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!!
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!!!)
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!
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!!
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!!
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!!
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!!!
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!!
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!!
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!