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.



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

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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!


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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Exploring Confidence - Guest post by Cindy Bischoff

Exploring Confidenceby Cindy Bischoff

What is Confidence?

In western culture we tend to think of confidence as this attractive quality that everybody wants to have, but only super successful, insanely beautiful people actually embody.

The typical definition of confidence goes something like this definition I found on the personalexcellence.co blog…

Self-confidence refers to assuredness in your own worth, abilities and power, regardless of the situation you are in. Someone who is self-confident has a strong sense of belief and certainty in himself/herself. He/she exudes calmness, composure and is self-aware.

Why do we struggle with confidence?

Is it really a surprise why we struggle to stand in our own worth, strength and power, when every signal the media, and our culture, sends us says that we are unworthy? That who and what we are is never enough?

When I Googled “how to be confident” I got back around 129 MILLION hits. That’s 129,000,000!

I found an endless stream of websites and blogs giving advice on everything from how to stand, what to wear, how to measure the grip of your handshake, to how long to hold eye-contact; and many other tips and tricks designed to make it LOOK like you’re confident, even when you’re not.

Especially when you’re not.

With so many voices clamoring to be heard, and so much advice that is manipulative and conniving, it’s no wonder the source of self-confidence feels like a treasure map whose “X” is always in motion, so, by the time you start digging, it’s already moved to another location. An obscure vision you need to lie and deceive, or get somebody’s help to locate, because if you don’t, you can never pin it down, much less embody it.

The elusiveness of confidence’s tangible origins creates a scenario wherein it is easily distorted…for a profit.

Even if you can’t accurately define the source of confidence, you know a confident person when they walk into a room because they exude that elusive quality.

As a culture, we have this romanticized notion that the stereotypical self-assured, super successful, insanely beautiful bastion of confidence is ALWAYS cool, ALWAYS calm, ALWAYS confident, and that is just not true.

Peel back the layers, climb beneath the masks of manipulation and deception, and all of this begs the question, how do we believe in ourselves? How do we authentically exude certainty, calmness and composure when we are anything but?

It all seems so daunting, and overwhelming, but, while developing confidence is not necessarily easy, it is surprisingly simple…

There is nothing contrived about true confidence and it never comes at some else’s expense. It does not matter what you own, what you drive, where you live, nor the size of your butt and thighs!

Confidence, true self-assurance, comes from trusting yourself to handle your life. Period.

When you boil it down, all that means is that, when shit comes up, you handle it with as much grace as you are capable of in that moment. (And let me tell you, shit ALWAYS comes up!)

When you’ve established a track-record of handling stuff well, you trust yourself to handle your life. And when you truly trust yourself, you naturally stand straighter, and like yourself. Does not mean you don’t get scared, or nervous, or anxious.

Cultivating confidence it is not necessarily easy, especially in light of our social and cultural conditioning, but having confidence really is that simple. As trust in yourself is built by consistent action, confidence is cultivated.

As I said, being confident is not easy, but it really is as simple as trusting yourself to handle life’s curveballs.

Cindy Bischoff Bio

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Cindy Bischoff’s work centers on fostering and empowering women to accept themselves, to live deeply, and fully embrace life as they are. Not just the good stuff, but all of it! And not at some mythical point in time, like when they’ve lost enough weight to be worthy, but NOW! She is a freelance travel writer, public speaker, blogger, podcaster, and Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer. Cindy co-hosts the “Go Deeper” podcast, and blogs on her website at www.cindybischoff.com. You can follow Cindy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CindyLousMuse. And be sure to keep an eye out for her upcoming book, “When Forgiveness Isn’t Enough To Set You Free.” Cindy is also the creator of www.congruencehub.com website and “Congruence Hub” podcast, both of which go live on February 1, 2017. When your thoughts, words, and actions align, you find congruence. When you find congruence in your life, magic happens!

