Hear what each of these KMB clients had to say about their Austin Boudoir experience.
MISS "W" SAID...
"It feels damn good to do something for yourself! I turned 31 on Monday and thought 'Hey, you are't getting any younger!' Every day I thank my lucky stars for all the greatness I have in my life. I loved how comfortable and beautiful everyone made me feel throughout the whole process!
If you’re a girl out there contemplating a boudoir shoot....DOOOO IT!!! Kara is AMAZING!
"I love not only feeling sexy and confident but also LOOKING fuckin sexy!"
MISS "C" SAID...
"Looking at these pictures makes me feel like a badass! This was round two boudoir for me with Kara and totally different than my first! Last year I was shy and unsure about even doing a boudoir and this year i came back with a vision and ready to take it all off! It is so empowering to feel beautiful in your own skin and Kara is wonderful at capturing that. Doing this boudoir shoot let me see how far I've come in just a year. I've grown and I've changed and to get that in print is something I'll have forever."
MISS "N" SAID...
"Kara has been one of my favorite photographers for a few years now. I've had friends that have done shoots with her and I've admired her work from afar thinking one day I'd like to do that. 'One day' finally came and I took the plunge. I was a little nervous going into it but the moment I walked in the door I felt so comfortable. Kara has a way of making you feel confident in your own skin.
There wasn't one moment during my shoot where I thought 'I wonder if my thighs look big? Can you see my cellulite/stretch marks? Do I look fat? Are my boobs big enough? Do I look skinny?' I felt beautiful posing in my nothingness."
MISS "P" SAID...
"I did the shoot because you only live once and I want my once to be Ah-mazing! I think every women deserves to feel beautiful no matter what shape, size or age they are!
During the session, I felt like I was shooting with my girlfriend so fun and relaxed! You are a ROCKSTAR Kara - This is definitely your calling.
After the shoot, I felt so empowered and cannot wait to start planning my next one.
Seeing my photos, I felt sexy, Confident and Fucking Fabulous . The images were stunning!!!”
MISS "S" SAID...
"First of all I can't thank you enough for this experience. You were amazing throughout the entire process, from emails to the actual shoot, plus your positivity is contagious!
As all the reviews say, you do make the entire experience so comfortable and easy, everything about the process exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.
You truly are an artist and you captured exactly what I had imagined in my wildest dreams. Thank you for being so amazing at what you do, I can't wait to do another shoot with you!"
"I originally booked this session as a gift to my husband for our one year wedding anniversary, as it turned out, and I've learned it often does… this was such a gift to ME! I loved my experience all the way from booking my session to hair and make up to the shoot to the reveal...
Every single moment was empowering and authentic. Every moment was ME, I just didn't know THAT me was in there!"
MISS "L" SAID...
"As soon as I stepped foot into the studio Kara was so warm and welcoming. I immediately felt like we were best friends *hair flip*. She treated me as a woman and not as a girl. I was not embarrassed to be expressing myself while dressed in lingerie. I felt strong and powerful. Kara has the personality of grace and confidence that pours onto anyone in her presence. The photoshoot was absolutely magical. It flew by so quickly, I was sad to leave. But I knew when I stepped foot out of that studio, I was changed forever."
"So we sat down, she woke up her computer and BOOM, there I was. My heart started racing, I wanted to scream. I wanted to cry. I wanted to have every single image printed. I wanted wall paper made out of these images. I did it. This was me. As Kara scrolled through, I lost my words. I couldn't speak. I was speechless.
These pictures showed me that I was more than just a wife and mother. They showed me that I am a woman with so much more to offer. What started out as a gift for my husband, ended up changing my life. Confidence is the number one word out of my mouth when anyone asks about my images. Confidence. "
Miss "B" Said...
"Very personable and professional!! I had a great time chatting before hand, while my makeup was being done and then the rest of the shoot was SUPER relaxing. Kara guided me through ever step and it seriously was so much fun! A huge thank you for doing the video chat reveal, because we were on the other side of the world by then.
Input on outfits before hand was super helpful too. Communication before, during and after was amazing too. Oh, and food recommendations afterward was great as well. Best burger I've ever hard. Awesome."
MISS “L” SAID…
“I STARTED OFF WITH BOUDOIR PORTRAITS, AND THEN I JUST COULDN’T STOP! IN ADDITION TO CREATING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES SHE’S A WONDERFUL PERSON WHO IS SO EASY TO BE AROUND. I FELT LIKE I WAS HANGING OUT WITH A GOOD FRIEND EVERY TIME I GOT PICTURES TAKEN WITH HER! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!”
MISS "A" SAID...
"I'm sure that you hear all the time how transforming your photoshoots are... but seriously. It's so much MORE than just feeling sexy. It's the confidence of GET IT GIRL, of not backing out, of HOLY SHIT I DID THAT.
So THANK YOU, Kara. thank you TREMENDOUSLY. You have totally changed my life.
I canNOT wait to do it all over again, soon!"
Miss "A" Said...
“This was one of the greatest experiences ever. I felt so comfortable and at ease... Did I mention I was half naked? I cried when I saw the pics..."
MISS "M" SAID...
"Kara was amazing in her ability to highlight my natural good points. She made me feel at ease from the very beginning with her warmth and humor.
It was a very empowering experience for me that I'm so glad I did."
