Miss M - She's baaaaack and better than ever!!

From Miss M!

I am on my second boudoir session with Shalista, and will hopefully be doing my third soon!  My first session was about healing my self-image, learning to love myself and letting myself process and let go of a lot of negativity I carried.  The second time around, the name of the game was feeling sexy as hell, having fun, and nailing the door shut on all of the trauma I had carried around for years.

Going into it, there was never a question about who was doing my second shoot.  Shalista’s photography skills are second to none, and she made me feel so comfortable during my first shoot.  I was surprised, though, by how nervous I found myself going into the second shoot; even though I knew exactly what was coming! 

When I walked into the studio, Shalista greeted me with a big hug.  We chatted about life, work, and family while I got done up. The hair and makeup artist, Angelique, sat me down and made me look and feel like a goddess.  By the time we started shooting, the nerves had all but vanished and I felt like I was just chatting with an old friend who happened to be taking pictures of me in lingerie.  The entire shoot was full of laughter, sharing stories, and SO much fun. 

My biggest worry (both times) is that I didn’t “know” how to be sexy.  During the shoot, Shalista was amazing with how she was able to coach me on exactly how to pose.  She talks you through everything from head to toe, so I never had to wonder if I looked good with Shalista working her magic on me.  She had me hanging upside down from a swing and, sure, it felt a bit awkward; but she managed to capture one of my favorite shots in spite of all the laughter in the meantime.  In case you were wondering how committed Shalista is to giving you your dream shoot:  she let me set my (former) marriage license on *actual* fire to get a shot.  That’s commitment!  Lol

I was so anxious to see my images!  At my viewing, I was just as astonished at how talented Shalista is as I was the first time around.  Honestly, I still can’t believe the woman in those images is me!  Briana was so sweet and patient with me and let me review the images over and over when I couldn’t decide what I wanted to order.

I can’t wait to do it again and I’ve recommended Shalista to all of my girlfriends.  A couple of them have even already done shoots of their own!  If you’re on the fence about booking a shoot, I cannot emphasize this enough:  whatever your reasons for not doing a shoot?  Ignore them.  Schedule one, and soon, because you deserve to see how beautiful, wonderful, and powerful you are just because of the skin you’re in.

The hardest thing about a boudoir session.

My darlings,

The other day I got an email from a woman that said this: How do people get the confidence to do this?

When clients come in for boudoir photos, I sometimes let them in on a secret when they walk in the door:

“Congratulations. The hard part is over!”

Without a doubt, the hardest part of a boudoir session is getting yourself into the studio. After you walk in the door is when the pampering, the fun, and the magic happens.

Personalized Hair and Makeup
This is included in my Bombshell Signature Sessions for excellent reasons. First, damn, doesn’t it feel good to have someone do your hair and makeup? What a treat! Second, my professional makeup artists know how to apply makeup that photographs beautifully. They can hide small skin imperfections, make your eyes pop and do crazy amazing things with your hair. I work with the best of the best in the area, and you’re going to love how you look.

Access to The Closet
You do not have to run out and buy all new lingerie (unless you want to! 😊 ) All of my clients have full access to The Closet at my studio. In the closet you’ll find a wide range of items from bustiers to little black dresses to try on for different looks. I also have shoes, bras, camisoles, sexy, slinky things and beautiful flowing robes. Sizes go from 0-4X so there’s something for everyone. Just bring along a black or nude thong to wear under, and every item is laundered after it’s worn.

You Sexy Thang
Looking sexy does not mean the same thing for everyone. We’ll talk about what you want your photos to look and feel like before your shoot. There are some techniques I use to draw out your inner sexy beast. It’s in there, I promise you. It’s my job to work with you to make sure that we bring it out in a beautiful, natural way that matches your comfort level. You might have heard the phrase “confidence is sexy” and that’s surely true, but you don’t have to be 100% confident when you walk in the door. I’ll help you find it. Pinky swear

A Private Image Ordering Appointment
When we sit down at your private image ordering appointment, you’ll be blown away at how freaking GREAT you look! Each photo that you choose for your final images to take home will be hand-edited so that you look your very best without making you look “fake” or “plastic.” You don't have to take my word for it. We have tons of clients that say so.

Feeling ready to take the hard step of booking your appointment? Then let’s do it, girl! It’s as easy as clicking here…

Hope to see you soon!

xo,
Shalista

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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 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.