Husband & Wife.

The idea that UtG was a husband-wife team is genius — Ray takes the photographs from a man’s perspective and the photos get edited from Melissa’s perspective.
— Mrs. H
You are meant for empowing women and doing a damn good job at it! You two are a power couple!
— Mrs. M
Wedding photo   of Melissa and Ray Trout getting married in the Colorado Rockies

Melissa Trout, Co Owner

Boudoir photography   coordinator Melissa Trout
It’s my passion to create gorgeous portraits of people. Sometimes, it can be hard to see the real you in the mirror. Work, kids, bills — the list goes on. Life is stressful, and that can make it hard for us to see just how beautiful we are. Myself included! I know first hand that we can be our own worst critics, and sometimes forget ourselves. What better way to cut through this distortion than getting luxury boudoir photo shoot, complete with pro hair, boudoir makeover and a massage? It’s an amazing experience, one you’ll never forget, because you’ll have proof in sexy, elegant and glamorous portraits.
— Melissa
If the Devil is in the details, then you two are downright sinful. All of the little things made this incredible. Thanks so much!
— Mr. C.

Ray Trout, Co Owner

I’ve been a professional photographer and videographer for over 20 years. There is a moment in the session when your personality comes through, and that’s when the magic happens! Sure, we’ll direct you and pose you to give you the most sensual photos possible, but our job is to capture your innate beauty. It’s a spark in your eyes, a moment of laughter or maybe the way you look when you toss your hair or draw a breath. From that moment, I’m just capturing moments of you being you. That’s the beauty of boudoir: celebrating the unique beauty of you!
— Ray
Boudoir photographer,   Ray Trout



Why Boudoir?

Build Confidence.

At Under the Garter, we want you to discover the power of boudoir photography to help you feel more confident and sexy.


feel beautiful.

  • We employ a professional team to spoil you and give you a sexy makeover for your photo shoot.
  • Our makeup artist will apply airbrush makeup, making you look absolutely flawless.
  • Our hair stylist will transform your locks into silky, beautiful waves or curls. And the make-over doesn't end there.
  • We also include a gift certificate for a professional facial from our licensed esthetician.
  • Want beautiful photos of yourself, but aren't keen on the idea of posing in lingerie? We also offer fully-clothed sessions.
Under the Garter provides a relaxing and playful environment to explore your rich fantasy world and inner sex kitten
— Brit



Your Privacy.

Boudoir photographers are very discreet and will NEVER show any of your photos to anyone without your permission
— Huffington Post

We take your privacy very seriously. We know that your boudoir photos are intimate and want you to feel safe and comfortable during your session. Not every client wants to share their photos, while some clients prefer to share anonymous photos. We also give you the option of allowing us to put your photos in our studio, but not online. Whatever you decide is totally up to you and we will never pressure you to let us share your photos.  

Feel comfortable having your photos shared, but don't want them found when someone Googles your name? We never refer to you by your name and won't tag you on social media. We're happy to pick out an alias for you or you can share one that you'd like us to use. 

Have more questions about privacy? Contact us and we'd be happy to answer any of your questions!








Yes! Nearly every client we've ever worked for said the same thing before their session. Which men or women in our portfolios asked the same question? Nearly every one! Boudoir is for every body.

You tell us. We have a paper form for you to indicate whether you want your portraits 100% private, available everywhere or anywhere in between. Some clients are private. Some less so.

  • Do you offer hair and makeup?

Professional hair, makeup (and a one-hour facial gift certificate) are included in our session. The techniques women use for daily makeup application vary and can have mixed results on camera. Why risk it? We use only professional hair and makeup.

We encourage you to wear anything that is sentimental to you! We've had clients bring in everything from snowboards and skateboards to office attire to flour and aprons. When it comes to lingerie, lace photographs beautifully.

Still have questions? Melissa will help you select items that are both flattering and personal to you. You can also check out our What to Bring Pinterest board.

  • Where should I shop for lingerie?

That depends on your taste in lingerie, body type and budget. We recommend Victoria's Secret and Agent Provocateur and we've found some really sexy vintage lingerie at Regal Vintage. Want sexy heels for your shoot, but don't like to wear them daily? has a wide variety of heels for very reasonable prices.

  • Your place or mine?

We offer sexy photo shoots in our own natural-light photo studio.

  • What does it cost?

Our boudoir photography session (including pro hair, makeup and posing direction) is $399. Fine art canvases, Italian-leather-bound photo albums and even our slideshow app (included in specific product packages.)

I promise you will be in good hands, feel comfortable (and have a lot of fun.)
— Rebecca