Miss A - I'll be back.

I finally came to the decision to do my boudoir session was getting my final divorce papers. I wanted to do something for me and to close the door on that old relationship that was so demeaning to myself.

So I booked my session and started trying to find the best outfits that would make me feel sexy. Check. I was really nervous the morning of my shoot but I think it was more excitement. When I got there and my hair and makeup started and felt right at ease. Who does not like to feel pampered? When I finally seen my full hair and makeup I have never felt more beautiful. I was a little nervous to get into my lingerie in front of other people but I knew there was nothing to worry about. 

 It took about 2 min into the shoot for me to get over my nerves and started to love the experience. Shalista makes you feel amazing like you are hanging with your best friend for the afternoon. 

When the time was up and it was time to change and head home it was a little sad because I did not want it to end. I walked out the door and called my best friend and the first words out my mouth were "best thing I have ever done for myself and I will be going back!" 

I was excited to see my images and I wanted them all! 

I will be going back for another shoot. Hopefully, again in one year! :)

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!

 

Boudoir with pearls and white shirt - Shalista Photography

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! 

Miss K - I was a beauty queen.  

It started as an invite to from my daughter to join Sioux Falls Boudoir VIPs.  She has pictures done for a gift to her husband-to-be with Shalista.  I found the images beautiful. I accepted the invite and would view the posts in the page.  Then there it was... My daughter tagged me on a post.  It was the 40+ model call.  I qualified!!  Turing 50 this summer.  

I have been making positive changes for myself.  Mentally and physically.  Changes that were long overdue.  I felt if I was to be chosen as a model, this could only be another positive experience.  The first step was to fill out the application.  To be chosen, I felt I needed to stand out... so I was myself.  UNIQUE.  I hit send and the rest is history.

I was a bit nervous about my shoot because I had an "accessory" that is not common place.  I debated about this up to the date of my session but thought "What the hell".  Made the decision!! This is about empowerment.  We can promote being sexy among the women in this group, why not sexuality, as well.  I wore my "jewelry" as anyone would wear earring, necklace or a bracelet :) 

I do not wear a lot of makeup and I have embraced my grey hair and I believe I am an attractive woman.  Having my hair and makeup done was such a wonderful time and I looked like myself.  I was "dolled up" but still looked natural.  LacyMae did a beautiful job.  

The direction received by Shalista, during the shoot was so easy to follow.  I didn't have to hit the perfect pose.  Shalista got the angle that made it the perfect pose.  The images will show this.  On the front end, I told her of a scar I have on my stomach.  She had asked if I wanted it to be covered up and I said no.  What you see is what you get.  All the scars I own have a story that have left a mark on me and my life.  Share the stories.  If me showing my scars will enable another person to embrace her imperfections, then I made a difference.

I was nervous and excited about seeing my images.  Empowerment is what I felt when I saw them.  Almost cried.  I was a beauty queen.  

I would do this experience time and time again.  I have decided to make a photo shoot an annual treat to myself because I deserve it.  I am continuing the positive changes in my life and cannot think of a better way to commemorate my accomplishments

#EmbraceYourBeautiful

Miss C - It is one of the most empowering things I've ever done

From Miss C

 

I have been following your page for quite some time.  There was always an excuse for me not to do it....I needed to cut my hair, lose weight, etc.  I saw the model call and I had to apply.  I was very nervous about the shoot, I had no idea what to expect since I've never done anything like this before.  When I arrived, Shalista greeted me with a hug and a smile and I KNEW this was going to be a good time.  Lacey did my hair and makeup and she made me feel so beautiful.  As someone who doesn't wear makeup very often, I was a little worried about being overdone, but it was perfect.  The photo shoot was easy.  Shalista guided me through every step and I was comfortable with all of it.  When I was finished I was kind of sad because we did have so much fun!  I was nervous to see the images, but I knew by seeing images from other shoots that they would be wonderful.  I loved my images and when I picked up my album I had to look at it right away.  I would definitely do this again, and I would highly recommend that every woman do this for herself.  It is one of the most empowering things I've ever done.  I felt so beautiful and I think every woman deserves to feel beautiful!! Xoxo

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see a video of her album!

We loved getting this photos of Miss T picking up her beautiful album!

 

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Check out Miss C's entire album!

Miss L - There wasn’t one that I didn’t like!

