Heads up: SALE TIME!

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Hey guys!!!! If you're not signed up for email lists with lingerie stores and websites then you are definitely missing out! You're especially missing out if you are in the current planning stages of your boudoir session! 

Specifically today I want to let you ladies know that Journelle has a 20% off sale happening right now! Journelle specializes in luxury lingerie pieces and carries a HUGE variety of sizing and styles.  Their brand line-up has incredible styles that are unique, and so you won't look like every other female buying lingerie for Summer 2017. 

Bonus: They also carry swimwear! 

Check them out at: www.Journelle.com 

Check out this Dita Von Teese set: 

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When "Damn, Girl!" is the only phrase that works | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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There is something I must admit to: I'm a glutton for hearing my clients brag about their images to others and to me. As human beings I think all of us secretly love to be over-the-top praised and affirmed :) "Tell me again how wonderful I am?"... If anyone wants to tell me how great I am then I'll be all ears! Don't judge me. 

However, recently my itch for affirmation has been scratched not only by hearing these women gush over their images but by hearing how my clients have been inspired to create their OWN version of empowering women to own who they are and be their own true self. This client interview is a fantastic example of someone taking their boudoir session experience and turning it  into a way to inspire others.

Read on! 

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I'm 30. At age 14 I was listening to Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, and Britney Spears!! 

2) What do you do for a living?

I work as a Managing Director for an Education Nonprofit.

 

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3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I'd always wanted to do it. I love classic lingerie, and I thought doing a session as a gift to my husband for our first anniversary would be really spicy.  

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

Yeah. I was worried being plus size that I just wouldn't look as hot as the thinner girls. I was dead wrong, and quite smoking in the final pics! 

 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

One of my close girlfriends did a shoot with OWN as her groom's gift for her wedding. When she shared the book with me, I couldn't BELIEVE how amazing she looked. There are lots of photographer who do boudoir in my city, but NONE near the quality of OWN. I drove 12 hours in one day just to come down to shoot and it was SO worth it! 

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

I had no expectations--I had no idea what it would be like, but I was so comfortable the entire time. There was champagne, chocolate covered almonds (my fave), and lots of Beyonce. All I needed to get in the mood! :) 

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7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (primping, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

Seeing the images was my favorite part. I was so nervous that I may have made a huge investment and hate all the photos, but that couldn't have been farther from the truth. I had trouble narrowing down my image choices to just 25 because I loved so many! 

8) How has the response been to your images?

"DAMN GIRL!" 

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

Go for it. You will have no regrets. I literally want to show everyone and post all my pictures online-ha!  

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Oh yes---I realized that I was smokin', and now that I'm not so camera shy, I'm actually working on launching my own plus sized fashion blog! 

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Shower sessions | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Last year I had an idea to start incorporating water into some of my boudoir sessions. The idea manifested itself in a few mini-session experiments that I specifically scheduled in order to feel out how exactly to hose my clients down while keeping hair/makeup intact. The resulting images were some of my favorite images that I've ever taken and deserved an immediate post on social media (like any great selfie or kick-ass picture). 

Over the last year I've gotten a plethora of requests for the 'wet look' as a part of their boudoir sessions. It's quite fun to climb into the shower with $5000 worth of camera equipment and spray away the 2hr hair/makeup job that we just perfected. Someone needs to film me for the awesome behind the scenes look. 

Here is a favorite from one of last week's sessions! 

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Naked nerves... a new client interview | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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You guessed it... it's that time again! I know you're curious about how 'real live' women actually feel during their boudoir sessions. The poses. The wardrobe changes. The lady-parts grooming. The nakedness. The fact that you can't seem to take a decent selfie even after 153 tries.

Do not fret.

It's almost everyday that someone says to me 'I just hope I look like the models on your website!!!'. Well, spoiler alert, people... no one on this website is a model! I love models a lot, and full disclosure: every client walks away with ultra respect for models, but that's a different story. 

