I Don’t Take “Good” Photos

Wisconsin Boudoir Photography

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” ~ Amy Bloom

So many women have a terrible relationship with their own bodies and I mean to put a stop to that. Boudoir photography (or intimate photography or glamour photography – it’s all the same) is the perfect way for me to do it. Every client I’ve worked with over the past seven years has been beautiful just the way they were and they’ve all loved the experience and how they looked in their photos.

There are more reasons to have your photos done than there are NOT to. My first back to work client had her photos done to surprise her husband on their wedding day. I’ve done sessions for anniversary gifts, birthday celebrations or milestone dates. My favorite sessions have been the ones where the client does it for themselves, those are the ones that make my heart sing.

“Acceptance” and “self-love” and “body positivity” are huge buzzwords/phrases in social media but nothing has changed in my opinion. The Kardashian/Jenner clan are still Photoshopping their photos to the point their own kids wouldn’t recognize them, but they aren’t the only ones. SM “influencers” are getting their lips and their boobs and their asses filled at an alarming rate – it’s to the point that everyone looks the same: poofy lips, permanently alarmed eyebrows, fake high cheekbones, huge badonkadonks on tiny bodies … there is no individuality on the Internet and that is SAD.

Boudoir photography isn’t about being a size three (no one is a size three and you can’t convince me otherwise, lol). You don’t have to be 23 or weigh 105 lbs … EVERY BODY IS A BOUDOIR BODY and we’ll prove it to you!

Photography isn’t about changing your looks. Photography is about having a memory you can hold in your hand that makes you remember how you felt that day. I edit your photos, but you will never look as though you weigh 30 lbs less or wear three sizes smaller. If you ask for that kind of editing, we’re gonna have a long talk, doll. I may not be the photographer for you.

Speaking of photographers, you should hire a photographer that you feel comfortable with. Don’t hire someone because of their pricing (high prices don’t necessarily mean good service and low prices don’t have to mean crap work). That’s why I like to meet with you BEFORE you book a session. It’s only fair that you get to see what a goofball I am, as well as see just how important it is for me to give you the type of session that will bring out the best in you.

I’ll answer all of your questions, including the ones you may not even know you have. I want you to feel comfortable with me because being in front of a camera, dressed in the tiniest of outfits will make you feel vulnerable and that’s SCARY! But Ipromise, by the time we’re done you’ll have had the best time of your life!

In Celebration …

… of friendship, of the future, of life.

I have been so lucky in my life to meet SO MANY wonderful people. Some have come into my life for only a short time, leaving me with wonderful memories of laughter shared and a few have stayed, becoming good friends and sometimes my partner in crime.

I met Prudence just a few years ago and I knew immediately that we’d be friends. We have so much in common and most importantly she loves to laugh. If you know me at all, you know that laughter is an important part of my life

Lucky for me, my camera loves her.

Beside being the hair and makeup artist extraordinaire that brings out the beauty in the girlies in front my camera, Prudence is also my “session director”, in charge of in-studio hospitality and entertainment, keeper of the dirty words and mover of furniture.

She also gets right down on the floor next to our clients and shows them how to pose for the camera.

And you can see she sure knows how to do THAT.

Outdoor-Glamour Photography

Outdoor-Glamour Photoshoot

Outdoor-Glamour Photography is something I’ve been working on for a while, and I finally got a chance to do complete session with the lovely Lauren of Bfresh Barbershop a couple of weeks ago. I love the Green Bay Farmer’s Market on Broadway and I’ve wanted to do a session there for a long time.

Indoor boudoir and glamour is a blast and I always have a great time with my clients, but it’s fun to shake it up once in a while, right? We have our photos taken every year from the time we’re born, until we graduate, with our senior photos being the last great photos we have until our wedding day. Why is that? Why don’t we think enough of ourselves to take time to document a great year or a great day or a new outfit that makes us feel GORGEOUS?

Time passes so quickly; we change so much from year to year, sometimes with only blurry cellphone photos to document those moments.

Thank you to the ever wonderful Pru Walker from Rustic Cut’s and Co for introducing me to Lauren!

