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Boudoir Photography

The experience

What is Boudoir?

Traditionally the definition is a woman's private sitting room or salon in a furnished accommodation usually between the dining room and the bedroom, but can also refer to a woman's private bedroom (wikipedia).

Today, “Boudoir photography” is classy intimate imagery that can empower women and has the ability to build self esteem and build a body positive image. They also make nice gifts for a significant other.


Why do a session

I believe every woman is beautiful and should have the opportunity to see it, know it, and embrace it. Boudoir is an experience that can change your life and perspective about yourself. It did for me! It promotes a body positive atmosphere where you can see yourself done up like centerfold or supermodel and breaks down those negative walls you create about your self-image. 

For your significant other

These sexy images are popular gifts for women to give to their husbands on their wedding day. They have also become popular as gifts to a significant other for holidays such as valentines day, christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. "Cheesecake" or "Pinup" images, also categorized under boudoir, is also a popular gift to your special soldier overseas since they are sexy without being too over the top.

The experience

Sending that first email is the hardest part of the whole experience. Once you book, the fun starts. You get to shop for new lingerie, plan on pinterest and get excited. Arriving for your shoot on the day of, it's normal to feel nervous. Most women come in with sweaty, clammy hands and butterflies in their stomach. As soon as you sit down in the makeup chair, all those nerves start to calm. Once the reveal of your makeup is done, the transformation has begun! Those butterflies typically pop up again once you first start shooting, but by the end of the session, I promise you will feel like a pro!

After the photoshoot

Within a week we'll meet again at the studio and I will help guide you  through choosing your favorite photos. Once we have those, we'll figure out which of the unique products that I offer are right for you! I'll complete final edits on your photographs for print, design your product and send it to you for proof.  Once the design is approved, I'll order your product and get it in your hands. You'll probably be too excited to wait to give it to your significant other on the date you had planned, but there is nothing like seeing their expression as they open your photos. I know, I've photographed reveals at weddings!

See the transformations

Read my story

"I am Beautiful"

I am a woman. I am a Photographer, a Model, a Makeup Artist, a writer, an artist. I am not perfect. I have flaws and I am a flawed person, but I am just like every other girl - I am beautiful. 

I am not perfect. I have scars - physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have stretch marks. My skin breaks out. I have birth marks, and I'm starting to see lines where I would rather them not be. My hair is frizzy - I can't get a haircut I like to save my life. I have dark brown eyes although I wish they were light. I have dark circles because I don't sleep well.

But I am beautiful.

 I got picked on for being too curvy. Now I get picked on for being too thin. I wish my bra size was just one cup larger. I sometimes ponder why I wasn't just a tad bit taller and my torso just a bit longer. I've battled anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder on a daily basis and I've put my loved ones through a lot of stress. I laugh a lot, I cry a lot. I'm the one who's tearing through tissues at the movies. I am awkward in conversation. I laugh really loud. Sometimes I'm too shy and sometimes the wrong thing just seems to always come pouring out of my mouth. A lot of the time I just read into everything too much. 

But I am who I am. I am Beautiful.

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I was not the popular girl in high school. I didn't have much money, I wore a lot of hand-me-downs. I was called mean nicknames. I was often sick when I was younger. I never had a date to a dance. I've been bullied in every form from nasty comments as simple as your nose is too large, your face is too wide, your makeup is too blue - you look like a raccoon - you look like a hooker - to having my diaries stolen and pages posted on the walls of my school, my artwork torn into little pieces, and food chucked at me.

I've been Rejected, I've been heartbroken.  I've been raped. I've had degrading experiences in my young adulthood.

But I am a sexy, wonderful person. I am Beautiful.

I see beauty in every woman that I meet. As a teenager I thought it was a curse - that every girl that walked into a room was more beautiful than me and that I didn't have a chance with the boy I was talking to. It took me many years to realize that the girl in the room across the way felt the same way about me.

I have days just like anyone else where I look in the mirror and hate what I see. I'm overly self- critical. I beat myself up and tear myself down. I sit in my PJs all day and wonder why I even bother. 

