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!!!
I cannot even begin to describe how this photo shoot made me feel. As I've said before, being in a wheelchair and overweight my self esteem has gotten worse over the years. I needed and wanted something to remind myself that I am beautiful and sexy. Something to remind myself why my husband feel in love with me and why he still loves me. Yes I did this as a gift for him, but I also did it as a HUGE gift for myself too. I'm a pretty plain Jane girl but the makeup and hair made me feel even more beautiful.
I was so nervous going in. As I was getting my hair and makeup done, I started to feel more comfortable. Then it came time to change clothes and I freaked out inside. I got dressed and went out for my shoot. I was still nervous but once we started I opened up a lot more. Shalista guides you thru it all and made me feel extremely comfortable and sexy!!! I left the studio very happy.
The time came to view and pick out my pictures. I literally started crying, happy tears. I was amazed at how beautiful I truly was. How sexy my pictures were. I was in awe looking at myself honestly as I couldn't believe that was me, but it was!!! I left with the biggest smile on my face.
My album came in and I couldn't wait to show my husband. He was ecstatic looking at them. He loved everyone of them and told me how beautiful and sexy I was in the pictures, and that I was that way in his eyes every day!! It was a magical moment.
Shalista, I cannot thank you enough!! I loved every bit of this experience. I would recommend you to EVERYONE!!! It was truly a an experience I will never forget! My husna5and I now have this gorgeous album to always look back at. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You helped bring back my self confidence and I am forever grateful for that!! I hope I can be a role model for anyone with a disability and show them we ARE sexy people too!!!
Last winter around Thanksgiving, I finally made a commitment to myself. I decided I was going to do a boudoir session because I had been telling myself for two years that it was something I wanted to scratch off my bucket list. I often tend to put the things I want as the bottom of my priority list. I had been taking some time do examine all thethings I was thankful for in my life. I realized I had not even noticed that I had not taken the time to appreciate anything about myself. This was somethingI had to do as it was going to be one of the ways I was going to celebrate myself. Little did I realize that this was something I needed more than something I wanted. It became a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
Before my session I spent some time gathering all the things I wanted to bring with me. I tried to pick out somethings that represented a few different parts of myself. Something soft,something sexy, and something simple. When I went to the photo shoot I was excited but had a few reservations. It took courage and bravery for me to go that day as I was nervous as to how things would go. I wasn’t sure of what to expect and I had never thought I would allow someone I didn’t know to see me in such an intimate way. I can tell you it was the best thing I have done for myself in such a long time. It was worth every second and then some. It freed me from what I thought I saw in the mirror each day. It gave me something I never expected and for that I am so very thankful for the amazing, talented person who took the pictures.
What I expected to find when I returned to view the pictures Shalista had taken were different poses of my body in different outfits. What I saw shocked me and I glanced over to see my partner’s expression. I could see the admiration, love and tenderness in his eyes. What I saw took my breathe away and at times I could feel the tears as they welled up in my eyes. Each picture told a story and captured more than I ever expected to find. I saw radiance,beauty, vulnerability, tenderness, and someone connected to her femininity. All the things that I would normally see in the mirror were suddenly gone because I realized that the little flaws I would have noticed didn’t matter anymore compared to the pictures of the woman in front of me. I saw myself in a way I never expected… graceful, confident, exotic, and sexy. How could I not see what was right in front of me this whole time?
I kept thinking to myself as I was taking in each picture. WOW! I can tell you I am not the same person I was before I went to the studio that day. I am more in touch with who I am and appreciate parts of myself that I had not done before. I hope that anyone who would like to do a boudoir photoshoot but has any concerns or hesitations will find a way to your door Shalista because you truly bring out the best in people with the amazing work that you do. Thank you again and sending you much love!
- 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 boudoir session because I had a friend do one and her pictures turned out amazing. I wanted to find a way to express the different parts of myself that I only share with my partner and see what that looked like from a different prospective.
- What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?
I had also seen so many great pictures shared in Shalista's private facebook group and the photos of the beautiful women were breathtaking so I knew I wanted to book a session with her.
- How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?
I had my concerns about how the photos would turn out as I had never taken such intimate photos with someone I didn't know. I was a little nervous and didn't think the pictures would turn out the way I had envisioned in my head. I was really hoping that she would be able to capture something that I had never noticed about myself. I really wanted to see myself in a new light so to speak.
- Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?
The photo shoot was amazing and I found myself smiling throughout it. Shalista is very easy to talk to and work with. I was impressed with the expertize and the time she took to make sure that she knew what I wanted to accomplish with the session. It was an experience I will never forget and probably have to repeat again in the near future.
- Is there anything I could do that would make this experience completely perfect?
I cannot think of anything that would have made it more perfect. I know for next time I will take a little more time to pick out some poses that I would like to try.
- How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?
I loved meeting the stylist and she did a fabulous job. I felt pampered and afterward couldn't stop smiling.