"Kara, words can not express how I feel about my boudoir shoot! It was seriously one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had. The entire time I felt totally pampered. From professional hair and make up to your help with choosing what I should wear, I just felt like the whole experience was all about me, feeling great about me! I would do this again in a heart beat. I wish that all woman, from shy to super outgoing, would treat themselves and experience a boudoir shoot with you. It is a very empowering experience! I felt great, my pictures were amazing, and my husband was thrilled with the end result too. :) Thank you so much!!"
MISS "F" SAID...
"It was AH~MAZING!!!! I felt completely comfortable from start to finish - it was like I was hanging out with a friend even though it was our first time meeting.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience & I'm beyond happy that it was with with Kara Marie Boudoir!
I’m already thinking about when I want to do it again!”
MISS "T" SAID...
"I decided that this was a session that I needed because for the past couple of years, my husband and I have struggled with fertility. Through many rounds of medications, surgeries and so many other tests, I just didn't feel much like myself anymore. I also grew to hate my body. At the beginning of this year, I started running to feel better and stronger. The early morning was the perfect quiet time to hit the pavement and work through my feelings, or not, and just push my body to things I had previously told myself I couldn't do. My perspective began to change and I slowly started to love a body that I still didn't fully recognize. This photo shoot pushed me over the edge and I finally saw my body as strong and able again.
My overall morale has improved greatly since the beginning of this year. Not only am I happy in my skin and with myself, I now can accept when my husband says the same thing to me. Before, I struggled so much with guilt that we couldn't have a baby and he has always told me that my body was beautiful but I just couldn't believe it. I know that Gods timing is perfect, but I have to believe the shoot was part of His plan. The same week my beautiful book of photos was delivered, we found out that we are pregnant!"
MISS "G" SAID...
" I wanted a boudoir shoot before my wedding, but I just didn't get around to it. What I came to realized is that the fates had something better in store for me because not long after I got married, I found Kara Marie Boudoir and began stalking her blog and social media, dreaming of the day I would get to have my own shoot, not just a boudoir, but A KMB shoot. I would see outfits and imagine what they would look like in Kara's photos - not super creeper like, just seeing her talent and knowing she would make everything AH-mazing. As my husband and I started to talk about having kids, I knew I wanted to get the opportunity to have a "pre-mom" body experience and so I ask (begged, pleaded) and we went all in with the full package - hair/makeup/shoot/book. It was really the best way to go - I felt like a million bucks after Kendall got done with my hair and make up and Kara was so wonderful to work with as we laughed and posed and had a ball. I felt like a Victoria Secret model! I KNEW the shoot went well and couldn't wait for the reveal. When reveal day came I had over 100 photos to have to choose from - and I was worried about even getting the 10 to fill the book! Choosing which ones to get was the hardest part because they were all so good. I'm pretty self conscious and critical of myself (what girl isn't) but I didn't even see the flaws - and that was the most amazing part of the whole experience, I saw myself for how my husband sees me, and damn if I'm not a serious hottie!
Everyone is always critical of this or that on their body. Everyone always thinks, I need to be a certain weight/shape/size/personality/whatever to do something like a boudior shoot and let me just say - no, you don't, you just need to be YOU and make the call! The whole experience makes you feel like a million bucks, which makes the cost a pretty good ROI if you need to justify it. Getting your make up and hair done, getting to listen to music, and letting your inner goddess/diva out is an exhilarating experience. Almost addicting, which is why I understand people going back for multiple shoots. It isn't about being vain either, it is truly letting you being a little selfish and saying, "Why yes, I am a bad ass, sexy woman. What are you going to do about it!?"
MISS "K" SAID...
"I have always considered myself 'cute', but I never would have described myself as sexy. It felt great to feel sexy! The whole experience from arrival, to hair and makeup to the actual shoot, it was a great day. Having my sister with me was the icing on the cake!
I felt very confident after the photo shoot. It was so much fun and definitely an experience I wish I could do again."
"As a photographer myself I'm familiar with the in's & out's of a photo shoot but don't often get the chance to be on the other side of the camera. I went into this experience totally open minded and fully invested in the process. I turned off my "photographer brain" and just sat back and let Kara do her thing. This totally paid off because it was such a treat! During the photo shoot I felt beautiful, sexy and confident. That's not to say that I wasn't nervous! I had several moments leading up to the shoot where I thought "OMG I'm not ready yet, I need a few more weeks to get these abs in check!" haha Luckily I powered through and I'm so glad I didn't put it off. The makeup artist was talented - she did exactly what I requested! Natural but sexy. Kara you are truly an artist and that's one thing I had at the forefront of my mind when I chose you! Going into the photo shoot it wasn't just about me or creating a gift for my husband... I wanted to create art with you! It may sound corny but it really was a major factor as to why I chose you. As you directed me into poses I was thinking about how this would look awesome blown up in our bedroom. Having the end result in mind helped me commit to the moment. :)At the reveal meeting I never once thought about those problem areas of my body. Speaking of the Reveal Meeting... I am so glad that I decided to bring my husband with me to help pick the photos! It was great getting to see his reaction and notice which photos he gravitated towards. (We still laugh that he was obsessed with my hair so much! If I would have known that going into it I would have stressed less about my body! haha)
Now that the shoot is over I feel a stronger appreciation for my body. It may still be a work in progress but it's never too soon to celebrate where I am at. Yes I still have some cellulite BUT it doesn't take over my thoughts when I look in the mirror. I have showed so many of my girlfriends the photos - I am just so proud of the photos we ended up with! #ConfidenceIt's been a few months since the photo shoot and my husband still mentions the photos at least once a week. I love that he LOVES the photos so much."
