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 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 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! :)

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.

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. 

Miss Anonymous - I sold my wedding ring for something memorable.

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!

 

Boudoir with pearls and white shirt - Shalista Photography

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.