She booked a boudoir session BECAUSE she gained weight.

This isn’t Ashley’s first rodeo.

She knows the power of a boudoir session from our shoot together 4 years ago. Since then we’ve both been through the emotional roller coaster of a divorce. She gained weight and wasn’t feeling super in love with herself, but her man still finds her sexy so she wanted to see it, too.

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Was she scared of this decision?

Hell yeah she was. She was afraid of the way she would see herself in the photos. After her shoot she said:

While I struggle with my self image these days, I was very happy with the results of our session and it truly made me see my inner and outer beauty.

When I asked her what she would want to take with her from this experience and never forget, she replied:

That our bodies can change over time and through certain life stages but that will never define what’s on the inside and how sexy confidence is whether you’re a size 2 or 20.

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The biggest reason I hear from women why they’re not ready to do their shoot yet is because they want to lose weight first.

And I totally get it. If you’re not feeling in love with yourself and they way your body looks why on earth would you put that body in front of a stranger wearing barely anything?! My response to that way of thinking?

You can’t afford NOT to do it.

Life is absolutely precious. Every single second of every single day we get to live of it is a sacred gift. You can’t afford to waste one more day wishing you were thinner, or younger, or something other than what you are. You know better than anyone how much your self judgement seeps into your everyday life. The way it manifests as irritability with others, or exhaustion, or hiding yourself from the world. Finding your self confidence is the greatest gift you can give yourself. It affects every area of your life.

Whether you book your own boudoir shoot or not,
do something right now to help you build your self confidence.

Don’t know where to start? Let’s chat, I can help.



"Wow... have I always been this beautiful?"

My biggest fear was that I wouldn't look good, no matter how much photoshop, lighting, etc. was done. I am blown away. I had a hard time choosing what photos to purchase because even the unedited ones looked SO GOOD. I can't believe someone like me can look so sexy.

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This was so much more empowering than I thought it would be. As an (overweight) mom I often feel like I'm not attractive or sexy. I want to remember what it felt like to be in that moment, looking at those pictures right after and thinking, "wow...have I always been this beautiful?!" I wish I would have done this years ago.

My favorite part was the directing. It made me feel very comfortable and like I was capable of doing the shoot, even though I had no boudoir experience.

Next time I want to do an outdoors shoot.


I'VE DIED AND GONE TO LINGERIE HEAVEN!

 

You need to know this badass woman.

And her lingerie shop in DC.

(Trust me, you’ll thank me later.)

 Meet Stephanie, owner of Le Bustiere Boutique in Washington DC and TOTAL badass at helping women feel sexy in the perfect lingerie.

Meet Stephanie, owner of Le Bustiere Boutique in Washington DC and TOTAL badass at helping women feel sexy in the perfect lingerie.

I had a lingerie experience yesterday that I never knew existed!

Let me start by saying that I have no affiliation with Le Bustiere Boutique, I’m not getting paid to write this blog. I just love singing the praises of people running businesses that I admire!

My friend and I wanted to peruse lingerie stores in DC to see what there was to offer my clients for boudoir photoshoots. We had went into several stores and felt just ok about things, and then we stepped into Le Bustiere Boutique. As soon as I stepped through the door I knew I was in the right place. Gorgeous natural light spilled through the window, illuminating the lace textured walls and… the best part… the most unique AND SEXY lingerie I’ve seen curated in one place before! And I never knew lingerie shopping could be so much fun! We talked about it for the rest of the day!

BODY DIVERSITY IS WHERE IT’S AT!!!

I was absolutely blown away by Stephanie’s (the owner) passion for the variety of lingerie she carries in her beautiful store. Not only does she source the finest…. not. even. kidding… lingerie pieces that she hand selects from Paris, causing her collection of lingerie to be the most unique I’ve laid my eyes on, but she also is very aware of body diversity and carries obscure, hard-to-find sizes from 30A-46K. Stephanie’s team will measure you for a proper fitting and then bring you a variety of sizes and styles to try on that support you and your body shape in all the right ways.

