MEET OUR BADASS TEAM
Why we’re different...
WE SPECIALIZE IN BOUDOIR.
That means 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 ARE PROS.
This isn’t a random 30 minute photo session in someone’s basement. Our team of photographers has a combined 30 years of professional experience. When owner Karen expanded the team, she hand-selected photographers and beauty team members whose personalities align with our mission and vibe. No matter who you work with, every client gets the personalized full-day experience we specialize in providing.
WE HAVE A STUDIO.
It’s a beautiful, modern boudoir studio in Maryland which means you have a space specifically designed to create some magical images and a fun and relaxing experience. Most collections even come with studio bonus options to elevate your look! Click HERE to see examples.
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. And most importantly, we provide a personalized experience to help you to embody the best version of YOU.
WE ARE FEMALE-OWNED.
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 OFFER STYLING HELP AND A CLIENT CLOSET.
Not sure what to wear? Leave it to us. We have a client closet with hundreds of options in all sizes. And if you want to bring your own outfits, we give you shopping advice and offer complimentary pre-session style consults.
FOUNDER & PHOTOGRAPHER
Karen is a photographer with ten years full-time in the photo industry. She is passionate about empowering clients and showing each woman their own forgotten magic. When she isn’t photographing hot babes, she loves to listen to audiobooks, learn about woo woo things like meditation, take hikes or have movie nights with her husband and 2 boys, and snuggle with her two doggos. Her boudoir superpower is to gently lead you out of your comfort zone and make you feel like the queen you are.
Amber is the Studio Manager and Hair Stylist at Velvet & Suede Boudoir Studio. She is the backbone of the studio and keeps everything running smoothly with everything from client orders to closet organization. She has worked on the V&S team for two years and has 15 years of experience with hair. She is a wife and mama of 3 kids. When she's not at the studio, you can find her camping throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, cruising down the road on a Harley, or touring some of her favorite local breweries and vineyards.
STUDIO MANAGER & HAIR STYLIST
MAKE UP ARTIST
April is one of our amazing make up artists at Velvet & Suede. She’s enjoyed the opportunity to serve hundreds of clients with her creative talents in the beauty industry for over 10 years. April says: “Working for Velvet & Suede has opened my eyes to an entire new world of female empowerment. I love being a part of a team that creates an experience for each client that allows them to continues to build on that sense of confidence." When she isn't making our clients feel like goddesses, she is doing bridal makeup, hanging with her pup, or in the gym making booty gains :D
Jessi is an amazingly creative photographer with a decade of experience with portraits and weddings. When she’s not in the studio you can find Jessi with some fancy cheese and beer, exploring nature with her daughter and husband, or playing (and winning) nerdy board games. Her boudoir superpower is creating fun and artful fine art images.
Kelly is a talented wedding and portrait photographer with over 10 years experience. When she's not making our clients feel like a badass, she's cuddling with her cats, taking epic travel adventures, or watching The Office. Her boudoir superpower is celebrating femininity but with a little edge.
Crista has been a professional makeup artist for 18 years. She says: “Working for Velvet & Suede has been such a huge part of my makeup journey. I stepped into this industry knowing very little about boudoir photography other than ‘sexy photos’. This community is SO much more than that! In working with Velvet & Suede, I feel honored to have joined a diverse and amazing team that focuses on empowerment!” When she’s not doing makeup, Crista is a proud mama of 2 little humans. She enjoys cooking, loving on her cats and drinking all the iced coffee.