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“That’s the year I fell in love with myself.”

Recently, Erika and Mike had the honor of photographing one of Allebach’s own, someone many of you will recognize through her work with us at the studio – the lovely Paige!

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“It seems as if Allebach Photography has always been a part of my life. 

Even before joining the Allebach Photography team a few years ago, Mike and I had crossed paths on more than one occasion and something just clicked. His people were my people. I enjoyed the freedom, fearlessness, and badassery of the brand from day one. From clients to staff and all of the people we meet in between – I can’t think of a better group.”

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Paige describes herself as an incredibly persistent and independent 26-year-old and, despite becoming recently engaged and being in the process of moving cross-country with her fiancé, she says her dog and two cats are the true loves of her life. 

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There, she hopes to find joy in being a professional dog-walker in a giant yellow raincoat while also advocating for families and couples to have the most enjoyable lives and understandings of each other as possible. 

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Though Paige enjoys sharing trivial facts about herself, there is a more serious issue she wanted to bring up. 

“The one thing that I think is important to bring to attention is the fact that I struggled with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia for the last 15 years of my life,” Paige revealed.  

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Since the end of 2020, she’s made a true effort to challenge her bad habits and finally begin to heal. 

Paige was talking with a close friend one night who was struggling with body image when she realized she was in a positive place for both her body and her mental health and ready to do her own boudoir session with Allebach. 

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“Really hearing myself speak honestly for the first time about how I felt about myself and how I got there…I felt powerful, I felt in control, and I felt hot as shit. Just giving advice that I realized I’d already taken myself…I had this realization that I didn’t hate my body the way I used to and I was so stoked about that.”

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She continued, “I remember wondering how I could ever have felt any other way except totally in love with my body. It’s gotten me through literally everything. It’s strong, and beautiful, and worthy, and all mine. I wanted something to commemorate not only that feeling of worthiness and respect, but also something to mark when it happened: something I could look back on and say, “Oh yeah! That’s the year I fell in love with myself.” After wasting more than half of my life on a mentally, physically, and emotionally debilitating disease – I was ready to have photos of the new beginning. Kind of like if you married your high school sweetheart and you go back and look at old photos of you in your first year of dating. I wanted that kind of memory of my love for myself down the road.”

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Paige’s session felt deeply unique and personal because not only was she celebrating her defeat against body dysmorphia, she was doing it with someone who had been by her side through some of the worst of it.  

“I think I was just as excited for Erika to photograph me as she was to do it. If there’s anything I can say about her, it’s that she’s just so genuinely caring and empathetic. I had a really rough year in 2020 (besides the obvious) and at the time, I shared some of this with her. I don’t think I’ve ever had the kind of support she offered me. When I was finally in front of the camera, it felt like I could almost feel the energy we were sharing. It felt like we were both screaming, “This is it, you did it! We did it! You’ve outplayed your bad hand and it’s only going up from here. This is healing. This is freedom,” said Paige. 

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 One of the things Paige did this year to help battle body dysmorphia and gain more comfort with her body was buy a bunch of lingerie and so for her session that’s exactly what she brought to her session.

“I mean. A BUNCH. And that’s what I wear around my house on the regs  (I live alone) or with my closest friends (why can’t we have lingerie parties and celebrate our bodies while also binging horror movies and drinking wine?). Seeing myself like that almost every day was definitely a huge boost to my self-confidence, self-respect, and self-love. So, the day of the session, I blindly grabbed a few outfits from the lingerie closet, and my roller blades, naturally.”

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Being back in the studio for Paige, on the other side of the experience, was truly a fun and comforting experience. 

“I’m always cold, but I felt totally comfortable the entire time. The session made me feel like I was having fun with my friends. From the hair and makeup artist all the way through to my reveal, I just felt like I was having an amazing time with my best friends. We were talking about music, cracking jokes, catching up – it felt like home.”

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When Paige saw her photos revealed, she tried hard to keep her composure.

“I was really trying not to be emotional, and I think I held it together pretty well. 

But my initial reaction was, ‘That’s fucking ME!’ Not in a ‘I-don’t-believe-it’ sort of way, but in a, ‘Yes! You captured me perfectly,’ kind of way,” she said. 

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Though she had complete confidence in Allebach’s mastery and talent after having seen so clients go through the process, Paige was surprised at how in her photos she looked not only like herself, but also sexy. 

“I am NOT a professional model, my face looks goofy more often than not, and I’m usually doing something weird just because. Each moment captured was exactly the person I am. I was also shocked by the sex-factor I gave off. I was never a sexy person. Or rather, I never felt like a sexy person. Cute? Yes. Adorable? Absolutely. Sexy? Nah. I felt as if I gained a sort of sex factor I was completely unaware of until now,” she said. 

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Paige chose an album with a velvet cover because 1.) Velvet, duh?! 2.) Because she’s a total bookroom and looking forward to proudly displaying her book among her favorites and 3.) After building so many in the past she’d always wanted one of her own.

“This session was also very much about me for me, and it’s something that I want to make sure I can speak to when I choose to share it versus someone happening to notice it on a wall. That and I knew I’d be back for couples boudoir and some serious wall art,” she explained.

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 Since her session Paige has been much more relaxed with herself. 

“I’ve accepted that the issue I occasionally face isn’t with my body at all – but my brain. And it’s really helpful to look back on my photos and remember that I chose them for a reason. That I felt and still feel beautiful in them. And if there’s a reason I don’t feel that way today, it’s all in my head and we can let it take up some room until it passes.”

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Though Paige is moving cross-country and has phased out of working with Allebach Photography, she says she has and always will be a strong advocate for the studio and its crew.

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“Aside from the quality experience you’ll receive, the people are phenomenal. They CARE. They actually care. When I flipped through my album and started tearing up, so did Erika. Like it’s blatantly obvious this isn’t just your everyday photography business. There’s so much emotion and passion that goes into what is done at that studio with that team. There are plenty of people out there who take good photos. These people do that too, but in a life-changing sort of way. “

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To book your own boudoir session with Allebach Photography, call 610.539.6920 or visit http://allebachphotography.com/contact/ 

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I Am Who I Am – Love It or Leave It

We’re always honored when our clients tell us how beautiful and confident we’ve made them feel, but it breaks our hearts that so many of them tell us that this is the FIRST time they’ve ever felt this way. 

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“I’ve been overweight literally since birth. I’ve never been able to keep weight off no matter how hard I tried and I was constantly bullied for it. My entire life, I was told that big equals bad and gross and ugly. People in media never looked like me. I was bullied from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I was the “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Even my family would always tell me, ‘You’d be so pretty if you lost weight,’” says Janet, who is literally one of the sweetest people we’ve ever met and recently did a solo boudoir session with us. 

