My Boudoir Session With Lily

If you follow my twitter, you’ll know that a few months ago I did a boudoir photo session as a birthday present for my husband.  I hadn’t known what boudoir photos were until just this year, after looking at other photographer’s blogs, of course!  And for those of you who don’t know, they are photos that show off a woman’s true beauty… and they can range from conservative to mysterious to risqué.

I was first introduced to my boudoir photographer, Lily, of bllew photography, through a friend.  She had been shooting portraits and weddings with her husband for quite some time now but wanted to expand her repertoire into boudoir sessions.  I was a little skeptical about the whole idea since I tend to get camera shy — especially in situations where you have to flaunt yourself — but my friend had already done a session and convinced me that Lily would make me feel at ease so I agreed to do it!  I happened to be flying out to San Francisco for a wedding and we’d be staying in a hotel that next weekend anyways so it was really perfect timing…but that also meant I only had a few days to figure out my outfits!  I reeled in another girl friend of mine to do the session with me too which ended up making the experience even more fun.   I ended up bringing a boyfriend shirt, dress, the first top my husband gave to me, jacket, boots, pumps, and tons and tons of accessories!

On the morning of the session, my friend and I woke up early and headed to local MAC store to get our makeup did!  The makeup was caked on, smoky eyes were set, and our fake eyelashes were SUPER long!  Then we headed back to our hotel where we ended up curling our own hair.  Lily arrived shortly after and we began the session, all while jamming to some tunes!  My friend and I changed from outfit to outfit and alternated shoots.  Lily was able to direct us in the best poses so we didn’t even have to do any of the thinking on our own!  At first we both definitely were more stiff and uncomfortable but in no time, we were extremely comfortable with Lily and the camera.  Three hours, many outfits and thousands (OK, maybe just a few hundred) of photos later, we were all done!  And I am so glad that I gained a new friend and sponsor in Lily and bllew photography.  🙂

So pretty much most of the photos are for my husband’s eyes only, but we did take a few that I felt comfortable sharing with you all.  Please don’t take these images without my permission (not that I think you’d want to).

Click here for more boudoir by lily photo samples!

I always have a hard time shopping for my husband (well essentially I just buy him clothes all the time) and I totally think this is a perfect gift for an anniversary, birthday, Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day (for you Midwesterners), it’s definitely a unique gift too!  If you live in the San Francisco area or have any trips planned that way, I highly recommend boudoir by lily! She can either come to your hotel room or you can have your session in her studio!  And even better, come back tomorrow for a fabulous GIVEAWAY to bllew photography! 🙂


  1. October 26, 2010 / 1:05 am

    wow those are gorgeous photos! you’re so beautiful 🙂

  2. Nani
    October 26, 2010 / 5:29 am

    you look awesome Sandy, and it sounds like you had a lot of fun!!

  3. October 26, 2010 / 5:50 am

    Sandy I totally love these, and you look so so so so beautiful!! I bet your husband was a happy camper. I think this is something I would love to do! LOVELY STUFF!!

  4. October 26, 2010 / 6:51 am

    I agree with everyone else that you look beautiful! Great pictures.

  5. October 26, 2010 / 7:02 am

    Stunning! You look absolutely beautiful Sandy!!! I’ve always wanted to have this done – a friend of mine takes 1950’s style pin up photos and always thought that would be so fun to do!

  6. October 26, 2010 / 7:12 am

    OMG!!! SANDY! BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!! Wow. Just stunning! Love love love! <333

  7. Nichola
    October 26, 2010 / 7:33 am

    WOW the images are stunning!!! You look awesome

  8. Janie
    October 26, 2010 / 7:56 am

    You look so gorgeous!!! Marvins a lucky man.

  9. October 26, 2010 / 8:02 am

    Sandy, these photos are gorgeous! I’ve seen so many amazing boudoir shoots — I might have to do one myself someday.

  10. ChantaleP
    October 26, 2010 / 8:09 am

    You look incredible! Va va voom, a-mazing!

  11. October 26, 2010 / 8:22 am

    sandy, you are so beautiful! i LOVE these pics. im sure you’re husband was very happy with them. what a sweet gift idea!

    p.s. so glad you are “back.” i missed you, friend!!

  12. October 26, 2010 / 8:44 am

    So beautiful! You look terrific and the photos are stellar!

  13. October 26, 2010 / 8:48 am

    You look so gorgeous Sandy!!! Your make-up looks amazing and i love the hat with the bow!

  14. October 26, 2010 / 9:17 am

    oh yes… marvin is a very lucky man! you are gorgeous!!

  15. October 26, 2010 / 9:19 am

    Wow, you look STUNNING in these photos! Love!

  16. October 26, 2010 / 9:19 am

    You are so beautiful Mrs. Sandy!!!!
    These photos are breathtaking!!!!!
    I am positive that your hubby will LOVE these!!!
    Have a lovely day,

  17. October 26, 2010 / 9:59 am

    These are stunningly pretty!
    I have a hard time getting thing for my man as well. I always wanted to do this before…These just look so elegant!

