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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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!!Read More
What was supposed to be an extra special anniversary gift for my husband - something to maybe put a little youth and spunk back into our 15 year routine - turned into one of the most empowering thing I have ever done for myself.
I never could have imagined that to be the case, but what a gift it ended up being for ME!
I will do it again someday. Maybe soon, while I'm still on the high of this first one. Maybe years from know when I've forgotten and the 'UNs' have crept back in. But I have no doubts that I will do it again.
And when I do, it will be for me......
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!
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.
Are you interested in booking a shoot for yourself? Please say yes. You are perfect right now. Today.
Miss J rocked the lens, rocked her outfit, and rocked this photoshoot. I think this photoshoot was the PERFECT anniversary gift for her husband. Don't you??
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!
Oh Miss E.
So kind, sweet, energetic and a great attitude ready to rock this shoot! She's stunning, and how about these images? Rrawrrrr!
There is truly nothing more special or intimate than a Bridal Boudoir session. If you are looking for a gift for your groom that is unique and sure to please, beautiful photos of yourself are just the thing. What partner wouldn't love to receive that from his sexy new bride?
This is a fit that can be enjoyed over and over during your years of marriage. What a treasure for you both to look back on?
This sweet gal brought beautiful outfits and brought her A-game to her photoshoot.
Miss S put a lot of thought into her session! She picked outfits she knew her fiance would love and we went about a session that was going to be radiant and sexy.
I love that she picked outfits that were sweet and flirty, but ultra sexy. It was very cool to watch her pull the wardrobe and know everything was perfect for her personality and the look she wanted. I can only imagine her man was through the roof when he saw these!
Check out her gorgeous photos and her review in her words!!
I've always wanted to do a Boudoir photo shoot and I knew the perfect time would be as a wedding gift to my fiance. I was very nervous and self conscious about doing this until I met with Shalista for the first time. She has an amazing attitude & gives you all the confidence you need and more! I couldn't believe how sexy & beautiful I felt during the photoshoot. Shalista makes you feel so comfortable and natural. I was so excited afterward to have this unique gift to give to my husband & let me tell you.. his jaw dropped!!! He was in complete awe and I'm so glad I have my photo book to look back on when I'm not feeling my "sexiest self." I would highly recommend doing this & I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much Shalista!<3
Shalista has an amazing attitude & gives you all the confidence you need and more! I couldn't believe how sexy & beautiful I felt during the photoshoot. Shalista makes you feel so comfortable and natural. I was so excited afterward to have this unique gift to give to my husband & let me tell you.. his jaw dropped!!! He was in complete awe and I'm so glad I have my photo book to look back on when I'm not feeling my "sexiest self." I would highly recommend doing this & I would do it again in a heartbeat.
- What made you decide to do a boudoir session?
I wanted to give something to my fiancé that he would least expect from me for his wedding gift!
- What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?
I have followed your photography pages for awhile and couldn't stop looking at the boudoir shoots. I knew I wanted to be the one in those pictures! And the reviews on your page proved how great of work you do.
- How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?
I was very nervous as I knew I was out of my comfort zone but as soon as I got my hair and makeup done and my first outfit on I started to feel more confident and sexy and knew it was going to be a great experience!
- How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?
I felt like a celebrity. It just added to the great experience in making me feel sexy and confident.
- Any other thoughts or suggestions you'd like to tell me about?
I had a great experience and would easily do it again! It went so well and the results were amazing. I have gotten so many compliments and I will continue to suggest this to my girl friends to do.
Our shoot with Miss D was nothing short of "Holy SH*T!"
I can direct poses, facial expressing and encourage you the entire time of your shoot, but some people just walk in and the camera makes love to them. Miss D is that girl. Incredibly sweet and soft spoken, I really didn't know what to expect with her. The moment she stepped in front of the camera, she was smiling, flirting and just *knew* exactly what to do. Makes my job super easy!
I am grateful for clients like Miss D that some into the studio and completely let it go. It was an incredible shoot and I am sure you will agree!
I loved the atmosphere and the "me time" I received. Getting my hair and makeup done before the shoot made me feel so pampered and the pictures made me feel absolutely beautiful. I haven't received that sort of feeling for a long time, especially with something that I can hold on to for a long time! Shalista made the experience genuine and not awkward or unprofessional. Would do it again in a heartbeat!Read More
Valentine's Day 2017 is almost here. If you are lost on what to get your love this year, how about a gift that is for both of you? The fun thing about a boudoir session is that you both benefit from the experience! My clients consistently tell me that they feel so good after their session. And, the receiver? They are always thrilled!
It's more than just looking beautiful, but seeing your beauty. It's a gift to boost your attitude, self esteem and confidence!
Book your session by January 20th to guarantee Valentine's Delivery! We do have a few dates left, so snag a spot ASAP!
I was a little nervous on my drive to take my photo shoot. Once I got there and got my hair and makeup done. We started to talk and I started to relax more. I thought I looked great When she was all done with my hair and makeup. Starting out in my first outfit I felt a little uncomfortable because I'm not the smallest person but once we got started I started to feel more confident. I loved doing all the pictures and would do it again in a heart beat. I loved all my pictures and it was hard to select which ones to keep.Read More
I had contemplated doing a boudoir shoot for a while and finally decided to just DO it! I found a perfect date to do my shoot, my birthday! This was something I wanted to do for myself and of course my hubby.
I felt very comfortable with Shalista, after reading her reviews and watching her short video clip on Facebook, I knew she was going to be great with me.
She was not only great with me during the shoot, but the photos were breathtaking and they captured my sexy side very well!
I highly recommend her to anyone considering doing a boudoir shoot. You owe it to yourself to capture a side of you that is so amazing and intimateRead More
She just wanted to give pretty images to her husband for their anniversary. She ended up with the most stunning collection of images for him, but also for her!
Miss J was stunning and confident and so easy to photograph. Everything about her screamed elegance, strength and beauty. I am sure that the wedding anniversary celebration was unforgettable after she presented this album to her husband.
What an incredible gift to give yourself anytime!
Definately do a session for your husbands, but also do it for yourself. You'll do a happy dance and high five yourself afterwards for how awesome you will feel. You are perfectly beautiful RIGHT NOW and today is the perfect time to book your shoot.
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And she is amazing.
We women get lost in the every day trappings of life and sometimes need to take a minute to breathe and remember we are so much more than the names we are titled with.