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CLIENT BOUDOIR EXPERIENCE – “Honestly, I’ve never felt sexier in my life” – Orange County Boudoir Photographer

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1. How old are you?
23

2. What do you do for a living?
Nanny / Supplement Store Demo Girl

3. What made you decide to take a leap of faith and do a boudoir session?
As a figure (bodybuilding) competitor, I am constantly critiquing my body and having others critique it as well. That being said, I have NEVER really felt sexy or comfortable in my own skin. My fiancé is constantly telling me to love who I am, to love my body at any weight (in season or off season), and to embrace being sexy and feeling beautiful, but I always shrug it off. I have a hard time not judging how I look… Until now. I wanted to do something completely out of my comfort zone and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

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4. Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?
YES, I definitely did! I have always felt very uncomfortable in front of the camera, and to be photographed in lingerie, what was I thinking?!

5. Was the session different from what you expected it to be?
COMPLETELY! From the moment I walked in the door, I felt like I fit in. I was welcomed with open arms, treated like a princess, and never felt uncomfortable. They are VERY professional women, respecting your personal space and also giving their professional opinion when asked. And with posing, I thought it would be SUPER awkward. But not even! Alyssa gets on the bed with you, laughs and smiles the whole time, and guides you where she wants you to be. Honestly, I’ve never felt sexier in my life.

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6. What was your favorite part about the entire experience?
Is it even possible to pick a favorite part?? I swear everything is my favorite, especially Alyssa saying that she’s “vomiting rainbows” lol. But seriously, I think my favorite part was how respectful Alyssa and her team were. You can tell they LOVE what they do, they’re professional, but they also like to have fun! They are the ones who make the experience unforgettable.

7. How did you feel when you saw your photographs?
SHOCKED! The woman on the screen was NOT me! I have never felt, nor looked as beautiful and vulnerable in my entire life. I kept saying over and over again, “this can’t be me, I swear this isn’t me”. The lighting, the poses, the outfits, the hair and makeup, everything just fell together so perfectly and the pictures made me look like a professional model!

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8. Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session?
Don’t let small body insecurities or lack of money scare you away from a boudoir session. I have never been in front of a professional camera before and Alyssa and Alyssa made me look like a professional model. I also personally don’t have very much money, a small amount in savings, and I make enough just to get by. But there is ALWAYS a way to make it work. I don’t regret spending money on myself because I see myself in a WHOLE new way and it was 110% worth it!

9. Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of the session?
I am a sexy and beautiful woman who should rock her body at any weight! I would have NEVER EVER said that before my session. I see myself in a whole new way and I am damn proud of who I am.

10. How did you like working with Alyssa Michelle and her team?
AH-MAZING! From hair, to makeup, to photography, everything was PERFECT. Each woman is professional, very beautiful, kind, and you can tell they love what they do. They’re the kind of girls you want to be around because they genuinely care about YOU. A beautiful group of women and am truly honored to have met.

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