MISS "H" SAID...
"It's exciting to be able to do something like that and know that Kara knows what she's doing and will make me look amazing.
Everything was perf!"
MISS "K" SAID...
"AMAZING! I felt super comfortable and not rushed at all. I was able to voice what I liked and what I wanted fixed for my makeup. The poses, angles, lights... all phenomenal! I looked super tanned and toned ;) You're a true artist, Kara! Thank you!!!!!"
MISS 'B' SAID...
"I was fortunate enough to get the chance to shoot with Kara commercially before booking her for my private boudoir experience, and she didn't change her demeanor at all! She was the picture of professionalism both time, coaching me on best angles all while making me feel so comfortable, I felt like I had known her for years! While we shot, she asked about my life and why I chose to do this shoot, while also opening up about herself. Her studio is gorgeous, even though it was a super gloomy day when we shot. During our photo reveal she just sat back and let me look at my shots at my leisure and helped me to choose the best ones, while cheering when I chose each one. It was an amazing experience and she is an amazing individual.
I struggle with body confidence, battling eating disorders and depression, so to have someone so genuinely and effortlessly kind about my body was... well it just felt great! I had such a spring in my step after my shoot and my reveal! My shoot started out as a gift to me, but ended up being one for me and my man, because he is also one of my life's great cheerleaders."
MISS "H" SAID...
"That was ridiculously fun! I felt completely comfortable the whole time, and actually left feeling more confident than when I came in! And I *may* have tried to recreate at least one photo at home because I was so anxious to see it"
I have curves that I never knew existed! I'm petite, so I've always been the 'cute' one, but the shoot really made me feel like a super model.
My husband's comment- 'choosing just one of these [photos] is like choosing a favorite bag of a million dollars!'"
"One of my friends asked me what I was going to do with the album - absurdly like really what was I going to do with a book of semi nude photographs, but hide it in a drawer. Well,, I'm going to look at them everyday and say *expletive* yeah that's me. When I'm 90 I'm going to carry the album around 24/7! You are so right that they are more than sexy photos for the hubs. They are me - how I don't always see me. Bonus - they are kick ass artsy cool! And by that I mean YOU kick ass as a photographer!"
"Kara, you showed me in a way I rarely, or maybe never, see myself. When I came to my shoot, I was feeling really bedraggled, tired, and stressed about life. But this shoot made me feel so wonderfully good about myself!
I walked out with one heck of a sexy attitude and a ‘bring it on world— I can take whatever you throw at me and not just handle it, but have FUN with it’ mentality!
I feel more beautiful and vivacious than ever. And the pics are too die for!"
I had an amazing time during my shoot. I felt so comfortable the whole time and left feeling very excited to share the photos with my husband. You did an amazing job demonstrating the positions and directing me to get into them, and the photos came out INCREDIBLE. I can't wait to do this again someday!
It made me feel sexy and excited to share the photos with my husband and the experience with everyone I know!
Miss "V" Said...
"When I first found Kara’s work, I was enthralled by the energy and romance that pervaded her photos. I scrolled through endless galleries of engagements, families, weddings, and then, one day, I discovered her BOUDOIR galleries.
Flash forward to the moment I walked into my shoot with Kara: it was like reuniting with a long lost friend. She was so energetic and bubbly that my enthusiasm was immediately boosted to another level. The shoot was a blur, and after a few snaps, I could feel myself start to relax and really get into what I was doing. I wanted the powerful, sexy, feminine woman that I felt like on the inside, to be shown on the outside and in my photos. When I saw my images, I was speechless. This couldn’t be ME. No way. And yet, there I was, sultry, self-assured, and shining. I’m obsessed with my pictures, and I can’t thank Kara enough for helping me capture my inner feelings on film."
Miss "J" Said...
"Kara and her team welcomed me with open arms. I felt so relax, except for the awkward positions she had me in! Ha! ;) But really, I recommend all women do this! Just shut up and DO IT. We all need some "me" time now and then.I wasn't in the best shape physically that I would've liked to have been, but then after seeing my photos... HELL TO THE YEAH!! :) I looked awesome (hair flip). Yay! I cannot wait to show the hubster!!Kara, thank you so much for doing what you do and making me feel so comfortable. Kendall, her make-up artist, was also great and felt like an old friend! You are all so talented and lucky to be able to do this, make women feel beautiful! The whole process was easy breezy. I will definitely book with Kara again! (Fist pump) :)
MISS "B" SAID...
It was perfect. Pure and simple. Kara made things so easy and natural for me. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It helped boost my confidence at the end of my pregnancy just when I needed it most. I can't thank her enough.
It was perfect. Pure and simple. Kara made things so easy and natural for me. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.
It helped boost my confidence at the end of my pregnancy just when I needed it most. I can't thank her enough.
"This experience meant so much to me! At just 30 years old, I had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and really wanted to capture my body in its natural state so I could always remember it. Driving over to the studio the morning of the shoot was a little bittersweet because I knew it was the last time I would have the opportunity to capture my body as it was then. That afternoon I was scheduled to chop off all my hair and the following day I would be starting chemo with a mastectomy to follow.