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But then I remember that I am beautiful. I have a beauty that shines from the soul. So I get off my ass and tell myself out loud that I am gorgeous. I am a wonderful, sexy, confident person. I have an amazing life with the best man in the world, a beautiful home, a growing business, and six amazing kids (furbabies) who love me unconditionally 

I put on that sexy little dress, do my hair and makeup and step out into the world with a new found confidence. I wash away that worry and doubt because I know that I am surrounded by beauty everyday and that I am a part it. 

Our perception of our own self-value and self-worth is skewed. Our vision of ourselves is distorted. My story is not unlike countless other women who are too afraid to speak out loud. My dream is to build that esteem in every woman - we are all beautiful. Every single one of us - no matter how old or how young. How thin or how curvy - our past, our present. No matter how hard or how easy our lives are. 

I was the model non-model. I am too short for Fashion, too short for commercial, too thin and pale for Glamour. But none of that matters. I know what beautiful is and how to use it. I know how to take beautiful photographs which is why I do what I do. Which is why I became a Glamour Photographer and my job - my passion, my career is sharing your beauty with you.

Join me and tell your story. 



I was always a creative growing up. I was also horribly bullied. I wanted to create art, but could never find the right medium. In high school I took theater and began doing costuming, makeup, and set design. I found photography and starting doing self portraits as a way to create art and found it also built my self esteem. Next thing I knew, I was being asked to model! I never in a million years thought I was pretty enough to be a model. I did it for many years before I had a terrible experience with a photographer and vowed I would never let a woman feel badly about themselves like I had felt again. To the left you can read my story. It's a poem I wrote years ago, but had to find the power within myself to share with you all today. I have found women have an extremely distorted view on their own bodies, their value and self worth.
 I want to change that.

Why I got into boudoir



I was always a creative growing up. I was also horribly bullied. I wanted to create art, but never could find the right medium. In high school I took theater and began doing costuming, makeup, and set design. I found photography and starting doing self portraits as a way to create art and found it also built my self esteem. Next thing I knew, I was being asked to model! I never in a million years thought I was pretty enough to be a model. I did it for many years before I had some terrible experiences with some photographers and vowed I would never let a woman feel badly about themselves like I had felt with them again. To the left you can read my story. It's a poem I wrote years ago, but had to find the power within myself to share with you all today. I have found women especially have an extremely distorted view on their own bodies, their value and self worth.
 I want to change that.

Boudoir

Fashion

Beauty

Pinup

Galleries

What's your comfort zone?

I see the beauty in every woman that walks in my door

Whether it's "I’m not 25 and stick thin”, “I just had a baby and have stretch marks”, or the dreaded "I'm just not photogenic." I work with women of all ages, shapes,  and colors whether that means they are 18 or 80.  There are lots of options for de-emphasizing things you wish not to be seen. There are different poses we can do. If for example you have stretch marks from a baby, we could use high waist girdles to cover the tummy area, or if you want to show off that stomach, I can use Photoshop magic to make them disappear. As for not being photogenic, you just haven't worked with a professional yet! A common misconception I hear is that I only photograph models. I’m here to tell you that ANYONE can be absolutely beautiful, confident and sexy. You ARE just as gorgeous as anyone I have posted on my site and you WILL look amazing in your photos.  

This goes hand in hand with the last question and is an excuse keeping you from recognizing just how awesome you are now! Between posing, lighting, etc I promise you that in your photographs you won't look any different now as you will 10 lbs from now. Besides, you can and should always treat yourself to another photo shoot to document your progress if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight. Love yourself just the way you are today or it will always be another 10 lbs you want to lose. 

Unlike most studios, I don't kick you out after a 30 min/ hr session where you haven't even started feeling comfortable yet. I want to be able to take our time so you can feel relaxed whether it takes only an hour or three. Unlike most studios, I’m not a cattle call to get in as many clients as I can and won’t rush you out the door! I encourage you to take the day off on the day of your shoot so you can be relaxed and allow yourself to be pampered without the laundry list running. That being said, it typically takes about an hour per makeup look and 30 minutes per look of shooting time.  

