Miss M - He couldn't stop smiling.

I was wanting to do something unique for my new husband.  This is OBVIOUSLY the perfect gift for a husband.  I didn't do a whole lot to prepare for my session, just took good care of my body right before so I would look and feel my best.  I wasn't nervous at all - just really excited because I'd never done anything like this before.  When I arrived to my session, Shalista was really cool and made me excited for the shoot.  She's very down to earth so that helped too! The first thing I had done was my hair and make up.  It was nice having it done, because face it,  I don't have my own hair stylist and make up artist at home.  I loved how my hair turned out.  Very elegant and glamorous!  

The photoshoot went better than I expected.  I had more fun than I thought I would.  It didn't feel like a chore or anything, it was just fun! Leading up to seeing the photos, I felt a little nervous.  I mean, I didn't know how I'd look because I don't normally take photos in my underwear! :P But when I saw them, I was floored.  I looked SO GOOD.  At least Shalista made me look awesome.  I'm normally pretty self conscious about how I look, especially with little clothes on, but Shalista took just the right shots of me and made me look like a movie star.  I felt so good about them!  And my husband, let's just say he was happy about it.  He couldn't stop smiling at the album, ha.  I will totally do this again in a few years.  I feel like it's something every woman should do, because no matter who you are the pictures are going to look stunning.  They made me feel good about myself.  Whenever I need a little confidence booster, I look at my album! Lol.  I recommend a boudoir photoshoot to every woman out there.

Miss K - I am beautiful and confident and fierce, no matter what.

I decided to do a boudoir session with Shalista at a time in my life where I was the heaviest I'd ever been and honestly when I didn't feel the greatest about myself. I wanted to do something nice for my husband for our anniversary and told myself if I could just get one good image, I knew it would be a good gift. I wasn't expecting much. I didn't think I'd get comfortable in front of the camera. I was just doing it for my husband. I bought my outfits, drove up to Shalista's studio, sat down for hair and makeup with the attitude that, "I just needed one good one." 

Through hair and makeup, I already started to relax, my nerves were subsiding and then I saw what I looked like for the session and I could have cried. Yes, I was at my heaviest weight, yes I was nervous but the person standing before me looked amazing and beautiful. The minute Shalista started photographing me for the session, I was at ease. She knows exactly how to pose every single body type to make you look gorgeous, to hide what you may consider "problem areas," to focus on the most beautiful parts of every single woman. There was never a time in my head where I was thinking, "I'm not going to like this picture." The session flew by, I had so much fun and I felt this amazing sense of confidence, one I hadn't felt in a very long time, during and after my session. 

When it came time to view my pictures, I was confident Shalista had captured some I would like, more than one at least. But what I wasn't expecting was to like a vast majority of the images she showed me. I said yes to so many beautiful images of myself. And that is a feeling that was given to me by the amazing photography that Shalista was able to capture. I felt like she truly captured the woman that was inside of me that I'd beaten down with a lot of self doubt. It's just something that I will never, ever forget and it's a gift that every woman should receive. 

When I gave my husband the beautiful book that Shalista designed for me, he was thrilled, I was thrilled and it's something I know he will treasure. He said, "she really captured you how I see you every day." And that just meant the world to me. 

I would do this experience again in a heart beat. And every single woman should do this one time, or more, in their life. I'd recommend it to any person, no matter your size or age or body type. Make time to do this for yourself. It doesn't have to be for someone special, it can truly be for you. What started as a gift for my husband, really became a gift for both of us. He got a beautiful book full of images. I now have a constant reminder that I am beautiful and confident and fierce, no matter what.

Hair and make-up by Angelique Verver of Platinum Imagination

  1. What made you decide to do a boudoir session? Please describe how you came to the decision and what finally made you take the leap!

    It was actually something that I'd wanted to do for a long time but decided, "oh, I'll wait til I lose some weight" or "I'll do this when we have a little more time or when I have a little extra money." But, really, I decided to do it when I knew I needed some sort of boost. I was stuck in a rut of not feeling the greatest about myself, not feeling beautiful and just needing to do something for myself. A friend of mine went to Shalista for her boudoir session and her images were striking and stunning and she looked flawless. And I needed that. So I booked my session and I'm so glad I did. I eventually just told myself it is now or never. My husband and I were about to celebrate an anniversary and I just wanted to give him something that he would remember forever.