But as soon as I arrived any sadness I felt immediately disappeared because Kara and her team made me feel so welcome and excited.
The studio space was beautiful and seeing all Kara's previous work posted on the walls made me really glad I was getting to do this with her. While I was getting my hair and make-up done and feeling super glamorous, Kara selected her favorites from the outfits I brought which took so much pressure off me and ensured everything would photograph really well. Once we started shooting, Kara demonstrated every pose like a rockstar and guided me to do it right too. I am not someone who knows how to make sexy faces, but Kara pulled them out of me somehow! By the end of our shoot, I couldn't believe it had already been an hour and I wanted to keep going because I was having so much fun! I left feeling like a model and was certain that she had created some beautiful images.
Over the next two weeks, I counted down the days until the photo reveal! I was so excited and it gave me something to look forward to in the midst of feeling crummy from chemo. Once the day finally arrived, I was in stunned silence throughout the entire slideshow. I couldn't believe how beautiful the images were. Every pose she had put me in was incredibly flattering and hid any areas I felt self-conscious about.
I am so thrilled to have had this experience before undergoing all these huge body changes and I know I will cherish these pictures for a lifetime. And I also can’t wait to do it all over again in a year to celebrate my journey and get comfortable with my new body!”
Miss "M" Said...
"I've never been a model, and I definitely don't have the whole smiling-with-my-eyes thing down. I told Kara I was getting nervous, but when she shared her vision for our shoot, it was WAY more my style than the sultry sex-kitten vibe I had always associated with boudoir photography and I felt much more comfortable. During the shoot, Kara directed me the whole time (which was a huge relief for me), and I ended up having so much fun! As in, "my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing for 2 hours" fun. You can really tell that this is what Kara loves doing, and she wants you to enjoy it too!"
Miss "S" Said...
"The entire experience was absolutely fricking amazing!!! I researched so many photographers in the Austin area but the minute I saw your work I fell in love. Of course like most women I was nervous about doing the photo shoot but you provided so much information I literally had no questions when it came time for the appointment.
In the beginning this started as a gift for my husband but as the process went it on I noticed it became more of something I was eventually doing for myself. You have such crazy talent and helped me see myself in a completely different way that is hard to put into words.
After having 3 children and getting older I had lost that confidence I used to have about my body but you brought it all back and then some! Every woman should take the opportunity to do a boudoir shoot with you! Thank you so much for keeping it classy!"
MISS "O" SAID...
I loved it. I went in with an open mind, and loved every second of it. I am a perfectionist, so my body is never exactly how I want it. However, the pictures turned out amazing. I am obsessed with them. You do such an incredible job at making your clients comfortable. I had no inhibitions and felt like a knock out the whole time.I don't lack confidence, but it definitely has let me see that even with the imperfections my eyes see, I am still damn hot!! I never would have imagined I could be so obsessed with pictures of myself.
I loved it. I went in with an open mind, and loved every second of it. I am a perfectionist, so my body is never exactly how I want it. However, the pictures turned out amazing. I am obsessed with them. You do such an incredible job at making your clients comfortable. I had no inhibitions and felt like a knock out the whole time.
I don't lack confidence, but it definitely has let me see that even with the imperfections my eyes see, I am still damn hot!! I never would have imagined I could be so obsessed with pictures of myself.
Miss "L" Said...
“I never thought, after the year I have had, that anything this great could happen. It has been such a gift, and I know that these pictures are really going to help me to feel like the woman, the wife, and mother I am, and not like the condition I have.”
Miss "H" Said...
Kara has this way of putting all our insecurities out of our heads.. literally out of the room, and you instantly become life long friends. Upon arriving you feels as though she is your greatest support and confidante. What our men can't do no matter how much they love us(not because they don't try but, because we refuse to believe them), Kara can do in a matter of 10 minutes. The self esteem she provides is undoubtedly priceless. From the moment the shoot begins you feel like a super model, and regardless of your insecurities.... and all of us have them, Kara makes them disappear and leaves you feeling beautiful, classy, and most importantly like a goddess. I have worked with Kara over the past three years several times. This last time I had a boudoir shoot, the 2nd one in 3 years, only this time I felt differently about myself. I am 40 years old, 30 lbs. heavier then last time and with 5 kids, the oldest being 20....a lot more haggard. I would hide from having my picture taken, the person I saw in photographs just didn't fit the image I had in my head. Kara wouldn't hear of it, between her and her make up artist, (Kara only works with the best) I not only looked like the hottie I saw in the media but I felt like it too. What I walked away from with this shoot was more then just some pretty images... I got my groove back. She's on the 30 lbs. heavier side of 40, and she's me. Thank you Kara...."
"Before I booked with Kara, I'd seen her website and multiple posts on facebook and would always go green with envy. I wanted that. I wanted the confidence to do a shoot like that. I didn't want to do it for anyone else but me. So I sucked it up and booked it. I could have waited until I firmed up some here or there but I didn't wait. I can now look at those pictures and believe in my own beauty. Yes. I needed that. I'm still a woman with all those lovely hormones and insecurities (that my husband for all his love will never understand). So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I don't think I can ever thank you enough. All I can say is: Book now. You won't regret it."