We aren't walking NYFW (not that we couldn't) and we aren't pros at 'finding your light' or 'smizing'. This is why I love these client interviews... you can get a glimpse into the super-common lives of each and every woman that has gotten OWNed lately :)  Also I can't take credit for the pun, a fabulous client came up with it and it is awesome. 

Read on to find out more about this lovely lady and her experience ...

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1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I am 30

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I am in software, I am a Senior QE Manager

 

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

Initially, my boyfriend (ex-boyfriend now) suggested that I do a photo shoot. But the more I researched it, I really got into it and it started to become something that I was doing for myself. I saw it as a way to boost my confidence - an adventure. 

 

4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

I was initially nervous about being naked but after reviewing all the photos on the site I really believed that Sarah would make me look great. 

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5) Why did you choose OWN? 

I researched several places but after seeing OWN it was clear that it was the best place for boudoir photos. The photos on the shoot were higher quality than other sites. Additionally, the letter that Sarah writes on the site really spoke to me. It was all about women empowerment. 

 

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

While doing makeup, it felt like just me and friends hanging out. We talked about boys and I instantly felt comfortable. The shoot was serious business, lol. I had never done a shoot before, and to be honest some of those poses hurt..lol. But, the results were amazing. I never knew, I could look so good. Additionally, after each pose Sarah was so encouraging and helped to keep my confidence up throughout the shoot. 

 

7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

My favorite part was seeing the images. I was absolutely shocked at how great the images came out. I just couldn't believe it was me. 

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

I have showed the pictures to my girlfriends and a few guys, all have absolutely loved the photos. One guy even told me that I should consider a career in modeling after seeing the photos. 

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9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

Do it! It will be a huge boost to your confidence. Also, it is something you will have for the rest of your life. It is much better to look back at these photos instead of an old yearbook photo. 

 

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

I walked away feeling more confident. 

 

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It's not too late... | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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MAY-be you've been thinking about booking a last-minute boudoir session, and if so then you're in luck! We have a few spots open in May, just in time for the perfect gift.

Not only will a boudoir session be the perfect gift, but you MAY get to continually hear me MAYke word-puns with the month of May. 

(by the way I know how to spell 'make').

Get in touch with us today!!! 

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Break the rules a little bit | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Who says your lingerie has to 'match' during your boudoir session? While I would love to wear matching sets every day of the week, let's be honest – matching sets are rare and they usually happen on very, very, verrrrrrrryyyy special occasions (if you know what I mean ;)) 

Now, your boudoir session is definitely a special occasion, and it's something that you want to look your best for... but you can look your best and break the 'matching' rule all at the same time! I love the look of mis-matched pieces! It adds a subtle air of spontaneity and naturalness to the images. It's as if the camera found you on any given day of the week. A true example of the "I woke up like this" :) 

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Making it your OWN | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer

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Did you know that your OWN boudoir session can look like whatever the f*** you want it to look like? This is about you. This is about your OWN beauty, your OWN sensuality, your OWN person. 

Go the lingerie route, let's do artistic nudes, bring in your handcuffs, let's throw on a soft robe, seduce in a sweatshirt, or... brush some paint on it. :) Let's have fun making images that represent you. 

 This image was taken at this client's 3rd boudoir session at my Atlanta studio! We added gold paint to her body for a unique twist that highlights her curves! Slip/tank is from FreePeople.

This image was taken at this client's 3rd boudoir session at my Atlanta studio! We added gold paint to her body for a unique twist that highlights her curves! Slip/tank is from FreePeople.

We can play around, too! | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Your boudoir session doesn't have to be all lingerie, it also doesn't have to have clothing involved at ALL. In fact, let's throw the clothes out of the window and bring in some paint instead. Deal? 

I loved creating this image with my client. She brought in blacklight bulbs and glow-in-the-dark paint so that we could create some alternative boudoir imagery. The end result is absolutely amazing and I want to paint bodies all. day. long. Of course I then want to photograph them :) 

Maybe I need to explore Atlanta in order to find a studio that I can get really messy in! 

 

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This is where you should be shopping for lingerie | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Where do you even shop for underwear that is pretty, looks great on your contorted and posed body, and is also not stupidly trendy and dated?