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“I guess at some point, I made peace with that being the truth. I saw being attractive and being overweight are mutually exclusive states of being. I felt that because of my physical size, I deserved to be less of an actual person. I have almost no pictures of me because I just see how big and wrong I am in them.”

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Janet, who is 42 and has held the same job for almost 20 years, says she’s always put others first before herself. 

“It took me 13 years to earn my BA because I kept taking breaks to help care for loved ones. We lost my mom to cancer in 2018, and I’m the person who ended up caring for her for the month she was on at home hospice. I definitely embrace the mom/caretaker role. So much so that it trickles into my friendships,” says Janet, adding that one of her favorite things to do is just hang out at home with her friends and cook them their favorite meals. “I try to keep a warm and inviting atmosphere.”

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In 2004, Janet entered into an emotionally abusive relationship that thankfully she has since left. 

“I know now I was only there because I settled. I was at my biggest weight when we married in 2007 and I was convinced I had no worth and nobody else would want me. I had RNY gastric bypass in 2009 at the suggestion of a reproductive specialist. I got pregnant in 2010 and gained back the 80lbs I had previously lost – but I also gained an incredible miracle baby, my daughter, Emma,” she says.

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As the years went by, Janet’s ex began to grow violent.

“I realized I didn’t even like the man I was with, let alone love him. I threw him out in February 2015.”

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Janet is now happily engaged and lives with her and her fiancé in the house she grew up in. 

When Janet saw an ad for Allebach Photography and our solo boudoir sessions, she says she realized it was time to see herself through someone else’s perspective. 

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Her best friend helped convince her that not only did she deserve this, but that since “there was no way she was going to get nude” that it would be no different from a vacation picture in a bathing suit!

Janet says she was shocked by “how comfortable I was wearing next to nothing in front of two strangers. And although I loved some more than others, there was not one picture of me I hated (a huge change of pace for me).”

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She continued, “I thought I was going to be too reserved and awkward to pose correctly. I thought I’d feel funny and not get any good shots. I was so very wrong. Mike and Erika had me at ease and posing like a pro in no time flat.”

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Janet could barely believe she was looking at herself when she saw her photos. She looked like a beautiful, take charge badass! 

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“I was at a very low point with self esteem and seeing my artwork really helped. It’s for sure a HUGE confidence booster. Even during the session itself. I can’t remember the last time I got so many compliments.”

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She continues, “This experience absolutely changed the way I see myself. I wasn’t gross. I was just different. I conveyed confidence, charisma and charm. Dare I say, even sexiness. Do I have a ‘normal’ body? I sure don’t. But for the first time, it clicked. Different is not bad or gross or ugly. Different is the way I live every other area of my life. It took me a while to get there, but I embrace being different. All of my idiosyncrasies are what makes me who I am – love it or leave it. So now it’s time to think about the outside the way I think about the inside. It’s time to start feeling less than and time to start wielding confidence. I won’t get there overnight, but for the first time, I think I’m moving in the right direction. There is no way I’d be here if I wouldn’t have done boudoir.”

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Having trouble seeing your own inner beauty? We want to help show you what you’re missing! Book your solo session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Beautiful, Powerful and Sexy, Inside and Out

Melissa is still reeling over the solo boudoir session she had with us the other day. 

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“It’s still pretty fresh, but over the past 24 hours I’ve been reflecting and looking at myself differently. I have found a new appreciation for myself. I always said my beauty was on the inside but I felt so beautiful and powerful and sexy when looking at my photos,” says Melissa, who not only works as a digital marketer, but as a chef at an Italian restaurant and is a published poet. 

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A mother of two teenagers, Melissa has spent the last few years focusing hard-core on self-love. 

“Somewhere along the way, I had lost myself. As I became a wife and mother, I started to forget about giving myself the proper love and care. Before I knew it, I didn’t even recognize myself anymore,” she shared with us. 

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Like so many of us, Melissa had developed some insecurities over her body and self image (which can be hard to believe when you think of all that she’s accomplished over the years!). She found herself being super critical of herself and self conscious about the weight she’d gained over the past several years. 

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Luckily, a friend of hers introduced her to the Allebach Photography VIP Facebook group, and from there she fell in love, both with the content as well as with herself. 

“I read about all the wonderful experiences that people were having and I was super intrigued!”

So Melissa decided to take the plunge and schedule a solo session with us. 

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She was so excited and nervous!

“I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt silly for being so nervous because Erika and Mike made me feel comfortable. I had so much fun. It was weird for me to let people make something all about me. I’m usually the one catering to others.”

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Melissa brought with her pieces to wear that she never thought she would have the guts to wear in front of anyone. She even surprised herself by how quickly she was willing to get naked in front of the camera!

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At her photo reveal, “I teared up a little. The reveal was very moving. I had never seen myself in this way before. I chose images for my album that I can look back on to remind myself how awesome and beautiful I am. I want to order some wall art!” she said. 

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Melissa had not only kind words for herself, but for us too!

“I just want to thank Mike and Erika for this experience. For helping me look at myself more positively and helping me appreciate my curves! They really are invested in helping you see yourself. I mean really seeing yourself and appreciating your body. They are always kind and a lot of fun!”

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For anyone considering a solo session, Melissa urges them to give it a shot. 

“I would say stop thinking and just do it! Life is too short to deny yourself such a healing and unique experience. Life is about experiences and adventures. “

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Let us help you see the real you too! Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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What is the meaning of Boudoir?

The word boudoir comes from the French term for woman’s bedroom. In this article, we will discuss what a boudoir shoot is and why it may be beneficial to consider doing one.

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Here is some background. The word boudoir is derived from the French verb bouder, which means “to sulk.” Boudoirs were originally designed as private rooms for women to withdraw to in order to be secluded and away from family members. Many people think of a boudoir as a bedroom or sitting room with feminine decor. Some people use their boudoirs to store clothes they wear only occasionally – this is called storage space that’s hidden from public view.

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Boudoir is a French word that means “woman’s bedroom.” In the United States it has come to refer to the act of taking sexy photos and getting them developed into prints, or doing this for someone else. There are many reasons people might take boudoir photos, including as an anniversary gift for their partner, as a self-esteem boost before they go on vacation with friends, or just because it sounds like fun! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about how we can help make your boudoir photo session even more memorable! Clients travel from around the US to our studio in the suburbs of Philadephia for their boudoir photography session!

