"I felt like this could not be myself! But holy cow if it is hello gorgeous!" | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Sarah

How old were you at your session?22

What made you decide to book a session?
It was a feel good decision! Also decoration for my bathroom!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Nothing just waiting for the right time!

What were you most nervous about for your session?
Being sexy enough for the camera

How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Ok, just went through a breakup so not the greatest. But who ever does after a breakup!

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Describe your experience.
Loved every minute! They made me feel like a bombshell. It was amazing how many outfits they have and how sexy I felt with my hair and makeup!

How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Amazing! I did not want to take my makeup off! I felt like we should be allowed to wear these outfits everywhere

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Yes!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I felt like this could not be myself! But holy cow if it is hello gorgeous! They really made me feel beautiful!

What were your favorite products?Loved my eyes and the gold necklace! Oh and everything!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Do it, you will not regret it! It is so tasteful! And let the people you want see it you don't have to show everyone! It makes you feel amazing and you are beautiful no matter what, everyone can be scared but this can be for yourself! To see how beautiful you really are!

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Amazing! I can't wait to do it again. They are so on point about everything!

Will you be doing another session?Yes!

Anything else you want to add?
You guys are the best! Thank you for making me feel like a million bucks! ❤️

"HOLY SCHMOLY! Like, I mean, I know I look good, but damnnnnnnn." Duluth Boudoir Interview with Brittany

How old were you at your session?28

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What made you decide to book a session?
I wanted to hang out with my favorite girls. Also, I like feeling gorgeous so this was really something fun. And it was something new. I'm a pretty reserved person, so getting half naked in a public place was quite an experience.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Nothing. Time played a factor in our scheduling.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
Not being covered. I'm not normally an overly sexual person (in public) -- plus being a business owner, I was a little nervous about sharing photos. But ultimately, it is for me (and my hubs) so, I don't really care what other people think. I've been trying to do more of that lately - not caring about public opinion.

How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Good, confident. (I caught myself on a good day) 
Its hard not to feel real and content with yourself when you're around Jes & Emily - they make you feel so good about yourself. They're great people to be around.

Describe your experience.
It was fun (everytime) LOL. So, because it was an outdoor session + Midwest weather, we had a couple reschedules... But third time was a charm! I love working with Jes and she created such magic with the location. I felt so comfortable with her, even if I was half naked in the middle of the woods!

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Schmexxxxyyyyy. Normal, but even better. I loved the hair/makeup - that gave me some attitude. And just riding on that adrenaline high made me feel great.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?No, Excited!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
HOLY SCHMOLY! Like, I mean, I know I look good, but damnnnnnnn. My husband is so lucky. ;)

What were your favorite products?I love the album. And all of them, but I got the album because it was something I can put on my shelf next to my wedding album and look at whenever.

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Just go for it. These babes make you feel so comfortable and so good. But you also have to be mentally ready to let yourself go for it, to be free and uninhibited. You're a babe, show us what you got!

How was working with Jes and Emily?
Meh. 

JUST KIDDING. I adore these two. I wish I lived closer so I can just follow them around everywhere and make them be my BFFs. :) :) :)

Will you be doing another session?TOTALLYYYYYYYY

Anything else you want to add?
Jes + Emily, thank you for all the goodness and being such supportive and inspirational friends of females. 

Future Boudoir Babes -- You're all rockstars and so so so hot. Need a pick me up? Get your picture taken! They will show you how amazing you truly are -- yes, on the outside, but on the inside too! *cheesy, I know, but true*

xo.B

"Being able to empower more and more woman is an inspiration and I feel blessed to be part of that. " | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Krystle

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How old were you at your session?31

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What made you decide to book a session?
I wanted to do something fun and spontaneous for mine and my husbands 10 year anniversary and give the finished products to him as a gift.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
To be honest I felt like I wasn't going to like the pictures of myself due to being a bigger girl and other flaws I have. But after being in the VIP group on Facebook and the way everyone treated each other by talking so positive towards each other and motivating ladies I felt inspired to just do it. The group helped me feel better about myself no matter what flaws I felt I have. 