  2. What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?

    I have been friends with Shalista for a while and I've wanted to do a session with her for a long time. I was just never in a place where I thought I could. I loved and admired her style and her amazing way of capturing every single body type beautifully. When I finally decided that I was going to do a session, I knew she was the perfect person to photograph me.

  3. How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?

    I was nervous. There is no denying that. I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been and the only thing I was thinking was, "I just need one image where I don't look horrendously fat." But that just wasn't the case. I immediately felt at ease and for someone who is "plus-sized" that is really saying something. I never once thought, wow, this angle is going to make me look fat. Wow, I'm going to hate this image. I was just comfortable from the get go.

  4. Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?

    I don't actually know that there are correct words to tell people how great my session was. You'd see other curvy women featured in these slinky outfits looking fabulous and fierce and really, I just wanted to feel beautiful. But I got so much more than that. Within minutes, I felt this confidence boost and this feeling that no matter my size I was this beautiful woman giving an amazing gift to my husband. Truly, I thought if I liked just one image, I would be happy. I left LOVING almost every image from my session and on this amazing high. I don't think I have ever felt so good about myself.

  5. Is there anything I could do that would make this experience completely perfect?

    Honestly, no. For me, everything was completely perfect. I had so many annoying questions before the session and Shalista answered them with grace and genuinely wanted to help me have the most amazing session possible. She cares so much about all of her clients and just wants them to see themselves in a way that everyone else does. And she does it beautifully.

  6. How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?

    I've worked with Shalista's hair and makeup artist before so I trusted her vision impeccably and it was just absolutely flawless. I felt so good about myself even before stepping in front of the camera. I got to see someone else transform me into this totally fierce woman and I loved every minute of it.

  7. Any other thoughts or suggestions you'd like to tell me about?

    I'd do this again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Shalista, for being such an awesome person and offering this service to woman of all shapes and sizes.

Miss E - Goddess

Shared with permission from Miss E - The fertility Goddess. Mother-extraordinaire - This lady has FIVE kiddos under FIVE - That is not a typo. She's wonder woman!

Shalista ~ 

Let me start off saying WE LOVE the photos & the album! I have been meaning to let you know how much since I received the book... but all these babies take up so much time!

I have been married to my rather conservative farmer for 7 years in June. I moved in with him one year after we were married - as we remodeled an old farm house that belonged to his grandparents. Of the 6 years we have lived together now (72 months), I have been pregnant for 50 of those 72 months. We welcomed our 5th child on June 1st - six years to the day that we moved in together. I lay this all out to paint a picture of our relationship, my mental state and why I would choose to do a boudoir session while pregnant (because honestly... when am I not pregnant?). 

If you are pregnant/have been pregnant you understand the emotional and mental state that takes you from frumpy to carefree to stressed out to Fertility Goddess in a matter of moments. I know my husband loves me and my body - whether my body is my own or being shared by another little human. I chose to do this session more for me than even for him - but saying it was for him helped really push me to do it! I wanted and needed to see the Fertility Goddess that in fleeting thoughts I knew I could be! I thought about taking more mainstream maternity photos - as I hadn't done maternity photos for any pregnancy. Not knowing if this would be my last chance I threw caution to the wind and booked Shalista! 

I will never regret that decision. Shalista is kind, approachable, and down right fun! This Mom just needed a day away from her kids and even if I needed 'girl talk' even more than the photos that day, she managed to balance being my professional photographer and new best girlfriend all at the same time. I felt at ease always with her & though 'being sexy' is not my forte, the photos speak differently! We took much more traditional maternity photos that I was completely covered up all the way to racy and nude.... and I am so glad that I got such a wide range of images! I never felt uncomfortable or pushed to do anything I didn't want to do... though the progression of dressed to undressed moved very naturally and never 'got weird'. 

The experience was great, the viewing session was amazing to see how she captured my sensuality and getting my book in the mail made me gitty! I would sneak peaks through the book at night for weeks before finally being able to give it to my husband. And when I finally got to give it to him - I was excited as much as I was worried about his reaction to me doing such a session. He opened the book and sat quietly knowing it must be photos - but having no idea I would do such a thing. When he reached the first photo of me his eyes got large... he looked up from the book and all he said was, "Ma!" He then continued through the book in silence. He gazed at each page slowly, looking up at me every now and again. I knew every photo in that book that would cause him to look up at me and he did, until he reached the end. He then quietly flipped back through the book from end until beginning. I waited for him to speak and he started back into the book... front to back and then again back to front without saying a word. I was getting nervous that I wasn't the fertility goddess I thought these photos captured. I was worried he would think badly of me for having such sexual photos taken. I was thinking he may be angry I let someone else see me naked and document it! The 'thank you' he gave me after he finally set the book down resonated loudly... Shalista captured my pregnancy as beautifully and as sexy as I felt being in it. 

