New London CT

Sabrina {CT Boudoir Portraits}

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Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, LOVE, valentines day boudoir, fun, flirty

I was so blessed to have the opportunity to photograph this stunning mother of 2 beautiful and adorable children, and the wife of 6 years to her amazing husband, Joshua.  Sabrina and her husband also have two pups, Max and Reese.  Sabrina works as a billing manager/SEO specialist for a marketing firm based in Connecticut.  While she admits that it is not her dream career, she believes that every job or career that one holds, molds them into the person they truly want to become. Sabrina likes to spend her spare time...

...working out, volunteering at her church, reading, watching her kids play (and joining them of course), and looking for new adventures.

When she's not running around after the kids, or behind her computer working, you can catch her snoozing or taking a nice bubble bath while listening to classical music.  This helps her relax and ease her nerves.

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Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls,Torrid babydoll, bright pink

These are a few of her favorite things:

Beverage of Choice: Coffee, Tea, Wine, Water <-- she loves all 4!

Favorite Meal: Sushi - any kind

Favorite book/genre: Sabrina loves to read and particularly enjoys politically driven novels or mysteries.  Her favorite book is called "Where are the Children?" by Mary Higgins Clark.  She first read this novel in elementary school!!

Favorite binge-worthy Netflix series: Black Mirror

Favorite inspirational quote: "Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." -- Sabrina said that this has been the verse that has inspired her entire life and if everyone knew her story... they would understand why.

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Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, black lace teddy, powerful

I asked Sabrina if she has now, or ever had insecurities that she has worked/or is working on overcoming.  Her answer was beautiful:

"I use to have insecurities about my body after having kids, but honestly that is a thing of the past. I realized that child birth is a blessing and so many woman pray to experience what I have been honored to not only experience once, but twice in my lifetime."

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, military spouse, camo

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, military spouse, camo

If Sabrina could go back and have a conversation with the 13 year old version of herself, THIS is what she would tell her:

"You do not need the validation of anyone else to realize your worth and beauty. God created you this way for a reason...now go live your life like the queen you are and without regret."

One person that Sabrina has always looked up to is her great grandfather. She said that he always told her she was a free bird and that she wasn't meant to be caged. He inspired her to truly find out who "Sabrina" was on the inside.

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Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, Adore Me lingerie, knit kimono

Sabrina admits that the reason she did this shoot AND signed a full-model release for the world to see her stunning images is"Because someone had to! Someone had to step up and remind every mother or woman that she is beautiful despite her insecurities and what life throws at her and that you only have one life to shine as bright as you possibly can on the inside and out!"

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, white lace

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, white lace

You can give props to Christen Gundersen of Makeup by CG for the beautiful make-up application.

Check out a the behind the scenes video of Sabrina's session 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."

maternity photos in bed of flowers, maternity artwork, boudoir

maternity photos in bed of flowers, maternity artwork, boudoir

Maternity photos, boudoir, november baby, maternity sillouette

Maternity photos, boudoir, november baby, maternity sillouette

beautiful maternity photos, boudoir, sexy, lingerie

beautiful maternity photos, boudoir, sexy, lingerie

dark and sexy maternity photos

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

maternity photos

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!!"

Courtney {Military Spouse, Boudoir Portraits}

This stunning Navy wife came to the studio back in November to gift her husband (and herself as well) a shoot to celebrate the hard work and dedication she's put into reaching a weight loss goal while he is deployed.

Courtney has three dogs, and admits she works way too much... but who can blame her! Her husband is deployed, and sometimes, working is the only way to keep busy and help the time pass until he comes home.

Sasha Dale Photography, curvy girl boudoir, boudoir photography, military spouse

Sasha Dale Photography, curvy girl boudoir, boudoir photography, military spouse

When she has free time, Courtney loves to kayak and do anything that brings her outdoors.  If the weather isn't the best, she enjoys curling up and reading a book.

Sasha Dale Photography, curvy girl boudoir, boudoir photography, military spouse

Sasha Dale Photography, curvy girl boudoir, boudoir photography, military spouse

Favorite Inspirational Quote:

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new"

Sasha Dale Photography, curvy girl boudoir, boudoir photography, military spouse

Sasha Dale Photography, curvy girl boudoir, boudoir photography, military spouse

Courtney's Testimonial:

"Sasha was absolutely amazing, she made me feel so beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. I would highly recommend her, When I went and looked at my photos it was me, it wasn't so photoshopped that I couldn't recognize myself. It was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone questioning doing a Boudoir photo shoot to do it with Sasha!!!"

Mrs. M {CT Boudoir Photography}

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Dark and moody boudoir, blue babygirl, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

Meet this beautiful mother of 3 plus a furry child, and the wife of 17 years to a wonderful husband. She is a Nurse which is what she always dreamed of doing.  Ever since Mrs. M was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a nurse. In her spare time (she laughed at this question as she responded with 'what's spare time?') she loves to cuddle on the couch watching movies, and W hen you are not working, what do you like to do in your spare time? Spare time?? Lol I love to read, cuddle on the couch watching movies, and going to Disney with her family.

