Friday Feature – The Lovely Lisa !

January 31, 2014

This amazing women found me on twitter and flew from Connecticut to come and shoot with me. Amazing right!!! From the moment I spoke with her I knew this was going to be an incredible shoot. She trusted me completely and gave me creative power to give her the best experience in my power.

The day flew by way too quick! We played dress up with some seriously beautiful artfully picked pieces of lingerie, we drank, and we laughed all day. It was a perfect day. By the end of the shoot I felt as though we were old pals and she would be a forever client. She flew in the day before, stayed at Bel Air Hotel and took a car to the shoot, and flew out right after we were done. My kind of woman! She did all of that just because she knew I was the best boudoir photographer and she had to shoot with me.

This was truly moving for me (aha moment) and I feel so blessed to know that my work is recognized and respected for my clients to fly across the country to shoot with me. Thank you Lisa for inspiring me and thank you for celebrating your 50 wise years in my studio. You are  such a BEAUTIFUL woman inside and out and you really took 50 for me to whole new level!

1. Why did you decide book a boudoir session?

I wanted to do something unique, empowering and fun to mark my 50th birthday, that was completely “all about me” and celebrates how I’ve taken great care of myself.  A boudoir session was so much more intimate and meaningful than just taking a trip to a tropical island, or having a party. For me, it wasn’t just having beautiful photographs to preserve this moment in time, but also the experience of having felt as special and pampered as a celebrity. Also, I loved the added occasion to shop for some special lingerie, shoes, and jewelry that can be enjoyed not only for the photo session, but always.  The session was entirely for myself, although many book them for their special someone as a gift, which made it so perfect for a milestone birthday.

2. What’s your favorite part about yourself?

My soul, my heart, my mind, my eyes and lately, my legs. In that order!

3. What inspires you?

I am inspired by anyone or anything that transforms the ordinary, negative or mundane into something extraordinary, worthwhile or innovative.  Upbeat music, people that buck trends, those that rise above their adversity, to name a few others.

4. What’s the boldest thing you’ve ever done?

I have left “toxic” people and situations behind, more than once, to completely start over in a different country or corner of the US in order to maintain a positive outlook on life. I did what I needed to do and have no regrets.

5. How will you use the pictures from your boudoir session?

A huge framed print of my legs hangs in my personal office reminding me everyday that I don’t need to be young, wealthy or famous to be fabulous. The album of my 20 favorite photos is an intimate gift and testament to my authentic self…. intended just for me!

6. If you could say one thing to your younger self, what would it be?

“Trust your intuition, it’ll all end up alright”!

7. How have you grown in the past year?

In the recent past, it was mostly about physical appearance… taking better care of my body with jogging, strength exercises and purifying my diet.  This year it’s more spiritual… knowing and doing what’s best for me and honoring myself no matter how unpopular or boring those choices might appear to others.  Learning to be more non-judgmental and love unconditionally is often difficult but very rewarding.  I plan to begin college classes this fall at age 50, and I am less apprehensive about trying new things or leaving my comfort zone once in a while.

8. What’s some words of wisdom you might have for other women?

It’s very important to establish your own identity even if you get married. It’s pretty much a necessity to have a space in your home, no matter how small, which is exclusively yours in which to rest/meditate/do what gives you joy/retreat to/re-charge.  It’s so important to put yourself first, and not at all selfish, because you’re most valuable to the world when you’re at your best.  It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Don’t ever, ever, ever let someone tell you that you cannot achieve something. It’s normal and acceptable to have imperfections… celebrate your positive attributes!

9. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

I love shopping, especially when I could be doing something else. But the end result is usually elevating, as long as it’s not out of control. It’s good to spoil yourself not just once in a while, but often, and it doesn’t have to be by purchasing anything.  Just a luxurious bubble bath or romantic walk by yourself in the snow can have the same effect.

10. Will you recommend the boudoir experience to other women?

Most definitely!  I think that every woman deserves to experience the pampering and feeling of empowerment that is usually only reserved for celebrities or models.

11. What would you like to change about the world?

I would like to see an end to abuse of all forms; domestic, child, animal, etc. Also, to give not-so-nice people the realization that there are better ways to spend their energy, and there is enough abundance to go around for everyone… that they can create personal abundance or growth without committing crimes or doing harm to others. I would love to change negative views on aging… especially the way that aging women view themselves.  I want aging women to realize it’s ok to keep looking and feeling sexy and to keep doing things they’ve always enjoyed and more!

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