I’m so very thrilled, honored and humbled to announce that I was recognized as the AIBP Ambassador of Excellence. The Association of International Boudoir Photographers is the most prestigious boudoir-specific organization in the world and has members from all over the globe. To say that I’m honored is an understatement and I’m deeply touched to have received this incredible award and be recognized alongside some of the most respected, established names in the intimate portraiture industry. I love my career, my colleagues and the joy, confidence and empowerment I’m able to help women discover. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey, and tremendous congratulations to my fellow award-winning photographers as well!

The Ambassador of Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed by AIBP and is only awarded once every 2 years. I’m shocked and deeply touched to have been the recipient.

You can read the article here: AIBP Year In Review Award Recipients

 

Lost Highway Imaging is Connecticut’s premiere Boudoir Photography Studio. Our studio focuses on empowering women through beautiful, unique, intimate portraits. We serve all of New England as well as New York and often have clients fly in from other states. If you need help making travel arrangements, please be in touch and we’ll be happy to help. Our studio is only minutes from 2 of the largest casinos in the world and Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are right around the corner. Ready to talk about your own Lost Highway Experience? Get in touch beth@losthighwayimaging.com

The conversation always goes like this:

Random person: “So, what do you do for work?”

Me: “I’m a photographer?”

Them: “Cool. What are your hobbies?”

Me: “Ummmm… photography!”

Them: “But you said that was your job…”

Me: “Yeah, it is… but… well… it’s my job AND my hobby!”

 

Cue the confusion and perplexed looks. Yes, photography is my job! It’s also my main hobby and my passion too! When I need to recharge or I need a break, I almost always turn to my camera. I love my personal projects because they are usually born or of something I’m truly passionate about. They vary every year and change according to my mood, the skills I’m currently working on, the wardrobe I have on hand, or anything else that strikes me on a whim. Most recently, I was struggling for ways to show people the way I see women… as strong, beautiful, confident, brilliant, powerful creatures worthy of tremendous reverence and respect. I love the balance of femininity versus the warrior spirit present in all of us! And, in that moment, my Warrior Project was born.

 

Over the summer, I spent my free time transforming women into strong, badass warriors and then photographed them in my own back yard. While there were a few shoots done elsewhere, almost all of them were shot right in my own pond. Sourcing the wardrobe, props and accessories was so much fun and putting together each look was something I agonized over for weeks. I asked women from all walks of life to participate, some I knew well and some I met for the first time when they arrived at my front door. I poured my heart and soul into this project and every single woman who joined me poured hers in as well. I was so thrilled with the results of every shoot because I not only loved the concept and images, I loved the people in them.

 

I was proud when F-Stoppers, a very well known photography publication, picked up the series to showcase in an article, too! You can read it here if you’d like: The Warrior Within

 

I want to say a very deep, heartfelt “Thank You” to every woman who participated in this project alongside me. I am deeply grateful to and for every single one of you. Thank you. It means the world to me that you trust me the way you do. I love you all.

 



 

Thank you for your continued encouragement and support. I’m excited to bring this project into 2017 this spring with even more warrior women. It’s become a project near and dear to my heart. Do you have a story you’d like to tell? If the warrior series has touched your heart the way it has touched mine, please get in touch! beth@losthighwayimaging.com

Our Connecticut boudoir studio is more than just boudoir and it’s more than just “pretty pictures.” It’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. If you can dream it, we can do it! Lost Highway Imaging is owned and operated by Beth Claire and is located in Preston, CT.

In true artist fashion, I’m a few weeks behind on this but here we are! Ringing in December with a flashback to October leaves and the beauty of Autumn in Connecticut. While I’m not really a cold weather girl, I do love the changing seasons and fall is one of the most beautiful here on our property! The maple trees explode with color and the vibrant oranges, reds and yellows reflect off the water in the pond so beautifully! Despite CRAZY fall allergies, I will always have the softest spot in my heart for the turn of the wheel that spins us into the colder months. I invited Allison over with her lovely pup, Fergus, to play in the leaves and capture the magic that surrounds us in these months. I knew she would bring along the perfect wardrobe and, after what felt like a million texts, we decided on a houndstooth dress (in honor of my grandmother who adored houndstooth) and a gorgeous red belted trench, along with kitten heels and, of course, a perfectly coordinated Fergus! He’s just the cutest Golden Retriever on earth and I think I spent more time snuggling him than shooting!