 

Boudoir for the Mature Woman

Many people believe they're "too old" for boudoir photography if they're over 30.  To that, I say bullshit!!!  Sensuality has no age limit, neither does boudoir photography.  As women, we grow into our sensuality as we age.  Like a fine wine, we get better the older we get.  We learn our bodies and what makes us feel good, we connect with ourselves in ways that we could only dream of in our 20's.  It's such an honor when Max and I are given the opportunity to capture that sensuality in a boudoir session for a finely aged client. Meet Karen.  She's 53 and a mother of two.  She did this session for herself first and foremost, having gorgeous photos to gift to her husband was just a bonus.  Do you think her photos are beautiful?  Tell her in the comments!  It feels good to get encouragement when we do something that makes us nervous!  It takes a lot of courage for our clients to share their photos with the world, make it worth it for her!

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"My biggest fear was that my photos would look horrible. I actually started to feel queasy on the way to the shoot! I thought I would not like any of them. I thought that every extra pound or dimple would show and I would be disappointed. It was just the opposite! I teared up during the viewing. They worked their magic and I had a hard time wittling my list down. And I hate to take photos! Crazy huh?!"mature boudoir photography mature boudoir

"Taking the photos themselves was amazing. Jen & Max get so excited and enjoy what they do so much you can't help but feel comfortable and relaxed. Even so, I did state towards the end that I still couldn't believe I was doing this. I never feel special, just average. Well today I felt incredibly special. They hid my flaws and the results are unbelievable. At my age, they made me feel fabulous and desirable. I had a great time and they did too so it was a fun day!"

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"I would say You Have To Do It!!! I totally agree that every woman should do this once in their lifetime for themselves. If their significant other benefits from the results, well that's a bonus. I can't wait to receive my photos. My husband is in for a Big Surprise!!"mature boudoir session mature boudoir session

"It's scary and fun and liberating all at the same time. I have wanted to do this forever but never felt it was the right time or that I looked good enough. I finally decided that I am me and this is how I look, so it's now or never. You need to check this out and see how amazing it makes you feel. I promise you wil not regret it. I know I never will! Make your appointment today. What are you waiting for?!"mature sexuality mature sensuality mature boudoir black and white mature fine art nude Mature boudoir photo

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Danielle's Curvy Boudoir Session & Testimonial

A lot of times when Max and I tell people what we do, the person we're talking to remarks that they're too curvy to do a boudoir session, using terms much harsher than "curvy" to describe themselves. "Oh, if I could lose xx more pounds I may consider that".  It really hurts my heart to hear statements like these.  Every. Single. Woman. Deserves to feel beautiful.  It hurts to think that there are women out there, loads of them, who don't feel beautiful because in their mind they weigh too much.  Because at some point in their lives, or at many points in their lives, they were reminded that society reserves the "beauty" title for only those thin enough to grace the cover of our magazines.  Well this is bullshit. All of our clients are all brave to trust us to photograph them in the most vulnerable way possible, but our curvy clients are extra brave because not only are they allowing themselves to be vulnerable, but they're also saying "EFF what society's definition of beautiful is!  I'm beautiful too, damn it!"

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"Before the session, my biggest fear was that I wouldn't LOVE any of the pictures because of my weight. I'm always self-conscious and there is always something I don't like about myself. I was SO wrong. There are no words to describe the way I feel about my pictures. Jen and Max know just what to do and just how to pose you to make you look flawless and make you feel incredibly sexy. When I saw those pictures for the first time, I was beyond impressed. I couldn't believe that was me!"

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"They are genuinely in love with what they do and they are amazing at it. I felt so comfortable and relaxed."

