"Gorgeous, sexy, incredible, confident, amazing...would you like me to continue???" || Duluth Boudoir Photography Interview with Calla

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How Old Were You At Your Session? 28

What made you decide to book a session? I've always wanted to do it, but never really knew when I actually would. I decided that since I was getting married in September 2019, what better time than now and booked a session for June during the Black Friday special!

What was originally holding you back from booking a session? I'm really not a person who enjoys being the center of attention so having photos of just me, especially in little clothing was a bit of an intimidation factor. I always thought "I need to get in better shape" or "I need to make sure the timing is 'right'" (whatever that means). I think it was just that uncomfortable feeling that was the main reason holding me back.

What were you most nervous about for your session? Not finding the right outfit to wear, or thinking I might not like how anything looks on. Also, being open to strutting around in heels and little clothing in front of a camera! I don't get that excited about pictures of me fully clothed let alone wearing sexy lingerie! :)

How did you feel about yourself before your session? I was not the most confident and thought about how I am not in as "good of shape" as I have been in the past.

Describe your experience.
I went into this shoot nervous as heck but extremely excited at the same time. Honestly, it was such mixed feelings it was an entirely new experience just in that sense. Katie and Emily were so welcoming when I first arrived and brought me into the closet to try on more outfits than I could count. After a full hour in there, and feeling absolutely ecstatic about the outfits I chose (narrowed it down to like 12 haha). Jes came in and finalized the four I went with, and picked out the most beautiful jewelry and AWESOME heels to go with each outfit. Emily worked her magic next and made me feel absolutely beautiful. We listened to some fun (and funny) music, chatted it up, and had some good laughs! After feeling like I was on Cloud 9, Jes had me change into my first outfit, followed up with the other three one by one (the green piece was my favorite...and of course the bridal shoot). I posed in ways I did not know my body was capable of posing, and Jes was so great about showing me exactly how to go about it. We got very comfortable, I never felt weird and to be honest, never really had the "oh my gosh I'm half naked in front of other people or the camera" type feeling. It was as if I had known Jes, Emily, and Katie my entire life. Also, finishing with a polaroid shot with the three incredible ladies, and the cute goodie bag was just icing on the cake. So fun! It was an absolutely unforgettable experience that until you actually go through it you won't understand. I already look forward to doing another shoot in the future.

How did you feel about yourself after your session? AMAZING. I look at my photos probably more than I should, if that's even possible! I'm still in awe about how I was able to maneuver some of the positions I was in, but blown away by the beauty and creativity behind every shot. I have more confidence in myself now than I did before, and any time I'm not feeling the greatest about my physique, I open up my phone gallery and remind myself that I need to rethink what I'm currently thinking. Curves are sexy, my thighs have carried me for 28+ years, there is no reason to hate on them. What I find to be imperfections in myself are actually perfections that make me unique. I realize we are our own worst enemies when it comes to our "looks" but it's more important to accept who we are because we are all beautiful. Self-love is incredibly important and I couldn't be happier that I did this session, not just because I am getting married, but because I did it for ME!!!!

Were you nervous before your viewing session? No! I left my session feeling so amazing I couldn't wait to see my photos. Because of the July 4th holiday I had to wait an extra week. The ladies had well deserved time off but the wait for me was brutal! :) Good things are worth waiting for though, right?! Haha! I could not wait to see what came out of that amazing four hour experience with Katie, Emily, and Jes!

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? I believe one of my first comments was "Oh my gosh, that's me!?!" haha! Gorgeous, sexy, incredible, confident, amazing...would you like me to continue??? I don't even think there are enough words in the dictionary to describe how great I felt about myself! Not only seeing the photos, but the entire experience viewing them was incredible. The video, the products, seeing the wonderful ladies again! Plus I got to meet Cabot so that was one way to pull on my heartstrings! Everything is better with a dog around, especially a giant cuddly lap dog!!!!!! But in all seriousness, I had all the feels after seeing my photos!! :)

What were your favorite products? I absolutely loved the albums, and trying to decide what one to purchase was difficult! The polaroid photos are also so much fun. What a unique and cute idea! The albums though, definitely a favorite! I ended up purchasing a package that included the Luxe album!

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in booking a session of their own? DO IT, and don't let anyone (including yourself) stop you! You will not regret it, if anything you will regret NOT doing it. You will walk away feeling so incredible! Everyone should do this at least once in their life, or once a year that would work too! :) It will give you a confidence boost like no other. So get online and book a session now! I'm already anxious to do it again in the future!

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How was working with Jes, Emily, and Katie? There aren't three more perfect women out there to work with. They're fun, spunky, beautiful women who couldn't make you feel more comfortable half-naked (or naked) in front of the camera haha! :) They make you feel like you have been friends your entire life, and really know how to make you laugh! Absolutely incredible ladies! It's a joy to see them each time I swing in!

Will you be doing another session? Oh heck yes! No doubt! Absolutely! It won't be right away, but I definitely can't wait to do it again!

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Anything else you want to add? One thing I keep telling myself after my session is to be comfortable with the uncomfortable! Don't feel comfortable doing a session? Well, do it anyway because there is nothing better. This is your opportunity to get comfortable with being uncomfortable! Trust me, it won't take much to feel comfortable with Katie, Emily, and Jes. They're amazing!! Lastly, BE YOU! Don't waste your time trying to be someone you're not. Everyone is beautiful in every shape and every size. Love yourself!!!!!