Southeastern CT

Disney's Rapunzel Inspired Boudoir Session {2018}

When we prepared to transform this gorgeous mama into our Rapunzel inspired boudoir diva, we also decided we'd take her outside the studio to the closest thing we thought resembled a lonely tower - and that was an abandoned warehouse just on the other side of town.  In fact, we stayed on the first floor since access to any additional floors was blocked off - and we just made sure to shoot from an angle that allowed the image to appear as if she was up in a tower.  We also brought flowers from the studio and randomly placed them amongst the dead wintery vines climbing up the building to give a little life to them! Christen, owner of Makeup by CG (the master behind the hair and makeup transformations in this series) stuck with a soft feminine look, a long braid and some flowers scattered throughout!  I had already ordered this gorgeous teddy from Adore Me and it was absolutely perfect for a Rapunzel inspired look.

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Check out the rest of our series HERE!

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."

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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!"

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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!!

Pink Pixie Boudoir {CT Boudoir, March 2017}

"The first two relationships in my life were extremely abusive, emotionally and physically, and really took a toll on my self image and self esteem. I also used to self-harm. As a result of these two things I spent a lot of time covered up and uncomfortable with my body. I started learning to love myself, and then I met my husband, who has only been supportive of anything I've set my mind on. I want to celebrate learning to love who I am and how I look, and give a gift to the man who encourages me to continue to do so." This beautiful woman came in to do a boudoir shoot not only with the intention to provide beautiful images as a gift to her husband, but also to celebrate a person victory with herself in learning to love herself better, and THAT my friends, is what makes me giddy.

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Jen's passion is Art! When she came to me, she was working on going back to school for her art history degree. On the side, she enjoys reading (fantasy and non-fiction history), watching historical costume dramas and playing video games casually with her very hardcore gamer husband. Jen also knits and bakes.

I have to tell you I about died when she chose this gorgeous satin gown from my studio wardrobe.  I'd been WAITING for a client to select it for their boudoir shoot.  The way the satin catches the light when it falls over her curves is incredibly stunning, and even more so as it accents her beautifully fare skin.

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Jen's favorite quote: "The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater". -J.R.R. Tolkien

Jen also brought along a sweater.  Not the every day oversized sweater, and not her own.  She brought a sweater that her husbands mother made for him, so there is so much more to these photographs that her husband can adore and cherish.

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Jen wants all young girls to look at self image like this: "If it makes you feel good about yourself, wear it, do it, and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, because, quite frankly, it's none of their business."

While she had blue hair when she contacted me about her shoot (and I have to admit, I was really looking forward to photographing that vibrant color), Jen toned it down a bit to a sweet rose shade of pink before the shoot that I also fell in love with.  Paired with the deep red lip that Chelsea gave her, she was a pink bombshell!  With so much vibrant color, who needs to wear anything else?

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Jen has always been inspired by mother before she died, and now her stepmother. Both women were/are very successful in their chosen careers, and very outspoken about their views, no matter what the issue.

I don't typically do this, but because she mentioned that she loves art, creativity and trying new things, I decided to set-up a quick teepee in the studio for some creative boho-shots paired with my acrylic prism to get some neat light reflection.  Never hurts to play around and try new things, especially when it yields something fantastic.

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I'm looking forward to some more creative and edgy boudoir shoots - and I'm always up for some new requests!

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.

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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.

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

Favorite Inspirational Quote:

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

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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.

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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."

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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!

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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!"