Maternity boudoir photography

What started as a gift for her husband became a celebration of her own body’s superpower.

Meet Amanda! This strong and beautiful mom had originally booked her session as an anniversary gift to her husband, but before the session date she found out she was pregnant and ultimately the shoot became an opportunity for her to be able to celebrate all that her body can do as well as the changes that it was going through. Amanda is the mother to (now) two little boys and three angel babies. She is a full time stay at home mom and she absolutely loves that she has the opportunity to spend the time with them and see new experiences through their eyes. There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to be with your little ones as they grow up in front of you!

Amanda loves to read, knit and crochet and also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. When she can find some time to relax she will put her feet up with a cup of tea and watch a movie or binge on an episode of The Office or The Good Place. Her favorite book is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (total tear jerker!) and if she could have any meal she would go for Tacos.

When asked about role models in her life, Amanda said she has always looked up to her Mom because she always makes the best of every situation and exudes confidence, something I think many women aspire to do. Though confident in herself she also explained some of her insecurities that she has dealt with saying: “I think that it's normal to have some sort of insecurity. I used to not like my body but as you grow up you learn to be yourself.” It is very empowering to grow to appreciate and love our bodies as we get older and those insecurities we have will always continue to humble us. I asked Amanda if she could tell the thirteen year old version of herself one thing about self image what would she say and she responded: “Every BODY is different. Every BODY is beautiful. If you are happy with yourself, you will spread happiness to others and that is absolutely incredible.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Hair and makeup for Amanda was done by our fabulous Christen Gundersen of Makeup by CG.

Amanda’s Testimonial:

“Sasha and her team were spectacular to work with. I absolutely loved my time away from being a stay at home mom, being pampered and surrounded by such encouraging and positive women. I felt so good about myself and my body when I left that day and Sasha's positive words have stuck with me. Reminding me that we can celebrate ourselves, exactly the way we are, no matter what the 'obstacle'. I'm so happy to be able to get in front of the camera instead of constantly being behind the scenes while documenting my son's life and feel confident while doing so. Sasha's has an incredible ability to capture moments of joy and happiness and I cannot wait to see all of the photos at our next appointment. Thank you so much Sasha and team!”

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."

maternity photos in bed of flowers, maternity artwork, boudoir

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!!"