Meet Aleey | Boudoir Photography | Denver

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Meet Aleey | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Aleey

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It’s official. Winter is here.

And while Denver is full of cold weather enthusiasts, there are still those of us who shy away from the snow like cats from water.

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For us, wintertime is the perfect time for fires, hot chocolate or buttered rum, movies, and snuggles.

Especially the snuggles!

Wintertime is also the perfect time to turn inward for reflection, self-awareness, and growth.

What does this have to do with boudoir?

Well… everything.

Boudoir is more than sensual photos which make great gifts for birthdays, weddings, and the holidays.

As many of our clients have found it, it’s an amazing opportunity for growth and change.

You see, so many of us have warped perceptions about ourselves. We’ve grown up with bad photos from amateur photographers, disposable cameras, awkward school photos. Not to mention all of the horrible lighting in bathrooms and warped mirrors.

Then when you compare yourself to the models in magazines or actresses in movies, you might think you’re a hideously ugly troll, completely disregarding the fact that you have loved ones who think you’re hot enough to want to squeeze your tushy all of the time.

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Boudoir is the great equalizer.

That’s why it’s awesome!

That first reveal, when you can see, without a doubt, the beauty that others have been talking about for years… it’s life changing!

What’s even better is coming back later to document and celebrate your life journey.

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We love our clients who come back!

Think about it: would you only get one massage in your life?

Hell no!

That’s why we loved it when our friend Aleey came back for another session.

She’s absolutely gorgeous and we got to have even more fun with creativity the second time around. We got to try out new ideas. Plus the first session jitters weren’t really there.

Confident. Creative. Captivating.

We love treating Denver to luxury boudoir sessions so much that we started a referral program.

Check it out:

Book a follow up shoot, get $100 off your session fee.

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Send a friend our way to help your friend save $100 PLUS you get $100 towards products or another shoot! And yes, that’s for each friend you send our way. Why? Because boudoir is that awesome.

And boudoir is for everyone.




Our clients have been known to hang their photos around their house.

Which, during these long winter nights, totally leads to more snuggles…

Talk about a win-win situation!

Wanna experience it for yourself? Talk to us about booking your boudoir session!

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Need last-minute Christmas gifts? | Boudoir Photography | Denver


Need last-minute Christmas gifts? | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Need last-minute Christmas gifts?

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We’ve got you covered.

We understand how it goes.

Maybe you just looked over the things you got for a significant other and realized you need one more gift.

Maybe your friend just told you she’s about to go through a divorce and needs a self esteem boost.

Maybe your partner has always talked about how fun a couples boudoir session would be.

The answer to all of these is simple: Gift a boudoir session by purchasing one of our gift cards!

The best part? You don’t have to leave your house or wrap any presents!

We like to make everything super easy for our clients.

You can purchase a gift card in any amount up to $2,000!

And we’ve made it really convenient by creating amounts specifically for our session fee or some of our products.

What are you waiting for? Go get one now!

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Meet Mrs. M | Boudoir Photography | Denver


Meet Mrs. M | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. M

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In the classic movie The Princess Bride, the late great Peter Cook plays the role of a priest officiating the ceremony of Princess Buttercup to the evil Prince Humperdinck.

It comes at a crucial time in the movie, when Humperdinck is forcing Buttercup to marry him.

The priest bids the couple to rise from a kneeling position. The costumes are exquisite. The chapel is beautiful. The tension is high in the air when the priest opens his mouth and says,

"Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam... And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva... So tweasure your wuv."

His accent is out of control! It brings a much needed comedic relief to an otherwise tense moment.

Sometimes, when we’re photographing, that line runs through my mind. Not for any humorous intent, but because the words, when you get past his accent, ring true for a lot of our clients.

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Marriage is what brings us together today. That dream within a dream.

More specifically, how to get that dream within a dream alive.

Any marriage has its ups and downs and the longer you are together, the more dangerous the ruts can become.

We get into these habits. Sometimes, we even take each other for granted.

What we’ve seen time and time again is that boudoir is a great way to help couples get out of that rut!

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Living in Denver, Colorado, we’re blessed with an abundance of sunny days and amazing opportunities. But just like anyone anywhere, we can get caught up in the rat race.

