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Spotlight on: Alejandra Ramos, Part 2

Back on the blog for Part 2, Alejandra Ramos is our resident saucy chef who we love and adore. She not only emodies the real natural woman, but also shares her tips on sexy and effortless entertaining to help you create your next happy successful affair. (You can also check out Alejandra baking up some more sexy and a cherry chocolate cake in Part 1, here.) christa_meola_photography_nude_new_york_boudoir christa_meola_boudoir_nude_photographer_new_york_1 christa_meola_boudoir_nude_new_york_photographer_0002 christa_meola_photographer_new_york_boudoir_nude christa_meola_photographer_new_york_boudoir_nude_003 christa_meola_nude_boudoir_photographer_0000 christa_meola_photographer_new_york_boudoir_nude_009

 Alejandra’s Top 5 Tips for Sexy & Effortless Entertaining

Schedule Time for Yourself
It’s important that you feel confident and beautiful when hosting a party, but that can be tough to do when your hair is still dripping wet or you’re covered in splatters because you didn’t have time to change. I always set a hard stop time for myself a couple hours before the party starts. When it hits, I stop whatever I’m doing, and go shower, get dressed, and do everything I need to do to feel amazing before the guests arrive.

Be Daring with Your Guest List
That guy you have a crush on, or the girl from your yoga class you would love to be friends with? Take a chance and invite them! I think there is no better way to get to know someone, or for them get to know how fabulous YOU are. (This is actually how my husband and I started dating. So you never know!)

Set the Mood
Remember that parties aren’t just about the food and drinks–think about other ways you can make the event feel a little extra special.  A weekend brunch calls for fresh flowers and wide open windows, while a sexy cocktail party practically begs for dimmed lamps and lots of candlelight.  Music also plays a big role. Try to create a custom playlist ahead of time or use a streaming app like Pandora or Songza to match the music to your food or theme.

Keep a Few Secrets
I never reveal my menu or any of my party plans before the fact. It creates an element of surprise, and gives me freedom to change things without worrying about disappointing anyone. It also means that if something didn’t work out how you planned–say a broken cake or burned side dish–you can just toss it and nobody will know!

Accept Help
You may be the host, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone. Have a friend who loves to mix drinks? Let him play bartender! Not crazy about baking? Ask a friend to bring a pie from that bakery near her house. Taking a few of your not-so-favorite things off your plate, will allow you to shine and create the best experience for everyone (yourself included!).

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Thank you Alejandra! I’m looking forward to putting those tips into action soon, especially No. 4 – how did I never think of that?

More gorgeous pics of you-never-know-what’s-coming-next soon…

xoxo, Christa

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Mr. & Mrs. Economopoulos, a New York City Elopement!

“To be someone’s first love may be nice, but to be their last is beyond perfect.”

Saying YES to marrying Costaki Economopoulos back in August was an easy choice to make.

Whether or not to elope, however, was a tough call. But once we made the decision, it felt so right.

The location was an easy pick. We met in NY, fell in love in NY, live here and LOVE this city.

We wanted our wedding to be memorable, fun, light, quintessential New York City, and us.

Eloping in the city, just by it’s nature, was immediately so romantic, fun, beautiful, and sexy. And most of all, just so perfectly us.

We had just two weeks to plan it.

Even so, it came together smoothly. The only thing that really mattered, we got right already. Costaki and I are the perfect match for each other, and we each were marrying our favorite person on earth.

I was in California at an event until just a few days before the wedding, so we did most of the planning by phone and purchases online. My friend Natasha laughed at me, saying that only I would be planning my wedding while at Tony Robbin’s “Date with Destiny.” So appropriate!

Our wedding day started in a beautiful suite at the Surrey Hotel, a relaxing bath for two, and late breakfast in bed with my sweet hubby to be. It was a crisp clear day, about forty degrees, with a beautiful blue sky.

We had two photographers for two different parts of the day. We loved having Heather Waraksa shoot the daytime getting ready shots, wedding portraits and ceremony pics. Jerry Zalez did all the post-ceremony pictures. They both did an amazing job, and we couldn’t be happier with the photographs!

Heather’s pictures immediately follow. Jerry’s farther below.

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The stylists arrived around noon, as well as my assistant, Jerry, and it made me so happy to have my whole CMP team there. My mamma arrived also, our one and only guest. She helped me get ready in the separate bedroom suite area, so Costaki wouldn’t see me, while Heather took beautiful portraits as I was getting dressed.

Costaki had chosen the same tux his dad wore to his parent’s wedding in December 1966. Costaki explains: My folks had one of the best marriages I’ve ever seen, and I wanted to be connected to that. Plus, I love and miss that guy. I strive to be like him in life. To be a great husband. To be a great dad. To be a great guy.

I just loved that sentiment so much, and we took a cue from his dad’s retro tux to inspire the style of the entire wedding. Vintage and classic.

Here, Costaki and my mom are making sure his pocket square is just right and exactly like his dad’s.

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The one day I was in LA before the Tony Robbins conference, my friend and stylist Grasie Mercedes went shopping with me to find THE dress. We didn’t have an appointment, but fortunately, the boutique we went to squeezed us in for a few minutes and a few dresses to try on. Luckily, the last one was just IT. I absolutely loved it and didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night. Thank you Grasie!

