Queen of Valentines: Fairytale Boudoir Marathon 2016

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Gorgeous ladies pampered by a professional beauty photography team in a fairytale castle setup… what else is needed for a stunning boudoir marathon experience?

We absolutely loved working with you!! What a brilliant mind you possess. Thanks for such an opportunity 🙂 We will always pass along our stories with others.

Mayya, participant

My previous blog post went into great detail of what Zorz Studios’ annual boudoir marathon is so I will just summarize: full day of fun, luxury, excitement, sexiness, creativity, and above all—art! This is an experience every woman should have at least once. In the spirit of editorial fashion shoots, a creative team of professionals realized every participant’s dreams of being the sexiest anyone has possibly ever seen!

The twist for this year’s boudoir marathon was the choice of location. Through my kind friend and photographer Natalie Licini of Je Revele, I arranged to have the shoot in a castle which created a fairytale-like environment like I have never done my boudoir shoots before yet. The only challenge it presented was the travel from NYC; some of the clients had to regrettably pass on this opportunity because of the transportation difficulties.

There was another surprise challenge presented by the Mother Nature herself. A blast of bitter cold arctic air brought the coldest temperatures in decades to several Northeast cities. On top of that, wind chills dropped into the 40s below zero in portions of upstate New York! We weren’t that far north but it became obvious to me that I would not be able to take full advantage of the castle grounds as I hoped, forced to work inside. I talked two of the ladies into venturing out to the balcony but even that could not last longer than a few minutes, barely letting me do anything meaningful. Kudos to the girl who agreed to lie on the cold stone floor by the entrance! Here’s the cover for her!

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The day started at 3 AM for me, 6:30 AM for the stylists. It was packed, hyper-active, and fun, with six back-to-back sessions requiring my constant attention for 10 hours with no breaks for meals or other time-wasting physical activities… A tough endeavor, I must say, but the beauty, refinement, and artistry gave me wings and kept boosting my inspiration! Same goes for the beauty team from Avanti Day Resort who I know from my similarly supercharged two-day prom fashion photo shoot for Castle Couture. Just as actively I was shooting, they were masterly preparing the next client for me. Check out some behind-the-scenes at the end!

Here are some of my favorites which I was allowed to show. There were oh, so many more… Alas, such is the nature of boudoir sessions, not everything gets to see the light, no matter how stunning and tasteful it is. And, one of the participants, a highly respected lady who I work with in a volunteer organization, understandably preferred not to be included at all. The other one, though, already had a dedicated full-day boudoir experience with Zorz Studios! What a dedication and trust! I sincerely thank her and every beautiful lady who participated in this one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day special!

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Makeup: Elona Hudek, Avanti Day Resort
Hair: Cheryl Jamison, Avanti Day Resort
Location hostess: Natalie Licini, Je Revele

Check out behind-the-scenes via Instagram and Snapchat:


Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.


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