Amanda Boudoir Blog_0935Amanda recently booked a session after following my work for quite some time.  I was so excited when she finally booked and was looking forward getting to know her a little better.  Amanda had her makeup done here at the studio but did her own hair.  Rosie, my makeup artist, did such an amazing job on her makeup.  She was simply stunning.  With many of my sessions, I like to ask my clients some questions about their session.  I think hearing right from my clients direct helps future clients feel more comfortable with their decision to book with me.

A little about Amanda:

Amanda is a 29 year old married woman. She has been married to her best friend for six years. Together they have two beautiful children under the age of three.  She absolutely adores her little family.  And she looks forward to all of the adventures that await them!  Amanda works a corporate job with a hybrid schedule so she’s able to be home with her babies as much as possible.  She loves that her job gives her the flexibility to be with her kids along with a break from being a mom from time to time.

In the last few years she’s decided to choose wellness for herself.  Amanda has been working every day to improve her outlook on life and heal some past traumas.  Growing up, she struggled with depression, as many do.  In recent years it’s really manifested in gut issues.  This has taken a toll in a whole new way that can be very invasive to her life.  It’s a constant struggle managing her thoughts and emotions when it’s coupled with gut issues.  Prior to her session, she was very scared that her gut would get the best of her before and during her session as nerves tend to accelerate her symptoms.  Prior to her session she did a lot of mental prep to help give her the best chance of success.  She also reached out to me for guidance to help ease her mind prior to her session.

Amanda, why did you choose to do a boudoir session?

“I have always wanted to do a boudoir session. For some reason I always talked myself out of it. Some of my thoughts were: “I’m too young.”, “I would never look like the models in her photos.” “I could never achieve the vision I had.” “I am now 2 children in and my body just isn’t what it used to be so I missed my chance.”…and so much more. Finally, my husband realized how important it was to me and gave me the final push. I went in thinking the experience was going to be for me and the final product was going to be for him. However, I now know that both the experience and the final product are what I will treasure forever. I did the session to prove to myself that my post baby body is sexy as hell. Even more so because of what it has been able to do – grow and sustain two little lives. “

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Were you worried or scared about anything going into your session?

“I was mostly worried that I wouldn’t make it to my session because of my mental health. I tried to plan out the whole day in my mind before arriving but once I got there and Sarah laid out the plan, I was able to let go of all expectations and put all my trusted in her. Once I let go I was really able to have fun and enjoy the experience. “

What was your favorite part of your session?

“My favorite part of the shoot was getting into a pose and just breathing sex into it. I would close my eyes and channel my husband in each photo which translated so well in the final product. Sarah took the worry away when it came to posing so once she showed the pose I could relax and have fun. Oh wait…I have a second favorite part – the final viewing of the gallery just blew my mind. I could barely hold still as she clicked through them. I just couldn’t believe it was me in those photos. I looked incredible and I have NEVER said that about MYSELF. Oops, I have another favorite part (can you tell I loved everything?) – getting my makeup done was the icing on the cake and what helped me get into the right head space. HOLY COW, Rosie was a frickin’ magician – I felt like a piece of art and could barely bring myself to take the makeup off at the end of the day. I just wanted to skip around town all night with my hubby. Instead, I got to walk in the house and watch my husband and three year old’s jaw drop. It was an amazing feeling. If it wasn’t for the kids being home, my husband and I would have had a really fun night…I felt like a sex goddess. This experience has increased my sex drive as well which is something I have been struggling with in the past few years. “

What changes have you noticed in yourself since your session?

“I spoke to a lot of these changes in the previous answers but overall, I feel like this experience has me on a high. I fell in love with myself again. I learned and saw how beautiful my body is. I have had a complete shift in how I view my body as well. I love the scars that show that I carried my babies in my body and sustained them for years after. I finally see what my husband has seen all these years. I actually believe him when he says I look beautiful. “

This makes my heart so happy.  I am so thrilled that she was able to have a session and I can only hope that this brings even more healing to her life.  Amanda is such an amazing woman both inside and out and I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her!

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