I have been following both of your Facebook boudoir pages for maybe a year and have always wanted to do a shoot but never did. My excuses were:too expensive, I’ve gained weight and this is the most I ever weighed, I could never look as good as the other gals & then my friend did a shoot. I was so excited for her and she showed me all of her book, told me about the awesome experience she had, & her husbands reaction. I loved how all the photos looked amazing and were different for each person that was on your pages. You had a special and I decided then and there that I was going to do it. I was prepared by all of the informative emails that I received before my shoot. When my shoot arrived both the makeup artist and Shalista were so welcoming and made it a great experience! I was able to be open, enjoy myself and have a great time during my shoot. When I got to look at my photos there wasn’t one that I didn’t like! Shalista has talent and can make anyone feel comfortable. II definitely will be doing more shoots.

Everyone that is thinking of doing it DO IT you will not be disappointed and neither will your spouse!

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 :)

Miss M - can be a role model for anyone with a disability and show them we ARE sexy people too!!!

I cannot even begin to describe how this photo shoot made me feel. As I've said before, being in a wheelchair and overweight my self esteem has gotten worse over the years. I needed and wanted something to remind myself that I am beautiful and sexy. Something to remind myself why my husband feel in love with me and why he still loves me. Yes I did this as a gift for him, but I also did it as a HUGE gift for myself too. I'm a pretty plain Jane girl but the makeup and hair made me feel even more beautiful. 

I was so nervous going in. As I was getting my hair and makeup done, I started to feel more comfortable. Then it came time to change clothes and I freaked out inside. I got dressed and went out for my shoot. I was still nervous but once we started I opened up a lot more. Shalista guides you thru it all and made me feel extremely comfortable and sexy!!! I left the studio very happy.

The time came to view and pick out my pictures. I literally started crying, happy tears. I was amazed at how beautiful I truly was. How sexy my pictures were. I was in awe looking at myself honestly as I couldn't believe that was me, but it was!!! I left with the biggest smile on my face.

My album came in and I couldn't wait to show my husband. He was ecstatic looking at them. He loved everyone of them and told me how beautiful and sexy I was in the pictures, and that I was that way in his eyes every day!! It was a magical moment.

Shalista, I cannot thank you enough!! I loved every bit of this experience. I would recommend you to EVERYONE!!! It was truly a an experience I will never forget! My husna5and I now have this gorgeous album to always look back at. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You helped bring back my self confidence and I am forever grateful for that!! I hope I can be a role model for anyone with a disability and show them we ARE sexy people too!!!

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 B - Society tells me to shame my body, Shalista helped me learn to love my body.

From start to finish my session with Shalista was amazing. Before I got into the room I thought I was crazy and even slightly embarrassed that I was doing this. Being a heavier-set woman, I have been conditioned to be embarrassed of exposing my body or even sexualizing myself at all. Society tells me to shame my body, Shalista helped me learn to love my body. I was definitely not at my thinnest when I did my session, but I knew that I wanted to celebrate my body as it was at that time. No matter if I lost or gained weight, I would always have these photos to look back on and remember what I looked like when I was a newly-wed woman in my 20's. Shalista is the best of the best and I would recommend anyone I know to go to her; in fact a few of my friends have gone to her since my session! I left my session empowered and feeling sexy. I left my ordering session amazed and in awe. I look back at my book and can't wait to do another session. 

  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 contemplated doing a session but was so nervous that I needed to be in better shape. I wasn't very confident about my body at the time and kept looking at old photos of myself when I weighed less. That's when I decided that I needed this. I needed to see myself exactly at the weight I was currently at and know that I could still be sexy.

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

    Shalista was the only person I wanted to go to for boudoir. I knew she would be professional, make me look like a million bucks, and ease any fears or worries I had.

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

    I was so nervous before my shoot. I thought I was slightly crazy for doing this and embarrassed even. I mean, who would want to see photos of me in my lingerie? That's something people on the internet would make fun of, not celebrate. I was quickly put at ease as soon as I got into the studio and started hair and makeup. 

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

    The photo shoot was fun, eased my mind and even made me feel empowered. It was the sexiest I have felt in a long time. I was a little sore at the end from all the contortions Shalista, put me in, but I knew that she was working it out to make me look like a bombshell.

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

    Maybe some fun or sexy music playing to help get into the mood a little more! 

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

    LOVED it. Angelique is amazing and I always feel safe in her hands. 

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

    You're amazing. I love you. I want to do another session so badly. 

Miss H - Dang I am pretty sexy!!

Doing a session likes this I would never have thought about in the past cause I felt like I wasn't pretty enough. I started thinking  about doing one after I lost weight and began liking myself. I have heard about these but never thought about. Well I started to look around found couple places. I liked Shalistas the most you get your hair and makeup done. I decided to book one and glad that I did. After my shoot I couldn't wait to get my book. My husband enjoyed it to but I took one look at my photos and for once that dang I am pretty sexy. I will be booking in the future for sure.

