Top 10 Tips To Prepare For Your Boudoir Session: Portland Boudoir Photographer

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Lingerie isn't your only option.

We have plenty of womxn come into our studio and never put on an inch of lacy lingerie... and their photos are still HOT. You'd be surprised what an oversized tee, cheeky underwear, and the right smile can do. Just sayin'. So if lingerie isn't your thing, chat with us and get ready to have one of the best Boudoir Experiences yet!

Get Down with good ol' H2O.

Skip the fake tan, the creams, and lotions, and drink a ton of water. Water is what  is going to give that glowing skin that you're after, so in the week before your session, double down on your water breaks. Your body will thank you for it... and you'll be thankful when you see your photos for the first time in your Design Consultation ;) 

Boudoir is a feeling.

Boudoir is feeling sexy because you're a boss. Boudoir is feeling confident in your new body. Boudoir is feeling like a warrior because of all you've been through. Boudoir is whatever feeling makes you feel ALIVE. That is what boudoir is. Don't let anyone else tell you any different...

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Leave the Thongs at home.

Thongs are gorgeous, but the vibe they give in a photograph is a lot different than in real life. Instead, choose cheeky or hipster underwear. Even a french cut bikini bottom or a high waist bottom is a better option and adds so much more style to the overall photograph. 

Get Pampered Two Days Before.

Nails, hair cut and color, waxing... all of the major pampering sessions should happen at least two days before our session. No spray or cream tans. Ever. ;) Simple moisturize your beautiful skin after showering each time and before your come to your photoshoot. 

Come with Clean Dry Hair.

Make sure that your hair is clean and completely dry when you arrive at our studio for your photoshoot. There is no need to put oils and leave-in's in your hair either- our amazing HMUA is going to dirty up your hair a bit anyway while she styles it. If your hair is THE MOST hair that has ever existed on a head just like mine (grrrrrl it's too much), then wash your hair the day before our session and let it air dry to its natural beauty. This will be the best canvas for our HMUA to work with.

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Eat Before Your Photoshoot.

I get it that you want to look your best, but being drained, cranky, and hangry is definitely not your best. One amazing healthy meal is not going to change how you look in your photos, first of all. And second of all, that's why you've hired me! I make you look your best! SO make surrrre you eat something healthy before your session and if you're like me and need snacks every 5.2 seconds, bring them and snack away all day, HONEY. Happy you = Amazing Photos. Period.

Bring Too Many Options.

You heard it. Bring too many wardrobe options. Fit, style, color... it all plays a role in how you look in something on camera and its always better to have too many options than not enough. When you go out to try on new outfits, take a word of advice from my Stylist Rose Jubb, "don't be selective about what you bring into the dressing room. Be very selective of what you bring home with you."

Wear Comfy Clothes The Day Of.

Lines on your skin from bra's can stay for way too long, and we definitely don't want those in your album! So wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing before your photoshoot and when you arrive at the studio. It's also a good idea to wear something that buttons or zips up on top so that you don't mess up your hair and makeup when its time to change. 

Last but not least, Get Your Beauty Rest ;) 

We all know how important sleep is, right?! It's like, the most important thing next to eating healthy. Just like being a hangry B, being sleep deprived can cause you to not feel so well and not look as great as you're supposed to. Make sure you get 7-8 hours (or whatever your body needs... and your family will allow ;) for AT LEAST the week before your photoshoot. Then, once you see how amazing you feel after getting enough sleep, keep doing it even after your photoshoot ;) 

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Join My Boudoir Community On Facebook

My Boudoir Community on Facebook is a place for us womxn to share about our Boudoir Experiences... and to be honest, it's a really a safe place to just be us. It's a place where us womxn can build each other up, tell that one girl we loooove her hair, tell another one that her outfit choice for her photoshoot was insanely gorgeous, and be OK with accepting compliments that people give us (I have always struggled with this... so I am practicing it daily!). 

Its a retreat, just for us. 

Boudoir Experience Review by Aubrey: Portland Boudoir Photography

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When you walk into our studio for your Boudoir Experience, we will have already spoken on the phone multiple times... so you'll be really comfortable with me already :) And you will still most likely have nerves (because everyone does! Even I do when I am photographed!), but that all calms down as you're sitting in the hair and makeup chair and we are all laughing together. 

I wanted to share one womxn's experience in her own words, so I asked Aubrey if she could share with you what this whole thing was like for her... and most importantly what it meant to her. 

Here's what she said...
"I am never fully comfortable in front of the camera, nor my own skin (literally) in front of a camera, but my boudoir experience with Christine made me feel so amazing and confident...

My boudoir shoot was a 5 year anniversary gift to my husband. Once I had received my album and showed it to him, he said he wished there were more photos! I love how the artwork is so classy, elegant and timeless...

I don't think I would have received such a fabulous experience with anyone else. Christine really helped with how to appear in front of the camera and would occasionally show me photos from the camera to ensure everything was looking great. I really appreciated that...

Another part of my amazing experience, it was all very personable, I didn't feel like I was just another payment for her. Christine was genuinely excited for my whole experience and would check up on me before the shoot to help ensure I was still feeling comfortable. I highly recommend The Yodsukars for a boudoir experience, it will change the way you feel and look at yourself for the better."

