Category Archives: Boudoir

Hot Contrast

Happy Friday boudies! If you have time to play with gear on the weekend, I am digging this new light modifier – the Westcott 43′ Apollo Orb. The inside of the orb is silver so it’s higher contrast than my usual medium softbox. Since it’s round, I also thought the catchlights would be sexier…

I love experimenting! Check out the results…

Even though I pushed myself to shoot higher contrast, I found myself softening things up a bit on a few of them in post – lol! That’s my style, what can I say?

Let me know what you think about the results in the comments below.
And since I’m playing a lot with gear lately – tell me what light modifier you LOVE…

Happy experimenting,

Christa xoxo

Happy New Year!

Happy 2012 everyone! Hope you all had a blast ringing in the new year last night in whatever way you chose to celebrate. It was my first new year’s eve in NYC, and it was the most memorable one ever. I accompanied a photographer friend to the absolute BEST, most fun, out of control, off the hook, luxury uptown hotel wedding, and indulged in dance, lobster, wedding cake, cocktails, interesting characters, and new friends til it was well into morning and light outside.

And now, onto 2012!

Wishing you lots of amazing moments in the new year!


Hotel Tryst + Podcast Interview

This band-groupie bad-girl Marilyn Monroe inspired shoot was so much fun. And even more so because it was with my good friend Claire, who loves dive bars, rockstars and black & white photographs. So here ya go love 🙂

Good news: I’ve got even more great tips in store for you! Recently, the brilliant husband/wife team Phil & Mindy Thornton interviewed me for their hugely popular podcast Shoot to Kill. We covered a lot of FAQ’s and some even deeper questions and issues:

How I got started in photography and in business.
My Top 5 Tips for getting started and the equipment I’d recommend.
3 easy steps to getting that first client.
Special advice for male photographers wanting to get into boudoir.
How I avoid cheesy stereotypes of boudoir and create fine art images. 
The 4 places I draw inspiration from.
Easy tips and tricks for making clients feel comfortable.
What’s my sales process from A to Z.
Best tips for boosting sales. 

So check out my podcast episode and enjoy – it’s very entertaining – and fair warning: it contains EXPLICIT language and nudity – yeah I know it’s audio only, but use your imagination 🙂

Cheers to that and hotel trysts!


Super Star + Soccer Mom

One of the coolest gifts I got this year? My awesome super-star Studio Manager, Ursula. She takes the best care of your needs and mine. She’s always there with a smile and a “yes M’am!” Gotta love her, and I do. When I found out she had signed up for a discount site’s boudoir session before I had hired her, I admit it – I freaked the heck out. Whaaaat on earth would you do that for? Lol! Well you all know we were going to fix that 🙂 Isn’t she gorgeous, sexy and too adorable? And can you believe she’s a Soccer Mom too?

…and then she gives you a look like this.

Yup, that’s her own pole she brought with her.

…and that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.

Just a quick reminder that the ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP is nearly sold out! We’re kicking it off soon, so REGISTER NOW to catapult your business into high gear for 2012!

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

Get all the JUICY INFO, read the REVIEWS, watch the SEXY TRAILER and SIGN-UP NOW!

Christmas in NYC!

Hope everyone is enjoying a very merry holiday and getting ready for a beautiful Christmas! Since moving to NY earlier this year, I’m so excited for my first NYC holiday! I have been getting my Christmas geek on early and doing all the awesome cheesy stuff that makes this season my favorite time of year! Whether bundled up outside to enjoy ice-skating, Rockefeller Center, the department store windows down 5th ave, and brisk walks in the park, or snuggled up with a cozy blanket, decadent hot chocolate, and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, we’re in full nerd mode here and loving every minute of it. I bought my first Christmas tree and decorated it with little lights and 4 lovely ornaments (hey, I’m a minimalist – it works 🙂 Gifts have been lovingly been wrapped and given. Here are just a few sights I’ve been enjoying around the city to share with you…

Somehow, Bergdorff Goodman makes EXCESS look elegant…

Kinda creepy if you ask me, but what’s with the bird theme…?

Rockefeller Center and Gucci…

Oooooh something pretty in the window at Tiffany & Co…

My mom arrives in town today to continue the festivities, and I know she has the Rockettes planned for our near future 🙂

And just a quick Christmas heads-up, in case you’re thinking of last minute gift ideas for a loved one or to gift yourself…

We are running out of seats for the ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP, which starts soon on Jan 2nd! I am so happy with all the wonderful people we’ve got signed-up from all over the world! We are well-represented: Newbies and pro’s, women and men, Canon and Nikon 🙂

And here is some of the AWESOME FREE STUFF we’re giving away to select attendees during the workshop!

