What You Should Know Before You Book a Boudoir Session with Shalista

You’re sitting there, paging through the Facebook group, looking at all of these amazing women of all shapes and sizes that I have photographed.  You’re wishing you could take the plunge, but...you’re worried. What will it be like? Let’s take a look at just a few things that you might be concerned about!

You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune on Lingerie

What you wear is not nearly as important as how you own it when you wear it.  A poorly fitted or uncomfortable bra isn’t going to photograph well no matter how much you spend on it.  Wear whatever makes you feel sexy AF! One of his shirts, an old, slouchy sweatshirt, anything goes! Before your session, we will go over what to wear in my virtual preparation guide.

You Probably will be Nervous

Being nervous is totally natural! I’ve had my own boudoir sessions done so I know exactly how you are feeling.  I plan my sessions carefully, so there is plenty of time for you to chill out, get your makeup done and get into the right frame of mind before your session.

You’re in a Safe Place

I’ve photographed hundreds of half-naked and naked women in the years I’ve been in business. Every single one of them has a story, and sometimes we talk about some personal stuff during the session.  Please know that what happens in the studio stays in the studio. That goes for sharing photos as well, I never share or post photos without express permission of my clients.

Banishing Self-Hate Talk means Better Photos

You’re not going to “break the camera,” and I won’t “airbrush” all your flaws away.  In the days before the session, I want you to practice self-love, so you enter the session confident that you are going to look amazing. I will work with you to make sure that we highlight your assets and minimize what you don’t love.  Find a mantra, read an inspirational book, put an inspirational quote on your phone screen. Be mindful of letting negative thoughts in. It really does make a difference in how you feel, and that positive outlook translates into beautiful, powerful photos.

I’m Going to Tell You Exactly What to Do

From the moment we start the session, I’m going to be guiding you, posing you and showing you exactly what I need you to do. From the way you hold your chin, your lips, your shoulders, to how to connect your eyes to the camera, I’ll lead you through it all and explain why I am doing it. Boudoir is very different than any other photo session you have ever had because we are using posing and light to sculpt your body. The woman I photograph are just like you. They are mommas, working women, teachers, women of faith, of color. No session is alike because there is no one like you. I’ll help you through this every step of the way, but never outside your own personal comfort zone.

You’re Going to Want to Do it Again

Most people approach a boudoir session thinking it’s a one-time deal. But I will tell you that these sessions will empower you. They will make you see yourself as your loved ones see you. They are ADDICTING!

I’m looking forward to making some fantastic photos with you! Contact me today to get on the calendar.


Miss T - The hardest secret to keep!

I decided to do a shoot after a friend suggested it. She had done one for her husband's wedding present and I thought it would be a great gift for my future husband :) I was very nervous the last couple days leading up to my shoot. I was worried that I wouldn't like the way I looked in the pictures but I knew Shalista did a great job by looking at her gallery beforehand. When I arrived at the studio Shalista greeted me and showed me around. It was helpful to hear the process of how the shoot would go and what to expect. Once I sat in the chair to get my hair and make up done my nerves were instantly gone! Lacey made me feel very comfortable and excited for my shoot!! 

I showed Shalista the items that I had and asked her opinion on what to wear. She was very helpful with ideas on what would work best and how to still be versatile. Normally I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around in front of someone I just met in any of the outfits that I brought (honestly I don't even like wearing swimming suits ha!), but she makes you feel so comfortable and confident in yourself during the shoot. During the shoot I felt very calm and honestly it was all because of Shalista! She was great with coaching me through the poses which is what I was most nervous about! 

When I went to go see my images and pick out the ones I wanted in my book I was shocked! I didn't expect to see myself and be as happy as I was with the final images. It was so difficult narrowing down the images I wanted for the final book! This experience was so empowering and gave me confidence in myself. It's easy to pick yourself apart and not be happy with certain parts of yourself but this experience can help change that! 

I can honestly say this was the HARDEST secret to keep from my husband!! There were multiple times I almost broke down and gave him his gift early, but I am so happy I waited! I gave him the book the night before the wedding before we said goodnight and his reaction was the absolute best! I would recommend this experience to any of my friends!! I can't wait to do another shoot :) 

Thank you Shalista!!

Miss M returns - Inspiring us all!

