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To jump start my personal project (don’t know what I’m talking about? See this post: Personal Project), I reached out to a good friend of mine who I thought would be a perfect fit. She’s beautiful sole, absolutely hysterical, hard working, and a super sweet friend! We’ve talked about my business before, and she, like many other ladies out there, always says “I WANT to do this, but I’m just not ready right now. . . need to lose ‘insert any number here’ pounds”.  I knew this would be good for her, and I knew she needed it. I scheduled her session, with only a days notice (she had no time to prepare, and less time to THINK about it). Here’s what she said in her application (even though I asked her to kick-off this project with me, I still made her do the questions):

  • Are you single, married, divorced or “other”? Married
  • Age range: 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69?   35
  • Children? How many? Ages? 1 little boy 2 1/2 years old 
  • Your favorite body parts? My eyes and smile 
  • Your least favorite body parts? There are a lot right now. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy and after a frustrating 2 1/2 year battle  of trying to lose it and dealing with thyroid issues, I’m very insecure about my body now. My stomach, boobs, and legs all bother me immensely. I also am insecure about my face so this no makeup shoot will definitely take everything I have.
  • What is your biggest complaint when you look in the mirror? I don’t look like myself anymore.  I am a tired, chunky shell of the girl I used to know.
  • What scares you about doing this session? Hahaha .. Everything;)I’ve always tried to put on a strong front and pretend that I’m ok with the way I am now and this will be a stripped down version where nothing can be hidden.
  • Anything else you want to include?  Thank you for asking me to do this.. You’re right, I need this terribly. 

What she said just before, and just after her photoshoot:

“I looked back on my text when I actually agreed to be part of this project and thought I was crazy. Seriously?? No makeup, very little clothing, and the need to lose 40 lbs does not = sexy photoshoot in my head. Thursday night, I came up with an excuse not to do it and I went to type the message to Marie and I glanced at her previous text that said “I’m so so so excited about tomorrow” and I was mad that I was about to miss an incredible experience and life lesson because I was insecure about my body and was about to let down a dear friend in the process. So I put the phone down, and deleted the message I typed. I didn’t sleep much that night because I kept asking myself how I could have possibly let my body get how it is and mad for not taking care of myself and working harder to look better. The next morning I woke up and fixed my hair and thought… “Ok, at least I’ll have good hair for today??” Then I continued to analyze every wrinkle and pimple on my makeup free face and couldn’t believe I was about to let someone photograph me at my ultimate, most vulnerable and insecure moment. I pulled up to the studio 10 minutes early and thought I would vomit. I was immediately at ease in the studio. The fun colors and beautiful decor were a good start. I glanced at all the sexy pictures on the wall and remember thinking “I wish that could be me”. I nervously babbled nonsense for the first few minutes, wondering if it was too late to leave. Marie must have sensed my desire to run as she nonchalantly locked the door behind us… It took my about 10 min to come out of the dressing room, which is ridiculous for the absurdly small amount of clothing I had to put on. I finally took a deep breath and threw back the curtain and walked out into the studio. I awkwardly didn’t know what to do with my hands and chose the one handed crotch-cover.. As I walked into the beautiful studio I realized I had done the hard part. I made the first step out and…. It was ok… I was alive and no one was laughing at my fat rolls. Plus Fergie was playing and that songs made me want to shake my groove thang (but not in tiny black panties in front of someone else). As I crawled into the bed, I felt a strange bit of confidence and sexiness.. I forgot every bit of hatred for my body as I rolled around on the big romantic bed and felt as hot as every girl on the big canvases in the studio.. Then it was over. I survived….and actually had fun!!. I was proud of myself for confronting my fear. I walked out with a little swagger in my step and thought, if I can do a half-naked photoshoot with no makeup on and at the heaviest weight I’ve ever been, then I’ve done something I would have told you I’d never do 3 weeks ago. And I felt good. And pretty. And strong

and. . . .what she said AFTER she saw her images:

“When I first opened the pictures, I gasped at the first one. Honestly I was dreading opening them because I know me, and I know how critical I am of myself. I honestly was ready to hate all of them and have to lie to Marie about how much I loved them and then figure out how to talk her out is posting them. But then I saw the first picture and actually saw a pretty girl. The pretty sexy girl I felt like I was on the beautiful romantic bed.”

For me, it’s important for all women to remember that there are two sides to boudoir. . . a fun, playful, sexy, “I want to be a model”, full glam, new outfits, out of my comfort zone side. . . and then there is the “this is me”, simple, beautiful, just ME side.  Whatever your side is, however you want this boudoir session to end up. . . I can only say that YOU are BEAUTIFUL right NOW, in your current skin, flaws and all.

A big thank you to my sweet friend for allowing me to photograph her in a completely vulnerable state, and for allowing me to share her story and images with you!

