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See How Newlywed Reclaimed Her Identity With Solo Boudoir

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

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

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

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A quick Google search brought her to Allebach Photography. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Most Fun We Had Since Our Wedding Day”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Capturing All of Life’s Moments

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

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

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

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

Tell me about your family!
http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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

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Describe Your Child in Three Words

It’s hard to do, right? How can you encapsulate everything about your child into three tiny words?

My three favorite to date describe this handsome little guy:

Tenacious | Precocious | Inquisitive

That is exactly how Amber described her son, Wilson. So let’s break down those words and why they so perfectly describe him.

te·na·cious/ adjective

not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined

Wilson, right off the bat, positioned himself as in control as he could possibly be. He totally ran the session and it was worth letting him do so. He worked the camera and worked every moment to his advantage, in the best way possible of course.

pre·co·cious/ adjective

(of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.

Amber being a teacher, Wilson already had a leg up on the other children his age. But you can see in his eyes, his desire to learn and grow. He wants to know it all and soak it in!

in·quis·i·tive/ adjective

curious or inquiring. intrigued.

Going hand in hand with his precocious nature, Wilson is so curious about anything and everything he doesn’t know yet. His mind is buzzing with questions and mom’s got all the answers!

So tell me about your children! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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

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The Renaissance of Family

We’ve primarily focused on one parent up until now.
It’s time to focus on the whole family!

We’re looking for 6 families, to come model for the day! The spots will go quickly. First come, first serve.

Your session would take place at Allebach Photography in North Wales, PA. For modeling you will receive a complimentary photo session and an experience designed to celebrate you and your family! As a special thank you for participating, you will also receive $200 towards artwork.

If you’re interested, please email Erika at hello@allebachphotography.com with what an experience like this would mean to you. Submit your story by July 7th.

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

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Renato – Professional Headshots for Philadelphia, Bucks County & Montgomery County, Pa

Renato stopped by for a professional headshot for LinkedIn.   We made sure to deliver professional photography.  He is based in Philadelphia and travels to Montgomery County and Bucks County. For info on headshots visit our headshot pricing page: http://allebachphotography.com/price-guide/headshots

Book your studio session here today. 

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Headshots by Allebach Photography

Headshot Portraits by Mike Allebach

Announcing headshot portraits by Allebach Photography. Need a headshot or portrait?  Visit our studio in North Wales, Pa close to Lansdale & Blue Bell and accessible from Philadelphia via the Lansdale/Doylestown train.  We photograph headshots for business people, entrepreneurs, actors, tattoo artists and wedding business professionals.  Our rates start are $200 for a full shoot with a fully retouched high resolution images for your LinkedIn profile, FB, business webpage and more.

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A few examples of the styles of headshots we offer. We have access to white, black, brick and our super secret hallway headshot location (our most popular).

Need headshots on white? Headshots on black? We can do that but our most popular is the secret headshot hallway shown in many of the portraits below.

 

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We have a full-service Photography Studio in the heart of North Wales, PA. 40 minutes from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York, we are easily accessible by car. We are also just 1 block from the R5 Septa Train Station.
Book your session today (or ask questions here)

 

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College of Physicians and Mutter Museum Wedding with Croquembouche: Joanne and Justin

College of Physicians and Mutter Museum Wedding with Croquembouche

What’s cool about having the College of Physicians building as your wedding venue?  Guests were able to tour the Mütter Museum during the wedding!  It also enabled us to snap some pretty sweet photos.  Check out this awesome wedding with Joanne and Justin!

That cake at the end, it’s a traditional croquembouche cake cutting with a fricken sword!  It’s a French thing.

What is a croquembouche?

“A croquembouche or “piece montee” is a wedding cake made from filled choux buns held together with caramel in an impressive pyramid… Traditionally, the top of the croquembouche would be hit with a sword, silver mallet or even a champagne bottle, cracking the top off while the bridesmaids hold up the corners of the table cloth to catch the pieces.  The croquembouche is then taken away to be broken up, or left for guests to help themselves!”  – Wedding Cakes UK

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Interested in booking the Mütter Museum?
They’re located at 19 S. 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ((215) 563-3737)
http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum/

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The Mansion, Voorhees, NJ : TK and Ian

If we don’t catch your attention with TK and Ian’s steampunk wedding pictures, we’ll have to destroy the Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just kidding.
This wedding was on Friday the 13th. In Voorhees, NJ. Voorhees. Yes, like Jason.
Check it out! You’ve never seen anything like it.

