Wraven Design: Blog http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Wraven Design adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:06:00 GMT Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:06:00 GMT http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u141879387-o269590206-50.jpg Wraven Design: Blog http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Self-Esteem and Domestic Abuse http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/self-esteem-and-domestic-abuse Self-Esteem is a complex subject, especially for women. In a society where virtually every form of media is telling us we need to change our looks and ourselves to become some preconceived idea of perfect, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy sense of self. For those that have been the victims of domestic abuse, the struggle is exponentially harder. Whether your abuse has been emotional, sexual, physical, or some horrifying combination therein, finding the confidence to get out can be crippling. The abuse tears you down into a shell of your former self and that damage can last well after the relationship is over. Once you have made that brave and terrifying step into the light, getting back to any sense of who you used to be can seem impossible. Support from friends, family, and trained professionals is crucial but the real strength must come from within. Finding the things that make you feel confident in yourself is paramount. Whether it's the joy of being an amazing mom, supporting others in your community, taking up yoga, creating art, or even silly little things like rocking a new outfit or a new pair of shoes; every tiny bit of self-care is a boost in confidence and a step back to your best self. 

When I host boudoir days, the focus is on my clients. Yes, the photos are often gifts for their significant others but the real gift is that moment when a woman sees herself in the mirror and I see that little smile and glint in her eyes. That "Damn, I look good!" moment. When the photos come back and I hear the confidence come from these women, it is truly uplifting.  Those comments of "I didn't think I could look so sexy!" and "I look FIERCE! Thank you!" are what these days are all about. We have a great group of professional women who come together to lift up other women. We are here for each other. We vent, we laugh, we primp and pamper and photograph. By the end of the day, every one of us is better for it. I wish that everyone could experience this sense of community and empowerment.

I know the sessions come at a cost, as we are all business women, supporting ourselves and our children with our creative careers, but in the end, it is not really about the money. It's about supporting each other in any way we can. This is why we will be gifting a complete boudoir session, including full hair and makeup and a relaxing massage, to a local domestic abuse survivor. In the grand scheme of life, it is a small gesture but I hope it will have a big impact and not only help her move onward and upward for herself and her children but also raise awareness of this all too frequent issue in our society. In the US alone, one in four women will become a victim of violent domestic abuse in her lifetime. If you include psychological and sexual abuse, the statistics are even more startling at nearly half of us having experienced some form of abuse from someone who was supposed to love us. Every 9 seconds another woman has her life and her confidence in herself changed forever.

I for one will be doing everything in my power to bring that confidence back.

More information on Wraven Design Boudoir Days:

http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/summer-boudoir-day

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir pennsylvania photography portrait survivor http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/self-esteem-and-domestic-abuse Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:09:32 GMT
Summer Boudoir Day! http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/summer-boudoir-day  

Wraven Design is hosting another Boudoir Day, this time in a brand new location!

Saturday July 8th in a beautiful historical home in Lancaster PA

 

Come out and join the fun! Boudoir days are a great opportunity to escape from work, kids, life... Hang out with the girls, joke, laugh, vent and most importantly, feel beautiful and SEXY in your own skin.

Event is BYOB wtih non-alcoholic refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres provided. All sessions include professional hair and makeup by Cosmic Joy and the option of a massage by our licensed massage therapist, Alainna to cap off your day of pampering and relaxation.

 

Packages:

 

Cheeky $259

Professional Hair & Makeup

30 min session with 1 outfit/set

Optional Massage

10 images on custom wooden USB

 

Fishnet $359

Professional Hair & Makeup

45 min session with 2 outfits/sets

Optional Massage

20 images on custom wooden USB

20 page 8x8” Little Black Book

 

Stiletto $459

Professional Hair & Makeup

60 min session with up to 3 outfits/sets

Optional Massage

30 images on custom wooden USB

20 page 8x8” Little Black Book

Custom Boutique Packaging

 

Gift Certificates are available for purchase if you would like to give a session as a gift. (Both to give your lady or friend a session for themselves or Ladies, to give that special someone an "IOU Sexiness" certificate!)

Additional shoot time/outfit changes are available for a custom fee. Please see me for details. Additional digital images available for $50 per 10 files. Session fee is due in order to reserve session.

PLEASE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please arrive an hour and a half before your session time for hair & makeup. Everyone* is welcome to come early and enjoy the day! (*clients only* No “chaperones” will be permitted at this event in order to protect the modesty of other clients. Thank you for understanding.)

 

PLEASE discuss makeup, hair, wardrobe and grooming with me BEFORE your session. Details matter! Let's customize your session... Love literature? Try the sexy librarian look. Nerdoir is my favorite! Does your significant other have a special fandom that trips their trigger? Bring it up! We can make your session unique to your personality and/or that of your partner through wardrobe and props.

As long at the concepts are tasteful, I'm always open to helping every client create the look that is unique to them and sure to please…

 

Email adriane@wraven.com or contact me via my facebook page for booking!

