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D | Exquisite Sessions | Fort Walton Beach Florida Boudoir Photography

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Starting something a little different! I recently published an awesome little questionnaire that my beautiful clients fill out after everything is said and done and now you get to hear from their own mouths what they thought of the experience. This is great for you and for me because it allows me to see the impact I’m making and opens the door for a conversation if I screw something up. 🙂

 

I never know where to start with telling my side of things. I love every single one of my clients. I don’t know how to explain it. Maybe it’s because I’m a people person anyway, but I feel a genuine connection to every person I work with. I love what I do. I love that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to shape how women see themselves and change lives. It’s great making money doing something you’re passionate about. Here’s the thing, though. This career is more than just work for me. I am INVESTED in you. I want to love on you and be a part of developing your self-esteem where it lacks. I want to be an ear when you’re having a bad day. When I give you my phone number, I do it because I want you to use it. I want you to add me on Facebook and Instagram. I want to be a part of your life. So, when we sit down together and have dessert or whatever to do our consult, I go into things EXPECTING to make a friend. I mean, if we don’t click, that’s ok. But I want to be the person in your corner, yelling, “GO! YOU WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL BADASS! GO!”

 

There are certain clients that dive head first into the process that occurs during a session and D was one of those fantastic beasts. Easy to coach (because I swear to you, not ONE person comes in and just knows what to do – and if they say they did, they’re lying), transitioned from badass to sweet easily and just knocked it out of the ballpark. Enough of my gushing and whatnot, though. You’re not here for me to babble…you’re here to see the epicness that happens in my studio.

 

Plus, this time, you get to hear how D felt about her session, too.

“I always wanted to do a boudoir shoot but was far too nervous because I didn’t think I was in good enough shape or pretty enough. Also, I was afraid of doing something so intimate with someone I barely knew! But when I stumbled upon your stuff and looking at all the pics you had done and how beautiful the women looked,  I felt like I could trust you.

The day of, you were incredibly patient and talked me through everything that would be happening and Dani was a true artist with my hair and make up! That was such a great start to the whole shoot, making me feel beautiful enough and giving me the confidence to be photographed. Shooting with you was an absolute dream, you took your time to make sure I was comfortable with anything we were doing and made me laugh whenever you saw I was getting self conscious or nervous. You set the bar incredibly high as a photographer for anyone else to have to match.

I felt so much confidence in myself and I realized that I didn’t need to have a ‘perfect’ body to be beautiful and was able to see what it is that my boyfriend sees in me and that is such an amazing feeling to have, especially when I have always struggled with feeling beautiful or good enough. There are no words to express how grateful I am and how glad I am that I got to do such an amazing shoot with you!”

 

Annnnd my heart sings in response. Much love, gorgeous. So pleased to have shared this experience with you and SO GLAD I get to show your photos off!!!

 

 

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B | Exquisite Sessions Bridal Boudoir | Destin Boudoir Photography

Destin Florida Bridal Boudoir

Wedding day. You have new and cute lingerie, your veil, your flowers, hair & makeup…everything is already at your fingertips. A newer trend that has been happening lately is to take a half an hour to forty-five minute after your hair and makeup has been finished to do a quick boudoir session in your hotel room before you put on your dress. There’s something different about doing a session before you get married. There’s a change to the photos…more anticipation. Talk about the perfect wedding gift!

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K | Exquisite Sessions | Destin Boudoir Photography

Destin Boudoir Photography

What happens when you open an AirBNB that you get to design from every aspect? You immediately shoot a session there because you’re obsessed with the colors you’ve chosen. I have always enjoyed interior decorating, but being able to do whatever I wanted with the master bedroom of this place just made me SO happy.

A huge thank you to this sweet lady for letting me share a few of her images. She’s the first and only client that will have had her session done in this space. This house was an awesome project that I’m so glad I got to be a part of for the last year, but I’m grateful for the next phase of focusing on my photography again. 🙂

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H | Exquisite Sessions | Pensacola Boudoir Photographer

Something I have been working hard on is getting multiple shots out of one pose and this session gave me the opportunity to really put that practice to use! One of my favorite new things that I offer is a desktop acrylic triptych and it is GORGEOUS. While you can do whatever you want with the image placement, I personally adore the almost stop-motion effect that doing multiples of the same pose can create.

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Get ready to drool… | The Exquisite Sessions | Fort Walton Beach Boudoir Photographer

I’m a tangible type of person. I love the look and feel of luxurious products. If I’m paying money for something, I want it to be high quality. Well, let me tell you, I found QUALITY for my albums and my USB delivery system. Luxury. The kind of paper, fabrics, materials that you just want to oooooh and aaaaaahh over. I finally took some photos of the GORGEOUS things you can purchase after your session and I hope that you’re just as obsessed with them as I am.

