no time sweeter than this.
bridal boudoir for the modern lover
and all of a sudden
IN THE MIDST OF ALL THINGS WEDDING PLANNING, TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF, TOO.
and all of a sudden there are a thousand decisions for you to make, a thousand moving parts to coordinate, a thousand emails to send, a thousand and one tasks on your growing to-do list.
Stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath. Seriously, whether you’ve just said yes or you’re in the thick of all the planning, take a moment. This season of your life: all of the joy & anticipation, the feeling of “oh my god I’m going to be a wife,” the parties & showers & togetherness. It’s all going to come & go in the blink of an eye. Take a second & soak it all in.
Bridal boudoir has traditionally been given as a sexy wedding day gift. & while yes, your partner will definitely appreciate these photos, a bridal boudoir session serves a deeper purpose: paying homage to who you are here & now. Wildly in love, but not yet a wife, mother or grandmother. On the cusp of one of the most beautiful decisions you’ve ever made.
Each bridal boudoir session is a full service experience, custom designed to not only give you gorgeous images, but to also carve out a dedicated time during your engagement for you to relax, soak in your own beauty and celebrate this time as a bride to be.
every bridal session includes
BEFORE THE SESSION
30 minute consultation call
comprehensive prep guide
professional wardrobe consultation & packing list
DAY OF THE SESSION
professional "I woke up like this" hair & makeup
90 minute session- enough time for 3 looks
expert posing guidance
all the love & encouragement in the world
IN PERSON GALLERY REVEAL
professional retouching of images
full gallery of 40 images to select from
tightly edited selection of heirloom products
all images & products are purchased separately. no images are included in the session fee
These are going to be some of the most gorgeous images you've ever seen of yourself, and I firmly believe they are too good to live on your camera roll or on your computer. I've scoured dozens of professional labs to create a tightly curated menu of archival-quality products to bring your portraits to the tangible realm. These products are the perfect wedding day gift to your partner, but will be a testament to your spirit & your legacy for decades to come.
There is nothing like the magic of holding tangible proof of your beauty in your hands.
heirloom portrait boxes
fine art albums
"From the moment I walked in...you made me feel like I was the most beautiful woman you had ever seen"
from past clients
"Shooting with Daytona was so empowering. She makes sure you are super comfortable and she creates a safe place to really allow you to explore your own beauty and self. And she captures it so well! She is fun, professional and above all, incredible talented."
"Daytona is a warm and gifted photographer. I instantly felt comfortable working with her-like taking pictures with an old friend. Throughout our shoot, she kept the lines of communication open, asking questions and checking in with me. She has an amazing eye for what will translate in a photo. I trust her completely behind the camera, especially in such an intimate setting. I'm so happy with the result; these are some of my favorite photos of myself."
"It was pure magic. You made me feel like the mundane things I did were the most beautiful thing you had ever seen. I truly felt like a piece of art. my photo shoot with Daytona was a divine experience. she is so incredible. she took mundane things, like my glance out the window and turned them into a stunning portraits. she made sure I was comfortable at every moment. she was honest. if she had an idea, she would work to pose me, and if it ended up not looking the way she envisioned. she was so good at making she I knew I was a piece of art. she contorted her body in weird ways to get the perfect angle to capture my essence on film. this shoot was my gift to the woman I've become, and she made sure it was a masterpiece."
“From the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out, you made me feel like I was the most beautiful woman you had ever seen. Although I was nervous because I had never done anything close to this, I felt comfortable because of your confidence. You made one of the most vulnerable thing I have ever done the most amazing experience of my life.”⠀
"Daytona is one of the most genuine people I've ever come across, meeting and shooting with her was absolutely amazing. Her ability to capture people as their true selves is a rare thing to find and my favorite thing about her photography. I absolutely love the photos from our session together."
"Working with Daytona was amazing! As a fellow photographer, I had worked in my space many times and have struggled coming up with fresh vibes. Daytona came right in and quickly knew what she wanted to shoot, finding gems in my own backyard that I had never noticed before. She made me feel so comfortable and beautiful: probably the bet coaching I've had during a shoot from a photographer. All around wonderful experience and I wish we still lived close because I would shoot with her all the time."
"Working with Daytona was an incredible, stress-free experience. She took care of every single detail and made me feel so comfortable. She brings this awesome energy to the photoshoot. It feels like you're hanging out with a friend that you've known forever. She strikes this cool balance between capturing you organically, and giving you the perfect amount of instruction to get you into a pose that looks effortless. I love that I see myself exactly the way that I am in these photos. Looking at them makes me feel proud of my wild hair and my uneven boobs. Booking with Daytona was exactly the act of self-love I was looking for, and then some.
