1) How old are you... or if you prefer, who were you listening to at age 14 :)?
I just turned 28 on Friday!
2) What do you do for a living?
I'm in Marketing for an Advertising-Technology company in Atlanta.
3) What/who made you decide to book a boudoir session?
It's something I've always heard of people doing for their husbands-to-be, so I thought about doing it, just had no idea with who/when/how, etc. My friend, Elizabeth Pishal, told me about the shoot she did, and showed some of the photos, and I was convinced it was something I had to do.
4) Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?
Who doesn't? I was definitely nervous that the whole thing would be really awkward, and the privacy thing freaked me out a little bit, but it was something I wanted to do for my husband, and I'm SO glad I did.
5) Why did you choose OWN?
Elizabeth told me about her experience (and I saw her photos which were incredible). Another reason I chose OWN was the studio space. I LOVED IT. I have a few close friends that are photographers that offered to shoot my boudoir session (honestly, for a lower price than OWN), but the challenge was finding studio space that had that exposed-brick, dreamy lighting feel. That ended up being a lot more pricey & challenging than we thought, so at the end of the day OWN was a better deal. (Not to mention a much more professional, polished, 'she knows what she's doing' experience).
6) How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)?
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! Seriously. I was realllllly nervous, especially about what to wear, how to pose, how to look not-awk, but Sarah was incredible! She made me feel completely comfortable (even in my skivvies), and told me exactly how to pose, what to do with my body, my face, etc. She took the 'do I look stupid right now?' feeling completely out of the experience, and made it so much fun. By the end of the session, I felt so comfortable in my lingerie that I didn't want to put regular clothes back on!
7) What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (priming, the shoot, seeing images, giving the images..etc)
My favorite part was the shoot itself. I wasn't kidding about it being so fun. It was awesome. (His reaction was pretty good too though...).
8) How has the response been to your images?
Honestly, at first it was a lot of "I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT'S ME", which has become more, "YAAAS THAT'S ME". It's oddly empowering, and they definitely make me feel sexy, daring & confident.
9) What is your advice for women interested in such a session?
Just go for it. I know it feels weird, even just having the word "Boudoir" pop up in your email inbox for the first time (*cringe*), but the session and results are SO worth it.
10) Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of this session?
Not a change in the way I see my beauty, exactly, but the session definitely helped me feel more powerful, sexy and confident overall. I've never been someone that really beats myself up over appearance, but this has helped me see a different type of beauty that I'd never really embraced. So, thank you for that!!