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DENVER DIY ECLECTIC WEDDING

June 04, 2015

DENVER ARTIST UNVEILS HER BRIDAL FANTASY FACTORY IN THIS 2015 DIY ECLECTIC WEDDING

When eclectic wedding Designer, Brionne Wiles announced her engagement, it was clear we were not to expect the average bridal affair. After spending years pouring her heart into eccentric shows, local fashion events, and elaborate charity galas, it was time for her to create a meaningful event to celebrate a new chapter in life with her fiancé, Michael.

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After touring the possibilities of what traditional vendors had to offer, Brionne said she felt like her wedding turned into a “paper doll event” – dressed up with cheap, predictable inventory, dull, and mass produced, to cover only the essentials. Weddings are an experience of who we are, and who we have chosen to be for the rest of our lives. “My wedding day is an investment, just like the rest of my art (tattoos, etc.). If my tattoo artist won’t create the same tattoo on every client, a simple trendy design just to satisfy ones’ need for a tattoo, why would I invest in expensive, sub-par wedding options?” Brionne said.

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She decided that the answer was not simple, but it was well worth it. We all love receiving gifts that were made from the heart. No matter how small, it is the thought that makes that moment so precious. Now in August 2015, her guests will receive an experience from the heart as we take you on her Denver DIY eclectic wedding journey to create this incredible, custom wedding.

“I know that the burlap paradise is trendy on Pinterest,” she said. “Michael and I met though country dancing and wanted to express that though our venue. Seeing how ‘rustic elegance’ is so hot in country weddings today, it was important to me to bring some rock & roll to this twangy nightmare that was on instant replay in everyone’s’ bridal portfolio.”

As a designer in the 2014 Eclectic Wedding Showcase, Brionne, owner of Savage Artistry LLC, transformed unconventional materials to create our “Steam Punk Wedding Collection”. Like her display in our event, she shares how important it is to dream of what is possible, and create your vision if it is not available. She insisted that “not all materials are going to be in a corporate planning warehouse,” and that it is important to “know that you can actually save more money than you realize by going beyond what you thought was possible. Sure, not everyone dreams of building and creating. So if you don’t, hire someone that cares enough to invest in your investment”.

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Brionne realized right away that her ideal dress was not going to be hanging in a store. Due to time constraints, she purchased a canvas from David’s Bridal to shred to pieces and transform into her vision. “I didn’t have time with everything else to build a corset from the ground up,” she explained, “so I found that using a basic design, I could spend the time I needed on the cosmetic changes instead of a full build”. She found a gown in Grace Ormond Magazine that inspired her to create a dress that was influenced by a $40,000.00 design that she admired. “I like the unconventional textures and a vintage/worn appearance,” she said, “there is beauty in art that holds history and certain elegance in textiles that have imperfections”. We were able to capture the original dress before its transformation in this Russian Bridal shoot in St. Petersburg this year.

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(CHECK BACK WITH US IN JULY FOR CONSTRUCTION UPDATES ON THE DRESS!)

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“We (Michael and Brionne) pulled together to build the décor to reflect our lives, history, and interests. Sure we were shooting for a theme, but I settled more on a color pallet so I wouldn’t be restricted by an event title,” Brionne said showing off the cake display she had built alongside the freshly painted centerpieces. The deer profiles found in the cake stand and other decorations were inspired by the scenic views from the backyard of their first home. The cake stands were produce displays from Hobby Lobby, originally, with clearance ornaments attached from Big Lots (then painted & rhinestoned).

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“I made the invitations in Photoshop and uploaded the complete design to Vistaprint,” Brionne said laying out the layers for the invites. “Michael and I worked together gluing rhinestones and stamping envelopes for nights in front of Netflix!”

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She spoke of each project they worked on together and laughed while revealing that “the best paper flowers were made by Michael. He totally shocked me with his paper flower skills. I mean, the guy is a Marine and sculpts a bad ass paper rose!”.

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Alongside drawing and painting, Brionne enjoys mixed media art and using fabric patterns to create new surfaces for vases, paintings, and collages. “This vase was a standard clear glass vase. This will go by our guest book,” she said, “these projects mean the world to me since we built it all together.”

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The wedding venue offered an amazing canvas for Brionne’s vision, but as we all know in event booking, any and all extra details cost the big bucks. She was told that the chandelier lighting shown in the event photos could be rented for around $100.00-$200.00 per fixture the day of. After taking a trip to Hobby Lobby, Brionne was able to buy and transform these accent pieces for $95.00 per fixture and keep the chandeliers! She told us that one of her clients at the hair salon donated a large chandelier after a kitchen remodel that she plans to transform for the main hall lighting in the venue.