I the days following he did ask lots of questions about these images... mostly about who took them, if they are now somewhere on the internet, if anyone else can get access to them. All of these are valid questions - but I know they are safe.. safe with Shalista, safe with me and safe from getting somewhere we don't want then... unless one of the kids finds where we hide the book  And there is a bonus... we both know that book exists... and we both know we sneak peaks of it... there is something very sexy and fun about just knowing it is there and I had the guts to do it - even if there is always too much of an audience in our house to get it out and look at it! The only other thing that needs to be said about our book is 'have you made sure you have it hidden... you know your mother likes to snoop around when she comes to watch the kids!' 

Thank you, thank you, thank you Shalista! I am positive there is no one else in hundreds of miles that could have given both of us such a wonderful set of images! These will be cherished and oogled for decades to come! 

Miss J - I can't wait to do it AGAIN!!!

Note from Shalista - I love and adore all my clients, but it's clients like Miss J that make this job 100% the best thing ever. This is what I live for. So much love to you Miss J!

From Miss J - Shared with permission.

I wanted to send a quick email to let you know that I received my book in the mail yesterday and I cannot begin to tell you how much I love it.  If it was socially acceptable to show it to everyone I know, everyone I meet, every random person.... I think I would!

I also want to thank you for picking me for the in-home session and coming all the way to XXXXX IA for it!  It was an incredible experience, one where my nerves were fried and my anxiety was at an all time high before, but even as my hair and make-up were being done and we were chatting about acting, tattoos, vacations, work, kids... all that normal day to day stuff, those feelings of insecurity were quickly fading. 

I wanted a boudoir session with for so many reasons and every time I thought about scheduling one, every excuse popped up... I want to save a little more money, I want to lose a little more weight, I want my hair a little longer, I wish I'd gotten that Botox... you name it. So when you asked for in-home options, I knew it was time to do it.  And I am so glad I did!  And I can't wait to do it AGAIN!!!  Who knew that pointing your toes, arching your back and trying to act sexy would be such a wonderfully fun challenge where I would end up laughing my way through and wanting to do it more!

Some women do this for their husbands, some for a special occasion, some to remember a moment in time.  I wanted to do it for ME. All I do is put myself down, find things wrong with my body and I know that is not setting a good example for the 13 year old daughter in my life. I want her to see me happy so she knows that no matter what, be confident and strong and love yourself.  Empower yourself and you will always win in life. I wanted to see myself in a different way and not pick out every bump, wrinkle or scar.  My body is decorated with scars of various kinds from years of injury and illness and you know what, they make me beautiful and these pictures showed me that. Finally I see them as decorations.

The best moment in this experience didn't have anything to do with taking the pictures or even picking them out for my album... it was the email you sent after, asking if I wanted to leave the scars or have your editor remove them in my pics. After seeing myself through your lens, it was an immediate, easy answer.  Leave them, they are part of my story.

Thank you again, Shalista.
Just... thank you.

Miss L - In the words of Fergie...G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S!

In the words of Fergie...G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S! It was absolutely amazing and surpassed any expectations I had going into it. Angelique delivered absolutely flawless hair and makeup, resulting in exactly what I had envisioned. Shalista was so supportive and made me feel so comfortable and beautiful in my own skin throughout the entire process. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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Miss C - Something BIG for her anniversary!

As I was scrolling through Facebook I saw Shalista's ad and clicked on it. I did my research and all her pictures were and are amazing. I wanted to do something BIG for my anniversary. I knew this was the BIG thing to do as I looked through Shalista's pictures and reviews.

