Exploring Ballard: A Foodie’s Paradise

 ballard restaurant map
Belle Boudoir is located in the heart of Ballard, Wa. which is a food lovers paradise. If you are from out of town or simply haven’t had the excuse to explore Ballard, you have the opportunity to do so on your break at the studio. After your hair, makeup, and 2 hour photoshoot, you will have an hour break while I prepare your photos for you to view and select. If it is a meal you seek in your down time, we will provide you with a copy of the map above of some of our favorite local spots to catch a bite. If you want to check out some restaurants before your big day, read through this list of 5 of our client’s favorites.

Alison’s Coastal Café & Bakery

Alison’s Coastal Café & Bakery not only has THE BEST sandwiches and treats in town but it is a local woman-owned business which we love to support. This Café serves up all your favorite breakfast and lunch comfort foods. From the Bacon Waffle Breakfast Sandwich to the Cinnamon Roll French Toast, coffee, and fruit smoothies, they have your breakfast and brunch needs covered. Looking for something more lunch worthy? Try the Ultimate Grilled Cheese that has a 3-cheese blend and comes on drool worthy bread they bake fresh every morning or, my favorite, the Tuna Melt. Top your meal off with one of Alison’s fresh baked Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies and you will be walking on sunshine back to the studio.


If you are looking for a sit-down dining experience, Stoneburner is the restaurant that I would recommend. Stoneburner is Ballard’s own slice of heaven from restaurateur Deming Maclise. Known mostly for their dinner offering and incredible weekend brunch, they also serve up a simple but delicious happy hour from 3-6pm which makes it a perfect stop for those of our clients who have booked afternoon sessions. You can order from a list of four basic Pizza Pies and add on a Gem Lettuce Caesar or some Asparagus & Quinoa to round out your meal. Looking for a little something to help you relax? Their cocktail menu is remarkable. If you have a session booked with us on the weekend, consider yourself lucky because that means that you will have the opportunity to taste the brunch menu at Stoneburner. With drool worthy selections like Huckleberry Ricotta Coffee Cake, Turkish Eggs, and lunch eats like Spaghetti Carbonara and Burgers, they have a little something for everyone.

Thai Thani Kitchen

When I first started working in Ballard, I had lunch at Thai Thani Kitchen almost every day. Not only am I a lover of Thai cuisine but I love everything Thai Thani Kitchen has to offer. The environment is friendly and relaxed and the dining room is open and bright. I love occupying a window seat and watching all the passersby, but I also never feel uncomfortable if I need to answer emails on my phone or laptop while I’m waiting for my meal. The menu is traditional, reasonably priced, and delicious every single time. No frills here. Another bonus is that the service here is prompt which makes it a great choice for anyone a little short on time. Don’t know what to get? Go with my go-to order: Pad See Ew with Fresh Rolls and Hot Tea. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


Palermo is a small local Italian family restaurant. It may not look like much from outside but once you catch a scent from the kitchen and set your gaze on the menu, you will never want to leave. You could start your meal with Roasted Beets or Baked Cauliflower, move on to a Mediterranean or Antipasto salad, finish with Fettuccini Carbonara and Baklava, and you still will have barely sampled the menu. They have hot sandwiches, calzones, pizza, pasta, and all the Italian sides and appetizers you could imagine. Don’t eat carbs? Don’t worry. The salad menu is extensive and there are tons of low carb options on the appetizer menu: from buffalo wings to a hummus plate. My favorite dish is called Yogurt and Eggs and it’s on the breakfast menu but served all day. SOOOOO good! You will leave with your belly full and smile on your face. In a hurry? You can order online to save time.

La Carta De Oaxaca

If you are a lover of authentic Mexican Cuisine, you do not want to miss your opportunity to eat at La Carta De Oaxaca. One bite and you will be magically transported to a quaint little Mexican restaurant in the heart of Oaxaca with sounds of El Jarabe Tapatio ringing in your ears. Ok, not really, but it will taste like you were! The Tacos Al Pastor and Enchiladas de Coloradito are staples on the extensive menu but if you are seeking a more adventurous dish, I suggest ordering the Lamb Birria. You won’t be disappointed. The Matriarch of La Carta De Oaxaca, Gloria Perez, has passed on her family recipes to three generations of Perez women ensure an authentic and delicious experience every time you dine. Featured on James Beard award-winning broadcast program, Food Talkies, we are not the only ones who think this place is a go to for good Mexican food.

Our Favorite Boudoir Products

Art Book

This is our most popular product by far! It’s similar to a coffee table style book, but created with your bedside table in mind. The book is 8×8 inches and includes 25-80 of your favorite images in a custom designed layout. You have the option of a leather cover or you can feature one of your images on the cover. The thick, smooth pages lay flat without a split in the middle so your images can easily span the width of the spread. We also have a larger 16×8 upgraded size that, once opened, is an enormous 16×16 inches. You can also purchase a mini travel-size copy of either the 8×8 or 16×8 albums. This book is popular because of its substantial look and feel, its artistic design which allows for image sequences, and because it contains all of the images you love from your session!

