As women, we are constantly faced with feeling the need to compare ourselves to what is considered beautiful on the outside by society. We’re conditioned to believe we have to be a certain [bra]size, hair length, height and so forth to be considered desirable. But I believe what makes a woman beautiful is the spirit she possesses. Regardless of what each of us has been through, it’s inspirational and empowering to feel in control of our own destiny. That’s what makes a woman beautiful.
And…this is why I love working with Breast Cancer survivors. These women are an inspiration to us all, not only facing the hard challenges of cancer itself, but also having survived the unique challenge of being a woman in society in overcoming the emotional and physical changes to their bodies. As our beautiful client, Tracy, stated: “After two double Mastectomies, as well as reconstructive surgery, feeling pretty wasn’t really my thoughts about myself.”
I truly believe in the power of boudoir sessions for women who have overcome breast cancer because there is something so magical and beautiful that happens in these sessions.
“After a few hours with Lori and her amazing eye for what is truly beautiful, I was feeling good about my appearance again, thus, feeling more self-confidence than in the previous 5 months. Lori makes you feel beautiful and magical… What I learned is that I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am cancer free.” ━ Tracy
I feel moved and honored to be able to share these types of moments with other women, understanding the warmth, love and connection that needs to be felt to make it an unforgettable experience for them to remember. I personally have been fortunate to not have had breast cancer (although I have experienced the fear of waiting for test results with my own scares), but I remember my grandmother going through the experience of a double Mastectomy when I was a little girl.
During a time before reconstructive surgery as we know it today was an option for women, I remember my grandmother using bean bags to stuff her bra and the playful and positive attitude she had when I would play with them. I’m grateful my grandmother survived her battle, but I’m reminded of how important the little moments matter in a big way.
Over the last few decades, I have photographed many breast cancer survivors before and after their surgery and I’m always honored to be part of the healing journey on the inside and outside. I’ve learned so much about women being a photographer and this is what I know for sure: they are strong and resilient and the most loving creatures on earth.
I believe you have to be comfortable in your own skin because no one is perfect. Everyone has flaws and no one is exempt from this. When I would look in the mirror my grandmother would say pretty is as pretty does and it always stuck with me.
Surviving Breast Cancer is an experience that makes these women the beautiful masterpieces they are, and if you’re one of these amazing women I invite you to inquire about your own boudoir session and how we can create an unforgettable, empowering and beautiful experience together.
In the meantime, take a moment to watch this beautiful behind the scenes video of Tracy’s session and how we captured her beautiful, strong spirit.
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2020 has been full of unexpected life events, and if there is one thing we’re reminded of it’s how absolutely important the love and support of family is. When the busyness of life is removed and we’re in the still moments of our day, we’re reminded that what is most valuable in our lives is the quality time spent and bonds strengthened with those we love.
For more than 30 years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to see families of all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life grow in their love through the memories they build. Watching families grow gives me such joy: from Boudoir sessions with young brides in love to engagement sessions with couples and from maternity and newborn sessions to growing family portraits, each session reminds me of the beauty of the love of a family.
There is one thing I always try to keep in mind when I photograph families and it is that no two families are alike in the way they express this love. Each has its own style, inside jokes, traditions, and dreams, and capturing this unique story and bond is my goal. Through a process of discovery and planning, I customize each session based on your one-of-a-kind connection, considering things like hobbies, locations, and favorite memories. I also consider the importance of tying in your photographs with your home decor – after all, displaying these moments of joy as daily reminders of love become an important focal point in your home.
Here’s a snippet from one of my favorite family sessions and how we captured the true essence of their spirit:
I’ve been photographing this family since their children were young and this year they wanted to do something really different. They told me they’re all computer nerds, but they all love rock ‘n’ roll and have always secretly wanted to be in a band and now want family portraits that reflected that. We had so much fun blasting the music and adding the smoke for a dramatic effect!”
Are you interested in capturing stunning and unique holiday portraits with your loved ones?
Give us a call today at (949) 831-3774 or click here to book your consultation and let’s make your family portraits shine just in time for the most beautiful time of the year. The best is yet to come!
Often we reach an age where we look back in awe of how quickly life has passed us by, reflecting on all the experiences – wonderful and otherwise – that helped form us into who we are today. Our journey in this life is one worth celebrating and our Fifty & Fearless women will be the first to tell you that their photoshoot was a life-changing celebratory experience they will never forget.
Many women come to us unsure if they’ll feel comfortable and confident in front of my camera, but they quickly discover that their beauty and confidence has been inside of them the entire time.