Where do I start...came nervous...left confident ,feeling sexy and found my "bad-ass-ness"
I appreciate how comfortable you made me feel during the shoot. The excessive communication before the shoot was a HUGE plus of this experience. And the images are stunning. Thank you!My biggest takeaway is that the experience has made me realize that you don't have to be a famous model to get pictures like you see in magazines.Thank you for showing me how beautiful I am! Everything was great!
I appreciate how comfortable you made me feel during the shoot. The excessive communication before the shoot was a HUGE plus of this experience. And the images are stunning. Thank you!
My biggest takeaway is that the experience has made me realize that you don't have to be a famous model to get pictures like you see in magazines.
Thank you for showing me how beautiful I am! Everything was great!
The experience was so much fun! I felt completely prepared between all of the communication and advice that was given from the time I booked the appointment and all the way through the reveal session. You are truly gifted at what you do and you made me feel so relaxed and excited at the same time.
MISS "Z" SAID...
"Kara as I said before you have a gift and it is so inspiring to see you use it to lift women up in a positive way. You make people forget about their body image and embrace beauty. Thank you for being my silver lining in a time when I needed a boost the most! As I am writing this I get tears in my eyes because I don't think you and your team realize what you did for me. My pictures are stunning, so happy with the results.
This has helped me regain some self-confidence and self-respect. I know it sounds silly but as women we don't see ourselves in the most positive light. Especially coming out of a situation where I was doubting the person I was. As I stated previously I hadn't even seen my pictures and I didn't care, it was so easy and fun and just what I needed."
"I was excited, and ready for this when I walked in. But this experience surpassed my expectation, and dreams!I am a photographer, so I knew what I wanted, but could never find the right Photogtapher to capture what was in my head. As soon as I saw your work, I knew that I had to work with you!
I'm in love with my new body, which I worked so hard for!"
"Having the opportunity to embrace my body in a sexy, tasteful and creative way was such an amazing and eye opening experience.
Not only did I push myself to do something I have always thought about and wanted to do but I absolutely love the images.
I wondered what I was going to look like after a shoot like this and I could not be happier with the end result.
I think anytime you do something new or test your yourself in some way, it affects you.
The boudoir experience helped me see myself in a different light and having photos of myself and my body that I am proud of is invigorating. It shows and reminds me of how my fiancee sees me daily.
I wouldn't change a thing about the experience."
"It was a wonderful experience and I am truly grateful I was able to have it. It really helped to change my mindset and improve the positivity in my life. It was important to me to be able to change the perspective on wearing an insulin pump. The "Show Me Your Pump" campaign that began in 2014 was a great starting point to help users feel more comfortable with exposing their pumps and to decrease the stigma and any feelings of embarrassment some people may have. However, I feel it is important to not only be unashamed of having one but to show that one does not define you. Your character is more than a medical device and it shouldn't be the only thing someone focuses on. People should see YOU regardless of whether you have a pump or use a wheelchair or have a prosthetic. The type of photos I requested were envisioned and produced by Kara in exactly this way. Those images are so powerful that the last thing anyone would think was that the pump was a flaw. Rather the images throttle it into the forefront as an accessory to sensuality. I would encourage any insulin pump wearer that feels any reservation about revealing their pump to view these images in order to gain a more positive perspective.
It's definitely made me more aware and appreciative of the features I have and allowed me to embrace them. I'm focusing more on those positive things and letting go of the self-criticism. I'm now able to focus and enjoy the beauty of others in a positive way without it causing me to feel bad about myself. I had not felt attractive or feminine, let alone beautiful, in a long time. This has been an awesome experience that has helped to open my eyes to see myself in a new perspective. I am beginning to embrace myself just as I am and appreciate my physique/features as well. (And to stop being so critical and harsh on myself!)My photo session and the sneak peek photos that I received have made me look and feel confident, sexy, beautiful, powerful, feminine, voluptuous and soulful. I am a force to be reckoned with!"
It's definitely made me more aware and appreciative of the features I have and allowed me to embrace them. I'm focusing more on those positive things and letting go of the self-criticism. I'm now able to focus and enjoy the beauty of others in a positive way without it causing me to feel bad about myself.
I had not felt attractive or feminine, let alone beautiful, in a long time. This has been an awesome experience that has helped to open my eyes to see myself in a new perspective. I am beginning to embrace myself just as I am and appreciate my physique/features as well. (And to stop being so critical and harsh on myself!)My photo session and the sneak peek photos that I received have made me look and feel confident, sexy, beautiful, powerful, feminine, voluptuous and soulful. I am a force to be reckoned with!"
"The whole experience was great from the initial email up to this review. I appreciated the quick response to emails and the notes on what to expect and how to prepare (I musta read over them at least 10x). Since I'm a long-time Instagram follower (aka stalker) of Kara Marie Boudoir, I know that Kara is a very busy woman, but during my time at the studio I never felt like her attention was else where. I felt very much like the center of attention and my time there was focused on my experience and making sure I was comfortable and having a good time. I left wishing the time was longer and looking forward to doing it again.
My morale after an experience like this, and especially after viewing the pictures, is at an all time high. I'm learning more and more as I get older that the more often we are able to do things for ourselves, the better we feel from the inside out. It's difficult to put into words the feelings of self-confidence, self-worth, and inner strength that result from doing this. It's a remarkable feeling and I wish I could convince all of the women in my life to do this for themselves.Thanks again so much for the whole experience. You are a true artist and you work stays with a woman forever. I would have traveled pretty much anywhere for it. I didn't want to pose by any window, it had to be THAT window; I didn't want to lay down and arch my back on any floor, it had to be THAT floor; I didn't want to plop my naked ass down on any floor, it had to be THAT floor in front of THOSE bricks. Anything else would have been settling, and quite frankly I've done enough settling in my day."
