I’m Brooke or as some know me, Brooke Michelle, and I am the face behind this little gem, Brooke Michelle Photography! I am my mother's flower child and generally obsessed with avocados. You will start to notice that the color yellow is essentially my spirit animal… it’s bold, bright and full of happiness. Most days you can find me wrapped in a blanket (no matter how warm it is outside) in front of my desktop editing beautiful clients, or chasing adventure with some of my closest friends in a beautiful new city. I believe that we all create our own happiness and don't always have to have everything figured out, and yes, I am still human so some days I am working on that myself. For me, bad days are drowned in chocolate and lots of espresso and good days remind me of all I have to be thankful for.
I began my business when I was just 17 years old during my senior year of high school. This business has been a journey for me and so far, it’s been a pretty spectacular one that only gets better with age. Throughout the journey I have realized the things I am most passionate about are making sure that I am first, a great human being, and secondly, an amazing business woman. At the forefront of it all I want to remember to lead with my heart. I firmly believe that the key to success is staying humble because the truth is that without all of you, I wouldn't have this adorable business to run!
My favorite season of the year is summer and that reflects strongly in my photography style! I love warm tones and pretending like every day is filled with sunshine! Whether you are a senior, couple or anyone else I am bound to tell you to do something totally ridiculous because I believe that’s the best way to create candid moments. I have a love for the in between moments and greeting people with hugs even if we’re meeting for the first time!
Boudoir is an adrenaline rush, and one that can leave you worried for weeks prior to the shoot (at least for some people). I begin your boudoir experience with educational emails and tips to ensure you are prepped and completely ready for your boudoir experience! I want to make sure you are completely prepared and comfortable before the day of fun, glam and dancing in your underwear begins!
The hair and makeup artist(s) will help you look your absolute best, and keep you company while you sip champagne! I encourage everyone to bring in images of inspiration to show the hair and makeup artist(s) your dream look! Of course you can always let them have complete creative freedom; either way, you are bound to look stunning!
Ok, so I may be biased here but this is my favorite part! We will turn on your favorite tunes (2000’s pop or Beyoncé are always strongly encouraged), and shoot for a full hour! The entire time I’ll be helping you with posing, and we’ll be laughing, and singing along to your favorite songs! There won’t be any stiff or awkward poses here, and I can promise you there will be booty shots, so get excited!
Trust me, I am just as excited as you are! That’s why your first set of previews will be in your inbox within 48 hours of your session! You’ll receive between 5 to 10 images to get you pumped for the rest of your gallery! This is when keeping your session a secret becomes the hardest!
This is the fun stuff! Besides your initial reaction to the gallery I live for the final delivery and hearing your thoughts! I want you to feel stunning and hope that you feel more beautiful than you ever have before! You can expect to have your full gallery within two weeks of your session date!
I think there are a lot of myths floating around in the world surrounding boudoir sessions or boudoir photography in general. Perhaps the most notorious myth is that it is tasteless, and that you are taking half naked photos just to please your significant other. Then there’s the idea that these images are only for a size small, that you're going to be put into poses that your momma would never want to see. The idea that if you don't have someone to give them to at the end of the day, that you just shouldn't do them at all.
Boudoir is about empowerment. It's about learning to love a body that serves you even on days where you can't stand to look in the mirror. It's about feeling beautiful on the hardest of days and knowing that this body holds you through all the good and bad that life takes you through.
It's for people who want to celebrate or show their beauty to their significant other. BUT, it's also for those who need a pick me up after a hard break up or life event. It's for those who have experienced a huge life change and need to learn to love themselves again. It's for those who are celebrating the adaption of a new lifestyle change. For those who are in a rut and feel like everyday is just like the last. Boudoir is for you, to celebrate you, to love you, and to be you! Each session can be customized to whatever you need it to be! My goal is to make you feel beautiful in the skin you’re in, and we won’t stop until you feel beautiful.
My goal is to make every single person who hires me (boudoir or not), to feel more comfortable or more beautiful than before the session began! My goal is to make each person who walks through those doors feel like they just signed up to be in an editorial; like they just signed up to be a role model for others struggling with what they are or were struggling with. I continue to be blown away by the woman I am able to photograph at boudoir events. Each of them beautiful in their own way and each of them making me pinch myself because it's hard to believe they aren't actually models. They each serve a purpose to teach us something new about self love and walking through this life with our heads held high. They are each role models in their own unique way. And I cherish the time I have with each one of them to just celebrate them as they are now!
