How old were you at your session?31
What made you decide to book a session?
I couldn't NOT book a session. I hired Jes to photograph my wedding back in 2013, which resulted in her photographing my first boudoir session as a groom's gift for my now husband. After seeing Jes' boudoir work EXPLODE, I knew I needed to do another one - but this time, it was all for me.
What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
It was really just a matter of not prioritizing it. I've drooled over Jes' work since discovering her, and it was always in the back of my head to schedule another session with her, I just needed to get off my booty and do it.
What were you most nervous about for your session?
Honestly, I was really nervous about being awkward. I struggle with social anxiety so, I was dreading the idea that I might be too "in my own head" and that I would ruin the experience for myself. I laugh as I type that out because that's the thing about anxiety... you revert to the worst-case-scenario, immediately and then realize how ridiculous it was to ever feel that way.
How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Despite the anxiety, I felt fairly confident because I am a photographer, and I shoot boudoir, myself, so I was relatively prepared for what to expect.
... that being said, I'm pretty sure I showed up to the studio sweating and slightly shakey, but with red velvet cupcakes!
Describe your experience.
Uh, in a word, AMAZING. Emily is the sweetest person, and her makeup skills are out of this world! As soon as I walked in, I felt taken care of, and Jes lured me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible! Also, let the record show, their studio closet would make Carried Bradshaw proud AF.
How did you feel about yourself after your session?
It was almost as if I took a big gulp of fresh air. I was telling Jes towards the end of my session, that I'm a pretty reserved person... and even that was a little weird for me to admit out loud because I haven't always been that way! It's as if I've grown a little protective shell around myself over the last few years, and it was really fun to chip away at it, with 5-inch heels.
Were you nervous before your viewing session?NOPE. I knew I was going to love my photos! Har Har
How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I believe the first thing I said when my slideshow finished was, "I'm SWEATING!" No joke, best photos I've ever seen of myself. I couldn't get over my makeup, Emily!!!
What were your favorite products?Ohhh, the products. They're all SO GORGEOUS. I ordered the largest album, but I was also really drawn to the folio box.
What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Can I swear here??
Just fucking do it, already. Whether you see yourself in the women who've been photographed, or it's so out of your comfort zone that you'd never dream of having boudoir photos taken, this experience is for everyone - especially those who don't think so. This will change how you see yourself, for the better.
How was working with Jes and Emily?
One of my favorite days! It was so much fun hanging out with them!
Will you be doing another session?Absolutely. I already told Jes I'd be in for a 3rd session :)
Anything else you want to add?
So, during my first boudoir session, I was extremely self-conscious. I hated my butt and was determined to keep my boobs covered. After turning 30, I told myself to change my damn attitude. I grew up with a mother who tore herself APART, despite being one of the most stunning women I've ever known, and I wanted to stop the cycle, for myself, for her, and for any future daughter that I might have.
This was definitely a step towards my own healing process. I intentionally answered, 'my butt and my boobs' underneath the question, "What do you love about yourself?" in my session questionnaire, even if it wasn't entirely true at the time. I needed to put that out into the universe, though! For all the years that I internally hated on those features, it was time to give myself a long overdue apology.
Thank you for being rockstars at what you do, Jes and Emily!