Femme Fit– Fitness and Nutrition Designed Just for Women!

Femme Fit–Empowering Women in the STL Community and Beyond

As a boudoir photographer, it’s my mission to empower women while helping them to feel sexy and feel their best selves. I love learning about and aligning myself with other local women who have the same calling. I’m excited to introduce you to Dr. Savanna Ray and her personal online training program designed for women, Femme Fit! Femme Fit is a nutrition and workout program designed specifically for women to build bodies they feel great about. And what’s so great about this program is that the workouts are developed on an app. You can do the workouts anywhere!

Matching black mesh leggings and crop top make the perfect gym outfit!// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

Maddie Moore’s Fitness Journey

Boudoir by Tracy Brown’s friend and blogger extraordinaire, Maddie Moore from There’s Moore to it, has been working out with Savanna and her husband, Marshall, for several months and loves them. While Maddie works with them in person, she talks more about Femme Fit and accessing this awesome fitness and nutrition programming virtually on her blog. Maddie started her fitness journey several months ago. You can see photos from our fitness photo session throughout this post! Her hard work has paid off!

Perfect gym look. Nike Pro fitness capri leggings with a matching Nike white and black sports bra and grey Nike shoes// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

The Making of Femme Fitness– It’s Science!

What is so great about this program is that Dr. Savanna Ray and her husband, Marshall Ray, founder of Faster Fitness, combined their collective expertise to develop Femme Fit into the fabulously comprehensive program that it is today. Savanna has an incredible mastery of all things anatomy and physiology. She’s a pharmacist with eight plus years experience studying the human body at the doctoral level. She and Marshall collaborated to realize Savanna’s passion of helping women gain confidence and build bodies they feel great about. While Savanna knows all things anatomy and physiology, her husband Marshall is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, which makes these two a scientific knowledge power-house. Thus we have the perfect match to bring this dream to life! After working diligently for five years, their app and program are live! They recently launched to support women ready to transform their bodies and build confidence (and nice booties).

Red and white retro inspired workout crop top, black briefs, adidas knee high workout socks matched perfectly with white high-top sneakers // Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

The Femme Fit Family

While Faster Fitness is a brick and mortar fitness studio in Brentwood, Femme Fit provides intentional workouts that you can do at your local gym or at a home gym anywhere. The workouts are fun and Savanna is on the app showing you exactly how to do the exercise! Along with the engaging workouts and encouragement on the app, Femme Fit gals also get custom meal plans with recipes and grocery lists. There’s a third aspect of the Femme Fit program that I think is awesome– community and accountability! Once you’re in the Femme Fit family, you are in it and connected with other women for support and guidance from the coaches!

Perfect gym look. Nike Pro fitness capri leggings with a matching Nike white and black sports bra and grey Nike shoes// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

To learn more

St Louis has such a vibrant scene of female entrepreneurs on the quest to help and support other women.  I’m so excited for Savanna and the launch of Femme Fit! Check out Femme Fit’s website to learn more!

And if you’re ready to treat yourself to a fun boudoir session and feel your sexiest, email me today at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com to book your boudoir session!

Red and white retro inspired workout crop top with black briefs for that sexy, fitness inspired boudoir look// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

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Keely’s Session– Different Boudoir Looks

Meet Keely

I’m beyond thrilled to share with you my recent session with Keely. While Keely could be a model, she’s a nurse from St. Louis. They say not all superheros wear capes, and in Keely’s case, she’s in scrubs working long hours caring for infants in the NICU. By the end of her shift, she may not be feeling so glamorous– which is why I’m so glad she could treat herself to a boudoir session with me! Working with Keely was so fun and I’m excited to share her different boudoir looks with you!