My morale after an experience like this, and especially after viewing the pictures, is at an all time high. I'm learning more and more as I get older that the more often we are able to do things for ourselves, the better we feel from the inside out. It's difficult to put into words the feelings of self-confidence, self-worth, and inner strength that result from doing this. It's a remarkable feeling and I wish I could convince all of the women in my life to do this for themselves.
Thanks again so much for the whole experience. You are a true artist and you work stays with a woman forever. I would have traveled pretty much anywhere for it. I didn't want to pose by any window, it had to be THAT window; I didn't want to lay down and arch my back on any floor, it had to be THAT floor; I didn't want to plop my naked ass down on any floor, it had to be THAT floor in front of THOSE bricks. Anything else would have been settling, and quite frankly I've done enough settling in my day."
"So empowering. It was so nice to feel beautiful and sexy and most importantly have fun. What a self esteem boost.
The timing of everything was some sort of divine plan! It couldn't have happened more perfectly to help empower me and remind me how much I value my health and beauty. Kara, if you are reading this......I have no words to thank you for making me feel fierce and powerful and special. You are truly talented at what you do. All women deserve to feel the way I got to feel after seeing my pictures for the first time. Love you lady!"
“When I left your studio after my photo reveal I cried like a baby in my car. As crazy as that sounds, I couldn’t believe that it was me in the photos. You have changed the way I look at myself and have forever made an impact on me. Thank you! I l LOVE reading your other clients’ stories! You truly have made a difference in so many women.I will be back in the future!”
The experience was surreal. I didn't know how to prepare for it other than the typical "let me lose weight and tone up before I strip down in front of a camera!" The week of my shoot was funky - I was in an emotional headspace and feeling pretty down. Needless to say, on the day of my shoot, I did not feel like being sexy. Luckily, Kara made me feel 100% comfortable right off the bat. She explained what to expect during the shoot and how to make a sexy pouty face. And just like that .. the shoot was over and I could eat fried chicken again.The day of the photo reveal could not come soon enough. I was feeling happy and normal again and SO ready to see the pictures. This was far more exciting than the shoot itself. I couldn't believe how much I loved the pictures. Most people don't LOVE pictures of themselves, but damn ... I L.O.V.E. these pictures. I cannot wait to have the prints in my hands and the art on my walls. If you want to feel great about yourself in a way you haven't felt before, you must have a shoot with Kara.
The experience was surreal. I didn't know how to prepare for it other than the typical "let me lose weight and tone up before I strip down in front of a camera!" The week of my shoot was funky - I was in an emotional headspace and feeling pretty down. Needless to say, on the day of my shoot, I did not feel like being sexy. Luckily, Kara made me feel 100% comfortable right off the bat. She explained what to expect during the shoot and how to make a sexy pouty face. And just like that .. the shoot was over and I could eat fried chicken again.
The day of the photo reveal could not come soon enough. I was feeling happy and normal again and SO ready to see the pictures. This was far more exciting than the shoot itself. I couldn't believe how much I loved the pictures. Most people don't LOVE pictures of themselves, but damn ... I L.O.V.E. these pictures. I cannot wait to have the prints in my hands and the art on my walls. If you want to feel great about yourself in a way you haven't felt before, you must have a shoot with Kara.
I'm a bit shocked to see myself in a such a pretty, sexy, and natural way. I usually try to take "selfies" so I have control over the picture and can decide if I like the outcome. I wasn't sure if I would like pictures of myself taken by someone else. Honestly, I was most terrified of seeing professional pictures and still picking myself apart in each image. This is where 'trust the professional' really comes into play. Kara knows what she's doing and DAMN it felt good seeing myself like that. I feel excited and happy with the pictures, I want to show everyone! And I want to tell everyone that you will look like that in your own photoshoot, too. You will look hot, sexy, beautiful, and like yourself. And by the way, I am not staring at them picking myself apart.
I wanted to add that I did this shoot for myself - these pictures are not for a significant other or fiance. These are for me to show myself how beautiful I am and to preserve when I'm 80 and no longer have my younger body. I highly recommend everyone do this, even if there is no special recipient in mind - YOU can be the special recipient of these beautiful images.
MISS "E" SAID...
"Despite being extremely camera-shy, my photo shoot ended up more like a spa treatment. Kara and her team are so down-to-earth and hospitable, and they made it felt like that whole hour was all about me and me only.
When I saw the results at my photo reveal, I teared up looking at the woman in the photos; after all the adversity I have been through in my 20's, I assumed that woman was dead.
The experience resurrected that woman. Or perhaps brought her back to the surface."
"Every one of us means it when we say Kara is the best! A true wonder woman! I still cannot believe how fantastic my experience was and I'm livin' the high! She is hands down and quintessentially an absolute professional!
Her love for her job shines through every pore of her being and her keen eye for detail and what works for you is brilliant! Kara can peer into your soul and has the power to capture and turn you into a true work of art! AMAZING! This is the best investment in yourself that you could ever make! Kara takes care of you and puts you right at ease. You really do instantly feel as comfortable with her as you do your best friend! Do not fret or worry about your body as those are just mind games to be conquered. Kara definitely can let you shine through! ~Trust her and she’ll deliver you a dream… and blow your mind! You become magazine, model, photojournalist quality!!!"