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We know it’s tricky to say the word boudoir. The word boudoir can be pronounced in a few different ways. The most common way to pronounce it is “boo-dwahr”. It can also be pronounced “bood-war”, or even, “buudaw-yuh”. Let’s explore why this type of photography is becoming more popular in today’s society. 

The idea of boudoir photography may seem foreign at first but we are going to break down what exactly it entails and why so many women are opting for this type of shoot these days. 

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We know that you may be hesitant to take a boudoir photo shoot. But at the end of the day, what is more important than feeling confident and beautiful? If you’re ready to feel sexy again, we can help with your Boudoir photoshoot needs. Contact Allebach Photography today for an appointment!

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When it comes to boudoir photo sessions, the benefits are endless. The end result is a beautifully curated set of images that can be used for personal use or shared with someone special in your life. If you’ve been considering getting some boudoir photos done but haven’t yet taken the plunge, we hope this blog post has helped persuade you into taking action! Our studio is located near Philadelphia and New Jersey.

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We offer an array of services and packages so there’s something perfect for everyone and any budget. See more boudoir photos here. Contact us at hello@allebachphotography.com or 610.539.6920 today to schedule your appointment at one of our studios near you! Join our facebook group to hear about boudoir photography from our clients!

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“I am beautiful exactly the way I am and nothing can change my mind”

Zoe budgeted for her solo boudoir session with us and says it was worth every penny!

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“Back in December I decided not to go with Allebach Photography because of the cost. I was still paying monthly for school so I couldn’t afford it at that time,” says Zoe. 

“That was my biggest obstacle. However when a chance came up to be a model and do a session that way it was a no brainer because of how incredible the work is! It is worth the money!”

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Not only did Zoe budget her finances accordingly for the session, she also budgeted her time.  This girl is busy; she’s not only a firefighter and an EMT but a nursing student as well! 

“I have also been a waitress since the time I could walk because of a family business and it has taught me many personable qualities and a hard work ethic. I tend to overwork myself and put all my energy into other people so I got into doing this session for myself!”

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Last semester she’d had an entire class on self-care and it made her realize the better she takes care of herself the more she can help others without feeling so drained. We’re thrilled that boudoir sessions are quickly becoming all the rage in the self-care world!

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From the moment she walked in Zoe says she was so excited because of all the awesome set options there were in the space. 

“I was completely unsure of what the session would be like and all I knew was that I would leave feeling beautiful. I was really happy that Erika was there because a woman being your hype girl is the BEST possible thing to have genuine pictures that you feel good about. No offense to men, but it’s just something about compliments from a woman that means more.”

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Zoe brought a Calvin Klein outfit with and paired with a colored leather jacket and lace up heels. 

“This outfit was my absolute favorite because it was sporty and edgy and made me feel sexy in more of an athletic way without being too exposed. I’ve always been on more of the conservative side so it was very comfortable and the colors looked amazing in the various sets!”

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She also brought a high waisted red and black heart two-piece lace set with her, the perfect balance between elegant and romantic. 

Though she had a blast during her session being pampered like a true queen and model, Zoe says her favorite part was the big reveal. 

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“When I first saw my photos my jaw literally dropped. I was so blown away with how amazing I looked. I couldn’t believe it was truly me. I felt like with each scroll I got more and more excited and happy. I never thought I could feel that way about my own body. You always see the models on Instagram and think wow if only I looked like that…. BUT I DID!” 

She continued, “My favorite part of the experience was hands down seeing my photos. It was like a cinematic premiere and all I was missing was popcorn! You never know how the photos are turning out as they are taking them so seeing the end result is astonishing and reliving.”

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Zoe wanted to choose every single photo, but she wisely stuck to her budget and selected a few of her very favorites. 

“I decided to go with photos that highlighted different pieces of myself and made me feel not only comfortable showing others but blown away with my figure, features and outfits.”

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 Since her session, Zoe finds herself no longer comparing herself to others on social media sites like the Gram. 

“My life was impacted in the way that I’m not constantly comparing myself to others anymore. After seeing myself on the jumbo screen I can say I AM that girl on Instagram. I am beautiful exactly the way I am and nothing can change my mind,” she said.  

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To those thinking about booking a session Zoe says, “If you have the money to spend it is worth it! And if not budget some money monthly in order to make it happen later! The amount of power and happiness it brings you seeing yourself in that way is the finest form of self-care when it comes to body image and insecurities. Everyone needs a little self-care in their lives and everyone should do a boudoir shoot. It was a perfect opportunity! And so worth it.”

Convinced yet? Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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“I Am A Strong and Confident Woman”

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Bobbi Jo’s recent solo boudoir experience has not only given her a new perspective on herself, but on her relationship as well. 

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“A few days after my session I found out my husband had utterly betrayed my trust. He’s had innumerable affairs over the years, but this time what he did was unforgivable,” Bobbi Jo shared with us. 

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“Before my session I would have accepted it, like I have for years. But no more. Seeing myself as a sexy, confident, STRONG woman awoke something in me. I’m worth so much more. I deserve so much more. I AM a strong and confident woman and it’s about time I acknowledge it!”

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The mom of two beautiful boys admits life can get so busy, she can forget about herself sometimes. Not only is she a mother, she is also the owner/baker of Renegade Baking Company, as well as an elementary school administrator. 

“I rediscovered a side of myself that I had almost forgotten. I’m strong, I’m confident, I’m sexy. I deserve the best in life and I’m not letting anything stand in my way,” she said. 

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Bobbi Jo is a repeat customer of Allebach Photography. Before her first session with us, she admitted she was scared.

“For my first shoot I was petrified! Body image is something I struggle with constantly,” she explained.  

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Having a session with us before this one, allowed her to feel completely at ease with the process, minus just a little voice nagging her in the back of her mind. 

“There were some nerves. What if I’m off my game today? What if I end up hating the way I look? That sort of thing.”

She quickly put those thoughts aside though, as she reminded herself she felt complete trust in our abilities! “Allebach has THE BEST photos out there, hands down!”

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Bobbi was surprised at how immediately comfortable she felt. 

“I figured I’d take some time to get into things, but nope, instant comfort.”

She brought plenty for us to work with, a corset and jeans, a strappy black number, a burgundy bodysuit, a bra and thong, and of course her best outfit, just herself!

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By the end she felt like a rockstar, an absolute goddess and a total badass! 

“Mike and Erika are hands down the best at what they do. The images they create are top notch. You won’t get an experience like this anywhere else. I know there are boudoir photographers popping up everywhere, but there’s something to be said about experience and personality. They’re so easy going, so relatable, so encouraging, and it shows in the art they create,” Bobbi Jo says. 

