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 2000+ sq ft studio is located in the heart of Ballard in Seattle.
Hello & Welcome!
I am Cheryl and I am the owner & photographer here at Belle Boudoir. 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, cheers, and happiness 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 & abroad and spent most of my time oil painting. Upon graduation, I purchased my first pro camera and in 2005, I officially started my business 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 photographing women. In 2008 I open a studio dedicated to boudoir and I haven't looked back!
No other genre of photography meets all of my creative outlets as an artist nor feels as powerful and life-changing as boudoir is to my clients. I love capturing artistic beauty and producing images that transform the way women feel about themselves. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
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, our sweet daughter, and our two dogs. I love everything about the PNW, the misty rain, stormy beaches, and the luscious greenery and beautiful landscapes in every direction. I also enjoy backpacking and traveling at any opportunity. But my biggest obsession, is my work, and I bet you can see that shine through in everything I do!
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 each of the makeup artists we partner with, she is amazingly talented and can create the exact look you are dreaming of. She lives in West Seattle with her wife, daughter, adorable dog, 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
Brittany | Makeup Artist
Brittany has over 10 years experience in the hair and makeup industry both as a individual artist working with weddings & film as well as training for brands like Smashbox and Benefit Cosmetics. She is confident in creating all looks from natural to avant-garde. She's great at asking questions, listening to your vision, and together you both will bring to life exactly what you have in mind - or better! She lives in Ballard just minutes from our studio.
"Celebrating the women who come to Belle Boudoir, and hearing their stories of love and loving themselves, is a gift that makes what I do here special. I’m thankful for it and to be a part of this wonderful team."
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
Michelle | Bookmaker
You probably won't ever meet Michelle because she works out of our studio's bookmaking workshop, but you will appreciate her craftmanship because she handmakes each and every single one of our client's beautiful books.
Michelle has a rich background in weaving, surface design, printmaking, sewing, and bookmaking. She also has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in fiber arts. She lives with her family on Camano Island.
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