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Little Boxes | Tulsa Boudoir

Human beings are very judgmental towards one another. We make snap decisions about a person based on what they wear, how they look, where they work. We like things to be neat and tidy and to fit into categories so our brains work really hard to quickly sort out a person in a short amount of time. Into the little boxes they go, judged. And there is probably a psychological reason for this, like maybe …

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Mother Morpho | Wisconsin Boudoir

I’ve had the Mother Morpho concept floating around in my head for awhile now. To say it came to me in a dream sounds corny, but it’s 100% true, at least the name for the shoot did. And this shoot almost happened with someone else a year prior but it was pouring rain and we were downtown St.Paul and it just was not meant to be. So I put it on the back burner and …

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Sometimes You Just Need To Go Through Some Shit…| Wisconsin Boudoir

Amanda is a special person to me. Over the years we’ve bonded through our mutual love of lingerie and she’s probably just as obsessed with vintage clothes as I am, always scoping out the best deals in the coolest places. I’ve photographed her a few times but never really feel like I truly capture her raw essence. It remains elusive but someday I’ll get it! Either way, the images always turn out gorgeous so I …

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Embrace What Makes You Different | Wisconsin Boudoir

I have known Samantha ever since that first day in kindergarten when we looked at one another and just decided to be friends. She always seemed so strong and confident to me so it was a shock to read her story. I never knew that she struggled back then, and that’s just it- we ALL struggle with body image issues, some of us are just better at hiding it. The stories women are telling me …

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Find Your Fire | Wisconsin Boudoir | Duende Boudoir

I talk a lot about how a boudoir session isn’t just a boudoir session if it’s done right. How it can really change you if you open up to the experience and let yourself be vulnerable for me. I talk a lot of what might seem like ‘fluff’ to some people. But the truth is that it’s just that…true.  This is Holly. And these are her words.  “All people have their story, whether it’s full …

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Vegas-City of Artists | Vegas Boudoir

Vegas, in my mind, is the City of Artists. Showgirls, burlesque stars, singers, aerialists, pole dancers. I recently went to Vegas to work with some of these amazing beings in a whirlwind two days of back to back shooting in collaboration with Spoil Me in Rhinestones. I didn’t get very much time with any of these women but we created some amazing stuff! This is Dani. She’s a gorgeous woman who knows her way around …

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Embrace Your Weird | Wisconsin Boudoir

From the very beginning when I first picked up a camera Rachel was down to pose for me, no matter what the concept. I would throw her in pouf dresses and mohawks and even once, with the help of my entire family, I suspended her in a cobweb of ropes from a few trees. She’s always trusted my vision and never hesitated to help make the pictures in my head a reality.  I fondly call …

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Unpredictable Magic | Indianapolis Boudoir

Photo shoots in nature are my absolute favorite…but I’ve said that many times before. I keep trying to think of why exactly I love them so much (besides the fact that I freaking LOVE nature) and I finally know why-  Everything is up to chance. The scenery changes not only by the day- things blooming and fading- but also by the minute-one moment full sun glare and the next dappled shadows.  I have to be in …

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I Needed You Ten Years Ago | Nashville Boudoir

If you actually read my blog regularly and not just hang around for the pretty pictures you will have gotten the hint that I have had a difficult time ‘accepting’ my body over the years. It’s still an uphill battle, but at least it’s no longer a full-blown apocalypse in the temple that houses my soul. And my work as a boudoir photographer has really helped me heal myself, and in turn heal others.  One …

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To The Fullest Capacity | Nashville Boudoir

I talk about loving yourself and learning to love yourself A LOT. I practically shout, “YOU ARE A STUNNER!” to every woman who complains about their body anywhere within my earshot. But the truth is that it’s not that easy to see your beauty when you pick yourself apart all the time. You don’t just fucking wake up one day and feel at peace with the flesh cage that permits you to live this life. It …

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