"I had tears by the third photo because I was staring at this beautiful woman who was ME!" | Duluth Boudoir Interview with Sarah

How old were you at your session?34

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What made you decide to book a session?Since getting pregnant (and have a baby) I haven't felt like my body has belonged to me. I had a great pregnancy and enjoyed watching my body grow and I feel fortunate that my body has allowed me to breastfeed for so long. However, my body has been my daughter's for over 1.5 years and I needed a reminder that it is for me too and it's more than a baby growing/feeding machine.

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session?My body has changed - it's become curvier, softer and I prefer to be more covered up these days. I thought I would want to wait until I spent more time at the gym, but then I got real with myself and realized that if I truly hated my body I would be working a lot harder to change it.

What were you most nervous about for your session?Finding pieces that fit me correctly and then being able to look in the mirror and not critique every tiny little thing.

How did you feel about yourself before your session?I was feeling like I a needed a boost to my self confidence. I'm lucky to have a husband who tells me I'm beautiful (and means it) on a regular basis, but I needed something special, like this session, for me to see it with my own eyes again.

Describe your experience.HOLY SH*T, IT WAS F#CKING AMAZING!!!! Ok, reel it back a bit, Sarah . . . But seriously, it was unbelievable. It was 4 hours of pampering, sincere compliments and WERK. Those back arches are the real deal.

This will sound weird, but I didn't want to have to think a lot. I just wanted to pick out some outfits (that they had), show a few ideas for hair and makeup and then just be told what to do. That is EXACTLY what happened and for the first time since I had a child, my brain shut off. The only thing I thought about while I was there was holding my pose and not dancing/singing to the song that was on . . . because I had to hold that pose. It was like a mini vacation for those 4 hours.

How did you feel about yourself after your session?I was ecstatic. I was so happy that I ended up telling my husband about it beforehand because all I wanted to do was talk about it afterwards. I walked out of the studio feeling so confident and beautiful.

Were you nervous before your viewing session?No

How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?I had tears by the third photo because I was staring at this beautiful woman who was ME! It was a huge confidence boost and my head may have gotten a little too inflated because as I walked out I said, "I'm f#cking hot." I've reigned it in a little, but honestly it has helped me love my postpartum body far more than I did before and reminds me that this body of mine has done some amazing things so I need to embrace the extra curviness and softness as signs of a job well done!

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What were your favorite products?Although they're all great, the albums were my favorite.

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?Turn off all those little voices in your head trying to tell you that you're not ready or worthy. YOU DESERVE THIS! You deserve to be pampered and flaunt your sexiness - even if you think that you're too skinny, overweight, not confident enough, etc. You are perfect the way you are and Jes & Emily can help you embrace that.

I only had one month from when I booked until my session happened and I was happy about that - I didn't want extra time to obsess about trying to have a better body. I just went about my business - probably ate a lot of donuts and only went to the gym a few times, but as I said before, I've just accepted who I am. You should too and BOOK THE DAMN SESSION.

How was working with Jes and Emily?It didn't take me too long to pick out my 4 outfits, but if I was debating one I would show Jes and Emily and they would confirm it was a good choice and make me feel great about it. I never once felt insecure, which is a rarity while looking at outfits in the mirror

Emily did an amazing job with hair and makeup. After my shoot my husband (who is very creative and visual) told me that it was his favorite (non-everyday) look on me. Why can't Emily's beauty magic last more than one day?!

And then there's Jes . . . oh Jes, she makes you work, but she knows exactly what she's doing. She is amazing with instruction and posing you in ways that will make all your best attributes pop! Hearing her reactions to the shots only made me feel more confident while being in front of her camera.

Will you be doing another session?Yes

Anything else you want to add?Just a huge THANK YOU to not only Jes & Emily, but to all the amazing ladies in the boudoir group. It's really great in these crazy times to have a network of women lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. We are quite literally baring a lot of ourselves in this group and the support we give each other does not go unnoticed.