- Aubrey

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 Aubrey unwrapping her stunning luxury Signature Album for the first time in our studio.

Aubrey unwrapping her stunning luxury Signature Album for the first time in our studio.

 Aubrey's reaction after seeing her entire Signature Album for the first time in our studio.

Aubrey's reaction after seeing her entire Signature Album for the first time in our studio.

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Join My Boudoir Community On Facebook

My Boudoir Community on Facebook is a place for us womxn to share about our Boudoir Experiences... and to be honest, it's a really a safe place to just be us. It's a place where us womxn can build each other up, tell that one girl we loooove her hair, tell another one that her outfit choice for her photoshoot was insanely gorgeous, and be OK with accepting compliments that people give us (I have always struggled with this... so I am practicing it daily!). 

Its a retreat, just for us. 

Transformational Boudoir Experience: Portland Boudoir Studio

 Megan's outer transformation was nothing compared to the experience she had in her soul.

Megan's outer transformation was nothing compared to the experience she had in her soul.

You'll find out just like all of the other amazing women who have come through our studio doors that Boudoir Photography is a transformational experience. From the first time we talk on the phone to the day you are picking up your custom artwork and taking it home, you will be an elevated version of yourself. For our studio, and for me specifically, Boudoir is not a look. Boudoir is a feeling. It is feeling confident in who you are- that you are worth it, you are enough, and you are damn beautiful exactly as you are. 

Pretty much everyone walks into their boudoir photo session with a whole lot of nerves, unsure of how to pose and wondering if they will get even one good photo. None of these are things you should worry about, I promise. Because time and time again, the amazing people that walk through our doors tell us "that was way easier than I thought it would be!" and "That was so much fun!" and "I can't believe thats ME!!" And you, my sweet friend, will be saying those same exact things after your Boudoir Experience. 

From the moment you walk into our Studio to sit down in your hair and makeup chair, to the first time I show you the back of the camera so you can see just how truly stunning you are (and how everyone else sees you), to the minute you walk out of our doors with a new sense of accomplishment and pride, we have your back. 

 Toni said, "For the first time I saw beauty in myself and fell in love with who I am."

Toni said, "For the first time I saw beauty in myself and fell in love with who I am."

THE EXPERIENCE

Here's a little preview of how your Boudoir Experience goes...

  1. After we receive your inquiry, we give you a call to say Hey! (This phone call isn't one of those annoying 'let us tell you how we do things' kind of phone calls. No way. This phone call is like calling up your best friend to catch up. We want to learn about you and what is important to you so that we can capture you the best way possible.)
  2. You book your session and we celebrate over the airwaves!
  3. Together, we plan your session with help from our Lingerie Guide we give you, and all of your ideas you've been dreaming about.
  4. On the day of your Experience, we welcome you into our studio (music WILL be playing and I WILL be dancing...) where you can hang up your wardrobe that you brought, and you'll sit down in the hair and makeup chair with our amazing HMUA (She's THE BEST.)
  5. We chat, we hang, we drink coffee (and waterrrr), and we get excited for the amazingness that is about to happen :D 
  6. During your photoshoot, I walk you through every.single.detail. So don't worry about posing or smiling... don't worry about a single thing except having fun. I will make sure you look amazing from your hair to your finger tips, and I will also make sure your expressions are what you're looking for as well. 
  7. As I show you the back of the camera a few times, you'll find that you actually are STUNNING and CONFIDENT and AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL and STRONG and RESILIENT and a WARRIOR and EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO BE. That's what this is about. It's about you being you and me helping you see what's really there.
  8. After the session we have your Reveal and Design Consultation! This is the best part of it all because this is when you actually see your photos for the FIRST TIME! And we design your artwork together that you'll take home and cherish for your lifetime.
  9. A few weeks after that, your artwork is in your hands and in your home!! BOOM SHAKA LAKA. :D 
  10. Last but not least, we are friends for life. Sisters for life. Homies, ride or dies. I'm Chrissy and you're Roberta. 

XOXO

Christine

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Join My Boudoir Community On Facebook

My Boudoir Community on Facebook is a place for us womxn to share about our Boudoir Experiences... and to be honest, it's a really a safe place to just be us. It's a place where us womxn can build each other up, tell that one girl we loooove her hair, tell another one that her outfit choice for her photoshoot was insanely gorgeous, and be OK with accepting compliments that people give us (I have always struggled with this... so I am practicing it daily!). 

Its a retreat, just for us. 

Shutterfest18 + Special Treatment

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I just got back from Shutterfest! The craziest conference for Photographers. It is non-stop, up all night, shoot all day, a million classes, amazingness.

This was my third year as a Speaker at Shutterfest, which means that I not only am responsible for creating and delivering three standout courses, but I also am expected to be out and about throughout the rest of my time, going up to people sitting alone, helping people doing photo shoots on their own, and be available for questions and chats throughout. It’s a lot of work, but it makes me feel alive to know I have the opportunity to change someone’s life. I take it very seriously and I try very hard.

