The Lingerie fitting begins the Transformation

Meet Lucinda. She was one of our lovely ladies who participated on our March Flower Mini sessions. She found me on Facebook and decided it was her chance to try a session like this. She is 54 years young and married for 21 years. She has 2 grown children and she realized that it was time for her now.   She is currently working as a dog sitter, part-time deli helper, published author and future TED-X speaker. 

To say she is stepping into the spotlight is an understatement. I’d say she is catapulting herself!  She shared with me at her on person consultation that she had found herself depressed with loads of anxiety. She sought the help of a therapist to find a way to heal from her traumas and find strength and belief in herself again.  She shared with me that due to the trauma in her life, she had developed a pattern of hiding her voice, and her body. She also mentioned that 8 years ago she had been through a  battle with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy with internal radiation. All of these trials had left her depressed and she was ready to pull out and work hard on her healing and recovery.  By working with a therapist and a life coach, she has risen from the depths of depression and, like the lotus flower, is beginning to bloom.  How perfect that she close my Flower Mini sessions to celebrate her journey!Lucinda

It all started with the lingerie fitting appointment!

"I hadn't really looked in the mrror at myself like that in a very long time. And I was actually liking what I saw. I left that appointment with my shoulders held high! "

From hiding in the shadows to feeling invincible, this session was transformational from the start at the lingerie appointment. Lucinda shares that she felt safe, welcomed and seen. She was ready to step outside of her comfort zone, and we made her transition seamless, fun and ” on the mark”. 


So how and why does this happen? I would have to say that since we as women are so hard on ourselves,  when we are surrounded by a sisterhood of women uplifting and making us feel special, something changes in our view of ourselves. WE start to feel like maybe we do deserve the spotlight. Maybe we can be on stage. Maybe what we have to say is important. Maybe we are a big deal and have who we are and what we have to say is indeed .beautiful and worthy.  I say YES, YES, YES!  If this is your goal ladies, the journey can begin here! 

Sexy vs. Sensual South Florida Boudoir Photography

The #1 thing women say they want from their boudoir photoshoot is to look sexy

When considering your best boudoir photography experience, consider the differences between wanting to feel sexy versus wanting to feel sensual …

Sexy is how others perceive you

sex·y    def: provoking or intended to provoke sexual interest.
Generally speaking “sexy” is a term commonly used by men to describe women they are sexually attracted to.  It is how they perceive the woman by how she looks. If a women dresses in certain outfits or shows her body off, then it is an invitation for men to look at her and desire her sexually. 
Sexy is how others perceive you, and if that is your goal, if your images are strictly for the enjoyment of other eyes and not your own, then that would be a good word to describe the feeling you would like to get from your  boudoir photography experience.
And if that is the case, I suggest you consider Erotica boudoir photography. There is genre of boudoir photography called Erotica that documents and celebrates a woman’s sexuality. There are some who would consider this imagery pornography. However, if it can be done tastefully, and it can be beautiful and a freedom of sexual expression for the women, and very therapeutic. Erotica photography can also border the line of pornography if the imagery is only meant for others to enjoy, and in my opinion can be objectifying to women’s bodies.

SEnsual is how you see yourself

sen·su·al    def: relating to the feelings of your body

So this is a completely different expression. Sensual is relating to yourself and how you feel about your own  desirability. If you want to feel like a women then you want to feel sensual. Then this is the word you would use to describe how you would ie to feel in your boudoir photography experience.

Being sensual means getting pleasure from the physical world, and taking the time to indulge in the senses. Though people think that being sensual has a sexual connotation, it doesn’t have to be that way; taking the time to enjoy a fresh croissant filled with butter in the middle of a busy morning can be just as sensual as giving your partner a massage after work. The important thing is to slow down and enjoy the physical sensations around you instead of rushing about your day.

So how can you be a more sensual person?

