Category: Beauty Photography

There is Nothing Like Crisp, Cool, White Sheets in the Summertime

As much as I love Houston, I’m still not a fan of the heat. The long summer days can just be so hot and sticky. Muggy. Any thoughts of working outside make me simply start to melt.

It is these days that I long for the crisp, cool, white sheets on my bed. Gone are the heavy sheets of winter, the blankets meant to keep me warm in our 1920 Bungalow. The windows are a bit drafty in our house. This time of year, I put the thin white sheets on my bed. Cool and inviting at the end of a long day.

The white sheets for me mean that summer is here, and it is time to embrace all the beauty that summer brings!

The white sheet. So pure and simple, it makes you look incredible. This is why so many of my clients choose to include it as an outfit in their Hot Mama session. It got me thinking — it is time to once again do a White Sheet Session special. You, me, the camera, and the white sheet. Who is in? I’ve got 10 spots available for the month of June, and another 10 spots for the month of August. (Weekdays only.) What a perfect gift for your wedding anniversary or an upcoming birthday!

Not in Houston? I’ll be in Austin, Portland, Seattle, Chicago (speaking at BlogHer on photography!), New Orleans and Denver this summer. Contact me, let me know what city you are interested in, and we can get it all set up!

The White Sheet Session Details

- These sessions feature the White Sheet. No other outfit changes are included. (I’d suggest nude underwear for under the white sheet if you would like.)
- It is a 45 minute session at my studio in the Heights. Weekdays only. Sessions are available as early as 8am or as late as 6pm.
- Makeup is not included, but can be added for $100 if you would like. (Makeup is included in all of my regular sessions.)
- Albums, gift prints, wall art are all available a la carte and selected at your ordering session.
- Very Special White Sheet Session price: $150

One of the best things about these sessions is that you don’t have to go spend any money on lingerie to wear; I provide it all with the white sheet! That makes it a really outstanding deal!

Contact me and we will get your session all set up! I simply can’t wait to work with you!

Details on longer sessions with more outfit changes and makeup included is available on my pricing page.

Beauty is a Matter of Perspective

Changing the world's perception of Beauty starts with YOU. Your language about yourself and others. YOU are ENOUGH. - Christine TremouletI wrote the other day about my thoughts on how you see yourself vs how the world sees you. The Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaign videos had me in tears because it resonated with what I hear from women all the time. The things we don’t like about ourselves are often the things that other people don’t even see at all.

I never want to minimize how someone feels about themselves, but I want to show them how the rest of the world sees them.

What has been fascinating to me over the past few days is the response I’ve seen to the campaign. Most of it has been very positive. It has made people think about the language they use about themselves, which I think is fantastic! But there are some people who are uncomfortable & angry about the videos. Wondering why there is so much focus on beauty. Friends wrote comments on my post, and I exchanged emails with others as well.

“I should be more grateful of my natural beauty. It impacts the choices and the friends we make, the jobs we go out for, they way we treat our children, it impacts everything. It couldn’t be more critical to your happiness.”

Here is the thing I’ve observed in the 140+ sessions that I’ve done. I work with women in a very intimate way, and they have to trust me in order for me to work with them. I hear a lot, and I observe even more. I hear how you talk about yourself, and sometimes it breaks my heart. It makes me even more driven to show you the way I see you, the way the world sees you.

The Perception of Beauty

This perception of beauty? It impacts almost everyone. There have been very few people that I’ve come across in my life who don’t feel the same way as that woman in the video. Some level of insecurity, fear, doubt, questioning themselves. At some point it has had some impact on everyone’s life.

My dream is to eradicate that sort of thinking about ourselves. Thinking that beauty is so important, and that beauty has such a narrow definition. But it isn’t going to happen over night. We have to start it, we have to redefine what beauty is and change its level of importance.

I see us all at the beginning of the change. I am hopeful for the future. We have to be the start of it, women. Both in the language we use about ourselves and in the language we use about one another.