The reason I’m writing is because for the first time, in my third year here, I’m starting to notice people see me from afar and stop and whisper and pretend not to be looking, I have people bringing me glasses of water when they haven’t even gotten one for themselves, I have people asking if they can help me with anything, people telling me they came to SF just for me, people responding to my “I know you don’t know who I am (so I can give them some qualifiers so they know they can trust me)” with “I DO know who you are!”

It’s a strange feeling, but a humbling one. I don’t think I deserve special treatment from people just because I am here in this position. I understand though, that they feel like I’ve given them something, and that is my hope when I come here...

But here is my wish for all of you and for everyone...

I hope that we all treat everyone with special treatment.

Everyone deserves it, whether we think so or not.

And as I said in one of my classes with 50 people all trying to photograph the same model,

“If you look out for everyone else and make sure they get their shot, then you will have 49 other people looking out for you making sure you get yours.”

And as always, thank you to Sal and Alissa, the super humans behind Shutterfest, for believing in me for a third year in a row to educate and inspire and lead. 

Thank you so my amazing sponsors Fundy Designer, Millers Professional Imaging, and Fotofafa. There is so much more to come. Hold on tight. LESSGO.

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Couple's In-Studio Session with Tosha and Nick

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Safety. Comfort. Encouragement. Passion. Loyalty...

These are the things we captured in their session. And the thing is, being who they are, most people are looking at what they are wearing or how did they get to where they are... but in this moment, in the time that we were photographing them, and in these stunning pieces of art that will forever capture THIS moment in time, they are Safety for one another, they are each other's comfort and encouragement. They are SO passionately in love. They are loyal to one another and to their relationship. 

Just because people see one thing, just because everyone else wants you to focus on something else, it never means that that is what we need to focus our energy on. When you are in the public eye, no matter how intensely or not, other peoples opinions of you find their way to your ear. It's nice to have someone feeding you the right things you want to hear. 

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Love you Tosha and Nick!

Tosha: https://www.instagram.com/tosha_eason/

Nick: https://soundcloud.com/nickydavey

Check me out in Barnes and Noble: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2017/9/7/im-published-in-barnes-and-noble

10 Things That Will Make Family Photoshoots FUN

10 Things That Will Make Family Photoshoots FUN!!

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Being a Portland Family Photographer means many things, but one of the things that is most important to me is making sure that my families truly enjoy their photoshoot experiences. People of Portland are not stuffy. In fact, they are quite the opposite; they are real, down to earth, and humble. This is one of the main reasons we moved our little family here in 2016 and opened our Beaverton Photography Studio. We wanted more real. We wanted more down to earth. And we really really wanted more humble in our lives, especially with little FLY joining us (and if you have had the opportunity to meet this beautiful little soul, you know how sweet he is, and Portland just seems like the perfect place for him to grow up). 

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So knowing that the people coming to us for Family Photos in Beaverton want to capture who they really are, I've been able to hone in on my list of 10 things that will make family photoshoots fun, and here it is!

  1.  First and foremost, focus on your family and forget about the camera. This sounds crazy, I know! I'm going to make a guesstimate here, but 99% of my clients come to me and tell me they are so nervous before their photoshoot. This is totally normal, as you can see. What I find really helps is to try not to focus on the camera, and instead focus on the reason you're here in the first place, your family! Look at them, interact with them, and enjoy this experience.
  2. Plan Ahead. With anything in life, if you plan ahead you will feel less stress and overwhelm. You know the old adage, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Don't let that be you... you deserve so much more than that! Instead, plan everything ahead! Plan your outfits at least two weeks ahead of time. Plan your meals and snacks for the photoshoot day, especially if you have littles. And plan for things to go un-planned ;) Grab a second outfit, grab extra snacks in case apples are the enemy that day, and grab a little extra om for the thing that will inevitably still go unplanned.
  3. Don't practice! Wait what? That's right. Do not practice how will you act in front of the camera. I don't want you worrying about your smile, or your posing, or how your laugh looks. If you practice, then you're robbing your children of having genuine archives of their parents and their family life. Give them memories that are true and real, and be comfortable with who you really are both on and off camera. Your children will want you to be you.
  4. Bring a surprise for your spouse. Even if this photoshoot is not coinciding with a special life moment (sidenote: I believe every moment is a special life moment, but that's a blog for another day ;) use it as an opportunity to make the most of the fact that you're documenting this day and do something extra special for your best friend. Think about what would be really meaningful for them, and surprise them during the photoshoot. Just make sure to tell me beforehand so we have a special wink right before it happens ;)
  5. Make the day about your kids. If this is a day we are going to be displaying in your home for generations to come, we want your children to have the fondest of memories from it. Set them up for a successful day by making sure they get all the sleep they need (we work around naps, my friends!), make sure they eat at their normal times and foods that will not cause crashing (sugar, I'm talking to you!), and give them lots of encouragement and cuddles. Being a star can be tiring ;) 
  6. Bring the Photographer to you. In-Home Lifestyle Family Photo Sessions are uhhh-mazing!! Think about it, you get to be in your own element (especially nice if your kids are teensy tiny and brand new), your kids are comfortable and have lots of things to show your Photographer (great rapport-builders!), and you get to show of your beautiful home that you worked so hard to create. 
  7. Be silly. When I am doing Family Photo Sessions, I without a doubt instruct my families to do silly things. I might tell you to have a staring contest, or to tickle each other, and I might even tell you to point at the person who takes the longest to get ready in the morning (it's so often the dads!!), but the magic doesn't happen while you're doing the thing I'm telling you to do, it happens in the moments after, when your beautiful, real, genuine self is reacting to that silly thing I asked your family to do, and you all didn't even realize you were having a blast together. THOSE are the photos that end up above your beautiful king bed, printed as Heirlooms to be passed down to your children when they grow up and build a home of their own.
  8. Go somewhere special. If you're having an outdoor photoshoot, pick a location for its meaning, not just because it's beautiful. Perhaps you have a special park that you take the family to on days off, or maybe your children just love that one part of town because its has the garden AND the ice cream shop. If the location has meaning, it is the perfect backdrop for a fun photoshoot.
  9. Give your partner 'the eye'. Not the "did you seriously just flip the baby upside down over your head?!" eye, but the 'Hey there hot stuff' eye ;) If you're like most parents, you have little time for yourself, let alone time to be a couple. Trust me when I say this, your photoshoot is the PERFECT time to give some attention to your relationship. The kids will have a chance to run around while the two of you can remember what it felt like before kids. 
  10. Think about the end result. When all is said and done, these photos are going to live in your home, on your walls and your most visited coffee tables for years to come... and then they will be passed onto your children, and your grandchildren. These Heirlooms are what will be held in their hands when they want to tell stories of the amazing lives you lived, and how you made them the people they are. THAT is the real reason you are having your precious family photographed and if you ask me, that just makes me smile. 
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Interested in your own fun and meaningful photoshoot of your family?

