What You Need to Know About Boudoir Marathon Events

Really, I am no expert on this topic by any means, but I am writing this down — yes, publicly — to share my first-ever boudoir marathon experience (aka Boudoir Par-tay!) to remind myself what I can do better the next time around. I had so much fun this past weekend with all the girls and cannot wait to do another marathon! HOLLA Back!

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Here are some things I learned to do better next time:

  • Pamper your clients. Because a marathon can be hectic, make it a great experience for them to remember.
  • Get awesome helpers: on-location hair/makeup stylist and creative assistant. Make it a par-tay and have fun!
  • Offer three packages: (1.) session fee only, (2.) session plus hair/makeup, and (3.) session plus hair/makeup and prints.
  • Book hotel suite for two nights; ideally, Fri-Sun when most people already have time off work.
  • Check hotel suite in person before booking: make sure there is ambient lighting (SW corner usually has the best light) and decor is part of your brand.
  • Be aware of lighting during different seasons, ie. good lighting in October is less than during the month of July when there is more daylight.
  • Collect total session fees at least two weeks before event date. Remember to have all contracts and waivers signed, too!
  • Provide your clients as much information as early as possible: available parking, wardrobe suggestions, makeup tips, print fees, etc.
  • Make sure to have all your clients’ current mobile numbers in your address book. Things do and will come up!
  • Back it up. Back it up. Back it up. Um, I meant backing up your images every day no matter what. (Get a backup camera, too!)
  • Get help with post-production by outsourcing the workload: check out The Color Company.

One thing that is important to also remember is that most respectful hotels do not condone this type of activity on their property. You can work around it by informing everyone to not talk about the photo shoot— like, at all. What I tell my clients is: Take the elevator straight up to the suite as if you already know where you’re going. NOTE: It’s a good idea to have lots of small bills for tipping bellhop, parking valet, room service, maid service, etc. You will need everyone’s help. (I’m not kidding.)


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Bucket List: Shoot Bali Engagement Photos (Check!)

I was in Manila, Philippines when Bonny & Derrick flew me over to Jakarta, Indonesia to meet them. Then, we flew out to Bali where I was finally able to live out a life-long dream of seeing this magical land with my own eyes. Seriously, no words … No words. I cannot wait to bring my husband to Bali to help him check it off his list, too!

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  • Indonesian Wedding Photography in Bali | Bunn Salarzon - […] year after they flew me overseas for their Bali Engagement Photos, Bonny made her way down the long narrow tunnel at Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa, […]12/22/2014 – 7:32 PMReplyCancel

  • Carla - Gorgeous images! Bonny is especially ever so pretty and fresh. I live in Bali and have visited Padang-Padang. How’s the name funny?04/11/2010 – 4:12 PMReplyCancel

    • Bunn Salarzon - @Carla: You’ll have to forgive my sense of humor. But, whenever I hear/say the word Padang-Padang I think of ba-donka-donk. :D05/19/2010 – 11:28 PMReplyCancel

  • Shannon Sewell - Oh my gosh- what a cute couple!!! Love how fun & playful these are… beautiful job. :) ~S03/22/2010 – 9:17 PMReplyCancel

  • Bonnny - Bunn, I’m in love with your work all over again. You truly show how our love is… Thank you. <303/21/2010 – 9:20 PMReplyCancel

  • Leah Orefice - Bunn, I love these pictures! How gorgeous they look, how happy they look. You are the ISH as D would say!03/21/2010 – 8:33 PMReplyCancel

  • Amy Isabella - You have such an incredible gift for capturing people’s true love for one another, something that we do not see often enough in this world. Thank you for sharing these!! You and your work are brilliant, my dear!! :D03/21/2010 – 8:41 AMReplyCancel

  • Anna Kim - Oooh, I really do love all of these. They look so happy and in love, it makes me giddy.03/19/2010 – 7:12 AMReplyCancel

  • Derrick - Awww snap! Thanks, Bunn. Sorry we can’t hold a straight face, but I love the pics! You my friend, are the ish and being a sport to the shoot that almost never happened. You’re the best.03/19/2010 – 6:40 AMReplyCancel

  • Jen-Jen - Aww, our little, older bro found himself a gem. ;) Love it!03/19/2010 – 6:08 AMReplyCancel

  • Deyla Huss Photography - These are super cute! And what a fun story, I love it!03/19/2010 – 6:44 AMReplyCancel

  • Apresh Chavda - Gorgeous set of images, Bunn!03/19/2010 – 2:10 AMReplyCancel

  • Kim O'Neil Photography - Bunn, these images are beautiful! So playful…and you really captured emotion in them….and what a sweet little story.03/19/2010 – 1:53 AMReplyCancel

How I Got the Cover of the #1 Magazine for Plus Size Women…

When the publisher of SKORCH, the #1 magazine for plus size women fashion, contacted me to shoot for them I was surprised and kind of confused, really. Like, huh?? But, I was too excited for the opportunity that Jessica Kane offered me to cheat myself out of it so I just did it— and we got the cover!!

//Photographer: Bunn Salarzon //Cover Model: Jamieya Sicotte //Hair+Styling: Thuy Pham //Makeup: MUA by MySa //Venue Location: Qube Lounge

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  • Julie - AWESOME cover!!! That is a beautiful image and so exciting!!!!!12/07/2009 – 9:30 AMReplyCancel

  • Jenni Carmon - Congrats, Bunn! You go, girl!! Holla. :)10/12/2009 – 9:43 PMReplyCancel

  • Erica Ann - So awesome! I want to see more!10/08/2009 – 3:29 PMReplyCancel

  • Lorna - Wow, Bunn, this is awesome–good for you. That cover picture is awesome. Congrats!10/03/2009 – 8:06 PMReplyCancel

  • Deyla Huss Photography - Woot woot!!! You go, girl!! Congrats!10/03/2009 – 2:14 PMReplyCancel

  • Kristie - Your first mag cover! Swwweeeeeeet! Nice work, Bunn. That is exciting stuff. Great job, girl. :)10/03/2009 – 12:01 PMReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - AWESOMEEEE!!!! I am so excited for you!10/03/2009 – 8:50 AMReplyCancel

  • Tara - Such great pics, Bunn. :) Really. You’ve come so far since we first “re”connected. I’m SOOO excited for you…and of course, JKane. :) XOXOOX10/02/2009 – 9:15 AMReplyCancel

  • Jessica Kane - I Love You. Period. I have a knack for spotting greatness, and you, my girlfriend…have IT. Much more to come. :) Love you!!!!!!!! -JKane Baby10/02/2009 – 8:36 AMReplyCancel

  • Derrick - Great job, Bunn!10/02/2009 – 9:11 AMReplyCancel

  • Mounty - Congratulations, ladies! Yay! Cover! Jamieya looks smokin’! Bunn & Thuy, awesome work! The artists behind the scenes. =0) Love you, girls!10/02/2009 – 6:59 AMReplyCancel