Girl, I'm glad you asked! We've come up with a list of the top places that never fail when it comes to outfitting you for your boudoir session. A few of them have brick-and-mortars here in Atlanta (as well as other cities) and a few are online only! When coming up with this list we considered a variety of things that are important with regards to lingerie shopping. 

1) There is a wide range of specific sizing available, not just S-M-L-XL. Tailored sizing is so important... it can be the difference between boobs-to-the-knees and perkiness. 

2) Styles on these sites are not exactly 'trendy'. I say that to mean that you'll be able to look back at these images without immediately recognizing the year/decade they were taken. We are looking to make sure that your boudoir images stay relevant and classy. 

3) These sites/stores have AMAZING shipping/return/exchange policies. It can be so hard to shop online or in-store and know exactly the size/style you're looking for. These sites allow for the freedom of buying multiple styles and sizes without the risk of not being able to return them. I shop on ASOS.com allllllllllllllllllll of the time and I will order 5 of the same thing because WHO EVEN KNOWS what size will fit...and they offer free returns. You need that freedom in your life.

4) Styles are unique. This is incredibly important because I don't want you to try and fit your beautifully unique personality into some generic mass-produced rhinestone push-up bra. All of these places offer unique styles to fit your personality. You will find sweet, salty, kinky, F***ed up, playful, etc. Let all of the shades of your personality shine :) 

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Without further ado: 

1) Journelle.com

2) ASOS.com

3) Amazon.com (YES. Anything from thigh-highs to bras to lingerie to robes to shoes to body chains)

4) Hips and Curves

5) Cacique

6) Agent Provocateur

7) La Perla

8) Nancy Meyer

9) Anna Bella Fine Lingere *****Local Brick-and Mortar store!!! tell them we sent you!!

10) Trashy Diva ******Local Brick and Mortar store!!! tell them we sent you!!

 

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Take a look at me... | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Clients often ask me if I have had my own boudoir session before.. and the answer is that, Yes... I have had THREE sessions. I loved every single one of them and they are SO different. Each photographer had a different style and each time I was in a different place in my life.

My boudoir images probably get viewed (by me... and well, some others) at least 4 times a week. I F***ing love them and they are a wonderful reminder to myself that I am amazing. :) Just saying. 

Here is one of my favorites from my most recent session that happened to just be 'play time' for another local photographer. He is extremely talented! Check him out on Instagram @RyMy

 

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Want to see our most recent work? | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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Just a reminder that we are on Instagram!!!! Follow us, we promise not to post anything that you'd be embarrassed about accidentally scrolling through while waiting in line for coffee. For *some* reason Instagram has rules about nudity and sensuality. ;)

 

So much of our recent boudoir sessions are posted on Instagram and it is the best place to check out brand new boudoir work. You'll see sessions from our Atlanta studio as well as our various travel locations! Thinking about flying to NYC for a boudoir session? we've got examples!! Looking for posing ideas for your body type? Come check out all of the boudoir poses that you could ever think of. 

Find us on Instagram @Ownboudoir

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"I wish I could do it all over again" | Client Interview | Atlanta Boudoir photographer

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This interview has got to be one of my favorites to date because of how well it describes the mission of OWN: to be your OWN beautiful. She lets us all in to some of the mental changes that can be an effect of your boudoir session. Of course... there are some *ahem* other benefits that she hints at, but you'll have to read ahead for those. :) 

 

 

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?

I am 26 years old & proud of it!

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I am a teacher. Yep - teachers can look and feel sexy too.

 

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

I've always loved boudoir photographs. I think that the women in the pictures always look naturally beautiful and confident. With that being said, I have known for years that whenever I got engaged/married, I would give my man photographs of myself as a gift to him, so I gave the photographs to my fiance as his pre-wedding gift. And let me tell you - he LOVES the pictures. 

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4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

Of course! I was worried about my "bad sides" and how they would look in the photographs. However, these worries faded away quickly after the shoot began. It was such a great experience. 

