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 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 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. 

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.