NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2017 SPECIAL OFFER BY LONG ISLAND BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

Pay it forward!! Gift someone special with a shoot this holiday season (choose any length shoot; a customized gift card will be provided with your personal message; shoots will be booked for 2018) and DOUBLE your money! Your special someone will receive a voucher for a matched amount which she can apply towards purchases! e.g. purchase a 1.5 hour shoot (300) and she will also receive a voucher for 300 towards purchases for a total gift value of 600! Mention code #PAYITFORWARD at the time of your order. This offer cannot and will not be applied retroactively. Plan ahead!

Check our specials page for other offers running this time of year, like our Vday special and our Anytime Special for those planning in advance for a special occasion. 

Have a wonderful day!

Susan
(631) 398-4487

Long Island Boudoir Photography Pay It Forward Special - November and December 2017

Shoot for the moon...Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars...

I love this quote by Norman Vincent Peale so much that it's printed on canvas in my studio for everyone to see and be inspired by.

I love this quote by Norman Vincent Peale so much that it's printed on canvas in my studio for everyone to see and be inspired by.

Some good news for Long Island Boudoir Photography

Although I hesitated in sharing this bit of good news (I am not one to brag EVER) I realized, after getting so many positive comments on FB once I did share it...that by sharing this good news I can inspire others. The comments friends, acquaintances, and colleagues made, the thoughts and responses they shared, led me to feel more comfortable in sharing the good news here with you.

Following is what I posted on FB:

For everyone who feels like they have an impossible dream. To those who counter the naysayers daily. To the dreamers who try to fly but are yanked down to earth repeatedly by those who lack vision...goals are meant to be achieved!!!!

When I started this photography journey I had one major bucket list goal: to be featured in the industry’s Professional Photographer Magazine. This month, that goal was met! (See the page 72 ref up top on the right? “A lovely feeling”?—thats the one!)

Long Island Boudoir Photography Featured in Professional Photographer Magazine!

A multiple page spread captures the interview I had with the talented freelance writer assigned to the task. We had a great chat and it’s beautifully summed up here.

What's more, in January I will be silencing my nerves and speaking to photographers in the industry about my passion and my philosophy about shooting women at PPA’s Imaging USA. In Nashville!!!! Which I have always wanted to visit—Another bucket list item checked off!

Next goal: to kill it in print competitions! 

#alwayskeepmoving #dreamskeepyoualive #movingforward#evolveandgrow #alwaysstrivetobebetterthanyesterday

know your why--this is the path to inspiration and success says Long Island Boudoir Photographer susan eckert

Everyone who meets me comments on how passionate I am about what I do. That's because I'm driven by a beautiful WHY. My mission is very specific and when I meet clients who are looking for and value what it is I truly have to offer--self-reflection, self-esteem, self-confidence, transformation--their joy becomes my reward!

Although it's only November still, I look forward to new challenges and opportunities to connect with new faces and beautiful souls in 2018!

Sincerely, 

Susan Eckert
(631) 398-4487

Long Island Boudoir Photography

Body & Soul Photography and Studio

When is art expensive?

When I started shooting back in 2008, I was unsure of myself. I knew I had vision, but I was figuring things out as I went. Having left the corporate world behind, boudoir photography was a new creative path for me and my pricing reflected this uncertainty in myself.

Even though, looking back, my images were technically beautiful and my clients were very happy, my uncertainty led me to undervalue what it was (what value) I truly offered my clients.

You see, an artist does not merely offer pictures. Anyone can snap a picture

An artist offers more. Way more.

long island boudoir photography by susan eckert

An artist offers her client a new way of seeing herself. Newfound appreciation for her body, her figure, her true beauty.

An artist gently coaxes out her client's best so the images will be considered priceless by her client...not just today, but for decades to come.

An artist finds flattering angles, uses the best equipment she's carefully invested in, and truly knows how to use light as a sculpting tool.

An artist elicits genuine laughter from her client so her images reflect her naturally, without feeling artificial.

An artist highlights her client's best features, ones she may not even know she possesses.

And an artist does this all the while building her client's self-esteem, self-confidence, and making her feel like a million bucks--all in a genuine way, because, you see, the artist is genuine--she truly SEES her client's beauty, body and soul.

long island boudoir photography by susan eckert

But here's the thing: not everyone is an artist.

Not everyone behind a camera is capable of seeing beauty in every shape, every size, every color, every figure...everyone.

Not every person behind a camera has the ability to truly see and use light, angles and lines to create beautiful images.

Not everyone is capable of revealing clients' beauty--raw and untouched.

Have you ever seen this video - where the photographer's understanding of the person they're shooting determines the outcome? Fascinating stuff. So imagine what happens when a photographer doesn't even take the time to figure out who you are... 

