"I felt connected again, like it was a rebirthing of my confidence" | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Jessica

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How old were you at your session?32

What made you decide to book a session?
I had images done years ago by Jes. I had such a great time then. I had been feeling "blah" lately and was having a hard time excepting my post baby body after my 3rd daughter. After seeing Jes do her post baby budoir shoot and talking to her....she talked me into It!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
My insecurities

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
EVERYTHING! Being exposed was my biggest fear.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Not great. Not awful. I started my journey of self love, and personal development a couple months before my shoot. I knew this was the final piece to get my confidence back in my body.

Describe your experience.
It was fantastic! Awkward at first, but within 20 minutes you almost forget you are in next to nothing! Jes and Emily seriously are amazing at lifting women up, they have a gift! They were so encouraging! Jes styled the looks I picked out perfectly! I feel they were totally me! They fit my personality, which I love! She also walked me through each pose step by step.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
The biggest thing I felt was exhausted but at the same time recharged! It was the oddest most amazing feeling. I felt connected again, like it was a rebirthing of my confidence. It really is hard to explain the exact feeling!

Were you nervous before your viewing session?Absolutely, I almost threw up.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
OMG! I couldn't even believe It! I absolutely loved the images, and so did my husband! I wish I would have recorded his face when I showed him the images, his jaw dropped! I actually just the other day decided to weigh myself....which I don't do often because I don't really believe in scales. But I decided to because I felt I had lost weight. I step on the scale, and nope not one pound lost but I felt soooo good! It was the negative thoughts, poor body image, and low self esteem that I had shed, but not one physical pound. I thought that was so cool!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Do it, book it NOW!

How was working with Jes and Emily?
The best!

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Will you be doing another session?Absolutely

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Anything else you want to add?
I love you ladies!

"I couldn't, not in 100 years, believe that was my body." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Meghan

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How old were you at your session?26

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What made you decide to book a session?
Being a part of the online community via Facebook and Instagram, I became comfortable seeing boudoir photos. We're so often lead to believe, that as women, we shouldn't honor our bodies with something like a boudoir session. When I started seeing the beauty in everyone's photos, I felt I deserved the same, so I booked one!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Fear that people would judge me (and even typing that feels wrong because I know it doesn't matter.) Fear that my body wouldn't portray what I wanted or perceived.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was nervous I would get there and there wouldn't be anything for me to wear or in my size. I kept trusting that there would be because Jes and Emily are constantly reassuring us they do have every size in mind which is 100% true. I ended up bringing 2 outfits of my own and I wouldn't have needed them; there was so much to pick from.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I have super mixed feelings on this question. First, I had weight loss surgery recently, so I've lost a lot of weight very quickly so my mind has had trouble keeping up. I was so proud of what my body has accomplished that I was pumped. There was also a little part of me that wanted to "call in sick" the morning of my session because I hadn't lost an unrealistic amount of weight before my session. When I got there, none of that mattered. Emily and Jes saw me.

Describe your experience.
Well, it was very rainy and drizzly on the day of my shoot, but the weather didn't deter the quality of my photos. Yes, they do have sultry, darker feel to them, but I love it and rain or shine, your photos will be amazing through their windows. I walked into the studio which looks way different than I pictured in my mind. There is a seating area where you get to place your things and Emily greeted me with music playing. She ran through the events I was about to experience: take my time choosing outfits privately. They had made sure there was a large rack with many, many options for me to peruse. Hair/makeup next. Emily really took into consideration the look I wanted and was so funny and conversational. I felt totally at ease and not a bit nervous for the look she gave me. She created a lip color all for me and it was perfect. Then, Jes works her magic and makes you work hard for the money haha no joke the poses were extensive and there's just a lot happening but she really knows what she's doing let me tell you. What I loved was when I put on my first outfit, she posed me and snapped some photos. Obviously very nerve wracking BUT Jes ranted and raved and even showed me a sneak peek. This really made me feel so much more confident moving forward.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Strong, confident, powerful.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Yes and No! Excited!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I couldn't, not in 100 years, believe that was my body Yes, I have body parts I don't particularly love and yes, I have softer curves after having a baby and nursing BUT Jes accentuated all of it.

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What were your favorite products?They're all to die for. The accordian books are so unique---discreet enough to casually pull out at any occasion to show people your magnificence :)

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Honor yourself and your body. A woman is an amazing being.. I am so proud of what my body has done as a woman and this was a way to celebrate all of that. We all, as women, have every right to celebrate just that fact you are a woman!

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Like hanging out with my friends--so professional and respectful yet so fun. Just the right balance. I have a few very genuine laughing photos because Jes is so funny while shooting you at times. Emily is an open book--she was so kind and welcoming. SO much warmth in that studio!