Boudoir doesn’t have to just be lingerie! Keely’s wearing a long sleeve charcoal chemise with a matching thong. Black heels make the perfect sexy touch to this boudoir look// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

Prepping for the Session

Keely came to me so that she could gift herself some pampering and gorgeous photos– she also had the added bonus of a nice gift for her boyfriend. My friends from the Blowout Bar came to the studio to give Keely the star treatment of gorgeous curls and flawless makeup that highlight her beauty. And no boudoir session is complete without the wardrobe! There’s so much more than just lingerie to bring to a session (but we definitely have some sexy shots with lingerie, too!)

Comfy Meets Sexy

While lingerie is a great staple for boudoir photos, sessions are certainly not limited to only lingerie shots. This is where I love to get creative with my clients piece together sexy but cozy looks. I especially love topping the look off with a feminine touch. Keely opted for the relaxed, off the shoulder sweater in a neutral tone. A pair of cheeky, lacy panties in a seafoam and mint color make the perfect contrast to perfect this boudoir look. I love how the light drapes over her bare shoulders to complement her look.

An off the shoulder knit sweater in neutral colors perfectly paired with seafoam green cheeky, lacy panties// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

Tried and True– Calvin Klein’s

I am a big believer of the classic, tried and true Calvin Klein lingerie. You just can’t go wrong with it. Even though it was really popular in the 90s, there’s a timeless quality with this casual look. Keely completed her Calvin look with a soft, grey t-shirt. While a t-shirt may seem very modest for a boudoir shoot, with the right posing and a sexy pair of Calvin Klein underwear, a t-shirt can actually work well! The simplicity of this outfit don’t distract from Keely’s beauty and I posed the photo so that we can see her gorgeous hair and makeup as well as her natural beauty.

You truly can’t go wrong with good old Calvin Klein. White Calvin Klein briefs with a soft, heather grey t shirt. This look is flawless with correct posing, lighting, and hair and makeup// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

Jeans & Lingerie

They say less is more but I’m loving how this shot turned out with jeans– one of my favorites of the different boudoir looks. The looks becomes more casual for sure but the jeans, also with neutral and matching bra and heels, shift the focus a bit. There’s definitely a bit more nuanced appeal and I love how the gaze goes to the details like Kaylee’s tattoos and gorgeous physique. And it’s key to have the jeans open so there isn’t any pinching but also so that the details of a nice lace panty can peak through.

Dark wash blue jeans with seafoam/mint lace panties. Perfected with a black bra and tall black heels. Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

Valentine’s day

Of course, you also can’t go wrong with lingerie in addition to your different boudoir looks. And if you haven’t treated yourself to new lingerie in a while, a Valentine’s boudoir session is the perfect excuse! Time is flying by so now is the time to book your Valentine’s session so that you can have your sexy souvenir for your honey. Regardless of your outfit preferences, we will get you feeling and looking sexy and help you get the perfect gift for your loved one!

To schedule your Valentine’s boudoir session, email me today at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com!

A classic lingerie pairing with an elegant bra and panty in neutral tones// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

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Treat Yourself to a Black Friday through Cyber Monday Special Offer Boudoir Sale

Time to Be Selfish

It’s so easy to get swept up in caring for everyone around us that we forget to care for ourselves. The reasons can range from I have no time, it’s too expensive– my husband needs me to get him that particular thing at the store, my kids need to be drop them off at soccer or art lessons, my dog needs this one particular treat that I can only get at the store across town. As you well know, the list goes on.

Of course, we want to support our loved ones but often we lose sight of our own personal needs. Caring for yourself is indeed not selfish– it’s essential because if we ourselves are not in a solid mental and physical space, we can’t actually care for others around us. It’s a bit of a hierarchy. So really, caring for yourself or being selfish is the least selfish thing you can do! So perhaps a special offer boudoir sale is right up your alley 😉

You’re allowed and need to prioritize yourself from time to time. And I am so excited to offer you an amazing experience– but you have to act fast!

Cozy for winter. Taupe thigh high stockings with button details with an off the shoulder, deep red/wine waffle long sleeve night gown. Elevated with black nails and matching wine lips// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

The Special Offer!

