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I Survived... ( speaking in San Antonio)

I wanted to say a big thank you to the San Antonio Guild of the Professional Photographers of America.  I can not express the gratitude I have for you all. It was my pleasure and honor to be asked to speak at your monthly meeting. Being a profession boudoir photographer is something I love and enjoying sharing with other professionals in the industry.  Robert has many of these "speaking" gigs under his belt, his only advice was... think of everyone sitting in the audience as naked.... thanks hun!  Once we cross the Red River my nerves got to me a bit...ok a ton, it seemed to take for ever to get from Ft Worth to San Antonio.  Everyone at the meeting was so open and friendly, I can't think of a better group of professionals for my first guild presentation.  Even with a few (by few I mean more than a few... lol) technical difficulties and new levels of nervousness, I had a great time.  In true military fashion, Robert and I had a debrief on the way home, made a few changes and I can say with a smile, I am looking forward to doing it again soon.... (I can't believe I just typed that). We have been running non stop since we got home so I am a few days late posting images from BOTH my models.  Ashley was truly amazing and however, I am a bit partial to my "other" model....

If you have any questions please email me at terri@audaciousphotography.com or send me a message on Facebook.

Please enjoy and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

 

Terri

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Wanna win a free Digital Divas Experience...

Facebook... love it hate it! They are always changing their rules and policies. They also tend to resize your images for you. We this is a special I am running and I am afraid that you are not able to read it clearly on Facebook.  

Here is what you do...

 

 

Use the SHARE Button at the bottom of the box where you found this link to share this post with all your friends and family.... Ask them to like my page. I will randomly give away a session to one of the like or shares on the 16th of September. How easy is that!

 

Good luck and share the love...

 

XOXO

 

Terri

 

Limited time introductory price!

 

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PPA Super Monday

I know its been a while since I have posted anything.  It has been a crazy few months... ok year...  

I truly believe in the PPA so I am very excited to be teaching this year...

 

 

Back by popular demand my "No Studio Boudie" workshop #ourppa #boudoir http://ow.ly/iM9ki

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After Dark Education Dallas...a truly amazing experience!

I am a bit behind the ball with this blog post, ( its turned into more of a book lol) ... the truth is I do not even know where to start with my experiences at After Dark Dallas.   I honestly have to tell you it was absolutely the most amazing photographic experience of my life.  Those who know my "story" know how photography gave me back something in my life I though I had lost forever, my creativity, and through photography I found my loving husband, Robert.  What you may not know is that through photography, and thanks to AD Dallas,  I have gained a confidence in my self that I have struggled with since college.  I was a classically trained musician who had such overwhelming stage freight that I literally could not perform by my self on stage.  In an ensemble, I am rock solid, you put me out there solo and my knees go weak and literally I am physically ill.   It was so bad that I changed my major and totally walked away from music and all things creative. When I received the email asking to be a mentor at AD Dallas, and after I figured out it was not a joke, I  realized that I would be teaching...what... me in front of a group... my nerves when into overdrive and I was suddenly 19 again and all the fear of "performance" were right back there.  I had decided to pass on the offer then my husband grabbed my hand, looked me in the eye and said you can do this.  I took a deep breath and said only if you do it with me. You see he is the educator of our family and really good at it,  I was just part of the ensemble, he was the conductor (nice music reference huh... lol ).  I replied to the email and before I knew it, I was an official Mentor for AD Dallas.   Before I even got to Dallas, I was staking out the other mentors... like Kevin Focht, Chuckie Arlund,  Brian DeMint,  Damon Tucci, Stephanie Zettl, Jordan Chan , Viki Taufer, and Julie Klaasmeyer.  I started looking at the talent that was coming and yep started freaking out .... again!  lol.  There are truly some photographic Rock Stars there.  I am not going to lie.. I WAS NERVOUS ... oh and did I mention that by the time we actually made it Dallas, my husband and I were both sick! (not because of nerves either...) I could go on for hours with the talent that was there, really (hours just look how long this blog post is) But I think I will just show some images from our Pods....

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many talented mentors and attendees  there.  Everyone was approachable and open to questions. It was a 3 day event filled with nothing but creativity.  I can not thank Dave Junion  enough for coming up with such an amazing idea.   When I introduced myself and said thank you for having me as a mentor in Dallas, you gave me an assignment.  You said  now go and do something you never have done before.  Dave, the entire mentoring/teaching experience was that for me! I do not have the words to tell you how truly grateful I am.  I am still overwhelmed  at how much I learned from everyone else there.  My photography is nowhere on the level I want it to be but, I came home invigorated  and my creative  batteries are recharged and am ready to push my self and my photography and just bust the heck out of my box.  It honestly took me about a week to really comprehend everything I experienced.   I also found a confidence in my self that I did not even know I had and that I love sharing... even in front of groups.. who'd a thunk it!

