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Client Boudoir Experience — “I really do feel so confident now” — Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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“I decided it would be a great birthday present to myself!” | Client Interview Monday | Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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Five things I want you to know about your boudoir session | Orange County Boudoir Photographer

We are all different. I hear so many varying stories from clients, unique angles, and so many contrasting walks in life.

I receive emails every single day with questions, and concerns. I want to let you know what I expect and what you can expect from your boudoir session with me!

1. It is absolutely 100% good to be nervous.

    Why? Because that means you are human. You are doing something out of your comfort zone. You are living your life. I understand that this is an experience of a lifetime, and you may not be sure what to expect when you walk through my studio doors, but I promise you that you won’t regret taking the leap of faith. This is where the most fun and self-acceptance comes out. Embrace it.

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2. No, I can’t / won’t photoshop you.

    I base my business on the truth that every woman is beautiful in her own skin. How contradicting would I be if I just edited out your attributes that make you, you. Every curve, every scar, every dimple, every stretch mark…. they are yours. They are what make you unique, and to me, they are what make you beautiful. Whoever thought to call them “flaws” should be shot in the face. Multiple times.

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3. I am not judging your body.

        Believe it or not, I’m not even really “looking” at your body. My job is to master posing, lighting, emotion, and how to highlight you. Yes, I see you, but I’m not picking you apart.

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4. Even if you say it’s for him, it’s mostly for you, and that’s okay.

          I get many clients who book a shoot because their fiancé, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc would like it. That’s great, and they are going to love it! But let’s be honest, you may not know it yet, but the experience is for YOU to have. It’s a day to be pampered, have a YOU day, feel beautiful and realize your beauty. You deserve this gift as much as they do.

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5. There is no “prerequisite” for your boudoir session.

            Society has made it very difficult for women to realize their true beauty. We are brainwashed into believing we need to be a size 00 in order to fit into the mold. BULLSHIT. YOU are BEAUTIFUL. Just how you are. I trust this with ever ounce of my being, you can ask any of my past clients, they KNOW this. I celebrate all women all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds, walks in life, and age. Don’t you dare for a second think you are not boudoir material. There is no such thing. Every woman is boudoir material.

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Inspired \ credit goes to Jen Rozenbaum’s amazing blog post on 10 things boudoir photographers want you to know!

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Roger Branker - That… was beautiful!

Stephanie Arteaga - Loved reading this! Embrace yourself❤️ because there will only be one you!

“Every single picture was perfection” | Client Interview Monday | Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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1.  How old are you?
    25
2. What do you do for a living?
    Account Manager in the movie industry
3. What made you decide to take a leap of faith and do a boudoir session?
    I saw all the amazingly beautiful photos and wanted to see myself in that perspective.
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4. Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?
    Oh of course! I was nervous to be that vulnerable and put myself out there.
5. Was the session different from what you expected it to be?
    Yes! I expected it to be awkward because well, your almost naked in front of someone you don’t know. But to my surprise I really opened up and got comfortable as we got on with the shoot. Alyssa is amazing at making you feel comfortable and pretty.
6. What was your favorite part about the entire experience?
    The viewing! Even after the shoot I was self conscious about how I would look in the photos but my god, were they beautiful. Every single picture was perfection and it definitely wasn’t because of me; it was all Alyssa and her talents! All the angles and poses *swoon*
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7. How did you feel when you saw your photographs?
    If I was a crier I would have definitely cried. I cant wait so give them to my fiance! 
8. Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session?
    Definitely do it. Sure its nerve racking and kind of intimidating, but once you are there and working with Alyssa all those nerves float away. Its really great to see yourself in a different light.
9. Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of the session?
    Yesss! It was nice to see a sexy side of myself. 
10. How did you like working with Alyssa Michelle and her team?
    Alyssa and her team are wonderful! I loved loved my makeup. Alyssa and her intern make you feel so comfortable while you are shooting. And her client closet is to die for!
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My shoot, yes I did one too! | Orange county Boudoir Photographer

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I have always been a “bigger” girl. So what? I’m sexy as hell! I know it, you know it, and for the people that don’t agree, that’s fine, because I know that we are all different and have different preferences and ideals on what is beautiful. Am I mad or hurt by it? Absolutely not. I could care less.

 

I wanted to do a session to show you all that I did one too, I KNOW the nerves you are feeling, I know the doubts you are having, and I can sympathize with it. I’m here to tell you that your fears are in your head and I promise you that you are going to love your experience, and see yourself in a whole new light.
Brittanee Taylor did such an incredible job on my shoot, and I’m so happy and grateful for her capturing my playful and sexy self! 😉

 

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Purely Taken. Photography by Lauren Southwell - Wow! Just gorgeous! You totally rocked it!!

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