In her own words... | Miss K | Charleston Boudoir Photographer

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 I wanted to help give myself some self confidence, while putting together a sexy, personalized gift for my husband-to-be that he would enjoy.
— Miss K
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I have followed Marie for a while on Facebook. Through all of her posts and blogs you can see what an easy going, down to earth person she is. She gives you that feeling of ease and comfort, which I needed to build my self confidence! She immediately made me feel like a friend to her!

When I tell people about my shoot they would say how “I could never do that!” How they would feel weird, awkward, and uncomfortable the whole time. I thought the same thing until I met Marie. The whole experience was comfortable and fun! Felt like I had a girl’s morning out!
— Miss K
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“I would definitely do it again!

Going into this I was very nervous. It turned out to be a great experience and I actually loved what I was wearing! It is all about owning yourself and Marie makes you feel comfortable in the smallest negligee or nothing at all. There is no need to be nervous!! I had no idea what I was doing, but Marie guided me the whole way!" -Miss K

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What is "Boudoir Photography"?

I can see it now. . .

“Boudior photography? Bodoir photography? Bodiour photography? Bodouir? Boudair? Or is it Bodoir? Wait, it’s Boudaire? Boudiour photography? Boudoire? Boudouir photos? Bouidor photography? Bourdoir? Budior? Budiour? Budoir photography?
I just want some photos that make me feel awesome about myself and my body!!!“

What you’re looking for is called
B-O-U-D-O-I-R photography,
(and you can thank the French for the difficulty in spelling it!)
and you’ve come to the right place!


Pronounced like “boo-dwah” by those in France, I’ve found that most Americans pronounce it as “boo-dwar”. Either of those pronunciations are fine by me, but I WILL correct you if you call it “boo-dee-or” photography!

A “Boudoir” in the classic sense is a term for part of a private room attached to a bedroom of an upperclass lady, used for bathing and dressing. Later on, the term came to be used for private drawing rooms where one could spend time with their romantic partner. (Thanks wikipedia!)

So you can see how the term makes sense for this intimate style of photography. Most boudoir photoshoots take place in a bedroom setting, but the term “boudoir photography” has definitely expanded beyond that basic location. Most photographers that I’ve spoken to in the boudoir industry loosely define “boudoir photography” based more on clothing (or lack of clothing) choice and intention of the photos. In general, the images are in some state of undress with the intention to empower and build confidence of the person being photographed.

Yes, “person”! While my specialty is female photography, there are many fantastic male boudoir photographers out there! More than just the silly versions that go viral on Facebook, there is no reason why a man shouldn’t get to feel wonderful and empowered about his body as well! Many boudoir photographers also offer “couples boudoir” sessions that can include both you and your partner! If either of these are something you’re searching for, I’d be happy to help you with some recommendations!

MY style of boudoir photography is intended to empower women and inspire self confidence. My style floats somewhere in between glamorous, fashion inspired, and sensual.

My home base is Charleston, SC and I have a lovely studio here! Most clients ask if they can “move in” as soon as they arrive. I’ve tried to keep it simple and elegant while still combining rich textures and classic touches. I have worked hard to create a space where I am capable of creating a bright and beautiful shot for a bride-to-be to gift her husband on their wedding day, or a shadowy and more sensual shot as an anniversary shot a year or two later! I am constantly updating the space with new furniture and decor so it’s totally possible to come back for your second shoot and everything may have changed!

I also love to sneak outside when I get the chance! Anything from a snowy forest (in Charleston at that!), a beach, or out in a cornfield! I make my “outdoor boudoir” photo sessions available to clients as an option for their second shoot with me. I think it extremely important to have the full studio experience the first time around, so that we are comfortable working together and your outdoor images turn out spectacularly!

I have a huge case of wanderlust, so I love getting out of my Charleston studio and shooting in new and interesting places! I try to travel frequently and have been lucky enough to have photographed women in the boudoir style in Maui, New York City, Seattle, Columbus, Las Vegas, Denver, Bermuda, Canada, Italy, and France! I love it when clients fly me out and allow me to photograph them somewhere new!

Anyway, you can see that there is no ONE definition for what boudoir photography is. The most important thing is finding a photographer whose work you connect to! They should have a solid portfolio and you should see consistency in their work! If you’re considering booking a boudoir session, always feel free to ask your photographer any questions you may have. I provide my clients with a very thorough preparation guide after they reserve their session, but I am always available to answer any additional questions they may have or help them find/decide on outfits!

