Photo book Story Albums, My specialty

When I started my career in Administration 20 years ago in Toledo, Ohio, many of my coworkers enjoyed making scrapbooks.  Do you remember scrapbooking parties? Well as a single mom, I did not have the funds or the extra time to participate in said parties. However, I did stumble upon digital scrapbooking fairly early in the game, and they quickly became my gift of choice, as I have ALWAYS loved capturing memories, both for my family, friends, and while traveling.

I gave out so many prints and books from Snapfish, MyPublisher, Mixbook, and Shutterfly, I became a pro at it, and people started to expect photo gifts from me for special occasions.  This led me to upgrade my camera at least once a year, sometimes more.  Fast forward to 2012, when my little sister (I am the oldest :)) was a senior in high school.  I wanted to make sure I had great images for her senior year, including at the graduation commencement and at her “coming out” Cotillion ball.

I purchased my first DSLR camera the day of her ball, and that is how my professional photography career started.  Over the years, I have made over 100 of these types of story books. I prefer hard cover books, and 8×11 seems to be my favorite sized book, except for wedding books, I love the 10×10 album.  I have searched high and low for other companies that I can customize as much as Shutterfly, but I have not found one yet!

Having said that, I offer this type of book with almost every photography package.  Photo books help tell the story of the clients life at that time, and the books are fun, easy to transport, and affordable.  Traditional photo albums run hundreds to thousands of dollars more than the books that I offer, without the creativity added to the way the images are placed on a page.  Take a look at my latest senior book of Adrianna that I just ordered:

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By the way, Shutterfly recently featured one of my senior photos on their February blog, take a look!

Boudoir Photography in Toledo; Capturing the Intimate Side of You

Boudoir photography is hard to explain.  For me, its like glamour photography for everyday women. Your 15 minutes of fame as a model.  A boost of self confidence, that no matter your profession, age, size, or fierceness, you are fabulous, and picture worthy-with the right outfit, posing, and lighting.

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Toledo Boudoir Photography by Abyrdseyephoto

Here is a great definition of boudoir photography, taken from here:

A boudoir client generally meets these criteria:

  • Has never posed for a camera beyond family, school or vacation photos.
  • Has never posed in front of a camera in anything but being fully clothed.
  • Has never posed in front of a camera in intimate apparel.
  • Is generally a bit nervous to utterly frightened of posing in intimate apparel on camera, let alone “looking sexy”.
  • Spends some or no time on their physique because they don’t pose in front of cameras for a living.
  • Are mostly in their late 20’s or older.

So you see this isn’t something that you book with a photographer, just for your birthday.  Its often a life changing event, that many women bring tears with them to the reveal session.  It takes time, and effort on all parties to make it “work”.  Hair, skin, and makeup preparation is essential to the overall look.  Check out this article from 1985: Real Playmates

Most of our boudoir sessions are held in the clients home, or at our studio.  We make sure you are relaxed before we start, and offer suggestions during the pre-consultation to assist with wardrobe choices.  We also have clothing items and props to help create the look you want.   Women book sessions equally for themselves, and for significant others.  Our boudoir albums make great gifts for weddings (grooms), Valentine’s Day, and private birthday gifts.  The session also makes a great gift for oneself! Birthdays, milestone celebrations, or for any reason at all, they make women feel good about themselves.