The last few years have been rough in my life, my husband has a debilitating genetic condition that has gotten much worse, and I have had to care for him. Also during that time, we decided to have our first child.
Don’t get me wrong, my daughter is the light in my world, but I didn’t have the easiest of pregnancies and then ended up with a c-section, I felt like a failure. I know it wasn’t the case, but when you go through thinking it will be one way, and it turns out differently, you feel that way. I think a lot of mothers that have been in this place will understand.
Then after having her, looking in the mirror, I didn’t look like me, nothing seemed just right so I felt out of my own skin, I was a mother and a nurse but didn’t really feel like a woman anymore.
I had been following Black Lace Boudoir Facebook page for a while and felt like I needed a boost, after winning a canvas, I decided it was time to take the leap. I called Rami, and we spoke on the phone, and after talking to her, I knew this was going to be exactly what I needed.
She was a huge help in picking out items as I emailed her god knows how many times. She was patient and the best.
When the day came, I was a little nervous but decided it would be a good thing. After getting my hair and makeup done, we picked out my final outfits and began shooting. It was so much fun, there was music playing, and I started to relax. She was even silly at times to make me laugh and get the jitters out. It was such a good time!
Then we went to view my photos, and I was so nervous. All I could think was “How would I look” “Was it worth it” “My body isn’t the same, would it even look like me?”
I looked amazing, no I didn’t feel like I looked like me, I looked better than me!! Was that really me?! I was so happy it was awesome!
1. How old are you?
2. What do you do for a living?
Office Manager at a CPA firm, Sell LuLaRoe and Personal Chef
3. What made you decide to take a leap of faith and do a boudoir session?
I had been following the page for a while and really loved the direction your style was going so I really wanted to do something a little more edgy and fun.
4. Did you have any obstacles or fears about boudoir?
I had just had a baby, and my body was not exactly where I would want it to be so I wasn’t sure how I would feel posing after all that. I still felt not sure in my skin since having my daughter and just wasn’t sure how comfortable I would be.
5. Was the session different from what you expected it to be?
The session was super relaxed and really awesome! Rami made me feel totally comfortable and had music playing and made it fun!
6. What was your favorite part about the entire experience?
I feel like I got a little bit of me back, almost like I climbed back into my own skin. I felt like I wasn’t just a mom but I could be a woman too.
7. How did you feel when you saw your photographs?
I was amazed when I saw how I looked; I didn’t believe I could look that awesome after having a baby. It just reaffirmed the feeling of being in my skin and making me feel like a woman again! I felt beautiful and sensual!
8. Any advice for women interested in their own boudoir session?
I believe that everyone should do it at least once in their life. It is something for you! It makes you feel different about yourself when you see those photos, every woman is beautiful in their own way, and I feel that this brings it out in you.
9.Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of the session?
I saw myself as a vibrant woman again and not just a crazy working mom! I am beautiful even if my body isn’t the way it used to be!
11. Would you recommend Black Lace Boudoir?
Absolutely! Rami is great and kind and amazing to work with!! If I were ever going to do it again, I would do it with Rami in a heartbeat!!
Thank you all for being a part of our pre-launch party tonight! We are so happy you all took the time to view the new website and take part in this awesome giveaway. This is such an exciting time for us here at Black Lace Boudoir with our new studio and a website that is more user-friendly we couldn’t be more happier with the turnout tonight. All your feedback as been so kind!!
So let’s get this giveaway started!
We have three awesome prizes for ONE lucky winner!
What is INCLUDED:
1. A $25 visa gift card
2. Betsey Johnson Make-up Bag
3. Petite Boudoir Session
* 2 digital files
* 11 x 14 canvas
How to Enter:
Please COMMENT below WHY you would like to win a Boudoir session!
Include your full name & email:
Rules on How to Enter:
The winner will be selected at random and announced LIVE on our VIP group. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize so make sure to check your email <3
This year has been a year of great success in many areas of my personal and business life. On New Year’s Eve, my husband and I celebrated with friends and some we had never met in person before. This was a first for me as I had never been to a New Year Eve party let alone gone to a party with people I had never met before. Talk about a total thrill of excitement! This was a huge step for me on so many levels that required me to step outside of my comfort zone completely. I have opened up with a lot of my clients about my struggle with social anxiety. My amazing clients have been so kind with encouragement. The struggles of this has made growing a business difficult at times, but it has open my eyes to a much bigger adventure than I had ever imagined for myself.
In 2016 I was able to grow my business not only in the state of Virginia but New York State as well. What a dream it has been to work with clients outside of Virginia and continue to do what I love. This adventure has allowed me to learn about opening up and put myself out there which isn’t always easy. Since doing so, I have been able to accomplish a lot, and I am so happy that I decided to take a leap of faith and jump rather than stay within the same old box I had been inside for years. In February my husband and I set out to find a new home as we have started to outgrow our current home. This adventure came with a few let downs, disappointments, tears and a lot of stress. So you can understand the excitement I felt when we finally got an offer on our current house. The journey has been one that has tested our marriage, my own faith and has reconnected my heart with God. I am so very excited to share that Black Lace Boudoir will have a BRAND NEW STUDIO in our new home!!!!!! The excitement cannot be express through words but I promise if you have worked with me in the past you know how much this means to me and my family! I hope you will be willing to join us for our open house party in July!
We have not moved in as of yet but I had to share some pictures from the listing because well I am way too excited to make you wait any longer!
Our New Studio!!!
There is something about photographing bridal boudoir that makes me giddy inside. The excitement is sometimes so overwhelming that being creative is the only way to express it. I love antiques and anything old! I find them so unique to photograph because each piece has a story to tell along with the person I am photographing. So when I get the chance to include BOTH, I run with it and completely let my imagination go to town.
When shooting boudoir, I don’t always get to shoot detail pictures of random things in the room. It most cases my clients may not be typically interested in a picture of a piano or a flower laying on a desk, but sometimes you see that perfect idea in your head, and you just have to snap a few pictures! I love when I get to shoot in a historic home full of timeless pieces which allow me to tell a story along with my client’s session. This vintage bridal boudoir session was fun and different than what I have photographed before. If you are a bride who wants something outside of the norm, dark and totally unlike the classy style then please contact us! We would LOVE to work with you to create your unique bridal session that will share your style within the images.
“Always be brave enough to embrace your beauty.” -Black Lace Boudoir
Meet Rachel who is also a photographer! It is an honored being able to work with another creative artist in the area that has the same passion at heart as I do.
Rachel has been in front of my camera several times, and each time I have seen the growth of confidence within herself. Confidence is something I want to encourage in every woman I met. It is common to find women thinking and speaking negatively about their bodies. We lack such body positivity in today’s society. We start to lose who we are as individuals and get wrapped up in the negativity. It isn’t healthy, and that is why I always feel my clients should feel nothing but empowerment, confidence and celebrate their beauty. These women leave their session feeling as if they can take on the world.
Embrace all of your imperfections because every one of those imperfections is beautiful!
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