Just think about that the next time you start to make a catty remark about how another woman is dressed, what she weighs, or how she styles her hair…

Confidence and Rediscovering Beauty

You may have noticed above that my mission, my Superpower, is helping Hot Mamas grow their CONFIDENCE by rediscovering their BEAUTY. Those words are something I have spent hours & days thinking over before I ever shared them with the world. They are in that order for a reason, because I feel that confidence is one of the most powerful things you can possibly have. As for rediscovering your beauty? To be honest, it is REDEFINING your beauty. Seeing yourself in the light of beauty that the rest of us see you. Seeing that the issues that you have are not the ones that the rest of us see, and that we have to choose to stop letting this issue of beauty stand in our way.

My client Ms. S said it best in an email she sent me after her session:

There needs to be more AVENGERS of SEXINESS in the world, allowing other women to take back their self worth and sexiness and tell society to go to HELL. “I am SEXY and I KNOW IT”…. Thank YOU Christine for being my AVENGER of SEXINESS!

Should beauty be a non-issue? Absolutely. But people do judge a book by its cover, and people by their looks. It is time that we all stood up and redefined beauty, together.

You are more beautiful than you think. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

How You See Yourself vs How the World Sees You

Women. We are our own harshest critiques. Maybe it is because we are told at a young age not to be vain? Not to say that we are pretty? To be humble, to describe ourselves as plain so that we aren’t seen as boastful?

Maybe it is the impact of the mass media on us? What they try to tell us is “beautiful” in the magazine pages, which is actually a Photoshopped version of reality that isn’t attainable by anyone that is human? Like the time that Redbook decided that Faith Hill needed an arm so skinny that she has no elbow.

Whatever it is, it has to stop.

You are amazing. You are beautiful. You are incredible.

I am so in love with this Real Beauty Sketches campaign from Dove. We study ourselves in the mirror every day, yet no woman could accurately describe her features, and the language that they use about themselves is so harsh. It was heartbreaking to watch it, and I cried at the end.

If only you could see yourself as the rest of the world sees you, then you would know how beautiful you truly are. It looks nothing like what you see in the pages of the magazines because you are so much more than that.

This is something I also need to remind myself of on a daily basis, but I know that it is true thanks to all the women I’ve been fortunate to work with. That knowledge makes it so much easier for me to remember.

YOU ARE ENOUGH.

You Are Enough. Celebrating Being a Boudoir Photographer.

You Are Enough. Celebrating being a Boudoir Photographer.People often ask me why I’m a boudoir photographer, and I’ll be honest – sometimes, it is hard to put in to words. It is actually a deeply personal choice, one that has grown out of pain, frustration, feeling as though we as women and as moms are viewed as not enough.

Damn it. WE ARE ENOUGH. Just like we are. And my goal in life? My goal is to celebrate that through boudoir photography.

I’m a boudoir photographer because doing it reminds me daily that I am enough, too.

This is a message I want to spread far & wide. I don’t know how yet. I don’t have a plan. I just know I want to share it with the world. With every woman I meet. Every woman who tells me that they can’t do a boudoir session, at least not until they lose 20 lbs, get tone, or whatever the case may be.

We are loved for who we are TODAY. Right now. In the present. The woman you are today is who I want to document. Right now. (By the way, if you told me you could never do a boudoir session, sorry if I was a little over the top dramatic about why you CAN do it. I’m a little passionate about it.)

For the past 3 years, I’ve had the distinct honor of photographing TEDx Houston. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and is focused on ideas worth spreading. Speakers are given at most 18 minutes to share their ideas. Doesn’t matter who you are, 18 minutes. At first there was just one TED conference, and tickets were hard to come by and very limited. In recent years, they have decided to open up TED and create TEDx events. Local events, ones that can celebrate the city that they are a part of, and still help to spread ideas around the world. You can view all of the TED & TEDx videos online, and they are so wonderful. I love being a part of TEDx. Cameras are not allowed at TEDx events, so being one of the selected photographers has been incredible. The bonus has been the TEDx events I’ve been to, and they have taught me so many things both about Houston and about myself.