Head’s up: You can come see and touch for yourself on April 29, 2017 at the Mother’s Day Expo at Uptown Station where I will be showing off my work for all to see. This is a great opportunity for you to come meet me, too. Get to know the artist behind the art. 🙂 Why Mother’s Day? Because I want to remind every woman that has kiddos that she is MORE than just momma. She is a goddess worthy of adoration.

Collective OOOOOoooooohHHHHHhhhs and AAAAAaaaahhhhhHHHhhhs now, y’all. 😉

 

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B | Exquisite Sessions | Destin Boudoir Photographer

Something magical happens when you get together with another photographer and just let your creativity feed off of each other. I absolutely ADORE Michelle Coppini of Remnant Boudoir and together, we traveled to New Orleans for a photographer’s retreat to revive our love for our art and enjoy the beauty and culture that NOLA has to offer.

While there, we found an AirBNB gem to stay in and use as a studio and it did NOT disappoint. Even if it was a little scary to stay in overnight (hello horror movie fireplace and lighting). It was fine, though. LOL.

The best part of it was using it to shoot in. I got SO much that I’m splitting it up into multiple blog posts. Because…y’know…anticipation and stuff. And it’s too much AMAZING to fit in one post!

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Let’s Talk Lingerie | Exquisite Sessions | Fort Walton Beach Boudoir Photography

Let’s Talk Lingerie: Bustiers vs. Corsets – What’s The Difference?

 

Ok, let’s be honest, shall we? None of us know the difference between a bustier and a corset or a teddy versus a romper. So, I figured we should get down to the nitty-gritty and what flatters what body type. First part of this series will be about the differences between different kinds of lingerie. The second part of this series will be dedicated to how mix and match different styles to create different looks. Fashion can be so much fun when you know what things are called and how they work!

 

Bustiers

Bustier is pronounced boo-stee-yay.

Bustiers

The key feature of a bustier is that it has a built-in bra. Bustiers are usually shorter than a corset and are often referred to as long-line bras. You’ll find most bustiers are fastened like a standard bra with hook-eye-closures and usually have some form of boning to add structure to the piece.

 

 

Corsets

Corsets

Corsets are typically more meant for waist-cinching. They cover from the hip to either just under the bust (underbust) or just over the bust (overbust). Usually, a corset will lace together in the back so that it can adjust (tighten and loosen) where needed.

 

Blended Fashion

As with everything in fashion, styles are often blended into hybrid pieces. You’ll see fashion corsets that are less expensive and include hook-and-eye closures to create ease for putting it on. Some include zippers that once fitted, it’s simply a matter of slipping it on.

 

Bustiers are a go to if you already have an hourglass shape or a defined waist. If you’re looking to pull in some of your tummy, though, the corset is going to be your best bet. Which would you shop for? Personally, I LOVE a corset!

 

 

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Holly Dawn | Exquisite Sessions | Fort Walton Beach Beauty Photographer

I don’t think that there are words in the English dictionary that can describe what this woman means to me. She is beautiful, wicked talented, brave, strong, compassionate and understands me on a level that few could ever dream to. I never wanted a “wifey” t-shirt until I met this girl. As far as friends go, she is my soulmate. My number one. I can count on one hand the people that I can turn to in any given moment and she is among those five.

I believe that we have different best friends at different times in our lives. That doesn’t mean that previous best friends mean any less or that future best friends mean any more. It’s simply a matter of where you are in life. This girl, though, is one of those that I’ll still be calling “nerd” when we’re racing down the hallways in our wheelchairs when we’re 80. She’s one of the ones that speaks up when I need to suck it up, but she’s also one of the ones that will let me feel sorry for myself and have a pity party every one in a while, too.

She is the one that I can cuss like a sailor around and make awful jokes with and know that she will never take offense. She will quote movies with me. We make fun of each other even over the “off-limits” kind of stuff. She’s the one that knows my love language is gif wars and lets me shower her with presents because that’s how I show the people I care about them. She fights me over the check every time, but doesn’t keep track. She’s the one that will watch scary movies with me without begging and will jump at the same time with me, even when we know exactly when the jump scare is coming.

And then there is the fact that she is a fellow artist. She understands a part of me that few get. So, when she asked me to take her photos for all of her comic-con appearances, I about lost my mind. The best part is that we had the exact same vision. When you get a chance, go take a look at her work. I know you’ll fall in love just as I did: ScerdyBoards.

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