Get it While It’s HOT; Cheap Boudoir Sessions in Sioux Falls!

Imagine if you were looking through a Sioux Falls Facebook page and someone had posted this:

“Any recommendations for a cheap gynecologist? Need an annual exam done but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg!”

I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel as vulnerable as when I am sitting in a paper gown on a table with stirrups on it and a plastic speculum waiting. When I’m there, I want to know that despite the fact this isn’t in my comfort zone, I’m going to have the best Dr. I can find and one who will treat me with respect. I want someone who, after all, is said and done, will make me feel like I did the right thing for my body.

Month after month I see these posts from women looking for the “cheapest” boudoir photographer.  I’m always left wondering who these bold women are who are so comfortable getting nearly naked in front of the cheapest photographer they can find. I know they’re not my clients because my clients tell me all the time how one of the things that were holding them back from booking a session was the fear of how the sessions will go.

They wonder:

Will I feel vulnerable?

Will you make me do weird sexy faces?

Will I have to get naked?

What if I hate the photos?

I’ve been doing boudoir since 2006, and I’m not the cheapest because I am really damn good at what I do, and more importantly, I’m really damn good at how I make you FEEL.

“If you have any hesitations about doing a session, put them to rest because she is the best!!! She made me feel like I was the sexiest thing alive and made me feel so beautiful!” ~ Sarah Jane

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Boudoir photography is so much more than putting on some lingerie, arching your back and making pouty faces.

Look, you’re a woman. You get that someone making you feeling sexy is just as much in your MIND as it is with your body. It’s why we can be so totally HOT for the geeky guy who other people wouldn’t look at twice. If that man gets into your mind, he’s got you, body and soul.

Then there’s the other part. I can count on one hand the number of women who were completely comfortable and unabashed in my boudoir sessions, and they were professional models.  Every SINGLE woman who comes in here has hang-ups. About their body, their hair, whatever. Part of my job is to show you that none of that matters, and how the right posing and lighting can make a world of difference.

Shalista did an amazing job and coached me through every little thing! I was in awe at my viewing and couldn't believe how well the shots turned out! If you have been considering a boudoir session, do it! You will feel so empowered and sexy as hell.”~Chelsea Rae

You might feel vulnerable at first. All good things start with getting outside our comfort zones.

No weird faces, I promise.

You won’t have to get naked (unless you want to!)

I’ve never had someone hate their photos, but you can bet if I were the cheapest I wouldn’t care if you hated them as long as I got paid. If you don’t like the results, I’ll make it right because that’s what professionals do.

Are you ready?

*** Not my photo, but you get the point?

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We’d love to talk to you about an amazing boudoir experience!




What You Should Know Before You Book a Boudoir Session with Shalista

You’re sitting there, paging through the Facebook group, looking at all of these amazing women of all shapes and sizes that I have photographed.  You’re wishing you could take the plunge, but...you’re worried. What will it be like? Let’s take a look at just a few things that you might be concerned about!

You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune on Lingerie

What you wear is not nearly as important as how you own it when you wear it.  A poorly fitted or uncomfortable bra isn’t going to photograph well no matter how much you spend on it.  Wear whatever makes you feel sexy AF! One of his shirts, an old, slouchy sweatshirt, anything goes! Before your session, we will go over what to wear in my virtual preparation guide.

You Probably will be Nervous

Being nervous is totally natural! I’ve had my own boudoir sessions done so I know exactly how you are feeling.  I plan my sessions carefully, so there is plenty of time for you to chill out, get your makeup done and get into the right frame of mind before your session.

You’re in a Safe Place

I’ve photographed hundreds of half-naked and naked women in the years I’ve been in business. Every single one of them has a story, and sometimes we talk about some personal stuff during the session.  Please know that what happens in the studio stays in the studio. That goes for sharing photos as well, I never share or post photos without express permission of my clients.

Banishing Self-Hate Talk means Better Photos

You’re not going to “break the camera,” and I won’t “airbrush” all your flaws away.  In the days before the session, I want you to practice self-love, so you enter the session confident that you are going to look amazing. I will work with you to make sure that we highlight your assets and minimize what you don’t love.  Find a mantra, read an inspirational book, put an inspirational quote on your phone screen. Be mindful of letting negative thoughts in. It really does make a difference in how you feel, and that positive outlook translates into beautiful, powerful photos.

