I LOVE LOVE LOVE my local clients, but I always get extremely flattered when someone takes a flight to come see me! Seriously, thank you!! Both of these sweet ladies are from Tennessee. Miss M is new to Winston but originally from TN. Miss K is best friends with Miss M and when she heard all about this boudoir shoot, she booked a flight and spent the weekend with us. These two were absolutely so much fun. They are both in very different stages of life, but that doesn’t seem to effect their friendship. They’re two peas in a pod. On the day of the shoot, Miss M dropped off Miss K at our studio and we immediately started on hair/makeup. Miss K was absolutely adorable. She was so cute, I put her right up in our window for a few shots. This shoot was very special for both ladies.
Miss K is a hard working mother that spent years trying to get pregnant followed by IVF. She has had so many shots, it left a bit of scaring on her butt cheek. By the grace of god and some amazing doctors, she ended up giving birth to sweet baby girl. She gushed as she spoke about her baby. We looked through her photos and listened to her sweet stories. Of course, I had to share stories about my own sweet babies too. Miss K was so fun to work with.
Miss M walked into her session with skittles, gold fish and of course, Champagne! Miss M is a former pageant girl and an avid runner. Her personality is so bubbly, it’s infectious. She got to meet my sweet little boy at her consultation, whom was a complete flirt (the baby). Miss M was recently divorced, but just as she was about to start her new career in NC, she met someone in TN. Now the two of them spend time visiting both states and surprising each other. He certainly had a nice surprise this Christmas with these gorgeous photos. I loved working with these beauties and had a blast listening to their stories!!
hair/makeup: Ashley Watts
I don’t think I’ve ever had so much in common with a client than I do with Miss A. It was so crazy. We grew up in the same state and were moved to NC by a parent around the same age. Our husbands are both metal heads with a love for Metallica. We’ve both been divorced and remarried. We are around the same age. She’s like the brunette friend I’ve been missing all my life, except I’m pretty sure she is much cooler than me. When I left the consultation, I immediately called my sister and told her about the unusual amount of things we have in common. The shoot flowed just like the consult. We had a lot of fun and told the appropriate amount of silly jokes. Miss A was so easy to work with, I’m not sure if she was ever nervous. At least she never showed it. I loved discovering all her hidden tattoos! The bodysuits she had were on point too. I mean, I was drooling over them. They fit her like a glove. Miss A was also the first person to be photographed on our new furry throw (except the quick snap of my baby Luke). She was up for anything and totally patient while I tried my new setup. I’ll forgive you for being a Steelers fan (go 49ers!). I really hope her husband loved this amazing Christmas gift from Miss A!
hair/makeup: Lindsay Enoch
This is the second time I’ve photographed Miss C. She is one of the most hardworking women that I know. Following her on facebook and IG, I just can’t keep up with all the hats she wears. Mom, wife, business owner, full-time employee. On one weekend she may be cooking for her boys, cleaning house, food prepping, working out and keeping up with her jewelry business. I don’t know how she finds the time. It’s incredible.
A few weeks before she performed in her first fitness competition, I asked her to model for me. I just got done painting the studio and had a few new pieces of clothing I wanted someone to model for me. She happily obliged and we spent a few hours on a Sunday shooting together. Her wardrobe was fierce and those SHOES! OMG! It’s always so fun to work with Miss C and catch up. We even managed to walk around downtown Winston and grab a few shots in the art park. Just as she was standing in front of this beautiful sunset, the art park started misting water! I had no idea it did that. I know now! Miss C was such a good sport about. We ran as fast as we could, covering cameras and our hair. She was so awesome that she quickly jumped right back into position when the water stopped, so we could grab a few more shots. Thank you Miss C for embracing my vision and being awesome to work with!!
