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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer, Boudoir Photography Western PA, 5 years in the making

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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.

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I like to keep my professional life a little mixed up and always trying something new but my personal life is same same same. That is just now I like it. Gimme me routine at home. Hot coffee, kitties and puppies, comfort meals, songs that you never get sick of and the faces that make your face happy. When it comes to the photography studio and my boudoir shooting habits I like newness as often as I can get it. I think that may be why I fell away from blogging. Partially because I was giving my focus to the women in front of my camera and because after 8 years of writing about boudoir shoots, I feel like you must have heard this before. I started using the questionnaire and after a while even that started to feel stale. I opened my email like I do as part of my routine and found a message from this client, completely unprompted. Better than any story I can tell you or any questionnaire, it felt good to have my routine interrupted. Without further ado….


”Before my shoot, I had started losing weight and have lost more since.  I started worrying this morning if I would still love my pictures just as much because they aren't representative of me today.  Then I realized that my healthy journey has continued, greatly in part to you and the work that you do.  This isn't because I saw something I didn't like at my reveal, but just the opposite.  After seeing my pictures I fell deeper in love with myself than I ever have before, deeper than surface level.  This love for myself has helped me to always make contentious about the way I treat myself: physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I don't do it to be as thin as I can be or to fit some societal mold, I do it because I love myself fully. 

I can say with certainty that I will love my pictures (not only because they're hella amazing), but because my shoot was a huge turning point in my life and my love for myself.  Thank you so much for everything that you do!  I hope that this will help express my gratitude further than a simple thank you, because you deserve to know how great of an affect you have on people.”


Scroll to the bottom for my “notes”!

Hands down one of my favorite shoots from this past year. She has been a long time supporter of The GFE Boudoir and myself! She is an active part of our private facebook community and helps lift other women up and finally decided the the timing was right for her to book her own shoot. I get pretty lippy about my boudoir opinions and often give suggestions. It was like she heard every single one of them and when she planned her shoot wardrobe, it wasn’t at all bra and panty sets. Instead, she listened to the info coming out of the group and the instagram page and in the end of it all, I couldn’t be more excited to share her images with you. The hoodie was what she wore to the studio that day not something she planned on being photographed in but why the hell not? It looks dope as hell paired with high cut (makes the leg look longer) high waisted (draws the eyes to the smallest part; emphasis that shape) stretchy panties and a seamless bra (push up bran are fun but overrated) and the floral pantyhose! Are you f’n kidding me!??!? Where else have you seen that? I love panty hose to shoot in. They shape the leg and that pattern up the back is sexy. Why not be a little unexpected?

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer, The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer, The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir

The GFE Boudoir is Pittsburgh's only full time all exclusively boudoir studio. I shoot nothing else, so you have my full attention! We have a beautiful 1,500 square foot industrial studio space right on Penn Ave. Our focus is solely on boudoir for couples and individuals. In our studio you'll find  constantly changing sets to give your shoot lots of variety. We've got super high ceilings, brick walls and wood floors. To take a tour click here, bear in mind, the set up may have changed! I like to keep things moving!

 I am so lucky to get to work with amazing women every day. Boudoir photography is so private and intimate and I never take for granted the fact that I get to create art every day with women from all walks of life. We work with young brides, new moms, cancer survivors, abuse survivors, passionate couples, couples who are trying to find their spark…you name it. Connecting with ourselves in a positive way, that brings us back to feeling desirable and beautiful, can have a very significant impact on our personal lives. Getting a boost in your confidence always does a gal good! I want you to feel positive and excited about your choice to book with The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir. When you are my client you have access to me 110% of the time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask!! I am a questions junkie. I want you to feel informed and secure. I am here to help you. The contact page will get you immediate attention from either myself or our awesome studio concierge, Jess!!

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Boudoir Photographer Pittsburgh, FOR THE HUSBAND WHO WANTS HIS WIFE TO HAVE A BOUDOIR SHOOT

Over the course of the year I correspond with many significant others who really really want their partners to have a boudoir photoshoot. Many men explain how lovely and remarkable their wives are but that their wives simply think their husbands are saying what they want to hear. Others want to inspire confidence. Some think this is the most unique gift they can give. Each story that we hear is honest and sincerely sweet. Just like the women who are doing this as a gift walk away with a two fold experience, a boost in confidence for themselves and some rocking sexy photos to share; the person who wants to GIVE a gift certificate for a shoot wants both an inspired partner with rediscovered confidence and rocking sexy photos!

