las cruces' premiere boudoir studio

Hey, my name is Melissa Dean

and I'm your boudoir photographer.


As an artist, I am always trying to tell a story. I am an observer. I love movement. I have been photographing professionally for over ten years and have always loved the one on one sessions, particularly with women. I love being a part of their journey and helping to tell THEIR story.

The Shift.

Recently, things have been shifting into something new. I had an experience with a dear friend and client that sparked my soul in ways that I wasn't anticipating. It was real. It was raw. We were vulnerable. She wanted to fully embrace her insecurities. Her message to me spoke so deeply.

"I'd like to do a realistic boudoir shoot. It's hard for me-but I feel like I want to emphasize my imperfections. I have stretch marks all over my stomach and thighs that have bothered me in the past but don't seem to anymore."

Internally I was already invested. She is such a beautiful soul and I was thrilled that we were going to reach a new level together. The session happened and honestly, I was not prepared for what that it was going to do to me. The energy was palpable. It was radiating through us both.

A New Direction.

During the week, I couldn't shake this feeling that I was being called to explore this a little deeper. I couldn't stop thinking about how the session made me feel and how it made her feel AND SHE HADN'T EVEN SEEN THE PHOTOS! I wanted more. I had to dive in.

The Truth.

I struggle with doing things on my own. I'm an introvert. I over-think. I'm a perfectionist. I don't like being seen. I hide behind my camera.

In the spirit of being vulnerable, I decided it was time for me to stop hiding and put myself out there. So, here we are. A business that IS me. Perfectly imperfect. A space that is safe to talk about real shit. A space where we can create beautiful art together. A space where you can be unapologetically you and I can be unapologetically me. Let's empower each-other. Let's do the scary thing. Let's forget about what society says is beautiful. Let's overcome the fear and be honest about who we are.

Because the fact is, you're beautiful. Your journey is beautiful. Your life is beautiful.

Now it's time you feel as beautiful as you are.