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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.

elanem boudoir

THE MODERN WOMAN IS ELEGANT, SEXY, AND TIMELESS. IN A CULTURE WHERE WOMEN ARE OVERLY SEXUALIZED, we AIM TO BRING FEMININITY BACK TO THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE AS WOMEN.

We ABSOLUTELY LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING WOMEN AND WATCHING THEM LIGHT UP RIGHT IN FRONT OF us. IT'S PURE AND GENUINE AND DEFINITELY CAN'T BE REPLICATED AS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS SO UNIQUE IN YOUR OWN WAYS.

we BELIEVE BOUDOIR ISN’T JUST ABOUT TAKING PHOTOS; IT'S ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE AND IT IS our GOAL TO HELP YOU FIND YOURSELF AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE SOUL INSIDE OF YOU.

why we do what we do

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I don't think we'll ever fully be able to answer this question - because the answer is constantly evolving and changing.

Throughout the years of photographing along side each other, we have seen women with insecurities and a lack of confidence in themselves. 


WE WANT TO HELP WOMEN SEE THESE THINGS IN THEMSELVES; BEAUTY, CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE. 

Our personal history plays a huge role into why shooting boudoir is so important to us. (Read our story here - link coming soon!) With our history came a mindset that mirrors that of society: that women are to be objectified.

Our bodies and our sexuality are beautiful. This is not porn nor an intention to be a form of physical gratification, or fill a void that is unhealthy. This is about women (and men) that want to take a stand for themselves and say "no more" to self body shaming.

WE LOVE BOUDOIR BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT IT HAS ON EACH WOMAN THAT WALKS THROUGH OUR DOORS. 

We view this as art and a form of self expression. One that we all should experience, in our own ways. We know that being a woman is hard sometimes (okay, mostly all the time!) and that loving ourselves and our body is a constant struggle for many of us.

I, MYSELF, AM NOT A "FIT" WOMAN AND DEFINITELY DON'T FALL INTO SOCIETY'S STANDARDS OF WHAT IS "BEAUTIFUL". I KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO FEEL INADEQUATE WHEN I SEE WHAT IS IN THE MIRROR.

We've both stepped in front of a lens and felt vulnerability and fear and insecurity run through us like a silent storm. So trust us, we get it. But we promise that you're going to have fun - way more fun that you ever imagined and that when you see your images you'll see the real you. And you will feel powerful, and badass and beautiful.

WE PROMISE TO CREATE AN EXPERIENCE THAT LEAVES YOU FEELING A LITTLE MORE IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF!

why boudoir?

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where?

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 cats!

We have 6 ridiculously cute and loveable, fat cats. While at least 2, sometimes 3, will come and say "hello", they typically will leave you alone and hide.

If you are allergic, or prefer to not to shoot  where cats dwell, then we can shoot in your home or hotel. (Booking at a hotel is at the expense of the client.)

studio images coming soon

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SUCCESS TO ME IS
A HAPPY CLIENT. 

A referral is someone who has booked with us using your name as a reference in the questionnaire we send. This is a MUST and cannot just be a vocal referral. when you tell someone about the group, your experience or us, Elanem, and they contact us to book please ensure that they use you as a reference!

example:

1 referral = $30 credit towards USB
2 referrals= $60 credit towards USB
3 referrals= $90 credit towards USB
4 referrals= Free USB
6 referrals= A free session (Stripped Session)
10 referrals= Free session + USB 

IF YOU GET MORE THAN 10 REFERRALS…WELL WE WILL CROSS THAT BRIDGE WHEN IT COMES!! (BUT I KNOW IT WILL BE GOOD!)

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It's providing exceptional service, and images that you will cherish for a lifetime. The ultimate service I can provide is happiness. That's why the biggest compliment you could pay me is referring your girlfriends to me.

I would like to show my unrelenting appreciation for your trust & support with my referral program. For every new client you send me, I want to say thank you - in a tangible way. 

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU When someone you referred my way books a boudoir session,
you will receive a $30 credit. 

1. CHALLENGE YOUR SELF-PERCEPTION

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!

2. PUSH YOUR BOUNDARIES

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!

3. SHIFT YOUR FOCUS

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.

4. CELEBRATE YOUR SEXY

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.

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4 reasons to book a boudoir session

Q: Where do your sessions take place?

A: Sessions take place in our in-home. We are located in Mankato, MN. We use our guest room but typically use our whole house as a studio. (occasionally I'll hold a session in your home or a boutique hotel or bed & breakfast. I'd be happy to discuss each option with you, and we can decide which location best fits your needs, budget, and vision.)

Q: Do you provide wardrobe?

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

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 the digital files of my photos included with your sessions?