If MY boudoir style speaks to you, feel free to drop me a line! I would be honored to be your boudoir photographer.

I love making new friends! To book a shoot, or just say "hi", contact Marie here
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Autumn in Charleston | Outdoor Boudoir Photos | Miss K

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Fall is my favorite season! Since we don’t get the dramatic burst of colors from fall foliage here in Charleston, I went on the hunt for another “obviously autumn” scene that would be the perfect backdrop for a fall outdoor shoot. Miss K’s dark hair and features along with her bravery to bare all was a match made in heaven in this November corn field. I couldn’t be happier with how this shoot turned out!

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“Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower."

-A. Camus

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Boudoir by Marie | Charleston’s Boudoir Photographer | Miss S

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I’ve had photos taken of me before but I never truly felt confident in them or even really liked myself in them. One of my good friends actually introduced me to Marie, and told me how amazing & sweet she was to work with. I didn’t know what to expect but I tried it anyways.

Needless to say, my photoshoot with Marie was nothing less than perfect! She is so easy going, fun, and happy! There was never a moment that I felt uncomfortable and she worked with me to make me feel beautiful every step of the way. She’s even willing to pose with you!

Her photos are amazing quality but what really stuck with me was my overall experience with her. Especially in boudoir, every woman wants to feel comfortable in their skin while trying this and that’s what Marie’s true focus is on. Her main priority is making you feel comfortable and beautiful with what you’re doing and she does it so well. Definitely will have to see her again soon!
— Miss S
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Something witchy this way comes... | A Halloween Boudoir Session in Charleston

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The witches are here,
I tell you no lie,
They arrived yesterday,
Flying down from the sky,
Upon their dark broomsticks,
Their hearts cruel and cold,
The witches are here,
Searching for souls.
— G. Wilson
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"I haven't felt sexy in a long time" | Charleston Boudoir Photos | Miss K

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I am always honored when a client allows me to share any images from their session and even more honored when they write such a sweet testimonial about their experience with Monica and I that we can share with all of you:

No better boudoir outfit than white sheets and gorgeous curves!! No need to worry about what to wear to your boudoir shoot, I help prepare you every step of the way!
I absolutely loved my session! I was so nervous about booking the session because it was so far out of my comfort zone. I haven’t felt “sexy” in a long time. I was also fearful of just the unknown but Marie is so amazing!! The moment I walked in her studio, I felt like I was meeting up with an old friend! She is beyond talented and her love and passion for what she does definitely pours over and gives you instant calmness. The session was far more fun that I could have expected! I highly recommend EVERY woman, no matter her age or size, to do this! Have fun with it! Trust Marie! Not only will you walk away feeling “sexy” but you’ll walk away feeling beautiful and confident! I can’t wait for my next visit with Marie!!
— Miss K
Showcase your curves with a beautiful boudoir photo shoot to celebrate yourself and create a gorgeous gift for a loved one.
Gorgeous black bodysuit boudoir photograph in a beautiful blue room at Boudoir by Marie’s studio in Charleston, SC.
Charleston, South Carolina Boudoir Photographer. Intimate photography session for women’s empowerment through beautiful photos.

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"I will cherish them forever" | Charleston Boudoir Photography | Miss K

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See the first half of this stunner's session here and check out the rest of her review below:

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Finding someone to take elegant, classy boudoir photos can be difficult, but I won the lotto by finding Marie. Never I have felt more comfortable in my skin and empowered to show that comfort to the camera. I knew from the first outfit that these photos would be something I would hold onto forever. Marie has been a complete angel and an advocate for women empowerment even now that my session is over. I can not say it loud enough but, “BOOK TIME WITH THIS WOMAN.” I will be scheduling another in the future, solely based on the way I felt when I left my session. Thank you, Marie and your team, for making me feel absolutely phenomenal in my own skin, and creating such stunning images for me. I will cherish them forever.
— Miss K
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How to Shop for your Boudoir Session without Breaking the Bank

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This is all about YOU. Your Boudoir Session is your chance to showcase your own unique style.

There are no rules about what to wear,
only that you must LOVE everything you bring!


You don't need to go shopping for your boudoir shoot unless you want to, and you certainly don't have to spend a fortune to find some great items that you can rock at your shoot! 

My sessions have time for three different outfits and then one nude or "in-the-sheets" look at the end! I do recommend trying to incorporate different styles (lingerie set, bodysuit, clothing piece, etc.) as well as some color, but if you're an all black eeeeverything girl, that's fine too!

