One Love: A Celebration in Glitter

Glitter.  It's known as the herpes of the crafting world and yet I have an unending love affair with glitter.  I think it's because I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome.  If it shines, I must have it. 

So, what could be better than two ridiculously good looking men and a whole lot of sparkle?

I had them take turns applying glitter to each other. 

I had them take turns applying glitter to each other. 


Love.  ❤️  Sprinkle it everywhere.  


8 Myths About Boudoir Photography

I need to lose weight first.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  I always say that I can do with more lighting and posing than you can with six months at the gym. 


We may get thinner but we’re not getting younger. 

I Don’t Wear Lingerie and/or I Don’t Want to Get Naked.  You don’t have to be naked or wear lingerie.  I know how to shape light to conceal as well as reveal. See my POST on alternatives to lingerie for non-lingerie ideas. 


Boudoir is Porn.  Porn objectifies and demeans its subject; it’s explicit in nature.  Boudoir photography captures your beauty in a sensual and tasteful manner.  It’s about making the subject look and feel incredible.


Boudoir is only for young women.  Boudoir is for every BODY and every AGE.  One of my clients gets new photos done every year to honor herself.   I’ve had clients from age 19-65!

Boudoir photography is a One-Time Experience.  False.  The confidence boost can be addictive.  I have many repeat clients, and they often come back for different reasons:  birthdays, bridal boudoir, anniversaries, and even maternity.

Boudoir photography is Only for Those Who Have a Partner:  Wrong again.  Many clients come in to celebrate weight loss, birthdays, breast cancer recovery, or just to have beautiful photos to capture them at their current age and weight.

You Need to Look Like a Model.  Nope.  You don’t need to look like, or pose like a professional model.  It’s my job to guide you into the right poses, choose the right lighting, and give you the same editing and post-production that models get.

Getting Photographed by a Stranger is Scary.  I promise you that I’m furthest thing from scary.  I’m a little goofy, but it is always my primary goal to make you feel comfortable.  We’ll chat before your session so I can get to know you a little better, and I provide an all-female environment. 

It seems that most of these myths are rooted in fear.  Have you ever noticed that when you say  “yes” to new experiences that good things happen?

You Don't Have to Wear Lingerie

Sometimes I hear clients tell me that they don’t really wear lingerie and aren’t sure what to wear.

Bring Your Best Fuzzy Sweater, and make sure it’s loose and boxy.  Wear it with some sexy lace undies, and you’ve mastered laid–back appeal.  Bonus Points for Knee High Socks.


You can also do the above look with a simple tank top. 


A White Button Down Shirt is a classic and hides a multitude of sins.


A Swimsuit Coverup:  They look great with some pretty undies or you can go nude underneath. 


Fitness Apparel:  If you’re more comfortable in a sports bra than a lace bra, own it. 


An Evening Gown:  This atypical item is more glam than boudoir but still very sexy. 


A Vintage or Faux Fur:  Raid grandma’s closet, or scout a thrift store.  There’s something about fur that reeks of luxury.  Plus, it’s soft and feels great against your skin.


A White Sheet and Nothing Underneath:  Save yourself the stress of worrying about what to wear and just be nekkid! 


The Craziest Items Clients Have Ever Brought to a Session

I work in a small space so I don’t have the benefit of using lots of different sets.  One of the ways I keep things interesting is to have clients bring in one personal item.  (Get your mind out of the gutter!)

I love it because it keeps me on my toes creatively.  Over the years, I’ve had some clients bring in some very interesting items.  Hopefully, these examples give you some ideas of what to bring your own session with me.

A Fishing Pole:  A lot of times clients will bring in something that relates to a spouse’s hobby or interest.   This particular session was going to be shot indoors using a bedroom set in a traditional boudoir style.  If this had been retro pin up, it would have made the perfect prop.  I had to find a way to incorporate this into her session without looking cheesy, so I had her sit on the edge of the bed and hold the fishing pole in front of her with her knees together. This turned out to be one of my favorite images from the whole session.



A Life Jacket:  Life Jackets are big and bulky and flatter NO ONE, but I figured out a way to make her cleavage and legs look sexy in spite of it!


A Bottle of Lube: aptly named F*CK Water.  Since I didn’t need to demo the product in use, this one was pretty easy.


Compression Socks:  This sounds like the most unsexy of all unsexy items in the history of undergarments, but the client explained that her significant other found them to be very sexy on her.  They were bright pink and the resulting photo was nothing less than pure sexy legs!


A Fuzzy Pair of Ginormous Dragon Slippers.  Most clients like to bring heels that accentuate a pair of shapely legs, but this client’s significant other loves dragons, so we did a classic pin up pose where she lies on her back with her legs up in the air. 


Some of the coolest items clients have brought have been:

Sushi:  This client wanted to incorporate her Japanese heritage as well as her love of cooking so I had her lie on her side and I placed a few pieces on her thigh for an abstract shot of her hips and thighs. 


