I did this photo shoot for me, to thank my body for showing up each and every day even though many times I don’t treat it, feed it or talk to it all that well. You see, I wanted, no, needed to heal an old wound that I’d been carrying around long enough. The wound was from when I was married in my 20’s. He could only accept me if I was skinny and fit the mold of what he believed I should be. I tried, for 10 years of marriage to fit his mold. I just couldn’t anymore without completely losing myself. When I was in the process of leaving him, he told me that no one would want me, that I wasn’t worth it. I carried this pain around for a very long time, releasing bits and pieces along the way. I even added over 70 pounds to my body because on some level I wonder if I believed it. Now, here I am, a 58 year old woman, owning her power, her sensuality and sexuality. Nothing is stopping me. I am empowered because I believe in myself. I am wanted and desired but that isn’t as important as loving myself. This is continuing to be a work in progress, but I love every wrinkle, fat roll, soft skin, sexy legs, healing hands, and loving eyes. I am not fat, I have fat. I am a soul, having a kick ass human experience!
From Miss M!
I am on my second boudoir session with Shalista, and will hopefully be doing my third soon! My first session was about healing my self-image, learning to love myself and letting myself process and let go of a lot of negativity I carried. The second time around, the name of the game was feeling sexy as hell, having fun, and nailing the door shut on all of the trauma I had carried around for years.
Going into it, there was never a question about who was doing my second shoot. Shalista’s photography skills are second to none, and she made me feel so comfortable during my first shoot. I was surprised, though, by how nervous I found myself going into the second shoot; even though I knew exactly what was coming!
When I walked into the studio, Shalista greeted me with a big hug. We chatted about life, work, and family while I got done up. The hair and makeup artist, Angelique, sat me down and made me look and feel like a goddess. By the time we started shooting, the nerves had all but vanished and I felt like I was just chatting with an old friend who happened to be taking pictures of me in lingerie. The entire shoot was full of laughter, sharing stories, and SO much fun.
My biggest worry (both times) is that I didn’t “know” how to be sexy. During the shoot, Shalista was amazing with how she was able to coach me on exactly how to pose. She talks you through everything from head to toe, so I never had to wonder if I looked good with Shalista working her magic on me. She had me hanging upside down from a swing and, sure, it felt a bit awkward; but she managed to capture one of my favorite shots in spite of all the laughter in the meantime. In case you were wondering how committed Shalista is to giving you your dream shoot: she let me set my (former) marriage license on *actual* fire to get a shot. That’s commitment! Lol
I was so anxious to see my images! At my viewing, I was just as astonished at how talented Shalista is as I was the first time around. Honestly, I still can’t believe the woman in those images is me! Briana was so sweet and patient with me and let me review the images over and over when I couldn’t decide what I wanted to order.
I can’t wait to do it again and I’ve recommended Shalista to all of my girlfriends. A couple of them have even already done shoots of their own! If you’re on the fence about booking a shoot, I cannot emphasize this enough: whatever your reasons for not doing a shoot? Ignore them. Schedule one, and soon, because you deserve to see how beautiful, wonderful, and powerful you are just because of the skin you’re in.
Looking for a great wedding idea? Miss B gave a gift he’ll never forget! Remember to book 6-8 weeks before your wedding to make sure you have the great wedding gift ever in your hands on the wedding day!
Brides… when it comes to wedding planning, booking a wedding photographer might be important, but don’t forget that a boudoir shoot will be fun and just for the two of you.
I'm 51 years old and I'm f*****g hot!!!
One of several quotable comments Miss P gave me during her reveal. She also said that she wanted me to show her off and that "old people" can do a boudoir session too!
Well, Miss P certainly isn't old. She's by far not the oldest person I've had in the studio. (74 is the oldest, in case you're wondering)
When she walked in for her session, I thought she was stunning. She had told me how her husband tells her all the time how hot she is, but now she knows for herself.
Now she knows he's not, and she said she really doesn't need new boobs because she has great boobs AND a great ass.
I love her! She's hilarious and fun, and we had a great session!
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
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.