as I start a new season of life and biz - Marissa Boucher

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26- Our first official music video….

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  Wow have these months been something else. Wake up, get on laptop, plug away, shoot, process, Sorrento Valley studio stuff, back on laptop, bed, a quick unhealthy meal I typically regret, then repeat. Not too much a of personal life these days. But it’s just for a season. I know I’ve mentioned this before, so I’ll just get to the point!!  I’m sounding like a broken record. All these focused days make it so dang worth it when it’s show and tell day on the blog!! So I clearly haven’t been blogging as much as I thought I would. But it’s only because what I have been doing is making things! Things that make my heart oh so happy like this music video. I know I chatted about all the help we got to make this video. But my gosh am I still blown away by all that came together to make this happen. I made en extensive list of thanks in the last post, read it here. And then there’s Angie. This video is all about her, so I’m compelled to use that excuse to write about her. I’m inspired daily by her talent and abilities. If you don’t follow…

25-A glimpse at what your By The Sea photo shoot might look like…

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I had been dreaming of this day for quite a while now. My first official By The Sea session. Yes I have photographed at the beach quite a bit. But I was saving one of my best visions for the beach for a day such as this. The idea that I might be able to walk down to my beloved ocean a couple times a week,  put my feet in the warm water while photographing a new friend, and call it “work,” just blows me away. I’d be honored if you took a peek at the behind-the-scenes video shot by our newest video assistant, Miss Lindsey Estes. It was her first time getting all the footage herself and I think she did just awesome!! Our clients will be able to add a 3 min behind the scenes video to any session if they like for $850. It’s probably  THE most exciting way to show your images off on social media! (Song in the video gifted to us by Triple Scoop Music, artist Rachel Pearl, Tidal Waves). Thank you to Tenley, one of my best friends and best models You guys have no idea how much my heart was soaring doing…

#24- I want to grow

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So early this morning I was kinda dragging. I swear I have two modes and only two modes; out of control productive maniac, and sloth. Luckily sloth only comes out 10% of the time. But man sloth mode is ultra slothy. I did eventually get my act together around 10:00am, but ya know what I was doing during this molasses of a state? I know you are already guessing it. Cuz I have a feeling if this blog even remotely interests you (ya know business, making things happen, etc), that you maybe do it too. I was beating myself up a bit. Cuz that’s what we productive people do right? We shame ourselves from time to time when we aren’t at peak level. Can I just say, I don’t want to do that anymore. I’m going to try not to do that anymore. Anyway, that’s actually not what this post is about. So this morning as I was making my instant Folgers coffee (I just don’t want to hear it, we like what we like) I heard a singer I’ve always admired, Jennifer Knapp, say these words, “Time makes fools of us all.” And I in my half coma I…

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#23-Do you believe in your art?

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I pulled off the 101 on my way home from the studio the other day to soak up this incredible view. It got me thinking about how much a scene like this feeds my soul and my imagination. And how pursuing the things of my imagination has gotten me this far. I trust it, and I trust what I create from it. With everything going on I’ve caught me second guessing myself on some different things. Things from business decisions to the pricey decor and equipment I’m buying for the new chapter. Today I stopped to be grateful for the fact that at least I’m not second-guessing my art. I don’t second-guess my imagination or the beautiful images that I make, and I trust the process in which I make them. It’s a very powerful feeling. And it leads me to ask…. Do you believe in your art? Now I know not everybody is going to love my work. And that’s totally OK. But what I do know is that when I create the imagery I want, I will attract somebody who’s like me; wild spirited, wanting to find a space where they feel free and alive, and hungry to create and play…

22-Feeling rejuvenated and also now totally behind

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  So it wasn’t 20 days in Bali, but it was a few days in the sunshine and heat in Palm Springs at the Saguaro. I needed that mental break from this kinda focused and obsessive state that I’m in. To stop and soak up all things sunny, warm, lazy and imaginary instead. Relaxation is easy for me if I have fun company, water, heat and a good historical fiction. But while that was easy and needed, coming home from a vacation is not, even if it was short. I immediately realized that 10 balls have been dropped and even more opportunities lost. And worse, that I let a couple people down, one being a very important one, like my tax guy. And that’s one person you never want to leave hanging. I’m really not complaining here. Honest. More just evaluating. As crashing down from this relaxation high got me thinking a lot about the pace of life that I have chosen. I have so much going on non-stop that the only way to breathe a little bit feels like I need to run away. Or “adventure” as I have more positively called the past couple years. I am shooting so much these days…

