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!!

Hey girl(s), heyyyyy!!!

This year, unlike last, has been flying by ridiculously fast and we are having a blast!!

I get the notion to write once in a while and it seems like I always tend to get personal when I just sit here and type, but y’all keep coming back here so, I guess you don’t mind if I take a few minutes to tell you that I am living my best life right now!! I never dreamed when I purchased my first DSLR camera back in 2005, right after I graduated from nursing school, that I would be doing photography full time and feeling like I help women more than I ever did in nursing. Women come to me and tell me their story and open up to me….this is MY therapy!! I am truly blessed!!

The confidence women tell me they gain from being nervous, scared, and vulnerable with us is the coolest thing ever. Who would have thought by shedding clothes, you could find SUCH empowerment!! That is what we offer you in our studio. It is a safe, clean, judgement free space for you to come and get pampered, have some time for yourself, and laugh way more than you can imagine you would. I tell people all the time that it is addictive! I am actually working on plans for my fourth one!

So between the 43 ladies who have graced us with their presence in front of my lens already this year, hanging out with amazing friends, golfing, eating entirely too much, Netflix binging occasionally and living life wide open because no one is promised tomorrow…here is just a few of the beautiful faces (and other body parts) that we can show you, your photos are never shown unless you sign a model release! Go visit our website today and fill out that contact form to get started on booking yours, you need to do this too!!

Shut the front door!!

Well, that was CLOSE to what was said during this gorgeous girls’ session quite often lol!! She did this experience once she reached a goal and had lost 100 pounds!!! What a way to embrace the new body she has worked so hard to get!!

She really is such a beautiful person and we had such a great time, made some TikToks, had some great conversations, and we absolutely slayed some artwork together!!

Almost every woman I have photographed has some type of insecurities with their body…I show you they don’t matter at all! Go to our website and click on Learn more, fill that out and we will email you back everything you want to know (read the email, it literally tells you EVERYTHING!!!)

Here is Ms. K!!

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!!

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

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!!

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