This is my second boudior session and I loved it even more than my first session!! I drive 4 hours just to see Shalista because she does an amazing job of making you feel so confident about yourself. When I see the photos, I'm in awe for how they good they are. You see yourself in a whole new light, plus it just makes you feel beautiful, sexy, and empowered.
Let me start by saying how much I loved this experience!
I have been with my husband since we were 15 so we have been through a lot of changes...from early teenage body issues to college cheerleading and carrying/birthing/nursing 3 beautiful children now 6, 4, 2. I have never been confident in my body but for some reason purchased a session with Shalista while pregnant with baby #3. I looked at it as motivation to get back in shape. I finally booked the session 2 months shy of her second birthday. I was excited when I booked the session but became more nervous as the shoot got closer. I did not tell my husband because I wanted it to be a surprise...he would never expect me to do something like this. I tried on every piece of lingerie I had packing about 20 items because I wasn’t sure. When I arrived, I was nervous but Shalista welcomed me with a smile and her explanation of the process made me slightly more comfortable. Hair and makeup was fun. I rarely wear makeup and mostly wear my hair in a ponytail. The makeup artist did a wonderful job and the time we spent visiting eased my nerves even more. We started with something I felt good in which was helpful. Shalista walked me through each pose and provided constant feedback to ensure beautiful pictures. By the end of the session, I had a confidence I had never felt before. It was about 2 weeks before I was able to fit a viewing into my schedule...this was I think more nerve racking than the shoot! I do not know why because the photographs were amazing. There were SO MANY beautiful pictures...of me! Shalista patiently waded through the pictures with me as I debated which ones to keep. She gave her professional and unbiased view when I needed help. It was great to have input from her as I kept pictures I may have let go without her knowledge and objective view. My husband is still surprised that I did this and of course loves the final product. I highly recommend this process. It is a great confidence boost and reminder of how beautiful your body is. Thank you, Shalista...I look forward to doing this again someday!
As I look back on my decision to do a session with Shalista there is nothing I regret! I am so happy I decided to do it. It was fun and gave me a lot more confidence. Not to mention it felt really good to have my hair and make-up done by a professional! I was a little worried about the outfits. I didn't know if I brought enough or if there was going to be enough in the studio for me to pick from. Boy was I wrong! The closet has so many choices and options for every one of every shape and size and taste. I actually over packed in the end!!!
I still remember the look on my husband's face when he first saw the photos at my viewing session. He was blown away! He couldn't talk he was in such shock. Hell, I was in shock! I couldn't believe that was me in those pictures. They turned out better than I ever thought they would! I finally saw the woman my husband sees - sexy, confident, and beautiful. How were we supposed to chose our favorite photos when all of them were incredible! There wasn't one picture we didn't like. Every time we look at my album or the images on my thumb drive we find a new favorite. It made me feel so good to know that I was able to put 'that look' on my husbands face.
Shalista does an incredible job of making you feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door on the day of your session. You really have nothing to worry about as she helps you every step of the way. She helps with your clothing, shoes, accessories, every set/background, and every pose. She gives you directions every step of the way and the session just flows so smoothly. You feel like you are the center of attention and a model for Vogue!
I can't wait to do this again and I highly recommend everyone to take the plunge and just do it! You won't regret it.
I finally came to the decision to do my boudoir session was getting my final divorce papers. I wanted to do something for me and to close the door on that old relationship that was so demeaning to myself.
So I booked my session and started trying to find the best outfits that would make me feel sexy. Check. I was really nervous the morning of my shoot but I think it was more excitement. When I got there and my hair and makeup started and felt right at ease. Who does not like to feel pampered? When I finally seen my full hair and makeup I have never felt more beautiful. I was a little nervous to get into my lingerie in front of other people but I knew there was nothing to worry about.
It took about 2 min into the shoot for me to get over my nerves and started to love the experience. Shalista makes you feel amazing like you are hanging with your best friend for the afternoon.
When the time was up and it was time to change and head home it was a little sad because I did not want it to end. I walked out the door and called my best friend and the first words out my mouth were "best thing I have ever done for myself and I will be going back!"
I was excited to see my images and I wanted them all!
I will be going back for another shoot. Hopefully, again in one year! :)
I decided to do this photo shoot as a birthday present for my husband. I was very nervous about doing this and had second thoughts even as I walked throug the door that day. Having my makeup and hair done eased the nervousness a little. It looked great. Shalista was amazing she has a way about her that makes you feel comfortable. One of my biggest worries was if I would be able to pose for the photos and look good. Shalista helps out with suggestions on how to pose. I had a great time and would definitely do it again. My husband absolutely loved the photos.
I have been following Shalista's page for quite some time and always wanted to do a shoot (because I knew it was going to be fun!). I finally decided I didn't want to be the girl wishing she could, so I did it.
