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Witching Season

Season of the Witch

The stars aligned and this season I was able to FINALLY create some witchy inspired portraits with my favorite muse, Amanda aka Babraham Lincoln. She’s a fabulous burlesque performer with Sin Sisters Burlesque group who regularly performs in Santa Cruz. If you’re ever in town, their shows do not disappoint. There is something so magical about the change of seasons.

Feast your eyes on what we created…

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“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry Potter quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words”
— J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone"

“You had the power all along, my dear.”

- Glinda, The Good Witch

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Wave of Emotions | Santa Cruz Boudoir Photographer

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Wave of Emotions | Santa Cruz Boudoir Photographer

What was your #1 motivator in having a session with me?

I have always wanted to do a sexy photo shoot but was nervous about what it would be like and what people would say. After joining the group on FB and seeing all of the support, all of the different types of women taking the plunge and getting a better glimpse of the approach that Keana takes, I knew I would be in good hands and that if I was going to do it, I should do it with her!

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In 3 words or less, how would you describe your session with me?

Thrilling, liberating & bold.

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Contemplating and deciding to do a boudoir shoot can be a wave of emotions. For me, the initial idea was both exciting and mysterious. Then I saw Keana's mermaid giveaway and without thinking, I applied. Once I learned that I was selected, a new wave of emotions and thoughts settled in, to name a few - "am I really going to do this," "what if I don't look as good as those other girls," "what will my boyfriend think," "is this bad for my reputation/image?" After navigating myself through all of my self-made negative talk, I began to grow excited again, but the shoot was still some time away. During the few days just before the shoot, the emotions really started to ramp up again and I had to choose how to respond to that negative talk once more. I decided to talk back again and it was kind of like that feeling of being on a roller coaster as it's inclining and thinking, "This is it! I'm doing it! No turning back" (insert image of a football player on game day with eye black grease and a "GRRR" face) From the moment that I stepped into Keana's studio in Scott's Valley, any residual negative feeling or thought completely disappeared. From her energy, to the professionalism of her makeup artist, to the beautiful, tasteful, breathtaking art from prior boudoir shoots placed thoughtfully around the studio, I knew I was in good hands. Keana has a true talent for the art and technicalities of photography, but more importantly, she has what can't be taught - a kind, funny, witty and empathetic energy that can put even the most nervous soul at ease. I felt like I was hanging out with my sister. When we arrived at the beach, there was literally no thinking involved. Keana directed my every move, reminded me to breathe and reassured me that even though some poses feel extremely awkward, that I would look fabulous. It's all about those angles, ladies! Throughout the shoot, Keana provided constant, passionate, positive feedback and compliments. She also showed me some shots from time to time, all of which astounded me - I could not believe I was looking at me! I left the shoot feeling like an absolute goddess. I felt powerful, beautiful and brave. Needless to say, my boyfriend loved my experience and the photos as well. ;-) I have zero regrets whatsoever and can honestly say that the experience changed something in me a bit. I will never forget that day.

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Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session?

DO IT! I am serious. As women, we do so much for other people and spend so much money on other people. You deserve this! The experience is truly uplifting and one of a kind, and one day, when you're old and tired, you will have these to look back on and to remind your grandkids that grandma is the true queen.

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5 Facts about your Photographer

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5 Facts about your Photographer

So I thought I’d kick off this blog thing with 5 things you didn’t know about your photographer, me, Keana Parker. There might be things you already knew about me and things you would have guessed. Here’s goes nothing!

  1. I am a good listener. Anyone that has met me can tell you that I have a very calm demeanor. It’s also great for fostering trust especially in such intimate settings for boudoir photography. I might not have any answers to your burning questions or know the right thing to say but I am always there for you to spill your heart out and lend my ear. Sometimes just knowing someone HEARS you is all one needs.

  2. I am a self proclaimed Francophile which means I am a lover of all things FRENCH! Maybe its because I am born on the French independence day, July 14th or the fact that I spent a whole month in France all by self because I loved it so much. From its history, cooking and fashion, I am constantly inspired and hope to one day live in France! A girl can dream right?

  3. I went to photography school because I wanted to do underwater photography and photograph sharks! After earning my Bachelors Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, I realized I loved portraiture, mainly photographing women. After many years of photo journalism working for Good Times, a local newspaper in Santa Cruz and almost a decade in the wedding industry, I uncovered this niche of boudoir and intimate portraiture. Something clicked and I realized it was truly the meaning of why I loved photography. Throughout my life being fascinated by fashion and inspired from the editorials of Vanity Fair, it all made sense. The female form is my muse.

  4. I LOVE to travel. I mean, who doesn’t?! Well…maybe some ;) BUT, like I REALLY love to travel. I plan at least 3-4 trips per year to go to places I have never been to. They can be day trips within my state (because California is huge) or to the east coast to explore our capitol and the national mall. As a child, I spent my summers hiking through mountains and road tripping across the western united states with my father. I am no stranger to airports or travel itineraries. Traveling fuels my creativity and connects me to the world and its humanity.

  5. I am a horror movie aficionado! I tend to lean towards creature features such as vampires and werewolves. Zombies do nothing for me so you wont find that in my que. But I do love my classics like Rosemary’s Baby or It (the original of course!). During the month of October, we watch a scary movie every night because I am hard core ;)

So did I surprise you? Did you learn something new? Let me know!

Xoxo

Keana

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Seriously, life changing | Santa Cruz's Boudoir Specialist

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Seriously, life changing | Santa Cruz's Boudoir Specialist

“The idea of bearing my scantily clad (or nude) body for a stranger to document, was more than a little intimidating. But I wanted those gorgeous photos like the incredible women I saw on Keana's FB page, and website. I wanted the memory of flaunting my hotness! I can confidently tell you, the experience was perfection. Keana set me at ease, and as the session progressed, I found myself loosening up more and more. As great as that was, the real magic happens when you see your photos! They were infinitely better than I had imagined.”

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How did you feel BEFORE your boudoir session?

Before my session with Keana, I was obviously nervous. We are our own worst critics, and I started to notice every "flaw" that stuck out like a sore thumb!

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What was your #1 motivator in having a session with me?

To commemorate the soul of the 32 yr old woman I have become.

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In 3 words or less, how would you describe your session with me?

Absolutely fucking awesome! Hahaha.

Here's a non-expletive one for ya, Seriously life changing.

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How often do you look at your images?

I pull out my matted prints a couple times per month. They are such amazing quality, that it's difficult to NOT admire them.

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Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session?

Don't beat yourself up trying to convince yourself you can't do this. You CAN, and you totally deserve to.

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