Today is officially my 30th Birthday! I’m in Las Vegas hanging by the pool and fully leaning into the celebration. To celebrate… I’m going full Taylor Swift by listing the top 30 things I learned before turning 30!
How to get your body swimsuit ready??
You put your body in a damn SWIMSUIT!!!
Summer is for every BODY!
Can I get an amen?! The Fearlessly Feminine babes are doing pool mini boudoir sessions and I can hardly contain my excitement. Come lay by (or, you know, jump into) the pool with me at the new and the girls at the new Fearlessly Feminine digs on July 26th and 27th. Let’s celebrate YOU! I just ordered one KICKASS Cabana I can’t wait to photograph you guys in! Think: Romantic Tropical Vacation.
This is a chance to have a boudoir experience unlike any other!
Spots are limited, so be sure to email me to snag your spot today!
Option One: Pool Hair, Don’t Care Package
30-minute Boudoir Mini Session
Six Digital Images
Option Two: What Are You Wading For Package
30-minute Boudoir Mini Session
Four Digital Images
Miss B was an absolute blast to shoot with! You can see her personality bubbling through in her photos, and I love how fearless she was in her session! She responded to a model call I had, and then she was also able to gift her images to her husband. Win-win for everyone all around!!
Miss B, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous images with the world. I loved working with you, and I’m so happy that I was able to walk with you on your journey to loving the skin you’re in. Never stop believing in and loving who you are!
Why did you choose to do a Fearlessly Feminine shoot?
I chose to do a Fearlessly Feminine shoot, because I wanted to have a time in my life captured. As cliche as it sounds, you only live one time! I was tired of living in a constant state of "Right now, I hate 'X' about my body." Instead I wanted to just be forgiving and say "Right now, I am in love with my body". At the time I was newly engaged and planning a wedding. Talk a bout a stressful time in life! So much to do, so much to plan, so much to prepare! On that list of things to prepare was my body! Instead of making some super strict work out regimen and crazy fad diet, I chose to message Alisha. I am so glad I did! Instead of trying to change my body, I just tried to love my body. SEE my body from an outside view. I wanted this time of self love and acceptance captured. I am SO grateful I did! I now have an entire printed ALBUM of my beautiful body, and I am living for it! I. LOVE. MY. BODY. I love my weird legs. I love my little bitty ta- tas. I love my little perky tush. No matter what. I am choosing to be forgiving, and just love my body, because who wants to live a life of hate?!
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My ultimate favorite part of the entire shoot was that my bestie was there getting photos taken of herself! I LOVED yelling "Yes girlllllll, work it!" As weird as it sounds we are totally comfortable in front of each other naked. Being a source of support to another woman is always satisfying, especially when we all know we ourselves are in need of that support. It was honestly just an amazing day from beginning to end. Mimosas, wine, girl power, love, make-up, fun poses, girl talk, more self - love. I mean HOW am I supposed to narrow that down to favorite parts, when really the entire experience was to die for.
How did your boudoir session make you feel?
I felt full of confidence. I felt so beautiful and supported by Alisha and her team.
Would you do another Fearlessly Feminine shoot?
Is that even a question - Heck Yes!
Would you recommend a session like this to anyone else? If so, who?
Yes! I would LOVE to shove my mother in front of the lens! I would just love to know that she gets to feel the way I do about my body, about her own body. Honestly, I would tell every female to have a session! It is not something you will regret! Just go for it! You deserve to accept and love your body too!
What did you do to prepare for the shoot?
I took a nice long shower the night before, because I love a good steamy shower where all 5 of our mirrors in the bathroom are completely covered in steam! I had a mani/pedi the day before. Before that I went on a shopping spree in the mall to pick out pieces that made me feel like my best self.
The preparation for the shoot was completely full of self-care! The whole nine yards: face masks, shower scrubs, hair conditioning treatments, and the best smelling lotions!
What image was your favorite?
Oh girl, no. I could never choose one! I equally loved all of them. Each photo showed a different angle, and a different way to view my body. Each and every photo made me realize how much I love my body!
What products did you decide on? Are you happy with your choice?
I chose to take home an album to keep for myself. I had it personalized with a word that means so much to my husband and me. I showed my husband and then stole the album back to keep for myself! I also received a flash drive of my images to have printed for when I wanted to remind my husband of how lucky he was to have me! Haha! If you want ideas on how to slip the photos into your significant other's day - just ask Alisha, that girl is creative! :). I also now have an app to view my photos at any time. I am so happy I chose these items. I love having the photos physically in my hands.
Miss M absolutely radiated a #selflove glow by the time we were finished shooting! She took the first anniversary gift of paper to the next level with a beautiful boudoir album for her husband. Documenting her strength and her beauty was important to her, and the investment will last for years to come.
Miss C absolutely SLAYED her Fearlessly Feminine session!! She saw a friend’s images and decided she HAD to do a session for herself, and I’m so glad she did! Seeing the look on my girls’ faces when they see their images for the first time… there’s nothing like it. It is so important to me that every woman know her beauty, that she know her worth. It is absolutely necessary to capture, to have something to physically hold: an album to flip through, art to hang in your bathroom, master closet or living room... to see yourself every day and say, “Yes! I am beautiful!”
This session with Miss M was a total bridal boudoir dream! She wanted to do the session as a gift to her husband that really emphasized the fantasy of her “getting ready” for him on their wedding day. Her lingerie and accessory choices were very light, natural, classic, and sophisticated, which is exactly what she told me she wanted.
I am the one in five women* who will be raped at some point in their life. I am the one in three women* who will experience some sort of sexual violence during their lifetime. I am one of the 63% of individuals* who do not report their sexual assault to law enforcement.
I want to share a little part of my story with you. I don’t like to call myself a survivor because I’m not sure that is the right term to use, but I went through something like a lot of other people out there; however, there is more to my story than just being raped or sexually assaulted.
I’m over the moon Miss K came in for a session back in January and I was even more excited to get her client feedback survey and hear all the ways this session lead to her spending more time on self care, self love and just an overall investment in herself! Seriously, my absolute favorite part of being a photographer is getting to celebrate and encourage women.
Can I just say I about broke out into a dance party when this redhead walked in for her shoot?! I didn’t want to come on too strong, but it’s rare I get a beautiful redhead in for a boudoir session, and I was jazzed! There’s nothing I want more than for everyone to be able to look at the Fearlessly Feminine feed and see themselves in the images.
I will cherish my boudoir experience forever. Seeing the look on Will’s face when he opened the album brought me so much joy -- and not because he thought that every single shot was beautiful. It was because I didn’t have a shred of doubt that anyone else’s reaction to the images would change the way I viewed myself and who I’ve become -- a strong, beautiful, capable, and empowered AF woman.
I’ll be honest, I just didn’t know any better. At the time I thought keeping silent would hurt less than recounting aloud the graphic details that still haunt me. The first time I remember feeling violated I couldn’t have been more than nine. The bulk of the abuse happened when I was in high school, barely sixteen. He was over twice my age. I was abused by a family member, someone I loved. It was extremely difficult for me to separate the abuse from the grooming I experienced for years. I love his kids and his wife. I felt like it was my fault. I didn’t know who to tell. I was unimaginably ashamed. I was afraid my family would hate me. Not being believed, scared me. Going through a trial, petrified me. I felt alone and not supported.
Mrs. L chose to do a Fearlessly Feminine session for her 5 year wedding anniversary as a present for her hubby! She and her husband have two kids, and she wanted to celebrate their life together with some gorgeous photos that they could have forever.