It takes an artist to see beauty. In every shape. Every size. Every color. Every single individual who comes her way.

And there is value in that.

long island boudoir photography by susan eckert

I am often challenged on my pricing by some who find my page online--individuals who assume boudoir photographers are all the same so the best way to go about finding one is to price-shop. I am asked to meet what prospects perceive to be "the going rate" in my field when I am well aware there is no such thing as a going rate.

I am a well-connected professional in this industry. I know what talented, established professionals charge. I also know what amateurs and newcomers (which I once was) charge. 

So when is art expensive?

That's inevitably up to each individual to decide. I already know I am not the most expensive boudoir photographer. Just as I am not the cheapest. But over the years one thing has become clear: I offer tremendous value to my clients. And the right clients are the ones who value what I have to offer. They understand that for the price of a designer pair of shoes (hot for a single season before they're outdated), they could instead own a memorable keepsake, a precious moment in time forever captured.  

A high-volume studio can offer low pricing, but in exchange, they must take on many, many clients to make up for their low prices. So...service and quality inevitably suffers. Just think about the different shopping experiences offered by a boutique high end shop and a discount chain store.

My goal is different: I take on fewer clients; offer the best service I possibly can; offer only the best products--which I take great time and care in sourcing and testing; and, I aim to deliver a boudoir experience that will forever serve as a highlight in a client's life.

There is a big difference between established professional boudoir photography studios, and non-professionals who've yet to study, establish, or invest in a business appropriately. Budget seekers may best be served by the shoot & burn newcomers and the discounted coupon offers that abound in this market.

But I seek to partner with individuals who seek a professional boudoir photography studio capable of delivering unmatched service and the level of quality that can only come from years of experience. 

As I approach 9 years as a boudoir photographer, I now know exactly who I am and what I offer: I am Susan Eckert, owner of Long Island Boudoir Photography. I am an artist. And I run an established luxury boutique boudoir photography studio.

If you value photography by a professional, dedicated, creative, talented, passionate photographer and fully licensed and insured business owner, set up a visit and let's have a chat!

Have a great week!

Susan
631.398.4487

long island boudoir photography by susan eckert

There is only one Long Island Boudoir Photography!

When you are first to market, as I was in this wonderful niche called boudoir photography, you have several advantages. I have had TIME to build my reputation. TIME to build my search engine standing, Google ranking, links, and connections. TIME to build strong testimonials and feedback from actual clients who've gone through the process with me--start to finish. 

I have also had the great fortune of building my EXPERIENCE in this niche. I am 9 years in with this photography business. I left corporate America to follow my passion--empowering women, helping them see their beauty, helping them overcome their fears, insecurities and negative self-talk. I leveraged my psychology background to build an experience for my clients that is unparalleled and directly related to my expertise with the emotional world of women. And I've invested nonstop in building my skills in this field. My published book on the psychology of boudoir could only have happened because of the EXPERIENCE I have.

When I started it was me and one (1) other boudoir photography studio. That was it. Women either loved her style. Or they loved mine. Now, given the popularity of the niche, there are countless "photographers" offering their services. Some are true professionals -- having studied, acquiring licenses, insurance, and all the business permits and legal requirements necessary to run a real business. Others are not. Few manage and run physical studios--ensuring reliability, privacy and comfort to their clients. In fact, a recent client called me in a desperate plea for help because one such photographer canceled her session only days before they were supposed to shoot.

But there is always the right person for the right job...so long as the client knows what they're looking for and therefore, what they're really getting.

As the field has become way more crowded, I've become aware that others, hoping to ride my SEO coattails have been using my business name. They confuse prospects, and pretend to be associated with my business when clearly they are not. These people hope to benefit from my flawless client feedback, Google high rankings, and the great efforts I've made over many years to make my business visible.

But there is only one Long Island Boudoir Photography. And it is my studio--my name is Susan Eckert. I am located at 25 East Main Street in Bay Shore and I pride myself on delivering transformative experiences to clients who seek something way more meaningful than the pretty pictures you just might get from a generic beauty, boudoir or glamour low-cost shoot.

I vet my clients just as my clients vet the photographers they choose to work with.

But you see, my client testimonials speak for me.

I am humble. But I work tirelessly.

I am proud of my accomplishments, but I am even more proud of my clients who transcend their fears so they can create beautiful work in partnership with me.

I will not allow others to ride my coattails or diminish the hard-won outcomes resulting from YEARS of work.

There is only one Long Island Boudoir Photography. And if you are on this website, then you have found it...you have found me--a passionate photographer who approaches her work from a place of love, empathy and understanding. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. And for this reason I trademarked my mission...

"Illuminating the Power of the Feminine." (R)

May every day bring you joy. May your accomplishments and hard work be recognized. And may your mirror truly reflect your beauty--inside and out--for always. 

