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 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 M - He couldn't stop smiling.

I was wanting to do something unique for my new husband.  This is OBVIOUSLY the perfect gift for a husband.  I didn't do a whole lot to prepare for my session, just took good care of my body right before so I would look and feel my best.  I wasn't nervous at all - just really excited because I'd never done anything like this before.  When I arrived to my session, Shalista was really cool and made me excited for the shoot.  She's very down to earth so that helped too! The first thing I had done was my hair and make up.  It was nice having it done, because face it,  I don't have my own hair stylist and make up artist at home.  I loved how my hair turned out.  Very elegant and glamorous!  

The photoshoot went better than I expected.  I had more fun than I thought I would.  It didn't feel like a chore or anything, it was just fun! Leading up to seeing the photos, I felt a little nervous.  I mean, I didn't know how I'd look because I don't normally take photos in my underwear! :P But when I saw them, I was floored.  I looked SO GOOD.  At least Shalista made me look awesome.  I'm normally pretty self conscious about how I look, especially with little clothes on, but Shalista took just the right shots of me and made me look like a movie star.  I felt so good about them!  And my husband, let's just say he was happy about it.  He couldn't stop smiling at the album, ha.  I will totally do this again in a few years.  I feel like it's something every woman should do, because no matter who you are the pictures are going to look stunning.  They made me feel good about myself.  Whenever I need a little confidence booster, I look at my album! Lol.  I recommend a boudoir photoshoot to every woman out there.

Miss E - Giddy with excitement wedding gift!

I wanted to do something special for my fiancé as a personal wedding gift. A good friend of mine had a shoot awhile ago and her photos looked amazing. I had always wanted to do something like this, but was hesitant because I didn't think my personality, my body, could pull off such photos. However with my friend's encouragement, I took the leap and did it!

I was really nervous and excited at the same time for my shoot! For a few weeks prior, I was going tanning almost every day, just to get a little color because my skin is so fair. However, I didn't want to risk getting burned just before the shoot, so for the two days leading up to the shoot, I didn't go tanning. I did special skin treatment for a couple weeks before, and drank a ton of water so my skin would look as best as it could.

When I arrived I was giddy with excitement, but still so nervous and a little reserved. I also happened to be sick, but hoped I could overcome those feelings long enough to have a great experience. It started with getting my hair and makeup done which was just a blast. The cosmetologist was absolutely wonderful. She was so nice and friendly. She told me about her own personal boudoir experience, which put me at ease a little bit as well.

The photoshoot was SO MUCH FUN! I LOVED IT! I was expecting the positions to be really hard to get in to, but they weren't nearly as hard as I imagined. I was expecting to be extremely uncomfortable and awkward, but surprisingly I wasn't. Shalista was so wonderful, I can't even describe it. She was so encouraging. She continued to tell me how great I was doing, how awesome I looked, everything! There was one outfit that I was so uncomfortable in, and right before I went to put it on I said, "I'll put on the red one now, to get it over with, because I'm super uncomfortable in it." When I came out her response was, "I don't know what you're so worried about. You look rockin' in that!" That was an great self-esteem and confidence booster! I just had the best experience! =D

When I went to see my images, I was excited! Just plain excited. When I saw my photos, I was just blown away at how awesome they looked. While I was driving there I kept saying to myself, "Only 10. Only pick 10." Well....I ended up picking 24. It was too hard to choose! I loved them all!

AND! My now husband, LOVED the images! He loved them so much that he asked me if there was a way I could get another book with the remaining images! So that too makes me feel great, and just another testimonial at how talented Shalista is!

I would DEFINITELY do this again! I had such a fun time, the images turned out so great. Yes! I am so excited to tell everyone about Shalista. Encourage them to have the same wonderful and uplifting experience that I had.

  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 was getting married, and really wanted to surprise my new husband with this different side of me as a wedding gift. I was super nervous because I'm not alluring, I'm not sexy, none of those things. But my friend Delilah Filholm did a shoot awhile ago and explained to me how fun it was and comfortable you made her feel. She encouraged me to do it, promised me I would love it, and wouldn't regret it. And since I really wanted to do something different like this, as a personal, private gift for the one I love, I went for it!

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

    My really good friend Delilah recommended you. Told me how wonderful her experience was. She also received an email for her and a friend (me) to receive a free Bombshell shoot, and she gave it to me!

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

    I was so incredibly nervous, but excited at the same time! I felt like my now husband would really appreciate me doing something like this for him. I wanted him to like the photos. Which also made me even more nervous because I'm a very awkward person, and I didn't want to photos to look awkward. I'm a pretty conservative person as well, always hiding my body because I'm so self-conscious, so this was a giant leap outside my comfort zone, and I wanted to do a really good job. 

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

    I LOVED IT!!! Shalista made me feel so comfortable! Made me feel so pretty! Told me I was doing a great job! My self-esteem took a giant boost that day because of her! I was a little shy in the beginning, but with her encouraging comments and wonderful direction my self-confidence continued to climb, and by the end I felt like time just flew. I had such a wonderful time.

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

    I absolutely loved having my hair and makeup done. The cosmetologist was fantastic, friendly, and did a great job. Every girl loves to get pampered.

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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Bridal Boudoir!

We are seeing so many brides here in the studio as summer gets closer and wedding season is upon us!  By now, brides have their perfect dress and are anxiously awaiting their big day! One of the last details to take care of is a memoriable and intimate gift for the groom. A bridal boudoir session from Shalista Photography Boudoir is the perfect gift for any groom. A treasure of the most beautiful woman in their life, any groom will be thrilled to receive an album of sexy bridal inspired images!

So what should a bride wear for her bridal boudoir photoshoot? Here are some ideas!

BRIDES, I invite you to book your bridal session soon so you have plenty of time before your wedding to plan for what to wear and receive your gorgeous album.

BOOK A SESSION by clicking here!

 

xoxo,
Shalista