For TWO DAYS ONLY (May 24th & 25th) we are running some hot specials on photoshoots and products!! The first FIVE women to book receive extra bonuses!!!! You can contact us HERE to get more information!!
I get asked a lot by our pregnant clients what they should wear to their maternity boudoir shoot. I have found the most perfect outfits!!! I wanted to feature more than just one by this AMAZING lingerie designer, Claire Pettibone. She not only designs the most drop dead amazing wedding dresses, but she has created some of the most elegant, classic and timeless lingerie pieces I have seen. When I saw her collection I immediately thought “Maternity!” Any of her outfits would look stunning for your maternity shoot. And even if you’re not pregnant, they are beautiful for just a regular shoot. And ohhh so romantic.
Check out Claire’s boutique here.
I have an AMAZING STORY to share with you today! When T came in recently for her photo shoot, she shared with me about how booking a shoot with us changed her life drastically. I was completely blown away by this and you HAVE TO read her story! I always say doing a boudoir shoot is life changing, and T is a perfect example of how. Every woman should truly experience this for herself. I promise it does nothing but GOOD for you in more ways than you can imagine.
Thank you T for not only allowing me to share your lovely photos, but more so for sharing your story with the world. You are such an inspiration to me and countless others. I am SO happy and HONORED I was able to be a part of such an amazing experience in your life. You are beautiful! xoxo
Hair/Makeup by Courtney Davis of Kiki’s Consulting.
One year ago a friend of mine was planning to do one of your boudoir parties and invited me to participate. I reluctantly agreed, but had vowed to never show anyone the pictures. At the time I was a little chunky and a lot self-conscious. I had been battling depression caused by constant and relentless migraines. I had already tried every diet know to man, just to be gifted with more migraines and very little weight loss.
After booking the party I had to do something to get the weight off, even if it were to be a temporary loss. Little did I know that it would turn out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me. I went on a Paleo diet; no carbs, no sugars, and no processed foods! That was pretty extreme for me. But for the first time ever the weight just fell off and the migraines disappeared!
Through changing my eating habits I found out that I am allergic to MSG (a common food additive listed by 17 different names). What started as a diet turned into a new way of life for me. I’m 36 years old and now weigh what I did in high school AND I live a life free of migraines for the first time in 25 years! I had no idea that low calorie/low fat packaged foods were not only keeping me heavy (due to the allergy) but were also causing my migraines, which in turn was causing my depression. WHO KNEW??? I’m thin, healthy, and happy and dare I say it…I look better than I did 10 years ago!
Unfortunately that initial boudoir party that instigated these lifestyle changes was cancelled. But I was so happy with the results and the new me that I thought I deserved to book my own session. I am so happy I did!
Words cannot describe how much I love my portraits. They are beautiful! I used to think that I wouldn’t show them to anyone, but you’ve made me look so good that I can’t resist sharing. I think you have the talent to make anyone beautiful!
Thanks for the experience!
This past Christmas, we decided to do our very first boudoir giveaway. We had an overwhelming response with over 100 entries and choosing was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make! With the help of my amazing team, and lots of prayer… we decided to bless Natasha with the boudoir shoot. Natasha had no idea she was even entered. Her sister and 3 of her friends all entered her without her knowledge. They each gave me different reasons they were submitting her and why she deserved it. I could not help but be completely touched at how many people wanted her to win!! After learning more and more about Natasha, I felt I could connect with her and relate to her in so many ways. After we surprised Natasha with the prize, I asked her to write her life story in her words. I could not wait to get to know this amazing young woman more. After reading the story below, I knew in my heart without a doubt that we had given the right woman the prize. I am so deeply touched by Natasha’s resolve to be the best woman she can be and that even though she has had an extremely difficult life, she still strives to live her dreams every single day. She is truly a woman who deserved to do a boudoir shoot… she even told us she has never won anything her entire life and I was SO happy we were able to give her this amazing experience.
Be sure to read her story… I know you will be inspired as was I.
I was born in Bakersfield, California September 26, 1986. Because of the lifestyle my mother was living while she was pregnant with me I was born extremely early at a whole 4 lbs. The doctors said I wouldn’t make it out of the hospital alive with all the major health issues that comes with being a premature baby..and later in life I was diagnosed with a mitral valve prolapse. At the age of three my parents divorced and my mother and my younger brother moved to Louisiana. My older sister and I stayed to live with my father in Arizona until they could work out custody issues. Months later my mother, grandmother, and my uncle all set out on a mission to find us. Through social services they located where he had us camping out…a small apartment in the middle of California. They taped their license plate and then watched as my father went to work and then broke into the apartment (where 2 women were doing drugs off the coffee table) and demanded they give us to them… they did…. and my dad never came after us. They drove over state lines, checked into a hotel, and cleaned us up. That’s how we ended up in New Iberia, Louisiana! My mother became deep into the church and religion. Church was our lives and so was her new boyfriend. My mom re-married soon after. My mother stayed married to him until I was 13 years old. Those years were something you would watch in a movie. I can’t even put into words the abuse this man inflicted on our family. Every kind of abuse you could and couldn’t imagine. My whole child hood I lived in fear, It was complete terror. After many years of my mother being terrified for her life she got enough courage to leave him. The divorce was finalized in 2000 and within months my mother pulled me and my brother out of our schools and moved us to Lafayette to live with her new boyfriend (My older sister @ 16 yrs old moved in with some friends). I remember sitting in my bedroom and thinking how I would never be so dependent on anyone like my mother was always so dependent on the idea of a fairy tale life with a man. When she met her new boyfriend she completely lost control of her life..it was almost like after all the years of “holding it together” just blew up in front of her..and our relationship suffered. A year later her boyfriend ended up kicking us out because he and I really couldn’t get along. We moved back to New Iberia and moved in with my grandparents…6 months later on October 23, 2001 my mother was killed in a car accident. My grandparents became parent figures, which I appreciate dearly. I met my real father about 5 months later but he really never tried to stay a part of our lives. I haven’t spoken to him since I was 19.