  18. October 26, 2010 / 10:32 am

    Woweee, Sandy!! You look STUNNING! I love every single shot – you look so comfortable in front of the camera (a sign of a true model 😉 So pretty!!
    I’ve never done a boudoir session before…but maybe I’ll look into it the next time I head up north…:)

  19. October 26, 2010 / 10:49 am

    these are fantastic photos!!! your makeup is flawless! doesn’t hurt that you’re natually gorgeous 🙂

    i’ve always thought a boudoir session would be SO fun. (i think i just might do it! after the baby of course!)

  20. Nancy Shen
    October 26, 2010 / 11:12 am

    LOVE the pics! You look like a sexy mama!!! Great job Lily!!!

  21. October 26, 2010 / 11:30 am

    You look stunningly beautiful!! ♥

  22. October 26, 2010 / 12:09 pm

    Wow Sandy. One can’t get prettier than that!

  23. October 26, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    Gorgeous photos, love! I thought about doing this, but the post baby body has made me very self conscious. Maybe once all the weight is gone I’ll think about it again 🙂

  24. October 26, 2010 / 12:41 pm

    Love the photos… where are the risque ones? 😛 j/k

    Who did your makeup?

  25. October 26, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    Thanks for featuring my work! You’re a natural in front of the camera!

  26. October 26, 2010 / 1:27 pm

    you look amazing~~! love how all the photos came out!

  27. October 26, 2010 / 1:41 pm

    great photos! i love how intimate they look.

  28. October 26, 2010 / 1:41 pm

    You’re so BEAUTIFUL!!! And the last photo is so stunning! Believe it or not, I’m so drawn to boudoir photography! It’s something I would like to dabble in some time down the road. I just love the whole concept of making someone feel absolutely beautiful and confident through photos! You’re hubby is a very lucky man!

  29. October 26, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    LOVE these pics! What a lucky hubby 🙂

  30. October 26, 2010 / 1:57 pm

    you look amazing! i love love the last one~

  31. October 26, 2010 / 2:17 pm

    you’re just beautiful, mam! 🙂

  32. October 26, 2010 / 2:18 pm

    GORGEOUS!! that must have been so much fun! i would loooove to have a photo shoot! i’m sure you’re husband is going to love them (especially the ones for his eyes only (; )

  33. tintin
    October 26, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    my fave is that last photo sandy!! you look sooo pretty!! 🙂

  34. October 26, 2010 / 3:40 pm

    Sweet and sultry.

    I think you look gorgeous. And your hub?

    Lucky, lucky man.


  35. October 26, 2010 / 4:06 pm

    sandy, you look drop dead beautiful!!! such pretty skin and beautiful eyes. i bet you husband was so stoked!! what a beautiful idea….

  36. October 26, 2010 / 5:10 pm

    sandy, i love these shots! you look beaaaaaautiful <3

  37. October 26, 2010 / 5:48 pm

    Sandy you look gorgeous, sweetie! They’re so beautiful and so tasteful. You have one lucky hubby 🙂 xoxo

  38. October 26, 2010 / 6:52 pm

    gorgeous photos sandy!! boudoir sessions are quite popular with my brides!!!

  39. October 26, 2010 / 8:27 pm

    oh my gosh! These are utterly beautiful! What a fantastic and unique gift. I will have to keep these in mind for Jason’s birthday or maybe something for Christmas.

    They are so lovely and classy!

  40. October 26, 2010 / 9:12 pm

    these are so beautiful and feminine!

  41. October 26, 2010 / 9:23 pm

    You are so gorgeous! Wow! I love these photos! I have not heard of him but I will check out the site right now!


    p.s. I am hosting a giveaway over on my blog! Check it out when you get the chance 🙂

  42. October 26, 2010 / 10:16 pm

    smoking hot!! love these.

    can’t wait to see your new wedding pictures!

    i miss you – come back to nashville!

  43. October 26, 2010 / 10:54 pm

    these are amazingly beautiful! I love the first one with the pearls.

  44. October 27, 2010 / 7:51 am

    Sandy, you are just GORGEOUS!! I love these photos. I’m sure your hubby really appreciates this! 🙂

  45. October 27, 2010 / 12:35 pm

    Wow! This are so gorgeous! You look beautiful! Your husband is a lucky man. 😉

  46. October 27, 2010 / 1:17 pm

    These are really gorgeous Sandy! I love them!!!

  47. October 27, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    Love it!!! I thought about doing something like this for Lewis as my weggind gift to him…still debating though.

    I like that the photographer made “work appropriate” pics of you too so they could be framed!

  48. October 28, 2010 / 9:16 am

    Amazing photos. You look gorgeous. What a fun idea!

  49. October 29, 2010 / 3:04 pm

    You’re such a babe Sandy! I don’t know if I could get photos like these done, haha. I’m terrible at getting ANY kind of photos done! I just don’t know how to pose. But it really sounds like Lily puts you at ease, which is so awesome!

  50. October 31, 2010 / 7:50 pm

    I love these photos! You look amazing! Bet your hubby loved them too ;P

  51. November 1, 2010 / 12:44 pm

    How gorgeous are you??? OMG! I’ve been wanting to do one forever, but have been too chicken!

  52. November 2, 2010 / 1:50 am

    OOooooooooh, you are totally gorgeous Sandy! You should be modeling!

    Hapy birthday in delay, dear, sorry for missing it! 🙁

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