21-More new boudoir shoot dates launched

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Hi everyone! If you are new to this blog I wanted to fill you in! My name is Marissa Boucher and I am the owner of The Boudoir Divas Studio in San Diego, Ca! We occupy 2000 sq feet of boudoir photography heaven and want to give the ultimate Supermodel Experience to every woman. We believe every woman is uniquely gorgeous and should be celebrated just as she is. We have photographed over 4000 women in the past 10 years, some of which flew in from all over the world for a shoot. We are changing things up BIG time and I wanted to fill you all in.   In more exciting news we just launched all our next openings for boudoir shoots!!! Please call or email us to get your spot. 858-485-0443 or sdstudio@theboudoirdivas.com …. Next openings at 20% OFF Thurs June 8, 2017 Friday June 9, 2017 Sat June 10, 2017 Weds June 14, 2017 Thurs Jun 15, 2017 Fri Jun 16, 2017 Thurs June 29, 2017 Fri Jun 30, 2017

20 – I was supposed to be in Bali

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Ang and I have been together for quite some time now and still have never vacationed or gone on a trip where one of us wasn’t working a majority of the time. We realized that because of both of our schedules were nuts, that we were going to have to plan something very far in advance for some time off together to actually happen. Last year we planned a Bali trip that would have started this week. Tickets paid, accommodations booked, Bali travel books read and dog-eared, puppy sitting scheduled. Three weeks before our trip… we had to put on our big girl panties and adult… hard. We canceled our trip with no good possibility of rescheduling any time soon. There was just too much going on to go visit the other side of the world.   My last big trip was in 2015, my friend Danielle and I went backpacking through South East Asia. It was soul filling and terrifying at the same time, we loved every minute of it. From seeing Angkor Wat and the towering limestone islands topped by rainforests of Ha Long Bay, to getting horribly sick and almost being left by our bus in the middle of…

19- Official launch of RISE sessions

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RISE. A NEW KIND OF PORTRAIT SESSION. Today marks a pretty significant day for me. I have been thinking about creating and launching an experience like this for years now. And today is the official day!!!! See I know how influential a photo shoot can be for a person, so I really wanted to take it to that next level. Make something that takes beauty as only the starting factor for our art,  but then hard wires the piece with so much more significance. Making it more about the truth and depth that's in someone's heart and mind. So much so that the subject looks at the art piece and has a deep association and connection to the person she channeled in that shoot (her truest self). An artsy, striking framed and matted print on the wall acting as a daily reminder that she's ___________. Fill in the blank. Who are you in your fiercest, strongest, proudest moments? I've ran through what I want this to be over and over in my mind. Then I tested it a bit. And now I'm here. Putting my new, and kinda odd, and, I assure you wonderful, idea out to all of you. To all...

18- Put aside the math and the logic of it

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September of 2015 I fell in love with a country singer. On stage, at a local bar I heard a beautiful voice over an acoustic guitar that I knew very, very well. A best friend I hadn’t seen in over a year was belting out these Hunter Hayes lyrics below. I’d known her for a long time. But this time, watching her, something was different. All of the sudden I felt like I’d known her my whole life and my heart started to beat a little faster.  I was struck with this certainty that she was going to be an important part of my future. And was she actually singing to me? I looked over at my friends and they were all looking at me asking the same question with their quizzical brows. Wait, is she actually singing to you? “You know I’d fall apart without you I don’t know how you do what you do ‘Cause everything that don’t make sense about me Makes sense when I’m with you Like everything that’s green, girl, I need you But it’s more than one and one makes two Put aside the math and the logic of it You gotta know you’re wanted…

17- Marissa buys things and feels great and strange too….

