both so nervous, but so excited. 

After being “blown away by the amazing artwork on display” in the entrance, Jodi was led to get hair and makeup done. 

“Within an hour a goddess of a woman came walking back out. Her makeup was amazing,” said Matt. What was even better was that sitting back in hair and makeup allowed Jodi to really relax before getting started. 

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Then it was go time. 

“Mike grabbed his camera and it was go time! I remember feeling nervous at first but Mike calmed us both down and gave steady guidance for us. Not only was he lining us for a great shot but he was also lining up our emotions to each other. Hot and heavy as more and more clothes came off and before I knew it, we were all but naked! The crazy part was that it was so incredibly right and comfortable.” Matt said. 

The photo shoot ended with their hearts pounding and minds racing. They collected their attire and were taken upstairs while they waited for their “big reveal.” While they waited, they snacked and played a few of the relationship games laid out on the table. 

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“It instantly opened up our emotions and both of us had tears a pure love and passion as we asked each other these questions in this game,” Jodi said. 

Mike soon came up and presented them with their photos from the day.  

“I don’t think I took a breath the entire time we were watching the playback of them. Picking the photos we wanted was pretty close to impossible because all of them were so captivating,” said Matt.

The couple narrowed it down to the ones they loved the most and ordered an album with the intention of ordering wall art soon. Afterwards, since they live about four hours from the studio, they rented a hotel and turned the trip it into a mini vacation.

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It’s been 7 days since the photo shoot and the couple says fireworks in their marriage have not stopped exploding.

“Mike not only provided us with amazing pictures that will last a lifetime but more of a profound, rejuvenated, love and passion for each other. It opened every door we needed to be opened and we can’t wait to call Mike again and schedule our next session!”

Ready to see some fireworks with your partner? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Couples Boudoir For The First Time (Everything You Need To Know Right Now)

Hey there! I’m Christine and a few of you might recognize me as I’ve been writing for the Allebach Photography Blog now for the past couple of years. Today I’m here to tell my own Couples Boudoir story, as my husband and I finally got to do our very own session with Mike recently.

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But first, let me back up. I’ve followed Allebach Photography for several years now, well before I started helping out with the blog, and while I’ve always found Mike’s work to be mind-blowingly impressive, I never quite saw myself as one of his typical clientele. I have no tattoos. I’ve never colored my hair a funky shade. The most exotic piercing I’ve got is my nose ring. What I’m trying to say is I’m not exactly edgy. And if I’m not then my husband, Evan, certainly isn’t! 

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Evan and I met my summer out of college when a mutual friend invited me over to a party Evan was hosting at his new apartment. In actuality, this mutual friend invited me in the hopes of having me all to himself, but instead I was drawn to the host, who was playing beer pong and making goofy faces as he danced. There was something just so carefree and confident about him – he was the perfect balance between attractive and approachable. 

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To our mutual friend’s disappointment, we hit it off and within a few weeks we were exclusive. Though we came from different familial backgrounds we connected so well, first with our common interests and later with our shared values and perspectives on life. A quick three years later that mutual friend was toasting us at our wedding as Evan’s Best Man!

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Last year we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by hitting up the Harry Potter Festival Pub Crawl in the Philly neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. But this year, I wanted things to be different. Writing everyone’s fabulous Couples Boudoir stories made me realize that many of the couples Mike photographs have the same thoughts that have run through my head. I’m not edgy enough, I’m not skinny enough, I’m not pretty enough, I’m not kinky enough. Blah Blah Blah. 

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I realized that these were excuses. I was looking for a fun, unique and intimate way to celebrate my relationship with my husband. Since we had our son nearly two years ago, I’ve found it very difficult to redirect my attention to Evan. By the end of the day we’re so exhausted from working and taking care of our son that we’re lucky if we can get through an episode of Game of Thrones together before passing out. I didn’t want to just settle for a night out to dinner, I wanted an experience that we would remember for years to come. 

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Some of our experiences in the past have included travel but with the CO-VID pandemic on top of having a baby, we were even more restricted in our options this year, which is why a Couples Boudoir session was even more appealing to us! 

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The day of our session I woke up SO EXCITED. I hadn’t felt a rush of excitement and nervous butterflies like that in so long and it actually reminded me a little of those pre wedding jitters I got on my wedding day. I checked and double-checked the outfits I’d packed, we picked up a bottle of champagne, dropped off our son and headed to the studio. 

