My boudie girl Jillian was one of my first clients in my new studio last year. We had a blast! I just loved her energy and enthusiasm. Like alot of new moms, she was feeling a little lost after having her kids. Not lost lost, but just where did this sexy women go? Sometimes, we forget that we are sexual beings. It’s really ok to be a yummy mummy! We can wear as many hats as we want. And we most certainly can’t forget to wear the hat that says, I’m beautiful, powerful and one hell of a sexy women! Jillian is coming back for round two next month and I CANNOT wait to see what we capture this time around xo
Here’s Jillian’s story.
WHYDIDYOUBOOK A BOUDOIRSESSION?
I booked my session after extensively combing the Internet for an amazing boudoir photographer. No one else’s portfolios came close to Deb’s and that was BEFORE she had shots from her then brand new studio included! I wanted to gift my images to my fiance before our wedding but also wanted the experience to empower myself after 2 kids.
I had very little concerns leading up to my appointment . Speaking to Deb beforehand, I was very aware that I was in good hands. Hair and make up would be ready and waiting for me, and extensive pin board of woredrobe/ concepts were sent to me immediately and any questions I’d had were answered at the time of booking. Deb is only ever a quick message away!
Leading up to my session I was anxious, but mostly excited to get this thing done! As soon as I arrived that morning, I was greeted by a sign out front welcoming me by name, and two very excited women awaiting me inside! The compliments began immediately and I could feel how genuine they were, which certainly helped settle any nerves and get the ball rolling! Her music was pumping and the wine was flowing!
Nicole did a wonderful job on my look. I felt relaxed and empowered sitting in her chair. The photos themselves were insane fun to take! Deb helped every step of the way with poses which I know many women are worried about. We aren’t professionals, we don’t know what to do with our bodies!! Deb does! She made me look and feel amazing, her studio was beautiful and I honestly was bummed when it was time to get dressed and leave!
It’s been a year now since my session and I can’t wait for my second one next month. I’ve been craving this moment since I stepped out of her studio last March.
I booked my Boudoir session in hopes of seeing what everyone else seemed to see but me. I had two kids and after the second I was at my heaviest weight EVER!! As my second son got older I could not keep using him as an excuse for being so overweight and unhealthy, like oh I just had a baby … yeah 3 years ago lol No more excuses!! So I joined a gym and started taking care of my health! Over a period of 5 years I lost about 85lbs!! I felt so much better and everyone was saying you look fantastic. I was getting all these really nice compliments but it was still stuck in my head that I was still “the fat girl” I came across a girl Deb shot, and thought wow she is gorgeous and looked into it further and saw all the different girls Deb shoots, and thought why not give it a try! Christmas was coming and what a great gift to my hubby and myself for all the hard work I put in! BEST thing I ever did!! After getting my photos back from Deb and saw what she saw and everyone else saw, I finally saw it to!! My confidence was back baby!!!
My only concerns or reservations I had were going into the session was what to wear?? Was I sexy enough, can I make a “sexy face” Am I really confident enough to get into my skivvies for a women I never met before. I felt slightly nervous walking into the studio, but the minute I did, Deb had the warmest welcoming smile and so did Nicole! She just started talking to me like we’ve been besties for years, handed me a mimosa and that was it! She had me! All nerves floated out the window.
The session flew by, I only wish we had more time!! I loved hanging out in the studio and chatting away! Giving me a sneak peek of the back of the camera reassured me and made me feel so beautiful. It brought back that lost confidence.
The best part of all of it of course is getting the photos and Little Black Book!! I was over the moon and in awe of how she made me look and feel! And my husband loved them, even though when I told him why I chose to do it, he told me I was crazy for ever doubting my hard work or myself and that he always thought I was ” a stunning women”. I’m not even done my weight loss/fitnes journey. When I hit my goal I’ll be getting back in for another sexy shoot!!
There are so many different reasons why women come and experience a boudie girl session. I love hearing their stories. We all have one. Each story is unique, but there are so many common reasons, and similaries for wanting and finally doing a shoot.
Being a new mom is certainly top on the list. It is by far one of the most life altering events in our lives. Our role has now suddenly changed. It’s not just ourselves to worry about anyone. This tiny beautiful human demands all of our love, attention and time. Mom guilt automatically sets in whenver we want to do something for ourselves, and only ourselves, which is why moms tend to put themselves on the bottom of their ‘get to’ list. It’s a crazy balance of giving to others and giving to yourself, that we struggle to juggle (hmmmm I’m a poet lol) There are a few important things I can share to any moms out there. 1. Let go of some of that guilt. Do make time for yourself, even if it’s running a bath and closing the door for an hour. You deserve and absolutely need solitude. Your brain craves it … take the time to breathe. I can promise you that when you take care of yourself, even the little small things, it makes you happier, when in turns makes everyone around you happier. 2. You just had a baby, and it took you nine months to get here. Please stop expecting your body to bounce back immediately. It took you nine months to beautifully make a human being. Your body has now changed for the better. Your hips are wider and your heart is so much fuller! Embrace and celebrate it! And 3. The most important point I can make here … from experience … STOPBEINGSOHARDONYOURSELF. You got this girl. You seriously got this.
And now Boudie Girl Natalie … in her own words.
I booked the session as a 30th bday gift to myself and since me and Matt are 3 weeks apart I was able to give him the little black book as a gift. The best part was how you made me feel during the shoot. I was so comfortable the whole time. And considering I was on Mat leave when I did the shoot, it was awesome to have a day about me! Wine, hair/makeup, the shoot
I had two reservations before booking. Could I justify the cost, again being on mat leave. And would I feel comfortable with my post baby body. I figured I only turn 30 once, so why not splurge. And although my body still isn’t what it used to be, it means more to me now that I’ve had a baby.
During the shoot I had a blast, I almost didn’t care about getting the pics because just doing it was so fun. I drove home with a grin on my face and was so happy that I decided to do this for myself. Then I was so happy to see my photos. I could tell it was 100% me, and not just me trying to do this crazy shoot. Your instruction made it so easy, otherwise I would have been so in my head about being sexy.
You are the best!! And Matt obviously loved the book, and loved how you were able to make me feel good and make it look effortless.