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My mom is here helping me fasten “the pearl.” This necklace is a family heirloom and has been passed down and around from bride to bride in Costaki’s mom’s family. His mom wore it on her wedding day too, and I was honored to be a part of that.

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Look at that face. Costaki is the sweetest, sexiest, smartest, funniest, most adorable, thoughtful and loving guy I know. I’m a lucky girl!

christa_meola_costaki_economopoulos_000012Every step of the way was such a little memorable story in itself, but if I have to choose my favorite moment, it’s the evening before our wedding trying on the dress at the tailor’s in the tiny dressing room with my mom, and Ava (my beloved little 5 year old step daughter), and Costaki sitting nearby. I had given Ava the big task of making sure Costaki didn’t see me in the dress. She ooh’d and ahh’d at the gown and snuck her way into the tiny dressing room, crawling under the curtain. She helped me put on my shoes. She made sure daddy wasn’t looking. My mom was there too. It just felt so cozy, so loving. It was the happiest moment of contentment. All I needed was right there. My family.

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We hired the coolest vintage ’69 NYC taxicab, and an even cooler driver, Peter, to drive us around (see credits below). We loved the cab and driver and had so much fun. Peter had thought of everything… he decorated the car with a wreath and seasonal greenery, brought a special white marker for us to write “Just Married” on the back windshield, and had waters and bubbly in a champagne bucket in the backseat. Man, we had a blast riding around in that car!

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When we arrived at the Met just before the ceremony, we realized we were both starving, so we grabbed a hot dog and warm pretzel… so satisfying and yummy.

We chose the Met because it’s iconic. It’s beautiful, sacred, gorgeous, and it’s just my favorite place to be in all of New York. It’s a unique choice too because, well, no one gets married there really. They don’t rent out the space to “wedding parties.”  But we were’t really a wedding party…

We were super nervous that we might get kicked out, but once inside…

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…we went about our business and straight to the pre-determined perfect spot, where we enjoyed a beautiful albeit very brief ceremony and celebrated every step of the way!

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After the ceremony, we rode around the city, played in the snow a bit and stopped for cocktails at Carmine’s, the site of our first blind date.
Note: all photographs that follow by Jerry Zalez.

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Ok, Costaki, c’mon. Did you have to make it look so hard?

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We continued the evening with a fancy pants late night dinner and running around the hotel. Back in our suite, we exchanged longer personal vows, looked fondly back on our day, played and laughed til dawn.

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Saying it was a memorable and beautiful day filled with meaning and love feels like such an understatement. It was all of that, and it was perfectly us.

And although we eloped somewhat privately, we had the presence of love from so many, and couldn’t have done it without the help of them all!

We truly loved every vendor we had the pleasure of working with, and felt like everyone who was a part of our wedding was perfectly cast. Each person felt like an old friend or family member, and was so personable and giving of their time, taking such special care to give us a wonderful experience.

Thank you for adding such warmth, kindness and love to our day!
We’re forever grateful.
Love,
Christa and Costaki Economopoulos
Daytime and ceremony photography
Heather Waraksa is such a talented photographer. We absolutely LOVE the photographs! She delivered exactly what we wanted in pictures: authentic, timeless, fun, simple, soft, and beautiful moments.
Post-ceremony photography
My dear friend, Jerry Zalez, did the photography from The Met onward and such an incredible job! A great talent for capturing real and endearing moments.
Officiant
Reverand Will - what a great guy! He was willing to do something risky and made the ceremony completely our own.
Vintage taxicab
Peter at Film Cars was like an old school buddy of C’s. Super relaxed and so dedicated to us having a great time. He had water and bubbly in a champagne bucket in the backseat for us. Nice touch.
Tux
The gentlemen at Jack Silver’s tux shop had the greatest of patience with our trying on every tux in the joint and making sure C looked like a million bucks.
Rings
Ask for Mel at Wedding Ring Originals. You’ll love him. He’s like your favorite uncle who’s always telling great stories.
Birdcage veil and crystal hair comb
These pieces were custom-made by the most adorable older woman, Basia, who works from her home, and is like an aunt who fusses over you with great care. 212.874.6720
Hair styling
Griselle Rosario is on my stylist team for CMP, and is one of the most talented and fun stylists you’ll ever want to meet.
Make-up artistry
Another essential part of my stylist team, Kristin Mirabelle, is my go-to for creating the most beautiful natural look. Love her and her work.
Stylist
Grasie Mercedes rocks my world and makes me look and feel beautiful every time we go shopping or work together.
Tailor
The experts at Mandana Boutique went above and beyond to do wonderful overnight tailoring on my dress and made it fit like a glove!
Cake
Local bakery Soutine created the most delicious cake and were generous to accommodate our mini two-tiered buttercream cake request.
Bouquet and cake flowers
Taylor at Fox Fodder Farm is a sweet and talented Brooklyn artist, who created exactly what we wanted, flowers that were a bit messy and wild.
Suite decor
Lastly, thanks to my awesome mom for making our suite feel festive and gorgeous with wreaths and romantic votives.
Dress and slip
BHLDN

 

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Spotlight on: Alejandra Ramos

Such a pleasure to photograph the gorgeous and lovely Alejandra Ramos of Always Order Dessert fame.

