Birthday Girl

Green Bay Birthday Boudoir

When my husband and I were rolling down the highway 30 years ago at 5am on our way to the hospital it never occurred to me that I’d someday be taking 30th birthday photos of the beautiful young woman that was my daughter.

Thirty years of love, laughter and joy. This kid is everything and more that I envisioned thirty years ago and I thank God for her every day.

Want to celebrate your own birthday in a special way??? Birthday glamour (and boudoir) sessions are easy to set up. Just email me or Facebook PM and we’ll get the ball rolling

What to Wear Wednesday

Appleton Boudoir Photographer

Newest additions to the Boudie Closet!

Finding outfits for your boudoir session is half the fun but sometimes it is hard to know where to start! Keep in mind these simple tips and recommendations and you will look amazing!

My girls all ask “What should I wear for my boudoir session?” Read on, babies, I have the answer!

I have a pretty healthy Boudie Closet designed to fit girlies of ALL sizes. I am always adding to the Boudie Closet, my jewelry selection and of course, those hot CFM (censored) pumps.

Wisconsin Boudoir Studio

When we set up your session, you can take a look at what I have in-studio or order something to keep from my Boudie Catalogue (coming in January 2019)!

As with all things boudie, there is no one answer to any question. Things to think about:

  • You don’t HAVE to wear lingerie to have a hot photo session – if you don’t feel sexy in something, you won’t look sexy in it!
  • Bring black, white and nude panties in addition to your lingerie/wardrobe
  • Bringing shoes? Save the “safe” shoes for church or that business meeting. If you don’t have killer stilettos, I DO
  • Bring new or lightly worn lingerie (you don’t want those little balls or rips showing up in your images)
  • Try everything on BEFORE packing it in your bag

Want to set up your own session? Just email me or Facebook PM and we’ll get the ball rolling

Birthday Party for Grown-Up Girls

Birthday Boudoir

Birthdays, once you get to a certain age, are ALL milestone birthdays and if we’re smart, we find some way to celebrate ourselves. MsS was all for a funny Big Girl Birthday Session and she brought her A game. She is the master of hilarious facial expression and Prudence and I actually rolled around watching her.

She also managed to look incredibly gorgeous and I know she’ll be reminded of this birthday “party” for years to come.

Not everybody wants to “unleash” their inner sexy for our birthday or any other special occasion. That’s okay, we can document ourselves, our birthdays, our lives any way we want to, but …

Grown Up Birthday Photos Are the Best!

Document your birthday with photos to remind you just how incredible you are. That body gave birth to humans and it is SPECTACULAR.

Let’s be real, if we wait until we feel we look good enough to have our photos taken, they’ll never get done. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got all I can do to get all of my mail opened on the regular. If you’re thinking of having your photos taken, just DO it. You can wear as much (or as little as) you want and you’ll appreciate those photos on every birthday from now on.

Birthday Boudoir sessions are easy to set up. Want to set up your own session? Just email me or Facebook PM and we’ll get the ball rolling

Happy New Year

Best Year of Your Life

Happy New Year!

2017 was a year of changes for me and for JLReis Photography. I know the people I want to reach and what I want to do with my business, it’s never changed since May 1, 2014, the official opening day of my first studio.

It’s my goal to make just ONE woman see their own, real beauty – just one, EVERY CHANCE I GET. I want to muffle the voices in her head that tells her she’s not beautiful, not worthy, not enough. If I can do that for that ONE woman, I’ll have met my goal.

The stories I’ve heard the past year, the sessions I’ve done, helped me see that women – ALL WOMEN – feel the same, no matter their age, shape or dress size. I know because I’ve felt, and sometimes to continue to feel, the same way.

But … no matter what life we live, no matter where we live, no matter what kind of work we do, whether we’re married or single, twenty years old or eighty, women are fucking forces of nature.

We face the shittiest days of our lives and we manage to get through – and help our loved ones through. We make shit HAPPEN. We are so much more than we allow ourselves to believe.

I am humbled by the stories you’ve shared with me … for you to open up to me and tell me your thought and fears and trust me to keep them means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Happy new year to all of us, I can’t wait to see what we do and become in 2018!

Happy New Year

Boudoir/Glamour sessions are easy to set up. Want to set up your own session? Just email me or Facebook PM and we’ll get the ball rolling

VIP Group Member Contest

Christmas Contest

While down with a killer case of the flu this past week, I’ve been hanging out on my mentor boards and revisiting classes I’ve taken in the past.

Whenever I look through my member list I think to myself how I’d shoot each and every one of you, whether it would be boudoir, glamour or a headshot; Many of you have photos with your daughters or moms, I think how lovely a photo would be for you; you are so beautiful in your own right and I know you all have a story to tell, a story that should be seen by other women and I think I’ve come up with a way to showcase at least ONE of you.

From now until Thursday Dec. 21, the CURRENT member that adds the most NEW members will win a FREE Valentine’s session (must be shot during the first week of January).

You will win an hour session, hair and make-up, professional posing assistance and 5 (five) professionally printed 4×6 prints. The session is worth over $200. The winner must also sign a model release so that I can use your photos for adverting; you CAN pose anonymously (see images below).

Contest closes Thursday, December 21 at 5pm and winner is announced LIVE, Friday, Dec. 22 at 9am.

Not a member? Join the VIP Group!

In keeping with Facebook rules, the winner will be notified via email on Thurs. evening, so be sure to email me and let me know that you’ve added your FIRST new member to get your name on the list and I’ll announce the winner publicly on Facebook

Reason #Six

Reason #Six

Reason to Have your Boudoir\Glamour Portrait Taken

Reason #6: No one cares what you look like.