We photographed this set at my house, as opposed to the studio, and my kids hung out with Fergus while I styled Allison’s hair and makeup. I’d made a mood board for us to share before the shoot, so she knew how I envisioned her styling for this set. Mood and inspiration boards help keep my clients and I on the same page during the planning stages and ensure that we share a vision for the final images. All shoots with me, whether fashion, pinup, boudoir, personal branding or otherwise, include a consult to help plan looks, themes and styles. If you are considering a shoot of your own I encourage you to visit my Pinterest page for lots of ideas, from wardrobe suggestions and makeup looks, to poses and shoot concepts! We don’t copy images from Pinterest directly because I want your shoot to be uniquely yours, but seeing a mood board of 15-20 images gives me a feel for your overall style and desired vibe in just a few seconds and is much easier than trying to describe to me exactly what you envision your dream shoot to look like!

Connecticut boudoir photographer, Beth Claire from Lost Highway Imaging, captures vintage Fall Fashion images.

 

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We, of course, wanted to capture a classic headshot in the fading autumn sunset light as well! The sunsets here are just beautiful and they cast the most flattering golden glow across the lawn. Allison’s red hair practically glittered in the sun and I wanted her headshot to feel as dreamy and fantasy-like as the moment really felt standing there in person. Her deep gold eye makeup really made her blue eyes pop in the amber light and the berry lip is not only trendy this year, but plays off her hair color so well! When she put her red trench on, the colors just exploded to life and we couldn’t help but to get a little playful and capture some fun expressions and some movement! Then I recruited my daughter to toss handfuls of leaves into the frame for some unusual, unique shots framing her with falling leaves!

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Capturing those last fleeting rays of sun was a magical moment and there is absolutely no color grading or color editing on these shots. The golden glow is exactly how I photographed it as the sun set below the hill behind me. I love this magical little spot and I can’t wait to use it again next year and the leaves being to change color and fall from my favorite tree. Maybe next year I’ll hunt for some gorgeous fall-colored lingerie and shoot boudoir images in this spot at sunset!

 

Interested in a shoot of your very own? Always wondered what a boudoir, fashion, glamour or pinup photoshoot would be like?  Looking for a truly unique gift idea or an incredible gift to yourself? Lost Highway Imaging in Preston, CT is here to help you plan every detail of your shoot to ensure you have the experience you always dreamed of! Connecticut photographer, Beth Claire, was a model long before she was a photographer and she’ll be able to walk you through every step of the process from wardrobe and styling, to posing and expressions. If you are seeking the premiere boudoir photography studio in New England, look no further! Email her now at beth@losthighwayimaging.com or call or text 860-608-4868

Our 2017 Brand Ambassador search wrapped up earlier this week and I was beyond excited to announce our two winners… Katie and Esmeralda! Welcome, Katie!! I’m so excited to have you!! Katie’s career is in animal control and she’s a tremendously dedicated mother, wife, friend and animal lover. She and I first met and bonded over our mutual love for animals and her work in animal rescue. She’s incredibly driven and also just finished her real estate courses and is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Connecticut. I’m so excited for everything her future holds! And I’m thrilled that she’s joined the team here at Lost Highway Imaging!

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Katie’s first shoot is ready to share and I know she’s looking forward to sharing some of her thoughts about the experience and how transformative boudoir can be!

LHI: What initially made you decide to book a boudoir shoot?

Katie: Well, I initially reached out to Beth for some headshots as I’m working towards obtaining my real estate license. Although headshots aren’t overly exciting to begin with, I knew I didn’t want standard, boring, corporate looking shots. Obviously I still need to look professional, but with a bit of sass. I knew Beth would know exactly how to spice me up a bit, and I was so thrilled when she agreed to do it. I honestly thought she might say no, mostly because she’s an artist, and her visions are so dramatic and beautiful. I kind of assumed corporate head shots would seem like a waste of her talent lol. When Beth so graciously agreed to take the shots, and mentioned doing something ‘fun’ after…. I was secretly screaming and leaping for joy because I’ve always wanted to have a photo shoot with LHI, but have never felt worthy of doing so. Sounds sad I know. But when you see these breathtaking images of these gorgeous women…. I questioned if I had even an ounce of ability to pull it off. But hey… YOLO… right?

