Interview with a Bombshell
After a day of shooting, we sat down with Miss A to ask her about her Bombshell Session experience.
How would you describe your overall boudoir session experience?
Empowering. I left feeling confident and strong and unstoppable.
List the outfits you brought and where you bought them.
I brought three different nighties from Victoria’s Secret and Dillard’s, a white button-down men’s dress shirt and solid black tie, a few black bras, three pairs of lacy underwear (red, pink, and black), and a brown wiggle dress from Macy’s. You know, in case I ended up looking awful in everything else, I better have some legit clothes.
Who did your hair and makeup? What are your thoughts on these vendors?
The studio provided both hair and make-up artists immediately before my shoot. I wanted big, curly, wavy hair playing off of my natural curl and hoped the ginormous pimple near my lip would be concealed. I was able to show Sydney pictures of hair and make-up during my consultation, and both artists achieved exactly what I wanted!
What kind of vibe were you going for? Do you think we pulled it off?
I originally sought these pictures for my husband who is currently stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, with the Army National Guard. Naturally, I wanted these pictures to look like me, maybe waiting for my husband, wanting my husband. Wearing something I’d easily wear around my house, for the most part. I didn’t want too much make up, no uber frilly costumes, and natural light in a bedroom scene. I also wanted these pictures to represent the woman I have become in my late twenties. I feel strong, beautiful, and confident, and I wanted to see that in print.
Were you nervous about any part of the shoot beforehand? If so, what? Did you become more comfortable after the session started? If so, what helped to relax your nerves?
My biggest concern was that I would look nervous in my pictures. Also, that I would think my thighs were too big, my boobs were too small, or that nothing would fit right that day. I think any jitters I had were erased during hair and make-up, though. There’s just something that makes a woman feel so good when someone else pampers her. My make up was airbrushed, and my hair was so sexy. I felt incredible just looking in the mirror in my tank top and jeans. I loved the music, too! It also helped to chat with Sydney. She’s so easy to talk to.
What advice do you have for others getting their boudoir pictures taken?
I made a “secret” Pinterest board prior to my consultation. I pinned tons of stuff: outfits, hair, make-up and poses. I wanted to keep the fact that I was doing this shoot private, since at the time my husband didn’t know about it yet. I took that board of ideas to Sydney who also had a board of pins for me on her Pinterest. It made it really easy for us to collaborate and stay on the same page.
What was your reason for doing the boudoir session? (a gift for him, yourself, wedding present, anniversary, etc.)
A gift for him, that ended up being a gift for me. Originally, I thought I should do this for my husband, but as I was proofing my photos I realized this was totally for me. I ended up purchasing a “big book,” because there was just no way could I narrow down that many awesome photos to fit in the smaller book. I plan to keep it forever. I’ll share it with sisters and friends and my daughters as they get older. I want my girls to grow up knowing what it means to love and respect their bodies. I want them to see, regardless of size or whatever “problem” areas they may see in their bodies, that they’re beautiful and sexy and no one’s opinion matters if they really believe it. I believe it. I feel it. And now I see it in my pictures.
What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies? What about skills?
I love baking, crafting, and playing with my two kids. I sing in my church’s choir, and I spend most of my time running my kids to soccer practice and piano lessons when I’m not working full-time, like most moms. I love reading and the arts. I’m a professional stage manager, but I grew up performing, dancing, singing and acting.
What was your favorite part of the session?
I loved how this entire day was just about me from start to finish. No babies, no work, just fun with a friend. I LOVED getting to view my proofs right then, too.
Why did you choose the location where the session was held?
I wanted a bedroom scene, because I wanted these pictures to represent the “me” my husband would see. I want him to be able to take these with him should he be deployed and remember what’s back at home waiting for him, loving him, and wanting him. I loved that I was able to look out a window “looking for him.”
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