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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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It’s About More | Exquisite Sessions | Fort Walton Beach Boudoir Photographer

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There is a resounding theme among purveyors of the art of boudoir. You’ll find that there is a vast majority that attach the genre to a concept of taboo-ism. That it’s meant to be a “your eyes only” project for a significant other. However, there is so much more to what a boudoir session can accomplish. Sure, it’s a great gift for someone else. It’s an even better gift for yourself, though.

Our society, our culture, our media, our advertising – all of it is centered on one theme: you’re not good enough as you are.

This makeup get rid of your wrinkles!

This crème gets rid of your dark spots!

Don’t have freckles? Here’s how to get them!

Your lashes are too short. Try this extension!

You need to lose or gain weight. Drink this magic potion and your life will change!

Here’s the thing, though. All of that stuff? It’s a cover up. It’s a mask. We’re given an ideal and we’re expected to conform to it. And I’m not JUST talking about women. I’m not JUST talking to the curvy girls. I’m talking about humanity as a whole. You have to be sassy, but not bossy. You have to be demure, but not weak. You have to be cute, but not childish. You have to firm, but not demanding. You have to be confident, but not too much or you’ll be labeled conceited.

 

When does that stop? Where is the line? Who says how far you have to go to get where society says that you *fit* all the sudden?

 

There’s something that transpires during a boudoir or beauty session (because it doesn’t ONLY happen when you take your clothes off!). When you have a photographer who knows the insides and outs of posing, of lighting, of body language, they’re able to show you the light that radiates from within. We’re so critical of ourselves that we don’t see it. The majority of the time, we look in the mirror and tear ourselves apart. But when you sit down across from a stranger, do you tear them apart in your mind? Are you thinking about how one ear is a little higher than the other? How their cowlicks are obvious and annoying? What about that muffin top that comes out when they’re sitting down? Or whether their shoes match their purse? How about how straight their teeth are?

NO! So, why do we do it to ourselves???

It starts with you. It starts with making the conscious decision every morning to love yourself where you’re at.

Am I saying makeup is bad? NO. Am I saying you shouldn’t strive to be better than you were yesterday? NO. I AM saying that at some point, you have to wake up from the brainwashing and realize that our appearances don’t dictate what we deserve. We ALL deserve love. We ALL deserve respect. We ALL deserve to look in the mirror and love what we see.

 

There are no two bodies exactly alike. Maybe I love my hands, but you think your fingers are short and stubby. Maybe you love your legs, but I think mine are disproportionate. Our standards, though, begin with us. By attacking the subconscious rules that we have created for ourselves, we can live a happier life. When you’re not focused on everything being perfect, all the sudden, you have the capacity to see more than yourself.

 

So, start today. When you look in the mirror, pick something you love and compliment it. I don’t care what it is or where you start.

“Wow, my eyes really sparkle when I’m happy.”

“My ankles are just right.”

“My abs are on point today!”

“My hair looks amazing.”

 

Why do this? Positive reinforcement for yourself radiates out to those around you. And we need all the positivity we can get right now. SEE yourself with someone else’s eyes. SEE those around you and what makes them special and beautiful (or handsome).

Next? I want you to compliment someone every day (if you leave the house, in person. if you don’t, online). Think about how your words impact others. Try thinking positive. Even something as simple as telling someone you love their shirt! Not only does it make them feel good, it makes YOU feel good!

 

I can help you see yourself. I can show you that you are a stunning, formidable creature that deserves everything their heart desires. I see you and I see exactly how to highlight your best features. I know how to pull out your best smile – the one that comes out when you’re unabashedly happy. I know how to show you the fierce, badass babe that we all have locked up deep down. I can take you to the core of vulnerability and teach you that the place is a place of healing and wonder and power. I will take your insecurities and help you toss them out the window so that you can move forward as a strong, empowered, force to be reckoned with.

You deserve that. Believe that you are worthy of living your life the way you want to. Even if you have to fake it until you make it, someday you’ll realize that it’s finally true for you. And that day? It is a GOOD day.

 

Let me walk this path with you. I promise I will hold your hand the whole way. I will root for you and I will fight for you. Let’s do this together!

 

P.S. That badass babe up there? That’s ME. Thank you DJ for reminding me that I am gorgeous. You da best! If you want to see more of my very own session that I had done, you can see it here: http://princephotographyllc.com/mandas-bedroom-eyes/

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