Among her many TV appearances, Alejandra has been featured alongside the likes of Emeril and on Dr. Oz. Her thoughts and feelings on cooking, hosting and eating are exactly aligned with our philosophy here at Christa Meola Pictures:

“To me, cooking is about pleasure, comfort, and seduction. I love to create and serve food that’s decadent, abundant, and just a little bit messy. I love long meals with lots of great conversation and very few rules. 

I don’t have the patience for perfection, and much prefer when things are just a little bit wild…it keeps guests from feeling intimidated, and encourages them to dig in and get lost in the flavors and just enjoy the moment. There’s absolutely no room for guilt or inhibitions at my table!”

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Even more of Alejandra’s sauciness on the blog soon.

Lots of love and yummies in your life,

xoxo Christa

ps. Alejandra was sweet to share her secret recipe with us for her Seriously Sexy Cherry Chocolate Cake featured in this series.

 

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Interview with TWIP

While I was up and gettin’ married this past December, the interview I did with This Week in Photography was posted.

It’s 45 minutes and PACKED with no-holds-barred info, so I didn’t want you to miss it.

The show’s gracious host, Frederick, said it was one of the most educational interviews he’s ever done. Gosh, what a compliment.

We discussed how I got started photographing women, my entire process, making women feel comfortable, how I work with my assistant, pricing, gear, what I do at the sales session, what’s next for us in 2014, and so much more…

So grab a cup of coffee, and I hope you enjoy!

xoxo Christa

CLICK PLAY BELOW TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW

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Nude, with Goosebumps & Gold Leaf

A recent session in NYC with a Chicago mom of three. She was inspired by an Esquire cover of Rhianna covered with leaves, but we opted to play with gold leaf…

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I love naked simplicity…

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More simply natural fine art nudes in the archives, and coming to the blog soon, from California to NYC to Spain!…

Stay tuned,

x Christa

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2013, A Year in Instagram iPhone Pics

Whew! It’s a few hours til midnight on 12/31/13, and I just finished my favorite year-end exercise of listing all the magic moments of the year!

2013 was packed with amazing moments and full of shoots, speaking, travel, girlfriends, family, so much fun and a ton of unexpected gifts… including the biggest one of all: Costaki and I got married!
 
So before heading out to ring in 2014 on this chilly NYC evening, I thought I’d share some of these favorite 2013 moments with you via Instagram, mostly captured with my iphone (except where noted).

Pictured above:
Engaged to my love in Hawaii / enjoying champagne and confetti with girlfriends on the Hudson / making it work at a photo party in AC / giving away a Canon 5D camera / Married! 12/19/13 NYC (by Jerry Zalez) / with a vintage cab ( by Jerry Zalez) / shooting with Regena Thomashauer / shooting and teaching a workshop in Seville (shot with Canon) / big thank you squeeze to my associate photog Jerry for taking our wedding pics / masterminding in style in Portland with my girls! / Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC with the fam / my birthday cake, designed by Ava (at 4 yr’s old)…

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Signing prints for collectors / featured shooting on NBC’s Inside Edition (shot with Canon) / fam trip to lake house for summer fun / catching up with Chase Jarvis at PhotoPlus in NYC / my book is now published in 4 languages! / ice cream party / giving the new MOVi camera rig a spin with Alex Buono’s help / on a chilly photo shoot in DC / kicking back on our rooftop / Batgirl, the Mad Hatter, and a witch go trick-or-treating / on a date night with the hubs to see a broadway show / loved speaking and teaching in Sevilla, Spain (photo by Marieno Leiva)…

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My gorgeous man before we took an incredible bike ride down a volcano! / signing books at PhotoPlus / hosting a spreecast for photographers / prepping to teach the Wildcat Nude Photo Workshop with Kim Weston in Big Sur / chatting at length with a personal hero, Chazz Palmenteri / sneak peek of my mom’s 61st birthday photo shoot / shooting and getting those garters just right / sharing gratitude and enthusiasm with photog students (by Javier Isorna) / a stolen moment of chilling on a hammock with my lovable pup / my favorite place of inspiration, The Met / more inspiration at Tony Robbin’s Date with Destiny, Palm Springs / Coney Island, nothing beats family time!

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I hope you take some time to look back on 2013, have a glass of wine, sit back and let your mind wander (you can use the help of photographs or a calendar to jog your memory), and write down all of the magic moments, no matter how big or small.

You’ll be surprised at all that you’ve packed into 365 days… all of the wonderful little everyday moments that take your breath away and create the texture of a beautiful and precious life.

Sending lots of love,

Christa

ps. Join me on Instagram for a peek into my life… mostly iphone photos, silly moments, fun and inspiration! Now let’s take all that positivity that memories (and photographs!) evoke into the new year and have an amazing 2014!

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New York City Rendezvous, A Photo Shoot!

Thinking about a memorable holiday getaway to NYC? Jet in on Thursday, stay at a luxurious hotel, visit the hottest sights, and experience a decadent photo shoot that will have the both of you blushing for decades!

