Miss T’s birthday present to herself | Sonoma County, Ca

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I'd always been curious about doing a boudoir shoot, but didn't physically look like I wanted to look when doing it.  I was worried that the pictures wouldn't turn out like I wanted them to due to my physical insecurities (rolls, chunky thighs, double chin, etc.).  

 Getting pampered beforehand was fun.  (The staff at St. James salon were great!)  The drive out, though long, was beautiful.  The shoot itself was a blast.  Charity took time looking through the various outfit choices I'd brought, we picked out some things, and then got into it!  Posing felt a little awkward at first, but I'd been in the group and watched her work long enough to trust that she knew what she was doing.  Once I got used to it, I could relax a little more, too.  In the end, I had a blast and felt like a badass!

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 I'd always been curious about dong a boudoir shoot.  I especially love photographers who are size-inclusive and who promote body positivity and beauty across all shapes & sizes.  I myself didn't look like I wanted to look when I finally did a shoot, but I talked myself into doing it as a birthday present for myself.  I figured, even if I lost the weight I wanted to, I probably will never be comfortable enough with my body to say that it was thin/good enough to jump in.  And, if by some miracle, I ever do look that way, it'll probably be years from now and I'll have some other excuse (I'm too old, too wrinkly, etc.) to latch onto.  I'd rather do the shoot and risk it regretting not looking how I wanted to (which is not how it turned out!), than never do a shoot and regret not taking the chance at all.  

 I saw Charity recommended by someone else who'd done a shoot with her.  I love photography as an art form and follow many photographers, so I decided to see what she was all about.  I lurked in her group for several weeks, watching her post pics of her sessions (which are GORGEOUS) and just watching the overall body-positive vibe of the group.  I really connected to what I saw and appreciated how she makes everyone feel safe, appreciated, and beautiful!

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It was nice to take a break from being in my usual wife/mother caregiver role and remind myself what it feels like to do something just for me & to feel like a beautiful, badass, sexy woman.  I know she's in there (which is why it didn't change my perception, necessarily), but I get so caught up with the day-to-day at work & home, it was really nice to let her out to get glammed up & play & shine for a little while. 


WHAT MRS. C EXPERIENCE MEANT TO HER | Sonoma County, Boudoir Photographer

A few weeks ago St. James Salon and I held a Glam event in Sonoma County, Ca. We had so much fun hanging out and shooting… our clients did to. I’m so excited to announce we had so much fun we plan on hosting more events in the near future! For now here what Mrs. C had to say about her Glam experience!!

Were you nervous about your session?

Not at all! This is my 2nd session with Charity and she always makes me feel so comfortable. 

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What I liked best about my glam experience was how comfortable I was, baring tits and all I still felt so comfortable!

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What inspired you to book your Glam session?

I was doing some of the pictures for my husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. All the other pics were for me though.

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Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer

Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?

Oh totally, I always feel so beautiful and confident during the shoot and once I see the pictures as well.

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Would you recommend this glam experience to a friend?

100%, I already have multiple times 😆

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Selfie Project | Sonoma County Boudoir

I recently posted a black and white photo of me in my living room, I plan on sharing more and taking more self-portraits. I did these photos for many reasons one is bettering myself on a personal level which will make me a more skilled photographer for my lovely clients. Never stop growing and learning. ;-) 

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Practice what you preach. I preach self-love/self-care and how a boudoir experience with me can be part of that. I wanted to start my selfie project because I want to be more vulnerable, know myself more and show you all that boudoir isn’t scary, its fun and good for your soul. 

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 Insecurity. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my calves… YES MY GOD, DAMN CALVES! Probably one of the stupidest things everrr… They aren’t dainty, but they are strong and mine. I didn’t really realize it till I took my self-portrait. I’ve been learning to embrace them ever since. 

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It's a big challenge to take my own portraits there are obviously some lemons, and hundreds of images immediately deleted. And images turning out way differently than I believed… in a good way… and countless times images turned out in an “EEWWW. HELL-TO-THE-NO!” kinda way.

ANYWHO… I’m also doing in-home boudoir sessions! Feel comfortable in your own home with an even more personal feel.



GLAM IT UP | Sonoma County, Ca

Hello, there lovelies! A few weeks ago I posted a special event on my social media accounts but if you like me you can’t remember what you did yesterday. The Valentines Glam Mini is being hosted by St. James Salon, and they are providing hair and makeup for a 20 min indoor boudoir shoot… Who’s your photographer? ME. I’m so excited I get to be a part of this special little event and help make you feel cool, confident & enhance your natural beauty.

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 You are probably thinking this every year around Valentine's Day... “What am I going to get for my special someone?” Chocolates? Card? Dinner? Those are old and overplayed! Maybe you don’t have a Valentine then do it for your damn self because YOU DESERVE TO BE F$#king pampered!

