Redheaded beauty!!

Y’all meet April!! What a doll baby to work with, we had sooooo much fun during her session and I can’t wait to get her back in for her next one!! Here is her story she wanted to share about this experience with us at Created Wonderfully Boudoir! Enjoy!!

***”I’ve always struggled with positive body image most of my life, being redheaded, having freckles and fair skin.  My teenage years brought more negative behaviors, which I worked hard to address, but ended up gaining weight back and more.  Finding out I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and also being single and almost 30 challenged me and my confidence. I realized no matter what size I am, I have to talk to myself in a positive way and embrace who I am in the moment —even though that task can be a difficult one!  Once I found my now HUSBAND, then boyfriendI began to see I was worthy of love no matter my size!  When he asked me to marry him at my literal heaviest weight, I knew I wanted to give him a timeless gift.  A sentimental way for him to remember me at this moment in time! I also wanted the ability to gain my confidence back and love myself the way he loves me as I am!

How you felt before…..during…..and after……Once I booked my session, I felt super excited of the experience, but also apprehensive of what I just committed to and how it would be and if I’d be able to feel confident enough in my skin.  I appreciated the encouragement to go ahead and do the session sooner, rather than wait until I was going to lose more weight for my wedding.  During my session, I was immediately put at ease as soon as I walked in the door and felt effortlessly guided along.  Heather took my dream look and made it come alive!  When I looked in the mirror I saw myself in a new light!  I felt emotional — in a good way!  I honestly felt like a vintage Hollywood star!  Her suggestion of a red lip pushed me to do something I had never done before. Seeing myself lit a spark in my heart! .  I loved how Christie guided me through each pose, and though sometimes I may have felt awkward, I trusted the process and her eye behind the camera!  The approving giggles and little jokes honestly gave me the confidence to keep going and not worry about how I looked.  The time went by and I never once felt insecure! 
After my session, I felt on fire!  I walked with a little more pep in my step and couldn’t wait to come back to the reveal!  I honestly wish I could feel like that every day!  I was so happy with myself and glad I jumped in to do something not only for myself, but for my fiance!

What you ended up doing with your images…..
I got the beautifully made black leather bound photo book and the phone app to be able to surprise my Husband on our wedding night.  Boy, was it hard to pick just 30 images to go in that book!!! He knew nothing about the session, it was soo difficult to keep it a secret from him for so many months!  His reaction and the emotions that came with it was worth the wait!  He is so sweet! I also had a canvas print made, which I now hang in our bathroom as a reminder to feel beautiful everyday!

What it meant to you…This session meant not only overcoming things of my past, but propelling me into a new viewpoint of myself, and helping me build confidence as a woman!  It served as a moment in time, a moment not only I want to remember, but one that my Husband can cherish.  A moment where I became a wife and felt absolutely loved!  A renewal of self!  Something tangible I can have and look back on, on the bad days, where I may not “feel like myself”***

We absolutely love what we do here… “How lucky we are to be alive right now” means so much to me everyday (IYKYK lol!!)

Book your consultation with us today to let us tell you everything you want to know!!

xoxoxo,

Christie

A’s Story

This beauty was such a joy to work with!! Here is her story and what she had to say about this experience!!

I grew up going to private Christian schools my whole life. I was taught that women are to be homemakers, bear children, and stand by their man. I was taught that there was nowhere in leadership for women and that once a woman is married, she is to follow her husband and be his right-hand woman. As one would assume, I was immersed in “purity culture”. I wasn’t taught about sex, birth control, or pregnancy prevention. I was shown pictures of sexually transmitted infections and told that if I had sex before marriage these infections would happen to me and never go away. We got true love waits rings, took a pledge, and signed a card saying that we wouldn’t have sex before marriage. One of the most profound things that was drilled into our minds as young girls was to cover our bodies. We were told that we couldn’t wear this or that because it would tempt boys. Our dress code was stricter for girls than for the boys – our dresses and skirts had to be knee length, no V-necks or cleavage showing shirts, nothing skintight, and on school trips the beloved one piece must be worn. 

I was taught at an early age that my body was not something to be glorified but rather something that could provoke sin in someone else – and of course going to Christian school we always had a hefty dose of sinning = hell talks and who wanted to go there. When I graduated in 2012 and finally went out into the “real world” I found myself (and still do) covering my body because it has been engrained into me to do that. The one thing that I have learned is that I cannot take responsibility for another’s actions – meaning – no matter what I am wearing whether it be skintight or a potato sack, it does not give anyone male or female the right to blame me for “making them sin” which is opposite of what I was taught.

