"In the beginning I thought doing this would be an amazing gift for my boyfriend but in the end it was an amazing gift to myself" | Aleah's Boudoir Interview

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

How old were you at your session? 24

What made you decide to book a session? I saw a bunch of the photos from the Facebook page - fell in love with the idea and thought it would be a perfect Valentine's Day present for my boyfriend.

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

What was originally holding you back from booking a session? My weight/mom bod

What were you most nervous about for your session? Showing my body to two strangers being that I'm a very private person, and that my double chin wouldn't be in every picture lol

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

How did you feel about yourself before your session? Nervous, like extremely nervous.

Describe your experience. I remember walking in, knocking on the door as my hands were shaking carrying my bags full of lingerie questioning if I brought the right kinds of things. They had music playing and the closet ready to be raided. I remember trying some of the outfits on and thinking "oh my God, yeah right I could never get away with wearing that" *ripped it off immediately* and finally found a few that felt perfect. Next, it was time for hair and make up. I remember thinking, oh jeez I never let anyone do my hair, it won't look right.. lord, they're gonna do my makeup too!? I let Emily work her magic and wow, it was magical. I went to the bathroom before the shoot started and I looked in the mirror and almost cried. I felt beautiful. My hair was so curly, just the way I liked it. My make up.. flawless. She did such amazing work. Now it was Jes' turn.. she had me put my first outfit on, I was shaking, felt like I could burst into tears at any moment because my god, I don't even know these people and I'm in my undies!! Each outfit and each pose got easier and easier. You know what it's like when you tell your best friend to make sure she gets your good side when she takes a picture of you.. that day Jes was my best friend.

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

How did you feel about yourself after your session? I felt amazing, until i got in my thought and got nervous, thinking "oh God, I wonder how many of them I'll just HATE"

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

Were you nervous before your viewing session? Absolutely

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? On my viewing day, I brought my best friend because I was so scared to see myself. She had said "OMG ALEAH THAT IS HOT, THESE ARE HOT" "You look so beautiful and so happy." Watching my slideshow I was just about in tears and upon leaving my viewing session I had a bunch of happy happy tears. They were beautiful.

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

What were your favorite products? My book

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? Do it. 110% do it! You will NOT regret it. In the beginning I thought doing this would be an amazing gift for my boyfriend but in the end it was an amazing gift to myself. For the first time in a long time, I felt beautiful and comfortable in the skin I'm in. After years of being with someone, after having kids you sort of neglect yourself - but this definitely gave me my shine back. I wanted to show my book to everyone around me!

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

How was working with Jes and Emily? They were amazing. Emily worked her magic on my face and hair, I didn't even want to shower because I didn't want it to go away lol. Jes helped me break down the wall I had built up and filled my head with the most positive feelings I've ever felt. For two strangers and a few hours of talking and laughing, it had felt like we had been friends forever!

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

Will you be doing another session? I would love to!

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio

Anything else you want to add? If you're on the fence about doing a session - JUST DO IT. I promise it's worth it.

Duluth Boudoir Photography session in woodland | Mad Chicken Studio