Print Box

4×6 matted prints are rested in an archival clam shell box with a black ribbon. The prints can be stored discretely inside the box or can be lifted out individually and displayed on an easel, framed for the wall, or given as gifts. Those who select this product love it because the images are featured as individual art pieces and can be use for various purposes. However, it is limited in the number of images that can fit inside, so those who purchase the print box usually also purchase a book or additional digital images as well.

Wall Artwork

Our Fine Art Black & White photography is best displayed on the wall as canvas gallery wraps. You can choose to hang fine art images that don’t reveal your identity and can stand on their own as original pieces of artwork. They can be hung individually or in groups of 2-5 on the wall. The bedroom, master bathroom, private home office, or walk-in closet are all perfect places to hang canvases in your home without being on display in the main areas of your house. In addition to canvas gallery wraps, we also offer mounted metallic prints which are perfect for gorgeous color portraits of yourself.





  • VivianFebruary 2, 2012 - 3:06 am

    Hi Cheryl,

    I like your boudoire gallery, and would have loved to have you as my photographer. Unfortunately, I live in California. I recently had some boudoire pictures taken. Can I purchase a fine art album service from you using my own photos? If so, how much does it cost for your 9 x 12 fine art album?



  • karolSeptember 7, 2012 - 2:29 am


    My name is karol, i live en San Jose, Costa Rica. I have seen your work, and I think it is beautiful, it really is.

    I did a boudoir sesion in my country and i love it.. and also I would like to make another, I feel sorry you are not here.


Au Natural, Faslies, or Lash Extensions

Which is the best option for camera?

Long gone are the days when women were having hair from their heads transplanted to their lash line to achieve longer and fuller lashes, and thank goodness for that! As a modern woman who doesn’t want to deal with mascara on a daily basis, there are now several options available that are significantly less invasive to help you achieve total lash envy. But which of the options are best for your photo shoot can be a difficult question to answer so I am going to tell you the pro’s and cons of each of your options.

Natural Lashes

Even if you have naturally longer and fuller lashes than most individuals, the likelihood of them making an impact on camera is slim to none. If you opt for any close up photos of your face you may see your lashes a bit but once that camera is pulled back to show more of you, your lashes will disappear. The only instances in which I would recommend going with your natural lashes for your shoot would be if you cannot wear lashes (allergy, super sensitive eyes, very watery eyes) or, if you are going for a super natural “no makeup” look.

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions can be a great option for your photo shoot. You are able to choose the length and thickness that you like and benefit from your new full set of lashes for the next 3-4 weeks (or longer if you choose to continue having them filled). It is important if you choose to opt for lash extensions that you have your lash appointment no more than a few days out from your photo shoot. While lash extensions photograph beautifully when they are fresh and full, they can look “spidery” once your natural lashes begin to shed and they don’t hold their shape as well.

False Lashes

For those of you that have a hard time committing to something like lash extensions but still want the extra glamor of a full set, falsies are definitely for you. False lashes come in strips, clusters, and individuals and are glued to your lash line using a latex free lash glue. False lashes are meant to be worn for the day and then removed by pulling at the corner of the lash before bed. They can be saved and re-worn or thrown away – your choice. False lashes come in several different shapes and styles and there is definitely a pair that will flatter your eyes. The best part? We provide false lashes for you on the day of your shoot!

Top 6 Hair Trends for Fall/Winter

The Fall/Winter 2019 hair trends seemed to be all over the place leaving me a little lost when trying to decide which trends to work into my everyday style. As I watched the catwalks of New York Fashion Week I also kept my eyes on the latest fashion campaigns and print ads to see if anything in particular caught my eye. While I didn’t see too many hairstyles repeated throughout this season, what I did notice is that the hair trends were all about extremes. Extremely high, extremely low, extremely big or sleek. I even saw extremely bright hair plastered across runways everywhere. After all my research, I have narrowed down dozens of F/W 2019 hairstyles to my 6 favorite trends and ideas on how to rock them in your day to day life.

Extreme Part

If you’re anything like me, you take a willy-nilly approach to parting your hair; pick the general area that you like it to be and then messily plop a few strands in either direction not leaving any definite “part.” To try out one of the latest hair trends, all you have to do is create a clean and definite part in your hair either directly down the middle or deep to one side or the other. We aren’t talking about a slightly off center part here folks, we are talking about drawing a straight line upward from the tail of your eyebrows to your hairline and parting it there. To kick it up a notch, start with damp hair to ensure the cleanest part possible and take it all the way back to the crown of your head creating a super long and dramatic part. Your hair doesn’t want to cooperate with a new part? Just add some mouse or gel to your damp hair, part, and dry your hair into the parted direction.

Curly Bangs

Curly hair ladies rejoice! The days of not being able to experiment with bangs is over as curly haired individuals everywhere are chopping their bangs…and wearing them curly! Frankly, I think this is the cutest trend I’ve seen in a while and has me daydreaming of naturally bouncy curls taking over my stick straight locks. I know you are probably anxious to give this gorgeous new trend a go but I urge you to put down the scissors and schedule an appointment with your favorite curly haired hair specialist. Your stylist will ensure to cut your new bangs to fall perfectly around your face and have the perfect amount of “fluff.” Need a recommendation? If you can’t make it to the Deva Curl salon in NY, I suggest Studio M in Ballard, Wa.