"The session introduced two worlds to each other - Mommy, caretaker, housekeeper, [everything practical] to my desired sexy that doesn't often come out." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Katie

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How old were you at your session? 29 - almost 30!

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What made you decide to book a session?
My original driver was to use the photos as a wedding gift for my groom. As I kicked the idea around, I found several reasons not do it... But then kept finding more reasons to do it [impending 30th birthday, the fact that I recently had a baby and all of that that entails)! Some of the best experiences in life aren't necessarily comfortable ones or easily decided on, but you've got to toss yourself into them sometimes!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Honestly, the financial aspect - which go hand-in-hand with the reasons I decided to do it! The experience I had and gift I am now able to give my groom, far out-weigh the expense.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
How awkward I was going to look on camera. I know that I am not generally a photogenic person, nor naturally a sexy person, but also knew of the talent that Jes and Emily had - a great team that had me feeling confident and looking awesome.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Generally, I felt pretty good about my jeans and a t-shirt wearing self but wanted my groom to see me in a different light - a sexier light, or as a different sexy. 

Honestly, I had to borrow lingerie - to have the 3 back-ups...

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Describe your experience.
Exciting and exhilarating. I had the opportunity to express a side of me that I didn't necessarily know was there. Jes made me feel so comfortable exploring that side of myself too - like it was natural to me, she didn't question it.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Amazing. Amazing in the sense that my confidence was beaming and I felt more open and experienced. The session introduced two worlds to each other - Mommy, caretaker, housekeeper, [everything practical] to my desired sexy that doesn't often come out. From my session, I want to practice the way I felt that day. Those roles that I play and played that day can co-exist.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Yes, I wanted so badly to love the photos and how I felt to be reflected in the images.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
Giddy :) I loved the photos and the way that I looked - sexy, not awkward.

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What were your favorite products?The booklets of course, and the session boxes. The session box will totally speak to my groom. I fell like it carries a secretive aspect to it - there is something hiding in there...

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Push yourself, jump, do it! It's an experience unlike any other. You deserve to take the break, get papered, dressed up and explore that side of yourself.

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Wonderful. There is so much talent there - it is obvious in the product, but also as support through the experience. There is a calmness in-between them and in that studio that rubs off on you and allows you your comfort to try something new.

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Will you be doing another session?I'd love to!

"I was over the moon in love with them and wishing we could post every single one on billboards all over the city!" | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Rita

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How old were you at your session? 30

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What made you decide to book a session? I wanted to do something fun to ring in my 30th birthday. Something that was a little more out of the box than usual. I've done the boudoir shoots 3 different times before and they were all sweet and "innocent" looks and I wanted to go a little more dark and sultry with a sexy twist. Less girl next door and more mistress down the street.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session? I've had a rough year. My two year relationship ended and of course not on a good note. It was a relationship that I thought was it. However, he didn't have the same thoughts and feelings and so I ended up taking the break up really hard. Also at the same time my grandmother passed away and I took her passing just as hard. So my weight had been going up and down and I wasn't happy with where I was weight-wise. I know I'm still beautiful but it was more than that. I wasn't feeling comfortable in my own skin. I felt like a complete stranger to myself, and I didn't want any of these new insecurities showing through in the pictures.

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What were you most nervous about for your session? I was going outside of the box a little on this shoot, but I knew I was in great hands with Emily doing my make-up and hair and Jes behind that magic camera of hers. So there wasn't much that I was apprehensive about before the session.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session? I was excited. Nervous, but excited. It was the BIG birthday day and I was already feeling better about the day, but when I got to the studio and saw Emily's smiley face I knew it was going to be an amazing day!

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Describe your experience. The day of I of course was running around like a crazy person getting everything ready I showered the night before but I needed to paint my nails so of course I was feeling rushed. But as soon as I walked in to the studio I was relaxed and at ease. The shoot was so fun! Jes had some ideas that she wanted to try and of course I was all game! I haven't had that much fun in a long at a photo shoot!

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How did you feel about yourself after your session? I felt like I had just left the set of a Victoria Secret photo shoot. I was on cloud nine and didn't want to come down! Thirty never felt and looked so damn good!

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Were you nervous before your viewing session? A little bit yes. I just didn't know what to expect.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? I was completely stunned. Like COMPLETELY! I had to do a double take on a few of the pictures because I didn't think it was actually me. They had turned out even better than I had even imagined! I was over the moon in love with them and wishing we could post every single one on billboards all over the city!

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What were your favorite products? I always go with buying the rights to the photos because I can never narrow it down to a select few, BUT I LOVE the large albums that others have purchased.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? If you're hesitant about anything just send Emily and Jes an email about your concerns. Or talk to one of the girls that have been in a shoot before. We've all been there before. I'm sure one, if not all of us have had the feelings you're feeling right now and the best way to get over them is to talk them out. And it's totally worth doing no matter what you're feeling. Conquer your fears and be like Nike and "Just Do It"!