Small ribcage with full/small breasts?

You may typically have a hard time finding a bra with a band that fits snug enough and cups that can still contain your breasts. Stephanie has you covered! There are hard-to-find sizes like 30E that might be just the trick for you! And if you have a small cup and small ribcage and you’re looking for that tantalizingly sexy piece that fits like a glove, I guarantee you Stephanie and her team knows the perfect set for you.

Large cup size and you’re used to settling?

On bras that aren’t all that sexy because most designers think… what is it that they’re thinking exactly? That women with large breasts only want “practical” bras and aren’t concerned with being sexy?! I can write a whole blog post on what I think about that!!! Stephanie disagrees with that concept as well and carries BEAUTIFUL and sexy bras in sizes up to 46K! As I was asking about the styles she carries in larger cup sizes, she pulled out this gorgeous black sheer bra that had full “coverage” (as in the sheer covered the whole breast for support, but nothing would actually be “covered”). It was fiercely sexy!

I was insanely excited to see this because one of the biggest complaints I hear from my curvy clients who want to explore taking more risqué photos is that there aren’t many options for lingerie that’s actually sexy in the bigger cup sizes.

Not afraid to stand out!

Much like myself, Stephanie is a fan of the more risqué lingerie (proof of my love of the risqué here). She carries the sexiest pieces out there! From black strappy bondage-inspired pieces and the good-lord-I-want-to-photograph-it-all super sheer, to the elegant lace and oh-my-god-how-can-I-love-something-so-much velvet mixed with sheer bustiers.

All these reasons above are why I think Le Bustiere Boutique is the perfect place to shop to find lingerie for your boudoir photoshoot. I can’t stress enough how important it is for what you where for your boudoir session to be an extension of your personality, and at Le Bustiere there is so much variety that you’re sure to find something that fits whatever facet of your personality that you want to express PERFECTLY. I was blown away by the customer service, the selection, and the size range of Le Bustiere. I can not recommend them enough!!! It’s the perfect lingerie store in Washington DC.

Tell you what…

I believe in what Stephanie is doing with her lingerie shop SO MUCH, (and I’m completely and utterly in love with her lingerie and want to photograph it all) that I’ll give any woman who purchases a matching bra and panty set, bodysuit, robe, corset or gown from Le Bustiere Boutique a

-$200 photo credit-

toward a boudoir photoshoot with me. (This can go toward a couple’s shoot as well). I just know firsthand how unbelievably sexy the right lingerie can make you feel, and I want that for YOU! Especially for your boudoir shoot, your confidence from your experience will be life changing. If you want to go shopping for your boudoir shoot but are nervous to go alone, let me know! I’d love to join you! I could use another excuse to go back to Le Bustiere!

A sneak peek…

Below is a short video from Le Bustiere Boutique’s Instagram to give you an idea of what magic lay inside the store. I can’t even stop drooling over this lingerie, and how much I love this place! I’m already planning my next trip back! If you’re going let me know! And make sure you follow them on IG so you can keep up with the fabulous new pieces they add to their stock! Because some of their sets are so unique, their extremely limited and once they’re gone, that’s all there is. That’s the upside AND the downside of Stephanie curating her collection from the Parisian Artisans. =)

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I had to come back to edit this blog because I completely forgot to even mention the BRIDAL LINGERIE SELECTION! Most bridal lingerie that I see offered here in the states is soft, sweet and innocent, upholding the image of the virgin bride. If you’re getting married and you don’t fit into the “virgin bride” box, you need to go to Le Bustiere! That’s all I’m going to say about that, you’ll just have to go and see for yourself!


Charlottesville Bridal Boudoir - The Perfect Wedding Day Gift!