For clients who book from Black Friday– November 24, 2017– until Cyber Monday– November 27, 2017, for $99, you get

– 1 hour photo session
– hair and makeup
– 3 outfit changes
– $150 print credit

I am so excited to offer this deal to you! But you have to act fast! I only have eight sessions available! For this special offer, sessions must be scheduled in March or April of 2018.

All you have to do is send me an email– tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com to claim your session for this special boudoir offer and schedule for session for this spring!

Perfect Bridal Lingerie set of white lace bra and panties// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

Ready, Set, Book!

Not only are you getting a great deal, but it will also be a GREAT experience for you– and you’ll have a print credit! While I encourage clients to have something tangible from our sessions (you can read here why), the experience in and of itself is so encouraging and fun for my clients. You get your hair and makeup done and you get to feel sexy in your own skin. I love seeing my clients glow from feeling their best selves and so beautiful! And if you have kids, pets, a significant other, whom you love but need a break from, the studio is the perfect spot for girl time!

Remember, email me at Tracy@boudoirbytracybrown to secure your spot! Please be sure to contact me starting Black Friday and spots are available until they fill up and the deal closes at the end of the day on Cyber Monday!

Gillian Becker in a deep red mesh and lace bodysuit // Boudoir By Tracy Brown STL

Prepping for your Session

Here are some posts that can help you prepare for your boudoir session with me!

5 Things About Your Boudoir Session
Favorite Boudoir Outfits
Five Ways to Prepare for Your Boudoir Session

Oversized chambray shirt with cuffed sleeves//Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

3 Tips for Photographing the Holidays

Making Memories

Most of my clients are moms, but even if you aren’t, you will likely be spending time with family this holiday season. Because I am a photographer, I wanted to give tips to help you take your holiday photos to the next level. No, I am not talking about posing every photo to make your family look sexy. Grandma may not appreciate that! But there are a few things you can do to make those already very special photos even more special! Whether or not you’re a professional photographer, here are some holiday photography tips to take your photos to the next level!

 tips to help you take your holiday photos to the next level– A candid with my family at dinner// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

No Professional Equipment Necessary

One holiday photography tip is to not stress if you don’t have a fancy camera. Most of my family photos on this post I took with my film camera, not my fancy studio camera. There’s no need for a professional camera– a point and shoot, a consumer DSLR, or even a phone can look great if you follow these tips below. And really, it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use because what matters most are those memories with your loved ones. Here are my favorite photography tips below that you can use right away this holiday season!

One holiday photography tip is to not stress if you don’t have a fancy camera

Get On My Level

Get a different perspective and get yourself and your camera down to your kid’s level// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

Get a different perspective and get yourself and your camera down to your kid’s level. It makes for a more interesting view of the world and more flattering photos. Changing the level of your camera also shows more of the scene in your photo rather than just the floor.

Seize the Moment

Try to photograph and capture those fleeting moments– Grandma talking to the kids, Grandpa conversing with your husband or laughing with the family, and the kids enjoying some cookies. Soak it all in and get it all on your camera. Snap after snap.

Be sure to capture the special moments during the holidays// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

Trying to capture all of these memories on film hits close to home for me. My Grampy passed away in February of 2017 so last Christmas was the last one I ever got to enjoy with him. The photos we took from last year during the holidays are the most important photos I have. You never know when this holiday could be the last so be sure to capture the moments! Now please excuse me while I take a break to cry.

I miss him so much and I’m so thankful for the memories and those photos I have of him.

Be sure to capture the special moments during the holidays// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

This, my friends, is why photography is so special and important.

Let There Be Light!

Natural light is your best friend in photography// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

Find the light. This is my mantra in life! (and photography). Good light will always make for better photos. It can be from the christmas tree lights, the window light on Christmas morning, the light by the table on thanksgiving, the lamp beside your grandad’s rocking chair. Light is light. Use it!

Light is your friend in photography. Even if it isn’t natural light, find the light!// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

Enjoy it!