We would love to hear from you!

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Featured on KOIN 6 News in Portland

Featured on KOIN 6 News in Portland

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You've read about the work I am lucky enough to do with Breast Friends of Oregon. Well apparently word is getting around and KOIN 6 wanted to tell more people about it! Thank you so so much to Sally Showman for your heart and sharing Bald Is Beautiful with the people in our community. The women who work are Breast Friends work so hard, and to see them smiling from ear to ear today, just SO excited, well it really made my day. 

You can see the behind the scenes video from today by clicking the button above, or by clicking this link https://www.facebook.com/christinebusler/videos/10101034946964911/

The story will are on KOIN 6 on Monday March 26th at 5am, 6am, and 4pm. http://www.koin.com/

 Left to Right: Tracy Shultz Hair and Makeup Artist, Melissa our Beautiful Honoree for the Day, Myself Christine Yodsukar, Ginger Deborde Community Ambassador of Breast Friends, Linda Adams Voluntee of Breast Friends, Sally Showman of Heartprint Productions.

Left to Right: Tracy Shultz Hair and Makeup Artist, Melissa our Beautiful Honoree for the Day, Myself Christine Yodsukar, Ginger Deborde Community Ambassador of Breast Friends, Linda Adams Voluntee of Breast Friends, Sally Showman of Heartprint Productions.

Thank you to the amazing souls who make this happen.

Breast Friends of Oregon https://www.breastfriends.org/

Sally Showman, Heartprint Productions www.heartprintproductions.com

See more of the Bald Is Beautiful Project https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/bald-is-beautiful-portrait-project-video

Make Happiness Happen #002

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When was the last time you were touched? Ok! Get all the giggles out of the way!! 
I’m serious. When was the last time you were touched? When was the last time you touched someone? 
It could be a hand on the arm when you’re laughing hysterically, or a hug when you get picked up at the airport, or like with this beautiful pair of human beings right here, it could be a fun and unexpected tickle that incites laughter and 🌟PURE JOY🌟 that ends up being a HUGE piece of wall art in your home because it reminds you of what matters most in your life even when times are tough. 
Doctors found that a single touch hand to hand instantly and dramatically decreased the activity in areas of the brain that cause fear, danger, and threat. WOW 🤯 It’s real!!

Touch can cure sadness and fear. It can make us instantly happier and feel at ease. 


I don’t know about you, but this is a great reminder for me to give Rich a hug today- even if we are having a difficult conversation- and for me to gently touch Forrest’s back when he’s having a hard time dealing with a situation (in non hippy language: a tantrum). 

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Are you giggles out of the way? Because I’m about to ask you a question and ask you to leave your answer for me in the comments. 
Tell me, who comes to your mind that you want to help today with a simple touch? Who could use less fear and sadness? Who do you know that could use some happiness? Write the name of the person you want to share Happiness with today 💗
 

Touch comes before sight, before speech.
It is the first language, and the last, and it always tells the truth.
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Want more Happiness instigators for you day? Check out this one here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/3/4/make-happiness-happen-001

Make Happiness Happen #001

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I decided it was time to make these into a formal thing... by numbering them. The first Official installment of Make Happiness Happen. 

