Ms. B's Bridal Boudoir Experience | Sonoma County, Ca

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Were you nervous about your session?

Yes, I was so nervous about my session! It was so far from something I would ever feel "confident" doing but, I felt like I had to do it! Step out of my comfort zone and see how it would feel, how the photos would look!

What did you like best about your bridal boudoir experience?

I LOVED the confidence boost, I LOVED that I had a little morning to myself and most of all I loved how comfortable it made me feel in my own skin. I walked away empowered and it was just another fun stop on the longggggg train of wedding planning that felt easy and just for me and my future hubby! I feel like when you are wedding planning it's so easy to get caught up in planning and doing a million and one things to make sure the day is perfect for all of your guests, it was really nice to take the day to just do something for strictly US.

What inspired you to book a bridal boudoir session?

Both Lauren and Charity did! Their experience, their social media posts, it was a just the little push I needed to book a session! 

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What made you choose Boudoir By Chee & St. James Salon?

The professionalism and how classy all their work is. I could not be more impressed with the level of professionalism, and the best hype team! Talk about leaving your session feeling like america's next top model! LOL These girls do fantastic job of making you feel confident, empowered and most of all comfortable throughout your entire experience!

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Sonoma County, Ca Photographer | Boudoir Photographer

Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?

100% YES YES YES, after I got my photos back I seriously could cry. The amount of confidence and self love I felt was unreal! I've always struggled with being "OK" with my body, and how I look in the mirror. From counting macros, working out and always watching what I eat, I feel like sometimes it can be so detrimental and I forget to look in the mirror and appreciate the hard work and love my body even on my "bloaty" days. This experience made me take a step back and realize I need to love and appreciate my body no matter what. 

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Would you recommend this experience to a friend?

Absolutely! Already have to multiple friends! (;


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Mrs. L’ s Boudoir Experience | Sonoma County, Ca 

“When your brave, you empower others around you to be brave too.”

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Mrs. L and I have been friends for years, and when she finally booked a session, I was over the moon happy for her! Most of my friends that ask me to do a boudoir session never get around to doing it. I always figured maybe they didn’t really want to do one and they were just being friendly. But after having a chat with Mrs. L while shooting her boudoir session, I came to learn that even though she has known me for ten years, she was still nervous!

Here’s what she had to say:

Were you nervous about your session?

I was super nervous.

What did you like best about your boudoir experience?

I enjoyed how pretty I felt during the experience.

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Napa Valley, Ca | Boudoir Photographer

What inspired you to book a boudoir session?

Seeing all of you're amazing work made me want to book with you.

What made you choose Boudoir By Chee?

Because your awesome.

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Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?

I felt so confident, which doesn't happen often. I ended up showing other people besides my husband because I felt so beautiful.

Would you recommend this experience to a friend?

Yes!

Is there anything I can do to make the experience better for you in the future?

No.

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xoxox

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Were you nervous about your session?

Yes I was very nervous! Mostly about being half naked in a creek lol

What did you like best about your boudoir experience?

I loved how creative Charity is and the enthusiasm she has to make the shoot amazing. I absolutely love that the shoot was outside and nature was utilized so well, it truly creatures the perfect backdrop.

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What inspired you to book a boudoir session?

Honestly, if I hadn’t of won one of the modeling shoots I might have never booked a session just because I never do anything for myself or give myself anything as amazing as a boudoir shoot. It was a phenomenal experience.

What made you choose Boudoir By Chee?

I have been following Charity for years on social media and all her work has always been amazing so doing a shoot with her just seemed perfect.

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Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?

Absolutely!

Would you recommend this experience to a friend?

Yes yes and yes!

Is there anything I can do to make the experience better for you in the future?

Not that I can think of, everything was perfect.

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Thank you for reading Miss R’s view on a Boudoir By Chee experience. To be featured on the blog please submit your email to charity@boudoirbychee.com  

xoxox,

Charity  

Miss S. See’s Herself in a New Light | Sonoma County, Ca Photographer

Do you ever wonder what it’d be like to have a different view of yourself?

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Soooo nervous! Not so much about taking the actual photos, but very nervous about how they would turn out. Sometimes I am not the most photogenic.

I loved the property, the fun music playing, and how Charity instructed me but didn’t make it look overdone or too “posed.” It was great just to let go and follow her lead. When I got the photos back, I loved that they were not overly edited and it truly showcased ME.

Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer
Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer

Lauren from St James Salon inspired me after hearing about her experience.

I love the outdoor boudoir and the meaning behind the company. It truly is more than photography, and I left feeling like a million bucks. Charity really knows how to work all the natural lights/shadows to give clients of all shapes and sizes the most flattering and natural results. Her work is a tasteful and rustic twist on classic boudoir. 

Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer
Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer
Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer

Absolutely! I never thought of myself as sexy and never was the hot girl in my friend group. This session gave me so much confidence and also showed me how strong (lots of power poses!) and gorgeous the female body can be.

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The hair/makeup/photo bundle plus payment plans make it so easy I would recommend a session tenfold. 

I am loving seeing all of the new props and venues on your property. Your social media is a HUGE asset, and I love seeing how all of the different personalities translate. You are killing it!

The Gift Was Just an Excuse | Sonoma County, Ca

What if YOU did something entirely for yourself?

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I was slightly nervous about the shoot but once we got going all my nerves went away. 

I loved how secluded the location was. It felt really freeing to be able to shoot without worrying about someone intruding. 

Sonoma County, Ca | Bridal Boudoir
Sonoma County, Ca | Bridal Boudoir

I booked the boudoir session originally as a gift for my fiancé, but I’ve always wanted to do one!! The gift was just an excuse 😉. He loved it by the way!! 

I chose Charity because a boudoir shoot outside is so unique and loved how moody her images were! 

Sonoma County, Ca | Bridal Boudoir
Sonoma County, Ca | Bridal Boudoir

I have always felt a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera. I’m tiny so most of the time I feel like I look scrawny but not with Charity. Omg, the images were amazing, and I felt so great after my session. 

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Sonoma County, Ca | Bridal Boudoir
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I would absolutely recommend doing this to a friend! I would and may do it again in the near future. 

Thank you so much Charity!! 

K.

Miss T’s birthday present to herself | Sonoma County, Ca

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I'd always been curious about doing a boudoir shoot, but didn't physically look like I wanted to look when doing it.  I was worried that the pictures wouldn't turn out like I wanted them to due to my physical insecurities (rolls, chunky thighs, double chin, etc.).  



 Getting pampered beforehand was fun.  (The staff at St. James salon were great!)  The drive out, though long, was beautiful.  The shoot itself was a blast.  Charity took time looking through the various outfit choices I'd brought, we picked out some things, and then got into it!  Posing felt a little awkward at first, but I'd been in the group and watched her work long enough to trust that she knew what she was doing.  Once I got used to it, I could relax a little more, too.  In the end, I had a blast and felt like a badass!

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 I'd always been curious about dong a boudoir shoot.  I especially love photographers who are size-inclusive and who promote body positivity and beauty across all shapes & sizes.  I myself didn't look like I wanted to look when I finally did a shoot, but I talked myself into doing it as a birthday present for myself.  I figured, even if I lost the weight I wanted to, I probably will never be comfortable enough with my body to say that it was thin/good enough to jump in.  And, if by some miracle, I ever do look that way, it'll probably be years from now and I'll have some other excuse (I'm too old, too wrinkly, etc.) to latch onto.  I'd rather do the shoot and risk it regretting not looking how I wanted to (which is not how it turned out!), than never do a shoot and regret not taking the chance at all.  

 I saw Charity recommended by someone else who'd done a shoot with her.  I love photography as an art form and follow many photographers, so I decided to see what she was all about.  I lurked in her group for several weeks, watching her post pics of her sessions (which are GORGEOUS) and just watching the overall body-positive vibe of the group.  I really connected to what I saw and appreciated how she makes everyone feel safe, appreciated, and beautiful!

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It was nice to take a break from being in my usual wife/mother caregiver role and remind myself what it feels like to do something just for me & to feel like a beautiful, badass, sexy woman.  I know she's in there (which is why it didn't change my perception, necessarily), but I get so caught up with the day-to-day at work & home, it was really nice to let her out to get glammed up & play & shine for a little while. 

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WHAT MRS. C EXPERIENCE MEANT TO HER | Sonoma County, Boudoir Photographer

A few weeks ago St. James Salon and I held a Glam event in Sonoma County, Ca. We had so much fun hanging out and shooting… our clients did to. I’m so excited to announce we had so much fun we plan on hosting more events in the near future! For now here what Mrs. C had to say about her Glam experience!!

Were you nervous about your session?

Not at all! This is my 2nd session with Charity and she always makes me feel so comfortable. 

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What I liked best about my glam experience was how comfortable I was, baring tits and all I still felt so comfortable!

Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer

What inspired you to book your Glam session?

I was doing some of the pictures for my husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. All the other pics were for me though.

Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer
Sonoma County, CA | Boudoir Photographer

Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?

Oh totally, I always feel so beautiful and confident during the shoot and once I see the pictures as well.

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Would you recommend this glam experience to a friend?

