your lover's gaze | montreal boudoir photographer

As you all know, my intention is not to project my sense of beauty onto the client, rather, I look to release their own allure. During my boudoir sessions, I like to create something special; a feeling or state of mind.

I like to approach my sessions with this philosophy in mind. One method of helping my clients realize what lies within is to capture with my lens what their lover sees when they look upon them. Catching little details: that little mole on the cheek, the curl of the lip, or the shape of the body; each are important in generating this state of mind. I find that looking at the camera in these situations breaks the magic of these moments of self-discovery.

The details are important.

The details are important.

Usually, through the course of the session, my clients feel a realization of their own delicate femininity and sexual energy. It is at this moment of empowerment, that I ask them to look at the camera. This is a powerful moment in which she can realize just how sexy, fierce, and beautiful she really is.

Karen’s shoot was fantastic. She has an unassuming allure to her personality and a quiet dignity to her beauty. It was a really treat work with her.

—Reina, #seeyourbeauty

party in room 512 | montreal boudoir photographer

*DISCLAIMER* This blog will contain high levels of gushing, praise, and perhaps a little fangirling. :P

This is Suzanne, she is an amazingly talented, and award-winning photographer (check her out!). When I opened my books for a boudoir marathon session last Christmas, she booked right away. However, she didn’t just flatter me with her beauty alone, but went ahead and invited all of her friends along, turning my one-day marathon, into an entire weekend filled with lovely ladies. Easily one of the best Christmas gifts I could have asked for!

As one could imagine, I was quite nervous to meet Suzanne in person. You can only get to know someone online so much, and you never quite know what you're going to get when you meet them in person. Suzanne was blunt, and friendly, and funny, and basically awesome online, but it turns out she ended up underselling herself… She was a thousand times even more awesome in person!

She was hilarious, a powerhouse of personality, and drop dead gorgeous. I spent a lot of my time during that marathon session easing the minds of my clients and trying to assuage their self-conscious thoughts. Suzanne would have none of that! She turned her session into a party allowing me to forget how nervous I was to have such talent in front of my lens (I mean if I made a technical blunder - she would know). We honestly had a blast! 

Her session was amazing and effortless. I just sat back and captured every bit of her awesome radiance. When it was all said and done, my head was spinning and I couldn't stop smiling; I was simply dazzled. 

Thank you Suzanne, I am lucky to call you a friend and colleague.

—Reina, #seeyourbeauty

classical beauty | montreal boudoir photograper

Ever since I was a child, I was enchanted by the great painters of the renaissance and northern Europe. Leonardo’s attention to the anatomy of the subject, the emotion conveyed in Michelangelo's sculptures, or the moody atmosphere of Rembrandt, all of these men spoke to a latent desire in my heart to create. It my lens that has provided an outlet to express this creativity, and it is through boudoir and beauty photography that I can make tangible what I see in my mind's eye.

This brings me to Marysa. She is my cousin and I adore her! Her beauty is classical and timeless. Marysa was an early model for my Breathless brand and a perfect subject for portrait photography.

Though this session was particularly heavy with the shadows, I decided to take a page from Rembrandt and embrace the darkness. :p I was really drawn in by the details: the petals of the flowers, the flowing folds of her dress, and her delicate hands. Creating a fine art piece with her was effortless, I sometimes wonder if I had to do anything at all. This little woman enchants and inspires me with her beauty. Is shines so clearly from within her. It’s almost blinding.

Please enjoy.

-Reina, #seeyourbeauty

you are not your makeup! | montreal boudoir photographer

Cynthia was wonderful to work with. We often worked together as she did the makeup for my boudoir clients in Montreal. On a couple of occasions, she would stick around and observe a few sessions after she had finished with the makeup. She would even assist at times, helping with the reflector or demonstrating how to pose for my clients. She really enjoyed herself, so I thought I would invite her to pose in front of the camera for a  proper portrait session. Cynthia was a natural! Super photogenic, glamorous, and very patient with my more difficult poses. However, returning to the topic of makeup, this is where Cynthia really shines. 

The concept of makeup is a difficult one for many women. Far too often it is believed to be a mask to hide perceived flaws. Many times, my clients would insist on NEEDING makeup to be beautiful, which is unfortunate. My focus is to cultivate the idea of realizing the beauty within yourself through fine art portrait photography. 

Hair and makeup can serve multiple purposes, they are a tool to serve you, but they are not YOU. I like to use hair and makeup to pamper my clients and put them at ease. More importantly, makeup is not a mask to make you beautiful, rather it is a lens to view what is already there! Cynthia understands this and this is why I appreciate her work so much. She is able to read the contours, lines, and subtle features of my clients' face. Rather than erasing who you are, she enhances your features to reveal the stone cold fox that you have been all along! This practice of enhancing features is very important me and is something that I look for when selecting any makeup artist I work with.

So please enjoy these photos of Cynthia’s session. She did her own makeup, which demonstrates my philosophy of seeing your own beauty.

-Reina, #seeyourbeauty