I’m Going to Tell You Exactly What to Do

From the moment we start the session, I’m going to be guiding you, posing you and showing you exactly what I need you to do. From the way you hold your chin, your lips, your shoulders, to how to connect your eyes to the camera, I’ll lead you through it all and explain why I am doing it. Boudoir is very different than any other photo session you have ever had because we are using posing and light to sculpt your body. The woman I photograph are just like you. They are mommas, working women, teachers, women of faith, of color. No session is alike because there is no one like you. I’ll help you through this every step of the way, but never outside your own personal comfort zone.

You’re Going to Want to Do it Again

Most people approach a boudoir session thinking it’s a one-time deal. But I will tell you that these sessions will empower you. They will make you see yourself as your loved ones see you. They are ADDICTING!

I’m looking forward to making some fantastic photos with you! Contact me today to get on the calendar.


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 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 - 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.

I have been following Shalista's page for quite some time and always wanted to do a shoot (because I knew it was going to be fun!). I finally decided I didn't want to be the girl wishing she could, so I did it. 

After I booked my shoot, I was definitely excited but wasn't sure what I got myself into. I prepared for the session by paying close attention to the details in the emails that Shalista sends you prior to your shoot--those were beyond helpful!

Once I arrived for my shoot, I was a little nervous but knew it was going to be an amazing experience. I started getting my hair and make up done right away by Lacey and that made me really comfortable because the she calmed any nerves I had. She made me look and feel gorgeous and Shalista tells you everything you need to do to look flawless--so there is no way one could not love this experience. 

After my shoot, I was really happy that I made the decision to just do it because I felt beautiful in my skin and was able to have an experience that I have never had before. My images were for myself to boost my confidence and to embrace the beauty of being a woman. I was kind of nervous to see my images because I knew I was put outside of my comfort zone but I was beyond ecstatic to see them. I loved every single one of them! I plan to do another shoot in the future and I highly recommend other women to just do it! The photo shoot was everything I expected it to be and more, Shalista and her team made every effort to make me comfortable in my own skin and feel like a queen. 

Miss Anonymous - I sold my wedding ring for something memorable.

Miss Anonymous - 

I sold my wedding ring after much thought & wanted to use that money for something memorable & something just for me. I thought a long time before I decided to book my session.  Finally I decided what more kick add way to show my independence! And to feel good about myself & to look back on as years go by and get that feeling again.  

I went shopping at Bella Vous and the owner was wonderful & helped me find things that I felt sexy & comfortable in. It was the most fun I've ever had shopping!

 

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I was so nervous the day of the day of the shoot. I was sure i would be Shalista's first failure.  " I'm so sorry sweety,  there is nothing we can do with you".   The makeup artist made me feel very at ease,  like we were friends hanging out. She made me feel beautiful.  

The shoot started a lil slow for me because I'm awkward, but by the end I was wearing nothing but stands of pearls & laughing & felt great.  When I saw the pictures I was BLOWN AWAY.  I couldn't believe that was me. It looked like me but so much more....rawr! I walked out of the studio that day with a confidence I've never had.  I'm a 49 year old mom, which I love. But after that day... I'm hot, I'm sexy & I'm a fun woman. I loved it!!   

Shalista did a phenomenal job & every woman should go do this.  The sassiness and confidence it gives you is so worth it!!! Can't recommend it enough.  

Miss K - You won’t regret a thing!

From Miss K...

Being a single mother, things don’t always come easy. You are the one & only who your child can count on (in some situations, like mine anyway). With that being said, we really don’t ever have time for ourself. Shopping for ourself is rare, once you have a child, it’s not just about you anymore..

Needless to say, we as single mothers oftentimes become self conscious with our body image & self worth that we just kind of “let ourselves go”.

I was at that point where I have just become extremely unhappy with myself that I decided something needed to change because I wasn’t going to live like this forever.

A close friend (& coworker of mine) had her very first boudoir shoot, she wanted to do it for Christmas gift for her husband. Well that Christmas gift ended up being a gift for herself as well, she left that shoot a completely new person. A few days later her pictures came, when I saw them my jaw hit the floor in pure “awe”, she felt amazing about herself & boasted at how talented Shalista & her team were. It was then that I realized, that THIS is exactly what I needed. 

