Finding Confidence In a Click.

Harley
Harley

Confident. Powerful. Beautiful. Sexy.  These are the words that come to mind when I see this photograph, taken by the late Marlene Lillian.  In 2010, I started Sultry Soiree, now known as the School of Seduction, as an outlet to educate women in many areas of confidence, life, and intimacy. As a part of this dream brand, I wanted to allow woman a space to have professional boudoir photos taken as a gift for themselves or significant other.  In my mind I had a vision of what sexy looked and felt like. I needed a photographer who would see my vision in the same light, then came Marlene.  She was funny, passionate, and a true artist. I knew she was perfect.

We set a date, began planning, and the ladies signed up.  Some were existing students others were new to the concept of my brand.  As the coach, I volunteered to be photographed first, as an example to my students.  Secretly, my students did not know  this would be a challenge for my shy side.  Having my picture taken in a sexy manner was one of those moments of discomfort and insecurity for me.  At the time one of my best friends, Lala was my assistant, so she helped, we shopped, as well as assisted others in their boudoir vision.  We were ready and prepared to have our first marathon boudoir photo shoot, at the elegant Gates House Bed & Breakfast in Columbus, Georgia.

On shoot day I woke up with mixed emotions about the pending day’s events.  I was super excited that a dream for my business would come true.  But, I was terrified that I had signed myself up to be photographed.  It did not matter that I had sexy outfits, or that I was accustom to being viewed as a sex symbol. Or that I was considered the confidence coach for the women who would follow me in the same task.  All I could think about was, the thought of a stranger looking at me through her lens.  Not just looking, but capturing the way she see saw me.  The mere thought made me crazy and ultimately my assistant too.  She was in awe, of the sight of my panic.

My assistant told me to find Harley (my alter ego) and pull it together.  So, I drove to the B & B to get this terrifying dream day started.  I had my face made and got dressed.  In walked, my friend Temeshia, student and my class photographer.  She was so supportive and excited, helping me laugh away some of the nerves.  More ladies started to arrive for makeup and wardrobe.  In that moment I was reminded of the lessons I had shared with the ladies over the previous months.  The most important lesson being, you have to be confident, no matter who is looking at you or what you think they maybe thinking.  So, after a glass of wine, I climbed on this most gorgeous bed, to have my picture taken.  The first few clicks were nerve-wracking, but I never said stop.  After more than 200 clicks I began to feel Sexy, Powerful, Beautiful, Confident.  It was amazing that what seemed so scary just moments before, started to feel glorious, and freeing, and natural.

The day was a success, as I returned to my role as coach and assisted my ladies in having the best moment of their lives.  The boudoir sessions have become an important part of the Alter Ego Series, it is the next step in pushing past our comfort zones into confidence.  To this day I have used my boudoir photos as an example to my students that if I can, so can you.  At the end of the day I am woman, I am a work in progress.

I truly miss Marlene’s laugh and what she brought to my brand.  I learned so much about my self through her lens.

Be Confident.  Be Sexy.  Be You.

xo, Harley

 

 

 

 

 

Behind Closed Doors with Ms. LaVelle

We present the beautiful Ms. Lavelle. . .This gorgeous super woman has taken School of Seduction by storm with her passion for being a mother and keeping her “Man” satisfied, all while writing an environmentally friendly curriculum for schools, and gaining herself another degree, all at the same time.

Six months after having twins, this diva enrolled in my Sexy Refresher course.  She quickly became my class funny girl, with her quick wit and quirky sayings.  She wanted to use the class as a tool to reinvent the sexy she once possessed.  Boy, she definitely achieved that and much more.  From not wearing makeup or wigs, to rocking the diva look every time I have seen her since.  She is the perfect example of my mission statement.

LaVelle was surely the most interesting to work with to produce this Boudoir shoot! Initially she had no vision of what her photos would look like.  On the day of the shoot, she not only had “vision” she had naughty lingerie to match. With a focus on her “alter ego” and the desires of her significant other she went from sweet to sultry with application of lashes and lipstick.

LaVelle brought her whole mommy crew to take class with her and they all did the photo shoot!  I love mommyhood, for wanting to bring sexy back!  Thank you LaVelle for allowing Marlene (Photog), Shanai, (MUA) and myself (Harley) to transform you in to a sexy Pinup!  We hope he loved each image.

Mrs. Sinnamon Boudoir

Introducing Mrs. Sinnamon. . .

A Love Note from Sinnamon:
What a wonderful experience I had with Harley and the other ladies of the Sexy Wife Refresher course !!!  I’m a military wife separated from my husband while he’s on deployment.  Packing and moving every few months left me feeling like just a worker bee and not anything someone would be interested in.  I wanted to take a class that would help me get my sexy back !!!  The classes not only helped me to embrace who I am (flaws and all) but gave me tips on how I could make my husband feel special too when he returns.   The decision to participate in the Boudoir Shoot was the icing on the cake.  I’ll be able to look back on my pictures and recall all the lessons I learned. Thank you for helping me to get back to my old self !!!
Sinnamon (aka Alexia)

Behind Closed Doors with Harley: Valentine’s 2012

It Started with a Class.

