Celebrate Sexy: Why did you specifically select CelebrateSexy? Or What made you believe that we were the best choice?  

“CelebrateSexy was recommended to me by a friend, which was really important to me since this is not something I would ordinarily do – I needed to know that I would feel comfortable!”

Celebrate Sexy: How did you feel before the session?

“I was extremely nervous, I am not used to “being sexy” on demand and I think like every other female on earth I have some hang ups about certain parts of my body.”

Celebrate Sexy: What exactly did we do to make you feel comfortable, sexy, beautiful or confidant?

“I really didn’t think it was possible for me to feel comfortable being sexy (at least in front of people haha), but the photographers were AMAZING! I really didn’t know what to do with my body or face, which may sound weird, but when you don’t model on a regular basis it feels strange to suddenly be in front of a camera with YOU being the centerpiece. They were really great at helping me with their verbal cues about what to do with my body and before long it started to feel easy. THEN I started to feel confident and beautiful, it was a really nice feeling. “

Celebrate Sexy:  How did you feel after your session?

“After the session I laughed to myself the whole ride home. It was one of those things that I never thought I’d do but was glad I did immediately. It really was a confidence booster! “

Celebrate Sexy: What were the results of working with us? (Did your husband pass out when you gave him his album? Did you feel empowered and sexy? Did you tell all your friends about your experience?)

“Truthfully, I think my husband thought it was a little silly…UNTIL HE SAW THE PICTURES! Then he thought it was the best idea ever. “

Celebrate Sexy: Describe why you feel that working with us was successful.

“Because I had a great time and now I have these pictures forever. When I am an older lady I think I will enjoy having them even more! “

Celebrate Sexy: If a woman was on the fence about whether to work with us or not, what would you say to them?

“DO IT! You won’t regret it! SO much fun!”

 

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A real interview with CelebrateSexy Client Leslie B.

Question: Why did you specifically select CelebrateSexy?  

“CelebrateSexy was the obvious choice for me knowing the professionalism of the team and the reputation of the studio, compared to other studios. Putting yourself “out there” is a bit risky…. But CelebrateSexy made me feel comfortable and at ease with the way the sessions would be handled.”

Question: How did you feel before the session?

“Liberating! I was actually really excited and found it fun to come up with the “clothing” and what style I would want to capture.   I took the time to get hair and makeup  done professionally and that made all the different in my confidence of feeling really beautiful!”

Question:  What exactly did we do to make you feel comfortable, sexy, beautiful or confidant?

“Erin was awesome at explaining the whole process, what to anticipate, and that no one else would be around so we had full rein of the studio. It was like working with a best friend to capture something special.  She was great at helping put the final touches on each look!”

Question:  How did you feel after your session?

“Sexy, of course!!!  And feeling like I might even want to do it again!”

Question: What were the results of working with us? (Did your husband pass out when you gave him his album? Did you feel empowered and sexy? Did you tell all your friends about your experience?)

“My husband had no idea I did the session and was stunned at seeing the photos! Now he has his own personal book to savor! I shared with my friends and they were amazed!”

Question: If a woman was on the fence about whether to work with us or not, what would you say to them?

“Have no hesitation in working with CelebrateSexy!  You will only regret it if you don’t do it!! Don’t wait for the right time, do it now and celebrate your sexy-self!”

 

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Jen was our 2011 Celebrate Survivor contest winner and was a 3 Time Cancer Survivor when we photographed her. Sadly her cancer came back and she lost her battle in April of this year. We have many fond memories of Jen, and had so much fun photographing her Ultimate Diva celebrate Sexy Session. She will live on in the images we created and in spirit. Our hearts go out to Jen’s family and friends.

 

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Sweet!  Look at the great testimonial I just got from a super, awesome CelebrateSexy client who purchased our Living Social package as a surprise gift for her husband on their wedding day!

“I had such a great experience at Celebrate Sexy! It was the first time I had ever done something like this and it was a wedding gift for my husband. Erin made me feel very comfortable and she guided me through everything. She knew what poses would make me look the best in my photos and wasn’t afraid to correct and fix details to make the photos perfect.