Wardrobe & posing inspiration is available here:

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/boudoir/

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir event pennsylvania photography portrait summer http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/summer-boudoir-day Wed, 31 May 2017 23:55:47 GMT
Win The Caribbean Wedding of Your Dreams! http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/win-the-caribbean-wedding-of-your-dreams Wraven Design is partnering with Bluewater Luxury Suites to give one lucky couple their dream wedding on the breathtaking island of Aruba!

We want to hear your love story! Share your story in 1,000 words or less and enter for a chance to win a wedding you and your guests will never forget! Entries are due by Dec 26th, 2016 or as soon as the contest reaches 200 entries, whichever comes first.

All entries are subject to a $200 entry fee. Fee will be refunded for the winning essay. All fees will be returned in the event that no winner is chosen.

If your essay is chosen you will win a wedding package for up to 50 people. This package includes venue rental fee, wedding planner and coordinator, appetizers, dinner, transportation to and from the beach wedding location. Photography package with Wraven Design, wedding cake, and flowers & decorations to make your big day everything you've ever imagined. The package also includes accommodations for 16 people for 6 days at Blue Water Luxury Suites. The bride and groom will have a private wedding suite. Airfare is not included. There are also many optional add-ons that can be discussed upon winning. These options are not limited to, steel drums, bands, MC, upgraded photography packages, makeup and beauty packages and so forth. If you wish it, we can help you make it happen! 


Photography Package Includes: 
Full Coverage by Wraven Design for your wedding day, from the getting ready process through the ceremony and reception.

A Private Gallery on wraven.com

Professional Editing & Retouching of All Finished Images

All finished images as High Resolution Files on a Custom Wooden USB Drive.

Print Release for Personal Use.
 

 

Available Upgrades May Include:

Trash the Dress Session
Wedding Album(s)
Print Credit via wraven.com
Canvases, Metal Prints, Wooden Prints & Other Wall Decor Items
Custom Photo Gifts
Engagement Session (*depending on home location of winners, subject to travel fees)

Anything you may want to add, we can discuss.

 

So tell us what makes your love special. How did you meet? Are there unique circumstances surrounding your lives? Let us know why you need this amazing destination wedding experience!

 Entry fees (via PayPal) and essays can be submitted to Melissa@arubabridetobe.com

The winning essay will be announced on or before Jan 2nd, 2017.

Prize must be redeemed within the 2017 Calendar Year.



Details and additional information available at:

http://www.arubabridetobe.com/

http://bluewatersuites.com/


(all featured photos were taken in The Dominican Republic and are for inspiration only.)

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) contest destination photography wedding http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/win-the-caribbean-wedding-of-your-dreams Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:52:23 GMT
Holiday Boudoir Event - November 12th http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/holiday-boudoir-event---november-12th

Wraven Design is Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm again!

Saturday November 12th at Jefferson house in Sabillasville, MD 

Come out and join the fun! Boudoir days are a great opportunity to escape from work, kids, life... hang out with the girls, joke, laugh, vent and feel beautiful and SEXY in your own skin. Hot Mamas welcome! Show off that belly!

Indoor sets can include bedrooms, large windows, leather furniture, beautiful kitchen (think Susie Homemaker Pin up!) and abundant outdoor sets optional – weather permitting.

Event is BYOB, refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres provided

Packages:

 

Cheeky $199

30 mins

1 outfit/set

10 images on custom wooden USB

 

Fishnet $299

45 mins

2 outfits/sets

20 images on custom wooden USB

20 page 8x8” Little Black Book

 

Stiletto $399

60 mins

Up to 3 outfits/sets

30 images on custom wooden USB

20 page 8x8” Little Black Book

Custom Boutique Packaging perfect for holiday gift giving
 

Gift Certificates are available for purchase if you would like to give a session as a gift. (Both to give your lady or friend a session for themselves or Ladies, to give that special someone an "IOU sexiness" certificate!)


Professional MUA/Stylist Cosmic Joy will be on site.  Makeup is a special rate of $25 per person and hair will be $40-60 depending on length and desired style (a current photo of your hair will need to be sent to my MUA prior to your session for a quote). I highly recommend utilizing Joy's services. She does flawless work and getting pampered really makes you feel excited and ready for your session. It sounds superficial but all the girly fuss makes you feel like you can take on the world! That confidence really comes through in your photos. 


Past collaborations between Wraven Design & Cosmic Joy

Additional shoot time/outfit changes are available for a custom fee. Please see me for details. Additional digital images available for $50 per 10 files. Session fee is due in order to reserve session. PLEASE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please arrive at least 30mins prior to your session time in order to change & relax. Please arrive an hour and a half before your session time if you are booking professional hair & make up. Everyone* is welcome to come early and enjoy the day! (*clients only* No “chaperones” will be permitted at this event in order to protect the modesty of other clients. Thank you for understanding.)

