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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.

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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 Gift of Seeing Ourselves As Lovers Instead of Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Most Fun We Had Since Our Wedding Day”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Confidence, Deep Connections, and a Memorable Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The couple took away so much from their session. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt and Jodi: High School Sweethearts Keep the Flame Burning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Then it was go time. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What should I expect during my Couples Boudoir Session?

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

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

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

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

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

Couples Boudoir - Motorcycle

The Main Event: Couples Boudoir Photos

Now the fun really begins!

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

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

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

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

Fun Couples Boudoir Poses

The Big Photo Reveal & Boudoir Artwork Design

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

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

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

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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Finding and Celebrating Love After Separation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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.

Join our VIP group on Facebook to hear about more experiences at Allebach Photography

Free boudoir phone consultations at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone 

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PPE Support for Superheroes

In partnership with Skippack Pharmacy and their Support Our Superheroes Fund, you can help provide masks for hospital and emergency personnel.

For every gift certificate or artwork purchase, Allebach Photography will donate towards their campaign to help the essential healthcare workers in our community.

$100 purchase = up to 10 masks

$400 purchase = up to 25 masks

$1000 purchase = up to 50 masks

Your support of Allebach Photography can also support those who need our help the most.

Visit our online store here, to purchase your gift certificate today!

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Guys in Grey Sweatpants

Thirsty Sweatpants Season in Here!

With fall and winter comes the best time of all, sweatpants season. Here are 16 guys in their grey sweats taken at Allebach Photography studios in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Be sure to pick up the calendar, 17 months of Grey Sweatpants.

Be sure to pick up the 2020/2021 Grey Sweats calendar by Allebach Photography.

https://www.boudieswag.com/product/2020-calendar-gray-sweatpants-season-extended
Why enjoy sweatpants season only in winter. We’ve extended it all year long. A fundraising calendar benefiting Veterans with PTSD. So far over $1700 has been raised for drug-free PTSD treatment in PA with this calendar.
Product: Wall Calendar
Start Date: January 2020
Paper Weight: Heavyweight Gloss
Other: Saddle stitch

Sale price is $19.95 . Regular price 24.95.

Interested in your man getting his own photoshoot? Text 610.539.6920 to get on the schedule.

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You Don’t Have to Love Your Body in 2020

How to live at peace in your body this year.

IIustration by Kelly Bastow /Moose Kleenex Shared with permission

“I just want to feel like me again.” She said in soft slow tones explaining why she wanted to be photographed, “Last year was a hell of a year and to be honest I got really lost. I want to feel at home in my body. I’m getting older and my body is changing. I want to love myself again because I’ve lost my way. I don’t remember who I am.  Life has gotten so busy and I have to handle so much to do, so many people to take care of. I’ve forgotten who I truly am. I don’t know what it means to be me, I want to remember that.”

This is what my clients share with me Every. Single. Day. It’s so common, I’ve come to understand it as the new American anthem.  People have lost their identity. They say, “Help me find me. Help me love my skin, organs, muscles, and bones. My body is changing. I’m getting older and if I can’t love myself now, when can I?” Or they say, “I want to look back on this body and appreciate it.”

Some days I hear the opposite. “For so long I’ve hated this body and now we’ve come to speaking terms. I’ve worked hard to get here I want you to document me. I am ready to be photographed”

Most people would agree, when we feel great we give the world our best.  We show up for others. When we feel beautiful, when we own the space, when we carry our weight with pride, when we feel strong and hold our head high, despite all the things we were taught to hate about ourselves, we live our best lives. But how?

I work in the business of bodies.  Specifically, I photograph them as a boudoir photographer. In simpler terms, I make space for people to play dress up. They get made up, strip down, try on different identities and clothes and peel off false ideals like onion layers off of their soul. They explore relationships with themselves or others in a safe place.

But this story didn’t begin as a photographer.  It started 19 years ago when I played guitar in an idealistic punk rock band and penned the words in an anti-body dysmorphic anthem “Covergirl, you’ve been lied to and you’ve been tricked”.

The song goes on saying “I want you to love me for who I am.”  Present-day Mike is still asking the same questions as high school Mike, “Are we our bodies?” and “What is acceptance?”

Before I dove into the question of body, soul, mind connection I had some personal work to do. 