I hope you all have a great holiday season and enjoy the memories and as well as your photographs. While you’re busy capturing the moment, don’t forget to live in the moment and take time to enjoy great conversations and food! For more tips, check out this article and for advice on what to do with your digital files (if you used a digital camera), check out my recent blogpost.

Natural light is your best friend in photography// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

If you’re still trying to find the perfect gift for your special someone, or a special gift for yourself, look no further than a boudoir shoot with Boudoir by Tracy Brown and email me today at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com!

Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the holiday season which means lots of fun, family and friend time, and delicious food. While it’s such a great time of year, it can admittedly be a bit stressful. Maybe we have decent habits throughout the year that all seem to come to a screeching halt as soon as the mashed potatoes come out or that decadent cheeseball and crackers come in plain sight. This is exactly why I want to share with you some holiday healthy eating tips from local expert, Gillian Becker.

High peep toe heels, black lace and mesh bra, shiny sequined holiday mesh tights//Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

More About Gillian Becker

Gillian Becker is a registered nurse, certified personal trainer and weight loss specialist with a passion for transforming men’s and women’s bodies and empowering them through healthy lifestyle changes! She is the lead trainer at Becker Built Bodies, a service devoted to body transformation programs! She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 12 years as a bikini competitor and fitness model and is a sponsored athlete with 1st Phorm International, House Of Pain Apparel, and Toxic Angelz Bikinis.

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Gillian’s Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

There are so many things I love about Gillian. She understands how bodies work and is all about helping you be strong, healthy, and feeling your best. I also love that she’s realistic– it’s not about starving yourself– you deserve to eat foods you love while respecting your health and your body. Here is some excellent advice for how to handle the holidays without stressing out.

Before the Party

  • Exercise the day of your event.
  • Bring a healthy dish with you to serve to guests at your holiday parties (fresh veggie platter, large mixed green salad, Cauliflower Fauxtatoes).
  • Eat a high protein snack with a small portion of fat and carbs before your event so that you don’t overeat when you get there. A good pre-party snack is a handful of almonds and a serving of nonfat Greek yogurt.

At the Party

  • Choose a smaller plate at the buffet tables at holiday events.
  • For every alcoholic beverage that you drink, drink one large glass of ice water.

Gillian Becker wearing thigh high black knit socks, black panties to match, and a long sleeve scoop neck crop grey sweater//Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

You can still indulge…a little

    • Don’t fret over enjoying your favorite holiday indulgences but keep your portion size small. Remind yourself that it’s just as satisfying to have a few bites of your favorite holiday foods rather a large plateful.
    • Be a food snob! Don’t feel that it is your responsibility to sample every item at the Christmas buffet table. Enjoy small portions of the foods you truly enjoy and skip those that don’t appeal or that you can live without.
    • Remember that holiday events are all about the company you share the season with, not the food☺

Gillian Becker in a deep red mesh and lace bodysuit // Boudoir By Tracy Brown STL

The Next Day

      • Get back on track the day after your holiday event. Start the day with a green smoothie (handful of fresh spinach, handful of fresh Kale, juice of one lemon, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1 pear, 2 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt, filtered water).

For More Inspiration

You can still enjoy yourself without feeling guilty or totally derailing your body. And you’ll feel better! If you’re interested in connecting with Gillian, email her at beckerbuiltbodies@gmail.com. And for more advice, check out her Instagram.

Now that you’re ready to enjoy the holidays and you’re feeling your best self, email me today at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com to secure your spot in my books for your holiday boudoir session!

Gillian Becker in a mesh and lace white bodysuit with a high neckline //Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

Christmas Boudoir Session Inspiration From Boudoir by Tracy Brown

Why a Boudoir Session is the Perfect Christmas Gift
Christmas Boudoir Session Ideas
Gillian’s Boudoir Album

Christmas Boudoir Session

Tis the Season

In a blink of an eye, it’s November and you’re now sipping your hot Starbucks out of the notorious holiday cup. Once you book your Christmas boudoir session as your special gift for your special someone, it’s time to think about ideas for your Christmas boudoir session. This is the fun part!

