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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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 - 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 :)

BIG NEWS!! Now offering Mini-Sessions all year round.

BIG NEWS: MINI SESSIONS YEAR-ROUND!!

For years, I’ve only offering boudoir mini sessions at Christmas, and then occasionally for Valentine’s Day. Those are the big boudoir gift-giving holidays. I occasionally offered a mini session to a bride who didn’t have a big budget. Mini sessions are smaller and more affordable, making it ideal for repeat sessions or someone wanting to dip their toes into the experience. Last November and December, we tested out offering White Sheet Sessions and found those to be very popular! 

So, starting NOW, we are offering mini-sessions every week!! 

Not only are we offering mini sessions, we are offering THREE KINDS! I am so serious and excited about this!  And, I heard you when you wanted a more affordable option. I still want to give my clients the love, time and experience, but give more women a chance to have a session of her very own, or come back to do it all again!

You will have a choice of White Sheets, Lingerie (The Angel) and Nudes

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Each style has its own unique type of lighting, emotion and connection with the camera.

The Angel session has always been an offer, but now it has a new low price! This will be a lingerie only session! You will pick one amazing piece of lingerie and we will shoot you on the bed and one other set. You can expect to have around 40 images from this session to choose from!

The Fine Art Nudes session is all about the body. The focus in these images will be on creating landscapes and artwork. These are great images for desks and wall art. These are not seductive or sexual in any way, but focus on the light and lines created by the body!

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And, of course, the super popular White Sheets is now an option anytime!  These sessions allow you to control how much of your body is seen and are shot entirely on the white sheets. They are simple, seductive and incredibly sexy! We have a lot of clients return to do these White Sheets sessions!

With all of these sessions, hair and makeup is additional, and optional (although recommended). Scheduling is limited to 60 days or less.

I hope you find this a great change and opportunity for more people to come into the studio for sessions! I hope to meet and reach as many women as possible. 

Are you interested in booking a mini session? Check our our MINI SESSION PAGE dedicated to our mini sessions and it will send you over to the online booking.

Hope to see you soon!

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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 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 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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