Hello there. I'm Niki, owner at Her Story Images. Every woman has a unique story, and I want to tell yours through art. We all deserve to feel beautiful, confident and fabulous in our own bodies. I want to help you define beauty and sensuality on your own terms. Boudoir photography is a personal and transformative journey. Let's collaborate to create art, tell your story and celebrate your feminine power!
How does a trained painter and photographer decide she wants to start a boudoir business?
A few years ago, I was approached by a woman who had seen my portraits. She was fifty-nine, working with a personal trainer, and was in the best shape of her life. She wanted to celebrate her hard work and honor who she was at that moment – a sexy, proud and powerful woman. Although I hadn’t done boudoir photography before, she wondered if I’d be open to trying. I’d always loved helping people feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera, so helping women in a more intimate setting felt like a natural progression. Soon I was shooting women of all ages and body types, celebrating them during their session and leaving them with works of art that would forever honor who they were and are. Working with women to help capture and display their sensual side has become my passion.
Hi, I’m Diana, Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. My goal is to accentuate your natural beauty while making you feel amazing on your special day. My philosophy is simple: Every makeup application I do is a piece of art that I have the honor of creating. My vivid imagination of enhancing your beauty will capture your unique essence. One’s reputation is only as good as her last client's satisfaction, so I strive to do the very best, even in the most challenging situations.
I got my start in the world of makeup artistry when the opportunity presented itself to have fun and makeover my friends, family and colleagues. Little did I know, that their positive feedback and encouragement would convince me to pursue this now passion of mine. I am a business woman, self-educated on everything beauty through hands-on experience and by attending some of the best seminars with successful, professional makeup artists, from across the country.
"I was so nervous before my photo session. Then I got here and met Niki and Diana and we started talking, and after that I felt fine. I was so shocked when I saw the photos because they looked so nice. I didn’t recognize myself. It was really nice to sit and be able to see the photos one at a time and to see the black and white and color photos. Now that I have the prints and albums, I look at them at home all the time.
If you are thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot, I would definitely say book with Niki because Niki makes it so comfortable….she is very personable and we talked about life too. It wasn’t all about posing. It feels very safe. Niki relieved all my nerves. I think it’s a really empowering experience, and I think every woman should do it. If anyone is nervous, it’s ok to be nervous, but all the emails and communication help so much. Also talking on the phone before the session helped a lot too, to know what to expect and know more about the process." ~ Ms. C
"It was an absolute joy working with Niki. She is very kind, fun, professional and creates a comfortable atmosphere, which in return helps capture wonderful photos! She has an eye for detail and is able to help you pose so she can achieve exactly what she is looking for in a shot. I have never felt more beautiful than after seeing the completed photos! I highly recommend Niki for your boudoir photo session, especially if you're feeling a little apprehensive or hesitant about yourself. Go for it!" ~ Ms. C
“My partner gifted me a boudoir session with Niki, and I was absolutely blown away by the entire experience. Even before our shoot Niki was very helpful. She provided lots of great information about pulling together a flattering look; I even texted her pictures of shoes I was considering bringing and got excellent guidance. Diana did my hair and makeup and made me feel gorgeous, and Niki kept me feeling so comfortable in front of her camera. Both of them were incredibly warm and fun to chat with. I often freeze up and feel awkward during photos, but Niki was a fantastic modeling coach. And I'm so pleased with the beautiful professional prints we received! I feel like I had high expectations for my photos, and they were met and exceeded.If you are thinking of doing a boudoir session I would say, absolutely do it.” ~ Ms. M
"I was really worried and nervous before my photo session because I’ve never done something like this. I was worried about how I’d feel in my lingerie just because I don’t typically wear any.
On the day of the boudoir session, I got really comfortable. I wasn’t anticipating doing any complete nudes, but I felt really good…I liked the music…I liked the set up, and I felt really confident…so I just went for it. Those ended up being some of my favorite photos.
I was worried about coming back in for the ordering appointment because I felt so good leaving after the photo shoot that I was worried my photos wouldn’t look as good as I felt. But, they really did, and I felt amazing when I saw them! I was shocked at how good I looked.
When I came in to pick up my order, I loved everything. The photos translated beautifully into my album.
My advice to any women considering a boudoir session: Do it 100% even if you are single and it is just for you. It is such a a great, empowering feeling to own our sexuality because most women don’t. This is such a fun experience because it is harmless...it’s not dangerous in any type of way. And it can be private or you can share it, but it's all for you. I highly recommend it for every woman!" ~Mrs. B
"I loved working with Niki! Not only do we share the same name, but she made my experience so comfortable. Niki is an amazing photographer, very understanding, and helpful. I loved the experience and my photos! Can't wait to share them with my fiancé!" ~ Mrs. N
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Her Story Images is San Francisco Bay Area's premier Boudoir Photography Studio specializing in artistic, tasteful portraits. We work with each woman to plan out her dream photo experience, and we believe every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident! We are an all female space and work out of our private, residential studio in the Oakland Hills. We cannot wait to meet you!