As a boudoir photographer, my mission has always been to make women feel beautiful. . . as a personal project, and inspired by Colbie Caillat’s “Try” video, I am extending my mission statement to making women feel beautiful in their own skin, as they are, no frills, no make-up, no special hair style, no special occasion, and no strings attached . . . just YOU.  As a part of my personal project, I am looking for a few women would would like to participate and take this journey of self-discovery with me. Since this is personal, dear to my heart, and so important to me, these short photography sessions are very specific in their intent and focus. So many woman are constantly pointing out their insecurity and flaws, and I want these sessions to showcase the natural beauty that we all have as women. To apply (and for all the little details), please see the instructions below the video.

 

Ready to take this journey of self-discovery with me? First read the details below. . . then send me an email answering ALL of the questions below and also send a recent photo of yourself (nothing fancy, just a little something that will help me get to know you better). I will only be offering 5 sessions. Applicants will be chosen based on their answers to the questions and their “story”. Thank you!

Details:

  • Boudoir style, white-sheet, and white/black tank/cami photography session. Sessions will be tasteful, and everyone will be “covered” with no bits and pieces showing.
  • Applicants must consent to images being posted to the pinkdoorboudoir.com website as part of this personal project.
  • Session Fee: $0
  • Weekday sessions only
  • Requirements: No make-up (none!), natural hair (blow dried straight, wavy, frizzy, naturally curly, or whatever is just natural for YOU).
  • Chosen participants will receive 3 digital images of their choosing from the photo session.

Questions:

For all questions, please go into as much detail as you wish. . . The more detail the better!

  • Are you single, married, divorced or “other”?
  • Age range: 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69?
  • Children? How many? Ages?
  • Your favorite body parts?
  • Your least favorite body parts?
  • What is your biggest complaint when you look in the mirror?
  • What scares you about doing this session?
  • Why do YOU want to do this session?
  • Anything else you want to tell me? The more the better! Spill it!
  • You are all done! Email your responses to marie@pinkdoorboudoir.com and also include a recent photo of yourself (anything works here, nothing fancy required).

 

Mrs. K first contacted me about 7 months ago about doing a boudoir session for her 9th wedding anniversary.  We set a date for May for her boudoir photography session, which was about two months before her anniversary date. She was SO much fun, and brought the perfect items that she knew would put a smile on her husband’s face. The best part? She took pictures of him opening the gift. . . his reaction is priceless!!! Two beautiful children, married for 9 years, and still going strong!

What she said the day after her boudoir session:

“Marie, I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for my boudoir session on Thursday. You were awesome at making me feel relaxed and comfortable. I am a pretty modest person and I stripped to absolutely nothing simply because you were incredibly professional and easy to work with. I am so glad I found you and wouldn’t trade my experience on Thursday for anything. I felt stunning! Thank you so much!”

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I love my 40+ clients. . . I recently had one that cried tears of joy when I showed her one of her first images. . . and that’s why I love being a boudoir photographer, because my heart is fulfilled by my clients overwhelming happiness after their sessions are finished. We are getting older, we are more tired, there’s more wrinkles, more dimples, more gray, more curves. . . and it’s hard to imagine that we can be beautiful, sexy and bold. Allow yourself the opportunity to rediscover that you ARE perfect! So many ladies tell me “I just need to lose 10 more pounds,” or express how they are worried about their stretch marks, or “I’ve had 4 kids, and I won’t look good in pictures”. . . trust me, you will look amazing, and you will be so over the moon and so in love with your pictures!

Mrs. E is such a wonderful example of a real mom and real wife, who was truly absolutely so nervous about her photo shoot. The end result was amazing, and she loved her entire experience. Here’s what she said:

“So, what do you get for your husband after 15 years of marriage, 2 houses, 2 kids and 4 dogs later? I decided to step out of my total comfort zone and do boudoir pictures. I still to this day can’t believe I went through with it – but so glad I did.  I was lucky enough to find Pink Door Boudoir online as I was researching all this. I loved what I saw online but was really nervous, etc about doing it. I still had my doubts up until the day of my photoshoot. My best advice: grab 2 or 3 of your bestest friends and have them come along for support and comic relief!  Wow – what a day it was! Starting off with make up and hair in the morning was so fabulous. When we got to the studio and I changed I was still unsure – I think I laughed and joked  my way through the entire photo shoot and Marie was still able to get some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. My husband was totally surprised and was really impressed and amazed with the whole thing. I am not a supermodel, I am no longer 21 and stick skinny. I am a 41 year old mom with 2 kids and I do have some squishy places here and there and some imperfections – it took these pictures and this experience to remind myself that I  have aged pretty darn good and should be proud!”

 

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It’s always like a Victoria’s Secret fashion show in the studio, when clients bring in all the new colors and styles for the season! We both love this beautiful peach lingerie piece for her bridal boudoir session! It was perfect and so silky!

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