Boudoir is an amazing opportunity to shake things up and slip back into that dream within a dream!

Mrs M recently came to us to make a unique gift for her 19th wedding anniversary. That’s a huge milestone and achievement!

It wasn’t a familiar situation, and it definitely expanded her comfort levels, but she found that working with the Under the Garter staff was easy!

They were warm and caring. In this situation you’re not always the most comfortable, but after a while I felt like I had known Melissa and Ray for years!
— Mrs M
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From the time she contacted us to the photo reveal, we worked with Mrs M to feel comfortable, informed, and part of the process.

There is a huge benefit to pushing beyond your boundaries. You get to discover new things about yourself!

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At first I didn’t think it was really me. After seeing them, I felt very empowered! Wow, I really look like this!? Awesome!
— Mrs M

We’ve heard from our clients that boudoir is a gift that keeps on giving. It spices up their lives and helps them slip back into that “dream within a dream!”

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Meet Mrs. C | Boudoir Photography | Denver


Meet Mrs. C | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. C

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Maybe I’m giving away my age, but I remember keeping phone numbers in Rolodexes and little black books. We used to go rounds about how to organize your contacts.

First name?

Last name?


It was a game changer when my school got a copy machine. That was the first time I encountered putting pictures of people next to names and their contact info.

I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this for the whole phone book?

Then the internet happened. I mean, it had been happening for a while, but it was when IM and then social media happened.

All of sudden, you could message anybody and choose them just by looking at their picture.

Phones soon followed pace and allowed us to save pictures with our contacts.

Talk about living in the future!

But then the question became, what picture do you use for your contacts? Oh ye of feeble hearts, tread lightly on this topic. Especially when it comes to your significant other.

Why am I bringing all of this up?

Because our recent client, Mrs. C told us about an awesome benefit from her recent boudoir shoot.

He made one of the pictures my profile picture on his phone and another his screen background.
— Mrs. C
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How cool is that???

Now, every time he looks at his phone much less whenever she calls or texts him, he’ll be reminded about how gorgeous his wife is!

Boudoir is the gift that keeps on giving. We love hearing from our clients about how much the session benefited them.

It’s the perfect chance to break out of your comfort zone and explore your limits.

Hair and make-up was AMAZING. I had no idea I could look like that. My husband loved it. I’m going back for lessons!
— Mrs. C
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Often times, we end up with an image of ourselves.

It’s made up of so many different things:

Bad photos. (Some going back to elementary school!)

Bathroom mirrors with the worst lighting known to humanity.

The things people have said about us.

The things we say about ourselves.

So it sometimes shocks and amazes people when they get to their reveal and see how beautiful they are!

I was shocked at the result. I never thought I could be that pretty. I love my pictures. And now I feel pretty every time I look at them.
— Mrs. C
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It’s an amazing ripple effect that we feel here in Denver and beyond. Changing the world one person at a time by helping them see their own beauty.

If we had our way, everyone would get a boudoir session. But don’t trust our word.

I would say that if you are thinking about doing it then there is obviously a part of you that wants to. Trust your gut that it will be fun, sexy and rewarding. And the staff is so professional and they make you laugh and enjoy and you feel pretty and your nerves float away. Everyone has beauty in them, and those who have a hard time finding it or seeing it will have a change of heart. Go for it!
— Mrs. C
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Meet Aleey | Maternity Boudoir Photography | Denver


Meet Aleey | Maternity Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Aleey

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Have you ever felt pressure to be something that you’re not?

To have thicker hair? Smoother skin? Whiter teeth?

No matter who you are, I think we’ve all felt that at some point. That somehow, if we were to attain some mythical “perfection” that happiness would soon follow.

I know that I’ve been fighting that fight for most of my life.

Then the thought struck me: life isn’t about some destination. It’s not about reaching a nexus and then somehow magically maintaining idyllic perfection.

If we spend our entire lives chasing this myth, then we run the risk of missing out on all the beauty that continues to surround us.

It’s about letting go and letting the beautiful mystery of life enter and fill us.

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That’s one of the reasons why Aleey inspires us so much.

This was her third visit with us. So she knew the routine.