I booked my appointment. Was I nervous? Absolutely, but I did it & I am so glad I did! This was an experience I will NEVER forget. Every second spent was worth every penny. From the emails prior to my session, the hair, the makeup, to the images I have to look back on & cherish forever. There is no one else I would trust more holding the camera!

Whether this is something you want to do for your boyfriend, husband, wife, girlfriend, or even just for yourself (like in my case), let me tell you, you won’t regret a thing! When you are in Shalista’s hands, you can’t go wrong! 

Sioux Falls Boudoir - Vintage floral stylized session with Rachel - Part 1

As a boudoir photographer, I am always focused on my clients needs and how I can best serve them. My studio is a real life storybook for their stories and experiences. Occasionally I like to write a story from my imagination, and I was thrilled to pull together the most amazing team to create a stunning spring floral shoot with our Brand Ambassador Rachel. 

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It's a creative outlet to put together my own ideas and visions to create something exceptionally beautiful. I enjoyed the freedom of imaging the session, finding vendors and sharing these ideas with the team. How could I create my vision without feeling like it was cheesy or over-done? I found the best partners and we worked together to make something truly special.

Rachel's day began with Lacey Mae Makeup at her salon near Lake Lorraine. Lacey is one of the best make-up artists in the region. Her meticulous attention to detail and skills allow me to put complete faith in her. Rachel looked beyond stunning and Lacey perfectly brought my vision to life.

Vintage floral bathtub boudoir

I had a very specific idea for floral, and Alyssa Walker with Walker Down the Aisle put together the most amazing pieces. She worked hand and hand and asked a lot of questions to ensure I got what I needed. Didn't she do amazing? YES!! Adore, adore, adore!

Vintage tub and candles boudoir

Our original location didn't work out last minute, but I have my studio and it worked out perfect. I had just found this awesome vintage clawfoot tub online and it worked great!  Its a permanent fixture in the studio, so any client can have these type of tub images!

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We were also able to use the studio backdrops to create a fashion look.

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We had originally planned to do a milk bath at our original location, but we were able to find a solution and packed up our equipment and made magic happen! Check back for part 2 of our session and the milk bath images!

Why you should consider a maternity session! Yes, you are so beautiful!

Women can do incredible things, perhaps the most famous thing is growing another human! 

Pregnancy is such a short time - although it may feel like a loooong time - and it's such a beautiful experience to remember. Taking a moment to appreciate your marvelous changing body and celebrate this new life is a great reason to plan a maternity boudoir shoot!

More and more mom's to be are seeking ways to remember their body though a portrait session. Some women aren't comfortable posing in lingerie or nude, but instead do a more traditional maternity session either in the studio or outdoors. Shalista Photography can do both!

Each Pregnancy is Unique!

Maybe it's your first pregnancy or your last, or perhaps there was a struggle with infertility. I can't tell you the number of women I've had in the studio that are documenting their pregnancy for some or all of these reasons. Each baby, first, last, only or of many, is so special and needs to be celebrated!

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Your curves are amazing!

Hey, we all know pregnancy is good for creating an awesome rack! Maybe you felt that you lacked in that area! Pregnancy is famous for filling out the chest and some women really want to remember that, and often, so do their partners. Pregnancy women are stunning! They glow, even if they are not feeling beautiful. What better time to have a boudoir session when you have curves in all the right places and are looking more beautiful than ever!

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Treat yourself!

At Shalista Photography, we provide a full boudoir experience! Hair and makeup is included in our sessions and we have a wardrobe of items here to dress you! Your body is creating a human being and lets face it, if you aren't feeling great or are tired during pregnancy, a little pampering sure helps! 

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You are incredible!

Your body is doing something incredible, and it’s worth documenting it. Let us help you bring out the sensual and soft side of you during this time, and create a beautiful portrait with which you can remember it. We love to see you around 34-36 weeks, but you can book your maternity session anytime!

 

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Miss S - It was really good for our marriage.

This was a truly empowering experience for me. I went into it for my husband, knowing he was always asking me for pictures of myself. I wanted some really gorgeous pictures for him that showed him a side of myself he has always said I have, but I never really believed in. After the photo shoot, I was a believer. I can't thank Shalista enough. I feel so much more confident about my body. I still am way too hard on myself, but I take one look at my husband looking at me in a picture, and I really know for certain that is what he has always seen when he looks at me. It was really good for our marriage.

