"I was over the moon in love with them and wishing we could post every single one on billboards all over the city!" | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Rita

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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 wanted to do something fun to ring in my 30th birthday. Something that was a little more out of the box than usual. I've done the boudoir shoots 3 different times before and they were all sweet and "innocent" looks and I wanted to go a little more dark and sultry with a sexy twist. Less girl next door and more mistress down the street.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session? I've had a rough year. My two year relationship ended and of course not on a good note. It was a relationship that I thought was it. However, he didn't have the same thoughts and feelings and so I ended up taking the break up really hard. Also at the same time my grandmother passed away and I took her passing just as hard. So my weight had been going up and down and I wasn't happy with where I was weight-wise. I know I'm still beautiful but it was more than that. I wasn't feeling comfortable in my own skin. I felt like a complete stranger to myself, and I didn't want any of these new insecurities showing through in the pictures.

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What were you most nervous about for your session? I was going outside of the box a little on this shoot, but I knew I was in great hands with Emily doing my make-up and hair and Jes behind that magic camera of hers. So there wasn't much that I was apprehensive about before the session.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session? I was excited. Nervous, but excited. It was the BIG birthday day and I was already feeling better about the day, but when I got to the studio and saw Emily's smiley face I knew it was going to be an amazing day!

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Describe your experience. The day of I of course was running around like a crazy person getting everything ready I showered the night before but I needed to paint my nails so of course I was feeling rushed. But as soon as I walked in to the studio I was relaxed and at ease. The shoot was so fun! Jes had some ideas that she wanted to try and of course I was all game! I haven't had that much fun in a long at a photo shoot!

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How did you feel about yourself after your session? I felt like I had just left the set of a Victoria Secret photo shoot. I was on cloud nine and didn't want to come down! Thirty never felt and looked so damn good!

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Were you nervous before your viewing session? A little bit yes. I just didn't know what to expect.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? I was completely stunned. Like COMPLETELY! I had to do a double take on a few of the pictures because I didn't think it was actually me. They had turned out even better than I had even imagined! I was over the moon in love with them and wishing we could post every single one on billboards all over the city!

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What were your favorite products? I always go with buying the rights to the photos because I can never narrow it down to a select few, BUT I LOVE the large albums that others have purchased.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? If you're hesitant about anything just send Emily and Jes an email about your concerns. Or talk to one of the girls that have been in a shoot before. We've all been there before. I'm sure one, if not all of us have had the feelings you're feeling right now and the best way to get over them is to talk them out. And it's totally worth doing no matter what you're feeling. Conquer your fears and be like Nike and "Just Do It"!

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How was working with Jes and Emily? Working with Jes and Emily is so easy. They're such professionals and amazing individuals. I'm not one to trust just anyone to do my hair and make-up. I'm very particular, but Emily is an all-star. She knows what she's doing and you can put your full trust in her that she'll make you even more beautiful than you already are. And Jes I mean there's not much more to say then she's amazing! She's true artist and she amazes me with every picture she takes! LOVE THEM BOTH!

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Will you be doing another session? I absolutely will be! I'm thinking I'm going to have to take Jes' suggestion and do an outside shoot!