Show up at our LoHi Denver neighborhood studio. Get spoiled with chocolate (no champagne this time!) Gorgeous hair and makeup done by the best artists in Denver.

Then dressing up in sensual outfits that compliment and flatter. This time for a very special occasion: a maternity boudoir photo shoot.

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You see, part of her amazing journey through life includes bringing another human being into the world.

Many women worry about the changes pregnancy brings to their bodies. Hormone shifts. Weight gain. Stretch marks.

But this time is a blessing and a miracle. It’s a time for celebration!

So, we were honored that Aleey wanted to have us document her maternity body with a boudoir session!

I love you guys! This is my third shoot and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
— Aleey

Boudoir photography is about so much more than taking sensual photographs with an internationally published photographer on vintage furniture in one of Denver’s oldest buildings (two years older than the Brown Palace!)

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It’s about celebrating your essential beauty at every stage of your life. Through all the ups and downs, you have a beauty, strength, and resilience that is utterly awe-inspiring to capture with our camera.

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We’ll take care of all the rest: hair, makeup, outfits, lighting, and making you feel like royalty. All the perfect conditions to let your awesomeness shine through and document every milestone of your life!

We love that Aleey came to us for a third time to document this stage of her life’s journey. Take a look at these photos and you’ll agree that she absolutely glows with a special beauty.

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Meet Mrs. J | Boudoir Photography | Denver


Meet Mrs. J | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. J

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Ray and I love fall.

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Something about the colors, the changing of the leaves, all the food, and the cooler weather makes us want to curl up with our lover inside.

There’s just something so satisfying about crawling under the covers with our partner on a chilly night and trying to start a movie, but rarely finishing it… ;)

It’s the season of giving thanks, which quickly leads into the season of giving gifts.

We’re in the unique business of seeing how all of these things frequently combine.



And, of course, love.

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Boudoir combines all three in a unique way that leaves an impression that will last the rest of you and your lover’s lives!

Unlike most gifts, though, boudoir is a gift that also enhances the life of the giver just as much, if not more, as the recipient!

Our recent client, Mrs. J, got to undergo that life changing experience.

My boudoir session started as a gift for my fiancé, but it ended up being a gift for myself, too.
— Mrs. J
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We hear about this journey over and over again, as well as experience it for ourselves. There is something that is both vulnerable and empowering when posing for boudoir photos.

Most of us go our entire lives looking at bad photos of ourselves.

There is something about cell phone cameras and amateur photographers that can absolutely destroy our self image. It can be hard to trust our lover’s words that we’re absolutely beautiful in their eyes.

That’s one of the things we love about this process.

It’s about peeling back the years of crappy photos to uncover the bedrock of your beauty!

We have a system in place to bring out the best in you. It starts with your initial email. From there, we have a conversation, where we listen to you and what you want to give you the best experience possible.

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From there, we schedule a day at our Denver LoHi neighborhood studio just for you.

We’ve heard that other studios will sometimes book multiple clients a day and it left them feeling rushed.

Who wants that? To feel like another cog in the machine? Definitely not us!

We give you a rock star experience with champagne and chocolate, primping you with Denver’s best hair and makeup stylists.

It’s not just a flash in the pan, either. Our clients always walk away with tips and tricks to spice up their look!

From there, we help pick out outfits that compliment and flatter and will look amazing for the camera! Then comes the hard work!

Many of our clients tell us that posing is the hardest part, so we recommend booking a massage with your favorite masseuse after your session.

But, as Mrs. J found out, it’s all worth it when you see your photos.

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I loved the reveal! My photos were wonderful! I had such a hard time narrowing down my favorites!
— Mrs. J
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Meet Mrs. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver


Meet Mrs. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Mrs. S

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Everything we do, we do with the purpose of bringing out the best in you.

We pride ourselves in giving people a world class boudoir experience, with all the convenience of being located right here in Denver.

What goes into an Under the Garter boudoir session?

It starts with the initial email, where we start a conversation about what you want and how we can help you achieve that.

And the conversation is just that - a dialogue where we listen to you so that you have an amazing, uplifting, and empowering experience with a set of photos that you’ll love for the rest of your life.

The pictures speak for themselves.

Combined with our client testimonials, you can see that we love what we do!