Bring whatever you love! Use this as an opportunity to showcase your unique style and personal taste! 
 

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Boudoir Session Shopping Cart Inspiration

I've come up with a few cute sample shopping carts full of outfit choices below that are available at very affordable stores, but take these with a grain of salt! Use them as inspiration and then go on the hunt for your own perfect pieces!!

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Scallop Nova Bra and Panty Set - $12.99 + $5.00
Grey Henley Bodysuit - $21.99
Jockey Retro Briefs + Destructed Jean Shorts - $6.99 + $16.99 (I'd go topless for this one, or pair with a matching bra!)

Total Cost: $63.96 - All Available at Target
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Black Mesh Bodysuit - $29.99
Pink Bralette and Lace Hipster Briefs - $24.99 + $9.99
Grey Sweater and Cotton Thong - $19.99 + $9.99

Total Cost: $94.95 - All Available at H&M
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Burgundy Mesh Bodysuit - $38.50
White Dream Angels Bra & Panties - $66.50 + $16.50
Black Dream Angels Romper - $62.00

Total Cost: $183.50 - All Available at Victoria's Secret



Outfit #4: In the sheets... 

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I also ALWAYS recommend doing a tasteful implied nude or "in-the-sheets" set of shots. It may feel like all of your business is exposed and that your least favorite areas might be more visible, but I promise you that white sheets are some of the most flattering "outfits" that we can work with! Shooting in your birthday-suit makes the images all about YOU and not about cheesy props or what you are wearing.

To me, shooting in between the sheets is the BEST of boudoir.  It's all about showing YOU your most beautiful self. 
 


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Boudoir doesn't always have to stay inside... | Charleston Boudoir Photography | Miss M

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I was so nervous about doing a boudoir shoot! I don’t usually like how I look in pictures and was unsure about whether or not I could really pull off a shoot like this. But Marie was so patient and helpful throughout the entire process.

She listened to my objectives and completely understood the direction I wanted my shoot to go and took the reigns from there. She truly went above and beyond for me! Within minutes of meeting her, it felt as if we’d been life long friends. She was awesome at helping calm my nerves and provide direction. The pictures turned out better than I could’ve imagined!

Give yourself the gift of being pampered, celebrated, and reminded just how beautiful you are. That’s what Marie does for her clients!
— Miss M
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Beautiful and Powerful and STRONG | Charleston Boudoir Photography | Miss K

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There are some clients that I can tell truly NEED this experience from the moment they first inquire. It's the clients that are doing it for themselves as a form of self-celebration that make me absolutely sure that I am doing the job that I was meant to do. I LOVE showing women how beautiful and powerful and strong they are. Miss K is no exception, in fact, she's a prime example of why I do what I do - read her review below:

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When it came time for New Year resolutions, I knew I would need to resolve to make health changes. Those changes are often so hard to commit to. Knowing I’d need motivation, I took a leap and booked a shoot with Marie a few months out. Making that initial investment and putting such a vulnerable event on my calendar was the best decision I ever made. It lit the fire I needed in order to really make lifestyle and fitness changes. Before I even met her, Marie was supporting my fitness journey via social media. When it came time to prepare for the shoot, I wasn’t too nervous, more anxious for the experience. Arriving at Marie’s doorstep and having her greet me the way she did, set the tone for one of the most empowering days of my life.
— Miss K
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The Best Day Ever: Behind the Scenes of a Boudoir Photo Shoot

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Boudoir is an empowering and confidence building experience - think of your session as the best girl's day out you can have! I work to make sure that you are prepared in advance so you can arrive more excited than nervous for your shoot! 

We start with hair and makeup if you've opted to add it to your session. My stylist, Monica, is an expert at beautifying all skin and hair types. Feel free to bring some photographs of inspiration to help her figure out your style!

While you're getting all glammed up, I'll chat with you about your expectations and the outfits that you've brought. We will go through them together and pick which outfits you'll be wearing, in what order. (I always recommend saving your favorite outfit for last, when you're at your most comfortable!)

Once you approve of your hair and makeup, making any final tweaks or requests from the stylist, the shoot will begin.

We will get started in the first of your four outfits. Don't stress or worry about posing or expression - it's MY job to make you look your most gorgeous! There's no pressure on you, just follow my posing and instruction and we will capture you at your most beautiful. 

We will move through each of your outfits in various sets in both my light and dark themed rooms. After the shoot is over, I will email you a sneak-peek from your session as well as a referral voucher - I can't leave you hanging without showing you a shot from your session! 