100%, I already have multiple times 😆

Thanks for reading! Leave some love below.

xoxox,

Charity

Selfie Project | Sonoma County Boudoir

I recently posted a black and white photo of me in my living room, I plan on sharing more and taking more self-portraits. I did these photos for many reasons one is bettering myself on a personal level which will make me a more skilled photographer for my lovely clients. Never stop growing and learning. ;-) 

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Practice what you preach. I preach self-love/self-care and how a boudoir experience with me can be part of that. I wanted to start my selfie project because I want to be more vulnerable, know myself more and show you all that boudoir isn’t scary, its fun and good for your soul. 

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Sonoma County | Wine Country | Sonoma County Boudoir | Sonoma County Photographer

 Insecurity. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my calves… YES MY GOD, DAMN CALVES! Probably one of the stupidest things everrr… They aren’t dainty, but they are strong and mine. I didn’t really realize it till I took my self-portrait. I’ve been learning to embrace them ever since. 

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It's a big challenge to take my own portraits there are obviously some lemons, and hundreds of images immediately deleted. And images turning out way differently than I believed… in a good way… and countless times images turned out in an “EEWWW. HELL-TO-THE-NO!” kinda way.

ANYWHO… I’m also doing in-home boudoir sessions! Feel comfortable in your own home with an even more personal feel.

xoxox,

Charity!







GLAM IT UP | Sonoma County, Ca

Hello, there lovelies! A few weeks ago I posted a special event on my social media accounts but if you like me you can’t remember what you did yesterday. The Valentines Glam Mini is being hosted by St. James Salon, and they are providing hair and makeup for a 20 min indoor boudoir shoot… Who’s your photographer? ME. I’m so excited I get to be a part of this special little event and help make you feel cool, confident & enhance your natural beauty.

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 You are probably thinking this every year around Valentine's Day... “What am I going to get for my special someone?” Chocolates? Card? Dinner? Those are old and overplayed! Maybe you don’t have a Valentine then do it for your damn self because YOU DESERVE TO BE F$#king pampered!

 The Glam mini is a perfect quick special gift for your special someone and bonus points because it doubles as a gift for yourself as well! That is in fact mine and St. James Salon’s goal, is to make you feel pampered and beautiful. Come sip champagne, enjoy snacks and chat with us! 

 Boudoir is a luxury experience one that can sometimes be intimidating. That’s why I’ve been telling ladies that are on the fence about the glam mini to do it, it’s the perfect way to meet me, meet Lauren the salon owner and makeup artist. It’s budget friendly and gives you a little peek of my world. 

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 What’s stopping you? 

 1. Your body image- Let me stop you right there. I am a mom... I have cellulite, stretch marks, my thighs touch, I have a tum and on bad days I have acne and dark circles under my eye. Remember it is your job to show up and it's mine and Laurens job to make you feel, cool, confident and gorgeous; and I aim to capture your spirit the very thing that makes you shine like a freaking diamond!

2. I shouldn't spend the money on myself- About 99% of women have to have a reason to spend money on themselves… Here’s a reason: You can’t be the best you without some self-love. You deserve to be happy and feel beautiful. 

3. I don't have anything sexy to wear- You don’t need sexy lingerie to look or feel sexy. I create emotion and movement through your photographs. Simply bring what you have and I’ll create something out of it. Shear/Lace & kimonos are huge helpful pieces. I also have a client closet that can help. If there's something you like that works for you then your welcome to pull from the closet. 

4. I don't want my pictures on the internet- First of all, I doubt that anyone seeing your Boudoir By Chee photos would result in anything other than “DANG GIRL, YOU LOOK AMAZING!”. However, I can TOTALLY understand if you don't want your images shared with the public! Especially that smokin' one, you know...the one that took you the entire shoot to build up the courage to take! You can rest absolutely assured that your images will never be shared without your permission. As soon as your session is complete, I retouch your images in-house. I do NOT send your images off to an outsourced editing company. THEN, we will meet for your photo reveal and ordering appointment! In the event that you are super pumped and proud of your images and do allow me to use them on my blog and website, your real name will NEVER be used and I will NEVER tag you on Facebook/Instagram. Anyhow, your secret is safe with me. 

5. [ENTER YOUR OWN PERSONAL HANG-UP HERE]- Your fear and self-doubt can come up with endless reasons for you to not do anything outside your comfort zone. It's a biological thing. it's a response to anything we deem “scary." It's up to you to choose if you're going to be more loyal to your fears, or to yourself.

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 Now that you have all the who’s, why’s etc. To get more information about Glam mini’s or to book a session please call or email Lauren at St. James Salon. (707) 535-0636 or lauren@stjamesthesalon.com