Of course the price was also weighing on my mind but being that they offered a nice payment plan I figured to just go for it.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was mostly really nervous about what I was going to wear and have done for makeup. I just didn't know what would make me feel more beautiful and of course sexy. I had so many outfits I kept debating about bringing but had also heard how large the studio's closet was so wasn't sure if I should bring mine or not.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I felt very moved and motivated as I had told some friends I was having a session and they were excited for me. They helped make me feel more confident which helped relieve any nervousness I had going into it. I knew how much I wanted to have this session done to surprise my husband and of course that he loves me for no matter what I look like. I booked it for Valentine's Day as I knew I had more of an excuse to have hair and makeup done so I could wear it out for mine and my husbands evening.

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Describe your experience.
It was sooo much FUN and I felt SOOOO SEXY!! Going into it feeling motivated helped me a lot. Emily had me start out in the closet to pick 4 outfits to wear. I did bring a few of my own as well and ended up going with 1 of mine and 3 of theirs. It really didn't take me long to decide. I then went into hair and makeup with Emily and she did such beautiful work. The poses were a bit work but I felt I handled them well. I didn't realize going into the session that they were going to be exact certain poses but I understood I was working with a professional and Jes knows her stuff! During the session Jes showed me some of my pictures on her camera and I felt great and it just made me want to continue taking more and more. Emily and Jes made me laugh throughout my session and working with them was so much fun. I will definitely be back again!

How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I felt sexy and like nothing could bring me down that day. I had my hair and makeup all done and couldn't wait to celebrate Valentine's Day with my husband that night. Of course I really wanted to see my photos that day but knew I had to wait.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?Kind of!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I felt so beautiful. I LOVED all of my photos and didn't know what I was going to pick out for photos. I also knew that I would be back for another session within the next year but definitely going to go for an outdoor session!

What were your favorite products?Sumatra collection!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Just go for it. Don't put yourself down thinking you aren't beautiful or that any flaw you think you have is going to ruin your photos. Jes and Emily are amazing ladies and they know what they are doing from start to finish. Of course people may let the cost shy them away but seriously the price doesn't matter it's the confidence in yourself that makes the whole process worth it all.

How was working with Jes and Emily?
It was soooo much fun! They have the best personalities for what they do and I believe that it's what has made them so successful. I would never go to a different studio for boudoir photos period!! I plan on making it a habit to continue the experience by booking more sessions down the road with them.

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Will you be doing another session?YES!! No questions asked!

Anything else you want to add?
I have never felt so inspired by anyone until being in Jes and Emily's group on Facebook and of course having a boudoir shoot with them. Being able to empower more and more woman is an inspiration and I feel blessed to be part of that. From me thinking that my stretch marks from having three kids would make me feel more uncomfortable, the spider veins on my legs and my bigger belly didn't matter to me anymore from being in this group and I say that being very serious. None of those things mattered to me as I know I'm beautiful and we are all beautiful and need to not think otherwise about ourselves. Having a boudoir session done by Jes and Emily was such an amazing experience and I hope many others decide to work with them!

"I felt incredibly sexy!! And that is not a term I ever use to describe myself. " | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Sara

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How old were you at your session?28

What made you decide to book a session?
I actually won the session. I never win anything... so I was extremely excited!

What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
There was really nothing. If anything, it was money. Because I wanted to spend the money to get the USB with picture rights. Because who doesn’t want ALL the pictures after you see them!! It’s so hard to choose just a few pictures!

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was nervous about how I would look in the pictures or if my session was going to streamed live to facebook. Which it was and I was FREAKING out at first. I am a pretty self conscious person; so the though of people watching while in posing in lingerie, was scary as hell!

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I felt pretty blah. My life is all about work, taking care of my almost 2 year old, keeping the house in order; you know, typical mom stuff. I had also spent most of last summer and fall taking care of my boyfriend after a motorcycle accident. I was pretty run down and not myself.