Within two weeks of your session, you'll come back for your image reveal at the studio. This is where you get to choose the images and products you love, and place your order. This is one of my favorite parts of the experience, as you will get to see your beautiful photos for the first time! 

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Back for More! | Charleston Boudoir Photos | Miss S

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I had my first & second Boudoir By Marie experience both a year apart in January/February 2017 & February 2018 and I have to be honest... I cannot stop looking at my photos. They never get old and I feel so AMAZING about myself when I see them! Marie can do light & pretty photos and also moody, which I like this dynamic a lot! I can’t wait to shoot with her again!
— Miss S
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Marie & Monica made me feel so comfortable and beautiful throughout my experience ... I cannot say enough good things about these ladies and can’t wait to work with them again!"  
- Miss S

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After the Shoot: What to do with my boudoir photos?

Often clients come in wanting to create a gift for someone special. They book their session without realizing what a gift boudoir can be for themselves. 

Boudoir photography gives you a brand new perspective on your body and your beauty. We are only used to seeing ourselves reflected in the mirror, from a selfie, OR - and this is the worst - when you accidentally turn on your cellphone's forward-facing camera when you're looking down at the screen... I don't really have 7 chins, do I? yeeash!

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I use my camera to show you a whole new perspective on yourself.  This is the way your loved ones see you in all of your dimensions, from angles and in ways that a mirror or your cellphone camera cannot show you. 

This is a YOU that has taken time for herself, who values and embraces her own beauty and strength. 

If I could bottle that feeling up and gift it to every woman on this planet I would, but I can't, so instead I shoot boudoir and always encourage my clients to have their images PRINTED.

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Digital images are the most basic product option, clients intend to have them printed, but they often end up lost in a crashed computer, or tucked away on an old hard drive never to be seen again and never turned into a tangible item.

My most common product purchase is a gorgeous 8"x10" Album. We can fill these full of as few as 20 or up to ALL of your images from your session if you'd like. It's the perfect way to gift your lovely images to your partner, or to create for yourself to leaf through whenever you need to remember how wonderful you are. 

 

But my absolutely favorite way to preserve your images AND bottle that empowering feeling for yourself?

ACRYLIC WALL ART

There's always at least ONE photo from every session that my client especially connects to. The image that makes her feel beautiful, STRONG, empowered and like a goddess - that is a feeling I believe every woman should experience every. single. day.

I want that image give you a self confidence high-five every time you walk by. 

But where will I put this giant photo of myself?!?

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I've had clients hang their photos above their beds or on the walls of their bedroom. I even had a client get an enormous acrylic to hang in her living room above her fireplace, it was a gorgeous black and white body-scape and a perfect compliment to her modern decor. 

Don't want your little ones or visitors stumbling across your special image? Hang it in your master closet. Every morning when you're getting ready for the day, she'll be there, reminding you of all you are capable of.

Personally, I have mine hanging in my master bathroom, looking over my shoulder as I freshen up in the morning. Acrylic prints are perfect for steamy bathrooms where canvases or prints would be wilted by the conditions. 

No matter where you hang it, there you'll be, every day - in all of your glory, reminding you that you are more than just a mom/wife/employee/[whatever label you give yourself]...

YOU are powerful and beautiful and lovely and strong

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Bridal Boudoir is more than just for him! | Charleston Boudoir Photographer | Miss M

I am so happy to be able to share this lovely review that Miss M wrote after coming to see us as well as this one image from her session! She came in to create a gift for her husband-to-be but found that the shoot was a gift for herself as well... read her experience in her own words below! 

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When I was looking for a fun and creative wedding gift for my future husband, my cousin suggested doing a boudoir shoot. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. Although I had some reservations about my body, feeling uncomfortable, making sure these photos stayed private, wanting them to be beautiful, sexy, and tasteful, wanting to look like me, and not wanting them to be an overly photoshopped mess (I’ve seen that before and it wasn’t pretty). I asked my cousin if she could recommend any one and she immediately pointed me to Marie. When I reached out to Marie, her customer service was outstanding. She went over everything from how she shoots, to what to wear or not wear, makeup, hair, and her portfolio. The photos were amazing and a ton of different body types were represented. My insurity started to fade. The more I talked to her the more she made me feel even more comfortable with her process and that she isn’t big on photoshop, but will touch them up if asked. She explained her shoots are all based on the clients level of comfort and that I can wear or not wear whatever I feel the most beautiful in. She explained, when her clients feel comfortable is when they are able to truly show their outer and inner beauty in photos. And that is exactly what my experience was.