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"A friend of mine was so excited to step outside the box and do one and was getting so excited about it that I decided to set up an appointment too. From the time I set up my appointment until the day I walked through the door of the studio, I was a ball of nerves. I was so worried about everything (because that's just who I am). "What am I going to wear? How am I going to pose? What was I thinking? I'm overweight and there is no way I'm going to feel sexy." Boy was I wrong. As soon as you walk in and meet them, they make you feel comfortable. They are excited to work with you and are sure that you are going to look fabulous. The girls who did my hair and makeup were amazing. I felt so beautiful.  During the shoot, Jen and Max would say things like "Stunning!" "Wow! That was incredible!" "Just wait until you see what I'mseeing." That is what truly stuck out to me. When they were raving about how beautiful and sexy I looked, I couldn't help but smile and feel even that much more wonderful."

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"If you are terrified of booking a shoot, know that you are not alone. I was too. But now, I don't know what I was so afraid of. This was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. In fact, I would absolutely LOVE to do another one. It's almost like a high. You feel wonderful, you look amazing, and you leave there looking at yourself differently then when you came. Don't second guess yourself. Book a session with Jen and Max! You won't regret it." -Danielle

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Virginia Boudoir Photography

I can't even describe the sound I made when I took the first shot on the "new" set of black on black.  It was somewhere between a gasp, a squee and a moan.  It was barely audible, but she heard it.  Then I had to explain myself.  "I'm sorry, I don't know what that noise was... I'm just really excited about this!"  There were sporadic gasps and "Ooohhhh my god!!!" throughout the rest of the shoot.  And laughing.  Yes, lots of laughing. The whole setup of using our black backdrop with black sheets on a bed was actually Max's idea, but he loves me so he let me shoot it when he saw how excited I was (like a kid on Christmas morning).  Throughout the whole first set I continued to coo and moan at how smooth her skin looked against the stark black sheets and backdrop, and how amazing the contrast was.  What I like most about this style is that the woman is the main focus, nothing else in the photo matters.  Your eyes are drawn to her and everything else falls off into the background.  Love I tell ya, this is love!!!

We could not have asked for a better client to test things out on than Jamie.  She was willing to try anything and was patient as we were testing new territories. She also brought her own ideas!  Her and her husband love to read together, so she brought a bunch of books.  She brought an apple and was telling us that she has a thing for apples.  When we were deciding what outfits to shoot we said we would do a nude set with the apple and she agreed to it.  It wasn't until later that we found out she brought the apple as a snack, not a prop!

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Here is what Jamie had to say about her experience:

"I was nervous in the beginning - of course, but, again, I was surprised how comfortable I was hanging out in all my glory. You have a lot of direction, so you kind of forget why you are there. Nothing felt forced. Jen and Max were extremely professional and pleasant to be around. I was in shock to see my photos in the end; they were amazing. I felt like we were able to create something together - as a team."

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"I don't think I can do sexy" she said...

But she wanted to be sexy, she wanted to do a sexy boudoir photography session.  She just didn’t think she had it in her to pose in sexy ways, or to make sexy faces.  For some reason I just love it when clients tell us this before the session starts.  I accept it as my personal challenge to prove they can be sexy. Every person has it in them to be sexy.  At a biological level we are all sexual beings, some just need a bit of guidance, and that’s what we’re here for.   Trust that we will carry you through the session and you will get exactly what you came for.  Whether that be sexy and passionate photos, or soft and beautiful photos.  I can’t stress enough not to worry about knowing how to pose or make facial expressions.  It is our job to guide you into seductive poses and direct you from head to toe!  We focus on working with everyday women, most of which have never been professionally photographed except for senior or wedding photos (and that’s a completely different ball game)!  We will tell you exactly how to pose, how to hold your hands, how to achieve the perfect facial expressions… all while making it look completely natural and effortless!  After the session almost all of our clients say they were nervous before we started, and the reoccurring theme to the cause of the nerves is almost always "I didn't think I would know how to pose".   And almost every single one of them said their nervousness melted away immediately after starting their session.  Here's what was said about our most recent session:

"I was truly worried about feeling comfortable, being "sexy", and posing in the nude. Jen and Max made me feel comfortable from the second I walked into the door, to when I left. They are both very professional, walked me through every pose, and made it seem almost normal that I was posing in lingerie on a chair or bed, as if it was an everyday thing."

