Rani Lu Photography and Boudoir by Rani Lu
I did a boudoir shoot with Rani and absolutely loved the experience. It can be nerve-racking going into a stranger's studio to take photos of yourself in lingerie but Rani's sweet and bubbly personality put me immediately at ease. She played music and made champagne cocktails to help make the experience extra special. Katie from Beauty and the Beach did the hair and makeup, who also is so sweet and did an incredible job.
Now for the pictures - I had absolutely no idea what I was doing walking into it. But Rani is so great giving you tips, instructing you, and posing you to get the best angles for your body. She'll even show you poses herself. You could tell she works incredibly hard but also loves what she does. It was so fun feeling like a supermodel for a day and would highly recommend all women experiencing this. And I honestly believe you can't do better than Rani.
Her pricing is also very reasonable considering everything her packages include. Some other boudoir photographs may seem a bit cheaper on the surface, but maybe won't include hair and makeup, etc. Overall, boudoir ain't cheap, and to me, feeling safe, comfortable, having fun, AND getting high-quality pictures is well worth it. You won't regret it.
A friend and I did a combo session with Rani and her makeup/hair artist, Katie for boudoir photography. Both Rani and Katie were professional, while welcoming/approachable at the same time, creating a very comfortable environment.
Katie did an amazing job with our hair and makeup! She even does retouches and changes as your outfits change.
Rani took simply amazing photos and coached us along the way. I was definitely a bit nervous, but she understood and made everything very comfortable. She has a great eye for the whole picture and provided constructive feedback to make the most of the shoot. She understands we're real women (not models) and does not skimp on the posing advice, she even shows you how!
I will definitely be recommending her and going back for future photo sessions. I'm thinking maternity in a few years, and some family photo sessions after that.
I had a photo shoot with Rani and I absolutely loved every moment of it! Rani has a great eye for posing, lighting, and angles, and I couldn't be more in love with the photos she took for me. When I was going through the proofs, I was in awe of my photos and I couldn't even believe that they were of me. She was able to emphasize the better parts of me while minimizing the areas of me that I don't really care for. It's easy to be uncomfortable while taking these kinds of photos but Rani has such a sweet, vibrant personality that I felt like I have known her for ages. She and Heather from Beauty and the Beach (who did the makeup) are a great pair and it was honestly a ton of fun taking these photos.
Rani's customer service is also top-notch and after experiencing less than stellar customer service from some other photographers, I am extra appreciative of Rani. She created a beautiful album for me and since she knew I was very busy planning for my wedding, she included all of my photos on a disc "just because". Her packaging for her products is super cute and fun and definitely added the extra "oomph" to her already great work.
The lighting in her studio is really ideal for photo shoots and is very flattering. I researched quite a few photographers in the area and Rani was by far the most reasonable, especially for the quality and what is included in her packages. She has a great variety of backgrounds and props/furniture at her disposal in her studio and she was lugging in more backdrops when I came in that day. She really is enthusiastic about her photography and is always on the lookout for something else to include at her studio for her clients. Her communication with me was always prompt, which is always appreciated. I highly encourage everyone to get these done (and soon!).
I would highly recommend Rani Lu as a wedding photographer. When I was searching for a photographer to capture my wedding ceremony, Rani stood out because of her talent and flexibility. She tailored a wedding package to fit the needs of our event and worked with me over e-mail to ensure all the important moments would be captured. On the day of the wedding, she arrived promptly and was very kind and professional throughout the day. My groom and I especially appreciated how patient she was with the children in our wedding party. I do not have any regrets about choosing Rani as our photographer. In fact, I would recommend hiring her along with Beauty and the Beach OC for hair and makeup, as they share a studio and frequently work together.
