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!

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!!

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!!

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

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!!

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!!!