Take pleasure in your own body. No, this doesn’t mean what you’re thinking — it just means that, if you want to be a sensual person, that you have to be comfortable in your own skin first and foremost. If you’re not happy with who you are or how you look, then it’ll be much more difficult for you to let go and let your body enjoy the world around you, whether you’re kissing your partner or sunbathing on the beach. Work on building your confidence and self-esteem, and soon, you’ll see that you’ll be getting more pleasure and joy out of the ordinary things around you

This doesn’t mean you have to look like a supermodel, or even think that you look like a supermodel. It just means that you have to love your body and be open to whatever sensations the world may bring it.

The best way to feel more like a sensual person is to book a boudoir photo session with me!  This is exactly the kind of boudoir experience you will be getting. One that helps you to take the time to get comfortable in your own skin and enjoy your body, your beauty and your femininity.

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8 Things to Know Before Booking a Boudoir Photographer - The Must Read Guide

8 Things to Know Before Booking a Boudoir Photographer - The Must Read Guide

Want to have the best photos for your boudoir shoot? Choosing the right photographer is the first step

Read these tips to make sure you’re choosing the right person that fits your style and understands your vision, but most of all, someone who will help you feel as beautiful as you truly are!

TIP #1 - Check out the Photographer's Portfolio

Do they specialize in boudoir?  While it isn’t required to be photographing just boudoir to be good at it, if their website or portfolio is literally EVERYTHING, they may not have the experience in posing and lighting for women in boudoir. It’s not the same as photographing family photos or weddings. 

TIP #2 - Photographer's Style

When you look at their portfolio, what sort of style do you see? How does looking at the images make you feel? There is quite a range out there! 

Is the imagery conservative or more egdy? Is it dark and moody or light and ehterial? There is no right or wrong here, art is meant to be subjective. But it is important that you choose a photographer that matches your style and that you can picture yourself in their imagery. 

It is also important to note of their style is consistent. Are you seeing a wide variety of women in flattering poses across all body types? If there are inconsistencies or several images of the same women, this is indicative of a photographer who is less experienced and is using paid models to pad their portfolio. 

Our style could be described as sensual and elegant. We use light and shadow to flatter all body shapes and sizes. We like to use darkness and shadow to portray mystery and brighter soft light to portray softness and romance. It’s all about the feel of the image and the mood we are going for.

Tip #3 - Editing and Retouching

What sort of retouching style does the photographer have?

If there is little to no retouching, you will see details like blemishes, wrinkles, or possible cellulite. If the photographer does a lot of retouching, the skin will look “plastic” and unnatural.

Retouching and editing are definitely a matter of personal preference. There is no wrong approach. The question you need to ask yourself is what is the level of retouching you see in the photographer’s work match the editing style you would like to have. 

Tip #4 - Nudity

When searching for a boudoir photographer, it’s important to take note of their philosophy regarding nudity. 

Some may photograph full nudity and some may not. Some may photograph it but choose not to share those photos publicly on their website portfolio to safeguard client privacy. It is always OK to ask so that you know what your options are. 

Fine art nudity can be a beautiful art form and definitely does not indicate anything raunchy. Nudity can also be implied, whereby the placement of hands, garments, or sheets ensures your private areas are discretely covered. There are many options, just make sure you ask your photographer to make sure they offer what you are looking for. 

Tip #5 - Full Service Amenities

Does the photographer include Hair and Makeup? Do they have a wardrobe closet that you can choose outfits from?  If you are looking for a full-service pampering experience this may be important to you.

Just because you have seen an image on Pinterest that you like doesn’t mean that the photographer has the skill set, hair and makeup artist on staff,  props, or wardrobe to achieve it.   If you don’t see anything like it in their website portfolio or on Instagram or Facebook, chances are they are not able to do what you are looking for. Make sure you ask them about these things in advnce of your session. 

Tip #6 - Where willl the shoot be?

There are 4 reasonable options for boudoir photographers. Your own home, the photographer’s home,  a hotel or Airbnb, or the photographer’s studio.