Dark and moody boudoir, blue babygirl, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

Dark and moody boudoir, blue babygirl, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

This gorgeous mama also loves to read, though she admits she doesn't quite get enough time to do it.

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Boudoir photography, red lace lingerie, christmas gift, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

These are a few of her favorite things:

Favorite drink: Coffee, Tea

Favorite meal: Pasta!

Favorite book/genre: Cozy novels and romantic suspense.

Favorite inspirational quote: "Live for today because tomorrow is not a guarantee."

Boudoir photography, red lace lingerie, christmas gift, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

Boudoir photography, red lace lingerie, christmas gift, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

What she has to say about personal insecurities:

"I think all people have insecurities. Are we pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough? Are we a good mother and wife, do we work to much and not spend enough time with our families? Just like everyone I struggle with all of it, but as I get older I realize I am enough. I do the best I can, and I have to be happy with that."

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Boudoir photography, red lace lingerie, christmas gift, CT Boudoir, Sasha Dale photography

I asked Mrs. M what message she wishes she could tell the thirteen year old version of herself about self image.  This is what she would say:

"Relax, enjoy being 13. You will be an adult soon enough."

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Sasha Dale Photography, military spouse, boudoir photography, camoflage

I asked why she wanted her portraits taken:

"I wanted to give my husband a gift. He is always telling me I’m beautiful and I always respond with ‘you have to say that’. I decided to listen to him, and go for it. I realized I am, and I should have been listening to him for the past 18 years instead of picking at my flaws. We all have them, but so what!"

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The make-up artist for this shoot was the lovely Chelsea Krasnow of Beauty by Chelsea Dae.  She'd worked with this mama in the past, specifically with her tween daughter, so it only made sense to pair the two up again!

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir photos

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir photos

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We mixed up her looks a bit for some bright and airy, dark and moody, and some cool backdrop shots too.  Of course she also had to sneak her husbands old camo blouse in!

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Session took place at the studio of Sasha Dale Photography in Norwich, CT.

Cheryl's Testimonial:

"I don't know how to put into words how awesome of an experience today was! I could never thank you enough!  We have used you for our family portraits, a teen session, and now a boudoir photo session. You never cease to amaze me with your kindness, skill, talent, caring attitude, and just how comfortable you make me feel in front of a camera...and that says a lot as I strongly dislike having my picture taken!  As you know, the thought of stripping down in front of a camera, and posing in lingerie was terrifying to me. But you made it an amazing day, from start to finish!  I felt beautiful and completely comfortable the entire day, as nervous as I was going into this - you made me completely relaxed. You knew when to make me laugh, how to demonstrate how to pose, and even made sure I drank enough water! Sasha, you are an amazing person and photographer, thank you for this experience. I can't wait to see the finished product...or my husbands reaction on Christmas! Oh and my hair and makeup was amazing!!!! I need this done every morning!"

Vermont is not too far away {Boudoir Retreat, Jamaica VT}

Sasha Dale Photography, Dark moody boudoir, black and white, curvy girl

Sasha Dale Photography, Dark moody boudoir, black and white, curvy girl

Even work can be a vacation, when you love what you do.  I joined another photographer friend of mine and we attended a photography retreat in Vermont hosted by Shuttergram  portraits where we got the opportunity to photograph some beautiful models.  While my studio has taller ceilings, white walls and large windows, this cabin was quite the contrary which allowed for some darker and moodier portraits.  These are some of my favorite images that I took, and I even tried to match a darker moodier editing style to go with how they made me feel.

The walls in the room we shot were a deep red, the sheets were robins-egg blue and well the furniture was mis-matched.  Normally not my dream bedroom, but this goes to show that the room in which you are photographed doesn't make the picture.  The experience of the photographer, the posing of the subject and lighting is key.

I'd like to talk about bodysuits for a moment while we are looking at these gorgeous images.  A bodysuit or 'teddy' which is a more sheer/lacy version of a bodysuit is something many women don't necessarily picture themselves wearing.  I've heard many reasons, such as "it makes me feel to restricted" or "I will look like a stuffed sausage", etc. If you feel this way, I want to prove you WRONG.  I think bodysuits look so sophisticated, stunning and downright sexy on everybody.  When you are planning your wardrobe for your own boudoir session... why not consider giving it a shot?

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Sasha Dale Photography, Dark moody boudoir, black and white, curvy girl, vogue

Sasha Dale Photography, Dark moody boudoir, black and white, curvy girl

Sasha Dale Photography, Dark moody boudoir, black and white, curvy girl

Note #2 - outdoor boudoir.  Did you know it was a thing?  Because it is!  You don't need to be standing in the middle of a crowded park, topless, with people all around you.  There are hundreds of remote locations to shoot at where it is just YOU, the camera and a beautiful setting.  A bed might not be your forte, but maybe the woods, a warehouse or a beach are?  Let's make it happen!