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Disney's Mulan Inspired Boudoir Shoot {2018}

Since the purpose of this project was not only to show how easy it was to transform every day amazing women into a goddess inspired by Disney Princesses, but also to give Christen Gundersen (Makeup by CG) and myself (Sasha Dale, duh!) a creative outlet to try new and exciting styles/looks etc.  With this thought in mind, we decided to take our Mulan look a step further and add a Geisha vibe to the shoot! Christen found the perfect robe at Goodwill, the light pink teddy came from Primark and the flower headpiece was a garland from Michaels craft store!

If you scroll down, you'll see that we decided to VAMP up this look for fun and added some black and red to her wardrobe and makeup - go check it out!

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Check out some more of our Disney inspired transformations HERE!

Disney's Esmerelda Inspired Boudoir Session {2018}

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We know Esmerelda is not a princess, but she is a Disney Heroine that we all know and love.  We were inspired by Esmerelda's carefree traits and colorful details. We picked up a simple bra and boy-short from Target, plus a bright pink head wrap and then decked her out in jewelry.  We kept her hair curly and crazy, free and easy!  A little attitude in the makeup and we have our Esmerelda inspiration.  Transformation by Makeup by CG!

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Check out some more of our Disney inspired transformations HERE!

Kelly P. {Maternity Boudoir Portrait Session, 2017}

This beautiful woman is the wife of a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, and mommy to beautiful baby girl. She came to me when she was still expecting and was trying to prepare for this exciting life change! While she used to teach students with special needs, she has spent the past couple of years traveling back and forth to Japan to spend time with her husband while he is stationed there.  Although they've been able to visit many new and amazing places in Asia during that time, they are eager to finally get to live together at their first duty station.  Kelly found that she loved CrossFit before she got pregnant, but she's taken a step back to enjoy the little things such as baby shopping, talking walks and in the summer, beach lounging.  Oh - she also made sure to get in all of the extra one-on-one time with her fur-babies before her baby arrived.  While her husband is overseas, she also likes to spend a lot of her time with her family and close girlfriends (of over 30 years!) She decided to have these portraits taken because she was pregnant with their first child and since her husband wasn't able to be there to experience her growing tummy with her together, they decided to book a shoot to have a keepsake of the memories.

These are a few of her favorites things:

To relax: lay on the beach, take a nice walk outside, or curl up with her husband (when he's around), puppies, a comfy blanket to watch a movie.

Music: Kelly isn't a huge music person but she's been enjoying SIA lately.

Book: While she doesn't have a favorite, Kelly enjoys reading mysteries.

TV Series: Friends

Inspirational Quote: "One day closer to together forever." <-- this is one her husband tells her when he's away, and it helps keep her going.

People she looks up to: Kelly tends to look up to anyone who is strong, confident in themselves, and who can laugh at themselves (not taking life too seriously.)

I asked Kelly what message she wishes she could give to all young girls about self-image and this was her response:

"This isn't easy to do and I have to remind myself of it often, but do what makes you happy inside and out. Don't compare yourself to other people; feel good about yourself and who you are."

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maternity photos in bed of flowers, maternity artwork, boudoir

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Maternity photos, boudoir, november baby, maternity sillouette

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beautiful maternity photos, boudoir, sexy, lingerie

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dark and sexy maternity photos

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maternity portraits on bed, black and white, maternity boudoir

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boudoir maternity photos

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maternity photos, lingerie, boudoir, light and airy

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maternity photos

KELLY'S TESTIMONIAL:

"Last year I wanted to get boudoir photos done for my husband to celebrate our one year anniversary and wedding ceremony (he’s in the military so when we got married last year it was just the officiant, a photographer friend, my husband and myself). After consulting with a few different photographers in the CT area, I decided not to follow through. While many of their photos were beautiful, none of them seemed to be able to capture the artistic eye and style I was looking for. It was a shame because I started CrossFit and was happy with the progress I was making. I wanted to have something to capture that forever, and wanted something for my husband to have and cherish since we spend so much time apart.

Fast forward 9 months and things are a little different. My once in shape, getting toned body is about to be altered in a big way… I’m pregnant! My husband and I were going to be spending most of the pregnancy apart. He wasn’t going to get to watch my stomach grow and feel her kicks, so we started to talk about getting maternity and boudoir photos taken to capture this life event. I was into the idea at first, but as my body started to grow and change I was a little hesitant. That was, until I came across Sasha’s website. While she didn’t have any maternity boudoir shoots, she did have some of the most gorgeous boudoir photos I have seen. Not only that, but she was local, had a great package deal of photos including hair and makeup, and her style of photography was exactly what I had been looking for! I wish I had come across her website the year before as I definitely would have jumped at the chance to work with her.

