Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

I had the privilege of shooting this beautiful lady a little while ago. These photos are part one of two. As I edited this session I was reminded of this poem. And  as I was reflected on this poem, I was reminded that I too, am Phenomenal. And you know what? You're pretty damn Phenomenal too.

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them, 

They think I’m telling lies. 

I say, 

It’s in the reach of my arms, 

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me. 

 

I walk into a room 

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man, 

The fellows stand or 

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me, 

A hive of honey bees.   

I say, 

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me. 

 

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me. 

They try so much 

But they can’t touch 

My inner mystery. 

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say, 

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile, 

The ride of my breasts, 

The grace of my style. 

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me. 

 

Now you understand 

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about 

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing, 

It ought to make you proud. 

I say, 

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my hand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman, 

That’s me.

- Maya Angelou 

Client Experience: Mrs. J

Client Experience: Mrs. J

"This session has taught me to celebrate the temple I live in everyday"

The moment I arrived I felt very comfortable. I didn't really know what I was in for concerning the shoot , but Candice made sure I was in my element the entire time.

The session was all that (I expected)  and more. I was able to tap into a sensual side I didn't know I possessed. It was such a laid back environment that I was able to be comfortable in my skin. I wasn't worried about my imperfections, I was just in the moment and simply Beautiful!

I realized that sexy is not a physical trait, it's how you carry yourself, how you feel about your person. This session has taught me to celebrate the temple I live in everyday. My body is so much more than what people see. My whole life I was taught to be modest and covered. This session has allowed me to see how beautiful I am underneath it all. 

DO NOT be afraid, don't doubt yourself. There is something wonderful to be seen locked up inside every woman that we normally don't share. Book a session to celebrate yourself, you don't have to be a model, just be you.

Just be Beautiful

Just be Beautiful

In the last 6 months M has had invasive back surgeries for both a discectomy and a spinal headache... Ouch.. Some ladies (ahem) seem to believe that since they "can't pose" they can't "take good pictures" ... Um.. wrong. It's my job to assess and accommodate. Whether its due to old injuries or feeling like you never grew out of that awkward teenage stage, I'm here to help. You just be beautiful... I got the rest... ;)

We were feeling the moody light ...

Came across this poem today...

Came across this poem today...

She needs no fancy clothes
to make her look sexy.
She needs no man by her side
to make her feel sturdy.
She needs to tell no lies;
her honesty is her beauty.
She’s smart in the head,
and courageous in the heart,
confident in herself,
and compassionate in her thoughts,
independent and able,
strong and graceful.
~Author Unknown 

..... ALLLLLLLL OF THIS!!! And with it I chose to feature a few of my favorites of this sexy, sturdy, honest, smart, courageous, confident, compassionate, independent, able, strong, and graceful woman..... SLAY.

The Other Side of the Spectrum

The Other Side of the Spectrum

This summer I had a chance to shoot for myself and really push to develop my style a bit more. It was fun, it was exciting, it was mentally exhausting, but oh so satisfying. One of my personal shooting adventures included a model (Heeeeeeey Cassandra!) who had interesting insight on what it was like to be on the other side of the body spectrum. We hear I'm too big, too heavy , too fat... OFTEN! - Let's get real.. It's most of your excuses now for not coming to see me (ahem.. *cough*) But what we don't often talk about are the women on the other side of the spectrum. And if  I said it once, I'll say it again... WE SHOULD ALL BE CELEBRATING WHO WE ARE NOW. And wouldn't you know it? Cassandra believes the same...

 

"Looking at me you would never think I would have ever gotten made fun of or teased as a young girl. Looking at me you would never think I still have this issue today with other women."

You see - we live in a society rampant with body image issues and body shaming. It breaks my heart to see  other women tear down our fellow sisters based on appearances. We have built ourselves on insecurities and ideals. An illusion.  I'm no stranger to being made fun of. For being "too" skinny as a child... and as a teenager....and today as a woman. I've even had women whisper when I walk by, "She's too skinny.". I spent my childhood, in torment, trying to gain weight as much as I could to look "normal", but at what price? What is "normal"? There is no normal. Each of us are beautiful in our own way. Skinny or thicker, curvy or lean, we are all beautiful. We seem trapped, destined to see these cycles play out through our entire lives. We hurt each other and we hurt ourselves trying to live up to an expectation. Who's expectation? Obviously not our own. I was surrounded and fed an image of what "beautiful" should look like and so did my friends, my family. Members of my own family would say downright hurtful things in regards to my body. I was told I had a "pancake butt" a "flat ass", that I needed to "workout out my butt." Who says these kinds of things? Insecure people seeking solace in the imperfections of others.