Fun Christmas Boudoir Session Ideas

When I’m envisioning Christmas boudoir session ideas for my clients, the goal is not to get too cliché but to get a little creative. We can still style a wonderfully Christmas feeling shoot without Santa outfits or holiday lights. To prep for sessions, I suggest that my clients bring in about four different outfits. For your Christmas boudoir session, there are some fun options you can bring with you!

Comfy Sweater Weather

Make sweater weather sexy and bring a comfy, oversized sweater, knit socks and a cup of cocoa.

Cozy for winter. Taupe thigh high stockings with button details with an off the shoulder, deep red/wine waffle long sleeve night gown. Elevated with black nails and matching wine lips// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St Louis

Deep Red Lingerie Set

Deep red lingerie is a sexy yet subtle way to get into the holiday spirit. St. Charles based Liviara, one of my favorite local vendors, has a gorgeous corset and lingerie set in Bordeaux, a deep rouge– perfect for your Christmas boudoir session.

Deep red bodysuit– perfect for a holiday boudoir session. //Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

His Shirt

Take one of your man’s shirts for that oversized look. Add in a tie paired with thigh high stockings or knee high knit socks that match to perfect your outfit.

Oversized chambray shirt with cuffed sleeves//Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

Cozy Coverups

You can even forgo a full lingerie set for a few photos. Cover up with a fur throw (I love this one from West Elm and this one from Bed Bath and Beyond) and pearls for a sophisticatedly sexy look. Or a white scarf (both Target and Etsy have cute ones) with a red thong will create a beautiful contrast and truly give that holiday look.

Bodysuits are a perfect addition in your outfit rotation as they’re a slightly more modest counterpart of little negligées. While I’ve shot bodysuits for other occasions, I’m envisioning some more season-specific garments. A red, lace, long sleeved body suit, like this one from Forever21, would be perfect with white high heels with the classic touch of pearls. Or a more casual approach with a gray bodysuit would also be great for your holiday boudoir session with red high heels. Free People has a nice option in a lot of different colors or Aeri has a great assortment of cozy but cute winter bodysuits.

This black bodysuit makes for a pretty and comfy boudoir photo// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

Props

While I tend to not use many props in my sessions, there are a few that come to mind that would work really well!

  • The obvious choice, a Christmas tree! I already have this in the studio!
  • A dark red throw –I do already have a blue throw at the studio that would also look great.
  • Wrapped gifts in a classic, shiny gold wrapping paper.
  • A large coffee cup with “Cocoa” on it. Here’s a shot below of a cute mug that makes for a fun photo. Instead of a light pink, summery mug, I would try something like this cocoa find on etsy or a mug from a St Louis favorite of mine, Mrs Shoppe on Etsy.

Here are some ideas to get you started! There are so many ways you can make a boudoir session feel like the holidays. Getting creative with the styling and direction of my shoots is one of my favorite parts of a boudoir session.

Have you booked your holiday boudoir session yet? Email me today at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com to secure your spot!

Boudoir Album Versus Digitals/ STL

In this modern age of 2017, it’s tempting to forgo printing photos and just get your photos digitally. The problem with that? Digital files can disappear (well, not if you get photos with me– I back them up in 6 different places, 2 hard drives, my computer, and each have their own cloud backup). Regardless, I highly encourage my clients to  allow me to create and deliver a boudoir album after your session. I learned that lesson the hard way.

scarf and black lace panties/ black heels/ white fur rug/ chaise lounge/ Boudoir by Tracy Brown/ St Louis

When Digital Goes Wrong–

When my husband and I got engaged, we had a beautiful engagement session professionally photographed. It was such an exciting time for us and we wanted to capture the moment so we could look back on it for years to come. At the time, we didn’t order any prints or albums. We kept putting it off and felt busy with wedding plans and life so we were satisfied with some digital files.
And now? All we have left of our ONLY professional photos besides our wedding are 3 tiny digital files left on facebook. That’s it. And come to think of it, I can’t track down the digital files of our wedding either!

