10 Years Later

This woman is someone I have admired for years.  She first came to me awhile back for photos of her daughter for her first birthday.  Then again for her second birthday, third, the next daughter arrived and our adventures continued.  I knew from the moment I met her that I wanted her to do a boudoir and it was just a waiting game for me.

She’s an amazing mother raising two little girls who are the light of my life.  They make me smile and I enjoy every minute I am with them.  Her oldest makes me drawings and paints for me, and I love to display her artwork in the studio.  They are so special to me.  The personalities and hearts they have is an exact reflection of their mother.

She’s showing her girls to be proud of themselves, not be ashamed of what you have and embrace every part of who they are.  She even brought her oldest daughter to her viewing and it was amazing to witness her reaction to the images.

I’ll leave the rest of this post in the words of my client.  Enjoy…

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I did a boudoir photo shoot 10 years ago as a wedding gift to my husband. I thought it would be fun to do a shoot 10 years later, for both of us! 10 years of marriage and 2 kids later, a lot has changed about how I see myself, and how I feel about my body. While I wanted to do this for husband, it was really for me in the end. I’m really trying to see myself in a positive light. To show my daughters how to be a confident woman who sees the good in herself. This was a huge step in the direction!

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  As I described myself to Maura, I’ve always felt like ‘that awkward girl in the corner’. I don’t see myself as pretty, or beautiful. And definitely not graceful or sexy. On a good day, I would think ‘oh, I don’t look too bad today’. I’ve never felt much confidence in myself, though I’ve done my best to hide it.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  After the shoot, I felt amazing. Maura has this genuine way of making you feel beautiful, sexy and confident. I felt like I carried myself differently that night. I started to see the things that she sees in me. I’m not going to say that this is a magic cure that takes away all of those feelings of self-consciousness, but it is an experience that will change the way you see yourself. Maybe not every minute of every day, but when I look at my photos, my confidence is boosted and I feel the way I felt on the day of my shoot, if only for a moment.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Inspiring, confident-building, FUN!!!!!

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  The entire day was amazing. If I have to pick one thing, I’d say Maura’s enthusiasm. It’s contagious! She made me feel immediately at ease and I had a blast from the moment I walked in the door! I never thought I would feel that at ease walking around half naked in front of anyone other than my husband!

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  DO IT!! It doesn’t matter if you have a significant other to share them with or not. Do it for you. Seeing myself through Maura’s eyes is like an out of body experience. She sees things that I would never see! She doesn’t see the flaws that I see, she sees the beauty, the curves, all of the good. And she makes you see it too. You’ll walk away from this experience with your head held a little higher, and seeing yourself (at least a little bit) through Maura’s eyes every time you look in the mirror. And your photos will be HOT!!

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Building Self Confidence

What do you do when you feel like you’re falling apart?  You step in front of my camera!

When you feel like you don’t have confidence?  You get in front of my camera!

When you feel like you aren’t yourself?  You get your self in front of my camera!

When you feel like you’ll never be good enough?  Get in front of my camera!

When you feel like you’ll never be happy with your body? You guessed it … you get yourself in front of my camera!

However you feel about yourself, I am a safe place for you.  A place to let it all out, to share it and embrace every part of you.  Seeing you for who you are in this moment is the best thing I could hope for!

Here is what this beauty had to say about her session:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I wanted to build my self confidence back. I went through a recent break up from a relationship that was over four years long and it shattered me. He left me when I needed him the most, when my entire world was falling apart and I was so depressed that hating my body escalated. He left me for another woman, destroyed me from the inside/out. I met a new man and slowly began getting my confidence back and decided on doing this photo shoot was going to boost it over the edge.

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I was never a fan of my body, ever. I always criticized, critiqued and put myself down constantly. I would almost dress like a ‘man’ because I felt comfortable in that type of clothing.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  I honestly am so proud of my body, I shocked myself by doing this photo shoot and now I am in LOVE with myself again! The best decision I ever made and so happy I went through with doing this photo shoot.

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  AMAZING. BEAUTIFUL. FUN.

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  The genuine laughter that we all shared over the course of almost 4 hours!

