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A Survivor Story – Saratoga Springs | Troy | Albany | New York – Boudoir

Today I hand the mic fully over to this client.

Read below to hear her story!


“Have you ever felt so beaten down, so useless so depressed, so unworthy, so defeated that it seems like there is no end in sight? Because this girl has. My story goes back to when I was young starting in middle school. I was not a popular girl in any sense of the word. I didn’t really have any friends, in fact I was teased almost every day. I used to get called a monkey, people would say “oh does the monkey want a banana” , walking through the halls my peers would walk by me and make monkey faces at me. I can even remember a time where a guy sitting in class pulled a tissue out of the box and pretended like he was pulling out of my bra and shouted “look the monkey stuffs her bra”. I became bitter, I started getting in fights, I started to withdraw, I started to be depressed and anxious all the time. I was becoming a person I never was and that I certainly never wanted to be. After middle school, I met my first “true love”. He was a “dream“ or so I thought. Had I already found the one I would spend my life with at 16? Possibly…. it started off amazing, he was proud to call me his girlfriend, he wanted to show me off, he wanted the world to know. But, a year in a switch flipped. My “dream” turned into a horror movie. Then started the mental and physical abuse. I would hide the marks with makeup, smile in front of everyone, but cry myself to sleep, I put on a really good show. Until one day the show was over. I was walking down the hallway of my high school and during the change of periods, with him by my side, he caught a glimpse of me looking at a guy walking past. He grabbed me by my hair slammed me to the ground, spit in my face, and started kicking me. He was quickly pulled off of me and I was taken to a safe space. Traumatised…. if that’s even the word…. “did that really just fucking happen?” It replayed and replayed in my head for months. But somehow I still “loved” him, but later found out it was the idea of being loved. I had annexed the friends I did have, lost my outgoing personality, lost my life as I knew it. “Why wasn’t I good enough?” “What could I have done differently?” “ Maybe if I hadn’t been so hard to deal with he wouldn’t have hit me.” Crazy right? Anyways, After that I started over compensating just to try and fit in again. Partying, wearing the skimpiest clothes I could find, and sleeping around ALOT. I wanted that girl back, I wanted her back so badly I would do it no matter the cost. It all became so overwhelming. Why couldn’t I just be good enough? I was spiraling, I became depressed and anxious to the point that I literally was making myself sick. I lost a ton of weight, I couldn’t keep food down, had constant abdominal pain, I was sure there was a medical reason for feeling this way. I went to so many doctors, specialists, you name it I saw them, just to find out in the end that crippling anxiety was the reason for my “illness.” The next year I didn’t return to school because of the embarrassment. I received in home tutoring and became a hermit. After high school the cycle seemed to continue. I kept attracting these ASSHOLES and it all came back to “I’ll just never be good enough.” I had no purpose, I didn’t know where I was going in life, I was lost. Working at a local pizzeria I met a guy that, again, seemed great. He seemed to have his head on his shoulder, a good job, he treated me well, he made me smile, my parents liked him, I felt like I was getting myself back. One day my mom who worked at a local high school called me and said “ Jessica you have to meet this guy that just started teaching here.” Here we go…. “Mom you know I’m living with someone right?” “But Jessica you are going to marry him I just know it.” Thinking nothing of the conversation I went home that night and received a message from a women, we will call her Karen. She proceeded to tell me she had been seeing my then boyfriend for quite sometime and that he had told her he would leave me for her. Well apparently it wasn’t soon enough for her. That night he came home I had one of his dress shirts on, high heels, cute panties, and amazing dinner ready, you get the gist. Got him all riled up ( I was actually really proud of myself for how Well I planned it out😂😂) just to present the message to him that I knew what he’d been doing. He begged and pleaded for me to stay, he said “ I’ll marry you tomorrow if that’s what you want.” For the first time in my young adult life I stuck to my guns and moved out the next day. I swore I wasn’t going to put myself out there again, I wasn’t going to be vulnerable, love was just never in the cards for me. But finally after weeks of being badgered by my mom, in an effort to shut her up I went to meet this “mystery man.” I will never forget it. My mom pulled him out of a football meeting, which still to this day mortifies him 😂 as he stumbled to find any words he gave my mom his number (which I never intended to use). A few weeks later I get a text from an unfamiliar number and who is it but the mystery man. He was very persistent to say the least. He sent me message after message to just go to lunch with him, and by this time what those words meant to me were “hey let’s hook up”. So to get him off my back ( which never happened) he’s still on it until this day… pun intended… I went to lunch with him. And that’s what it was… just lunch…. he was a gentleman. HOLY SHIT! About 2 weeks in I knew I was in love with him. This was no “puppy love” this was head over heels in love. My mom was right and 2 years later we got married (and she never let me forget it). We started trying to have kids right after we were married, miscarriage after miscarriage, negative pregnancy test after negative pregnancy test. 7 years of infertility treatment, I gave up. I broke. I begged for him to leave me. I couldn’t give him what he deserved. This wasn’t what he signed up for. But he didn’t give up on me. In September of 2017 we gave it one last shot using IVF. On November 27th 2017 we found out our lives were about to change in a Big way. I was PREGNANT! I always dreamed of having a dream pregnancy. The cute belly, the baby kicks, all the things….. well as you can see from my story thus far that is far from how it went. I threw up every single day until I was 32 weeks pregnant. In the midst of all of this on