Why do I love shooting boudoir?
This is a powerful type of photography. It’s also a very intimate type of photography. I care deeply about people and mental health. I believe that learning to love yourself is an important part of your mental health. The struggle with mental health and positive self image is so hard to come by these days. I love shooting boudoir because this is a chance for the women in front of my camera to learn to love themselves.
I love it because not only is it my opportunity to show these women how amazing and strong they are but also for them to finally see themselves the way the world sees them. Confident, strong, brave, powerful and of course beautiful. This session is also a small chance for you to share your life and your story with someone. To share with someone the things you have never talked about before or shared with anyone else. Everything said in your session is always private and kept between me and you.
But I’ve realized how freeing this session can be to opening up and letting something of your life struggles go and for once share them so they are off your chest and out to the universe and for my ears to listen to. Not to judge, but just to listen and love and support you through your journey, good or bad. Boudoir to me is more than just beautiful photos of amazing women, it is a chance to change a life and show love and support to everyone!
Just a small town girl.
I want nothing but the best for you.
I want every woman that walks in the door of my studio for a session suddenly feel amazing and empowered to be the best version of themselves. After your session is over I want you to have more than just gorgeous photos and works of art to hang in your home; I want you to see how strong, confident, amazing, brave and beautiful you are. The world needs more positivity and love and this is what boudoir is all about. This is what I am all about. Making the world a better place, one woman at a time.
This is why I am a photographer.
If you're dying to hear more, here are five things you might not know about me:
- I love the TV shows Friends and The Big Bang Theory
- I have square feet. All of my toes are pretty much the exact same length
- I helped my crazy Beagle, Roscoe, lose 20+lbs in under a year with only a strict diet plan
- I used to work full time at a Veterinary Clinic, so I know lots of little facts about small animal medicine
- I cry at every wedding I attend as a guest and every wedding I photograph. I love romance and people's love stories
It has taken me years to finally love the ever changing body that I have. And this new found love is due to finally finding the right health path for the body I have.
My health journey has been a tough one for years but I have finally figured out what it needs and how to love the journey I am on with it. But as I look back on all the changes I have gone through, each step I was at was a different step in the journey for what was always a beautiful and strong body.
As I see this in myself, this is how I want to make other amazing and strong women feel. We all deserve to love the bodies that we are in, no matter what phase in life we are at, we are all beautiful and our body is the best that we have.
We should celebrate it and not be ashamed of the beauty that we all hold. Our bodies are amazing and wonderful. They do such great things for us every day. Capturing this type of beauty should empower every woman to be confident and show off her best self.
"I had my boudoir session done as a surprise wedding gift for my husband. The day of the session was the first time I had spent any real time with Melissa, so I was quite nervous. She made the atmosphere, and session so relaxed I felt like she was just one of my friends, and I asked a favor of her. It was fun and professional. I enjoyed laughing and not being to serious about something I was very self conscious about. P.S. as any of you can imagine the gift was a success! ;)"
"Melissa has done my headshots and photos for years, including boudoir photos. She has always made me feel comfortable, beautiful, and like I matter. The environment when shooting with her is judgement free, creative, and inspiring. She always has tried any ideas I’ve had and gone with the flow, along with letting me know what I need to do to get the shot. I 100% feel comfortable shooting with her whether it is for headshots or boudoir. I highly recommend her and love her!"
"I booked Melissa for a boudoir session before my husband and I started trying for a baby. I knew my body was about to go through all kinds of beautiful changes and I wanted to capture that moment in time and remember how I looked & felt pre-baby. I did my session with a close friend (HIGHLY recommend booking with a friend by the way, it’s so much fun!) and we had an absolute blast. The wine was flowing (also highly recommend 😉) and Melissa made us feel so comfortable. It was never awkward or embarrassing, & the whole session made me feel so sexy, confident, & empowered. Although my husband obviously did love the photos, I think I loved how they made me feel even more. Overall would definitely recommend a boudoir session!!"
"I had my boudoir session done with Melissa this weekend. It was something I have been contemplating for a long time. Something for me, to help me feel more confident and empowered. I’m no size 2 and I’ve always struggled with positive body image. I am so glad I didn’t cancel on her like I was going to so many times since booking. She was kind, fun, and very professional! The poses she helped me with were tasteful and fun. I used to work with Melissa back in college, but this was the first time I really spent any time with her. I felt like we were constantly laughing and I really enjoyed my session! 💜"
"Melissa took my boudoir photos and did a wonderful job. I have major self confidence issues with my body, but that was not an issue during our session because she made me feel so comfortable. It also helped to have another friend there during my session and of course WINE! After completing our session it has helped me remember to not forget to look at the inner beauty within all of us."
"My session was completely awesome! Melissa was amazing, down to earth but knows what she is doing. I did have my hair and makeup done, which turned out fantastic! During the session in the beginning, I was nervous. But thanks to Melissa's guidance, my nerves went away. I did this session for myself esteem. After having my son I've been dealing with body image issue and once I was done with the session, I felt sexy and beautiful! I won't get my pre mom body back but I definitely feel more confident with my new mom body after my session! Thanks so much Melissa!!"