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“Can I tell you my biggest fear about doing this?”

Photographer & Author: Ellie Kay

Client Pronouns: She/Her


I can’t even begin to describe the excitement that coursed through my veins as I saw the notification pop up on my phone. A friend of mine from way back had scheduled a consultation! I immediately flashed back to the day that I met her. I remembered her warm smile and vibrant energy. She was close with one of my good friends, and we quickly connected.


She was reserved but fun and loooooved karaoke. We would cheer drinks over drunken covers of Eagle’s songs and enthusiastic covers of Disney classics. Our friend group’s musical talent ranged from near-professional to barely coherent mumbles. It was always a lot of fun.


When we hopped on the video chat for her Pre-Session Consultation, I knew that we were going to enjoy the process. She was new to the exploration of pleasure and wanted to learn! These are some of my favorite types of sessions. I couldn’t wait to pull out some of my favorite props!


When she arrived and pulled out her outfits, I KNEW it was going to be a good day. She had used the guidance provided in our emails and had picked out two beautiful outfits for herself. We paired her lingerie with some fun props, and Rosie was ready to get started on hair and makeup.

My client had always radiated a youthful beauty that had a vintage edge. She’s old Hollywood glamour if I’ve ever seen it. Rosie was able to conceptualize her hair and makeup in a way that complimented the client perfectly. I was sooooo excited for her to see it! Her “Ooooh!” as she recognized her reflection brought me so much joy.

When we started taking photos, her confidence started to show up in a way I had never seen out of her. I started showing her photos on the back of my camera, so she could see it too.

I was immediately met with comments like, “No!” and “Are you serious?!”

Seeing yourself from the eyes of someone who is an expert at posing and lighting can completely change the way you perceive yourself. For some people, this is the first time they’ve ever seen themselves joyous, flirtatious, and alluring. I’m so grateful that I get to wake up every day and show my clients just how incredible they are.

In the middle of her photo shoot she paused me and asked “Can I tell you my biggest fear about doing this?” and I nodded. She said “I was worried that you would take all of these beautiful photos of me and I wouldn’t like myself in a single one”. I felt the tears well up in my eyes. Her story is my story.

I was overcome with immense pride at how far my friend had come on her self love journey.

When she came to pick up her album, she brought her partner with her. Again, she told me about her fear of not loving the images. She picked out 30 perfect images for her album and looked stunning in every one. It felt so incredible to watch her fall in love with herself as she flipped through the pages.

Her partner was OVER THE MOON, giddy with excitement. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a person literally vibrate with joy. He said to her over and over again “This is how I see you! This is what I’m talking about!”

His love and support for her through this experience was the cherry on top.

I’m so grateful that my client shared her story with me and her photos with you all. She has always been breath taking in my eyes and now she sees it too. I’m so proud of her for taking this opportunity to see herself from another perspective.

-Ellie

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Exalted Boudoir is an all-female team focused on providing the very best experience and images. Our photographer will create a customized session that tells your story.

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