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The Lesson–

As technology changes rapidly, those digital files don’t always keep up. Remember when people used to get pictures on CDs? My Mac doesn’t even have a disk drive! Thumb drives and CDs can get damaged, files can get distorted, and digital images get lost. While digital can be a decent backup if you have a very sturdy hard drive and some cloud storage, prints are, in my opinion, the way to go.( Again, though, if you’re my client, you don’t have to worry about my hard drives crashing as I have them carefully backed up to 6 different places!)

This is why I HIGHLY recommend my clients and friends get an album and prints of their photographs, from any session or photographer, whether it be your wedding, family photos, or a boudoir session. Really, we hire photographers to have tangible souvenirs of certain magical but fleeting moments of life. Digital files are not tangible and can become outdated. Print photos, if stored safely or displayed in a nice frame, can last.

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Boudoir Album– It’s all about quality

Also, I would recommend that you get your prints through your photographer. For me, I am very serious about the quality of prints for my clients and thoroughly assess prospective vendors before I choose to collaborate with them. My lab is professional quality and I carefully hand picked it because of the high quality of their photo processing. That being said, getting prints through your photographer will be of a MUCH better quality than if you go to the grocery store or drugstore’s photo developers.

Sheer Red Sexy bralette with Dark Lace Details/lavendar hair/light pink nail polish/ glossy lipstick/ Boudoir by Tracy Brown/ STL

So, when you have a professional photography session, make sure you have something to take away. Digital files probably won’t last. Make those memories tangible. Learn from me and just go ahead and get those albums and prints.

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A Day in My Life Part 2– Photography// STL

While I wish I were behind the camera whenever I’m working, the truth is I don’t spend every day in the studio and do quite a bit of behind the scenes work, too. I’m in the studio on Sundays, and either Mondays or Thursdays. While studio days are busy, the other days of the week are pretty crammed too, but not as fun as shooting! As promised, here is part 2 of my A Day in My Life series– photography behind the scenes.

Morning Ritual–

When I am not in the studio, I’m working from home. It is a lot of boring business management work, that sometimes I wish I could hire out (and maybe one day I will). I start my work day at 9 am when I’m at home. Before I get to work behind the scenes, I turn on one of my favorite podcasts: the Bobby Bones Show, Bobby Cast, My Favorite Murder, or Casefile. Listening in helps me feel like I’m not home all alone and keep me entertained and connected with the outside world!

tan body suit/ lavender bra/ white fur/ moody boudoir photo/ boudoir pose/ boudoir by tracy brown/ st louis

Staying in Touch–

After I’m all set up with my podcasts and settled in, I log into my email with usually many unopened since I last logged in the night before. Before I move on, I check my books, make sure all inquiries are answered, and make sure all of my upcoming sessions are scheduled and ready to go. It can be hard to keep up with emails as a business owner and creative entrepreneur– that’s why I make sure I have a chunk of my day (when I’m working from home) devoted to keeping up with my email inbox.

Of my days out of the studio, I have one day a week exclusively for all of my marketing efforts like my blog, social media, and making sure my books are all good. I’ve been busy with client work lately (which is GREAT) but then it’s hard to keep up with marketing, which I need to do to stay booked and keep my business healthy. While I would love to hand off more behind the scenes business tasks off, I did outsource a little bit of help. I love blogging twice a week but with my schedule, it was challenging– even devoting a whole day to marketing. All of my content is from my brain, I just have a little bit of assistance from my girl Meg to help me stay on top of my marketing content.

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Business & Balancing–

Another day per week is dedicated to interviews with vendors, prepping for blogs, research, and meetings. And yet another day per week is completely devoted to production– retouching the beautiful images we create, prepping for ordering sessions, designing albums, album ordering, etc. They say photography is 10% holding the camera (don’t quote me on that percentage, but it’s low) and the rest is business. They weren’t kidding. But thankfully, I love my job.