Everything said was positive and uplifting about every picture she took. What I really loved was that it was not a bunch of pictures of a certain size. She makes everyone look amazing and feel beautiful. Her passion of photography and making people feel how we should feel is what made me make up my mind and get some photos done. I was really nervous going into this but what got me through the nerves is myself reminding me that she does this all day long, she LOVES what she does and she will make me look great!!! And Shalista did just that!! When I was viewing my photos I WAS BLUSHING!! One of the hardest things I had to do is wait a month to give them to my husband. He loved them and said "WOW, you went out of your comfort zone"!! I would defiantly do another photo shoot and do ALL the pampering that Shalista has to offers! Totally worth it! I have one friend doing a photo shoot soon!!! Thanks for the beautiful pictures and memories of a lifetime! 

Miss E - Giddy with excitement wedding gift!

I wanted to do something special for my fiancé as a personal wedding gift. A good friend of mine had a shoot awhile ago and her photos looked amazing. I had always wanted to do something like this, but was hesitant because I didn't think my personality, my body, could pull off such photos. However with my friend's encouragement, I took the leap and did it!

I was really nervous and excited at the same time for my shoot! For a few weeks prior, I was going tanning almost every day, just to get a little color because my skin is so fair. However, I didn't want to risk getting burned just before the shoot, so for the two days leading up to the shoot, I didn't go tanning. I did special skin treatment for a couple weeks before, and drank a ton of water so my skin would look as best as it could.

When I arrived I was giddy with excitement, but still so nervous and a little reserved. I also happened to be sick, but hoped I could overcome those feelings long enough to have a great experience. It started with getting my hair and makeup done which was just a blast. The cosmetologist was absolutely wonderful. She was so nice and friendly. She told me about her own personal boudoir experience, which put me at ease a little bit as well.

The photoshoot was SO MUCH FUN! I LOVED IT! I was expecting the positions to be really hard to get in to, but they weren't nearly as hard as I imagined. I was expecting to be extremely uncomfortable and awkward, but surprisingly I wasn't. Shalista was so wonderful, I can't even describe it. She was so encouraging. She continued to tell me how great I was doing, how awesome I looked, everything! There was one outfit that I was so uncomfortable in, and right before I went to put it on I said, "I'll put on the red one now, to get it over with, because I'm super uncomfortable in it." When I came out her response was, "I don't know what you're so worried about. You look rockin' in that!" That was an great self-esteem and confidence booster! I just had the best experience! =D

When I went to see my images, I was excited! Just plain excited. When I saw my photos, I was just blown away at how awesome they looked. While I was driving there I kept saying to myself, "Only 10. Only pick 10." Well....I ended up picking 24. It was too hard to choose! I loved them all!

AND! My now husband, LOVED the images! He loved them so much that he asked me if there was a way I could get another book with the remaining images! So that too makes me feel great, and just another testimonial at how talented Shalista is!

I would DEFINITELY do this again! I had such a fun time, the images turned out so great. Yes! I am so excited to tell everyone about Shalista. Encourage them to have the same wonderful and uplifting experience that I had.

  1. What made you decide to do a boudoir session? Please describe how you came to the decision and what finally made you take the leap!

    I was getting married, and really wanted to surprise my new husband with this different side of me as a wedding gift. I was super nervous because I'm not alluring, I'm not sexy, none of those things. But my friend Delilah Filholm did a shoot awhile ago and explained to me how fun it was and comfortable you made her feel. She encouraged me to do it, promised me I would love it, and wouldn't regret it. And since I really wanted to do something different like this, as a personal, private gift for the one I love, I went for it!

  2. What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?

    My really good friend Delilah recommended you. Told me how wonderful her experience was. She also received an email for her and a friend (me) to receive a free Bombshell shoot, and she gave it to me!

  3. How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?

    I was so incredibly nervous, but excited at the same time! I felt like my now husband would really appreciate me doing something like this for him. I wanted him to like the photos. Which also made me even more nervous because I'm a very awkward person, and I didn't want to photos to look awkward. I'm a pretty conservative person as well, always hiding my body because I'm so self-conscious, so this was a giant leap outside my comfort zone, and I wanted to do a really good job. 

  4. Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?

    I LOVED IT!!! Shalista made me feel so comfortable! Made me feel so pretty! Told me I was doing a great job! My self-esteem took a giant boost that day because of her! I was a little shy in the beginning, but with her encouraging comments and wonderful direction my self-confidence continued to climb, and by the end I felt like time just flew. I had such a wonderful time.

  5. How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?

    I absolutely loved having my hair and makeup done. The cosmetologist was fantastic, friendly, and did a great job. Every girl loves to get pampered.