I would like to know how many women would love to do a boudoir session more than anything, but just feel like they wouldn’t do well and don’t have enough confidence to just bite the bullet and call me.  I’d be willing to bet that number is pretty high.  If you are one of those ladies that have been following our work for a while now and just haven’t called yet, I’m talking directly to you right now.  You have nothing to fear.  I promise you.  If you are afraid that you will not like what you see, I can promise you will fall in love with yourself in ways that you didn’t know were possible.  You will see yourself in a new light.  It’s not that we’re going to transform you completely into someone you’re not, you will still very much be you.  It’s just that you will see the best version of you, a fully comfortable in your skin and sensual you.

If you really want to do a boudoir session, but aren’t sure that it’s for you, do me a favor... call me.  Let me know what’s going on in your head, be straight forward and completely honest with how you feel.  Even if you don’t know what to say, just call and say, “Hey Jen, I want to do a boudoir session but I’m crazy nervous”.  There will be no regrets in making that call, but you may regret passing up the opportunity to do a session.

 

The following photos are from the lovely woman who said, "I don't think I can do sexy."  So you tell me, can she "do" sexy, or what?!

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I took some pole dancing fitness classes!!!! | Teaze Fitness, Baton Rouge

Breathless_Teaze_025_FB_cover"Today you're going to learn how to do this" says the instructor as she grabs the pole and her body glides through the air  with her feet pointing straight up towards the ceiling, head to the floor.  "it's called an inversion".... "Ha! Yeah.... right!" was my first thought.    After being in a car accident 6 years ago (wow, has it really been that long?) and injuring my neck, I lost most of my muscle mass in my upper body because everything I did hurt. After being a super weakling for the last 6 years (I used to be quite strong) I thought enough of this, I'm going to do something about it!  I'm not a fan of working out, at all, so I wanted to find something that was fun but gave me a good workout.  In comes Teaze Fitness in Baton Rouge !  When I went to my first few classes at Teaze Fitness  I didn't think I would be able to do anything, but I just had to see what all this talk about pole dance fitness was about! So I went.  I was a little nervous, but everyone there made me feel so unbelievably comfortable.  Everyone there, instructor and classmates, were like my personal cheerleaders.  The ladies who work out at Teaze are so stinking nice!  I was afraid that I would be judged for being so weak and not being able to do anything, but it was quite the opposite.  Everyone in class helps everyone else.  It's pretty awesome. The classes start off with a "light" warmup (which had me bitching and moaning within the first minute) where they really push you to do as much as you can do, but to not overdo it. The instructors get your blood moving with jumping jacks then work on building up your core muscles with a series of exercises using your own body weight and the pole.  Then you climb the pole a couple of times, which is a workout all in itself. Next it's time to work on whatever moves you've been learning, which is the FUN part!

The hour class went by so fast and I never felt like I was working out, which is exactly the kind of workout I wanted.  I honestly didn't even think I got much of a workout at first.  BOY was I ever WRONG!  I don't think I've ever been so sore in my life!  Every single class makes me sore in the most awesome way.

So back to the inversion I mentioned in the beginning.  The instructor broke it down for us step by step while we jammed out.  I took a deep breath with the pole at my side and swung my leg up as hard as I could and my toes actually grazed the pole! "Wow, I think I might actually be able to do this!" The second time I threw my leg up over my head towards the pole I wrapped all my toes around it and hung on like a monkey while I shimmied my body closer to the pole to wrap my thighs around it.  I did it.  I DID IT.  I FREAKING DID IT!!!  I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.  I doubted myself and my body's abilities, and I proved myself wrong.  Every single time I go to Teaze fitness I regain a little bit more faith in myself and what I can physically do.  I feel like I trust myself a little more, whereas before I was treating myself as a fragile, broken thing... not able to handle hardly anything.  Learning the tricks is empowering!

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