1. What do you do for a living?
I am a Medical Sonographer. I do ultrasound for a local hospital system where I’ve worked for over 10 years. Yes, I do baby ultrasounds but I also look at not so exciting things like gallbladders. My job also includes assisting doctors with ultrasound guided breast biopsies. I love what I do! Obstetric ultrasound is definitely my favorite, especially 3D and 4D of babies!
2. Why did you want to do a boudoir session?
I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time because I had come across Christina’s Facebook page. I was impressed by her artistic talent. I have always hated having my picture taken, but looking through Christina’s gallery I realized I wanted beautiful pictures taken of me while I’m still relatively young. In the last few years I’ve had cancer and gotten divorced, making me a single mother of 3 children. I was also in a bad car wreck. I have a lot of stretch marks and felt like my body was ruined. But as I near my 40’s and having recently become engaged to marry again, I started gaining a confidence that had eluded me for a long time. Having cancer makes you realize how precious our time here is and I feel so alive! I wanted pictures that represented that. I wanted pictures that made me feel like the strong, beautiful cancer survivor that I am. I also wanted them as a wedding present to my future husband. He has made me feel more sexy and more feminine than anyone ever has. I hadn’t owned nice lingerie for a long time and during the course of our relationship he gave me lingerie, I started buying nice lingerie and I started to enjoy feeling sexy again. So this was a way to commemorate my new found confidence!
3. What made you choose Wallflower?
Christina’s facebook page. I looked at every single picture there and read the rave reviews. Then I went to her webpage and read everything on it, watched the videos and browsed the galleries. I was sold. The video where she talks about how she uses her skills as a dancer to choreograph each is wonderful. She came across as so sweet (which she is) and graceful and her talent is unparalleled when comparing her work to other local websites. Looking through the pictures, I could tell that she has a great flair for this! She brought out the true beauty that every woman that she’s photographed has. I wanted to be one of those women!
4. Were you nervous at all to do your shoot?
Not at all! I was excited from the moment I sent her that first email. I waited impatiently for that day to come. I had brought some of my favorite pieces to the consultation and Christina and I quickly picked out what I would wear for each theme. Her studio is almost spa-like. The natural and artificial light created a relaxing ambiance. I enjoyed getting my hair and make up done while I enjoyed a coffee. Then I changed and was ready to go! It was just me and Christina who is so sweet and fun to talk to. Having been pampered and wearing pretty, lacy things made me feel super confident. And with her guiding me through each pose and taking great care with every little detail, it was easy! Yes, it was a workout and I was sore the next day, but it really was quite a high! I felt powerful and like a Victoria’s Secret model, I felt classy and sexy, not nervous.
5. What was your favorite part of the experience?
That’s a tough question! The entire experience, from meeting Christina, to looking at my pictures and picking out what I wanted was a BLAST! Working with Christina is so fun and easy. I guess my favorite would be the photo shoot itself because it gave me a confidence that lasted for days. I went home, put on a nice dress and my fiance took me out to dinner. He spent the evening complimenting me on how sexy my confidence was and how I was so beautiful he couldn’t take his eyes off me! The shoot felt like I was getting a day to focus on pampering myself and prancing around in lacy things. It’s very important to have a day like that every once in awhile when you’re a working single mom.
6. What would you tell a friend if they were thinking about doing a boudoir session?
I have already told all my friends they should do it! I’ve told several friends that it’s something they need to do. I tell them about the entire process and how it made me feel, then I show them one of the pictures and they’re blown away. I’m pretty sure a couple of them are going to do it. Even if you’ve never thought about doing it, you should do it! Every woman needs to be reminded that she is more than just a mom or wife or however she identifies herself. Every woman needs to be reminded that she is beautiful inside and out and needs that day to herself, getting pampered and dressed up and getting beautiful pictures as the end result! It was so worth the time. Take a day off and do it already!
7. What was it like to see your photos?
I was speechless. As I said before, I don’t like having my picture taken. For a long time I didn’t have a lot of confidence and hated my body. I was in a car wreck a year and a half ago and was left with a bad neck injury. As a result, I wasn’t able to exercise like I used to and have been in varying degrees of pain every day ever since the wreck. I put on 50 pounds because of lack of exercise and since I just didn’t feel well I started eating badly too. Despite this, seeing my pictures was unreal. I could see the confidence in my eyes. Christina’s magic touch was evident in every picture. I could see the result of the great care she took in posing me and changing little details. I looked amazing! I looked like a strong, sexy and fearless woman. Not a stretch mark in sight. All I could think about was how I was going to enjoy sharing these with my fiance.
8. Was everything what you expected it to be when you first got in touch?
Yes it was. Christina is very charming and courteous. She was prompt in responding to my email.
9. Do you see yourself differently after having your session?
Absolutely! I walked out of there feeling like a bombshell and have felt that way ever since. I stand up a little straighter. I spend a few more minutes each day when I’m putting on my make up or fixing my hair. I’m more flirty and playful with my fiance, And it’s all because I am that woman in the pictures.
10. Anything else you’d like to throw out there?
Every woman owes it to herself to do a boudie session with Christina! My favorite picture out of the whole session is where I’m wearing a sheer robe over a lacy bra and panty set. My back is to the camera and I’m looking over my shoulder. But the focus is on the lace details of the sheer robe and the contrast with my bra and panties and my long curls. It looks like a work of art. It looks like something you’d see in a high fashion magazine. I ordered it as a large metal print that I plan on hanging in the bedroom I’ll share with my fiance. He is an artist and has an eye for design and beauty as Christina does and I can’t wait to present that picture to him while we sit in our home and have some wine! Thank you, Christina, for making me into art! I plan on doing this again someday. Maybe a 40th birthday present to myself. 🙂