Is Boudoir Porn? NO | Sioux Falls Boudoir

I see you sneaking around my galleries with visions of you in your man’s favorite jersey with the light cascading on your perfectly made curls. I see you, Mama, and I want you to know:  it’s okay!  I know that society and the world, and sometimes our own Mama’s, have informed us that pictures of semi-clad or naked women are somehow “bad,” or they are ‘porn.’ Ladies, let me assure you that the stunning and powerful images I create with these amazing women inspire me, they empower them, and each one is a piece of art, it is not porn. They are an artistic avenue to push your boundaries, unleash your inner sexy boss babe, and be bold.

First of all… if you don’t know the difference between Michelangelo’s David and anything made by Larry Flint, then you might not know the difference between what is commonly considered porn and modern-day boudoir photography. Just like we already know that all leggings are not created equal, not all images of a naked woman are either, and they often have different intentions in what emotions they wish to invoke in the viewer.

The Renaissance brought about the return of pride and appreciation of nudes when Pope Julius the II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel, which is adorned with nude figures in the Creation of Adam and others. These are nudes whom people travel from all over the world to admire because that is why they were created: for people to admire these women. That’s what I do, create boudoir images and you, and whomever you choose to share them with, get to admire them.

That’s what I do, create boudoir images and you, and whomever you choose to share them with, get to admire them.

Boudoir isn’t about objectification; it’s about appreciation. When was the last time you sat and had a good, long, appreciative look at you? When?  Was it a month ago, a year ago… this morning? Whenever it was, I can promise you, that you are *not* doing it often enough. Boudoir photography is appreciation photography. Boudoir is confidence and freedom and power:  aren’t you ready to see and appreciate those things?

Boudoir photography is appreciation photography.

Girl, I know you because I am living the same life.  You’re up before everybody, going to bed after everybody.  You’re answering 15 emails, picking up take-out, running baths, mopping floors and folding laundry all while making sure the love/comfort/happiness meters of everyone in your life is full… but who is refueling your meter? Let’s refuel your meter with love and confidence and appreciation. Our team will pamper you, and together we can create images which fuel your beauty meter because that is what boudoir photography does.

The truth is, our moms and grandmas Glamour Photography of the 90s full of feather boas and pearl necklaces have grown up into the boudoir photography of today, and I am here for it.  Let’s be authentic; let’s get real and show you who you are by creating a new view of you. We can be bold and confident by pushing these boundaries and creating a space where you say, this is me, and I am one gorgeous, semi-clad, proud Boudoir Boss Babe.






Miss N - Fitness Goal Celebration!

From Miss N <3

So, I'd thought about one of these shoots for years, but never actually pulled the trigger. I met my fitness goal so I decided, why not show it off, and I booked a shoot. Im so happy I did! It was a great experience, I almost feel like now that I really know what to expect, I need to do another one! Next time, I think I need to be more prepared with props to really make it my own! 

Miss M - Ultimate Groom's Gift

From Miss M ❤️

I had been trying to come up with a unique grooms gift for my fiancé...and this couldn’t have been more perfect! Shalista is so sweet and down to earth! When I arrived she showed me around the studio and introduced me to the ladies that were doing my hair and makeup. They were so sweet as well! They all put you at ease as soon as you arrive. Shalista directs you and coaches you through all of the poses. The main thing I was worried/nervous about was walking around in lingerie and being nude in front of a complete stranger and it was like I was hanging out with a friend I’ve known for 5 years. Shalista makes you feel so amazing and it’s not awkward one bit! She also has a large (and fun!) selection of outfit choices, shoes, and samples of work so you can be sure you'll get exactly what you envisioned! When the shoot was over I was a little sad as I was having so much fun and didn’t want it to come to an end! I went in to the studio to pick out my proofs and had such a hard time narrowing it down! I couldn’t believe that it was ME up there on the screen!

My book came in and it’s been so hard to keep it a secret from him! I absolutely love everything about it! I can't WAIT to give him his gift on the morning of our wedding! He's going to flip! And, I can honestly say if the photos make it up on the wall in the man cave, I would not be embarrassed! This experience started out as a gift for him but what I got was so much more! If you were considering photos at all, you NEED to do it -- and you NEED to go to Shalista! You won't be sorry! XO

Miss K - When I look in the mirror, I see a worn out, broken lady with many physical flaws that I can’t look past. 

