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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!

Christine G. {October 2017}

Meet this gorgeous Bride-to-Be!  She was our bridal booth contest winner back in February and we just completed here session this past October.  Her session hair and make-up was done by the talented Nicole of Beauty by Mineko!

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Christine loves to paint or make art but she doesn't do it as often as she could. Someday she would love to have an amazing little art nook in her home so she would have no excuse for not spending more time on it! She adores spending time with her future hubby, friends, and family and especially game nights at their home. Their go-to game is Mario-kart even though her hubby-to-be always beats her. They also love Scrabble, Uno, Rummikub, and more.

green satin, timeless

green satin, timeless

Christine has a black miniature poodle named Olive and apparently, she totally runs the house! The pup is about 7 years old now, and is Christine's baby!!

This gorgeous bride-to-be is a passionate and committed individual.  She's been at her current employer for over 12 years,  having started as a part-time receptionist and working her way all the way up to a department manager.  She's worked her butt of to get where she is!

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When Christine came to the studio, she mentioned she was on a weight loss/fitness journey. At the time, she had already lost 40 lbs over the two years she'd been at it. Though she still felt as if she had more to go, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful she was both physically and confidently. She even trained like crazy for her first 5K! She admitted that it was actually starting to feel like fun instead of torture!

vintage boudoir, blue satin, lace

vintage boudoir, blue satin, lace

Fun fact: Christine was born on Thanksgiving! Each year she celebrate her birthday with her family on Thanksgiving. She told me it always felt pretty cool being the only one getting presents during a big holiday! Every year her aunt makes her a cookie sheet sized giant chocolate chip cookie (which Christine devours in about 2 days) and her aunt promises to keep making it for her for as long as she's alive to do so!

vintage corset, tulle skirt, topless

vintage corset, tulle skirt, topless

Christine loves going on walks or just sitting outside and enjoying nature. Her family owns a cabin on a lake in Maine that she loves visiting every single year. All she has to do is kick back on the porch overlooking the water with a gin & tonic in hand, or going on a boat ride and that is her ideal way to relax!

Favorite Inspirational Quote: "Be you, for you."

80s boudoir, cocacola, coke, boudoir, sexy

80s boudoir, cocacola, coke, boudoir, sexy

I asked Christine what message she wishes to give young girls about self image.  This was her response:

" Its not about being skinny. Its about being healthy. But its also about understanding that there is no such thing as perfect. Even the people you see in magazines or movies are not perfect. They too have insecurities or things they hide from others. There is a lot of photo-shopping and make up to cover things that are deemed less than perfect. But its those things that make us human. Everyone struggles with self-doubt at some point. Someone can be self conscious about being "too skinny" just as much as someone who thinks they are "too fat." Stop comparing yourself and work on being your happiest self. Don't put others down for things that you have no right judging. Be nice to everyone because you don't know their story."

mermaid boudoir

mermaid boudoir

I love that she admitted the shoot was more for herself than it was a gift for her fiancé. She claimed it was something that had always interested her and now that she's been able to grow in self confidence, she knew it was the perfect time to show it off.

I usually don't include this part of my client questionnaire responses in my post write-up but I'm IN LOVE with Christine's response here so I just HAD to share:

My question: "Is there anything you'd like me to minimize, conceal or otherwise de-emphasize?"

Christine's response: "Ya know what... no. Its how my body is, so why hide it? How do you plan to showcase your photos?"  <--- YAAAASSS!!!!!

mermaid boudoir, little mermaid, bridal boudoir

mermaid boudoir, little mermaid, bridal boudoir

Christine's Testimonial of her experience:

"From booking my appointment all the way to receiving my final product, Sasha made the entire experience easy and stress free. She is so organized that you never need to worry about a thing. Sasha was always there to answer any questions I may have had. I loved the consultation appointment to go over outfit choices and jewelry to match. She makes you feel excited about the experience, rather than being worried about the unknown. I never felt uncomfortable with her, it was like she was just another girlfriend. The photo shoot itself was so much fun! Her energy keeps you going and you will laugh a lot! She will show you images on her camera throughout the day so you know what kind of shots she is getting. I felt like a movie star. I cannot say how amazingly talented Sasha is after seeing the final photos. They are beautiful! The only worry I had leading up to the appointment, is that I would be disappointed in the final product- NOT because I doubted Sasha, but I doubted myself and how I looked. I could not be happier. Every shot looks like a million bucks and the pictures filled me with a new confidence. The book Sasha put together is super well done. The quality of it is far beyond what I had imagined. I can't say enough about Sasha and my experience. I would recommend it to anyone! Whether you are doing it as a gift to your partner, or just for yourself, the entire experience is totally worth it."

