Tell us about you, anything you want to share. How old are you? What do you do for a living? Etc.
I am 32 years old and am proud to say I work for one of the leading mortgage companies nationwide. For over a decade I made a career in the banking industry and found myself eager to learn learn now. That is how I endes up taking a leap of faith that landed me in the mortgage industry. I now have the tools to better serve my community. I am known for being financially sound, helping others build and /or repair their credit and make their goals a reality.
Tell us about everything that lead up to your session. This could be a story about your past that you want to share. Also, things like; What made you decide to do a boudoir session? Did you have any fears about boudoir photography going into your session?
To be honest, I have always been fascinated by boudoir and even nude photography, but never ever thought I would get the courage to get photos taken. Growing up I was always super skinny with no shape. Well... my late teens to early 20s changed that. I had a very difficult time when my first stretch marks appeared and began not liking my body at all. My self esteem went down the drain when my first husband was abusive both verbally and physically. That marriage ended and led to an even more toxic situation. Needless to say I did NOT know how to pick the right men. I began to believe I was meant to be abused. I heard their voices over my own conscience. From being cheated on and everything far and between I felt worthless. I married again in 2013 and that ended in me being cheated on during my pregnancy. I gave birth to my son in 2013 which introduced me to the infamous "pouch" we get after birth that forever changes our tummies as well as the lovely little thing called cellulite. My son's father couldn't have made me feel more disgusting if he tried. But when you hit bottom there is only one way to go. I met the love of my life all because of a silly dating app and I never thought for a single second that I would have anything more than meaningless conversations and men wanting nudes. My man encourages me and tells me to accept who I am because even what I see as flaws he sees as my uniqueness.
Tell us about your session! Was the session different from what you expected it to be? What was the best part of your session? What were you feeling and thinking when you first saw your photographs? What did doing this shoot do for your self confidence, self worth, and self image? Tell me your story.
My session started out as a frantic mess for me. I am a neat freak and can be a bit OCD, so when things fall out of place, my anxiety kicks in. I felt bad I couldn't find parking and just began to worry. Once I was inside I sighed a sigh of relief and... then it happen. I cried in front of Unique, the make-up artist. She was so sweet and wiped my tears away. As I sat there with my eyes closed I became more and more calm. The weeks leading up to my shoot I fell really ill but I managed to get healthy and continued with my at home exercising. I was able to drop 12lbs before my photoshoot. I felt good overall. Once I changed into my first outfit that's when things became real for me. I thought I was going to sweat profusely and get extremely nervous but I was so comfortable in front of both Ayla and Rob it is as if I had been in front of them before. Seeing myself with my face glammed out almost made me double take because I didn't even recognize myself. I felt sexy and couldn't help but smile. When I saw my images I was taken back. I couldn't believe this angelic figure on the screen was me. After receiving my album and wall print I feel proud for what I have done and will cherish the time spent in the studio forever.
The nitty-gritty! Any advice you would give to other women when thinking about their boudoir session? What products did you order and what did you think about them when you received them? How did you like working with Ayla and the team?
If I had to give any advice to other women that's easy, DO IT! Women of all shapes and sizes are sexy and its time we start embracing our individuality. Boudoir is not distasteful or anything of the sort. This is about getting out of your comfort zone and letting a side of you show that you yourself never knew existed. You will not regret it, I guarantee it. Ayla and Rob are absolutely amazing. I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to have my photos taken and I couldn't be more happy. I loved the two outfits I wore during my photoshoot so much that I found them online and purchased them.
If you were going to write a review for us, what would you say?
Ayla and Rob are so much more than professionals, they make you feel like you are the only person in the room. From having your name displayed upon walking in the door to having your favorite beverage waiting for you; no detail is overlooked. I felt safe and couldn't have been more comfortable if I tried. I entered with a smile but left with an even bigger one.