One of our clients’ favorites ways to be transported back to the all the feels from their experiences is through our custom, fine art albums.
During the cinematic reveal of your photos, you’ll laugh and cry and work with your photographer to choose your absolute favorite photos.
You may have those top faves that you know are PERFECT for that space in your home so you can see them every single day.
But what about all of those other moments? The candid ones. The funny ones. The romantic ones. The naughty ones even.
Together, they tell a story. A story of your relationship with your partner, or the way you play with your kids, or the journey you’re on right now… how you want to see yourself every single day.
What would it mean for you to be able to go back in time and relive a day where you felt truly empowered, strong, connected, and loved? That’s the power of the printed photograph. It’s a moment in time that holds worlds of emotions and memories. It’s an anchor to a time you cherish.
So, if you’re thinking about booking a session with us, and you aren’t sure how you want to memorialize these moments, a keepsake album is always a solid choice and an investment worth every penny.
I’d like to leave you with a question to ask yourself…
If you could step into a time machine right now, what are those moments you would want to relive all over again?
Jay and Kelly joke that they’ve been together since the Stone Age.
The pair has been together since high school (they were introduced by Kelly’s best friend), which makes for 24 years, 17 of which have been married. They have two boys, a 14-year-old and a 10-year-old.
“We pride ourselves on the strength of our marriage, we work everyday to stay strong and have great communication with each other. We truly are love birds still, even after all these years,” says Kelly.
When Kelly discovered our studio, it was love at first sight.
“I found Mike’s artwork on social media and immediately fell in love with his concept and how his pictures had some risk to them, but were still tastefully done. When I found a photographer who could capture our naughty side together, I was like, we must do this!” she explained.
Kelly ran it by Jay, who was immediately onboard. After all, she says, who doesn’t want to take sexy pictures with their partner all glammed up like a supermodel?
The couple was so game to get a little naughty in front of the camera.
“We looked at the day as a date for something we hadn’t done as a couple before and it was more fun and less stress, I suppose! Jay dressed in a sexy button down shirt and looked so handsome! I selected something naughty and romantic and then something extra naughty. It was fun to be a little vulnerable together. Not everyday you get nakey in front of others,” Kelly said.
“It was just comfortable. I felt like we could just take our time and Mike always saw the opportunity for a great shot,” said Jay.
Kelly continued, “Jay and I have such a connection, it was fun to just be together with him and aside from cracking jokes and having light conversation with Mike, he sets the scene for sexiness and you really forget he is even there, which was awesome!”
Kelly had a hard time keeping in her tears during the big reveal of their photos afterwards.
“The reveal was amazing…I shed some tears at how beautiful the shots were. We were extraordinarily pleased!” she said, adding that they chose an album.
“I feel like we gained a great memory of us at this point in our lives. So many people hesitate to get in front of the camera because they aren’t at their fittest or feel those insecurities of their physical appearance…DON’T!!! We had so much fun and after you see your photos you come away from the experience gaining confidence and appreciation and strength for stepping out of your comfort zone! I’ll be excited for a future session!”
We love couples that break the mold and that’s one of the reasons why we had so much fun with Megan and Jake.
The two felt an instant connection from the moment they met two years ago, through a mutual friend.
Megan says, “I was a newly single mother at the time, and very hesitant about entering a new relationship. Jake was so patient and kind. He loved me through a time when I was still learning how to love myself. Fast forward two years and I can’t picture my life without him in it.
Megan was so in love with Jake that this past December she decided to get down on one knee and ask him to marry him.
“We couldn’t be happier.”
Early on in their relationship, Megan shared the Allebach Photography page with Jake and they’ve both been dreaming about doing a couples session ever since.
“It was something we talked about as a ‘someday-goal’ frequently but with raising a four-year-old, having the time and money to actually make it happen seemed impossible at times. Especially considering that we live six hours away from the studio, in Erie,” says Megan.
As their two-year anniversary began creeping up they wanted something really special to celebrate. They had talked about taking a vacation but then it hit them.