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How was working with Jes and Emily? Working with Jes and Emily is so easy. They're such professionals and amazing individuals. I'm not one to trust just anyone to do my hair and make-up. I'm very particular, but Emily is an all-star. She knows what she's doing and you can put your full trust in her that she'll make you even more beautiful than you already are. And Jes I mean there's not much more to say then she's amazing! She's true artist and she amazes me with every picture she takes! LOVE THEM BOTH!

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Will you be doing another session? I absolutely will be! I'm thinking I'm going to have to take Jes' suggestion and do an outside shoot!

"This was one of the most amazing things I've ever done, outside of child birth."| Duluth Boudoir Interview with Pam

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NamePam Schimenek

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How old were you at your session?59 years, 10 months and 25 days.....not that I'm counting!

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What made you decide to book a session?I've actually wanted to do a session since seeing Grace on one of the earliest blog posts. I thought to myself, I think I can do that, and wouldn't that just be the most awesome gift for my hubby? What about just doing it as a gift for myself for my 60th year on this planet?

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?Negative body image. We are so hard on ourselves. The more sessions I viewed the more I thought to push that completely out of my mind. Although I had not ever seen anyone in my age category on the blog I was thinking perhaps I could be that trailblazer.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?To be honest, I was most nervous about leaving my house without makeup! I've worn makeup since 7th grade (that's a long time!). I don't even get the mail without hair and makeup being done. I was also apprehensive about there being something in the boudoir closet for me to wear. Was it going to fit me properly? How was I going to look? Will it show too much? Knowing full well Jes always has our backs, our fronts, our sides, and everything in between......what was I honestly afraid of?

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?I am who I am, and I look how I look. Take it or leave it. It never seems to fail, in my personal experience, that when I am supposed to be fully prepped for something, I'm never completely and totally satisfied with how I look. There's always some nit-picky thing that I'm not happy with. I've learned over time that there comes a point where you just have to put your best forward each and every day. Life is too short to always be so critical of your appearance. Just be the best YOU that you can be.

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Describe your experience.This was one of the most amazing things I've ever done, outside of child birth. The most female empowering thing. Jes and Emily are so welcoming. I walked in to the studio to the cute "welcome" sign. Greeted with a rack filled with boudoir choices, and a couple items I brought myself. All of the apprehension I felt prior to my session left when I tried on the pieces selected especially for me. I was honestly so relieved when I looked at myself in the mirror. After choosing outfits it was then time for hair and makeup. Emily did an amazing job! She's an artist. No peaking in the mirror until the look is complete. You can tell by the look on Emily's face that she's pleased with her work. She's so dang cute! Jes "pre-poses" every shot for you, leaving nothing to chance. Jes showed me a couple shots during the session. I was amazed at what I saw on the screen. Yep, that was really me. From that point forward, I relaxed and went with the flow of the remainder of the session.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?I felt completely and totally empowered after the session. You walk out feeling like you can do anything! Walk on water if you want! Every woman should do this, no matter how you are feeling about yourself at this point in your life. Do it for yourself if you're not into doing this for someone special in your life. My husband loved my gallery. I showed him all shots from the session. I honestly didn't want to deprive him of the experience I felt. He did not see my final 20 selections. He also did not see my final pick for the 16x20.

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What were your favorite products?I ended up purchasing the 8 x 8 album and also a 16 x 20 print. I figure those will be good memory items for my 60th year of life!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?I want to tell you all that you just need to do it. I at first had a slight hesitation to sign the model release as I'd never seen anyone as OLD as I am featured on the blog. I felt like I wanted to help set the example that anyone and everyone should open themselves up for the opportunity of more positivity in their lives. We are so critical of ourselves. Yes, you are beautiful enough, just the way you are. Come on ladies, show the world!

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How was working with Jes and Emily?They are fabulous!! Emily has mad skills with the curling irons and the make-up brushes. She enhances the natural beauty that is already there. Jes is fricking amazing. She sees things, and kills those angles, and hits the lighting, and just knows what will look the best in the end. And let me tell you, that girl can strike a pose! Vogue Jes!! We all had some good laughs, and I was just able to be myself, never felt intimidated.

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Will you be doing another session?I would love to.....every 10 years for the next 30!

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Anything else you want to add?Be prepared to cry happy tears....it feels that good! And Jes and Emily give the best most genuine hugs on the planet!

"DO IT! I was totally out of my comfort zone but they make you feel like you are the prettiest woman ever." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Ashley

How old were you at your session? 28

What made you decide to book a session? I am getting married this summer and I was trying to find the perfect gift for my soon to be husband. I saw them at an expo and just thought it was a great idea. I have also have lost a lot of weight through the years, and wanted to feel good about myself.