At 15, a freshman in high school, and suffering the lost of my mother I really went through a dark year of feeling sorry for myself and angry at God. But entering my sophomore year I really began to look at life differently. Everything I had been through…all the obstacles became motivation for me to be a strong woman. I really wanted to make things happen for myself and I began to look at all the things God has blessed me with… there were so many people who had been through things far worse than I. At 16 I started working 2 jobs so I wouldn’t have to ask my grandparents for money. At 17 my grandparents saw how independent I could be…and they started allowing me to pay for all my expenses. Once I moved to Baton Rouge for school my grandparents and cut me off financially. I began working job after job to save money to go to school. For years I was working 50-70 hours a week just to survive. I saved every dollar for school and put my self through BRCC and then transferred to LSU. Through my journey in Baton Rouge, I met some lifetime friends, came into my own, and met my future husband (who is such a cutie!)
*I want to first thank you Courtney for allowing me to do these pictures for Dave, which without your generous gift wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you to my beautiful sister Nichole and my amazing friends Hannah, Danielle, and Michelle for entering me into this contest..it means so much to me that you would take time to do something so nice for me..I love you all.
When Natasha came in for her shoot, she started out a little shy… but I absolutely LOVE that we were able to bring out her inner Vixen and show her what a beautiful woman she is not only on the inside, but the out.
Thank you N for being such an inspiring woman with a beautiful heart. No matter what comes your way or happens in life, never lose that beautiful soul and spirit you possess. Thank you for allowing me to share your story and photos. xoxo
Hair/Makeup by Courtney Davis of Kiki’s Consulting. Thank you Courtney for donating your time and talents to helping N feel beautiful!! We couldn’t have done it without you!!!
Absolutely loved this outfit from Elle MacPherson Intimates. SO PRETTY.
Are those shoes to DIE FOR or what!??!
For N’s third outfit, she brought some accessories to give a more “Indian” feel. She is part Cherokee so I thought it was not only fitting but EXTREMELY cute and creative!!! Even the shoes were perfect.
After blogging M’s photos this past Friday, she sent me this amazing email about her experience. I had to share it with you. See M’s boudoir photos from Jamaica here.
Thank you M for opening up your heart to me to share such an intimate and personal story. You’re an amazing woman and I am truly lucky just to have met you.
After seeing the pictures on the blog and having been through that amazing experience, I wanted to share something with you about why it was such an out of character thing for me to do and why I couldn’t be happier that I went through with it!!!
20 years ago on April 11th, one month before my 8th birthday, I was outside playing with the kids in my neighborhood when I heard my sister yell for me from our house. I remember it like it was yesterday – I asked if I could bring my friends and couldn’t understand why they weren’t allowed to come. We were living with our grandparents at that time and I couldn’t remember a single moment when my grandparents wouldn’t let my friends come over… So I ran home and pouted the whole way there.
When I made it in the house, it took no time at all to realize something was wrong. My grandpa sat me down and tried to explain to me that our mother had committed suicide. Being 7 years old, I didn’t understand, couldn’t process the concept and all I could think to ask was “Is she going to be okay”. After having just lost a child, our grandparents had to sit there, pretending to be strong, trying to reassure two little girls that everything was going to be alright. And they were right. Eventually, everything was alright.
After that, I grew up fast, too fast for my own good and it caused me to become very quiet & reserved. It has always been hard for me to just let loose and be carefree and my self esteem is something that I’ve always struggled with. Lots of personality traits that don’t mix well with something like a boudoir shoot. =)
However, seeing myself in those pictures and actually finding the confidence to take pictures in lingerie and in a bathing suit out in the ocean in FRONT of people was so out of character and so exhilarating all at the same time. It brought out a confidence in me that I didn’t realize was in there.
You are right, every woman deserves to feel beautiful and you have such an incredible way of capturing that beauty. It was a self esteem boost that I really needed and now I just can’t wait to be able to do it again one day!
Thanks again for such an awesome experience and for pictures that I will treasure forever. You are such an amazing woman and I will be forever grateful that God put you in my path. =)
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