I am grateful to each and every client who's enabled me to continue all these years on this wonderful journey. One client told me just this week that I'd found my calling. I agree. I've never felt more fulfilled than when I became a boudoir photographer. I look forward to even more beautiful relationships and experiences in the coming years!

Happy Friday!

Susan
631.398.4487

Long Island Boudoir Photography's Women's Night Out Networking Events are ON!!!

Our Women's Night Out Networking Events are Back ON!!!

A few years ago I launched Women's Night Out Networking Events because of all the FABULOUS ladies I get to meet as a boudoir photographer here on Long Island! It was a huge success and so much fun! So, with the new space, I decided to start them back up again. Only this time we'll be partnering with other local businesses and professionals to incorporate fun classes, informative talks, but above all FUN opportunities to hang out and connect with other amazing women!

Long Island Boudoir Photography hosts monthly Women's Night Out Networking Events

If you're on our monthly newsletter email list then you've already received your invitation to our kick-off event which is taking place this Thursday at 7pm in the studio. Our Emoting Class will be led by therapist and former musical theater performer Nicole Piervencenti (who, I swear, missed her calling as a comedian - she's hilarious). Emoting is soooooo important if you want to make images that are knock-down, drop dead gorgeous. But it's tough to just turn on the emotions when you are in front of the camera...

...enter Nicole. But don't worry. This is not a photography session. Think of this event as an improv class - it will be interactive and fun and we'll all be doing it together. It's not to late to rsvp - just send abby@liboudoirphotography.com an email and let her know you'd like to join us.

Long Island Boudoir Photography Women's Night Out Networking March Event

Our March event is scheduled for 3/23 at 7pm. For this one we've partnered with our neighbor Pinot's Palette for a ladies paint night out! We chose a fun feminine concept to paint - remember you can always make it your own and you don't have to be a skilled painter. Everyone leaves with a piece of art. I may even be setting up a portrait corner so we can take shots of all the beautiful Artists with their Art - so wear your very best Artiste clothes!

Sign up for the event via this link: https://www.pinotspalette.com/bayshore/event/147875

Future events will be announced in our monthly newsletter. If you'd like to be on our email list, send a message to abby@liboudoirphotography.com and ask her to add you.

Hope to see you at one of our events!

Happy Valentine's Day!

XO,

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

New: Incentives at Long Island Boudoir Photography

I love giving gifts! Perhaps even more than getting them. 

A few months back I implemented an incentive based on a hectic summer I had experienced last year. I offered brides booking at least 6 months out makeup and hair on the house. Lots of brides responded and now I've decided to offer a new incentive each month!

While the 6 month book ahead incentive will still remain active, I've decided to offer something different each month. So every month in 2017, a new limited time special offer will be in place.

To take advantage of these, you must be sure to note the terms and offer codes and mention them at the time of your image review and selection session. Specials will not apply to past purchases or orders already placed. 

Currently, specials through June 2017 are posted

Happy 2017!!

XO,

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

Tomorrow is the last day to give the gift of a boudoir shoot this holiday season!

My phone has been ringing off the hook this morning!

Did you know that gift cards are a GREAT gift?

Give the Gift of Boudoir this holiday season!

Just in case you're still wondering what to give...session fees are $250/1 hour shoot, $300/1.5 hour shoot; $350/2 hour shoot.

Recipients have 6 months to book their shoots.

Tomorrow is the last day to get your personalized gift certificate in time for the holidays!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! And wishing you all a wonderful 2017!

XO

Susan
www.LIBoudoirPhotography.com
631.398.4487

 

Wishing you a very Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

May this season be filled with love, family, friends and lots of laughter!

And as you look forward to 2017, may you be bold, chase your dreams, conquer your goals, and achieve progress and growth you never imagined you could!

A boudoir shoot is often one of those things women take years to build up the courage to do. And as boudoir is so often misunderstood--the whys and what for--I asked women to share one word they associate with their boudoir photography experience at my studio.

Here's word art I created from their responses. I'll be hanging this in my studio beginning in January because I find it so inspiring...and rewarding. Makes all the hard work so very much worth it. I look forward to a new year filled with creativity and the opportunity to meet new faces and make new friends.

The Long Island Boudoir Photography Experience is...word art based on client responses

Happy holidays from the team at Long Island Boudoir Photography!

XOXOXO

Susan Eckert

 

A Special Christmas or Hanukkah Boudoir Bundle

Is it just me or is it absolutely ridiculous that next week is the beginning of November?! 

HOW did this year fly by so quickly??

I'm starting the process of getting settled into my new space this upcoming week and I'm looking forward to the new shoot possibilities in this space! For example, there's a really cool barn door I had a very talented guy make just for the studio and I cannot wait to throw a strobe light on that baby and shoot some gorgeous photos with a willing beauty!