Yes, but no! For each of my boudoir days I have a clothing rack set up with past boudoir outfits that have been dry cleaned and ready for use. However, these are here as options to spice things up or add to what you already have! I recommend all clients bring 2-3 outfits of their own choosing to model!
At the moment I do not. With also being a full time wedding and high school senior photographer, I have found the best way to balance my schedule and still serve my boudoir clients well is by only photographing boudoir sessions on boudoir marathon days!
Absolutely! Couple’s boudoir sessions are such an intimate and fun way to spend time together and capture real moments like those you would spend together at home.
No way! Besides the very simple skin smoothing I do not alter anyone’s body in any way, shape or form! I firmly believe these sessions should be about learning to love your body for every imperfection and curve! Because of this I want you to see how breath-taking you are just being YOU! Not retouched, not altered, just the real life you! Because to me, nothing is more beautiful!
This varies! Each boudoirathon is created to be unique, this means that it is stocked with a unique vendor team. Since prices are a one time fee including all of the other vendors services I don’t know the price until I know who I am paying. But what I can promise you is that it will be worth it!
Just me! Before your session you will be in the main part of the house with my hair and make-up team and there may be others in the house depending on the time. But when you’re ready to shoot and strip down to your skivvies it will just be you and I (and a friend if you choose).
This also varies! Sorry, not helpful right? Each boudoirathon venue is carefully selected to match the mood, and provide convenience for the client. However, I can tell you that we prefer clean white walls, natural light, and a lot of plants!
Just me! Before your session you will be in a room with my hair and makeup team and there may be others there depending on the timing. But when you’re ready to shoot and strip down to your skivvies, it will just be you and I (and a friend if you choose).
My clients can expect their full gallery of images within two weeks of the session date! I am just as excited as you, so quick turnarounds are my jam :).
ABSOLUTELY! Telling and instructing clients on how to pose is my favorite part of the session! I will tell you what to do the entire time! No awkward silence here :). Plus we’ll be too busy singing along to your fav songs, and laughing to be awkward!
I never share or post a client's image to social media platforms or my website unless I have specifically been given permission! And your gallery will always be private and password protected from the public eye!
YES! I love to work with my clients to provide any opportunity possible to get them in front of my lens. The standard payment plan is 50% at the time of booking and 50% the day of, but feel free to contact me if you are looking for a specific breakdown of payments! I am more than happy to work with you to fit your needs!
Absolutely! I love when women/men bring cheerleaders! It truly helps make this experience that much more enjoyable!
There is no maximum age for boudoir! Anyone is welcome to model and I’ll treat you just the same as anyone who has come before you! However, there is a minimum age! You must be 18 years of age or older to book me for a boudoir session!
As soon as possible! Once a boudoir event is released there is no guarantee of spots and spots are not held without a signed contract and paid retainer! Most boudoir dates sell out within 72 hours, so booking your session as soon as you can is always recommended!
Yes! I believe in equality for all and if a man wants to book a boudoir session than I would love to have him! Of course, I have never photographed a male in a boudoir setting before, so it would be a learning experience for all!
"My boudoir session with Brooke was a DREAM! She was so attentive and made me feel at ease. I was definitely nervous going into this experience and wasn't sure what to expect, but Brooke made it all feel so fun and natural. A boudoir session is something I think every woman should experience. The photos were gorgeous and made me feel so beautiful (& sexy)! I'm giving them to my husband as a wedding anniversary gift, but it ended up being a gift to myself as well."
"Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working with many different photographers, but still Brooke remains the best at capturing who I am with her lens. Even though I get photographed (mostly in yoga poses) relatively often, I can still be really awkward when it comes to portrait shots- especially boudoir! Brooke makes me feel so comfortable that I actually feel like a model, and guides me seamlessly on where to look, what to do with my hands, etc. This is so helpful and makes a huge difference in making the experience fun and memorable as well as producing beautiful images. I can't recommend Brooke enough, and I try to work with her as often as I can!"
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