“We NEEDED to do this, to turn this two-year dream into a reality. That’s when we booked our session and made the commitment to travel across the state for this experience. At the time, I had not decided to propose yet. In the end our images ended up being a celebration of our love in place of traditional engagement photos!”
Though they were both in from the get go, Megan says the nerves were real the days leading up to their session.
“Mine were definitely worse. Ever since having my son four years ago, I have struggled with body image and most of the time I’m the one hiding behind the camera, so stepping out of my comfort zone took a lot of courage”, she explained. “On top of that, being the photography nerd that I am, I was SOOO nervous to meet Mike in person! I follow the work of many talented photographers for inspiration just to admire their artistic abilities. I’ve always been extremely drawn to the beautiful images Mike creates and he quickly became one of my absolute favorite photographers. Meeting my favorite photographer in person felt like getting to meet your favorite actor or rock star. I was totally starstruck and awkward at first.”
Despite their initial nerves, Megan and Jake had a blast at their session, which was filled with giggles and silliness to go with their vibrant sensuality.
They started out with comfy/casual outfits that they could slip layers off of, then moved to a more polished look where Jake wore his best suit and Megan wore some sexy lingerie. They also brought along a few props to enhance the overall aesthetic of the session.
“One of our favorite photos was of me pouring Jake a glass of Maker’s Mark Whiskey. It looked like it belonged in a magazine!” says Megan.
Megan says she felt so comfortable during the session that she even surprised herself by stripping all the way down for a few full-nude shots.
Then came the photo reveal.
“I was not at all prepared for the intense emotional response I had seeing our images for the first time on that great big projector screen. Mike truly captured the love and intimacy between the two of us and getting to see how beautiful that was and how amazing we both looked was so overwhelming that I couldn’t stop crying.”
The couple purchased an album and are still trying to decide which images to use for their wall art.
“We love them all so much it’s hard to decide which ones to choose for wall art, but we are planning on purchasing a set of the metal prints for above our bed, once we decide. A few of our favorite shots are all the ones where Jake is in his suit and I’m in my red lingerie, and the ones in the stairwell, but it’s hard to choose favorites when every image is AMAZING.”
They left the session feeling more connected than ever as a couple.
“Our sex life has been better than ever and we both feel more confident in our own skin than we ever had before. I love myself a little more now and that feeling has been life changing”, Megan said.
“To anyone out there reading this thinking, this sounds so fun but are unsure about doing it, take a leap of faith and trust the process. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!”
Sometimes couples are destined to cross paths twice, like with Kristen and Adam, who reconnected after a six year gap of not seeing or talking to each other.
“We met many moons ago at an afterschool program. Adam was a grade ahead of me in high school, so we always went to school together. Funny story we worked at Subway together throughout high school and may or may not have been ‘seeing’ each other after work!“ says Kristen.
Kristen then went off to college and the two lost touch.
She continues, “When I moved home, I had been hanging out with my best friend at the firehouse where they had belonged. Her husband had been on my case about hooking me up with this really nice guy. I was totally not ready to start dating after just getting out of a relationship. When he told me who it was, I just laughed! I was like, ‘absolutely not’! Well, after months of hanging around the firehouse, where Adam was a lieutenant, we saw more and more of each other. I had absolutely no interest in even giving him a shot. Months later I finally agreed to hang out, one thing led to another, and here we are eight years later, married for two!”
Kristen loves that Adam keeps her grounded. “I am the person to jump and ask questions later and he is able to reel me back in, to think before I act in certain circumstances. He puts up with my crazy, yet allows me to be exactly who I am. He has held me through some of my toughest days and tries his best to understand me.”
“The thing I love most about you is your dedication to your business, the time and effort you put into your team and helping others. Your constant drive to do better and do more for both us and your business,” Adam tells Kristen.
For their couple’s boudoir session, Kristen had ordered multiple items online that didn’t arrive in time due to the holiday/pandemic USPS shipping madness.
