Karli and Her Blue Hair!

Karli recently came into the studio for her boudoir session.   When I answered the front door and saw her electric blue hair I just knew it was going to be a fun session.   I just loved working with Karli.  She was a breath of fresh air.  Had a confidence in her that I think everyone she just have an itty bitty bit of.

As with all of my past sessions I like to ask the ladies some questions so you can learn about their session direct from them.

A little bit right from Karli herself:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

“I am a daycare owner and mom of one 8 year old girl and 2 fat cats. Luckily, I am married to my soulmate.   In the past, I spent 2 years being a foster mother to 2 beautiful girls.  For the last 5 years I have been rediscovering myself and blossoming into the woman I was meant to be after an emotionally abusive 8 year relationship. I deal with anxiety on a daily basis. I like to use my life journey to help others know that they do not have to be defined by their mental illness(es) but that they can use it to spread awareness and connect to the people around them because we are not alone.”

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

“After 5 years of begging my husband has me finally playing video games with him.  Recently, I started doing yoga and its kicking my ass but I can already feel the difference in my quality of life. I love going to concerts, and going to the movies. I also love being a lazy bum and just lounging around watching The Office and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in my jammies. Wasting an entire afternoon at a thrift store is so much fun too. So many treasures!!”

Why did you chose to do a session?

“The past 6 months I’ve been really coming into to my own.  Saying YES to all the things I’ve scoffed at in the past. My husband (god bless him) has been the most patient husband on the planet. He is really in it for the long haul. He has always encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone but my stubborn ass is always quick to say NO to just about every new thing.

I had just started doing yoga, I’ve been tending to my physical and mental health needs, I stepped inside a strip club for the first time ( SO MUCH FUN!!) And I just felt really connected to and appreciative of my body in the exact form that it is at- not what I wish it would be. I wanted to do this for my husband as a christmas gift but it totally ended up being a gift to myself.”


“I wasnt exactly nervous per say, but I really didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It ended up being WAY easier to pose half naked in front of a professional stranger than I thought it would be.”
How did you feel afterwards?
“I felt ELATED. Like cloud 9 elated. I raced home and immediately went to my 2nd yoga session and I was just feeling myself. When my husband came home from work that night he knew something was different about me and I ended up caving and telling him what I had just done for him and boy was he PSYCHED. It’s been almost a month since I took the pictures and our sex life is still off the charts exciting since that night and he hasn’t even seen the pictures yet!!”
How has the session changed the way you feel about yourself?
“I’ve always been a big girl. I’ve never been ashamed of it but I did notice the way that sometimes my weight has affected my ability to do some physical things. I realized after this shoot that I CAN actively move my body in sexy ways, and that was something I was missing. Even though I am plus size I can still portray my body as something delicate and soft and fluid.”
Anything else you’d like to say about your session or to encourage other women to do a session?
“JUST DO IT!! No, it is not “cheap” by any means.  But, it is a complete investment in yourself. That is something that I’ve noticed mothers and women in general tend to forget the importance of. Every single body is beautiful and deserving to be photographed . We are our harshest critics. When you go to look at your pictures with Sarah you will see how amazing you are. Exactly as you are. Do not worry about the size of your boobs, or your double chin (they are actually very cute!) Or your cellulite and stretch marks (everyone has it!) Do not wait until you have “the perfect body” either. Because, you can be a size 2 and still find something to rag on. Just do it, you deserve it!”
Karli was such a breath of fresh air and has such a great look on things!   I hope you can take away a little bit of her confidence.
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