I have since come to believe that my body is beautiful, but I still need to remind myself that I am perfect right now, in this moment, I am worthy.  I remind myself that the little girl many years ago would never have cared and would have gone on loving herself completely. I have now taken photos of me from when I was very little and taped them on my bathroom mirror. It's the first thing I see in the mirror when I wake up and the last thing at night I see before I go to bed. Reminding myself that self love is a practice. Reminding myself to be as carefree and self assured as the girl in the photos .  THAT is what I wish to bring to the world.  I want woman to feel this way about themselves. We must teach ourselves and our daughters new ideals.  There is so much body shaming in the world today, tearing the other down for being too big, or  for being too skinny, we are all worthy, ALL beautiful. 

Love - Cassandra C. <3

So much more...

So much more...

From our first email, I knew we were in for a good time. Her energy and excitement was infectious. I couldn’t wait to shoot with her. Prior to her session she went for full on pampering. Nails done, hair done, wax done. Yes ma’m! We planned outfit after outfit and paired jewelry and shoes. By the time the shoot began we were more than prepared to rock the hell out of those images. We definitely got what we were going for… and more. The nervous/anxious/excited woman that wasn't sure she could pull off “sexy” that I had been corresponding with had transformed into this confident/self assured supermodel! I can honestly say by the end of the shoot I was so FREAKING PROUD. 

It’s not just a photoshoot. I can’t say that enough. It’s so. much. more. It’s a chance to indulge in ourselves. It’s a chance to pamper. It’s a chance to say today is all about me.

Here what Miss P had to say.

I am a mom of a 3 year old after having my daughter I got the mom look ... Comfy clothes pulled back hair no makeup.. You know the look... So I did this shoot hoping to get my sexy back and boy did I!! I got my confidence back. Now I make sure everyday I do something to make myself feel pretty and sexy not just for my man or my child but for me!
It made me feel like a woman again. It made me feel alive and super sexy. It gave me the confidence that I had been missing.
I personally want to thank Candice. I was so depressed when I signed up for this shoot. I was looking for anything to make me feel alive... to make me feel like a desirable woman again. She gave that to me with this shoot... she has so much personality she takes you in like one of her best friends and reminds you of how amazing you are as if she had always known you.
DO IT! You will thank yourself later, don’t do it for anyone but yourself. You need this more then you realize and you will not regret it. Have fun think outside the box... Be someone you always wanted to be! Be the sexy you!

Flaws and All

Flaws and All

Ok. These sessions are not just about pretty pictures. Yes, we put on makeup and yes I encourage my clients to choose wardrobe items that enhance as well as camouflage but the experience is most definitely all about self love. It’s about embracing and loving who you are, flaws and all. (anyone else start singing Beyonce’? No? just me? k…) 

Every freckle, stretch mark, skin fold, and secret tattoo tell a story that is uniquely you. Let me help you tell that story. Yes,we will get gorgeous and let your inner diva out but let’s also strip down and capture the essence of you. Whether that’s bold and outgoing or quiet and fierce, let’s document it together with artistic “implied” nudes. No we don't show our naughty pieces. What we do show is your strength, and your courageousness, and maybe a bit of side boob :)  But we do this by playing with shadows and strategic posing, infused with YOUR personality and style to show off who you are at your CORE.

And these types of images coupled with our gorgeous metallic wall art? GAH!!! It screams gallery wall. 

Don’t wait. Email me today.

One Hot Combination

One Hot Combination

My makeup artist and I had some free time in the studio the other day... We experimented with props and new lighting techniques and it was FIRE - to say the least. A hot combination of gorgeous hair, silk, and candlelight transformed this practice shoot into some of my favorite images to date. Come try it for yourself. Email me to book your session. 