When it came time do do my shoot, her hair and makeup team were wonderful! I didn’t feel overly done and still looked like myself (another one of my worries). The entire time the shoot was going on, I felt amazing! It was so much fun! There is just something about how Marie works with her clients and her style that made me feel like the bomb dot com! When I finally saw the pictures I was amazed, because I actually recognized myself. I looked like ME. Not a photoshopped mess (another thing I was worried about, photoshop and not looking like me). My curves, all my curves were on display and I loved it!

Fast forward a few months when I gave my Groom his gift, he loved it even more than I did. His exact words were “this is the beautiful I wake up to every morning. I love the photos because they are how I see and love you everyday. I’m happy you finally see it too.” To hear that from my husband, made me tear up. After this photoshoot, it changed how I look at myself everyday. It enabled me to see me how I should see me; Beautiful, Sexy, and Confident. I didn’t think a photo shoot could change my mind like that, but Marie did it. After this experience, I would recommend Marie to anyone of any age! Boudoir by Marie is a must!
— Miss M

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Don't be a lady... | Charleston Boudoir Photos | Miss Jackie

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"Don't be a lady.

Be a LEGEND."

-Stevie Nicks

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OH MY GAWD!! These are absolutely beautiful!!!! Wow! I am in love with them all! Thank you so much! I really can’t wait to work with you again!
— Jackie Sexton
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- FEATURING THE LOVELY: JACKIE SEXTON - 

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See the other (more conservative) half of Jackie's shoot with me HERE.

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Mama's still got it! | Charleston Boudoir Photos | Miss J

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I’ve wanted to do this for two years but didn’t think my body was good enough and thought I was too old! Finally, I took the plunge and wanted to do this as a gift for my husband but it sorta ended up as a gift for me too :)

I am a working mother of 3 who is about to turn 40 and it was so nice to have a morning of being pampered and having fun! Marie is so personable and makes the whole experience nothing short of amazing! If you’re debating whether or not to do this, just do it! You’ll be so glad you did! I love my pictures so much!
— Miss J
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Charleston Boudoir Photographer Review | "Marie makes you feel comfortable!" | Miss A

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From the moment I arrived, 
Marie made me feel right at home.

-Miss A

When I was looking for a boudoir photographer, I was looking for someone who carried value and who I felt that I could feel comfortable with. I found that with Marie. Marie makes you feel comfortable about being in front of the camera and she doesn’t make you feel like you wearing next to nothing. She lets you know that you are valued and beautiful through the whole process and makes you feel at ease. My biggest fear was showing my flaws in my body and feeling uncomfortable, which did not come true. From the moment I arrived, Marie made me feel right at home. My favorite of the session was the whole day, even though you know there is a time schedule, Marie never makes you feel like she is watching the clock. The session was fun and I would definitely recommend Marie!
— Miss A

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Stop apologizing! | Charleston, South Carolina Boudoir Photographer | Miss C

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At first, I questioned it like “I don’t work out, I’m not in shape” but then I was like “hey, why not?” And I’m so glad I did. I’ve never felt so sexy and confident in my life. I encourage every woman to do this for themself and to embrace the beauty you have inside as well as out. ❤️ Marie is insanely talented and knows how to capture your beauty in all shapes, angles and sides. I’ve never felt as sexy! The photoshoot experience was remarkable and recommend any woman to do this for herself. It really makes you love your body and practice self love.
— Miss C
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"Stop apologizing.

You don’t have to say sorry for how you laugh, how you dress, how you make your hair, how you do your makeup, how you speak. You don’t have to be sorry for being yourself. Do it fearlessly. It’s time to accept: this is you, and you gotta spend the rest of your life with you. So start loving your sarcasm, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your peculiar habits, your unique sense of humor, your voice, your talents, your everything. It will make your life so much easier to simply be yourself."

Danielle Mansutti

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This time, just because. | Charleston Boudoir Photos | Miss C

Miss C returned for another session of "Boudoir Therapy" a few months ago . . . 

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It is coming up on the one year anniversary of my first session with you, and as I look back at the woman in those pictures, I finally feel that after a year of healing and rebuilding that I AM her.

I am so thankful to have had that confidence building experience with you - it is one of my fondest memories and I am so glad to have the photos from our times together! I can’t say thank you enough!
— Miss C
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