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Below, you can see her Steampunk Maid Of Honor from her bridal display in The Eclectic Wedding Showcase 2014. She plans on using the ring pillow she created for the event (with a few minor adjustments to the color).

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(MODEL: WHITNEY SANDERS, CLOTHING, HAIR AND ACCESSORIES: SAVAGE ARTISTRY LLC, MAKEUP BY KC MCKEON)

The ornate candelabras that will stand at the head table used to be black and sat on her dining room table for years. “I bought them in a Halloween clearance sale years back,” she said, “I think they were under ten dollars and I just spray paint them as I change the décor in my home”.

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With only months left in planning, Brionne still has a lot of work to do building the ceremony arch, finishing centerpiece details, and arranging her garden as she plans to GROW all of the flowers for the event. One thing is for certain, a lot of love went into every detail that day and we will keep our readers updated on her progress this JULY!!


Downtown Denver Wedding | Lindsey & Marshall

June 03, 2015

LINDSEY AND MARSHALL INVITE THEIR GUESTS TO THEIR DOWNTOWN DENVER WEDDING AT THE HISTORIC CLOCK TOWER

“I’m excited to have so many new experiences with the love of my life,” Lindsey said reflecting on her excitement for her future plans with her best friend. What started off as a beautiful friendship, grew into an incredible love story over seven and a half years.

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 It took a little courage, but “he (Marshall) asked me to go to the Nutcracker. I was so excited and a little confused since it was six months away”.- Lindsey

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 After a destination proposal in Cabo, Lindsey and Marshall booked one of Denver’s most amazing venues for their special day,

The Historic Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower.

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Lindsey’s dress by Stella York was a gorgeous find at

The White Dress Boutique in Arkansas.

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“I fell in love at an adorable restaurant in Rome,” Lindsey said. “Marshall said he loved me first on the anniversary of our first date in July 2013… we were both on Cloud 9″.

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“I’m so excited to share adventures with him, make memories with a family and grow old- not so excited about the getting old part : )” -Lindsey

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To the Bride and Groom,

I am so proud to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing couple.  I wish you both all the happiness in the world and am thankful for the laughs, the memories, and for your business. Enjoy your honeymoon in London and Ireland, and your amazing journey ahead!

-Jewels

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 LINDSEY AND MARSHALL 2015


Colorado Wedding Photography – Guide to Photo Ready Skin

June 01, 2015

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Denver Photographer’s Guide to Flawless, Photo Ready Skin to Compliment Your Wedding Photography

As a makeup artist, stylist, and Colorado wedding photographer, I know how busy and overwhelming the planning process can be for your wedding. Often times, people search the internet for check lists on preparing for a flawless event and seek out makeup services as a “cover up” solution for the day of. Though we forget, our blemishes still exist below the surface; and as we may feel more secure by calling in the pros for the big day, what you feel about your skin may reflect in your facial expressions and behavior more than you know. Professional makeup is an amazing way to feel confident in your style and provide an outside opinion for beautiful color pallets- but let’s face it. Day of appointments are not designed to create texture improvements in a single application.

We see these moments as personal photobombs. Sure the photo is beautifully color balanced and your dress is everything you dreamed of, but you make subtle movements to hide the stress breakout across your forehead… in nearly every photo. Now, in every image you have that unnatural hand across your forehead as if your bangs needed a bobby pin. Subtle bang sweep again? Just as casual as the duck face that replaced lip plumper. Let’s eliminate one less stress because these photos can be just as apparent as your closed mouth-teenage-brace face half smile. Not natural.

It’s time to not just look your best, but FEEL your best so your smile is just as vibrant in your photos throughout the day as your makeup fades on the dance floor. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Be proactive with your planning. You vigorously organize your venue and service details for the day because that game plan makes everything effortless and enjoyable. Your skin care should have the same delicate planning to protect your largest investment, YOUR Colorado wedding photography – YOUR PHOTOS. Every plan can be customized for time constraints, but the more time you have, the more predictable your complexion will be the day of your wedding.
12 MONTHS OUT – GAME PLAN

-GOAL SETTING FOR HEATH, BEAUTY, AND FITNESS

– Set realistic goals for your budget and timeline.

– Research detox plans and eliminate toxins in your diet that cause inflammation and affect acne prone or sensitive skin.

