Miss M - Ultimate Groom's Gift

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

Miss S - I almost cried because I felt so amazing and confident

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! 

Miss Anonymous - He was floored.

I decided to do a boudoir session to surprise my husband of 12 years for Christmas.  I'm pretty conservative so it's something he'd never expect that I'd do.  I booked a mini session and then started looking for something to wear which may have been the most nerve wracking part of the process!  I found an amazing bodysuit at a local boutique that really boosted my confidence.  

Once at the shoot, I had my makeup done which was also a new, but great, experience.  I was nervous because it was a lot more makeup than I normally wear, but it was perfect after seeing the finished product!  I felt a little awkward for the first few poses, but Shalista was great at giving direction.

Then came the wait to see the finished product...In the meantime my husband had found out (I'm not very good at keeping secrets) and when I got the photos we looked at them together.  He was absolutely floored and couldn't stop gushing over them!  When I told him I got 10 photos with the package I think he was disappointed he couldn't have them all!  

It definitely showed a different side of me and I was VERY happy I chose to do it.  My husband is already planning the outfits for my next shoot :)

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.