If you are person who wants to give the SHOOT there are just few things you need to consider before you get your gift certificate in your well meaning hands.

  1. Not all wives are on board right out of the gate. WHY? Sexuality, lack of sexuality, overt sexuality, lack of sexual intimacy and overbearing sexual intimidation from their partner can really inhibit them from understanding your reasons for wanting this for them. Most of the couples I have photographed have been married and I often hear from the men that the wives don’t really believe them when he tells her how beautiful and sexy he finds her. The well intentioned man sees a boudoir shoot for his other half as a way to quite literally show his wife what he sees. The woman; never receiving this kind of gift before, whom has very little knowledge about this type of photography is going to be apprehensive and maybe a little defensive (born from fear). If a woman thinks this is just about sexy photos and she understand what this really is, she will be turned off immediately.

  2. Plant the seed. Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Her Birthday, Anniversary dates are on the same damn day every year. If you really want to have this experience happen for her and to reap the rewards you must sow the garden and water the idea. Mention this kind of photography. Suggest she search for The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir. Talk about having this shoot together. Compliment her, genuinely. I had a couple in the studio recently and both myself and Jess, our office manager just fell in love with them and one of the things that made us swoon was how he spoke to his wife. Yes, they were sharing a couples boudoir shoot but while she was being photographed solo he would things like, “You look so strong” “Your skin is glowing” “You look really confident in that pose.” Pretty sure I told him I loved him 6392 times in two hours. You can now understand why telling her that she looks pretty pales in comparison. If you really want her to do this right now, you will want it next year too and if you’ve planted the seed and watered idea, when she receives the gift; she will be excited and not suspect of your motives. Good things come to those who can wait.

3. This is a luxury experience. No one really needs this to survive. Yes, a boudoir shoot can change her self image and give her a different appreciation for her uniqueness. The best way to plan for gifting the photo shoot experience is to let them them warm up to the idea and when the trepidation cycles toward curiosity, this is when you can strike while the iron is hot. Many of our women have told us their husbands told them about The GFE Boudoir and the rest is history. Women are natural investigators and researchers. The seed was planted, she became curious and before long she wants in on the action. She moved ahead before the gift card could be given! We do offer gift cards for you to give to her but we also are willing to create something custom to your wishes because we want her to be excited. Do not be offended if you bring boudoir photography up in dinner conversation and she shuts the idea down immediately. Take a beat and move on. This is your que that she isn’t ready and you have some leg work to do. You are going to have to build her up a little more if you want us to strip her down!

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photography, Boudoir Photography Pittsburgh, Is Boudoir Empowering?

The desire to have a boudoir shoot is something we hear many women talk about. Older women chime into say, “I wish I had done that when____”. Boudoir photography comes and goes in and out of vogue. There are cliches attached to this genre of photography that we haven’t been able to shake; but by now I think we all know this isn’t your mothers Glamour Shots.

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With anything there are trends and many of the things that have become very popular with boudoir photography this year has drawn harsh criticism. We are artists trying to make a living and often we feel pressure to follow the trends or lose our clients all while realizing that we will lose some clients if they don’t like the direction we are headed by leaning into those trends. I am cool with losing clients who insist on wearing jerseys and knee socks. I am cool with losing clients because I refuse to photoshop your body too heavily. I am cool with losing clients that require me to copy someone else’s work. I have enough years under my belt that I can proudly say that I am a solid boudoir photographer. I use both natural and studio lighting. I have never ever turned away a client because of her shape or weight. I can confidently say that I like my work and I no longer feel the pressure to follow the trends. I am in a sweet spot at the moment. I can balance portrait photography with the really sensual and intimate side of boudoir without completely losing sight of the woman.

I had a conversation with a colleague of mine just this morning. It is a heated topic we have had between us since before I could call her a friend. Is boudoir photography empowering? I would love to hear your thoughts! It would really make my day if you would add your thoughts on the topic in the comments!

If you have followed me for a long time, you most likely know my stance on the subject. I have been a boudoir photographer for quite a while now. I find the word empowering to be loaded and misused in this scenario. Boudoir photography is powerful. But is it really empowering? I have said before and will say it over and over. I give women permission. Permission to appreciate their bodies. Permission to find themselves attractive. Permission to FEEL sexy. I give women permission to see that what they view in the mirror is not always an accurate representation of what our bodies look like. Our relationships with our bodies are complicated to say the least. I have been told that this “Boudoir Therapy” has done more for women and their relationships with their self image than years of intensive therapy. I don’t even want to skim the surface of that issue at the moment. Body image issues are so rampant that yes women end up in therapy over their reflections; how fucked up is our world that we can’t seem to catch up with fact that bodies are all different and worthy….another topic for another day.