PLEASE discuss makeup, hair, wardrobe and grooming with me BEFORE your session. Details matter! Let's customize your session... Love literature? Try the sexy librarian look. Nerdoir is my favorite! Does your significant other have a special subject that trips his or her.. trigger? Bring it up! We can make your session unique to your personality and that of your partner through wardrobe and props. As long at the concepts are tasteful, I'm always open to helping every client create the look that is unique to them and sure to please!

Email me at adriane@wraven.com

or contact me via my facebook page for booking!

Wardrobe inspiration is available here:

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/boudoir/

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/snow-bunnies/

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir caboose lingerie maryland pennsylvania photography portrait http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/holiday-boudoir-event---november-12th Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:03:31 GMT
Blue Hound Farm Children's Session http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/blue-hound-farm-childrens-session I'm in the midst of packing for vacation so a full blog post just isn't on the menu but I couldn't skip sharing my favorites of these two gorgeous little girls. Enjoy!

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) animals child family farm outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait sisters sunset http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/blue-hound-farm-childrens-session Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:02:34 GMT
Laramie & Brandon's Epic Ranch Engagement Session http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/laramie-brandons-epic-ranch-engagement-session

The Clark Family Ranch covers approximately one thousand acres of farmland & forests in Hustontown Pennsylvania, with one hundred horses grazing in their pastures. So when Laramie Clark approached me to photograph she and Brandon's engagement photos, I was ecstatic! An unusually short turnaround from booking to shooting, I only had a week to wait for our sunset session. Upon arriving at the farm around six last night, my wonderful assistant Emily and I were greeted by the couple's very enthusiastic puppies Eva and Roxy. Shorts and puppy nails do not mix and I ended up with a lovely souvenir from the evening in the form of an 18” scratch down my thigh.  Eva is lucky she’s cute… with that one floppy ear and a head tilt, I forgave her right away. After introductions with the human clients, including Laramie’s mother, Tina, we wandered through one of their stables and gathered three beautiful horses to feature in the couple’s portraits. After walking the horses down a short path, we all piled into a large Polaris ATV (Five adults and two dogs, leading three horses) and made our way over hills and down into a glen to Fortune Teller Creek. Once we were there, we braved the overgrowth (with limited snake jokes) and brought Sadie down to the water.

After shooting with the three of them in the creek we made our way back to the ATV, wet shoes and all. Navigating back out of the glen, under fallen trees and around drop offs from where the rain washed away the trail was an interesting experience. After dropping off the horses, we took the ATV up a large hill into an open field filled with horses. I haven’t spent much time around these beautiful animals so this was a completely new site for me. That large of a group, free of reigns, running together was rather majestic and reminded me of old western movies. Shooting in the middle of a herd was a bit jarring but I only had one close call. Otherwise they were a gorgeous addition to the landscape of our portraits.

 



After working with the horses, the group of us wandered around the farm on foot and by ATV to several more hidden little locations, finding different lighting opportunities and surroundings to add variety to their session.
 

Two hours after we arrived, our shoot was finished and we headed home to a long night of editing. I always say that it’s not a great shoot unless I come home injured or filthy. This definitely qualified and was so very worth it. I can’t wait to shoot Laramie & Brandon’s wedding next May. Congratulations on your engagement!

Please enjoy some of my favorites from their session below:

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) engagement epic farm horses outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait ranch http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/laramie-brandons-epic-ranch-engagement-session Fri, 05 Aug 2016 22:26:01 GMT
My Favorite Aspects of Wedding Photography http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/my-favorite-aspects-of-wedding-photography

 

I had a prospective wedding client as me what my favorite parts about weddings/wedding photography are...

"I'm a sucker for the romance... I'm not a girly girl but try as I may, first dances, stolen glances, the little hand holds when no one (but my camera) is watching.. it all gets me right in the feels. Concerning the photography aspect. I love the details... Ring shots, candy displays, the lace and beading on wedding dresses, cuff links & ties, tablescapes and floral arrangements... All of the tiny details that brides put so much care into are so much fun to capture... But my favorite thing has to be playing with light... Deep, dramatic shadows and colors with that glowy "golden hour" sunset lighting.. I love to take my couples away from everyone (only briefly, I promise) either between the ceremony and reception or sometime after dinner between important reception traditions, and just bring the two of you to some intimate little corner garden, at the top of a hill in the setting sun or nestled among the trees where the light is just right... then I'll ask you to ignore me. Just talk... hold hands, hug, steal kisses.. and I capture that dynamic that exists between the two of you on the happiest day of your lives... once the stress of it all is over, the commitment has been made and all you have left to do is enjoy each other. That is my favorite part."

 

 

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) pennsylvania photography wedding http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/my-favorite-aspects-of-wedding-photography Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:54:55 GMT
Amber & Shane's Epic Paint Balloon Engagement Session http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/amber-shanes-colorful-engagement-session  

After Amber found me on The Knot, we talked about how to make their engagement session truly epic. She told me that both of them were very competitive so naturally I knew we had to make a game out of things. We shot more "traditional" images first which will be finished at a later date. Once those were done, they broke out the balloons. One exploded before we even got started & you can see the shock in their faces! After a hilarious battle, Amber claimed her victory and her prize... although it looks more like Shane claimed her. I had such a blast this evening! Thank you both for indulging my strange idea and making it come to life. Congratulations on your engagement! 

