Photo studio focuses on women, from boudoir to baby bump
When photographer Lynnette Davis decided to open a studio, she wanted it to be really unique.
“Basically, what we like to do is capture the body and essence of a woman in any stage of life and stop time for her,” Davis said.
She describes her focus as boudoir, bridal and baby bump.
“They come in with lingerie for wedding night or something similar,” she said. “Then they have photos taken that they can give to their groom. It’s the same principle for boudoir.”
But the photos don’t have to be for someone else.
“We photographed a woman who came in who’d lost 60 pounds and was just proud of her body and it was for her,” Davis said.
Davis works with a second, part-time, photographer, and her daughter, Lyndsay Cook, a licensed cosmetologist. The studio also has plenty of props and backdrops as well as a bed, gloves, jewelry and shoes.
For a typical three-hour session, she requests that clients come in with clean hair and no makeup.
During the first hour they discuss scenes and ideas for props and settings, while Cook styles the hair and applies the makeup.
Davis describes the photo sessions as a little like “playing Barbies.”
“They’re nervous at first,” she said. “But after a few minutes, they relax and have fun. It’s really a safe environment. It’s just women. … It’s playing dress-up. … Sometimes we just get hysterically laughing about stuff.”
She takes 40 to 50 shots, with the client getting four 8-by-10s. For the one-hour sessions, she’ll snap as many as 20 photos and clients choose one.
Davis also offers photos for babies through graduates. Her studio is stocked with plenty of children’s props, too.
“We do studio portraits and some outside,” she said. “There are some great spots right near the studio in front of stairs and old buildings.”
The former Auburn resident who now lives in Rocklin said that photography has been part of life for as long as she can remember.
“I’ve always loved taking photos and many people say I have an eye for it,” she said.
The idea for the studio stemmed from her years as a model.
“So that whole girly thing with dress-up is there for me,” she said. “… I love being a woman. I enjoy being feminine and I think most women do but they may just not know how to go about it. We like to bring out the inner beauty in every woman and then just stop time, so she always has a photo of that time.”
In addition to the photo packages, Davis also does pin-up calendars and note cards.
“During the year, you can write a love letter to your husband and leave it somewhere, so each month he gets a new photo of you,” she said.
What Davis enjoys most is watching the transformation during the photo shoot.
“For most women to get into lingerie in front of someone they’ve never met is out of their comfort zone,” she said. “Within a few minutes they realize they are safe and they can start modeling up and picking their own poses. They relax and that’s a huge thing for me because that’s something we can capture in their photos.”
Davis’ studio was formerly an antique shop, said Old Town Business Association President Linda Robinson.
“It is in a fairly good location, closer to old town proper,” she said. “It is a unique business so it really mixes it up great. It is nice to have a good mix and a lot of choices in Old Town.”
Davis maintains the photos from the sessions on a disc for a year, so clients can order additional copies, she said. Cost ranges from $345 for the three-hour Treasured Beauty package to $195 for the one-hour Treasured Moments package, which includes one photo and a certificate for another session; and $95 for the one-hour Treasured Time package.
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Treasured Beauty Photo Studio
Where: 351 Commercial St., Old Town Auburn
Phone: (530) 613-8977