It’s a toss up, on whether I love photographing boudoir newbies more, or those on their 2nd or 3rd session!! It IS safe to say, I love my job! Miss B was a boudoir newbie, and I absolutely loved working with her, for her first boudoir session. 80% of the time, those who come in for their first session, book as a gift to their spouse. A little for themselves…. but mostly for their spouse. Then they go through the process, and see their images and realize how EFFING awesome boudoir is! How much it makes you feel like a fierce, sexy, confident woman! At some point in the reveal, you start to lose yourself and try to keep reminding yourself, “Oh right. I did this for him/her. Riiiiight, right.” as you notice you’re choosing all YOUR favorites to put in your album. I love the transformation that I witness in women, through the process of their first session. They come in a bit nervous, scared, and don’t know what to expect about the process, or this crazy lady who cusses and has made a career photographing other women naked. haha Then they meet me, and find out, I’m pretty down to earth, and yes, I do still cuss… but in a good way. 😉 They find adult, girl, bonding time, something that you don’t often find at home with kids all day, or in the workplace where it can be a bit catty. Most of all, you never expect to find parts of yourself, that you may not even realize you’ve hidden away, to be that amazing mom, or that kickass professional. This is Mrs. B’s story….
I’m a 32 year old mom of two sweet girlies. I found Nine 23 through an online search and was really impressed with the blog images as well as the fact that the whole process was described in detail so that I’d know just what to expect. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary, so I wanted to surprise him with a gift he wouldn’t expect from me. I was surprised that this gift ended up being one for myself as well since it was such a great experience! I loved the images and the FAQs answered online–made me feel at ease jumping into something so far out of my comfort zone. I absolutely loved the experience! Heather did an amazing job of making me feel beautiful with her awesome hair and makeup skills, and Ashley really put this awkward girl at ease in front of the camera! I spent much of the session laughing as it was really fun! I was surprised how at ease I felt during my session as I usually feel so awkward in front of the camera. This was definitely a confidence booster and although I had areas I was a little self conscious about going in to the session, I really trusted that Heather and Ashley were going to make me look my best. Having done something so far out of my comfort zone, I really felt proud of myself for taking the leap as the end products were amazing! I am so much more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it. I was afraid I’d look as awkward as I thought I’d feel, and I was so thrilled that I neither looked nor felt awkward at all. It was a fun and playful session full of lots of laughs. I would tell everyone to do a session for yourself, not for your spouse. Just the experience of being pampered and trying something new was so much fun!