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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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 K - I have never felt or looked sexier! Every woman needs to do a boudoir shoot!

Every woman needs to do a boudoir shoot! I did this as a gift for the man in my life, and it ended up being a gift for myself as well. Boudoir gives a serious boost of confidence and makes you feel empowered. Sure, it’s nerve wracking having to get semi nude in front of a complete stranger and try to pull of suggestive poses. But, Shalista has a way of making you feel comfortable, sexy, and natural.

I was super nervous going to my viewing appointment thinking I would look stupid. I couldn’t not believe it was me when I saw the photos! I have never felt or looked sexier. Now, when I’m having a day where I don’t feel the best about itself, I look at one of my photos and I get a boost of confindence. I’ve been telling all of my friends to go so this for themselves! You won’t regret it! :) 

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. 

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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Miss M

Back in November my coworker told me about a Black Friday special that Shalista was having and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to get myself to do it, so I bought the package deal. After getting past my nerves I found a date that would work and got myself on the schedule to do the shoot. 

  When the day came around I was definitely nervous and if I’m honest I almost backed out of going. I can’t express enough how glad I am that I never backed out and went to the shoot! I ended up getting my hair and makeup done and it was a great way to start out the photo shoot because I was able to relax a little while feeling pampered. 

  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the photoshoot, but I will admit while putting on my first outfit I was a little shaky. Shalista quickly made me feel comfortable and natural in the shoot. Once we got going I was having a ton of fun and feeling extremely sexy. By the end of the shoot I was bummed it was over because I was feeling extremely confident and having a lot of fun. 

I was beyond impressed with my images and I would definitely do this shoot again. I would say that even though this started out as a little something to surprise my boyfriend, with it ended up being a gift for myself. I left feeling sexy, confident, and beautiful. I would recommend doing a shoot like this to everyone, and I will always always recommend Shalista. 

Thanks so much for a great experience! 

  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 session, and once a coworker told me about the Black Friday special last year I thought it was the perfect time to sign up and get one on the books for myself! 

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

    Honestly I had not seen any of your work before scheduling the session but after scheduling I wouldn’t go anywhere else! I am so impressed with the quality of work! 

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

    I was definitely nervous. I was worried I would not look great in the photos. I like many females am very self conscious, but once we got going all of those insecurities and nerves went away. I definitely felt comfortable and extremely sexy. I recommend to everyone to do a shoot even if it’s just for yourself to build your self confidence. 

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

    Amazing. Like I stated in the previous question I felt so comfortable and extremely sexy. It’s amazing to be able to see yourself and not seeing every flaw. I tend to pick apart myself and I never did that when I saw my photos. I just saw a beautiful confident woman. Every person should do this to remind them of how beautiful they really are despite what we tell ourselves. 

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

    not that I can think of! I had a great experience 

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

    loved getting my makeup done! My hair looked great too; but I am a hairstylist so I would probably do my own next time.

Miss K - It ended up being a gift for herself.

Always wanted to do a sexy shoot but was always afraid. Well I finally worked up the courage and found Shalista. I walked through the door that morning not knowing what to expect, palms sweaty and my lip shaking a bit. Shalista came around the corner with this huge smile, that easily made me feel at home. We got started with makeup and hair, now that was amazing; for once to not have to do it myself. By the time I was done I felt like I was on top of the world. During my shoot, she directed me to pose ways I never thought possible. I felt like a goddess. While choosing my photos I was amazed on how gorgeous I looked. To be honest I went in there thinking I was giving a gift to my fiance and I walked outta there with a gift for myself. A gift of self confidence, knowing that I can be sexy. Thank you so much!!

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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.