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I freaking love that you are here. Whether you found this page by an accident or it was intentional, I believe you are meant to be here. 

WE BELIEVE IN A NEW TYPE OF BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY. IT’S TIME TO THROW OUT THE UNCOMFORTABLE RISQUÉ STIGMAS ASSOCIATED WITH IT, AND CREATE SOMETHING FRESH AND NEW.

Boudoir is real and authentic. Every experience is so different. We love that we can be a part of your personal journey. 

Hey there, you badass,            babe, you!

beautiful

WE WANT TO HELP you SEE THESE THINGS IN yourself;

BEAUTY, CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE. 

hair & makeup

the studio

The Elanem Studio is based in our home which is located in Mankato, MN. This is where your pre-shoot meetup, boudoir session and viewing + ordering sessions take place.

AFTER BOOKING, YOU WILL BE MESSAGED THE ADDRESS.

the studio

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q: do sessions always take place in your home?

A: Yes and no! We are open to shooting in new locations, such as your home or a hotel (at the cost to the client)

hair & makeup

by rebekah

Bekah is our in studio hair and makeup artist. If you book a session that includes hair and makeup, this amazing women will be the one to work her magic on you! She works hard to keep your style authentic to you and she does a phenomenal job!

her work

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join our facebook group!

This is a private and safe place, for women only, to ask questions, read about past client experiences and be the first to know of specials and announcements. This is a great community and we would love to see you there!

elanem boudoir vip

4 reasons to book a session

faq's

Everyone has their “thing”. That one thing that makes you more than unique, it makes you – You! Our mission at elanem Boudoir is to celebrate the things that make you the spectacular work of art that you were created to be. Whatever stage of life, whatever size, whatever you want to express: we want to help you capture your true beauty. We believe that every woman needs boudoir, because every woman deserves to feel confident, sexy, and truly beautiful.

4 reasons to book a boudoir session

1. challenge your self-perception

2. push your boundaries

3. shift your focus

4. celebrate your sexy

As women, we are our own toughest critics. We constantly berate ourselves over our perceived physical flaws and imperfections. We compare ourselves to the women we see in magazines and on social media. Even with the societal movement toward loving your bodies and feeling comfortable in your own skin, it’s hard to silence the voice in your head that says “You’re not good enough” or “I wish I could look like her”. News flash, ladies: You are good enough. In fact, you are more than good enough. You are perfect, flawless, and effervescent! Boudoir photography is a chance to let that light shine and teach that little voice in your head to just shut up!

For a lot of women, posing semi-clothed in front of a camera is a terrifying thought that may or may not have been involved in a nightmare of some sort. We realize that nerves and inhibitions may get in the way. A good boudoir company and photographer will make you feel comfortable even when you are shaking in your stilettos! Besides, facing a fear can be a life-changing experience. We hope that you have a Boudoir Experience that turns your fears into a powerful statement of female empowerment!

We strongly believe that women, as a whole, rarely do something solely for themselves. Even if they do get to occasionally sneak away for an hour for a nail appointment or a quick break, we often end up feeling guilty about it. I’m not sure where this particular trait originates in women, but collectively we tend to put everyone else (husbands, friends, kids, co-workers, and even the UPS guy) in front of our own needs and ambitions. Boudoir gives you the opportunity to focus solely on yourself. Through the entire process of your boudoir photo shoot, you get the chance to see yourself in a whole new light; as the beautiful, sexy woman you are.


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frequently asked questions

Q: Do you provide wardrobe?

A: You will provide most of your own outfits, but we do offer a few options. (mostly slouchy shirts, kimonos and cardigans and a few lingerie pieces.)

Q: Will my photos be kept private?

A: Your last name and all your photos will be kept completely private and off my site and social media unless you give me express written permission to share them. However, I do ask all my boudoir clients to consider allowing me to share a few of their images, even if only the ones that don't reveal identity. I wouldn't have an updated portfolio or a strong enough online presence to attract new clients if it weren't for the incredibly generous ladies who allow me to share a few images!

Q: Are there digital files of my photos included with your sessions?

A: 10 images are included in your session fee that are easily downloadable with an online gallery.  Extra digital files and fine art products are sold a la carte at your Photo Reveal Session. 

Q: Can I skip the Photo Reveal Session and just view my images online? 

A: In some rare cases I will make an exception and allow this (like if you're coming from out of state), but for the most part, your Photo Reveal Session is required and included in your purchase. This is an opportunity for me to answer your questions, give professional guidance and ideas on how to best display and enjoy your photos, and it's also an opportunity for you to see and feel all of the ELANEM product offerings, which is SO important.

