From Miss M!
I am on my second boudoir session with Shalista, and will hopefully be doing my third soon! My first session was about healing my self-image, learning to love myself and letting myself process and let go of a lot of negativity I carried. The second time around, the name of the game was feeling sexy as hell, having fun, and nailing the door shut on all of the trauma I had carried around for years.
Going into it, there was never a question about who was doing my second shoot. Shalista’s photography skills are second to none, and she made me feel so comfortable during my first shoot. I was surprised, though, by how nervous I found myself going into the second shoot; even though I knew exactly what was coming!
When I walked into the studio, Shalista greeted me with a big hug. We chatted about life, work, and family while I got done up. The hair and makeup artist, Angelique, sat me down and made me look and feel like a goddess. By the time we started shooting, the nerves had all but vanished and I felt like I was just chatting with an old friend who happened to be taking pictures of me in lingerie. The entire shoot was full of laughter, sharing stories, and SO much fun.
My biggest worry (both times) is that I didn’t “know” how to be sexy. During the shoot, Shalista was amazing with how she was able to coach me on exactly how to pose. She talks you through everything from head to toe, so I never had to wonder if I looked good with Shalista working her magic on me. She had me hanging upside down from a swing and, sure, it felt a bit awkward; but she managed to capture one of my favorite shots in spite of all the laughter in the meantime. In case you were wondering how committed Shalista is to giving you your dream shoot: she let me set my (former) marriage license on *actual* fire to get a shot. That’s commitment! Lol
I was so anxious to see my images! At my viewing, I was just as astonished at how talented Shalista is as I was the first time around. Honestly, I still can’t believe the woman in those images is me! Briana was so sweet and patient with me and let me review the images over and over when I couldn’t decide what I wanted to order.
I can’t wait to do it again and I’ve recommended Shalista to all of my girlfriends. A couple of them have even already done shoots of their own! If you’re on the fence about booking a shoot, I cannot emphasize this enough: whatever your reasons for not doing a shoot? Ignore them. Schedule one, and soon, because you deserve to see how beautiful, wonderful, and powerful you are just because of the skin you’re in.