On my wedding day my maid of honor delivered the album from Celebrate Sexy to my husband and had the photographer take pictures of his reaction. He loved the album and didn’t even know there was a place to get photos like these done! He of course asked me who took them and he was relieved when I told him “it’s women photographers at the studio!” He loves the album and I defiantly plan to get more taken for other special events in our marriage!”

Shandel D. 2013

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These images represent an amazing week spent teaching photographers from across the country about the art of Boudoir Photography.  Texas School is one of the most prestigious education opportunity our industry has. It was an honor to teach for the second year in a row, to share, and to experience camaraderie with other photographers.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW OF IMAGES FROM KAY’S TEXAS SCHOOL CLASS

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Breaking out of the comforts of photographing boudoir portraits primarily in our beautiful studio….we packed up our gear and hit the road!  Special thanks to Autumn and Amy for taking a small hike with us, almost causing a 4 car pile-up from on-lookers, and possibly getting mosquito bites in compromising locations!  The images are amazing and we are excited to break the mold of boudoir photography!

 

 

 

 

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A fun collection of images photographed on our new Red Spangled background set combined with video footage of the experience of the session and exit interview with Amber.

CLICK HERE TO EXPERIENCE A CELEBRATE SEXY PHOTOSHOOT

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Celebrate Sexy is excited for our three new background additions.

The Spangled Background Series is available in Silver, Red and Gold.

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Diaz 112 Need a little sparkle???

Diaz 177 Need a little sparkle???

 

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I just wanted to share a very well written piece I found about

Christians and Boudoir Photography

by Kristin of Smetona Photo based out of Southern California.

Hi, ladies! Kristin, here!

If you haven’t noticed, I have recently been very involved in boudoir photography. With that comes a lot of questions from potential clients, especially from my fellow Christians. I want to take just a few minutes to address what boudoir photography is and why I think Christian women ESPECIALLY should be involved in boudoir photography.

First, what is boudoir photography? Boudoir (pronounced bood-wah) refers to a woman’s dressing area. This can be a bedroom, vanity, or anything of the like. Specifically, boudoir photography refers to sexy, cute and tasteful photos that a woman might have taken of herself to give to a special man in her life. Think Victoria’s Secret photos of YOU.

So, why do them? I once heard a pastor refer to a man’s brain as a Rolodex. A man has thousands of images that he is bombarded with every day. Some good. Some not. Some holy. Some not. And whether he knows it or not, he remembers them. Ever so often his Rolodex goes on shuffle and pulls up an image in his mind. These images could even be as old as a Playboy cover he saw years ago. Now, don’t go thinking men are sick. It’s just the way God created them. They are visual.

But, why should Christian couples be interested?

Because of my Christian convictions, I believe that boudoir photography is best used in the context of marriage. I think any man would be delighted that his wife (or wife-to-be) would think enough of him to give him a gift that takes a lot of courage and love to do. Now, remember that Rolodex, ladies, how much better and holier is it if your husband’s brain goes on shuffle and up pops a gorgeous image of you…HIS WIFE? He is now thinking of the wonderful woman God blessed him with! What could be more God honoring than that?

Christian ladies, that are getting married. Some of you are (like I was) unfamiliar and intimidated by the thought of being *gasp* sexy. Just the thought of being naked with your husband makes you blush. I remember the feeling. I walked in the hotel room for my boudoir session and the first thing I thought was, “I need Vodka.” (Granted I had never even had Vodka, but for some reason it seemed to fit the bill.) Having a boudoir photography session is a great chance for you to warm up. It’s a safe environment for you to practice being sexy and see that it’s not bad or scary. In fact, I am convinced that if you are scared or nervous, it is all the more reason to do it.

