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Edgy Boudoir

Things have been so crazy over here since before the holiday rush that I am just now getting around to blogging some of my favorite sessions from the end of 2015.  Samantha and I had connected through her friend Nora, who happened to connect with me through her sister who is a past client of mine.  Samantha had come along with Nora for her session, and although a slight skeptic at first, I think watching the process with Nora helped to convince her that she wanted a session of her own…and boy am I glad it did!

By talking the styling through with Sam, we knew we wanted to go for a slightly edgier look for her session, one that would really fit the vibe of the location we were shooting (Thank you again Peck’s Arcade, my fabulous neighbors!) and she nailed it with her wardrobe choices. Can we all just obsess over how amazing this bodysuit looks on her curves for a second? Like hooootttt damnnnnn lady!

One of the things I remember most about her session, the thing that has sort of stuck around with me, was her comfort with herself…immediately…she had no qualms running around with huge public windows in her underwear and bra and really embraced not only the process, but herself within the process. If you look at her fb, you will easily know this is far from the norm for this girl, who is rocking out the business professional look in so many of her pictures. Yet here she entered the moment fully committed and that inspired me.

How often do we let our insecurities stop us from embracing and living fully and honestly within the moment? I know there have been numerous times in my life, before I started my boudoir journey, where I would make one excuse or another not to show up to my friends pool parties because I didn’t want to have to wear a bathingsuit…in a pool…where bathingsuits are meant to be worn….because people would see me.  I can’t even count the nights I cancelled plans because I felt nothing looked good on me and I wasn’t good enough to go out with all of my super cute fashionista girlfriends.

How often do we let our insecurities stop us from embracing and living fully and honestly within the moment?

When I really sit to think about it, how many moments of joy, opportunities for fun, chances for honest human connection did I miss out because I was so worried about what other people would think of my body?  The reality is that I am not alone in this.

Today I vow just to be a little bit more like Samantha and say “fuck it” just a little bit more often… because truth be told what I lose by allowing my insecurities to guide my life is quite simply not worth it.

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Hair and Makeup by Cassandra McKenna

Mama’s Still Got It

I have a toddler, she is 2.5 years old and she is literally the love of my life.  I have given her my entire world, my body, my heart and my soul and what I get in return when I see her smile or tell me she loves me is so amazing there is not even a word in the English Dictionary to describe the feeling.

That being said, being a mom is not easy.

No, being a mom, especially to younger kids is taxing and draining and it sometimes leaves you feeling like the only thing that matters is your child…that you have to, in a sense, cast yourself aside in order to be viewed as a good mom… For some reason in the mommy circles, women can be viscous when they see another woman looking her best and taking care of herself or loving herself.  There is this ridiculous stigma that says you are a bad mom if you have time to wash and dry your hair every day, or you don’t walk around in vomit drenched clothing from your baby or god forbid, you even go out without your kid and do something for yourself.  We get sucked into this mommy slump, where we fall right into these stereotypes and man oh man are they hard to crawl out of.  We try to be the best moms we can be while constantly facing judgement from other mothers and worst of all from ourselves.

So many of my clients come to me because they want to remember what it feels like to focus on themselves, to love themselves fully and to not feel an ounce of guilt for remembering that they still matter. They come to me because it is really hard sometimes to come to terms with what having a baby can do to your body and they want to know and feel in their skin that they are still the same sexy woman.

Well I am here to tell you that mama’s still got it!

Now, lets switch our focus for a second to Jennifer.  Jennifer came to me only months after having her 2nd child. She was very honest with me about how she was feeling about herself, about how she was stuck in that infamous “mommy slump” and how she was hoping and praying that her boudoir experience would lift her out of it.  (I am not going to lie, that is a big responsibility to have, and one I take very, very seriously.  Every time a client comes to me and pours their heart out, I take it in and I make it my lifes work to help them find that spark of sexuality and self acceptance again.)  When Jenn arrived she was super nervous, just as I expect all of my clients to be, but as soon as she sat down in that hair and makeup chair and could feel she was being given permission to simply enjoy her experience, she left it all at the door and fully committed to her session.

I think her images alone can speak to the transition we were able to witness during her shoot and to quote Jennifer “This experience has helped me find the love for myself that I have been missing. it has opened my eyes to see that I am beautiful in my own way. I would do this again and again for myself.”  Well, check out her first session, because after receiving her album she reached out to me and we have already starting planning quite an epic next session for her!

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Thank you to Cassandra McKenna for pampering my beautiful client and providing her super sexy hair and makeup!

A Christmas Gift

I have been patiently waiting for a few months now to share this sexy ladies session! She booked her session as a gift to her hubby and just knew that she wanted to include a little sexy Christmas cheer at the end of it. And what a more holiday appropriate location than Takk House located right down the street in beautiful Troy.

Micchelle was one of those clients that knew for a long time she wanted to book a session. We emailed back and forth for weeks before she actually booked. She was also one of those that was super duper nervous when she started her session. But despite all of her nerves (Which I am sure Spring Break 2005 on Pandora and the flowing special cocktails helped along) As soon as it was time to strip down, both literally and figuratively, she was all in. Her transformation from the beginning of her session to the end was just amazing to watch, as she released, trusted the process and more importantly started to trust and believe in herself throughout the session.

Micchelle went with our popular Little Black Book for her session as a gift for her hubby for Christmas, and has been keeping it all a secret until today when she finally got to give her man his gift!

Word from Micchelle is that he loved it!

Merry Christmas to all of my #LRPBoudieBoudies out there and enjoy this super sexy session!

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

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Hair and Makeup by: Cassandra McKenna