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Part of serving others is serving myself also. It is doing things that I delight in that make me happy for no reason other than they just make me happy. Like getting Dutch Bros and singing and dancing in the car.

If you are someone that is constantly pouring yourself into others, doing everything you can to make sure they are taken care of and well (I’m talking to you Mommas!!), you can’t forget how important, no NECESSARY, it is to take time for yourself. You’re feeling exhausted and drained because you do so much, but you’re not getting anything to fill your energy back up. It’s your job to take care of yourself, and it doesn’t have to be another chore. 

One of my favorite things to do to pour back into myself- dance and sing in the car. Some days, sure, I just don’t feel like it, but some days, it’s EVERYTHING I needed. And if you’re a parent like me, we are in the car quite a lot, which means we have ample opportunity to turn a car ride into a self-care session. Some days it’s 90s hip hop, others it’s new agey hippy stuff, and others it’s the latest pop songs. Whatever makes you FEEL happy when you turn it on, that’s the one to go with that day. And yes, sometimes I sing to the people next to me at the stop light, and other days I act like huh? Dancing? Me? No way. There are no rules to what life is supposed to look like... except one...

Life should be filled with the people and activities that make you happy, everything else can go. 

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Here is a photo of something that makes me EXTREMELY happy- in addition to singing and dancing in the car, of course. This is my crew (part of it, because its about 200+ deep) from the place I go Monday - Saturday to make myself 1% better each day. I've been going for exactly 8 weeks now, so I'm 56% better already!! I'm being cheeky, but I'm also being completely serious at the same time. Burn Boot Camp Beaverton has changed my life, and it makes me insanely happy.

Life should be filled with the people and activities that make you happy, everything else can go. 
— Christine Yodsukar

Fundy Software Company Headshots

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Company headshots are a valuable asset to any company, whether you are a Portland Small Business or a Retail company based in Los Angeles. Not only do professional business headshots make your team look good, but they are exciting for your team. It shows them that each one of them is a valuable asset to the work you do. Welcoming the team behind Fundy Software into my Portrait Studio in Beaverton was SO FUN... mostly because they are all a blast to hang with. With them, work is like play. 

Fundy Software Inc is a local company here in Portland that has created the most useful software for photographers that I have ever used. If you have been a client of mine, you have seen me use it in our Design Consultation together. Not only is the product amazing, but the people that make up Fundy Software are truly family to me and my little family. 

It was so AWESOME being the one they trusted to do their new company headshots. Thank you, Fundy Software! 

Help Emmi, Chief Compliance Officer at WEconnect, choose her headshot: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/portland-headshot-photographer-emmi

Same Day Design Consultation

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VALUE. It’s the one thing I focus all of my time and energy on. I want to bring immeasurable VALUE to my clients. This isn’t easy because each and every person values different things… but this is also what makes my every day so fun. I get to find out what my clients Value, and make it my mission to give that to them. 

One major way I can bring the Value in my business is to do Same Day Design Consultations whenever possible. What is a Design Consultation? That is the first time my clients get to see their photos after their photoshoot! It is the MOST EXCITING part of the entire experience. Yes. My clients get to see their photos the very same day as their photoshoot. 

Fun Side Note for Photographers: Professional Photographer Magazine published an article of mine that I wrote for photographers about why Same Day Design Consultations are so awesome for me, my business and my clients, and you can check that out here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/2/12/professional-photographer-magazine

As I write this, I am in-flight on my way to Los Angeles from Portland (from what we have dubbed our “relaxing home” to our “work home”) to meet up with my clients Tiffany and Kevan. They are celebrating their engagement all the way from Canada by having their Engagement Photoshoot Experience in Los Angeles with little ol’ me. Not only will we take their photos today, but they will get to see their photos for the first time, Design their Artwork for their home with me, and will put in their order for their Artwork, meaning it will be in their home in WEEKS. WEEKS!! No waiting weeks just to see their photos- they will actually get to hang their relationship on their walls in a few short weeks. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is! 

I get so excited for my clients.. for a few reasons. One, I have been through this experience myself, so I know just how much it means to be able to stop and focus all of your attention on the ones you love most in this world. Despite all the work and errands and endless To Do lists, you will never regret taking time out to celebrate your relationships with the people most important to you in your life. Second, I have been fortunate enough to witness the transformation that happens in my clients lives after going through this experience with us. It’s not just a photoshoot- thats not how we work. This is LIFE. This is EVERYTHING. This is creating tangible fine art that will live not only in your home but in the homes of the generations after you. It is tangible artwork that carries on your legacy and tells the story of the amazing life you lived. It allows you, the person in the photos, to remember what makes you wake up each morning, even when times are hard, when there is an illness, financial struggles, wondering if you can even keep going- you look up at your artwork and are reminded of the things that keep you going. Nothing matters more. 

So as I sit here writing this, I’m excitedly anxious knowing what the rest of the day will bring. Tiffany and Kevan are going to get lost celebrating one another. They will make memories today that they will never forget, and they will let everything else wash away as they take time to focus on their reason for waking up each morning. He is her safety and comfort. She is his stability and his rock. I’m honored to capture this for you two today and always. 

