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Orange is the New Black | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

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Orange is the New Black | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

There are many perks to be branded a 'Lovely Lady' of Boudoir by Alexandria Kenyon. If getting to watch me being super fun and VERY awkward on Facebook Live doesn't entice you, you also have the opportunity to keep up with my latest work, be inspired, see behind the scenes exclusives, hear from previous clients, and so much more...

And ..... Every now and then I have a special contest exclusive to the Lovely Ladies Facebook group.

A while ago I announced the Boudie Babe Contest! The winner, Haleigh, was gifted an all inclusive boudoir experience with me to, include a custom designed Little Black Book!

This shoot was a mixture of moody and sultry!  As Haleigh stepped out of her comfort zone, I stepped out of mine as well! I faced my fear of Orange HEAD ON.  If you ask any of the women who have gone through my boudoir experience what my preferred color of lingerie is... they most likely know it's black...or almost anything neutral.

However, each and every boudoir experience is personalized to you and a huge part of being true to YOU is bringing in those items that reflect who you are.... even if your boudoir photographer feels some sort of way about the color Orange!

I am not surprised that her hubby's Orange Oxford (Go Vols!) worked so effortlessly.  The mint brought out her striking blue eyes and the orange highlighted her bronze glowy skin! So...... although I am firm believer that that Orange will NEVER be the new black.... I will acknowledge how amazingly it complimented this session.

Now let me introduce to you...the stunning Miss Haleigh.

Here is what Haleigh had to say about her experience:

"I have gained over 20 pounds the past couple of years and it makes me very insecure with my body. I usually HATE pictures of myself because all I can see is the extra weight I have put on. It was scary to show so much skin in front of camera at a time that I was so uncomfortable with my body."

"I was stunned with the outcome of the photos! I had no idea I could look so sexy, especially after gaining weight. And Alex is so much fun to work with! She walks you through everything."

"I think everyone should have a boudoir experience. Even if you have reservations about it because you're not comfortable with the way your body looks."

Can we all stop for a second to appreciate her LONG modelesque legs!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are enchanting Haleigh! Thank you for going on this wild ride with me and allowing me to share it with the world!

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I always thought that I had the Resting Bitch Face | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

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I always thought that I had the Resting Bitch Face | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

When Jessi came to meet me for a cup of coffee there was a sense of urgency behind her motivation to have a boudoir experience. Her one year anniversary was quickly approaching but she still had a few reservations holding her back from jumping right into it. Of the few reservations she had, the one that stood out the most was feeling out of her comfort zone. She explained that,

I knew my husband would absolutely love it, but I’ve never done anything like this before. He always tells me how beautiful I am whenever I’m wearing lingerie even though I don’t feel comfortable at all....

So many women have come to me under the impression that the women who have gone through my experience are confident super models who lack any reservations when it comes to such an intimate experience. That the women I shoot are natural "PROs" in front of the camera who are ultimately fearless when it comes to boudoir.

But I can tell you that most, if not all of my clients, are afraid of not feeling comfortable, or feeling awkward during their shoot. And trust me it's 100% normal to feel this way.

Now, I can't take all the credit for your transformation between reserved to ultimately fearless super model, but somewhere in the midst of your shoot it will JUST CLICK. Sometimes it's because I put you a pose that makes you feel good, or I show you HOW AMAZING YOU LOOK on the back of my camera, or because I tell you a cheesy joke that is so HILARIOUS that you feel okay to let go and let out an AUTHENTIC SMILE.

Sometimes you need a little push and I am here to get you across that finish line. 

Today's post highlights Jessi's transformation from reserved to FEARLESS.

Hair and Makeup by Allyson Wonderland Makeup Artistry

Hair and Makeup by Allyson Wonderland Makeup Artistry

Here is what she had to say:

"I knew my husband would absolutely love the photos, but I've never done anything like this before. My husband always tells me how beautiful I am whenever I'm wearing lingerie but honestly I don't feel comfortable in it at all. I am super shy with my chest, and I show as little of it as possible. I always thought that I had the "resting bitch face".

"I did this for him, but in reality I did this for me to feel comfortable in my own body."

"Our first meeting went great and she really got a feel of what I was looking for. During the shoot she seemed like more of my best friend than a stranger. I loved the entire experience! I absolutely love when people pamper me. I could've fell asleep when Ally was doing my hair, it felt so good! Ally made sure I was comfortable with what she was about to do."

"We both had a vision and she created it."

"I was not expecting to feel so comfortable right when we started. I feel like we definitely clicked, and the laughing and joking made me relax and let go."

Alexandria taught me everything and the photos came out amazing! She went above and beyond to make sure to work within my time frame. I am so glad I went with my gut and followed through with her.

"You don't have to do this for anyone, do it for yourself. I feel as if we are so caught up in work, school, home life, that we truly forget how beautiful we are. We are all beautiful and doing a boudoir session proves it. I never knew I could look so fierce, soft, or sexy."

Isn't she absolutely breathtaking? All reservations aside Jessi rocked the shit out of her session. Thank you Jessi for allowing me help you cross that finish line and for allowing me to share your testimony and images with all the women who may feel like boudoir is out of there comfort zone.

 

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The Two of Us Went Up in Smoke | Burning House | Styled Shoot | Jacksonville, NC

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The Two of Us Went Up in Smoke | Burning House | Styled Shoot | Jacksonville, NC

I had a dream about a burning house. You were stuck inside, I couldn’t get you out. Laid beside you and pulled you close, and the two of us went up in smoke. Love isn’t all that it seems... I did you wrong. I’ll stay here with you, until this dream is gone.
— Cam

 

Music is something that I have always been really close to. It is something that truly inspires me. It is something that is a huge part of my life.

When I heard the song Burning House by Cam for the first time I couldn't help but fall in love with the intense and passionate feelings portrayed. I decided that I wanted to put together a styled shoot to emulate the lyrics and the imagery in Cam's song.

So this is Burning House. A fiery mixture of romance, passion, and intimate photography.

"In this burning house I can hold on to you somehow...".

Go here to listen along. 

A special thanks to Arielle Valenzuela Photography who helped me plan & style this shoot! Also to Suzanne Hopkins for allowing us to shoot at her private residence!

To our models, Lauren and Garrett! You guys are the best!

And lastly, to my husband! Thank you for handling the fire so we didn't burn everything down!

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