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) couple engagement epic outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/amber-shanes-colorful-engagement-session Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:50:35 GMT
Haidyn Elise, Fighter. http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/haidyn-elise-fighter Haidyn Elise was born 9/6/12 at 7lbs, 8oz at 4:22am. She was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where babies have an accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid (or CSF) in the brain. When she was born she was taken to the NICU for fluid in her lungs as well but she was able to go home five days later. The neurosurgeon assigned to her case choses to wait before performing brain surgery for her VP shunt placement to see if the hydrocephalus would improve on its own. 

At eight months it was determined Haidyn did indeed need the shunt placement. On April 22, 2013 she had her first ever (and only, so far) brain surgery for VP shunt placement. This means there is a device in her brain that allows the excess cerebrospinal fluid to drain into a connected tube. This tube travels all the way to Haidyn's belly where it is reabsorbed. She hasn't needed any revisions or replacements so far. Haidyn’s progress is remarkable as she is doing everything the doctors said she wouldn't be able to do and more! She has been seen by Birth Through Five (an Early Intervention program through the state of Maryland) since she was an infant to help with her development.

I met Haidyn last summer when we did our first shoot together. She has quite a personality! Haidyn is sweet and funny and always a pleasure to photograph. She may need a little extra patience and understanding so her processing time can catch up but we always create beautiful work together. She has a few sensory issues, particularly an aversion to the texture of grass but with the help of her amazing parents, Meghan and Bryan, she is learning handle them and so am I. A few concessions for textures or situations she is uncomfortable with, and we can have a lot of fun with our sessions! Since we’ve met, Miss Haidyn has done two storybook sessions as Tinkerbell and Little Red Riding Hood with her puppy Killi (named for the JRR Tolkien character… Nerds after my own heart!) as well as photos for her third birthday and a Christmas shoot with her cousin.

She has made so much progress that she was discharged from physical therapy on June 1, 2016! Haidyn has caught up to the curve and the physical therapists no longer need to intervene. What great news!! To celebrate, we did a special session today with another tiny yet resilient soul. Little Hope is a four-day old fawn who has taken to Haidyn so quickly! They are clearly the best of friends, sharing kisses and hugs while exploring the field at Wraven Design.

At the end of the summer we are planning another Storybook session for Haidyn’s fourth birthday as Belle from Beauty & the Beast. I for one can’t wait! I’m so proud of you, little Haidyn for beating the odds, surpassing all expectation and growing into such a wonderful little girl!

*** More Images of Haidyn and Hope ***

6/7/16 EDIT: Due to popular demand... The little fawn is coming back to Wraven Design! She'll be a bit bigger but will still have her spots. Sign up for your Call of the Wild mini session on Facebook or www.wraven.com

$95 - Call of the Wild  Fawn Mini Session$95 - Call of the Wild Fawn Mini SessionCall of the Wild Fawn Mini Sessions
$95
20mins, One outfit
Includes 10 digital images
(with print release)
and one 8x10” print
June 25th in Etters, PA

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) child outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait toddler wildlife http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/haidyn-elise-fighter Fri, 03 Jun 2016 22:09:43 GMT
Wedding Referral Bonus http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/wedding-referral-bonus Wedding Referral Bonus: Anyone who recommends me to a couple that officially books a wedding with Wraven Design will receive $100 in credit toward a session fee or their own wedding. Offer valid on all 2016 & 2017 weddings with contracts signed after 6/1/2016. Thank you!

 

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) baby bonus child family outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait referral wedding http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/wedding-referral-bonus Tue, 31 May 2016 15:05:24 GMT
Fairy Day 2016! http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/fairy-day-2016  

 

Saturday April 16th will be a special event at Wraven Design, Fairy Day! Fairy or Hobbit sessions will be open to children 6mos and older and adults. Sessions will be outdoors (rain date TBD) in Lewisberry PA with woodland and lake scenery available. Sessions are up to 30mins, include one fae-themed outfit and 10 digital images for $80. Please contact me for booking before paying via the website and to discuss wardrobe.

Wardrobe options can be provided by Wraven Design or the client or a combination of the two. I have many options for small children.

(smoke and fire are digital magic)

 

Celebrate Spring with us!

 

Please email adriane@wraven.com or visit me on Facebook for booking

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) baby child fae fairy family hobbit outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/fairy-day-2016 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:06:38 GMT
How to Feel Sexy In Your Own Skin http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/spring-boudoir-is-booking-now  

Wraven Design is Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm again!

Saturday April 23rd at Washington house in Sabillasville, MD 

http://caboosefarm.net/main-house/ for images.

Come out and join the fun! Boudoir days are a great opportunity to escape from work, kids, life.. hang out with the girls, joke, laugh, vent and feel beautiful and SEXY! in your own skin. Hot Mamas welcome! Show off that belly!

