I joined Shalista's Facebook page awhile back. I really wanted to have my own session but it is totally out of the box for me this is not something I would normally do. After having 4 c-section babies in 8 years my body is just not what it used to be and I am not really comfortable even having my picture even taken, let alone half naked! I booked my session and ordered a couple outfits. The closer it got the more nervous I was. I mean how would I pose and even look sexy?! My day came and as soon as walked in the door I was greeted by the most awesome people!
I sat down and was pampered, having my hair and makeup done which was fantastic "me time" It looked great by the time I started with Shalista I forgot I was even nervous! I had so much fun and she told me exactly how to pose! Before I knew it the session was over I couldn't wait to see my pictures!!
At my viewing, I loved them all. Seriously I loved all of my "sexy" half naked photos When my book arrived, I just couldn't believe that I thought I was doing this for a gift for my husband!
I mean it was but it ended up totally being a gift for ME too! Even if you are unsure, just do it Any time we have done any kind of family pictures, wedding pictures, anything This was one of my biggest fears with the shoot. And I was worried at how bad I was going to damage what little self confidence I had gained over the last few months. And my makeup and hair was SPOT. Shalista took my visions and improved on them 10 fold. I had such a hard time picking what pictures to put in the album, I actually ended up paying to add in additional! My anniversary is in June, but after seeing the pictures I couldn't wait and ended up giving them to him for Christmas also.
Shocked does not even begin to describe my husband's reaction! He sat there speechless, red-faced and just smiling and nodding with each picture. Later he told me how he couldn't believe what a lucky guy he is that he had a wife that was willing to do that for him, to go completely out of my comfort zone and surprise him like that. And he was so glad that I was finally able to see myself the way he sees me. He actually laughs when he catches me looking at the pictures because I do it all the time , saying "I'm starting to wonder if this was my gift or yours".
And he's not wrong, it really did end up being for me too. As a mom, I usually put everyone else first, so consciously thinking of myself and taking care of myself before the shoot was amazing. And the funny thing is that taking care of myself is reflecting in my family. This experience started out as a 10th anniversary gift for my husband! We got married young, didn't get much of a honeymoon and had our first baby 8 days before our first anniversary. We've never really had a big anniversary celebration and I knew I wanted to do something for him.
With that milestone anniversary coming up, I thought now was the time! I had actually been working really hard at getting my body back to "pre-kid" and what better way to celebrate that as well!
Cost was always a factor I finally made the appointment and was super excited! It don't ever recall being "nervous" about it! Just super excited that I was finally going to do this! The only thing I was nervous about was my "sexy face," I'm a super smiley person and love smiling for pictures so I think that was what I was most nervous about.
Lacey did my hair and makeup and made the start of my appointment totally comfortable! I really couldn't wait to get started at that point and I was ready! A word to the wise My muscles were shaking trying to hold poses, it was like a 2 hour intense yoga class in your lingerie! In the blink of an eye, it was over and I couldn't wait to see my pictures!
I made my viewing appointment and it was so hard to keep a straight face at home! I knew what I had just done was going to blow his mind and still needed to wait I came to see my pictures and was completely blown away The time came to narrow down my favorites for my album and that was by far the hardest part of the whole process! I have my album sitting at my sister's house I was so amazed at how I looked from a different point of view! I saw myself how my husband sees me As moms, I feel like all we see are the flaws Being able to see myself in the untouched photos at the viewing left me in complete awe thinking "wow I cannot wait to give this to him as a Christmas gift!
I like getting dressed up once in a while! As a photographer, my daily work clothes tend to be functional rather than super fashionable. I like being able to bust out those cute dresses I have, get my hair done and go on a date night with my husband. It makes me feel good! However, I have several friends who would rather scrub the bathroom floor than wear high heels for a fun night out. And not all of them come in clad in high-end lingerie!
Ladies: what you wear has very little to do with the outcome of your photos. Are you into Game of Thrones? Star Wars? Whatever it is, we can talk about a themed shoot or something that we can do that gives the nod to your shared love. A crisp white button-down, his college jersey. Steal your favorite thing from his closet and make it your own.
Just you, a white sheet and come-hither look is all you need. Have you joined my private Facebook group? Want to know more or visit the studio?
Get in touch here. However, my first boudoir experience was a lot like the women that come to my studio. I wish there were parts of me that were different and I lack confidence in my appearance too. So, when I was looking to book a boudoir session for myself, I was hesitant because there are so many photographers that do not know how to pose a curvy woman. This is an important factor when choosing any portrait photographer and can make a tremendous difference in your photos.
Having a photographer that understands how posing, lens choice, and composition create good images is of utmost importance! If I am getting naked in front of a camera, that person is damn well going to know what they are doing.
I became part of an online community of photographers who were bringing the art of boudoir photography into the mainstream. One of these photographers was well known for her work especially with curvy women, Teri Hofford. Teri lives in Canada and posted that she was traveling in the area and was anyone interested in a session. It was meant to be. So, we booked it. I was so excited!!! Then, the anxiety hit. OMG… what am I going to wear? What is going to look good? Do I wax? Is my butt too hairy?
What if they are horrible? What if I hate them? I asked myself all those questions too. Am I getting you in the feels right now? The photoshoot was in Omaha, so I had to make up a story for my husband.
On the day of the session, I was a wreck. I thought maybe I should cancel. Stupid anxiety thoughts, but damnit, I was going to do that scary thing.
I made the trip to Omaha and met up with Teri at our location. I was totally comfortable about 5 seconds into the shoot.