"This was one of the most amazing things I've ever done, outside of child birth."| Duluth Boudoir Interview with Pam

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NamePam Schimenek

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How old were you at your session?59 years, 10 months and 25 days.....not that I'm counting!

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What made you decide to book a session?I've actually wanted to do a session since seeing Grace on one of the earliest blog posts. I thought to myself, I think I can do that, and wouldn't that just be the most awesome gift for my hubby? What about just doing it as a gift for myself for my 60th year on this planet?

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?Negative body image. We are so hard on ourselves. The more sessions I viewed the more I thought to push that completely out of my mind. Although I had not ever seen anyone in my age category on the blog I was thinking perhaps I could be that trailblazer.

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What were you most nervous about for your session?To be honest, I was most nervous about leaving my house without makeup! I've worn makeup since 7th grade (that's a long time!). I don't even get the mail without hair and makeup being done. I was also apprehensive about there being something in the boudoir closet for me to wear. Was it going to fit me properly? How was I going to look? Will it show too much? Knowing full well Jes always has our backs, our fronts, our sides, and everything in between......what was I honestly afraid of?

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How did you feel about yourself before your session?I am who I am, and I look how I look. Take it or leave it. It never seems to fail, in my personal experience, that when I am supposed to be fully prepped for something, I'm never completely and totally satisfied with how I look. There's always some nit-picky thing that I'm not happy with. I've learned over time that there comes a point where you just have to put your best forward each and every day. Life is too short to always be so critical of your appearance. Just be the best YOU that you can be.

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Describe your experience.This was one of the most amazing things I've ever done, outside of child birth. The most female empowering thing. Jes and Emily are so welcoming. I walked in to the studio to the cute "welcome" sign. Greeted with a rack filled with boudoir choices, and a couple items I brought myself. All of the apprehension I felt prior to my session left when I tried on the pieces selected especially for me. I was honestly so relieved when I looked at myself in the mirror. After choosing outfits it was then time for hair and makeup. Emily did an amazing job! She's an artist. No peaking in the mirror until the look is complete. You can tell by the look on Emily's face that she's pleased with her work. She's so dang cute! Jes "pre-poses" every shot for you, leaving nothing to chance. Jes showed me a couple shots during the session. I was amazed at what I saw on the screen. Yep, that was really me. From that point forward, I relaxed and went with the flow of the remainder of the session.

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How did you feel about yourself after your session?I felt completely and totally empowered after the session. You walk out feeling like you can do anything! Walk on water if you want! Every woman should do this, no matter how you are feeling about yourself at this point in your life. Do it for yourself if you're not into doing this for someone special in your life. My husband loved my gallery. I showed him all shots from the session. I honestly didn't want to deprive him of the experience I felt. He did not see my final 20 selections. He also did not see my final pick for the 16x20.

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What were your favorite products?I ended up purchasing the 8 x 8 album and also a 16 x 20 print. I figure those will be good memory items for my 60th year of life!

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?I want to tell you all that you just need to do it. I at first had a slight hesitation to sign the model release as I'd never seen anyone as OLD as I am featured on the blog. I felt like I wanted to help set the example that anyone and everyone should open themselves up for the opportunity of more positivity in their lives. We are so critical of ourselves. Yes, you are beautiful enough, just the way you are. Come on ladies, show the world!

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How was working with Jes and Emily?They are fabulous!! Emily has mad skills with the curling irons and the make-up brushes. She enhances the natural beauty that is already there. Jes is fricking amazing. She sees things, and kills those angles, and hits the lighting, and just knows what will look the best in the end. And let me tell you, that girl can strike a pose! Vogue Jes!! We all had some good laughs, and I was just able to be myself, never felt intimidated.

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Will you be doing another session?I would love to.....every 10 years for the next 30!

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Anything else you want to add?Be prepared to cry happy tears....it feels that good! And Jes and Emily give the best most genuine hugs on the planet!