About Silk and Lace Boudoir

About Cynthia

Cynthia Loaiza is the founder of Silk & Lace Boudoir, and its current CEO and Creative Director.

Hi, I’m Cynthia, and I’m so glad you’re here. I’m a DC-based photographer who specializes in teaching women how to seize their inner-confidence through strong, sexy, vulnerable, and authentic boudoir photos.

During a heart-wrenching divorce, I found myself with a broken spirit and my confidence in myself was at an all-time low. Getting divorced and feeling helpless weren’t exactly on my bucket list and I found myself at a crossroads: did I crumble under the pressure of disappointment, or did I use my life experiences to reinvent myself and become my own version of the confident, empowered women I’d always admired? Obviously, I chose the latter.

I realized that the women I admired all had one major thing in common — and I was terrified of it. These women were honest, vulnerable, authentic, and unapologetic about who they were. So, I did the most honest, vulnerable, authentic, and unapologetic thing I could think of: I stripped down to my bare skin and had a stranger take photos of me.

Since that defining moment, I vowed to love myself for who I am and help other women do the same. And today, I do just that as the CEO and Creative Director of Silk & Lace Boudoir, a 5-star women’s empowerment photography studio whose mission is to inspire, empower, and celebrate, every woman who walks through our doors.

Whether you’ve been considering treating yourself to a session for ages or you’ve only begun flirting with the idea, I’ll work with you, from start to finish, so we can build your dream experience together. I’ll provide you with step-by-step guidance for how to prepare and find inspiration for your photos, wardrobe, hair, makeup, music, poses, and anything else you might desire for the shoot you’ve always dreamt of.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I’m excited to help you unleash your inner-confidence and love yourself.

About Yisell

Yisell Santos is one of our in-studio Makeup Artists at Silk & Lace Boudoir.

Yisell Santos

Hi!!! I’m Yisell, owner of Yisell Santos – Hair & Makeup. Lover of all things Halloween, spooky, supernatural and all black everything. I never have the same color hair too long and I still love Backstreet Boys but mostly listen to metal.

Originally hailing from NYC, I’ve been doing what I love for 15 years. I started doing this professionally in 2005 while juggling a 9-5 full time job. In 2007, I got married, quit my job and started doing this full time and never looked back.

I started my career in weddings, then moved on to doing editorial, catalog, fashion and even some film/commercial work. After 9 years of commercial work, my husband joined the military, we moved out of NYC, had a baby and quickly realized that I missed doing bridal work. My heart belongs to bridal and special occasion hair & makeup. There’s something so fulfilling about making people look and most importantly FEEL beautiful.

Website: www.yisellsantosmakeup.com

IG @yisellsmakeup

About Bernie

Bernadette Wilson is one of our in-studio Makeup Artists at Silk & Lace Boudoir.

Bernadette Wilson

Hello and welcome!

I am so glad you’re here! I’ll keep this short and sweet, my name is Bernadette Wilson. I have been in the beauty industry since 2011 and with Silk & Lace since 2018. I have developed such a love affair with boudoir beauty, which allows me to make women feel beautiful during one of the most exciting and empowering experiences out there. I cannot begin to describe what a rewarding feeling it is to be able to do this.

I hope that I am able to have the privilege to work with each and every single one of you!

With love,


Website: bernadettewilsonbeauty.com

IG @bernadettewilsonbeauty