Fifty & Fearless boudoir photoshoots are not just about being sexy. They’re about feeling empowered in your own skin and celebrating who you are. My recent photoshoot with Jewels was no exception to this.
“From the moment I spoke to Lori on the initial call, to walking out of her studio feeling like a Beautiful Magical Goddess, I put my insecurities aside and allowed myself to be captured fully self-expressed.” – Jewels
When I first met with Jewels, I immediately noticed how beautiful her hair was. Its various shades of gray, blonde, and brown complimented her personality and essence so perfectly. Seeing her self- confidence inspired me to consider letting my own hair grow out naturally. Still, in preparing for our session, Jewels confessed she had some insecurities, and together, we designed a session that she felt comfortable with and captured her full self-expression.
When I meet with clients for the first time during our consultation, I always ask about their life’s journey because I love seeing and hearing them talk about their adventures with such emotion and passion. I am always so honored at how comfortable my clients feel in opening up and expressing themselves. Women are truly remarkable, and as we manage through this pandemic, I am reminded now, more than ever, how strong, indestructible, and brave women are. We are mothers, best friends, and teachers of life. We feel deeply for one another and give so much of ourselves for others. There is so much wisdom in the hearts of women that deserves to be shared and celebrated.
“I am so proud of the photos and honored by the heart that can see the beauty in others from a lens behind her camera.” – Jewels
That’s why I absolutely love doing what I do. I lift women up and celebrate who they are. Every one of my clients has a “why” they’re doing a photoshoot. Sometimes it’s because it’s on their bucket list, but more often, women have a story they want – and deserve – to share.
Having photographed thousands of women over the years, I have truly seen how a boudoir session is more than just a photoshoot. It isn’t just about how pretty you are on the outside. It’s about everything you’ve lived through and all the places you’re going.
“This experience was well worth the wait for me to have the ability to capture who I am, but also allow me to see the masterpiece of my life, finally, fully self-expressed for all to see.” – Jewels
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We’ve always loved our families but going through this challenging time together has given “family” a whole new meaning. ️After all, they are the people we grow and experience life with on an everyday basis. They are the people we turn to when life gets rough. They are our constant physical reminder that happiness can be found in the warmth of your family’s presence, whether it be a Face time session or an outing to catch up.
Wouldn’t it be special to celebrate this year by doing a photo session with your loved ones? Maybe you want to spoil Mom with an empowering portrait with professional hair and makeup!
Or perhaps a shot of the kids for Dad’s office desk.
Don’t forget a legacy portrait of Grandma and Grandpa!
Your family means everything to you and life gets busy. Your children seem to grow up in no time and the years fly by.
The time to preserve those precious memories with photographs that will take your breath away is now!
Maybe in the past, you have put off booking a session – life gets busy or you think it might be too expensive at the time. But this is your life, and if not now, then when?
You can choose to do your session in our beautiful 2000 square-foot studio filled with beautiful backgrounds to complement your home decor or we can venture out to your home or your favorite location that is meaningful to you and your family!
Each session includes:
• A pre-session consultation to map out your vision
• Full access to our wardrobe
• Hair and makeup services for Mom or Grandma
So what are you waiting for?
Let us tell your family’s story through stunning imagery that will live on forever. It’s a gift that keeps giving.
Give us a call today at (949) 831-3774 or click here to book your consultation and let’s make your family portraits shine. The best is yet to come!
Join us in celebrating and photographing the beauty, strength, and wisdom of women over fifty with a luxury Portrait of a Woman session at Brystan Studios. Through these stunning photo sessions, we seek to recognize every woman’s unique beauty and the incredible journeys they have lived.
The ultimate goal of Portrait of a Woman?
Portrait of a Woman was created as a way to show women who they are in a light they’ve never been in. It is about celebrating every woman’s compassionate heart, talents, creativity, strength, and innate wisdom.
We all know women do remarkable things in the world. Let us help you capture your story and your beautiful journey with timeless photography at Brystan Studios. All you have to do is show up! And let us take care of the rest of the experience for you.
Read first hand what women had to say about their Portrait of a Woman photo session with Brystan Studios:
Truly imagine: Heads turn. Eyes are on you. Your character, wisdom, and spirit are highlighted. You’re glowing and happy. You feel like the absolute best version of YOU.
This is exactly what a session with Brystan Studios feels like.
It’s an invitation for all women to experience their beauty without reason. It’s the chance to be a part of a photography experience that leaves you with an immense amount of self-love.
We are ready to create an unforgettable experience with you. Click here to schedule your complimentary 15-minute consultation with Brystan Studios. The best is yet to come!