Your privacy is very important to us. I keep your images 100% private if that is what you desire. I offer a privacy release, and I always get permission from my clients before posting their images or showing them anywhere.  Often times, the images are so classy, most of my clients post at least a beauty shot on a social networking website! (and many of my clients have gone on to model for fun or asked me to submit for publication). I also offer  in studio proofing sessions to keep your images safe. 

Retouching is absolutely included!  I retouch you like they do in fashion magazines. I don't outsource or run a ton of automatic programs that make your skin look like plastic.  I hand retouch every image to keep you looking real, but still have that airbrush quality.  As some women can get offended when you soften too many wrinkles or remove too much weight, I try to keep it to a minimum. Please ask if there are specific things you would like retouched, for example, I like to leave in beauty marks as they are a part of you!

Our sessions take place at our studio in Pittsgrove, NJ, but we can also do in-home boudoir sessions and bed & breakfast / hotel sessions if you would prefer. 

Friends that aren't being photographed can often make you feel more self conscious and nervous. If you do want someone, I recommend only bringing one friend. I do not allow significant others in studio unless they are being photographed. However, if you'd love to have a friend photographed same day, Absolutely! I offer boudoir parties for that very thing!

I worked in the fashion industry teaching new models how to pose for camera. At some point, I decided that every women should be able to experience the rush of a photoshoot. Since then I have become a specialist in posing and guiding all women to look their best. I will walk you through every step of the shoot!

As quality and sanitization (and ease of retouch) is important to me. Many "makeup artists" (as the state of NJ does not require you have a license to do makeup for photography or film) do not keep up to my standards of sanitization. The quality of makeup is a huge part of what I do. If you want that celebrity quality shoot, you need to have your makeup done like the celebrities! Hair is an optional add-on, but some ladies choose to come with their hair loosely curled
 or go to their local salon. 

I have a great selection of corsets, tiny tops hats, and other accessories. For lingerie, I recommend purchasing your own for sanitary reasons (you wouldn't want to share lingerie), however I do have high waisted girdles and other pieces that can be worn with a thong underneath. Everything is laundered after every wear. I do offer custom outfits that can be purchased right at our studio, one of a kind and hand created burlesque style outfits by our designer, Scarlet Fairy Designs!

I invite you back within a week to view your images in studio. It makes the process very easy as you can look at them on a projector and compare them side by side. Web galleries are not a safe way to view such private images as they can be hacked and it's been a big issue in the industry.

Most orders can be completed in 4-6 weeks, but for our Italian albums we recommend 90 days from the day you approve your album design. Although I try to surpass expectations and return your final product to you before the deadline, I need that cushion of time during my busy season or in case of any complications, such as albums or prints getting damaged in the mail.

Credit card, Cash, Check or Money order
Booking is super easy! You can even do it all online. You'll even get your own login on my site where you can view everything (payments, agreement, etc) all in one place. I require a deposit and a signed agreement to lock in your date. You will have the ability at that time to sign our privacy agreement if you wish to have your images private.

I recommend you skip drinking because you can really tell in the photos, especially in the eyes. I do not serve any type of alcoholic beverages at the studio. If this is something that you would like, I recommend that you hold a Boudoir Party at your home, or a room at a hotel or bed & breakfast. I will travel to you! It is up to you to get permission to have photos taken at your location.

Whether it's "I’m not 25 and stick thin”, “I just had a baby and have stretch marks”, or the dreaded "I'm just not photogenic." I work with women of all ages, shapes,  and colors whether that means they are 18 or 80.  There are lots of options for de-emphasizing things you wish not to be seen. There are different poses we can do. If for example you have stretch marks from a baby, we could use high waist girdles to cover the tummy area, or if you want to show off that stomach, I can use Photoshop magic to make them disappear. As for not being photogenic, you just haven't worked with a professional yet! A common misconception I hear is that I only photograph models. I’m here to tell you that ANYONE can be absolutely beautiful, confident and sexy. You ARE just as gorgeous as anyone I have posted on my site and you WILL look amazing in your photos.  