We take care of all the details, you provide the mischief.

Contact us for complete details.

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Contact us here, and we’ll get right back to you.

xo Christa

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The newly expanded Online Boudoir Workshop begins Oct. 7th!

YOU’RE INVITED TO ENJOY:

Behind the Scenes access to Christa’s shoots
Video tutorials and post-production demo’s
NEWLY updated and expanded content
NEW projects, contests and assignments

LIVE Q&A calls every week
Private forum for members only
Ongoing six weeks of one-on-one interaction with Christa
Free resources, downloads, templates, and Christa’s price lists
Thousands of dollars worth of giveaways, vendor discounts, downloads…
and more!

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“Worth every penny. This is the workshop for those who want
to stand out in the photography community.”

Allie Lindsey, Temecula, CA

I’m thrilled to announce the newly expanded Online Boudoir Workshop. The previous courses have been huge successes, and now this unique class is back by popular demand! This is a 6-week online course for photographers who want to learn all of the exciting aspects of the booming boudoir market, from home.

Join us in your pj’s and enjoy behind-the-scenes shoots, video tutorials, Photoshop® and Lightroom® demo’s, personal interaction, a private forum, free downloads, sweet giveaways and much more! Gain confidence, clarity, guidance, and inspiration. Plus, answers to all your questions about how to build a successful boudoir business!

Boudoir Photography is about empowering women – helping them feel amazing and celebrating who they are. So get in on the fun now! It’s such a fun and fulfilling career, and I want you to be a success.

HOW IT WORKS

This is a 6 week course, beginning October, 7th. Each Monday, we release that week’s content to you: behind-the-scenes videos, tutorials, downloads and projects! These materials remain available to you 24/7 during the entire workshop. You can view all or pieces of it at your leisure, so you can’t miss a thing!

PLUS, we have Live Q&A Calls every Thursday, so you can ask me anything and further the discussion. The calls are all recorded and available to download and listen to at your convenience.

In addition, we have an exclusive Private Members’ Forum during the entire course to interact with and support each other. I will be participating daily, interacting with YOU, personally. We will be learning and playing together, and I’m right by your side as your personal coach!

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS INCLUDES:

WEEK 1 BRANDING + STYLE

  • Branding and standing out: How to create a distinctive brand that brings you into your business. Creating a consistent look that separates you from the crowd.
  • Business Models and Studios: Choosing what works for you so you design a business you love.
  • Websites and Portfolios: How to best showcase what you do and have a presence that book clients.
  • Building Clientele: Defining and finding your ideal client. Eliminating time, energy and money wasted on clients who aren’t right for you.
  • Styling: How to style a model and set to create editorial style photographs. Creating an amazing high-end look on a budget both in studio and on location.

WEEK 2 POSING

  • Working with Women: How to work with nonmodels and nervous clients to bring out their best.
  • Posing: How to flatter curvy girls and every body type with simple posing principles.
  • The 5 poses you need to know and master: taking them to the next level and building a set of 35 smoking hot sellable shots.
  • Flow Posing: How I flow from pose to pose, keeping it fresh and inspired.
  • Creating emotion and sensuality: Learn how to coach actions, give easy direction and create beautiful moments.

WEEK 3 LIGHTING + EQUIPMENT

  • Natural light: finding the best and most flattering light and how I work with reflectors
  • Strobes: working with portable studio strobes, modifiers and simple lighting set-ups
  • Flattering women with light: how to create or de-emphasize curves to flatter every body type
  • Lenses: How I use my favorite portrait lenses on every shoot

WEEK 4 SHOOTING

  • Storyboards: Using storyboards to build a must-have shot list of 35 shots that sell.
  • The Money Shots™: Learn how I coach and capture each of my best-selling shots that every client wants and are must-haves for your portfolio.
  • Fine Art Nudes: Working with nude models, see how I blend Fine Art Nudes and Fashion with Portraiture to create my high-end boudoir look.
  • Shooting to sell: How to create variety and tell a story easily on every shoot.

WEEK 5 POST-PRODUCTION

  • Editing: How to select your best shots and cut your workflow in half.
  • Workflow: See my images straight out of camera through final pics to client and blog post.
  • Lightroom®: a 45 minute video tutorial on what I do for every shoot.
  • Photoshop®: a 45 minute video tutorial on retouching
  • Outsourcing: What and when to send it out.

WEEK 6 MARKETING + SALES

  • Pricing: Nailing your price list so you’re busy, happy and well-paid.
  • Sales: How to increase sales effortlessly at every stage of your process.
  • Proven scripts for several difficult sales situations, such as “Why are you so expensive?” and “Let me think about it.”
  • Getting Clients: How to attract your Ideal Client and create powerful word of mouth marketing.
  • Marketing: Using partnership marketing and social media to book clients.
  • Boudoir Parties: All you need to throw a successful (or your first!) boudoir party.

BONUSES

  • The Pricing Workshop, Live Call
  • Christa’s Price Lists PDFs
  • A real sales session recording with Christa and her client
  • A Storyboard PDF of 35 Shots that SELL
  • Christa’s sample album PDF
  • Graduates After Party Call
  • Thousands of dollars worth of giveaways from our sponsors 

BRAND NEW BENEFITS!