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When she first saw her images, she cried. 

“It’s so empowering to see yourself as others see you. We pick out our flaws so often, that we forget that we’re the only ones that really notice them,” she said. 

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Bobbi Jo opted for our portrait box. “I wanted to be able to frame some of these for my bedroom. I ended up purchasing more than intended because I just couldn’t decide on my favorites!”

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When asked what her favorite part of the entire experience was, Bobbi Jo says the whole thing!

“If you’re going to make me choose, I’d say it was how much FUN it was. It’s an interesting experience to be mostly naked and be laughing, dancing, playing in curtains. It was a blast!”

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Come and see what Bobbi Jo is talking about! Book your solo session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Photographer Mom Finally Gets In The Photos With Daughter

For the Kopaczewski family, the key to happiness is quality not quantity. 

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“It’s just me and my daughter, Abigail,” says Jess, explaining that the duo is super close since it’s only the two of them. 

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Like all families, theirs keeps busy, with Jess driving Abigail to and from (as well as cheering her on) tons of activities, from dance to sports, to music, singing, art and more!

“We are always on the go,” explains Jess. 

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Jess entered our model session call awhile back and was elated when she and her daughter were chosen. 

“I have never won anything before and was elated. I am a freelance photographer myself, so it was so special for me to be able to have photos of me and MY family this time!” she said. 

Though Jess is always photographing other people’s families, she said she was nervous because this was the first time someone was photographing her!

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The studio put her right at ease, she said, along with our talented photographers. 

“The studio is BEAUTIFUL. I didn’t expect such a bomb ass studio. It was a dream come true with endless possibilities of magic portraits to create. Erika really honed in on what Abigail and I felt would display our crazy personalities best.”

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While she says she expected their session to be nothing short of professional and special, “Erika definitely exceeded my expectations! She was so easy to get along with and feel comfortable with. Abigail mentioned afterwards that it felt like we were all already best friends.”

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She continued, “I appreciated Erika’s immensely kind soul, so so much. From start to finish this was an experience we will cherish forever, and I’m so glad she was a part of that with us.”

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By the end of their session, Jess and Abigail felt like super models, and they had a blast posing like queens!

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“I tell everyone that we were your models…My favorite photos were….all of them! The end results were amazing. You guys are dope.”

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The duo went with a photo album so they can see all of their favorite portraits in one place, anytime they want. 

“It’s going to go in our living room so that anyone and everyone can take a look!” says Jess. 

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Jess and Abigail (and us to!) hope they come back again in the near future to work with us again!

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If you’re ready to pose like royalty book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Bring Out Your Pure Beauty With Boudoir

Baylee says she’s always had a difficult time feeling comfortable in her own skin, “hence why I get tattoos to make myself feel beautiful.”

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“I’m not comfortable in my own skin, and I mostly think it’s because I am way too judgmental on myself (but who isn’t lol),” she explained. “I’m always comparing myself to these Instagram models and I’m just like, ‘damn why can’t I have that perfect body with the perfect shaped boobs?’ I just get so down on myself all the time so when I have an opportunity to feel sexy and beautiful for a day I’m going to go for it.” 

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Baylee (who is a self-employed Dog Groomer in Philly and jokingly called herself “the patron saint of dogs”) discovered one of those opportunities when she met Mike at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention in 2018. But it took her until just last year to strike up the courage to ask her boyfriend to do a Couples Boudoir session. 

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“We did that and I fell in love with the whole vibe of being very sexy, yet classy at the same time. I love the vintage feel of it all. It was so much fun. Being there with my boyfriend, seeing how happy he was…we were just feeding off of each other, the energy was great. Mike was so great making us laugh, telling us we are doing amazing, he was boosting our confidence so much,” she said, remembering that special day.

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Baylee was nervous, but also excited to return to the studio on her own for a solo session!

“When I got to the studio for my photo shoot, Mike and Erika made me feel amazing, beautiful, and sexy. My session was amazing, my makeup and hair were beautiful, the sets were beautiful. They are so down to earth and make you feel so relaxed – I told them I didn’t know how to hold my face correctly for photos. They were so sweet in guiding me, getting me out of my comfort zone. Erika was my own personal cheerleader, she is the sweetest person ever, I love her energy.”

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When Baylee saw her solo session photos debut her jaw dropped to the floor. 

“When we went through the photos upstairs I almost cried, but I didn’t want to ruin my makeup. I never thought in my almost 26 years of life I could be that beautiful. I felt like Audrey Hepburn, just pure beauty,” says Baylee.

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Some of her favorite photos are the ones of her on the bed, the ones with the chandelier, and even the close ups of her body, which completely surprised her!

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Baylee chose her favorite photos and had them enclosed in our glass topped portrait box. 

“I think it’s a classic way to go in case you don’t want to have hanging art,” she said. 

Baylee feels like a completely new woman after her recent session. 

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“I felt like I came away a much stronger woman. I felt like I don’t compare myself to other women as much as I used to and I cannot thank you all enough for doing that for me. I love all of your work and what you can do for people and how you make people feel.”

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To anyone thinking about doing a session, Baylee says, “If you are ever thinking about doing boudoir I will always say go for it because tomorrow isn’t promised. If you have the chance to take the leap I promise you, you won’t regret it and if other people try to change your mind forget them, you’re beautiful.”

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Are you ready to bring out your own inner Audrey Hepburn? Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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“I love myself. I love who I am. I am beautiful.”

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Crystal has very few qualms about her life. She’s looking forward to celebrating her 40th birthday in a few months, she’s happily married to the same man she fell in love with when she was 15 and she has three incredible kids – a nearly married Marine, a seven year old son with autism who is her everything, and her five-year-old daughter who is too smart for her own good. 

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Still, she says she lives a far from perfect life. Like many people, Crystal manages bipolar disorder.

“I have bipolar disorder and the depression and anxiety hit hard sometimes and often puts strains on my relationship with my husband. He does his best to be supportive but I don’t always make it easy for him. With the support of my family, friends, and an extremely supportive therapist I am working on dealing with the depression and hard days one day at a time,” she explained to us. 

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Crystal says she made two changes in her life that have given her a new and extremely fulfilling purpose and helped balance her depression; 1, she started her own business, and 2, she joined some positive, pay-it-forward groups through Facebook, one of which was our Facebook group for VIP members

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“It’s all about positivity and good energy…reaching one end of the country to the other in an ongoing circle of kindness that is just spreading further and further, is an incredible feeling. In the process of starting these new journeys I have made friendships with some of the most incredible people…the groups have helped some of our members, like when some were down and thinking of suicide or in a rut. The group helped them find a reason to keep going and put those thoughts and feelings behind them, and those stories are what let’s you know you are serving a purpose greater than your own.”

