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Walking the Walk

Let me take you back a couple of years when the word “boudoir” first appeared on my radar…

I’ll make this part of the story short for your sake. But basically, as we were randomly discussing our own photography businesses, my friend Jessica introduced me to the world of boudoir photography, and ultimately to The Boudoir Divas. I was cautious at best. Just the thought of viewing photographs of someone in lingerie {or even nude} made me blush. But I took her word for it and decided to take a peek.

The moment I opened their online portfolio, I found myself instantly smitten. The photographs were stunning, and beautiful women that were oozing confidence filled my screen. These photographs were filled with luscious colors, moody lighting, and stunning poses that made each woman look like a supermodel.

I suddenly realized that I wanted to look like that.

I flirted with the subject for quite some time, but never actually did anything about it.

I mean, it’s not like I was going to jump on a plane and fly to California for my own session. {snort} Wouldn’t that be a silly thing to do?

Then the following Valentine’s Day my husband presented me with two gifts. One from him and one from Jess…

In his box was a toy orange airplane.

He had given me a round-trip ticket to visit Jess in San Diego for my birthday.

And then in Jessica’s box was a string of pearls.

She had given me a mini-session with The Boudoir Divas that would take place while I was visiting her.

I planned, and started to get nervous, and planned some more. I must have read the FAQ page from the studio a billion times.

I freaked out a little bit.

What should I wear? I don’t know how to pose. I’m awkward and clumsy. Plus, I felt like I was still carrying around some extra baby weight!

I hiked up my big girl panties and took a trip to Victoria’s Secret. I pulled a dozen different outfits off of the rack and tried them all on. Twice. Then I put them all back and left the store to walk around the mall before going to the second Victoria’s Secret. {Bonus to living 5 minutes from the Mall of America? Two Victoria’s Secrets. Just saying.}

I finally decided on a black and white bustier, a pair of black lace boy shorts, and some black thigh highs. Honestly? The next time I have this opportunity there will be some lots of color involved.

A couple of weeks later, I hopped on a plane and three hours later found myself arriving in sunny San Diego.

We had a blast that weekend. We caught a concert at Anthology, walked up and down the beach, ate as much frozen yogurt as we could handle, and celebrated my birthday with plenty of girly drinks. I almost forgot that in a short amount of time I was going to be standing in front of someone wearing very little.

Monday morning came so quickly.

We arrived at the studio early that morning ready to kick some butt. Er… um… okay, not really. I’m pretty sure I was visibly shaking and trying to not throw up all over myself. Mimosa? Yes, please!!

As I teetered out of the dressing room in my too-tall heels and tried not to fall onto the set, I couldn’t believe how incredibly nervous I was. Let me tell you, there is a huge difference between being behind the camera and in front of it. Huge.

But I did it.

I walked the walk.

The entire experience changed something inside of me. I loved how incredibly sexy I felt, and was amazed at how much confidence it gave me. Flying home that evening with my hair and makeup all done up… I do believe I strutted through airport security. STRUTTED. I didn’t think there was a strutting bone in my body, but after that session I felt like I could conquer the world, one TSA employee at a time.

I knew that this was something that I wanted to do. I wanted to make women feel just like I did that day. I wanted my future clients to feel sexy, hot, gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, confident, etc, etc, etc.

So, I made it happen.

I now spend my days making other women feel amazing about themselves, and guess what? I wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world.


The Divas - June 21, 2012 - 1:04 pm

LOVE reading about your experience – thank you SO much for sharing!!!! xoxo, The Divas

Sarah - June 21, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Girllllll! You look hot! A shoot with the Divas is on my bucket list too- so cool to hear about your experience!

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