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  • Welcome to the Curves Boudoir Photography blog. My name is Amy Sandoval and I'm a boudoir portrait photographer in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and surrounding cities. Welcome to sneak peeks, boudoir ideas, tips and some fun tidbits along the way. I

    love working with women to create beautiful, tasteful and sexy photos that will empower women to embrace and love who they are at this moment. These photos just so happen to make fantastic gifts for the lucky ones who love these women, too. :)

    Ready to book a session? Contact me to book your session today!

Sometimes I see things in pieces – this is particularly true when I shoot boudoir sessions. I see the whole body and then I see a part that captivates. It’s usually a curve I wan to accentuate or a shadow that casts the perfect mysterious light. This was cropped in-camera, meaning this is how this photo was shot – I didn’t crop it later. I saw the curve and wanted that to be the focus.

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This style board was inspired by the idea that you don’t have to bare a ton of skin to look sexy. I found the original inspiration photo on pinterest (of course!) and built some additional elements from there.

Here’s the original inspiration photo. I like the simple top, bra peeking out, cute bikini bottoms and the thigh high socks make this girl-next-door – a little different than a traditional garter look.

For a softer, sweet look, consider pulling your hair back into a soft ponytail for this portion of your session:

For the top, here’s a simple Victoria’s Secret top that comes in lots of colors. I’d stick to white, black or gray depending on your color palette. The top is $24.99

If you want to go with something a little more revealing, choose a lace top and pretty bra to go under it in the opposite color. Here are two beautiful lace tops from Shop Ruche (a favorite of mine!) Both the white version and black version are $42.99. I will tell you that their stock goes fast, so if you like this, grab it now!

For panties you could go any direction. But I like the idea of keeping them simple. This lace-trimmed bikini from Victoria’s Secret comes in lots of colors – and if you’re doing a solid top the little polka dots are cute. The bikini could be your pop of color if the rest of your outfit is neutral – like white or black. If you’re wearing a revealing top, you might want to match the bikini bottoms to the color of your bra. It’s not expensive at all at $11.50 for solids/$12.50 for prints.

And finally, the little detail that makes this outfit a little more high-fashion for those who want to go there – these thigh-high socks from Urban Outfitters are adorable. They come in several colors including gray and black. They’re $14 a pair and on sale at this moment for 2 for $20.

I’m having a blast putting together these style boards! As always, I’m pinning away on pinterest – you can follow my full Curves Boudoir style board for more options and ideas!

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I started offering two new album options this year and these are selling so well that I decided to offer an even more high-end option for clients who really want to go all out. Introducing the 10×10 leather flush-mount custom album.

This album is a luxurious leather-covered album that highlights your beautiful images on thick, high-quality pages with images that run the length of the entire 10×10 layout. The album comes in the black leather you see here but is also available in a deep tan leather and a hot red leather. Because it’s a larger size (my other album options are 5×5 and 8×8), this album comes with more photos from your session – typically nearly all of your session photos will fit into the 22 pages included. The layout of the images from your session is custom and tells the story of your session beautifully. See more info below for details on this sweet new Curves boudoir album option and be sure to ask me to see it in person when we photograph your Curves Boudoir session!

The 10×10 flush mount album is an amazing addition to any session. Be sure to check out the new “Best of the Best” Curves Boudoir package, that includes this book and a unique combination of digital files and prints all wrapped up together for an incredible price!

The leather cover is thick and has a natural texture. It wraps around the album and the interior of the cover/back is a silk moiree.

Pages are 10×10 and create a spread of 10×20. This is a layflat album, so images can spread across the entire length of two pages, making it perfect for creating collages of your favorite images to tell your session story.

High quality binding and thick, durable pages.

This album comes with pages that have rounded corners.


The more Curves Boudoir sessions I shot in hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts, the more I longed for a space of my own to create a soft, modern and romantic look for these sessions. One that was all about the natural light and shadows that create inviting images and flatter all women. So I started a journey to convert a room in my home to a small but photogenic home studio. I’ve shot quite a few sessions there now and it’s turning out to be a favorite spot to photograph clients. The space gives me the flexibility to add and subtract chairs and other furniture and options that I don’t have when I’m in a hotel room. I love using the window light for backlit drama and now I’m adding new backdrop options for even more variety. I have even bigger plans for this small space as the sessions progress, so I look forward to sharing more session images as this little space flexes its big possibilities!

I’ll continue shooting Curves Boudoir sessions at luxury hotels on the weekends and am booking individual sessions at the home studio in Virginia Beach on Thursdays. These sessions include a makeup artist who also comes to my home and pampers clients with full makeup and simple hair. It’s a laid-back, low-key but beautiful way to pamper yourself and create photos that you’ll be proud of for years to come.

Biggest thanks to the first client who let me feature many photos from her session and to the other clients here who also let me give you a peek into their sessions so you can get an idea of what a session in the home studio looks like.

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Lately I have had some of the most beautiful personalizations of client albums. I wanted to share several of them with you. And also a little teaser – I’ll soon be adding a top-of-the-line album option and another new a la carte item to my Curves Boudoir packages. I wants clients to have the best album and gift choices to complete their boudoir sessions and I’ve been doing lots of homework to find unique and beautiful options. I’m looking forward to sharing them soon!

In the meantime: here’s the first page of an album I designed for a client recently – I love the beauty of including a Bible verse in the album – an unexpected but perfect surprise, especially considering the verse.

And a poem that a client added to her album – I adore this, too:

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out

-Roy Croft

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