Perry Sandhills Mini Shoots | Mildura Boudoir Photography
With such beautiful outdoor locations available to us year round, why wouldn't you want to get some amazing boudoir photos as the sun was beginning its descent over the desert dunes? The stunning Perry Sandhills in Wentworth was our chosen location for our Sand Dunes Mini Shoot, and the location and these stunning ladies did not disappoint!
Did you have any obstacles or fears about doing this session?
Whitney: Just finding the babysitter!
Jess: My main concern was my self confidence and being able to nail the poses.
Kim: Hell No!
Vee: Not really no.
What made you take the leap of faith to do a boudoir session?
Jess: I was sitting on the fence, watching from the bushes at how amazing it all looked and when I saw that there was an outdoor session at the dunes I leaped! It spoke to my soul!
Kim: I love doing them! The confidence it gives you during and after, the freedom of prancing around naked or in your beautiful underwear!
Vee: I am part of a beautiful and encouraging team so how could I not?!
Whitney: Loved the last one and really liked the outdoors theme.
Did I provide enough pre-session info?
Jess: YES! I loved the Pinterest board!
Vee & Kim: Always do xx
How did you feel BEFORE your session?
Kim: So excited! I had been hanging for this session since Lauren released it. I had so many ideas on my Pinterest Board and purchased my lingerie the day after I registered months ago! (Keen much!?) I had such a clear vision on everything and shared it with Lauren and Vee so they knew where I was coming from.
Jess: Nervous enough to BYO cider and diffuse all the oils on the way there!
Whitney: Nervous and excited
Vee: Excited and so pumped.
How did you like working with my team? Did you love your hair & makeup?
Whitney: The girls were all fantastic and very helpful
Jess: Vee was a magician and I loved the natural look of my hair!
Vee: I love working with your team and always love my hair. Makeup done by Vee, she did great! (lol thats me hehe)
Kim: Vee is da bomb!!! I love that I give her my inspiration and she mixes it with her style to create something that is perfect and unique every time! Get Bold Ladies! She's incredible with colour! I really enjoy my chats with Mairee and she is amazing at creating gorgeous curls and waves for people with hair!
How would you describe the session? (poses, direction, comfort level, thoughts, FEELINGS)
Jess: It was an experience like no other. I was on an absolute high the entire time and the women were all so supportive and encouraging! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Whitney: Fun! Very comfortable considering it was in the open and really enjoyed the setting
Kim: So much fun! It's great doing a shoot in a small group because everyone is really supportive and we all thrive off each other. Poses definitely test your core strength - at one point I even stopped breathing because I didn't want to lose that arch!
Vee: It was so much fun! Poses were so cool and the environment of being outdoors was so freeing and made it so exciting.
Was the session different than you expected? If so, how?
Vee: It was, I thought I was going to be bothered by sand in my crack and in my hair buuuuut it was honestly the least of my worries. I had so much fun working with Lauren and I loved the outdoors.
Whitney: Having had a shoot before I was better prepared, so it was probably a lot smoother and easier to get into it.
Jess: It was WAY BETTER! I had fears of being intimidated with such natural beauty but it was full of love and laughs!
Kim: It was better than I expected and I expected a LOT!
How did you feel AFTER your session?
Kim: My calf muscles are pretty sore from walking all over those sandhills! But in all honesty, I probably feel more myself than I have in a long time, and was really feeling as confident and empowered and incredible as I did after my very first shoot with Lauren.
Jess: Empowered AF!
How did you feel when you saw your images?
Whitney: I loved them, there were so many that I wanted and I was surprised how many there were considering it was a short session
Jess: Overwhelmed and so in love with my booty! I didn’t know it could be so plump HAHAHA
Kim: I've only seen some on the viewfinder at the shoot so far, but I know they are going to be killer! I can usually wait patiently to see my photos, but I seriously can't wait to see these..... I'm pretty sure I'm going to be broker than broke when I do!
Vee: I loved my images! Lauren never fails to make me smile and feel empowered. The images were truly gorgeous.
Did anything change about the way you see yourself after the session?
Whitney: It renewed the want to accept the things I currently have and not be so negative about changes I have gone through.
Jess: I feel more comfortable in my skin and more free to let loose around my husband.
Vee: After every shoot I do I see myself in a better light then I did previously. I accept who I am and love the body I am in, I still face challenges when I don't feel great BUT I can look back at these photos and just think WOW! That's me, I look amazing and I felt fucking great. This helps that journey continue.
Kim: I realised that I'd been hanging onto something that was dragging me down and holding me back at my last few mini sessions, and in life in general. I just totally let that go and had such a great time! I love my body and what it is capable of, and I love that Lauren captures it in all its glory, and I can truly be myself and it all translates beautifully into the images.
Do you have any advice for women considering doing a boudoir session?
Vee: Please do one. If you are considering but hesitating, reach out to any of the other ladies whom have previously had a boudoir session. I am personally happy to answer any questions to help you take that step forward. Remember that you are amazing, nobody is the same and that's why you are you!
Kim: Just to let go of anything you might be hanging onto. Free your mind and do what feels right and be in the moment! Don't be afraid to ask for something or suggest a pose - there are no silly suggestions! Have fun! Laugh! Try to get rid of those pre-conceived ideas of what you look like. Don't wait to "lose weight, tone up, get a thigh gap" etc... just do it and you will truly love yourself stupid for it and, Trust Me here, You are So Worth It!
Jess: Don’t creep in the bushes! Just do it!
Whitney: Do it, and if you get the chance, do it again! Relax and trust that Lauren will make you look and feel amazing.
Any final thoughts on your session, or anything you'd like other woman to know?
Kim: The sand up all the cracks was so worthwhile! Ladies, jump on an outdoor shoot!!! Honestly, this shoot - although only a mini, really triggered something in me, and I think has been my absolute favorite shoot so far!
Jess: We are all backing you! Your body deserves your love and to capture that on camera is something so special!
Vee: Can I go back in time and do it again? Pleaaaase! I would like you to know that you are not alone in these feelings of nerves, self doubt or a lack of confidence. Those things are normal unfortunately.. But nerves are good! It means you are excited and feeling something about the experience. But you certainly don't need to feel nervous, its amazing. Self doubt and a lack of confidence shouldn't exist, because again you are fucking beautiful! You deserve self love and confidence!
Whitney: Loved the outdoor venue and the pictures I got were awesome! I wasn't sure I would get the same feeling the second time around but I think it was actually even better because I wasn't worried about the nerves or what to expect, so it was much more relaxed and fun.
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