"It is such a great investment in yourself. It is therapeutic and truly good for your soul." | Second Duluth Boudoir Interview with Melissa

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How old were you at your session?30

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What made you decide to book a session?
I was selected for the boudie call! I decided to apply because the night session was so different from what I was used to. It was out of my comfort zone, but I was so excited to try something new. And I knew the photos would be amazing no matter what.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
This was my second session but I still felt like I should lose weight or spend money on something else before I booked again.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to pull off the sexy looks. I'm more of a shy, girl next door type.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Eh, okay. Same insecurities that everyone has. It's something I'm constantly working on.

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Describe your experience.
When I showed up Emily greeted me with a big smile and showed me all of the amazing outfits they selected for my shoot. Jes came in and helped narrow down the options then Emily started on hair and makeup. After that we picked the first outfit and started shooting. I felt awkward sometimes, but I knew that I was in good hands with Jes. I just focused on letting go and enjoying every freaking second of it! Before I knew it we were on the last outfit and it was time to go home.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?
Amazing! I felt like I Beyonce, lol. Seriously though, it's such an empowering experience. I was on cloud 9.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session?Not at all!

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I can't even describe how happy I am. I saw my slideshow yesterday and still can't wipe the smile off my face. I can't believe how beautiful and sexy these photos are, that they're of me! My husband tells me all the time, but it's hard to see for yourself. I see it now, and I love it.

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What were your favorite products?The platinum box is absolutely stunning but wasn't the best option for me personally. I went with the 8x8 album that will match the one from my first session.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Stop waiting for "the right time" and just do it! I know that it's a little intimidating, I've definitely been there, but I have never regretted this and can't wait for my next one. If you're insecure with yourself or don't think you can pull it off, that's the exact reason why you should do it. It is such a great investment in yourself. It is therapeutic and truly good for your soul.

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How was working with Jes and Emily?
Fan-freaking-tastic! I love these ladies so much. They are just brimming with positivity and work so hard to make the whole experience effortless and enjoyable. You really feel like you're hanging with your besties. They have perfected the balance between professionalism and friendliness with their clients.

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Will you be doing another session?Duh

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Anything else you want to add?
I know it's cheesy, but I just wanted to say thank you. To Jes, Emily, and all the ladies in the Facebook group. It's amazing to have so many people supporting each other and lifting them up instead of dragging them down. You make the world a better place!