This was my 2nd session. I decided to do another because besides being in a wheelchair, I recently had a colostomy surgery. It's hard to feel sexy about yourself when you have a bag of poop hanging from your stomach. I decided to also go nude in some of my pictures. This was a huge step for me so I was quite nervous. Lacey was phenomenal in doing my hair and makeup and always knows how to calm the nerves. Once I started my photo session, I felt my nerves subside. I really wanted to do the Angel Wings too but was worried how with my wheelchair. Shalista had it all covered. Not only did we get great shots of the wings in my chair but she also helped me on and off the floor so I could lay on the wings. WOW WOW WOW I was speechless when I saw the wing pictures. They were so beautiful and I just cried happy tears. It was seriously one of the most amazing times I've ever had. I was not embarrassed at all by my colostomy bag showing because that is now a forever part of me. Shalista, you are seriously the most amazing photographer I've ever met and I'm lucky to now call you a friend!! Thank you for everything you do for everyone daily!!!

2018 Holiday Boudoir - Dec 7 & 8

2018 Holiday Limited Edition Sessions

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ONLY 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Need a gift for that special someone in your life? Or even better yet, need to gift yourself a treat? Holiday boudoir is the perfect solution. This year I am teaming up with 605Vixen for a Glam Session - Full highlight and contour makeover plus false lashes!

Our holiday scene is all white and full of sparkle and will match with any wardrobe!

Holiday Boudoir Sessions are a little over one hour - Including makeup and 30 minutes photography. (Hair is not included!)

Include up to 2 outfits.

In studio session.

Includes a 5×5 Book with 10 photos (PLUS the 10 digitals of those files!!)

Product add-ons available with our Special Holiday A la Carte menu. Prices on the menu are slashed by 20-70% off normal pricing.

$599!!!! SAVINGS OF $826!!!!-
THERE ARE ONLY 5 HOLIDAY SESSIONS AVAILABLE THIS YEAR!

BOOK BELOW! Half down - balance day of your session!

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Need ideas on what to wear? Check out my Pinterest board!

Miss S - I guarantee you'll love your session and pictures :)

wanted to give my fiance something special before our wedding, so I thought I would surprise him with a boudoir book. I'm definitely not the type of person to do a photo shoot exposing so much of myself, and was extremely nervous walking into Shalista's office. Then I met her and Lacey and my nerves disappeared - they make you feel comfortable and look beautiful! Anyone wondering if they should do a boudoir shoot, should absolutely do it especially with Shalista! Nothing's awkward and it's just a fun, relaxing time! I guarantee you'll love your session and pictures :)

Miss Anonymous - My husband absolutely loved the photos.

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.

Miss Anonymous - I've never been satisfied enough with myself.

I had so many reasons not to do the shoot. Like most women out there I didn't feel worthy of it. I knew it was not the right time financially and I wanted to grow my hair out longer and I wanted to lose weight. 

After following Shalista's Facebook page for about a year and wishing I could do that I realized I've never been satisfied enough with myself to do this. Always waiting until (insert just about anything here). I woke up one day and realized these pictures were for my husband and he sees me everyday. He sees me in good light and in bad; in nice outfits and in oversized clothes. He sees me from every angle with and without makeup. He sees me at my worst and now, thanks to Shalista, WE BOTH get to see me at my best!

Miss K - I have never felt or looked sexier! Every woman needs to do a boudoir shoot!

Every woman needs to do a boudoir shoot! I did this as a gift for the man in my life, and it ended up being a gift for myself as well. Boudoir gives a serious boost of confidence and makes you feel empowered. Sure, it’s nerve wracking having to get semi nude in front of a complete stranger and try to pull of suggestive poses. But, Shalista has a way of making you feel comfortable, sexy, and natural.

I was super nervous going to my viewing appointment thinking I would look stupid. I couldn’t not believe it was me when I saw the photos! I have never felt or looked sexier. Now, when I’m having a day where I don’t feel the best about itself, I look at one of my photos and I get a boost of confindence. I’ve been telling all of my friends to go so this for themselves! You won’t regret it! :) 

Miss A - a reminder of how beautiful your body is.

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!

Miss J - You have nothing to worry about!

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.  

Miss A - I'll be back.

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! :)