Boudoir is Worth Every Penny

I love this woman.  I’ll leave this post in her own words.

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Here’s what she posted in our private Facebook group after her photo reveal:

“Once upon a time where was a girl who was very broken… and lost and sad… who felt invisible and worthless and unlovable… and I prayed for God to guide my path and help me… I spent many nights for many years crying for help (usually in my car so I could clean myself up before my kids seen me.. my neighbors always looked concerned ‍♀️ lol), very low times that I don’t talk about much… he listened… he has answered my prayers in very unique ways and at very unexpected times over the years…

I found Maura 3 years ago … from a stranger to a mentor and now my friend. I keep trying to find the words that will express what she has done to my heart over those 3 years. I don’t know if there are words. So I will explain as best I can…

When you have the hardest day and your physically and mentally exhausted and there is nothing left… that moment you come home and walk in your house and close the door and you can breathe in that deep breath of fresh air knowing you in a safe space and you can be free to be yourself… with your hair down and your sweatpants on … that’s Maura. She is a safe space… she is comfort. A big hug after a hard day. She is solid for us even when she is at her weakest… she is trust and honor and unbelievable joy. She is one of a kind. She is so very special.

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I tell people that boudoir is worth every penny. It is. I have had 3 sessions with Maura… and to think I contemplated cancelling my first one because I was scared of all of the things… the vulnerability… the money… what would people think … i come back because in every session I release more of that mean girl inside myself… I learn to love myself… to not take life so seriously…to remember that being a woman is so freakin cool. I do these shoots for me. I work my ass off to save up for these days… they are my days… my “investments of the heart”… they keep me connected to me so I don’t get lost in a world that I never again want to blend in.

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Maura … Thank You for helping me see who I am… thank you for believing in me so much that I now believe in me… thank you for making me get comfortable with the uncomfortable… thank you for being you… in the last most difficult year of your life you still showed up for us, for me… and I hope you know how much you are loved… and how much better this world is because you are in it.

This day goes in the memory books of my life… these photos remind me that I am a freaking goddess and that my days of being in the shadows are over. I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am glad you are part of my life. How lucky am I?

I love you friend.”

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Here’s what she says about her session:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  Boudoir keeps your body image in check. Your reminded that your enough at every phase you are in.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Pretty good, because I’ve been with Maura for awhile 🙂

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Amazing as always! My cheeks hurt from laughing more than my back did from arching!! Lol

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Fun, Freedom & Friendship

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Everything! Mauras hug takes the cake though!!

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? Hard to put in words how these shoots help you to love yourself and look at yourself beyond the flaws and scars and past… women are so hard on thenselves… boudoir reminds you that your a babe.

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  DO IT.

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Don’t Think Twice

 

I am so thankful that these women allow me to share about their sessions!  Here’s this beauty in her own words!

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1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  So many reasons! For a fun ‘me’ day, to feel better about myself, to see myself in a different light (through the Maura Magic), to spend the day with an amazing and inspiring woman, and to show off to my husband 🙂
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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Overall I’m not very confident about myself, though some days I feel better than others. I’ve been working at looking at myself and seeing the good, instead of my perceived flaws. Seeing myself through Maura’s eyes is a huge help!

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Sexy, amazing, empowered, confident. I could go on and on. The entire day is just a huge confidence boost. It’s incredible!

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Fun, creative, inspiring

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  All of it!! Spending the day with an amazing, sincere, heartfelt woman. Letting go of my perceptions and trusting Maura’s eye and her process was so freeing and such a blast! I walked in to Maura’s studio and I immediately felt at ease. She is such a genuine person. I let go and trusted her, even if it felt awkward or silly…those end up being some of the best photos! And some of the best laughs 🙂

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? It’s an uplifting experience. There is no way to walk away from a session with Maura and not feel amazing. And then you see the finished product and you’re just blown away! Her talent and creativity is truly incredible. Where you see flaws, she sees strength and beauty. Women are too hard on themselves and each other. She has created a community of positivity and inspiration. A community of love and support where women hold each other up instead of putting each other down. I cannot say enough good things about the overall experience and about the Maura Magic.

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  DO IT! Don’t stop. Don’t hesitate. Don’t think twice. Just do it! Stop worrying about your stomach, or your thighs, or whatever your perceived flaw is. You are beautiful and Maura will prove it to you. This is an experience beyond just the photos. And it is well worth it.

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Fantasy Wings

 

I see certain things and then a vision comes to life.

That’s what happened with this wings.

I’ve seen the ones with feathers – I even have one in my collection – but when I saw these black wings, I knew I needed them.

I waited months for them because they had to come from Russia…..I wish I was crafty enough to create these on my own!

I designed this session all around the wings.  I wanted to get outside in the city to get the right vibe.

As for styling:

I chose a rhinestone bra that I purchased from **SHOCKER** Amazon!

I paired in with a high waisted panty and a sheer skirt.

Finally, I added in those killer boots!

It came together like a dream.  Disregard the fact that when we did this boudoir photo shoot it was 30 degrees outside.  Oh correction.  15 degrees because of the windchill.

It was worth every chilly moment.  The inspiration kept coming and I enjoyed this beyond any words I could convey.

**For a limited time, the wings can be used for free with your boudoir session.  You can add these on during the booking process online.**

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The Mirror

Another set change for 2019 was the new grand mirror.  I know you’ve seen some photos with it in other blog posts but here is one specifically for the mirror.

It’s a grand beauty….so is this hot and gorgeous woman!

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Egg Chair

Maybe it’s my obsession with keeping things fresh for me, or my obsession with shopping…..but, regardless….this new set design came about after I saw this chair at Target.

I was prancing around Target in my swimsuit (yes, true story) and went over to their outdoor section to take some photos.  I spotted this beauty immediately and knew I needed to have her.

Then I looked at the price tag and the love affair ended before it began.   It was $500.

There was a sale sign next to it – reduced to $300.

Maura typically buys things on the spot.  She sees it, she loves it, she gets it.  But for some odd reason, this time around I decided to think about it a little bit.  I mean, it is an EXPENSIVE chair and I knew I’d have to build a set around it so I’d be investing more money.

I thought about it for a few days, then decided I’d purchase it.  I went back to Target and it was gone.  WAHHHH.

I looked online and it was there, but it was still listed at $500.  So I walked away.

Could I afford it?  Yes.  Did I want it?  Absolutely.  But, I knew in my heart the timing wasn’t right.

About a month later, I was telling an amazing friend of mine about the chair….we were talking about it while I was waiting to photograph the birth of her third child!  Yup, she’s in labor and I’m going on and on about this stinking egg chair.

A few weeks after the birth, this sweet friend of mine sent me a Target gift card to help offset the cost of the egg chair.

I AM TRULY BLESSED!

These amazing women in my life treat me so well and I am very humbled and forever thankful for what they do for me.

The chair arrived, and I put it together outside in 95 degree heat and humidity.  Finally, the set came together with some privacy screens, a side table with decorations, some fringe, blankets and extra pillows, and the enormous amount of plant-life surrounding everything.

I LOVE IT!  It looks absolutely amazing in photos and I certainly enjoy and appreciate this little set.

Here are some photos from one of the first sessions with the chair!  It was an investment well made!

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