If your have ever though about going to After Dark, stop thinking abut it and just do it. I promise it will change you and your photography for ever!

 

Hugs!

 

Terri

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Practice... Practice... Practice....

OK... any of you guys who know me personally know how seriously I take education... I always am striving to sharpen my skills and be able to up my game for myself and my clients... had a play date with my husband this weekend and we worked on some lighting skills.  Big thank you to Miss C for her infinite patience.... Mrs Lana Vanzant... awesome hair and the fabuluous DeAndrea Daniels... knocked it out of the park on the make up... :-) 

 

Were trying some new light techniques... take a look and tell me what you think....

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Mrs Desiree... Contest Winner... Audacious Lady and Friend

Remember this....  

Sky.... we need more fans....

Me.... yep....

Sky.... lets give away a free session at 1000 fans....

Me...  sure... (thinking to myself...Like we're ever gonna get 1000 fans...)

Sky... just wait... I am so excited! (ever the positive one, isn't she?)

Fast forward a few weeks to the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Fair...

 

Robert.... I had the best idea.... lets take profile pics at the fair and the  "fan"

who gets the most likes and comments wins a free session...

Me.... ok honey.... (side note:  did I mention that he has the brilliant ideas in the shower...)

Robert.... oh and we can have everyone email or post what being audacious means to them and at the

end of the month we will pick a winner and give them a free session...

Me... ok honey....( did I mention where he has these brilliant ideas....)

 

Ok so off we go to the PWG show and had an absolute blast meeting all these awesome ladies...and actually shot almost 100 profile pics....

I got them posted and holy moly.... did my phone start dinging (and dinging and dinging and dinging).... (side note.... face book comments WERE linked to my phone... key word here is WERE....)

It was a really close race but toward the end... we have a clear winner... I am telling you if she can get this many comments... I should hire her to do my PR and Advertising...

 

Ms Desiree Molina.... you my chicka... are Audacious....!

 

Fast forward to last Friday ....Ms Desiree is now  Mrs. Walters and I am proud and honored to be called her friend.

 

You see this year has been well a challenge.... It has had some extreme highs... like I got hitched on the beach, surrounded by family and friends... I think it may have actually been the perfect day... ( that is a whole blog post in itself... and yes it is coming) but it has also had some challenges.  I could right for days about those but the truth is.... I was having a bad spell and started to wonder if this was all worth it..... then I got an email from Mrs. Walters....I think it was God's way of saying hey Terri.... you're right where you're supposed to be doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing....It truly brought tears to my eyes and reminded me why I started Audacious in the first place...

 

I had this big cool blog post planned about Des... but I think I will let her words speak for themselves... I will just add the pics...

 

...Some of you may remember the Perfect Wedding Guide New Fan Contest, it might even be the very reason why you even know about Audacious! I was named the winner after a month of annoying all my family and friends to vote for me.

 

 

Oh man you have no idea how thankful I am to have such amazing people in my life!

 

Well I figured I would share a little background about myself that led me up to that point. After a bad relationship, gym time, and plenty of me time… I wanted feel like myself again! I wanted to feel beautiful! From that point on I always thought about boudoir but was never really confident enough to do it. I went on a lot of first dates, very few second dates, and never got called a girlfriend. Then one day my work crush finally gave me the chance I always hoped for! From there my life was FOREVER changed. He made me feel as though no other girl in the world was as beautiful, smart, funny, and kind as me. It seriously felt like my prince charming had finally come to rescue me from a lot of insecurities, and plenty of heartache.  February 5, 2011 my best friend asked me to be his wife.

 

Well I made my way to the Perfect Wedding Guide’s bridal show to check out the goodies the show had to offer. Sky convinced me to get my picture taken with the angel wings at the Audacious booth she was working. I had NO clue they were running a contest for such an amazing boudoir package until AFTER they snapped my picture! Who doesn’t like to win awesome prizes!? Especially something that’s so unique for their future husband!

 

 

All the pictures of the ladies who entered were posted. I didn’t waste ANY time to tag myself, create a strategy, and go for the win! Men have their March Madness for college basketball, and I made this MY March Madness. I sent messages like crazy, posted anything clever to advertise myself, and asked my family and friends to do the same! I swear March was the longest month for me this year!!! Over 150 likes and almost 800 comments later, I was announced the winner! Now let’s fast forward to my session!

