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Her tattoo says "Even in Australia" and here is why!

This fun gorgeous lady is Sarah. Sarah is a hard working wife and mother of two and because her family takes priority to her, she very rarely spends money on herself. In the last year, with lots of diligence and effort she succeeded in her weight loss goal pulling herself out of her ‘own personal darkness’. Sarah had felt ashamed of her body for so long but recently she had noticed in a photo that a friend took of her that the light in her eyes and her confidence was back. So she decided that she must document this to celebrate all that she has accomplished! I just love what Sarah had to say about accomplishing her goal because it is so relatable: ‘I have a hard time being proud of anything I do, but I think I might be just a little bit proud of myself....’

Sarah should be proud of herself! She managed to completely adjust her diet and start her incredible fitness journey to reach her goal on top of being a mom, a sales rep for a food distributor and a pastry chef with a side business making the most astonishing and gorgeous custom cakes which she says is her true passion! I don’t know how she finds enough hours in the day, it is impressive to say the least!

Hard to think she could find much time for relaxing but when she has time to indulge in some ‘me’ time besides working out she enjoys binging some episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix or just scrolling through Instagram to take her mind of the craziness of the day. Although she isn’t able to fit it in as much these days, she loves to read, especially anything by James Patterson or Jodi Piccoult.

Sarah also loves her tattoos and it was great to have the opportunity to put some of them in the forefront of her photographs. They each have a specific and personal meaning to her and a majority of them include a quote of some sort.

She explained one of her favorites to me saying:

“I have the words ‘Even in Australia’ tattooed on my left arm from the book ‘Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day’. When my sisters and I were little, my dad would read that book to us all the time. Alexander is having a really bad day and keeps mentioning how he wants to move to Australia, and at the end of the book his mom says ‘some days are like that, even in Australia’. Whenever I'm having a bad day I call my dad and he always says to me ‘Sar - even in Australia’. It reminds me that this too shall pass. The tattoo is in his handwriting, so I carry his words with me everyday.”

What a beautiful reminder to have with you always!

When asked what she would say to her younger self about body image she said: ‘I guess be proud of the body that you have. Be grateful for all that it will do. Even though you don't feel beautiful on the outside someone will fall in love with what is on the inside. Your body is not a reflection of your heart.’

HMUA: Christen Gundersen of Makeup by CG

Sarah’s Testimonial:

“I cannot thank Sasha and her team enough for making me feel so special, beautiful and glamorous for my boudoir shoot. I have been self conscious about my body since...well, forever, and upon walking into Sasha’s studio my mind was instantly put at ease. She incorporated so many elements that I had envisioned, but didn’t necessarily think would turn out ok, and made it look effortless. My entire face hurt from smiling so much that day! Ahhh such a great experience!! Thank you thank you thank you all for making that day so so special!!”

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!”

Mrs. G {CT Boudoir Portraits}

This gorgeous woman, wife and dog-momma is a genetic counselor who grew to have a passion for this career when she pursued healthcare education options in college, after initially wanting to be a doctor. Mrs. G and her husband are very active in her church. They volunteer quite a bit there. They also have close families and love to spend time with them. She is definitely introverted, so sometimes she needs re-charge time at home. She's a homebody who loves to write (she's an avid journal-er), knit, craft and read. Her favorite book is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, though she also indulges in the Chronicals of Narnia and Little House On the Prairie Series.

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This girl LOVES food! Making it, baking it, eating it, going somewhere else to eat it, along with traveling - she'll take a good road trip any day!  Maine is her destination of choice, as her family has a perfect little cabin there.  You'll find her unwinding to a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and occasionally a cold beer.  If you want the key to her tummy, feed her some delicious seafood pasta and you can't go wrong!

When she finds time to snuggle on the couch and binge-watch her favorite Netflix series, she typically chooses between Office and Parks & Recreation.  She loves the humor of them both. When she's in the mood for a bit more drama, Mrs. G will turn on Call the Midwife.

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I asked this gorgeous woman what her favorite quote was and she had a tough time coming up with one.  She loves reading and writing, so words are so powerful for her, so she couldn't just choose one.  She narrowed down to FOUR!

"He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." -C.S. Lewi

"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another." -Thomas Merton

And a bonus, which seems fitting for this purpose:

"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Proverbs 31:25

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One of Mrs. G's insecurities has always been how young she looks. She is 30 and has never understood our society's compulsion to look young - she's never understood why you'd be embarrassed to be the age you are! But since she was 12, people always say she looks like she's 12. And 12 is just an age she didn't like being, and that she would never want to be again.

She understands that people don't say that she looks young to be unkind - a lot of people think it's a compliment. (Although, really, who wants to look like a tween?) Mrs. G has worked towards caring less when they say it.