It has taken me years to understand that bodies aren’t sinful. Clothes aren’t sinful. Showing off your body isn’t sinful. Sex isn’t sinful. 

When I first thought about doing a boudoir shoot, I couldn’t tell anyone because I was afraid of what people would think. Why would she be doing that kind of shoot at her weight? Who does she have to give those pictures to… she’s never had a boyfriend? You have never had sex; how do you know how to be sexy? My answer to all of those questions is, if you don’t love yourself then how do you expect someone to love you in order to get all of those things.

I am a labor and delivery nurse, and Christie is also a women’s health nurse that worked downstairs from me at one time. I have seen her work through co-workers that did shoots with her and really loved it. I kept looking into her studio and style and saw that she photographed ALL women no matter size. I was also drawn to the fact that someone would do my hair and makeup because if you know me you know that I am not gifted in that area. So, I took a leap and just booked the shoot and started shopping (because I love shopping). 

The day of the shoot I was so nervous. I was sitting in the makeup chair stiff as a board – like my back wasn’t even touching the back of the chair stiff. My phone rang out of the blue while getting my make up done and it was a lady calling me about a job that was opening that she wanted me to interview for – and it’s a job that I have wanted for a year or more. I finally relaxed (my back was against the chair now) and got my confidence boosted when I saw my hair and makeup. 

During the shoot, I felt so comfortable with Christie, and I had so much fun. I felt beautiful. She showed me a few sneak peaks during the shoot, and I was freaking out. Was that really me? When I showed up reveal day, I had no idea what to expect and was so scared I was going to hate them… but I was SO WRONG. I couldn’t believe the person I was seeing in the pictures was me or that I saw a picture of myself and thought that I was beautiful. I did this shoot for myself and honestly, it’s the best thing I could have ever done. 

Everyone should do a boudoir shoot and everyone should feel this way about themselves. Bodies aren’t sinful, they are beautiful, and are meant to be praised and looked at. So, wear the V neck, the tight pants, the short dress, the bikini – whatever you want to wear… just wear it. Whatever or whoever you want to do – just do it (with consent that is ☺ ). 

Come and let us help you be empowered too!! Check out our website and fill out the contact form to get all the information!

It’s Me Again…Literally

If you have ever had boudoir photography done, you know that it can be addictive! There is nothing like seeing yourself as your best version and hopefully to see a little bit of how others who love you, see you physically.

My associate, Heather, who has been doing hair and make up with me for almost five years now, was wanting to learn a little about the photography side of it. With my coaching and helping a little with the settings, she nailed these images!! I am so in love with them, have even more confidence (and I was pretty good with that already now), and it was very fun!! She may turn into a photographer too!! 😀

Here are just a few of my favorites (that I am comfortable showing anyway lol), let me know what you think and also, get in here to do your own!! We are filling up fast for the rest of 2021! Check out the website and fill out the contact form to get back all the information about a session with us, you will not be disappointed!!

Congratulations, you made it through 2020!!

That year shall be henceforth called, the year that shall not be named LOL!!

Looking back, it has been good for us at Created Wonderfully Boudoir Photography…we are blessed! We have had 115 wonderful new friends join us for this experience!

We have some great things we will be doing in this new year, such as our ambassador program, we have finished taking applications and are still in the interview process, but we hope to announce the one chosen on February 1st.

We are also going to have some pieces of lingerie for purchase when you come in for your shoot!! Rock it in your session, take it home with you, so cool!! We have upgraded some of our artwork products we offer, and there are so many amazing ways to keep these timeless keepsakes!

Our closed Facebook group for ladies is freakin awesome! We have so much fun in there with contests, empowerment, encouragement, and so much more! You definitely need to be in there!

Make this the year you do something for yourself (or as a couple, we do offer that!!) and learn to love yourself more!

I usually wrap up the year with some photographs, but we have a babe wall in our hair and make up room with most all the clients we have met this year, so come tour (or we can do it as a phone call, then you will see them when you come for your session!) and let me show you why we are #notyourbasicboudoir and how this is sooooo much more than just having pictures taken!!

We know it is a scary step to take, but it will be worth it, go to our website and click on “contact us” and we will email you back with all the information about what we do!! Come on, let’s have some fun in this new year!!