Living in a Culture of Body Dysmorphia 

As a photographer, I’ve gotten to watch hundreds of people see their photos for the first time. It’s amazing to experience people seeing their photos for the first time and squealing with joy.  “I can’t believe that’s me!!!”

And occasionally watching them notice things no one else would notice or things that aren’t there. I’ve photographed people medically diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a condition that affects 2.4% of the population.  This condition causes people to obsess over parts of their bodies in an OCD way. It causes people to see their bodies in ways other people can’t see or imagine. What does that leave the rest of us with? If we haven’t been diagnosed, what is it that we have?

Body-negativity is the only term I can think of. I think we are living in a culture of body negativity. It sells. We are the collateral damage from years of marketing, messages, and media saying “we are not enough.”

Although we don’t have the disorder, the same messages have soaked down to our soul. 

I will love my body when….

I will love my body if…

I will be worthy when…

And at the end of each of these statements is a host of companies selling products promising that result. The rhythmic drumming beats of the American marketing machine “You Are Not Enough.”  Hundreds of times a day we hear that in subtle ways. 

No wonder why we struggle to love the skin we are in.

I asked Teri Ledgerwood, founder of Body Image Bootcamp, why people are uncomfortable in their own skin. She said, “There are a plethora of reasons starting with the way our brain is wired for survival, comparison theory, and negativity bias. Combine that with the over-representation of one body type (thin, white, blonde). Marketing understands the way to get people to spend money is to highlight and create problems where the only solution is for people to buy a product or service to rectify such ‘problems’.  This causes us to feel like we don’t fit in. Then, you add in the people you surround yourself with who have their own believes about certain bodies and you grow believing that that is true, until you start to do the work necessary to combat it. People think they want to be individuals, but what they truly want is to be accepted as an individual.”

Male Bodyscape

One of the biggest surprises as a photographer has been seeing this in all types of bodies, no matter their type or gender. Body negativity does not discriminate.  I’ve seen this in men who are skinny, those who aren’t, and every single body type in between. I’ve seen this in muscular bodybuilders. Even worse, how athletic men compare their bodies to their bodies at 21. American culture has given us two extremes that most men don’t fit into. While I’ve found most women’s insecurity about their body is more prevalent in day-to-day experience, most men have low-grade body negativity. It only comes into play when the subject of photos is brought up or in swimming situations. With many males it doesn’t affect them on a daily basis, they just will not want their photos posts. 

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”

Brené Brown
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This is where I’m at and this is my work. When I love others, I love myself. When I love myself, I love others. When I accept, I am accepted. When I do the work myself, I allow others to do the work.

“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

Ram Hass

Taking My Own Medicine

“Seeing yourself in a new light” is a phrase I love to use because this work is visual. Photography is light work. There is something magical and healing about seeing yourself in a new light, captured by a different human. To see yourself through new eyes is an incredible gift. So it was time to take my own medicine.  I was photographed by 3 different photographers in 3 weeks.

What I realized, when being put in front of the camera, is how much all of these things are brought to the surface with photos. I don’t enjoy taking my shirt off on the beach or to go swimming. Maybe the image of hairless ripped tanned men on the beach has etched itself into my psyche. My ego wants me to be seen but not that seen. I feel like I don’t match a stereotype or projection.

Although photographing people from all backgrounds and all body types has been freeing, I haven’t been able to completely shake the image of the “perfect man body.” 

In being photographed three times in three weeks I was left with haunting questions.  Do I have a low-grade body-dysmorphia? (maybe, I don’t know) Am I able to see myself in the way others do? Does any of this even matter? 

Viewing the photos, there were many photos I liked and there were some I didn’t. But photography did the light work, I felt seen. My body became a thing that is. Even in the moments where I felt awkward and exposed, I felt alive. Being photographed by an accepting human is both slightly nerve-wracking and life-giving. Emotions and feelings are tricky. Is this excitement or is this anxiety? I’m not sure. What I do know is it was healing.

When I show people photos in the studio I prefer to have a supportive partner in the room.  They see with beautiful, loving, compassionate, supportive eyes and explain the photos to their partners in moments; maybe for the first time.  

This is the beginning of seeing yourself in a new light and this is the healing power of photography. 

Unlike the marketing messages, photography starts with the statement that “you are enough at this moment, at your age, in your state in your body”.   