After describing what I was looking for and what I wanted to get from this shoot, I was very excited about it. I think we both were as this was my first boudoir shoot and her first maternity boudoir shoot. As the shoot got closer I became increasingly nervous and wasn’t sure if I had made the right choice. My body was different, my feelings about how I looked were different, I just didn’t know if I wanted my big belly and softening butt and thighs to be captured on film forever.

My nerves were still there as I arrived at Sasha’s studio, but started to lessen as the morning went on. I was getting hair and makeup done while Sasha and I chatted and she went through my clothing options and photographs I had sent her of my inspirations. Luckily we are both anally organized and detailed so she wasn’t offended when I sent her my Pinterest page and a PowerPoint presentation of images I wanted to replicate. Sasha told me how to stand, what to do with my hands, where to look, and every little detail so I wasn’t just standing awkwardly wondering if what I was doing was correct or not. We started with a dress, then moved onto the more boudoir photos. At this point I was pretty comfortable and ready to keep chugging along. The hair and makeup artist stayed the entire time and helped with the photoshoot. She even changed my hair for a few of the photos where I wanted a more relaxed, messy bun look. She nailed it! Even my hair dresser commented on how much she loved it when I showed her some of my photos.

Sasha was so wonderful to work with! She really listened and made sure to capture the photos just how I wanted them; from the styling, to the lighting, to the poses, etc. I was comfortable in front of her and excited to see how the photos turned out. Her delivery of the sneak peek photos was so quick. My husband and I really had a hard time narrowing down which photos to get and we ordered more than we had planned on before seeing the photos.

Sasha is professional, friendly, organized, artistic, and extremely talented. If you are thinking about getting photos done I would highly recommend Sasha Dale Photography. You will not be disappointed!!"

Bride-to-Be {CT Boudoir, 2017}

Haley came to me as a beautiful 28 year old bride-to-be getting ready to marry her fiancee of 8 years.  She brought along a gorgeous wedding veil and some beautiful bridal lingerie.  While their only child at the time was a 4-legged floppy-eared rescue pup named Betty, they did recently announce that they are expecting come June! Yay!! Haley is obsessed with animals and has a serious soft spot for rescue dogs. She told me in the year prior to meeting her, she'd already helped to find homes for 2 dogs and a cat.  She mentioned rescuing a few more pups ones her and her husband purchased their first home... and the exciting news is that dream of a new home just recently came true! Looks like it's time to fill it with babies AND puppies!

Haley works in business development but has also been doing hair for over 7 years now! She left the salon world 3 years ago and has been freelancing for weddings mostly since she is amazed by the feeling she gets when she can work alongside brides to help them prepare for the best day of their lives.  She did her own hair for the shoot and it looked incredible!

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To relax, Haley loves to get pampered, including facials and massages or pedicures. She also loves to read books, either with a good cup of coffee or on the beach with her feet in the sand.

Haley's favorite Quote: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

I asked Haley what message she wishes she could give to all young girls about self-image.  Her response was beautiful.  She told me that everybody goes through times in their life when they are unhappy about their appearance. Confidence is key. She encourages young girls to work on building up their own confidence. If someone is tearing them down its probably because that someone doesn't feel so great about themselves. She reminded me that girls who tear other girls down are usually doing it to boost their own confidence. Ultimately, she believes that what you think of yourself is much more important than what people think of you.

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Haley has always looked up to her mother as a leader and role model.  Her mom contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion after giving birth to her brother 35 years ago and has been fighting the disease since Haley was a child, all while working 2 to 3 jobs and raising 3 kids. About 3 years ago she was put on disability because she is on the transplant list waiting for a new liver....Haley says you would never know.  Her mother carries her burden with such grace! Since she is home most of the day, she decided to become a foster parent and has fostered about 10 children, one of whom she ended up adopting. He is now Haley's little brother Ricky! Before her mom stopped working, she worked with special needs children and adults. When Ricky came into her house he had been in and out of many houses and children centers because of behavior problems, but with her moms help, he was diagnosed autistic and bi-polar disorder which helped her understand how to help guide him in life. He showed such signs of improvement while living with her that she couldn't let him leave, so she made it official that he would stay forever and adopted him!  I can soooo tell where Haley gets her love of fostering rescue animals and helping them find new homes.  Like mother-like-daughter!

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Haley's husband (fiancee at the time) heavily hinted to her that he'd love this shoot as a gift for her wedding after a couple they knew had mentioned doing something similar.  We thought it only fitting that Haley don one of her husbands favorite Yankee jerseys to get him extra excited about his gift!