Groton CT

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!!"

Jaime {CT Boudoir}

Jaime booked a Connecticut Boudoir session while visiting from her sunny state of California.  I asked her a little about herself, so this part is paraphrased from her questionnaire!: Jaime is currently an emergency department nurse in San Diego.  She and her husband didn't plan to stay in California, they only intended to travel nurse around the United States before going back home to Connecticut - but the scenery out there plus the friends that they made were to great to pass up.  She does admit that they will eventually move back when kids are on the horizon, but for now - they are still newlyweds and enjoying themselves!

They recently completed a trip to Europe where they hiked along the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170 km journey that took them 11 days!

"We learned so much about how to encourage and push each other, and are closer now.  The trip helped us realize we want to make our forever home with our family close to nature and the solitude that only trees and mountains can offer.  It's amazing how little you miss technology (phones, games, tv, radio) when you're in the midst of amazing company."

Jaime and her husband plan to hike the base camp of Mount Everest in November, followed by a trip to Spain and Germany next year!!!  THAT'S IMPRESSIVE!

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Cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir photographer

Jaime enjoys starting her work days off with a run along the beach to clear her mind and relax.  She has made many of her life decisions on one of these runs!  She also really enjoys snuggling up with a good book and a cup of coffee!

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Cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir photographer

Jaime's favorite inspirational quote: "Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent in the office, or mowing your lawn.  Go climb that goddamn mountain." Jack Kerouac

This quote is the reason Jaime went to Europe to hike.  It reminded her that moments and experiences are more important than worrying about when she will buy a house, how she will afford this or that, or how long until they pay off their loans.

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Cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir photographer

I asked Jaime what message she wishes to share with young girls about self-image:

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"Especially for girls in high school, self-image is always in the back of your mind.  I remember never being able to afford the brand names like Abercrombie, American Eagle or North Face. Every new school year meant a trip to Goodwill to pick out school clothes.  I remember thinking that the other girls and guys wouldn't think I was cool or want to be friends with me because I dressed differently.  Now, 10 years later, I wish I could have told myself that no one remembers what you wear in high school.  I can't recall one single outfit.  But I CAN recall emotions I felt, friends I made and conversations I had.  I spent so much of those 4 years worrying what other people thought of me.  I wish I had spent more time loving who I was.  10 years later, I only have 3 friends from high school who I still talk to, and a handful of people whom I consider "friends for life".  I have an amazing husband, am working a career where I wear pajamas to work (I am a nurse and wear scrubs every day), and honestly can't remember the last time I wore jeans or a brand label.  I am loved, and no one I know cares whether I wear make-up, blow dry my hair or wear heels to the bar, and I couldn't be happier.  Don't wast time worrying about what society wants you to look like or care about.  Find what makes you happy and you will discover a better self-image every day."

I asked Jaime another question, if there was someone that she looks up to and inspires her, and this was her response:

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Cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir photographer

"I have looked up to many people in my life, but for this album, my inspiration comes from one of my best friends.  She is a mother, a loving wife, and the best friend that everyone wants.  She had a full time job, and still never forgets an anniversary or birthday, even if she's calling someone while simultaneously fighting chaos in the home or changing a diaper.  I have no idea how she fits 40 hours of responsibilities into a 24 hour day. Even though she has 4 children, owns her own business, and volunteers for her community and the fire department on the side, she has always reminded me how important it is to spend time with your husband or significant other.  She told me that it is too easy to always talk about the children, or work, or what you have to do tomorrow.  The hard part is making sure you and your partner have intimacy and exclusivity in certain conversations.  Your spouse should be your best friend and the most important person in your life.  When I was getting married one year ago, I stood there in my wedding dress thinking of her and her words.  Because of her advice, I know I've married the person right for me. Everyday inspiration doesn't have to come from superheroes, but for me, it did come from a friend who is truly more amazing than Wonder Woman."

I ask all of my clients why they want their portraits taken.  Jaime wanted to remember herself in her 20's.

"I am really just wanting a before picture of myself incase my body is destroyed by my future children. :)  I'm also looking for a way to rediscover how I feel about myself for my husband since 30 is on the horizon.  I want him to have pictures of me, knowing I was thinking of him during the shoot and the outfits I picked out were for him.  I also hope he realizes that I'm putting myself out there and reaching a certain zone of uncomfortableness because I love him and I know he will love these photos forever.  Skin stretches and firmness fades, but these pictures will be forever. I want both of us to remember, while our marriage, future life/children, and age will change us, we should never forget how important intimacy is in a marriage and a successful relationship."

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Cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir photographer

TESTIMONIAL:

"Want a ridiculously truth-reporting review of a self-conscious girl taking nearly naked pictures in front of some peers? Well here ya go...

