"I cried when I got home because I was so overwhelmed with happiness." | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Rachel

How old were you at your session?22

What made you decide to book a session?
I’ve been apart of the Facebook group for awhile now and I’ve always loved looking at the beautiful women that have been showcased. Jes is my wedding photographer so it was an easy decision to add the boudoir session to my overall package! I knew I wanted to give my fiancé Greg a special gift for the wedding that he’d remember forever. And I’m 1000000% positive he’s going to freak out once he sees my pictures!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
I’ve always been a reserved girl. I normally dress somewhat modestly. I’ve always thought by body was something I had to hide. Confidence has never been my strong suit. “Sexy” isn’t a word I use to describe myself. It took me a long time to talk myself into booking a session but I am so glad I did.

What were you most nervous about for your session?
Being basically naked in front of people I barely know! I’ve never even worn a swim suit since I was in middle school so showing this much skin was a HUGE deal for me. I also had pretty bad acne growing up and my skin has always been a touchy subject. I do my makeup a very specific way to cover up things I don’t like and I didn’t know if and how it was going to be done by someone else for my session. But in the end Emily killed it and made me look like a movie star. I was able to bring in my own foundation which made me very comfortable.

How did you feel about yourself before your session?
The last couple years I’ve dealt with some pretty serious anxiety and depression. I’ve been on and off medication which has caused my weight to change significantly. This hasn’t been easy and caused my self confidence to plummet. My self image was shit. The person I saw in the mirror wasn’t the person I remembered myself being. Luckily Greg reminds me daily (more like hourly) how beautiful I am and how much he loves me. His reassurance is what got me through those tough times because in complete honesty, I did not like the person I had morphed into. I felt ugly and disgusting. 

Time went on and the dark veil started to lift. I stopped taking any sort of medication and I feel like I’ve been reborn. I knew this session would give me that additional boost my soul needed. And it did.

Describe your experience.
Once I entered the studio I was whisked away to the closet where I got to try on all of the beautiful pieces Emily had chosen for me. Emily then worked her magic and glammed me up with hair and makeup. From there the actual pictures started. Jes made me so comfortable. Words don’t do her justice. She has a way of making you feel like you are the hottest thing to walk this earth. Her positivity and genuine kindness are something you rarely see in people. Jes posed me and directed me so I looked the best I could. After the actual photography was done I was sent on my way which a personalized gift bag which included the cutest pair of kitty socks ever.

How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I was on cloud 9. I cried when I got home because I was so overwhelmed with happiness. I hadn’t felt that good about myself in many years. I started clothes shopping again because I finally had confidence about how I looked. I felt (and still feel) beautiful. This experience changed my life.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?No

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I still can’t believe it’s me in those photos. Jes is a wizard behind the camera. She captured the most beautiful images that I didn’t even imagine could exist.

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What were your favorite products?Basic Album

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Do it. Just do it. You may feel scared or uneasy but I promise you this experience will change the way you view yourself. Think of it as an investment in yourself and your confidence. You’re in good hands. You’ll feel more beautiful and worthy than you ever have before.

How was working with Jes and Emily?
A dream. There’s nothing better than having two extremely positive women screaming compliments at you while you lay half naked on beautiful furniture. Jes and Emily changed the way I view myself and that’s something I can never repay them for.

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Will you be doing another session?Possibly/Maybe/Who Knows?

Anything else you want to add?
This has just been such a profound experience and I’m so glad I did it. The nerves and uneasiness were worth the final outcome. From the bottom of my heart Jes and Emily, thank you.