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

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!!

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

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

Q and A day!!

Today I would like to address some questions we get asked the most and to discuss some of our process…and show you some photos of a super amazing lady!!!

I have so so so many women tell me they want to do this, but just don’t think they can…I say phooey, we don’t have any expectations of you, I have never shot any models in my studio, they are all real women, just like you!!  I have studied women’s portraiture for over eight years now and feel confident I can flatter any body type (and not by using Photoshop, I hate editing lol)!

Thankfully, I don’t hear it being said to me, but I do hear some other opinions on what boudoir photography is…first of all, it is NOT about sex!  Does it make you feel sexy? Hell yes, but we don’t do anything sexual in the studio, I don’t even mention sex when we are shooting, this is bringing out a womans’ sensuality and sexiness but still being done in a tasteful way, it is not pornography, it is art.

Also, women tell me all the time that they are not happy with their body…why?  Because it doesn’t look like some super model on a magazine, or a movie star that everyone is crazy about…who cares?  I am a women’s health nurse and I have seen thousands of naked bodies and everyone is different and not many ladies look like society tells us we should look…I am fluffy myself and went for years trying to wear baggy clothes to cover it up, but thanks to changing my attitude, I am happy with who I am…I still struggle somedays and know I want to lose weight, but that is because I feel like garbage and I am 46, so I just want to feel better physically lol!

So, before we get to the good stuff (the beautiful photographs you all love to see!) Here are some great reasons to do a shoot right now:

*To celebrate a new you *Wedding gift *Birthday *Anniversary *Divorce *Milestones in your life *Use as a goal date for an achievement *As a self esteem boost *To build confidence *Revenge lol *Retirement *Graduation from college *Celebrate getting off of sheltering in place!!!  *and the main reason, just because you want to and you’re worth it!!

Click here and go to the book your shoot button to get started, you won’t regret it!!

We love style and color in our photographs!!!  This bombshell got a couple of metal prints and a folio box to commemorate her session, we can’t wait to get her back in here again soon!!

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