“Outfits, honestly, were a nightmare. Thankfully, I was able to pull it together. I was able to pull an outfit from my own business inventory. My favorite outfit was a simple black bodysuit off Amazon. I typically walk around our house in a crummy old white t-shirt and underwear, so my third outfit was Adam’s favorite underwear and a tight, white crop top!”
Though they both started out nervous, they both warmed up quickly and went with the flow as they got into poses.
“We were both pretty nervous going into it. The drive down that morning we were both on edge, but thankfully we had a blast and the nerves left pretty quick. Mike and his staff were awesome!” says Kristen.
Adam says that his favorite part of their session was their steamy shower scene.
“We loved the down time after the shoot to reconnect and play the card games upstairs. The reveal of the photos, um… I wish I had words. The music Mike played was the perfect fit. In a company where I empower and educate women everyday (she works as a director at Pure Romance), the music and photos almost brought tears to my eyes as I felt so beautiful and so empowered watching the spool of photos, and I am not a crier,” Kristen says.
Adam agreed. “I was speechless when it came to the photo reveal.”
The couple ordered artwork for both their bedroom and master bath, along with a portrait box of 25 photos, which they said arrived more quickly than they expected, and they were just as quick to add them to their walls.
“We planned for a corner in our bedroom but after bringing them home we decided right across from our bed. We couldn’t put them in a corner to hide, they are way too beautiful. It didn’t take long to hang them, they were both up within an hour of getting home. It’s beautiful to wake up to in the morning,” Kristen says.
Kristen says she hopes this session leads to them spending more intimate time together.
“Having those pictures on the wall is a reminder that we need to make time for ourselves…that outside of our everyday busy lives, we still have each other and that is one important piece of keeping our marriage strong.”
Adam says he hopes the session makes his wife more comfortable wearing sexy lingerie! He also added that it was great foreplay and pregame for their upcoming vacation.
The couple says they cannot wait to return one day at a different period in their lives. We can’t wait to have you again, Kristen and Adam!
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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!
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.
“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!”
Sarah and Jon enjoyed their couples boudoir session with us so much that they’ve now done two.
Like many of our couples, the two were high school sweethearts and have been together since 2001.
“We met through mutual friends, but he lived an hour away. So every weekend our parents would take turns driving me up there and bringing me home” Sarah explained.
After Sarah graduated from high school, the two eloped and soon had their first daughter. Today they have three children together and just recently celebrated their 15th anniversary.
“My middle daughter, Quinn, and I like to do pageants together sometimes. I met Mike when I was Miss Pennsylvania and I was preparing for the national pageant. I needed headshots for the program and I looked up local headshot photographers,” says Sarah.
While she was getting her hair and makeup done she began looking at his boudoir portfolio. When Mike said she could totally do one, “I told him no way, that I was too fat. He told me they had model calls often and he loved to have couples of all shapes and sizes for his portfolio. So I said Jon and I would like to try!”
Sarah was nervous to ask Jon but that after looking through Mike’s photos he became really into it.
“I wanted us to have pictures of ourselves as a couple, to celebrate us together as lovers instead of just parents,” Jon explained.
Though Sarah had been in front of the camera many times before, she admits she was very nervous for their couples session.
“I’ve never been nervous per se in front of a camera, but I was TERRIFIED when I got there. I was unsure of what my body would look like. I was unsure of how Jon would be with me in front of Mike.”
To her surprise, Jon came to life in front of the camera, acting like he had done it his whole life. The complete opposite of what I thought was going to happen!
After 20 years of being together, she saw a side of her partner she’d never seen before.
“After our session, I truly felt like I saw a side of him I never saw before. It made him so much sexier to me. We became closer sexually,” she said.
