Beauty from a Different Era | Boudoir with Rachel

On a calm, beautiful morning in my studio, I drank my morning coffee and awaited Rachel's arrival from Netanya for her very first boudoir experience. When she walked in the door and sat down for her and makeup, I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. It probably helped that we had a lot of friends and colleagues in common!

During her consultation and now, after her full experience, Rachel so beautifully expressed her reasons for wanting to do a boudoir session at this time in her young adult life. 

I came to my boudoir session hoping to see myself through a new lens. Intellectually, I know I’m beautiful. But I’ve never understood what it meant to feel sexy. That’s part of what brought me to my session-to be able to see myself in that light, even if just through photos.
— Rachel

Rhonda and I were so excited that she wanted a dramatic look. With boudoir sessions, people generally tend to stay on the natural side with their makeup and hair looks, so it was fun to do something different this time. As her makeup was being applied, there was an inner light that began to glow and her classically beautiful features were shining through even more. 

I gave Rachel a look that had a smokey, sexy feel intertwined with inspiration from the 1930’s classic beauty trends. It just suited her features, personality and wardrobe perfectly.
— Rhonda Lev
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During the moments leading up to the session, Rachel felt beautiful in her own skin.

I experienced not just seeing myself as sexy, but I actually felt pretty. I felt beautiful. Not because I was made up. Not because I was the subject of a photo shoot. But just because I was coming to a place as myself and for the first time really saw all of my features: my eyes, my cheek bones, my skin, my lips. And that was all before the photography even started! Just looking in the mirror in Rebecca’s living room was transformative in and of itself.
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In the days leading up to the shoot, I was pretty nervous. I had made my appointment in a moment of bold decisiveness. One which didn’t last all that long!

I didn’t want to backtrack on it, but I didn’t feel as confident as I had when I decided to do the shoot.

After I arrived at Rebecca’s studio and got my makeup done, I felt more comfortable and was ready to have a great time.

Off came the clothes and in came the self conscious voice. What if the angles aren’t flattering, I thought. Or what if actually my body is just...ugh? And the voice wouldn’t stop!
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At a certain point, I can’t remember if it’s when I noticed the beauty of the light radiating through the curtains, or maybe getting lost in a melody of the background music, I tapped into my inner self and realized the negative voice from earlier wasn’t me.
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I had such an amazing time photographing Rachel and getting "lost" with her as we navigated through her boudoir experience. I always say this, but I can't tell you enough what an honor and privilege it is to be allowed into the intimate worlds of my clients. This session was just another testament to why I do what I do every day. 

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Hair and Makeup by Rhonda Lev

Cozy Haven in Tel Aviv | Maternity Boudoir : Adva

This maternity boudoir session brought me to a sweet and beautifully designed home in a quiet, Tel Aviv neighborhood. Adva was in her 38th week of pregnancy when she contacted me, so we really only had less than a week to get everything together! Generally I like to have more time to prepare with my clients, but in this case, I think that our trust and connection was so perfect from the beginning.

Adva's session couldn't have turned out better or more beautiful.

This was her third pregnancy, and very possibly her last, so it was especially meaningful to document this magical time right before her beautiful baby was born. 

When we walked in, I immediately gushed over Adva's bohemian, modern and eclectic style. I loved that we were able to use her home as a unique setting for her session. She happens to be an incredibly talented interior designer, and the talented part goes without saying!

Over coffee, a delicious cheese platter and fresh fruit, we chatted about life and motherhood, and about the way her world was about to change in just a few days. I always find the preparation time to be so relaxing and an opportunity to connect with my clients on a deeper level. It was really fun to have Rhonda Lev, one of my makeup artists and hair stylists, along with me on the day of. She created a natural and luminous look for Adva that left her feeling a little glamorous, but completely like herself. 

In my eyes, Adva is a total queen, with this modest confidence and a generous heart. Here are some of my favorites from her maternity session this Autumn...

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There's honestly nothing sexier than a cozy sweater over lingerie!

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I love how the film captures the light coming through her bedroom window. This has to be one of my favorite images from this series...

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Often times my clients will use clothing for part of their boudoir sessions. I think this white, boho dress was a perfect fit for Adva's style and a lovely addition to our shoot. Someone told me that collarbones are the new cleavage. I definitely resonate with that here! :)

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One of the best parts of my job is celebrating the lives of so many amazing women. It was truly an honor to have photographed Adva during the last moments of her pregnancy, and it was incredible to receive a text message with a gorgeous baby when he was born!

Mazal Tov, beautiful Adva. 

Boudoir : Chloe

This was one of those boudoir sessions where I was barely breathing between shots, carefully thinking and composing and creating alongside this beautiful woman. Chloe was and is inspiring - a young woman with an old soul and a gift of connecting through art. She is a talented photographer herself, and it's always such an honor to photograph women who share a passion for my life's work.

We began hair and makeup with Cassy Avraham in this gorgeous apartment, literally in the skies of Tel Aviv, with wall to wall windows in almost every room...

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24-Days of Body Love

I want women to see their beauty at every stage in their life. No matter how their bodies change, even from month to month, there is always so much to appreciate and love about ourselves. 

A year a half ago, I did my own boudoir session in Tel Aviv during a time when I didn't actually feel so great about my body and the level of physical activity I was participating in. What was amazing to me was that I felt so FRICKEN GORGEOUS. When I saw my pictures for the first time, I loved my curves, my breasts, my butt, everything was soft and womanly, and I was able to see myself as beautiful even during a time when it was harder to do that. 

I vowed to myself that I would start to SHOW my body love, by nourishing it with healthy food, doing yoga, exercising and pursuing things that were positively affecting my life. Since then, it's been a crazy journey, I've gained and lost, succeeded, sometimes I felt like I failed, but I kept going, and I saw results. I now have more energy, I feel revitalized and awakened within my sense of self and my sexuality as well. 

There's the age-old question. How can you love your body and at the same time want to change it? When talking with Tova Eastman, an incredible personal trainer and founder of Ignite Fitness for Women based in Modiin, we shared the same values about using fitness as a foundation for health and well-being versus simply wanting to lose weight or look "sexy." 

We decided to try out each other's businesses. Tova is going to go through a full physical and emotional boudoir experience, and I am going to go on a 24-day fitness and nutrition plan that she customized for me. Every day, I want to look in the mirror with a new positive affirmation and a compliment to my body. I want to help cultivate a lesser emotional dependence on food. I want to get more toned, stronger and lose body fat without obsessing and with a lot of self-love. 

Day 1 affirmation: I love myself exactly the way I am. 

Here are my SEXY "before" pictures. Follow my page, my Instagram or ask about my secret boudoir group for women on Facebook to stay updated! rebecca@rebeccasigala.com