"You AREN'T GROSS" .. a client's testimonial | Atlanta boudoir shoot

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We all love birthdays (or we love the presents?), but when you are having a birthday BOUDOIR shoot it gives a new pleasure to birthdays. It’s been a theme lately, and I’m not mad about it.

This particular client scheduled her boudoir shoot for her birthday, for her own satisfaction, and mayyyybeeeee for her love (he def loved it). The day that we had together was full of laughter and a constant trust in me to do “whatever you think would work”. Her complete trust resulted in a gorgeous gallery, and the best birthday gift you could ever give yourself! Read on to hear about her experience (and see images from her shoot!)

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)? 

     I am 26!

2) What do you do for a living? Or... How do you typically spend your days?

     I worked in marketing for a year and now am a freelance career coach working from home. 

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3) What prompted you to consider booking a boudoir session?

     It was a birthday present to myself! I had done a session the year before and it was not as great as I wanted it to be. I decided to go all out this time. 

4) Fears and hesitations are common when it comes to boudoir! What (if any) fears or hesitations did you have with regards to your session?

     Of course, I was fearful about how my body would look but also my face. I don’t really photograph well, although I think I clean up well and am pretty enough! I really didn’t want to waste so much money and be dissatisfied with the products like I ended up experiencing before. 

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5) Thank you so much for choosing OWN! What was it about us that made you choose us for your boudoir session?

     Well the quality of the product on social media was definitely the main factor. I also really appreciate the overall message of OWN. 

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

     I was nervous but Sarah made me feel right at ease, like we were besties! She walked me through everything, including posing right down to my face. 

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7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (primping, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

     Well I loved the primping and the actual shoot for sure, but I’d have to say the reveal was awesome! Getting a sneak peek was also a nice treat! 

8) How has the response been to your images?

     Everybody that has seen them loves them. OBVIOUSLY I do too but it’s also super great to have your friends see you that way, too. 

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9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session (aside from "JUST DO IT!!!")?

     Relax and have fun. Trust that your photographer isn’t going to make you look any more gross than you see yourself (especially because you AREN’T GROSS!!!)

10) What has changed about the way you see your OWN beauty?

     I definitely consider myself more sexy these days.

A boudoir shoot for your 50th birthday? Absolutely

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Birthday boudoir shoots are no stranger to our photography studio. Atlanta is a huge hub for birthday celebrations, so why not add a boudoir shoot on to an already special day?

Over the last week I’ve had TWO women come in for their boudoir shoots as a way to celebrate their 50th birthdays.

It’s a day of celebration, owning their womanhood, and showing off the sensuality that they’ve always had. There’s always a bit of sass, but that’s the perfect ingredient to their shoot.

Whatever age you’re achieving, I can think of a few ways to celebrate…. boudoir definitely being one of them (and maybe a trip to Aruba).

Here’s a peek into one of our final images from today’s “I’m 50 and ______” shoot (you fill in the blanks 😉

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Lingerie alterations for your boudoir shoot? You bet!

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It’s all about the fit when it comes to lingerie for your boudoir photoshoot, and luckily we’ve got the perfect solution!

Did you know that you can get your lingerie altered or tailored? Say you find the perfect bodysuit for your boudoir session, only the straps are a little too long, or the bra cups don’t sit quite right. This is a perfect example of an appropriate time to run by an alterations place! Crotch hanging too low in your underwear? Alterations! Nightgown need a bit of shaping and cinching at the waist? Alterations!

Lingerie that fits will not only make sure you look great on camera for your shoot, but it will ensure that you feel great when you put it on.

So, go ahead and buy that piece that fits everything but might be a LITTLE loose in the bust… alterations will make sure that it is basically custom made just for you. ❤️

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(here I am trying on a bustier at Anna Bella Fine Lingerie in Atlanta! We send clients here and to Trashy Diva for their boudoir shoot. I loved this bustier but would have needed to get it altered on the middle straps just s little because they had a small gap from too much slack!)

Don't miss this opportunity to see what we are all about | Atlanta Boudoir Shoot

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So....Boudoir?? How do you even pronounce the word? What does a boudoir shoot entail? Do you have to bring your own lingerie?

A common theme we have found among our clients is that it’s hard to know what you DON’T know! If you're anything like us then it's hard to know what questions you're supposed to ask (for anything), and so you freeze up and your mind goes blank.

We at OWN can send you a long list of FAQs, we can post all of the blogs, we can send you novel-length emails, but nothing will quite compare to an in-person meeting with us. Meeting us in person allows you to get comfortable with us (a huge plus for boudoir!) and talk to us about any private questions you have about boudoir. Of course we'll answer non-boudoir questions, too, so if you need recommendations on our favorite pizza places or where to take the best day-hikes then we can set you up with a list!

Let us talk you through the boudoir process and give you ALL of the details. We know this is a nerve-racking process, but we are absolutely confident that we can ease some of those nerves. 

Come see us at our Open House/Meet-N-Greet on Sunday April 28th from 12-2pm in Atlanta! 

Every guest that RSVPs will receive a gift bag and be registered for our giveaways (including a massage that was touted as “the best massage I’ve ever had ever” from a past client). RSVPs close on Thursday, April 25th.

We will have plenty of refreshments; we are known for providing a plethora of bubbly and we will not be without carbs! Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring a few friends! 