A Monogrammed Brandy Bottle with Matching Glasses and a Silk Tie: This client’s anniversary was coming up and sharing a glass of brandy is something that they like to do together, so she brought their monogrammed brandy bottle with their initials on the bottle.  We put the silk tie around her neck and filled one of the glasses half-full (Yes, I’m an optimist!) with brandy. 

A 45lb weight:  This client wanted to showcase her love of fitness.  The resulting photos are still some of my absolute favorites from her session.


A Chanel handbag and a pair of Louboutins:  This totally appeals to my love of fashion.   Besides, if you’re going to buy luxury items, why not commemorate them in a photo session?  It’s a great excuse to splurge!


Her Bridal Bouquet & Veil:  These are perfect for a bride with an upcomimg wedding and a nice surprise for the groom!


A Record Player & an Al Green Album:  This was a favorite combo that represented the couple’s sexy time together. 


Let your imagination run wild and I'll bring it to life! 

What a Boudoir Session is Like From a Client's Perspective

You've got the address all mapped out. Your lingerie is stowed away in the trunk and you've come up with a plan to explain why you're going to be gone for the next 4-5 hours.

Yet, you're still NERVOUS.  You tossed and turned the night before.  "Will she photoshop my cellulite?  I hope she knows how to hide my thunder thighs."  Wake up before the alarm goes off.  Stress about the under eye circles you now have.  "Maybe the make-up artist can cover them."

If you want to know what it's really like to do a boudoir session from a client's perspective, now you can hear it for yourself.  It's also captioned for you in case you're not in a position to listen with the sound on. 

I sat down with my client to ask her what her biggest fear was prior to her session as well as her favorite part of the experience. To Book Your Own Session, or Learn More, visit

Ladies in Las Vegas Wanted!


I travel quite frequently to Las Vegas and I'm looking for some brand ambassadors.  I'm seeking ladies between the ages of 26-55, any shape, any size.  Whether you're a native to Las Vegas. or just looking to experience memorable mini-vacation, this is the perfect excuse to take advantage of a pretty locale, and make some beautiful art. 

Professional Hair and Make-up provided.  Session Fee of $349 waived in exchange for signed release.  Refer clients and earn complimentary digital files!* $100 retainer required to hold your spot; retainer will be applied as a print credit.  Sessions to take place January 26 & 17, 2018.  Location to be disclosed upon booking.

Just click the button below to complete the form to be considered . Limited spots available.  

*Referrals must book and complete and their session to count as a successful referral.

"I do not regret the things I've done, only the things I did not do."- Rory Cochrane

Are you still on the fence about booking?  I have many happy clients.  Here's an email from one of them:


Simply the Best!

The results are in and I'm honored to be nominated as Best Local Photographer in the Tampa Bay area for Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Contest!!

For the past 27 years, Creative Loafing readers and critics award Tampa Bay's best businesses, people & places in categories like People & Politics, Goods & Services, Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink.

The polls are open now through August 23, 2017.  Place your vote for Boudoir Betty under the Arts & Entertainment category now through this link:


Why Prints Are Making A Comeback

Your Photos Deserve More than a Few Moments of Fleeting Fame on Social Media. 

Your Photos Deserve More than a Few Moments of Fleeting Fame on Social Media. 


Prints are making a comeback. They’ve become more valuable for the mere fact that they’re so rare. There is something special about holding a print in your hands. It’s a memory brought to life.

Software used to store your photos digitally can become inaccessible over time. Think back to the floppy disk, or CD. Most computers these days don’t even have a CD/ROM drive anymore. Technology is advancing so quickly that the equipment we use to store our data on becomes inaccessible. Hard drive failure happens too.

How about that one time you took all those photos from your two year old’s birthday party only to drop your phone in the toilet before you could upload them to Facebook?

Speaking of Facebook, every time you upload a photo to Facebook, the file is compressed to save server space. This downgrades the quality of the image significantly, especially if it’s downloaded and possibly reuploaded from Facebook multiple times. Have you ever seen a funny meme on Facebook and it looks really blocky? That blocky effect is actually pixelation, distorted pixel artifacts that occur after compression. Do you really want to preserve your memories this way?

Photographs, once printed, become artwork, or gifts for others. You’re not limited to simply paper prints. There are many services and apps available to print directly from your phone, and you can create canvas wraps, or custom photo gifts such as mugs and magnets. Display options are endless.

My best selling products are canvas gallery wraps and a folio box that includes matted images. The folio box is popular because unlike an album, you can pull out photos for display one at a time, or create a wall grouping.

An additional benefit to printing your images is most labs offer editing and retouching services. Labs can also help you choose which paper type would be best for your images.

Perhaps the biggest reason that prints are so popular now is because cloud storage services are still infallible. Cloud services can be subject to application bugs or security breaches.

Prints are a way to relive a family vacation, remind yourself that you are still loved, and enhance your mood. Plus, they last more than a few short-lived moments on social media.


Adventure Awaits!