Brushed Out Curls

I can already see all of the curly haired ladies shaking their heads at the thought of brushing out their curls. The words “curls” and “brushed out” would typically be sinful to put in a sentence together but not according to F/W 2019 trends. It’s time to ditch all your lotions and potions and embrace the frizz! In order to incorporate this look into your life, section off your hair into 5 horizontal sections and, starting at the nape of your neck, brush out your curls until they cannot be brushed out anymore. Trust me on this – the bigger, the better. To take this extreme look one step further, add a middle or deep side part to complete your look.

High or Low Pony – nothing in between

I would like to take a moment to thank the hair gods for making the coveted ponytail an actual TREND this season. Yes, it’s true, you can simply pull your locks back into a low pony at the nape of your neck or a high pony on top of your head and be rocking the same looks that are currently plastered across every fashion magazine.

Beach Waves with Extremely Straight Ends

Yes, the leaves are blowing and the rains are falling but it isn’t quite time to put away your favorite Sea Salt Spray (I’m obsessed with Not Your Mothers Sea Salt Spray!) because beach waves will be on trend all the way through the end of winter. To easily achieve this seasons hottest beach waves, wrap 2inch sections of hair at a time around your favorite sized hair wand but leave 3-4 inches out at the ends. I like to alternate directions with each curls to create an effortlessly tousled effect. If you want this look to be a bit more extreme, you can run a straightener through the sections of hair that you don’t curl creating a very obvious shift in texture. To finish, finger through your curls, spray liberally with sea salt spray, and scrunch. Your hair will look like you just stepped out of the ocean – and smell like it too!

Blinged Out Clips & Stacked Hairpins

Of all this seasons hair trends, this is the one that will be the easiest and most fun to work into your daily hair routine. There are two ways to jump onto this hair trend; either finish off your look with a blinged out hair clip (Nordstrom & Claires are great places to look) keeping half of your hair pulled off of your face, or stack 4 or more hair pins in one area of your hair. I love to create a deep side part and then pin back the side with less hair by stacking a handful of pins on top of each other like a ladder. If your pins are blinged out – even better. This trend is all about the glitz and glam.

6 Best Fall/Winter Makeup Trends

Ever since I was a little girl, I would always rush to the magazine stands to pick up the Fall/Winter beauty and fashion issues so that I could scope all the latest trends and try to figure out how to work them into my own style. Sure, the pencil thin Drew Barrymore eyebrows of the early 90’s didn’t work out in my favor, but I picked up a few tricks that I successfully incorporated in order to refresh my own style. Remember “The Rachel?” It literally changed my hair game in 1995.

It can be tough to rummage through the plethora of beauty trends you see on the runway, the red carpet, and in magazines. It can be even more challenging to identify the trends and figure out how to work them into your everyday life. To take off some of the pressure, I have done all the rummaging necessary to bring you the 7 best Fall/Winter 2019 makeup trends that are easy to incorporate and translate just as beautifully on the runway as they do in real life.

Matte Red Lips

Matte red lips are seen everywhere and in every shade for F/W 2019. My favorite? Pair MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo lipstick with clean polished skin and minimal eyes and cheeks.

Rosy Glow

A timeless beauty trend that peaks on the catwalk in the winter, is an extra rosy glow. On the runway, it is typically seen a bit more intensely giving all the models that “I just finished skiing Aspen” look. To take on this look in real life, just make your blush the star of your makeup show by using only a sheer foundation, mascara, and dabbing a bit of color on your lips in the same shade as your cheek color. Gives your brows a little attention to add an extra frame to your eyes.

Warm Monotone Neutrals

Perfect this look by sweeping a warm neutral colored blush liberally across your eyelids and use what’s left on your brush to brighten up your cheeks. Find a sheer lipstick that matches your blush color and dab It across your lips to finish this look.

Dewy Skin

From the red carpet to the runway, dewy skin is all the rage. Dewy skin makes you look healthy and youthful and is achievable in under 5 minutes. For effortlessly dewy skin, apply your skin products as normal but skip the setting powder and trade in your powder blush for a cream blush – my favorite is NARS The Multiple in Orgasm. To bump it up a little more, dab a little of your favorite clear lipgloss on the high planes of your cheek bones and liberally on your lips.

Super Glossy Lips

This is the easiest trend to get on board with in the colder months since our lips usually suffer at the hands of the weather and feel dry and chapped. To achieve this look with ease, simply apply your favorite lipgloss as liberally as you can handle. When your lips look like they are almost literally dripping with, you’ve nailed it.


It doesn’t matter whether you’re 15 or 55, adding a little sparkle to your makeup is bound to brighten up these darker fall and winter days. If you are just looking to get your toes wet in the sparkle pool, use your favorite glitter liner – I love the price and variety offered by NYX – and pat a little across your lower lid to reflect light and make your eyes look bigger and brighter. If you want to dive in, use Stila’s selection of Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow liberally across your lower lids, under your lash line, and pat some over the top of your favorite lipstick.


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