 

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6 Reasons Why Rocking a Lace Wedding Dress Will Make Grandma Proud

By: Anne Lindeman

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Growing up you may have unconsciously developed some negative feelings towards lace. You know those dusty lace doilies that serve as a protector of trinkets on your grandmother’s furniture or maybe as a child you had a giant lace bib (with matching gloves) embarrassingly dangling from the neckline of your Easter dress. What I’m trying to say here is that lace may not always have been your friend, but I’m here to change your mind.

Lace has been a prominent fabric for centuries, originally used as a measuring stick to one’s wealth and status. So what has changed? As the fashion industry has proved time and time again, styles trend in cycles.

Lace is on its way back up in a very cool way and thanks to the wedding industry; it has proven itself to be extremely versatile. There are lace wedding dresses that have an amazing retro feel and some that are more modern for the fashion forward bride. I can’t think of any other material that can modestly cover you up, but also reveal a peek-a-boo of skin at the same time creating a super sexy look. And it’s that reason in particular why I chose lace for my wedding dress.

I was never the type of girl who dreamed about my wedding day. I was always the type that played in the dirt with boys, competed in sports, and more importantly, worked my ass off building a career in order to avoid financially depending on a man to take care of me. Why am I telling you all this? Because right about now you are picturing me as an awkward tomboy like Laney Boggs before Freddie Prinze Jr. got a hold of her and made her “all that.” Rest assured I wasn’t that bad, and let’s be honest, neither was Laney, but I wanted to paint a clear mental picture for you that I wasn’t a girly girl when I chose my wedding gown.

I happen to be one of those people who have an old soul and a true believer I was born in the wrong decade. While all my girlfriends gushed over gorgeous celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, I admired the classic film stars of the 50’s and 60’s. Sure Marilyn Monroe was the ultimate babe, but I idolized the beauties of the day like Jane Russell for her quick ball busting wit, Lucille Ball for her hilarious slapstick sense of humor, and Grace Kelly for her effortless way of being sexy chic. These women didn’t build vivacious careers on good looks alone, they had brains and they had gumption. They were strong independent women that I idolized and they just so happened to look gorgeous in lace. It’s exactly what I wanted to emulate on my wedding day. With a little extra help of a few tattoos, red sash, and red shoes, I was able to achieve the retro look I wanted while still maintaining my unique style.
Here’s another thought. Have you ever seen a man wearing lace? I think not, which means lace is something just us girls can identify with and in a strange way empower us to be independent and sexy. Okay, maybe Prince has dabbled in the lace department once or twice – but he gets a pass on this one!

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Still not sure if lace is for you? Here are 6 reasons why lace was the star of my wedding:
1. Lace is versatile. It comes in many different silhouettes and lengths.
2. Lace doesn’t wrinkle.
3. Lace can be worn for any season – try short and sleeveless for summer or long sleeved and high neckline for winter. The possibilities are truly endless.
4. Lace is timeless. Fifty years from now your wedding photos will still rock!
5. Its comfortable. It doesn’t snag. It’s not itchy, and the best part – it won’t make you feel hot or sweaty.
6. Its affordable! My custom designed Dolly Couture dress came in under $800!
So ladies, when choosing your wedding gown keep this in mind: lace is fabulous and has outstanding nostalgic appeal. Whether you want to look like a classic film star, wear a family heirloom, or just plain appreciate the beauty of the intricate details, lace will not disappoint.


Anne Lindeman is the founder of Clever Wedding Ideas, a website and blog providing ideas and inspiration for the chic and unique bride.

www.cleverweddingideas.com
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The Studio Is Open in North Wales, Pa! (epic uncensored party pics inside)

After being in business for 7 years the Allebach Photography studio opened. It’s 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia in North Wales, Pa.  We still will do weddings in Philadelphia and all around the United States.  BUT we also will be doing headshots for LinkedIn, senior portraits, family photos, tattoo stories and other awesome photoshoots at our North Wales location.  It’s an easy walk (1 block) from the North Wales station of the R5 Lansdale / Doylestown line from Center City Philadelphia.

Please contact us today if you’d like an in studio portrait session.

This is also the location for Mike Allebach’s newest venture marketing TV show & blog called BrandsmashTV.

Here are some pics from the Studio Opening party by Lee Shelly.

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Studio Opening! We Are Now in North Wales, Pa

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Attn Tattooed Brides and awesome photography clients: we are now located at the Photo Loft in North Wales!

The Photo Loft is a 2,700 sq ft, full-service, ‘center-city style’ Photography Studio in the heart of North Wales, PA.

30 minutes from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York, we are easily accessible by car. We are also just 1 block from the SEPTA R5 ‘North Wales’ train station.

With a 12′ Cyclorama wall as well as 3 other shooting areas, The Photo Loft offers everything from full fashion photography to small product shots and everything in between.

Studio: 403 E. Walnut St, 2nd Floor, North Wales, PA 19454