Bloopers? – NH Boudoir photographer

Did you happen to catch my video series on Facebook last month? I wanted to post this series to help with frequently asked questions, common concerns, and to help you get to know me a bit better.

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Why? Because boudoir can be scary for people, and I totally understand that.

I’m someone who loves to create art, to help others, and to travel. But I’m also someone who laughs a lot and makes mistakes, right?

So, I posted two rounds of Bloopers on Facebook, to help you see how not-scary I am, and to help with some laughs at the end of the week!

If you missed them, click below to watch:

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Bloopers 2

Enjoy!

xo SC

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A behind the scenes look

Does boudoir sound a bit scary to you? Don’t worry, I felt pretty unsure about it myself when I was first asked to photograph this niche. That said, the amazing vibes of beauty, empowerment, and confidence that shine through my clients are what made me fall in love with this!

But what does a session look like? I put together this video to walk you through it.

If you’re still nervous, why not schedule a meeting with me at the studio, and take a tour? I’d love to show you how not-scary I am!

Talk soon,

xo SC

Are you ready to feel…

Confident

Beautiful

Pampered

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Empowered

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Boudoir sessions have given these feelings to the women I work with time and time again. What’s holding you back? Maybe you wonder if you should spend the time and money on yourself, or maybe you’re worried about “those last 10lbs.”

I wanted to remind you that you’re worth it, right now, as you are.

Every woman deserves to feel this way no matter where they are in life. My mission is to help you see yourself that way, and remember it on days you forget how amazing you already are.

Are you ready to feel great?

Contact Me and let’s schedule your session.

xo SC

Staying Present

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This week, I am away! Not in the pictured location- I’m actually abroad!

I scheduled this post ahead of time for one reason, and that was to remind me to stay present while with family. So often, I’m pulled into work because I love what I do. I’ve learned, though, to carve out purely family time and to remain present while doing so.

I know many women who have a hard time with this balance, and I know it can be hard. We love our work (ok maybe not everyone, but I do!) and we love our family. We love our friends, our hobbies, and we need to love ourselves. There’s so much to worry about, it’s no wonder we can easily get distracted or focus too heavily on one thing and let others slide.

That’s why, this week, I’m choosing to stay present. I’m sure I’ll document our journey, but I won’t be answering phone calls or updating the blog. Instead, I’m going to soak up my family and the beautiful country we’re visiting.

When you’re not traveling, though, how can you stay present and focus on the balance? You don’t necessarily have to meditate in order to stay present. Of course, it’s not a bad idea, but we already have a lot to do- right? Well, here are my tips for presence:

  • Stick to your schedule as much as possible. Life happens, but have work time, family time, self time, etc carved out into your week.
  • Turn off social media notifications. Seriously- all of them. It’s a lot easier to stay present when you’re not hearing dings or feeling a buzz every two minutes. Better yet, turn the phone off every once in a while.
  • Have set “unplugged” time. For us, we leave our phones away from the table at dinner, and out of reach during family game nights.
  • Last but not least, get outside! I’m hoping this week will be filled with both indoor and outdoor adventures with my family! No matter where you are, a bit of nature will do you a world of good.

Not that bad, right?

On that note, I will be returning e-mails and inquiries next Monday. If you want to follow along on our Icelandic adventure, I’m sure I’ll post on Instagram here and there! http://instagram.com/sarahchaseboudoir

I hope you all have a beautiful week! Stay present, and enjoy the balance of life.

xo SC

Q: How will I know how to pose? – NH Boudoir Photographer

Ok, you’ve booked your session, or maybe you’re thinking about it. And then the realization hits that you’ve never done anything like this before, and you’re not sure how to pose your body!

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The answer to this question is simple.

Q: How will I know how to pose?

A: Because I’ll guide you every step of the way!

Seriously, don’t let that worry you at all. I will put on some music and gently guide you through the posing process. Sooner or later, you’ll start to move on your own as you get more comfortable!