-Reconnect with your long lost dermatologist if you have any medical questions surrounding past issues with skin care and review your plan with your doctor. Be sure to discuss your skin type in advance, as well as any medications or past issues.

This is where you can decide if you have to correct, enhance, or maintain.

Correct: Is it time to relax the inflammation in your face and calm your stress breakouts, slow the hormonal rollercoaster for acne prone skin, battle seasonal dryness, and eliminate dark spots, fine lines, etc. Wine can do many amazing things, but for these moments, we need professional treatments.

Enhance: Brave enough to ask those daring questions about advanced skincare? Ask your doctor if advanced chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and injectables are in your future to create the flawless finish you desire. Contact our preferred BOTOX specialist Rena Mollner at Mollner Dentistry for a consultation.

Maintain: Now, we are talking every day skincare that maintains your needs as the seasons change. Selecting a generic soap to combat a specific issue is like putting enormous truck tires on a sports car. Sure it’s a tire- cars need tires- but you’re wasting money that should go toward what you ACTUALLY NEED on a product ACTUALLY WORKS. Customize your formulated cleansers, toners, moisturizers and exfoliation systems. Add an at home weekly or bi weekly moisturizing body treatment for that healthy glow. As summer approaches, keep up with our at home DIY face and body treatments to save while maintaining your skincare program.

ALWAYS! Increase your water intake to flush your system and promote overall health and wellness for your skin and body.

8-10 MONTHS

-Time to tackle the schedule and plan your monthly microderms or peels if you want major results.

-Begin planning for Hair Removal Services. Book consultations with a waxing studio or laser hair removal site to achieve the results you desire.

ELEVATION ALERT: DENVER IS THE MILE HIGH CITY. BE SURE TO TALK TO YOUR SKIN CARE SPECIALISTS ABOUT SPF FOLLOWING WAXING AND EXFOLIATION SERVICES TO AVOID HYPERPIGMENTATION.

-QUIT touching your face! The more you touch, pick, and irritate your skin, you risk worsening your condition and may even deposit unhealthy residue from your hands onto your pretty face. Yuck!

6-8 MONTHS

-Allergic to everything? Contact your makeup artist and go over your history with product sensitivity. Book a consultation and discuss options for allergy testing for base foundation products, false eyelash adhesives, or other cosmetics that you fear may react with your skin. It is uncommon for cosmetics to cause a reaction; however, if this is a major concern, you have the time to clear the reaction site and make another game plan (or consult a doctor for advice if necessary.)

-HOLY BOTOX! If you are new to Botox Cosmetic and are interested in the benefits of cosmetic injectables, know that it takes a week for the product to set in (and show visible results) and lasts up to 3 months. To decide if the product is right for you, talk to a doctor now. The product will be gone before your event and you can adjust your units (dosage) to fit your needs for the big day.

-CUT DOWN ON CAFFEINE AND MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY. This will help decrease stress and allow your skin to rest and heal over night.

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2-6 MONTHS

-CONSIDER your tanning patterns and time of year for the wedding. That dark, halter swimsuit tan line cannot be saved by Photoshop or a prayer so know that if you have excessive sun exposure in this timeline, it takes one day to solidify that farmers tan outline and up to two months to get that unsightly, racer back print off your shoulders. Think about investing in a tube top bikini.

-Continue your at home system for every day care and evaluate its effectiveness with the time of year and weather changes. Adjust if necessary- sometimes adding a heavier night cream in the dry season makes a huge difference and USE SUNSCREEN ALWAYS!

-2 months out- time to slow down with chemical peels and heavy treatments and enjoy the lighter, more refreshing skin care options created for relaxation and moisture.
6 WEEKS

-TRIAL TIME! If you have a solid idea on makeup, book a trial! If you need a few appointments to decide on the perfect look, begin booking 2-3 months out. By now, you are close enough to the event that your hair and skin goals are on point so you have a realistic idea of how you will look the day of!

-END your heavy exfoliation rituals and use more buffered tools to polish your skin (non-aggressive shower loofah for the body and light, exfoliating cleansers for the face- no harsh scrubs). Review your options for MAINTAINING your skin rather than correcting.

-Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and get plenty of rest.

-Keep up with or introduce rejuvenating eye crèmes or night time moisture masks.

1 WEEK

-FINAL HAIR REMOVAL SERVICES! Do not wait till last minute to avoid redness and blotchy skin

-Continue Maintenance Plan

1 DAY

SLEEP! MAKE SURE YOU ARE WELL RESTED. Vitamin C and Caffeine serums help brighten your skin and under eyes.