April 20,2018 my mom got diagnosed with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer and was given 6 months to live. I won’t get into everything that my mom did for me in those months, but even at her sickest she fought to see my son be born. I gave birth to my son at 34 weeks on July 5,2018. After that my mom decided to stop treatment and was ready to be free of her pain and suffering. She spent everyday she possibly could with my son over the next 3 months. He was her baby. But I digress. I was hit hard with PPD and PPA, and October 22, 2018 my mother was called home to the angels. I lost my best friend. I wanted it all to end, I wanted to be left alone, self care was non existent and I felt like I was a shitty mother. At that point even that innocent, sweet, miracle baby couldn’t save me. I had to be hospitalized, I started therapy, and medication and came back stronger than ever. And then December 28,2018 on my mothers birthday I found out 5 months post partum I was pregnant on my own. How in the ever living fuck was I supposed to do this? I couldn’t be good enough for 1 child how was I ever going to be good enough for 2? I could barely keep my head above water. After many long nights of worry and questioning the pregnancy ( I hate even saying that) we decided it was time to tell our families. We got negative backlash and feelings of disappointment. I think that’s how we thrived and came out on top. And then life kicked us straight in the balls again. On March 15,2018 my son and I were sitting in the living room after he had woken from his nap. The next thing I hear is smoke detectors going off and the smell of smoke. I quickly ran to see where the smell was coming from. There were flames coming from the wall in the bedroom my son and I had just come out of about 20 minutes before. Almost 4 months pregnant I threw my son in his car seat, called my husband because what in the actual fuck ( in which his response “call 911 why are you on the phone with me!!!!!) called 911, got the dogs out of the house, threw everyone in the car and pulled the car into the road. Within minutes our home, my husbands childhood home, the home we were supposed to raise our family in was engulfed in flames. 5 fire departments, the Red Cross, every police station in surrounding area were trying to get the fire under control. Not a diaper, a bottle, a container of food, or a pot to piss in, every single memory gone in the blink of an eye. To add insult to injury later that evening after the Red Cross had put us in a hotel the town fire sirens had gone off. My husband looked at me and said “it’s our house again, I know it’s our house.” Our home caught fire a second time and at that point, our home was a total loss. We spent the next 3 months living in a hotel. Myself, my husband, our almost 7 month old, my mother in law, and a baby on the way. If there was ever a silver lining it is being able to sit here and tell my story. After those 3 months we found a new home and shortly after my son turned 1 on July 25,2019 we welcomed our second son. Here came the PPD again rearing it’s ugly head, but this time ten fold. I felt dead inside, I was never going to be a good mom, a good wife, a good anything for that matter. Again being on medication and seeing a therapist I started to feel more like myself. But then I started having the body image issues. How was I supposed to rock this new “mom bod” I had never seen a stretch mark on my body before kids and now my whole body was over taken by them. I needed to do something for myself, I needed to feel beautiful, I needed “Jess” back. One day I was scrolling through good old Facebook and found that Lindsay who I’d been following for quite sometime had posted a Black Friday special. I immediately booked a shoot. Then the self doubt kicked in. “What would people think?” “What will my kids think of me when they get older?” All the what ifs. The day came for my shoot and as soon as I met Lindsay and Natalie I felt like I’d known them forever. From the personal styling, to the hair and makeup, to the “fuck yes”, “oh my god”, I was getting from Lindsay, I knew that this was just what I needed. I felt fucking perfect. I felt empowered. I felt strong. I felt good enough. I embraced my body for what it is. Things that I still feel to this day. Things I Haven’t felt in years. I know what you are thinking “get to the point already.” So here it is. Everyone has struggles. And to anyone taking the time to read this YOU CAN GET THROUGH ANYTHING! You can leave that toxic relationship, you can beat domestic violence, you can regain your confidence, you can feel good enough because you are good enough! If you are going through hard times- I see you sis, if you need a listening ear- I’m here for you, if you need validation- I’m your girl. If you need living proof that anything is possible- LOOK AT ME! This experience was exactly what I needed. Lindsay and Natalie are fucking godesses. They truly care, they encourage you, they want you to be empowered. Even still I’m facing new obstacles. My life is far from perfect or a fairytale. But this experience has truly taught me the meaning of “if life throws you curves you gotta learn to swerve.” You are beautiful, you are strong, you are worthy, you are fucking amazing. Each and everyone of you. It took me some Lindsay to bring me back to life. And I am forever grateful. Do this for yourself. Fuck everyone else. Live life for you. Eat the whole pizza, eat all the cake, drink all the drinks, wear those two piece bikinis and wear them proudly stretch marks and all!!! And most importantly love yourself EVERY. DAMN.DAY! With this experience came much perspective. I don’t care who judges me, who likes me, or approves of me…because I LOVE me and that’s all that matters. I can honestly say that I feel like I am the best version of me that I have ever been. I feel like a better wife, mother, sister and friend. And no it’s not because of a few pictures. It the experience. It’s Lindsay. It’s her encouraging me, showing me and helping me prove to myself I am a women of strength. It’s a self love experience. I have never shared my story to this extent, not many people know the real me. But here I am, bearing it all. From the bottom of my heart, Lindsay Rae- you have changed my life for the better and I will never forget what you have done for me. I feel like I have found a forever friend in you. I’m “me” again and I’m never letting her go again. Thanks for listening to my TED talk.

