On Top of the world

When I saw this gorgeous woman at my open house, I knew immediately that I wanted her in front of my camera!  Lucky for me, she decided to book her shoot during the open house and I was anxiously awaiting her arrival!

Follow the links below for all the details on boudoir shoots:

~BOOK YOUR SESSION! Complete a short questionnaire to start the booking process

~BOUDOIR INVESTMENT INFO!  Pittsburgh Boudoir Photo Shoot Information

~ Need Assistance with Your Shoot? Check out these boudoir tips!

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This is what she had to say about her photo shoot … she left on Cloud 9 and that’s my goal!!!

Here’s what she said:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I was on the fence about it originally but after the open house meeting Maura, seeing the studio and hear all of the wonderful experiences I was 100% on board.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Eh. Some days were good…some were bad. I never really thought I was unattractive but I always thought I could more attractive… “what if I lose weight” “maybe if I change my hair” “maybe if I wore my makeup like this” “what if I wore this style of clothing”

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Like I’m on top of the world. I literally cannot stop looking at my preview photos. And when I put on my leather jacket…woah look out world! Here I come

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Comfortable. Fun. Euphoric

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Maura & how she made me feel. Literally just spending the day with her was amazing! (I don’t mean that in a creepy way)

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  There won’t be any regrets. If you’re worried about money, save cause it’s worth every penny! Don’t worry about your shape or size or weight because you’re beautiful the way you are and even if you don’t see yourself that way now you will after.

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Feel Like A Bombshell

I love getting to share what my clients say about their shoots on the blog.  It’s wonderful for potential clients to hear what past clients have had to say about their boudoir experience.

Follow the links below for all the details on boudoir shoots:

~BOOK YOUR SESSION! Complete a short questionnaire to start the booking process

~BOUDOIR INVESTMENT INFO!  Pittsburgh Boudoir Photo Shoot Information

~ Need Assistance with Your Shoot? Check out these boudoir tips!

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Today’s blog post is from a client who had her second shoot with me.  She’s simply amazing when she’s in front of my camera and I adore the time I get to share with her.  So glad that I can make her “feel like a bombshell” because she IS a bombshell! One of the things I love most about her is that she gives hugs just like me! It’s a hug that you can really FEEL!

Looking forward to her third shoot but for now here’s what she said about her second shoot:

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1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  Because I’d had one before and love the experience and Maura makes you feel like a bombshell the whole time!! It’s such a boost for body image and confidence

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Kinda blah- I’d gained weight since my last shoot but Mauras photography and angles made the difference! I love my second photo shoot pictures more than the first!!

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Like a bombshell!! Loved the whole experience

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Amazing Exciting Emotional

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  I can’t pick just one- from getting my hair and makeup done and being glammed up to the photography it’s just amazing

6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it!!! It’s a life changing experience!!!

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The Story Of New Life

I do not even know how to put into words how much these events of life impact me.  Seeing a family struggle thru the delivery, handle the pain together, embrace each other, smile and laugh, and most importantly cherish the new life they are bringing into the world.  The Summers family is one that means more to me than I could ever say.  Watching them through many phases of life is a remarkable thing and I’m so glad that I’ve become part of their life!  I had the honor of watching their first born, Jackson, come into this world and there was NO WAY I was going to miss the delivery of their second!  I practically had to force Emily to let me come along (she was worried about me having had back surgery a few weeks back).

THIS FAMILY!  Witnessing their growth is the most amazing thing EVER!  Emily was so amazing during the delivery.  Two pushes.  TWO PUSHES.  After laboring for hours, it was time to push…and she did it in what I would call record fashion.  I was amazed at this WONDER WOMAN!  I just stood there shocked for a second then remembered I needed to take pictures!  Spending time with them during the delivery and right after are priceless moments that get to be captured and remembered for years to come.  These are the moments that will stay with me all my life, and hopefully Emily and Frank as well.

When I look at these photos, so many things flood my mind.

Do you remember the first time you saw your child?

Do you remember when the nurse placed the baby in your hands?

Do you remember the joy you felt?

Do you remember the happy moments?

Do you remember the journey?

I hope these photos keep those memories alive for Emily and Frank.

Here’s their video!  Welcome, Dawson!  Can’t wait to watch you grow this year!

It was love at first sight!

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Totally Different Woman

Is it possible to walk away from your boudoir photo shoot feeling like a totally different woman?  Yes, yes it is.  I’m so honored to share with you what my client said about her shoot and how it changed her as a woman!

Follow the links below for all the details on boudoir shoots:

~BOOK YOUR SESSION! Complete a short questionnaire to start the booking process

~BOUDOIR INVESTMENT INFO!  Pittsburgh Boudoir Photo Shoot Information

~ Need Assistance with Your Shoot? Check out these boudoir tips!