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If she could send her 13-year-old self one message, she would say:

"beauty is from the inside. When someone's not beautiful on the inside, it will show on the outside. There are so many ways to be beautiful. Find what makes you beautiful and be grateful for those things, and stay away from people who want you to stay in a cycle of insecurity."

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Mrs. G has always looked up to her mom because she is so fearless in a lot of areas that Mrs. G is not fearless in. She is so good at starting conversations, which is something that I Mrs. G is terrible at, and not being concerned about what other people think about her. Her mom has also always been such a good mom to her brothers and herself. For all that confidence that she has, though, one area she's not confident or positive in is the way she looks, and Mrs. G wishes her mother was.

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These pictures are a gift for her husband, as something special for him, but they (and the process) is also a gift for herself. She would like these pictures to hold this time in their lives as a memory - a time when they are married, and in love, and before they have babies - and also to hold this time for herself as memory. She is so excited to have children with her husband, and she's been really cherishing her pre-baby time right now, so this seems like a special way to celebrate as they get ready for the next step!

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Testimonial:

"This was a wonderful experience and I can’t say enough good things! Let me start by telling you too much about myself. I’ve been considering doing a boudoir session since 2011, when I was in my early twenties. It always was put on the back burner: how do you find someone to take pictures of you in your underwear and be sure they won’t murder you or that your pictures won’t end up on your mom’s Facebook wall? Fast forward to 2018, when some wacky train of thought and Pinterest browsing led to me Googling “boudoir photographers near me,” and I came across Sasha!

I was immediately drawn in by Sasha’s website and how much helpful information she gives you about boudoir sessions there. I also loved her style: not too over-the-top, but airy and natural “I-woke-up-like-this” photos. I saw so much variety in the different clients she photographed and it showed that Sasha really listens to her clients and that their sessions are reflections of them.

Then from the beginning, I had such an amazing experience with Sasha. She met with me for about an hour just to show me her studio, the products she has, and to answer my questions. She was very supportive of my idea to use my wedding dress, which is so special to me to be able to use it again! I also did an in-person wardrobe consultation. I used some of the items from her wardrobe – a bodysuit, a bra and panty set, a sheer robe, a necklace, and a floral crown. (The floral crown shows the session was also for me – my husband has never said, “You know what’s sexy? Floral crowns!”)

The day of the shoot was a wonderful pampering day. Christen was amazing with hair and makeup and it was so laid back, like hanging out with two friends. I did start to get a little nervous when we started shooting. Have you ever thought something would be a cute candid picture of you and when you see it you realize you actually have a triple chin and scrunch your eyes really asymmetrically? I have. In addition to the fear that I would look rabid instead of sexy, I was intimidated about having to pull out sexy poses, but Sasha is so great at directing you while she’s shooting. She gives you very specific instructions and helps you account for all parts of your body, the position of your hands, feet, arms, legs, chin. It makes it easy! Let me ask you, are you the type of person who prides themselves on being excellent at following directions at the doctor’s office? (I know this is weird, but surely I’m not the only one.) You’ll be great at this!

Sasha and Christen make you feel so at-ease. At one point, I was on the bed flipping my hair, and Christen is alongside the bed, dancing to make me laugh! Sasha is also so encouraging while she shoots. I walked away with the impression that she thinks all women are beautiful and wants them to feel good in their own skin.

These would be my litmus test questions for you if you’re considering it: do you like feeling beautiful? Do you like feeling good in your own skin? Do you like being pampered? Would you like to meet a very lovely and very down-to-Earth person who will help you do those things? Would you like a beautiful and forever gift for yourself and possibly your partner? Then you are worth it!"

Mrs. Brown {2018 Boudoir}

This gorgeous nurse loves to spend her free time traveling and being outdoors, though most important to her is time with her family.  She enjoys hot cocoa and wine, and occasionally something tropical- and if she had to pick a favorite meal of all time, she'd choose Chicken Alfredo! :) If you find her snuggled up on the couch watching a Netflix series, it's most likely Breaking Bad.

Her personal view on life: Life is short, live everyday to the fullest. Tomorrow isn't promised. Bills will always be there no matter how much you work, so take a vacation, travel, and splurge on yourself. Live your life.

Check out these stunning anniversary photos that she gifted to her husband <3

HMUA: Chelsea with Beauty by Chelsea Dae

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Disney's Snow White Inspired Boudoir Session {2018}

The fairest of them all, Snow White was our inspiration for this stunning transformation.  Christen (Makeup by CG) decided to add some black to the lip for a more 'poisonous' lip color and have it 'ombre' to read in the middle.  It looked incredible.  We pinned her hair back a bit for that iconic Snow White do, and added pearls to throw in that vintage 40's vibe.  Of course - we also had to add the apple, and went as far as using a red smoke bomb for some extra flare! The velvet top was from Target, the bottoms were from Amazon!

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A little behind the scenes for fun:

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Go check out the rest of our Disney inspired transformations HERE!