The New Face of Created Wonderfully Boudoir!!

Last year I started toying with the idea of having an ambassador for two reasons…One, I wanted a lady that we could pick from the vine who defines what we feel is all too common in dealing with insecurities and struggles in so many ways and show her what we do. We also wanted to gift a lady with this experience and show her how the people in her life, see her, and how we at our studio see all of our clients.

She will be doing lots of fun things with us this year, and we are truly blessed that she came along and grabbed our attention with her beautiful spirit and her physical beauty!

Here is a little bit about her and her story and how she puts into her own words about meeting me…

I am excited to be the 2021 Ambassador for Created Wonderfully Boudoir.  At a young age, I began to struggle with low self-esteem.  I can’t remember when anxiety wasn’t a part of my daily life.  Unfortunately, this is a truth so many women carry.  My husband and I married at 18.  He was diagnosed at a young age with hereditary pancreatitis, we struggled with 7 years of infertility before we celebrated the birth of our only daughter.  She is my miracle.  Our daughter was also diagnosed at the age of 10 with hereditary pancreatitis after an ER visit with symptoms all too familiar to us.  My family faced the challenge of going from a two-income family to one after my husband’s struggle with pancreatitis and arthritis became too much for his body to continue as an electrician. We endured the long process of waiting for a disability hearing.  We have finally felt like we were recovering financially from the last several years.  The one person that I leaned on so much through all of this was my mom.  I lost her unexpectedly in July of 2020.  Once again, I find myself struggling through a “new normal.”

In my almost 44 years, I have a new appreciation for this vessel of mine that carries my heart and soul.  This body houses the heart of a mother, sister, daughter, friend, wife, caregiver advocate and so many other roles that this journey of mine has called on me to be.  I’m not perfect by any means, but I have come to realize that I am uniquely gifted to live out my life and love the ones God has given to me.  Gone is the girl who lacked the wisdom to appreciate the vessel that has allowed me to experience the most precious gifts of all, LIFE!  I think for the most part we all have a love/hate relationship with ourselves.  I want to continue to find myself less on the “hate” end. I want to have this experience to capture essence of the woman that I have become through all that life has thrown at me; I am still standing!  As the quote says, “I am proud of the woman I have become because I have fought hard to become her.”

When I met Christie, I immediately felt a “sisterhood” with her.  Christie’s heart is an encourager of women.  It is my heart as well.  I felt like I had visited with friend who had known my heart for years.  As I walked into the studio, I saw walls filled with artwork of the women who came in with their stories and overcame their own fears and insecurities.  It gives you this sense of, “I can do this too.”  In every photo, I could truly see beauty and the truth of Psalms 139 was louder than any lie that I have ever believed about myself.  “I am fearfully and wonderfully made and so are all of these women.”  As women, we are created to be soft, strong and beautiful in a world that is the complete opposite. It’s no wonder our hearts come to believe such lies. We are our own worst critics and we develop a cruel habit of looking at each other with the same critical eye.  While standing in the studio, I felt a sense that it doesn’t have to be that way.  We could all use to view ourselves in a more positive light.  We all are part of an amazing story with important roles to play.  I hope we all can see each other as we truly are, God’s handiwork.  We are truly intricate works of ART!  Although last year may not have been the most favorite chapter in my story thus far, but it has certainly been an awakening.  

Peggy, you are such a wonderful person and I cannot wait to share this experience with you, you are going to be phenomenal!!

Here are a few headshots we popped out the other day, I can already tell, my camera loves her!! Can we get some LOVE on those BOOTS, EEEEEKKK!

Sweeeeet Car-O-Line…dunn dunn dunnnnn

sorry, I was channeling some Neil Diamond for a minute lol!!

Seriously, this one was an amazing fun session with such a precious lady!! I had never met her before, but we just clicked and had the best time! She was getting ready to face a crazy scary, stressful, insane week so this was a little distraction from her reality in that moment. Thankfully, all things that were feared for her, did not come to pass and everything is good!

Here is a little snippet from her reveal when she got to see the photographs…it is my favorite part!! (Forgive the crappy video quality, that is not my forte, and she also didn’t know I was videoing her until afterward, I wanted her real reaction…she had said before she was okay with us recording her, but I was still sneaky about it lol) Women are not used to loving photos of themselves so it can be very emotional…I have so many tears during this time, it’s a wonderful thing to fall in love with how you see yourself!!