Looking for more reasons to attend? While this event is a drop-in, we WILL be having an official Q&A session at 1pm where we will take questions from attendees, offer advice from our hair/makeup artists, allow past clients to speak up, and give platform to some of our favorite lingerie stores and vendors. This is a great time to meet a group of women that will be catalysts in your boudoir success!! 

 

RSVP to our Meet-N-Greet here! 

 

There is also a huge bonus for attendees! Each attendee will receive special pricing on booking their session. It’s only available to those that RSVP, so make sure to claim your spot. We can't wait to see everyone! 

Have questions that you want to ask BEFORE you show up on Sunday? Respond directly to this email and we will get back to you immediately! 

See you soon!

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When insecurities want to play a role in your session... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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It isn’t very often that a client walks into your studio with a hatchet, but that isn’t even close to the most memorable detail that I have about this session. What I remember the most is complete trust from her that we would execute her vision; we would capture the facets of her personality and womanhood. We had vulnerable conversations, cracked up at awkward poses, and cheered each other on. It was a wonderful day and only enhanced by the hatchet because it is SO rare that someone brings in a prop for boudoir that I haven’t seen before. So, read on about her experience and how insecurities played a huge role in her preparation.

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1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I’m currently cruising through my mid-life crisis. When I was 14, I was discovering Guns ‘N’ Roses and watching Headbangers Ball.


2) What do you do for a living? Or... How do you typically spend your days?

I do visual effects for film and television, so my days are mostly spent staring at pixels on a computer monitor.

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3) What prompted you to consider booking a boudoir session?

My husband had been asking for sexy picture for years, but I could never find a photographer whose work I liked well enough to spend the money. I finally shed a bunch of weight in the past year, though, and I wanted to capture feeling sexy and beautiful again, so I decided to look into it again.

I love creating all sorts of art, and as part of my mid-life self reclamation, I liked the idea of being able to express myself in a new way, showing facets of myself that usually don’t get seen much but that I very much wanted to reclaim, the pieces that are fierce, edgy, beautiful, sensual, goddess-like.





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4) Fears and hesitations are common when it comes to boudoir! What (if any) fears or hesitations did you have with regards to your session?

No fears. I had total trust that Sarah would make me look good (or at least make sure I didn’t look bad) and that we shared a similar vision of what I wanted to create.

But I had been wondering if I was delusional for feeling that I still look desirable and attractive. No one except my husband seemed to see me that way; I didn’t get any feedback that told me otherwise. Everyone I know is concerned with being sensitive and socially aware, which means that they’re very careful not to say anything that could be interpreted as inappropriate. I hoped an outside lens would show me whether I was just vainly deluding myself or not, so I did have a little apprehension about that.


5) Thank you so much for choosing OWN! What was it about us that made you choose us for your boudoir session?

I’ve looked at the work of a lot of boudoir photographers, and most of the time, I don’t love all of their work. It often edges into tawdry or generic, which I didn’t want. In contrast, I loved all the photos that I’d seen on OWN’s gallery. I could see that Sarah was interested in creating artistic photos and had a great eye for lighting and framing.

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6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

The studio was smaller than I expected. I was impressed with how many different settings Sarah was able to create just by positioning me in a different place and shifting some furniture around.

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7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (primping, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

As an artist, my favorite part is always the creative process. I didn’t expect how creatively satisfying it’d be to think about what vision I had for my photos and then figure out, with Sarah’s expertise, how to make that happen. I loved that Sarah was so open to my ideas and willing to work with them.

But I was also surprised and delighted by how many of the final photos I loved. I hate 90% of all photos taken of me, so I expected that, in order to fill a photo book, I’d have to just live with a lot of photos that were just okay. Instead, I had the much harder job of picking between shots I loved vs. really liked.

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8) How has the response been to your images?

I posted links for my friends to see the photos. The most common response has been, “Holy shit! Those are amazing!”

My husband cried. He was so overwhelmed by how beautiful the photos were and how well they express who I am and how he sees me.

When I told my best friend about the shoot, he jokingly asked if I was going to make a calendar. I told him, sure, if he wanted one, but we both fretted about whether I’d have enough good photos to fill a calendar. When I finally got my digital pics, I sent him a link to two dozen and told him to pick enough for his calendar. He replied, “We’re going to need to make two calendars, one each for the next two years.”






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9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session (aside from "JUST DO IT!!!")?

We, as women, are constantly comparing ourselves to each other. Am I prettier than her? Skinnier or fatter than her? Always trying to see if we measure up, if we’re enough. It’s very rare that we consider and appreciate ourselves for who we are, apart from that critical gaze. We’re told that it’s selfish and vain to think about ourselves. But that means we go through life never seeing who we really are, especially the aspects of ourselves that we think aren’t socially acceptable. The session, including the prep beforehand and getting the photos afterward, was a valuable experience of self-reflection and self-expression, of looking at who I am, and then, when I got the photos, of being able to look at myself from an outside perspective, and see my strengths and beauty reflected back clearly. 

The experience can trigger a lot of insecurities and shame, because we're confronting a lot of critical cultural messaging about body image and sexuality, sluttiness and attention-seeking. So my advice is to be compassionate with yourself when those critical voices arise, and embrace the opportunity for self-reflection and seeing the beauty of just being you.

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10) What has changed about the way you see your OWN beauty?

I’m much more confident about OWNing who I am and how I look, more appreciative of the things that make me uniquely beautiful.  So thank you for that!

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We hope you loved reading about this boudoir client’s experience!! Ready to get more info on your OWN boudoir session? Click HERE!