This goes hand in hand with the last question and is an excuse keeping you from recognizing just how awesome you are now! Between posing, lighting, etc I promise you that in your photographs you won't look any different now as you will 10 lbs from now. Besides, you can and should always treat yourself to another photo shoot to document your progress if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight. Love yourself just the way you are today or it will always be another 10 lbs you want to lose. 

Unlike most studios, I don't kick you out after a 30 min/ hr session where you haven't even started feeling comfortable yet. I want to be able to take our time so you can feel relaxed whether it takes only an hour or three. Unlike most studios, I’m not a cattle call to get in as many clients as I can and won’t rush you out the door! I encourage you to take the day off on the day of your shoot so you can be relaxed and allow yourself to be pampered without the laundry list running. That being said, it typically takes about an hour per makeup look and 30 minutes per look of shooting time.  

Your privacy is very important to us. I keep your images 100% private if that is what you desire. I offer a privacy release, and I always get permission from my clients before posting their images or showing them anywhere.  Often times, the images are so classy, most of my clients post at least a beauty shot on a social networking website! (and many of my clients have gone on to model for fun or asked me to submit for publication). I also offer  in studio proofing sessions to keep your images safe. 

Retouching is absolutely included!  I retouch you like they do in fashion magazines. I don't outsource or run a ton of automatic programs that make your skin look like plastic.  I hand retouch every image to keep you looking real, but still have that airbrush quality.  As some women can get offended when you soften too many wrinkles or remove too much weight, I try to keep it to a minimum. Please ask if there are specific things you would like retouched, for example, I like to leave in beauty marks as they are a part of you!

Our sessions take place at our studio in Pittsgrove, NJ, but we can also do in-home boudoir sessions and bed & breakfast / hotel sessions if you would prefer. 

Friends that aren't being photographed can often make you feel more self conscious and nervous. If you do want someone, I recommend only bringing one friend. I do not allow significant others in studio unless they are being photographed. However, if you'd love to have a friend photographed same day, Absolutely! I offer boudoir parties for that very thing!

I worked in the fashion industry teaching new models how to pose for camera. At some point, I decided that every women should be able to experience the rush of a photoshoot. Since then I have become a specialist in posing and guiding all women to look their best. I will walk you through every step of the shoot!

As quality and sanitization (and ease of retouch) is important to me. Many "makeup artists" (as the state of NJ does not require you have a license to do makeup for photography or film) do not keep up to my standards of sanitization. The quality of makeup is a huge part of what I do. If you want that celebrity quality shoot, you need to have your makeup done like the celebrities! Hair is an optional add-on, but some ladies choose to come with their hair loosely curled
 or go to their local salon. 

I have a great selection of corsets, tiny tops hats, and other accessories. For lingerie, I recommend purchasing your own for sanitary reasons (you wouldn't want to share lingerie), however I do have high waisted girdles and other pieces that can be worn with a thong underneath. Everything is laundered after every wear. I do offer custom outfits that can be purchased right at our studio, one of a kind and hand created burlesque style outfits by our designer, Scarlet Fairy Designs!

I invite you back within a week to view your images in studio. It makes the process very easy as you can look at them on a projector and compare them side by side. Web galleries are not a safe way to view such private images as they can be hacked and it's been a big issue in the industry.

Most orders can be completed in 4-6 weeks, but for our Italian albums we recommend 90 days from the day you approve your album design. Although I try to surpass expectations and return your final product to you before the deadline, I need that cushion of time during my busy season or in case of any complications, such as albums or prints getting damaged in the mail.

Credit card, Cash, Check or Money order
Booking is super easy! You can even do it all online. You'll even get your own login on my site where you can view everything (payments, agreement, etc) all in one place. I require a deposit and a signed agreement to lock in your date. You will have the ability at that time to sign our privacy agreement if you wish to have your images private.

I recommend you skip drinking because you can really tell in the photos, especially in the eyes. I do not serve any type of alcoholic beverages at the studio. If this is something that you would like, I recommend that you hold a Boudoir Party at your home, or a room at a hotel or bed & breakfast. I will travel to you! It is up to you to get permission to have photos taken at your location.