Love and Light,
Jess”




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A World In Need of Saving From Ourselves – Saratoga Springs | Albany | Troy | New York – Boudoir

Message from a white girl:

Where do I even begin? Maybe I will reintroduce myself first….  My name is Lindsay Rae, I am a 33 year old mom and the LR behind LRP.

The world is falling apart around us, but is that “world” really just the shattering of the cloak we have all been blindly and unknowingly hiding under our entire lives?

The one that keeps us from seeing the pain and sacrifice of others who don’t look like us? The one hidden from us in school that kept us blind to the real disturbingly painful and racist history of our country?

Maybe we are all just finally waking up and seeing how privileged we are that we never HAD to know the pain.

I used to say I was embarrassed to admit how little I actually know. How “Not Woke” I was.   Now I say that I am proud that I am able to use modern resources (hey Google) to educate myself on the things that our education system (even worse growing up in Florida which still thinks it is part of the South) failed to teach us.

They call it “woke” for a reason, and that is because it really feels like you are waking up and seeing a world that has always existed while we lived our lives completely unaware of others not directly connected to us…almost in a dream state of blindness because we never had to face it directly.

What the world really needs right now is saving from ourselves.

It hurts, it is ugly, it is uncomfortable, it makes you feel extremely guilty for not knowing before…. but if we cannot see the damage how are we supposed to fix it?

