Engagement sessions aren’t for everyone. That’s why when J came to me to exchange her engagement session for an intimate San Francisco boudoir session as a gift to her soon to be husband I happily obliged.  I still got to hang out with my beautiful bride before her wedding day. Chit chat about everything from makeup, to how painful squats are, to big wedding plans.

It was the ultimate girl time! Playing dress up and taking pretty photos. I am sure J’s husband was ecstatic when he opened these up the morning of their wedding day.

J sent me over this wonderful little blurb about her experience. It warms my heart each time one of my beautiful babe clients refers to me as a friend.  Heart explosions!

Instead of an engagement session, I chose to surprise my fiancé with boudoir shots as a groom’s gift.  I was very nervous, at first, and was sure that I would hate most of the photos. When Heather arrived at the studio, however, she was so comforting, as usual; she really made me feel at ease. We breezed through multiple outfit changes and backgrounds, and before I knew it, I had forgotten about my nerves. It was like hanging out with a friend! The biggest surprise, though, was when I received the photos. I am my worst critic, but I really loved how she made me look in the photos.  I love them all and so does my husband!

Thank you so much darling for letting me share some of your sexy photos! Notice those killer heels? They are actually her wedding heels. What a sexy little detail.

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Let me tell you my favorite thing about Nikki during her San Francisco Boudoir session.

Her amazing confidence. It’s something that is so rare to see. She would speak about how she will always be a ‘big girl” but was more happy with her body now then she ever has been. Before her marriage she was smaller, she explained. Always dieting and worrying about fitting into a perfect size. Telling herself one day she would have the body to have some sexy photos taken.

It took her until 30, but she finally looked in the mirror and said “I am good enough now.”

So we met at this beautiful, vintage hotel room in San Francisco. With a talented make-up and hair artist, simple and sexy attire, and my camera, I am so happy to help Nikki celebrate her love of herself. She is a plus size babe who isn’t afraid to call herself just that. And it helps that she is absolutely fantastic in front of the camera.

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Boudoir photography is one of the greatest gifts I can give someone.

I believe that out happiness truly starts from how we feel about ourselves. Through boudoir photography we can truly see ourselves through the world’s eyes. We can see the beauty that other people see! Through our own eyes we pick ourselves a part – it’s like a whole other world.

I was so lucky to be able to give the gift of boudoir to my beautiful friend, Stacey. Through the last few years I have had my highs and lows, and Stacey was always there for me. Constantly pushing me to look at things in a positive light. So when Stacey came to me and asked for a boudoir shoot to celebrate all of her progress from working out, I was so excited. For her Walnut Creek Boudoir session, we brought in Danika to do some sultry hair and make-up to make this a full on fashion bombshell shoot!

Delivering these photos to her and seeing her reaction was so priceless. She saw the fruits of her labor! All the squats. All the lunges. The jumping jacks. Moving that coffee table every morning for her at-home work outs had paid off and she could finally see documentation of that. Also, it made a pretty nice secret gift to her husband as well. Double benefits!


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I have known Nicole since the 5th grade. Time flies and through all the changes in our lives we have always stayed connected in some way.

So to flash forward to us both being 30, her getting married and me being a professional photographer, all the pieces fell into place for me to document the best gift for her husband to be. And not only a gift to him, but after she saw the images her feeling of self confidence for when she would be trading in her sexy garments for a beautiful white wedding gown to walk down the aisle to her husband.

She was so kind to let me share these three images with you. The makeup and hair was stellar thanks for my beautiful blonde bombshell Ariel Darling.

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