LHI: What was your biggest fear before you booked your shoot? Did it come true and, if not, what happened instead?

Katie: Well, I gained a lot of weight with my pregnancy. (My daughter is almost two now… so the mac & cheese isn’t helping anything either ?…. ) I have always struggled with my weight and body image since I can remember, but I have been especially hard on myself since everyone obviously lied to me about how you just ‘bounce back’… especially if you breast feed… Uh yah… lies… Anyway, my biggest fear was walking out in lingerie and looking appalling. I was afraid of not fitting into anything, or looking like an awkward stuffed sausage. Having no modeling experience, I was also afraid of being super annoying and not “delivering” what Beth was asking for. My fears didn’t come true because I was remarkably 100% at ease. I felt so comfortable, and found Beth to be SO easy and fun to work with. The key is to… let go and trust.

LHI: What was your favorite part of your photo shoot?

Katie: Being able to let go! For the first time in a long time, I felt like I was allowed to let go. I could stop hiding!!! When someone hands you bra and panties and says ‘let’s walk to the barn’ …. you have two choices… you can hide and decline, forcing yourself to stay hidden in your ‘comfort’ zone… or you can say.. hah what the hell, let’s do this. Then you are rewarded with gorgeous images. Images that show off features that you don’t even realize you have. Not just that though, it gives you a sense of freedom. It gives you a boost of confidence that you didn’t even know you could find within yourself.

LHI: Why should women treat themselves to this experience?

Katie: It’s going to sound cliché… but its liberating. Empowering even. I have my own reasons, every woman does. For me, it’s not just about me really. It’s about my daughter. It’s about really showing her that all women are beautiful. This isn’t a speech about embracing plus size women either. To be honest, I hate that term. That’s my point though I guess. My daughter is going to see these photos some day, along with other photos of women of all shapes, sizes, color…etc. I want her to see the beauty in ALL of them. I never want her to be ashamed of her body. I want her to KNOW she’s beautiful. We are role models for our little ones. We help mold what they view as their self worth. I’m worth it, as is she.

LHI: If you were going to tell your best friend about your experience with Lost Highway Imaging, what would you tell her?

Katie: Already did… and she booked one lol!!

 

 

Thank you Katie for sharing your experience and your images with us! I’m honored you trusted me to create these photos for you and I can’t wait to work together during the upcoming year!

 

Ready for a shoot of your own? Have more questions? Send me an email at beth@losthighwayimaging.com or call/text 860-608-4868 and ask away! I’m here to help and there are NO dumb questions! Our Connecticut boudoir photography studio caters to all women because we truly believe that ALL women are beautiful. Ready? Let us SHOW you!

 

Our studio is located in Preston, CT and serves all of New England and beyond. Our clients travel to us from major metro areas like Hartford, Groton, New London, New Haven, New York, NYC, Boston, Providence and even Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Cape Cod. Traveling to us? Email or call for suggestions on where to stay and how to plan!

This is a project very dear to my heart. I don’t often talk too much about my family here, but I have 4 wonderful kids. The oldest is 12 and he has been fascinated by photography and videography for a while now. He’s also been asking to produce a promo or behind-the-scenes video for me. When I decided to bring this project to life, I handed him my camera and asked it he’d like to come along for this shoot on the beach with my model and dear friend, Angela and her horse. He jumped at the opportunity and was an utter professional the whole time we worked. Watching his eyes light up meant the world to me. As we were walking off the beach he said to me “Mom, it was crazy! I saw all these pictures in my head and then, while I was shooting, I saw everything I imagined on the back of the camera! It was like magic!” I hugged him and told him that is what a real passion feels like. The adrenaline rush of creating something that makes you happy right down in your soul.

When he surprised me with the preliminary cut of this video, I was brought to tears. Real tears rolled down my cheeks while I watched what he created. I’m so excited to share it with you all. He said to me “You know, you might not want to tell people a 12 year old made this. They might think you are not professional.” Then I cried more tears. I assured him that that couldn’t be further from the truth and, even if it was true, I’ll always give credit where credit is due! I am PROUD to share this and I am even more proud to say that my son created it. That he felt what it feels like to truly love doing something and that he looked at the final product and was full of joy and pride. Thank you, Aiden, for every minute of hard work you put into this!