I want to get real with you for a sec. A lot of the women, well, mainly all of them have shared with me that they want to do a session like this but they don’t like something about themselves. They feel like they aren’t at their ideal weight or some even think that their prime has come and gone. When ever I hear that all I can say is please stop telling yourself that lie. Your are beautiful in the body that you are in, and you are worthy. I have worked with women in their 20’s up to their 60’s, and women of all sizes, and you know what they all have in common? They all felt beautiful and confident during and after seeing their photos!
I get it. I get the hesitation because you don’t know if you will love how you look in your photos, but honestly, everyone that I’ve worked with…even the ones with doubts, loved their transformation, the experience, and their pictures. They had no regrets!
Don’t put this amazing experience off because you feel like you need to lose a few extra pounds or whatever you tell yourself that keeps you from doing a session!
I’ve gotten some questions about what a boudoir experience entails and figured it one person has a question maybe more women do so I thought I’d share.
Before your experience, I will send you this beautiful guide with images of the women before you, along with information on preparing for your day with me and Laree! Oh, for those of you who don’t know Laree, she’s my stylist and makeup artist. She and I work together to create a custom look for you for your experience. Everyone’s look is different as is everyone’s boudoir experience. I will chat with you via phone a few days before your experience to answer any questions that you may have to get you ready. On the day of your session you will arrive to the session where you will meet Laree and myself. You will bring your outfits, and I will help you select your looks, and then you will be seated to get your makeup done. We have so much fun during this time. We chit chat, and get to know one another while you get pampered! After that, we get you in your first look and start your session! After your session you get to view and select your images because if you are anything like me you want to see your pictures as soon as possible.
You’ll get a chance to look at some album and product samples and then you will place your order. Some people pay all up front, and some pay over time. But either way, we have something to fit your needs.
Well, I send lots of
options in our welcome guide to help you prepare with examples of what to wear
and where you can get pieces for your shoot!
2. Can I bring a friend?
I get it…you want some
moral support but I’ll be your cheerleader during your session and I also don’t
allow anyone in the room who isn’t being photographed. You may think you need
someone cheering you on, but honestly it really takes away from this experience
that is just for you.
3. What about hair and makeup?
Makeup application is included with all sessions! Hair is offered in the premier boudoir experiences.
4. Do you offer payment plans?
We sure do!
5. Can I keep my photos private?
Of course you can. I respect my clients’ privacy and only post images that I have permission to post!
6. Do you edit out certain things like cellulite, stretch marks, etc.?
Everyone is different when it comes to what they are comfortable with when it comes to the way their body looks, so we talk about that before the session, and I shoot intentionally…this means I pose you in the most flattering way for your body type, I use shadows to sculpt the body, and images are hand edited by me so if I need to remove or smoothing some things I will do so within reason. While, I won’t make you look like someone else, I will make sure that you look your best!
7. Do you help me with posing?
I sure do! In fact, I even do the poses myself to show you, and sometimes if needed I will help you get in position! So don’t worry, I got you covered!
I would like to share my WHY, because it’s important. I decided to focus on the art of boudoir photography for women 40 and over because I feel like they are the forgotten. Society wants us to believe that beauty only exists when we are young, however; working with the women that I’ve been blessed to work with has shown me that beauty exists in all ages, all sizes, all races. I love working with the everyday woman who has given her all to everyone around her because I feel like she is the most deserving of this life changing experience. I want her (you) to see that beauty still lies within and give you an experience that you will love, while creating images that will last a lifetime and beyond.
I can’t tell you how sad it is for me to see the standard type of woman represented in boudoir photography. She’s young, she’s skinny, and she’s not a woman of color. Now, listen, boudoir is for everyone, so I don’t want to take that away from women who look like her, but I feel like there isn’t a wide range of representation of women from all walks of life. She exists in boudoir images because I’ve photographed many women like her. She’s not one age, one size or one ethnicity.
This is why boudoir is so special to me. It’s because I get to work with all women, and show them how beautiful they are, that their time hasn’t past, and that they should have beautiful images of themselves!
1. You’re celebrating a milestone… Happy birthday, girl! You’ve been wanting to do something special, and different to document this special time in your life. You’ve left your 20’s and 30’s more wiser, and you’re in a difference “space” in your life. Yes, you can have a party, a nice dinner with friends and family, but you want to do something to commemorate who you are during this phase in your life. What better way to do that than with a photoshoot. It’s something you can look back on and remember how special you felt while looking bomb as f*ck!
2. It’s on your bucket list…
You’re at a certain
point in your life where you want try some things that you’ve been thinking
about or have been curious about doing. You’ve decided that you want no
regrets, no I wish I did this or I wish I did that. You just want to put it on
a list, do it, and scratch it off! Plus, this is one of the things that you
have penciled in on your bucket list…a boudoir session with Celeste 😉 (you see
what I just did there?). You want to live your best life with no regrets plus
this is something fun, out of the box, and special that you can do for
3. You want to reconnect with yourself…
It’s been a while
and you know why. If you are like a lot of women, you’ve been mom, wife, and
caregiver. You’ve been so much to everyone else that you’ve taken a back seat
to your own wants, and needs. You’ve been taking one for the team for so long
that you lost yourself in the midst of it all. A boudoir session is so special
because it’s a personal experience and gift for YOU. It doesn’t matter if you
are deciding to do this as a gift for a significant other if you have one. This
is your session, your experience, your images and most importantly your gift to
yourself….and you deserve to do this for YOU!
4. You told yourself that this is your year of “Yes”!
You said self, I’m
going to say “yes” to more things. Things that are different, outside of your
comfort zone, because you know that saying yes to more things that are
different that it will help you grow into the woman that you want to be,
because you want to live your best life!
5. You’ve been curious… Let’s be honest. You’ve seen pictures like these and see the women in them and you’ve thought about how cool it would be do a boudoir session and to have images like those of yourself as well, but you aren’t quite sure. You aren’t sure because you have questions, doubts, and maybe some insecurities about how you feel your body should look. I’m sure you have lots of questions and I want you to know that I am happy to answer those for you with no strings attached. I want more women of all ages, races, and sizes to experience this type of session in their lifetime because she deserves it and she’s so worthy.