From Miss K

I owe Shalista everything! 

Building up to my shoot I was hot and cold. One day I was pumped and ready to do this and the next day I felt sick to my stomach and wanted to cancel.

 I’ve recently had 2 babies, practically back to back. I wanted to do this shoot for my husband but mostly for me. I wanted to see myself how my husband sees me and Lets face it, we are our own worst critics! When I look in the mirror, I see a worn out, broken lady with many physical flaws that I can’t look past. 

The drive to the shoot I had a massive panic attack! My husband was driving me and I begged him to turn the car around and I would just suck up my losses. He convinced me to just do this and get it over with. I figured what the heck, I don’t have to show anyone the pictures if I don’t want too, nobody has to know. 

Once the shoot started going I felt at ease, Shalista is amazing at distraction! She just carried on a conversation and half the time I didn’t even know she was shooting, I was there but I wasn’t. 

After the shoot was over I was so sad!!! The time went by so fast and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. We ended the shoot with the one pose I was trying so hard to build myself up to doing. I did it and yet I was so proud! 

All of the photos were amazing! I struggled picking out my favorites. I’m so happy with the products, and especially the album!!! They were all so beautiful, classy and tastefully done. I wouldn’t trust doing a shoot like this with ANYONE else! 

I would totally recommend Shalista to anyone and everyone! You surely won’t be disappointed. And I cannot wait to return to the studio and do another shoot!! 

A couple's boudoir session ON FIRE - Mr and Mrs B

I have a lot of requests from people about doing couple’s boudoir sessions. I have always done them, but those couples chose to keep their images private - and I totally, 100% respect that. But how do I convince other couples to do a boudoir session if they don’t know what one looks like?

Well, I invited some couples in for sessions. Mrs. B replied that her and her husband had been together for years and had built a lovey family and a bunch of kids while still also being insanely in love and hot for each other. So, I had to have them in the studio for their own session and they about burned the studio down. These two are FIRE. Wow.

One thing people wonder about couple’s sessions is if it’s going to be awkward. It’s totally not. It’s more silly then sexy. I’ve been photographing people for 16 years at this point and can direct people very well and they don’t even realize how sexy they look! These two were so fun to work with and their chemistry was off the hook.

Couple’s sessions can range from fun and playful, to super sexy and intimate, but there are rules and things don’t get out of hand. I’m not that kind of photographer… just saying. I just want to help couples explore their steamy side together. A couple’s boudoir session is an amazing way to reconnect.

From Mrs B

Shalista was amazing from beginning to the end. You always answered our questions super quick. When my husband and I first got ready for the photos, you sat us down and asked us questions about our relationship. That was fun for us to reminisce about how we met and our first date! You started shooting us and it felt so natural! We chatted through the whole shoot and you felt like an old friend by the time we left.

Shalista, you’re truly an amazing soul. I felt like I had known you for years by the time we left. Your personality is the best. I’m literally dancing topless and chatting with you about kids like it was a regular day with an old friend.  

Miss T - I felt beautiful, something I truly never felt!! 

From Miss T

I came across your Facebook page and started following it. I loved reading all the other feedback and stories from all the other women. For the first time in my life went lingerie shopping, and was constantly looking at all the pictures trying to get ideas. It was awesome getting my hair and makeup done. Definitely calmed me down. I was super nervous weeks leading up to the shoot. I was so nervous if I could pull off the shoot and what I would look like. About 10 min into the shoot I felt amazing, I felt like I was actually a model and felt beautiful, something I truly never felt!! 

I was super nervous to see if I truly did pull it off, until Shalista sent me my sneak peek  picture and absolutely couldn't believe my eyes!! I found myself looking at it all the time. The pictures were a gift for myself and my boyfriend!

His very first response was when I walked out the door from having the pictures done and the look on his face was just WOW!!! He said I was absolutely beautiful and couldn't wait to see the pictures. He knew I was doing the shoot, but I kept all my clothing choices a complete surprise. I brought him to the viewing, the response was priceless!!!  I remember Shalista playing the slide show, saying we needed to pick our favorites and he said " Your gonna make me choose!!! I want them all" " Wow just wow, you look like a model" He loved them and wanted them all! He couldn't believe I actually went through and did the shoot. He never thought I would do something so out of my league! Hell yes I would do another shoot, no questions asked!!! I tell everyone that its something every women need to experience at least once in their life!