The current state of trends in boudoir photography is a heavy emphasis on sexuality. We are all mammals here, we know there is power in sex. There is power in sexuality and sexual exploration. There is power in the ownership of your desire to be seen and reckoned with as a sexual being. But do we have to SHOW it all? Is there power in being overt? Absolutely! Is there power in being demure? Absolutely. Is there power in the display of sexuality? Absolutely! Is there power in being chaste? Absolutely. What you want has power, what you are motivated by has power and all I do as a boudoir photographer is to give you PERMISSION to take back your power. I can not empower you. I did not disempower you therefore anything that you have derived from our time together when you shoot with The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir is your taking your power back into your own hands! I give you permission and I will give you both the beautiful portraits you can share and the overtly sexual and the sensuous demure images that you deserve. You are not 1 thing, you are all of the beautiful things and trends can come and go but emphasis will always be all about the woman and the many sides to her; as long as she isn’t in a sports jersey with knees socks asking me to copy another photographers work and photoshop her within an inch of her life!

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photographer, Boudoir Photography Pittsburgh, My business is personal

My mother had this crazy idea that men go crazy come the holidays. There is an unspoken pressure to provide and perform more. They crack. The two to three weeks before Christmas are the biggest break-up weeks of the whole year; I am sure those relationships end just as much on the desires of women as those of men. I am simply stating that my mother had this theory and it is supported by facts. It is the time of year when we all reflect. We metaphorically “wrap up” the eleven previous months and prepare for a whole heap of “new” ahead of us. Sometimes that means ending relationships, looking ahead to new adventures, setting new boundaries, making plans…..but before we get to that place of a bright sunny positivity and excitement; we must first deal with the shit we have we have been putting off. You know, the dirty work. I am rolling up my sleeves and getting down to it. My bloody empathic heart needs to get some things off my chest.

*this is one of my favorite fucking boudoir sessions all year. I squealed and gushed and moaned and cried and sighed all over this woman. I've been waiting to share her session. this blog post has nothing to do with her, she is a dream and you’ll see more of her soon. her images make me happy and that is why they are being shared, they have nothing to do with the words I am brain dumping on Y'all.

You know that saying, “It’s not personal, its business.” Well for me, my business is personal. What we do during a boudoir shoot is extremely personal. When somebody tells you about her affair or her husband's affair, or about giving birth to a stillborn child, eating disorders, about sick parents in the hospital or about the years of abuse they suffer from their husband; I take that home. Your stories that you are so beautifully vulnerable enough to share with me, become part of my story. I am your secret keeper. I think about you more than you know and I am rooting for you in every way. Naked bodies and naked emotions go hand in hand. I know it can feel a bit like a one night stand, but honestly, my heart and my ears are here for you always.

The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir has grown more than I expected. Not more than I hoped but more than I expected. A male client put it into perspective recently when he called it “growing pains.” I will spare you the story or perhaps I will just save it for another time. I’ll just say this, millennials aren’t the only ones eating ass these days. Back to the growing pains, I used to take great pride in never taking more than 2 hours to get back to my clients. I would sit down on the floor of a Target to get back to whoever walked into my inbox. Each email returned was unique and personal. My kids could throw a fit about being stuck in a cart that wasn’t moving but god forbid, I let 3 hours pass without getting back to a client. Then 1 client became 20 then 40 then I woke up and my kids were teenagers. They were starting to feel like my email was more important than they are. They don’t understand that Kim who has been married to an alcoholic for 28 years and recently survived breast cancer and her marriage is stronger than ever and her husband is sober and she feels alive and so thankful and wants to celebrate herself and give her husband an amazing gift just emailed me and I am sooooo afraid that if I don’t get back to her RIGHT this moment, she will move on to another photographer.