So......In celebration of the new space, I thought I'd throw out a winter holiday boudoir special for those who might not even have begun to think about what to gift this upcoming holiday season. Details follow, but do hurry and claim your spot--all that's required is a 250 booking fee which will get applied to your bundle total!

long island boudoir photography christmas special

 

1-Hour In-Studio Shoot

2 Outfit Changes

Professional Retouching on 5 Images

Rush Processing for Winter Holiday Season

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Choice A: Images as full resolution printable image files

--Or--

Choice B: Images as 8x10 mounted prints plus web (low) resolution image files

A 750 value for 500

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Inquire about available time slots on the following shoot dates: 

Sunday, November 27th

Tuesday, November 29th

Thursday, December 1st

With love,

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

Boudoir....Is it Pornography?

This has been an interesting week to say the least. Twice (and it's only Wednesday) has someone equated boudoir with porn. 

Wow.

I wonder if these same folks think Victoria's Secret ads are porn. If Agent Provocateur ads are porn. If Maxim is porn. And if all the very many female celebrities who have been shot in sensual, seductive ways, not to mention nudes, have engaged in porn shoots?

Seems ridiculous in that context doesn't it? And yet, boudoir gets a bad rap sometimes. I'm well aware of it though; I mean I've been at this a while now.  And I don't even blink. That's because I know the truth. I know how powerful the boudoir experience can be. I have seen clients tear up when they see their images because they feel so beautiful; that they've conquered something--body image challenges, negative self-talk. And maybe even that they've taken one very big step towards self-acceptance in some way. 

I highly doubt any porn star has ever had that experience.

Boudoir is personal, I give you that. BUT it is soooooo far from porn. It is about a journey towards self-acceptance, body acceptance and self-love.

How can that ever be a bad thing?

I feel like a warrior -- I will continue to share stories, and support the women who brave the boudoir experience. 

we support women in rebuilding love for their bodies after breast cancer

As I sit here at a breast cancer fundraising event, I know there are so many women who struggle with self-love and body acceptance. For them, I will forge ahead despite the naysayers who have no idea what they are saying. Turning something so beautiful - love of one's own body - to something so ugly like porn says more about the people who hold that perspective than it does about the niche itself.

Happy Wednesday - you're midway through the week and Friday will be here before you know it!

With love,

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

Long Island Boudoir Photography Has a New Spokesmodel!

For professional photographers, boudoir can be a tough niche.

I don't always get to show off some of the artistic, creative, oh-so-beautiful shots we create in the studio. Client privacy always comes first, so if she says "N.O." to sharing, then the images are never going to see the light of day, at least not from my end. 

But too much time with too few public image shares makes people wonder if you're actually working at all. And worse, prospective clients never get to see the full range of your abilities and creativity.

Over the past couple of years I had an amazing beauty who served as a wonderful spokesmodel for me. But alas, everything has it's life cycle. And although I'd put out a call for a spokesmodel a few months back, things were so busy over the summer that I couldn't actually get down to testing out a few (their schedules were also insane) and to ultimately settling on one.

But things always work out as they should... 

I wanted a new spokesmodel to better reflect the clients I would like to see more of in my studio. Namely, women in their 50s and beyond. As it happened, an ex-client turned out to be a perfect fit. 

Introducing the new Long Island Boudoir Photography Spokesmodel

I am so inspired by her beauty because its source is not merely physical. She is an inspiring woman on so many levels--she's a spirited entrepreneur, a fierce personal trainer, a dedicated marathon runner, and 52 beautiful years young. "I try to be an example of not letting your age limit you or your goals," she says. Without a doubt, this beauty practices what she preaches and the results show it!

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I sat down with June for a chat. Here's how it went...

What drew you to boudoir? To Long Island Boudoir Photography, in particular?  

I was drawn to boudoir when I saw a friend’s photos from her shoot with you. The photographs were stunning, and I thought what better way to capture this time in my life, celebrate my femininity and sensuality, than to book a shoot with this amazing photographer. Women do these shoots for a variety of reasons. Perhaps a gift to the special person in their lives. My reason was just to do it for myself, a gift to me.

boudoir for the elegant 50-year old woman

What were you hoping to gain from the experience? And what were your concerns if any?  

What I was hoping to gain from this experience was a sense of empowerment. That I was good enough, beautiful enough, strong enough. My only concern was whether I would be comfortable with the photographer, and those concerns disappeared the moment I met you.

What was it like being shot in the studio?  

