Boudoir

Shannon Zwick

This is the beautiful Shannon! She lives in Litchfield, CT with her husband, who also happens to be her college sweetheart. She currently works at an architecture office and completed her testing (a very grueling and long process) so she now officially has her Architecture License. Although she enjoys working the the architecture realm, and helping build a space where people can feel comfortable and at home, her #1 dream job would be to train horses and work on a farm. 

When she’s not working, her and her husband work on their piece of property in hopes to eventually build a home there. Five years ago, they started to plant Christmas trees and hope to be able to sell them when they are ready. In the fall, she harvests berries from her orchard and makes jams and jellies. In the winter, she enjoys curling. It’s safe to say that Shannon keeps herself busy and is one hard-working woman!  

To relax, Shannon loves to go kayaking, paddle boarding, on nature walks, knitting and work on her garden. Her favorite book of all time is Pride & Prejudice and her binge-worth TV show is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon (go check out this show, if you haven’t already!).  

Like a lot of us, Shannon deals with insecurities and lacking confidence, but even when she’s feeling this way she projects to the world that she’s more confident than ever! With a “fake it till you make it” attitude. If she could give advice to her 13-year-old self she would encourage her to practice self-love.  

Shannon chose to do this Boudoir shoot to celebrate getting her Architecture License, something she has been working towards for 6 years. The amount of schooling, internship hours, and work that she had to put in is truly admirable and she definitely deserved a day all about her!  

Her favorite inspirational quote is by the one and only, Detective Olivia Benson from Law & Order SVU, “You’re a fighter. Look at everything you’ve overcome. Don’t give up now.” 

Professional HMUA: Cheslea Krasnow, Beauty by Chelsea Dae

“Be the light”

This is Jen! She lives in Holland, MA with her loving and supportive husband Rob, and their three children! She works as a Realtor and it’s a job that she loves and has dreamed of doing. Jen loves to hang out with her kids, watch movies, spend time with her husband during date night, and of course, loves to go on vacation! When she needs to unwind and clear her head she reads, mediates, journals and sometimes the occasional nap!  

Jen is really a motivating person, who strives to learn more about herself and grow as a person. She spoke with us about the insecurities she has dealt with in her life, like so many of us who deal with the societal pressures expected from women, her personal insecurities revolve around her body image and self worth. To lift herself up and continue to live a healthy life, free of self-judgement, she says she continues to push herself out of her comfort zone to become more confident in many areas. This is definitely something we can all try to do more of!  

Right now, the beautiful quote that speaks to Jen is: ‘Be the light.’ 

HMUA: Christen Gundersen Makeup by CG

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

This stunning red haired beauty is Dawn. She is a math teacher to 4th and 5th graders and she is the mother to two children, a 15 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. They also have a crazy black kitty named Charlotte and 5 month old puppy named Harley (Aweee!) Dawn loves to spend time watching her kids play sports and she also loves scrapbooking in her spare time. Her favorite thing to do to relax is to spend the day at the beach and crack open a romance novel or mystery.

Dawn also participated in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Although she had never considered something like this before, she saw some other sessions posted and the idea intrigued her. When asked about her insecurities she explained that when she was younger she hated her hair but now she has grown up and has learned to love all parts of herself. She decided to get her portraits done as a gift to her boyfriend of 3 years who she has known since kindergarten!

In a message that rings true for all women, Dawn said her favorite quote is: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG

People Will Never Forget How you Made Them Feel {Amanda, 30 Over 30 Series}

This beautiful soon to be Mama is Amanda. Amanda and her husband are high school sweethearts (awe!). They have been together 16 years and are expecting a baby girl (their first) in June. Her husband is a musician and as if being high school sweethearts wasn’t cute enough he still writes her daily letters while he is on tour, how sweet is that!? Rounding out their family they also have two dogs, Ruby and Stella.

Amanda is a teacher which she has always dreamed of being. When she isn’t working she loves to stay active by walking, hiking and running. She also LOVES to read to relax, anything from mysteries to thrillers. She is inspired by this beautiful quote by Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Amandas confidence is infectious, we asked about what insecurities if any she had and she told us that she tries very hard not to have any. She says: ‘It is better to be positive, love your own body and focus on the things that make you awesome and unique.’ Amanda works on this by not comparing herself to others and always looking for the positives in everything. I think we can all agree Amanda is going to be an amazing mom to her baby girl!

Love Yourself First.

Laurie participated in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Laurie has been happily married for 27 years, has three children and two grandchildren. She works full time as a Medical Assistant but her dream would be party planning and decorating. When she isnt working Laurie loves to spend time with her family and stay active by walking or Kayaking. She also loves visiting wineries and breweries! When she needs a little relaxation time she likes to kick back by a fire with a big glass of wine or take a nice hot bath (Im relaxed just thinking about it!).

Laurie believes ‘worrying is like praying for what you don’t want',’ so she tries to keep it light! Her favorite meal is Pizza and beer and she enjoys binging some episodes of This Is Us (I think I’ve cried to almost every episode of that show!).

Laurie decided to have this portrait session done as both a gift for her husband but also as a gift for herself to celebrate turning 50 and the 50 lbs she lost last year. She admits that she doesn’t feel that she has a lot of confidence and by choosing to do this photoshoot she’s hoping it will give her a little boost! That is exactly what we want all women to get out of having their portraits taken. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate yourself, feel sexy and beautiful and most importantly, confident!

We asked what she would say to the thirteen year old version of herself about self image if she had the opportunity and she said ”Be happy in your own skin, love yourself first and just be you.” A great message to all young women, loving yourself is a crucial step to building self-confidence!

Testimonial:

“I am beyond words for how amazing this experience was. From the moment I made the phone call to wardrobe selection to photo shoot and today the reveal...omg what an amazing job Sasha and her team did. I thought it was going to be difficult to look at pictures of myself since I’m the one who always takes the pictures to avoid being in them. They are absolutely gorgeous from the poses, lighting and lets not forget hair, makeup and videographer!!! Thank you all for making my day special and beautiful!!! “