to help women of any age, size, or shape feel confident and sexy by creating effortlessly beautiful images through an empowering, pampering and uplifting experience
Our 2500 sq ft studio is located in the heart of Ballard in Seattle.
Hello & Welcome!
I am Cheryl and the photographer and owner of Belle Boudoir. I have photographed over 2000 women since starting my photography career in 2005.
I am absolutely devoted to creating an amazing experience for you, improving my skills as an artist, and keeping our studio and equipment fresh to give you the best possible images.
The best part of my day is when I reveal the images I create to my clients. Hearing “is that me?!” and all the smiles, laughter, and tears that follow are why this is my calling: to make the world a better place — each happy, confident woman at a time.
How I got started
I studied art in college and spent most of my time oil painting. I even took my studies abroad to Europe. Upon graduation, I purchased my first pro camera and began photographing everything from newborns to weddings to corporate events.
It didn't take very long though before I discovered that my gift and passion was boudoir. It all began when a bride of mine asked if I would photograph sexy photos of her for her groom. The resulting images inspired my other brides to do the same thing, which prompted their friends to do sessions as well, and so on and so on.
I had such a blast! I fell in love with capturing artistic beauty and producing images that changed the way women feel about themselves. I couldn't imagine anything else I would rather do, so with extreme joy, I stopped doing weddings and everything else to focus solely on boudoir. I opened my first photo studio dedicated to the genre and I've never looked back!
I am often told that I must have the best job in the world and I couldn't agree more.
I live with my husband of 15 years, our sweet daughter, and two quirky dogs. I love the rain, stormy northwest beaches, backpacking, moments of reflection, and traveling at every opportunity.
The rest of our Super Talented Team:
Nikoma | Makeup Artist
Nikoma has over 15 years of experience in makeup and hair including everything from commercial projects to weddings to training/educating other artsits. Like all of the makeup artists we partner with, she is amazingly talented and can create the exact look you are dreaming of. Recently married, she lives with her wife, daughter, new puppy, and two cats. She loves hiking, swimming and traveling.
“As women, we give so much of ourselves to everything and everyone around us: our partners, children, jobs, etc. while this is one of the most beautiful things about women, it also causes us to put our desires on the back burner. I love Boudoir because it is a day of pampering that every woman deserves and a reminder that we are beautiful and sexual beings.” – Nikoma
Sarah | Retoucher
Sarah graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Communications and furthered her education with a Web Design & Development Certificate. Her work history includes web design, graphic design and photo editing since 2006.
Sarah loves music and going to shows, whether it’s blues, hip hop, reggae or rock. She enjoys a beautiful hike on a nice day, snowboarding at Stevens Pass in the winter and camping in the summer. Cooking tamales is her specialty. She is recently married and has cutest dog named Emma.
“I love what I do for Belle Boudoir, as I feel I get to express some of my artistic talent in editing. Cheryl and the whole Belle Boudoir team have a real talent to make all women of all types look and feel beautiful.” — Sarah
Lanae | Bookmaker
Lanae has found a perfect fit on our team making our beautiful hand-crafted books. She has a superior talent at organziation, precision and attention to detail.
When she is not making art books, she is traveling and spending time with family and friends!
“When I make books, I become an ambassador to the world held within them. I am quite honored to be a small piece of this experience.” — Lanae