Valentine’s Boudoir: A Celebration Of Love

Valentine’s Day this year is going to be extra special for many. For some, it’s a
celebration of a new phase of love. For others, it’s a celebration of love reignited
after the pandemic. And for many, it’s a time when they’ll reflect on how much
love they’re surrounded by. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this year…
what I appreciate about Valentine’s Day is that you don’t have to have a partner
in order to celebrate it.


Love can mean a variety of things to different people. The love of a mother, for
example, is a deep unconditional love that can be celebrated all year around.
The love of a best friend who knows all the parts of you and still loves you is
another. I personally love to use Valentine’s Day each year to show love to my
beautiful daughter. Love has many forms, but one of the most important forms of
love you can embrace is the love you have for yourself. We are our toughest
critic and often forget that Valentine’s Day can also be about falling a little more
in love with who we’ve become.

When I do Valentine’s Day Boudoir Photoshoots, oftentimes it’s for women who are wanting to surprise their partners with a gift that helps to freeze time – a moment when they feel the most passion in their love story that they’ll want to remember forever. But the truly special and unique Valentine’s Day sessions I get to do are the ones that simply celebrate who the woman is. I love that these sessions are focused on creatively showcasing her personality and unique beauty. More importantly, it’s about embracing the experiences that have made her who she is.


You see, Valentine’s Day shoots are works of art. Yes, they’re literal pieces of art… but YOU are the work of art. You are beautiful because of your experiences and the strength you’ve had to work through the toughest moments. So when I think of Valentine’s Day and what it means, I think of a moment in time that we can pause and see the beautiful masterpieces we’ve become. Boudoir shoots are an excellent way to capture that moment so that even on your toughest days, you’re reminded how truly beautiful and strong you are.

So cheers to you this Valentine’s Day, and all the love that you share. And speaking of sharing, here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day boudoir moments over the years:

Are you ready to indulge in ultimate self-care? Click here to schedule your complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. During our call, we’ll go over your shoot vision and begin the planning process.

Melissa’s Why: The Beauty of Boudoir

If boudoir has been on your mind, listen to Melissa’s why. I know that to many, a boudoir session can seem so intimidating but I’m here to remind you that boudoir is for every age and body-type.

Like many, my sweet client Melissa came into the studio looking for a confidence revamp. After years of choosing everyone but her, she finally decided to take the leap and indulge in the undeniable beauty and power of boudoir. Click the video below to hear more of what inspired her to treat herself to a boudoir shoot.

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Jump Into Spring With a Garden Goddess Session

Jump Into Spring With a Garden Goddess Session

Spring is a beautiful time of the year. It’s a season full of changes to the world around us, as well as within us. It’s a time of the year when we’re shedding the old and stepping into the new – a new wardrobe, life, goals, physique, and style. Boudoir photography is a wonderful opportunity year-round to celebrate who you are, but Spring is particularly special because it’s full of vibrant colors and renewed energy, creating a new aesthetic for outdoor photography.

Choosing an outdoor springtime location for a boudoir photo shoot can be a difficult task. Although there are diverse plants and flowers on display, cultural events and activities happening such as music festivals, walks, outdoor yoga, and celebratory events. These can make it difficult to find the perfect aesthetic undisrupted and private.

A garden, however, is one of the most perfect locations for an outdoor spring-themed boudoir session- it’s private and provides a tranquil backdrop, and is usually full of beautiful colors and aesthetics, making it a great space for portraits. But, not everyone has a green thumb or has access to a garden that provides the right look for a boudoir shoot. If you’re not up for wandering, you’ll be happy to know that we are launching our spring promo that features an outdoor boudoir session in my own home and garden. 

The Garden Goddess session is an opportunity to get beautiful boudoir portraits taken with a colorful backdrop and beautiful natural lighting that will bring out your inner goddess. Imagine sipping a Mimosa with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back with your favorite music playing – that’s the tranquil experience our Garden Goddess promo event offers.

 Many clients have absolutely loved their outdoor boudoir photoshoots in my home garden studio for that very reason, as well as the beautifully vibrant flowers and ivy, day bedding, fountains, and swings that it has to offer in a private setting.

We’re so excited to launch this year’s Garden Goddess spring promotion that we’ve put together a video to give you a glimpse of this beautiful setting that will transport you, relax you, and bring out your inner goddess.

If you’re interested in booking a Garden Goddess session, click the button below to schedule your 15-minute complimentary phone consultation where we will go over all of the session details!

3 Reasons Every Woman Deserves a Boudoir Shoot for Valentine’s Day

Tired of the same old Valentine’s Day? Looking for something fun and different? Try stepping out of your comfort zone.

You may think it’s a bit early to begin thinking about Valentine’s Day, but if you’ve been thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot, then now is the perfect time to reserve your booking. Whether you’re going solo this Valentine’s Day or planning to spend it with someone special, a photoshoot is the perfect way to express the love you have. Boudoir sessions not only make wonderful gifts for someone you love, but they also are an amazing experience that gives the gift of self-expression and confidence.

A boudoir session is a powerful experience that every woman deserves to have and here, we offer three reasons why:

1. You’ll Fall in Love with Your Own Beauty

Contrary to what society tells us to believe, your body is beautiful the way it is. When you do a boudoir photo shoot, you get to own and define every curve of your body, and when you look at the beautiful outcome of the photos you will love the way it looks. It’s truly self-rewarding and you will fall in deeper love with the skin you’re in, gain confidence, and feel utterly gorgeous.

2. You Get Pampered

You do everything for everyone else all year long. Whether you’re a mother, significant other, or a female entrepreneur growing her career, you spend a lot of time putting yourself aside. A boudoir photoshoot is more than taking beautiful photos – it’s a luxurious experience that you’ll never forget. From getting your hair and makeup done to enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing, its hours you get all to yourself to simply enjoy.

