This beautiful wife and mother (of three) wanted to be bold. She wanted to prove to herself that she could be anything that she wanted and that’s just what she did. When we had her session consultation, she had a spectacular vision of gold foil, smoke bombs and milk baths. Christen (Makeup by CG) and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her vision to life!
“Growing up I loved doing the glamour pictures at the mall. I loved how beautiful and pampered I felt having my hair and makeup done, and then getting to choose from a wide variety of sophisticated looking outfits. As an adult, my love for this never dwindled, but my confidence did. I found Sasha through a mutual friend, and I decided to say what the heck. I scheduled my first ever boudoir session.Sasha is very professional and organized, but fun and easy to work with. She kept everything on track and made the whole process easy. Not once did I feel self conscious, but the complete opposite. For the first time in along time I felt glamorous again. I didn't even feel that way on my wedding day. Sasha had many great ideas, and was more than happy to take my thoughts and suggestions into consideration to creative a group effort, so my visions could come true. I was in such a hurry to get to the studio, I completely forgot two whole outfits. It wasn’t a problem, because Sasha had a full closet of items for me to choose from. Sasha, and our friend Christen Gundersen [Makeup by CG], helped me feel like a sexier, more mature version of that girl at the mall.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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!
"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!"
Our 2nd gorgeous Disney Princess inspired transformation came to us in the form of Tiana (the Frog Princess). We had this gorgeous mama come in, mother of 3 littles and currently finishing her degree in criminal justice. Christen (Makeup by CG) did a fabulous job transforming her into a look inspired by the Frog Princess herself, and we completed it with a green and yellow corset purchased from none other than Amazon! Christen picked up some of the 'greenery' from Michaels craft-store and the rest of the floral props were already present in my studio! Scroll to see the glorious shots from this shoot!
If you'd like to see more Disney inspired transformations, click HERE!
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