Rockabilly Dream Session

Rockabilly ROCKS!

I’ve been shooting quite a few bridal boudoir sessions in the last month; my clients want to save their photos for the groom, so I don’t get to share those. Sad 🙁

But yay! I DO get to show some of my other work. Like this Rockabilly inspired Dream Session from May. MissP and I took headed North for the morning and she led me to the perfect Rockabilly/Vintage scene for a photo-shoot. I love shooting outdoors and this Rockabilly session was PERFECT!

MissP and I have done quite a few outdoor sessions over the years and this one is definitely one of my favorites. We hang out, take some hot shots and laugh a LOT. Shooting with MissP is never just about taking pretty pictures. It’s about capturing her beauty in a setting that reflects who she IS. And that is my goal as a glamour/boudoir photographer: to take your photos in a setting that is all you and to put them all together for you to save and look at over and over as a forever reminder of your beauty.

It’s always a pleasure and an honor to share any session I’ve done with MissP.

Do you need a special occasion to have a dream session? No you DON’T. Let’s just shoot to celebrate YOU!!

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

Happy Two Days After Christmas

Merry Christmas from me and BigD!
Merry Christmas from me and BigD!

Y’know, there are two things that are never the same without kids: one is the County Fair and the other is Christmas. I got to spend time with family and the gifts were lovely … but without little kidlets, the joy just isn’t there. I’m not being Scrooge-y, just stating one of my facts.

Maybe it’s because I have so much laughter and good times with my friends and family, that I expect the holidays to be so much more … MORE.

Greedy, ain’t I?

I HAVE been thinking about what 2015 means to me in the way of my business. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve split things a bit. I started out wanting to be the local – BETTER – version of Glamour Shots, but got waylaid by taking some pretty spectacular pictures of some gorgeous seniors, a couple of small venue weddings and more families that I would have expected.

And I found myself enjoying it much more than I would have suspected.

The thing is, except for a couple of regular all-female sessions that I do, I did very few glamour sessions. And those are the sessions I know I do BEST. When I get rockin with my ladies, we roll out some pretty sweet photos.

I think because I’ve had everything all lumped together, it confused people. Women looking for more intimate photography saw families and assumed I wasn’t doing the glamour sessions. Families and parents of seniors might have been put off by seeing a suggestive photo (NOT naked, as we all know you don’t have to be naked to be sexy), so I don’t share them on my Facebook page.

Sweater Session
Sweater Session

Come the first of January, SassyBee Photography will be opening it’s doors (figuratively, people, it’ll be the same red door on Main St ;)) with a vengeance. I’m grabbing 2015 right by the short hairs and hanging on with all my might.

I intend to create more fulfilling photo sessions, both for myself and with women who have overcome obstacles in their lives but finally are happy and in love with themselves. I will be aggressively looking for those women … and if you feel as though YOU fit that bill, you just drop me an email. I’ll make you a memory that’ll last your lifetime.

My Little Red
My Little Red

I want to create more art. For myself of course, but also for my clients. I’ve had this session in my head for years and finally the stars aligned. The photo turned out just as gorgeous as I’d pictured it in my head (you’ll be able to see it in the window on Main St. later this week).

So, do you see yourself as a grown-up and sexy Disney princess or a fairytale heroine (I’ve got Rapunzel stuck in my head these days). Shoot me an email, we’ll get the wheels turning on your own personal “Once Upon a Time“.

I’m actively looking for a local Muse that will be able to drop everything when I get a session in mind and need someone to bring my photographic dream to life. Curvy is lovingly embraced, “mature” is even better (Wow, how about a hot-mama 50 year old Snow white? I see a short black leather skirt, hot yellow silk blouse and over the knee CFM boots.) The job won’t pay in dollar bills, but you’ll have a ton of gorgeous photos and to quote Billy the Kid: “I’ll make ya famous.” Seriously, I’m looking for a woman from 21 years old all the way up to 60 years old who’s up for some photographic shenanigans.

I’ve started a new board on Pinterest to give y’all an idea of what I’m aiming for here . I intend to be THE premier glamour photographer in the area – come along for the ride ladies. Let’s make some damn history!

Change

Portrait PhotographyThe sun is shining today and there are visions of lilacs and robins dancing in my head … yeah, I know, but I am nothing if not optimistic.

2014 has gotten off to a great start for MadBee Photo; the last time I was this excited and satisfied with my work was when I opened my nail salon 20 years ago … my God, has it been THAT long? :: sigh :: Yes, it HAS. The years have flown – FLOWN, I tell you!

I have great things in mind for the rest of 2014. In between sessions and editing I am brainstorming: studio possibilities, themed sessions (which are something I plan on doing a LOT of this year, but more about that later) and marathon sessions. I’ve already got one really GREAT venue lined up for several of my marathon sessions, the first of which will be in April of this year, just in time for Mother’s day (can you say “Red Hot Mama”?), but I’m making note of other local areas that will fit my bill. And I say “making note” in all seriousness, this stuff is all whirly-gigging around in my head and if I don’t write it down, I’m gonna lose it.

Back to the subject of themed shoots, last summer I did an “Alice in Wonderland” session with my niece and while it was cute I’ve learned so much more since then and am raring to go. My most coveted idea for a themed shoot is a Steampunk session. Leather bustiers and ruffled skirts and parasols and all manner of junk-out vehicles and striped, thigh-high stockings and bustles and bloomers and tophats… oh MY!!!!

I’ve started collecting costumes and props and can’t wait til I have the whole thing mapped out!

In the meantime, I’m running a model search. I’m looking for two models, one for classy boudoir and one for glamour and these sessions will be used for advertising purposes.

Those ladies interested must be 21+ years old, no exception.

Modeling experience is NOT necessary. You don’t have to be “young” and you don’t need a perfect size 2 body. In fact, I’ll be looking closely at those of you in your thirties with a not so perfect body.

I’ll choose one model for a boudoir photo session and the other for a glamour-themed session. You MUST be willing to have your images used in my advertising – Facebook, print and website.

Your session will take place on March 13th at a local venue. For modeling you will receive a complimentary (free) photo shoot, professionally styled hair and make-up and an 8 x 10 professional print.

If you’re interested please don’t forget to “LIKE” MadBee Photography (just click the little blue “like” button down there) and leave a comment below.

THEN email me at spotted@madbeephoto.com, attach a photo of yourself and tell me WHY you want to model.

P.S. If you know of anybody that might be interested, pass this post along or SHARE it on their page.

I can’t wait to hear from YOU!

New Year, New MBP

ashley_06In 2014, MadBee Photography will be transitioning away from full service photography to creating “women only sessions” This means that I will no longer be focusing on family or child photography (there are many, many other photographers in the area who excel in those areas).

I had a project this fall/winter that made me realize that my love is photographing women … making them look beautiful and feel good about themselves gave me such satisfaction. After all, isn’t that what we, as women want, to feel beautiful?

I will continue to shoot engagement and maternity sessions where my subjects partners are involved, but the majority of my work will be photographing women, in all their glory. Brides-to-be, mothers-to-be, mothers and daughters, sisters, best friends, the occasional themed shoot (think Cinderella, Trash-the-Dress, retro pin-up sessions, etc) and, of course, boudoir.

I’ll be posting casting calls over the next few months to round out my portfolio, so keep an eye peeled here, girlies. I’d prefer to start building my portfolio with ladies I’ve already had sessions with.

Of course, any gift certificates or previously paid sessions will still be valid.

Bring on the New Year!