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Describe your experience.
Absolutely amazing! This was my second session, so I kind of knew what to expect, but yet again, Jess and Emily out did themselves! They make you feel so welcome and comfortable from the minute you walk in, like you’ve been friends for years. 
Sitting with Emily while doing makeup and hair to actually being in front of the camera while Jess is telling you how stunning you are, it’s nothing but amazing.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I felt incredibly sexy!! And that is not a term I ever use to describe myself. The hair and makeup were stunning and the outfits they had picked out for me, fit me so well. I felt like a model.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?No! I was extremely excited.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I felt gorgeous. Jess and Emily know how to bring out the best in you. The makeup isn’t done to cover things up, it’s done perfectly to highlight and make different features stand out. My boyfriend came with to my viewing. He told me after we left, “Now you see what I see when I look at you.”

What were your favorite products?I love the accordion books. They are adorable and so easy to display at home.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Don’t be!! It is the best possible thing you can do for yourself!! Walking out of your session, yiu feel like a million dollars! 
It is such a confidence booster. I feel like I hold my head a little higher now and am not so hard on myself. Because I can see with these pictures, that yes, I am beautiful.

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Fabulous!! They are both so sweet and easy to be around. They talk to you like you’ve been besties forever. You can definitely tell they love what they do.

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Will you be doing another session?ABSOLUTELY!!

"Gorgeous for the first time since my wedding day 6 months prior. No human should ever go that long without feeling stunning." | Duluth Maternity Boudoir Interview with Ashlee

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How old were you at your session?Freshly 30.

What made you decide to book a session?
So many things cultivated into the perfect storm for this session to be possible. I had been promising myself for years to try something like this, I was turning 30 and I also wanted to capture maternity pictures that were elegant and out of the box. My husband and I had zero interest in doing a traditional maternity shoot and I wanted to remember how I looked at 7 months pregnant. And then the Lady Gaga promotion was going on, that sealed the deal!

What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
My weight, it has ALWAYS been a struggle for me. I kept telling myself if i can lose X amount of pounds then I deserve a boudoir shoot. My insecurities held me back and I was tired of it. Every woman deserves to look and most importantly feel gorgeous and that is exactly what Jes and Emily did for me. The cost was also a huge factor, babies are expensive and I felt guilty even considering spending money on myself. Thank goodness for payment plans!

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
Meeting the girls I was about to be half naked in front of and the outfits! It was really difficult for me to shop for outfits not knowing how my body would look at 7 months pregnant and I had no idea what their closet looked like. I was also worried that the photos would capture all of my flaws and I would be disappointed with the photos.

How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Frumpy. Like I wish I could have lost that extra chin on the 2.5 hour drive up from the cities to the shoot. But I reminded myself that not only was I doing the shoot for my current self but for my future self, I wanted to remember what my body looked like during this significant time in my life.

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Describe your experience.
I arrived at the studio and Emily showed me the closet and let me just kind of do my thing. After I picked out my outfits she got started on my hair and makeup. I had no idea what look I wanted to go for and she helped me decide. Jes showed up, looked at all my outfits, started setting the scene and we dove right in. She was AMAZING at giving instruction and demonstrated all of the poses for me, it was great and laid back.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Gorgeous for the first time since my wedding day 6 months prior. No human should ever go that long without feeling stunning. 
And nervous to see my photos! I had to wait 3 weeks due to my own schedule and I thought the anticipation was going to kill me!

Were you nervous before your viewing session?Yes very!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I felt like I was looking at myself through my husband's eyes. He is always telling me how beautiful I am and I never quite believe him. I felt confident, empowered and I was so excited to show him my photos.... he has only seen 3 and won't see the rest until our anniversary! 
I was also relieved, Jes and Emily seem to have a gift for making women look and FEEL gorgeous. I was convinced their powers wouldn't work on me but they most definitely did.

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What were your favorite products?The rose gold album and the wall print!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
DO IT. You are never going to be younger than you are right now and all of your excuses won't mean anything in 20 years. At the very least look at it as a day of pampering. Oh and drink ALL of the water, leg cramps are no joke and you will hold those poses until Jes knows she got the shot!