Bodywork: Attaining Neutrality

What does self-acceptance and bodywork look like? Certainly, it’s not a destination or arrival. Maybe it’s not even quite a realistic goal in this image-driven culture.  I love Mary Lambert’s suggestion in her song Body Love

“Try this

Take your hands over your bumpy love body naked

And remember the first time you touched someone

With the sole purpose of learning all of them

Touched them because the light was pretty on them

And the dust in the sunlight danced the way your heart did

Touch yourself with a purpose”

Mary Lambert

Perhaps it’s a process of letting go of our ego’s nagging through questioning and inquiry of our own thoughts. It’s holding the door open to the possibility our way of thinking could be flawed.  Are we flawed in thinking we are flawed?

Where do thoughts bubble up from anyway? Who puts that idea there? A marketer? Myself? Or, was that belief buried deep in my DNA?

We can only guess where thoughts come from.

The author Byron Katie has simplified this process of examining our thoughts into four simple questions simply called The Work. 

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can I absolutely know that it’s true?
  3. How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without that thought?

Finally, she recommends exploring opposites.  What is the opposite of your thought? 

For a full explanation of how to do the life-changing Work click here: http://thework.com/instruction-the-work-byron-katie/

Like all practices, it’s work (pun intended) and it’s a beginning to see ourselves, our truest selves. And it only works… when you work it. 

“In my opinion, attaining BODY NEUTRALITY is much easier than body positivity.  Body positivity is inherently shaming in that, if you have a moment/day/week/month that you don’t happen to feel “positive” about your body/rolls/cellulite/stretch marks, then you may fall into an intense shame & guilt spiral. You might feel like a failure and like you’re doing it all wrong.  It’s just really a whole lot of pressure. 

Look — the body positivity movement has done a lot of good…it’s definitely started the conversation. But I feel that body neutrality is actually where it’s at! 

Accepting your body for what it is – in a factual way, not positive or negative – is something you’ll need to do first anyway before reaching body positivity. Your goal may not even be to ever reach body positivity…and that’s totally okay. I don’t even think I have body positivity as a goal – it’s body neutrality for me. “

Elizabeth Zimmerman, Body Image Bootcamp

Beyond Body

Who were you before you recognized yourself in the mirror? In human development, we begin recognizing ourselves between 12 and 18 months.  What was your story before then? What would it look like to go back there? With the recent passing of Ram Dass, I stumbled upon his description of a body which I hope you find as helpful as I did. 

“When I was born I donned a spacesuit for living on this planet, it was this body, my spacesuit, and it had a steering mechanism which is my pre-frontal lobe and all the brain that helps with coordinating and stuff. Just like those others who go to the moon and learn to use their spacesuit…how to grab things and lift things so I learned how to do that. And then you get rewarded with little stars, kisses and all kinds of things when you learn how to use your spacesuit. You get so good at it that you can’t differentiate yourself from your spacesuit.”

I find this interesting. I am not my body. An ideal many Eastern and Western religions seem to agree upon and one that science is catching up to.

“Our quest for happiness leads to attempts to satisfy our desires – whatever they be. But in so doing we become attached to things that are unreliable, unstable, changing, and impermanent. As long as there is attachment to things there will be suffering – when they change when they cease to be what we want them to be. Try as we might to find something in the world that is permanent and stable, which we can hold on to and thereby find lasting happiness, we must always fail.  The Buddhist solution is as radical as it is simple: let go, let go of everything.”

Rupert Gethin

While it’s a beautiful idea, I’m not there yet. Can I let go of my attachments just slightly? I’m not quite ready for this Buddhist idea. I can see its value though. My mind does attach to the image of our bodies as a spacesuit.  Buddhism points to the reality of our body is ever-changing. If we are attached to our ideal that this body will remain the same, we will suffer. When we use our spacesuit well it, or body if you prefer we will develop lines where we laugh, marks where we stretch and grow and scars where we bleed. 

Mary Lambert paints this picture

“Love your body the way your mother loves your baby feet….