Don’t let yourself get stuck in an opinion just because you had it before and feel it makes you look like a hypocrite if you change your stance.  If you need someone to blame, blame our educational system for not teaching us and letting us fall into this falsehood of equality, when for Black people that equality is just simply not there.

Now that I have said my piece, let’s toss it down to Taylor to talk about her own Self Love Experience in the midst of the changing world around us.


“When LRP sends you a message asking you to do a socially-distanced safe photo shoot on a beautiful day in May, you say yes –even though the world couldn’t be any crazier right now and there are probably a million reasons to say no at any given time.

I’ve been familiar with Lindsay’s work for a while now, though, which helped me press send on my reply something along the lines of, “of course, let’s do it.” Lindsay took the time to sit down with me last winter to talk more about the Self Love Experience for Two Buttons Deep, and I’d also had the chance to see her behind the camera during a styled shoot in her studio a few months after. Both of these experiences with Lindsay, on top of following her incredible imagery and self love success stories on social media, made me feel like I could totally do this. Why not? It was something to look forward to and a chance to be creative in an outdoor, editorial shoot to celebrate the potential of coming out of isolation just in time for summer.

Yet, as empowering and authentic as her work is, I still felt like maybe I wasn’t ready to open myself up to something so vulnerable and new. It’s not like I was the most committed to a clean eating, healthy living and exercise focused quarantine routine, so surely that would show on camera, I thought. And I’d done shoots before, but in much more conservative clothing –like a bridal gown, not a bathing suit. But, when I tried on the looks for Lindsay in advance, I felt comfortable that we’d make it work and create something beautiful that reflects me right now and achieve the vision she had for the shoot.

With everything else going on, was the timing right? I mean, I couldn’t say no –and then it just so happened that the experience of the shoot itself ended up being a bright spot before many more darker days that followed.

Just a few days before our shoot, George Floyd was murdered in police custody and a powerful, emotional movement began to sweep our entire country and world to bring Black Lives Matter back to the forefront where it belongs. It’s been an extremely troubling and eye opening time since then, with one of the many takeaways being for us to acknowledge our privilege and recognize the work that’s left to be done to create real change and inspire hope for a more equal future.

The last thing I could think about was getting this gallery back from Lindsay, knowing the timing would be far from right to share or post these images without first acknowledging the state of our country and world, and starting to make progress to find ways to help and support the community. This just can’t be the type of thing where we share our support publicly and move onto whatever our own form of “regularly scheduled programming” might be. I don’t know personally when I will be ready for that.

What we can do, though, is continue to listen and support, creatively express ourselves and improve in areas where we feel we can make a positive difference. I understand even something as simple as having a fun, creative opportunity like this and feeling inspired and empowered by Lindsay’s work is a privilege as well, and I know that. People like Lindsay are committed to being on the forefront of making change and giving a voice and a perspective that should be welcome right now. And I’m glad to have been able to witness her work yet again, feel the confidence she can give someone firsthand, and know that these images will always mean something to me, even as a reminder of what I was doing during this extremely important moment in time.” – Taylor Rao


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An Entire Trip For a Photoshoot? – Saratoga Springs | Troy | Albany | New York – Boudoir

We never cease to be honored at the lengths babes will travel to have their own Self Love Experience.  Our furthest babe traveled to us from Australia a few years ago!

It is true though, we do have women from all over the United States and abroad travel to us for their Experience!

We are lucky to have our studio based in such an adorable and walk-able town, and that several of our past clients have GORGEOUS airbnb’s in walking distance of our studio who offer our traveling clients special rates on their stays!!

Troy, NY is a little artistic hub in the middle of a historical downtown…this scenic town is filled with many great shops, restaurants, art galleries and vintage stores.  I know that after Coronavirus, Troy will be a city that thrives again.

You see I have always said that Troy is in the middle of a Renaissance.  And what came before the last Renaissance?  The plague.

Covid19 is our plague and the artists and entrepreneurs in this town are ready for the resurgence of art and entertainment (….well as soon as we are allowed.)  We have been creating, planning, and  working on new models of sanitation for our customers. This has not been a downtime for the businesses of this town…this has been a time of innovation and creation for every single business owner that I know in Troy.