All new registrants receive the following valuable benefits:

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP in all upcoming Online Boudoir Workshops.
That’s right. When you register for the workshop, you receive Lifetime access to all of my Online Workshop resources every year we run the workshop, including every new video, recording and download. How awesome is that! So fear not if you get unexpectedly busy, you’ll now have lifetime access.

Participation in our exclusive OBW REFERRAL NETWORK.
We get tons of client inquiries each and every week from all over the world, requesting a boudoir shoot. My team and I couldn’t possibly shoot every single one, and I’d love to give them your name. Graduates of my Online Boudoir Workshop who remain in good standing will now be included in the new Referral Network.

“THE best workshop I have ever taken – hands down.
Worth every cent (plus some)!
Kim Mallory, Chilliack BC

Got Questions? Not sure if this is right for you?
Visit our FAQ’S page or email me at Christa @ ChristaMeola.com

PRAISE FOR CHRISTA AND HER WORKSHOPS

I more than doubled my income! Attending Christa’s workshop changed my life.
Robin Hultgren, Walnut Creek, CA

Don’t hesitate, sign up. You won’t regret it! I got way more then I paid for!“
Heather Gill, Scottsdale, AZ

“Best workshop I’ve ever taken!!!!!! Anyone who asks me I tell them it’s SO worth it! Sign up!”
Shani Barel, Sherman Oaks, CA

“I had my highest portrait sale ever of $4,700 thanks to Christa!”
Lisa Roah, Orange County, CA

Best money I’ve ever spent on my business. Period. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
Erin Nelson, San Francisco, CA

Best time and money I’ve spent! My editing time has been cut in half!”
Kristen Penza, South Pasadena, CA

You can’t put a price tag on what Christa teaches.
Hannah Skye, Orange County, CA

I strongly recommend it to both new and veteran photographers.
Angelica Roberts Cliffside Park, NJ

The week on posing women alone is worth every penny of this workshop!
Meagan McGinity Paia, HI

Highly recommend – its worth every penny! I’ve already booked clients that will cover the cost of the workshop!
Shea Mayberry Dana Point, CA

I wish I would have taken this course sooner!
Kristen Butler Calgary, Canada

“The whole workshop was a knockout!”
Francesco Belvedere, Venice, CA

Christa should charge more for her workshops. Her level of teaching is way higher than others who charge more.”
Jennifer Robertson, Geneva, IL

Christa’s workshop changed my life – what she taught really blew my mind!”
Tammy Coombs, Tracy, CA

If you have the opportunity to take Christa’s workshop, do it!
Rafeal Vaszquez, Mira Loma, CA

My first shoot was a total success thanks to Christa!!!
Sally LeDrew, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

I have been on fire since Christa’s workshop! It kicked my creativity and inspiration into overdrive!”
Jill Amanda, Santa Barbara, CA

Christa’s workshop was AMAZING!!! I recommend it to anyone starting out or looking for a fresh approach!”
Heidi Walter, Manhattan Beach, CA

“Christa’s workshop is a MUST DO!
Jacqueline O’Neill, San Gabriel, CA

Christa and her workshops are awesome!
Marc Javier, San Francisco, CA

“Christa is so passionate about her craft and pushes you beyond what you think you’re capable of.
Lori Eng, Vancouver, BC

THE best money I have ever spent on my business! Do it.”
Erin Brannan, Highlands Ranch, CO

“Well worth it – It’s what I needed to move my business to the next level.
Milisa Smith, Riverside, CA

I grew leaps and bounds with my business. Highly recommend.”
Lesley Stefanski, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

“It was worth every dime! And was SO much fun!”
Lori Eng, Vancouver, Canada

I highly recommend this workshop! So unlike other workshops I’ve taken.”
Christine Haws, Santa Monica, CA

Best money and time I’ve spent in my 3 year photography career! Her workshop is career changing!
Anna Anacolba

“If you want to go to the next level, this is the workshop. It challenges you to think BIG
Jill Martin, Santa Barbara, CA

“Christa’s workshop is worth way more than it costs.”
Maggie Keegan Gross, Valencia, CA

“If you want to learn about boudoir photography, Christa’s workshop is a must!
Karen Wolfe, Lake Tapps,WA

“Christa’s workshop is not-to-be-missed! It’s for those who want to be the BEST!
Melissa Hart Dobbs, Manvel, TX

“It’s the first workshop I walked away from saying how wonderful it was and how it was worth every single penny.
Stephanie Piscitelli, Bridgewater, MA

“EPIC!!!! I have a new outlook.
Melissa Lin Huddlston-Smith, Moreno Valley, CA

Worth every penny. This is the workshop for those who want to stand out in the photography community.”
Allie Lindsey, Temecula, CA

“Christa’s workshop just blew me away!… an amazing experience!”
Rita Spevak, Chicago, IL

“OMG!!!! I LOVE this workshop. It’s the best thing that happened to me and my business.
Bethany Grove, Holts Summit, MO