Outdoor-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

Happy New Year

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

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

Personal Portraits

Personal portraits 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

wisconsin personal portraits

How do you see yourself? Studio Rep Elizabeth says:
[pullquote width=”100%” float=”left”]”Hey everybody, I have to say I was extremely nervous and excited to see the finished personal portraits from my photo shoot. I so desperately wanted to see how I truly felt inside in a picture. What I did see was so much more than that. I saw my beauty and the smile that my husband always talks about.[/pullquote]

[pullquote width=”100%” float=”left”]You always think people say things because they are supposed to but I learned that it was genuine. When I saw the picture in the white dress I cried, that’s how I knew what I set out to do was a success. The surgery helped me get smaller, but it was confidence in myself that helped me realize who I am. I’m so glad I took this chance and am more than ecstatic to see what the future shoots bring ❤❤ thank you Jackee.[/pullquote]

How do you see yourself? Who is that person inside you? Is the person inside you who you see when you see a photo of yourself? Are you pleasantly surprised? Would you like to be? Personal portraits aren’t only for the people you love, they are for you, someone you should love because if you love yourself, you can better love others.

Body Image

Body image … what a powerful concept. Our generation, our daughters’ generation, has been bombarded for 40+ years about “body image”, yet I don’t think any of us know what it is, how important it is to our self esteem, how our view of our own bodies – OURSELVES – affects how our daughters see themselves.

Sometimes it’s not even what we see in the mirror, but what another says to us or about us that shapes our feelings. Even if we are truly beautiful (and really, we all are beautiful in some way) a word or sentence or even a look from our past can makes us shudder with the memory and blur the beauty that stares us in the face every day.

No one – not the cutest cheerleader, not Miss Wisconsin, not you, not me – are happy with what we see in the mirror

Change Your View

Every day, look in the mirror and comment on ONE thing you like about yourself. “Wow, I LOVE the color of my eyes.” “I have a great complexion.” “my posture is fantastic.” The more we compliment ourselves, the more self-esteem we gain and the more that nasty little voice i the back of our mind starts zipping it’s shitty little lip.

Perceptions – Who Are You?

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

You Don’t Have to Be Naked to Be Sexy

MsS is one of my original studio reps. A break in her school year has made her available for Rep sessions again. Hurray!!!lingerie for wisconsin boudoir/glamour photography

We first shot together last year at a local waterfall, some of you might remember her beautiful images.

Like many studios, I provide wardrobe because I LOVE to buy beautiful clothes!!!! The outfits that MsS is wearing in the session were put together by us in-studio, but you can bring ANY of your own clothing or lingerie. Love the dress you wore for your daughter’s wedding? Bring it. Have the negligee from your wedding night? Bring it. It’s up to you, but if you’re truly at a loss, I can even shoot you in nothing but a white sheet!!! One of my favorite pieces is a tulle skirt, paired with a totally different top, like the rosy beige sweater MsS is wearing.

I have three sweet and sexy tulle skirts, half a dozen bustiers, a fur stole and lingerie GALORE. I have a dozen different dresses in many different sizes and shoes? Do I have shoes? You know I do!

You can show as little or as much as you like, you never have to be naked to be sexy.

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

Wisconsin Modern Portraiture

What is modern portraiture? It’s a fancy name for personal photos that don’t look like they were taken at the mall, lol.

I’ve been missing in action, busy studying, working on the studio and taking photos. MODERN portraits. 😉

I’ve known Lisa for a couple of years, but didn’t realize how much we had in common till we got together for this session. I think we spent as much time laughing as we did taking photos.

We talked about the fact that we have so many photos of our kids, but so few photos of ourselves, unless you count the ones taken at Sears back when they were babies. We were too busy taking photos of them.

Now our kids are grown and having kids of their own. We’ve got pictures of our kids and our grandkids on the wall or on the mantle, but where are the photos of us?

Exist in Photos

We should all #existinphotos, we should all leave a moment in time for the people who love us.

This isn’t about taking it all off or glamming it all up (though it can be). It’s about looking at a photo of yourself and saying “Yes, I look great! I really DO!”

I want to create those photos for you. Come to my sweet little studio and let me show you how beautiful you are. Bring your three favorite outfits and we’ll talk and laugh and get some great shots. You don’t have to be skinny and you don’t have to “take good photos”. It’s my job to make you look great, and I WILL.

What are you waiting for? No better time than the present! Let’s get you on the calendar. Have questions? Call me at [920] 659-0614 or email beautiful@jlreisphotography.com