Hold on to your knickers homies, it’s a good one!
In one word: BOUDOIR.
The definition: bou·doir/ˈbooˌdwär/ Noun: A woman’s bedroom or private room.
If you are a follower via Facebook you’ve probably noticed that there are quite the photographs popping up with me looking mighty fine. Many of you commented- thank you! Many of you messaged me privately- appreciated as well. And many of you reached out to me anonymously I am very intrigued. But the number one response that I received/am still receiving is why? My response: why the HELL not!
This photo shoot was something that I had booked months in advance; even before China. And it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.
So what was this boudoir session? A day all about me. I arrived looking like I rolled out of bed (when really I had been up running and getting in those last-minute crunches/push ups) and greeted at the door with a hug and a yummy mango mimosa. The door wasn’t an entranceway into a studio but a local bed and breakfast that has all the right charm, lighting, and lines for this type of shoot.
Before I knew it, I was in the makeup chair discussing my first look of the day. Less dramatic, more natural but definitely not the “everyday” Jona.
I must admit, it was a little tricky getting in front of the camera- not because I was half-naked and didn’t really know the photographer, it was because this wasn’t a “smile for your senior portrait” kind of photograph. But I’d say after the first look (of like six or seven) I was fairly comfortable and really started to enjoy the day. For my second look, I chose to have my hair pulled back with darker eyes because I knew the second half of the day would be easier for me to get into “character.” And boys and girls was I right.
And now to answer everyone’s burning questions:
- Who was the photographer? The magnificent Genine Gullickson. Find her on Facebook. Explore her work. I’m telling you she rocks. She’s personable. She’s down to earth. She’s a woman and knows how to work with women to make you feel the most comfortable in front of the camera. She pampers you. She’s professional. And most importantly, she is good at what she does. For those of you who aren’t on Facebook, check out her site at http://www.geninegullickson.net or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Did you do your own hair and make-up? Heck no! If I could make myself look that good on a daily basis for free I would. The oh-so talented Erica Sherman did both my hair and make-up for both looks. That also includes the lashes ladies that were built on individually, not a strip. If you’d like to have your make-up done by her, she’s at the Jean Paul Spa and Salon under the nickname “Nikki.” I’ve already worked with her once since the shoot and will hopefully be seeing her this upcoming Sunday for another photo shoot.
- How much? Genine has all of the pricing information but the only thing I can say about the cost is: it’s worth every penny homies. Whether you are booking the session for your self, your wife, your partner, your fiance, it’s worth it.
- What does the cost include? Your session, the location, the hair and make-up artist, an 8×8 photo album, and a day of feeling like the queen we all are (well, most of us). I was there for about six hours between the two looks and six wardrobe changes, but I’m telling you, the day flew.
- Did you work out like a maniac before the shoot? Sure did. Not to loose weight but to tone up. Many of you know I belong to NY Boxing and for two weeks before the shoot I worked individually with a guy named Timmy. His website is here or you can go see him at the gym. Very reasonably priced, always showed up to each workout (even when I stood him up once at 6 am) and pushes you to your limits. Thanks again Timmy!
When I left the location, I was sky-high. I not only looked beautiful, but felt beautiful and confident. I was immediately craving the teasers that she releases a few days after the initial shoot. And I didn’t have to wait long at all.