" 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.