I will say, until sitting to write this blog this morning, I did not realize how appropriate the term “Renaissance Woman” was to describe our clients.

Our clients are women that appreciate art and science, are intelligent, and extremely capable!

Renaissance woman. Renaissance woman. (noun.) A woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.”

I am proud to say that many of the past and present clients of Self Love Experience also work for Regeneron – the company based in the Capital Region of New York that is on the precipice of a treatment for Covid19!

Do you know how proud it makes me to be able to say that I know these women?!?!?!

YES WOMEN ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AND THE FRONT LINES OF THE CURE!

You see for too long women have been underestimated.  How can we be smart AND sexy?  How can you appreciate art AND science?  How can we be modest in public but still want to be adventurous in bed?

It is an honor for me to be able to show the multi-faceted  and unstoppable nature of our clients!

On that note, our sale on 2021 dates continues as long as NY is on Pause

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Read below to see what this out of town babe has to say about her own Self Love Experience!


“You asked me to write a few words. I really decided to write it at out as a journal entry, raw and honest – take from it what you want. I needed to write this for myself:

I found Lindsay Rae Photography through a friend who did it herself. I instantly fell in love with Lindsay’s eye and the way she captures a woman’s beauty; but I wasn’t sure if the investment was “worth it” for my budget. Not only was it the investment, but I live in Miami, Florida, and LRP is located in Troy, New York – this meant, days off work, airfare, hotel, – an entire trip – just for a photoshoot?

YES, AN ENTIRE TRIP FOR A PHOTOSHOOT.

I decided to say “fuck it, make it happen” and I booked it during the Black Friday special.

I booked it because I deserved it, and amidst a separation, why not book something that will make me feel sexy in my own skin?

A couple months later, I divorced, and that weight gain crept in, Oh did it creep in. I began to doubt myself, do I really want to stand in from of the camera after gaining 30 pounds? I had to. I wasn’t going to talk myself out of it. I began to embrace it, to embrace myself- flaws and all, to embrace the true me. I felt empowered by it and it began to get clear to me: this experience was about finding and coming back to my true self, my rebirth, and embracing my mind, body and soul and realizing I am perfectly imperfect the way I am.

Now, the fun part – Arriving at the studio it was clear to see that this is a one of a kind experience.

I’ve done many shoots before, but the energy in this studio was unstoppable. The amount of detail that Lindsay and her team put into the shoot made me feel like a superstar; it was truly something I’ve never had at other shoots. They were honest and open which I adored. I was very comfortable throughout the entire session.

The team made me feel like a bad ass and now I have pictures to remind myself of what I am capable of : not only of my outer beauty, but that I showed up for myself in a time full of self doubt and worth. Often fear paralyzes us, but sometimes you have to be willing to just get up and prove to yourself what you’re capable of.

Do it because you can, because you’re worth it and because you’re a badass unstoppable babe.

Celebrate yourself today, just the way you are.” – Ms. R


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A Shoot Story for the Books – Troy | Saratoga Springs | Albany | New York – Boudoir

Where do I even begin to tell the story of this day at Self Love Experience…..

First of all it started out like a normal shoot until Amber threw a ringer at me… she told me “I want my shoot to be different from everyone else…I want to be the first for some new poses” 

The first she was!  The first to use the blush wings, the first to use the new lighting, the first to do several poses on the golden ottoman…

She was also the first client to have a major DEA drug bust happen in the middle of her shoot….yeah…that…actually….happened

So let’s go back to the part where Amber challenged me to be different for her shoot, I got the idea to go outside down the block with the wings to shoot her in front of some of the historical brownstones. I thought it would be a cool juxtaposition between the softness of her look and the hardness of the brick buildings.  

So we get to the end of the shoot, head downstairs to get ready and have this babe standing outside in 5.5ft tall and probably 5ft wide angel wings and heels. 