-Last minute tightening/ toning can be achieved through detoxifying body wraps. You only lose water weight, but it helps with that last minute confidence boost for all of us who release stress though raging on Oreos.

– Take care of those pretty little feet and enjoy a relaxing manicure and/or massage!

It’s time for the big day, gorgeous!

As an artist and event specialist, I’ve developed my preferred esthetician list based on personal experience and consistent results. As you can relate, it is important that I invest in those who have invested in their craft.

For the best of the best in spa services, Contact Oxana Hull:

http://milehighlashes.com/

For my at home care and maintenance plan, I trust my skin to Arbonne Professionals –

Suha Owens, Regional Vice President
Arbonne International
www.suhaowens.arbonne.com
720.217.2184
suha.ghattas@gmail.com

BOTOX Cosmetic appointments by Rena Mollner at Mollner Dentistry:

http://mollnerdentistry.com/

http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/

STAY CONNECTED! Watch out for the Bridal Hair Countdown to complete your Photo Ready knowledge for healthy hair. Follow along and try my favorite DIY Moisture body masks and tips and tricks to make me struggle in narrowing down your best event photos!


Eclectic Colorado Wedding and Event Showcase in Denver

May 18, 2015

Eclectic Wedding and Events Showcase Denver

COLORADO WEDDING AND EVENT PROFESSIONALS

INVITE YOU TO THE ECLECTIC WEDDING & EVENT SHOWCASE IN DENVER

We have approached our monthly countdown for the annual Eclectic Wedding and Events Showcase!

Once again at Mile High Station, you can throw away your fears of the predictable expo formats and painful fluorescent lighting. We have all endured the generic corrals of pushy vendors moving us like cattle through a labyrinth of “I’ve seen this before… just pick one.”

Prepare yourself to witness Denver’s Best of the Best competing for your love, as we raise the bar every year to show you the endless possibilities in wedding and event entertainment. These aren’t your cookie cutter artists. On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015- The Eclectic Wedding and Event Showcase challenges us to challenge you to dream big, open your mind, and plan eclectic.

Between our talented sponsors, industry leading event professionals, and over the top incredible artists, you can witness firsthand what Pinterest is really made of. INNOVATION!

This year’s Vignette Competition themes are:

Alice in Wonderland

Nightmare Before Christmas

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Eclectic Style, leave Dorothy at home)

Cirque Du Soliel

Masquerade

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HERE ARE A FEW PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR!

Game of Thrones: BEST IN SHOW 2014

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 Dark Side of Sleeping Beauty: PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2014

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Dark Side of Sleeping Beauty: PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2014

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  Dark Side of Sleeping Beauty: PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2014

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Pirates’ Bounty 2014

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Pirates’ Bounty 2014 Floral by Alan Perry

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Midsummer Night’s Dream 2014

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Steampunk Vignette 2014

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To view past event photos and videos in our gallery and 2015 event details and updates- Please Visit:

http://eclecticweddingandeventshowcase.com

BE A PART OF THE SHOW! Only YOU decide who wins the Best Vignette competition after our artists transform Mile High Station into a world of its own.

Contact Jewels at: eclecticweddingshowdenver@yahoo.com if you are interested in showcasing your talents as a VENDOR, SPONSOR, or VIGNETTE DESIGNER (TEAM) 2015 for details on participation.

This event only happens one night a year so make sure you reserve your tickets as soon as they are available online. Stay connected on my blog to be the first to know about event updates, ticket sales, and the inside scoop behind Eclectic- along with special offers exclusive to my followers!


5 Tips For Hiring a Denver Boudoir Photographer

January 05, 2015

Denver boudoir photography seems to be a dime-a-dozen commodity this time of year since Valentine’s Day is coming up.  There are so many “deals” out there and photographers offering this service, how do you know who to choose?!

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Here are 5 tips to help you decide:

1.  YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

This is no joke!  If you buy a photo shoot coupon off of something like Groupon, it may seem like an amazing deal, but buyer beware.  Groupon only gives 50% of that price to the seller, that means they’re working for even LESS than the grossly discounted price.  Why would they give you the same experience as a full paying client?  Think about it…

2.  KNOW AND LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!

You should be able to meet with your photographer in person prior to the shoot.  Boudoir/Glamour photography is extremely personal, so make sure you’re completely comfortable around this person. Any photo shoot should be an awesome experience!!

