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!!!

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 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.  

Miss Annonymous - Your confidence will go through the roof! 

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! 

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Miss K - You won’t regret a thing!

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! 

Miss T - Don't think of all the excuses... go for it!!

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!! 

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Miss C - It is one of the most empowering things I've ever done

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!

 

Clients love our albums
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Check out Miss C's entire album!

Miss L - There wasn’t one that I didn’t like!

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!

Miss Anonymous - He was floored.

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 :)

Miss M

Back in November my coworker told me about a Black Friday special that Shalista was having and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to get myself to do it, so I bought the package deal. After getting past my nerves I found a date that would work and got myself on the schedule to do the shoot. 

  When the day came around I was definitely nervous and if I’m honest I almost backed out of going. I can’t express enough how glad I am that I never backed out and went to the shoot! I ended up getting my hair and makeup done and it was a great way to start out the photo shoot because I was able to relax a little while feeling pampered. 

  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the photoshoot, but I will admit while putting on my first outfit I was a little shaky. Shalista quickly made me feel comfortable and natural in the shoot. Once we got going I was having a ton of fun and feeling extremely sexy. By the end of the shoot I was bummed it was over because I was feeling extremely confident and having a lot of fun. 

I was beyond impressed with my images and I would definitely do this shoot again. I would say that even though this started out as a little something to surprise my boyfriend, with it ended up being a gift for myself. I left feeling sexy, confident, and beautiful. I would recommend doing a shoot like this to everyone, and I will always always recommend Shalista. 

Thanks so much for a great experience! 

  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 session, and once a coworker told me about the Black Friday special last year I thought it was the perfect time to sign up and get one on the books for myself! 

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

    Honestly I had not seen any of your work before scheduling the session but after scheduling I wouldn’t go anywhere else! I am so impressed with the quality of work! 

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

    I was definitely nervous. I was worried I would not look great in the photos. I like many females am very self conscious, but once we got going all of those insecurities and nerves went away. I definitely felt comfortable and extremely sexy. I recommend to everyone to do a shoot even if it’s just for yourself to build your self confidence. 

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

    Amazing. Like I stated in the previous question I felt so comfortable and extremely sexy. It’s amazing to be able to see yourself and not seeing every flaw. I tend to pick apart myself and I never did that when I saw my photos. I just saw a beautiful confident woman. Every person should do this to remind them of how beautiful they really are despite what we tell ourselves. 

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

    not that I can think of! I had a great experience 

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

    loved getting my makeup done! My hair looked great too; but I am a hairstylist so I would probably do my own next time.

Miss B - Society tells me to shame my body, Shalista helped me learn to love my body.

From start to finish my session with Shalista was amazing. Before I got into the room I thought I was crazy and even slightly embarrassed that I was doing this. Being a heavier-set woman, I have been conditioned to be embarrassed of exposing my body or even sexualizing myself at all. Society tells me to shame my body, Shalista helped me learn to love my body. I was definitely not at my thinnest when I did my session, but I knew that I wanted to celebrate my body as it was at that time. No matter if I lost or gained weight, I would always have these photos to look back on and remember what I looked like when I was a newly-wed woman in my 20's. Shalista is the best of the best and I would recommend anyone I know to go to her; in fact a few of my friends have gone to her since my session! I left my session empowered and feeling sexy. I left my ordering session amazed and in awe. I look back at my book and can't wait to do another session. 

  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 contemplated doing a session but was so nervous that I needed to be in better shape. I wasn't very confident about my body at the time and kept looking at old photos of myself when I weighed less. That's when I decided that I needed this. I needed to see myself exactly at the weight I was currently at and know that I could still be sexy.

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

    Shalista was the only person I wanted to go to for boudoir. I knew she would be professional, make me look like a million bucks, and ease any fears or worries I had.

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

    I was so nervous before my shoot. I thought I was slightly crazy for doing this and embarrassed even. I mean, who would want to see photos of me in my lingerie? That's something people on the internet would make fun of, not celebrate. I was quickly put at ease as soon as I got into the studio and started hair and makeup. 

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

    The photo shoot was fun, eased my mind and even made me feel empowered. It was the sexiest I have felt in a long time. I was a little sore at the end from all the contortions Shalista, put me in, but I knew that she was working it out to make me look like a bombshell.

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

    Maybe some fun or sexy music playing to help get into the mood a little more! 

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

    LOVED it. Angelique is amazing and I always feel safe in her hands. 

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

    You're amazing. I love you. I want to do another session so badly.