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Sep 2011

Kristen Ledlow Experiences She Boudoir | Tallahassee Boudoir Photography

Kristen Ledlow Experiences She Boudoir | Tallahassee Boudoir Photography

posted in: Private Sessions, Video

We were recently featured on ABC 27’s The Good News Show with Kristen Ledlow. Kristen had her own private She Boudoir session the day before at Hotel Duval here in Tallahassee so she could get the She Boudoir experience first hand. I’m so happy that I got to meet her before the interview because it really helped me get the TV appearance jitters out! We contacted each other off and on all week about her upcoming session and she filled out our little survey so I could get to know her better. I really wanted to customize it to Kristen and make the shoot more personal. She of course is the resident sports caster at ABC 27 and a huge sports fan, so I wanted to incorporate that somehow without going over the top. I asked her to bring a few sporty items and we went to work! Kristen came up with the idea to bring a favorite swimsuit and combine it with a luxurious robe and pearls for her first look. She also brought a much more casual, “girl next door” sporty look with her off the shoulder T-shirt and boy short combo in her next look. I love the contrast between her outfits and how they both were pieces she was really comfortable in for the session.

Check out the highlight reel from our session below!

I can’t believe I didn’t mention this mask already! I got this beautiful Venetian mask from Kanvas Beauty in Midtown. They have a few of these gorgeous masks that are just too swanky to pass up!

I loved working with Kristen and am so pleased that she loves her photos. Watch our interview below to hear Kristen describe her experience with She Boudoir at Hotel Duval.

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Jun 2011

Why I love what I do

Why I love what I do

posted in: Session Prep, She Speaks

At my first boudoir party photograph viewing, I was so nervous about showing the images to my clients that I was shaking. I was sweating. I was fumbling with the cords to the TV. I had no idea how these women—none of them professional models—would respond to their new boudoir shots. The images went up, and I held my breath, not knowing what to expect. Imagine how I felt when I heard cheers. They were clapping! Whistling! Hugging each other with excitement! As I stood back, I couldn’t help but hear what they were saying, and something struck me. While the women couldn’t stop talking about how gorgeous they all looked, they also wanted to talk about how much fun they had had modeling. My favorite comment, in fact, one I heard over and over, was that they wanted to do it again. They wanted to tell other friends about it, so that they could do it, too. They couldn’t believe how easily their nervousness had transformed into confidence, and—most importantly— they couldn’t wait to show their photos off. It was clear that each client felt more happy and beautiful in that moment than she had before the shoot. In all my years as a professional photographer, I don’t think I’d ever had that effect on anyone before.

Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to work with many women, all types of women, most of whom don’t even understand how truly beautiful they are. Most of my first-time clients have never even had traditional professional photographs taken, let alone boudoir portraits, so trust me when I say they are often very nervous. They’re anxious about outfits, colors, shoes, makeup, hair styles. And of course, most clients come to their sessions particularly worried about posing in lingerie in front of a stranger. So, when it’s time for their viewing, they’re often prepared for the worst. Why? Because they hope for the best, but they’ve never before experienced the pleasure of being professionally styled and photographed. That’s where I step in. I offer help with what to wear and how to prepare. I provide professional make-up artists and hair stylists, if clients want me to. And I support clients when they are nervous or embarrassed. If I can make them laugh, I can get a great shot. So, the most common response when my clients sit down to view their images? “I can’t believe that’s me. I look so pretty!”

I can’t even explain how much that means to me. When I’m able to show someone how beautiful she is, my heart wants to burst. So, if you’re wondering if this type of photo shoot is right for you, I’m telling you that it is. Read through my clients’ testimonials, and you’ll see that they think so, too. Be a little self indulgent. Enjoy the experience of a professional photo boudoir shoot, and then enjoy having beautiful photos of yourself to show for it. Allow me to help you celebrate yourself.

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