"Mad Chicken Checked All of My Boxes" || Duluth Boudoir Photography Interview with Megan Tabako

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How old were you at your session?28

What made you decide to book a session?
I'd been thinking about getting boudoir pictures done as a gift for my husband for a few years. Once I was added to the group (Thank you, Kim!!), I quickly saw how much everyone loved their pictures and how highly recommended Jes and Emily were. I jumped in head first, with no hesitation!

What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Baby number three came along, and it felt like life took a while to get into the new normal. Then every boudoir photographer I came across seemed to look either too amateur, too cheesy, too raunchy, or exploitative. I was looking for someone who would understand that yes I'm sexy and a woman, but I am also a wife and a mom. Mad Chicken checked all my boxes and I waited for the Black Friday deals to go live.

What were you most nervous about for your session?
I think I read every blog post, every post in the group, and the Mad Chicken website seven times each the night before. I was so nervous I was going to do something wrong, miss some detail, or forget to do something! I so badly wanted this to go well and get some pretty pictures at the end.
I was nervous that Jes wouldn't be able to get any good photographs. I was nervous I wouldn't be able to pull of a sexy look. Also, I was very afraid I wouldn't be able to stop giggling and smiling because of how awkward I was sure it was going to be!

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I'm pretty comfortable with my body. I like working out, but I also love tacos and wine. I felt I knew how to showcase my body pretty well with clothing on, but was slightly nervous about how my body would look without clothing on!

Describe your experience.
The morning of my session, I drove two and a half hours, parked and took a selfie before going in. I purposely went into the day with the thought that Jes and Emily do this for a living so they know best. I didn't bring any clothing items with me and only had one make up and one hair picture for inspiration. I wanted to be open to their ideas. 

Emily greeted me at the door, showed me the closet and the outfits picked out for me. I tried on everything! Then, after Jes settled my two black body suits dilemma, Emily got going with my hair and make up. I felt like we chatted and laughed the whole time like good friends.

When it was actually time to get dressed in the outfit I picked and Jes styled with jewelry and heels, I was feeling beautiful, but still a bit nervous. Jes didn't waste any time getting into poses and snapping pictures. There wasn't time to be nervous! Jes has this personality trait that makes you want to do a good job for her. You want to make her proud. When shooting, both her and Emily have great little quips about how beautiful you are, or how great the photo looks. You can't help but believe them and start to act more confident and sexy.

We flew through my outfits and soon the day was over. I regretfully got dressed and then Jes showed me the products and I set a viewing date with Emily. I didn't want to leave! Too soon I was headed back to the cities to do regular mom stuff like pick children up from preschool!

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
After my session I truly felt like I was glowing. I felt this weird feeling of pride and kind of a giddy adrenaline rush from doing something so out of the box from my norm. I think I grinned at every car I passed on the way home! The date of my session was probably tied with my wedding for the date I felt most beautiful.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?Absolutely!!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I had my viewing session via skype, and set up office in the parking lot of my daughters dance studio which is in an industrial part of town. Here I was, looking at suuuuuuuuper sexy photos of myself while guys in hard hats, mechanics, and little girls in tutu's walked around. I almost couldn't believe the woman in those pictures was me! I was so proud and feeling so sexy - even in my car by myself. After seeing my photos, I truly couldn't wait to physically see them. I wanted to order all of them. I wanted to show everyone how great these photos were. I think I even said that to my mom - 'Want to see a picture of my butt?'!

What were your favorite products?The Luxe Book and the Viewfinder!

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Do it, do it, do it. You won't regret it. I booked the session thinking the products would be a gift for my husband. Screw that - that day was the best thing I could have ever done for MYSELF, the best gift I could have ever given me! My husband just gets to benefit from it.

How was working with Jes and Emily?
Jes and Emily are the perfect mix of hype girls, perfectionists, best girl friends, and professionals. They make you feel so comfortable and good in your skin. They are so positive and empowering - just the type of friends every woman needs in her corner. Professionally, I couldn't have asked for more. My experience was wonderful. My photos are amazing and I cannot wait to see my final products.