Kim is important. My kids are important. If I don’t respond to her email and she really does move on, I feel like I lost. I lost the connection, I lost the income, I lost the experience, I lost the ability…but to my children, the amount of time I spent investing into Kim or any potential client for that matter they were losing. My email dings my phone and draws my attention away from them. In the spring, I hired an office manager and got the majority of the backend stuff automated. Responses actually come in 5 minutes which kicks the ass of my two hours without question. There doesn’t have to be a 7 day email string to guide you through the booking process now you can decide at 7:43 pm that you are finally ready for you to own boudoir experience with us at The GFE Boudoir, by 7:50 your contract is signed and at 7:54 you are paying your deposit and come 8 pm you are filling your online cart with lingerie and fuck me pumps. The online booking process has been a lifesaver and we have many happy clients who have been able to make their boudoir dreams come true. When it works, it means the client has read everything and is here for the experience and will do whatever it takes. When it doesn’t, it all but falls apart at seams. Tonight, it fell apart. I took my fiesty feelings to our Instagram stories and said THIS IS MY BOUNDARY. A prospective client freaked out because we won’t hold your shoot date and time for 24 hours while you make up your mind. Well, THE AUTOMATED system gives you 60 minutes. I can’t give anyone that much power in my life. This isn’t just me. This is me, the stylist, the assistant, and the studio manager and the hours that we work can’t be consumed by someone who isn’t serious. You do not get to hold our time hostage from either our personal obligations or from clients who are committed from the jump. Your doctor, your hairdresser….they don’t do these things. Why should I be expected to hold a date for someone isn’t quite sure? When you’re ready I will be here but I can’t put everything on pause for a maybe. That sounds like shitty relationship stuff to me.

You have to pay to play for Shorty bang bang to look your way. Thanks, Blackstreet, I needed that reminder.

The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir has grown more than I expected. Not more than I hoped but more than I expected. A male client put it into perspective recently when he called it “growing pains.” I will spare you the story or perhaps I will just save it for another time. I’ll just say this, millennials aren’t the only ones eating ass these days. Back to the growing pains, I used to take great pride in never taking more than 2 hours to get back to my clients. I would sit down on the floor of a Target to get back to whoever walked into my inbox. Each email returned was unique and personal. My kids could throw a fit about being stuck in a cart that wasn’t moving but god forbid, I let 3 hours pass without getting back to a client. Then 1 client became 20 then 40 then I woke up and my kids were teenagers. They were starting to feel like my email was more important than they are. They don’t understand that Kim who has been married to an alcoholic for 28 years and recently survived breast cancer and her marriage is stronger than ever and her husband is sober and she feels alive and so thankful and wants to celebrate herself and give her husband an amazing gift just emailed me and I am sooooo afraid that if I don’t get back to her RIGHT this moment, she will move on to another photographer. The growing pains are mine, learning to let go and letting others help me or seek more help.

All the emails. The prep-guides. The magazines. The facebook group. All the things I have in place in order to give you the best boudoir photo shoot experience from the first interaction to the delivery of your product were created from first-hand experience to make sure that your shoot lives up to its potential. Maybe you have done this once before or maybe it is your first time, but after almost 9 years in, I have been here before and I know what works and what doesn’t. Nothing that I do or provide to you before your shoot was pulled from thin air. Tried and tested. On 100’s of bodies before. If I tell you not to spray tan, don’t ask me to fix your orange hands. If you opt out of styling and I tell you I won’t retouch your sisters best friends little cousins makeup job don’t get your panties in a bunch, trust me that her mineral makeup and patchy winged liner photographs like absolute shit and I won’t put extra hours of my time and the retouchers time in to fixing it when you were told NO and to book with our stylist in the first place. What I share with you is quality controlled. Even wardrobe suggestions have come from the women that came before you. What flatters and what photographs well might be different from what you think but I can absolutely guarantee that if you hate your mama tummy and you bring panties that dig into it, you will not feel comfortable posing in said underpants that have now rolled under the soft skin. I know this from the bodies I have worked with but also from my own mama tummy. I want to give you the same level of work that you see here and on our social media platforms. I can pose your baby toe and show you how to literally move one tit to get you into the all sorts of extra position to flatter all of those bodacious curves and direct you through your facial emotions like we are making a run for an academy award; but if you want to talk about it feeling silly or dumb or how you hate your face, just know that your body isn’t my first and it might not even be my first of the day. I have photographed over 200 women just this year; now assume the position girl; we have blood pressure to raise! I know what I am doing, I totally expect you to not know what you are doing; so long as you trust me!