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Crystal says our group definitely helped get her into the mindset of her second shoot (yes she had such a great time the first time she just had to come back and see us again!). 

“I did a couple model call before and I absolutely loved everything about it. I was so comfortable with Mike the first time. With such an amazing experience it was easy to decide there is nowhere else I would go for my solo shoot,” she said. 

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Crystal came to the studio in the evening for one of our night sessions and she says she was on the edge of her seat all day waiting for it! 

“I had an evening session which was amazing in itself, I love the dark, so that alone put me at ease, but the session itself was amazing! Erika and Mike are an amazing team together. They have this energy and vibe that you just gravitate to. They make you feel like a queen and you leave absolutely believing you are one too.”

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For this session, Crystal brought a ton of options, from booty shorts, to lingerie and she even surprised herself by doing a few topless and nude shots. 

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“Before I left the house I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do topless shots but since I need to be more comfortable with that part of my body, I wanted to make sure I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did, the photos were amazing and so worth it. Mike and Erika made me feel so comfortable with them and myself that I decided to do some nude photos,” she said. 

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When the time for her big photo reveal came, Crystal was speechless. 

“There is nothing that can top getting to sit down and watch the slideshow as the music plays, to set the most perfect music! I was just in awe of how incredible they were. How incredible I looked.”

She chose 15 images for an album, 15 reminders that she’s a badass!

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“I feel better about myself, I am proud of myself, and I am still feeling the high from my session three days later. When I get down, I remember what Erika had me repeat to myself, ‘I love myself, I love who I am, I am beautiful, I love the bitch I am.’

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She continued, “I think about how good I felt and how amazing the photos came out.. I have a new sense of self-pride and confidence! I just want to thank Mike and Erika for everything! You both are incredible at what you do and I will be forever grateful for everything you have done for me!! A level of therapy my therapist could have never given me!” 

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Ready for your own therapeutic solo boudoir experience? Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Mom Lights Up Seeing Her Boisterous Sons Look Like Angels

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Katy, who is not only a full time working mom but is also in a doctorate level academic program, knows her time with her sons is precious, which is why we truly appreciate her making the time to bring her boys in for a Renaissance session. 

“We keep a very busy schedule so the time we spend together is precious,” says Katy. 

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When she’s not working or studying, Katy enjoys building block towers and art projects like coloring and playing hockey outside with her three year old and her nearly two year old. 

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Katy had seen some of the photos of families and children from our Renaissance sessions and she became quickly convinced that she needed to do a session with her boys. 

“I saw some of the photos online and loved the look of them as true art, like a painting.  They were beautiful and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The renaissance photos looked like actual paintings in a museum,” she shared with us.  

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The day of the session Katy says she was excited but had some nerves, as she knows how tricky it can be to photograph young children! She was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly the session went. 

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“The session far exceeded my expectations. Working with children can be stressful and you are wanting to have them look cute and smile, and sometimes they just don’t want to cooperate.  Erika was very gracious and could not have been sweeter with my boys. We really had a fun time and they kids were laughing with Erika and thought she was a blast. She really exceeded my expectations of patience and grace. And of course the photos came out wonderful!”

Some of her favorite photos wound up being the ones where her boys were caught in the moment just being silly and laughing. 

“You can’t deny the innocence and smile of a child. Seeing my boys portrayed as angels was perfect.”

She also loves the ones where each of her boys is giving her a kiss. 

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“It just makes me shine on the inside. To see that they love me and I love them and to have it captured is really special. Sometimes the mom is the picture taker instead of the subject, so this was really nice to have some pictures of me with my boys.”

Katy is so happy to have some lasting memories documented that they can look back on. 

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“I just wanted to have something like this to have to look back on the time when my babies were little. In the end, I purchased an album because there were just so many images I wanted to have forever. I picked it up yesterday and it is beautiful. I’ll cherish it all my life,” she said. 

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Katy had such a positive experience with us she says she can’t wait to return for future sessions!

Are you ready to turn your own family into a work of art? Book your own session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Cathartic Moments Suspended In Time For Puzzle Piece Family

Stephanie fondly calls her family “our puzzle-piece family.” Her two girls, who are 9 and 10, were born in Ireland to their Irish father. When her husband passed away in 2015, Stephanie and her girls moved to the States (New Jersey), where she soon met her now fiancé Rich. The two dated for a year before Stephanie felt it was time to introduce him to her daughters. 

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“I wanted to make sure it was right before he met them after everything they had been through,” she said.

It didn’t take long for Rich to bond with the girls and much of it was done while he looked after them so Stephanie could complete her studying and schooling for Massage Therapy. 

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Then, a little over a year after he met and fell in love with the girls, Rich was suddenly diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“It was scary and devastating because we had no idea what the outcome was going to be. We were due to get our first proper photos together that year but his hair fell out from the chemo so we held off-he hated how he looked without hair,” said Stephanie.

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Thankfully, shortly after Christmas 2019 Rich was given a clean bill of health. The cancer scare only fueled their desire for photos together even more. 

“Once I started seeing the photos being created for the Renaissance of Mom, I knew that was something we needed to be a part of. We wanted so desperately to have “real” photos together; we didn’t have any nice photos of the four of us. After all we had been through, it was definitely time to celebrate our puzzle piece family.” 

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She continued, “We have become so close, so essential to each other. I took care of him. He took care of the girls as I went through school. He’s taken sick days for them and comforted them while they were still very raw in their grief over their father. Some days I feel like he is our second chance at life. I didn’t really believe we could truly ever be happy again after their Dad passed away. But here we are. He said he has spent many nights being grateful that he has been given the gift of us, even though it was through tragedy.” 

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 After a few more postponements due to snow, we finally got the four of them into the studio for their long awaited session. 

“Erika instantly became a friend. When the day finally came I couldn’t help but hug her when we met in person. We just sort of fell into playing around and joking around. That’s when she started shooting.”

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As Erika took their photos, Stephanie says moments like watching her beautiful girls laughing and looking lovingly at Rich are now suspended in time for her.

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 “I remember Rich having an especially quiet and beautiful moment with our youngest in his lap and Erika turned around to look at me…we were both crying…then of course at that moment the oldest farted and we all erupted in fits of laughter. Kids really know how to interrupt a serious moment!”