Hair/Makeup: Her self
Miss T has experienced a lot of changes in the past few years. Going through divorce and a new home in NC! What better way to celebrate change than a boudoir shoot for herself. Sometimes it’s nice to feel beautiful, pampered and empowered. I feel like every stage of life calls for some sort of celebration. Before I knew I was thinking of having another baby, that’s exactly how I celebrated. I called a boudoir photographer in Raleigh and booked a shoot as a gift for my 33 birthday. I have absolutely no regrets. I felt beautiful and I had worked so hard to lose weight. My next goal is to do it again at 40! I can’t wait.
We had a lot of fun getting to know Miss T and hearing about the excitement of her new house. She was loads of fun! I love her style and her skin, hello! It was amazing! She almost rescheduled the shoot due to timing, but I think she is happy she didn’t. When she came in for her viewing session, she had the cutest pair of glasses on. I swear she looked like a brunette version of Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory. Thank you for coming in to the studio, Miss T! I hope you cherish these photos!
PS. She said her favorites were the ones with no clothes on. That goes to show you! Boudoir shoot = clothing optional
hair/makeup: Ashley Watts Beauty
Sometimes I get bored with my studio. When you shoot the same subjects in the same environment, you need a change. I feel like it helps me go back to my own space with a fresh set of eyes.
I decided to go out on a limb and rent an airbnb. I’m so glad I did, because I fell in love with this space. Haydee was a great hostess and I’m so glad she was willing to share the space with me. I was especially drawn to the beautiful florals and light in the bathroom. The entire space was filled with art and vintage finds.
I’m so lucky to have such a pretty makeup artist and her beautiful friend, Cindi. They were totally down for modeling in the space for me. You wouldn’t have known that moments before the shoot, the largest down pour came through Winston. The girls got soaked, but still ended up looking badass! Thank you ladies!!
If any clients are interested in being shot in this space, let me know. Haydee just renovated a few more rooms and they look so eclectic!
Hair/Makeup: Ashley Watts
Miss C contacted me in July to book a bridal boudoir session to surprise her groom with. She told me the most amazing story about her and her now husband (we all know I love a good story). Miss C and her husband met in high school and both were a huge part of the choral program. He was a freshman and she a senior. They had a pretty good friendship, but Miss C had no idea that Mr. C had a crush on her during high school until they crossed paths again in College. How cute is that? During college, Miss C was engaged, so once again their relationship was nothing more than a friendship. They stayed in touch through the years and Miss C asked Mr. C if he would play at her wedding (he played professionally in symphony orchestras). Although he was heartbroken over Miss C’s upcoming wedding, being a good friend, he agreed to play. A few years after Miss C’s wedding, Mr. C started working for the government and started traveling all over the world, so they momentarily lost touch. Suddenly in 2014, Mr. C gets a phone call from Miss C who was in North Carolina. They chatted a while and Miss C explained to Mr. C that she was going through a divorce. Mr. C took this opportunity to invite Miss C to travel with him to the middle-east. This was just the beginning of so many wonderful adventures for the two. It took almost 20 years for the two the come together. Timing really is everything!
My favorite part about Miss C’s boudoir session was the lingerie, clothing and jewelry she had. Every single piece had a story to it and was given to her by Mr. C. I love a good love story and I am so glad these two finally connected. Happy Wedding Day!!!
Miss A is a referral from a wonderful client I shot a while back. I love referrals! I especially love when clients tell me this is something they NEVER thought they would do (insert evil laugh here). Like I tell every client, give me 10 minutes in front of my camera and you will feel like you were meant to do this. Miss A did exactly that. 10 Minutes in and she was posing like a pro! We giggled a lot and talked about her upcoming wedding. It’s so exciting imaging the look on his face upon receiving these images. YAY! After uploading these images (this is an anonymous share), I realized we have a ton on tushie shots. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! That’s what I say and Miss A has it! Prior to her session, she sent me a few images on her outfit choices. I loved them and especially loved the leather jacket. I’m glad she made this session her own by adding her own personal touches to the wardrobe.
Thank you Miss A for trusting me and embracing this! Congratulations on becoming a Mrs. He’s a lucky guy and thank you for making the trip from Charlotte.
