I love boudoir. I love it because I get to play and be creative in a calm, low stress environment. I love that women put their trust in me to be vulnerable in front of my camera. And most of all, I love how it can make women feel. From the roller-coaster of anxiousness leading up to it, to the freeing release of nerves during the shoot, and finally the reaction to seeing the finished images for the first time.

I recently had the pleasure of shooting my beautiful friend, Haley. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

“I didn’t wait until I was my goal weight. I didn’t diet for the week or month before, or work out or anything. I only decided to do it a few days prior. I spent the night before celebrating a friend’s birthday and eating and drinking what I wanted. I just did it for me, because I wanted to. Not because I hit a number on a scale.

Big fat tears are streaming down my cheeks. Not because I think I look hot, but because of what they mean.

This year, my marriage officially fell apart, and I let my health go too. I gained weight, was stressed out, worked too much, and tried to get my bearings. I was thrust into a new and unfamiliar life and it scared the hell out of me. I made mistakes, I cried a lot. I have felt very uncomfortable with myself, physically and emotionally.

That officially ends now. I’m on my own, and I have embraced it. And I didn’t realize that these photos were going to be a symbol for me of who I am and where I’m going, but they are, and I’m so excited.

So, thanks Abby! I absolutely love them, and I love you. You found a me that I forgot was in there.”

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