Norwich CT

Disney's Cinderella Inspired Boudoir Session {2018}

For our Cinderella inspired transformation, we decided to combine a bit of 'tattered' with 'glam' to play towards both aspects of her life in the movie.  Christen (the talented HMUA behind these transformations) brought along her tattered petty coats that she had in her house!  We thought it was a perfect touch (Cinderella after midnight). The lingerie and neck piece were both purchased at Walmart!  No need to drop big bucks on an amazing transformation!

Go check out the rest of our transformations here!

Disney's Aurora Inspired Boudoir Session {2018}

Christen (Makeup by CG) and I decided our next transformation was going to come from inspiration from the iconic Aurora of Disney's Sleeping Beauty.  We wanted pink, and feminine - a bed covered in flowers and canopy.  Christen added shades of purples and pinks to her eyes and lips and finished her up with some big wavy curls.  I purchased the teddy from Target and that glorious necklace that makes a statement is from Francesca's  (a purchase I made a few years ago). She definitely had her beauty sleep!

Some behind the scenes for you to enjoy :) Check out some more of our Disney inspired transformations HERE.

Disney's Pocahontas Inspired Boudoir Session {2018}

I recall sitting around one day, maybe I was editing a boudoir session, when I thought... wouldn't it be cool if my clients wanted something a little more creative with their shoots?  Something different? Like something inspired by their favorite on-screen character?  It dawned on me that I wanted to curate a project that helped us transform every day women, moms, teachers, nurses, etc. into a sexy goddess inspired by looks from our favorite Disney Princesses! We got to work compiling our list of princesses, and were of course incredibly overzealous - we couldn't narrow down our list to less than 13!  We decided everything from the month we wanted to shoot each model, to location - and quickly realized that we wanted to shoot Pocahontas first as we were approaching the end of November - near Thanksgiving.  The leaves where almost all gone and we needed to get her shoot done quick.  We planned this in about a week - and I reached out to one of my favorite clients, Michelle of @ByQuinn fashion blog.  I knew she'd be a perfect model for us to kick-start this series.

Christen, the ever so talented HMUA, designed Michelle's outfit ...or lack thereof ;)  and I helped complete the look with a STUNNING necklace from Target and a gold foil press-on tattoo that I'd ordered off Amazon a few years back for a bohemian inspired senior session.  The necklace had gold and grey stones, so I had to do a little color change in PhotoShop to give it the signature turquoise look that Pocahontas wore in that iconic film.

Take a look at this awesome transformation below.  We used some simple hair extensions to give Michelle's hair some length, and we didn't do much more styling at that.  Pocahontas has long thick straight hair, so we didn't need to add any curl!  Christen added some gorgeous warm hue to Michelle's eyes and really accentuated them, plus - she completed the look with a slight tint of orange lipstick ... the BEST choice!

Michelle was incredibly awesome considering we were shooting outside during 30 degree weather!  The waterfalls at Devils Hopyard were a necessity for this shoot so we are thankful that Michelle was open to modeling for us there!

I made sure to add a warm feel to the images, you can see below on the 'left' before image how cold and gloomy it really was for this shoot!  Be sure to check out all of our other Disney Inspired princess shoots on the blog!

Boudoir Transformations inspired by Disney's Heroines

I recall sitting around one day, maybe I was editing a boudoir session, when I thought... wouldn't it be cool if my clients wanted something a little more outside the box with their shoots?  Something different? Like something inspired by their favorite on-screen character?  It dawned on me that I wanted to curate a project that helped us transform every day women, moms, teachers, nurses, etc. into a sexy goddess inspired by looks from our favorite Disney Princesses!

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I called the one person I knew would totally rock the hair and makeup transformations for this series, and that was Christen Gundersen with Makeup by CG. Christen specializes in photography and movie makeup and her talent and artistry was the perfect match for this project.  I was thrilled when she was just as excited about the project as I was and it quickly became our 'baby' over the next 6 months.

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We got to work compiling our list of princesses, and were of course incredibly overzealous - we couldn't narrow down our list to less than 13!  We discussed every detail including the month/season we wanted to shoot each model, to location, color themes, model call requirements, etc. and hit the ground running.

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We had no requirements for our model call except that the models were willing to sign a model release so we could share our project with the world!  The biggest trait we searched for in our submissions was hair color and style believe it or not!  We felt that hair was a HUGE part about what defined our princess/heroine inspired styles.  Once we selected our models, we scheduled every shoot up until the end (from January to May).

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We found our lingerie and accessories from multiple places including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Primark, AdoreMe and Yandy. We've included some additional details on where the lingerie was found in the individual blog posts for each shoot!

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The hardest part of this project was keeping it secret and waiting!  We knew we needed to shoot some in the snow, while others needed to be at the beach, and we couldn't imagine putting our models in the water during February so we understood our project would take some time!  That time was SO worth the wait!

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Our models were compiled from every day women who just wanted to work with us!  We had students, moms, childcare providers, artists, nurses, aestheticians, teachers, musicians, etc.  It was an amazing group of women we got to work with and we are humbled by their willingness to allow us to not only transform them into these Disney inspired goddesses but to also share their images with the world!

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We had a hard time deciding which our favorite was, because every time we began a new shoot, we were even more and more excited.  The purpose of this project was to really test our creativity and allow us to step outside the box a little - or a lot!  We had SO much fun with this series and we can't WAIT to do another one!

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Sabrina {CT Boudoir Portraits}

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

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls,Torrid babydoll, bright pinkThese 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.

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, black lace teddy, powerfulI 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, camoIf 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.

Sasha Dale Photography, boudoir portraits, curvy girls, Adore Me lingerie, knit kimonoSabrina 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!"

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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!!