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Once there I went straight into hair and makeup, where I got to meet the amazingly talented Katherine. She made me feel immediately at ease. While she curled my hair, her, Evan and I chatted easily about our favorite local Middle Eastern spots and horror shows. Evan popped open our bottle of champagne and we raised our glasses. Katherine worked with me to make sure that we were enhancing what was already there, not covering me up. By the end I felt drop dead gorgeous, but still myself!

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It was time to get shooting. I couldn’t stop looking around at the studio- the rich textures and colors just took my breath away. We started with me in a white lace dress and my husband in a navy blue suit and tie. I figured why not start off with more clothes and then work our way down as we grew more comfortable! We stood there looking into each other’s eyes and clinking our glasses of champagne, one of our favorite photos we’d later come to see. 

It was such a relief to let Mike take the reins at that point. We trusted him completely as he directed us into our various poses, staged setups and wardrobe changes. The music played and he got into pro mode while we just got to hold and kiss each other. I felt a little self-conscious at moments (like when I put on my bodysuit that bares my whole ass or when Mike would prompt me to stick my butt out) but beautiful at the same time, if that makes sense. Evan, as always, was completely calm and collected, and I think his easy demeanor definitely helped me. Though the whole session was my idea in the first place, I think I was the more nervous of us two but during the session I felt like I was in a trance. We were so in the moment with each other. There were moments where it didn’t even feel like we were in a studio, it felt like we were in our own bedroom. Towards the end Mike mentioned that if we’d like we could remove our clothes. I hadn’t actually decided up until that point where I wanted to but I decided to fling off my bra and we took some of my favorite photos then of the two of us. 

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The album is absolutely stunning, it honestly might be one of my now most treasured possessions. If our house was burning down I would reach for it in a heartbeat! In all seriousness, I’m having trouble finding the words to convey how gorgeous it is, from the design and quality of the leather bound album itself, to the beautifully posed images on the pages themselves. I cannot believe the people in those photos are us, but it is. Our wall art is gorgeous as well, and is going to hang right above our mantel where our friends and family can see, but the album feels like our own secret gift for each other.  

As we left our session I looked at my husband and knew that I didn’t even have to ask if he’d had a good time, his face said it all. I can already imagine us in 20 years looking back at these photos and saying, “that was us, look how happy and in love we were/still are!” Best. Anniversary. Gift. Ever. 

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What should I expect during my Couples Boudoir Session?

Your Couples Boudoir experience with Allebach Photography can be broken down into several badass pieces:

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First, we’ll set up a phone call where we’ll get to learn a little more about you and your partner and what this experience will mean to the both of you. Not only will this give us the tools to capture your own unique relationship, it’s also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have. 

The day of your session you’ll arrive at our newly renovated 1850s Loft Studio ready to kick back and be pampered. We’ll introduce you the incredibly talented hair and makeup artists that are going to work with you to create a look that captures your inner rock star.  

“I loved that it started with getting my hair and make up done for me, because who doesn’t love getting pampered? But even better, the beautician he has on site is not only talented, but a wonderful person. It’s nice to know from the moment you walk in you’re going to be around pleasant people who want you to be comfortable,” says Antonia, who recently did a couples session with her husband, Tim. 

For the first hour you’ll get hair and makeup done while we energize you with coffee, espresso and tea. If you’d like, you’re more than welcome to bring beer or champagne. 

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Now the fun really begins!

Many couples bring several wardrobe pieces and during your session, you’ll be free to get as dressed or as undressed as you’d like. We encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone but it is not something you are required to do. This, after all, is about you. That said, we do have a bell you get to ring if you do get fully naked! 

During your session, will use our expertise to guide you through poses, but within moments you’ll barely even notice us there. 

“We ended up having a blast with Mike and the photo shoot. He made us feel so comfortable and at ease, that we just lost ourselves in each other. We had such a fun time changing outfits, taking Mike’s direction for photo shots, and creating our own spin on several photos we ended up taking and buying. We really let ourselves get into the moment and at times forgot Mike was even there taking photos of us during some of our most vulnerable and somewhat intimate moments,” says Michelle, who recently did a Couples Boudoir session with her husband Ron.  

Once your session is complete, we’ll bring out some snacks so you can take a break and unwind while we go behind the scenes to create a beautiful presentation of your photographs. 

