Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Another album that went out earlier this week

I love it so I had to show a pic!

A San Diego update and a bit about nervousness…

Been sick sick sick and more sick.  Ugh. Every time I fly, I seem to come home with a new illness of some sort.  I finally start getting better and now I have double ear infections, awesome. At least those aren’t contagious. Ha! I’ve given up drinks (temporarily I might add), started drinking raw organic apple cider vinegar (disgusting and foul!), green smoothies that smell like the woods, vitamin C + D, probiotics, and whole bunch of other concoctions people have suggested to me so we’ll see if it helps any.  If I come home from the next flight without some sort of disease, that will be fantastic! Which brings me to my next topic…….

SAN DIEGO is this weekend! I still have a spot left if anyone wants it on the 27th. You know you want the spot. It’s a rad hotel, 5 star and pretty. ANDDDD my awesome makeup artist will be there on location.  This will be my last San Diego one probably for the year.  I also have openings for the coming up trip in SAN ANTONIO, TX on April 2. I rented an apartment for that. A cute mid-century one. I could potentially do the evening of April 1st as well (my plane lands at 2) or early am on April 3 (before I head to Austin.) Give me a holler at desireehayesphotography@gmail.com

Which brings me to my next topic (how many times can a person say that in one post? Geez, Des!) This is the main topic though so the last time you have to hear that phrase. LOL!

My last minute cancellations are out of control! In my last “sold out” city that was “sold out” for months, I had 5 last minute cancellations (out of 8 total.) This is happening to me over and over and over in each city.  I know your upcoming session probably seems scary.  I totally get it (and have done a boudoir session myself.) You have to go scantily clad in front of a stranger and that is a nerve wrecking. Or maybe your washing machine just broke and spending the money on yourself makes you feel guilty.  I know that feeling too.  I can totally work out a payment plan with you if that is the case where something came up.  Or maybe you booked 6 months ago and made big plans to lose twenty pounds. I say that every month and I never do it.  I totally get that, too. I haven’t been to the gym I have a membership for in at LEAST five months!  Just PLEASE show up. That’s the hardest part.  I don’t care if you have extra twenty (or fifty or whatever) pounds or not and neither will you when you see your pictures because you will look and feel fantastic. That I can promise.  You are fabulous as you are TODAY.  I am good at posing. That’s my thing! Curves are great! (Google Crystal Renn and see how great she looked when she had a little more meat!)

I have my own mom-vodka gut-stretchmark-saddlebag-muffintop-pale thing going on, I TOTALLY get it. The scariest part is driving to the appointment. Every single client has told me that it was way easier than they thought it was going to be.  It’s FINE (and fun!) once you step in the door. I’m a chatter box. There won’t be awkward silences and weirdness. There’s always a bathroom to change in and I do all the poses first (so you know exactly what to do.) I focus on your favorite parts. You don’t have to guess and America’s-Next-Top-Model-it. I promise not to talk like one of those creepy photographers you see in the movies, you know the ones I mean right? The old guys saying “That’s hot, that’s hot, ooh baby” or whatever embarrassing old man pervert thing there is to say. Haha! It’s totally fun and down to earth and non-scary. I questioned posting this on my blog but I think it’s important for people thinking about it to know what it’s like before committing. If you have ANY questions or fear or want to chat first or ANYTHING at all, please let me know and I would be more than happy to help.

Having said that, I am not going to offer any more cities until I see how the rest go. Any future cities will also be required to book the minimum package instead of just a deposit. I do still have spaces open for most of the currently offered cities though….San Antonio, Austin, Miami (almost full) Orlando (almost full) Washington DC, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Chicago (almost full) and Kansas City (almost full.) I hope to see all of who are booked! IF you happen to chicken out last minute, we can do a more “fashion” style shoot. Bring a cute outfit or a fun dress and we’ll make it work (and it will end up being the boudoir you originally wanted anyways because as my husband jokes “you have an insane ability to make people take off their clothes.” Hahahaha!)  My one skill!

OKAY OKAY, I promise I am done! I have to include a picture because what kind of photographer makes a blog post without a picture?  My dog, Zoe aka The Beggar, and my daughter Daphne this morning at breakfast. That’s her “please mama, make her share!” face.

Boudoir Sneak Peek | St. Louis Boudoir

Another gorgeous STL girlie! Thank you!

pink

reflection

legs

Boudoir Sneak Peek | St. Louis Boudoir

Another blue-eyed gorgeous! Thank you, T!

eyes

eyes

red

black and white

lashes

vintage

Boudoir Sneak Peek | St. Louis Boudoir

What a fun weekend!! I got home from STL last night and definitely had a fantastic time.  San Antonio and Austin, you are up next! Thank you again to all the STL girls, you did fabulous! H, THANK YOU! Enjoy your sneak peek, hottie!

smokin!

jeans and heels

blue

bw hottie

vintage

AJAXed with AWP