Leave it to me, and just come enjoy the experience.

xo SC

PS: It’s also fun to dance 🙂

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Q: How long are sessions? – Concord NH Boudoir

One question that’s been asked a few times is about the length of sessions. This question isn’t really answered simply, so I thought I’d answer today in the blog.

There’s a reason I only take one boudoir client per given day, and that’s to focus on just you, not the clock!

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First, you’ll be pampered with hair and makeup services. This portion of your big day takes about an hour. We’ll chat during this time, so you can relax and get to know me a bit better.

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Next, we’ll walk around the shooting room and I’ll take you through what we’ll do in each area. This generally takes a few minutes. Then it’s on to photographing! We’ll pose and snap together for an average of 1-2 hours before wrapping.

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So the short answer is, it takes as long as it takes! Generally, we won’t go over 2 hours, but there are exceptions to that rule.

xo SC

PS: Do you have any other questions for me? CONTACT me and let me know!

Open House – Concord NH Boudoir

Have you heard?

I’m opening the doors to my studio, and inviting you to come and say hello! See the studio, and enjoy some pampering while you’re there.

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Say what? That’s right, all that pampering while you check out the studio, and get to know me a bit more.

  • Get a massage from Angela from Simply Sacred Wellness
  • Get your hair styled by Marissa from Aloe Organic Beauty
  • Chat with me, and get to know me before booking your intimate portrait session.
  • Enter for a chance to win the gift bag giveaway!

 

What’s in the bag? 

A pretty amazing package, if you ask me!

  1. A $150 gift voucher for Sarah Chase Boudoir
  2. Two coupons from Provocative Indulgence, and your choice of lingerie up to $35
  3. A $45 gift certificate for Aloe Organic Beauty
  4. $50 off the wellness package from Simply Sacred Wellness, and a voucher for a free aromatherapy candle!

 

How incredible is that? So grab your girl friends and stop by some time between 4-7pm on the 17th! I look forward to seeing you.

 

xo Sc

Boudoir and Self Care – NH photographer

When S came in for her session, she told me all about the amount of self care she went through to prepare for the session. It wasn’t something she normally focused on, and loved the way it felt.

Many women prepare for these portraits with at least some form of self care. Hair color, shaving, eye brow shaping, face masks, and exfoliating their skin- the list can go on and on! More than that, they come in to the studio and get pampered on top of their self care.

As moms, we tend to put ourselves last (right?). But self care allows us to recharge and replenish, giving us more energy and joy in our everyday.

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I asked S to tell me more about her experience, and we discussed sharing it here on the blog for other women to take into consideration. Self care and portraits go hand in hand, and I’m thrilled that she shared this wth me:

“Ok, so… What I did before my boudoir session. I had been meaning to get a facial, learn how to apply make-up, get my eyebrows waxed at least. hair done. Blah blah. I had a list a mile long of things I had wanted to do for me but never put them in the front of my mind as important, more as, I’ll get to it when I can.

Well, it had been well over 5 years since I had my eyebrows done, I can’t tell you the last time I had a facial… I think honestly it was before my senior prom? Sooo 20+ years. Make-up… I’m a Tomboy and that stuff is hard! So, I decided I needed to get some things done for me and here was the reason and opportunity.

 

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I decided to get my eyebrows, lip and bikini waxed! And I couldn’t have been happier. I felt so much more put together and not so rough around the edges. I had this all done about 4 days before my session to allow for redness and any irritation to subside. I didn’t get my nails done because, that’s just not me. I would have felt self-conscious with them. I’m more of the au natural type, and painted nails, just don’t fit me. But, I love having them done! For pictures, though, I personally felt I wanted the truest of who I am, just refined. I decided against the facial because of irritation and redness, and I made a mask at home for myself. I had an allergic reaction to a cat the day before my session. Perfect! I took the opportunity to make a cucumber, aloe, bentonite clay, and honey mask, it was so soothing to lay in the bathtub with the mask on that I made myself to care for my inflamed skin. Honestly, any other day, I would have taken a benedryl and gone to bed hoping it would be gone the next day. And speaking of baths… I don’t do that. But I did that day before my photo shoot, I put in some essential oils, and some magnesium flakes. I also, dry brushed before, and applied almond oil to my skin after. I NEVER take this time for myself. So, I feel like I took a nice approach to this, I had a spa session for the things I couldn’t do myself, and then I took the time to create masks, oils, and time for myself and my body. Doing and creating this self-care regime was so therapeutic.

