Studio Refresh for 2019

I always like to keep my studio refreshed … to keep me inspired and so that repeat clients have a different look to their images.  This year I made some major changes and I’m very excited to start to share all those changes with you!

Just so you are aware, I use every inch of my studio and I have so many different sets.  Everything was updated.  I feel like I was at AtHome, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Kirklands, etc 4 times a week while I tried out different things.  And, I even used some older stuff that I had placed in my storage area that I completely forgot about!  I was always bringing bags home..Mr. Chick would ask what for, and I told him to mind his business! hahaha.

Today I’m going to focus on some of the changes to the living room set, as I like to call it.  That beautiful red Victorian Sofa is still in my studio but I’m no longer going to use it for boudoir sessions.  I purchased a gorgeous and luxurious green velvet sofa from Wayfair that I am absolutely in love with.  It’s so much more versatile than the victorian sofa and some of the poses are even easier than before … Imagine that – posing being easy?!?!

Check out some of the new stuff!!

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The sofa has a wider back and armrests, which allow for some killer shots!  Just take a look at my beautiful friend/client – I had her climbing up, around and all over the sofa to try everything I had in my head.  This is stuff I could never do before so I’m excited to incorporate this posing into my sessions!
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Also, in the bedroom, the entire room feels brand new.  The headboard has been replaced, new linens, lamps, room decor, and a brand new ornate mirror — more on that in a future blog post.

Here is some of the new posing on the bed, and note the dramatic use of the light.  Oh, I love how I can use the light to my advantage!

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Notice the fireplace?! Oh, you didn’t.  Neither did I until I edited the images! haha

The fireplace got an update too.  A basket with blankets and pillows, a lantern, candles, mantle decor including a mirror and two empowering signs that fit perfectly for what I do with my sessions!

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Another Live Shoot

Every few months, I do a live shoot in my VIP group on Facebook (join via the link below!).  Once a year, I’ll ask for submissions for ladies who’d like to participate in a live shoot, and I choose someone from those submissions.  I typically receive 40-50 applicants for a live shoot.  How do I choose?  First, I look for someone who has taken the time to answer all my questions and put some thought into what I’m asking.  Then, I look at the WHY of their submission for a boudoir session.  The why tells me a lot about the woman.

This beauty has been through a lot in the last few years.  She’s battled cancer, takes care of her kids, and she told me that she misses herself.  Here’s a quote from her application, “I want to do this for a myriad of reasons but most of all because I miss me. I miss the me I was before I was single . I miss the me I was before cancer. I miss the girl who didn’t walk with a limp and strutted her stuff. I miss the me that liked myself. I’m 42 and too young to hate myself every day forever. I’m hoping to remember the sexy woman I used to be 3 teenage children ago.”

I’d say we succeeded big time!  She walked away confident.  Saw herself in a new way.  Reconnected with the woman she “used to be.” Felt alive, powerful, and could conquer the world!

You may be wanting to do a boudoir session for someone else, but ultimately it’s for you.  It’s a moment to see yourself the way I see you, to see how others see you.  It’s the time to inspire yourself.

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Joyful Freedom

What’s better than one boudoir session?  Two!  This woman stepped in front of my camera for her second boudoir late last year and it was even more fun than the first.  I love when clients come back because the second session is more liberating than the first.  They know what to expect, they understand how I direct and how I photograph, which allows us both to spark some creativity!

Here’s what this beauty had to say right after seeing her images are her reveal session:

“I will be 39 next week. I have spent most of my life struggling with liking myself, let alone loving myself. Weight loss..weight gain… divorce, loss, rejection, bad decision, regret, comparisons… but I have never been a victim or a person who seeks sympathy. I dig deep into my soul. I pray. I read. I serve others. I refuse to settle for less than I know I am capable of.

Last year I went to Maura for freedom. I wanted to get out of this emotional prison I had locked myself into for years. I did just that. Maura… good lord… Maura… she is a beacon… she Is lighthouse for ships lost at sea. She found me and brought me into safety. She hugged me and loved me and reminded me of who I am…

That girl from last year is gone. The girl this year focuses on joy, light, love and grace. I seek laughter and happiness. I validate me, no one else. I compete with me, no one else. I don’t just like me, I love me. #selfloveclub

Today I had my viewing for my second shoot. 1 year later… how different I am now (inside). How free and brave and confident.