This is important

You are worth more than a waistline

You are worth more than beer bottles displayed like drunken artifacts

You are worth more than any naked body could proclaim in the shadows

More than a man’s whim or your father’s mistake

You are no less valuable as a size 16 than a size 4

You are no less valuable as a 32A than a 36C

Your sexiness is defined by concentric circles within your wood

It is wisdom

You are a goddamn tree stump with leaves sprouting out

Reborn”

An Invitation to Body Neutrality

Take this as an invitation. Like many things, this is just the beginning of a new way of seeing. Journeys aren’t straight lines, but zig-zags. You won’t shame yourself out of thinking this way.  This is a journey of love. Meet your thoughts with love. Examine them. Question them. Talk to yourself with the love that you hold for your 5-year-old niece. Isn’t she is beautiful dancing in the bed in her pajamas with not a care in the world? So are you. Bathe in that light for a moment and try on that truth.

For some, this path starts with make-up, surgery, working out, movement, or gaining physical strength.  I’m not here to judge your journey. These methods, like photography, are on-ramps. Choose your own adventure and turn to the next page.

Bodyscaping by Allebach Photography. Boudoir and bodyscaping offered at our North Wales, Pa studio outside of Philadelphia, pa.

My personal journey involves running, movement, meditation, inquiry, and breath-work (read about it here). I’m not there yet. I haven’t arrived. There are days where I subconsciously or consciously avoid looking in the mirror. But this is why I hold space for others to do the work. The work looks familiar. My soul knows this path. 

Lastly a note, self-love isn’t selfish. It’s the deep well where we meet others. When this water is poured into our own lives it spills out into the world. Whether we start with ourselves or others doesn’t matter.  See the beauty, and when you can’t… get closer. 

So my hope for you is that you know you are worthy of being seen this year.  That this is a beginning to regard your stretchmarks, scars, bumps, and lumps as parts of the story. Begin to deeply love this story you are living. May you learn to love the spacesuit you’ve been wearing and share this message with sons and daughters and share new realities with the next generation. May you allow yourself to be documented, recorded and treasured. It’s time to be seen. Get in that photo!

In short, I hope this is the year you start owning your time and space. 

Extra thanks to MooseKleenex (buy artwork shown here) and Terri Ledgerwood & Elizabeth Zimmerman of the Body Image Bootcamp for giving their amazing insight. Check out the Body Image Bootcamp on April 2-5, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

Check out Elizabeth’s site for more info coming soon.


photo by Bud Johnson

Mike Allebach is a photographer of couples boudoir and tattooed weddings. Learn more about bodyscaping, boudoir and couples boudoir at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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Channeling Your Inner Goddess Photo Session: Cara

“New Year, New You” is the saying right? How do you know what the “new you” should embody? What is it that you want to channel each and every day to really hone in on this concept we all talk about at the end of every year? What if the answer wasn’t as new as you’re wanting to be, but ancient? Ancient goddesses to be exact.

Cara invoking Lakshmi for her inner goddess session

Cara came to us wanting to document her recent full-body transformation.

“I recently lost a life-changing 80lbs over the past 9 months. I knew I had to update my business headshot because people were approaching me at work with whispers of ‘Are you okay?’ since I looked nothing like my work picture anymore.”

“I was hoping to get a few pictures of myself feeling sexy in my new skin. But the results were worlds beyond anything I could have imagined.”

While Cara was exploring this newly transformed self, we were educated on different goddesses to invoke for different purposes. Cara shared an amazing article, highlighting 11 popular goddesses! Reading about these powerful and ancient deities was incredibly inspiring and really helped Mike bring a new vision to Cara’s session.

“The whole experience from the consult discussion, to the shoot and the ordering session left me feeling this immense sense of empowerment.  And the residual ‘bad bitch/goddess’ vibe has stayed with me, even as I wait for my wall print and album.”

So if you’re inspired to explore your inner goddess and/or wanting to invoke the ancient powers of goddesses across all religions and cultures, Cara has one piece of advice…

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Seven Reasons to Treat Yo’ Self to Birthday Boudoir

Seven Reasons to Treat Yo’ Self to Birthday Boudoir

Treat Yo’ Self Day is a day for pampering, indulging and celebrating (and popularized by Parks and Rec’s Donna and Tom)– and at Allebach Photography we think there’s no better day of the year to Treat Yo’ Self than on your birthday.

Check out our reasons below to Treat Yo’Self to one of our solo (or couple) sessions with a Birthday Boudoir session in our studio located in North Wales, just 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

Celebrate this milestone

Whether you’re turning 21 or 40, every year we spend on this earth deserves celebrating and memorializing. Boudoir has no age.

Give yourself the gift of confidence

You will leave our studio feeling a different person than when you came in. This is more than a photography session; it’s a transformational and empowering experience that will leave you walking taller.

