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Lingerie Inspiration: sophisticated choices for your boudoir shoot

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Sophisticated. Classy. Sensual. Feminine.

These are all adjectives my boudoir clients use to describe the type of lingerie they are looking for. If you Google “lingerie” it can be a pain to sort through the cheaply made (and cheap looking) lingerie sites. You booked a shoot with me because my brand is more Vanity Fair than Playboy so of course you want your lingerie to exude the same level of sophistication right?

Today I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite lingerie brands with you. And I’m only recommending this brand because many of my clients have ordered pieces and have been so impressed with the quality.

Meet Journelle. They are a New York based designer lingerie brand with the mission statement “We create lingerie lovers. We go above and beyond to make women feel beautiful and confident, starting from the inside out.”

I’m going to give you plenty of ideas for your own summer boudoir shoot (by the way, August is full and we’re booking for Sept!). These are classic, well-made pieces that will get use far beyond your boudoir photo-shoot.

They are having their semi-annual sale so I’m going to only feature pieces from that section (and there are TONS). To view each piece, simply click on the picture and it will take you right to the site.

Journelle Gia Longline Demi Bra

Passionata Adorable Thong

Heidi Klum Paradise Promises Suspender Belt

Heidi Klum Paradise Promises Strapless Longline BraOnly Hearts Coucou Ruffle ThongMontelle Eternally Yours Garter BeltMorgan Lane Ivy Polly ThongEberjey Noor ShortsJournelle Gemma Bralette

Else Petunia Garter SkirtL'Agent Grace SuspenderCosabella Minoa Soft BraMimi Holliday Cherry Drop Bow Back ThongMimi Holliday Cherry Drop Balcony BraClo Fortuna Long Line BraHanky Panky Silver Leaf BraletteOnly Hearts Coucou Ruffle BraletteStella McCartney Olivia Humming BodysuitElse Petunia Soft Cup BodysuitL'Agent Adah Wire BodyCosabella Cheyenne TeddyElse Coachella BodysuitMimi Holliday Orchid Twist BodyHow’s that for inspiration?? So many gorgeous pieces to choose from! The sale goes through July 13th and orders over $75 get free shipping.

A lot of my clients book their own shoot after seeing their friend’s portraits, but if you’re brand new to Little Bells Boudoir, take a look at our client testimonials to see what their experience was like. August is fully booked, but we still have two spots left for July. How about an outdoor sunset shoot in a secluded location? Or do you love the fashion magazine style studio portraits like the one below?

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Every woman is different. Your shoot is about your style and your personality. That’s why I offer every client an in-person consultation to discuss what your dream shoot looks like. It also gives you a chance to decide if you’d like to work with me before even booking a shoot.

Let’s set up a time to meet for coffee and chat about your real reasons for wanting to do a boudoir shoot, what styling you gravitate towards and start planning!

Email with subject “consultation” and introduce yourself 🙂 All emails are answered within 24 hours with the exception of weekends (because as much as I love my job, family time is super important).

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Valentine’s Day 2017 Polaroid Mini Boudoir Shoots

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As I shared with the ladies in my private facebook group, the only good thing about these rainy gloomy days is I get lots of brainstorming and business planning done.

Here’s a dilemma we have:  Valentine’s Day is 4 weeks away. And a lot of women would rather skip buying their partners expensive electronics for gifts (because where’s the sentimental value in that) and give boudoir portraits instead (not to mention spice things up a bit)…
But there is so much that goes into a regular shoot on my end and my clients’ so there’s just not enough time for everyone to get in. It’s depressing I know. So with the help of tremendous amounts of coffee and snuggles from my dog, I’ve come up with a budget friendly alternative that will allow for 15-20 women to be photographed before V-Day AND walk away with your images at the end of your shoot!

I know you’ll love our first ever Polaroid Mini Sessions!

The polaroid mini shoot is perfect for you if:

  • you’re stressing out about what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day.
  • a boudoir shoot with me has been on your bucket list but your budget hasn’t allowed for it yet.
  • you would love to have a little taste of the boudoir experience before investing in a regular shoot.
  • excitement has been missing from your relationship and you’re ready to do something unexpected.
  • you’re ready for something that focuses on you and your confidence.
  • you’re ready to feel gorgeous, free spirited and daring!