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
I had been following Mad Chicken on Facebook for a while as well as a few other Boudoir photographers and they just felt like the best fit. Their sense of humor, their style, the softness and elegance of the photos.... everything just felt right to me. And trust me several people tried to talk me out of driving 5 hours roundtrip to have my photo taken but if I was going to do a shoot I knew it had to be with them. They were outgoing, kind and encouraging which are all things I look for when I decide to get half naked in front of two total strangers:)

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Will you be doing another session?I hope so.

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Anything else you want to add?
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

" I am still amazed at how incredibly wonderful all of the women in this community are and how much we love to compliment and build each other up!" | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Lyndsey

How old were you at your session?36

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What made you decide to book a session?
I have been wanting to book a session for the longest time!! I actually WON my session and products through a contest to grow the followers on the Facebook page. I NEVER win anything so this was a huge shock!! Best contest win EVER!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
As a single mom money seems to always be an issue. No matter how much I have I will ALWAYS spend the money on my son before I ever do anything for myself.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
On the way to the studio I thought I was going to vomit!! My stomach was all in knots. I was nervous about how I would look, if I would be able to be comfortable enough around Emily and Jes, if there would be outfits that I liked and that would fit me right.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I am currently a work in progress. I have been working out and trying to get my groove back for a while now, but there were still days that I was really hard on myself. I was not super confident in my own skin, but man could I fake it if I needed to.

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Describe your experience.
I was at ease as soon as I met the ladies. The studio is gorgeous and as soon as I saw it I was so excited for my session. Anything and everything that fit in the sizes I had given the ladies was hanging up for me and it was all beautiful. I loved picking out the 4 outfits with some help from Jes and Emily. This was the first time that I have ever had my makeup professionally done and it was a blast! All I told Emily is that I wanted to use purple in the eye shadow to bring out my green eyes. I loved that I could not see anything until she was finished. The anticipation was a lot of fun! Everything that Jes accessorized my outfits with was amazing! The session itself was SO laid back and relaxing. I honestly felt like I had been friends with Jes and Emily for YEARS! The both made me feel SO comfortable in my skin and good about myself in each of these outfits. I cannot tell you the last time I have felt this incredible about myself. Having the Facebook live a couple of times during my session was a trip! Having Emily read some of the comments the ladies were leaving about how beautiful I looked and how they loved the outfits almost brought me to tears a couple of time, but I was not about to ruin my gorgeous make-up!

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I left the studio on cloud 9!! Let me tell you I could have conquered ANYTHING that day and there was no one getting in my way! I had gotten my groove back! I left thinking you know what, I may not be a sz 4 or 6, but FUCK IT!!! I am beautiful the way that I am. Everyone is supposed to be different and not fit into some "mold" cause seriously how damn boring would that be?! I still wish I could do my makeup like Emily, but that is going to take a LOT of practice! LOL I watched my Facebook lives and read all of the amazing comments probably 50 times in the few days that followed. Every time I did that I felt better and better about myself. I am still amazed at how incredibly wonderful all of the women in this community are and how much we love to compliment and build each other up! Its been just over a month since my session and I am still flying high and confident AF!

Were you nervous before your viewing session?I was more excited than nervous

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I WAS IN SHOCK!!!!!! There are some pictures where I am not even sure how the hell they are me!! The way that Jes works that camera is incredible! Every part of my body that I felt self conscious about was completely gone while looking at these photos. I've noticed the confidence I have from this experience has carried over into all aspects of my life. I am more confident in everything that I do. This session really helped me to love me for me just the way I am.

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What were your favorite products?I won the heirloom box with prints of my whole session

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
DO IT!!!!!!! I can promise you that no matter what your hesitating might be that will go right out the window once you are there!

How was working with Jes and Emily?
They are AMAZING!!!! I was so surprised at how extremely comfortable I became with both of them the moment I walked in. I feel like I gained 2 new best friends! I had someone lash out after seeing my Facebook lives from the shoot. I called and talked to Emily about the situation and it was handled within minutes!! Just the amount of support during this issue and the comments from both Emily and Jes about my shoot and how great it was made me just put this terrible miserable person behind me and never think twice about how amazing my experience was.

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Will you be doing another session?I plan to do one in 2019! I can't wait!!!!!