Miss K - I am beautiful and confident and fierce, no matter what.

I decided to do a boudoir session with Shalista at a time in my life where I was the heaviest I'd ever been and honestly when I didn't feel the greatest about myself. I wanted to do something nice for my husband for our anniversary and told myself if I could just get one good image, I knew it would be a good gift. I wasn't expecting much. I didn't think I'd get comfortable in front of the camera. I was just doing it for my husband. I bought my outfits, drove up to Shalista's studio, sat down for hair and makeup with the attitude that, "I just needed one good one." 

Through hair and makeup, I already started to relax, my nerves were subsiding and then I saw what I looked like for the session and I could have cried. Yes, I was at my heaviest weight, yes I was nervous but the person standing before me looked amazing and beautiful. The minute Shalista started photographing me for the session, I was at ease. She knows exactly how to pose every single body type to make you look gorgeous, to hide what you may consider "problem areas," to focus on the most beautiful parts of every single woman. There was never a time in my head where I was thinking, "I'm not going to like this picture." The session flew by, I had so much fun and I felt this amazing sense of confidence, one I hadn't felt in a very long time, during and after my session. 

When it came time to view my pictures, I was confident Shalista had captured some I would like, more than one at least. But what I wasn't expecting was to like a vast majority of the images she showed me. I said yes to so many beautiful images of myself. And that is a feeling that was given to me by the amazing photography that Shalista was able to capture. I felt like she truly captured the woman that was inside of me that I'd beaten down with a lot of self doubt. It's just something that I will never, ever forget and it's a gift that every woman should receive. 

When I gave my husband the beautiful book that Shalista designed for me, he was thrilled, I was thrilled and it's something I know he will treasure. He said, "she really captured you how I see you every day." And that just meant the world to me. 

I would do this experience again in a heart beat. And every single woman should do this one time, or more, in their life. I'd recommend it to any person, no matter your size or age or body type. Make time to do this for yourself. It doesn't have to be for someone special, it can truly be for you. What started as a gift for my husband, really became a gift for both of us. He got a beautiful book full of images. I now have a constant reminder that I am beautiful and confident and fierce, no matter what.

Hair and make-up by Angelique Verver of Platinum Imagination

  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!

    It was actually something that I'd wanted to do for a long time but decided, "oh, I'll wait til I lose some weight" or "I'll do this when we have a little more time or when I have a little extra money." But, really, I decided to do it when I knew I needed some sort of boost. I was stuck in a rut of not feeling the greatest about myself, not feeling beautiful and just needing to do something for myself. A friend of mine went to Shalista for her boudoir session and her images were striking and stunning and she looked flawless. And I needed that. So I booked my session and I'm so glad I did. I eventually just told myself it is now or never. My husband and I were about to celebrate an anniversary and I just wanted to give him something that he would remember forever.

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

    I have been friends with Shalista for a while and I've wanted to do a session with her for a long time. I was just never in a place where I thought I could. I loved and admired her style and her amazing way of capturing every single body type beautifully. When I finally decided that I was going to do a session, I knew she was the perfect person to photograph me.

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

    I was nervous. There is no denying that. I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been and the only thing I was thinking was, "I just need one image where I don't look horrendously fat." But that just wasn't the case. I immediately felt at ease and for someone who is "plus-sized" that is really saying something. I never once thought, wow, this angle is going to make me look fat. Wow, I'm going to hate this image. I was just comfortable from the get go.

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

    I don't actually know that there are correct words to tell people how great my session was. You'd see other curvy women featured in these slinky outfits looking fabulous and fierce and really, I just wanted to feel beautiful. But I got so much more than that. Within minutes, I felt this confidence boost and this feeling that no matter my size I was this beautiful woman giving an amazing gift to my husband. Truly, I thought if I liked just one image, I would be happy. I left LOVING almost every image from my session and on this amazing high. I don't think I have ever felt so good about myself.

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

    Honestly, no. For me, everything was completely perfect. I had so many annoying questions before the session and Shalista answered them with grace and genuinely wanted to help me have the most amazing session possible. She cares so much about all of her clients and just wants them to see themselves in a way that everyone else does. And she does it beautifully.

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

    I've worked with Shalista's hair and makeup artist before so I trusted her vision impeccably and it was just absolutely flawless. I felt so good about myself even before stepping in front of the camera. I got to see someone else transform me into this totally fierce woman and I loved every minute of it.

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

    I'd do this again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Shalista, for being such an awesome person and offering this service to woman of all shapes and sizes.