Look out for an update on their photographs and artwork coming to the blog soon :D I never post photos until after they have received their artwork- because seeing your photos for the first time on your phone on FB is NOTHING compared to hearing the doorbell ring, opening it up to see HUGE boxes at your door, getting excited knowing that your artwork is only inches away from you, and then excitedly (yet carefully heehee) opening those boxes to reveal timeless fine art created with the sole purpose of celebrating you. THAT is infinitely more valuable than seeing anything on Facebook. So once Tiffany and Kevan hang their artwork, the internet will get to share in their excitement and jump and squeal and cry too :D 

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I’m really trying hard to refrain from quoting Britney Spears, but damn! I did it again!! (Minus the “oops”). Actually, as with many of my recent accomplishments, I feel as though it was much less my doing in making it happen than it was people around me supporting me and encouraging me. Since this isn’t the Grammy’s I won’t give a thank you speech, but I will just say that I am lucky to be surrounded by the people I call friends and colleagues, and I can’t help but think I was ready for the challenges because I have always been brazenly determined- even when I’m oh-so out of my league. Thank you friends for helping me make this happen. 

So here it is. I have an article with Professional Photographer Magazine!! Special thanks to my partners Fundy Software Inc, Millers Professional Imaging, and Silverlake Photo, as well as my beautiful models, The Patrick Family!!

You can check it out here: https://ppmag.com/news/in-person-sales-change-one-thing-to-earn-three-times-the-revenue

You can also read about a couple, Tiffany and Kevan, that had their own Same Day Design Consultation- just like I talk about in the PPM article :D

Check that out here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/2/12/same-day-design-consultation

Michelle Lagos Consulting Headshots

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Michelle Lagos came over to our photography studio in Beaverton, Oregon for her headshots and of course we danced and laughed our way through. You don't get together with this woman and NOT have an amazing time. Lagos Consulting is Portland's premiere Website Designer, Developer, and Digital Strategist. She is DYNAMIC... to say the least. We knew that Michelle is used to being behind the scenes, so pampering her with Hair and Makeup before the photoshoot, and guiding her through the Design Consultation to choose her favorite photographs after the photoshoot was extra fun for us. When someone continually gives and gives beauty to the world, you can't help but want to pour ten times that amount of love back onto them. You, Michelle, and the epitome of a giver and I am so happy we had the opportunity to create with you. 

As always, thank you to our Hair and Makeup Artist, Aubrey Kay Evans, the owner and powerhouse behind Beauty By Bre. 

And of course we had to show off her amazing personality, because if you don't know Michelle in person, you MUST make a date to meet her. You'll probably meet her at her favorite dining spot in PDX, the delicious Harlow, and you have my personal guarantee that you will have FUN and walk away totally inspired and motivated to do the things you've been wanting to. Michelle is in one word: AMAZING.

Visit our studio in Beaverton, Oregon, minutes away from Nike! 

See Stacey S.'s Portrait Photoshoot in our Studio here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/portland-portrait-studio-stacey-s

It's a CELEBRATION!

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That's right! 2018 marks NINE years that The Yodsukars has been an operating business. It's pretty insane to think that it all started with a Groupon-type deal on The Knot.com in 2009 for a $99 Engagement Session. We photographed somewhere around 80+ sessions the following year because of that deal... we had no life and missed out on everything, BUT it laid the groundwork for what The Yodsukars is today. And what are we today? I'll leave that for the end of this post. First, I think its only fitting as we Celebrate starting our company 9 years ago, that we hear from the Founder, my best friend and husband, Forrest's father, and the reason our business exists, Rich Yodsukar.

     Being a business owner has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. Knowing that the direction of our careers is completely up to us - if we want to work more, or work less - has been so empowering. It's also been completely terrifying at times not knowing exactly when our next check is coming. As cliche as this sounds though, what's kept us going is believing that the universe will provide us with exactly what we need, and that is what's gotten us to this point in our lives and careers.  - Rich Yodsukar

Today, The Yodsukars is a Mission backed up by a lifestyle. On paper we are a Photo + Cinema studio based in Portland, Oregon and operating in Los Angeles as well. In our hearts and minds, we are just a little family set on changing the world one life at a time. What began as a studio focused on weddings, has morphed into a multi-layered company with departments catering to Businesses, Families, and Educating Other Photographers and Business Owners how to use their business to Find Their Happy. We have grown A LOT over the past 9 years, learning countless lessons about managing money, taking care of our clients, improving our technical skills, and marketing (to name a few, of course), but the one thing we have learned that I am MOST PROUD of and most EXCITED about is this...

We have learned to define SUCCESS on our terms. We have learned to create our own definition of HAPPINESS. And whats even cooler, we have learned the importance of allowing ourselves to redefine and recreate that as often as needed. That's one reason we moved from everyone we knew and the hometown of our business to a brand new place where we knew no one. I'm happy to say that 20 months later, we have established our business, found our friends and family, and created our home here in Portland. Instead of replacing one home with another, we have a new passion of adding homes, friends, and family... and businesses. 

The next opportunity is right around the corner. Keep us in your thoughts as we are looking to add another exciting adventure to our lives (not a baby you guys!!!!), so we can continue to change the world one person at a time.