Being shot at the studio was such a fun experience. You are extremely creative and truly made me feel beautiful and at ease. It amazed me how good you were at demonstrating gracefully what type of pose you’d like for a particular shot. I would then try to emulate your moves (not so gracefully I might add), but on film they look spectacular. You know exactly how to get the best out of people.

intimate images that capture YOUR unique beauty

What stands out most for you?  

What stands out most for me is that here is a female photographer helping other women feel more comfortable in their own skin. It’s really a beautiful thing to be involved in. To see the reaction women have to their own images, the sense of confidence it gives them.

How do you feel about the images from your shoot?  

The images from my shoot are just so beautiful. I feel that you were able to see and bring out the absolute best in me.

we bring your vision to life at the long island boudoir photography studio

Why do you want to be the spokesmodel for Long Island Boudoir Photography?  

I want to be the spokesmodel for Long Island Boudoir Photography to encourage other women to have the same empowering experience that I had. I want to encourage women to love themselves, their bodies. It goes hand in hand with what I do in my career as a Personal Trainer. There is nothing more beautiful to me than seeing someone become all they can be and feel truly proud of themselves. Being in touch with your sensual and creative side is part of that as a woman. Embracing all aspects of yourself, being a feminine woman and a powerful woman all at once.

What would you most like others to know about our studio?  

I would like others to know that Long Island Boudoir Photography is so much more than your average boudoir photography studio. Susan is an artist. A woman helping other women to be their best. She provides an environment where women can feel free to just be themselves, and have a lot of fun while doing so.

Tell us more about what you do for a living.  

I am a Certified Personal Trainer and have been for the past 21 years.

Given how inspiring YOU are to others, how might women reach you so you can help them achieve their goals?

Anyone who is interested in me helping them to achieve their fitness goals can reach me at 516-297-1875, or via email at june.norberto@gmail.com.

As June and I collaborate in the coming months, I look forward to pushing the boundaries of my creativity and to sharing more of my photography with you.

Best wishes for a wonderful upcoming holiday season!

XO,

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

Transition is tough...but it's also a great opportunity for renewing creative energy! [Musings from Susan Eckert of Long Island Boudoir Photography]

I've spent the past few months on pins and needles. In May I'd been feeling as if perhaps I should exercise the right to end my lease at the 1 year mark which for some reason, and yet thankfully, I'd made sure to request at the time of signing.

Deep down I knew I needed to move. Again. But moving is so time consuming, stressful, and costly that I was reluctant to make the jump.

It's a tough decision to make--relocating your business. But ultimately, the decision to find something else was forced upon me when neighbors at my Bohemia location sideswiped my brand new car and didn't even bother to alert me. For a year I'd quarreled with neighbors who's kids skateboarded on my property, slammed their soccer balls and hockey pucks against my door, climbed and played in my windows. Not to mention the annoyance created by the moms--who used my side of the building's parking lot as a social gathering spot and would often block my parking area.

When I first found this space, I'd thought moving from an industrial to a residential area would be a good move. It wasn't. Chalk it up to lesson learned. Now, it was time to go.

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Flash forward, now that I've spent weeks painting, getting flooring put in to a newly renovated space, staining doors, planning partnerships and strategizing how best to leverage this cozy spot in my own revitalized and lively hometown I realize my body is showing the signs of all this transition. My nails are splintered, fingers sore, body aching, and I've got a sprained ankle to boot! :P

Long Island Boudoir Photography's new digs!

BUT my spirits are high and my imagination is running on overdrive!

Long Island Boudoir Photography - New Studio in Progress

On any regular day, it's tough to manage my schedule: 3 school age kids, a husband who arrives from the city exhausted and starving, tight album deadlines, new prospect inquiries, lab follow-up calls, endless emails and calls waiting to be returned.

I've learned to master the juggling act that's absolutely required as a studio owner and mother. But these past few weeks I've dropped a couple balls: I've missed returning paperwork to my kids' teachers on time, failed to respond to more than a few new inquiries, missed emails, lost voicemail messages, and judging by my overgrown eyebrows, peeling manicure, and exhausted body--forgotten to take care of me.

As of November, I will begin operating fully out of my new space. I will be planning a grand opening celebration, hosting a couple open houses, and inviting all my friends to participate in christening the space as I look forward to a better experience in Bay Shore! 

Long Island Boudoir Photography's New Home! A cozy little courtyard

I also plan to take a week away at a convention to restore the physical exhaustion I feel. But in the meantime, I wish to apologize to anyone who didn't hear from me right away after sending an email or leaving a voicemail. Once I'm settled in my new digs, things will surely return to normal. I'll regain my footing as the master juggler I am known to be and revel in the new adventures awaiting!

Happy autumn, have a safe Halloween, and stay tuned for our upcoming events calendar! It's gonna be great!!!!

XO,

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

 

 

Our Boudoir-ific Judge Has Spoken! The Winning "What Is True Beauty?" Contest Submissions are.....