We realize most women have never done this before and are nervous about it. We can tell you all about our process and answer all of your questions with a quick 10-15 minute chat on the phone, or if you want to see the studio and meet me, we can do that!! Get on my calendar so you have my undivided attention!

Here are a few of her photos that made her cry and she did walk away with some really nice artwork…a little black book, a 20×30 metal, and a phone app!!! What are YOU waiting for, we are booking for 2021 now and we would love for you to come do this for your birthday (or the week of if we can’t get right on your day) and let us celebrate you even more!!

Pop, Boom, Kapow!!

Is it Fourth of July? I swear this girl is a firecracker! She came in nervous and shy, but in just a few minutes that all went away and she totally made my “job” easier than it usually is…

I can never get enough of the high I get, from seeing these women who come to us and trust our experience, go from insecure and sometimes scared to death…to the end of the session where they are so relaxed in such a vulnerable state and actually having fun.

When they come back in to view and purchase their photos, most of them tell me it’s a hard decision, because they love them all….photographs of themselves…they LOVE them…how often does that happen?? That’s a cool feeling for me that I have helped them love soooo many photos of themselves and they truly didn’t expect to. I have said it again and I will say it a thousand times more….I LOVE WHAT I DO!! Empowering women freakin rocks!!

This sweet young lady was no different in that she was struggling to decide which ones she loved the most. We got her into something in her budget that she loves, and I hope she treasures them and this confidence she gained, for a lifetime!!

We can’t wait to hear from you, did you know all of our sessions include hair and make up from our team? This make up was done by Heather (as about 98% of them are that are on our website)…We currently have a special going on so get on our calendar to book some time to chat with us at no obligation!!

Anniversary gift!

There is nothing better than wanting to gift someone you love with YOU!! I have people tell me all the time that they are doing this for someone else, but it truly ends up being just as much for themselves…women are so so so self critical and it really does suck that we want to nitpik every little thing about our body, when the people in our life who love us, could care less about those things we see as “flaws”. Think about it, do you pick apart your best friend and their body? I hope the answer is NO (if not then you’re not a good client for me lol), but so then why do we do it to ourselves? Ridiculous!!

Anyway, off my soap box now…This mama right here killed her session with us!! She was so much fun and such a beauty, in every way! She picked up a nice little album, a metal print, and some digitals to have as keepsakes and reminders of how she felt about herself that day.

I would love to personally chat with you about your session, you can do this too!! We can schedule a quick phone call or if you want to tour the studio and see the client closet and get a better personalization for your experience, use this link here and if you want a phone call, just note that on the form, and also check out our website!!

Thank you A for giving me the honor to photograph you, you are amazing!! <3

Newness…

We recently did some studio renovations and got some new, awesome pieces of furniture, new bedding sets, new couch, new paint color, new client closet design, new lots of things…but what has stayed the same, is that we have the most gorgeous clients!!

This fiery red head (which we have had an abundance of this year and we LOVE it!!!) was simply stunning!! We had a great time, and did some amazing art!! She is getting a nice album, a couple of metal prints, some digitals, AND a complimentary shoot to come back and do it again with us!!

This passion to help women show their confidence UNAPOLOGETICALLY is what makes us love what we do. This is not “dirty” or “porn”…if you do feel that way, then kindly get out of here!! Ask any client that has ever been in front of my camera, this is alllllll about empowering women to see their true self and love who they are in their own skin!!

So I’m out with a mic drop and this bombshell who is badass and sweet, just the perfect combination!! <3

Viral!!

This bombshell was such a blast to work with!! She was willing to let us experiment with making a TikTok during her session. My associate Heather did the recording during the shooting and we posted it…it went viral (which is still so cool to me that so many people saw something of ours lol). To date it has over 832K views!!! Which, I mean she is a beauty so I don’t know why I am so surprised!!!

When I show women a few shots during their shoot, from the back of my camera, there are lots of different emotions that they have…quite often I see tears, then I have to say something silly or stupid to keep the waterworks down so we don’t have to retouch their makeup lol, or very often I hear “is that me?”….yes, honey I promise I could not have switched photographs in the 0.5 seconds it took to turn this camera around, or a lot of times they are just speechless and in awe of themselves!! I say it during every shoot because I mean it with my whole heart…I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!

I am here for you every step of the way with this experience! This is my passion and my therapy! When you book with me, you get my cell phone number and there are never any dumb questions, you will never be getting on my nerves, and I am not judgmental at all, so bring on all your questions! You also get a client portal that has everything in one place for you to reference quickly to different links to recommended vendors, and other information about your shoot and how to prepare.

