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She told me in our consult that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to do any nude shots. She had carefully picked out several things to wear and we had styled them together. We had shot all of those and had an extra 20 minutes left to keep shooting her last set, or to do something different. I always ask my clients what their level of comfort is, and no one is asked to step beyond those limits. But I showed her a bodyscape as an option and the answer turned into a resounding YES.

I. Love. This. I love how much a client has to trust me to go for bodyscape shots. Yep – you’ve gotta get all the way down to your…well, down to nothing. And when you’re down to nothing, the only thing left to see is purely you. Just lines and curves and shadows and light. That’s it. And there’s nothing more beautiful than that. And see? Nude doesn’t have to be raunchy – unless that’s what you’re going for. It can simply be a sliver of light.

This setup requires a bit more time to set up on my end, and a lot of courage on your part. But honestly, most of my clients find their courage about halfway through their shoot anyhow. So if you aren’t feeling quite this ballsy when we start – know that you’re also allowed to change your mind!

Feeling scared? Don’t be! I’m not. Skype with me and I’ll tell you anything you want to know about being shot naked. Or less naked than this. Or not naked at all. Don’t let fear hold you back from feeling courageous. Courage is defined as being afraid to do something, and then doing it anyway. And that doesn’t mean getting down to your skivvies and being shot by yours truly – it could be anything. Find the courage to celebrate yourself – no matter your age, weight or current self-worth. And find yourself in the process.

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Ok guys – I never (like, ever) do this. But today is a tiny exception. Trey and Taryn were married today at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. And I got to tag along all afternoon. I’m still awake thanks to my double espresso, my toddler is fast asleep and I’m flipping through images while they get all sorts of backed up and then backed up again. Sooooooo, enjoy a sneak peek.

But don’t tell anyone.

As a Las Vegas boudoir photographer, great light makes me happy. Like, happy dance inside happy. It’s soft and pretty and it wraps around my clients like a little slice of boudoir heaven. For a sexy photoshoot, light can make it or break it. Bad light can always be corrected with external lighting. But good light…good light makes me smile when I walk in the room. So, if you’re lucky enough to be booking your shoot before you book your room – call me and ask me the top ten places to shoot boudoir. I’ll gladly list them off for you. Then we can all do a happy dance. And we won’t even have to be all secretive about it.

PS – red lips are hot

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I had no idea there existed such a thing as a short and sweet Catholic ceremony. But alas, you learn something new everyday. This gorgeous Las Vegas wedding ceremony was held near Lake Las Vegas, with truly just a handful of guests. Matt and Ashley are runners and were in town for a race – and a wedding.

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I spy…Hello Kitty!!

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Beautiful light. Undeniably.

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What’s that you say? You’d like to wear retro iridium sunnies after the ceremony? I fully support that. For real.

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Oh? And change into your running shoes, too – just for photos? Also fully supported.

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I love when my clients bring their own style into a shoot. It doesn’t have to be all coordinated and dressy all the time. Wear sunnies and cute kicks. And show off your tattoos. Hashtag dowhatyouwant – after all, it IS Vegas…

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As a Las Vegas boudoir photographer, I do a lot of test shots for each boudoir photoshoot that I do. I don’t use a traditional light meter – I use the one in my camera and I simply take a shot, see what I want to change, make the changes and get to shooting. I tell my clients that they can make ridiculous faces while I do this, as these shots almost never see the light of day. Unless it’s one of these. She is so clearly contemplating something. I can see it in her face. And I love that. I love the in between and what that means for each woman. What would it mean for you? Empowerment? Beauty? Fearlessness? Tell your story and let me know. Drop me a line at mystory@deidrawilson.com – I want to hear everything you have to say.

Sometimes, even when I don’t photograph a ceremony, we still get to create some incredible magic afterwards. These two were willing to wander to the streets of old Vegas with me for a few hours to do just that. Downtown Vegas has some iconic backdrops for a shoot – and they can be truly beautiful in their own classic way. Flashing lights and neon, here we come.

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Behind every woman is a story. It takes balls to get naked (or even half naked) in front of strangers. But there’s always a reason why we feel compelled to do it. Perhaps you’re getting married, or celebrating your weight loss. Maybe you just need to find yourself again (hello? I feel like this ALL. THE. TIME. I think I might rediscover myself on a monthly basis). I wish I could hear every story that any woman ever wanted to tell. As a Las Vegas boudoir photographer, this beautiful exchange of information is what I thrive on. I’ve shot four clients this week and every single one of them has inspired me in some way. I love to feel how much power is created through this process. I love knowing that they all come out the other side, changed in some small (or big!) way. So, thank you – you all make my job, and my life, so incredibly rewarding – and I am so grateful for that.

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They leaned into each other as the wind whipped around their bodies. All afternoon. That’s what we were fighting, but these two simply went with it – allowing the day and our time together to simply unfold in its own way. We cannot control the weather and we cannot dictate if there will be duststorms on the lakebed. Sorry guys, I can honestly never tell what it will look like until we round that very last mountain and peek over to the south! This day, I actually pulled over before we even got on the highway to tell them that I had never seen so much dust in the air and that we might not even be able to shoot if it was really bad when we got down there.

They didn’t care, so we kept going! So from now on, a sense of adventure is required for all future photo shoots. :) It worked out fine and we just drove on past the storm and shot on the other side of it. If nothing else, I can promise a damn good time! And dirt in places you didn’t know existed.

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Happy dusty shooting!

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I mean, I’m not sure how you get more rock star than this. And I try…like all the time!

Andrea brought her good friend in from Austin to do her hair and makeup – and let’s just say she’s ‘in the biz’ and knows a thing or two about how to put on one hell of a face (including a stunning red lip that absolutely refused to budge all night – yay!!). This entire wedding was packed full of producers and DPs and photographers and well, you get the point… It really moves me when someone with such creativity brings me on to capture their wedding day. I have been hired by several other photographers for their shoots in Vegas, and that’s simply the highest form of flattery – no two ways about it! It makes me do a little happy dance inside :)

The crowd was mostly from LA and NY, and I have to say it was a ton of fun. When you see the full post, you’ll know exactly what I mean. My most recent Instagram post about the conga line just proves that they were more than willing to throw down and let loose. Vegas will totally do that to you. Especially when you’re at the Hard Rock. It’s kinda the place where all the cool kids hang out. And now you know. Happy Thursday – make it a good one!

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A few weeks ago I posted about perspective and reflection, and how important it is. But this time, I’m simply talking about the act of climbing up a ladder so that my view through the lens changed ever-so-slightly. Raj and Sam sent me a handful of shots they really liked, and the one thing I noticed was that several of them were shot from above. So, as I was packing up my truck to head to their shoot, I made sure I left enough room for my 8 foot ladder (and my assistant!).

While Amanda had a fun time trying to keep that bad boy steady for me on the lakebed, it was totally worth the handful of times I nearly ate it. I love that I can only see the lakebed here, and no horizon. Lakebed shoots are for those that want their images to be completely about them, and this added aspect makes the shot even more stark and powerful. So, IF you want some awesome aerial style shots (okay, okay – that’s pushing it, I know) – be sure to tell me so I can grab the ladder on my way out the door!

Happy Tuesday!