You deserve to be pampered

Between work, family, school, most of us find it way too easy to neglect ourselves. In our studio, you’ll be pampered by our professional hair and makeup artists and be treated like a rock star. 

Did we mention it’s an experience?

The best gifts in life can’t be bought (though we wouldn’t pass up a trip to the King of Prussia mall to pick up some birthday fragrances and fine leather goods, #amIrightDonna?).

You’re going to enjoy yourself

Boudoir can sometimes sound intimidating, but trust us when we say we’ll keep you feeling relaxed (and even get a few laughs out of you). Boudoir is ultimately about making you feel good about yourself.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving

Even after the session, you’ll be able to look back on your session and your photos and remember how badass you look and feel.

You don’t need a reason to celebrate you!

Last but not least, gone are the days when you need an excuse to do boudoir. Heck, you don’t even need a significant other. YOU are the reason. And you are enough. Especially on your birthday!

YOUR NEXT STEP
Call/text us today at 610.539.6920 to book your birthday solo boudoir session or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

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Free boudoir phone consultations at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone 

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French Quarter Boudoir by Allebach Photography

Ready for boudoir at Allebach Photography? Check out this video of our newest boudoir area in the studio called French Quarter.  The tones of the French Quarter meld with the industrial loft of Allebach Photography.

Boudoir is the perfect gift for anniversaries, holidays or birthday!  Treat yoself! You deserve it!

We are located only 2 hours from NYC and 1 hour from the Philadelphia airport.  We are accessible via the Doylestown/Lansdale line on the Septa Railway. Call us or text us at 610.539.6920 or use our contact form at http://www.allebachphotography.com/contact/ 

 

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Night Boudoir at Allebach Photography

Philadelphia area boudoir photographer Mike Allebach is offering limited night boudoir photos.   Treat yourself or give them as a gift to someone you love.

Boudoir photos during the day tend to be light and airy.   Night time boudoir photos can be dark and film noir. Text Allebach Photography at 610-539-6920 or contact them at http://www.allebachphotography.com/contact/ Night Boudoir at Allebach Photography Night Boudoir at Allebach Photography Philly Area Boudoir Studio at Allebach Photography Bucks County Boudoir - Allebach Photography Allebach Photography Mainline Pa Boudoir Nighttime Boudoir Ideas Mike Allebach Photography Boudoir Lansdale Boudoir Photographer Gothic Boudoir Photography New Jersey Boudoir Photographer

 

 

Allebach Photography is located a short drive from Doylestown, Bensalem, Blue Bell, King of Prussia and Lansdale. In walking distance of the North Wales train station with trains running from Doylestown to Philadelphia.

Book your boudoir photography session today.

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10 Reasons for a Solo Boudoir Experience at Allebach Photography


10 Reasons for a Solo Boudoir Experience at Allebach Photography

Whatever the occasion, a photographic boudoir experience is a perfect way to celebrate YOUR life. People just like you are having boudoir experiences at Allebach Photography.  All genders, ages, ethnicities and body types come into our studio for photography. You’ll start with professional hair & makeup and ending with designing artwork. Unveil the badass within.  You’ll leave your boudoir session feeling more confident, empowered and sexy as hell.

 

Below are 10 of our favorite reasons to have a solo boudoir session!

1. It’s your birthday (we gonna party like it’s your birthday)
What better way to celebrate the birth of you than by slipping into your birthday suit and workin’ what your mama gave you?

Birthday Boudoir Reveal 

2. You set and reached a goal 
Whether you’ve been putting in the time after work or getting up at the crack of dawn to run around the neighborhood, you’ve hit your fitness goals and encapsulating them with a photo session is the perfect way to freeze this moment in time.

3. You just got a promotion at work (like a boss)
You kicked ass at work and you’ve been recognized for it. Instead of hitting happy hour with some co-workers you barely know, treat yourself to one of our empowerment boudoir sessions. Shoes and shirt optional.

 

4. You just ended a relationship or started a new one
Changing your relationship status is a perfect reason many of our clients have boudoir sessions. A boudoir experience can be the perfect way to boost your self-confidence and embrace the new single you.


Nighttime Boudoir at Allebach Photography

5. You just had a baby
It’s been 9 long months since your body’s belonged to you. Motherhood has changed you, mentally and physically. Thank your body for making a tiny little human and embrace the changes it’s gone through.

