Don't be a Lady, Be a Legend.
- Stevie Nicks
I'm Karen! Owner and photographer at Velvet & Suede Boudoir Studio. I know that deciding to take the leap and book a boudoir experience can be scary, but with the right photographer (*raises hand*) it will be an empowering, fun, confidence-building experience. I decided to specialize in boudoir because I had my own experience in front of the lens a few years ago, and it showed me how positive and powerful boudoir can be for a woman's self-esteem. It means a lot to me that you trust me with your intimate portraits, but I know you are also trusting me with your body image, and I don't take that responsibility lightly. I promise we are going to take some amazing photos, and we are going to have a lot of fun taking them.
A little about me: I am a mom of two little boys, dog-mom to two of the sweetest yellow labs, and wife to a pretty amazing man (coming up on twelve years married!) In addition to boudoir, I am nationally published wedding and portrait photographer and I have been serving Maryland, Pennsylvania & DC for six years. (Check out my wedding work HERE. I overuse emojis, exclamation marks and curse words, and get way too enthusiastic over dogs, Marvel movies, my kids' lego creations and good Mexican food. I speak fluently in tv and movie quotes (apologies in advance but I promise I will laugh if you ask me “what do I do with my hands???”), and I prefer a shot of fireball over expensive bottle of wine (I’m classy, always). I have a huge crush on Jeff Goldblum and Starlord.
Why We're Different
We have a studio.
We have and beautiful, modern boudoir studio in Maryland. That means you have a beautiful space to enjoy that is specifically set up to create some magical images and a fun and relaxing experience.
We are female-owned and operated.
We are a female-owned boudoir studio. That means you can relax and feel comfortable knowing we understand how vulnerable this experience can feel. We are here to make it fun and confidence-building.
We specialize in boudoir.
Specializing in boudoir means that we know how to guide and pose you to flatter all of your favorite parts. We understand that everyone has their own insecurities and vulnerabilities. We use a thorough questionnaire to find out all of your preferences ahead of time.
We keep it interesting.
And edgy, and cool, and modern. I know you remember cheesy Victoria's Secret catalog poses from the 90s. This isn't that. We help you look and feel not only sexy but also badass and cool.
We offer styling help and a client closet.
Not sure what to wear? Leave it to us. We have a client closet with dozens of options in all sizes. And if you want to bring your own outfits, we can give you shopping advice and offer complimentary pre-session style consults.
what i'm about
I am a fiercely honest, genuine and loyal friend and that is the one thing (other than how much you love your photos) that I want you to take away from working with me. I want everyone I photograph to feel comfortable, look good and have FUN! Most importantly, I want you to know I care about *you*. I get that you are trusting me by taking the courageous and vulnerable step to be photographed, and I don’t take that responsibility or privilege lightly.
during your session
Other than taking ALL the amazing photos, here’s what you can expect from me during your session: I will feel like a friend. I will joke with you and make you feel at ease very quickly. I will gladly take on the roles of both therapist and cheerleader at any given moment. I will take a one minute dance break if my favorite song comes on. I will be guide you through posing, and soon any anxiety you might have had will have melted away. I will make you feel like a freaking rockstar, all while tripping over my own feet constantly lol (you will see for yourself, this is true lol). I will always be equally professional and fun, and you will know without a doubt that I care about you and your experience.