Get in touch with us today, we are booking up fast for the rest of the year!!

Enjoy Ms. N!!

The sweetest thing…

I swear, I say it a lot, but when people choose our studio and travel from a couple of states away, it just blows me away. I never feel like I have “arrived” when it comes to my business and photography in general, but dang it makes me feel so honored and humbled.

That’s part of the reason I say this is more than just having pictures taken, it is an experience that is really unique and lots of women have it on their bucket list to do, but end up being scared to take that plunge and reach out…we say just do it and you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!!

So this beauty right here…she came from a couple states away for us, blew her session away and made my “job” amazingly easy, went to eat a bite, then her and her husband came back an hour later to the reveal/purchasing session…I think she was speechless when she saw her reveal video lol!! They both loved them and are getting a fabulous 11×14 walnut wood folio box (with an engraved top) with thirty of her matted gorgeous prints and a 20×30 canvas, and they are also going to be having a couples session done in the near future too, and I can’t freakin wait!!!

When they were leaving the studio to go back home, she had went to gather her things up and her husband was standing in my office doorway and he said, “maybe she now will see half of what I see…” Y’all I almost cried, that was precious and I just think how hard we women are on ourselves and the people that love us don’t see any of the things we see as “flaws”…

Thank you both for the honor to meet you and I can’t wait to see you again!!

Now, what are YOU waiting for? Just take that first step and you won’t regret it!!

www.createdwonderfullybychristietate.com

Lashes, lips, and laughs!!

I always have fun with my clients, I am a very fun loving person anyway and probably laugh more than most grown women do at stuff that most don’t lol!! This doll right here and I had so many laughs that day, I am really surprised I was able to get any serious sensual looks from her…but as you can see she succeeded in that for sure!!

I always tell folks that, even though these are sensual, sexy photographs, I want to capture their personality and spirit, because that’s what the people in their life love about them…beauty and bodies are just a bonus. I love to say stupid things to make people laugh to get real expressions and real smiles.

This particular lady reversed the roles on me and had me belly laughing so much during our session that I was sad when we were finished!!

I need for you all to put away your excuses and come let us show you that you can do this too!! It is totally risk free…when you come in for your reveal and ordering appointment, if you don’t love your photographs you get your session fee back or we reshoot you!! We know this is a scary idea for most women, because we are our own worst critics, but we have done this for hundreds of women! Go to the website and click on get empowered for more information!

Enjoy Ms. R!!

Ahhhh, I love these mountains!

Coming to you today, live from Asheville NC…I love this place for some reason. I am terrified of heights, and coming up that big mountain (and especially going back down) gives me anxiety, and I miss my kid and hubby, but this place feels homey to me. My girl and I have taken a little working vacay for a bit, and we have had some great shoots!! Today, it’s time for a little R and R and massages 😀

So now for the real reason you come to this blog…photographs lol!! This of course, is one of my muses who I have the pleasure of working with on the daily now and she is stunning as usual! My goal was to get a few new poses and I think I reached it and I can’t wait to use some of these when we get back in the studio later this week.

Enjoy and get in touch with us to talk about your vision for your session!!

www.createdwonderfullybychristietate.com

Remember…

Hey people!!! I hope you are all staying mentally and physically healthy during this time of uncertainty.  It truly is frustrating for everyone and pretty confusing. Anyway, this too shall pass and I am planning for the future.

Remember, you are not alone in this chaos, you will get to go on with your life and make it even more lively than before, you will get to hug people again, and go visit with friends and family…There are so many things that I cannot WAIT to do again…live music, hanging out on Market Street, travel, and of course GET BEHIND MY CAMERA!!!

So…with that being said….

We had a little fun last month when we did our quarantine shoot to announce that we were closing the studio for the month of April, you can find it here, if you didn’t see it, we had a great time shooting that day!!

So, to announce commencement of our services, we are offering a special deal!  We truly want every woman to experience the power of having a boudoir session, about 4-5 hours of pampering and it being all about her, and confidence that cannot be measured!!  For a $100 deposit, that will be given back to you on the day of your reveal (usually about two weeks after the shoot).  There is no obligation to purchase any photos or products on that day either!  You have up to a year to book your session and we are here for you every step of the way!!  Go to our website to connect with us today, we can’t wait to show you how beautiful you are!!

How about a little black and white love today….give us some feedback!!

xoxo,

Christie  336-710-8567