" I have never been more confident in myself and more grateful to women who raise others up and help them reach their full potential." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Natalie

How old were you at your session?26

What made you decide to book a session?
I am a second shooter for my fiance who is a videographer and I have seen a few brides give books of boudoir photos as gifts to their husband on their wedding day. I loved the idea and my guy was all for it too:)

What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
I was not sure it was the right time. I have two year old twins and I was always waiting until I was thinner or fitter.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was nervous about everything! I was nervous that I would look bad. I was nervous that I would not be able to get comfortable enough to take good pictures. I was nervous that I would make weird faces or blink in every picture. I was nervous to be naked. I was nervous about not being able to pose well

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
This past year I have been working hard to feel better about myself. I think booking the session before I had time to get "perfect" or thin or fit was a big step for me.

Describe your experience.
I showed up and it was a gorgeous location. So pretty. I felt like how can my pictures be bad when this room looks so good?! I started out picking my outfits and it was a blast! The closet they have is INSANE. I am being completely serious when I say that if I had that closet, I would never wear real clothes again. From there I went into hair and makeup and it was super fun having it done and then getting to see the big reveal. My makeup was way better than I expected and my hair was way bigger than I ever dreamed it could be. I felt amazing! During the shoot Jes was so helpful in posing me and making me feel comfortable. It took about two poses and seeing that I looked good even though I felt like I was doing weird faces, to get me completely out of my shell. After that I just had so much fun. By the end I felt amazing and I was just super pumped to see the pictures.

How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I felt SEXY. Coming home looking fierce was super fun. My fiance and I went on a date and I just felt so good.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?A little.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I was shocked honestly. I had a little bit of time to doubt myself and I was not super sure how good I would look. But, when I saw my pictures I was stunned. I looked better than I knew I could. I loved my posing and makeup and everything, even how much fun I had, showed in the photos. It was and is so hard not to show my fiance before the wedding!!!

What were your favorite products?I love the big photo book.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Everyone has issues. Just this year, I have finally started dealing with past trauma that caused me to be fearful and ashamed of my sexuality. I am also a mom of twin toddlers, so not only do I have body changes from pregnancy, but I just generally do not live a very sexy life. This experience has been cathartic for me. I felt so safe during my session and so supported on the VIP group. I have never been more confident in myself and more grateful to women who raise others up and help them reach their full potential.

How was working with Jes and Emily?
You mean my new best friends? Uh, great! They are hilarious. You cannot feel uncomfortable around them. They are supportive and they make the process super fun.

Will you be doing another session?I hope so!!!!

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Anything else you want to add?
Do it. You know you want to. What is the worst thing that could happen? You fart during a booty pose? (I was secretly nervous this would happen!) It is going to be the best thing you have done for yourself and your significant other will love it too.