After I booked my shoot, I was definitely excited but wasn't sure what I got myself into. I prepared for the session by paying close attention to the details in the emails that Shalista sends you prior to your shoot--those were beyond helpful!
Once I arrived for my shoot, I was a little nervous but knew it was going to be an amazing experience. I started getting my hair and make up done right away by Lacey and that made me really comfortable because the she calmed any nerves I had. She made me look and feel gorgeous and Shalista tells you everything you need to do to look flawless--so there is no way one could not love this experience.
After my shoot, I was really happy that I made the decision to just do it because I felt beautiful in my skin and was able to have an experience that I have never had before. My images were for myself to boost my confidence and to embrace the beauty of being a woman. I was kind of nervous to see my images because I knew I was put outside of my comfort zone but I was beyond ecstatic to see them. I loved every single one of them! I plan to do another shoot in the future and I highly recommend other women to just do it! The photo shoot was everything I expected it to be and more, Shalista and her team made every effort to make me comfortable in my own skin and feel like a queen.
I have been thinking about this topic for quite a while and had a really lovely conversation with a client about it recently. I meet, talk with and photograph women of all shapes, sizes, age and skin color. I really feel like I have met or photographed every type of woman out there! One thing I have found to be true is that every woman seems to have some hang up about something on her body. There is something she doesn’t love.
I am a bigger woman, and have been my entire life. I have wished to be skinny, dieted, and tried to make myself “better” than I felt I am. I have incredible insecurities that I always owned as just my own. I know my size has made other women of size comfortable with me because they’ve told me that. I am so happy that any woman would feel safe enough to take boudoir photos with me, but as a big girl, I know the internal struggle some of these women have. There have been days I wondered if the beautiful skinny girls would turn away from me because of my size. I have thought that a fit girl walking in will not want me to photograph them because I am fat and not fit. It's my demon. Probably totally irrational, but that fear was there.
A few years ago a beautiful client came into the studio and she was stunning; the perfect body, great curves, could buy any lingerie she wanted and it would fit her. Then she said - I am sorry I don’t have any boobs.
WHAT? Did I hear her right? She was apologizing to me for not having large enough breasts. Then she apologized for “looking like a boy”. I was dumbfounded. She was beautiful and a magazine perfect body! How could she feel like she didn’t look enough like a girl? At her reveal, she was shows she did have curves. She did have boobs. She was perfect just like she is. She cried and told me how she’d never felt beautiful in photos before.
It’s happened again and again in the studio. Women walk in every day and apologize to me for some flaw that only they see. They point out something they dislike because they think I will struggle with it. Their butt is too flat, their boobs are too big, their hair, their smile is weird, and the list goes on. I ask, your butt is too small compared to who? The next woman walking in the door might say, “My butt is so big” and I will say “Compared to what?” It’s YOUR butt. The women with small breasts want bigger ones. The girls with big boobs want smaller ones. Who makes the rule of the perfect size boobs?
At a session recently I encouraged my client to not wear a bra under her bodysuit. She joked that they’d look terrible without support, but I promised her they wouldn’t. At her reveal she said, “My boobs look nothing like I think they do.” #truth We do not see that truth in our own appearance.
As women, we compare our bodies to other bodies and find flaws that don’t exist. We compare our breasts to the other woman’s breasts that we think are perkier, bigger, rounder, or sexier. Instead of comparing ourselves to others and what we think could be better, wouldn’t it be more beneficial for us to learn to love and accept our body, flaws and all?
Even the picture perfect women in advertising are airbrushed and retouched, often to unrecognition. We are not comparing ourselves with reality. Let’s celebrate our own bodies. Love your little boobs. Embrace your big butt! None of those thing determine your beauty or worthiness. You are so beautiful just as you are and at the end of the day the only person who needs to love your body is YOU.
Miss Anonymous -
I sold my wedding ring after much thought & wanted to use that money for something memorable & something just for me. I thought a long time before I decided to book my session. Finally I decided what more kick add way to show my independence! And to feel good about myself & to look back on as years go by and get that feeling again.
I went shopping at Bella Vous and the owner was wonderful & helped me find things that I felt sexy & comfortable in. It was the most fun I've ever had shopping!
I was so nervous the day of the day of the shoot. I was sure i would be Shalista's first failure. " I'm so sorry sweety, there is nothing we can do with you". The makeup artist made me feel very at ease, like we were friends hanging out. She made me feel beautiful.
The shoot started a lil slow for me because I'm awkward, but by the end I was wearing nothing but stands of pearls & laughing & felt great. When I saw the pictures I was BLOWN AWAY. I couldn't believe that was me. It looked like me but so much more....rawr! I walked out of the studio that day with a confidence I've never had. I'm a 49 year old mom, which I love. But after that day... I'm hot, I'm sexy & I'm a fun woman. I loved it!!