XOXO

Christine

A little backstory on my WHY for being a business owner: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2017/9/7/sharing-my-why-on-being-a-business-owner

 

Portland Portrait Studio >> Stacey S.

STACEY THE MAGNIFICENT

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My newly renovated Photography Studio in Portland, Oregon is kind of my favorite place ever. I get to sip on freshly brewed espresso while listening to the CHILL iTunes station (it's sooo chill), all the while photographing the gorgeous people of Portland. Sometimes I get to create boudoir photos in my studio, and other times we create branding photos for another kickass Portland Business owner. Last week though, I had the immense pleasure of photographing this woman right here.

This is Stacey. Stacey is special to me because she embodies what I love about life... LOVING LIFE. Stacey is someone who grabs her life by the horns and takes a wild ride, calling the shots while simultaneously allowing the unexpected to happen. She travels up and down the West Coast from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Portland catering to her clients that adore her for being their Special Needs Pet Nanny. Yes. Special Needs Pet Nanny. She's the bomb. 

THANK YOU STACEY FOR BEING YOU AND SHARING YOUR ENERGY WITH MY AND MY CAMERA. 

XOXO

CHRISTINE

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Help Emmi Choose Her Headshot

WHICH HEADSHOT SHOULD EMMI CHOOSE?

PUT THE NUMBER OF YOUR FAVORITE HEADSHOT IN THE COMMENTS.

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Emmi has not only created a life she loves (and a personality that I love), but she has created a whole new way of doing her job. "Emmi's research focuses on individual privacy preferences, exploitation, elements of communication in medical research, integration and regulation of medical technology and medical decision making in the context of societal ethics." Yep. She's AMAZING. And she's definitely the person to find if you're ready for an in depth, yet wildly entertaining conversation about... well, anything. She's the best! 

So let's help a sister out and help her choose which headshot she should incorporate into her Professional life as Chief Compliance, Ethics and Privacy Officer extraordinaire!!

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See Michelle Lagos', of Lagos Consulting, breathtaking headshots... and one totally badass Portrait where she brings out her MOB Boss self ;) MOB: Mom Owned Business! See it here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2018/2/5/michelle-lagos-consulting-headshots

Shoot Like A Mother

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Momming is damn hard work. I know! I have a two year old son and somehow have managed to step away long enough to continue to run my Photography studio in two cities with my amazing clients. The most rewarding work, though? Photographing my son and my husband experiencing everyday life. 

Wether you have a simple point and shoot camera or a professional-level DSLR or even just your phone, this class will teach you how to capture the soccer games, the recitals, and most importantly those precious moments at home snuggling up together or making pancakes on Sunday morning. 

You will learn the same techniques I have used in my Photography business for the past 8 years, creating gorgeous and timeless photographs for hundreds of families. You will get easy to use knowledge to capture these moments and learn how to keep them safe forever in print...And enjoy delicious bites to eat, coffee and champs, because like I said before, Momming is hard. 

And oh yea, babysitter included ;)

Purchase your $49 ticket for your educational Mom's day out, and learn to Shoot Like a Mother: www.theyodsukars.com/education-products/shootlikeamother

I can't wait to see you there! 

XOXO

Christine

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See more of the work we do. Here is a beautiful Portrait Session for the Bald Is Beautiful Project that we do with Breast Friends, an amazing organization supporting women surviving breast cancer. 

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Honor isn’t a strong enough word to describe what photographing this mother and daughter felt like to me. I met Laura through working with Breast Friends for their Bald Is Beautiful project. If you haven’t heard about the amazing work that Breast Friends does for women living with and surviving cancer, then I implore for you to look at them and what they do- I am getting teary-eyed just talking about it, they are so supportive and helpful. 

So I photographed Laura and her daughter, and when we met for their big Reveal, they knew these photos were too meaningful to just let them sit somewhere on a hard drive or cloud- THEY HAD TO PRINT THEM. Laura, her daughter, and Laura's wife Deb decided together on this stunning piece of art (pictured above - The Wesley Statement Piece). Laura is the one who described the meaning of this artwork the best... in my own words adapted from what she said that day, it went a little something like this:

'Right now, this artwork shows us being happy during a difficult time, but I don’t let myself think about how difficult it is. I just have to power through it all. But years from now, when we are far beyond this experience and this cancer and the treatments, I won’t have to remember only the difficult times and the doctors visits... I’ll get to look at this and remember THIS moment out of all of them. THIS will be what the result of my cancer was- the love and relationship I have with my daughter. That is all that matters.'

When Laura said that at the Reveal with myself and her wife and two of the Breast Friend women there, we all were crying and in awe. When we work together, MAGIC HAPPENS. I love you and your family so much, Laura. I can’t wait to hang THIS in your home and give you the memories of this journey that you choose. Thank you for the honor. 

 The Wesley Statement Piece, named after my dear friend's son, is a magical way to showcase four of your most meaningful photographs on one single piece of Artwork. It is one of our most popular pieces, and definitely our most popular Single Piece Composite design. Here you see the piece in its Medium size, 30x30 inches. 