Ladies. Invest in YOU. Do this for you. Do not let others sway you from your joy. Let judgement roll off you back like raindrops… your amazing… your fierce… your WORTHY.

#shoot2 #illbebackagain #imworthit #selfloveclub #mauramagic

Finally, here’s the feedback she gave about her session!

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  Because it feels good to be a woman and it feels good to feel beautiful in your own skin.

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Freedom… from Maura last year… this year was all about the freedom. I was SO EXCITED.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Whole. I felt like I was on top of the world.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Joyful FUN Liberating
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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Hearing Maura laugh ♡ it is contagious…

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do not waste a single moment. Don’t let anyone stop you. Be prepared to walk out different than you walked in. Maura doesn’t just take your pictures, she changes your heart.

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After every single boudoir session, my client stands in front of this empowerment wall!!  It’s a moment to let loose, have fun but realize the impact of the day we shared!  Doesn’t she look happy and joyful?!?!

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I Was Hiding A Secret

Life sure is beautiful.  There is so much to be thankful for as I start a new year in my boudoir photography and self-love coaching journeys.  I love every day that I get to work with women to help them shine.  We only shine brighter when those around release their inner radiance.  We all benefit when women own and release their power onto the world.  I want to help women be able to do that confidently.  Most of the time, we’re in our own way – it’s time to step out of YOUR way, make your path, and be unrelenting about the steps you are taking.  This year is yours, ladies!!! Go after it!

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I’ll leave this blog post in her own words:

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1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I saw the AH-MAZING photos that you did for [my friend **client name omitted**] and I was curious to book a session.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Before the photo shoot I had good days where I felt good about myself, mostly if I had exercised or ate well generally that day/week. I had other days were I felt like a cow. Which I think is normal but the cow days never feel great.
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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Immediately after the photo shoot I felt super hot and like I was hiding a secret (Which also was true). A few weeks after the shoot now I still feel on most days that I’m more confident post shoot and feel good about myself.


4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Bliss Sexy Enjoyable (Probably should have made it in the order of Enjoyable Sexy Bliss)

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  The instruction for poses and constant reassurance

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it!!! Only if it’s with Maura bc it’s an amazing experience.

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Stop Saying You Need to Lose Weight

I think this beautiful woman has some sound advice for you all.  She says below, “don’t make excuses.  Stop saying you need to lose weight.”  This is the number 1 reservation people have about booking their life changing boudoir session.  I’m here to tell you that your weight doesn’t matter, it never will to me.  You deserve a boudoir session NOW.  Your weight is just a number – it doesn’t dictate your worth, tell you who you are, or change the beauty of your soul.  It should never be your barrier to anything in life!

And, here’s what I tell everyone when they say they want to lose weight – if you try to lose weight for a photo session, you are doing it for all the wrong reasons.  You should want to be healthy and active but you shouldn’t use a session as a REASON to lose weight.  What happens if you do lose the weight you worry about, gain it back after the session, then look at your images and constantly pressure yourself to get back to that weight?!? It’s a no win cycle, and why I’m a body positive activist.

Don’t make any excuses.  You are worthy now, no matter what the scale says!

The rest of this post, I’ll leave in her words:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  As a gift for myself. I had gone through a divorce and had a baby shortly after that, so I needed to focus on feeling good about myself again.

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I felt extremely insecure in who I was. I constantly questioned my self worth. I was filled with negativity and resentment towards myself.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  It’s funny how much can change in a few hours with Maura. I instantly felt my confidence soar. The doubt disappeared, I stopped the negative self talk, and I realized that I am worthy of love.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Inspiring. Edifying. Liberating.

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Literally all of it. Every single minute of the day was amazing.

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  If you want to do it, don’t make excuses! Stop saying you need to lose weight. The true gift of this experience is what happens on the inside, the photos are just a bonus (a really good bonus!).

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