I asked this lovely client if she would allow me to feature her Pittsburgh Boudoir experience with us and she graciously said YES! I love this session, it is one of my favorites from 2017 and even though this was months ago, I would fall all over myself to go back to this day! Without any further adieu...)
First, let me start by saying that up until my wedding day last week, my boudior shoot was probably the most fun I've had in a LONG time. It was one of the best days of my life. I've never felt happier, sexier, or more confident.
I've struggled with my weight my entire life. I've always been the "bigger friend". I never really let it hold me back, and I always had great friends and family. I was lucky that I was not subject to much "bullying". When I got to college, I found myself in a place with little to no security blanket. I had to make all new friends, and it was scary. My weight suddenly bothered me more than ever before. So, I met with a surgeon and set myself up for gastric lap band surgery.
I lost some weight and was feeling great. I had tons of confidence and was for the most part, happy in my own skin. My senior year of college I met Adam. I quickly wooed Adam with my confidence and curves. I was younger than him, I was fun, energetic and sexy. I knew he was mine when he took me on a trip to Washington D.C. and told me he loved me.
Over the course of our relationship I gradually got "less fun", bought less lingerie, spent more time focusing on finding the right job (had some stressful jobs that weighed heavily on me). I put on weight and had less energy.
When Adam and I got engaged, I knew I wanted to do something special for him before the wedding--- and for me too!
A girlfriend at work told me about her shoot with GFE. I saw some of her pictures and heard about her experience and I KNEW this was what I needed to do. I immediate emailed Stephanie, booked a shoot, and started shopping for outfits. I knew I wanted to keep this as a surprise for Adam on our wedding day.
I was concerned about how I would photograph. I've always had confidence to think I was attractive--- but never once had seen myself in a picture in underwear let alone less than. I was self conscious about stretchmarks, scars, cellulite and varicose veins.
5 minutes into the shoot all of my fears vanished. First of all Dessa made me look stunning!! I wish she could glam me up every single day. If I had not had my wedding make up artist pre-booked, I would have booked Dessa.
Stephanie made me BEYOND comfortable-- picking out my outfit, coaching me every step of the way. My favorite part was how she taught me to make the infamous "sexy/serious" face. I had never been good at that and always looked like I had resting bitch face when I don't smile.
If I could change one thing it would be TAKE MORE RISKS (i know everyone says this). I wish I had shown off more of my body, worn less clothing, and not taken so long to warm up to the camera. The night before my wedding I gave my photo album to my now husband. He was more that grateful and said it was the best gift he could have ever asked for. His only wish is that there were more pictures and MORE of my body showing.
I would 110% recommend anyone do this. For yourself!!! I was in such a rut where I got wrapped up in wedding planning and new jobs that I forgot to be sexy and love myself. Doing this shoot has put things into perspective for me, given me back tons of confidence, and made me want to be sexier for me and my husband. My husbands a great guy and he deserves the fun college girl he fell in love with.