I used Rani for my wedding photos. She was so sweet and easy to work with. She was on time and stayed for my whole wedding. Very talented at what she does. Would definitely recommend her to my friends!
cannot say enough good things about Rani Lu! I recently had a boudoir shoot with her and the investment and experience was worth every penny. Rani is extremely professional and she made it easy to feel comfortable and at ease taking such intimate shots. She has a real knack for bringing out a woman's best angles and directing the posing in a way that looks stunning and flattering. Her talent is unmatched to any other boudoir photographer I researched. I spent a lot of time trying to pick the right photographer and I am so happy I chose her. The whole experience was wonderful and she was always quick to respond to my inquiries and had a quicker than expected turn around time on getting me the proofs to review. She has a gorgeous studio with beautiful furniture and natural lighting to capture amazing shots. Her makeup artist, Katie did a phenomenal job with my normally straight unruly hair and she has an excellent eye for choosing the right makeup to compliment your looks. I felt beautiful and because of her magic it came through in my shots! I would without hesitation give Rani and Katie my highest recommendation and I am happy to be able to refer them to any bride or woman needing photography or makeup.
Rani was great! I used her for a boudoir photo shoot and felt super comfortable and pretty, thanks to her professionalism, way of shooting, and ease of working together. I'd highly recommend her!
Rani and Heather were just amazing today! I was really nervous about doing the boudoir photo session, but these ladies made it extremely easy and comfortable! I did tons of research, and they are absolutely the BEST for quality, pricing, and vision. Rani makes it so easy to feel sexy and good about yourself, don't go to anyone else until you've at least spoken to her. She's down to earth, and not at all judgmental =). Thank you for such an amazing time Rani and Heather!
I would HIGHLY recommend Rani Lu Photography! After researching FOREVER on the internet, I had contact a large majority of wedding photographers in Orange County. After meeting with 4 of our favorites, my fiance and I knew if it was a yes or no after about 5 minutes of meeting with them. There are tons of photographers out there that take great pictures. However, personality, experience, references and being prepared were a large part of why we chose Rani.
Rani is from San Clemente and has the best personality. She is fun, goofy, bubbly and makes you feel very comfortable. We did both our engagement photos and wedding photos with Rani. I'm not a fan of the traditional "posey" pictures and let Rani know of that ahead of time. She does a great job at making the pictures look natural.
Rani sent us a questionaire to fill out about a week before the wedding. Really think about who you want pictures of before the wedding, and let your photographer know. There were a couple people I wished we got pictures of after looking the pictures, but obviously it was too late! Therefore, think about them BEFORE and let your photographer know exactly what you want.
The only thing I would change was the assistant photograpger. I told Rani ahead of time, that if we were going to spend the extra money for an assistant, I didn't want someone standing around whil she took all the pictures. Although we did end up with a TON of amazing pictures, there were many times the assistant was standing around not doing anything. For example, during our cocktail hour, my husband and I were taken up to a hill to get a couple pictures taken. The location took a couple minutes to get to and Rani was the only one who took pictures of us. However, the assistant was with us the entire time. Meanwhile, the cocktail hour was going on! I don't understand why the assistant couldn't stay behind and take pictures of people at the cocktail hour.
With that said, Rani was incredible. If you want an assistant I would just let her know ahead of time exactly what you are looking for.
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Loved working with Rani!! She made me feel so comfortable and at ease. Coming from a person that looks naturally awkward, Rani found ways to make me look as natural as possible. I highly recommend working with Rani!
If I could give her 100 stars I would :) Rani is the picture of professionalism and quality. She's also really really fun and makes you feel incredibly comfortable! The pictures she took are amazing and my husband LOVES them. She got them back to me really quickly which I loved too. I'll definitely be calling Rani back the next time I need a photographer and I'd recommend her to anyone and everyone.
I loved working with Rani and so did my husband!! She made us feel totally comfortable! My husband is really shy and to himself so I thought working with a photographer was going to be horrible, but he loved Rani. Not only were we comfortable with her but our wedding photos are amazing! My album is beautiful, I couldnt have asked for anything better. She also did our thank you cards, which turned out amazing. I know I will continue to work with Rani whenever I need a photographer.
Rani is absolutely wonderful. Very professional, timely, and organized. She has incredible vision, but works with the subjects to make ensure that their vision is being recognized too. She is so sweet, patient, and innovative. Her talent is beyond any photographer I have ever seen.
Beauty and the Beach
Amazing Photographer! She did a beautiful job on my boudoir pictures and really knows how to make a woman feel comfortable in front of a camera!
My studio is based in San Clemente but I travel all over.