We have some shifts that are happening for the coming year and I wanted to start looking forward to all of the new wonderment that is sure to come but I just had to wrap up those loose ends. These small aches in my empathic heart. Frustration happens to all of us. For me, I get frustrated when I know a shoot could have gone better if I hadn’t hear those dreaded words, “I know you said XYZ, BUT….” When your husband says, “Dinner was great BUT, your mashed potatoes are lumpy.” You don’t hear the dinner was great part anymore. The BUT undoes the compliment. The end of the year in customer service isn’t for the faint-hearted. My skin has grown thicker over the years. While I have learned to not take shitty attitudes, bitchy moods and regular old fears personal; it is actually one of the hardest business lessons that I try to tackle daily. Not every prospective client will be MY client. Sometimes I am going to book Kim and change her life and other times Kim might tell me she is disappointed when I tell her that we are booked for the next 3 months or that I don’t think Santa costumes are sexy and I am so sorry I couldn’t meet her needs and then she tells me she is going to look on Groupon. Not personal. This is a business. But for the women that do move ahead WITH me and The Girlfriend Experience studio, just know that what exists between you and I is as personal as it gets. I will remember little details about you for the rest of my life and I hope this experience is something that you treasure forever. The next time I catch myself saying ‘It’s not personal, it is business.’ I am going to remind myself that I feel the way I do because my business is personal. I want the best for all of us.

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photography, Boudoir Photographer Pittsburgh, Trust us we have been there too

Sometimes I take a look around the collective of women whom make up The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir and I think about how different we are all from one another but how oddly similar to all of our clients we are.

Between the 4 main women, we have been married, divorced, been in relationships longer than some marriages last, survived sexual abuse, live with chronic diseases, battled mental health issues, run away from a cult, eating disorders, have children with special needs and lost parents (ok, that one is me. I am the sole orphan)


I have made it mandatory that we all have our own boudoir shoots over the year, so we can relate with where you are coming from. Jess, our studio manager actually volunteered to be my very first model ever wayyyy back in the day. Lauren my assistant, came to us a client first! Your stylist, Dessa, has been one of my guinea pigs since the moment we started working together. Just between you and I, as lovely and beautiful as she is, she has been one of my hardest subjects to photograph. I can’t get her out of her head. Lauren is always up for whatever I ask of her even though she feels pretty silly and Jess, literally has no clue how beautiful she is and cried the first time she saw herself on the back of the camera. Yes, really. Then there is me. Between my stretch marks, razor bumps and mommy belly, if I could keep everything from the waist down hidden, that would be great, yup…I am that person. Scared, awkward, uncomfortable and flawed. Sound familiar?

No woman is immune from insecurities. Fears come in all shapes and sizes. From feeling like your body isn’t worthy to feeling like you haven’t brought anything nice enough to wear. I said it in one of the videos, every woman is afraid she is going to be the one that this doesn’t work for. That she will be the woman who will be unphotographable (that isn’t a word so it isn’t a thing that can happen), the woman who just wasn’t good enough, the woman who should have stayed home.

We see your fears and we have felt your fears. We have been where you are. We understand what it takes.

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We had severals videos made a little over a year ago. This is just 1!!! The boudoir videos have been shared in our Exclusive FB group, been sent out in newsletters and in a few places they are featured here on website in a few places but putting these OUT THERE, felt too bold for me! I love them! They really do tell our story. This video is my WHY! I am very sensitive when it comes to boudoir photography. The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir is not a side gig or a weekend warrior endeavor for any of us. We are a full service studio that solely focuses on Boudoir. Our clients travel from all over, our farthest traveling client came to us from INIDA!!!! UMMMM!??!? That is fucking amazing!! We have been featured for our couples boudoir photography in The Huffington Post. This is real. And I pinch myself everyday. There are 4 other women besides myself that make The GFE Boudoir run on a daily basis. We have our own full time stylist, I have an assistant, a dedicated retoucher to give that extra polish to your images and the studio manager who helps with scheduling and backend stuffs. If I couldn’t be bold enough for myself before and was too shy to talk about this little thing that was once just mine but is now ours; I can be hold for them!!!!

The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir is Pittsburgh's most exclusive and premier boudoir photography studio. Located in the strip district, the GFE caters to women, men, and couples seeking an experience that'll leave them ready to take on the world. 

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photography, Boudoir Photographer Pittsburgh, In Her Own Words, Client Testimonial


 I was just sharing with our exclusive clients group on facebook that I was feeling the itch to get back to writing my own blog posts. That still rings true!! I just didn’t want to leave a blank post at the top of the page. I am a photographer. I am visual and the missing images from the last testimonial urged me to replace the images and if the boudoir images were missing, I had to bring the text along!