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Stephanie added that, like most moms, she rarely sees herself in photos with her babies.

“I’m one of those moms who is never in photos. Accepting that even though I don’t look perfect…I am beautiful as I live within the joy and love in my perfectly imperfect family.”

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When it came to their photo reveal, Stephanie says she sobbed uncontrollable, cathartic tears. 

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“It was like this physical turning of a page…having gone through such deep grief of losing a spouse, then finding love again and fearing losing him to cancer, all the while watching my girls grow and experience such pain that no children should ever know…to finally being ok. Happy and healthy, all of us.”

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The family selected some of their favorite prints and plan to purchase more in the future after their wedding this fall. (Fittingly after their Renaissance session, they will be married at the Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA.”

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“This shoot was just so unique and perfect. The Renaissance style completely broke the mold of traditional and mundane family photos. The photos Erika took speak volumes of love, passion, and life. I could’ve spent an eternity in that day…laughing and not worrying about a thing. I can’t thank her or Allebach enough. We will treasure these photos for years to come! Thank you so very much.”

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Celebrate the renaissance of your own family! Book your own session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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See How Newlywed Reclaimed Her Identity With Solo Boudoir

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Katerina had just finished planning her wedding to her partner of 12 years when she began looking into doing a solo boudoir session. She’d realized that while kick starting their new life as a couple, she felt like she’d lost a little bit of herself in the process. 

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“What attracted me to doing a solo boudoir session was wanting to do something for myself. We do everything together. I saw something about doing bridal boudoir as a gift to your husband and thought ‘why don’t I do one for myself?’” Katerina said. 

“I love my partner, but I feel that in the midst of wedding planning, I kinda lost a little bit of my own identity as I was so focused on us as a couple. So I wanted to do something by myself for myself,” she explained.

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A quick Google search brought her to Allebach Photography. 

“I saw the photos posted on Instagram and the website and was in awe of how beautiful everybody looked and I wanted that for myself. Then I read up on the blog and read about the stories everybody shared about how they show themselves in a new light and learned to love their body in a different way. So I put my name down for more information and committed myself to doing it,” she said. 

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In some ways, Katerina even surprised herself, as she admits doing a boudoir session is a little more than out of character for her. 

“If you ask anyone that knows me if I would ever do a boudoir session, they would tell you in no way would I do one. Growing up, I was the shy reserved girl who studied hard and copiously read and only dressed up for huge events like prom and homecoming, mostly keeping in my own self-designated lane. I’ve been coming into my own being more and more as I have been doing more self-discovery.”

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Katerina took some inspiration from Pinterest for her outfits, and also brought along a bridal set she had initially planned on wearing the night of the wedding but had never gotten to wear due to the busyness of the night and her own nerves. 

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“The day of the shoot, I was still nervous about wearing these kinds of outfits in front of other people, but after we started my nerves went away. Mike made me feel so comfortable in my skin that I was wondering why I was so nervous to begin with. He made posing so simple and broke everything down into simple instructions. Plus it was a lot of fun playing around on set and trying different things.”

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She added, “I loved how subtly sexy wearing his shirt was and the sweater look.”

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The photo reveal made Katerina see herself in a different light.  

“Like most brides, I was a little more focused on my body for the wedding day and being able to see my body and how the work paid off was something I never thought I’d see. I consider myself a pretty person, but not a sensual person. A small seed was planted at that moment and my appreciation for my body and myself has grown and evolved since that moment. There’s been a huge boost in my confidence and sensuality so it’s spiced up our relationship a bit. But more importantly, I find myself holding my head higher and more comfortable in outfits I would usually feel a bit exposed in. “

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Even her husband, who of course LOVED the photos, noticed a difference in her attitude towards herself. 

“He was a little dumbstruck since it was a little out of character for me. He then said that the reason I’ve been much more comfortable in my body makes a lot more sense now.”

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Katerina selected an album and says she wants to get a couple of prints later this year, after they buy a home, so that she can display them as a daily reminder of how powerful and beautiful she is. 

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“Like everyone who’s done a shoot with Mike says, everyone should do a boudoir shoot so they could see themselves in a new light. This experience challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone in order for me to learn more about myself.”

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Katerina says right now she is living for our Renaissance of Mom photos and is adding a session to her bucket list once they start their own family. 

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Solo boudoir makes a great gift, not just for your significant other but for yourself too! Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Back when we were known as the Tattooed Bride Photography Studio, Laura followed our Facebook page and got to be a part of a “tattooed stories” model call. So much has changed since 2015, especially for Laura and Glen who now have 2 beautiful kids; Emma and Benjamin.

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When we launched the model call for the Renaissance of Mom, Laura was nervous but excited. Once the session started, Laura let all those nerves go.

“I really felt beautiful and comfortable as soon as we all got changed and the shoot started!”

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“Getting to experience [the shoot] first hand after seeing so many other’s photos, it was so fun! We got to listen to music and be silly and be ourselves….it was less posed than I had anticipated but the results were amazing!”, Laura shared.

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When the family first saw the images, they were blown away.

“It looked like our family just popped out of a magazine! I thought ‘how am I going to choose which ones go on the wall?!’ And seriously how are these so incredible?!”

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One of the best parts of the experience for Laura was how it changed her relationship with her husband, Glen.

“I felt it brought my husband and I closer even though it was a family shoot, because he was so nervous and didn’t want to do the photos at first, then after the experience he raved about how fun and amazing it was and how amazing the photos were!”

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“They are beautiful memories that you will literally have forever! Money comes and goes, but these gorgeous memories cannot be replaced, it’s literally like a beautiful amazing snap shot in time in your life”, Laura added.

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What is it you’d love to get from an experience like this?

I’d love to hear from you!
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Travel Back In Time With A Fine Art Photo Album

One of our clients’ favorites ways to be transported back to the all the feels from their experiences is through our custom, fine art albums.

During the cinematic reveal of your photos, you’ll laugh and cry and work with your photographer to choose your absolute favorite photos.

You may have those top faves that you know are PERFECT for that space in your home so you can see them every single day.

But what about all of those other moments? The candid ones. The funny ones. The romantic ones. The naughty ones even.

Together, they tell a story. A story of your relationship with your partner, or the way you play with your kids, or the journey you’re on right now… how you want to see yourself every single day.

What would it mean for you to be able to go back in time and relive a day where you felt truly empowered, strong, connected, and loved? That’s the power of the printed photograph. It’s a moment in time that holds worlds of emotions and memories. It’s an anchor to a time you cherish.

So, if you’re thinking about booking a session with us, and you aren’t sure how you want to memorialize these moments, a keepsake album is always a solid choice and an investment worth every penny.