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The Big Photo Reveal & Boudoir Artwork Design

In our cinematic reveal room, you get to see a slideshow of everything you did and everything you achieved. You will get to relive those feelings and emotions and empowerment! And together, with your photographer, you will get to design the artwork you will cherish in your home, and in those sacred spaces, forever!

“Mike really captured the love between us, and I treasure seeing how we look at each other in those pictures. The pictures now hang proudly in our bedroom always reminding us how sexy we are and how much love we hold for each other, and sometimes you just need those little things to put things in perspective,” says Amy, a client that recently did a Couples session with her husband Tim. 

This experience is designed specifically to cater to you and what you want to get out of it. It’s not about us. You deserve to feel empowered. Your strength deserves to be honored. Your story deserves to be told. 

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Finding and Celebrating Love After Separation

Ron and Michelle are the perfect example of finding love after a painful breakup or divorce.  

The two met years ago through mutual friends but at the time were each in their own respective relationships. Though they sensed an attraction, they never acted on anything until both relationships ended; Ron ended his and Michelle left an emotionally abusive marriage. 

“We found ourselves leaning on one another due to the similar struggles we were both having trying to rebuild our lives,” Ron explains. 

That friendship and connection would soon grow into something more After years of checking each other out from afar, the two eventually spent their first night together. 

“It was absolutely amazing, both physically and emotionally. There was such an immediate connection for both of us in every way,” Michelle says. 

Initially, Michelle joked that Ron would be her “hit and quit,” neither of them intended for anything more serious to develop.

“We now so lovingly say our “stupid feelings” got in the way of all that! We loved that term so much that Michelle had it engraved on the inside of my wedding ring,” said Ron. 

From there there was no stopping the couple; they continued to fall in love with each other and Ron was seamlessly integrated in Michelle’s family, of which she has three children. 

“The kids accepted me quickly and soon we found ourselves enjoying the company of each other and the kids. I also found myself falling in love with the kids just as much as I had fallen for Michelle,” says Ron.

“Ron has also loved the kids and treated them like his own which is something every single mom will tell you is absolutely everything,” says Michelle. “

After all these years we truly have created a loving family of our own. We have both said that our one regret in this relationship is that we didn’t have the chance to meet each other sooner in life and grow a family together from early on.”

Ron continues, “Our love is something that we both had always wanted and imagined a love was supposed to be. However, as is usually the case, life has its own plan for you and you just end up settling for what you have at the time. Which is exactly what we both did for so long. In my case that settling left me wanting a partner that not only fulfilled me physically but emotionally as well. In Michelle’s case it left her damaged and broken in many ways after years of psychological abuse.”

When Michelle came across one of our model calls for a Couples Boudoir Session social media, she decided she really wanted to capture her love with Ron and all it represented. While Ron admits he was a little reluctant at first he says it was Michelle who was the more nervous of the two going into their session. 

“Even though I believe that she is amazing in every way, she struggles to see in herself what I do,” he explained. 

Michelle says that Mike, along with Ron’s calming presence immediately calmed her. 

“We ended up having a blast with Mike and the photo shoot. He made us feel so comfortable and at ease, that we just lost ourselves in each other. We had such a fun time changing outfits, taking Mike’s direction for photo shots, and creating our own spin on several photos we ended up taking and buying. We really let ourselves get into the moment and at times forgot Mike was even there taking photos of us during some of our most vulnerable and somewhat intimate moments,” said Michelle.   

As far as a twist, Ron surprised Michelle by bringing two football jerseys. 

“My family grew up in South Philly, so naturally I am a die hard Eagles fan.  Michelle is a transplant from Chicago, so naturally she’s a Bears fan!  I brought both an Eagles and Bears jersey which we took photos in,” he said. 

The couple cried when they sat down to view their photos afterwards. 

“Michelle and I both couldn’t believe that it was actually us in those pictures. We are just your average couple with many flaws. But through the photos we saw exactly what each other finds so incredible about the other person,” said Ron. 

Though it was difficult to pair down their favorites, the couple purchased an album. 

“It was very hard to continue to narrow down the photos because all of them were so great.  But in the end we agreed we picked our most favorite ones. Some of our favorite photos were me on my knees kneeling before Ron, the sensual kisses from behind by Ron on my back and neck, and of course the football jerseys photos!” says Michelle.  

After all said and done, the experience was amazing, sensual, loving and fun.  