“Wow, working with Serena was an awesome experience! She has fantastic vision and is wildly creative. I was definitely impressed by the whole experience and the results, even after having such high expectations already from seeing her portfolio. Being a model herself, she was extremely helpful with posing. I consider myself VERY lucky to have worked with her and am dying to do it again! You can tell that Serena has a LOT of experience in makeup! She did a fantastic job, which is especially hard for me to find because I don't have a typical face.”

lucky to have worked with her"

"i consider myself very

Boudoir

“I worked with Serena Star Photography for a boudoir session and she was amazing. For my first time, I was incredibly comfortable. In the days leading up to the session, I was aware of what would be needed and what is to be expected during the session. She is an amazing photographer, able to create a comfortable, yet productive shoot for her clients. I would recommend her to anyone and I, personally, look forward to working with her in the future.”

was incredibly comfortable"

"For my first time I

Julia

“Working with Serena was one of the most exciting things I have done in my life. I have absolutely no modeling background and am a little shy so I was nervous about the photo shoot. But Serena completely understood that I had no experience and directed me patiently and wonderfully. She was very creative and confident and that made me very comfortable and gave me the confidence I needed to make some amazing photos with her. Her techniques are genuine and the way she works really reflects her professionalism with the hint of perkiness. The finished photos were amazing and in the end Serena made me feel beautiful and I left 110% pleased. I will definitely go back for more!”

things i've done in my whole life"

"one of the most exciting

Ashley

“I have never hired anyone to take professional photos of me before, so I was a bit nervous during my search, especially since I am unfamiliar with photographers in the South Jersey area. I came across Serena's website and at first glance I loved the work she did. Her creativity, use of color, and her ability to capture beautiful images immediately drew me to her. When I had my pictures taken, I was not disappointed. Since it was my first time, she was very professional yet very personable and really helped me when it came to different positions, postures, and looks. I LOVE my photos and would consider hiring her again if, and when, I need more photos taken.” Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity  

would consider hiring her again"

"I love my photos and

Tiffany

I was lucky to meet Serena at a bridal show and booked her that night for my boudoir photos! I knew I wanted to get them done, and after talking to Serena and looking at her albums, I knew she had the be the one to do them! Serena has such a welcoming personality (and awesome photos) that would make any woman feel comfortable to shoot with her! Well, I let some time go by (and rescheduled my photo shoot) because I ended up being so nervous when it came down to actually shoot, but eventually I made it to her studio- still nervous though! Serena helped me pick out what I should wear, and I got my make-up done, then began shooting! She helped me with the poses and explained some of what she was doing to make me feel more comfortable. It helped! She even started showing me some of the photos! When I saw the photos, I could not believe how great they looked, and I felt even more comfortable! Serena made me look and feel like a model! She helped me narrow down the photos for my album (I went over the limit for the package I initially chose, because the pictures were too good to not use) and I get to pick it up soon! I CANNOT WAIT for my fiance' to see the photos!!! This is so exciting! 

Melissa

Serena is a very talented photographer. She really made my experience fun and I felt beautiful and sexy the whole time. Her work is amazing and I couldn't be more pleased with my photos :D

the whole experience fun"

"she really made

Jo

I hired Serena to shoot a boudoir session for me that served as a birthday gift to my partner. Serena responded to my inquiries promptly and our correspondence was always pleasant. She is professional and accommodating while still remaining wondefully down to earth. My visions were considered intently and a significant emphasis was placed on my satisfaction with the final images. I am a model newly signed with Wilhelmina Models PA, and I must admit that after shooting with the agency photographer I found that I was far more satisfied with Serena's work. In addition, the head booker at the agency selected some of Serena's images to feature on my professional comp card. I highly recommend Serena's work and look forward to shooting with her again in the future. It is a joy every time I look at my girlfriend and I's bedroom wall and see one of my framed boudoir photos. Very happy customer.

and accomodating"

"she is professional

Marlena

For a professional, it is very difficult to feel insecure about the job you do. For a model to feel insecure about modeling, it’s very difficult in this industry to bounce back. Serena Star helped me overcome that goal. Through Serena’s extraordinary vision, I was able to portray a fairy in a way I had never experienced before. She made it relaxing, soothing and liberating to completely not worry about what I looked like because the shots she was capturing were leaving us both gleaming with excitement. In my personal heaviest weight, I was able to feel sexy, glamorous and beautiful. Serena made that happen.