I’d like to leave you with a question to ask yourself…

If you could step into a time machine right now, what are those moments you would want to relive all over again?

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Empowering Photoshoot Leaves Mom Realizing How Amazing She Is

Lauren and her husband Bobby were super interested in doing a couple’s boudoir session, but little did Lauren know Bobby had contacted us to participate in our Renaissance of Mom Model Call. 

“Once I found out we were booked for a family shoot I got really emotional. When I talked to Erika over the phone I opened up about how I was so excited to celebrate our family.”

The couple struggled with fertility issues. It took Lauren and Bobby over a year to get pregnant with their daughter. Now they have two children just bursting with life, a 4-year-old girl named Riley and an 18-month-old boy named Jameson.

“To celebrate those two and be able to showcase our family in our house is amazing,” said Lauren, adding that she so rarely gets to be in family photos since she’s the one usually taking them! A sentiment shared by most moms.

When they arrived at the studio Erika greeted them, immediately putting Lauren’s anxieties at ease. 

“We pulled up and Erika met us at our car and offered to carry anything we needed help with. Right off the bat she started talking to our daughter and Riley immediately connected with her. They became best friends in a matter of three minutes.”

Erika led them upstairs to the studio, they put down their bags, hung up their outfits and went right into hair and makeup. 

“They let Riley go first and made her feel like a princess. She got to pick the music we listened to and they listened to all her crazy stories.” 

Riley even hopped back up in the chair for a little blush and eye shadow.

“I felt like I’ve known these two women my entire life. I felt like all the mom stress just went away.” 

The family got into their outfits and then it was time for the fun to begin!

“Erika made both my kids laugh with no effort. She is AHHHMAZING with kids. My son had a wardrobe malfunction so while my husband and I were handling that she was singing a duet with my daughter. We came back to her snapping photos of Riley singing while standing on the couch and that captured the definition of my daughter! She knew exactly what to do to bring out Riley’s true self,” Lauren said. 

Erika effortlessly moved along with photographing their 18-month-old, who can often prove to be unpredictable (like most toddlers!) according to Lauren .

“I haven’t felt so empowered since I gave birth. She let us know each way to pose and in the middle of snapping photos and telling us where to adjust she would shout out compliments. She snuck in these compliments without effort but I heard every single one of them and I felt amazing. I never once felt like I had to hide my ‘double chin’ or my stomach, etcetera.”

Seeing the glow and happiness on her husband’s face was one of the highlights of the day for Lauren. 

“He got to see me fully happy, surrounded by love. We tickled each other, snuggled, swapped kisses, and had some full on belly laughs. It was amazing to just let go for a few hours and not worry about anything in the world. Erika led us upstairs for snacks while we waited for her to edit the photos, which was so amazing and sweet.”

When they got to the reveal Lauren laughed and she cried. 

“The reveal was absolutely amazing. They don’t lie when they say you will laugh and cry. It was stunning. She captured the true side in all four of us. My favorite photo was the four of us all giggling and laughing.  I can’t wait to display it in our new house, hopefully in the near future. We have always worked so hard for what we want and to be able to capture it in photos has been such an amazing experience.”

The session put Lauren at ease and now she is feels even more ready for her and Bobby’s upcoming couples boudoir session. 

“I have a few things to get done before our shoot but this family shoot showed me I really don’t need to alter my body at all. You forget about everything when you are in that studio. You are YOU in that studio, and you are beautiful. They will effortlessly show you how amazing you are.”

She continued, “I literally cannot say enough good things about Allebach Photography and Erika. I also cannot thank her and Mike enough… they were amazing from the door. As a mom, I’m never usually in photos so this was an amazing treat. I cannot thank my husband enough for booking this photo shoot for us and I will cherish these pictures forever. THANK YOU Allebach Photography.”

Celebrate the renaissance of your own family! Book your own session by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Love Birds Get Naughty For The Camera Together

Jay and Kelly joke that they’ve been together since the Stone Age. 

The pair has been together since high school (they were introduced by Kelly’s best friend), which makes for 24 years, 17 of which have been married. They have two boys, a 14-year-old and a 10-year-old.

“We pride ourselves on the strength of our marriage, we work everyday to stay strong and have great communication with each other. We truly are love birds still, even after all these years,” says Kelly. 

When Kelly discovered our studio, it was love at first sight. 

“I found Mike’s artwork on social media and immediately fell in love with his concept and how his pictures had some risk to them, but were still tastefully done. When I found a photographer who could capture our naughty side together, I was like, we must do this!” she explained. 

Kelly ran it by Jay, who was immediately onboard. After all, she says, who doesn’t want to take sexy pictures with their partner all glammed up like a supermodel?

The couple was so game to get a little naughty in front of the camera.

“We looked at the day as a date for something we hadn’t done as a couple before and it was more fun and less stress, I suppose! Jay dressed in a sexy button down shirt and looked so handsome! I selected something naughty and romantic and then something extra naughty. It was fun to be a little vulnerable together. Not everyday you get nakey in front of others,” Kelly said.   

“It was just comfortable. I felt like we could just take our time and Mike always saw the opportunity for a great shot,” said Jay.

Kelly continued, “Jay and I have such a connection, it was fun to just be together with him and aside from cracking jokes and having light conversation with Mike, he sets the scene for sexiness and you really forget he is even there, which was awesome!”

Kelly had a hard time keeping in her tears during the big reveal of their photos afterwards. 

“The reveal was amazing…I shed some tears at how beautiful the shots were.  We were extraordinarily pleased!” she said, adding that they chose an album. 

“I feel like we gained a great memory of us at this point in our lives.  So many people hesitate to get in front of the camera because they aren’t at their fittest or feel those insecurities of their physical appearance…DON’T!!! We had so much fun and after you see your photos you come away from the experience gaining confidence and appreciation and strength for stepping out of your comfort zone!  I’ll be excited for a future session!”


Ready to get a little naughty in front of the camera with your partner? Book your own couple’s boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Couple Opts For Boudoir Session Instead Of Traditional Engagement Photos

We love couples that break the mold and that’s one of the reasons why we had so much fun with Megan and Jake. 

The two felt an instant connection from the moment they met two years ago, through a mutual friend. 

Megan says, “I was a newly single mother at the time, and very hesitant about entering a new relationship. Jake was so patient and kind. He loved me through a time when I was still learning how to love myself. Fast forward two years and I can’t picture my life without him in it. 

Megan was so in love with Jake that this past December she decided to get down on one knee and ask him to marry him.  