“Mike is truly an artist with his photos!  We would say we came away closer, and even more into our love for one another then before this experience. It’s hard to put into words what the experience brings to your relationship, but Mike really does an awesome job making you feel relaxed and let you be yourselves and show your love for one another in the most organic way possible,” says Michelle. 

After they were finished, the couple both signed the bathroom wall with their feelings. 

“My message left to others was, ” Stay In The Moment, Stay Into Yourselves, Stay In Love.” We think that sums up the entire experience perfectly!  We came away with such great memories, fantastic artwork, and an experience that we never could have expected would be so beautiful!  We are so happy we did this!” Ron says.

“The only thing we want to get out there to others thinking about doing this is that you don’t need to be a model, skinny, or perfect to be photographed in your best light!  Be who you are and love who you are, both individually and together!  Show the world your love and screw what everyone else like ‘one star Cheryl’ may think of you!”

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Christine Wolkin is a freelance writer and writes for Allebach Photography. Learn more about our studio at Allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920.

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Family Moms

Celebrate Breastfeeding

Hello! I’m Erika, a mother of two breast and bottle fed children. I remember thinking, early on in both pregnancies, how badly I wanted to breastfeed for the first year of my children’s lives. It was a journey I knew would be difficult, but it was one I was committed to.

Neither of my kids made it to 6 months. It was REALLY hard to keep up with, even with pumping constantly. My biggest challenge was, I had no time off. No real maternity leave at my previous job. With my first born, I had only 6 paid days off, then I had to work from home 32 hours a week. I tried to breastfeed at my desk but it was almost impossible to keep up with.

With no government mandated support for paid maternity leave, I had no choice but to end my journey with breastfeeding in order to keep my sanity. And my second born was no different.

So why am I telling you all of this? This isn’t to get you to feel bad for me. Not at all. My children are healthy and I kept my sanity with the decisions I made.

I am posting this because it’s World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. I want to honor all of the mamas out there on their breastfeeding journey. I want to help normalize breastfeeding, end the stigma of doing so in public spaces, and donate to a cause that is working to support mothers from pregnancy through their child’s second birthday, via 1000 Days.

“The first 1,000 days are a time of tremendous potential and enormous vulnerability. How well or how poorly mothers and children are nourished and cared for during this time has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive. This is because the first 1,000 days are when a child’s brain begins to grow and develop and when the foundations for their lifelong health are built.

Studies show that countries that fail to invest in the well-being of women and children in the first 1,000 days lose billions of dollars to lower economic productivity and higher health costs. It is why several of the world’s leading economists have called for greater investments in the nutrition and well-being of mothers, babies, and toddlers as a way to create brighter and more prosperous futures for us all.

Through the month of August, we will be donating $100 per breastfeeding/family session booked to 1000 Days to support their mission investing in the well-being of mothers and their children.

Share your journey with me!
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Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Weddings by Allebach Photography

Hello! I’m Erika, family photographer and studio manager at Allebach Photography. I’m not sure if you knew this or not, but I’ve also been a wedding photographer for over 10 years!

I remember, when I was just a little baby photographer in school, being terrified at the thought of photographing someone’s wedding! So.Much.Pressure!!

But it turned out, after the first one, I had a knack for it. And not just a knack but a passion for it!

I just love people and being asked to capture a day as momentous as a wedding is the ultimate honor as an artist. I laugh and cry along with every single couple and family because I am just that involved in the day.

I’m not even sure I can pinpoint my favorites parts of the day, because every single detail is fun for me to capture. From the details of the dress while the bride gets her hair and makeup done, to every last expression of love and joy and excitement. I seriously love it all!

So, all of this said, if you’re newly engaged or know anyone getting married and haven’t found a photographer yet, I’m here! Ready to hear all about the biggest moments to the smallest details. http://www.meetme.so/erikaschoof

Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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Family North Wales

Capturing All of Life’s Moments

Nicole and Charlie were married in 2014, which is where they first heard of Allebach Photography. Mike got to spend the day with them, capturing all of those special moments that unfold on a wedding day.

Now, almost 6 years later, they have two beautiful daughters who love each other, only in a way that sisters can. (I should know… I have two beautiful sister of my own, as well as two daughters.)

The love Juniper and Iris have for each other is only rivaled by the love and affection Nicole and Charlie have for their girls and each other.

Seriously, how lucky am I to get to be a part of this family’s story? To know that the artwork we designed together will be displayed in their home for years to come gives me goosebumps.

Tell me about your family!
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Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here