Downers Grove Boudoir Photographer // AIBP Association of International Boudoir Photographers

Last November I joined a group of incredible boudoir photographers from all over US & Canada in San Antonio, Texas for a 3-day retreat. Learning, laughing, crying, photographing and making new friends. This was the first time I ever attended a small event like this and honestly, I was so nervous. The work of some of these photographers was super intimidating. Sometimes I have imposter syndrome -- like I don't belong, my work isn't good enough. Not once did this crew ever make me feel that way. More so they reassured me that I am on the right path. I think it is extremely important to keep learning and challenging what you know and I have such a long runway it can sometimes be daunting but exciting at the same time!


Just a few highlights as I reflect on my now year old memories:


Susan Eckert of Long Island Boudoir @longislandboudoirphotography taught me how to connect with my "WHY" and made me cry at 8am without coffee. I keep my "WHY" front in center for everything I do for my clients and my brand.


Nino Batista @ninobatista taught me how to bring a little editorial flare into my work and push my use of long lens and light. I have been using a 105mm prime that creates some stunning images even in my little space. Most notable usage in the basket chair!


Marco Ibanez of Marco Ibanez Photography @marcoibanezphoto challenged me to leverage ambient light and create shape with shadows. Some killer examples below of my new friend, Amanda. I am working on options in my space to create like this for my clients.


Kendra Swalls @paisleylaynephotography trusted me to photograph her without meeting me. Her and I have pretty different styles but she was kind enough to sit for me and allow me to try some new poses.


Amanda Collette @purepoise and Cat Siebert-Gieche @boudoir4everybody took me under their wings, talked me into posing a little myself and pulling me out of my comfort zone in so many ways.


These people from all over the US & Canada shared their kindness, knowledge and patience to help make me better and I could not have been more appreciative. They have all helped me grow my style and approach to boudoir photography and I cannot wait until we can gather together again.


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