"It was completely overwhelming seeing myself like that. I am beautiful." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Andrea

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How Old Were You At Your Session? 34!

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What made you decide to book a session? I have been following the facebook page since earlier this year and admired how supportive and positive this group of women was. The beautful artistic photographs, the insipirational quotes and all around positivity of the group inspired me to actually look into booking a session. Unfortunately, sessions were booked through the year. On a whim I looked at the calendar one more time a few weeks later and there happened to be a session that became available again and I just so happened to be home during that time (I live aboard a reasearch vessel and spend most of my year at sea in the Gulf of Alaska) so I booked it without a second thought!!! I literally did a little dance after the paperwork was signed and I had my date!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session? Timing really. Jes is so awesome, that she books up really fast! Had I not happen to nab that cancelled session, I am not sure when I would have been able to do it. I suggest if you find a spot and you can do it, BOOK IT!

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What were you most nervous about for your session? Letting go of my insecurities. I felt pretty good about myself before booking, but I still had parts that I had always been self conscious about. I was nervous how certian parts of my body would look in the photographs. I told Jes about them even. Jes is not only a superb photographer, she is something of a therapist too. She talked to me about those insecurities and assured me I would see what others do. She made me feel beautiful. After a few shots in, I felt amazing and the nerves melted away!

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How did you feel about yourself before your session? Fairly confident, but still needed improvement! In recent years I have gained a new level of appreciation for myself. It has taken a long time to build my confidence to where it was, and I felt it was time to capture that in a beautiful and artistic way. But I am human and still had a few insecurities about my body, which were smashed after my session!

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Describe your experience. I was so excited I showed up a little early to my session and was waiting in my car. Katie pulled up next to me and already knew who I was and greeted me with the most bubbly smile! When I arrived in the studio I was greeted with more smiles and was made to feel at home. The studio is so soft and pretty! I was then introduced to the CLOSET! It's beyond fabulous! So many pretty things! That was the hardest part of all, trying to decide what to wear! All the ladies were great in helping me decide though! I felt so pampered getting my hair and makeup done by Emily. She is a true artist! I LOVED how it all turned out! Then you begin shooting... lashes down, chin up, breath through your mouth! I had no idea how to pose, but Jes had it covered! She was awesome in giving direction for your best poses. I felt like every pose was tailored just for me! Between Jes directing and showing you sneak peeks of what she is seeing and Katie being my own personal cheerleader I felt on top of the world! The poses are super fun but also challenging at times. Jes warned me I would be sore the next few days, and boy was I!!! Jes was right though, it was so worth it! I walked out of my session a new woman. I felt beautiful, powerful, sexy, and full of confidence! Truly it was one of the more amazing experiences of my life.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session? Like I was on top of the world! And I still feel that way!

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Were you nervous before your viewing session? I was super excited!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? Katie had to get me some tissues. I was a ball of tears by the end of the viewing. It was completely overwhelming seeing myself like that. I am beautiful. This experience helped me truly see that. They were tears of joy.

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What were your favorite products? I loved all the photos so I purchased the digital collection! I also was introduced to a new videobook that plays your slideshow when you open it. It was pretty cool, so I got that too!

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What would you tell anyone interest, but maybe hesitant, in booking a session of their own? If you have the opportunity, please please do it! It is one of the best investments in yourself that you can make! From joining the facebook group to receiving my photos and beyond, the entire experience has had lasting positive effects on my mind, body, and soul.

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How was working with Jes and Emily? Beyond amazing. Katie too! She is the best cheerleader!

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Will you be doing another session? YES!!! I want to do an outdoor shoot next!

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Anything else you want to add? To all the ladies at Mad Chicken and to all the women who are in our online community; you are the reason I feel the best I ever have. THANK YOU! <3