Miss A - A sexy little secret

I actually chose to do a boudoir shoot after talking to my sister about getting my fiancé a wedding gift and she said she knows people who have done a boudoir, but I shouldn't consider it because I'm a college student that's about to get married and need to save my money. After checking it out I came across Shalista's website and I fell in love! Not just of other women's images, but all the nice reviews customers gave her. They talked about being confident, feeling the sexiest they've ever felt, and overall having an amazing experience and that's what really got me. I'm young, and I very much look it, so feeling sexy isn't something I feel a whole lot of. I sat on it for a long time and wondered if I could swing the money, and finally I knew I had to go through with it because I'd regret it if I didn't. 

I am a very anxious person and I definitely over think EVERYTHING. I was very nervous to do my shoot. It helped that Shalista let me come see the studio ahead of time so I wasn't blindly walking into it. I practiced my faces and poses for several months leading up to the shoot. When my day came I was nervous but not scared. Once I got there I immediately started getting my hair and makeup done. The stylist was very friendly and talkative so that helped me relax a lot. Once she was done and I saw myself in the mirror I felt like a fierce goddess! I was prepared to take my photos. Shalista had me put my first outfit on and then gave me a couple guidelines of things she'd ask me to do during posing. She was very professional and specific when it came to what she wanted me to do so I was very confident that I didn't look weird. The shoot went very smoothly and Shalista gave me very encouraging words throughout the entire session so I knew I wasn't making funny faces (my biggest fear!)

It was an amazing experience. I would recommend it to anyone that is even considering it. I felt so empowered and confident in my skin. Plus having a sexy secret is the best ;). Since the shoot I have viewed my photos and I could not look any better! Shalista did an amazing job. Now I'm just excited for the night of the wedding when I get to see my husband's face once he opens the book! :)

  1. What made you decide to do a boudoir session? Please describe how you came to the decision and what finally made you take the leap!

    I was actually talking to my sister about getting my fiancé a wedding gift and she said she knows people who have done boudoir shoots, but I shouldn't consider it because I'm a college student that's about to get married and need to save my money. Of course, now the idea peaked my interested and I was just going to take a peak at photographers near me. When I saw your page I fell in love with the idea. Not just the images, but all the nice reviews you customers gave you. They talked about being confident, feeling the sexiest they've ever felt, and overall having an amazing experience and that's what really got me. I'm young, and I very much look it, so feeling sexy isn't something I feel a whole lot of. I sat on it for a long time and wondered if I could swing the money, and finally I knew I had to go through with it because I'd regret it if I didn't.

  2. What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?

    I decided to go with you for a couple reasons. Your professionalism was a big one. Your website, photos, and reviews from customers let me know that you were professional and classy. But mostly, I was pushed towards you because of all the nice reviews. I definitely base a lot of decision making off what other customers say (in regards to anything), and customers did not say one bad thing about you.

  3. How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?

    I am a very anxious person and I definitely over think EVERYTHING. I was very nervous to do my shoot. It helped that you let me come see the studio ahead of time so I wasn't blindly walking into it. I practiced my faces and posing for several months leading up to the shoot. I was just hoping you'd be very specific and let me know exactly what to do.

  4. Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?

    It was amazing! So fun. I loved all the specific directions and encouragement I got. So glad I went through with it.

  5. Is there anything I could do that would make this experience completely perfect?

    n/a

  6. How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?

    I don't usually let people do my hair or makeup so it was a different experience. I wasn't too nervous though just because I was able to see the other women who have gotten their hair and makeup done and they looked lovely.

Miss J - I am not the same person I was before I went to the studio that day.

Last winter around Thanksgiving, I finally made a commitment to myself. I decided I was going to do a boudoir session because I had been telling myself for two years that it was something I wanted to scratch off my bucket list. I often tend to put the things I want as the bottom of my priority list. I had been taking some time do examine all thethings I was thankful for in my life. I realized I had not even noticed that I had not taken the time to appreciate anything about myself. This was somethingI had to do as it was going to be one of the ways I was going to celebrate myself. Little did I realize that this was something I needed more than something I wanted. It became a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Before my session I spent some time gathering all the things I wanted to bring with me. I tried to pick out somethings that represented a few different parts of myself. Something soft,something sexy, and something simple. When I went to the photo shoot I was excited but had a few reservations. It took courage and bravery for me to go that day as I was nervous as to how things would go. I wasn’t sure of what to expect and I had never thought I would allow someone I didn’t know to see me in such an intimate way. I can tell you it was the best thing I have done for myself in such a long time. It was worth every second and then some. It freed me from what I thought I saw in the mirror each day. It gave me something I never expected and for that I am so very thankful for the amazing, talented person who took the pictures.  