As we walk down the block, of course, men who have nothing to do with us start making comments and cat calling….we ignore them and continue down to this spot I found with polls she can hold onto.  I have her turned around with her booty facing out and Natalie is blocking the street view from the public and standing by for makeup touch-ups.  I am the only one of us facing the end of the block because that is the direction I am shooting from, both Natalie and Amber are facing into the brick wall and looking at me for further direction.  All of a sudden I see 4 dudes (IN STREET CLOTHES) with guns drawn screaming “GET DOWN” and running across the street towards us with guns drawn. 

I scream “GUN! RUN!” because that is apparently what my fight, flight or freeze reaction was.  I wanted to get the studio door open as quick as I could, I run ahead of Natalie and Amber….who by the way is still wearing nearly 6ft tall angel wings in high heels, and lingerie and SPRINTING…what a sight that was. 

As I turn back to make sure the girls are following me we see the 4 officers tackle a large man to the ground and then from both directions of the block police vehicles with sirens blaring come down and surround the block….lt was no joke exactly like they show it in the movies!

  The three of us are in the studio and struggling to get the wings off of Amber and trying to decide if we wanted to go back upstairs to finish or to wait it out.  As we are standing and looking out the door we see the cops from the cars searching 1 car on the block….turns out the man they took down had 540 bags of heroin in his car and they chose our block as the stop to set up the undercover sting operation to catch him selling.

The gentleman they tackled is thrown into a cop car and most of the cars leave except for the few who are there collecting the evidence.  I asked Amber if she wanted to try again and this brave as fuck woman says YES! 

After asking permission from the officer parked outside of the studio, the three of us head out and finish her angel shoot!

The beautiful black and white of her in the wings that she got as one of her Estate Art was one of the last shots of the day….so much peace among the complete and utter chaos that preceded it. 

You see Amber is a Nurse. 

She is on the front lines every single day she works seeing the hardest of the hard and the worst of the worst in the human condition…but somehow, her and her fellow nurses, have this magical ability to find peace among the chaos.  It is a trait I find to be true in 100% of the nurses I have photographed and known in my life.  

While the doctors are diagnosing and treating, women and men like Amber are not only carrying out the doctors orders, but they are the source of calm and hope for their patients and their families.  

My hope is that when these beautiful front line heroes go home at night and finally get to take their masks off that they remember that they are the exact same woman in their art.  

Stong, sexy, and powerful in their vulnerability.

Read below to see what this #LRPBoudieBeauty has to say about her Self Love Experience and remember to scroll alllll the way to the end to see her final art from her pickup today!

As we have been mentioning, the sale on 2021 dates will continue as long as NY is on Pause. 

LINK TO SALE ON 2021 DATES HERE


“I have always been a self confident person for as long as I can remember.

Never fearful of anything…but my own body.

Hiding behind my self confidence for years but always lacking self love.

Letting myself be beat down mentally, physically, and verbally for years at the hand of others not excluding myself, all because I didn’t have self love.I struggled for years with this until one day in my late 20s I woke up and decided I couldn’t live another day like this,Letting go of toxic relationships, things that no longer served me or brought me happiness. Finding out how to be happy with myself in my own body, in my own presence.

Once I found out how to truly love myself and embrace my body and all its flaws there was no turning back, I was unstoppable.

A boudoir shoot is something I have always wanted to do and I couldn’t be happier that I dived into doing it with Lindsay. I showed up at her doorstep and told her I wanted to do something never done before, she of course put me to the test and I obliged without hesitation.  Natalie and Lindsay made this experience like no other, I forgot I was the only one in the room naked haha.

Self Love Experience is an amazing experience to say the least, I cannot say enough great things.

I rave about my experience and photoshoot every chance I get, I know Lindsay isn’t tired of me spreading her name around but my friends may be tired of me constantly talking about it, I just can’t help it.

I’m all for women supporting women, we need to teach each other how to love ourselves and I believe Lindsay is doing that with Self Love Experience.

When we learn to love ourselves the rest will fall into place.
I believe this whole heartedly.

I am unstoppable and so are you.” – Amber


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Keep scrolling to see the art this babe chose for their walls!