3. A Gift of Sexy, Powerful Confidence

Valentine’s Day boudoir shoots are an opportunity to capture your body and spirit in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime well beyond the holiday. You can choose a boudoir shoot as a gift for yourself that will allow you to always look back on a moment when you felt empowered. You can also choose to give it as a gift to someone special who will enjoy seeing your confidence shine through. Remember, confidence is sexy and powerful and boudoir shoots are where you can uplift, reclaim, and celebrate your body.

Ready to set up your very own Valentine’s Day boudoir session and feel empowered? Click here to schedule a complimentary call to get started! 💞

Boudoir For Breast Cancer Awareness 🎗

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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9 Reasons to Schedule Your Amazing Boudoir Shoot This Valentine’s Day

9 Reasons to Schedule Your Amazing Boudoir Shoot This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming: the most romantic day of the year. Whether you’re single or have an incredibly special someone in your life, chances are, you can’t escape the hearts and flowers.

Whether you’re looking for a Valentine gift this year or you want a pick-me-up that will put you in the best possible mood for your Valentine (even if that happens to be you on the couch with a bowl of your favorite ice cream!), a  Valentine’s Day Boudoir shoot can help make this holiday one that you will remember forever.

1. It’s a great time to go all-out with the theme.

Hearts and flowers. Cupids. Soft, sexy portraits that display a playful side—or, if you prefer, red and black tones that will exude the vixen energy you have. There are so many amazing themes to go along with Valentine’s boudoir shoot, including:

  • The things you love most
  • The things you and your partner love doing together
  • Soft pinks and whites
  • Dark black and red splashes of color
  • Single’s awareness day: hey, you don’t have to have a partner in your life to make the most of Valentine’s Day!
  • Chocolate and roses (or just chocolate!)

2. This is the perfect time of year to find the sexiest lingerie.

Around Valentine’s Day, many of your favorite stores will go all-out for the holiday, displaying racks of incredibly sexy lingerie that will be sure to make your mouth drop open when you see yourself in it—not to mention what it will do to your partner’s.

You’ll find plenty of new styles and colors to choose from, which could just mean a new favorite type of lingerie. 

3. A Valentine’s boudoir shoot is a great way to increase your confidence.

Do you have big plans for Valentine’s Day—or big plans to enjoy with your partner in the near future? A boudoir shoot could be just the confidence boost you need. After a boudoir shoot, many of my clients leave absolutely glowing—and they carry that confidence with them for weeks and even months after the shoot is over. 

Going it solo this Valentine’s Day? A boudoir shoot could be just the push you need to feel confident and comfortable with yourself again. 

4. A boudoir shoot can be an amazing gift for that special someone in your life.

A Valentine’s Day boudoir shoot is a great way to show off your sexy side to your partner. You’ll get an amazing opportunity to explore what makes you feel sexy, then show it off for your partner in a way that they might not have seen from you in the past.

It’s an amazing gift that he will be sure to appreciate—and chances are, he’ll show his appreciation in ways you’ll be sure to enjoy. 

5. A boudoir shoot can help you feel closer to your partner.

It doesn’t matter if you sleep right next to one another every night or your partner is halfway around the world: sometimes, you want a special opportunity to feel closer—and what better opportunity than Valentine’s Day? As you explore your idea of what makes you feel sexy, you’ll discover new things you want to share with your partner—and sharing those images will help open the door to those important conversations.

You might just reveal a side of yourself that your partner never knew you had, deepening your connection for years to come. 

6. You can enjoy your boudoir experience for years to come.

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it for yourself or as an incredible gift for your partner: a boudoir shoot is a gift that you will be able to enjoy for the rest of your life. As you look at the photos from your boudoir shoot, you’ll get a chance to see yourself through your photographer’s eyes, unlocking your incredible inner beauty and showing you exactly why you should be someone’s much-adored Valentine (even if it’s your own).

This amazing session will capture you exactly as you are right now, which means you will always be able to look back and see that glow—and feel that confidence all over again

7. During your boudoir shoot, you’ll unlock that inner sexy feeling.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you want to feel sexy and fabulous when you go out for a date with that special someone in your life. During your boudoir shoot, you’ll unlock that feeling of sexy in a way that you never have before, setting you up for an amazing holiday. 

8. You’re looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that’s a little unique this year. 

This year, why go with the same old stuff you’ve always done? Instead, shake things up, whether you’re with a new partner, the same one you’ve celebrated with for years, or on your own.

Create a new tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will compare many of your future holidays to. A boudoir shoot will be sure to transform your holiday into something magical.

9. A boudoir shoot is an amazing gift for you!

Let’s face it: sometimes you just need to do something special for yourself, and a boudoir shoot is an amazing opportunity to make that happen. You’ll be pampered, have a chance to enjoy a glass of bubbly, and relax as the camera focuses on you. Not only will you have the chance to explore your idea of sexy and unlock your own inner beauty, you’ll get to luxuriate in the feeling that for one day, it’s all about you.

It doesn’t matter if you have a partner in your life to share your images with or you want to do it just for you: this Valentine’s Day, make it happen for yourself. These sessions are an amazing way to pamper yourself, you get to have professional hair and makeup done and lounge around in lingerie ALL DAY. And this year we are including an extra gift to you. We’ve created the ultimate romantic self care package of champagne, a red rose, Godiva chocolates and a luxury candle FOR YOU if you book your Valentine’s Day Session before January 14th!

Are you ready to book your Luxurious Valentine’s Day boudoir session at Brystan Studios? give us a call at (949) 831-3774 to discuss, or click here for our contact form to schedule your session with Brystan Studios.

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