While I devote certain days of the week to certain aspects of my business, I’ve learned to devote a designated chunk of time to being a person and hanging out with my husband. I use to work until about 10-11 at night even with starting at 9am, but I was getting burnt out– which is the opposite outcome I was going for by working for myself! Now when my husband Cody gets home at 7, I put the work aside and spend time with him. While a business needs constant attention, relationships need some love and attention, as well! That whole work life balance thing is tough, even when you’re your own boss!

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My time behind the camera creating beautiful images of my clients is my absolute favorite! Get in touch with me to schedule your boudoir session today– email me at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com to get started.

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Favorite STL Vendors– Part 1

In today’s economy, in a sea of large businesses, there’s a surge of local, small business and entrepreneurs coming to the scene. Not to get too much into economics here, but these big shops can lower their prices due to the large volume of products and services they produce. Even so, it’s so important to shop local STL to experience the unique services and products small business can offer!

Shop Local–

There are at least two advantages to shopping locally at small businesses. First, just because the prices are cheaper does not ensure the quality of the product or service. When you frequent a small business, you are the priority! You can get more personalized service and the owners are passionate for their craft or service. Second, your money, instead of trickling down a large business or corporate structure, goes directly to your preferred business owner and their community, vendors, contractors, etc. You can actually put a face to where your money is going and give your money to people you like for services and products you love! They may even have brand values that you believe in that makes your purchase even more special and meaningful. And if you love St. Louis like I do, you can support local business owners and invest back into your city!
Now that I’ve talked about why shopping local is important and advantageous to you, I want to highlight some of my favorite local vendors in St Louis. I have so many businesses that I love, the products or services and owners alike! So here is part 1 of my Shop Local STL series (because I have many more!)

1. Dr. Koo Premier Skincare

Dr. Michelle Koo is a board certified plastic surgeon and has been practicing for 23 years. She used her expertise to develop a skincare line using the finest ingredients and strives to give her clients the best skin they’ve ever felt. AND, she is totally committed to the St. Louis community! All of her products were designed, printed and fulfilled in St. Louis! Her hashtag is even #koointhelou.

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I use her skincare line and it is AMAZING! I have switched from proactiv to hers and my face has done a 180. The redness/dryness/oiliness is gone, I am having fewer breakouts now than I did with proactiv. Overall my skin feels healthier. I highly recommend this, especially if you’re frustrated and tried a bunch of other products. Check out my previous post about my treatment plan to find out all about my treatment plan!

2. Savanah Summer Beauty

Savanah Moore is the beauty and the brains behind it all. She is one of St. Louis’ best hair and makeup artists and she has an extraordinary team. What’s special about Savanah Summer Beauty is that Savanah and her team do so much more than just wedding hair and makeup. Savanah offers special packages that offer all day styling for the bride so that she’s red carpet ready at all moments. When she’s not booked out for weddings, she and her team do flawless makeup, hair, and styling for special events, too. Savanah Summer Beauty also offers lash lifts that are not extensions but enhance your existing eyelashes and last 6-8 weeks!

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And to share the love and the wealth of knowledge all things hair and beauty, she offers private and group hair and makeup lessons! I feel like I could go on forever about how great this business is! It’s always been a pleasure for me to work with Savanah and she does incredible work to enhance her clients’ natural beauty and creates knock-out looks! Check out Savanah’s instagram to see more!

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3. Liviara

Liviara is a new lingerie company whose philosophy is to bring women edgy and luxurious lingerie to help them live unapologetically and feel sexy. Their mission of empowering women to feel beautiful and powerful really resonates with me and my business. I love the company but I also love the quality of their products and how beautiful they are. They pride themselves in the craftsmanship of their pieces as pieces are designed and sewn by skilled artisans in the US. While this brand is nationally renowned, Liviara is actually based in St. Charles, Missouri and everything is manufactured and designed locally.