 

I finally booked my session for July. I seriously have no idea how much time I spent looking at lingerie, boudoir photography ideas of what to wear, and how much thought I put into everything I chose. All I can say is I probably have enough lingerie to dress a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show because I thought of any and every possibility of what I might want!

 

I came with my suitcase full of shoes, and outfits. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I spoke with Terri and Sky enough to feel absolutely comfortable with them and trusted them completely. I started in hair and make-up. I wasn’t made up to where I was unrecognizable and I loved how everything turned out. Then Sky helped me out with my outfit choices, shoes, and accessories from their collection to make the whole look complete. There was plenty of upbeat music being played, laughs being laughed, and many compliments being given throughout the session. Terri and Sky periodically would show me a shot that they captured, and man! Unedited images that I was not ashamed of and looked like a total fox. I did not expect that! I seriously felt like a super model that day!!! That in itself is worth every penny for an Audacious session.

I got to check out my images and I had pick my top 25-30 images for the little black book I was giving my fiancé the day of our wedding. I thought it was going to be difficult to pick out enough pictures. I went through all my images, wrote down which ones I liked, and at the end I had WAY over 30 images!!! Whoops but that’s a good problem to have. I made my final selections and gave them to Terri.

Terri hand delivered the little black book I’ve been dying to see. She was sure to give it to me the week of my wedding because I expressed to her I gift early and this was one gift I did not want to give early!  It blew me away! It was beautifully put together, and the book was amazing quality that will last.

 

On October 22, 2011 I exchanged vows with the man of my dreams in front of our family and friends. We arrived to our reception, and ate dinner with our photographers in an office away from everyone else before we made our appearance. After we were finished eating and were about to head out, that’s when my groom got a gift that knocked his socks off. The look on his face while going through his little black book was absolutely priceless, and something I will never forget for the rest of my life.

Thank you to the Audacious ladies for helping me get my confidence back, and for helping me give my husband a gift that will forever be special to him! (Thank you Paul Houston Photography and Cinema for the sneak peaks).

 

 

 

I never introduced myself because I wanted to share my story without a name but now that you know little about me. I want to formally introduce myself.

My name is Desiree Walters, and I AM AUDACIOUS!!!!!

 

Yes Des... YOU ARE AUDACIOUS!!!

 

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Sexy Santa Special...

We said we would have a lot to announce over the next few weeks and here we go!

This week we are launching our Sexy Santa Special...

for all those lovely ladies who wanted to WOW this Christmas.

(without paying the regular rates)

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Announcing...

We've been hard at work around here and have a LOT of really cool announcements coming your way!

We'll be announcing one a week for the next four weeks so stay tuned!!

This week we're happy to share :

So if you're a bride to one of these photographers make sure you send us a message!

A little birdie tells me that there are special albums, some cool accessories, price incentives and angel wings available for all of you...

;)

XOXO

The Ladies of Audacious

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Boudoir Reps {Fall 2011}

We've had so much going on this week already that we haven't had a chance to post this!

What that means is HUGE goodies in the works for future Audacious ladies!

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So with out further ado....

There were 41.

That's right, FORTY ONE beautiful applicants!!

It took Terri and myself three hours of some serious deliberation to finally narrow it down, but....

So many of you graciously stepped forward to show the world what it means to be Audacious.

There are so many emotions that hit us with the unbelievable response!

We are honored, thrilled, excited, but mostly...

humbled.

We're so proud to see SO many of you step up to bat and to stop being insecure about yourselves,

that is EXACTLY what we are all about here.

There were so many that we absolutely couldn't keep it down to three - we HAD to choose double what we intended!!

If you weren't selected this time around, please stay tuned! We'll be doing another set of reps before you know it!

If your name is listed above please check your email later this evening, we'll be sending you details and picking out time slots.

Thank you again to all the WONDERFUL ladies who applied, we just loved hearing your stories!

XOXO,

The Ladies of Audacious

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And the Winner is......

For those of you who didn't know were giving away a free session... or two.... or three.... How... or why you might ask... well the conversation went something like this....

 

Sky.... we need more fans....

Me.... yep....

Sky.... lets give away a free session at 1000 fans....

Me...  sure... (thinking to myself...Like we're ever gonna get 1000 fans...)

Sky... just wait... I am so excited! (ever the positive one, isn't she?)

