Walking the Walk


I find it extremely imperative in this industry to walk the walk, talk the talk, and know just how my clients are feeling as they walk through my studio door. That unsure feeling of sending that first email. The nervous jitters arriving at the studio the day of your shoot.  The awkward shyness during those first 10 minutes or so of shooting. All NORMAL feelings to have, and very very common. All emotions that I myself experienced during my boudoir shoot. I want them to know that I know how they feel... How YOU feel. That I have been in your shoes. And that I can completely relate to those butterflies of excitement and nervousness. This is part of the ride... enjoy it! It's so much fun. :)

Once or twice a year, I try to have my own boudoir shoot. I do this for more than one reason. Of course the first reason is to continually show my clients that I have been there... I know how it is and the roller coaster of emotions that come with a boudoir shoot. And to show them that I too am just a normal woman, with normal insecurities. But also, I do it for ME. I do it because just like you, I need to know that I am enough. I need that reminder and boost of confidence. It is all too easy to fall into the everyday grind of working, not taking time for ourselves, and ending the day in sweatpants, messy hair and no makeup (THE best, am I right?). But just like you, I need that reminder that I am a SEXY and powerful woman! I need that push to continually love myself and respect the body I am in. I find it so important and quite necessary to take time for ourselves and show ourselves love. Only after we have learned to love ourselves can we show that same love to those around us. 

These are a few of the beautiful images taken by my close friend and boudoir photographer Alyssa Michelle. Seeing these images showed me just how good it feels to love myself just the way I am... and leave feeling EMPOWERED and carrying that experience with me for the rest of my life. I hope that those same feelings overcome you as you see your images for the first time. You are enough. Right now... not 20 pounds from now. You are amazing. And you DESERVE this experience.

"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” 
~ Brene Brown

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