Sarah learned so much from their first session that she wants to pass on to future clients:
“Number one, it’s so important that you’re not nervous and you just let go. You can tell the differences in my first couple boudoir and our second one- and it’s because I wasn’t nervous the second time and just let go! Number two, TRUST Mike. He’s going to pose you. He’s going to tell you to how to look good. The man can’t take a bad picture – I don’t care how you think you look. He’s brilliant. Number three, I would bring one or two outfits max, and they really don’t have to be super intricate. Some of his sexiest pictures are just bra and underwear. And definitely his nudes are the ones that really shine. The hardest part of the whole thing will be picking the pictures you want to keep and ones you want to exclude! I always want to keep every one of them.”
Sarah has now shot with the studio four times and Jon three. In addition to couples boudoir, they’ve done headshots, solo boudoir, and calendar sessions.
For the first couples boudoir session, the couple got a box of matted prints, which are hanging in their private bedroom. They have albums for Sarah’s solo shot and for their second boudoir session.
“I have another shoot coming up in December for the calendar and I’m not sure what I’m going to do for that one! I think the wall artwork is beautiful,” says Sarah.
The couple says they are thankful and fortunate to have such visual reminders of their love, as well as fond memories of the process.
“I’m so excited we will have these pictures to remember us as lovers and not just as a married couple or parents. They’ll remind us of such an important part of our relationship and love and not a lot of people get to have a visual reminder of that,” says Jon.
Sarah agrees. “You will enjoy your experience with Mike, and he will make you look and feel beautiful, no matter where you are in your life at the moment. It’s an experience you’ll treasure forever and won’t ever forget.”
If you’re ready to get your own visual reminder of you and your partner’s love for each other, book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/
They say opposites attract and in many ways that’s exactly why Crystal and Aaron work so well together.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!”
Hey there! I’m Christine and a few of you might recognize me as I’ve been writing for the Allebach Photography Blog now for the past couple of years. Today I’m here to tell my own Couples Boudoir story, as my husband and I finally got to do our very own session with Mike recently.
But first, let me back up. I’ve followed Allebach Photography for several years now, well before I started helping out with the blog, and while I’ve always found Mike’s work to be mind-blowingly impressive, I never quite saw myself as one of his typical clientele. I have no tattoos. I’ve never colored my hair a funky shade. The most exotic piercing I’ve got is my nose ring. What I’m trying to say is I’m not exactly edgy. And if I’m not then my husband, Evan, certainly isn’t!
Evan and I met my summer out of college when a mutual friend invited me over to a party Evan was hosting at his new apartment. In actuality, this mutual friend invited me in the hopes of having me all to himself, but instead I was drawn to the host, who was playing beer pong and making goofy faces as he danced. There was something just so carefree and confident about him – he was the perfect balance between attractive and approachable.
To our mutual friend’s disappointment, we hit it off and within a few weeks we were exclusive. Though we came from different familial backgrounds we connected so well, first with our common interests and later with our shared values and perspectives on life. A quick three years later that mutual friend was toasting us at our wedding as Evan’s Best Man!
Last year we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by hitting up the Harry Potter Festival Pub Crawl in the Philly neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. But this year, I wanted things to be different. Writing everyone’s fabulous Couples Boudoir stories made me realize that many of the couples Mike photographs have the same thoughts that have run through my head. I’m not edgy enough, I’m not skinny enough, I’m not pretty enough, I’m not kinky enough. Blah Blah Blah.
I realized that these were excuses. I was looking for a fun, unique and intimate way to celebrate my relationship with my husband. Since we had our son nearly two years ago, I’ve found it very difficult to redirect my attention to Evan. By the end of the day we’re so exhausted from working and taking care of our son that we’re lucky if we can get through an episode of Game of Thrones together before passing out. I didn’t want to just settle for a night out to dinner, I wanted an experience that we would remember for years to come.
Some of our experiences in the past have included travel but with the CO-VID pandemic on top of having a baby, we were even more restricted in our options this year, which is why a Couples Boudoir session was even more appealing to us!
The day of our session I woke up SO EXCITED. I hadn’t felt a rush of excitement and nervous butterflies like that in so long and it actually reminded me a little of those pre wedding jitters I got on my wedding day. I checked and double-checked the outfits I’d packed, we picked up a bottle of champagne, dropped off our son and headed to the studio.
