How old were you at your session?29
What made you decide to book a session?
I'd had a really rough time after unexpectedly getting pregnant with and giving birth to my son. I became a single mother early on in the pregnancy and developed severe anxiety that got even worse after I had my son. It caused me to lose some close friends, and for a good year and a half I had a hard time controlling my anxiety. Everyone talks about postpartum depression, but not many know about or understand postpartum anxiety, and it was a very hard period in my life. My self-confidence was at an all-time low and I didn't like myself. I'd been following the Duluth Boudoir Facebook group for a while and when some sessions were being offered at half price, I decided to jump on it. It was just something so out of my element and comfort zone, and all the girls whose pictures I'd seen were so beautiful and gorgeous, and I loved reading how their sessions made them feel so sexy and powerful. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to restore the self-confidence that I used to have.
What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
Money. I was a single mom, working full-time and going to nursing school on top of it. I'm the type of person who pays my bills, buys necessities, and makes sure my son is taken care of and has everything he needs/wants. I rarely do nice things for myself or treat myself to something. This session was my way of treating myself to something fun and nice that I desperately needed.
What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was nervous that I wouldn't look good. I wasn't the ideal weight that I wanted to be. And I was nervous to reveal so much of myself in photos and be vulnerable. I was also worried that none of the outfits would look good on me and that I wouldn't know what to do since I'm terrible at being a girl.
How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Bloated, lol. My period was due to start the next day so I felt puffy and unattractive. I was very nervous and felt like I was going to throw up. I thought about just not showing up or calling and canceling, but I paid for this damnit, so I was going to do it!
Describe your experience.
It was amazing! As soon as I walked in, Jes and Emily made me feel super comfortable and relaxed. It was the best thing I'd ever done and I seriously think every woman should do a boudoir shoot. I just felt so incredible and sexy and my self-confidence soared. And Jes and Emily just lavish you with compliments the entire time and make you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. I was honestly a little sad when my session ended.
How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Hot. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Happy. Brimming with self-confidence and self-love. I returned home to my boyfriend and his jaw dropped when he saw me because he's never seen me in so much makeup and looking so feminine. I feel like I had a big dopey smile on my face for days that I couldn't get rid of. I watched the live video of me over and over and loved reading all the wonderful comments people left. I soared high for days.
Were you nervous before your viewing session?No, I was excited!!!
How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
Even more beautiful. I'm in awe of how great my photos turned out, and am starting to see me the way my boyfriend sees me: absolutely beautiful. He tells me several times a day how beautiful and sexy I am and I used to always roll my eyes and shake my head at him, thinking he was crazy. Now after the session and after viewing my photos, I'm like, "Damn right I am." My self-confidence that I lost is definitely back!
What were your favorite products?They're all amazing but I ended up choosing the Luxe album. So gorgeous.
What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Do it! I guarantee you will not regret it. All your fears and worries will disappear as soon as you step foot in the studio, and your self-confidence will soar.
How was working with Jes and Emily?
Awesome. They're so funny and they are so great at what they do.They make you feel at ease as soon as you walk through the door. Jes is amazing at styling the outfits with jewelry and shoes, and Emily does wonders with makeup and hair! And of course, Jes has insane photography skills! And I loved the compliments they generously dished out to me. They are both incredible people.
Will you be doing another session?I'd love to do a pregnancy boudoir shoot if I ever have another baby!
Anything else you want to add?
Thank you, Jes and Emily, for making me feel beautiful again and restoring my self-confidence.