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Finding “Me” in Myself – Troy | Albany | Saratoga Springs | New York – Boudoir

As someone who walks the walk and not just talks the talk I can agree wholeheartedly with what today’s #LRPBoudieBeauty has to say about her session helping her to find herself.

I have about 18 pieces of Estate Art in my apartment (and alot more of myself as well as others in the studio!), a mix of just me, some with my boyfriend, some of my daughter, and some of us all together…but my largest 24×36 Estate Art is of just me and hangs in our living room.  Every time I look at my scars or see my messy hair and broken out skin in the bathroom mirror I walk into the livingroom and look at my Estate Art and have a moment where I remind myself that the woman in the art on the wall is me and I am still that woman in the photo, despite having a bad day.

There is a reason we call this a Self Love EXPERIENCE.

This is not just about photos but about connecting with yourself through facing your doubts, fears, anxiety and vulnerability and being able to see the end result, which is a complete powerful and beautiful woman.

They say a person can be their own worst critic and that is sooooooo true! (guilty as charged here!)

There are so many days I still point at the bottom of my tummy and ask my boyfriend if also loves this part of me….I ask him becasue I struggle to love that part of myself….but what my art has taught me is that when someone is looking at me, they are seeing ALL OF ME and not just these parts of myself I choose to stare at, dissect, and dislike in the mirror.

This experience is about giving our clients a whole view of themselves that they simply cannot get when they look in the mirror at home and can’t see past their self described “flaws”

On that note, I wanted to remind you that our sale on 2021 dates is still going on as long as NY is on Pause and that we also have initiated our new “Pre-Payment Plans” that offer additional discounts for setting up your payments in advance of your session!

To book your 2021 date just follow the link below:

BOOK 2021 DATES HERE


“I had always dreamed of doing a boudoir shoot and when the opportunity came to not only have one, but have one with Lindsay whom is amazingly talented and makes it a complete experience, not just pictures.

The whole day was for me, Lindsay’s gorgeous and energized personality had me the second I walked in the door. She helped me figure out what to wear and how to dress for my specific body. I felt confident and safe throughout the whole experience.

Natalie did EXACTLY what I wanted for makeup. She has a way of highlighting your already individual features and just making the makeup feel like a natural part of you. We had a beautiful talk while I sipped wine and got not only pampered, but some ideas on how to understand how to do my own makeup.

I knew I would be blown away by their space and accessories, which I was and still wish I could live there! What I didn’t expect was to feel no embarrassment during the shoot, she directed me gently and kept my energy going with her kind words of encouragement.

I will always look back at this experience with love, happiness and fondness.

She brought ME out of myself. I am a single mom who is constantly moving place to place and working hard. I look at these pictures and see me. I see beyond my roles as a daughter, mother, worker and spiritual healer. I just see me. And that is a gift that there are no words for.”  – Ms. B


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“I had always dreamed of doing a boudoir shoot and when the opportunity came to not only have one, but have one with Lindsay whom is amazingly talented and makes it a complete experience, not just pictures. The whole day was for me, Lindsay’s gorgeous and energized personality had me the second I walked in the door. She helped me figure out what to wear and how to dress for my specific body. I felt confident and safe throughout the whole experience.

Natalie did EXACTLY what I wanted for makeup. She has a way of highlighting your already individual features and just making the makeup feel like a natural part of you. We had a beautiful talk while I sipped wine and got not only pampered, but some ideas on how to understand how to do my own makeup.

I knew I would be blown away by their space and accessories, which I was and still wish I could live there! What I didn’t expect was to feel no embarrassment during the shoot, she directed me gently and kept my energy going with her kind words of encouragement.

I will always look back at this experience with love, happiness and fondness.

She brought ME out of myself. I am a single mom who is constantly moving place to place and working hard. I look at these pictures and see me. I see beyond my roles as a daughter, mother, worker and spiritual healer. I just see me. And that is a gift that there are no words for.”  – Ms. B


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Female Business Owners – Saratoga Springs | Troy | Albany | New York – Boudoir

There is no joke that now is one of the hardest times in our generation’s history for small business owners, but what I am not seeing on the news is the incremental impact on FEMALE businesses.