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When I booked the session with Sarah, I almost had an immediate mental shift. “I need to be drinking more water! I can work out without a gym membership!” A 30-day plank challenge, and a 30-day squat challenge were suddenly a part of my daily routine. Add more water consumption, suddenly looking up how to help my seasonally dry skin, juicing once a day, eating healthy meals and not snacking. It was like a light bulb clicked in my head that just provoked me to take better care of my body.

So, my session is over, and I have made another facial mask, and plan on doing that once a week. I still drink tons of water. My son now prompts me to do the squat and plank challenge, he was my weights for the exercises. I’m still juicing and eating healthy meals. I have made another spa date for myself. I even felt so good, that I bought my husband a facial and he walked out of that spa looking like the happiest serotonin drugged male I have ever seen. He was thrilled that I got him that and he can’t wait to go again. So, my caring for myself allowed me to see how self-care could benefit my husband. He said “Thank you for the facial, it’s something I really enjoyed, but would have never spent the money on.” Now mind you, we don’t have much in the way of funds, so we have decided to make a “self-care budget.” We are going to do facials on each other when the money is tight. Or massages, so not only from this did I learn to take care of my body and whole self, but we are caring for each other.

The mental shift in just booking a session with Sarah was powerful, but the lasting effect of that mental shift that I had on making myself a priority has also seeped to my husband where he is not only accepting that I will be taking care of myself, but he encourages it, and has started to do the same for himself.

I can’t thank Sarah enough for a morning session of taking pictures and empowering me. It has literally changed my life.” -S

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I challenge you today to take some time for self care. Pour a bath, or listen to an uplifting podcast while you sip your coffee. No matter how big or small of a self care act, you’re worth it!

xo SC

Boudoir for Mothers – Concord NH Boudoir Photographer

Motherhood changes you.

Most of which for the best, of course. Still, we tend to forget about our needs, forget about self care, and forget about how sensual we can be once the kids are in bed.

Who’s with me?

Boudoir for mothers is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re still sexy. We can still light that spark and be someone other than mom. The prints are a wonderful reminder, too, on those long days where we reach for a glass of red wine at 8pm. Yeah, girl, you’ve still got it.

Tired? Your body has changed? You’re not sure if you deserve it?

Thats exactly why you should do this.

Here are a few reactions from mothers I have worked with:

“I thought doing this boudoir shoot was going to be a lovely present for my husband. I have been wanting to do one for him for years, but always “when I was thinner, more toned.” When Sarah made the announcement that she was doing boudoir, I thought “this is a woman who can make me feel comfortable and beautiful now, as I am.” What I didn’t realize was how Sarah and her process should make me feel. I am the heaviest I have ever been (pregnancies excluded) and I have never felt more beautiful, more confident, or more empowered than after working with Sarah. I thought that this would be about a result, a gift that I knew my husband would adore. It was so much more. It was a healing process, a way to learn to love my body, and myself. My pictures are gorgeous and I love them. But more importantly, I can truly say I love me.” -K

“It changed the way I held my body, my walk, the way I made eye contact.I feel so sacred. I feel so beautiful and sexy. I feel so raw and natural. I feel powerful and empowered…. I feel like a Goddess.” -C

“Words honestly can’t describe how one amazing session can change your view of yourself! I felt beautiful after only a few shots, it didn’t matter what size I was, I AM BEAUTIFUL and that is the most empowering feeling! Now everyday I have these amazing photos to look at and whenever I doubt myself it just takes one look at a picture to bring back that empowering and beautiful feeling!”-K

Are you ready to celebrate yourself again as a woman?

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