Sex in our City: 13 Ways to Lift Your Love Life

Both single and coupled-up Seattleites should rejoice

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Both single and coupled-up Seattleites should rejoice—our city offers countless ways to add vim and va-va-voom to relationships, whether you’re just starting or well settled. By M. Susan Wilson and Brangien Davis

1. Bring on the Boudoir
Best places to get sexy photos taken

Portrait, commercial and fine art photographer Christina Mallet of Katrinka’s Secret says she’s shot women of all sizes, shapes and professions in her artful boudoir style. Your session—which can take place at her Pioneer Square loft or in any setting you like—includes a pre-shoot discussion of your favorite and least favorite (ahem) assets, as well as a 20-page hardcover book of as many as 40 images (from $500). >> Pioneer Square, 321 Third Ave.; 206.329.5139

Local wedding and portrait photographer Jenny GG also offers boudoir sessions—for women, men and couples—at the location of your choosing. Following the two- to three-hour session, which includes as many as five wardrobe changes, you’ll take home a CD of your favorite 15 images. >> 425.830.4421; $300/session

Seattle Boudoir Photography—run by Jennifer Mobley, owner of West Seattle’s Pinup Salon, and photographer Phil Holden—offers the full-on indulgent experience: Two-hour sessions in their Belltown studio include professional hair and makeup service, plus sips and snacks. If you’re on a budget, consider one of their regular Boudoir Weekends, during which the same sessions run just $295, not including prints. >> Belltown, 66 Bell St.; 206.271.7028; $450–$500, plus extra for prints

And if your partner thinks there’s nothing sexier than watching old Mad Men episodes on disc, indulge in some 1950s role-playing with Old School Pin Ups—the studio that’s been turning locals into retro sex kittens since 2001. Stylist Trixie Lane will doll you up in midcentury modern garb, with a hairdo and makeup to match, and photographer Lance Wagner will take your picture in a classic set of your choosing (options include a tiki room and an Oriental bar). Pin-ups can be done solo, as a couple or as a group, so everyone can get in on the vintage va-va-voom. >> Lake City, 3737 NE 135th St.; 206.443.5979; starting at $399

2. Take It Off
Try on burlesque

Shimmy, shake and twirl your tassels at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque. Different from standard striptease, burlesque is about the art of the reveal, as well as the playfulness of the performance, and the academy’s course offerings cover moves from beginner to beyond. Start with the “Bump & Grind Dance Class” (beginning March 4; running eight weeks) or the popular “Burlesque 101” (beginning March 8; running six weeks), which includes a weekly private lesson and ends with a student recital where you can show off a routine of your own creation. Also offered is an array of classes on specific fundamentals, such as “Walking in Heels” and “Burlesque Makeup.” And fellas, it’s not all about the girls: “Boylesque 101” (beginning March 17) specializes in “masculine/other-gendered” representations of the art. >> Capitol Hill, West Hall of OddFellows Building, 915 E Pine St.; 206.47.TWIRL [89475]

Miss Indigo Blue has become a Seattle sensation with her performances at El Gaucho's Pampa