What I expected to find when I returned to view the pictures Shalista had taken were different poses of my body in different outfits. What I saw shocked me and I glanced over to see my partner’s expression. I could see the admiration, love and tenderness in his eyes. What I saw took my breathe away and at times I could feel the tears as they welled up in my eyes.  Each picture told a story and captured more than I ever expected to find. I saw radiance,beauty, vulnerability, tenderness, and someone connected to her femininity. All the things that I would normally see in the mirror were suddenly gone because I realized that the little flaws I would have noticed didn’t matter anymore compared to the pictures of the woman in front of me. I saw myself in a way I never expected… graceful, confident, exotic, and sexy. How could I not see what was right in front of me this whole time?

I kept thinking to myself as I was taking in each picture. WOW! I can tell you I am not the same person I was before I went to the studio that day. I am more in touch with who I am and appreciate parts of myself that I had not done before. I hope that anyone who would like to do a boudoir photoshoot but has any concerns or hesitations will find a way to your door Shalista because you truly bring out the best in people with the amazing work that you do. Thank you again and sending you much love!

Miss J

  1. What made you decide to do a boudoir session? Please describe how you came to the decision and what finally made you take the leap!

    I have always wanted to do a boudoir session because I had a friend do one and her pictures turned out amazing. I wanted to find a way to express the different parts of myself that I only share with my partner and see what that looked like from a different prospective.

  2. What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?

    I had also seen so many great pictures shared in Shalista's private facebook group and the photos of the beautiful women were breathtaking so I knew I wanted to book a session with her.

  3. How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?

    I had my concerns about how the photos would turn out as I had never taken such intimate photos with someone I didn't know. I was a little nervous and didn't think the pictures would turn out the way I had envisioned in my head. I was really hoping that she would be able to capture something that I had never noticed about myself. I really wanted to see myself in a new light so to speak.

  4. Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?

    The photo shoot was amazing and I found myself smiling throughout it. Shalista is very easy to talk to and work with. I was impressed with the expertize and the time she took to make sure that she knew what I wanted to accomplish with the session. It was an experience I will never forget and probably have to repeat again in the near future.

  5. Is there anything I could do that would make this experience completely perfect?

    I cannot think of anything that would have made it more perfect. I know for next time I will take a little more time to pick out some poses that I would like to try.

  6. How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?

    I loved meeting the stylist and she did a fabulous job. I felt pampered and afterward couldn't stop smiling.

Miss S - It was really good for our marriage.

This was a truly empowering experience for me. I went into it for my husband, knowing he was always asking me for pictures of myself. I wanted some really gorgeous pictures for him that showed him a side of myself he has always said I have, but I never really believed in. After the photo shoot, I was a believer. I can't thank Shalista enough. I feel so much more confident about my body. I still am way too hard on myself, but I take one look at my husband looking at me in a picture, and I really know for certain that is what he has always seen when he looks at me. It was really good for our marriage.

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Miss M - Feeling like a badass.

This is something I had always wanted to do for my husband. I've heard about it over and over again and thought how awesome it would be to do! So, when I was stumped on what to get my husband for our anniversary, someone mentioned a boudoir shoot. Immediately, I knew that's what I was going to do! I had debated on waiting to go back to my hometown in Kentucky to have them done, but once I googled "boudoir shoot Sioux falls", I knew I found the lady. The pictures were amazing and all the reviews spoke for themselves. I booked and instantly I was so excited, I couldn't hardly stand it. 