Once there I went straight into hair and makeup, where I got to meet the amazingly talented Katherine. She made me feel immediately at ease. While she curled my hair, her, Evan and I chatted easily about our favorite local Middle Eastern spots and horror shows. Evan popped open our bottle of champagne and we raised our glasses. Katherine worked with me to make sure that we were enhancing what was already there, not covering me up. By the end I felt drop dead gorgeous, but still myself!
It was time to get shooting. I couldn’t stop looking around at the studio- the rich textures and colors just took my breath away. We started with me in a white lace dress and my husband in a navy blue suit and tie. I figured why not start off with more clothes and then work our way down as we grew more comfortable! We stood there looking into each other’s eyes and clinking our glasses of champagne, one of our favorite photos we’d later come to see.
It was such a relief to let Mike take the reins at that point. We trusted him completely as he directed us into our various poses, staged setups and wardrobe changes. The music played and he got into pro mode while we just got to hold and kiss each other. I felt a little self-conscious at moments (like when I put on my bodysuit that bares my whole ass or when Mike would prompt me to stick my butt out) but beautiful at the same time, if that makes sense. Evan, as always, was completely calm and collected, and I think his easy demeanor definitely helped me. Though the whole session was my idea in the first place, I think I was the more nervous of us two but during the session I felt like I was in a trance. We were so in the moment with each other. There were moments where it didn’t even feel like we were in a studio, it felt like we were in our own bedroom. Towards the end Mike mentioned that if we’d like we could remove our clothes. I hadn’t actually decided up until that point where I wanted to but I decided to fling off my bra and we took some of my favorite photos then of the two of us.
The album is absolutely stunning, it honestly might be one of my now most treasured possessions. If our house was burning down I would reach for it in a heartbeat! In all seriousness, I’m having trouble finding the words to convey how gorgeous it is, from the design and quality of the leather bound album itself, to the beautifully posed images on the pages themselves. I cannot believe the people in those photos are us, but it is. Our wall art is gorgeous as well, and is going to hang right above our mantel where our friends and family can see, but the album feels like our own secret gift for each other.
As we left our session I looked at my husband and knew that I didn’t even have to ask if he’d had a good time, his face said it all. I can already imagine us in 20 years looking back at these photos and saying, “that was us, look how happy and in love we were/still are!” Best. Anniversary. Gift. Ever.
Are you ready to book your Couples Boudoir Session? Call 610.539.6920 or go to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/.
Your Couples Boudoir experience with Allebach Photography can be broken down into several badass pieces:
The Couples Boudoir Pregame
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
Recently, we captured Sequoia, Thom and Tony’s polyamourous relationship. At Allebach Photography we celebrate all types of love.
Monogamist living – finding “the one” to exclusively settle down and build a life with – is still the most common type of relationship, more and more people are beginning to find that this mold doesn’t work for them and are embracing other ways to love.
Like Sequoia, who is in a polyamorous relationship (meaning involving more than one sexual or romantic partner with all partners agreeing to the arrangement) with her husband, Thom, and their friend, Tony. She describes the three of them as best friends and one big family.
After work, Sequoia sits on the couch with one hand holding Thom’s, and with the other enclosed in Tony’s.
“On a normal day we all sit together on the couch with me holding each of their hands and we Netflix and chill. Literally chill,” says Sequoia.
Sequoia, Thom and Tony live together, along with Sequoia and Thom’s three children.
“Thom and I keep a separate relationship from Tony and I’s relationship, then the three of us have a friendship together. We split time. Every two nights I rotate between Thom and Tony. So each week one of them ends up with an extra night with me. We keep two bedrooms. We are very honest with each other. If we weren’t this would not work,” says Sequoia.
She continues, “Because Tony is straight and Thom is bisexual, and I am pansexual, a romantic relationship between Thom and Tony is non-existent. The common thing between them other than being best friends is me.”