 

Ok so 3 short weeks later guess what.... yep... we hit the grander... 1000 fans... wow you could have knocked me over with a feather.

I did it old school printed off all the fans... (85 pages worth cut them up and drew the lucky winner).

 

The first free session goes to .... Stephanie Faulkner .... who by the way said she never wins anything.... to that I say... well sweetie you can't say that anymore....

 

Fast forward a few weeks to the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Fair...

 

Robert.... I had the best idea.... lets take profile pics at the fair and the "fan" who gets the most likes and comments wins a free session...

Me.... ok honey.... (side note:  did I mention that he has the brilliant ideas in the shower...)

Robert.... oh and we can have everyone email or post what being audacious means to them and at the end of the month we will pick a winner and give them a free session...

Me... ok honey....( did I mention where he has these brilliant ideas....)

 

Ok so off we go to the PWG show and had an absolute blast meeting all these awesome ladies...and actually shot almost 100 profile pics....

I got them posted and holy moly.... did my phone start dinging (and dinging and dinging and dinging).... (side note.... face book comments WERE linked to my phone... key word here is WERE....)

It was a really close race but toward the end... we have a clear winner... I am telling you if she can get this many comments... I should hire her to do my PR and Advertising...

 

Ms Desiree Molina.... you my chicka... are Audacious....!

 

Ok so the last session believe it or not was the hardest for me.  I am usually not a sentimental person but I had such amazing emails... stories of survival, love and all around .... Audaciousness (is that even a word... it is now!) I was humbled by what some of these women were willing to share.  I truly am honored and thank each and everyone of your for your submission.

The winner is actually giving the session to .... her Mom.... yep.... lets just say that here story truly is a story of survival and touched me so deeply. I can't wait to meet them face to face.

 

Ms Lauren Castelbery.... and MOM.... welcome to Audacious!

 

I want to say thank you to all you ladies who gave it a shot and truly wish I could give each and everyone of you a free session.  Maybe we'll have to offer a discount to all the ladies who shared their stories with us, what do YOU think? ;)

 

 

 

 

 

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Just for Fun...

Who ever said all work and no play.... every now and then you just have to take a break.  I truly needed a little play time and I am so ready for Spring... ok really I am ready for Fall but that is a whole different blog post!  

My partner in Life Love and Photography..... was working and I went along to play....it relaxes my brain and makes my juices flow and in general is just a good thing....

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you Audacious?

Hello All!

Thanks for stopping by the "After Dark" blog!

For our first post I thought we would do a little bit of an introduction...

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The Who:

Yoda aka Terri...

Owner & Head Photographer of Audacious Photography

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Padawan aka Sky

Second Shooter & Stylist at Audacious Photography

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The What:

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What is Audacious you ask?
We are a Boutique Boudoir Studio!
What is Boudoir?
Lets start at the basics.....
A boudoir is an 18th century French term describing a lady's private bedroom, sitting room, or dressing room.  Photographically, it refers to set of sensual images for ladies of all ages, shapes, and sizes in the "boudoir style". Boudoir photography is becoming particularly popular!
Can you think of a better gift for the special man in your life?
Although Boudoir is the “hot” trend in photography, there is a whole different reason we shoot boudoir sessions & here's why:
In todays world, we are bombarded daily by what "beauty" is and we are brain washed into believing that you have to be a certain size or shape to be "beautiful"....
we disagree.
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The Rules:
Rule # 1:
Have. Fun. Always.
Rule # 2:
Recognize that every woman is beautiful & unique.
Rule # 3
Realize that true beauty is internal, not just external.
Being sexy has absolutely nothing to do with being a size “0” .... is that really even a size... I mean “0” really?!?
Rule # 4
Pamper yourself.
We live in a CRAZY world. You know it's true. So take some time for you already!!
Rule # 5
Knock his socks off. C 'mon... we know you wanna... ;)
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Our Vow:
We solemnly swear we are up to no good... Ok, ok...
Our vow to you goes a little something like this...
We vow to give everyone the experience of bringing that inner sensuality you have burried to the surface.
We deserve it,  future generations deserve it, & so do you.
We vow COMPLETE discretion.
Always.
We vow to give you a life changing day about you...that leaves you with a little something sexy for him.
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The Video:
This is a behind the scenes video from a recent shoot...
please note that we have full consent from all the models involved & there will be NO MEN present at your private session
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Please stay tuned for our next blog..."What to Expect"
If you have any questions feel free to fill out the contact form in the tab at the top or stop by our fanpage:
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Signing Out,
The Ladies of Audacious
XOXO

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