“Shooting with Daytona was literally a dream. From her creative space to her relatable approach everything was a breeze. The entire experience felt more so like hanging out with one of my closet friends instead of someone i was meeting for the very first time. Definitely would do it again and again and again.”⠀
“I wish I was able to list what exactly was so refreshing about working with her, but it really is not just one thing. There’s a certain feeling that she brings to a shoot. Working with Daytona makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your best girlfriend, but having someone there to capture all of those moments that you truly feel beautiful. The way you stretch, or smile, or glance over your shoulder, the beauty she sees in you will translate impeccably onto the film you receive from the session. ⠀
When you have those “what-do-I-do-with-my-hands” moments of self doubt, Daytona is able to shift seamlessly from comfortable conversation to concise instruction that will remind you that she is there to ensure that you are celebrating yourself."
"Working with Daytona was a dream! She is so kind, thoughtful, direct, and magical. I will definitely have another session in the future."
"Working with Daytona was an INCREDIBLE experience. She pays attention to every detail, collaborating with you before you even show up to your session so she knows exactly what you want. From the moment I arrived at the shoot, she made me feel like a queen! Any nerves I had were instantly eased with her friendliness and excitement for my session. The shoot was SO much fun! I was happy in my own skin and I left feeling empowered. The session reveal left me in awe. Daytona not only captured everything I wanted, the shoot exceeded my expectations. The whole experience gave me a new found confidence that has spilled out into all areas of my everyday life."
"I have sat in front of many cameras in my life, but Daytona captured the most beautiful photo of me to date. When I saw my images, I was moved to tears. She was sent from heaven to remind me of my beauty and the complexity of my personhood. The work that she is doing in this world is necessary and healing. She gave me the gift of rediscovering authenticity, and I love her forever."
"GODDESS VIBES. I knew going in I wasn’t in the best place physically or emotionally but within just a few minutes I was so comfortable. You can literally see my confidence change one photo to the other. By the time we got to the end, I felt like I’d shimmied out of a constricting bond of body shame and embraced the fierce woman I am. The body part I dislike the most is on full display in the photo I love the most."
"Working with Daytona is a dream. Even sick as can be, she showed up for me and for our collaboration. When two artists get together, you know something beautiful will come out of it - but Daytona really is charged on another level. She made me feel safe and cozy, enchanting and holy. There is something special about two women honoring each other as the divine works of art and nature that we truly are. I went into this experience hoping to feel more at home in my body. I am an actor, artist, and poet. I spend so much of my time focusing on women empowerment and women's bodies, but felt a disconnect to my own. Seeing my photos for the first time gave me just that - a feeling of coming home. Daytona is a safe haven for the feminine, a gifted photographer, and an energetic breath of fresh air. I would recommend her to any woman for any reason. There is never a bad time to honor all the beautiful, messy, naked, glowing, scrappy parts of you. Book now, book often, stay blooming."
"I have been “overweight” most of my life. I have shied away from photos, and ducked out of candids to avoid seeing myself in pictures more times than I could count. But seeing the art Daytona has captured makes me feel like a ethereal renaissance goddess. My body has seen love, trauma, laughter, and loss. She has carried a daughter and traveled from coast to coast, but most importantly this body is MINE to love. Daytona, thank you for the girl magic you serve every session. I truly hope every women at least once in their life gets to feel the way I felt in front of your lens."
This was my first boudoir experience and I was equally nervous and excited. As a photographer I am rarely on the other side of the camera. Daytona immediately eased my nerves and walked me through the whole process from start to finish. She made me feel so beautiful, so cherished, and so seen - a truly luxurious experience from beginning to end. Boudoir is an invaluable gift you can give yourself. I am eternal grateful for how Daytona's artistic eye and kind spirit has helped me see my own body and love it even more.
"What a beautiful experience. From the first day I spoke to Daytona and booked my session I began looking inside myself and started to remember who I am, aside from being a mother. I started taking better care of myself and putting myself first a little more often. By the day of the shoot I felt totally relaxed knowing that a stylist would be there for me, and that Daytona would guide me since I usually feel very awkward in front of a camera. The studio is lovely and the session itself was so peaceful! The fact that Daytona shoots on film shows that she is truly talented. She is fully present during the shoot, really seeing what a beautiful image could be and snapping it at just the right moment. She asked me what I wanted to get out of the shoot and more than delivered. She got the shots I specifically asked for plus more I couldn’t have even imagined! I know that each of my images were well thought out, shot intentionally and a result of Daytona’s vision. I love the creamy colors, the natural grain, and the perfect imperfections of some of my photos that make them even more special. After I saw them for the first time I felt such a sense of serenity that she captured these fleeting moments in time for me, knowing that my children and I will have them to cherish forever, to hold in our hands and to keep in the portrait box that could still be around long after I’m gone. I hope that anyone who is on the fence about booking a session with Daytona will realize how valuable it is and give themselves this priceless gift!"