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  DO IT, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

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Amazing and Life-Changing

I am so excited to share this session with you!  This woman is simply amazing.  She was scheduled to have her session as a wedding gift, but things did not work out with her and her fiancé.  She decided to keep her session anyway as a way to celebrate herself.  I can say this a million times – boudoir is something you should do for YOURSELF, not anyone else.  While most clients initially contact me for a gift for someone else, they soon realize that it’s truly about them.  And for me, it is.  Every single aspect of my being makes this experience about them – I want to uplift them, encourage them, help them shine, make them see the beauty that is inside them!  We don’t often see it because we’re far too focused on our outer looks, but that beauty that you possess inside radiates during the session!

I love getting to bring that out in women!

Here she is in her own words:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I was originally doing the shoot for a wedding/honeymoon present, but decided to keep my shoot schedule and use the experience for myself.

sexy photos of boudoir client in pittsburgh2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I felt like I was not good enough and didn’t have much self confidence.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  I feel great. I am much more happier with myself; a lot of people have said they notice me being happier. And I have much more confidence with myself and my body.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Amazing, life-changing

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  My favorite part of the shoot was “playing dress up and Maura putting me in different outfits to try, and then getting to wear those outfits for the shoot and feeling good in them.

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  I just want to say that whether you are scared or nervous or just not sure about the whole experience (like I was), DO it anyways, you will NOT be disappointed at all. Maura makes you feel so comfortable the whole entire time, and it is a fun experience.

 

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Allowed to Be You – Empowered Women

Permission? Permission to be yourself? Sounds weird, but we struggle to give our selves permission to be our truest self! In fact, most women are slow to even acknowledge and (GASP!) CELEBRATE themselves.
We have been taught to believe that being confident is conceited and cocky. My mission is to change this way of thinking! One thing that I have incorporated into my boudoir shoot experience is at the end of each client’s shoot, we take a Polaroid selfie. My client then chooses her own superpower and writes that on the photo. One of the reasons I do this is because we do not need to wait on someone else to acknowledge that we are powerful, unique beings. It is time for us to accept and celebrate who we are and the unique attributes that set us apart! We are so quick to pick apart our bodies with a critical eye. Then we compare ourselves to others and our self worth and acceptance plummets!
So I was inspired to do this group shoot with my clients. Each of my special ladies chose a word that they embody. In their words, they are Gracious, Creative, Strong, Worthy, Funny and Courageous.
Throughout they day, I saw my clients embrace their individuality. A beautiful break through happens in that embrace. I had the pleasure of witnessing these women experience total freedom from their perceived flaws as they celebrate themselves and each other. With an individual’s boudoir shoot, you see yourself through MY eyes. But the ladies that experience a group shoot get to see themselves through not only MY eyes, but also through the eyes of the other women.
When standing with a group of women that empower and uplift one another, everyone rises a little higher. They stand taller and more confident because of the infectious, positive aura that they exude. Thank you ladies for being a part of something so special!
Here are some of my favorite photos of the day.

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Time to Celebrate Myself

I don’t know how to begin to explain the awesomeness that is this woman.  When I look back over my career, she is one of the clients I’ve seen the biggest shift since her first session!  She came to me last year all nervous and not sure she could do this, to a woman who now stands confidently in who she is, embraces all of herself, and celebrates who she is.  She stands up for what is right, knows how she wants to be treated, and won’t stand for anything less!  I have loved watching her transform – she has fully invested in her self-love journey and knows what she needs to continue to have a healthy and loving relationship with herself!

I share with you some photos from her most recent session with me, along with what she had to say about her boudoir experience!

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1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  This one was definitely for me !!!! Time to celebrate myself ! Time to see the confidence I have gained this past year in the form of a photo

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Great ! This was my second shoot. After my first shoot a year ago I worked on myself (with Maura’s help). All of her encouragement and self love workshops in the Facebook group have really made me step back and take a look at who I am and who I want to be.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  100 times more empowered than I did before I walked in. Maura’s words to me during the shoot just builds you up so much and guess what I finally believe it all !!!!!!

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Invigorating Eye opening Workout

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Definitely my on location outdoor portion ! Even though it was hard to get to Maura was such a trooper and we were able to have a great time tons of laughs and just a fun day I need to have. Memories I will never forget. Something someday I can show my kids and tell them that mom didn’t just sit back and watch other people do things ……. she did stuff too !!

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bodysuit on victorian sofa pittsburgh boudoir photography

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Please please please don’t hesitate ! The longer you wait the longer it will take for you to have the most amazing feeling. Book it as soon as you can. You can’t even imagine the feeling until you experience it first hand.

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