If I didn't love boudoir photography, I shouldn't be a boudoir photographer. Other than the fact that I hate the word Boudoir, I love everything else about this genre of photography. As a little girl, I struggled to accept compliments. My mother wanted me to be gracious, but I am far to abrasive to demonstrate grace in the appropriate moments. I, now, understand her frustration. I compliment my clients for their ability to be vulnerable with me, to allow themselves to actually feel beautiful and sexy when they are with me and more often than not, I can see them struggle with accepting the compliments. It isn't about the words or the sentiment, the struggle comes that being beautiful, feeling sexy, expressing pleasure are all things for "other women". Even if they've made it through the doors, some clients are still holding tightly to the idea that they 'aren't or can't' be any of the adjectives they've assigned to women other than themselves.  

I believe deep down, to my toes, through the end of my hair that feeling sexy is a side effect of feeling powerful. I've said it before and you'll hear me say it again, I have no doubts about that. Allowing yourself to become all the things you believe you are not is an incredibly powerful act of self love. Check out what this "badass beauty", her words--after her image premiere had to say about her pittsburgh boudoir shoot!

I've always wanted to do a boudoir photo shoot but I've never been brave enough.  I want to be that person who is comfortable in my body and unafraid to show it off.  My husband sees me as a sexy, beautiful woman but I haven't seen myself in that light in a long time.

 

I just turned 30 and I'm finally becoming more comfortable with who I am.  My best friend added me to the closed Facebook group for The Girlfriend Experience, and I took that as my sign to take the plunge and schedule a photo shoot.

 

Stephanie is an amazing photographer, but that's not what sets her apart.  What truly sets her apart is that she takes time to get to know you.  She wants to know your story, to find that special spark which makes you unique - that feature you truly love about yourself.

 

Stephanie has such a great personality that she put me at ease from the moment I met her.  Her instructions during the shoot were easy to understand.  She explained why each direction was important to having a successful session.  We were able to laugh and have fun through the entire photo shoot.  The time flew and I was disappointed when it was over.  

 

When we had my photo reveal, the first thing out of my mouth was "I am HOT!"  This photo shoot was about me giving myself permission to be the sexy woman my husband sees when he looks at me.  I could not have done it without Stephanie and her amazing photo skills.  I have never felt more empowered than I do right now.  I feel like I can finally become who I was meant to be.

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