Be Generous~Iowa Boudoir Photography Giveaway

Over the last week or so I have been sharing some tips for how to be your most beautiful you this year. But today is a big I thought a full on blog post was in order! First let's do a quick run down of the first 4 things that I think you can practice this year to make 2015 amazing! 

#1 Be authentic:

There is only one you and the world really needs to see and experience those things about you that really make you YOU. Don't be afraid of them...own those special things about yourself. 

#2 Be honest:

Here I am referring to being honest with yourself. Of course, it is important to be honest with others too; but so many people tell themselves negative lies about themselves. These lies weigh us down and hold us back. They keep us from reaching our full potential! For example: "I am not talented enough" or "I am not skinny enough" or "I am not smart enough"...or maybe just "I am not enough". Those things are lies! They are not your truth unless you allow them to become so. So be honest with yourself, be true to yourself and cut away the lies that hold you back and weigh you down.

#3 Be confident:

There are few things in the world that are more beautiful than a confident woman. I have a friend that swears that a nice matching bra and panty set is foundational to her confidence. Personally, I like to be wearing a great pair of shoes...oh and have a good hair day! Each of us have different things that give us a shot of confidence. In fact, a special beauty or boudoir photography session with me might be just the thing to give you a little extra boost in your step! 

#4 Be Positive:

This is related to the lies from #2. Instead of those lies you tell yourself; practice being positive to yourself. Look in the mirror and find something beautiful about you and then say it out loud! It might feel odd, it might be HARD...but I think you will be surprised at the effect a little extra positivity has on your outlook and your life.

Iowa boudoir giveaway

That brings us to tip number 5...BE GENEROUS.

Nothing improves your outlook like helping someone else out. And there are so many ways to be generous...with your talents, with your time, with your money...even with your words. So go out of your way to give as many heartfelt and genuine compliments as possible over the next couple of days. I would love to hear about the impact that effort has on you! 

In the spirit of being generous I am going to be giving away one free beauty makeover and photography session package. This is an amazing deal, and there is only one available! It will include 45 minutes of photography time, professional hair and makeup styling and an adorable little black book with 10 images in it. The only must be willing to sign a model release so I can do a blog post about you! This can be a beauty session, glamour session or boudoir session. As always, that is totally up to the client.

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All the best,


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Small business Saturday


Tis the season for Christmas giving. Small business Saturday is a great way to support a local small business and work on the holiday shopping list. This year for Small business Saturday I am offering a buy one session and get one free. This is a fantastic deal! So pair up with a friend and share the savings! Both sessions must happen on the same day and there are very limited spots left for Christmas product delivery. How much fun would that be to spend a day getting pampered and and experiencing a photo shoot with one of your closest friends! 

If you are interested in the special drop me an email before Monday at midnight and we will get you all set up. 

Big things happening for Des Moines, Iowa boudoir photographer

Hello lovlies! I am so very excited about some BIG news for my little photography business that I will be sharing in a few days. It is going to be such a fantastic thing...and I am going to offer a very limited time pricing special just to celebrate!

Also, for all of you brides out there, please keep in mind that it is best to book your session at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your wedding date to ensure that you have your amazing, beautiful, sexy album in time to deliver it to your groom on your wedding day! So many Central Iowa grooms are going to be so very happy to be getting sexy photographs of their beautiful brides! I just love that part of my job! :-)

The BEST grooms gift ever! ~Des Moines boudoir photographer

Hello lovlies!

It is almost springtime...I swear you wouldn't know it by the fearfully cold weather we have had lately here in Iowa...but it is really going to be here soon! When I think spring I always think of weddings. Maybe that is my years of being a wedding photographer located in Ames. There is a fantastic little trend going around right now of giving your groom some special photos of yourself as his groom's gift.

What groom wouldn't want beautiful, sexy images of his new wife! But even better...what woman wouldn't love to spend time shopping for pretty new lingerie...getting all glammed up with the help of a professional hair and makeup artist and then creating those images with a fantastic photographer?? I don't know about you ladies...but I don't really need to try too hard to come up with excuses to by new shoes, or lingerie for that matter. These sessions are a great excuse for a little "you time". Planning a wedding is stressful and hectic; you deserve a little time to unwind and enjoy a glamorous pampering photo session.

A modern glamour or boudoir session is also a great time to do a trial run on your wedding hair and makeup. This is also a really good "cover story" for the surprise if your fiance will see you all dolled up after our session. ;-)

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Oh, and I have over 9 years of wedding photography experience. So if you are looking for a fantastic wedding photographer I would love to chat with you. You can view my wedding and family portrait work at

Ms. J's boudoir session~Des Moines boudoir photography

Hello there gorgeous!

I'll be honest, Ms. J is just amazing! She was sweet, she was funny and she has this amazing personality that just sparkles right out of her. We had an amazing time shooting her session! Don't get me wrong, I love all of my sessions...including all of the amazing ones that you guys don't even get to see...


Corsets are one of my favorite clothing options to recommend! They are great for accenting curves and supporting breasts. They are also forgiving on sizing to a certain extent due to the lace up nature. Do be careful not to purchase a really flimsy one though! The flimsy fabric won't hold things in place the way you want it to.


Last chance for Valentine's Day gifts~Des Moines boudoir photographer

Have you been looking for the perfect gift for him for Valentine's day? Let's face is just a little harder to come up with good gifts for the men in our lives on this particular holiday. Lucky for you I not only have the BEST idea he will never forget...but I can also make it happen in time for Valentine's Day delivery!

An album full of fabulous images of you looking your absolute most sexy self! This can mean whatever you want it to mean...and it doesn't have to be lingerie! These sessions are a great way to boost your confidence and there is nothing sexier or more empowering than confidence!

But...there are very few openings left before Valentine's Day. Your last chance is this Saturday, February 1st. I have super special pricing all set up! A fantastic makeup artist to get you all prepped and glammed...then 45 minutes of looking beautiful in front of the camera...all for only $150. I also have some never before offered pricing on my favorite albums! Options start at only $275!

So hurry and drop me a line and let me know you are interested because these spots are going to fill fast! I have super powers...but there are just only so many of these I can do in the short time left before Valentine's day! I can't wait for you to experience a session with the premiere boudoir and modern glamour studio in Des Moines!


Model call! Des Moines modern glamour portraits

I am excited to announce that I am looking for a couple of models for a project that I am working on. These lucky peeps have to be over 21 years old and available in the next two weeks for the session.  I can't emphasize enough that there is NO modeling experience needed! And yes, I am looking for women in ALL sizes! The selected models will be helping me try out some new ideas for the modern glamour side of my business. So you do not need to be comfortable in your skivvies!  You just have to be open to new things, willing to embrace YOUR brand of beauty and be willing to let me show it the world! For modeling you will receive a complimentary photo session, a professional makeover and the fabulous experience of getting to be a model for a day! If you are interested please drop me an email at and tell me why you want to participate AND send me a recent photo of yourself.  Thanks ladies!


Welcome to Carisa Keeling Couture

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere! I hope you will find a comfy space, your favorite beverage, and just sit and look through for a while. Please also be sure to check out my website at 

You may be wondering who I am and what this blog is all about. Well, I am Carisa. I am the owner and photographer of Carisa Keeling Couture. I am also a wife, mom, daughter and child of God. You can read all about the details on what makes me tick on my about the artist page. 

This is quite simply the blog for my modern glamour portrait business. I am on a mission to show women that they are amazing and beautiful; no matter their size, skin tone, or age. I am fighting a battle against a society that demands unrealistic things from us. But most of all...I want you to know that you are a perfect and beautiful creature. There is immense power in that if you can own it...and I hope you will.