"This was my first boudoir shoot and, if I'm completely honest, the first time I wore real lingerie in all my 30 years. Needless to say I was nervous and had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea how to be sexy. But Kara made me feel comfortable and she made me feel beautiful! My experience was amazing from the minute I walked in to the very last interaction. Kara is incredibly talented. She knows exactly what to say, how to pose you and what lighting will bring out the goddess in you. I highly recommend Kara and her studio!
Amazingly my boudoir experience changed the way I see my body. I feel more confident and I feel sexy! I’m ready to walk around in my lingerie if it weren’t for pesky indecent exposure charges, hahaha ;)”
I truly have to say this is an experience like no other. I had no clue I had it in me to even book a boudoir photo shoot, much less actually follow thru and then realize I had THAT kind of sex appeal. From the very beginning Kara made me comfortable working with her. During the shoot I had never felt more excitement, butterflies and just a sense of huge confidence! Kara definitely knows how to make you put the "ass" in sass... Or maybe that's just because I told her my man was a booty guy and she knew exactly what to do to get all the right angles. The first time I went and viewed my proofs.. I literally had tears in my eyes... The day I actually picked up my book and canvas I squealed and jumped! Why had I never seen myself like this? It wasn't just the gorgeous makeup, the awesome hair or the barely there lingerie... It was the complete package and how I truly came out of my shell. I felt beautiful... Even with the imperfections I think I possess.. I saw past that and I saw a sexy woman!
"Kara is an amazing woman who really helped me feel great about myself again. I firmly believe that it’s not just the boudoir experience itself, but having a wonderful photographer that really gives it the impact. I felt so comfortable and spent the majority of my shoot laughing! It was also helpful that Kara has a great eye AND modeling experience so she will show you exactly how to pose- there is no need to think you shouldn’t shoot because you’re not sure what to do or how to do it.
I am so happy that I did this for myself and I would strongly recommend any woman who needs a pick me up or just a fun way to pamper herself to consider a boudoir shoot with Kara! I am a three time customer for a reason!"
"I've followed Kara's work for a few years and just love her vision. Every image tells a little story and I knew I had to work with her someday. As soon as I gained the courage to sign up for a boudoir photo session, it was a fantastic experience through the entire process!
Kara captured my look and mood in every photo. She gives great direction and her compliments help you relax. I would definitely do it again and recommend her to EVERY girl I know. No matter your body type or age, she'll make you feel like a beautiful woman. Thanks, Kara - keep rockin' it!!!"
Miss "C" Said...
"Kara? Well let’s just say that she has a way of making you feel like you have been friends forever, as she lays behind her tulle-covered lens bringing out your inner goddess. She was fantastic and I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with her team. Kara, I am very grateful for your gift, thank you!!!"
MISS "Y" SAID...
Taking theses pictures for my 35th birthday was the best possible present I could have given myself!I had been feeling very self-conscious and simply not good about myself for a while, this experience changed my whole opinion!!!Every time I've stalked the website or Instagram I was 100% sure you only posted pictures women who looked like models...when I got my pictures back I couldn't believe it!!! I looked like those women...like a model! My whole outlook had changed! Actually it had changed the moment you started taking my picture! Thank you for making me feel so amazing!!!I've walked with my head higher since I stepped out of the studio after the shoot...I've NEVER felt better!!!
Taking theses pictures for my 35th birthday was the best possible present I could have given myself!
I had been feeling very self-conscious and simply not good about myself for a while, this experience changed my whole opinion!!!
Every time I've stalked the website or Instagram I was 100% sure you only posted pictures women who looked like models...when I got my pictures back I couldn't believe it!!! I looked like those women...like a model! My whole outlook had changed! Actually it had changed the moment you started taking my picture! Thank you for making me feel so amazing!!!
I've walked with my head higher since I stepped out of the studio after the shoot...I've NEVER felt better!!!
Miss "W" Said...
"AMAZING! I am so happy that I pulled the trigger and booked a shoot! I had been thinking about it for quite some time but always found some excuse to put it off. Not only did you make the whole experience painless from start to finish but you also made me feel so comfortable in my own skin! Looking back at my photos now I can't believe the girl you brought to life behind those camera lens! I feel confident, sexy and ready to take on the world - although that is not to say you didn't make me work for some of those poses! I am in LOVE with my photos and can't stop looking at them! I can't wait to share with my husband, I am sure he will be so proud of me for finally stepping outside my comfort zone and seeing a little bit of what he sees in me everyday. Thank you so much Kara! <3 "
MISS “Y” SAID…
”MY FIRST SHOOT WAS A BOUDOIR SESSION FOR ME AND MY HUBBY’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. I WAS POST BABY WITH A 4 MONTH OLD SO A LITTLE SELF CONSCIOUS BY KARA MADE ME FEEL SUPER COMFORTABLE AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE OUTCOME! ALMOST AS MUCH AS MY HUBS HAHA. I LOVED HER PERSONALITY, QUALITY, AND ATTENTION TO THE SHOOT SO I ASKED HER IF SHE WOULD MIND SHOOTING OUR FAMILY AND NOW 8 MONTH OLD LITTLE GIRL. SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I THINK IT’S SO COOL THAT AS BUSY AS SHE IS SHE TRULY GIVES YOU YOUR OWN TIME AND MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE HER FULL ATTENTION! YOU CAN TELL SHE ENJOYS WHAT SHE DOES AND SHE IS GREAT AT IT!