Mrs. S was one of our recent clients.

We were honored that she chose us as her Denver boudoir studio.

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We own a photography studio and I haven’t had a session done other than a couple in a hotel one vacation that my husband took! I wanted the best with a style somewhat similar to ours and l thought you were a great fit!
— Mrs. S

When a fellow professional chooses us, we wear that honor as a badge of pride!

We love taking care of every client and were especially excited to give Mrs. S a wonderful experience on the other side of the camera.

The staff was super friendly and made everything so comfortable for me!
— Mrs. S
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We love exceeding our client’s expectations.

This extends to every part of the process.

After you arrive to our LoHi neighborhood studio, we treat you with chocolate and champagne while we ease you into your session.

We only schedule one client a day, so you won’t feel rushed!

Afterwards, it’s time to do your hair and makeup.

We work with the best in Denver so you can look your best!

Ally Triolo did her usual airbrush makeup magic for Mrs. S. We’ve been working with Ally for YEARS and she never ceases to amaze us with her work.

Hair styling (and a quick hair lesson) was provided by Preslee of Preslee Hair Style.

The hair and makeup was exquisite! I feel they truly pulled out the best in me! The hair was exactly what I described and she even taught me how to do it myself! The makeup I really struggled with giving up control on because it’s one of my passions, but I have to say it was better than I could have done on my own and she really listened to what I wanted! Loved every minute!
— Mrs. S
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We do all of this so you can have the absolute best experience possible. After all, when you feel your best, you’ll look your best, and take your best photos.

How did Mrs. S feel about her photos?

I absolutely love my final images!! I see myself in a different light and I was shown SO MANY it was so hard to choose!! What a great problem!
— Mrs. S
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And this is why we love our jobs! Getting to help amazing people uncover their beauty is a gift that keeps on giving!

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Meet Ms. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver


Meet Ms. S | Boudoir Photography | Denver

Meet Ms. S

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Since we started doing boudoir photography in Denver years ago, we’ve been fortunate to work with hundreds of beautiful and amazing people!

Everyone has their own reasons getting sexy, sensual, and strong photos.

There are as many reasons as there are people.




One of our favorite reasons, though, is artistic expression!

You might remember Ms S from a previous blog. She loved her experience and photos so much that she came back for another session.

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I’ve done multiple shoots before and going through Under the Garter is hands down the most streamlined, simple photographer I have worked with. They even have a mini questionnaire what you would like at the shoot, they truly make it a person-centered experience from top to bottom.
— Ms S
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This time, she chose to do a Christmas and Halloween theme. We love her creativity and collaboration!

I love the ability to do things outside the box and Ray and Melissa not only working with me, but being truly enthusiastic and excited to create these shoots with me. They go above and beyond to make my experience magical more than anything else, and the level of support and dedication you receive from them is bar none. The experience and photos they provide/create is some of the best in the business, period.
— Ms S
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We are firm believers in self love.

We’ve seen it way too often. A lifetime of bad cameras, poor lighting, and wonky mirrors have made us believe that we’re ugly, hideous trolls.

And that belief can stick with us even when we find a hottie who assures us that “Yes, you’re sexy and I want you.”

We know. Because we’ve been there, too.

All of that outside validation seems to get discounted away too easily. As if we believe our lovers about everything except for their love and attraction to us.

That’s the power of boudoir. It’s hard to argue with super sexy photos of yourself. Because even if you try, your pictures are just going to sit there and keep looking hot and sexy.

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I always do shoots for myself, as I feel you are the most important person in your life, as well as the hardest to impress. I find it very healthy and empowering to gift yourself with something so beautiful and empowering that really sticks with you years later.
— Ms S
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Imagine giving yourself a gift that will last for the rest of your life: the gift of perspective and self confidence. Once you get that, it makes perfect sense to continue to celebrate your essential beauty.

I’m going to sound like a narcissist, but my portraits are framed all over my bedroom. I feel like more portraits from Under the Garter transcend from pictures of me to art.
— Ms S
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Boudoir is about so much more than a luxurious, spa-like experience filled with chocolate, some champagne, and gorgeous makeup with immaculate hair…

It’s about highlighting and celebrating everything that makes you beautiful.

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