 The Glam mini is a perfect quick special gift for your special someone and bonus points because it doubles as a gift for yourself as well! That is in fact mine and St. James Salon’s goal, is to make you feel pampered and beautiful. Come sip champagne, enjoy snacks and chat with us! 

 Boudoir is a luxury experience one that can sometimes be intimidating. That’s why I’ve been telling ladies that are on the fence about the glam mini to do it, it’s the perfect way to meet me, meet Lauren the salon owner and makeup artist. It’s budget friendly and gives you a little peek of my world. 

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 What’s stopping you? 

 1. Your body image- Let me stop you right there. I am a mom... I have cellulite, stretch marks, my thighs touch, I have a tum and on bad days I have acne and dark circles under my eye. Remember it is your job to show up and it's mine and Laurens job to make you feel, cool, confident and gorgeous; and I aim to capture your spirit the very thing that makes you shine like a freaking diamond!

2. I shouldn't spend the money on myself- About 99% of women have to have a reason to spend money on themselves… Here’s a reason: You can’t be the best you without some self-love. You deserve to be happy and feel beautiful. 

3. I don't have anything sexy to wear- You don’t need sexy lingerie to look or feel sexy. I create emotion and movement through your photographs. Simply bring what you have and I’ll create something out of it. Shear/Lace & kimonos are huge helpful pieces. I also have a client closet that can help. If there's something you like that works for you then your welcome to pull from the closet. 

4. I don't want my pictures on the internet- First of all, I doubt that anyone seeing your Boudoir By Chee photos would result in anything other than “DANG GIRL, YOU LOOK AMAZING!”. However, I can TOTALLY understand if you don't want your images shared with the public! Especially that smokin' one, you know...the one that took you the entire shoot to build up the courage to take! You can rest absolutely assured that your images will never be shared without your permission. As soon as your session is complete, I retouch your images in-house. I do NOT send your images off to an outsourced editing company. THEN, we will meet for your photo reveal and ordering appointment! In the event that you are super pumped and proud of your images and do allow me to use them on my blog and website, your real name will NEVER be used and I will NEVER tag you on Facebook/Instagram. Anyhow, your secret is safe with me. 

5. [ENTER YOUR OWN PERSONAL HANG-UP HERE]- Your fear and self-doubt can come up with endless reasons for you to not do anything outside your comfort zone. It's a biological thing. it's a response to anything we deem “scary." It's up to you to choose if you're going to be more loyal to your fears, or to yourself.

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 Now that you have all the who’s, why’s etc. To get more information about Glam mini’s or to book a session please call or email Lauren at St. James Salon. (707) 535-0636 or lauren@stjamesthesalon.com


5 Facts About My Sessions

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Ever wonder about what goes on during a boudoir sessions?

I’m pretty open about what a session with muuuuahh consists of. You drive to St. James Salon and get glammed up by one of their fabulous makeup artists, which normally takes an hour. After your done getting glammed you then make the scenic drive out to Boudoir By Chee location and we chat about outfits and which order they go in. Literally two hours are all about YOU! You’ll be looking and feeling like a damn queen, posing like you're a natural born model. 

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What else could you need to know? 

I pose you 100%! Half the time I will get into the pose so you can see the pose before you jump into it yourself. I will adjust your feet, hands, tell you what to do with your face (chin up, eyes down, part your lips and breath), I’ll tell you to mess your hair up ( touch it & flip it). If posing has been a stressor for you stress less cause I got your back! 

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I’ll help you pair your outfits, head from toe. Whether it’s the girl next door look and you need the perfect pair knee high socks to match the lace undies or veil to match the perfect jewelry set! Each outfit you wear is rare to you and nobody else wears it like you. You are dazzling and rare individual and it makes sense that your outfits resemble that too. WORK IT GIRL! 

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You are going to be sore. YES. You are going to be put in poses that will push your body’s limits. Whether you're a gym fein or your workout is walking to the fridge (anyone relate? Or is that just me?) you will feel the soreness. Lots of stretching, drinking lots of water throughout the day and just prepping your mind that you could feel like you went to the gym and worked out. You basically have but you look freaking amazing in the photos. 

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Taking a break is OK! If at any point you need to take a break, drink some water, stretch - whatever you need. I want you to be comfortable and if your shaking while I have you posed, tell me! 

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Your boudoir session with me will be the beginning ( or maybe an on going )  go your self love journey. You should see yourself as other see you, absolutely stunning! I’m going to help you embrace your body, celebrate it, and give it the same affection you give to everyone else. You are authentic, you are worthy, you are a force and it's time you recognized yourself that way because I do. I don’t allow any negativity during your shoot ;-)

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I hope you learned some interesting fun facts about my sessions if you haven’t had one yourself (YET!). If you’ve had a Boudoir By Chee experience and I missed something let me know below in the comments. I want you to have the best time!


