My Story | Milwaukee Boudoir Photography

Guess what internet world?  I am a boudoir photographer!  Yes, I take those kinds of pictures of women and I couldn't be more proud of it.  Because here is the secret to those kinds of photos: the experience has very little to do with outward appearance and everything to do with a woman's inner strength.  I have first hand knowledge...I have had boudoir photos taken of me on two separate occasions and I plan to keep doing it. As a boudoir photographer, I have heard some of the most amazing stories behind the why women have these photos taken of them. Their stories are so inspiring and I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as their photographer.  Here I will share my story‚Ķ.

"While many woman have boudoir photos taken to give to their significant other, they always find (as I have) that a boudoir session is such a personal empowering experience. This style of photography celebrates a woman's beauty, her sexy and most importantly her confidence.  It is such a gift to see yourself from a new angle, new light and new perspective."  - Chrissy

My story...

The first time I hired a photographer to take these intimate photos for me, I was motivated by needing a gift for my husband.  I have a photographer friend that I trust who was offering up sessions, and I decided to go for it.  As I shopped for sexy things to wear, I constantly doubted myself.  What was I doing? I was in my early 30s.  A mother.  Not thrilled with how I looked in a bathing suit. I still needed to loose 10 lbs. -- all the usual self-deprecating excuses we all have.  But I shied behind a few hidden veils as well.  I was two years into premature ovarian failure, which meant I could not have any more children and my body was in the throws of menopause.  Yes, menopause -- that word that most people do not understand and women don't worry about until well into their 50s. And I was in it at 31 years old.  It was a heart breaking and life changing blow. And a blow I mostly dealt with internally and always privately.  I was living this very foreign reality of mother to a small child, feeling super hero-esque for carrying, birthing and now raising such a beautiful being... to suddenly my body betraying me and feeling like a foreign shell of disappointment, pain and weakness.  And while many women of traditional age power through menopause with grace and poise, I was in no such position. I suffered from terrible hormonal imbalances and depression.  And worst of all I felt disconnected from my body and completely out of any comfort zone I could conjure.  So what was I doing?  I was regaining myself.  I was having someone capture me from an outside point of view so that I could look at those photos and say "oh there you are" when I looked at them. And I wanted to make myself proud.  For putting myself out there in such a vulnerable way after going through so much.  I was terrified...would I even recognize myself?  And the truth is, I didn't.  I did not recognize myself at all.  But it ended up being a great thing.  Because the person I saw and the person I felt as I was participating in the session was way more badass than I imagined.  Parts of who I am that I had overlooked or forgotten about came through in that session and in those photos.  I was silly and spontaneous.  I was brave and open-minded. I was confident and fierce.  I was beautiful.  And all those reminders stuck with me...through the week. Through the month. Through the year.  And still today.  Now I can say and feel, I am silly and spontaneous.  I am brave and open-minded. I am confident and fierce.  I am beautiful.

I have come to understand even in my young 36 years on this planet, that often times I learn the most about myself and what I am made of by stepping outside my comfort zone and putting myself to the test.  It is always scary and sometimes emotional, but also so profound.  So my why: to make myself proud.  And as for how I felt feel: BADASS!

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A quick shout out to the women that have photographed me in the boudoir style: Cassandra Foreen and Christa Meola

Make-up here is done by the talented Samantha Kalkopf

And yes, I did self portraits...these were taken by me alone in my studio.  Kind of feeling badass about that too.