Indoor sets can include bed(s), leather bench, large windows, white window seat, stone fireplace, beautiful kitchen (think Susie Homemaker Pin up!) a gorgeous bathroom for makeup shots and a full bath tub for those that dare to go bare (with well-placed bubbles of course!), abundant outdoor sets optional – weather permitting.

 

Event is BYOB, refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres provided

$200 Boudoir Mini - 30 mins of shooting, one outfit, 10 digital images.

$300 Boudoir Session - 60 mins of shooting, two outfits, 15 digital images, “Little Black Book” – 5” square, 20 pages, black linen cover OR $50 in print credit through wraven.com

Gift Certificates are available for purchase if you would like to give a session as a gift. (Both to give your lady or friend a session for themselves or Ladies, to give that special someone an "IOU sexiness" certificate!)

 

 

Additional shoot time/outfit changes are available for a custom fee. Please see me for details. Additional digital images available for $50 per 10 files. $100 deposit is due in order to reserve session. PLEASE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Professional MUA/Stylist will be on site.  Makeup is a special rate of $30 per person and hair will be $30-60 depending on length and desired style (a current photo of your hair will need to be sent to my MUA prior to your session for a quote) I highly recommend utilizing Joy's services. She does flawless work and getting pampered really makes you feel excited and ready for your session. It sounds superficial but all the girly fuss makes you feel like you can take on the world! That confidence really comes through in your photos.

Please arrive at least 30mins prior to your session time in order to change & relax. Please arrive an hour and a half before your session time if you are booking professional hair & make up. Everyone* is welcome to come early and enjoy the day! (*clients only* No “chaperones” will be permitted at this event in order to protect the modesty of other clients. Thank you for understanding.)

PLEASE discuss makeup, hair, wardrobe and grooming with me BEFORE your session. Details matter! Let's customize your session... Love literature? Try the sexy librarian look. Nerdoir is my favorite! Does your significant other have a special subject that trips his or her.. trigger? Bring it up! We can make your session unique to your personality and that of your partner through wardrobe and props. As long at the concepts are tasteful, I'm always open to helping every client create the look that is unique to them and sure to please!

Email me at adriane@wraven.com

or contact me via my facebook page for booking!

Wardrobe inspiration is available here:

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/boudoir/

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/snow-bunnies/

 
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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir caboose lingerie maryland pennsylvania photography portrait http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/spring-boudoir-is-booking-now Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:43:58 GMT
Valentine's Day Boudoir: Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/valentines-day-boudoir-getting-cheeky-at-caboose-farm

Wraven Design is Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm again!

Sunday Jan 17th. We have secured an entire 7 bedroom house in Sabillasville, MD 

http://caboosefarm.net/main-house/ for images.

Indoor sets can include bed(s), leather bench, large windows, white window seat, stone fireplace, beautiful kitchen (think Susie Homemaker Pin up!) a gorgeous bathroom for makeup shots and a full bath tub for those that dare to go bare (with well-placed bubbles of course!), abundant outdoor sets optional – weather permitting. Hot Mamas welcome! Show off that belly!

Event is BYOB, refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres provided

$200 Boudoir Mini - 30 mins of shooting, one outfit, 10 digital images.

$300 Boudoir Session - 60 mins of shooting, two outfits, 15 digital images, “Little Black Book” – 5” square, 20 pages, black linen cover OR $50 in print credit through wraven.com

Gift Certificates are available for purchase if you would like to give a session as a holiday gift.

Additional shoot time/outfit changes are available for a custom fee. Please see me for details. $100 deposit is due in order to reserve session. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Professional MUA/Stylist Will be on site.  Makeup is a special rate of $25 per person and hair will be $30-60 depending on length (a current photo of your hair will need to be sent to my MUA prior to your session for a quote)

Please arrive at least 30mins prior to your session time in order to change & relax. Please arrive an hour and a half before your session time if you are booking professional hair & make up. Everyone* is welcome to come early and enjoy the day! (*clients only* No “chaperones” will be permitted at this event in order to protect the modesty of other clients. Thank you for understanding.)

PLEASE discuss make up, hair, wardrobe and grooming with me BEFORE your session. Details matter!

Ideas are available here:

 

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/boudoir/

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/snow-bunnies/

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir gifts lingerie maryland pennsylvania photography portrait valentine's http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/valentines-day-boudoir-getting-cheeky-at-caboose-farm Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:07:04 GMT
Wraven Design Goes West! ATTN: Missoula, MT. http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/wraven-design-goes-west-attn-missoula-mt  

 

Wraven Design is looking for couples who are planning a 2016 or 2017 wedding in Missoula, MT or the surrounding areas and are in need of a photographer. LGBT and offbeat couples more than welcome! Adjusted rates are always available for destinations I personally seek out. Packages 3, 4 & 5 will be $300 off and only a single photographer. Engagement sessions & fees can also be waived. Please contact me to discuss date, location and budget. Congratulations on your engagements and happy planning!

