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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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Model Misconceptions | Nashville Boudoir

There are a lot of misconceptions about models. The way they look, their IQ level, and the ease of their job are constantly being dragged through the mud by people who simply don’t know any better. Yes, models are beautiful (that’s #1 priority of their job!) but most are extremely smart, a lot of them using the money they make to put themselves through school, and their job is anything but easy. You’d know if …

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Lingerie Lovers Unite! | Nashville Boudoir

I used to think that I was a pervert because I loved lingerie so much. I didn’t really think that liking lingerie was sinful in itself but having a straight-up love affair with corsets and panties and balconette bras seemed somehow…wrong. No one else I knew gave a shit about ‘underthings’ past the point of going to the Victoria’s Secret at the mall a few times a year to buy underwear on sale with the word PINK …

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Light and Dark | Nashville Boudoir

We all contain multitudes, we are made up of light, dark, and 50 shades of gray.  What a wonderous thing that is, this multifaceted life! UNLESS…you want to book a boudoir shoot with me and have to decide between my dreamy, airy work AND my sultry, moody stuff. OMG how do you EVEN CHOOSE?! Well, NEWSFLASH, you don’t have to decide! Do them BOTH!  The style and type of shoot you do, or the VIBE …

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Summer Goddess | Madison Boudoir

It’s hard to talk about summer Goddess sessions when the Midwest is about to be dumped on by 17 inches of snow. In April. Luckily, I’m currently in Nashville where it’s a nice 65 degrees! I took these images last summer and am just now getting around to posting them because life is busy and I suffer horribly from dotoomuchitis. But here they finally are!  Elan looks like a damn Goddess brought to life…because she …

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Blue-Haired Girl | Memphis Boudoir

Sometimes I don’t have much to say in my blog posts. The writing gods aren’t blessing me right now and I don’t feel like regurgitating the same ‘love yourself’ mantra to you again because honestly I’m struggling right now personally.  Everything is sort of out of balance in a big way for me. I’m working on getting things back on track, sorting through my priorities, and changing some things. It gets old, this re-aligning. I …

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Heartbreak Hotel | Memphis Boudoir

Getting over a break up is hard. I don’t have any recent experience, I’ve been with the same man for 12 years, but I still remember my last break up. It helped to shape me into who I am today. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? When it happened I was a complete and total mess for a long time, and it took years for me to finally heal all of the little …

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold | Wisconsin Boudoir

It’s hard being a woman. Most of us are stuck in a state of MORE- a bigger, better, faster, stronger mentality that keeps us in a loop of perpetual unhappiness.  The constant need to PROVE and BE THE BEST (what even is that?) gets to all of us at one point or another, no matter how zen you claim to be. And the worst part? All of us are walking around unhappy wondering what the hell …

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Vulnerability Part 2 | Grand Rapids Boudoir

I talked A LOT about vulnerability in Part 1 of this set so I’m not going to harp on it too much more except to say that it’s hella important, in life and during your photo shoot. So give it a read if you haven’t already. I’m here to connect with you, soul to soul, and capture a piece of it in images. I can’t do that as effectively if you don’t let your guard …

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Self-Portrait= Self Love | Florida Boudoir

I am so nervous to post these that I might throw up.  I’m feeling allllll sorts of emotions but the main one is FEAR. I’m scared to show people my body because it’s a body now. And as much as I might preach self-love and all that mumbo-jumbo I am kind of ashamed of where I’m at in this current body. It’s physically uncomfortable right now and for someone who can’t even look at themselves …

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Kimono Flow | Wisconsin Boudoir

I LOVE styling boudoir sessions. LOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE it! I think I could honestly just quit taking photos forever (sad day) and still be able to carve a beautiful life out for myself with styling photo shoots/movies/whatever floats your boat. Lingerie and vintage clothing bring me THAT MUCH JOY. There’s something so incredibly satisfying about pulling different elements together to create a narrative. You become what you’re wearing. Everything makes sense and just clicks in. That’s important …

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Pin Me Up | Madison Boudoir

I have a great love for pin-up, old Hollywood glamour, and film noir styles, probably because I have been collecting vintage for literally over half of my life (It all started with a pair of snake skin kitten heels…). Due to my reverence and respect for the past I am very wary about photographing the different genres (because those are 3 different genres, and even those three can be divided further into sub-categories) unless we …

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