Unless your home is staged to suit the needs of a photographer, generally it’s not the best option for boudoir photos. This is likewise true for a session held in a photographer’s home as well, plus there is the added awkwardness of photographing intimate portraits in someone else’s regular bedroom..will you feel 100% at ease there? Likely not.

Hotels and AirBnBs can be difficult to feel comfortable and private, plus there are legality issues in some instances.

Most likely the place you will feel the safest and get the best results is at an established photographer’s studio specifically curated and staged to work for boudoir sessions. 

Tip #7 - Privacy

Boudoir photography is a very personal experience. You may feel that these photos are just for you and your partner. On the other hand, you may believe so strongly in the empowering nature of your experience that you can’t wait to show the whole world! 

The most important thing to consider is does your photographer has a specific policy in place for privacy?  Every boudoir photographer’s policy should be to consider your privacy. At Rhea Lewis Photography, we do ask some clients if they would like to empower other women by signing a model release and sharing their images, but this is never a requirement.

Tip #8 - Whats Included and for How Much

It’s important to know what to expect financially. That doesn’t mean that you look for the cheapest or the most affordable. Consider the criteria you are looking for; experience, specialty, knowledge, guidance, hair and makeup, styling, wardrobe, and most likely a studio dedicated to boudoir photography. Boudoir is a specialty experience and is a luxury. That said, luxury comes at a price based on value. Therefore, expect it to be an investment, just like any other luxury item you may want to purchase (i.e. shoes, handbags, makeup, etc.) Expect to pay $3000 or more for a luxury experience and quality products. 

Consider what is included with this investment. Is it just digital files that will live forever on your hard drive or phone? While you may think this is economical, boudoir is definitely ONE type of photography that you will want to have printed – trust me.  Because of the empowering experience and the boost of confidence a boudoir photoshoot provides, each time you look at your portraits it will remind you of that amazing woman that you are. How much is that kind of therapy worth to you? Consider an album and even a wall portrait from your session too. Why not? You only live once and surrounding yourself with positivity and reminders of your worth and beauty as a woman is a very good thing.

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Top 10 Boudoir Photographers South Florida

Top 10 Boudoir Photographers South Florida

The best in boudoir photography South Florida

Boudoir photography has been around since the 1920s and through the times and technology have significantly changed, the cultural appreciation of a woman’s beauty has not.  It is the job of the boudoir photographer to capture the beauty of the client in the most flattering way while boosting her self-esteem and immortalizing her feminine power.  More and more women are taking the plunge and having boudoir photos taken. Some are doing the shoot for their significant other while others are on a journey to self-discovery and body love. So many women have said just how empowering and freeing these sessions have been for them and that they have been a transformational point in their life.  Once you have these photos of yourself in your hands you may just find how differently you will view your body. As women, we tend to see all our flaws while others can see our true beauty. Doing a boudoir shoot is a step in helping you see that beauty in yourself too. 

Finding the right boudoir photographer for you is not always easy, as this is a very personal service.  Finding and trusting the right photographer who can provide you with the best quality imagery as well as the kind of transformational experience you are looking for can be a difficult task.

A boudoir photographer should be well trained as a professional photographer and experienced – you want them to know how to utilize their technical skills to be able to capture the best version of you. They should be great at posing, (so that they can demonstrate a pose to you), they should be trustworthy (having many RECENT positive google reviews), and they should be skilled in lighting to showcase your best features (be sure you see women of all ages and body types looking good in their portfolio, and preferably an educational degree in the arts or photography, have a license and be a professionally certified photographer).  They should also have a solid body of work showcasing their talents on a website dedicated to boudoir photography, as well as a social media and Google presence for this type of work.

Therefore, we have curated a list of the most talented boudoir pros from all over south Florida. Finding the perfect boudoir photographer can be like finding a needle in a haystack, which is why we scoured the area for THE TOP TEN BEST BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHERS in South Florida.