The Wesley Statement Piece, named after my dear friend's son, is a magical way to showcase four of your most meaningful photographs on one single piece of Artwork. It is one of our most popular pieces, and definitely our most popular Single Piece Composite design. Here you see the piece in its Medium size, 30x30 inches. 

Watch the Behind the Scenes Video from our very first Bald Is Beautiful Photoshoot Day.

If you'd like to learn about Breast Friends, you can find out more here: https://www.breastfriends.org/

And you can follow along as we continue to photograph more amazing women for the Bald Is Beautiful Project each month here in our studio in Portland, Oregon by going here. 

 

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We are honored to be working with Breast Friends of Oregon on their Bald is Beautiful project. November 2017 marked our first month of portraits where we photographed these beautiful women, and here is a look at our day together. 

Thank you for having us.

Makeup by the amazing Pincurls By Tracy 💗
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XOXO

Christine

See a recent photoshoot with did with the stunning Stacey S. to Celebrate her Happiness here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/portland-portrait-studio-stacey-s

Asking For Things I Have No Business Asking For

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I was talking to an online group about all of the crazy things I have asked others for- asking for Work, asking for connections, asking for help… Some turn into some of the biggest accomplishments in my life and career thus far. Others were huge HUGE bombs.

My friend saw what I wrote, “I ask for things I have no business asking for” and she responded something to the effect of “I love that you have no fear.”

Here’s the deal. I am DEFINITELY afraid when I ask for things. I get extremely anxious and I try to talk myself out of it every single time. I think, “It’s stupid to ask. They have too much going on, I shouldn’t bother them. I’m not going to get it anyway so I shouldn’t waste my time. I’ll ask on Monday instead.” I have A LOT of fear. But the fear doesn’t matter. It’s what I do despite the fear that makes the difference between where I am now and where I was yesterday. And today I am closer to where I want to be and the person I want to be than I was yesterday.

What do you want to ask for? What have you been wanting to ask for for months now? What do you want?! Asking is so freaking hard, but if I have learned one hard lesson in our 8 years of owning our Photo + Cinema business, it’s that NO ONE and NOTHING is going to be given to me. People don’t wake up in the morning and think, “Gee, how can I help Christine Yodsukar today?” NO! They wake up and think about all the shit they have to take care of that day, the things they don’t want to do, the errands they forgot to do the day before, their kid is crying because they want breakfast, they are late on a deadline, and they have a client who is making them want to quit their own business. Everyone is human and just trying to do their best just like you are. They don’t have the time and energy to make things happen for me. Or for you. I have to make things happen for me and you have to make things happen for you. This is where the ask comes into play.

If no one is going to bring you a triple latte with extra foam and four pumps of hazelnut on a silver platter then you need to ask them to do so. You need to ask very specifically for exactly what you want, because if you don’t then they might bring you a coffee but it might be a peppermint decaf with coconut milk and you’re like WTF is this?! Ask and be specific in your ask so if the opportunity is there, people can give you what you want.

So how do I go from the fear of asking holding me back to actually asking? I play dumb. I literally shut off my brain (as literally as I can), and I type the words and hit send. Or I pull up the person’s phone number (and after ten minutes of giving myself excuses) I press the green phone button and the phone starts ringing. Then when they answer I say the words I need to say- very straightforward, no hoopla, no flowery words, I just say what I need to say. I disconnect myself from my anxiety and my fear for that moment I hit send or that moment I verbally say the words. Afterwards, you would think that’s when I freak out, but by that time the opportunity to freak out has passed and I’m on to the next big thing that scares me.

The key is to play dumb with yourself. You’re not afraid and you’re not nervous. Heck, you’re not anything. You’re just a robot saying the words you need to say to ask for the thing that you want. Done end of story.

Now this is going to be helpful for those of you that know what you want and who you need to ask to get it or get there, but for those of you that don’t even see the possibility of asking as a real thing, we need to go a tad bit further. If there is something you want, something that you think about constantly or even just often, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE IT. Yes you have to work for it and you have to make it happen, but you are absolutely allowed to have it. You are worth it. You are good enough. Stop comparing yourself to other people, other business owners, other photographers, other parents, other young single dudes, and focus on growing yourself. Compete with yourself. If you are in your business simply to be better than your neighbor selling a 3 hour session and all the digitals for $99, you will never win. But if you are in business for a purpose and everything that you do is working toward that greater good, then every single step will be a win.

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So now you can write down all of those things that you want and you dream about that you never thought you were good enough to have or deserved to do, and now you can start making action plans to make them happen. You can start figuring out who can help you get closer to those goals and you can ask them for what you need.

The bottom line is this: we get one life. Don’t waste it worrying that you’re playing by the rules and being better than $99 Tommy Thomas. Forget Tommy and make your own game with your own rules. Make your life YOUR life. Do good. Spread love and joy. And be Happy.

XOXO CHRISTINE

I share my WHY when it comes to being a business owner, and why I feel fierce AF in the pursuit of my business goals here: https://www.theyodsukars.com/blog/2017/9/7/sharing-my-why-on-being-a-business-owner