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        There are so many beautiful words I could use to describe this gorgeous woman, but my FAVORITE would be “vivacious”!  I have this strange ability to understand a person within the first few minutes of meeting them (or even communicating through phone/email).  And when she walked through my door, I knew we were going to have an epic time.  What I didn’t know is that she would be a repeat client because we had SO much fun shooting together.

        Like many women I work with, I knew she had been through some really rough crap leading up to her session.  I do recommend doing a boudoir session to help heal from trauma, and what I hear most from women who have been going through hard times before they book their session is “screw it – I’m just going to do it”.  Please remember – fear holds us back.  This is not the case for her.  She scheduled and dove in head first.  That’s truly admirable!

        What started as a few emails lead to beautiful photos (as you’ll see below, a mix of both of her boudoir sessions) and a pretty kick-ass friendship.  Couldn’t be more proud of this woman and her constantly working on improving herself.

        Love ya, babe!!  And thank you so much for this review.  I know I’ll be seeing you again. 😉

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        When I was first added to Stephanie’s VIP group by a friend, I was in love from that moment.  Her pictures are breathtaking, and Stephanie, herself, is such a wonderful, strong, impactful woman. I saw all of the pictures she posted from her sessions, and thought, “I have to do that!” So, I did.

        My first session was a gift for my husband, and I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to meet Stephanie! It was a hard year. My best friend died and I had surgery on both feet, and I was just physically and mentally not where I wanted to be. Honestly, I hated myself, my body – all of it. But, I went to my session. I first met Michelle, who did my hair, and she made me feel so at ease. It was like talking to an old friend. Same with Lindsay. I remember looking in the mirror after those two completed my hair and make up, and thought, “My God, I look beautiful!” And that thought grew even stronger when I met Stephanie. Through my whole session, I felt beautiful, sexy, strong and empowered! A true bad ass. My pictures were gorgeous. And I left that day with so much confidence in myself and feeling capable of anything. So much so that I scheduled a second session for my 40th birthday.

        In between my first and second session I lost about 25 pounds or so, was in a better place mentally, but still not where I loved what I saw in the mirror. But, damn. It all melted away that morning with my hair appointment. Michelle and I were like old friends, talking and laughing. When I walked in Stephanie’s house both she and Lindsay wished me a happy birthday and gave me huge hugs. We laughed and talked, and I felt so lucky. I got to spend my birthday with strong, beautiful, wonderful women who lift other women up, who fix crowns, but don’t let on they did it. My session, again – so empowering. I knew what to expect this time, but it was still exhilarating, and I felt so beautiful.  It was playful and fun, and this session was all for me. And I felt great!!  The pictures were just as gorgeous as the first session, and I felt amazing. The rest of my birthday was like walking on a cloud of confidence.

        My favorite part of both sessions was visiting with these women before the actual session. The bonding, laughing, joking – it was just so amazing. These women made me feel good about myself, not just with doing my hair and makeup, but for listening to me, my fears, my self doubt, and reassuring me it was my self perception.  It felt so great.

        These experiences have been so amazing, and I look at my pictures a lot when I am feeling down about myself or look in the mirror and don’t like what I see. Looking at my pictures, I reimagine those days – the fun, the laughter, the way I felt so confident, and I lighten up on myself and feel better, because I know I’m better than I give myself credit for. I will be back again for more sessions, because it is worth it – I am worth it.

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