HEY THERE, HOT STUFF!
Let's get to know each other!
I'm Kailee (she/her), your photographer, posing expert, and professional hype-gal.
Some things to know about me:
I'm a New Englander at heart
I have my Bachelor's in Arts Administration + Fashion Merchandising
I'm late dx autistic & ADHD
I struggle with mental illnesses - depression, anxiety, social anxiety
I have a 10 year old shih tzu named Coco
I have an undying love for houseplants, astrology and coffee
I suffer from chronic pain/illness and identify as a spoonie
I am pro-choice, and believe Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter, and I'm an intersectional feminist
Oh, and I've loved photography as long as I can remember.
LET'S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER...
THESE ARE a few of MY FAVORITE THINGS
Pink Drink w/ Cold Foam
Good Ole H2O
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
TIME OF DAY
Late Afternoon / Night Owl
Stranger than Fiction
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Well, first off, I could not be more excited that you're thinking about doing a boudoir shoot with me. I've been shooting professionally since 2020, and have had a camera in my hands since I was 12 or 13! It all started when I went to visit home to shoot my best friend's pregnancy announcement photos. I had a thought while I was doing it - "THIS is what I'm supposed to be doing!" It was like, a serious aha-come-to-jesus moment for me.
After that, I started shooting boudoir in February of 2021 and never. looked. back. Since then I've photographed over FIFTY beautifully unique and wonderful humans.
In October of 2021, my partner, Steven, got a new job that could support us both, and I decided to take the plunge and quit my part-time job to pursue photography full-freakin'-time. This was honestly one of the scariest decisions of my life.
Today, everything I do is for my business and creating a life for myself, my partner, and my dog that is better than I could ever have imagined. As a domestic abuse survivor coming from a family with addiction, substance issues and poverty, I strive to create a boudoir photography experience that is empowering, inclusive, sensitive to trauma and accessible.
My intention is to create a space where others can see themselves in a way that they may have never thought possible. I hope to achieve these goals on the back-end through continually educating myself on boudoir best practices, photography technique and posing, and client experience, and on the front-end through a consent-based practice, flexible payment plans, and a customizable photography experience.
MOM, ME, AND MAYA IN DOWNTOWN MYSTIC CT IN 2020
ME AND STEVEN AT AN ALBRIGHT COLLEGE EVENT C/O JOHN PANKRATZ
COCO THE COQUETTE
I created Coquette Boudoir because I was sick & tired of the imposed standards of the society we live in, which are disproportionately applied to marginalized people.
My clients are radical souls who are ready to break free from the chains of those imposed standards. They are ready to show themselves the freedom of rising into who they truly are.
My clients use this space to explore and embrace facets of their identities that they have been told to suppress. Those identities which remain secret, hidden, quiet no longer.
I invite you to release your self-doubt and allow confidence, liberation, and inspiration to take root.
This space honors the intrinsic value of the intersections between body, mind and identity, in the context of lived experience and reality.
The mission of Coquette Boudoir is to connect with radical souls and empower them to claim their space in the world, be boldly documented, and live vibrantly through art and self-expression. We do this by providing a uniquely luxury photography experience and fostering our community.
Our vision is a world where marginalized people are free to be themselves, and to embrace each and every facet of themselves that was once deemed "unworthy" by someone. Where these sometimes forgotten, suppressed, or hidden aspects of our personalities can be captured visually - not for the eyes of others - but as a reminder to ourselves of our power. Where we can be bold without worry, and take up space without fear. This is the world that we are on our way to creating. This is the self-love revolution.
live boldly - you are allowed to create the life you want to live. regardless of what is stopping you, take a step in the direction of your dreams.
do before you are ready - "ready" rarely comes around. to do the thing, you have to start before you feel ready. it is where the most growth happens.
be in the photos - you only have one life, and you can never be sure what tomorrow holds. when your friend, grandma, partner, colleague, you get the point, asks you to be in the photo... be in the photo. eventually you get used to seeing yourself, and someone will be thankful they have that memory with you.
What is 'coquette'?
"Coquette" is a French term for a woman who flirts, though the term has evolved over time to mean much more than this. With the current rise in "coquette" aesthetic, the term has taken to a more expansive meaning of a person who embraces femininity. It encompasses the ideals of youthfulness and maturity simultaneously. Derived from "soft grunge," "larme kei" and "nymphet" fashion, the coquette aesthetic endeavors to remove sexualization (male gaze), but embrace sexuality, discovery, and self-indulgence. It is a reclamation of 'girlhood,' vanity, and all of the things we are taught to suppress, so as to be "not like the other girls." Its tenets are to romanticize your own life, be opulent and luxurious, and revel in seemingly 'imperfect' and fleeting moments.
What is boudoir?
"Boudoir" is a French term for a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room. It is typically a beautifully decorated room used in the past by a woman for sleeping, dressing, relaxing, and entertaining. However, again, the word has evolved in meaning. Today, boudoir is usually in reference to the genre of photography, and it is for anyone and everyone to participate in. Although typically set in a "bedroom" type of studio or room, it can take place in more fantasy or creative settings, on paper backdrops, or even outside. Boudoir is meant to evoke feelings of empowerment, self-acceptance, and beauty in the subject. Even though albums and artwork created from boudoir photography can be given as a gift, the experience is much more about the person being photographed, what makes them feel most true to themselves, and the feelings they have when viewing the photos themselves. The photography experience itself is focused on pampering, luxury and personal uniqueness.
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Stop by Backstage Boudie, our VIP behind-the-scenes empowerment community. Find yourself making some new besties, talking boudoir and body image, and getting the lowdown on everything that's going on with Coquette! This is a man-free zone.