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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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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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“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.”

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Grand Reopening!

It’s here! Phase Green is here and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to reopen! To celebrate, we’re offering $100 off every photographic experience we offer.

We’re taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety as they come through our doors. We will have our face masks on, sanitizer pumps stationed all over the studio, and a UV sanitizer for our phones, keys, and payment devices. We are also only scheduling 1 session a day with room to clean and sanitize the entire studio before and after.

We’ve always wanted our clients to feel they are in a safe space and cared for. Now we are just adding on to what we already do by protecting everyone’s health as well.

Let’s chat! Schedule a time that works for you
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What is boudoir and why should you try it?

The word boudoir comes from the French word for a woman’s bedroom or private dressing room. It was a place for her to be alone or to be with someone intimately. In the 1920’s, photographers would recreate this type of environment and photograph the beauty and sexuality of their female models. 

In modern day, these photographic experiences can be incredibly empowering, reconnecting us to our most intimate selves, as well as with our partners, in the case of couples’ boudoir. They also serve as a cherished reminder of each person’s unique beauty and confidence, unveiling a new type of comfort within one’s own skin.

At Allebach Photography, we specialize in creating a safe space to embrace your true and best self. During your experience, we encourage you to peel away your own self judgements and critiques and honor the depths of your uniqueness. From the very first time we talk, right up to the moment you get to see your artwork in person, what we care about  is you and your own story.  

Our goal with each and every person who walks through our doors, is to make them feel like a rockstar! We pamper with hair and makeup. We energize with coffee, espresso, and tea. We nourish with some snacks during your break. And we have a knack for creating breathtaking artwork for your home! We all have a space in our home to retreat to in an attempt to decompress from a hard day. Imagine that space being decorated with artwork that reminds you of your power, your strength, and the love you have to give. That’s what we live for. Creating something that anchors you to those blissful spaces in your heart. 

So let’s break down the Allebach Photography experience. 

We start with a phone call. This is where we get to hear all about what this will mean to you and what you want your photographs to say each and every time you look at them. 

Once we get your experience booked, we will also notify one of our incredible talented hair and makeup artists. We value the wonderful artistry they practice, from light and natural to heavy and punk rock! It’s important to us that you represent the inner badass that you want to channel in these photographs; and that’s why hiring a professional artist is incredibly important to these experience. 

The day of, you get to kick back and get pampered for the first hour. Bring wine or beer or champagne if you’d like. Sometimes that liquid courage can shake out those pre-session jitters you may experience. That’s ok and totally normal! 

During your session, you are 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! It’s hung on a wall with handwritten sentiments about others’ experiences and what they got out of it. 

Once your session is complete, we bring out the snacks so you can take a break and unwind, while we create a beautiful presentation of your photographs. 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!

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. 

ARE YOU READY?
Call/text us today at 610.539.6920 or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

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10 Must Have Amazon Boudoir Items to Add to Your Shopping Cart

When it comes to shopping for your boudoir session, we’ve found that with its fast shipping, free returns and amazing range of options, Amazon is where it’s at.

Check out some of our Amazon ‘must haves’ and when you’re finished, don’t forget to schedule your boudoir session with us at Allebach Photography, conveniently located in the Philadelphia ‘burb of North Wales. Happy shopping!

1. Sheer Long Sleeve Teddy Bodysuit with Deep V Lace Bodysuit
This teddy is super stretchy and gives your body a slimming effect while also enhancing your curves. The deep v neck design with the lace rim, coupled with the long sleeves, gives you a sexy, yet refined look.

Starting at $16.99

2. Akiido High Waist Fishnet Stockings

Reviewers agree these must have stockings really are one size fits all.

“I am bottom heavy, usually wear XL in pants (or size 10) with a S-M in shirts (or size 4-6). Usually “one size” never fits me and I specifically look for XL stockings, but THESE ARE PERFECT! They stretch a lot, so they can fit over my big butt and thighs just fine! I bought another pair immediately after putting them on.”

Starting at $7.99

3. Women’s Given Platform Pump by Jessica Simpson

Basics get bold. This sultry offering in leather with a one-inch platform and 4.5-inch heel creates devastating curves while giving you a timeless silhouette. These pumps come in a fun range of prints and colors; order them in black or go for the Emerald Kid Suede.