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I have had the pleasure of working with Liviara and shooting for them. Here you can see Vi rocking a lingerie ensemble, looking stunning as always. Liviara’s pieces are also popular and featured with some pretty big names, like Ariel Winter, Halsey, oh, and queen Beyoncé in her iconic pregnancy instagram post (the light blue panties are by liviara) This brand is high-end, artisanal, and has a great mission to help women feel their sexiest!

4. Pink Lemon Studio- Pole Dancing Fitness Studio

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Locally owned and operated, Pink Lemon Studio’s mission is first and foremost to empower women to feel sexy and strong. This is St. Louis’ largest and premier pole dancing studio and offers some amazing classes. Beginners need not fear as there is a beginning pole dancing class. But it doesn’t stop at pole dancing fitness classes. Pink Lemon also has other dance fitness classes, yoga, lifting, and bootcamps for women of all shapes and sizes.

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While Pink Lemon empowers women with fitness, there is a true artistry as they offer Aerial Arts classes like silks (when you see people hanging from silk fabric doing beautiful yogic poses), and hoops. They also offer acrobatic yoga which is so fun and a little hard to find in St. Louis. While Pink Lemon is a big deal, they are all so nice, friendly, and welcoming! I l love everyone at Pink Lemon! Check out Pink Lemon’s instagram to see what they’re up to!

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5. There’s Moore To It Blog

There’s Moore To it is a blog written by one of my favorite St. Louisans, Maddie Moore. She writes very honestly and earnestly about all things food, fitness and lifestyle. Her writing style is really warm and personable and you can tell that she loves writing and sharing her expertise on all things St. Louis.

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Maddie has visited the studio before and we had the most fun during her shoots! Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also so sweet. She partners with some amazing vendors in the area. And her recipes are healthy and out of this world good. She most recently teamed up with her bestie Carly to make ‘Fudging Chipfaced Cake’, launching a series of healthier desserts using protein powder and making it so delicious! To see more of Maddie, check out her instagram, too!

I’m so excited to share more about my favorite local shops in the area. Trust me, St. Louis has SO much to offer and I can’t wait to share more soon!

And if you’re ready to book a boudoir photography session and chat more about favorite local vendors, email me at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com

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Maternity Boudoir Session– Megan/ St Louis

What I love about my job is helping my clients celebrate themselves and their bodies. It can be so difficult for women to appreciate their bodies and all the wonderful things their it can do. While I love working behind the camera, what I really love is bringing helping my clients realize their beauty, just as they are! This is why today I’m writing about my recent maternity boudoir session with Megan. Yes ladies, you CAN get a maternity boudoir session in St Louis!

Maternity Boudoir Session

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When you think about it, pregnancy is really beautiful–though pregnant women may not feel especially beautiful. Women are only pregnant at certain times in their lives. This is not an everyday occurrence. This is why my maternity boudoir session with Megan was so amazing! We could capture this special moment in time and shed a gorgeous light on pregnancy– though pregnancy may not always feel so glamorous. Beautiful belly and all, we captured some ethereal shots with her long, flowy red hair and equally flowy gowns.

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Megan’s Second Session

Megan was part of my first Girls Day Out shoot this past spring partying in the studio, bachelorette style! Shortly afterwards, she and her husband found out some exciting news. Low and behold, they were expecting a little girl! Megan is one of fitness guru Gillian Becker’s girls. Megan works out regularly with Becker Built bodies– EVEN WHILE PREGNANT. If only I had that much drive for working out.

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Megan was kind enough to come to the studio for a maternity boudoir shoot! She has such gorgeous red hair, exquisite skin and bone structure– not to mention, the CUTEST pregnant belly! We caught a glimpse of pregnancy that is so fleeting, which is why I love photography, especially maternity sessions.

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Book Your Maternity Session!

Ladies, make it extra special by having this time in your life photographed. With hair, makeup, the right outfits, which I can help you plan ahead of time, you can truly revel in this special moment of your life! Some clients even opt to make this a couple’s maternity boudoir session. I can’t post these images publically– if you are interested, email me tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com for more information.

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