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How will the polaroid mini sessions work?

This type of shoot is like a watered-down preview of what a real shoot is like. A real shoot with me includes:

  • in person consultation-this is where you get to know me, decide if you want to work with me, ask any questions, learn about the boudoir experience, how to plan your styling, see beautiful sample products, etc. This is also the time I get to know your personality and what you love about yourself so that I’m able to bring that out during your shoot.
  • shared Pinterest board-this is a fun mood board between you, myself and the hair stylist/makeup artist where we help you plan wardrobe looks, hairstyles and makeup ideas. I help with shopping if needed and suggest figure flattering lingerie styles.
  • Professional hairstyling and makeup-you roll out of bed, put on some comfortable clothes, grab your breakfast and some caffeine, and head to the salon for some relaxing pampering time. My stylist, Morgan, is a pro at applying makeup for photography and her airbrush foundation looks flawless! She’s also great at helping you feel nice and relaxed.
  • 2 hour photoshoot-the time has come! You get two full hours of feeling like you’re being photographed for the cover of Vanity Fair, going from a bedroom scene to a more fashion forward studio vibe. We usually fit in up to 4 outfit changes, so there will be plenty of variety in your boudoir album.
  • High-end retouching-this is where the majority of my time is spent. After choosing your absolute best 25-30 images, each image gets a full professional high-end retouch with precision detail (averaging 15 minutes per image). Every image will be magazine worthy, I guarantee. Oh, and there will be no plastic, over-smoothed skin. That’s not how I roll 🙂
  • In person viewing session-the moment you’ve been anticipating…you’ll come to my home where you’ll get to view a custom designed slideshow of your gorgeous retouched images (in both color and black and white). We’ll choose your favorite portraits, your favorite products (the leather boudoir album paired with a framed wall portrait or canvas is by far the most loved option), complete your order and then two weeks later you’ll have your stunning printed portraits in your hands!


For the mini shoots, you’ll be responsible for your own hairstyling, makeup and outfit choice. When you book your shoot, I’ll include a complimentary copy of my lingerie guide to help you with your wardrobe styling as well as a link to my Pinterest boards that are full of lingerie, hair and makeup inspiration.


What are the details of the mini sessions?

  • Shoots will take place Monday-Thursday at 10:30 am, 11:45 am or 1 pm
  • The shoot will last 40 minutes.
  • Please come with your hair and makeup completely done.
  • We will photograph one outfit.
  • You are welcome to bring accessories.
  •  We will shoot 2 rolls of film (20 images)-remember this is film and not every image may turn out (blinks, in-between expressions, etc).
  • The film Fujifilm Instax Mini-the pictures will be credit card size.
  • You won’t have to worry about posing and your expression, that is my job to coach you through the shoot every step of the way.
  • The session comes with 8 pictures and you are welcome to purchase additional pictures. At the end of your shoot, we’ll lay out your pictures and you can choose the images you’d like to take home.
  • The price for the shoot is $189 and includes the photo shoot with 8 pictures. You are welcome to purchase additional picture for $11 each.
  • BONUS GIFT: every single client will receive a gift certificate for $200 off of a future boudoir session that will be valid for one year!

How can you display your pictures?

Check out these adorable mini albums that you can easily slide your pictures into (and you would have room to add more later!). A mini wooden or glass box with a ribbon around it would be perfect too!

I’m ready to book my shoot! What should I do next?

  • Call Cori at (309) 212-6359 during office hours Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm. Please have in mind a couple of time slots that would work best for you and we’ll see which ones we still have available. Again, shoots will take place Monday-Thursday at 10:30 am, 11:45 am or 1 pm. The first appointment will start Monday, January 23rd and the last appointment will be Monday, Feb. 13th. If I’m in a meeting and can’t answer my phone, please make sure you leave a message with your name, phone number and the dates you are interested in. You can also reach me by email at To book your shoot, a signed boudoir contract (electronic) and session fee ($189) will be due within one day. If these aren’t completed, your time slot will be opened up.
  • Are you ready to start planning your shoot?? Head over to my Pinterest boards for some lingerie inspiration!


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Something to UnWrap: Our Favorite Bow Undies for Your Boudoir Shoot

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“Take off your armor; dare to unwrap yourself, and dare yourself to be yourself.”

