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 T - Don't think of all the excuses... go for it!!

I had a good friend of mine talk me into doing a photo shoot, because she was doing one herself! After first I thought no I don't think I can because I haven't really ever been confident with my body so I was just nervous and scared and I thought alot about what If I don't like how I look in any of my pictures? But that definitely wasn't the case! After my photo shoot I loved just about most of my pictures and was happy how they turned out! I was a definitely a little shy when I showed up, bu once I started getting my hair and make up done it calm my nerves down which was nice! My images were for myself to boost my confidence and also they were a gift for my husband and he loved them! :) I plan to do another shoot in the future and I have recommend a few woman to do it! If your nervous or scared at all don't feel alone. I felt the same and now that I have done a shoot I am happy I did. So if you are thinking of doing one don't think of all the excuses go for it!! 

Sioux Falls Boudoir Reviews

Miss J - I am not the same person I was before I went to the studio that day.

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!

Miss J

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

Miss M - Feeling like a badass.

This is something I had always wanted to do for my husband. I've heard about it over and over again and thought how awesome it would be to do! So, when I was stumped on what to get my husband for our anniversary, someone mentioned a boudoir shoot. Immediately, I knew that's what I was going to do! I had debated on waiting to go back to my hometown in Kentucky to have them done, but once I googled "boudoir shoot Sioux falls", I knew I found the lady. The pictures were amazing and all the reviews spoke for themselves. I booked and instantly I was so excited, I couldn't hardly stand it. 

Day of, I was even more excited! I had talked to a few friends who had done this before and their sole piece of advice: relax!! And they couldn't be more spot on! They said your pictures will show tension and you will hate yourself for not relaxing. So, that's what I did. Sidenote: I work in healthcare. Therefore, my modesty is at a 1 on a scale of 0-10. No problems there! The minute I walked in, I felt relaxed and comfortable. Between Shalista and Beka, I had no worries that this was going to be amazing!!! And it was. The whole shoot was just spectacular! It's crazy how some sexy outfits and pictures can make you feel so confident and beautiful and sexy as hell!!! I felt like I could take on the world after that shoot!!! I have never....and I mean never....thought of myself as sexy. My self esteem isn't terrible, but it's probably not the best, either. However, ever since that shoot, I've just seen myself in a different light. I'm more confident!! Shalista does an amazing job at making you feel confident and beautiful....and I feel that's important to women. As a woman, we should always feel that way and if it takes a photo session of half nakedness to make that happen, then so be it!

Shalista, keep rocking this photography thing you got going!!! And keep making us women feel badass:)

  1. 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 had always wanted to do this for my husband. It is something I've seen friends do and had heard about, and then I saw someone post about their experience on Facebook and I knew I wanted to do this for our anniversary.

  2. What made you decide to hire me as your photographer?

    I googled! What did we ever do before Google! I am from Kentucky and had debated on waiting til I go back home for a visit because I know a girl who does them. But when I looked up reviews for Shalista, they spoke for themselves! Nothing but rave after rave about how amazing the pictures were and how professional and amazing Shalista is. And the pictures....wowza!!!!! I was sold

  3. How were you feeling before your shoot? Any thoughts going through your head?

    I was really excited! I work in healthcare, so my modesty is at a 1 on a scale of 0-10. I couldn't wait to get these pictures taken! I had asked for some advice from others who had done it before, and everyone said relax! Pictures will show tension and the more you relax, the better. So...that is what I did.

  4. Now that you've had your own photo shoot, how was it?

    A-FREAKING-MAZING!!!!!!!!! I cannot even begin to describe how fun, liberating, exciting and self-esteem boosting the whole experience was! You walk out of there feeling so sexy and so self confident...like you could take on the world. It's crazy how a few sexy outfits and some pictures will change your views about yourself. I never looked at myself as sexy...like, ever! But now, even a few weeks after my shoot, I see myself totally different.

  5. Is there anything I could do that would make this experience completely perfect?

    Shalista, you rock this whole photography thing!! You made me feel so comfortable and relaxed the whole time. The only thing that would make it perfect is if the pictures were free ;)

  6. How did you feel about having your hair and makeup done?

    What woman doesn't love having her hair and make up done????

  7. Any other thoughts or suggestions you'd like to tell me about?

    Keep it up, lady! Keep making women feel they are badass!!!