Also, make sure you love their photography!  A good photographer will know how to direct you and shoot you in the most flattering ways possible to accent your assets and minimize your “issues” (let’s be honest, we all have them).  Make sure to go through their portfolio and ask questions.

3.  SAFETY FIRST!

As I said, Boudoir/Glamour photography is extremely personal, so know exactly ALL of the details prior to booking.  Where is the location?   Is it reputable?  Is it in a safe area?  Who else will be there?  Are you allowed to bring a friend?  Is the photographer well established?  Make sure you are comfortable with all aspects of the shoot before you commit!

4.  KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING – READ THE CONTRACT!

Some questions to ask yourself or your photographer before you sign the contract:

  •   Is the retainer refundable should I change my mind or have to cancel?
  •   What is included with the price?
  •   What products/packages are available post shoot?
  •   What is your turn-around time?
  •   Is retouching included in the price?
  •   Will you be publishing or using my photos for advertisements?
  •   Will it be YOU shooting me, or someone else (such as an associate photographer)?
  •   Is hair & makeup services available and if so, for how much?

5.  BE PREPARED!

Most photographers do not provide wardrobe or hair & makeup.  Bring a suitcase with you to the shoot complete with several matching sets, or some that can be mixed and matched, shoes, accessories, and props.  Raid your friend’s closets and hit up the discount racks.  The photographer should be able to help you finalize based on what will look best on you and on camera.  Also, hire a hair & makeup artist – they will be able to get you camera ready, knowing what will photograph best.

Make sure you’re polished!  Make sure your nails are manicured and polished – if you color your hair, cover those roots – shave or get freshly waxed – slather yourself in lotion, head to toe!  Polished – head.to.toe.

I hope this has helped you prepare for shopping around for your Denver Boudoir Photographer, and I’m available to answer any questions via email or phone/text.  I love shooting women of all shapes and sizes and making them look and feel sexy in front of my camera.  Glamour sessions are one of my favorites and I’m thrilled to be able to offer this to my clients.

We offering GLAMOUR MINI SESSIONS on Saturday, January 31st – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Details are as follows:

  • $99  ($249 value) for 1 up to one hour – $149 ($349 value) for up to 2 hours
  • Professional posing and coaching
  • Turn-around time 3 days for proofs
  • Hair & makeup available for $100
  • Photo shoot on location (TBD – typically at a high-end or boutique hotel in the Downtown Denver area)
  • Password protected online viewing gallery for 14 days

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for Denver Boudoir Photographers

WHY ARE THE SESSIONS DISCOUNTED?

The sessions are discounted from the A La Carte price because we are able to block the entire day out and dedicate the location to this one type of shoot, thereby saving you a location fee, etc.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?

Absolutely!  We just ask that you do not bring a boyfriend or significant other because they tend to get in the way.

IS THE RETAINER REFUNDABLE?

Unfortunately no – these sessions are extremely limited on space, so we have to make sure you’re as serious and committed as we are.  It takes a lot of logistical planning to perfect a shoot day like this.

DO YOU SHOW MY PHOTOS TO THE PUBLIC?

ONLY with your written permission (and only after your honey has seen them first (if it’s a gift))!

WILL YOU RETOUCH THE PHOTOS?

Absolutely.  We want you to look like you feel in the photos, and better…

IF I DON’T LIKE THE LOCATION, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

You can hire us for a private shoot in the privacy of your own home, a friend’s house, or location of your choosing, but it will be at the regular price of $249/$349.

DO I HAVE TO GET NUDE?

No way – we never pressure anyone into doing anything they’re not completely comfortable with!

WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE?

We offer prints in a wide range of sizes of course, along with wall portrait sizes, canvas, metal, acrylic prints, albums, and the digital negative files.  Our most popular product is the Little Black Book which is 10 5x7s in a sexy little black book for $199.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR BOOKING?

I have a standard contract and will need the shoot paid for in full at the time of booking.  This will guarantee your spot!  I accept cash, check, or credit cards.  I will then send you some tips for preparing for the shoot, and posing suggestions to help you practice.  On the day of the shoot, I ask that you arrive at least 15 min prior to your shoot time to finalize paperwork and get into your first look.  After that, we’ll have a reveal session at the studio and then it will just depend on what types of products you want.

Ready to book?  Call or email us today to reserve your spot!  jewels@jewelsgray.com  720.771.2200

For more examples of our Glamour/Boudoir photography, CLICK HERE

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