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What was your motivation to seek out a boudoir photography experience?

I had hit a rough patch and was dealing with the after effects of personal trauma and thought that this shoot would be a great way to reset my opinion of myself.  I was so tired of being upset and scared by being viewed sexually that I decided to make it an overt, un-ignorable thing.  Immersion therapy, so to speak.
 

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Choosing your studio/photographer is super personal, why did you choose The GFE?

I had looked at several local photographers and compared publicly available bodies of work, so it was a no-brainer.  Steff's images are exquisite pieces of art.  Bold and sensual, sexy but with absolutely no cheese.  I didn't see a single other photographer who didn't step over the line into tawdry and superficial, even if the step was a small one.  My main objective was to reclaim my own appreciation for my sexuality, and if I thought the final product would be cringe-worthy it was a No-Go.  There was no question, after looking at Steff's portfolio, that it would be an issue with GFE.

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Leading up to the shoot what were you most concerned about?

I was super worried about how big my legs would look, or eating something the night before that would make me bloated.  Little physical stuff like that.  Completely unnecessary.

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What was your favorite part of your boudoir experience?

Hands down: the hair & makeup prep and outfit selection.  I had spent months pouring over lingerie websites trying to curate a collection worthy of photographing, and having Steff select the final outfits from the ridiculous amount of clothing I had brought was vindicating.  Especially after seeing the final product.

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Is there anything you would change or do differently?

I'm a little disappointed that I didn't keep my face looking a little more alive.  I was trying really hard to seem falsely relaxed that I ended up looking a bit drunk in a couple shots (with no alcohol involved!  at least not beforehand).  I wish I hadn't tried to cover up how nervous I was.

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What would you tell other women about your experience, would you recommend doing something like this for themselves?

It was so fun, so different from anything you'd ever do in your life, and so empowering.  Everyone should deserve to feel like a sex goddess for a day (AT MINIMUM), so if you're on the fence: just commit.  I love the final product and don't regret a thing.  

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Do you view yourself differently since your session? Do you appreciate your body more? Are you kinder to yourself?

Absolutely.  Before I did this I would purposefully wear unflattering outfits to work because I was terrified of someone thinking of me in a sexual way.  Since the shoot, I flaunt it.  For me, this shoot and resulting photos provided a much needed perspective shift on human sexuality and acceptance.  Empowering is an over-used term to describe boudoir photo shoots, but in this instance it completely fits the bill.

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Pittsburgh Boudoir Photography Studio, The Girlfriend Experience Boudoir, In Her Own Words

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What was your motivation to seek out a boudoir photography experience?

I was trying to come up with the best gift for my fiancé on our wedding day. When searching online I came across the idea of doing a boudoir shoot. When looking for a boudoir photographer, I knew I wanted to choose someone that would help me create the perfect album for my wedding night. What I didn't realize is that this would end up also being a gift to myself. When I started college I began gaining weight. For the last few months I have really hit an all time low with my confidence and the way I feel about myself. I almost didn't book the shoot because I didn't want to look heavy and wide. However, I decided to just go for it and book a shoot with Stephanie.  

 

 Choosing your studio/ boudoir photographer is super personal, why did you choose The GFE?

I chose Stephanie because of her work and testimonials. I love the sexy vibe every photo has, even the ones that don't show alot of skin. I was pretty confident that she would help me take beautiful and sexy photos. Also, each woman always looks so comfortable in each photo.

Leading up to the shoot what were you most concerned about?

My stomach and back rolls and under chin area

 What was your favorite part of your boudoir experience?

My favorite part of my boudoir experience was when Dessa revealed my hair and makeup. I felt so beautiful and knew at that time that my pictures were going to be beautiful. 

 Is there anything you would change or do differently?

No!

 

What would you tell other women about your experience, would you recommend doing something like this for themselves?

Yes!!!!

 

Do you view yourself differently since your session? Do you appreciate your body more? Are you kinder to yourself?

I didn't think I would, but I really feel so much better after doing my boudoir shoot. I realized how beautiful my body and features are. I am so proud of these pictures and can't wait to do it again one day. I never thought I would look at them over and over again, and just be like "dang I look amazing" because for so long I have been in such a low place. Thank you Stephanie and Dessa for helping me see my inner and outer beauty and helping me give the most amazing gift for my wedding. 

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