What was originally holding you back from booking a session? Nervous and the cost.

What were you most nervous about for your session? Not feeling comfortable being in Lingerie. I still am not 100% comfortable in my body still today. Can still see in the mirror the bigger girl I used to be.

How did you feel about yourself before your session? I was excited. I got a few sneak peeks at a few photos and they were awesome. I felt like a million dollars after with having my hair and make up all done up.

Describe your experience. It was amazing. I walked in and met with Emily. We looked over what she had picked up and I tried a few things on and she helped me pick the best ones. Then we got to the hair and make up which to me was so relaxing. With a crazy work schedule it was just nice to sit and listen to music and chill out. Then after we starting taking pictures and the time flew by so fast, I could have done it all day.

How did you feel about yourself after your session? It was so nice being shown how she wanted you to pose. And made you feel very comfortable and telling you that you look gorgeous. Really helped me feel more comfortable in my session.

Were you nervous before your viewing session? VERY nervous.

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? They were amazing. It was so hard to just use the amount i needed for my book. I wanted to do so much more.

What were your favorite products? The book

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? DO IT! I was totally out of my comfort zone but they make you feel like you are the prettiest woman ever.

How was working with Jes and Emily? They were amazing. Very chill and fun to work with.

Will you be doing another session? YES

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

"I have a whole new level of respect for myself." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Noel

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How old were you at your session?30

What made you decide to book a session?It is always something I have wanted to do, for myself and for my husband.

What was originally holding you back from booking a session?I have never been very confident in my appearance or my body, but over the years of being married and having kids I have come to appreciate myself more. It helps that my husband compliments me as well and has since the beginning even with all of the body changes I have gone through.

What were you most nervous about for your session?I was most nervous about feeling so exposed, and uncomfortable in my own skin in front of a total stranger and then having it captured on camera. I was also nervous that I would not like any of my pictures.

How did you feel about yourself before your session?Not confident, a little anxious and uncomfortable. I also felt a lot bigger than I actually appeared in the pictures, in my mind anyway.

Describe your experience.I loved every minute of it! They made me feel very welcome and comfortable as well as beautiful. I actually felt like a model towards the end once I got the hang of it

How did you feel about yourself after your session?I felt happy and beautiful and I was so excited to see my pictures! I was way more confident in myself after my session.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?A little, but I was mostly excited!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?I was convinced that I can be sexy if I tried and I have never really felt that way before. I have a whole new level of respect for myself.

What were your favorite products?I loved all of the albums, very beautiful and amazing quality.

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?I would convince them that it is well worth it! I think it can be a life changing experience for some women. We can judge ourselves so harshly sometimes and this experience can help you see yourself in a different light.

How was working with Jes and Emily?They were awesome! They made me feel so good about myself. They are so outgoing and welcoming, once I started talking to them I was less nervous.

Will you be doing another session?Possibly

Anything else you want to add?I just want to thank Jess and Emily for such an amazing experience that I do not think I would have had anywhere else. I can't believe how something as simple as a photo shoot can change your perspective on yourself and other women.

"I felt beautiful, strong, powerful... like I could achieve anything." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Poly

How old were you at your session? 2 weeks from 31!

What made you decide to book a session? I get a boudoir session done of myself every year for my birthday, as a gift to myself! It's been 6 years of this tradition.

What was originally holding you back from booking a session? I wanted to get in better shape.

What were you most nervous about for your session? Feeling beautiful when looking at the pictures.

How did you feel about yourself before your session? I felt good, but very nervous. I just wanted everything to look good for photos. It was also my first time doing boudoir with Jes, but I knew I could trust her, she's the best at boudoir!

Describe your experience. It was wonderful! From the very beginning, choosing outfits from the amazing closet, to having Emily doll me up, to feeling like a queen posing for Jes! Everything was flawless!

How did you feel about yourself after your session? Like a princess! I felt beautiful, strong, powerful... like I could achieve anything.

Were you nervous before your viewing session? Very nervous!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? Like the very best of me was reflected on the photos. Things I don't normally like about myself could not be even seen on the photos. I felt so happy and felt like I really look amazing!

What were your favorite products? All of them! Especially the album!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? Jes got you! Don't wait until you think you look perfect for photos. Jes knows how to direct and pose like no one else!

How was working with Jes and Emily? Amazing! I'm already excited to book my next session with Mad Chicken Studio for my next boudoir!

Will you be doing another session? OF COURSE!

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Anything else you want to add? Jes brought me to tears when she showed me my photos. What she gave me was so much more than photos... it's a true gift for a lifetime!