I’ve known Miss C for over 6 years now! I can’t believe how quickly time flies. Our friendship started during a photo shoot. I wanted to practice maternity photography and she just so happened to be pregnant with a miracle baby. We bonded quickly over our sense of humor and our similar backgrounds with relationships. Fast forward to today and life is a bit slower for both us. Most weekends are spent taking care of children and texting until midnight. The thing I love about Miss C is that an entire month can go bye without seeing each other and it’s as if no time has passed. Those are the best kind of friendships!
This session was technically her second. The first was done when I moved into my second studio and I needed someone to practice with. This time around, she won a session in the Oh Betty! Boudoir VIP facebook group. She won the session fair and square. I am so proud of her. She listened to my advice and showed up with two body suits! I love bodysuits and I’m so excited she tried them. We had so much fun during her session (even though she forced me to play country music). I’m kidding! These are the images she feels sexy in and I’m so happy she does. Her confidence is absolutely infectious. More than that though, is her loyalty as a friend. It is (loyalty) hard to find these days and she is that. In all ways. She is a wonderful mother, a dear friend and an amazing woman! Rock your curves, Miss C! You deserved this shoot!!
Makeup: Ashley Watts
I interrupt your regularly scheduled election rants to bring you this blog post featuring yet another, HOT BABE! You’re welcome. Clearly, I think I am funny. I’m probably not, but you see, I’ve been dealing with children and pink eye. It’s been fun in our household lately.
Miss C is the Miss C I spoke about in my previous blog post. She came in for a boudoir shoot along with Miss J and had a ton of fun. I really wish I had taken a before picture. You wouldn’t believe it! Not that her before is bad. It’s not, trust me. She’s adorable without all the makeup. I promise, but the transformation is amazing. Miss C is one of those women that you get in front of a camera and BAM! This vixen comes out. Her expressions were amazing. If you look closely, you will notice her streak of purple hair. I thought it looked awesome. Purple is certainly her color! Like Miss J, she is also a nurse. Which was good for me at the time of the shoot (being pregnant). I felt secure while I was climbing on ladders and moving beds around. I love these two women and I’m so happy they took time out of their busy schedules for a day of pampering. Cheers!!!
hair/makeup: Ashley Watts
Miss J is a breast cancer survivor. She is such a happy person and you can feel her energy when you talk to her. Miss J is truly happy to be alive and she makes sure you know it. She also loves her curves and isn’t shy. Miss J and her friend Miss C booked sessions with us a gift to themselves. I loved working with Miss J and Miss C! I can tell they have so much fun together. Miss C commented on how Miss J is always convincing her to do these fun and wild things, but she never knows what she’s getting into until she arrives. I love that kind of friendship. TOTAL TRUST!
The interesting thing about Miss J’s breast cancer is, they allowed her to keep her breasts. Yes, those are hers. She wasn’t required to get a double mastectomy. I thought that was really neat. I mean, it’s certainly not “neat” to go through breast cancer, but to be able to keep your breasts is amazing. When I’m photographing a client with a scar, I always ask if they would like it removed in photoshop. I don’t ever want to assume without asking. Miss J asked me to keep the scar in the photos as it is part of her amazing journey. I personally know a few friends that have gone through breast cancer and both have had double mastectomies. Breast Cancer is no joke. I thank god every day for my health and the ability to breastfeed two healthy kids. I’m urging you, after you’re done reading this post, check yourself and do it regularly.
Although buying pink and wearing pink doesn’t cure breast cancer, it does create awareness and many charities donate part of your pink purchases to breast cancer. One of my favorite cancer charities is called Pink Heals. 100 % of the money raised through Pink Heals goes right back into the community. I came across Pink Heals while attending an event in downtown, Winston Salem. They are the charity with the big pink fire trucks who are run by volunteers. If you would like to donate to our local chapter, please do so here www.triadpinkheals.org/ . They also have an annual 5k you should sign up for.
Let’s show Miss J some serious love! She deserves it.
Hair/Makeup: Ashley Watts