What better gift could you possibly give the person you’re promising your heart to on your wedding day? Seriously, if you can think of one, let me know! I know I’m biased, but I honestly can’t think of a single gift that would be better, and more appropriate, on your wedding day than gorgeous photos of the person your significant other loves enough to commit to for the rest of their life!

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For the Wild Ones - Outdoor Boudoir!

For the Wild Ones - Outdoor Boudoir Shoots

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to see yourself through an artist’s eyes? To embrace and love your body exactly how it is?  And to fall in love with what you see.  It would feel like Freedom.  Liberation. It would feel like coming home to yourself, finally.  Maybe for the first time in your life.  Society says we’re not beautiful unless we fit a specific mold.  That we’re not worthy anymore once we start getting wrinkles and gray hair.  We wear those conditions like armor. Do you long to drop your shield to the world and walk naked into nature, in every sense of the word?  If your heart is saying yes, then an outdoor boudoir photoshoot is the answer to your longing!     

Imagine yourself...

Dancing in a golden field with silk as light as air as the sunlight spills over your beaming face. Or walking through a quiet forest, feeling the peace of being at home in your body, reconnecting with nature.  A sense of tranquility and self love like you’ve never felt before washing over you like the sweetness of spring. You let go of years and years of self doubt and criticism in a matter of moments, and you feel like a goddess.  Imagine being reminded of that feeling of self love every single day when you look at the beautiful work of art of YOU on your wall that we created together.  Imagine being able to go back to that very moment years later and feel the same peace and comfort you felt that day, shedding your layers in nature. Photographs have the power of doing that, transporting you to a reverie of a different time.  Reminding you of what’s important in life.

Consider this shoot for your future self on that day that you forget your worth and grace.  And you will, because we all do from time to time.

Don't wait until you "lose that last XX pounds" or "find someone to give the photos to".  NOW is the best time.  You already know this.  All we have is now, we have no idea what the future brings, or when our time is up.  We sit idly by and say, "one day I'll learn to love myself" until the weeks, months and years pass by and we've missed out on so much because we were so concerned with how we look in that swimsuit to go to the beach or pool party.  Imagine how freeing it would be to be able to let go of those negative views about yourself, even if just for a day.  If there are areas of your body that you're not ready to be in love with, that's totally ok.  I can help minimize focus on these areas with posing, lighting and wardrobe.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE.  RIGHT NOW, THIS VERY SECOND.  Don't waste it on self hate.  So many times I've heard clients say, "oh I wish I would have done a boudoir session years ago, I was too self conscious.  This really could have helped me."

"But I don't have anyone to give the photos to..."

The most transformative boudoir sessions I've done have been the ones where my client does the shoot for themselves.  You don't need a significant other to do a boudoir photoshoot.  If you do happen to have a significant other, it's just a bonus that they get to enjoy the photos with you!  This experience is all about you and your relationship to yourself.

YOU are important.  YOU are beautiful. YOU are worthy.

YOU. ARE. READY.

Where will your journey happen?

Your shoot is only limited by our imaginations.  What place in nature resonates most with your heart?  Where do you come alive? I would love to explore some ideas with you!  Virginia is home to the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains and countless winding rivers, waterfalls, and epic viewpoints on the tops of mountains.   The options are literally endless!  If you have no idea where you would like for your outdoor boudoir photoshoot to happen, I'll help you out.  I have a ton of great locations to choose from.  We'll work together to find the perfect fit you you.  

The WORLD is your oyster!

These shoots aren’t limited to the great outdoors of Virginia.  If you envision being engulfed in a sea of green moss that covers every inch of the Earth surrounding you, let’s go to the Pacific Northwest!  If big open skies with rolling sand dunes is more your speed, let’s head to the sand dunes out west! Your shoot is only limited by our imaginations.  We can go anywhere in the world.  The following photos were taken in Florida, Kauai, Italy & Bali.  

Where will your rewilding take you?  Let’s chat and come up with something unforgettable!