Will you be doing another session?I hope so!

Anything else you want to add?
Jes and Emily, I can't thank you enough. I feel like I need to bake you a cake, or do some of your laundry, or something! I treasure my photographs and the memories of my day with you both. You are doing amazing work for women. I can't wait to support you on any and all adventures you two take! Thank you!!

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How old were you at your session?27

What made you decide to book a session?
I had always wanted to do it but usually the cost would sway me to change my mind. But then after seeing so many girls leave their sessions feeling so fricken good about themselves, I wanted that! So, one night during their Black Friday sale I said F IT!! I'm going to do this and i'm doing it for me! I wanted to see myself in that setting and out of my comfort zone because I usually think of myself as kind of a goofball so I wanted to see myself in a different way and man, after seeing my pictures I am totally comfortable saying I am a hottie! haha!

What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
The money, always thinking that I should spend it on something else or save towards a house or something adult like (boring).

What were you most nervous about for your session?
I really wasn't too nervous for my session! The day of, I got the excited/nervous feeling in my stomach but I think it was because I wasn't sure i'd be able to get my body to do what Jes wanted me to do! I have known and been great friends with Emily since we were in 5th grade so knowing that she was going to be there helped. That girl has seen me look every way possible and not always good haha so it was nice having the comfort of her but at the same time, Jes and Katie both made me feel like I had known them just as long as I've known Em!

How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I've been a fairly confident person most of my life but like any girl, I have insecurities about parts of my body. I have my "fat day's" and days where I think my butt is way too large but after seeing my photos...I'm totally okay with my big booty!

Describe your experience.
Oh. My. God. I don't think there are words to truly describe the experience. It was so fun, magical, empowering, a little painful (with some of the positions haha), eye opening! The list goes on. From the moment I walked in until the moment I left, I was smiling and having fun! They take such good care of you and make you feel like such a badass, hot, strong, and beautiful woman! I have told everyone thats asked and even those who haven't, they should book a session! I haven't stopped thinking about it since I left!

How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Like daaaaaamn girl!! I was ready to take on the world with my big hair and beautiful makeup!

Were you nervous before your viewing session?not in the slightest bit! I was too excited!!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
Again, no words. I felt so beautiful and confident and like I could take on the world!

What were your favorite products?The basic album! If i wasn't trying to save for a house and pay for a wedding i would have wanted to buy every image!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Just go for it!! Kick whatever's holding you back to the curb and just do it!! And do it for you! Every girl deserves to be their own crush! :)

How was working with Jes and Emily?
The ultimate best!! Like I said before, Emily and I go way back so having her be there and a part of it was definitely special for me but Jes is the fricken greatest! So easy going and she made it so much fun!!

Will you be doing another session?Absofrickenlutely.

Anything else you want to add?
Don't let any hesitations get in the way! Know that you will leave feeling like a million bucks and it is hands down one of the best experiences!

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How old were you at your session?27

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What made you decide to book a session?
Emily has been one of my best friends since childhood. When I found out that she was going to be doing makeup and hair for boudoir photography I was so excited, and knew that I would eventually need to book a session. I always figured I would wait until I was getting married, as a gift to my future husband. However, after being a part of the amazing online community of women, reading their stories, and seeing their pictures... I decided to do it for me instead. Not to say that my boyfriend doesn't also enjoy them... he does. ;)

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Mostly my self-image, and my busy schedule.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was afraid that my perceived flaws that I constantly focus on would be magnified.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
When I finally decided to pull the trigger and book a session, I was feeling pretty good about myself. However, this is a recent development for me. I went through a pretty traumatic experience in the somewhat recent past, and had to go on anti-depressants as a result. My body changed a lot because of the medication and I no longer felt like myself. When I finally got off of the medication, and did some self-reflection, I learned to love my new body. This shoot was kind of a celebration of that realization for me.