 

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) destination dress missoula montana offbeat outdoor photography portrait vintage wedding http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/wraven-design-goes-west-attn-missoula-mt Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:51:47 GMT
How wardrobe can make or break a shoot. 7 questions to ask to avoid aesthetic disaster. http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/how-wardrobe-can-make-or-break-a-shoot-7-questions-to-ask-to-avoid-aesthetic-disaster

 

Wardrobe can make or break a photoshoot. One of the most frequent questions I receive from portraiture clients is “What should we wear?” Clothing choice can easily take an ordinary session to extraordinary and vice versa so it should always be discussed prior to the day of one’s session. Here are a few questions I have found come up either from myself or clients, while choosing perfect portrait wardrobe.


What is your end goal for this session? What type of products do you plan on purchasing?


Wardrobe choices are vastly different when creating wall canvases vs birthday party invites or holiday cards. Date-specific items can and should feature seasonal wardrobe, holiday color schemes and weather-appropriate clothing choices. You wouldn’t want bathing suits on your Christmas cards or the family in red & green for your summer birthday invites. However, when creating portraits for long term in-home display, a more neutral approach is advised. This is NOT to say everyone should break out the jeans and white T-shirts (…please don’t.) Choosing colors that are found in the room of your home that you wish to display the photos is a perfect way to help wall portraits feel like they belong there and are part of your home’s decor. Colors should however remain fairly muted or neutral so portraits can convey if the décor in your home happens to change in a year or two.

 



Should we all match?

If the session is for a family, couple or group of children, this question often comes up. The short answer is I would suggest coordination over matching. Choosing a color scheme of three or four colors will help family members look as if they all belong in the photo without being too “matchy matchy,” which looks dated and overdone. Try not to include all the same colored tops or bottoms either. Mom in a burgundy top while daughter has burgundy in the pattern of her skirt and dad in his tie is an example of a great way to spread out the color while bringing everyone’s outfits together. The exception to this rule is of course twins or multiples. It's fair game to match the outfits of twins and coordinate outfits with other family members.



What colors should I choose?

I will always suggest neutral, muted, jewel tones or pastels over BRIGHTS. These colors are more likely to convey between changes in the decoration of one’s own home and also coordinate with Grandma’s living room and Aunt Jess’s kitchen when you share portraits with loved ones. There are also other issues with brights and neons to take into account. A frustrating side effect of the current trend toward 80s throwback neon is color cast. This is when the colors from clothing, blankets, and sometimes walls and other surroundings actually reflect on the skin of subjects in a photo. This is especially prevalent in babies and toddlers who tend to have “less neck,” placing their cute little cherub cheeks right in direct reflection of that bright watermelon pinky-orange shirt. A good photographer can avoid this in many lighting situations or at least clean it up in post but the process is time consuming and runs the risk of creating an over retouched look which effects the overall quality of your portraits. These neons often seem to glow with modern DSLRs and post-processing techniques as well which is distracting from the faces of clients which should be the focus of portraiture.


Do you recommend avoiding prints or logos?

Yes and no. A tiny logo on a polo shirt or a polka dotted skirt on one family member would be just fine. Mixing a ton of prints (an entire family in plaid shirts for instance) becomes busy, distracting and difficult to edit. Slogans, licensed characters and graphic Ts will definitely date your photos and take away from the overall longevity of your portraits. The exception to this of course is a “First Birthday” onesie on your tiny toddler.. those photos will always be from his or her first birthday so things of this nature are fine. Including characters can be problematic due to the fluctuating tastes of children as well. That Elsa T-shirt may be her very favorite thing EVER this week but next week she is all about Anna and you are no longer able to have family portraits on display without hearing about it from your precocious preschooler every five minutes. (Can you tell I have children?) Sticking to solid colors or subtle prints for portraits can avoid this issue of future frustration.



 

What if we want to do a theme?

I LOVE this question. I am all about vintage styling and themes. I will always suggest adding timeless touches such as bow ties, suspenders, retro or classic jewelry and fedoras or newsboys caps to portrait wardrobe. I also advise choosing timeless shoe styles such as mary janes, boots, or even chucks/converse sneakers over obviously modern sneakers, crocs, or character-clad shoes. This same goes for coats. For fall or winter wardrobe, a pea coat or sweater will always trump a bright pink puffy Dora the Explorer coat for creating a timeless memory. A theme shoot such as a specific fairytale, book, movie, time period, etc. is also a great way to spice up portraits and create a unique memory for years to come. When considering themes, I always ask…



What do you/your children like?

It may seem obvious but finding out what a client is into is a great way to tailor a session to their personalities. You can plan the most detailed and perfect Cinderella shoot imaginable and it will turn out horribly if the little girl is a Sleeping Beauty fan and pouts in all of her photos. If you plan a rustic country barn shoot for a high school senior in a rock band, you’re probably getting angry teen face if not an all-out refusal to participate.. so always discuss specific likes and dislikes when planning themed shoots. Happy kids make for much better portraits.

 



What should I do for prep?

