"I very casually felt like the baddest bitch around." || Duluth Boudoir Interview with Holly

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How Old Were You At Your Session? Two weeks shy of 26

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What made you decide to book a session? I wanted to do something awesome for myself. I've spent the last year dumping all my spare money into my student loans because I am totally sick of them. All that money I spend on them each month that could be going to more fun or meaningful things. Its especially annoying spending all that money and I didnt even finish out my degree. It takes a toll to make payments every month and be reminded of that. So booking my session was kind of a "treat yo self" for putting in all the extra work.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session? Mostly price. Like I said, I've been dumping money into student loans. But I knew this was something I had been wanting to do. I spent a lot of time thinking about it before I decided I need to jump on the black friday sale!

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What were you most nervous about for your session? I dont know! I didnt even know WHY I was nervous, but walking up to the door had me mildly terrified for some reason! I guess I was nervous about being awkward? I was nervous the closet wouldnt have things in my style, or my sizing? Really worried I wouldnt look like myself. What's the point of the expriance if they just dress you up and make you up like someone you are not? My nerves melted away INSTANTLY when Katie greeted me in space buns, and an all black outfit with a pleather skirt. These were my people. The day was going to be great! Shout out to Katie!!!

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How did you feel about yourself before your session? I feel that I've put a lot of personal work in over the last few years to learn how to be myself and be proud of the person I am. That being said, I still spend a lot of time being unsure of the way I look. My weight goes up and down, and I've always been uncomfortable with that. I've always had a large chest and you know what, that's been a struggle as well. I spent years getting shit on both sides of that, from men and women. My chest has always been a huge insecurity for me, no pun intended. That's why I ended up getting a huge tattoo, as an acentuation, or maybe even a distraction from them? Tattoos and piercings have been helping me turn areas I dislike into areas I love. So if you're going to have something to say about them, let me make it clear I AM TOTALLY AWARE OF THEM. I know they are there, now let's move on from it. There is so much more to each and every human than any particular physical attribute.

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Describe your experience. It's hard to really formulate words, its was just great!! I had total trust in these women and whatever they wanted to do! They pulled me an awesome closet and gave me their opinions when I needed a little help. Emily is absolutely BALLER at putting together the perfect make up look even though I had very little in put for her to start with. Jess took the brain work out of every pose for me and made me feel totally comfortable. The whole thing was just wonderful, and honestly really relaxing and therapeutic. It was like a day with a reset button in my usually busy stressful life.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session? DOOOOOOPE. I was sharing selfies while I was in the closet every outfit. I just wanted to show THE WORLD. I very casually felt like the baddest bitch around. I don’t think I have ever felt better about myself. That was my day. And I was so excited to go for forth and project that feeling to everyone around me. I just felt like I was on top of the world and nothing could knock me down.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session? More so excited! Could not wait!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? In shock! Who knew I could bring that kind of fire! I struggle to take a decent selfie most of the time. I always chalked it up to just not being photogenic. But DAMN! There wasn't a single image I wasn’t smitten with. And they all looked and felt like me! Not like I was made up to be some model or anything, just hey girl, THATS YOU!

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What were your favorite products? The albums are so gorgeous and timeless. So beautiful in person. I also love the idea of the view finder!!

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What would you tell anyone interest, but maybe hesitant, in booking a session of their own? Obviously I want to say DO IT, there is zero room for regret!! But I know it's not that easy. If you are thinking about it now, or have been, figure out a way to make it work for you. Finance is a big part of it, so plan for yourself. Start saving a little bit here and there now, and when it gets to black Friday (which I totally recommend) take a look at what you saved and see if you still have the fire to go for it! That was helpful for me. Knowing that I wanted to do it, and that I could without a huge strain of trying to aford it.

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How was working with Jes, Emily, and Katie? I've never felt more comfortable around strangers in my life!!! I love these fabulous cheerleaders for women!!! I couldn't pick a better collective of female minds to have worked with on such an experience.

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Will you be doing another session? Oh God I hope so! We will have to wait a little ways down the road!

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Anything else you want to add? Lurking around the Facebook group has done wonders for my confidence in being a women. No matter if it's posts from Jess, Katie, and Emily, or other members who have or have not done sessions. I feel like my body positivity is growing, and it feels good. Keep up the good work, everybody!!