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Queen Courtney-"Bonding Through Boudoir"

Connecting with clients is one of the most essential parts of photography, especially when it comes to boudoir photography. It is no surprise that Queens often come to the studio stressed and nervous, worried about both the experience and with how the final photos will come out. Over my career, I've come to understand that one of the best ways to help ease these concerns is to build a connection with each client. Whether that's through conversation, generating positivity, or even just listening when they touch on their insecurities, all of these can go a long way in ensuring that a Queens experience will be as memorable and empowering as it can be. This was Queen C's first-ever boudoir shoot, and I am so grateful that she allowed herself to take on this challenge and that she felt connected with me and my team throughout the whole process. Her story truly warms my heart.

-Quinn xx

Why did you do your boudoir shoot?

I honestly have been thinking about this forever and have never had the confidence for it. I finally got to a place where I felt good about myself, and I finally gained the confidence to book the shoot and go through with it.

Please tell us all your thoughts about your shoot! The good and bad (but we hope it was nothing short of amazing!) I have been thinking about this for a VERY long time! I have never been confident with my body, and I finally got into a good head space. Not only was it my wedding year, but I also started to love my body for all its worth. I had friends tell me I looked amazing, and I felt that I did! I didn't diet or exercise, I just changed my mindset.

I am a nurse, and working at a hospital during the pandemic was hard. Lots of the time, my mental health was drained. I even went through an extremely stressful period right before the year started. I was becoming depressed. But then I started to realize that I should take time for myself, and once that happened, I started to feel better. I felt sexy and fierce. I don't feel that every day, but 80% of the time, I do.

Finally, booking this boudoir shoot had me very nervous of course. I started to have thoughts that I was being silly into thinking I could do this. What if my body isn't how I feel? What if the photographer isn't supportive and positive? But despite all that, I made myself go to the session. I got my hair and makeup done and couldn't believe how gorgeous I looked. I met Quinn, and she was bursting with positivity. She was so excited about my outfits, and she told me what she envisioned. I was nervous coming out with my first outfit, but Quinn helped me through it, and the whole shoot was an amazing experience. I felt gorgeous in my outfits, and then seeing the photos afterwards, my mind was blown. I loved every one of the photos. It was hard to pick! When I left the shoot, I felt amazing, and I was so happy to have pushed myself to do this. From the moment I got there to leaving, everyone made sure I looked and felt gorgeous. This team of women is amazing and beautiful on the inside and the outside. They know how to make you feel comfortable and help you have a good time throughout your shoot. I'm so happy I went with them to do my boudoir shoot. I can't wait to receive all my photos!

What was the best part of your experience? Would you change anything?

It honestly was having girls around me being positive and making it normal to be around others in your underwear, which I feel needs to be more normalized. Working as a nurse, I see everything. So I've always felt that we should normalize all bodies because we are never here to judge a body type. Everyone should feel comfortable in their skin.

Is there anything extra you would like to tell us? You are amazing. Anyone can tell that you are passionate about your work and help everyone realize that they are beautiful on the inside and out.

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