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

Ms. H

I have the ability to see the images in my head of a client from the minute they walk in my studio…I guess from years of doing this, I know what “raw materials” I have in any person.

When this beauty walked in, I knew that she didn’t have a clue how stunning she was.  I think she was very pleased, as well as her husband, who was deployed at the time, will be even more amazed at her beauty and bravery for having this session done for him!

I aim to show at least 45-50 poses from a session when clients come back in for their reveal, I had 70 of H!!  She made it so easy, and I was also using a borrowed Canon R Mirrorless with my Sigma 50 f1.4 Art for all you togs out there, and it is just dreamy, right?!?!  All the hearts to this session and especially to this young lady, who now hopefully, sees herself in an entirely different way!!

Thank you for reading and looking at her photos, but don’t you just really want to do this for yourself too?  Come on and contact us today!!!

We love our repeat clients…

And our first timers too!! But when someone has been with us before, there is a level of trust that’s deeper, they are even more excited than the first time because they are not as nervous, and we are like old friends because we probably have still stayed in touch even after the session was over and their products delivered.

Here are just a few from some recent shoots with some rockstars who are part of our CWB family group, this is a private group we have for past clients where we offer specials, client appreciation events, and discounts. We feel like boudoir is kinda like tattoos in that it’s a little bit addictive lol!!

Our calendar is filling up fast for the rest of the year, so if this is something you even think you want to know more about, get in touch with us now! The best way to do that is by going to our website and clicking on the “Be Empowered” button, fill out that form, then check your email!! You can be afraid, but do it anyway!! You won’t regret it!!

One of my new favorite shoots!!

Can I just tell y’all…I LOVE WHAT WE DO HERE!!! I know, I know, you are tired of hearing me say that, but I truly truly am blessed… Women are so hard on themselves and pick a part every thing about themselves and we love when they can come in here and see themselves as a new person!!  Red heads seem to be a hot item around here lately and I love the uniqueness and pop!!

This girl…..ahhhhhhh……this girl!!  She absolutely rocked this session with us!!!  She is such a beautiful, courageous, intelligent, and lovey lady and we can’t wait to get her back in here again!

What is holding YOU back from doing this?  Chat with us, let us put your fears to rest so you can be empowered too!  www.createdwonderfullybychristietate.com

Morning ramblings…

Happy Friday my friends!

This has been a very chaotic, busy, frustrating, but rewarding few weeks for me in my personal life. Throw all of the events going on in the world as well, and needless to say, I got run down, but now I’m hitting the ground running from now on!!

Now, here are all the new things going on in my life. First, I am now a full time boudoir photographer and I am so excited. It was bittersweet to step away from nursing, but I’d been doing that for fifteen years and life is too short to not do what your passion is!!

Second, we sold our house and have bought my grandpas that he built back in the 60’s, yes, we have lots of projects to do from now on!! It’s been surreal to be back in this house again, I lived here previously when my son was about six weeks old until he was about five. Lots of memories for me!

Lastly, I have some big things planned for the future of my business!! I want to be able to show every woman how beautiful she is and have some fun time for herself. Whatever the excuse may be, we have an answer, so if you’ve been wanting to do it, now is the time!! Check out the website and click on book your shoot and fill out that form and then we will get back to you soon and we will chat!!

Have a blessed day, love one another, be kind, and think outside of your own bubble and see how things may look to someone else in their bubble, it’s not the same!!

http://www.createdwonderfullybychristietate.com

The one I’ve been excited to write…

I am going full time in photography starting June 5th!! I am so excited to be fulfilling my calling and only be nursing once in a while!!

Now, a few more thoughts I have lately. I am not the kind of person who needs accolades from other photographers, I’ve never been asked to teach technical camera/lighting skills for photography to others, nor have I ever been published…whatever that means lol. What I do offer is an amazing experience for my clients who come to me nervous and out of their comfort zone and then blossom in front of my lens! I am not cheap, I’ve put too much time and energy into this to do that, but I’m also not the most expensive.

I truly want every woman to be able to do this and that’s what I drive for. Now that I can devote more time and energy into this, i feel our customer service will be even more phenomenal! We love what we do and are pleased to say we are booked up for June and July is getting there very quickly so go to the website and click on book your shoot and fill out that form so we can get you started and see for yourself why everyone of our clients recommend us!!

http://www.createdwonderfullybychristietate.com