Miss J - the NEW ME.

My first shoot was decided after seeing a friend's pictures, and I loved them and wanted to have the experience.  My second shoot was decided on because I had just hit 6 months of sobriety, and I was thinking of what I wanted to do for a present for myself.  My body had changed a lot in those 6 months, but more importantly my confidence had changed too and I wanted to do a shoot with the "new me.”

It honestly is a life changing experience. Every woman should consider doing this.  I have always struggled with body image, or never feeling enough in that aspect.  My shoots have changed the way I look at myself.  I feel so damn beautiful walking out of your studio, like a queen.  I feel empowered by being able to love pictures of ME. Self love is so important, and my shoots gave me the power to dive into my self love. I won't ever regret my shoot.  It has been a part of my sobriety journey because it was able to give me strength to see myself as ENOUGH and BEAUTIFUL and CAPABLE.  I'm so grateful that I got to do this for myself, and to have Shalista as part of that journey.

STEAMY IN THE SHOWER MINI-SESSIONS

This could be you.

SIOUX FALLS SHOWER BOUDOIR SESSIONS

We have set up a shower in the studio

JUST FOR YOU and we're ready to break it in. 

No wardrobe to buy, no makeup or hair to fuss.
This is simple and incredibly sexy.

SHOWER SESSIONS - MAY 10 & 11

Here's how this special mini-session opportunity works:

You wear one outfit, and pose in the shower with complete direction from me.

-30 minutes session with 5 retouched digital images (images chosen by me)
-With this option you come with hair undone, and whatever makeup you choose, but none is fine too!

YOU WILL GET WET!!!

Sioux falls best boudoir photographer


Only $250!


-30 minutes session with 5 retouched digital images
(images chosen by me)

Digital images will be delivered private password website.

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Miss A - I kept thinking that I was not sexy enough.

A boudoir session was always on my bucket list.  So from Shalista holiday special made me push myself in taking the leap! After looking through her reviews and her photos were beyond amazing than other photographers that I was looking at. 

Before my shoot I was super nervous. I kept thinking that I was not sexy enough to go in front of the camera. Also what if My lingerie won’t fit on the day of my photo shoot.   It was the best experience I had in front of a camera! From having my makeup and hair done to seeing how sexy I looked on my photos.  I really cannot wait to book another boudoir session with Shalista in the future! 

Miss S - I almost cried because I felt so amazing and confident

I came across Shalista’s page from another group I was in. I was taken with how amazing her pictures where and how they showed off every lady. I was debating on if I wanted to do this one day and then I got an email about a deal she was having and I thought why not. After I booked my shoot I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. When the day came I was excited and couldn’t wait. I  arrived at the studio and was greeted by Brianna and then met Shalista. Which after that I got right into hair and make up. The makeup artist was very friendly and talkative. She made me feel relaxed. After she was done I saw myself in the mirror and I couldn’t believe my eyes, I looked so good. I couldn’t remember the last time I Felton that goodness about myself. I got into my first outfit and I wasn’t blown away. Shalista wasn’t amazing and  directed me into the right poses and couched my through everything. 

A few weeks later I came back to see my images and I was blown away  Seeing myself on the screen I couldn’t believe that it was me up there. I saw the images and I almost cried because I felt so amazing and confident after that. It was hard picking just a few images for my book. There were so many great one. I’m still waiting on my book but I did this shoot for myself and kind of for my boyfriend as a gift.  I did it for myself to help sexy and more confident about myself after having my son. 

I would definitely recommend Shalista to friends and I would definitely love to do one again! 

Three Ways to Bring your Sexy Back. Boudoir Sessions in Sioux Falls

Three Ways to Bring your Sexy Back. Boudoir Sessions in Sioux Falls

Have you ever had those (weeks, days…months) where you just didn’t feel connected to your body?  Have you been feeling lately like you would like to get your mojo back? Get your “Sexy Back”, as our friend JT says?

I’m here to help you kick it up a notch and give you three reasons why NOW is the best time to schedule a boudoir session with me!

Winter is not over, and you want to turn up the flame.          

The calendar might say spring, but one look outside the window is telling us something very different.  