What to Wear for your Rewilding Session

This is entirely up to you.  The last thing I want to do is to fit you in a box that goes against who you are.  If what I say here doesn’t resonate with you, then carve your own path and let’s create your shoot together.  What would your ideal outdoor boudoir shoot look like?  Do you envision yourself prancing barefoot through the forest in a white lace gown and a flower crown?  Or elegantly draped across a log with a blood red dress swirling around your feet? Check out my Pinterest board to see what calls to you, or better yet, make your own and send me the link!

When choosing your outfit, think about the fabric and how it will move.  If it’s too stiff it won’t move with your movements and body. Flowy fabric that hangs nicely photographs well.  Chiffon and silk are ideal. The weight of jersey fabric can work well too, depending on the garment. If you’re not sure how something will look, please don’t hesitate to message me!

Check out this Pinterest board for inspiration.

Light, Natural Colors

I love the way white, ivory, and natural colors look in nature for a softer, sweeter look.  Loose, flowy dresses with lots of fabric would be ideal for this look. Other options would be sheer lace robes, crochet cover-ups, and fabric.  Flower crowns go well with this look as well!

Bold & Dramatic

Bold colors that pop against the natural setting can give your photos a dramatic look.  Stick to colors that are commonly found in nature such as black & deep red. Brighter colors, such as bright pink, bright blue or neon green can look out of place in nature. Bold patterns can as well.  But hey, if you’re looking for something that has that kind of look then go for it! This is YOUR shoot and it should be truly, authentically you.

Nude

You can’t go wrong with fine art nudes in nature.  You won’t regret the freeing feeling the experience of being in the wild outdoors with nothing between you and nature.  I will never pressure you into taking more off than you’re ready for.  If you decide to do nude photos before you shoot, then change your mind in the moment that’s 100% okay.  Listen to your heart and honor what you’re feeling.

Clothed or bare, come with your heart naked.  

Are you ready for an experience that will change your perspective of yourself for the better?  Book your session now and let’s start planning!  There’s only a limited number of these shoots so they’ll go fast.  Once your date is booked we’ll start planning your outdoor boudoir adventure together with a consultation with me personally (via coffee date, phone call or Skype).  We’ll make an inspiration board on Pinterest that matches your personality and what you want out of your experience.

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Boudoir & Erotic photography in New Orleans

Rendezvous in the city of Sin - Meet me in New Orleans

Do you ever

long to leave everything behind? To get away from the drudgery of work and errands and responsibilities in order to indulge in desires you hardly ever dare whisper aloud?

The Crescent City’s wanton soul is electric.

You cannot walk its streets without feeling the titillating touch of its warm air and savory smells. Its heady jazz is intoxicating, and I dare you to walk the city without hiking your dress a little higher, swaying and sweating to a late night beat that seems to emanate from within the cobblestones themselves.

There is magic here.

A current that pulses with a fierce sensuality that cannot be contained within its glorious architecture. In this place of change and rebirth, there is nothing the city does not see or accept. Here, you are whiskey. You are absinthe. You are both fire and smoke, and no amount of clothes will be able to mask your scorching skin.

And why try to hide at all?

Let it go. Expose yourself. Offer New Orleans what you are scarcely ever able to offer the outside world - your truth laid bare. Let the camera tell your story as you unlock the shackles of your inhibition. This is not a place for secrets, but of revelation. You are a goddess, and every piece of art in the city worships you.

Have a lover you want to share your fantasies with? Bring him. Bring her. Explore the light and shadows your bodies can create together. This is your moment, and you alone decide who gets to witness it.

Will you do it?

Will you step away from everything comfortable in order to dare to be who you want to be? In order to let yourself feel as beautiful as this indomitable city ravished by floods? The answer lies within you already. Let the music of the streets fuel you. This is New Orleans. And you are oh so gloriously you.

DATES: March 19 & 20, 2018 CLICK HERE to message me and reserve your spot. 

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