Jess {2016 CT Boudoir}

cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir

cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir

Jess came to the studio with the goal to gift her long time boyfriend a gorgeous album full of her images.  She is a physical therapy aide and a photographer.  When she isn't working, she loves to explore and travel to new places!  {She recently moved to Florida, so she gets lots of opportunities to explore new places now!) To relax - Jess loves to curl up with a good book and cup of coffee - or taking a nice walk on a nature trail.

Jess's favorite quote: "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.  It is there all of the time." -Anna Freud

cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir, coffee

cozy sweater boudoir, ct boudoir, coffee

Jess wishes she could share this message with young women about self image:

"Be you, never try to become someone else.  God made you, the way he wanted you to be.  You are beautiful, smart, funny.  Don't compare yourself to someone else on the internet, behind their 'perfect' picture, they are holding the same insecurities.  Hold your head high, and be confident in your own body."

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jess-riorden-3

Jess has always looked up to her mom.  She has been amazed over the years by the strength her mother has and how much she continues to do for everyone.  Jess hopes to become half the woman her mother is.

bodysuit boudoir, sillouette boudoir

bodysuit boudoir, sillouette boudoir

Not only is this a gift for her boyfriend, but Jess has recently learned to start loving her body and what better way to share her love than to be photographed with the strength and confidence she shows in these images.

Valentine's day boudoir, red lingerie, ct boudoir

Valentine's day boudoir, red lingerie, ct boudoir

Other fun facts:

Jess loves Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Adele.  I LOVE her taste!

Bohemian Boudoir {Woodbury, CT}

I can't even put into words how happy this shoot made me.  Scroll down to learn about Giuliana and the shoot!

Meet the beautiful Giuliana.  She is 23, which if you met her - you'd think more like 28.  She has a wise soul and comes across is smart, responsible and driven.  She is currently studying Early Childhood Education & Child Psychology, but when she is not in class, she loves to hike, bike and kayak.  Kayaking is her favorite.  Giuliana loves to be out on the water because there is just something so therapeutic about it- floating in silence surrounded by nature.

Giuliana also absolutely loves to travel, as she grew up living in several different countries across the European continent.  To Giuliana, it is an incredible feeling to be immersed in new culture.  "It opens your mind to so much, it makes you more aware of everything around you that your normally wouldn't notice."

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee

I asked Giuliana if she could change one thing about the world, what would it be? She said she would want everyone to learn to be more compassionate and aware of everything and everyone around them, whether it be people, animals or nature.

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee

On a topic more close to home, I asked her if she could share a message to young girls about self-image, what would she tell them.  Her answer was beautiful.

"I have always struggled with my self-image, being thin from a young age, I was always asked questions about "do you eat enough?" or "your too thin".  Luckily I never let that get to me, but it is frustrating to always hear, especially with my body type where it is not easy for me to put on weight no matter how much I eat.  I am sure everyone struggles with their body type, perfect or not, people will always have something to say, but the only opinion that matters is your own.  If you are happy in your own skin, that's all that matters!"

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography

Giuliana's mother is her biggest inspiration in her life.  She has been through so much in her life in general, and with health issues and has never given up.  Giuliana continues to be inspired by her mother every day and she only hopes one day that she can be half the amazing mother that her own mom has been to her and her sister all of her life.

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography

Giuliana's Fear: REGRET.  She would never want to do something and regret it.  "At least if I do something and it doesn't work out, I can always say I tried.  I would never want to look back and say 'I wish I had done that'".

Now - for some fun facts:

Favorite musicians: John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and Kygo

Favorite Book: The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

Dream Place to Travel to: Thailand.  "I am so in love with everything about that country!"

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee, airplane

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee, airplane

Giuliana dreams of being an archaeologist because she loves history and discovering items and places from specific time periods.  She finds it so magical.

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee, airplane

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee, airplane

Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath, teepee, airplane

Her favorite inspirational quote: "Be at peace, not in pieces."

Giuliana's Testimonial:

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Bohemian Boudoir Shoot, Boho, Boudoir, Connecticut Boudoir Photographer, CT Boudoir Photographers, Amazing Boudoir Photographer, Sasha Dale Photography, Flower wreath

"I absolutely adore working with Sasha and Chelsea.  I have done a shoot with them before and I would love to do more.  Chelsea is an amazing make-up artist and hair stylist.  The make-up is always flawless and elegant, she is very talented!  Working with Sasha is always so fun.  She is super energetic and friendly, she can make anyone feel comfortable during a shoot.  She has an incredible eye for great photography, she gives excellent directions.  They are both such amazing people and phenomenal artists, I would recommend them to everyone for their shoots and events."