The BEST workshop I’ve taken by far. I’ve taken several workshops (kind of a workshop junkie), and Christa’s is full of rich content. HIGHLY recommend.”
Margie Mobley, Scottsdale, AZ

CONTENT RICH!!! Incredible!! I’ve never been given this much useful information in one workshop before. Whatever level of photographer you are, you will benefit from this workshop. Guaranteed.
Hannah Skye, Huntington Beach, CA

THE best workshop I have ever taken - hands down. Worth every cent (plus some)! Really, Christa should be charging double. This workshop is Honest. Real. Packed with tons of valuable information!”
Kim Mallory, Chilliwack BC

“Awesome. Invaluable. Incredible. LOVED everything about it. Christa’s workshop is priceless.
Michelle Kidd, Itasca, IL

Money and time well invested! This was an awesome experience. I am SO glad I made the decision to do it!
Michael T. Sedwick, South Elgin, IL

Just DO IT! Highly Recommended! Amateur or Pro, you’re bound to find out more about your own prowess as a photographer and businessperson!
Scott W. Robinson

Worth every penny, definitely recommend, what a treasure trove of information!
John P. Dunnigan

This was the best money and time that I have ever spent on pursuing a passion. Regardless of previous experience and genre, if you are interested in shooting portraits, this is the most comprehensive workshop A to Z that you will find.
Herb Irvin

This is a great chance to get very personal with a pro.
Ole Vangsgaard

I am in love with my work again. Christa’s workshop is an intoxicating mix of awesome experience and practical advice that beautifully fleshes out all the areas that have held us back. Now we can fly!
Christopher Medak.

Highly recommend. Christa’s energy & care for her students comes through. Really brilliant tips. I’ve taken a bunch of courses that explore various methods but her’s fit very well with the way I want to work.
John Cornicello

Highly recommend! Packed full of incredible information!!!!
Nicole Le Saout, Dublin Ireland

My confidence went to an all time high on how to handle my clients.
Traci Reid Palmetto, GA

I’ll make more money because of this workshop.
Peter Forman Brooklyn, NY

Do the Workshop.
Stacy Humphries Pensacola, FL

It will improve the quality of your work and raise your confidence.
Sharon Simpson, England United Kingdom

Christa’s awesome workshop cuts to the chase and lays it all out.
Mark Eliason Wilmington DE

I loved being able to talk one-on-one with Christa on the phone about pricing that would fit best for my business.
Dana Jonas Seattle, WA

I didn’t even know how to use my camera on manual mode when I started. While taking her class, I have started shooting and booking paying clients. She has taken all the frustration and guesswork out of starting not only photography, but also a new business!
Kristie Kosmides Hilo, Hawaii

Amazing content! Covers all the bases.
Peter Kelly, United Kingdom

The workshop was the best investment that I have made in my business — I only regret that I didn’t take it earlier. I had previously purchased Christa’s 3-day live workshop and was concerned that the Online Boudoir Workshop would cover the same material and be redundant. As it turned out, the Online Boudoir Workshop contained a substantial amount of new information that was extremely useful to my business and made an immediate impact!
Angelica Roberts, Cliffside Park, NJ

It’s the complete package.
Dan Zeiss Amelia, OH

I definitely recommend it. Saved me a ton of time!
Lysandra Cook Kailua, HI

I learned more about the business of photography in one week of this course than I learned in 3 years at Brooks Institute of Photography!  I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone passionate about photography, no matter what level of experience!
Meagan McGinity Paia, HI

This is a fabulous opportunity for every level of photographer. I’m thrilled beyond measure that I took this workshop.
Suzanne Taylor, Berryville, VA

The content is worth the money. I incorporate Christa’s Money Shots into all of my shoots that include adult women now, and it’s awesome.
Niki Strbian Finland Europe

I can’t quantify all the benefits from this workshop. It really is invaluable!
Lauren Dahn Talent, OR

Extremely helpful.
Mike Smith  Aurora, IL

The online workshop covered everything it was supposed to.
Mardoqueo Harrington Williston, ND

I knew even in week one that it was going to be worth the money. I am more confident in my choices and skills especially with posing and lighting. It’s like taking several college courses in just 6 weeks! But with such practical application it’s unreal.
Shea Mayberry, Dana Point, CA

Recommended. I’m more confident. More at ease. More professional about business aspects. More comfortable behind the camera.
Len Villano Sturgeon Bay, WI

Well worth it the money. Christa’s online workshop will not only teach you how to run a boudoir business, but will teach you the skills to run any photography business. One of the most comprehensive courses available. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Roy Esterhuysen South Africa

Before this workshop, I was so stuck in my career, not having the mindset or knowledge on how to be greater. Now, I have the resources needed to make this happen for me and my family.
Andrea Snow Tacoma Washington

Christa’s workshop is absolutely 100% invaluable from day one! Week after week she delivers priceless content from behind-the-scenes videos to in-depth marketing and best business practices that will change the way you think about your business.
Jennifer Najvar Austin, TX

Take the course!! It’s a great investment, and you won’t regret it.
Rommy Elizondo  McAllen Tx

Recommended. Christa presents information in a light-hearted yet insightful manner. It’s an in-depth view into how a photographer works.
Greg Hensel Wasilla, AK