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It’s that time of the year that we’re all feeling a bit unsettled and maybe a little down. What better to rev up your life with a hot boudoir session that will leave you feeling pampered and great about yourself while you kick the gray skies and dirty snow to the curb?

I guarantee that once you’ve had your hair and makeup done and we start the session it will get those endorphins flowing. We’re going to work together to find the perfect look for you and your body type. Maybe wrapped up in cozy furs? How about a session with dozens of candles to give you a warm glow ALL over? I’ve got an entire wardrobe of fun for you to peruse, or feel free to bring in props, lingerie or accessories. The sky is the limit…..

You’ve got a rocking mom-bod and you’re not afraid to use it.

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If you’ve had a baby within the last few years, you know you’ve gone through some changes, girl. As they say, mom-in’ ain’t easy, and you might be feeling down on yourself for not springing back to your old self. But here’s the truth. That man of yours and that baby love you right now.

Exactly how you are.  Imagine if you could give yourself some grace and embrace who you are. Wouldn’t that feel amazing? And you know what else would feel amazing?

A little time to yourself. Remember that? Come on in and let us celebrate you, mama.  

If you have a few trouble spots you don’t want to show, that’s nothing to worry about.  I’ll work with you within whatever comfort zone you are in right now. Come on in, get your hair and makeup done, go to the bathroom all by yourself (with no one standing outside saying mom mom mom mom mom) and if you want to take a nap after the session on my big comfy bed, I’m down with that too.

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You’re turning 30 for the first time, or maybe even for the second time.

Oh, those milestone birthdays.  The BIG ONES. The ones that you are kind of excited about and…maybe a little bit freaked out about? I know I’ve felt both ways.

I mean, on one hand, it’s a freaking celebration, right??!!  But on the other hand, how did the time go this fast?? These birthdays ARE a big deal. They are a right of passage!

So why not grab on and hold tight and give it all you’ve got?  It’s cliché but true…you only live once. Don’t put off things because we only have so much time on this green earth, and you only have one body to live and love with.

Have you ever looked at a photo from yourself from 10 years ago and thought “Damn, I looked so good, and I didn’t even appreciate it?” Yep.

Don’t wait for the next milestone, because they come and go faster than we’d like.

No matter where your “sexy” has gone, I’m here to help you get it back. Take this time for yourself, to reconnect and to enjoy yourself at a boudoir session that is going to make you feel amazing about yourself.

You’re not going to believe you waited so long.

Taking the leap and deciding to finally book your one of a kind boudoir photoshoot session is a huge accomplishment all on its own. Every woman deserves to experience the incredible empowerment of a boudoir photoshoot session at least once in their lives… now’s your chanceGive me a call today and let’s make your boudoir photoshoot session something you’ll never forget!

Send us a message! We’d love to talk to you about YOUR session!

Get it While It’s HOT; Cheap Boudoir Sessions in Sioux Falls!

Imagine if you were looking through a Sioux Falls Facebook page and someone had posted this:

“Any recommendations for a cheap gynecologist? Need an annual exam done but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg!”

I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel as vulnerable as when I am sitting in a paper gown on a table with stirrups on it and a plastic speculum waiting. When I’m there, I want to know that despite the fact this isn’t in my comfort zone, I’m going to have the best Dr. I can find and one who will treat me with respect. I want someone who, after all, is said and done, will make me feel like I did the right thing for my body.

Month after month I see these posts from women looking for the “cheapest” boudoir photographer.  I’m always left wondering who these bold women are who are so comfortable getting nearly naked in front of the cheapest photographer they can find. I know they’re not my clients because my clients tell me all the time how one of the things that were holding them back from booking a session was the fear of how the sessions will go.

They wonder:

Will I feel vulnerable?

Will you make me do weird sexy faces?

Will I have to get naked?

What if I hate the photos?

I’ve been doing boudoir since 2006, and I’m not the cheapest because I am really damn good at what I do, and more importantly, I’m really damn good at how I make you FEEL.

“If you have any hesitations about doing a session, put them to rest because she is the best!!! She made me feel like I was the sexiest thing alive and made me feel so beautiful!” ~ Sarah Jane

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Boudoir photography is so much more than putting on some lingerie, arching your back and making pouty faces.