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

I chose OWN because Sarah's online portfolio is amazing! The pictures she takes (and her subjects) are beyond beautiful and she perfectly captures the beauty of womanhood in many different ways. 

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6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

The session was super laid back and less intense than I thought it would be. Sarah gives great directions and made sure I was having fun by serving champagne and playing great music. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

 

7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

My favorite part of the experience was seeing the images and giving the images to my fiance. Sarah showed me one of the first images she took at the beginning of the session and I was blown away at how awesome I looked. It was such a great confidence boost! And of course, seeing my fiance blush and 'ooh' and 'ahh' over the pictures was fun too. 

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

Instead of explaining, I'll provide you with a few comments that people have made when they see my pictures.

My mother: "These are the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. Everyone but your father needs to see these."

My sister: "My gay best friend says they are amazing. So you KNOW they are amazing."

My other sister: "You look like a legit Victoria's Secret model."

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9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?

DO IT. Seriously, don't walk - run and book your session. It is so great for body confidence. I cannot speak highly enough of this process, Sarah as a photographer and human being in general, or the quality of the pictures. You will certainly not regret this. I wish I could do it all over again - that's how amazing it was!

 

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Absolutely. Before the session, I wouldn't say that I had any serious body image issues or anything like that - just the usual insecurities and grievances with my thighs and whatnot. I will say however that I never saw myself as the 'sexy girl' or anything like that. Not to say that I didn't enjoy being sexy and looking good, but it just wasn't part of my identity. I've always been the smart, cute, funny girl, which is fine, BUT... After the session, I felt SO good about myself. 

My fiance said something that really resonated with me regarding how I never really feel sexy. He said, referring to the pictures, "This is what I see when I look at you and I'm so happy that you are finally able see yourself in that way too." 

He also said "If I ever hear you complain about 'being ugly' when you're getting ready again, I'm making you sit down and look at your photo album." 

So, in conclusion, I walk with my head a little higher, and I feel much more confident in bed as a result of these photos (this could be TMI, but is that even possible with Sarah/this type of photography?).

 

Mini session announcement! | Atlanta Boudoir Photographer!

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Mini-Session dates and themes are here!

 

Let's just call it 'Mini May' because the next boudoir mini-session date is May 5-6, 2017! The theme for this round is “The Morning After” and they will take place in a hotel here in Atlanta, which as we know is the perfect place to imagine what a ‘morning after’ could look like. My very first boudoir sessions took place in hotel rooms and so this will also be very nostalgic for me!

When we were brainstorming this idea we realized that this theme welcomes a myriad of ideas. Messy hair/makeup and last night’s dress? How about an oversized shirt, or a pair of boxers? Bedsheets only? I am so excited about this theme and all of the possibilities that come with it!

Make sure you get in touch right away, as there are only 9 spots available. 

Mini-Sessions are $250 and Mini-Session packages with a 5x5 press book are $550

 

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Let's talk | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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While this boudoir image was taken in New Orleans, I immediately ordered a corded phone for my studio here in Atlanta. There's something about a corded phone that adds a bit more sensuality to this photo than an iPhone would... though we've definitely used an iPhone before (see a few posts below!!).

Welcome to the boudoir session prop-drawer, Mr. Corded phone. I can't wait to  photograph you in some questionable situations ;) 

 

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New lingerie additions | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Well hello there! If you've been reading and following for a while then you know that here at the Atlanta based boudoir studio we have an entire closet full of goodies for you to borrow!!! If you have been around for a while and DIDN'T know that, then... hey, wtf? Pay attention! hahahaha

If you're new to following us, well then there is some very important information that you should know. That information is: HEY, we have a full closet full of shoes/corsets/bras/body chains/thigh highs/robes/ furs/etc for you to borrow for your boudoir session. If the follow- up question has something to do with dry-cleaning then the answer is "Yes, and often." :) 

For now I wanted to share some new pieces that we've gotten in the studio (and that have been used for boudoir sessions!). I have a few pieces that have NOT been used, yet.... so go ahead and LINE UP!!! 