There are many ways to have a non-monogomous relationship (you’ve probably heard of open relationships and swingers) but polyamory is becoming a more widespread practice as misconceptions about the practice are being debunked.
“Poly lifestyle requires a lot of thought and complete trust. You have to understand how much emotional baggage you have to bypass in order for this to work. Jealousy. Fear. Insecurity. None of them have any place in a poly lifestyle. They are normal human reactions that you learn to toss aside and replace with compersion,” says Sequoia.
Sometimes, the hardest thing about being in a polyamorous relationship is encountering people who try to make sense of their relationship, she says.
“We are open about our lifestyle. We go out together in public and don’t hide affection. We have had to deal with some opposition, which to be honest we knew would happen. People have different values, morals. We all respect that. But when we come up against someone trying to shove their religious agenda down our throats and criticizing our lifestyle to the point of harassment, we all mutually agree to tell them to fuck off,” says Sequoia.
Couples boudoir photography is stripping down to connect, feel more confident and sexy with your partner. This photo experience is then turned into the most epic gift for you. I didn’t feel like counting, so put the number of photos in this article in the comments below, thanks! Take a look at these photos…and book your couples boudoir experience today!
Amy & Tim’s Couples Boudoir Story Will Make You Feel Better About The World
Amy and Tim are about to celebrate 11 years since tying the knot, but they’ve been together for much longer than that. The two began seeing each other in all the way back in high school, where they bonded over everything from mini-golf, to a shared inability to never get sick of pizza to “all things geeky.”
“Some couples take breaks or grow apart but we always knew we had a forever thing. Some people’s spouses aren’t their best friends and that’s perfectly fine, but for me, he’s my person, my better half, the person who allows me to be the truest form of myself,” says Amy.
“Tim told me he was gonna propose when we had been together for about three years – mind you he told me that when we were 17!”
True to his word, Tim proposed when the two were sophomores in college and the rest, as they say, is history.
Amy and Tim were married in 2008 and welcomed their daughter into the world that following year.
Being positive role models for their daughter is something that’s been important to them ever since, says Amy, who admits that over the years she’s struggled with her own self-confidence.
“As a bigger girl, I’ve always struggled with my confidence like most women regardless of size.”
She continues, “But by some miracle, it all changed for me when I hit 28. I think at that point in my life I had hit all those silly milestones people put on themselves – I had a husband, a child, a house and a good job – and once I had those I realized I just didn’t care what people thought about me anymore. Being plus-sized didn’t stop amazing things from happening in my life, so why should I punish myself for the way I was built? That’s when I decided that the most important thing for me to be, especially for my daughter to see, was to be confident!”
That desire was what first drew Amy to boudoir photography, who began to look into doing a solo session on her own.
“By a fluke, we stumbled upon the Allebach booth at the Exotica Expo in New Jersey. Both Tim and I were on board from the start, and once we joined the Facebook group (because obviously, I had so many questions), we really felt like we had found our people,” said Amy.
Couples Boudoir Nerves Calmed
While Tim and Amy both agree that they were nervous for their shoot, their fears were quickly extinguished.
“Honestly speaking the whole crew there helped me get over my fears. They were welcoming and made us feel at home and that made it easier to be ourselves. Seeing my wife all done up and knowing that we were about to have an intimate experience we would never forget made the butterflies worth it,” Tim said.
“Our shoot was so much fun, we were super nervous, but honestly we had no reason to be. Mike was like a friend we didn’t know we had and made us instantly comfortable. It was sexy and fun to roll around half-naked and then completely naked with my hubby, because how could it not be?” said Amy.
The couple can’t wait to do another shoot in a few years.
“Overall we would do it again in an instant, and honestly plan to again in a few years. We tell of all our friends they should do it, its a great experience for a couple to go through. I like to think 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 its doesn’t matter how great your life is sometimes you just need those little things to put things in perspective,” Amy said.
Tim adds, “It was a great time for us and I’ll forever recommend them to anyone looking for something different and intimate.”
