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White Sands Boudoir Session- Sarah

I’m about to give away a big secret of boudoir photography, all women are nervous (even if it’s just a little bit) They’re nervous they’re undeserving, not “thin” enough, not sexy enough, can’t pull off the sexy look, showing the part of their body they don’t like, aren’t confident enough, or scared they’ll hate every single photo. Now that you know every woman feels this way, what’s stopping you? 

I will tell you boudoir sessions have been my favorite. Not just because the women walk away with a little bit of badass attitude or seeing themselves in a different light that they are enough and beautiful, but because of the conversations we have. Pouring out hearts and sharing hurts and what we’ve overcome happens more often than not. Sharing scars and things they’ve hid for years. And for a moment, vulnerability happens and their sexiness is shared even more. 

I know you’re worried about a hundred little things, so let me help with the posing and behind the camera part. You’ll just have to worry about what to do after your session because you’ll look smokin’ hot. 

I had a wonderful time with Sarah, we knew each other a little before the session, but after our session, I feel I understand her beautiful heart even more. Girl, I'm so proud of you and how you rocked it! 

 

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Hampton Roads Boudoir Photography- in studio

I met this full of fire woman at the bridal show here in Hampton Virginia in January. We immediately clicked and she was so excited to try boudoir, she always wanted to try it and now had a extra good reason; a gift for her fiancé. 

We talked a few times about outfits and what to purchase and bring. I don't recommend purchasing all new lingerie and don't think it's necessary, most the time we can find beautiful items you have but this girl did amazing! She found discounted items at Victoria's Secret and got a few items from Adore Me online. they were some of my favorite pieces, lacy and had that vintage high waist style.. gorgeous!

By the end of the session while we had the fan blowing her hair around she said she felt like Beyonce all dolled up and pampered and hitting her cover girl poses like a pro. She already is a confident woman but like any, strutting around in lingerie can seem a little scary at first. To say she rocked it would be an understatement. Here's a few favorites from the session (though keeping the extra sexy ones for her husband's eyes only) And for her gift to her man.. my favorite product for boudoir, the 6x6 album. I'll share a few photos of it at the bottom of this post! 

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Hair and Makeup by Melesia Robinson-WIliams

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whatever Makes Your Soul Happy, Do That.- Self Portraits

When i’m stuck, when i’m down, when my heart is heavy. I try to hold on. i continue on daily, but what sets my heart free is being places that make me filled with joy, and with people who never resist hugs and make me laugh until it hurts. I take time for myself and even take self portraits, to see myself literally through a lens. I upload those photos and instead of picking them apart, i point out the good, the things i’m capable of, and the abilities i was given. It continually makes see the good and appreciate the little “flaws.” 

I take self portraits for social media content sure, to update my profile photos and the changes in my hair and almost 30 year old self. But it always does something much deeper than that. We take thousands of photos, so why not have a few of YOU, where you can see beauty in yourself and embrace the things we spend way too much time worrying about. (Things most people don't ever even notice.) To, even if for a moment hold onto some self confidence to carry around. to believe in ourselves the way to tell others to. 

If you’ve been down and feel your heart is too heavy lately, i want to encourage you to go. you may not be able to travel to places with familiar faces or to a place you lived almost across the country, but you can find those spots near your home that give you peace and you sense something more. i have these spots everywhere i visit so when i need to fill my heart again, there’s never one too far. whether it’s a park in Red Wing Minnesota, White Sands in New Mexico, a secluded walking spot to the beach in Virginia, or even in a chair in your backyard with a book. do that. do more of what makes you happy. and don’t forget to think of all the wonderful things you are. 

Self love and time for you isn't selfish. it's the necessary part to continually be able to love those around you in time of need and shine with genuine happiness.

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Outdoor Beauty session: Pine Island, Minnesota- Sarah

I am so glad i got to spend a couple hours with this Sarah. To hear a little bit of her story, and to be around that positive energy was nothing but wonderful for my heart. I think we laughed just about the entire time aside from when i made her give me that sultry look.  She got in the water shivering still with a smile on her face, and was all up for getting in the purple flowers even though neither of us knew what itch weed looked like. 

I love portraits because i get such an intimate part of their story. I am able to spend a few hours and see their real laughs and smiles and emotions. I get to see into their life and share just a small portion of that and there’s always a good adventure. They show me who they are, and it makes me emotional too. (Sarah’s shoot just happened to be constant laughs) I admire Sarah’s joy and ambition. she’s a strong beautiful soul who shines and shares that to the people she’s around. 

"True sexiness has many facets. The elements include things like confidence, strength, intelligence, and humor." -Dita Von Teese

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Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside."- Coco Chanel

While I'm in Minnesota, I find that I get more inspired by nature and people and structures. I was able to spend time outdoors shooting in flowers, creeks, farms and old buildings downtown Minneapolis. Always thankful for my time there and the people i spend it with. (and like i shared on snapchat... i even sometimes listen to country music.. WHAT!)  

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"The true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows." Audrey Hepburn.

Lately I've been doing a lot of reflection of myself, and trying some new techniques i haven't done before. Pushing my knowledge in photoshop and spending some time doing those things for me. It helps to do these on my breaks so i feel refreshed to work again and with a new perspective. We all get discouraged sometimes, and finding something new or different can motivate you again.  

Here's one of my new projects that i'm extremely happy with the outcome. The gorgeous Praneet at white sands, or in this case.. on water :)

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As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19

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