#1: Rhea Lewis Photography Studio

Located in Jupiter Florida. 15+ years in business. 45 google reviews. Rhea has a Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America.  She is a boudoir photography educator and an award-winning women’s portrait artist. She is a full-time, Certified, Licensed, and Insured Photographer, and had had numerous publications featuring her work in national magazines. She has an all-women team and a 200+ item studio lingerie wardrobe with sizes XS – 5X, accessories, and props. She provides two sets of head-to-toe angel wings for client use. She offers in-studio professional hair and makeup artistry, champagne, and a same-day photo reveal. She is known nationally for her Warrior Goddess project working with breast cancer survivors, and her Fab 50 program for women 50 and up.

#2: Graciela Valdes Fine Art Photography  

Located in Oakland Park Florida. 7+ years in business. 78 google reviews. She photographs a mix of boudoir, business branding, and other commissions including weddings, celebrations, family, maternity, graduation, and product photography. She is a member of PPA, professionally certified by PPA, and has been published in a variety of publications. She provides a planning session and a professional makeup artist.

#3: Liberation Boudoir            

Located in Miami Florida. 10+ years in business. 9 google Reviews. She is an award-winning photographer from Portrait Masters and is a member of Professional Photographers of America. She is a Published Photographer—including Vogue Italia.

She is a Full-time, Professional, Certified, Licensed, Insured Photographer.

#4: Bomshell Boudoir Studios

Located in West Palm Beach Florida and Syracuse New York. 5+ years in business. 43 google reviews. She provides hair and makeup and has a set of angel wings for client use. 2K followers on Instagram.

#5: Stephanie Suarez Boudoir 

Located in West Palm Beach Florida. 3+ years in business. 30 google reviews. She offers hair and makeup artistry, and lunch with her boudoir shoots. She has a set of angel wings for clients to use and is currently offering a “40 over 40” project.

#6: Nice Boudie Studio  

Located in Boynton Beach Florida. 5+ years in business. 46 google reviews. Jamee Fink photographs boudoir, engagements, and weddings. She offers hair and makeup artistry, a client closet wardrobe and same-day photo reveal.

#7: Boudoir by Nikki 

Located in Miami Florida. 7+ years in business. 54 google reviews. This photographer specializes in dark and shadowy boudoir. She offers a wardrobe closet, and professional hair and makeup artistry.

#8: Lynn Dee Photography   

Located in Vero Beach Florida. 3+ years in business. 28 google reviews. She photographs boudoir only. She provides clients with a modest wardrobe closet and hair and makeup artistry for shoots.

#9: Nicole Marie Boudoir

Located in Sebastian Florida. 3+ years in business 47 google reviews. She specializes in shadowy and moody boudoir and intimate portraits for women. She has an all-women staff and offers reveal parties. 

#10: Shannon Griffin Photography  

Located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. 3+ years in business. 11 google reviews. She takes a very artistic and interpretive approach to boudoir and the female form and offers only a limited number of commissioned sessions each year. She photographs weddings, family, and children as well.5

Are you ready to feel empowered and sensual with a boudoir photoshoot?

 Are you ready to be treated like a supermodel for a few hours can help you embrace your beauty and innate sensuality? Once you see your stunning photos, you’ll be blown away by how gorgeous you really are, and those images will always be around to remind you of that and help you rebuild your self-confidence. A boudoir session can be an amazing transformational experience for you and help you see that you’re truly beautiful just as you are. Don’t be afraid to get in front of the camera and strut your stuff at any age or size, while under the guidance of a true professional, you will embark on a journey of self-love you have never experienced before.   

boudoir photography is for every women...


My experience was phenomenal! I felt like a star and amazing in my skin for the first time in a long time. Rhea and her team are remarkable. I would recommend Rhea and her team to any lady that is looking for a safe place to feel like a woman again! 

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