I try to make a point of watching as many of the TED and TEDx videos as I can. Recently, a link somewhere lead me to the video below. (I unfortunately don’t remember where, as I opened the video in a new tab and lost the original source.) The tab stayed open in my browser for several days, the time never being quite right to watch it.

Until now. Tonight I watched it, and it left me in tears. THIS. This is why I do what I do. It is for the moms out there that feel they have to hide. For our children. For your daughters. For our mothers. For US. For the fear that we have to hide who we are. For the shame.

What we look like does NOT define us. We need to change the world. We need to let the world know that WE ARE ENOUGH.

Thank you to Brittany Gibbons for putting yourself out there. For creating Curvy Girl Guide. For reminding us that we, as women, need to treat each other with a bit more kindness. And most of all, for reminding me to be strong. To continue to spread my passion. To stand up and celebrate our beauty, both inside and out, just as we are.

To the readers of this site, thank you to you for allowing me to share my passion with you.

To all of my amazing clients, YOU help make my dreams come true by sharing your laughter and trusting me with your fears. You are amazing and strong. You are beautiful in ways that words can’t express and photographs can’t even accurately capture. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

To all of the Hot Mamas out there, I celebrate you all every time I lift up my camera. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a part of me, and because of you I am enough, too.

Glamour Photography Studio Houston News! Launching The Flirt Sessions!

Glamour Photography in Houston, Texas - Pam's SessionAfter a lot of discussions with my beloved clients, I realized that there was a gap in glamour photography in the Houston market. As much as people love my boudoir photography, not everyone is that comfortable with being so exposed. I believe that every Hot Mama deserves to see how beautiful she truly is, and I don’t want to let wardrobe choices stand in her way – so I’m officially launching The Flirt Sessions – glamour photography!

For the past year or so, I’ve encouraged my boudoir clients to bring a pretty outfit to their session, maybe their favorite cocktail dress, a nice sweater, a lovely skirt – something that they can have a glamour photograph made of that their husband can put on his desk at work, or they could hand to their mother as a gift at Christmas. If you think about it, for most of us the last time we had photographs done of just ourselves was back in the 90s when you went to the glamour photography studio in the mall — or if you weren’t old enough to do that, you dreamed of the day when you would be! Fortunately, that trend of the hazy look, satin gloves, and hairstyles that you never wore otherwise are gone!

My session with you will involve you selecting your own favorite outfits. You’ll bring them in, and we’ll work together to select the best for your session and choose where to photograph them at. Since these sessions don’t have to be quite so “behind closed doors” we can even choose a destination to go to for your glamour photography session! (Who wants to head to Galveston with me for a little time on the beach or the Strand?!)

I’ve had a lot of clients use these photographs for their social media profiles, and some of the single ladies have used them for things like online dating sites too! It is always a good idea to have great photos of yourself!

At your session, we will create all sorts of great images for you, have a crazy good time, and my mission overall is still the same – I want you to rediscover how beautiful you truly are!

I have to thank my friend Pam of Outside Voice for asking me to help her with her “shopping the closet” series she has been doing on her blog for awhile now. These images below from some of our shenanigans together were part of what really got the gears rolling on this to create these sessions – because you are sexy with your clothes on!

Glamour Photography in Houston, Texas

Beauty photographer in Houston, Texas

Beauty Photography in Houston

It has been a busy, busy week around the studio with lots of things happening – including a whole new paint job at the studio in the Heights this past weekend! I can’t WAIT to share the lovely new colors we picked out, but it isn’t quite finished yet (I have to get the curtains hung up!) – but it will be in the next day or two!

Are you ready to set up your Flirt Glamour Photography Session or your Hot Mama Boudoir Photography Session? (Of course, you are welcome to do a bit of both too!) Contact me right away by clicking here and we’ll get it all set up for you!

New Orleans ladies! There are still TWO session times available for my trip there July 27-29, 2012! Get all the details on New Orleans boudoir photography and book yours before it is too late!

PS – This yellow swing jacket below? Probably still one of my absolute favorites!

Glamour Photography Studio Houston

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