What do you do for a living? Restaurant owner/operator
What did you think boudoir was before hearing of Love + Wanderlust Boudoir?
Not for me! Only skinny supermodels or perfectly curved ladies...
Did you have any obstacles or fears about doing a boudoir session?
Absolutely - I was very self conscious and concerned with my weight my blemishes and my imperfect curves... that my photos wouldn't work out. That I'd hate them and not even want my book.
What made you decided to take the leap of faith and do a boudoir session?
Leesa! She's incredible and her work is stunning... the consultation really made all the difference. I would not have signed up without chatting with her at length about it first.
How did you feel before your session?
Super nervous and pumped and a little.... preoccupied- like what if this was all just garbage... what if she couldn't make me look the way she promised... I'd been feeling a little concerned that my fiancé didn't find me as attractive since I've gained a bit of weight - and I really wanted to feel sexy and not insecure again. I thought this was the way to do it but it terrified me that that might not be the case
How did the session day make you feel?
Incredible. Every bit as amazing and more than I'd imagined. My rolls aren't my favourite and some of the poses I was convinced would be.... well not flattering - and I fell in love with them. I even did the nudescapes (Bonus add-on) and though it was the hardest part to look at - I really loved some of the photos. Leesa and her team made me feel like a supermodel - made all of those concerns kind of fall away. Made me feel beautiful and sexy and amazing.
Was the session different from what you expected it to be?
Yes. More posing than I'd expected and way more focus on makeup, prep, setting the mood... more "variety" in outfits and photos too - and way more fun.... and well- I look freaking hot! That was not what I expected in the least. (Just hoped).
Did anything surprise you?
Me. My body! How incredible the photos looked. And that I could do the poses... and stand in the heels!
What would your advice be to other women who haven't booked a boudoir session?
Do it. Sign up now. It's the best investment you can make in yourself if you're body conscious.. or just want to spend a day loving yourself.
Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty / sexuality / sensuality / body confidence as a result of this session?
For sure... I felt super empowered. My fiancé noticed it as soon as I got home. I already feel like a new woman again... or really like the old me again! The girl I missed! I'm excited to wear my lingerie again and to actually pretty myself up because I actually am beautiful and sexy and feminine and sensual.. and somewhere I forgot that!
Why would you suggest someone else book a session with Love + Wanderlust Boudoir?
I have a great camera on my phone and I have a beautiful home but my photos could never look the way theirs do. The studio, the poses- I think it's impossible for anyone to not look incredible in their session photos. Everyone needs a girls day to unwind smile be pampered and feel the greatest in their skin. Love + Wanderlust knows how to make the spark come out - and I think we could all use that.
What would you say to people who say they can't do a boudoir session because they are too shy, nervous, etc?
I was too. I am plus size - always covering up - never dressing to impress - and never allowing myself to love the way I look. I've been that person for so much of my life. But there is nothing that prepares for for the incredible ride of boudoir. Book the consult - and when you book your appointment, make it sooner not later. The longer you wait the more you get to worry. And the more you get to chicken out. I booked mine with less than 2 months which was just enough time to prepare myself. I remember thinking Leesa is crazy. Like there's no way this could ever be me in these photos. I booked and was still convinced I wasn't going to go. But if I was going to spend the money you then I had better show up. And let me tell you - I'm SO glad I did. I got to see myself in a light that I never have before. And I LOVED it. I can't wait for my photos and I literally want to show them off to everyone (yup, me who won't even wear a bathing suit in public). I couldn't be more proud of this accomplishment... and even if nobody ever saw these photos - this day was literally the best thing to happen to me this year. Oh - also- don't wait to be thin, or to lose weight, or to reach that goal, or to get yourself "fixed" or any of those excuses. Do it now - and love yourself now - it's more important to love the skin you're in than to put even more importance into what you hope to become - because you're amazing and gorgeous and sexy - without having to change a thing.
Anything else you would like to share?
Thank you so much for being an incredible team and relighting my spark. I'm already thinking about how I can save for another shoot haha!