She overcame this hurtful feeling about her own sensuality | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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If you’ve ever spent longer than an hour with any adult female then it’s likely you’ve heard her make at least one self deprecating comment. Our tendency as females to belittle ourselves and insult who we are made to be comes from a variety of places, and more often than not we forget to clear our heads of the lies we have learned to tell ourselves.

Boudoir sessions are incredibly special for so many reasons (sexy pictures included!!!), but one of my favorite reasons why I love boudoir photography is its ability to transform how we as women see ourselves. The beautiful woman featured in this blog post speaks SO well on how she was able to transform her thoughts. Sensuality can be so taboo for women to experience and I HATE that. We aren’t allowed to feel sensual without the feeling of that dreaded ‘S’ word– shame.

Read on to see how she overcame feeling shameful about her sensuality, and check out a few featured images along the way!

xoxo,

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

I’m over 40 and feel the youngest I’ve ever felt!

 

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

I’m an author & rule breaker


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

 A friend did a shoot and raved about how amazing it was. She was also a single Mom, and I thought if she did it, what is stopping me?! I am not in a relationship with anyone but ME right now and I wanted to do it just for me, not anyone else.

 

4) What (if any) fears or hesitations did you have with regards to your session?

Oh gosh – that I would be puffy or pudgy or that my scars would be unsexy! Luckily, none of the above came true!

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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?

I loved your energy, Sarah, and I loved what I heard from my friend. I knew you appreciated all shapes, sizes and colors of women, and I had full expectation that the shooting space would feel safe, inspiring and empowering. The minute I walked in, I knew I was in good hands.

 

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

I was actually completely relaxed and was grateful for our get-to-know-you talk beforehand. I appreciated how much we connected … plus, I have a huge amount of respect and appreciation for how you empower women to feel bold and beautiful in their own skin.

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

Striking a hot pose on your leather couch, hearing you tell me how hot I looked, thus feeling like a freaking badass rockstar!

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

I have so many friends who want to do it! I caught the guy I started dating when I got the pictures trying sneak onto my computer to see the whole session. I was like, no, only one picture at a time! He was mesmerized!

 

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

If you want to feel empowered and see your body for its true beauty, trust Sarah to capture it. You will be amazed by how freaking gorgeous and perfect you are and how much you have wrongly judged your body for its imperfections. Sarah is a master at empowering women to express their brilliant sensuality – you will leave the session feeling like a Goddess.

 

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

I love having these pictures because they remind me how beautiful I can be. Since I never have actually seen myself in these positions (the lights are usually off!), I was in full appreciation of who I am today. The session helped me to drop the shame about my sensuality and instead OWN the hell out of it!

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What's your reason for booking your boudoir shoot?

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Read a testimonial from one of our Atlanta boudoir clients. She booked her boudoir photography session as a celebration of her. Check out this post to hear about her experience and take a glimpse at her boudoir wardrobe (including some amazing angel wings!)

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"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.

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!

How did she react to her boudoir photos? | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir Photography

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This wonderful woman not only has one of the coolest jobs I’ve ever heard of, but she also masquerades as a certified babe underneath all of those scrubs. Getting to catch her in-between flights (flights that she takes because she’s on her way to save someone’s LIFE) was such a privilege. Her boudoir session was full of questions from both Kari (her hair and makeup artist) and I. After hounding her with questions about how her job works and where it takes her we were able to shut up for a few hours and create a beautiful collection of images. Read below to hear about her experience and check out her images!

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

Currently 28 

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

Flight nurse is my real job. But if I’m not treating patients, you can find me curled up with a good book and a comfy blanket. 

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

Everyone deserves to feel beautiful. And these pics did just that for me! 

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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?

Like everyone, I have certain aspects of my body that I might not like a well as others. But my session made me fall in love with all my “flaws”. It’s also a little intimidating to “bare it all” to a stranger; however, once I met everyone those worries flew out the window. 

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

I have stalked the Instagram page for a long while. I love the style of all the photos. And the insta stories made me feel like we were best friends. 

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

Gah, it was sooo much fun. I recommend everyone try it at least once. I was nervous that I would be awkward. I might have actually been awkward, but I was made to feel like I rocked my shoot. My pics prove that I did because I had an awesome instructor. 

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

Seeing the end product is always the best part, however to have a day where you get a whole day about you is probably the most memorable part of the experience.

8) How has the response been to your images?

Girl! My images have been a hit! It’s neat to see what stands out the most to different people. I have gotten nothing but A+ responses!! 

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

Everyone deserves to feel sexy, beautiful. Love the skin you’re in and let the lady with the camera do the rest. ;) 

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

I might see “flaws” but looking through a lens of a camera I know now that even flaws are beautiful. 

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