A copy of my book “EXPOSED: Redefining Boudoir” signed by me 🙂

A set of The Money Shots™ THE Shots that Sell!

A private one-one-one Coaching Call with me.

Your choice of RadLab, TRA1, TRA2 or Lightroom Presets from Totally Rad Actions.

$100 Gift Card from LensProToGo!

10×10 15-Spread Sequoia Album from Pictage.

20×30 NEW Acrylic Wall Art from Pictage.

20×20 NEW Bamboo Wall Art from Pictage.

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and hope to have your beautiful presence in my world very soon!

Lots of love and Christmas cheer,


ps. Here’s where you can sign-up to reserve a seat to the Online Boudoir Workshop and to get more info 🙂


Black + White

I love experimenting with light, shadow and lines. Nothing like deep black and white hot shapes…
This first one is my favorite – Damn girl! Just damn.

Playing with levels of exposure is fun because it radically changes the mood of a shot.

Experimenting keeps you playful and creative. Plus, it’s how you grow and develop a style. It’s got me falling in love with black and white all over again!

Lots more gorgeous photography experiments on the blog soon…

Happy almost Christmas!

xo Christa


Tuscan Showgirl!

I love silly. Silly is good. In fact, sexy and silly is my favorite killer combo. Ran across this shot from summertime in Italy and wanted to give you a little silliness on a winter Friday. This spontaneous little moment is courtesy of my hilarious good friend, Mrs. J, who I adore.

There will be lots of fun, hilarious moments and so much more as a part of the Online Boudoir Workshop! Participants will join me behind the scenes during video demo’s and watch me shoot models, clients, a curvy gal, and nudes…. how much fun is that! So sign up and grab a ringside seat to the action!

May you all have a little bit of sexy silly fun in your near future!


IMPORTANT NOTE: You have less than 24 hours to sign-up for the special rate! Price goes up at midnight tonight EST – so Register Now!


The Nightclub Act, plus Contest Winner!

Had some fun in a nightclub recently in LA… very Old Hollywood, circa 1920. Did a spontaneous quickie shoot with one of my favorite models while the maintenance crew was cleaning up. I couldn’t pass up this swanky backdrop! Since I had no lights with me, these are all shot with available light, using the 50 1.2 and 85 1.2. at 1600 ISO the entire time and varied shutter speeds depending if I wanted motion or not.

This is my favorite. Love the motion in her face and the lines created by the drapery.

Have I mentioned how much I love light & shadow?

We had well over 300 entries for a FREE SEAT to the ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP contest…

…and Winner #1 is: Mary Woe

Mary, congratulations! & welcome to the party! We’ll email you the info on how to collect your free seat.

The contest is still running, and I will pull another FREE SEAT & WINNER #2 on Friday December 16th, midnight EST. So enter now and as often as you wish.

Good luck!


ps. We are more than halfway sold out for the new ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP, and the cost of seats will go up to Regular Price of $595 on Friday December 16th, midnight EST, so Register Now to nab your seat and save $100! And if you win the free seat, we’ll refund your money 🙂


Happy Tuesday!

The perfect antidote from Italy for a rainy day in NYC…
a pretty dress, sunflowers, and lazing about in the sun

More sensual goodness on the blog all week…

Keep warm today 🙂

x. Christa

You Know that I’m No Good

Some of my favorite things…

Vintage lingerie from Italy
Curvy figure
Antique Mirror
and add Amy Winehouse lyrics…

I told ya I was trouble.



Apertivo Hour at the Villa

Apertivo hour in the Salon at the Villa. Florence, Italy. Sometimes a Party of One is the most fun 🙂

This was another favorite set from my Workshop in Italy! You can see more all week long 🙂

see ya back here soon – bring wine!

x. Christa

Red Hot Mama

Monique, a mother of two, celebrated her birthday with a sultry-themed photo shoot as part of a sexy weekend getaway with her husband in NYC! Our boudoir shoot was like Carnivale in Venice and Burlesque in Paris all rolled into one tantalizing show!

Monique almost convinces you that she’s sweet towards the end here 🙂

Almost 🙂

After the shoot, we celebrated with Hot & Dirty Martini’s and oysters… a perfect finish to a raw and sensual day 🙂


x. Christa