Let me start by saying how much I loved this experience!
I have been with my husband since we were 15 so we have been through a lot of changes…from early teenage body issues to college cheerleading and carrying/birthing/nursing 3 beautiful children now 6, 4, 2. I have never been confident in my body but for some reason purchased a session with Shalista while pregnant with baby #3. I looked at it as motivation to get back in shape. I finally booked the session 2 months shy of her second birthday. I was excited when I booked the session but became more nervous as the shoot got closer. I did not tell my husband because I wanted it to be a surprise…he would never expect me to do something like this. I tried on every piece of lingerie I had packing about 20 items because I wasn’t sure. When I arrived, I was nervous but Shalista welcomed me with a smile and her explanation of the process made me slightly more comfortable. Hair and makeup was fun. I rarely wear makeup and mostly wear my hair in a ponytail. The makeup artist did a wonderful job and the time we spent visiting eased my nerves even more. We started with something I felt good in which was helpful. Shalista walked me through each pose and provided constant feedback to ensure beautiful pictures. By the end of the session, I had a confidence I had never felt before. It was about 2 weeks before I was able to fit a viewing into my schedule…this was I think more nerve racking than the shoot! I do not know why because the photographs were amazing. There were SO MANY beautiful pictures…of me! Shalista patiently waded through the pictures with me as I debated which ones to keep. She gave her professional and unbiased view when I needed help. It was great to have input from her as I kept pictures I may have let go without her knowledge and objective view. My husband is still surprised that I did this and of course loves the final product. I highly recommend this process. It is a great confidence boost and reminder of how beautiful your body is. Thank you, Shalista…I look forward to doing this again someday!