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!!
It started as an invite to from my daughter to join Sioux Falls Boudoir VIPs. She has pictures done for a gift to her husband-to-be with Shalista. I found the images beautiful. I accepted the invite and would view the posts in the page. Then there it was... My daughter tagged me on a post. It was the 40+ model call. I qualified!! Turing 50 this summer.
I have been making positive changes for myself. Mentally and physically. Changes that were long overdue. I felt if I was to be chosen as a model, this could only be another positive experience. The first step was to fill out the application. To be chosen, I felt I needed to stand out... so I was myself. UNIQUE. I hit send and the rest is history.
I was a bit nervous about my shoot because I had an "accessory" that is not common place. I debated about this up to the date of my session but thought "What the hell". Made the decision!! This is about empowerment. We can promote being sexy among the women in this group, why not sexuality, as well. I wore my "jewelry" as anyone would wear earring, necklace or a bracelet :)
I do not wear a lot of makeup and I have embraced my grey hair and I believe I am an attractive woman. Having my hair and makeup done was such a wonderful time and I looked like myself. I was "dolled up" but still looked natural. LacyMae did a beautiful job.
The direction received by Shalista, during the shoot was so easy to follow. I didn't have to hit the perfect pose. Shalista got the angle that made it the perfect pose. The images will show this. On the front end, I told her of a scar I have on my stomach. She had asked if I wanted it to be covered up and I said no. What you see is what you get. All the scars I own have a story that have left a mark on me and my life. Share the stories. If me showing my scars will enable another person to embrace her imperfections, then I made a difference.
I was nervous and excited about seeing my images. Empowerment is what I felt when I saw them. Almost cried. I was a beauty queen.
I would do this experience time and time again. I have decided to make a photo shoot an annual treat to myself because I deserve it. I am continuing the positive changes in my life and cannot think of a better way to commemorate my accomplishments
From Miss C
I have been following your page for quite some time. There was always an excuse for me not to do it....I needed to cut my hair, lose weight, etc. I saw the model call and I had to apply. I was very nervous about the shoot, I had no idea what to expect since I've never done anything like this before. When I arrived, Shalista greeted me with a hug and a smile and I KNEW this was going to be a good time. Lacey did my hair and makeup and she made me feel so beautiful. As someone who doesn't wear makeup very often, I was a little worried about being overdone, but it was perfect. The photo shoot was easy. Shalista guided me through every step and I was comfortable with all of it. When I was finished I was kind of sad because we did have so much fun! I was nervous to see the images, but I knew by seeing images from other shoots that they would be wonderful. I loved my images and when I picked up my album I had to look at it right away. I would definitely do this again, and I would highly recommend that every woman do this for herself. It is one of the most empowering things I've ever done. I felt so beautiful and I think every woman deserves to feel beautiful!! Xoxo
Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see a video of her album!
We loved getting this photos of Miss T picking up her beautiful album!
Check out Miss C's entire album!
I have been following both of your Facebook boudoir pages for maybe a year and have always wanted to do a shoot but never did. My excuses were:too expensive, I’ve gained weight and this is the most I ever weighed, I could never look as good as the other gals & then my friend did a shoot. I was so excited for her and she showed me all of her book, told me about the awesome experience she had, & her husbands reaction. I loved how all the photos looked amazing and were different for each person that was on your pages. You had a special and I decided then and there that I was going to do it. I was prepared by all of the informative emails that I received before my shoot. When my shoot arrived both the makeup artist and Shalista were so welcoming and made it a great experience! I was able to be open, enjoy myself and have a great time during my shoot. When I got to look at my photos there wasn’t one that I didn’t like! Shalista has talent and can make anyone feel comfortable. II definitely will be doing more shoots.
Everyone that is thinking of doing it DO IT you will not be disappointed and neither will your spouse!
I decided to do a boudoir session to surprise my husband of 12 years for Christmas. I'm pretty conservative so it's something he'd never expect that I'd do. I booked a mini session and then started looking for something to wear which may have been the most nerve wracking part of the process! I found an amazing bodysuit at a local boutique that really boosted my confidence.
Once at the shoot, I had my makeup done which was also a new, but great, experience. I was nervous because it was a lot more makeup than I normally wear, but it was perfect after seeing the finished product! I felt a little awkward for the first few poses, but Shalista was great at giving direction.