!!!GASP!!

Isn’t that a shitty reason for a photographer to give? Isn’t that a terribly awful shitty thing for a photographer that says she’s trying to RAISE women’s self-esteem to say to a bunch of women?

I thought this reason was so important that it needed a whole damn blog post.

On the surface it sounds shitty, but think about it. Nearly everyone is so wrapped up in their own bullshit that they don’t have the time or the inclination to pay attention what other women look like. So we all sit in our heads and imagine what OTHERS are thinking of us, when in reality, no ONE is thinking of us.

Everybody has issues with their looks or their bodies, no matter our size. I’ve had thin-thin-thin women walk in and say they’re embarrassed for ME to see them, cuz they know they don’t look like my other clients. WTF? Of course you don’t look like my other clients, you’re YOU. Over the years I’ve had clients (hair clients, nail clients, etc) that have spent half their adult life obsessing on something that NO ONE notices but them: a slightly crooked tooth, the tip of a finger that bends just off true – HONESTLY, shit that NO ONE else notices. I’ve seen boobs that are one cup bigger than the other. I’ve seen broken toes that healed crooked. I’ve seen so many things that were so UNIMPORTANT that I can’t remember who they belonged to … because I have my OWN shit that I worry about.

Stop It!

Why the feck are we all so dissatisfied with the body that we live in? Why are ALL, yes ALL of us, so dissatisfied with the body God’s given us? We need to realize that we will NEVER be perfect: PERFECT is a MYTH.

When will we realize that no ONE but us sees those horribly “ugly” parts of ourselves but US? When will we realize that we are as beautiful RIGHT NOW as we are – RIGHT NOW!!! Those things we consider so offensive to the rest of the world don’t matter to the rest of the world because the rest of the world is obsessing with their own bullshit.

We need to accept our bodies as they are and peace with how we look. Having your portraits done will give you a incredible boost of confidence and the chance to see yourself in a new and different light.

Boudoir/Glamour sessions are easy to set up. Want to set up your own session? Just email me or Facebook PM and we’ll get the ball rolling

Perceptions – Who Are You?

Wisconsin Glamour Portraits

Perceptions are amazing. In this day and age of “politically correct” thinking and the public’s outcry of “I am NOT judgemental!” I’ve found that people in general are more judgemental and women are MOST judgemental of themselves.

This first full session with Studio Rep Emily got us talking about first impressions, other peoples’ opinions and how we judge ourselves.

On any given day other people see us as we are THAT day, whether we are dressed for work, dressed for gardening or dressed for a quick run to the gas station for a gallon of milk at six o’clock in the morning. Anyone who sees us bases an opinion on us, whether they know us or not. I tell myself that it doesn’t matter, people who know me know that I don’t always look that way, but REALLY? Somewhere inside me I think everyone is stink eyeing me. Do you do the same thing?

The saying that you never get a chance to make a first impression isn’t as true as what we’ve been lead to believe, at least in a personal way, and never judge a book by its over has never been more true. We can recreate ourselves EVERY day. We can put ourselves out to the world and tell our story a day at a time.

Perception of Glamour
When someone judges you, it isn’t about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations and needs

Want to set up your own session? Just email me or Facebook PM and we’ll get the ball rolling

Let the Adventure Begin! – Meet the Reps

JLReis 2017 Studio Ambassadors

A month ago I started a Studio Ambassador program to find reps that would feature the beauty of all women, no matter their age, shape or size. Elizabeth and Emily were the first two to show interest in being reps and never they never wavered in wanting an opportunity. After reading their applications, I knew they were definitely in the running.

The day before I chose, I unexpectedly lost three of the five candidates. It really threw me for a loop and to tell the truth? I was very discouraged to be left with only two reps. But despite my disappointment, I set up the initial meeting with the ladies and hoped for the best.

I don’t think it could’ve turned out any better. Elizabeth was the first to arrive, and as we chatted while we waited for Emily, I realized that if things HADN’T happened the way they did I may not have had this phenomenal young lady in front of my camera. Shortly after Emily arrived and the three of got acquainted, I knew in my heart that the BOTH of them were meant to be studio reps for JLReis Photography. They UNDERSTAND the message that I am trying to spread – that all women are beautiful, that all women deserve to have reminders of that beauty.

In the next week I will be sharing Emily and Elizabeth’s stories in further detail, as we have our first formal sessions.

Welcome Ladies!!!

Join JLReis Photography’s VIP Glamour/Boudoir Private Group

Join JLReis Photography's VIP Glamour/Boudor Private Group
Join JLReis Photography’s VIP Glamour/Boudoir Private Group

What is the Facebook VIP Boudoir/Glamour Group?

The Facebook VIP Boudoir/Glamour Group is a private Facebook group to show behind the scenes of my boudoir sessions, and to give those who are curious an idea of what they can expect during a boudoir/glamour session with JLReis Photography. I welcome any questions, concerns or comment in this group. I am here to educate you about Glamour/Boudoir Photography.

Glamour and Boudoir photography is about more than dressing up or taking it off. It’s not about sexuality.

Sue Bryce says it best:

Beauty… it’s the light that shines out of people’s eyes when they look at you… when you hold their gaze, and then everything else falls away… you see their true self and it’s just staring back at you, and it’s magnificent… and everybody has it.

In the future, I will be:

  • posting giveaways and perks
  • organizing invitation only events at my studio
  • running contests

Email me or Facebook PM with YOUR email address and I’ll get you added to the group!