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The first of what will be a million packages coming in the next month. In running a business the past 13 years I’ve learned to be pretty careful about where I spend our money. To me keeping the expenses low meant we didn’t have to raise prices, and profits go into mine and my team’s pocket, instead of into expense oblivion, the black hole of the struggling small business. For us throughout the years, increased prices as high volume simply meant an increased marketing budget and or doubled marketing and branding efforts. And that just wasn’t sitting well with me to keep this high volume portrait studio running as I wanted it to. Now in this season as we start an entirely new chapter of being low volume, a boutique, I really wanted our studio loft to feel different and outrageously chic. A nineties meets Guess, meets beachy Anthropologie style vibe. To put a visual to it, Kurt Cobain marries Kim Basinger. In order to pull this off I knew I would need to invest in some really high end, yummy decor and wardrobe. You would think that online shopping for this would be a blast, and it sorta was. Thrilling, but….. I…

16- Glad I said “ish”

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So we’ve moved into our new place, it’s so so cozy and perfect for us and this season. I’ve never lived in something so big, brand new, and nice. It feels like a beachy, industrial, artist loft. Kinda everything I’ve always dreamed about. We get to enjoy it like this (see below), with all our worn out, loved personal things until mid May, when I really get serious about making it everything I would want for my little creative headquarters. I think Max is really going to be bummed out when I fill my home with things he won’t be allowed to enjoy. Like a new couch and colorful rugs. The studio is technically still up and running until the first couple of weeks of May and then after that we officially move here.  We had to extend the time in the studio because of how many people still wanted to get in! Exciting. But a lot of work. If my shoot today hadn’t cancelled I would be on a 20 day photography streak, minus one Sunday! I love it! But that’s definitely a record for me. A few things have happened from this streak. I see myself improving drastically behind the…

14- It’s all a bit of an experiment

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Today I had one of my best friends since childhood come over to “experiment,” or test light on. I’ve moved into the new place, and while everything photography and decor wise is still at the studio until May, I wanted to test the lighting a little. Praying it was as good as I expected it to be, not an easy thing to find in the photog world. Thank God it was. And more so. More than that though I asked Holly over because I needed someone who I could unapologetically steal beautiful energy from. She always gives it, and she has enough to go around. So I take it gladly. I told her about my “Rise” portrait sessions, and how I wanted them to be so much more than a portrait, and she had plenty of thoughts about how that could work. And even how she could lend her sage yogi talents. Which I also plan to gladly take in big doses. What was even more special to me about this shoot is that my buddy since age ten came over when I had just “launched” my first official “studio” in 2004.  A bit of hodge podge garage set up…

14- Change is scary

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I’ve always referred to myself as adaptive. It was the highest sort of compliment that I liked to give myself. To me it meant that I could go with the flow, or I could make lemonade out of lemons. That I could be in a 3rd world country with just a backpack of my basics and feel comfortable. Or that I did my best to adhere to one of my favorite scriptures Philippians 4:10, “for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.” Full scripture below. So with all the massive changes that have happened the past few years I am revisiting that compliment I liked to pay myself. How am I really handling this? Especially in regard to that scripture? As I am in the middle of chaos in this transition, I know I need to meditate on those words as much as possible…because all of this truly has been scary. Among many other things going on right now, closing down the studio to re-open it as basically an entirely different business- terrifying. More in the sense of it’s closing the doors of something totally awesome and successful all to move onto something totally new. But everything…

13- My love for video

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Ten years ago Kimberlee and I made our first video. It was her idea and I gladly jumped on board. This was before DSLRs had readily available video options, and she shot it handheld on a point and shoot. Looking back it’s the crappiest quality, but when we placed it on youtube (on a random account that I had because we hadn’t started our official one yet) it got a lot of attention. It got over 100,000 hits. Back in 2008 that was a lot! This video was the start of it all for us. From then on we made sure to do more and more video. Upping our game quite a bit through the years. Have a bit of a laugh with us and check this out….   It’s because of the videos we have done, the more professional ones and even the ones on the fly, that we believe our boudoir studio was so sought after.  And now as a production company I am stoked to be offering this service on the regular. It will mean so much to watch what we create together take you to that next level. Whether you are promoting your personal brand, are…

12- I made you a playlist

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I mentioned in my first blog post that I kept seeing the word ‘Rise’ everywhere. I started to take serious notice of how powerful this word is, and I’m even creating a new portrait experience based on how much it has moved me. During that time I started to collect the songs that fit the mood I had been feeling. Feeling overly audacious and strong is not something I wanted to go away anytime soon. And nothing brings you back to a feeling like a song can. So today I wanted to share those uplifting tunes with you! Happy Thursday everyone. Let’s make it a great one!