YES! I recommend Christa’s workshop!
Hugh Tull, BC Canada

Christa’s online workshop is the most thorough and inspiring workshop that I ‘ve ever taken. Christa is honest in her approach and was available to answer everyone’s questions. Christa’s workshop went far beyond my expectations. The materials were awesome.
Kerri Brookins  Burleson, Texas

I definitely recommend this workshop!  It’s what I needed to launch my career. It was personal and thorough.
Meggan Weece  Broken Arrow, OK

I’ve learned a lot from this course. I feel more secure in my work and I don’t doubt myself anymore.
Rommy Elizondo, McAllen TX

It’s the best photography training I have ever done (and I have been to over a dozen in-person training seminars in the past 7 years).
Elissa Wood Johnson City, TN

Christa’s workshop is one of the best formats I’ve seen for online training (of any kind). I definitely recommend it. Christa gives more than just recommendations and what works for her business; she gives guidelines on how to start a boudoir business from the bottom up. Thank you for the hard work that went into this workshop. It was phenomenal, immensely educational and enjoyable.
Daniella DeLaRue Port Arthur, TX

The workshop was the greatest investment I ever made.
Gary Brown, M.D.  Amarillo, TX

Christa’s workshop is very detailed and informative. It makes you think deep and shoot with more emotion.
Shelly Rose Morang Scarborough, ME

Expect to learn a ton! And love every minute.
Rayelle Wilson Saskatoon, Canada

A ton of really good information.
Terri Locke Charles, IL

A peek behind the proverbial curtain into another photographer’s process is invaluable. I’m more confident that I can create a successful boudoir business now.
Jenn Grachow  Toronto, ON

The workshop is a great way to get you started in boudoir and build confidence with very helpful tools and skills.
Dave Stoby  Alcomdale, Candada

Well worth the price. I’ve increased bookings, plus my approach, style and quality have all seen enormous improvement.
Kimla Holk Tow, Tow TX

Christa has taken my business to the next level with shooting better, editing, and the relationship I have with my clients. Christa has shown me how to maximize my sales with the different shots that will sell!  If you’re looking to start a boudoir business then Christa Meola’s workshop is definitely the one to sign up for. Christa Meola is well organized, detailed, and all about taking care of business. I would tell everyone to take the course.
Traci Reid,  Peachtree City, GA

I’m not a Boudoir photographer but STILL learned so much. The branding, marketing, lighting, posing … ALL of it is important. Wonderful class with so much information. Christa Meola tackles all of it and is right there from the start helping guide you. Great great workshop for anyone, no matter where you are in your business.
Deborah Chetwood Austin, TX

My shooting has tremendously improved. I don’t feel lost anymore.
Emily Fisk Simi Valley, CA

I highly recommend Christa’s workshop!! I hesitated at first and was extremely nervous because this was a very BIG step, and I’m so happy I did it! Christa shares AWESOME information!
Tammy Sawyer Pewaukee, WI

I highly recommend taking this course if you are struggling with learning how to pose and lighting. I used to struggle with posing, but the poses Christa teaches are so easy to do. I LOVE the poses.
Denise Beck Houston, TX

Absolutely recommend!
Kirsten Mumford, Colorado

Very comprehensive.
Cyndy Porter  McLean, VA

I highly recommend it.
Trevor Sherwin Ontario, Canada

Christa brought complex material to a layman’s level that I could relate to. And that I was able to apply immediately.
Dr.William Shideler Valparaiso, Indiana

Taking Christa’s workshop is like having her as your own personal mentor, via the internet.
Marty Castilla Union City, CA

The posing and lighting were so very helpful!
Andrea Scott Redmond, WA

The workshop is worth every penny, and Christa is a great teacher. She is so candid and shows even the mistakes she’s made – so refreshing!
Kitty Cohen Chantilly, France

I didn’t even know where to begin before the workshop. Now, I’m able to create an action plan before a shoot so that I feel more prepared. I know how to incorporate her money shots into every shoot, as well as refine my editing process so there is more cohesion in my work.
Tiffany Smith Toronto, Canada

I definitely recommend this workshop. You will learn soooo much. I have more confidence and have streamlined my editing, even in my sports photography.
Teri Roberts  Jupiter, FL

Worth the time and money. I’m taking better photos.
Robert Rider Dayton, OH

I LOVED IT! It’s the next best thing to actually being on a shoot with Christa.
Sarah Newton, Battlefield, MO

Christa makes learning fun, the business fun and keeps it simple too!
Carolyn Clarke Halfmoon Bay, BC

I highly recommend Christa’s workshop! I benefited immensely from branding to shooting to marketing, the whole aspect of this genre. I also learned the secrets of Christa’s most popular shots.
Joyce Kang Austin, TX

My attitude towards my business has entirely flipped! I already see a difference in how clients interact with me.
In every possible way I’ve grown, evolved and turned professional- thank you! Absolutely recommend!
This has been an eye-opening experience that everyone in this industry needs to have!
Ariana Grimm Applegate, CA