Miss "K" Said...
"I didn't need an occasion other than I was celebrating me. It's hard to look into the mirror and remember that you are a gorgeous, deserving and spectacular woman when someone isn't there to tell you. These photos made me feel just that! I never thought as a woman going on 30 with two children I could feel so beautiful let alone sexy. Let me tell you, when I saw the photos my jaw dropped! "Is that really ME?! Whoa! Sexy mama! " Kara was very understanding of how I felt about my body, what poses to put me in, even in the uncomfortable poses she managed to make me laugh, and of coursed they all turned out gorgeous. The photoshoot was so smooth, and easy. I am so very grateful I have these photos. These are MY memories, reminders, and empowering proof-no fear. With these photos I am not just a mother; I am a strong, sexy, daring, boundless woman. Thank you Kara!"
"Every day I fight and have a struggle with myself on how I look. I hear comments day in and day out on how I am too skinny, that I need to eat a hamburger (or insert any other food people find funny at the moment), how I must be anorexic or bulimic. I even receive comments asking how my husband could marry someone who looks like a prepubescent boy. I am turning 30 years old this year and have never been able to weigh more than 100 pounds and I cry every time I go to buy clothes because I cannot fill out a simple tank top, let alone a bra to make me feel like a woman. Thank you Kara for showing me that I could be and that I AM beautiful! Thank you for showing me that there is a side to me that I never thought was possible! Thank you for showing me the woman my husband has told me he has seen for all these years, yet I was unable to. Thank you from the bottom on my heart!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the awesome club that is the phenomenal women you shoot every day and show them how wonderful, spectacular and special they are! THANK YOU will never come close enough to the gratitude I have for you! THANK YOU!"
"It was lovely. I was very nervous and you made me feel a lot more comfortable. I had a great time for my first experience :) Thank you so much! You are amazing."
"For months, I had 'stalked' Kara's website, blog and Facebook before I got the nerve to contact her. I was experiencing all kinds of emotions before the day of the shoot...excitement, nervousness and self-doubt. Once I arrived, Kara and her team put my nerves at ease right away. OMG...what an amazing experience!!! I left feeling on top of the world!
As the reveal approached, I found myself feeling excitement, nervousness and self doubt once again. All those emotions went away when the first image appeared on the monitor! I was blown away...never in my wildest dreams have I ever imagined that I could look like that! You talk about a self confidence booster. Every woman should experience this for themselves and no doubt in my mind that Kara is the one you should choose. Take it from me and take your big girl panties off ;) and do it. You will not regret it!!!"
"Kara is AMAZING! I was a little nervous going in to the shoot, but as soon as a met her, she calmed my nerves right away.
Not only did she make me feel comfortable, but also boosted my confidence while shooting. I had no experience with professional photography prior to this. Kara definitely knew her stuff. She was great in giving me lots of direction. Thank you!"
MISS 'F' SAID...
"I'm so happy that I treated myself to this experience! I spent months worrying about choosing the right outfit, planning, and wondering if I made the right decision to be semi-naked in front of a camera; all of my stress was for nothing! I felt informed every step of the way and the entire process leading up to the shoot (booking, communication, what to expect) was so easy. The shoot itself was even easier! I felt welcomed and comfortable from the moment I got to the studio. Between talking, posing, and outfit changes, I didn't even have a chance to worry if I looked 'pretty enough' or 'thin enough.' I was able to submerge myself in a judgment-free zone and really take in how I felt in my body in those moments. I left feeling proud that I did something that I had wanted, but been afraid to do, for so long!
The girl that used to say 'don't look at my butt,' is now saying 'move over, Kylie Jenner!'"
MISS "R" SAID...
"Feeling beautiful as ever. It was smooth and lovely and exhilarating!"
"From beginning to end, Kara was absolutely top notch! Seriously, when it comes to boudoir photographers, Kara is the premier way to go. From getting scheduled, figuring out what style of shoot I wanted it to be, the studio and photo shoot, and picking out photos for my album, everything was perfect.
Oh my goodness, I'm floating on cloud nine. Sure, doing my hair and makeup will make me feel pretty, but this shoot made me feel like a total BOMBSHELL. This was originally booked as a gift to my husband, but this is turning out to be more for me. I've always been one of the boys and I still get surprised when someone tells me I'm beautiful. However, after looking at my images, I felt absolutely gorgeous! And can we talk about those curves?! They clearly need to be embraced more and I now know they also look good without anything on them ;-) There isn't anything that I would change! I'm so glad I went out of my comfort zone for the nude shots. LOVE them!"
Oh my goodness, I'm floating on cloud nine. Sure, doing my hair and makeup will make me feel pretty, but this shoot made me feel like a total BOMBSHELL. This was originally booked as a gift to my husband, but this is turning out to be more for me. I've always been one of the boys and I still get surprised when someone tells me I'm beautiful. However, after looking at my images, I felt absolutely gorgeous! And can we talk about those curves?! They clearly need to be embraced more and I now know they also look good without anything on them ;-)
There isn't anything that I would change! I'm so glad I went out of my comfort zone for the nude shots. LOVE them!"