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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!"

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!"