I know I say this ALLLL THE TIME… but I really mean it with everything that I am, I LOVE my Vixens. They are all so completely wonderful and each one of them inspires me daily. I constantly have clients telling me how much I have changed their life because of their boudoir shoot, but what most of them don’t realize, is they all change my life too. I adore each one… their beautiful souls inspire me every day that I wake up. I absolutely love that God has given me this gift to be able to change women’s lives daily. It means more to me than anyone will ever know.
M is just another one of my beautiful clients that I love to pieces. She has been amazing from day one. I met her many years ago through work but it wasn’t until recently that we reconnected through The Boudoir Vixen. She has been so kind every step of the way, and I honestly do not feel worthy!! She has made me feel like a million bucks more than just once. I love people who have kind hearts, M is definitely one of those people. She exudes beauty from the inside out.
She came in recently for her boudoir shoot and we had an amazing time together creating a memory for her and her husband that I know they will cherish forever. I wanted to not only share a few of her photos, but also a little story she sent me about something she faced recently. I hope it will inspire you as it has inspired me.
M, ah.. words could never express to you how grateful I am for everything you have ever said and done for me. I really appreciate it and will never ever forget your kind and beautiful heart. You inspire ME. : ) XO
“Dear Courtney, It has taken me a while to write to you about my experience at the Boudoir Vixen because there are so many things to say and it’s hard to actually find the words to convey how much fun I had. It’s actually even harder when trying to find the words to explain how much you have inspired me. I also want to thank you for taking the time to research the information on the “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign. I love the way that picture came out, and I know it will serve as a constant reminder to protect my skin from the sun, which is something I never used to do. I briefly mentioned “my story” to you the day of my shoot, but I am not sure if I explained the entire story to you.
The first time I went to the Boudoir Vixen was on June 13, 2011. This was long before I booked a boudoir shoot with you, but I will never forget that day because of the call I received when I left your studio. The reason I went to your studio that day was because an old friend of mine had booked a boudoir shoot with you that day. I was bringing her something that she was planning to use as a prop in a few of her photos, and although I could have met her before the appointment time, I secretly wanted to check out your studio so I made arrangements to bring it to her there. I was at the studio for an hour as she was getting her hair and makeup done and that’s when I knew I would definitely be booking an appointment. Everyone was so kind, and the studio was filled with so much positive energy—something I love to be around so I had thought out my plans to eventually return—but the next time as a client. As I left your studio I was in such a good mood, but then I got a call from a nurse at my dermatologist’s office, which kind of put a damper of things. The nurse was calling to tell me the results of my biopsy from the mole the doctor removed the week before (I say mole because that is what the doctors call it, but it was more of a freckle). The nurse’s voice was shaking when she told me—maybe she was new to the job or something— but I could barely understand what she was saying. I somehow came to understand that I needed to come in to have something removed, but not really knowing what needed to be removed was what scared me. I guess calling back to find out exactly what was going on also scared me, so I just waited to find out when I went in for my appointment. Well, as it turned out, my biopsy had revealed a “significant number of abnormal cells in the epidermis that were lining up by normal tissue” (whatever that means is probably what you are thinking). It was essentially stage 0 skin cancer, but that was actually great news. It was caught so early that I am only left with a small scar on my arm. The survival rate for skin cancer caught early is about 99%, so the sooner you get checked out, the better. I am very fortunate to have noticed that my freckle was getting darker, and I wanted a photo to remind me to protect my skin from the sun even though I hate being pale.
Courtney, you really are a creative genius. I can’t believe how you were able to take my few thoughts for the picture and actually turn those thoughts into something so meaningful to me. I know a lot of times people are always asking you on your Facebook page what kind of lens you use, and now whenever I see that question, I always laugh a little because I know from experience it’s so much more than the type of lens you use: it’s you…the person who is looking through the lens. Everyone could have the same lens as you, but their pictures would still not look the same because your heart is what makes your photos so beautiful. The difference between you and other photographers is that you are inspired and you inspire others. I could end this by saying how beautiful you made me feel that day, but at this point it’s a given. Of course I felt beautiful, but you did so much more than that…. more than I could ever truly explain. Well, I will end by saying that I hope to be in your studio again one day. In the meantime, stay inspired : ) – M”
There is a campaign called “Protect the Skin You’re In”. M wanted a photo to sort of replicate this image for herself as a reminder to always protect her skin. I love it.
S was such a fabulous client!! She has been so sweet from day one. She was an absolute doll to photograph and I had so much fun with her. S really let her inhibitions go and “worked it” as we say. She didn’t hold back with her expressions (which is always the hardest part) and really let her inner vixen come out. It totally shows in her photos.
Thank you S for being so amazing and for giving me permission to share your beautiful photos!!! xo
You may remember my post of K earlier this year… which you can see here for those of you who missed it! In the post I mentioned how K came into my life. It’s truly an amazing story you have to go read if you haven’t already!! She came all the way from Boston for her shoot! Then just this past August she came with me on my trip to Peru (which I still need to blog about by the way!!) and ended up being my roommate the whole trip. And on top of that we are both getting the opportunity to travel together to Thailand next summer! I think it’s pretty obvious K and I were meant to be in each other’s lives. She is my traveling-buddy-kindred-spirit. And honestly, I just adore her. She has such a beautiful heart full of passion and love and I have truly enjoyed getting to know her. I was completely thrilled to do her boudoir shoot earlier this year and was so excited when she recently emailed me a testimonial of her experience at The Boudoir Vixen. I wanted to share with you her thoughts on become an official VIXEN! ; )
K, thank you SOOOOO much for everything. For believing in me, trusting me, and for the WONDERFUL kind words of encouragement that remind me yet again why I was born to do this. You are so amazing and I can’t wait to see you again!
“Courtney, I honestly had never contemplated getting boudoir photos done in my life. On one of my many travels I met someone that was a close friend of yours, as you know, and fell in love with your pictures. Before long was I hooked and would watch your blog daily for new post. Once another friend of mine got her photos taken I was blown away as to how beautiful she looked and I knew that I had to get mine done too. So a little shy than TWO years later and here I am in your studio!! I was nervous, having fair skin and freckles I never imagined myself being able to photograph well. (AHEM, Courtney interjecting here, I LOVE FAIR SKIN by the way!!!!!! No really, it’s BEAUTIFUL in photographs.) I will admit, I knew there would be a few good photos that I would like and maybe even loved, and believed that there would be several photos that I might just not look so great in. So fingers crossed I took a leap of faith in myself and of course you and couldn’t believe my own eyes!! I took my own breath away! I. LOVED. EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO. Coming from Boston, I was on Eastern time, so when I showed up a whole hour early for my appointment, you and your team happily welcomed me at the door! I felt comfortable right away rather than a burden. So much so that I was comfortable being photographed partial nude. Which is something that I had not decided until you asked me right then and there. My favorite part of the shoot, was how fun it was. This whole experience really changed my outlook about myself. Although I had a significant other back home, I did this photo shoot for me, no one else and completely exceeding my own expectations. When I received the book in the mail I was jumping for joy. I left my book out in plain sight for people to see, and many people where drawn to the HAWT pink!! But when they open the book…they couldn’t understand why I had a book of a supermodel! After a few pages they realize that supermodel is me!!! A true gift that keeps on giving. I would just love to say thank you again, and again for not only making me feel beautiful, but for making me believe that I am. This experience was empowering and I truly believe that every girl should get it done at some point in their life. Thank you for bringing the beauty back in my life. Very truly yours, K”