In addition to the clothing and accessories aspects of wardrobe there is the often overlooked grooming. Grooming, manscaping! Whatever you call it, it is vastly important. Nails should be freshly painted or completely void of polish, well-manicured or trimmed and CLEAN. Fingers and toes if they will be seen. Men should shave or shape their scruff or beards. I am all about facial hair if it is well manscaped but a straggly beard looks unkempt. All the appropriate shaving, plucking and waxing should be considered for women as well. This is especially important for boudoir photos. Now, that is not to say that everyone HAS to do these things. If you are a little more au naturel, that’s a personal choice. Just be aware what will show up in photos.. if you don’t want it there, please do your best to groom it away beforehand. Your photographer will thank you profusely. Conversely, scars, beauty marks, moles, etc that you WANT in photos, please inform us of this beforehand or during the shoot so they don't end up being mistakenly edited out.

 



Additional tips:

Clients should avoid messy/staining foods and beverages before sessions as well. Kool-aid mouth and spaghetti-o face are as problematic and frustrating as the neon color cast issue. I will often have extra wipes on hand for last minute messes.. kids happen.. but I encourage clients to avoid anything that may stain, just in case. This also includes mid-shoot beverages or rewards. I am absolutely not above doling out cheerios to appease a fussy baby. They are small (limited chipmunk cheeks), easily eaten quickly, and make minimum mess. Rewards such as lollipops, M&Ms or gummies are advised against due to the food dye mess and stickiness on faces, hands and props or wardrobe.

All told, wardrobe and details are an essential conversation to have between client(s) and photographer. Always ask if you have questions. Discussing even the silliest detail before a session can make all the difference in the finished portraits.

For additional inspiration, please visit Wraven Design on Pinterest for wardrobe idea boards.

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) baby child engagement family fantasy grooming outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait toddler vintage wardrobe http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/how-wardrobe-can-make-or-break-a-shoot-7-questions-to-ask-to-avoid-aesthetic-disaster Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:43:54 GMT
Engagements & Weddings by Wraven Design http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/engagements-weddings-by-wraven-design Wedding days are hectic. Months, sometimes years.. (or a lifetime) of planning comes together in that one special day. Things don't always go according to said plan and details change but at the end of the day no one remembers the tiny disasters.. They remember the look of joy on the couple's faces, the laughter and the love shared by friends and family. Months and years into the future, those memories are kept alive in the photos of the day. Wraven Design strives to capture those memories in a rich fairytale style and preserve them for a lifetime. Now booking 2015 engagement sessions and 2016 & 2017 weddings. Please take a moment to view my new portfolio slideshow and see the memories of my beautiful couples. As always, Wraven Design is an avid supporter of LGBT and Offbeat weddings.

You may also peruse the investment section for pricing information.

Thank you all & Happy Planning!

~Adriane xo

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) LGBT carolina coast deleware dress east engagement jersey maryland new north offbeat ohio outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait vintage virginia wedding york http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/engagements-weddings-by-wraven-design Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:32:07 GMT
Inspiration. http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/inspiration Inspiration comes from the strangest places.. A song, a book, a feeling... sometimes a combination of things. This shoot came about from the pesky scratching at the back of your brain that one gets when you can't remember where you've heard a song before. I was searching YouTube for a movie clip that I knew one of my favorite songs was used in. Instead, I found a Hugo Boss Night ad staring Ryan Reynolds which featured it. (Enjoy it here)

"Angel" by Massive Attack and this ad were stuck in my mind. I had to recreate the feeling of that little window in time. Naturally, I called James Ling. The scheduling gods finally smiled upon us, giving us a chance to work together again after almost an entire year. He knocked it out of the park per usual.. These are a few of my favorites. I hope we have successfully captured the feeling of the track and a bit of Mr. Reynolds' mojo.. although I also see quite a bit of Mr. Bond here as well. Spyface. Is anyone else excited to see Spectre?

Please show James a little love on his new Facebook page, become a fan, poke around and see what he's up to.. and don't forget to check in with Wraven Design on Facebook for more updates and portraits. x

~Adriane

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) James actor model pennsylvania photography portrait http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/inspiration Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:34:37 GMT
We're Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm Again! http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/were-getting-cheeky-at-caboose-farm-again

I was lying awake and thinking last night about many things.. among them was the desire to do boudoir photography much, much more often. I love it! I love giving women the opportunity to feel sexy, desirable, sultry, comfortable in her own skin.. and little else. I love the rush of the look on her face when she sees herself the way I see her. I love the smile, the look of awe.. I love the quickly thought of and abruptly spoken comments of "I love my curves in this shot!" or "My ass looks fantastic!" ...those little utterances of confidence are what makes it all worth it. All women deserve to have that ego boost. That sense of self. We are all Forces of Nature... too often we lose sight of that over the course of daily life. Boudoir photos do make great gifts for that special someone in our lives.. but they make the best gift to ourselves. Do it. Get out there. Take the leap and feel amazing about yourself. I promise it will be worth it.