Day of, I was even more excited! I had talked to a few friends who had done this before and their sole piece of advice: relax!! And they couldn't be more spot on! They said your pictures will show tension and you will hate yourself for not relaxing. So, that's what I did. Sidenote: I work in healthcare. Therefore, my modesty is at a 1 on a scale of 0-10. No problems there! The minute I walked in, I felt relaxed and comfortable. Between Shalista and Beka, I had no worries that this was going to be amazing!!! And it was. The whole shoot was just spectacular! It's crazy how some sexy outfits and pictures can make you feel so confident and beautiful and sexy as hell!!! I felt like I could take on the world after that shoot!!! I have never....and I mean never....thought of myself as sexy. My self esteem isn't terrible, but it's probably not the best, either. However, ever since that shoot, I've just seen myself in a different light. I'm more confident!! Shalista does an amazing job at making you feel confident and beautiful....and I feel that's important to women. As a woman, we should always feel that way and if it takes a photo session of half nakedness to make that happen, then so be it!

Shalista, keep rocking this photography thing you got going!!! And keep making us women feel badass:)

  1. What made you decide to do a boudoir session? Please describe how you came to the decision and what finally made you take the leap!

    I had always wanted to do this for my husband. It is something I've seen friends do and had heard about, and then I saw someone post about their experience on Facebook and I knew I wanted to do this for our anniversary.

  2. What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?

    I googled! What did we ever do before Google! I am from Kentucky and had debated on waiting til I go back home for a visit because I know a girl who does them. But when I looked up reviews for Shalista, they spoke for themselves! Nothing but rave after rave about how amazing the pictures were and how professional and amazing Shalista is. And the pictures....wowza!!!!! I was sold

  3. How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?

    I was really excited! I work in healthcare, so my modesty is at a 1 on a scale of 0-10. I couldn't wait to get these pictures taken! I had asked for some advice from others who had done it before, and everyone said relax! Pictures will show tension and the more you relax, the better. So...that is what I did.

  4. Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?

    A-FREAKING-MAZING!!!!!!!!! I cannot even begin to describe how fun, liberating, exciting and self-esteem boosting the whole experience was! You walk out of there feeling so sexy and so self confident...like you could take on the world. It's crazy how a few sexy outfits and some pictures will change your views about yourself. I never looked at myself as sexy...like, ever! But now, even a few weeks after my shoot, I see myself totally different.

  5. Is there anything I could do that would make this experience completely perfect?

    Shalista, you rock this whole photography thing!! You made me feel so comfortable and relaxed the whole time. The only thing that would make it perfect is if the pictures were free ;)

  6. How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?

    What woman doesn't love having her hair and make up done????

  7. Any other thoughts or suggestions you'd like to tell me about?

    Keep it up, lady! Keep making women feel they are badass!!!

Things I have learned shooting boudoir.

Some thoughts have been floating around in my head about my job and what I do and what I have learned. 

Everyone has issues.

I have been a fluffy girl my whole life. I always assumed (ASSumed) the skinny "perfect" girls had it made. They couldn't possibly have body issues or insecurities. They do. Big, small, curvy, flat, we all have issues. I incorrectly thought that being thin meant you automatically loved yourself. It's simply not true. Women struggle with their body image and their self worth and it doesn't matter their size or age. It's often heartbreaking to me, but my hope is that each women that leaves my studio feels sexy AF and sees herself in a whole new loving way. We have pressures from every direction in our lives and loving ourselves is something we can all work on.

Everyone is nervous

Ok, every once in a while people aren't nervous, but being nervous is a totally normal reaction for most people. You are getting naked in front of a stranger who also has a camera! Ok, totally understandable that you would be nervous.  People are nervous because of the unknown - How do I pose? How do look sexy? Will my photos turn out? Will I be awkward?   All the unknowns. Some people manifest their unknown by asking a million and one questions. Some need to meet me in person and make sure I am a real human. 

What I do know as that as you enter the studio and we start talking the nerves fade away. You get to embrace who you are as a woman. You can let go. You can be YOU. I just help you get there.

Boudoir is empowering.

We've been hearing that word a lot in the media lately. WOMEN empowerment. I worry that it will become cliche, but after-all, the experience of being a women and doing boudoir IS empowering.  I had my own boudoir shoot last year with an incredible photographer that I now consider a friend. I really wanted to do it for my husband. He's a great guy and always is telling me the sweetest and nicest things, but I don't ever believe him. (Does that sound familiar at all to you?) So, I wanted to do this shoot for him and a little for myself. I felt like it was fair to walk the walk. I was nervous (see above) and had all the same fears my clients do. Fast forward to the shoot and receiving my images and I felt EMPOWERED. Like, holy shit, I am beautiful.  I can be sexy. I can wear this thing I like or do my hair how I want. I gained so much confidence with myself and happiness with who I am as a person.  From talking to my clients after their sessions, I know this to be true for a lot of women who come to me. They start out wanting to do something sassy for their partner, and end up realizing that they are the one that received the biggest gift. They can walk taller, give less Fs about what other people think and know that they are sexy and beautiful and perfect RIGHT NOW.