"Not only is Daytona an incredible photographer, but she is also a beautiful human being inside and out! She really did an amazing job and her vision and attention to detail was spot on. I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends!"
"Shooting with Daytona was a very special experience that I'll always be be grateful for. She truly has a unique ability to make you feel instantly comfortable, no matter how uncomfortable you feel being photographed. Like most people, I started to regret scheduling a session right before the shoot -- out of anxiety and nerves-- but Daytona made it one of the most enjoyable and empowering experiences. She truly went above and beyond every expectation. She's extremely professional, kind and caring. You'll leave feeling like you have a forever friend. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone who wants to celebrate their body."
"Working with Daytona was one of the best things I have done for myself recently. This is a time of my life that I am so excited to be able to have this physical reminder of how much I value myself. During the session she is such a ball of energy and makes you feel so safe during this super vulnerable experience. The amount of respect she has for you really allows you to embrace the whole experience. I wouldn't have wanted to have this experience with anyone else. And seeing my pictures for the first time... it's everything that I dreamed of."
I’ve been photographing people for 10 years and I can confidently say I can make *anyone* feel comfortable in front of my camera.
I will pose right alongside you so you just have to mirror what I’m showing you. You will never have to be unsure of what to do while I’m photographing you.
I believe in the bottom of my heart that seeing beautiful photos of ourselves is life changing. And confident women are world changing.
All of my work is shot on film.
I’m a dog mom to two sweet little baby angels. Malcolm is a golden retriever and Gus is a ???? (We think Rottweiler Corgi mix.)
I drink my coffee black, iced, and as strong as possible. All year round.
I could eat my weight in pizza and thai food.
85% of my belongings are secondhand. I loveee thrifting and am damn good at it.
I’m a major introvert. While I love people, I get my energy from lots of alone time.
Drink of choice: glass of italian red wine, or a spicy bloody mary.
photo by Michael Bethea
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I expect to spend?
What you purchase is up to you and I never put the pressure on you to buy more than you are comfortable with.
I offer financing through square which allows qualified applicants to pay for their session over the course of 3-12 months.
Full pricing information is available via phone.
I'm not photogenic or confident in front of the camera. Should I still book?
Yes! Most of the women you see in my work are everyday, albeit absolutely gorgeous, women. It's my job to get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera, and that's a process I've gotten really good at. Any professional photographer will tell you there's no such thing as being un-photogenic, there are just bad poses, bad lighting, unflattering angles and.... bad photographers who won't put you at ease in such a vulnerable place.
A shoot with me is incredibly lighthearted, and EASY, despite being incredibly luxurious. I'll be giving you tons of direction, showing you how to pose, and cheering you on the whole time. Every one of my testimonials mentions that I made them feel at ease in front of the camera, which is something I'm incredibly proud of.
P.S. It took me 23 years to finally become comfortable in front of the camera.
Where will we shoot?
I share a beautiful studio space in Virginia Beach but can go wherever you'd like. I love in-home sessions and outdoor sessions!
Can I bring a friend? A bunch of girlfriends?
Absolutely! If you know your friend will be 100% supportive of you and will allow you to feel completely at ease, she's absolutely welcome. I ask that "moral support" friends be limited to one, BUT would love to photograph you and a bunch of girlfriends for the most fun girls day/bachelorette party ever.
How far in advance should I book?
I recommend booking your date at least 4 weeks in advance so we have adequate time to plan, but I can accommodate tighter schedules if needed. Our reveal is 3 weeks after our session, and add on 4 weeks of production time for albums and wall art. You will get your digital files that day!
Rush processing is available for an extra charge.
How many photos will I be shown?
I show at least 40 finished photos at your reveal.
Will my photos be shared on social media?
You get to decide which (if any) images you are comfortable with me sharing. It is totally okay if you'd like to keep them ALL private. I never tag my clients in any posts I share.
Shouldn't I just book my wedding photographer for a boudoir session?
You can! I know this is a service a lot of wedding photographers offer to their brides. However, I'm a fully specialized photographer & I offer a full service experience: I shoot *only* boudoir & lots of it. Because I'm not shooting weddings every weekend, I've been able to focus all of my energy on creating a beautiful experience & menu of products specifically for boudoir clients, rather than tacking it on as a secondary service.