Q: Will anyone else be with us while we're shooting?

A: Yes! We work best as a team (Luke and Molly-if Luke is unavailable, chances are high that our assistant with be there as well), but you have the freedom to ask him to not be in the room or even in the home during your session. 95% of our clients change their minds after meeting him and give him permission to be in the room during the session.

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Q: Can I bring along my husband/boyfriend/best friend?

A: I have a strict No Men Policy during my boudoir sessions, as much for my safety and comfort as for yours. If you'd like to have a girlfriend or female family member along for moral support, that's fine by me, though I encourage you to consider whether this will allow you to truly open up to the camera and get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes having a friend along can actually make you MORE nervous! Your Significant other may come to your reveal session though if that is expressed prior to the time of your reveal.

Q: Do you photograph couples together in a boudoir setting?

A: Yes!! If you and your significant other are interested in a couple's boudoir session, let's chat!

Q: How do you edit your images? Will you fix my problem areas?

A: I take a very natural approach to editing and prefer to alter your images (and YOU!) as little as possible. Most of my edits concern the technical aspects of a photo (exposure, contrast, coloring, etc), however I do make the occasional "tuck" here and there, and I also perform light skin edits as needed (on things like under eye circles, blemishes, and noticeable cellulite). My goal is always to utilize the most flattering light, angles, and poses so that tons of post-processing isn't necessary, and I will also advise you on the most flattering outfits for various body types! 

Many boudoir photographers edit their subjects to the point that they are almost unrecognizable, with plastic-y skin, glittering eyes, and not-quite-natural curves. I am committed to capturing who you ARE, not who I think you should be, therefore you will find my edits do not change you, but simply lightly enhance.

Q: How long does it take you to edit a session? What if I'm in a hurry to get the photos back?

A: We typically schedule your Photo Reveal Session for around 2 weeks after your shoot; however, if you're in a hurry, do let me know and if my schedule permits it, I'll expedite the process a little. I do offer a $150 rush option, which ensures your full gallery and Photo Reveal Session in 5-7 days after your shoot. 

here's what you need to know:

1) it's ok to be nervous. Everyone is nervous. and everyone feels like they are the only one. You got this!

2) we aren't afraid of your mom boobs or mom bod. your body will not shock us or disgust us. it has given life and that is beautiful. You are beautiful!

3) you don't need to go out and buy lingerie. especially if it's not something you typically wear. you will be surprised what we can create art with what is in your closet. 

simple can be raw and beautiful.

what to expect

Session fee: $225

We keep our sessions very simple. There is no time limit and you receive 10 images that are deliverable through an online gallery that you can download.

viewing session:

Two weeks (estimated) after your session, you will return to our home to view and pick your images. This is where we will discuss extra images for purchase and other Elanem products. This is required and is included in your session fee.

Never did I think I'd be able to walk into a strangers house and be ok walking naked like it was my own home, but I did. Lol. Seeing the beautiful art that Luke and Molly created was nothing short of EXACTLY what I was hoping for and I couldn't have asked for anything better. I will DEFINITELY be doing another session!

- Michelle c.

I had never done anything like this before. I've always felt terrible about my own skin, but in these photos I feel beautiful! Especially the one, that I'm showing my c-section scar. I wouldn't have it, without my 3 beautiful girl's. Thank you so much, Molly for capturing these. Love you and would so do it again!!!

- tina s.

Recently did a ‘best friend boudoir’ shoot during the smoking sessions and it was so much fun. Such a cool way to share memories with your girls beyond just the typical snapshots we all take on nights out (or in!) Thank you to Luke, Molly, and Dani Jean for making this happen!

-heidi b.

After nearly 29 years of hating my body, being uncomfortable in my own skin and 100% self conscious to the point that I hated going out in public, something clicked. I figured some things out and focused on me. As nervous as I was to turn 30 back in June, this session right here proves that my 30s can and will be my best yet. Big moves, big changes and daring steps have led me to being comfortable in my skin and in front of two of my favorite photographers.♡

- kara b.

Words can’t express how damn amazing Molly and Luke are .
I completely went 210% out of my comfort zone. And it was worth every single second. I honestly can say I WILL be doing another session and I can’t wait. This session meant the world to me, thank you so much Molly and Luke. Also thank you for being so understanding and personable. And for just being wonderful beautiful people. I’m absolutely in love with my photos, and finally, myself again. Thank you so much a million times over.

- mikayla m.

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