Payment Plans for EVERYBODY | Sonoma County, Ca

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How to take Advantage of 

Boudoir Payment Plans 

Invest in YOU. Boudoir sessions are an investment. Like most investments they require your time, effort, your approval and yes, your hard earned cash. Boudoir sessions are a  big investment in so many ways but giiiiiiirl, its  worth it. You’ve got to decide how much time and effort but I can help with numbers. There are many perks to signing up for payment plans, so let’s dig into the deets!

Boudoir sessions are more than just money transactions it should be a life changing experience and  enrolling in a payment plan will help you do that. 

The Perks to Payment Plans

I have two options if you need more time to pay off your products you'd like to order. If you have any questions about the following options, please don't hesitate to ask!

  1. When purchasing a photo package and product through PayPal, you get your products right away! If you are interested in opening a line of credit for your session, one way you are able to do that is through Paypal credit lines. Here at Boudoir By Chee all my invoices are digital, and can be paid using Paypal credit, or any other credit card, if you so desire. One benefit of a credit line vs. my payment plan is that Boudoir By Chee is being paid up front. There's no wait on product or photos as with our payment plan. Paypal and the client handle paying off the session without Boudoir By Chee’s involvement. You are essentially able to create your own payment plan.

  2. You can prepay for artwork! If your session is a few months out, your totally able to pay in advance. Then, when it’s viewing day your order is already partially or fully paid for #MerryChristmas! You don’t have to limit yourself  because of your budget.

  3. Payment plans help take some stress and worry when you get your gallery, I want you to be happy and excited !  You shouldn't be worrying about how you’ll pay for your products. Payment plans open up multiple options for your budget. 

Ladies use these ! Boudoir is part of an incredible self love journey that everyone should experience at least once in their life. Don’t miss out on it because you’re worried about the Investment.  I want you to have an boudoir experience you’ll talk about for years to come 🖤

Ready to celebrate YOU? Let’s chat!

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5 Facts About Me

I feel like I’m pretty open with you all, so your probably wondering what else I could possibly have to tell you? Well get ready babes ;-) 

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5 random facts about Me, your boudoir photographer

  • I’am extremely clumsy, like get up from the chair trip over my pant leg, slide across the floor and hit the wall kind of clumsy. I almost trip and fall at least once during a session! 

  • I LOVE cheese!! Cheese is life. Cheese goes on everything ( except ice cream because that would be weird). I’m also sensitive to certain cheeses so its become a love hate relationship! 

  • Peoples love for summer is how I feel for winter. Winter is cleansing and makes everything clean and to me  thats magic! 

  • I love road trips. Even driving somewhere new in CA is fun, definitely love exploring!  

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Bonus Fact: Even when its extremely hot out I have five blankets on me LOL. 

Did you learn anything new? Let me know! 



Smokey & Sexy | Sonoma County, Ca Boudoir Photographer

Brand Ambassador Miss K. finally got her time in front of the camera! She (and others) have been an enormous help to the Boudoir By Chee Empowerment Tribe. I was so happy she was ready to test out the boudoir waters- see what I did there ;-) 

Makeup by  Stevie  from  St James Salon

Makeup by Stevie from St James Salon

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What we both didn’t plan for was Californias wildfire smoke to blow into Sonoma County and become part of her session. 

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Sonoma County, Ca Boudoir By Chee Photographer


The smoke added a whole other level to Miss K. session, and it weaved its way in and fit her bright glittery personality perfectly!

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Sonoma County, Ca Boudoir Photographer
Sonoma County, Ca Boudoir Photographer

Miss K's session proves yet another reason why I love taking ladies outside for their boudoir experience! Never know what natural element will add to a session!

Heres to Miss K and all the ladies before and after her walking on the wild side.



Sexy Miss K. goes Splash! | Sonoma County, Ca Boudoir Photographer

Dipping Toes on a Hot Summer Day

Miss K. happen to have her session on one of those hot Sonoma County days, so I suggested a pond shoot! I have this cute pond where I shoot, and it was the perfect addition to a boudoir summer session… and to cool off from the heat!

The pond when the fog comes in! 

The pond when the fog comes in! 

We started out at the usual spot with some sexy lingerie.

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Once we were tired of the heat and got the poses, I was looking for we headed down the road (30 sec) to the pond to cool off and get some excellent shots in the water.

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 While the pond helped cool us off, we had to be careful! Miss K was grateful for the cooldown but had to watch her step because of drop-offs, and I almost fell in camera in all!!!

Quick clip from behind the scenes!

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Needless to say, if you can get past the muddy bottom of the pond it's an excellent option to add on and cool down!

Drop some love on comments below & look for next weeks blog post!!