Not only are we fighting to keep our businesses alive but now we also have to be full time moms, full time homeschool teachers, chefs for 3+ meals a day, 24/7 playmates, cleaning crews, etc etc.  While yes there are men out there that step up (my man happens to be one of the best ever at taking over everything so I can focus on my business), this is a primarily female burden that I am seeing when I look at my close circle and when I look at the wider scope on social media.

To top it all off we are supposed to be at the top of our games for everyone else while not being able to properly take care of ourselves.  No nail salons, no hair salons, no gyms….while these things might seem like vanity, how we view ourselves and how we CHOOSE OUR SELF CARE is a huge part of our overall mental health and NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE IMPACT OF QUARANTINE ON BODY IMAGE RIGHT NOW.

It’s become a celebration when we see someone get up and even brush their hair in the morning. Bring out the champagne if someone has enough energy to even touch a lipstick or mascara to their face…that in itself is an enormous feat when we are already all so emotionally and physically depleted.

This is what the pandemic / quarantine is doing to us.

We spend all day online seeing people complaining about eating too many snacks and then looking at ourselves, un-showered, dirty hair, also eating snacks and thinking…well if they think it is bad does that make “me” bad?  This thought process alone has a huge impact on our mental health, our ability to work, our ability to provide and our ability to care for others.

While we can talk all day long about equality, it is a time like this that shows the true gender inequality of our society.

Now take all of the above and combine that with being the sole income provider and/or main income provider for your family, and then take that away too for 30+ days.

The impact is magnificent…and not in a good way.

It is funny, in a time of quarantine I have relied more on my tribe of other women than I ever have before.  Aimee, our CFO and Jen our Director of Product Fulfillment have continued to carry me through this while also struggling themselves with their own separate businesses.

I bet the patriarchy never realized by forcing isolation they would really be forcing us closer together.

I see women all over looking at other female business owners and asking how they can help. I see collaboration, and innovation. I see businesses coming up with new ways to cater to their customers.

Aside from nurses and teachers our next top demographic for Self Love Experience is Female Business Owners.  Gym owners, salon owners, booth renters, bakers, estheticians, massage therapists, jewelry designers, retail and apparel store owners…. Entrepreneurs.

I just want all of you to know that I see you, I see your struggle, I see your hustle, and I am really fucking proud of your perseverance through this very hard time.

On that note, We have an incredible Female business owner on our blog today.  Take some time and read below to see what she had to say about her own Self Love Experience and remember that we are running our Sale on 2021 dates for as long as NY state is on Pause.

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO SALE


“Like so many others, I have had a long and complicated relationship with my body. I’ve spent years hating it, other years feeling disconnected from it, and more recently, I’ve spent years reclaiming and in reverence of it.

As young as elementary school I can remember wanting to “diet.” And as soon as middle school, I can remember voraciously reading books on feminism, body image and the impacts of mainstream US culture. My mind “knew better” than to get hooked by the oppressive norms fed to me through institutions, ideologies and interpersonal connections, and yet, I couldn’t help but internalize them. So even as I intellectually understood the psychological and sociological underpinnings impacting my relationship to my body, I still found myself upholding and enforcing the fucked standards on myself.

Throughout much of my life, I’ve turned to art, primarily writing and photography, to heal and explore issues of representation, female identity, the male gaze, and belonging. In 2018, I founded Bold Woman Brands, a holistic marketing and creative agency doing our part to empower women in business through sound strategic counsel, coaching, and soulful creative. We are a creative agency dedicated to personal agency. We believe that women deserve access to alternative ways of image-making and business that liberates, rather than perpetuates, the status quo.

Our company tagline is: Be you, boldly. It’s a revolutionary act. Which is exactly what I channeled in my time with Lindsay. Bold Woman Brands, and this amazing photo shoot are two of the recent ways I’m giving the big ol’ middle finger to the male gaze and stepping fully into my power to ensure that my wounds, and all our wounds, get healed so we can all move forward together. Loving our bodies and looking hot AF for exactly who we are.

Casey Carroll
boldwomanbrands.com”


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