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I have watched this woman transform into someone different after her boudoir session and it’s something so fabulous to be able to witness!!  Here on the blog she shares more about her shoot:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I wanted something for me. As a mom of 4 I’m constantly giving to everyone else. I wanted something to make me feel beautiful, a day for just me !

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Like your typical mom. Nothing about me stood out. Just a plain mom standing on the sidelines nobody noticing her. I was hard on myself for not having the perfect body. Maybe that’s why no one would notice me because I was making sure they wouldn’t.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Like a totally different woman ! I felt beautiful and confident! Ready to take on the world. Ready for the world to know who I am ! This has taken my self esteem from nonexistent to Hello !! I’m here. It was the best thing I ever decided to do for myself.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  A-maz-ing. Oh wait that’s one word. Life changing experience

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Spending time with You !

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Don’t wait ! Don’t let the silly thoughts about your body image stop you. You are the only one who sees the reasons why you can’t. Let Maura show you the reasons why you can ! You will not regret it !

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The Hard Truth About All This Self Love Stuff

LET ME BE REAL WITH YOU!l! This self-love/acceptance/appreciation/compassion thing is HARD and it’s CONSTANT work. While I’m here uplifting all my clients and giving them everything I can to help them love & appreciate themselves, they may assume that I’ve got it all figured out and I don’t struggle….but guess what I do struggle!!! I have to practice self-love daily, I have to constantly remind myself that it doesn’t come easy – it never has, never will.

Recently, my sister posted this photo of me and my niece (isn’t she the cutest?!?!). My initial thought was, “oh my gosh. Look how big I am. I can see all the weight I’ve gained in my face. Ugh. I look disgusting. I’m so out of shape. I shouldn’t have eaten those brownies last night. You are fat, you need to get your butt back in gear. Why do you go out in public?” YUP! All those thoughts – and so many more – went thru my head. I cried.

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I describe myself as a strong, confident woman who has realized that her worth is not tied to how she looks.  I love the life I have and am strong in the knowledge that I’m doing what I was meant to do with my life.  I preach body positivity and love, learning to accept yourself just as you are, helping people see the depths of themselves and letting that guide them to a great life.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle with body positivity myself.  I will ALWAYS have to work at reminding myself how amazing I am.

When I looked at this photo and listened to the things I was saying about myself, I recognized that I was pushing myself down a path I knew wasn’t healthy (mentally or physically), I had to change my mindset. Here’s what I did to change the way I was thinking/feeling (the last point being the most important):

-Recognize that I’m in a unique stage of my life. Major back problems and surgery have prevented me from being active in my life right now. Laying down all the time is no fun!

-Forgive myself for bad choices I’ve made. I can either forgive myself for those brownies or stress about it for days to come. I chose forgiveness. I’m far too hard on myself.

-Stood in the mirror and looked myself in the face. Said, “I love you” among the tears. I forget sometimes how important it is to love myself. I stood there and thought about how good it feels to hear my husband say he loves me, and it feels even better to say it to myself. Then I did an affirmation.

-Thought about all the good things I do. Wrote them down and focused my thoughts on only those items for 20 minutes.

-Decided to really look at the photo and see what I love. Remembering that I love the sparkle in my eyes, my smile lights up the faces of those around me, my laugh is loud and intoxicating.

-I thought about all I had accomplished in the last few months, as well as the good things that have happened – a successful surgery, skilled surgeon and nurses, a loving husband, a supportive mother, wonderful friends, bookings for 2018, etc. There was so much good I could find when I just saw down and thought about it. It’s so easy to see the bad, I chose to focus on the good.

-Finally, and most important, I focused on this little girl who is just so thrilled to hang out with her awesome and cool aunt. Look at the expression of joy and happiness on her face! It brings me to tears. She does not realize what I struggle with – she just sees her aunt that makes her laugh, tickles her, throws her in the air, gives her hugs, cuddles her… and she just loves to spend time with me. She doesn’t care what I look like – she doesn’t see that – doesn’t matter what I weigh or what I had to eat. She sees me for WHO I am, how I make her feel….which has nothing to do with how I look.

And, I realized it’s my job to make sure that she never feels the way I had been feeling and that means I will always have to work on myself. I want to make sure she sees me as a strong woman who is open about her struggles but strives each day to live with hope. I want her to see someone who shines in the face of adversity. I want her to know that her worth isn’t tied to the way she looks. I want her to see me be confident about the person I am and see me live with passion. If she sees it, she’ll want to BE IT TOO! That’s what this is all about for me!

Our journeys are being watched by those around us – even the little ones in your life. We can shape so much of their future by learning to appreciate ourselves. I hope you find some inspiration in what I did to overcome some negative thinking!  Continue to work on yourself, focus your thoughts on things that matter, show those around you the confidence you can carry regardless of how you look, and celebrate the amazing woman you are!

If you’d like to join my self love and body positive community, I’d LOVE to have you.  It’s open to all women!  You can join my clicking the image below.

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