A huge thank you to all those who submitted to our What is Beauty? contest! We were so impressed with the responses and it was truly a difficult decision for our judge -- Abby! She put a lot of thought into the winning submissions and I couldn't love her choices more! May we inspire women of every age, shape, color and size! 

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me by end of October to book your 1-hour shoot! I look forward to realizing YOUR definition of beauty in the images we capture! 

Winning Entry #1

What does true beauty mean to me? I suppose when I was in my insecure teen years, beauty meant long hair, no acne, electric blue eyeliner and shiny lip gloss. In my 20s, beauty meant no makeup and the hippy/grunge college look. In my 30s beauty meant the ability to take a shower in between the baby feedings, diaper changes and spit ups. Now, in my 40s I see that beauty comes from within. When you are beautiful on the interior, it radiates a luminous glow to your exterior. True beauty emits from the depths of your soul.

--JS

 

Winning Entry #2

Beauty: a feeling, an experience, a journey.

Feeling the moment my mind, heart and body have connected and my feminine energy is freed.

Experience of being with myself, letting judgment and expectation fall away.

The journey to discovering my gifts, sharing them with the world and marveling at the impact. 

Surrendering to my true essence is beauty.   

--FA

 

Winning Entry #3

"Beauty is a state of mind; shown in one’s personality, their gracefulness and self-respect. It’s the intelligent way a person speaks, their passion, resilience, and gentleness. It’s confidence yet humbleness. It's being open-minded. It’s something extraordinary in a person’s soul; a "thing" no one person can describe the same."

--LF

 

Winning Entry #4

To me, beauty is feeling good about yourself, the chance to let go of preconceived notions and feel sexy and confident after a life of feeling inferior. Beauty is not being the perfect weight or height, but feeling like the perfect woman in the eyes of someone who loves you.

--KS

 

Winning Entry #5

True beauty arises when I am living from the divine feminine.  When I am grounded in my truth, feeling my connection to spirit and all living things, living from a place of kindness, love, integrity, confidence and passion....I am then able to realize my most beautiful expression of self.

--LR

 

Make it a great day!

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...winter holidays are almost here...plan your boudoir gift now!

I hope your summer was amazing, fun, inspiring, invigorating, and recharging!

We at Long Island Boudoir Photography had a very busy season connecting with brides-to-be, newlyweds, and women celebrating marriages spanning several decades long! We even shot some couples which is always so much fun! I will do a separate post sharing some of those beautiful images, but for now...

Jingle bells!!!

A perfect Long Island Boudoir Photography Christmas or Winter Holiday gift!

A perfect Long Island Boudoir Photography Christmas or Winter Holiday gift!

If you're even remotely thinking about maybe doing boudoir for Christmas, now is the time to be booking your shoot. My albums are lovingly handcrafted...and as you know...it takes time to make handcrafted works of art. I wouldn't want you to miss out on the opportunity because you waited til November to call (happens to folks every year!). Besides, labs enforce strict cutoff dates due to the overwhelming surge that inevitably takes place before the holidays. 

Give the gift of you this upcoming holiday season - from Long Island Boudoir Photography!

Give the gift of you this upcoming holiday season - from Long Island Boudoir Photography!

I have been thinking of hosting a Skype call for anyone interested in doing a group chat/inquiry session where you can ask any questions you might have about the boudoir experience at my studio. Let me know if you're interested in something like that.

Long Island Boudoir Photography - we make it all about YOU.

Long Island Boudoir Photography - we make it all about YOU.

Enjoy your fall - we'll be busy moving into our new space this month - and stay tuned to invitations to fun female-empowering events in November!

Warmest regards and happy autumn!

Susan
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM - accept no imitations!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

5 Surprising Out of the Box Ways to Improve Your Posing for Boudoir Images

Late one night, about 3am, I lay awake thinking about the challenges women face when doing boudoir for the first time. I wondered, "How can women develop confidence in a relatively short period of time so they can overcome their initial shyness, break everyday behavior and movement patterns, and create some killer images?"

I then realized I'd been connecting these dots subconsciously all along. So without further ado, here are 5 ways you can break through your comfort zone and bring forth your inner vixen.

How to Achieve Your Best Boudoir Poses...