My session consisted of makeup and hair by the incredible stylist Raina Torelli, shots with Serena Star Photography and styling which I had complete control over. For me, I thought it would be the outfit that made me appear as fairy, but Raina was able to transform me into a structure I had never seen myself as. I didn’t just look like a fairy, I felt like the light inside me was illuminated and with that experience, Serena captured it magnificently. In those few hours with Serena, I was a fairy. I was lost in the shoot with Serena, I did not have any insecurities about how I looked or weighed, she was showing me this otherworldly being she was capturing that just made it all the more exciting to try new things. We played around with lighting, textures, different techniques, all things that I had always wanted to experiment with, she made this happen. I had an absolute blast with Serena.

Serena certainly changed my perspective of what I see and what the lens sees. After 9 years of the same business, I learned something that no other photographer had taught me. She taught me to allow my inner light shine and she would capture it for the world to see. That to me was the most incredible experience for me. I feel beautiful

Lily

"I believe every woman should have a boudoir session. "

Check out a couple of my own shoots!

All boudoir sessions include:
up to 3 Outfits / Looks
 One professional Makeup with lashes
2-3 hour session (including makeup time)
A Reveal session to pick & purchase your favorites 

Albums & Digital options available

Everyone should have a little black book

 I stumbled across an album of two women in bathing suits doing pinup poses. My grandmother comes up to me, and sees what I'm looking at, covers her mouth and says “Ooooo, If my parents found out!!!” We giggled at how scandalous she made it seem from those days as I enjoyed her pinup photos (in fully covered bathing suits).  Times have changed and today's boudoir is quite different, but I truly believe it's an experience every woman should have at least once.

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"When I was younger

searching through old family albums,

 I stumbled across an album of two women in bathing suits doing pinup poses. My grandmother comes up to me, and sees what I'm looking at, covers her mouth and says “Ooooo, If my parents found out!!!” We giggled at how scandalous she made it seem from those days as I enjoyed her pinup photos (in fully covered bathing suits).  Times have changed and today's boudoir is quite different, but I truly believe it's an experience every woman should have at least once.

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"When I was younger

searching through old family albums,

Luxurious high-quality albums that are handcrafted in Italy. With a variety of paper options including our popular Metallic paper with a satin or glossy laminated coating. Cover options include plain, Printed Metal, Acrylic, and a die cut. Base album includes leatherette. Upgrades include Leather & Nappa.

Italian Album

High-quality albums that are handcrafted in Italy. The album cover is a matte laminated photographic paper bound by one of 40 options of leatherette colors! Printed on lustre photographic paper. The optional shadow box like case has a plexi glass cover to protect but still view your album.

Go Book Album

Made in the USA. For the person that wants something completely unique and customizable. From wood end pages, acrylic and metal covers to gorgeous patterned patterned leather options, this album is truly unique.

Couture Album

A great album for Boudoir or Engagement Albums. It’s photographic cover has a coating on it to make it feel soft and can be designed with unique paper pack designs. The boutique bags give it a modern chic way to keep it protected. Also Available with leather or photo cover. This album has the benefit of a quick turn around as it is Made in the USA.

Art Album

Whether it's a photographic box or glass, these customizable boxes hold from 100-800 loose 4x6 prints so you can ensure you'll have your entire day physically printed so you can enjoy your wedding day whenever you want, frame a store photos when you are done, and not just sitting on a USB somewhere.

Image Box

A Small, Romantic little boudoir album on a Satin Luster paper with Black or white Brocade. A perfect gift to hide away.

Little "Black Book"

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