I asked Sasha Dale to help me do a boudoir session for my husband for Christmas. I live in San Diego, and she has her studio in Connecticut. I really wanted to have her take the pictures since 1) we went to high school together so maybe I would feel a little more comfortable, 2) her online blog was great and 3) I love to support local business. I knew I would be home after a hiking trip in Europe and scheduled the session for September 2016.  

"What the f@&$ was I thinking?" This was my only thought the day before the shoot. I was an idiot. Duh, of course a hiking trip through Europe would involve lots of pasta and wine and cause me to bloat like a gluten-free hipster eating a 6-pack of cupcakes. 

 Of course my family would make our favorite sugar-packed and carb-full meals when we were home to try to persuade us to move back home. Of course I would be too busy to make it to the gym between visiting with family of friends. Again, "what the f@&$ was I thinking?"

Here I am, trying to slim down in a day like a girl the night before her wedding. I'm standing in front of the mirror with whatever lingerie I bought for the shoot with my best Victoria's Secret model pose. And then of course I do what every girl does in sexy underwear: start to pick out my flaws. "Whatever," I say. "I'll just have her airbrush all that crap out." The truth: no matter what size you are (size 0 or size 120), you are always going to find something wrong with yourself. 

So I woke up early, headed to the studio, and forgot to remember something. I went to high school with Sasha. She saw me in all my awkward glory, wearing overalls and crushing on boys who would never like me back and being all geeky. Now she's gonna see me naked. Sasha: the perfect-bodied, funny, cute, cheerleader-slash-gymnast who was the coolest. Great.

And I'm over here trying to look classy like:

I even tried spray-tanning so I had a little color during the shoot to boost my self-esteem, which didn't work out so well in my favor:

Anyway, I got to the studio and put on my bravest face before I knocked on the door. 

And there was Sasha - refreshingly warm and welcoming and offering coffee (my hero!). She sat me down with Chelsea to do my make up and hair and we chatted away like no time had passed at all. Chelsea was amazing and made me look so beautiful that I nearly fell on the floor. And did you know she is barely old enough to have an alcoholic drink but she can do make up better than Jay Manuel? 

Now was the uncomfortable part. Yet, I never felt shy or ashamed or embarrassed in any part of the shoot. Sasha was there to remind me the reason for doing this - for my husband and to empower myself. We laughed the whole way through while I was the least dressed I had ever been in front of anyone with a camera. No, I am not a model. No, I didn't magically have 6-pack abs during the shoot. Yes, I had cellulite and awkward facial expressions and a muffin top. And YES, I felt FABULOUS! 

The whole time I felt beautiful, which wasn't hard with Sasha's encouragement. She was incredibly talented with hiding parts I was embarrassed about. She was sensitive to temperature, lighting, and angles. Sasha was organized and had a list of poses to do that were tailored just for me based on my Pinterest board and our previous conversations. I never felt pressured or pushed for time. She had amazing accessories to add to make the photo even more special (like a turquoise coffee cup since I love coffee and it's my favorite color).

Of course, I did ask her to photoshop my boobs bigger (who wouldn't with my itty bitties?) but she gently reminded me that this was not for the media, but for my husband and myself to have memories of what my husband fell in love with.  These photographs will be forever and when I'm old and wrinkly we can look back at how silly I was for being self-conscious and remember how amazing Sasha made me feel.  

Sasha was incredibly warm and thoughtful. Her blog and page are easy to navigate and very professional. Every woman looks better than a model because they have real bodies and real stories and still look beautiful. In truth, no woman wants to see a perfect model do a boudoir shoot, they want to see real women feeling confident in their skin because they want to feel the same way.  

Was it expensive? 

Sure, all high quality things have a cost. 

Will I ever regret the amount I spent? Absolutely not.  Her service is great and communication with her is timely and consistent. I got my pictures and products back quickly and it was easy to make changes to my order. 

Was I impressed?

So much! 

Were there pictures I didn't like? 

Of course, but the ones I loved much outweighed the ones I didn't like. Remember, we are our own greatest critics. One particular photo I did not like was my husband's favorite!  

Did my husband like the photos?

You should have seen his jaw drop when I surprised him on Christmas. It was the most amazing feeling. And he felt special that they were just for him.

Could you say Sasha Dale made our marriage better?

Well, I'm not saying these pictures made our marriage better, but I'm also not not saying it didn't help a few things...

In a sense, this is the new type of "glamour shot" that was popular in the past.  It is a way to spend time to get to know yourself and empower those confident thoughts of ourselves we all know we have. Do it for yourself, your significant other, who you will become in the future, or for whoever the heck you want.  If this is what you want to experience, definitely contact Sasha Dale Photography."