“We couldn’t be happier.”

Early on in their relationship, Megan shared the Allebach Photography page with Jake and they’ve both been dreaming about doing a couples session ever since. 

“It was something we talked about as a ‘someday-goal’ frequently but with raising a four-year-old, having the time and money to actually make it happen seemed impossible at times. Especially considering that we live six hours away from the studio, in Erie,” says Megan. 

As their two-year anniversary began creeping up they wanted something really special to celebrate. They had talked about taking a vacation but then it hit them. 

“We NEEDED to do this, to turn this two-year dream into a reality. That’s when we booked our session and made the commitment to travel across the state for this experience. At the time, I had not decided to propose yet. In the end our images ended up being a celebration of our love in place of traditional engagement photos!”

Though they were both in from the get go, Megan says the nerves were real the days leading up to their session.  

“Mine were definitely worse. Ever since having my son four years ago, I have struggled with body image and most of the time I’m the one hiding behind the camera, so stepping out of my comfort zone took a lot of courage”, she explained. “On top of that, being the photography nerd that I am, I was SOOO nervous to meet Mike in person! I follow the work of many talented photographers for inspiration just to admire their artistic abilities. I’ve always been extremely drawn to the beautiful images Mike creates and he quickly became one of my absolute favorite photographers. Meeting my favorite photographer in person felt like getting to meet your favorite actor or rock star. I was totally starstruck and awkward at first.”

Despite their initial nerves, Megan and Jake had a blast at their session, which was filled with giggles and silliness to go with their vibrant sensuality. 

They started out with comfy/casual outfits that they could slip layers off of, then moved to a more polished look where Jake wore his best suit and Megan wore some sexy lingerie. They also brought along a few props to enhance the overall aesthetic of the session. 

“One of our favorite photos was of me pouring Jake a glass of Maker’s Mark Whiskey. It looked like it belonged in a magazine!” says Megan.

Megan says she felt so comfortable during the session that she even surprised herself by stripping all the way down for a few full-nude shots. 

Then came the photo reveal.

“I was not at all prepared for the intense emotional response I had seeing our images for the first time on that great big projector screen. Mike truly captured the love and intimacy between the two of us and getting to see how beautiful that was and how amazing we both looked was so overwhelming that I couldn’t stop crying.”

The couple purchased an album and are still trying to decide which images to use for their wall art. 

“We love them all so much it’s hard to decide which ones to choose for wall art, but we are planning on purchasing a set of the metal prints for above our bed, once we decide. A few of our favorite shots are all the ones where Jake is in his suit and I’m in my red lingerie, and the ones in the stairwell, but it’s hard to choose favorites when every image is AMAZING.”

They left the session feeling more connected than ever as a couple. 

“Our sex life has been better than ever and we both feel more confident in our own skin than we ever had before. I love myself a little more now and that feeling has been life changing”, Megan said. 

“To anyone out there reading this thinking, this sounds so fun but are unsure about doing it, take a leap of faith and trust the process. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!”

Book your own couple’s boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Couple Could Not Wait To Install Artwork In A Prominent Space In Their Bedroom!

Sometimes couples are destined to cross paths twice, like with Kristen and Adam, who reconnected after a six year gap of not seeing or talking to each other. 

“We met many moons ago at an afterschool program. Adam was a grade ahead of me in high school, so we always went to school together. Funny story we worked at Subway together throughout high school and may or may not have been ‘seeing’ each other after work!“ says Kristen.

Kristen then went off to college and the two lost touch.

She continues, “When I moved home, I had been hanging out with my best friend at the firehouse where they had belonged. Her husband had been on my case about hooking me up with this really nice guy. I was totally not ready to start dating after just getting out of a relationship. When he told me who it was, I just laughed! I was like, ‘absolutely not’! Well, after months of hanging around the firehouse, where Adam was a lieutenant, we saw more and more of each other. I had absolutely no interest in even giving him a shot. Months later I finally agreed to hang out, one thing led to another, and here we are eight years later, married for two!”

Kristen loves that Adam keeps her grounded. “I am the person to jump and ask questions later and he is able to reel me back in, to think before I act in certain circumstances. He puts up with my crazy, yet allows me to be exactly who I am. He has held me through some of my toughest days and tries his best to understand me.”

“The thing I love most about you is your dedication to your business, the time and effort you put into your team and helping others. Your constant drive to do better and do more for both us and your business,” Adam tells Kristen. 

 For their couple’s boudoir session, Kristen had ordered multiple items online that didn’t arrive in time due to the holiday/pandemic USPS shipping madness. 

“Outfits, honestly, were a nightmare. Thankfully, I was able to pull it together. I was able to pull an outfit from my own business inventory. My favorite outfit was a simple black bodysuit off Amazon. I typically walk around our house in a crummy old white t-shirt and underwear, so my third outfit was Adam’s favorite underwear and a tight, white crop top!”

Though they both started out nervous, they both warmed up quickly and went with the flow as they got into poses. 

“We were both pretty nervous going into it. The drive down that morning we were both on edge, but thankfully we had a blast and the nerves left pretty quick. Mike and his staff were awesome!” says Kristen. 

Adam says that his favorite part of their session was their steamy shower scene. 

“We loved the down time after the shoot to reconnect and play the card games upstairs. The reveal of the photos, um… I wish I had words. The music Mike played was the perfect fit. In a company where I empower and educate women everyday (she works as a director at Pure Romance), the music and photos almost brought tears to my eyes as I felt so beautiful and so empowered watching the spool of photos, and I am not a crier,” Kristen says.

Adam agreed. “I was speechless when it came to the photo reveal.”

The couple ordered artwork for both their bedroom and master bath, along with a portrait box of 25 photos, which they said arrived more quickly than they expected, and they were just as quick to add them to their walls.

“We planned for a corner in our bedroom but after bringing them home we decided right across from our bed. We couldn’t put them in a corner to hide, they are way too beautiful. It didn’t take long to hang them, they were both up within an hour of getting home. It’s beautiful to wake up to in the morning,” Kristen says. 

Kristen says she hopes this session leads to them spending more intimate time together. 

“Having those pictures on the wall is a reminder that we need to make time for ourselves…that outside of our everyday busy lives, we still have each other and that is one important piece of keeping our marriage strong.”

Adam says he hopes the session makes his wife more comfortable wearing sexy lingerie! He also added that it was great foreplay and pregame for their upcoming vacation. 

The couple says they cannot wait to return one day at a different period in their lives. We can’t wait to have you again, Kristen and Adam!

Book your own couple’s boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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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