Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer, Boudoir Photography Western PA, 5 years in the making
I met Steff about 5.5 years ago when she needed help for one of her shoots. She was incredibly friendly and although I had never met her before, she had welcomed me as though we were already friends. At the time, I was pregnant with my first baby. The news was not common knowledge, yet somehow I left there telling my secrets. I think it’s one of her super powers. I had done a boudoir shoot 2 years prior as a wedding gift for my husband and was open to the idea of doing another one when I turned 30. My pregnancy became extremely complicated and a boudoir shoot was the furthest thing from my mind. 3 years after my son was born, I was still putting the pieces together of what our new normal looked like, yet I would still see the work Steff was doing. Even though I wasn’t quite ready for it, it was still on my radar, even though 30 came and went. Just when I thought I could entertain the idea of getting serious about booking my shoot, two little lines changed my plans yet again, and I found out I was pregnant with my second son. During this time I still kept in contact with Steff and declared that I was adding a shoot to my bucket list for 2018. Enough was enough and I was holding myself accountable. She ran a special for Mother’s Day and I jumped on it. If Tiffany’s runs a sale, you buy the freaking diamond…. and I bought the freaking diamond.
Was my body where I wanted it to be? Not even close. But it’s done some incredible things and it should be celebrated. If I’m totally honest, I booked my shoot fully anticipating that I would not like many of my pictures, which had absolutely nothing to do with Steffs work. After booking my shoot, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the perfect outfit. The one that hid this, tucked that, covered there. I felt defeated and I most certainly did not feel sexy. I also felt like I had lost who I was. The previous 5.5 years had been such a whirlwind and not only did life change, but so did I. My intentions of doing a shoot for my husband were still there, but the intentions to do a shoot for myself became just as strong. If you haven’t watched the video that Steff put together explaining the GFE, stop what you’re doing and watch it. I wasn’t warned to grab a Kleenex, so I will warn you now.
It’s so easy as women to pick apart our flaws, find a million reasons not to do something or think we aren’t capable of feeling beautiful.
If you’re on the fence about doing a shoot, make the jump.
If you’re worried your body isn’t where you want it to be, do it anyways. You’ll look back on the pictures and think “What the hell was I so worried about”
If you’re too busy to do a shoot, you’ll find the time. Life happens regardless, take some time to do it naked.
Steff is magical. She knows what works and what doesn’t. Her work is reflected in every position she carefully places you in. Her visual direction guides you to know exactly how your face should be or where your hand should go. Not many people can casually talk about Target while also saying how great your boobs look, but she can. If you’ve found yourself browsing her work, your interest has already been sparked. Stop thinking about it and book the shoot. You have nothing to loose…. except for the robe.