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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!!!

Miss R - Sioux Falls Bridal Boudoir

I did this boudoir shoot for a wedding gift for my husband-to-be! Excited and nervous are the two words I would use to describe how I was feeling before this shoot. I think those words are pretty accurate feelings for a lot of the girls out there before a photoshoot. But during the session, Shalista changed my emotions to feeling sexy, confident and super comfortable! I cannot tell all you girls enough how amazing this experience was. Shalista tells you exactly what to do and how to do it. She helps you with every arm, hand, hip, butt and foot placement along with exactly how to look and where. 

If you ever had even a slight thought about doing a boudoir shoot, stop thinking and book a session with Shalista now! I am so glad I decided to do it and I haven't stopped telling my girlfriends about it. I am so excited to see my pictures and I am even more excited to show my fiancé on our wedding day. I know he is going to absolutely love them!

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Miss E - V is for Vixen

Oh Miss E. 

So kind, sweet, energetic and a great attitude ready to rock this shoot! She's stunning, and how about these images? Rrawrrrr!

MIss Anonymous - Light and Dark Unique Grooms Gift

There is truly nothing more special or intimate than a Bridal Boudoir session.  If you are looking for a gift for your groom that is unique and sure to please, beautiful photos of yourself are just the thing. What partner wouldn't love to receive that from his sexy new bride?

This is a fit that can be enjoyed over and over during your years of marriage. What a treasure for you both to look back on?

This sweet gal brought beautiful outfits and brought her A-game to her photoshoot.

Miss S - Stunning Bridal Boudoir

Miss S put a lot of thought into her session! She picked outfits she knew her fiance would love and we went about a session that was going to be radiant and sexy.

I love that she picked outfits that were sweet and flirty, but ultra sexy. It was very cool to watch her pull the wardrobe and know everything was perfect for her personality and the look she wanted.  I can only imagine her man was through the roof when he saw these!

Check out her gorgeous photos and her review in her words!!


I've always wanted to do a Boudoir photo shoot and I knew the perfect time would be as a wedding gift to my fiance. I was very nervous and self conscious about doing this until I met with Shalista for the first time. She has an amazing attitude & gives you all the confidence you need and more! I couldn't believe how sexy & beautiful I felt during the photoshoot. Shalista makes you feel so comfortable and natural. I was so excited afterward to have this unique gift to give to my husband & let me tell you.. his jaw dropped!!! He was in complete awe and I'm so glad I have my photo book to look back on when I'm not feeling my "sexiest self." I would highly recommend doing this & I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much Shalista!<3

Shalista has an amazing attitude & gives you all the confidence you need and more! I couldn't believe how sexy & beautiful I felt during the photoshoot. Shalista makes you feel so comfortable and natural. I was so excited afterward to have this unique gift to give to my husband & let me tell you.. his jaw dropped!!! He was in complete awe and I'm so glad I have my photo book to look back on when I'm not feeling my "sexiest self." I would highly recommend doing this & I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  1. What made you decide to do a boudoir session?

    I wanted to give something to my fiancé that he would least expect from me for his wedding gift!

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

    I have followed your photography pages for awhile and couldn't stop looking at the boudoir shoots. I knew I wanted to be the one in those pictures! And the reviews on your page proved how great of work you do.

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

    I was very nervous as I knew I was out of my comfort zone but as soon as I got my hair and makeup done and my first outfit on I started to feel more confident and sexy and knew it was going to be a great experience!

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

    I felt like a celebrity. It just added to the great experience in making me feel sexy and confident.

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

    I had a great experience and would easily do it again! It went so well and the results were amazing. I have gotten so many compliments and I will continue to suggest this to my girl friends to do.

Miss D - Gift for her boyfriend and herself

Our shoot with Miss D was nothing short of "Holy SH*T!"

I can direct poses, facial expressing and encourage you the entire time of your shoot, but some people just walk in and the camera makes love to them. Miss D is that girl.  Incredibly sweet and soft spoken, I really didn't know what to expect with her. The moment she stepped in front of the camera, she was smiling, flirting and just *knew* exactly what to do. Makes my job super easy! 

I am grateful for clients like Miss D that some into the studio and completely let it go. It was an incredible shoot and I am sure you will agree!