This is our last post from my trip to Vegas a few weeks ago where I got to photograph some of my favourite photographers! Leah owns Cleveland Boudoir in Ohio and is a great friend of mine who I’ve known for years and I’m thrilled I got to work with her finally!
Here’s what Leah had to say about her sessions: “The last time I did a boudoir session was in 2012….yes, you read that right. I was getting married, and like most of my brides, wanted a gift for my future husband. After the wedding we had our honeymoon phase but before I knew it, I was pregnant with our first son, Miles. All moms can relate to the no sleep, hair in a bun, forgetting to do things for yourself. I needed a boudoir session more than anything after he was born. I wanted to feel sexy again, confident, see myself how my husband sees me. That never happened because when Miles was 6 months old, I found out I was pregnant again and all plans for any type of boudoir session was not in the plans…for a long time!
When I started planning on my trip to WPPI (a photography convention) in Vegas in March, I KNEW I had to do a boudoir session. I didn’t care if it was 20 minutes or 2 hours, I NEEDED something. I reached out to Jennifer Williams and told her I wanted to book a session. Jen and I have known each other for almost 10 years and started our boudoir careers around the same time. If there is anyone I trust for this job, it’s her, and I needed that because I knew I had a wall up and I knew she would break it down. Jen is someone that puts you as ease right away and gives the feeling like you have known her for years. She guides you though a session with so much ease, paying attention to every detail along the way.
The shoot for me was amazing because I could feel my guard falling as we went on and I know when that happens you create something so special. I left feeling amazing and continue to feel amazing and when I saw the images, I cried. I freaking bawled my eyes out because I was so happy I looked as sexy as I felt!
I’m not a smaller size and I have stretch marks and I have things I want to work on but right now, this is me. I’m so proud of myself for doing this, even if it took way too long. This is something that every woman should experience at least once in their lives, if not more. You are in amazing hands working with Jennifer and it’s something that will absolutely change how you see yourself.”