How do I begin to tell you about my adventure on February 4, 2012?  For the sake of titles we will call it the Chocolate & Champagne Boudoir Marathon.(Atlanta, Ga). In case you were wondering how this Marathon works, put it this way we took 1 day, 6 naked (semi-naked) ladies, 1 fabulous room, 1 photographer, 1 makeup artist, and only 1 Harley, and produce what would become one of the most memorable moments of this group of wives and mommies lives.  This entire adventure started with a class at the School of Seduction’s. The  2-day “Wife Refresher Course” in Columbus, Ga is where  I had the pleasure of teaching 5 of the ladies participating in this boudoir shoot.   This group of wives went from for some shy, conservative, or just wanting to reinvent their sexy to their husband’s new super sexy girlfriend.  So, ideally the next step in reinventing their sexy was to get them in front of my favorite boudoir photographer’s–Marlene Lillian— lens.

First, there was the consultation to give the women tipping for preparing for their big day.  Two hours and a full belly later we were ready to build a look for Sexy.  It was time to do what we love most shop! Six ladies and a Harley took the mall by storm playing with thongs, lipstick, garters, infused uncontrollable silliness. I spent 6 hours assisting each lady with their visions for their photographs.  By night fall each lady had their arms filled with enough naughty unmentionables to last them a year in the bedroom.

Day of Shoot

After a week of texting and emails about filled with pre-shoot worries I was able to get 6 women feeling confident enough to make the hour and a half journey to one of Midtown Atlanta’s sexiest hotels.  Cars of to-be Victoria Secret models  flooded the valet. The mommy crew stepped out in jogging pants and t-shirts, with suitcases of wigs, lace nighties, and jewelry in tow.  Some ready, some frightened by the pending adventure that lay ahead.  We kept calm as we met the fabulous Shanai Dominique (makeup/hair) of SD Luxuri and the talented Marlene (photographer).

As the jitter increased the ladies started to assemble outfits with hairstyles, and stilettos.  The first lady was up for makeup, the lovely Alexia a.k.a. Mrs. Sinnamon (her Alter Ego).  As she began prepping, I spent the next 8 hours running from lady to lady fixing outfits, being her ultimate “hype” girl, pouring champagne, all while shouting “take that #%^* off, we here to get naked!”  By 8pm we had successfully gotten 6 of Columbus, Georgia’s finest down to their birthday suits. . .Valentine’s for their husband’s will never be the same.  These women went from wife to lap dancer to nude models.  Mission Complete! 

Read more about their experiences (upcoming post) and other women who have been “Behind Closed Doors with Harley”.

Would you unleash your sexy in front of the camera?  Leave me a comment telling your story.  If you would like to participate in the upcoming Boudoir Marathon, email me at Harleyseductionschool@gmail.com.

Behind Closed Doors With Belinda

A Note from Belinda:


I have always wanted to do a boudoir photo shoot, more for my husband than myself.  However, once we moved to Columbus and I began to pack on the pounds, the idea of boudoir photos became a thought of the past. Last year I started my journey to “finding Belinda again”.  As my journey to self-discovery began, I started shedding the weight and feeling more confident in my own skin again. During this time my husband was deployed overseas.  He asked that I send some sexy pictures of myself, so I started entertaining the thought of boudoir photos once again.  Fortunately, during this time I met Angel who was already in the process of setting up boudoir photo session for Valentine’s Day!  I was more than eager to participate.  As the day fast approached I realized I was taking the photos for myself, but they would be a surprise Valentine’s Day Gift to my husband.  When I first arrived at the Gates House Bed and Breakfast I was extremely nervous.  However, Angel, Marlene and Ola made me feel very, very comfortable and at ease.  As Ola began to apply my makeup I started to reminisce and share with her how much my husband means to me and how much I truly, truly love him. He has shown me with very little words, but a whole lot of action what “true unconditional love” really is.  Once Ola finished my makeup, it was time for action and I was truly ready. I was ready to display all the love and affection I have for my husband through the lens of Marlene Hawthorne Thomas.

The picture I feel best demonstrates this love is the picture of me with my husband’s favorite guitar.  Marlene only had to suggest that I hold the guitar as though it was my husband and the feelings came very naturally.  When I presented my husband’s Valentine’s Day Gift to him, he was truly surprised.  I could tell he appreciated them more than I ever could have expected or dreamed he would.  My husband definitely understood the boudoir photos represented more than just photos, or my love for him, it was a big step to me getting back to being Belinda. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share my experience with other women.  I hope that it will encourage women, no matter their size to be confident and do what makes them happy.  Sometimes as wives, mothers etc we forget about ourselves. When I look back on that day I stepped into the Gates House Bed and Breakfast, I smile.  That day represented so much more than just a photo session to me.  It represented a love displayed (for my husband) and a love rekindled (for myself). I thank Angel, Marlene and Ola for helping bring my Alter Ego to photo, but more importantly I thank God for sending my husband to share this journey called life with me.  I am truly, truly grateful!       ❤Belinda