Every time I sit down to blog a Friday Favorite I think, “OHHHH this is a good one!!!” I’ve come to realize that I do have favorites and they consist of pretty much every single shoot! This one is no different, but OH, it was so unique. Its not very often that my brides would rather be outdoors than in the studio, but A.H. is a country girl and when she’s under that Colorado sky, she is alive! So we started in the studio and headed outside. We also headed straight into a storm haha! I was on the verge of freaking out the whole drive to our location, literally driving into black clouds. But that Colorado weather was on our side! We rushed through an outfit thinking that might be all we get before those clouds start dumping and then the sun started peeking through and we finished with the most gorgeous light! I couldn’t have asked for more! I’m so excited to share with you what A.H. had to say about her falling in love with boudoir AND herself…and of course, her favorite images!
“Ladies, if any of you are on the fence about a boudoir shoot, please please PLEASE read this!
About a year ago my best friend mentioned doing a boudoir shoot for a wedding present for my “soon to be” new hubby. My first thought? ABSOLUTELY not. And my answer remained absolutely not for a few months. Until one day, while on Pinterest (where all soon to be brides go), as fate would have it, I stumbled upon bridal boudoir. Something about it just caught my attention. I had been thinking about a unique wedding gift and when I saw those pictures, in the back of my mind I groaned to myself knowing that was it.
I spent a couple months throwing around the idea before I finally decided to start looking for a photographer. I mean looking doesn’t cost anything, right? Well that thought lasted a total of a day because I then found Adena. I ended up on her website, and I just fell in love with the way she made her girls look. And not on a physical level but more on a mental and emotional level. I found so many amazing photographers who made girls look sexy and confident, but Adena had this way of making them look carefree and just loving life to the max on top of confident and sexy.
My decision was made. I set up my first appointment to meet with Adena and was nervous as all get out. I didn’t know how in the world I was going to strip down to my tighty whiteys in front of a complete stranger behind a lense when I’m too self conscious to go to the pool in a bikini! But from the very moment I met her, her bubbly, judgement free, outgoing and excited personality instantly put my mind at ease. It was like catching up with an old friend.
I’d had this mind set all along of “just grin and bare it for your hubby”, but before I knew it, the tables were beginning to turn. I was actually sort of having fun! By the time the shoot came around, I was so excited to just have my hair and make-up done and a reason to be dressy! Within 5 minutes of the first outfit, I thought “why the heck didn’t I do this sooner” and then I thought “this isn’t for my hubby anymore, this is for me”! LOL I had SO much fun, I could hardly wait to see the pictures.
Skip forward a couple weeks to my reveal meeting and that’s when the whole thing really hit me in the feels. Sure sitting in front of the camera was fun, but when the first imagine popped up I thought, “Holy moly, who in the heck is that, cause it can’t be me!” but it was. Adena had brought out so many sides of me through my photos. She’d restored a confidence in myself that I didn’t even realize I had lost. I’d never felt so satisfied and so proud of who I was as I did in that moment.
So ladies, don’t do it for him, do it for YOU. Every single woman out there deserves to feel like that. To have a reminder of who you truely are deep down. And that it’s all you baby, those photos are all you! And let me tell you ladies, Adena will show you that.” A.H.
And if you didn’t get a chance to see the behind the scenes from this session…YOU MUST head over to the Blush & Tease instagram
! Then just click on the “BTS” highlights and enjoy! You can tell how much fun I saw having by the obnoxious laughter haha!
And she may have went home with a few bumps and bug bites…I would say it was worth it…
My darling A.H., When I’m going through these photos my cheeks are hurting from grinning ear to ear! Working with you was such a blast and I’m over the moon happy that you saw the beauty that you possess! You deserve to see it every single day! Let’s do this again soon?