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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!"

Samantha {CT Boudoir & Beauty Portraits, 2018}

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Meet Samantha.  This stunning woman chose to get a shoot done in celebration of her 40th birthday, though if you ask me, she looks not a day older than 29.  Seriously! Samantha is a dog-momma to Sheldon, and she spends her days caring for him, building her incredible portrait photography business, eating incredibly healthy and exploring the outdoors every chance she gets.  She refers to herself as a Light chaser which is a term related to her career in photography - always looking for new and beautiful sites to photograph and subjects to capture. When she's not working, Samantha will find herself on a hike in both new and familiar places, she loves to read (Historical Fiction ad Sci-Fi) and especially loves enjoying dinners with friends.  When she's in the mood for a Netflix binge, Samantha will lean towards Outlander for sure!

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Samantha is not a coffee-holic like me, if she had to choose, she enjoys Hot Cocoa or Wine, and when it comes to a good dinner, she enjoys an occasional Artisan pizza!

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W hat message do you wish you can tell the thirteen year old version of you about self image?

I experienced a lot of racism at that age so I would just tell that version of myself that "there's beauty in everything and also...not to worry that the braces will eventually come off" LOL

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Chelsea (Beauty by Chelsea Dea) did Samantha's hair & make-up for this shoot!

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Testimonial:

I recently had a session with Sasha celebrating my 40th birthday. I am also a photographer and I know one thing about myself, I hate being in front of the camera. I had lots of options when choosing a photographer and I knew that Sasha was the best person for the job and she nailed it out of the park. She took beautiful photos of me and I was beyond thrilled. I expected to like maybe two or three photos but I sincerely loved each and every single one of them. Sasha has an innate ability to tap into what you desire in a photo, she takes great care and learning as much as she can about you and plans your session in great detail. I highly recommend her and I can assure you you will not be disappointed!

Tracey {2018 Boudoir}

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"Hi!! My name is Tracey and I am a mom of three amazing kiddos. Two girls, Chloe is 13 and Lola is 11 and my little guy Hudson is 5. My passion is fashion. I’ve worked in the industry for 20 years including opening my own kids store in two locations and co-owning a women’s consignment event. I love owning my own business and having the flexibility to still spend a lot of time at home going to kids events. My husband, Chris, works for caterpillar and we have been married for 16 years." "Our family relaxes at our lake home, it’s seriously our fave place on earth. We hang with friends, wakeboard and tube and chill in the sun while creating long lasting memories."

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Favorite Band: Jon Bon Jovi!! I have seen him and traveled the world for 20 years.

Favorite Book: The fifty shades series

Favorite TV Series: The Kardashians

Favorite Movie: The Holiday

Favorite Inspirational Quote: “You teach people how to treat you”

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If Tracey could jump back in time and give her 13-year-old self some advice, this is what she'd say:

'That beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Choose to be healthy and make healthy choices."

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I asked Tracey who inspires her.  She answered with her MOM. "She’s amazing and I truly inspire to be just like her."

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Tracey's husband turned 40 this year and she wanted to get him something slightly outside of the box that he couldn’t buy himself, and an edgy boudoir session was JUST the thing :)

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Hair, Makeup & Body Paint art by Christen Gundersen with @Makeup by CG!

Testimonial:

I met the incredibly talented Sasha back in 2011 when she was living in Illinois. I hired her to help me run my children’s clothing store. She was pregnant with Xander and her husband was stationed overseas. She was an absolute joy to have apart of our team and we were extremely sad when she moved out east, but so happy for her to get back to her family. I continued to follow Sasha and her growing family and I found myself in love with her boudoir photo shoots of women. I had always wanted to do photos of myself and knew she would be the only one I would “get naked” for! I contacted her in November when I decided I wanted to do them for my husbands 40th. I wanted the shoot to be edgy and different. I talked to her about my ideas and she immediately was able to “see” the vision. She introduced me to her makeup artist and we all got to work. Sasha FaceTimed me numerous times and sent me sketches. She is extremely organized which put my mind at ease since I was flying to CT for the shoot. The photos were simply everything I had envisioned! She found an abandoned building and we went there on a very cold January day to nail the “look.” Sasha, thank you for your attention to detail and listening to my vision as It was everything I wanted. You, my friend, are a star!!!!!!

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!!

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!!!"