Look, you’re a woman. You get that someone making you feeling sexy is just as much in your MIND as it is with your body. It’s why we can be so totally HOT for the geeky guy who other people wouldn’t look at twice. If that man gets into your mind, he’s got you, body and soul.

Then there’s the other part. I can count on one hand the number of women who were completely comfortable and unabashed in my boudoir sessions, and they were professional models.  Every SINGLE woman who comes in here has hang-ups. About their body, their hair, whatever. Part of my job is to show you that none of that matters, and how the right posing and lighting can make a world of difference.

Shalista did an amazing job and coached me through every little thing! I was in awe at my viewing and couldn't believe how well the shots turned out! If you have been considering a boudoir session, do it! You will feel so empowered and sexy as hell.”~Chelsea Rae

You might feel vulnerable at first. All good things start with getting outside our comfort zones.

No weird faces, I promise.

You won’t have to get naked (unless you want to!)

I’ve never had someone hate their photos, but you can bet if I were the cheapest I wouldn’t care if you hated them as long as I got paid. If you don’t like the results, I’ll make it right because that’s what professionals do.

Are you ready?

*** Not my photo, but you get the point?

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We’d love to talk to you about an amazing boudoir experience!




The hardest thing about a boudoir session.

My darlings,

The other day I got an email from a woman that said this: How do people get the confidence to do this?

When clients come in for boudoir photos, I sometimes let them in on a secret when they walk in the door:

“Congratulations. The hard part is over!”

Without a doubt, the hardest part of a boudoir session is getting yourself into the studio. After you walk in the door is when the pampering, the fun, and the magic happens.

Personalized Hair and Makeup
This is included in my Bombshell Signature Sessions for excellent reasons. First, damn, doesn’t it feel good to have someone do your hair and makeup? What a treat! Second, my professional makeup artists know how to apply makeup that photographs beautifully. They can hide small skin imperfections, make your eyes pop and do crazy amazing things with your hair. I work with the best of the best in the area, and you’re going to love how you look.

Access to The Closet
You do not have to run out and buy all new lingerie (unless you want to! 😊 ) All of my clients have full access to The Closet at my studio. In the closet you’ll find a wide range of items from bustiers to little black dresses to try on for different looks. I also have shoes, bras, camisoles, sexy, slinky things and beautiful flowing robes. Sizes go from 0-4X so there’s something for everyone. Just bring along a black or nude thong to wear under, and every item is laundered after it’s worn.

You Sexy Thang
Looking sexy does not mean the same thing for everyone. We’ll talk about what you want your photos to look and feel like before your shoot. There are some techniques I use to draw out your inner sexy beast. It’s in there, I promise you. It’s my job to work with you to make sure that we bring it out in a beautiful, natural way that matches your comfort level. You might have heard the phrase “confidence is sexy” and that’s surely true, but you don’t have to be 100% confident when you walk in the door. I’ll help you find it. Pinky swear

A Private Image Ordering Appointment
When we sit down at your private image ordering appointment, you’ll be blown away at how freaking GREAT you look! Each photo that you choose for your final images to take home will be hand-edited so that you look your very best without making you look “fake” or “plastic.” You don't have to take my word for it. We have tons of clients that say so.

Feeling ready to take the hard step of booking your appointment? Then let’s do it, girl! It’s as easy as clicking here…

Hope to see you soon!

xo,
Shalista

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Miss R - I felt sexy as hell

From Miss R <3

From the time I arrived until the time I finished, Shalista was AMAZING.  I have always been self-conscious and hard on myself when it came to my body and the way I look.  I do not see what other people see when they look at me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and how the shoot was going to play out.  I had wanted to do a boudoir session for quite a while, but I kept telling myself wait until you lose some weight and then do one. It got to the point that I was hating myself and hated looking in the mirror.  I finally said that I need to do this for me and boost my confidence. The second I stepped into the studio, my nervousness was gone, and I was welcomed with a great big hug and smile by Shalista. During the shoot Shalista made me feel comfortable, beautiful, sexy and that it was all about me. 

This photo shoot gave me that confidence that I was wanting and needing all along.  It felt so empowering and I felt sexy as hell. When we reviewed the photos, I had continued to point out things I did not like about myself, from that point on I told myself I need to stop it.  I got an email saying my order has arrived, I went and picked up my book and I had no words, they were amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at them. I would definitely recommend this to all of my friends and would love to do it again myself.