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Describe your experience.
Right away I felt completely comfortable with Jes... I think it probably helps that I am so obsessed with the Facebook group, so I watch the lives almost everyday. I was super excited about all of the pieces they picked for me, and knew they would have great ideas any time I asked for advice. It was so fun to catch up with Emily as she did my hair and makeup, and I was shocked when I saw the final result in the mirror. The shoot was an absolute blast. Beyond feeling amazingly beautiful throughout the entire thing, we just had a ton of fun together.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I felt like a bad-ass, feminist, super-chick who could take on the entire world.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Nope, I had already watched my entire live session so I knew the pictures would be amazing.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I felt like I had been wasting so much time picking out and focusing on my flaws for all of these years, when I could have been spending time focusing on all of my... assets. ;)

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What were your favorite products?The Luxe Album! I love that you can have a picture of yourself on the front, and the pages are amazing!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
To stop wasting time coming up with reasons why you're not enough, and start embracing what makes you an individual.

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Like a dream come true!

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Will you be doing another session?Duh.

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Anything else you want to add?
I just want to say thanks to Jes and Emily, and the entire community of women in this group. I love that we are all uplifting each other and the community together. If the whole world could be more like you guys, it would be a pretty amazing place to live.

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How old were you at your session?28

What made you decide to book a session?
I have been watching Jes and Emily's Boudoir page for over a year now. I saw their work and how amazing all of the photos were. Ever since I found the Boudoir page I had wanted to book a session to have beautiful photos like these of me but never really thought I would due to the cost. Then after I got engaged I thought this would be an amazing wedding gift for my future husband and I had wanted photos like these for a while now. Then when I went to the wedding expo I saw the Boudoir booth all set up and I just couldn't help but take the leap and book a session with these ladies!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
One of the things that was holding me back was the cost of the photos and session. Then part of it was I wanted to get into better shape even though we are all perfect the way we are. However, once I saw the booth at the wedding expo I decided I just needed to do it!

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I wouldn't say I was nervous, I was very excited and couldn't wait for my session! If I had to pick something that I was nervous about I guess I would have to say it would be trying to picking out the perfect outfits.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
I was excited for my session and couldn't wait for it to start.

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Describe your experience.
When I walked into the studio I was greeted by Jes and Emily. They were both very kind and helpful. They showed me the closet and let me try on outfits and narrow it down to my favorites. Then of course I couldn't decide on my 4 outfits because I loved too many so they helped me pick the best ones that worked for my body type, skin tone and style. After we picked my outfits Jes found shoes in my size to match each one along with a necklace while Emily did my hair and makeup. After hair and makeup was done I put on my first outfit and Jes got to work! We had so much fun posing, talking, laughing and hangout. After the session I changed back into my street cloths, we took a fun Polaroid photo and they even gave me a little gift to take home.

How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I felt amazing! I had such a wonderful time at my session and I defiantly would love to do another in the future. I felt like a model and a million bucks! These ladies make you feel so beautiful and perfect in every way no matter what.
After my (secret) session, since I was all dolled up and my endorphins were high I called my fiancé and said I wanted to go out on a date that night. So we went out to dinner and he couldn't stop staring at me :)

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?No, extremely excited

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I felt wonderful. I loved how they all turned out and I cannot wait to get my products! I loved them all so much that I decided I needed everyone of them! I cannot wait to give this gift to my fiancé and to have a photo or two printed to go on our bedroom wall!

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What were your favorite products?Photo book and the digital file

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Just do it! You will not regret it one bit! I had so much fun at my session that I want to do another in the future. These ladies make you feel so comfortable and beautiful. I am so happy that I finally booked a session with these amazing ladies.

How was working with Jes and Emily?
Jes and Emily were amazing and so wonderful. They helped me with anything I needed and made me feel welcome and comfortable.

Will you be doing another session?Yes, I would love to in the future.

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Anything else you want to add?
I had no idea how much fun I would have doing a boudoir photo session with these ladies. The whole experience was wonderful.
I also loved that they made a slideshow with music for me to watch when I came back for my viewing session. I thought this was a nice addition to the viewing session. These ladies truly put a lot of thought, love and hard working hours in to their clients. 
They care about every lady on this Earth and want to make us all feel amazing and beautiful.