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XOXO
Shalista

 

Miss K - It ended up being a gift for herself.

Always wanted to do a sexy shoot but was always afraid. Well I finally worked up the courage and found Shalista. I walked through the door that morning not knowing what to expect, palms sweaty and my lip shaking a bit. Shalista came around the corner with this huge smile, that easily made me feel at home. We got started with makeup and hair, now that was amazing; for once to not have to do it myself. By the time I was done I felt like I was on top of the world. During my shoot, she directed me to pose ways I never thought possible. I felt like a goddess. While choosing my photos I was amazed on how gorgeous I looked. To be honest I went in there thinking I was giving a gift to my fiance and I walked outta there with a gift for myself. A gift of self confidence, knowing that I can be sexy. Thank you so much!!

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Miss R - Sioux Falls Bridal Boudoir

I did this boudoir shoot for a wedding gift for my husband-to-be! Excited and nervous are the two words I would use to describe how I was feeling before this shoot. I think those words are pretty accurate feelings for a lot of the girls out there before a photoshoot. But during the session, Shalista changed my emotions to feeling sexy, confident and super comfortable! I cannot tell all you girls enough how amazing this experience was. Shalista tells you exactly what to do and how to do it. She helps you with every arm, hand, hip, butt and foot placement along with exactly how to look and where. 

If you ever had even a slight thought about doing a boudoir shoot, stop thinking and book a session with Shalista now! I am so glad I decided to do it and I haven't stopped telling my girlfriends about it. I am so excited to see my pictures and I am even more excited to show my fiancé on our wedding day. I know he is going to absolutely love them!

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Miss A in Las Vegas - Las Vegas Boudoir - Do something scary!

The last 12 months have been pretty incredible for me professionally. I have been a photographer for 14 years, but feel that in the past year I have grown more as an artist and person than ever before. Boudoir has become a sensation for me, and has changed my outlook on life, my own personal confidence and the way I view other women. I took a trip to New Orleans last year and I was so nervous. I didn't know anyone and I was staying in a house with 9 women I had never met. I almost backed out. Even up to the day I left I thought maybe I shouldn't go. But I went. What does New Orleans have to do with Las Vegas? Well, New Orleans changed me and gave me courage to go to Vegas. I've been to Vegas before, but not like this!

There's a huge wedding and portrait photography convention in Las Vegas every year and in 14 years I have never went. I decided that this was my year to go. A couple people were looking for roommates and one of my new friends from New Orleans invited me to share their room. I registered, bought a plane ticket and went to Las Vegas. Alone!

Over the course of the next five days I met some of the most incredible women. We were strangers who felt like we'd know each other our whole lives. There was just a great connection with us. Maybe this tired mom and wife just really needed a "girls night out" but whatever it was, my soul and heart felt renewed and refreshed.

One of the people I met was Miss A. She's an incredibly kind and beautiful soul and I asked if she would let me photograph her. She'd never had a boudoir session of her own before, and so we made it happen. The camera loves her. It might be the kind, gracious woman inside, but her fiery red hair and funny personality are the entire package. I just love her! We had a great time doing her photos and we have already begun to plan our trip for next year.
 


If you are feeling like you are in a rut, or you need a change, or a friend or just... something, I can't encourage you enough to do something scary. In the last year I had a boudoir shoot of my own (SCARY!), took a plane to New Orleans alone where I didn't know anyone (SCARY!) and then took another plane to Vegas alone (Also Scary!). As scared as I was to step outside these comfort zones, I know now that I needed it. I needed to live a little louder and crazier and find myself a bit. I am incredibly grateful to Aroha and the others I met (You will meet them too!) for an incredible week of photography, friendship and inspiration.

Miss B - Unforgettable holiday gifts.

Like a long tall glass of cool water, Miss B is all legs. Legs for days! We had such a great time in our shoot. She come to me with some pretty edgy ideas and we were able to make those a reality (not shown here, sorry!)

This was an incredible gift for her man and I am positive he was blown away!