  1. Look, but I mean REALLY look at magazine editorials and ads
    Earlier this week, I gave myself permission to sit down for a bit and enjoy a current issue of Vanity Fair. A most stunning image by photographer Tom Munro had caught my eye while flipping through in a supermarket checkout line. This single image enticed me to buy the issue right there on the spot. The rest of the issue did not disappoint! As I scrutinized ads (many of which are boudoir in style), a celebrity story shot by the amazing Mario Testino, and fashion editorials, I noted the things that many professional models know to instinctively do (e.g. ballet hands, pointed toes, arched backs, etc.) All of these things are often new to my clients, most of whom are not models, but for the record, even the pro models I shoot often need to be guided and reminded to follow these best practices when posing. So I thought, let me share this piece of advice: when you sit down to read a fashion magazine, try going through once for content, and then go through again, for the purpose of studying poses. I'm sure if you do this, you'll begin to see the things that I notice about posing--those things that make for beautiful lines while evoking emotions and contributing to a well-shot image.
     
  2. Learn to move in a new way...perhaps try a bellydance class
    As a Latina, I learned how to dance Salsa a long time ago. Salsa is great because it incorporates the hips. But a few years back I began to dabble in learning bellydance and WOW - I was surprised at how much harder it was than it looked. With bellydance, you learn to isolate the hips, the chest, and how to use arms to express. Bellydance is perfect for boudoir which is why once I'm nicely settled in my new space I plan to being offering these classes! Bonus: it's also super fun!
     
  3. Try an acting or improv class
    Sounds silly right? But here's where this helps: emoting. It's difficult, as you're standing before a camera in your skivvies, to pretend you're feeling things you may not be feeling in that moment. The internet is overloaded with images that feature beautiful women in beautiful lingerie...but their expressions are such a mismatch that this mismatch is what draws attention most. Some women look scared, bored, or worse, angry. When you're nervous, it's especially difficult to make your face comply with the moods, emotions and messages you might want to convey to your significant other through your boudoir images. An acting class can help you tap into experiences and moments and learn how to recall them at a moment's notice. Bonus: Again, super fun!
     
  4. Try yoga
    Many women I shoot demonstrate shyness by doing what I call 'the turtle.' They pull their chins in and raise their shoulders so high that their necks seem to all but disappear. Though they may not be aware they are doing this, it is so common that I've learned in my 8 years as a boudoir photographer to look for it constantly. Those who study Yoga and Pilates can be reminded to elongate the spine and as they do so, voila! All of a sudden necklines become graceful, long, elegant and beautiful! Yoga is also a great way to stretch out those hard worked muscles after a boudoir shoot!
     
  5. Meditate
    I know this sounds all hippy and strange in the context of boudoir photography, but stick with me for a second. Meditation allows us to close our eyes, and truly experience with multiple senses what's going on around and within us: how we are feeling, what we are experiencing in our bodies, where there is tension, etc. I will often encourage clients to close their eyes during a shoot to feel what their bodies are doing if a woman feels disconnected. If you have experienced meditation, this will feel natural and calming. If you have not, I'll be honest, it may simply feel strange. But "tapping in" is a fantastic way to reconnect with your mind, body and soul and therefore project those feelings and emotions that will take your boudoir images over the top!

Sincerely,

Susan Eckert
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

 

A Special Offer for All the Planners Out There...

I just got off the phone with a lovely bride-to-be who is getting married in September and would like to give her hubby-to-be the gift of boudoir photography. 

September of 2017!! That's over a year away.

I jump for joy when I get these calls because, let's face it, so many of us aren't planners. We procrastinate and wait til the 11th hour before we finally get moving on something we know we want to or have to do. Every wedding season things get insanely hectic and this year has been no exception. I feel awful when I have to explain that the turnaround times for handcrafted boudoir photography work is 8-10 weeks. So when a wedding is 3-4 weeks away, there isn't much time to accommodate these way too tight deadlines.

SOOOO it got me thinking. And I came up with an idea to offer this incentive to all the planners out there...

An incentive for planners from Long Island Boudoir Photography

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to working with all you 2017ers!

Sincerely,

Susan Eckert
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

I'm Grateful!

Every summer is so crazy. So many brides getting married. So many anniversaries. So many clients who reach out for shoots not realizing how long it takes to create their beautiful images and so we rush. rush. rush. hurry. hurry and hurry. Juggling becomes an art form all on its own.

But. 

Bottom line: I love what I do. 

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I breathe. Pause. And look at my life.

Fact is, I'm so grateful. 

I'm grateful for every woman who steps through my door. I'm grateful for every laugh we share. I'm grateful for the trust she places in me--trust that I will capture her at her best, trust that I will help her overcome her body image issues, trust that I will make her feel and look beautiful.

Long Island Boudoir Photography August 2016

And each and every exclamation filled message shrieking with joy, happiness, pride and appreciation upon receipt of her album only fuels my desire to keep on keeping on in a tough market, in a tough environment where the value of artistic photography has diminished so severely.

This coming year will again be a year of transition. Long Island boudoir photography is evolving. Growing. Becoming something even more unique and different. As I ponder all that needs to be done in the coming months, it's easy to get overwhelmed, to lose my breath, to feel anxious...but I have faith. Faith, because I have support from my friends, family, and just as importantly, years and years of past clients--many of whom have become dear friends. 