Shalista did a phenomenal job & every woman should go do this. The sassiness and confidence it gives you is so worth it!!! Can't recommend it enough.
From Miss Anonymous
I have got professional photos done before, whether it was senior photos or engagement photos and I always love doing them. I was really hesitant on doing a photo shoot like this. I wanted to give something to my soon to be husband on the night before our wedding that will leave him anxiously waiting to see me the next day. I needed this WOW factor! Even knowing this gift was perfect, I still didn't think I would look good enough for the gift. One friend gave me the big push, mentioning how much I will appreciate these pictures when I am in my 60's. I knew then I had to do them. I could just hear it now.... "grandma you were hot back in the day!" LOL!
The worst part of the shoot was the drive to the studio. I was so nervous! Getting my hair and makeup down took the jitters away. Being able to talk about other information then the shoot really helped. I put my outfits on ranging from the cute outfit to the really sexy one. I recommend always starting with cute, that way you can work your way up to being comfortable before making the extremely sexy faces and poses. Honestly, I was super sad when the shoot was over. I wanted more photos!
I am super excited to give my future husband his gift. He has no idea! If anyone is debating on doing a shoot with Shalista, STOP! Book it right now! Your confidence will go through the roof!
From Miss K...
Being a single mother, things don’t always come easy. You are the one & only who your child can count on (in some situations, like mine anyway). With that being said, we really don’t ever have time for ourself. Shopping for ourself is rare, once you have a child, it’s not just about you anymore..
Needless to say, we as single mothers oftentimes become self conscious with our body image & self worth that we just kind of “let ourselves go”.
I was at that point where I have just become extremely unhappy with myself that I decided something needed to change because I wasn’t going to live like this forever.
A close friend (& coworker of mine) had her very first boudoir shoot, she wanted to do it for Christmas gift for her husband. Well that Christmas gift ended up being a gift for herself as well, she left that shoot a completely new person. A few days later her pictures came, when I saw them my jaw hit the floor in pure “awe”, she felt amazing about herself & boasted at how talented Shalista & her team were. It was then that I realized, that THIS is exactly what I needed.
I booked my appointment. Was I nervous? Absolutely, but I did it & I am so glad I did! This was an experience I will NEVER forget. Every second spent was worth every penny. From the emails prior to my session, the hair, the makeup, to the images I have to look back on & cherish forever. There is no one else I would trust more holding the camera!
Whether this is something you want to do for your boyfriend, husband, wife, girlfriend, or even just for yourself (like in my case), let me tell you, you won’t regret a thing! When you are in Shalista’s hands, you can’t go wrong!
As a boudoir photographer, I am always focused on my clients needs and how I can best serve them. My studio is a real life storybook for their stories and experiences. Occasionally I like to write a story from my imagination, and I was thrilled to pull together the most amazing team to create a stunning spring floral shoot with our Brand Ambassador Rachel.
It's a creative outlet to put together my own ideas and visions to create something exceptionally beautiful. I enjoyed the freedom of imaging the session, finding vendors and sharing these ideas with the team. How could I create my vision without feeling like it was cheesy or over-done? I found the best partners and we worked together to make something truly special.
Rachel's day began with Lacey Mae Makeup at her salon near Lake Lorraine. Lacey is one of the best make-up artists in the region. Her meticulous attention to detail and skills allow me to put complete faith in her. Rachel looked beyond stunning and Lacey perfectly brought my vision to life.
I had a very specific idea for floral, and Alyssa Walker with Walker Down the Aisle put together the most amazing pieces. She worked hand and hand and asked a lot of questions to ensure I got what I needed. Didn't she do amazing? YES!! Adore, adore, adore!
Our original location didn't work out last minute, but I have my studio and it worked out perfect. I had just found this awesome vintage clawfoot tub online and it worked great! Its a permanent fixture in the studio, so any client can have these type of tub images!
We were also able to use the studio backdrops to create a fashion look.
We had originally planned to do a milk bath at our original location, but we were able to find a solution and packed up our equipment and made magic happen! Check back for part 2 of our session and the milk bath images!
I had a good friend of mine talk me into doing a photo shoot, because she was doing one herself! After first I thought no I don't think I can because I haven't really ever been confident with my body so I was just nervous and scared and I thought alot about what If I don't like how I look in any of my pictures? But that definitely wasn't the case! After my photo shoot I loved just about most of my pictures and was happy how they turned out! I was a definitely a little shy when I showed up, bu once I started getting my hair and make up done it calm my nerves down which was nice! My images were for myself to boost my confidence and also they were a gift for my husband and he loved them! :) I plan to do another shoot in the future and I have recommend a few woman to do it! If your nervous or scared at all don't feel alone. I felt the same and now that I have done a shoot I am happy I did. So if you are thinking of doing one don't think of all the excuses go for it!!