11- Getting in over my head

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Remember that post where I said when I started working from home I wasn’t going to over work like I did in the past when I worked from home? Well it’s been tougher than I thought. Yesterday and today marked some of the first days I haven’t had a shoot in the studio on a weekday for quite a bit.  So I had every intention of just checking my emails at my desk at home in the morning, then working out, then showering and then going to the studio. An acceptable 10 hours working day once totaled. But instead what happened was I sat down in my pjs as soon as I woke up on Monday morning and then didn’t get out of my pjs. Like ever. 15 hours in front of the computer. Ewwwww. Then I did it again on Tuesday. Upping my game to at least a shower and workout clothes. Sans the workout. I would like to think I will not let that happen again. I have identified the problem. I bit off a little more than I could chew. Which is true. But I’m going to chalk it up to the fact that I am closing one…

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10-Find a muse

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Imagination is something I have always thrived off of. I grew up an only child living on 60 acres in beautiful inland countryside of San Diego. I had waterfalls, big mountains, and animals all around me. But not too many other actual kids to play with. On a typical Saturday I think you would find me barefoot climbing a granite boulder and talking to myself. Maybe once I reached the top laying on my back on the warm rock to absorb the last bit of the day’s heat. Staring off over ‘our land’ and feeling like I lived in a movie where the child was odd, but so content. I think this is the biggest reason my imagination and mind’s eye became such a key part of who I am. The outdoors was my muse when I was younger, inspiring so many dreams about what I would create when I “became an adult.” So as I started to thankfully come into a place where I was ultra inspired again as I mentioned previously, I came to realize it was because I found serious inspiration to use my ‘really out there’ imagination once again. I have two main muses in my…

#9- Easing up a little and trusting

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I meant to have this for you bright and early as a fresh message to kick off the week properly. However, in this insanely busy season of my life, I have to give myself a little grace when things don’t go perfect according to the plan. Or when I get a little stuck in the desert. Literally. On Saturday morning, what felt like my first non-rushed day in a long time, I sat down to journal. It had been a really long time since I’d done that. I wanted to write out how grateful I was for all the encouragement I had been getting in this new season. So many kind words, and so much interest for our new business. Greece filled up in just two days, so we opened up one more spot! And people are already booking shoots for our soft launch, one gal even flying in for it! After I wrote a bit I opened up on of my favorite daily reads by Iyanla Vanzant. It was particularly meaningful to me because it seems to go hand-in-hand with what I had just written my journal, and how I was feeling. Like I had struggled and finally pulled myself…

# 8- The NEW Boudoir Divas Look

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I’m really excited to show you the new vibes our studio is going for. Our biggest thing has always been boudoir, and even with these changes it will remain boudoir. But we are changing up the look and feel and experience entirely. Living in hippie surfer town USA, aka Leucadia, has changed me I think. I’ve always loved the ocean. My dad was a surfer, and he and Mom named me Marissa, translates to “of the sea” in Latin. So, odd as it may seem, our new vibe is going to completely inspired by the Leucadia lifestyle, which I’m sure I’ll chat your ear off about in the future. So today I have launched the bare bones page for The NEW Boudoir Divas here. If you know anything about us you know that we are obsessed with making an intricate website experience. Like our current boudoir studio site.  So this is the shell, and once we start shooting you will see the site grow and grow. I also wanted to share some inspiration for our new vibe via the lovely pinterest that we all are rightfully addicted to. For instance the other day I was at my friends house watching football,…

#7 -Letting the team know

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This was the scariest part for me. By far. Letting the team know that…. 1) our lease was up after 9 years and this time the landlords weren’t going to renew it. Shit. 2) the entire business model and brand was changing after some hippie like ideas I’ve been having. 3) their hours would be going down a bit, but that eventually when we start booking these killer projects the hourly pay itself will go up substantially. So really it should all even out… and 4) don’t worry, because I know that this is going to be really, really good for us. How do I know? Oh just the completely fool proof fact that I can just totally see it in my mind. So, you see ladies who depend on me for a paychex every other week, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Which was basically my pitch. Plus some very Marissa like visuals and the details of the plan. Spiral bound. Obviously.   What’s true about this situation is that I have been thinking this through, running the numbers, the ideas, the plan over and over in my mind for a long time now. With the help of…