Then came the wait to see the finished product...In the meantime my husband had found out (I'm not very good at keeping secrets) and when I got the photos we looked at them together. He was absolutely floored and couldn't stop gushing over them! When I told him I got 10 photos with the package I think he was disappointed he couldn't have them all!
It definitely showed a different side of me and I was VERY happy I chose to do it. My husband is already planning the outfits for my next shoot :)
BIG NEWS: MINI SESSIONS YEAR-ROUND!!
For years, I’ve only offering boudoir mini sessions at Christmas, and then occasionally for Valentine’s Day. Those are the big boudoir gift-giving holidays. I occasionally offered a mini session to a bride who didn’t have a big budget. Mini sessions are smaller and more affordable, making it ideal for repeat sessions or someone wanting to dip their toes into the experience. Last November and December, we tested out offering White Sheet Sessions and found those to be very popular!
So, starting NOW, we are offering mini-sessions every week!!
Not only are we offering mini sessions, we are offering THREE KINDS! I am so serious and excited about this! And, I heard you when you wanted a more affordable option. I still want to give my clients the love, time and experience, but give more women a chance to have a session of her very own, or come back to do it all again!
You will have a choice of White Sheets, Lingerie (The Angel) and Nudes
Each style has its own unique type of lighting, emotion and connection with the camera.
The Angel session has always been an offer, but now it has a new low price! This will be a lingerie only session! You will pick one amazing piece of lingerie and we will shoot you on the bed and one other set. You can expect to have around 40 images from this session to choose from!
The Fine Art Nudes session is all about the body. The focus in these images will be on creating landscapes and artwork. These are great images for desks and wall art. These are not seductive or sexual in any way, but focus on the light and lines created by the body!
And, of course, the super popular White Sheets is now an option anytime! These sessions allow you to control how much of your body is seen and are shot entirely on the white sheets. They are simple, seductive and incredibly sexy! We have a lot of clients return to do these White Sheets sessions!
With all of these sessions, hair and makeup is additional, and optional (although recommended). Scheduling is limited to 60 days or less.
I hope you find this a great change and opportunity for more people to come into the studio for sessions! I hope to meet and reach as many women as possible.
Are you interested in booking a mini session? Check our our MINI SESSION PAGE dedicated to our mini sessions and it will send you over to the online booking.
Hope to see you soon!
Women can do incredible things, perhaps the most famous thing is growing another human!
Pregnancy is such a short time - although it may feel like a loooong time - and it's such a beautiful experience to remember. Taking a moment to appreciate your marvelous changing body and celebrate this new life is a great reason to plan a maternity boudoir shoot!
More and more mom's to be are seeking ways to remember their body though a portrait session. Some women aren't comfortable posing in lingerie or nude, but instead do a more traditional maternity session either in the studio or outdoors. Shalista Photography can do both!
Each Pregnancy is Unique!
Maybe it's your first pregnancy or your last, or perhaps there was a struggle with infertility. I can't tell you the number of women I've had in the studio that are documenting their pregnancy for some or all of these reasons. Each baby, first, last, only or of many, is so special and needs to be celebrated!
Your curves are amazing!
Hey, we all know pregnancy is good for creating an awesome rack! Maybe you felt that you lacked in that area! Pregnancy is famous for filling out the chest and some women really want to remember that, and often, so do their partners. Pregnancy women are stunning! They glow, even if they are not feeling beautiful. What better time to have a boudoir session when you have curves in all the right places and are looking more beautiful than ever!
At Shalista Photography, we provide a full boudoir experience! Hair and makeup is included in our sessions and we have a wardrobe of items here to dress you! Your body is creating a human being and lets face it, if you aren't feeling great or are tired during pregnancy, a little pampering sure helps!
You are incredible!
Your body is doing something incredible, and it’s worth documenting it. Let us help you bring out the sensual and soft side of you during this time, and create a beautiful portrait with which you can remember it. We love to see you around 34-36 weeks, but you can book your maternity session anytime!
Oh it was such a great experience and I am really glad that I did this for me! I felt comfortable with Shalista the entire time as she guided me with poses. We even talked about common things like traveling to Illinois or my past relationship.Read More