My husband retired from the Army and was celebrating a milestone birthday so I really wanted to do something special for him. I came across the idea of doing a boudoir photo shoot and thought that it would be something he would love (and would surprise the hell out of him!) but I had so many reservations about actually going through with it. I did extensive research on photographers in my area and came across The Boudoir Cafe. After looking at the photos on their website I knew that if I was going to actually go through with it this was the place I wanted to get it done. Cherie and Hedley's work are not just pictures, they are a work of art and none of the other photographers photo's even came close. I emailed Cherie to get information on the shoot and she responded back right away. Her amazing personality shines through, even through email, and I felt so much better after letting her know some of my reservations about getting these types of photos done. She sent me a great guide with tips to help me prepare for my shoot and really calmed my nerves. I have always struggled to appreciate my "curves" and especially now, as a mother of 2, I definitely have insecurities. Despite all this, I decided to just go for it. I have to say, even preparing for the shoot was nice. I took the time to buy some beautiful lingerie, get my nails done, and spend time doing things for myself which I hardly find time to do in between school drop-offs, homework, sports, and caring for my husband who was injured during his military service.
I decided to travel from Nevada to LA to shoot with Cherie and Hedley in person and I'm so happy I did. When I arrived at their studio Cherie came out and greeted me. I already felt like I knew her from our email correspondence so it wasn't awkward at all. The studio is super cute and has such an intimate feel. I was able to talk to Cherie for awhile and then met Hedley, who is so incredibly kind. I didn't know how I would feel shooting with a man but they are so professional that I didn't worry about anything at all. My makeup artist was so sweet and did a beautiful job on my hair and makeup, and they even brought me a snacks and a drink while I was getting ready. I felt like a movie star by the time I was ready to shoot! I can't say that I wasn't nervous but after being in front of the camera for a few minutes all of that just kind of went away. I loved how they both told me how to pose and guided me through the shoot, especially because I have never done anything like this and had no idea what I was doing! You can see the passion they both have for their art and although they must have done this a million times they still were so excited to get that perfect pose and perfect shot. It was amazing to see them switch the camera lenses and lights and sets so flawlessly. I also just adored the love they have for each other, it was so inspiring. By the end I was exhausted but had such a great time. I know it sounds corny but I left feeling like I got that sexiness back that is so easy to lose in the monotony of every day life.
Cherie sent me the proofs of my pictures in less than 2 days and I was blown away, even before any retouching had been done. I had no idea how I was going to feel about them but I LOVED them. I could hardly believe it was me!! They were sexy and beautiful and classy all at the same time. My husband just about lost his mind when he saw them and it was awesome to see that fire again. I let him pick the final pictures that are going to be edited and he must've gone over the pictures 10 times just admiring them all. He tells me constantly how beautiful I am to him but to be able to give him these pictures that are totally out of the norm was so much fun. It reminded me of when we first started dating and all of the excitement our relationship had before kids and the stresses of life. In the end, although these pics were initially for him, I feel like they were just as much for me. I love the confidence they have brought me. I was able to see myself in such a different light and realize that I'm beautiful the way I am, even if I don't have the "supermodel stick thin figure" I thought was needed to feel that way. I really feel like every woman, no matter where you are in life, should splurge and get these done for themselves. Thank you Cherie and Hedley, for helping me rock these curves and look damn good doing it.