6. You just got engaged/married
A solo session can have the double bonus of being both a gift for you and your partner. Treat yourself to the session, and then gift your photos and artwork to your significant other as a wedding gift.

7. You’re celebrating sobriety
In today’s culture, not all milestones are created equal; in fact, society would even prefer to pretend some don’t exist. But celebrating milestones, whether it’s 30 days or 30 years sober, are what truly make the up the fabric of our lives. Staying on the straight and narrow route is worth commending yourself on.

8. You finished school
The endless nights of cramming have come to a close and you’ve finally crossed that stage and gotten your hands on that coveted diploma. Break out the Vitamin C and instead of immortalizing this time in your life with that cliché studio portrait of you in a cap and gown, take some photos of how you really want to remember yourself.

9. You just retired
Many of our clients ceremonialize retirement with boudoir! Celebrate this next chapter of your life by proving that beauty and confidence are timeless.

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10. You’re celebrating overcoming an illness
To come out on the other side of a serious illness, whether it’s a disease or cancer, is a truly transformational experience. Illnesses challenge us to change and to rise above. Solo boudoir, for many of our clients, has acted as therapeutical, as a sort of “Fuck you,” to the illnesses that tried to destroy them but wound up making them stronger. .

Whatever your reason or even if you have no reason at all, boudoir is a way to treat yourself.  It’s time to take the step and book your boudoir.

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

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10 Reasons Why to Give the Gift of a Boudoir Album

Philadelphia Boudoir AlbumYou and your partner did it, you came out Allebach Photography’s boudoir studio, got all dolled up, and had a blast making fun and sexy memories together. Now what? The next step after your photo session is to sit down with us and create your artwork in our design gallery space.

Below are 10 reasons to commemorate your session by gifting your partner (and yourself!) a boudoir album.

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  1. They’re professionally curated
    Cropping, color correcting, making sure your photos are of a high enough resolution for print…we deal with the technical aspects of the album.  Each album is handcrafted in New York.  
  2. You’ll relive your session every time you open it up
    Boudoir Album

    Think of your photo album as a mini time capsule. Each time you open up your album, you’ll be transported back to that magical day in our studio.

  3. They don’t force you to choose a favorite
    Can’t decide which photo is your favorite? The best part about choosing an album is with its many pages you don’t have to!
  4. No need to worry about losing your digitals 
    “Having a physical album is nice because it’s private and you’re less likely to have an album destroyed than digitals (hacked, a computer breakdown, etc.)” says our client Desiree M.With physical, hard copies of your photos, there’s no need to worry about your digital versions getting destroyed because you forgot to backup your hard drive.They make for great foreplay .
  5. Snuggling up in bed with your partner and pulling out your album can be a great way to spice up your foreplay.
  6. They’re elegant
    Photo albums are timeless and no matter how many digital photo-storing crazes come and go, a well-bound album you can hold in your hands will never go out of style.“There really is something about being able to see your art on your wall or in a book. It adds an element of elegance,” says Kayla C.
  7. You can showcase it on your coffee table
    While some of our clients prefer to keep their more risqué photos more private, many choose to display them in their homes, like on a coffee table for visitors. “I have our album on our coffee table for everyone to see!” says A. B. 
  8. It will make you feel sexy all the time
    “When we went back to pick up our artwork, we ordered a huge album with all the photos she wanted in it. I want her to feel pretty all the time,” Meredith T. said of the photos of her and her girlfriend.
    Couldn’t we all use a daily pick up like that?
  9. You get the offline experience in the online world
    We spend so much time on our devices, staring at our computer screens until our eyes are dried out. The experience of scrolling through our camera roll on our iPhones can’t compare to the feeling of gently turning the pages of your special album.
  10. It’s another tool to tell the story of your love and anchor your love
    If you could create a time capsule encompassing everything that celebrates you and your partner’s love for one another what would you include? A few concert ticket stubs, some love notes…how about a photo album of you two at your happiest?!


Ready for the gift of boudoir? Ready to begin creating your boudoir album? Call us today at 610.539.6920 or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

We serve people from all 50 states!  Our studio is located 1 hour from Lancaster, Philadelphia, Allentown, Delaware County, Berks County and a short drive from Lansdale, Doylestown, King of Prussia