Let’s take a moment to talk about an essential part of your boudoir shoot planning-your undies!

With endless styles of undies out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re shopping for your photo shoot. If you’re the type of woman that loves everything girly, then you will love what I’m about to share with you! I think I was always meant to be a lingerie addict. One of my mom’s favorite stories to tell is when I was three years old and would go shopping with my aunt at Von Maur for fancy dresses and ruffled undies. There was nothing better than having ruffles on my three year old butt! My mom knew right then and there I had an appreciation for the finer things in life lol…

So let’s talk about how you can spice up your boudoir wardrobe while staying feminine, flirty and classy. What says “unwrap me” better than a bow on your backside? And really, who wouldn’t love that? It’s innocent and seductive all in one. Here’s a list of some seriously cute undies just waiting to be photographed (and unwrapped).

Mimi Holliday Cherry Drop Bow Back Thong

Cherry Drop Bow Back Thong,

Stripe Chiffon Sleep Boxer,

Bow Hipster Panties,


Tulle Curve Heart Panties,

Handmade Hearts & Bows Lingerie,

Bridal Veil-Front Lace Thong, Light Ivory

Bridal Veil Front Lace Thong,

Satin Bow G-String Thong

Satin Bow G-Strong,

Eyelash Lace Tie Skirt

Eyelash Lace Tie Skirt,

Glamorous, Ruffle Mesh Thong with Giant Bow

Mesh Big Bow Thong,

Marcia Brief,


For more boudoir style inspiration, come follow me on Instagram! A couple of times per week I share lingerie finds in my stories. You can also join our community of ladies over at our private facebook group where I post sneak peaks from my latest shoots, special promos and share lots of lingerie inspiration and tips.  Hope to see you there!

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Winter Boudoir Inspiration {Bloomington, IL}

Which style suits your mood?

Lingerie is like ice cream. Sometimes I like my simple, minimalist vanilla. It’s pure, classic and timeless. But maybe another day I’m feeling a bit sassy and I go for a scoop of decadent lavender honey. Style can change with your mood. That’s the beauty of fashion. It’s all about expressing your mood and individual style. With Valentine’s Day two months away, winter boudoir photo-shoots are selling out as quickly as pre-sale tickets for 50 Shades of Grey. But there’s a huge misconception about doing a Valentine’s Day shoot. This doesn’t have to be for a partner. A shoot can be 100% for yourself. You don’t need an excuse or someone to gift your portraits to. Any way you want to put it, this experience is one that stays with you forever and changes you. This is for you. So have a little fun browsing through the different lingerie styles and if you need help narrowing down your style and fit, that’s what I’m here for.

*BONUS:  at the bottom of the post, you’ll see the December boudoir special!

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Boudoir Set #1


Lace top

For Love Lemons high waisted panty
$200 –

For Love Lemons underwire bra
$220 –

Winter Boudoir Set


Sans Souci cardigan

UGG long socks

L Agent By Agent Provocateur padded bra
$49 –

$16 –

December Boudoir Special:


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The regular session fee is $199 (includes consultation, planning, pro hairstyling and makeup, photoshoot, retouching, and in person viewing session with a custom slideshow). To claim the offer, book your shoot by December 15th  (your shoot can be after this date). To book, a signed boudoir contract and session fee are due, then the spot is all yours! Email to set up a consultation.

Consultation times available:

Monday Dec. 5th: 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00

Tuesday Dec. 6th: 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00

Wednesday Dec. 7th: 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00

*Location: Coffee Hound, downtown Bloomington

*In your email, please let me know which day and time-slot you would like. The consultation is absolutely free, and you are not obligated to book. If you would like to go ahead and secure a spot at the end of your consultation, you can sign the contract and pay the session fee then. There are 5 spots available in time for Valentine’s Day and will be first come first serve.


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Princess Portrait Sign-Up

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“Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.” -Kate Spade

Princess portrait dates are going to be announced very soon!

We will be holding two full days worth of petite photoshoots (30 minute sessions) that will include professional hairstyling with very light makeup. There will be five spots for each day. Our VIP mailing list subscribers will be the first to get the details a full day ahead of the public. To join the list, simply fill out the form below and add “” to your contacts to make sure our emails don’t get caught in that annoying spam folder.

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