A: 10 images are included in your session fee. a usb with All digital files and fine art products are sold a la carte at your Photo Reveal Session. You can find our pricing here.

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. At your Photo Reveal/Ordering Session, we can also design your album together should you decide to purchase one, which saves SO much time and headache going back and forth over designs and orders via email. Win-win!

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

A: Yes! We work best as a team (Luke and Molly), but you have the freedom to ask him to not be in the room or even in the home during your session. 90% of our clients change their minds after meeting him and give him permission to be in the room during the session.

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!

Q: Do you shoot nude photographs?

A: Absolutely! FIne art nudes are fast becoming one of our favorite aspects of boudoir! This question is included in your questionnaire!

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 I prepare for my session?

A: After booking, I will send you over tips, tricks, and guidelines on preparing for your session, as well as a little homework in the form of a questionnaire that helps me get to know you better!

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. 


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frequently asked questions

what to wear

I LOVE LINGERIE. I love when our clients come to their session bringing gorgeous, beautiful lingerie. 

Yet, my favorite boudoir images of myself and clients are when we embrace the idea that lingerie isn't the only way to feel beautiful and sexy.  A t-shirt or sweater can feel just as empowering as stunning set of matching bra and panties.

Below is a list that I've compiled from our experiences that we feel would help you prepare for your session!

01. Kimonos + robes

These are great to let hang loose or to "cover" areas that you don't want showing. They have a great way of drawing your eyes to a specific area while keeping the loungy look of comfort.

02. sweaters

the perfect thing for those lifestyle photos! Adding props such as coffee cups work well with this outfit.

03. body suits + swim suits

body suits are perfect for that sleek look. They typically accentuate the hips as they ride up higher. They are great with curves as not everyone wants their tummies showing. one piece Swim suits are the same as body suits! Two piece swim suits can be so unique and sexy in style! These are often paired with high-waisted shorts or shorts with holes in them.

04. t-shirts, tanks + flannel

Can be worn in any combination with panties, shorts or without.  They can also be worn with a bra or without a bra. Flannels can be worn open, partially buttoned or buttoned up all the way. 

05. corsets

creates beautiful curvy lines! They can be soft and pretty or straight up bad ass. They are often paired with a great pair of fishnets or stockings.

06. fishnets + stockings

They provide a certain amount of "covering" while adding that extra "pop" of bad ass. we've seen them paired with corsets, sweaters and a pair of bra + panties.

07. blazers

Typically worn with a bra underneath and gives a very classy look. When worn with nothing underneath, it has a hidden but teasing effect.

08. classic bra + panties

A matching set is ideal but doesn't have to. bring as many sets you want and we will go through them and pick the best!

09. skirts + jeans

Loose skirts are great for movement such as dancing. Tight fitting skirts give a sense of class and style while giving you a slender and sleek look. Jeans are awesome when ripped up, unbuttoned or high waisted.

10. nude

Need we same more? Topless and full nude. There is a wide variety of options that we can do within the lines of your comfort level. Wrapped in a blanket or sheet makes for some beautiful, teasing images.

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tips before shoot

- Shop your closet for the items you instinctively select when you want to feel (and look) your very best.

- Grab a style-savvy and fun-loving friend and hit women's fashion boutiques to hunt down an ensemble that not only flatters your figure, but also makes you feel comfortable, unquestionably beautiful and relaxed.

- Pick out lingerie that highlights your every lovely curve, but please remember sometimes a tight t-shirt, soft sweater or over-sized button-down shirt can be even sexier. Let your own personality shine through.

five days before your shoot

- If you wax, do so a few days before your shoot to avoid any bumpiness or redness.

- Make sure your eyebrows are nicely shaped and groomed.

- If you're planning to visit the salon for a haircut or color, then give yourself a few days to make sure you are happy with it.

- Be sure to get a salon manicure and pedicure for a flawless finish.

- Stay out of the sun - while a base tan will be nice in photos; red, blotchy skin will not.

- PLEASE - DO NOT SPRAY TAN.

- Drink plenty of water for luminous skin.

- Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol if you are worried about retaining water.

- try on your outfits and lingerie to make sure they fit properly; remove all tags and labels. Steam or iron your delicates and hang them properly so they keep their shape as you travel to our home studio.


the day of your shoot

- Use clear deodorant please.

- Wear loose-fitting clothing to your session to avoid red marks on your skin (no jeans, tight socks or tight clothing, for instance).

- Eat something light but filling before you leave the house.

- Arrive with a clean and moisturized face and CLEAN HAIR. (Important!)

- Most important: take a deep breath and RELAX. It's completely normal to be a wee bit nervous before your shoot, but please don't worry because you will be in very good hands. We will show you exactly how to pose and work with you to get the perfect shot.

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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!

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