“As she walked along she dramatized the city. There was about it a wild, lawless charm that appealed to a certain wild, lawless strain hidden deep in her nature—the strain of the gypsy and the poet, the genius and the fool.”-L.M. Montgomery

Dream photo sessions are a thing of today. More and more, women across the globe are looking to celebrate their femininity, their victories, themselves in new and exciting ways. Whether you are looking to capture an amazing time in your life or create branding imagery for your business that is like no other, the answer is to book with Boudoir Betty!

For these photo shoots I offer the same incredible service and transformation that I offer here in my photo studio! You get a personal styling consultation to discuss how you envision being photographed, professional hair and makeup artistry, unlimited camera time, and unlimited outfits.  Also included is the deluxe folio box with 20 matted prints and correspnding digital files, a flush mount leather album, and a 30 x 40 gallery wrap!

If you're interested in Personal Branding  we will discuss your business and marketing model in detail prior to your shoot. These sessions are perfect for the women ready to take their business to the next level. It is your time to SHINE. Frankly, it is time to show your audience your best self. There is NO other way to capture the clientele you are after than to SHOW them how professional you are. 

Booking a destination session is easy.  You pay the package price of $4999, book your own travel, and pack your bags!

Dream Destination Sessions are ideal for:

  • Boudoir/Glamour
  • Personal Branding
  • Personal Paparazzi

If this sounds perfect for you, just click the button below to go to my contact form:

Once Upon A Wedding May 20, 2017


* One on one mingling with wedding professionals.
*Enjoy scrumptious cake and desserts.
*Complimentary Valet Parking
*Swag Bags for attendees

Avoid the crowds of a big expo and the hustle and bustle. Enjoy a very intimate gathering of wedding professionals where you'll have ample time to speak with every vendor. We want you to leave inspired, prepared and excited for your perfect wedding day!

$10 in advance or $15 at the door

Sponsored by:
Boudoir Betty
Captured by Arlene
Mollyana Ward • Florida Executive Realty • Greater Tampa Bay, Florida
Tampa Flowers and Baskets
Paper Majik
Meeghan Carroll Designs
Angie Carter with Origami Owl
Cruise Planners
Belle Torte Cakes & More
June Hall of
Cheers for a Cause with via One Hope Wine

Look Good in Photographs All the Time! Free Guide


Being photogenic isn't something your just born with and isn't a Maybelline trait.  Believe or not, you can learn to be photogenic.  Let me take the mystery out of it for you:  

In this free guide, you’ll learn:

  • The most flattering poses for the camera regardless of your body type

  • How to use the best light when having your picture taken

  • How using the right makeup matters when taking a good image

  • Wardrobe do’s and don’ts to look your best

You’ll also see before & afters of some of my clients and how I utilized the above points to make them look gorgeous in photographs.

You’ll see diagrams of how lighting helped me take a beautiful photograph.

You’ll get a posing checklist so that you can mentally check everything off before having your photograph taken.

Six Sexy Ways to Present Your Boudoir Photos


Make a game of it. 

Birthdays, Holidays, Milestones, Anniversaries, Albums, Gallery Wraps, and Mounted Prints.  Oh my!

So many reasons to do a boudoir session, and so many ways to display the images…but let me give you some ideas on how to present them:

For the couple who wants to spice things up a bit:

Many ladies worry that their significant other may not like the idea of them getting boudoir photos, or feel guilty spending so much money on themselves but consider making a scavenger hunt out of it.  You ask questions such as, “Where is that butterfly tattoo on my body?”  or “Where am I the most ticklish?”  Then we make the answers with the corresponding photos and you hide the clues all over the house until he or she finally gets to you, the grand prize! 

Or you can ditch the scavenger hunt and just place photos in random spots all over the house:  in between the bills, or in a pile of laundry.  It’s also sneaky way to get him or her to help out with the house chores! 

Alternatively, you can make a trail of images leading back to the bedroom.

For the bride or anniversary:

It’s pretty common for ladies to come in and get a session as an anniversary gift. The flush mount albums are a popular choice but I had one client take it a step further.:  She purchased an album but also purchased 10 individual prints. With each photo, she wrote her husband a letter.  She is giving him one letter and print a year until they get to their tenth anniversary.  Then on the tenth anniversary, she is finally giving him the album!  I don’t know how many could wait that long to gift an album but I love the idea!

Or Picture This (pun intended):  You’ve arrived home after a dinner out.  You slip into something sexy and tell your significant other to check the drawer in the nightstand.  In the drawer is the album you made for him or her.

For the Long Distance Lover or Traveling Spouse:  If your partner travels a lot for work, you could put some photos on his or her phone or laptop.  How delicious would it be to surprise him or her with a sexy screensaver?  Just be sure that no one else has access to these devices. 

Just Because: 

Make it a movie night with you as the star.  When you purchase a collection, you get the files on USB in addition to your flush mount album or mounted prints.  This allows you to make a slideshow of your images, which is far more interesting than anything on Netflix!    

Hopefully, these ideas have started the wheels turning in your head.  The presentation can be just as important as the gift itself, but no matter what, you can be sure your significant other will appreciate the gesture.