Hey y'all! Meet Ms. A. =)
Why did you decide to book your boudoir session? Why did you choose Seriously Sexy Boudoir? About three years ago, I was reading a book by Carnie Wilson, and in it she spoke about her weight loss journey and posing nude for Playboy. I was incredibly inspired by her, and I decided that when I lost my weight (post-surgery), I, too, would do a photo shoot. I definitely did NOT want to be photographed nude, but I wanted a way to celebrate my new body and my life. There are few better ways to do that than art! I had seen several "deals" for boudoir photography on Groupon and Living Social, and each time I did research on the company/studio/photographer. After seeing Leila's website, photographs, and ESPECIALLY her video introduction of herself, I knew that SSB was going to be the best fit for me. I felt comfortable with my decision from the moment I purchased.
How do you feel about your session experience and your images? I read online before going that a woman expected a couple good pictures, but ended up loving them all. I thought maybe that was an exaggeration...until my own shoot was over. At the studio unveiling, Leila had shot over 50 pictures of me, and it was INCREDIBLY difficult to narrow them down. Going in, I expected to purchase one or two - not 15. But I couldn't part with those. Leila did a great job ensuring my comfort, modesty, and happiness during the session.
If you opted for it, how was it having your hair professionally styled by Markia Nicole? Would you recommend to other ladies to have the professional hair and/or makeup as well? I got my makeup done professionally by a friend, but I chose to have my hair done at the studio. BEAUTIFUL. Markia was so sweet, and she did a great job making my hair look soft and beautiful - but it was still me. I looked and felt beautiful. I would definitely recommend anyone who is going to get the pictures done to invest in assistance from professional artists for hair and makeup.
How do you look in your portraits compared to how you normally look in photos? I am excited that I look like ME in the pictures. Obviously, the quality of Leila's photos are way higher than any point-and-shoot camera would produce. The lighting was perfect, the scenery was perfect, and I look great! My skin looks so smooth in the pictures, which isn't usually the case. Leila knew the angles that would best flatter me, and her knowledge of how to "work" a session are so apparent in the results.
Do you feel like the images and service you received from Seriously Sexy Boudoir was worth what you paid for it? How so? I have honestly never in my life invested so much money in pictures, but I do not regret one penny spent. These are memories that will last me forever, and that's priceless. I can't wait to show my family, my friends, my children (when they come, someday). I am so proud of her work, and if I wasn't a poor graduate student, I would have bought them all.
Any thoughts or advice for ladies who are thinking about having a session, but aren't quite sure if they're ready or brave enough? Leila asks a LOT of questions before hand to gain knowledge about what you want as a client. She LISTENS. The environment is incredibly comfortable, and she makes sure you feel flattered in every shot. Try on lots of different outfits before you go. I loved taking pictures in oversized sweaters, but I also felt comfortable in a babydoll and even did an "implied nudity" shot! I never thought I'd get down to so little clothing in front of a stranger, but I felt completely safe doing so with Leila. She'll tell you in her correspondence with you that whatever you feel is sexy IS sexy. Find what YOU love. And while it's a little nerve-wracking, this is art and art is beautiful. Take a chance on yourself. You will not regret it!
Would you recommend the Seriously Sexy experience to other women? Why or why not? Yes! YES! YES! A million times yes! I plan on returning to Leila again and again over the course of my life (we're gonna grow old together)! It was so FUN. I laughed and danced the entire time! It is an investment that EVERY woman should make in herself at some point during her life. All women have beauty. Leila captures it.
Thanks so much for allowing me to share your gorgeous images, Ms. A! As always, all of the images on my website have been hand-picked by clients with a signed custom model release, so there are never any surprises as to what's posted on the blog! My clients' privacy is of the utmost importance to me. =)