 I just got this set in from Agent Provocateur and I loved it SO much that I have purchased one for myself. Let's just say: It works ;) 

I just got this set in from Agent Provocateur and I loved it SO much that I have purchased one for myself. Let's just say: It works ;) 

 I love this corset, which has also been purchased from Agent Provocateur! The corset has been purchased in a size that has the most versatility... so I can use it on straight/narrow body types as well as curvy (like myself!). This particular corset fits sizes 2-14. Hell yes.

I love this corset, which has also been purchased from Agent Provocateur! The corset has been purchased in a size that has the most versatility... so I can use it on straight/narrow body types as well as curvy (like myself!). This particular corset fits sizes 2-14. Hell yes.

That kinky side | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Let's incorporate a little (or a lot of) 'kink' in your boudoir session. Requests have been coming in lately for clients to channel 'Eyes Wide Shut' or that little quiet series that no one has ever heard of: 50 Shades of Grey. :) We've got the props and plenty of suggestions for where to find your own... 

 I love the idea of implying that on the other side of these image there lies something a little untamed. No matter if your in Atlanta for your boudoir session, or another city we've been to (hello Chicago, Houston, Oklahoma City, and New York!). There is a certain intrigue lately for our clients to go.... kinky? Of course these are some of the more tame images that we can show, as privacy is of the utmost importance. 

Let's dive in... 

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Spray and Play | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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It's pretty often that one of the #1 questions we receive during the planning stages of your boudoir session is: "How do you feel about props?". Of course this can go a few different ways because, let's be honest, there are some pretty – cough– specific –cough– items that could be brought in. :) I can honestly say that I've seen a LOT. Personal props are an incredibly creative way to add a bit of your OWN personality to your boudoir session and will absolutely set your images apart. 

Last week we had this unique prop brought in to enhance the individuality of her images (and a bonus was that HOTDAMN the room smelled great afterward). 

Oh snap, if you know anyone at Dior tell them to call me :) 

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Casual Friday | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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Happy Friday, ya'll. Let's all take off early, put on something gorgeous, and have a great time. 

After a full week of boudoir sessions here in Atlanta I am heading out to Chicago! Photography will be a secondary task for me this weekend, but I promise to post (sometimes inappropriate) pics. :)

Have an incredible weekend!

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Celebrating '50 again', late-life divorce, and seeing yourself | Atlanta boudoir photographer

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One of the best parts about photographing boudoir for individual women is that I get to bring you stories of life and purpose that will hopefully resonate with you. Boudoir photography, while resulting in killer imagery (especially at my new studio here in Atlanta!), is still a product of a journey for most of my clients. 

We have events in our lives, milestones, relationships, random Tuesdays, etc that shape our views of ourselves (for better and for worse!). It's incredible to watch a new sense of OWNership and love-of-self take over after the boudoir experience. This lovely woman came to me out of celebration and I loved reading her story. Check it out below!

 

1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)? 

I just celebrated my ’50-again’ birthday in December

 

2) What do you do for a living?

I am an Information Technology Manager

 

3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?

Divorce after 25 years of being married, relocating to Atlanta, starting a new job, new life – [I] wanted to celebrate me and all I have become

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4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?

LOL, like most people, I’m sure, I was concerned about how this body really looked!

 

5) Why did you choose OWN? 

After seeing the pictures on the website and the tasteful, sensuous, artistic expressions of all types of women, I knew Sarah was a skilled professional

 

6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?

It was much more personalized and casual and relaxing than I expected….it was like spending the afternoon with a good girlfriend! The way Sarah directed me to pose was incredibly easy but produced magnificent results!!

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7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)

Hard to pick a favorite; the entire experience was uplifting and confidence building. Probably the most surprising and pleasing part was seeing the images and thinking “ damn, is that really me?!”

 

8) How has the response been to your images?

Very consistent – gasp of air, jaws dropped, then “WOW”

 

9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session? –

DO NOT WAIT, do it now!

 

10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?

Absolutely. More confident. I am gorgeous

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