About the Shoot

I get over the moon excited when I get to bring one of my visions to life.  I've been wanting to style and photography a Bohemian styled boudoir session for quite some time and I finally got the opportunity.  I actually had some of the supplies leftover from a Boho styled senior session last year so I was able to recreate the teepee (but for this shoot, I used all white instead of different colors).  I wanted it to be soft, sexy and timeless.  I also purchased some wardrobe items to style the shoot from Old Navy, Forever 21 and Icing (By Claires)

The heatwave died down, so we were blessed with upper 70's for our shoot, so no sweat and a light breeze made for the perfect evening.  Giuliana met with Chelsea first (of Beauty by Chelsea Dae) for her hair and make-up styling.  Chelsea and I agreed on a look to work with the Boho theme and Chelsea pulled it off with flying colors.  Go check out her site - she will be posting a you-tube tutorial on the look soon!

While Chelsea was performing her magic, I was setting up on a gorgeous private property in Woodbury, CT.  Teepee, lots of blankets, flowers, lantern, and a warm golden sunlight.  When Giuliana arrived on site, we were ready to go!

We started the shoot with soft, simple and sexy.  Giuliana donned the floral wreath I made with a floral garland from Hobby Lobby.  Her wardrobe includes a beautiful lace bralette and sheer cardigan, both from Forever 21.

Our next outfit we took over to the gorgeous man-made pool - blue lace bralette (also from Forever 21) and necklace from Francesca's. These poolside images were gorgeous, and although chilly at first, the water felt quite refreshing.

As if the shoot couldn't get any better, I learned that the property owners I was working with, also owned the airplane hanger up the road - so we took advantage of that and the beautiful sunlight.  The floppy hat was my weekend find from Old Navy and the flirty flowy peasant top is another gorgeous find from Forever 21.

I seriously LOVE the airplane in the background of these. Love. Love. LOVE.

Before heading back to the pool for our shoot Finale, we did a few romantic shots with Giuliana, the white scarf and the old airplane living in the wildflowers.

We headed back to the pool before the sun went down to capture some artistic and moody images of Giuliana.  She was an incredible trooper.  The water was chilly, and especially with the wet dress matted to her skin.  But, the images - to die for.

CT Beauty Portraits {Katie 2016}

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Katie is a 26 year old Navy spouse originally from Virginia, who currently lives in Jacksonville, FL where her husband is Stationed.  She is "fiercely" independent and a go-getter who works in communications and public relations, and loves to explore new places and cultures.  Some of her recent adventures took her to Ireland and Japan!  Her husband is currently deployed and Katie admits that she's learned so much about herself since he's been away.  She wanted to do this shoot primarily for him to give him beautiful images of herself to show him that she has been "KICKING ASS" while he's been gone.

To relax, Katie loves to curl up with a good book and glass of wine or beer and "go somewhere else". (she loves Jane Austen and Harry Potter!).  Fun fact: they named their cat Gryffindor.

Katie also enjoys cooking, decorating/DIY and binge watching Netflix with her hubs (girl after my own heart!)  Katie also loves to crank up the music and belt it out when no one is watching!  I absolutely LOVED her choice of music - brought me back to my high school days!  We listened to some Matchbox 20, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Panic at the Disco, etc.

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

When asked why she decided to do these portraits, Katie said that she'd always been awkward in front of the camera, and self conscious, but she had always loved seeing timeless images of family members from when they were younger.  She wanted to give these as a gift to her husband for the present, and show family members later in life what she was all about during this period! (her twenties!).

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

Womens beauty, kendra scott, new preston ct, ct boudoir

One of Katie's favorite features about herself are her eyes (and her hubs loves her shoulders too!) so we made sure to focus on those throughout her session.  Our stylist, Chelsea Krasnow with Beauty by Chelsea Dae gave her a beautiful and natural look with hair and make-up that helped Katie to feel beautiful, sexy and confident during her shoot.  She brought some gorgeous wardrobe items and suddenly I wished I could raid her closet!  We had an amazing afternoon, beautiful weather - and believe it or not, as awkward as Katie "THOUGHT" she was in front of the camera, you would NEVER have known.  To me, she was a natural.  Gorgeous, confident, strong.  

It's safe to say I think her hubby is going to fall in love with her all over again <3