“But what if my body is not in shape?” So what?!? Most ladies will NEVER be in the ideal shape that they want to be. But I bet you that even if you aren’t perfect, your husband will adore the photos. Why? Because it’s you! I had one boudoir photographer tell me that “Hey thanks for writing that post about Christians and boudoir! You totally rocked it! I had a christian girl say it changed their marriage!You never know what a little sexy confidence can do for your marriage. Let me also take this a step further, married ladies, when you are in the privacy of your own home with your husband, why do you stay so covered? Why not add even MORE images of you to his file? Why not prance around the bedroom in a piece he hasn’t seen in awhile instead of that old t-shirt? Just saying…

A few days ago, I came into our bedroom to see Dustin (how I love him!) looking through the boudoir pictures he has of me. I gently kissed him and asked him what he was doing. “Oh, just looking,” he responded with a grin. What a blessing it is to know that I have a husband who not only loves me, but appreciates the body of the wife he has!

I want to leave you with one last little thing. It’s from the TV show ‘According to Jim’ and the episode called “Cheryl’s Boudoir Photos.”

(Cheryl hands Jim the envelope containing her boudoir photos as a Valentine’s Day gift. He opens it. Pulls a photo out and his eyes get big.)

Jim: WOW! YOU ARE AMAZING!
Cheryl: You think so?
Jim: You know, you could go pro! I mean as a model!
Cheryl: Do you like it?
Jim: Like it? I want to marry it! But I did! [Laughs] I can’t take my eyes off it!
Cheryl: Maybe you can take your eyes off of it for this. [She kisses him.]

Blessings,

Kristin

Follower of Jesus Christ
Wife of one very handsome man
Wedding and Boudoir Photographer (http://www.SmetonaPhoto.com)

 

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Images by Kay & Co. Photography is proud and excited to announce the winner of our CelebrateSexy Celebrate Survivor portrait contest. We would like to thank the people who nominated all the amazing women and appreciate each and every story that has been shared with us and our readers.

It is with great pride that we introduce the 2012 CelebrateSurvivor winner,  Paula Miller, and share with you again her amazing story of challenge, triumph, sharing and support. We look forward to pampering her with an amazing day and creating images that she and her loved one’s will always treasure.

 

My name is Paulla Miller and I found my first lump at 28 while nursing my second child.  I had just lost my grandmother to breast cancer, so my emotions were heightened but knew I needed to talk to my OBGYN that I had been seeing for a number of years prior.  She did an exam and explained that cancer didn’t hurt, I was too young to be of concern for cancer and that there wasn’t enough family history to support her sending me to get a mammogram.  I left the office very concerned and immediately called my primary care physician that gave me an order for my mammogram.  Upon my exam, I was gently told that it was a blocked milk duct and that it should be watched.  Fast forward seven years and the story quickly changed. Through those 7 years I would ask about the spot and I continued to here the same excuses.   The pain would come and go and the more athletic I became as a long distance runner, it was always justified to my bra not fitting, being athletic and active, until I began feeling very tired by the end of the day and experiencing numbness and tingling in my finger tips.  When I addressed this with the same OBGYN from 7 yrs prior, she did a breast exam, explaining to me the whole time that I was too young and cancer didn’t hurt, finishing with, “Honey, I don’t feel anything.  There is nothing there.”  I sat up with nothing but my ‘smock’ on, looked her in the eye and told her that she was crazy and that it was right here, pointing to my left chest.  Needless to say, she quickly agreed to a mammogram and an ultrasound, I was 35 years old.

 

At the time of my mammogram, the technician would ask questions, like, “How long have you felt this?”  “What did your doctor say?”  So I knew that something was wrong, not that my gut hadn’t been telling me that for quite a long time, but no one would listen.  I remember sitting in the waiting room in nothing but a ‘smock’ again and I could hear the technician and the radiologist down the hall talking about me, arguing over the fact that he didn’t want to tell me anything but she insisted he say something because I had been ignored or belittled for so long.  He came in broken; he wouldn’t look at me as he sat next to me.  “I am sorry, it doesn’t look good and we need you to have an MRI right away.  I will get this report to your physician and her office will help you get scheduled for an MRI because we don’t do them here.”  The technician stood with such concern in her eyes, I could tell that she wanted to say more, but couldn’t. I went back to my changing room to change and fell to the floor in submission to the Lord and cried and cried and cried some more.  When I finished and got up, I began to function on adrenaline, who did I know in the medical field, where are the kids, I have to call mom and dad, Chris (my husband) needs to know, but not too much, who do I call?  I ended up driving to a local hospital where my sister in law worked and it was by the grace of some friendly angels that became my advocates.  They called my doctor and got an order, they scheduled my MRI for that Monday, did I forget to mention that this all happened on the Friday before school started?  This would be the longest weekend of my life.