Simple is Sexy Too - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

Simple is Sexy Too - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

I've said it once, I'll say it again. Sexy is whatever you want it to be, whatever you feel amazing in. Whether is be from Agent Provocateur's Fall/Winter collection or your favorite t-shirt and jeans, if your comfortable and confident, your images will exude sexy. Don't believe me? Check it out. M ROCKED this shoot :)


Saturday Night at the CMB - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

Saturday Night at the CMB - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

“What do you want to do for date night babe?” Movies? - blah, Bowling? - Are you kidding? I just got my nails done.  Dinner? - I guess… WRONG. You want to do something fun,exciting, and memorable. Here’s where I can help. CMB now offers Couples sessions as a fun Saturday evening alternative. Oh yea. It’s. about. to go. DOWN.    

Here’s what our couple sessions entail. (Couples sessions can only be booked with the Elle,Vogue, or Vanity Fair collections)

After booking, I’ll hold your hand and walk you through everything from eyelashes to underwear. We’ll plan themes, makeup ideas, and complementing outfits. The day of your shoot, one of our professional makeup artists will create whatever look we decided would be best for your session. Then we’ll do a few individual boudoir images (Because, let’s be real, it’s still about you. He’s really just a hot piece of … accessory..) After I’m done shooting you and all of your FABULOUSNESS, I’ll shoot the two of you together. We’ll capture fun moments, quiet moments, sexy moments, and everything in between! 

This sure beats the hell out of an Italian joint for dinner!… Ok I take that back.. I love me some italian food… Mmm.. Italian… I digress.. My point is, it’ll be an awesome time. 

And when you're old and gray, you can sit and flip through your album and think… “We were the S#*! back in our day”

Beauty Inside and Out - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

Beauty Inside and Out - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

I am so excited to share this session! Miss I has a light that shines so bright, that you can’t help but to be drawn to it, and it DEFINITELY shows on camera. I was all too happy (and honored)  to show her the beauty in that light. 

“… I don't think you truly understand the importance and impact this has had on my entire life. Now I can spend the next 30 plus years really able to see the beauty that I never saw before… You and your gifts have changed my life. I am forever grateful.” 

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. DO IT FOR YOU. Come see yourself - no. Come APPRECIATE yourself in a new light. 

Gah! She was GORGEOUS. Take a peek.

  Makeup: Javon Harris 

 

Makeup: Javon Harris 

NAILED IT! - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

NAILED IT! - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

While shooting the other day Miss S says to me "This feels weird. It's totally different than posing for a selfie" I agree and assure her that she looks gorgeous. She becomes quiet and settles back into her pose. We shoot some more, and she says to me again "This feels so weird". I tell her again that she looks fantastic, but I can tell she doesn't believe me.... Sooooo... I show her the back of the camera and she's all "That's me?!" and I"m all "Hell. Yes." Then she was all like * insert model face here* And then I was all "I know that's right!"

And now I'm like "NAILED IT!" 

Let's nail your next shoot. Email me today! 

Wardrobe Inspiration: Little Black Dress - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

Wardrobe Inspiration: Little Black Dress - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

What to wear, what to wear....

Most clients opt to book our Vogue or Vanity Fair Sessions, wanting many different "looks" but not knowing what those "looks" should be. Many don't go further than the standard bra and panty set. Now, don't get me wrong. There have been some drop dead gorgeous sets that have crossed my camera, but variety is key. Enter the Little Black Dress. Thanks to Coco Chanel and Vogue, the LBD was coined as simple and universal "..uniform for all women of taste"  It's sexy, it's stylish, it's chic, and is probably one of your favorite items in your closet. I know mine are. (yes, are.. #allblackerrrthang)

Boudoir shoots can be, scratch that, SHOULD be outfitted in whatever makes you feel sexy. La Perla - amazing (I'll take two please), white tanks and cotton undies - awesome (uber comfy, sign me up), your grandma's moo moo.... maaaaaybe not so much, but that Little Black Dress - PERFECT.  Bonus - It'd also make a for a crazy hot profile pic.... I'm just sayin' 

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Mini Session Special -Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

Mini Session Special -Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

The kids have given you their 2 paged Christmas list, you've started to put together the list of items your significant other desperately needs but won't buy for themselves, and you've started planning those oh so time consuming holiday family dinners... But what about you?

Give YOURSELF the gift that keeps on giving. Take some "me time" and give yourself that jolt of confidence. Do it for yourself AND create the perfect holiday gift to you, from you!  Book a Mini Shoot -$350 between now and December 4th and receive 20 extra minutes of shoot time, one additional outfit, and FIVE FINE ART MOUNTED GIFT PRINTS beautifully wrapped, all COMPLIMENTARY. ($150 Value)

Check out our Luxury Shoot page to book! Payment plans available.