4. SUNRO Women’s Basic Long Sleeve Bodysuit

We’re obsessed with this basic bodysuit, both for its soft fabric and for its price.
Starting at $15.18

5. COCOSHIP Women’s Retro High Waisted Bikini Bottom

We love that these bottoms accentuate your curves while channeling a vintage look and feel. Bottoms range from size small to 4X (fits like a US 14-16).

$15.99

6. Womens Stripe Knee-High Socks


Who says sexy can’t mean comfortable? Pair these soft leg warmers with a mini skirt or a warm chunky sweater.

$12.99

7. Frawirshay Women’s Lace Up Boned Overbusts Corset Bustier Bodyshaper Top


There’s a reason this corset is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon. This beautiful vintage style corset laces up in the back and is supported by plastic boning for support. Snag this one to create that coveted hourglass figure.

$11.69

8. LIXFDT Women’s Lace Garter Belt with Adjustable Suspender Belt for Stockings

This piece of perfect for adding a bit of sexiness to your lingerie or you can simply wear the stockings underneath a dress or skirt.

$9.99

9. Mae Lace Padded Bralette

This bralette that features a floral lace overlay and scalloped under-bust band. With a little lace and light support, these favorites are simply too pretty to keep under wraps.

Starting at $10.49

10. ADOME Women’s Strappy Lace Lingerie Bra and Panty Set

The panties on this set feature a back keyhole design and scalloped lace trim. Reviewers rave that this set is super soft and comfy enough to sleep in.

$17.98

YOUR NEXT STEP

Once you’ve compiled your outfit choices, don’t forget to book your solo or couple’s boudoir session with us in our North Wales studio (located just 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia).

Call or text us today at 610.539.6920 or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

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Hottest New Trend: Couples Boudoir Instead of Engagement Photography

The 21st-century engagement session: Couples BoudoirCouples Boudoir Engagement Photos

“Hold hands and smile. Now look into each other’s eyes and kiss.” These are the mundane motions of the standard engagement photo shoot, the one that everyone takes to celebrate their newfound status as soon-to-be newlyweds. And these are the same poses you’ll be striking for every photo you and your partner take for the rest of your lives. Celebrate this major moment in your life by putting a spin on the traditional engagement session and spicing it up with a couples boudoir shoot.

Couples Boudoir! What is it like?? from Mike Allebach on Vimeo.

Now you might be thinking – what am I going to put on my save-the-dates if I don’t take those standard engagement photos? There’s no way in hell my family will want to see pictures of me and my partner making out in our underwear! And you’re right, because really, who wants to send Grandma a photo of you and your soon-to-be spouse half naked? (Though if your grandma is the type of lady who would hang that photo on her fridge with pride, then I want to meet her!)

But these steamy photos are exactly what makes the couples boudoir session the perfect choice, seriously! We’ll start your couples boudoir session with a few “parent approved” photos, the perfect family-friendly engagement announcements you want to plaster all over social media. You (and your mom) still get the photos you need all while getting the photos you actually really want.

Couples Boudoir Engagement Session

STRIPPING DOWN Starting the session off clothed and posing for your save-the-date images will help build the anticipation of ripping off each other’s clothes and stripping down into what you really came here for – the couples boudoir. Take off as much or as little as you like and get up close and personal with the love of your life.

MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME It’s not every day you get to capture the intimate side of your relationship with professional photography. And let’s be honest, you know you two look damn good together, so why not get some photos you can use to decorate your bedroom (or your living room if you dare)? We support the public display of all self-love and body positivity!

You’ll be posing for dressed up pictures the rest of your life – especially at that wedding day of yours that’s coming up – so why not capture another angle of your love on camera? The passionate, fiery, romantic side. And knowing you’ll also get those G-rated, traditional engagement photos during the same sultry session if you want them, what reason is there to say no?

Book your couples boudoir session today or get on the waiting list for soonest available here https://allebachphotography.com/get-waiting-list

Allebach Photography is located in the Philadelphia Suburbs in North Wales, Pa.  People fly and drive from Boston, Washington DC, California, Texas, Baltimore, NYC and further for couples boudoir here.  Please contact us at 610.539.6920 or https://allebachphotography.com/get-waiting-list for more info