I loved what I was doing before the workshop, but now I feel a purpose to every shoot. I’m no longer afraid to raise my prices, and editing is SOOOO much easier now! These past six weeks have changed my life…in business, in my mindset and in my daily routines!
Robin Lynn Grundy Center, IA

My sales have already increased. I’ve recommended it to all of my photog friends! Whether you work with babies, couples, seniors – whomever – you can benefit from this workshop. So many of the underlying principles Christa covers apply to photography and success in general!
Jen Sinclair Glen Allen, VA

I recommend the workshop to any person who is serious about the business of boudoir photography.  Now I enter my sessions with much more confidence, my photos reflect my brand, I know what sells, and I have an action plan to make my craft a livable career.
David Gonzales Murphys, CA

This workshop really shortens the learning curve. It was very straight to the point, no bullshit, consistent and business-oriented.  I’m more confident now about the whole process. Recommended!
Jolita Grazuliene Bendoreliu, Lithuania

Christa is totally open with her knowledge and ideas.
John Sweetwood Sandy Springs, GA

I love this class!!! I’d recommend it to all photographers because it’s packed full of info, moral boosters and networking. I’ve already noticed an increase in my confidence and shooting.
Dawnya Costilla Kenmore, WA

Very informative.
Misty Boles Helena, MT

A game changer. The course covered the business side, as well as the posing/lighting/gear side – both were fabulous.
Catherine Just  Cottonwood Heights, UT

With 30 years of model photography, I had lots of experience shooting and posing women. I personally benefited from the workshop’s business approaches, the sales, marketing and ideal client discussions.
It’s convinced me that boudoir is feasible, and that customers will pay for this type of portraiture.
Larry Spong El Mirage, AZ

I see a big difference since the workshop. I sell more images, my editing got better, I know which lens to use, and how to approach clients. Christa gave a lot of important information and made it personal.
Erika Nelly Hialeah, FL

Christa is very giving of her knowledge – she breaks it all down into manageable chunks.
Sharon Simpson, England United Kingdom

She shortened the learning curve a lot. I feel more confident going into a shoot now, knowing that I’ll be able to make lots of different types of women look their very best.
Dana Jonas Seattle, WA

I would recommend the workshop to photographers because it is invaluable. Period.
Andrea Snow, Tacoma Washington

Christa’s enthusiasm for her work and art is infectious. She has such a wealth of knowledge and shares it all! Christa is warm and encouraging; she will make you laugh and inspire you to take your business to the next level, and the next level after that, and the next level after that!
Jennifer Najvar Austin, TX

Christa’s workshop has changed the way I shoot completely. All of my shoots are much better! Not just boudoir.
Kerri Brookins  Burleson, Texas

I have a better structure for all aspects of my business. I feel confident to develop my own artistic style and not worry so much about what everyone else is doing. Christa gave me the tools to move forward with confidence.
Elissa Wood Johnson City, TN

Since I am a full time practicing Urologist I took the course because this is a passion of mine, and I was able to do the course doing odd hours. I’d do it again and highly recommend. It provides education to the novice as well as to the working pro.
Gary Brown, M.D.  Amarillo, Texas

I’ve experienced a life-changing business mindset. Christa’s workshop gave me all the tools to be successful in running a boudoir business.
Traci Reid Peachtree City, GA

I highly recommend this workshop. I had hesitations at first because I was so new to boudoir, and I wasn’t sure if it was right for me. This workshop will take away any hesitations or questions you may have. The business aspect of the workshop has really benefitted me. Such a great resource.
Emily Fisk Simi Valley, CA

I have studied photography a lot. But it is much different reading about it and actually seeing it done.  Very valuable and truly inspiring!   
Denise Beck Houston, TX

The workshop is awesome! I totally recommend it, especially if you have trouble getting your business brain on! Christa’s assignments really broke it down and helped take anxiety out of the process.
Tiffany Smith Toronto, Canada

I have learned so many things that I had never even thought about before the workshop!  I have more confidence and a game plan when I walk into my shoot. Editing….WHO KNEW IT WAS SO EASY?  How to walk out of a shoot with at least 35 sellable shots and how to coach your lady to get the shots you (and she) both want.
Sarah Newton, Battlefield, MO

I would HIGHLY recommend this workshop because plain and simple…it will change your business into what you’ve always wanted it to be. It’s unique, it’s personable, it’s empowering, it’s INVALUABLE. It’s a BOUDIE WAKE UP CALL!!
Robin Lynn, Grundy Center, IA

Absolutely recommend! It will make a big difference in getting you started or improving your business.
Peter Forman Brooklyn, NY

A really great interactive experience! An inspiring, and fun workshop with practical applications for every aspect of the business. I loved loved loved how positive Christa is and how willing she is to help us newbies!
Kristen Butler, AB Canada

TAKE THE WORKSHOP!!!! Don’t wait, just do it! The amount of information you receive is well worth the money. Christa makes it easy to understand and FUN!
Sarah Newton Battlefield, MO

Christa Meola’s online workshop is THE one to take. Gives you what you need in order to run a successful boudoir business.
Traci Reid Palmetto, GA

Worth every penny. Take Christa’s workshop if you are looking for new ways to expand your business, increase sales, get fresh ideas or inspiration.
Marty Castilla Union City, CA