Check out these Couples Boudoir in Black and White
Our clients get to design their wall art in either black and white or in color. Any photo we take can be either black and white or color. So we thought it would be fun to put our favorite photos in B & W.
Schedule your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920. Our studio is located outside of Philadelphia. Only a 3 hour drive from Washington DC, 2 hour drive from Baltimore, New York City and North Jersey and a 1 hour drive from Lancaster.
Our studio was designed around having couples in and building gifts of albums or wall art for each other! This experience is huge and loads of fun!
Leave your session with wall art or an album and more confidence than you walked in with!
How can you not want to try out a fun and sexy photoshoot after seeing this! Call us at 610.539.6920 to book your session.
Real Couples Boudoir Photoshoots Chronicles: Stories at Allebach Photography
Meredith was thrilled – not to mention a little shocked – when her girlfriend, Debbie, agreed to do a couple’s boudoir session with her.
“The photo shoot was right up my alley and not ever something I thought she would consider. Trust me, she agreed to do it for me. I never dreamed it would go so well! She loved it. Not just the amazing photos but the whole process,” Meredith shares.
Their love story is a little risqué for the stereotypical law enforcement type.
The two met in D.C. when Debbie (who recently retired) was a Deputy U.S. Marshal at Superior Court and Meredith was just a “baby” lawyer, having recently graduated from law school.
“I was a law clerk for one of the judges at the same courthouse. I, uh, developed a thing for the U.S. Marshals, who staff Super Court. So much so that when the judges were looking for a deputy to transport a prisoner or something and the marshals were not answering downstairs, they would call my judge’s chambers. There were always deputies in there!” says Meredith.
Letting loose and law enforcement aren’t exactly two terms people tend to string together; But Meredith says that’s exactly what their boudoir session allowed them to do.
“She had so much fun, laughing and giggling and talking about crazy stuff we did when we met 18 years ago. You caught that I said giggling, right? Just FYI, law enforcement types…not big on giggling… I am sure none of you know about that stuff, having never, ever interacted with an officer of the law before,” she jokes.
The next day Debbie sent Meredith a text about how much fun they had, using words like magic, fun, flirty and sensuous.
The most important part of the couples boudoir session
But the most important words were the ones Debbie said to her on the way home from the studio the day of the photo shoot.
Debbie said to Meredith, “You know I never like the way I look in pictures, but in these pictures, I actually look pretty.”
Isn’t She Beautiful?
“I was shocked. Look, she is gorgeous. I’ve been telling her that for years! But it doesn’t matter what other people tell us. We all need to see ourselves up on the wall in all that Technicolor glory to really believe it. To truly realize ‘I’m pretty. I’m hot.’”
The couple recently picked up their artwork, ordering a huge album to look back on.
“You absolutely cannot put a price on what it has done for our relationship, our confidence, our happiness & our mental health. Trust me. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! After our experience, I am confident Mike and his team can make anyone comfortable. That is the Allebach magic!”
Meredith has already persuaded her girlfriend to do a bodyscaping photo session with Mike for her birthday this summer.
“I’m planning to get hot and naughty in a session with her Dodge Challenger in the fall,” she said. “I could have worse vices…”
Couples Boudoir, Engagements, Weddings, Family & Boudoir Studio
For the last 14 years we’ve been the photographer for everyone who was a little outside the box. People just like you asked the question, “who can photograph us?” Who won’t judge us for who we are. Whether it was a tattooed punk rock wedding, interracial non-religious wedding or same-sex couple, we’ve been the photographer for EVERYBODY who didn’t feel like they could find a photographer.
These days you’ll mostly find us in the studio! You’ll love being photographed here. Every day we make people feel like rock stars. The process starts with a phone call where we find out how to bring out the best of you in the photos. Once you come in you’ll get hair and makeup to make you feel like a rock star.
After the photosession you’ll see your photos right away in our design gallery space! You’ll get artwork that will anchor you to your experience and your badass.