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The Selfie Project - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

The Selfie Project - Baltimore Beauty and Boudoir

My Selfie Project began in August with a group of friends in an effort to "walk the walk". It was tough but it was fun. Each time I do this, I learn a new skill and discover something new about myself. 

So TODAY, in an effort to break my normal posing cycle and try to get a decent headshot, I jumped in front of the camera to see what I could create.... Welp.. A wig change, a little lipstick application, and about 240 images later, I've forgot about the headshot and salvaged these few. I did get a new pose and a profile pic out of it. Waaaaaaay better than my first few attempts. I actually inspired myself for an upcoming shoot AANNND my next round of selfies. It also served as an awesome reminder that I am STILL and will always be FABULOUS. Yup, I said it. And if you need a reminder for yourself... Book me. I can definitely help....

(In case you missed the August FB post) Being an overweight, overworked, sweatpants almost everyday, type of mama that I have become, I decided that I needed a self esteem boost. Something to remind me that I was more than just the aforementioned...Last night a few of my closest friends gathered to make me pretty and play photographer as I either a) Wow everyone with my supermodel sexy or b) bomb the shoot and go to cry in the corner... Neither happened lol but it was still a good time with good friends. I don't get to walk the walk often but I'm glad I did. My photo shoots aren't about seduction. They're about how they make you feel, and how you view yourself ...I may not be my tiny 20 year old self but mamas still got it... (August images on the FB page)

Love yourself at Any Size, Any Age, Any Stage...

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Beauty and Boudoir: Session Planning 101 - Baltimore Boudoir Photography

Beauty and Boudoir: Session Planning 101 - Baltimore Boudoir Photography

Session planning is another reason why we’re not just another Photography Studio. I LOVE being totally hands on. I like to toss around ideas, play with themes, pick nail polish colors…. Basically I’m all up in it. And Pinterest is my way of doing that. 

Pinterest is a wonderful tool to help ensure everyone (your photographer, your makeup artist, and yourself) are on the same page. Nothing is worse than having your makeup artist work on you for an hour and you realize the “smokey eye” that you wanted wasn't the “smokey eye” that she gave you. With Pinterest, you choose images that you feel represent the mood of your shoot. I like to call these cohesive group of images “Mood” boards - pretty obvious, right? Mood Boards can have anything from makeup looks, to hair ideas, to posing inspiration. Want that golden makeup look Bey had on last week? Pin it! Or that Kardashian contour? Pin it! Or that one pose that this girl did that one time on ANTM. Pin that S#*%!!

I have multiple boards compiled of my favorite images and easily labeled for whatever it is you may be looking for. I have “Boudoir Posing Inspiration” “White Sheet Inspiration” “Wardrobe Ideas” and so on. Clients can browse thru the CMB boards pinning what they like OR you and I can totally build a board a board together that is uniquely you! You can choose to be completely hands on, or I can do all the work for you! That's the beauty of a Candice Michelle Boudoir Session. It's completely personalized experience from beginning to end. 

Look thru the CMB Boards and see what inspires you, then email me so we can make it a reality!

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Curvy Boudoir - Baltimore Boudoir Photography

Curvy Boudoir - Baltimore Boudoir Photography

“ I’d love to do a shoot, but I’m not a size 2…” I get this statement a lot. I mean A LOT. The simple fact is MOST of us are not our ideal weight. We want to shed a few pounds here, tone up there, have a little more junk in the trunk (or not) but that is ABSOLUTELY NOT a reason to write off having a session for yourself. 

Our bodies are ever changing. I used to hate that I didn't have the pancake flat abs that so many others did a few years back. Fast forward to now, “post kid” belly and I WISH I had appreciated it. I’ll tell you one thing…  I damn sure appreciate a whole lot more than I ever did in my early 20’s. 

In 10 years, hell, in 5 years you’ll be wishing you did too. Do your body and your self esteem a favor and love the skin you’re in. Right here, right now. Fall in love with YOURSELF again. Book a session. You won’t regret it. 

Miss K ….. LOVE. She radiates confidence all day. Everyday. WERK.

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