Boudoir Photo Sessions Get a "Mad Men" Makeover

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Ever thought about having some professional — and personal — photos taken of yourself to share with the one you love?

Mary Gardella, a Savage-based photographer for Love Life Images, is shooting 40-minute special boudoir sessions inspired by a “Mad Men” theme. Former photojournalist Gardella has partnered with Amie Decker Beauty for the pre-portrait makeup and hairstyling.

Being sensitive to how revealed her clients might feel, Gardella creates a relaxing environment complete with “little sets, a bit of Hollywood lighting, mood music and champagne.” Gardella says, “Like actors, once you’re in your ‘costumes’ you start to take on this personality.”

The “Mad Men” theme is another way to get women thinking outside of the box about ways they can feel more glamorous. Gardella says, “Add vintage to the mix and you get to explore another time and place.” Gardella, who’s a Film Noir fan, “loves the drama that lighting can add to a scene.”

After the shoot, the women will receive a lookbook of their best photos that they can share with their special someone. The photo sessions take place March 2-3, but I’m sure an I-owe-you Valentine’s Day card mentioning a sexy album would make any man happy. A select amount of the $450 sessions are still available.

Wondering what you’d wear for this occasion? Gardella recommends some Maryland shops, including The Bottom Drawer and A’ La Mode. Want some vintage looks without looking in public? Gardella suggests internet shopping at Dollhouse Bettie or Lucy B.

From my experience — okay, experiences — with boudoir photos, the fun is in the playful accessories. I’d browse some thrift stores beforehand for pin-up style tchotchkes like life rings from ships or pastel-colored rotary dial phones.



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