So I am truly very grateful.

Wishing you a joyous end of summer 2016,

Sincerely,

Susan Eckert
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

 

Happy Summer!!!

I hope you're having a fabulous summer!!! Every year I swear I'm going to blog more, but then summer hits and whoosh -- I'm caught up in the swirling, frenetic pace that is wedding season! But summer is always a blast and this year is no different.

 

Long Island Boudoir Photography - Long Island's Leading Boudoir Photography Studio...established 2007

Long Island Boudoir Photography - Long Island's Leading Boudoir Photography Studio...established 2007

One thing I've encountered a bit more this year is brides bringing friends to boudoir shoots (without prior notice) or to review sessions (without mentioning they were planning to do so).

I take responsibility for this, but I have a firm policy in the Long Island Boudoir Photography Studio. Friends are not allowed to watch boudoir shoots. Why? There are several compelling reasons:

  1. When I did allow friends to watch shoots, clients would tell  me after the shoot that it was SOOOO uncomfortable having another pair of eyes just watching them try to master difficult boudoir poses or genuine expressions. Sometimes they'd ask me if I would mind kicking Friend/Sister/Mother out. Eek. That's a tough position to be in when I didn't invite them in the first place. :P And so going forward I decided I'd protect my clients even if they weren't aware that's what I was doing.
     
  2. I realized we have a short period of time in which to establish a strong photographer-client bond--which is critical if we are going to create powerful images that hit the bullseye in terms of what my client is looking for. And, that's not going to happen if the client is constantly looking to Friend for validation and feedback that she's doing things right...not to mention, how would Friend know if she's doing things right unless Friend is a boudoir photographer herself...and if she is a boudoir photographer, then it's simply bad juju not to mention that ahead of time to me--the chosen boudoir photographer for this particular shoot.
     
  3. True story: one time, I had Friend shouting over me as she suggested awful poses my client should try. Can we say awwwwkkward?
     
  4. Most people think I don't want Friend watching because they assume I'm worried she will take video or snapshots on her cell phone. While that's certainly not the main reason for my policy, it is problematic and I'd rather avoid that situation altogether because 1) I don't like being on camera -- especially when my backside is on full display :P; 2) the images Friend captures aren't in any way going to convey what I'm capturing and as a studio owner I have to work hard to manage the who/what/where/how and why of  my studio.

As for friends coming in for boudoir shoot reviews, this is ALWAYS my experience: Friend will more likely than not be opinionated but not necessarily helpful in selecting images. Sometimes my client will know how hard she's worked to create a particular image, but Friend does not since she wasn't at the shoot, and Friend may insist she go with another image that neither the client nor I feel is as strong or interesting. Again, unless Friend is let's say 's ad exec and used to reviewing photographs it might be better to trust your photographer--me.

That's it. Just wanted to share the why of this policy I have in my boudoir photography studio. We are working hard here on lots of fun new offerings for our loyal friends and friends-to-be. Announcements to come but this summer is going to end with a big bang and a whole new world is opening up for Long Island Boudoir Photography and the community we're building around female empowerment!

Have a great summer!

Sincerely,

Susan Eckert
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotographyTM
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

 

 

 

Beautiful IS a State of Mind! [A Long Island Boudoir Photography Nugget of Wisdom]

So I just wrapped a shoot. The second she walked in I was struck by her. Without a stitch of makeup and hair unstyled, she looked amazingly beautiful. Mona Lisa is what I saw. 

She was nervous of course. Everyone is. But as we progressed with our shoot, it occurred to me that this woman has NO IDEA how beautiful she is. 

And I was reminded of this idea I've had--that "beautiful" is simply a state of mind. If you THINK you're beautiful then you will engage with the world as if you ARE INDEED beautiful. 

If you DO NOT think you're beautiful...well...as I can attest, you struggle with confidence, esteem and self-acceptance.

I was so moved by this experience today that I looked this idea up online and what do you know? Dove soap did a research project on this very thing! (Follow this link to read what they found)! 

I thought you'd find it as interesting as I did. 

And it's a lesson to remember as we face ourselves in the mirror every day.

May you always THINK yourself beautiful!

XO,

Susan

Susan Eckert
631.398.4487
LongIslandBoudoirPhotography
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)

Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of BODY & SOUL, A MEANINGFUL APPROACH TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and AS A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCE ON BARNES & NOBLE

Boudoir Shoot Inspiration For Long Island Brides--Be Sexy in the Color Blue...

Say I Do In Blue

Although you should really shop for lingerie in boutiques where you can try things on, here are a few fun Amazon finds and the best part is most of these can be on your doorstep within a matter of days!