Hello, Beautiful! I'm Kara Marie...
...and I'm in the business of beauty. I'm not talking about the type of beauty that you smother all over your face or stuff your hot bod into. I'm talking about the beauty that you feel from the inside out. I'm talking CONFIDENCE. I'm talking "Look out world, I'm a HOTTIE!"
My FAVORITE type of portraiture allows me to give women the same transformation, and then....AND THEN photograph the *expletive* out of them in such a way that anyone looking at the set of photos is in awe of the subject's femininity, confidence, and beauty.
This is my full time gig, ladies. I SPECIALIZE in beauty + boudoir photography. What does that mean for you? That means that you are in the very capable hands of someone who does this ALL the time. Not just every now and then in between family photo shoot and wedding bookings. Though, don't think that's where not where I started! I've photographed just about everything living, and have narrowed my specialization over the last 9 years into exclusively shooting boudoir. Because I love it THAT much.
Beauty & Boudoir photography is the ultimate experience for ANY woman. I don't care who you are, what you look like, what size your jeans are, how old you are, what your marital status is, or what you put on your toast in the morning (but bonus points if you say Nutella). This type of portraiture is for EVERY woman. It is meant to make EVERY woman feel her absolute best. Sure, sure, these photos make for phenomenal gifts to your significant other...but what's better is that it's the best gift you can give yourself.
My beauty and boudoir clients range from the recently divorced woman who is celebrating her "re-release" into the world, to the mother of 4 who hasn't felt pretty in a decade, to the single and proud who wants to celebrate herself, to college grad who is tired of feeling "adorable" and wants to rock her sexy.
So, in case I haven't made my point clear....I am talking directly to YOU. Let's make you feel sexy, shall we?
The "Lady" Behind the Lens...
I'm a mother and soccer mom to two very handsome, very fun-loving, very attention-needy little boys, the full-time owner/photographer/business manager/bookkeeper/marketing executive/social media manager/customer service representative of this awesome business, the owner of Blonde, Black, +White: a quirky monochrome t-shirt and apparel line, and married to another Austin Business owner (Shout out to my husband Joey and his awesome Austin business.)
SO, as you can imagine, my day-to-day life isn't exactly GLAM. I'm often-times in yoga pants and a messy bun, sans makeup, trying to utilize my favorite invention ever (dry shampoo) to stretch the amount of time between hair-washes to the max. You can almost always find broken crayons in the bottom of my handbag. I wake up at 5:30am every.single.day.without.fail. I crash into bed at 8pm utterly exhausted. It's a very fulfilling life, yes. But consistently glamorous, it is not. When I actually have somewhere to go and need to look "presentable", I really look forward to it. Getting a fresh blow-out, putting on my makeup and a sexy outfit make me feel like a super human. I truly enjoy the transformation from "aww, sweetie, you look so tired!" to "Rrrawrrr!".
The second I had my first boudoir shoot in my crappy apartment in Erie, PA (with a friend-slash-client who reluctantly paid me $100 for "sexy photos" for her boyfriend), over 9 years ago, I knew that making women feel beautiful was what I wanted to do forever. I know how powerful an AMAZING photo of yourself is, and I also know how damaging an awful photo of yourself can be. So I have spent the past 8 years fine tuning my craft, my business, and photographing over 3,500 women of all different shapes, sizes, and walks of life(yes, really. I just did the math.)
When I'm in a shoot, I am truly having so much fun. I'm a total goofball. I use whatever means necessary to elicit true laughter from my clients. I honest-to-goodness-100%-without-hesitation can tell you that I LOVE my job. I adore it. I hope that shines through my images.
OH, and I'm also obsessed with chocolate. And 80's romantic comedies. And I wear all black everything.
You contact me. You tell me that you want to feel beautiful. You tell me what you envision for your boudoir photos. I listen. We brainstorm together. I send you a very detailed digital guide that will walk you through the Kara Marie Beauty + Boudoir experience. You ask me questions. I answer them. I touch base with you a few days before your shoot to confirm the details and check on you. On the day of your shoot, my makeup artist starts on you about an hour before the session. She already knows the concept of your shoot and the look we are going for. She enhances your best facial features and makes you look even more stunning than you already are. I check out your wardrobe options and put together looks while you are still getting your makeup done. I am inspired by your personality, your wardrobe, your shoes. We talk. We laugh. We create your first look together. I show you exactly what to do. The.Whole.Time.
I direct you every step of the way. I encourage you to improvise only when you feel comfortable enough to do so. We change looks. We continue on for the duration of your shoot. At the end you won’t believe how fast it went. You had so much fun. You want to do it again. A couple of days after your shoot you get a “teaser” image from me. You die. You can’t believe that’s you! About 2 weeks later you and I have a cocktail together while we're reviewing your enhanced images at your boudoir photo reveal appointment. I will show you a slideshow of my favorite images and then we view the whole collection together. You want to show the images to the world. You order an album. You get your album. You don’t want to give it to anyone. You love it that much. YOU. FEEL. AMAZING.