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Anything else you want to add?
I just want to add that the community that Jes and Emily have built of thousands of amazing, beautiful, kind women is exactly what this world needs more of!! I feel like I have become friends with so many wonderful women I would have never otherwise met.

"Emily and Jess made me feel really comfy and they said many complements to me during the shoot which made me feel comfortable." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Heather

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How old were you at your session?31

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What made you decide to book a session?
To surprise my husband for our 10th Anniversary. Seen you guys at the Fuluth Bridal Show and I was hooked at your work!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
I didn’t, never knew about you guys before.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
How I would look, how I would do.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I wasn’t feeling the greatest because I’m 15 pounds heavier then my normal weight. So I was a little self conscious.

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Describe your experience.
It was wonderful! Emily and Jess made me feel really comfy and they said many complements to me during the shoot which made me feel comfortable.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Great, was super happy to see the suprised look on my husbands face when he seen them! I also loved the compliments I got from everyone on social media.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Yes! Excited tho!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
Great I guess you could say. Was happy with my photos.

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What were your favorite products?The albums.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
To do it! Feel confident in your body!

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Great, Jess was a little more talkative then Emily but they were both very nice.

Will you be doing another session?Maybe in the future if my finances let me.

" I want to show everybody, I want to hand out Polaroids on the street, I want to have Katie on the tv 24/7, all the time lol" | Duluth boudoir interview with Katie

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How old were you at your session?A Fresh 28

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What made you decide to book a session?
It's something I've wanted to do for years! A last minute session opened up right after I had just said my resolution is to stop saying no to myself. Cheers to a great start

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
I always thought about what else I could spend the money on. I'm a very frugal person so it just seemed like I needed to spend my money on "responsible" things. Isn't taking care of yourself the responsible thing to do?! (See what I did there? Lol I'm an idiot)

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
Honestly? How my skin would show up. From the pictures you can tell but I have four different types of skin diseases and I didn't want that to show through. I've also got crazy amounts of stretch marks from all the steroids I've used over the years so I was really aware of those. Jes assured me NO ONE would be looking at them.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Having been through all of that, I'm actually a pretty confident person! You learn to put a lot of your doubt and insecurities away and just take life head on. It's too short not to like yourself.

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Describe your experience.
Amazing? Phenomenal? Phantasmagoric? Jes and Emily are more incredible than words can describe. They spend their day making you feel so good about yourself and damn if they aren't the best at it. Emily and I bonded over hair and make up, Jes and I bonded over dat booty, the rest is history! I want to hang out with them all the time! Their personalities are amazing and they make you feel so comfortable that you can't wait to get naked.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Like I could do anything in the world! I went to the post office and thought, "yeah look at me mailing this right now, I'm so good at this!" A mundane task like mailing a passport felt so empowering. I still feel empowered. I should also note tbat ues, my husband did take me on a dare and couldn't keep his hands off me.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Oh my god yes!!!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
Like the sexiest woman alive! Like I belonged on the cover of People Magazine for all the right reasons. I want to show everybody, I want to hand out Polaroids on the street, I want to have Katie on the tv 24/7, all the time lol

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What were your favorite products?Platinum album, the viewmaster, the heirloom boxes. Am I not allowed to say all of them?

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
What are you waiting for?! I grew up self conscious about my body, I've had severe eczema since the day I was born, I'm frugal as hell... just this once, throw it all to the wind! Let everything go and revel in everything you are! You are an amazing, beautiful woman - don't believe me? See for yourself.

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Oh my god, yes please!! All day every day. They are more amazing than I could ever say. They make you feel so confident and comfortable, you laugh the whole time, they tell you how good your butt looks, what else do you need?!

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Will you be doing another session?You couldn't stop me!!

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Anything else you want to add?
I just really want to thank Jes and Emily. I know I've already said it, but it was one of my best days. Truly. I only wish that I could positively impact women's lives the way they do. I had never been in front of a professional camera and they made me feel like a natura. They showered me with love and reassurance even though the barely knew me. You two mean more to us than we could ever say. I cant wait to see you ladies again