 

Sunday April 19th. We have secured the beautiful 7 bedroom Washington House at Caboose Farm in Sabillasville, MD for another boudoir date!
(14754 Manahan Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780)

http://caboosefarm.net/main-house/ for images.

Indoor sets can include bed(s), leather bench, large windows, white window seat (see above), stone fireplace, beautiful kitchen (think Susie Homemaker Pin up!) a gorgeous bathroom for makeup shots and a full bath tub (see below) for those that dare to go bare - with well-placed bubbles of course!, abundant outdoor sets optional – weather permitting.

Hot Mamas welcome! Show off that belly! …just no drinking ;)

Event is BYOB, refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres provided

$150 Boudoir Mini - 30 mins of shooting, one outfit, 5 digital images.

$250 Boudoir Session - 60 mins of shooting, two outfits, 10 digital images, “Little Black Book” – 5” square, 20 pages, black linen cover OR $50 in print credit through wraven.com

Additional shoot time/outfit changes are available for a custom fee. Please see me for details. $100 deposit is due in order to reserve session. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Professional MUA/Stylist will be on site for an additional $75 per person. This includes beauty makeup and hair styling. Nails will also be an available option. General Mani: $25, French tips $30, Pedi $40, Gel pedi $50.

Please arrive at least 30mins prior to your session time in order to change & relax. Please arrive two hours before your session time if you are booking professional hair & make up. Everyone* is welcome to come early and enjoy the day! (*clients only* No “chaperones” will be permitted at this event in order to protect the modesty of other clients. Thank you for understanding.)

PLEASE discuss make up, hair, wardrobe and grooming with me BEFORE your session. Details matter!

Ideas are available here:

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/boudoir/

https://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/nerdoir/

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/snow-bunnies/


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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir maryland photography portrait vintage http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/were-getting-cheeky-at-caboose-farm-again Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:38:50 GMT
Wraven is Moving! http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/wraven-is-moving Wraven Design's home base will be moving from Chambersburg Pennsylvania back to Lemoyne Pennsylvania with the next few weeks (a month at most). This decision is happening quickly due to extenuating personal circumstances that are not up for discussion. All previously booked weddings will be honored as their contracts are written. Weddings going forward will have transportation costs factored from a starting point in Lemoyne. Boudoir days will still be held at Caboose Farm in MD. I will be making every conceivable effort to honor all previously booked sessions as close to how they were discussed as possible. Locations may need to change to a local (Chambersburg-ish) park or have other arrangements made that will be discussed on a shoot by shoot basis. I still plan on being available for portrait sessions in this area at least once a month... I am not "leaving" my wonderful clients. I promise! Thank you all so much for support and patience during this time of transition. xo ~Adriane

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) baby boudoir child engagement family offbeat outdoor pennsylvania photography portrait vintage wedding http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/wraven-is-moving Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:25:47 GMT
Boudoir Day: Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/boudoir-day-getting-cheeky-at-caboose-farm

 

Wraven Design's Boudoir Day has changed from "Boobies at Bube’s" to "Getting Cheeky at Caboose Farm"

Saturday Feb 7th. We have secured an entire 7 bedroom house in Sabillasville, MD 
(14754 Manahan Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780)

http://caboosefarm.net/main-house/ for images.

Indoor sets can include bed(s), leather bench, large windows, white window seat, stone fireplace, beautiful kitchen (think Susie Homemaker Pin up!) a gorgeous bathroom for makeup shots and a full bath tub for those that dare to go bare (with well-placed bubbles of course!), abundant outdoor sets optional – weather permitting.

Hot Mamas welcome! Show off that belly! …just no drinking ;)

Event is BYOB, refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres provided

$150 Boudoir Mini - 30 mins of shooting, one outfit, 5 digital images.

$250 Boudoir Session - 60 mins of shooting, two outfits, 10 digital images, “Little Black Book” – 5” square, 20 pages, black linen cover OR $50 in print credit through wraven.com

Unfortunately with the dates that were available, I cannot guarantee Valentine’s Day delivery of photobook or prints... but I think this is a gift he wouldn't mind waiting a bit for.

Additional shoot time/outfit changes are available for a custom fee. Please see me for details. $100 deposit is due in order to reserve session. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Professional MUA/Stylist will be on site for an additional $60 per girl. ($75 for those with very long hair)

Please arrive at least 30mins prior to your session time in order to change & relax. Please arrive an hour and a half before your session time if you are booking professional hair & make up. Everyone* is welcome to come early and enjoy the day! (*clients only* No “chaperones” will be permitted at this event in order to protect the modesty of other clients. Thank you for understanding.)

PLEASE discuss make up, hair, wardrobe and grooming with me BEFORE your session. Details matter!

Ideas are available here:

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/boudoir/

http://www.pinterest.com/wravendesign/snow-bunnies/


 

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adriane@wraven.com (Wraven Design) boudoir maryland photography portrait vintage http://wravendesign.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/boudoir-day-getting-cheeky-at-caboose-farm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:31:17 GMT