 

When Monday rolled around, my husband and I took both kids to the first day of school, 6th and 3rd grade, we drove to the hospital and that began our long day.  The MRI was running behind, I didn’t care, I was there.  The clanking and banging of that machine is never fun.  The time I spent in prayer was priceless though and was the only comfort while stuck in that tube.  We were going to be leaving and waiting for a call, but we were brought back, yet another angel because this never happens.  I sat in front of the screen with the doctor and I remember hearing, you have cancer and it is extensive.  The vision in my head will never go away as I stared at that screen and saw almost nothing but white in my breast and lymphnode area.  I had to get out of there and we went into the back hallway and prayed.  The look on my mother in laws face when I told her was so blank.  My brother was there and he took the burden of calling my parents, who were currently at chemotherapy for my father for treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndrome and blood disorder that typically develops into untreatable Leukemia.  The kids, the kids, how do we tell the kids?  Well there wasn’t any time to decide because I was quickly whisked upstairs to the Breast Center for a double biopsy.  There I was told that I had three large tumors in my left breast ranging from 2 cm to 5 cm and four large lymphnodes that were pinching the nerve in my arm causing the numbness.  They fit me in as the last patient of the day.  Twenty four hours later we got the call, “Triple Negative Infiltrated Ductal Carcinoma, Stage III.”  I was scheduled by the Navigator for a surgical consult the next day, Wednesday and a Medical Oncology consult on Thursday.  Here we go.  Both doctors agreed on the treatment plan without hardly talking to each other, neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for six months, double mastectomy and full lymphnode dissection, plus radiation.  I didn’t have to hear much more to add a hysterectomy and oopherectomy.  All this whirlwind of treatments and tests began the day I received that phone call, August 11, 2008.

 

All of this seems so long ago now, yet just yesterday as I am looking to my 40th birthday this December.  I have prayed a lot, loved a lot and cried some.  I know that God had a plan for me and four years later I am still here, cancer free and advocating for other men and women who face the fears of breast cancer.  I now work for the same center that assisted me and that technician that listened to me and made that doctor talk to me, I now have the privilege to work with.  A lot has happened since the day I was diagnosed, the hardest being losing my dad to Leukemia two months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, but that is all part of my story.  I had the privilege of being with my dad through all of his treatments.  I lost my hair before him and it encouraged him with the loss of his beard, funny huh?  I compared port scars and nursing staff.  I held his hand as he took his last breath and went to be with the Lord.  He was the first patient I advocated for and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

 

I am forever grateful to the medical staff that guided me and I am honored to walk the journey of breast cancer with so many wonderful men and women in the last four years. I have the most amazing husband that went to every single appointment, surgery, blood draw and scan.  He spent countless hours praying with me, for me, over me.  He provided comfort to others while I slept during chemotherapy treatments, while holding the house and kids together.  My two children are my second biggest supporters and fans.  They push me to stay positive and healthy for all for all of those milestones in their lives that I want to be a part of, weddings, grandchildren, college graduation.  I have amazing family members that picked up the slack of laundry, car rides, meals and love.  I am a blessed woman, cancer and all.  Whatever my future holds, it will be perfect but for now, each day is a blessing, each milestone, each moment and my prayer is that someone who is following this road will be able to see that in their own life.  God is good.

 

Paulla Miller, Community Outreach and Patient Resource Manager

John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center

 

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