I wanted to do something special for my fiancé as a personal wedding gift. A good friend of mine had a shoot awhile ago and her photos looked amazing. I had always wanted to do something like this, but was hesitant because I didn't think my personality, my body, could pull off such photos. However with my friend's encouragement, I took the leap and did it!
I was really nervous and excited at the same time for my shoot! For a few weeks prior, I was going tanning almost every day, just to get a little color because my skin is so fair. However, I didn't want to risk getting burned just before the shoot, so for the two days leading up to the shoot, I didn't go tanning. I did special skin treatment for a couple weeks before, and drank a ton of water so my skin would look as best as it could.
When I arrived I was giddy with excitement, but still so nervous and a little reserved. I also happened to be sick, but hoped I could overcome those feelings long enough to have a great experience. It started with getting my hair and makeup done which was just a blast. The cosmetologist was absolutely wonderful. She was so nice and friendly. She told me about her own personal boudoir experience, which put me at ease a little bit as well.
The photoshoot was SO MUCH FUN! I LOVED IT! I was expecting the positions to be really hard to get in to, but they weren't nearly as hard as I imagined. I was expecting to be extremely uncomfortable and awkward, but surprisingly I wasn't. Shalista was so wonderful, I can't even describe it. She was so encouraging. She continued to tell me how great I was doing, how awesome I looked, everything! There was one outfit that I was so uncomfortable in, and right before I went to put it on I said, "I'll put on the red one now, to get it over with, because I'm super uncomfortable in it." When I came out her response was, "I don't know what you're so worried about. You look rockin' in that!" That was an great self-esteem and confidence booster! I just had the best experience! =D
When I went to see my images, I was excited! Just plain excited. When I saw my photos, I was just blown away at how awesome they looked. While I was driving there I kept saying to myself, "Only 10. Only pick 10." Well....I ended up picking 24. It was too hard to choose! I loved them all!
AND! My now husband, LOVED the images! He loved them so much that he asked me if there was a way I could get another book with the remaining images! So that too makes me feel great, and just another testimonial at how talented Shalista is!
I would DEFINITELY do this again! I had such a fun time, the images turned out so great. Yes! I am so excited to tell everyone about Shalista. Encourage them to have the same wonderful and uplifting experience that I had.