Hi – I’m Stacey, the gal behind the camera, and the one showing you how to pose and reassuring you that you don’t look as silly as you may feel. I’m also reassuring you that I know boudoir can be a vulnerable experience but you are going to rock it out and have a blast!
I try to laugh often. I like my coffee black and my whiskey neat. My handsome fella and I have been together for 11 years and together have 6 rescue cats and a rescue dog. I usually have a cat curled up in my lap at all times and can’t really think of anything better in the world.
On a more personal level I am renewing my journey with Christ and believe boudoir is a personal experience for every woman and if you choose to give it as a gift to your lucky man, well, that’s just an added bonus.
How it all began
It all began in 2010 when a portrait client asked me at the time of booking if I would feel comfortable taking photos of her in lingerie. I had never done so before, but she admitted that she was in the best shape of her life and just wanted sexy images to remind her of that. I told her that while I had no issue doing so, I wanted to do a bit of research on it, as I wanted her to look sexy yet confident and classy. Upon doing so, I realized that there was something out there called “boudoir”. The day of her shoot came and she had beautiful lingerie and we had a jaw-dropping backdrop to use – a beautiful victorian home. After editing her photos and showing her the proofs, her reaction solidified that I had indeed provided her with sexy yet classy images. She agreed to let me share a few of those images and upon doing so, I was asked by another lady for similar images. I agreed, and again, her reaction to seeing her images filled me with gratitude and happiness.
I took a step back and had to think about why I enjoyed shooting boudoir and what it meant to me. I wanted to do so to empower women, which meant not making them look or feel like just a sex object. I wanted them to have an experience, not just have sexy photographs of themselves. I wanted it to be something they prepared for, anticipated, and enjoyed every step of the way. From the beginning, I agreed to have a professional makeup artist on my team. I wanted women to show up the day of their shoot and not have a thing to worry about. I wanted them to slow down, reconnect with themselves and be pampered.
In the summer of 2012, I left my full time job and began shooting boudoir full time. For a year before that I was shooting on weekends, after work, and taking my vacation days from work to shoot. It was time to take the leap and I haven’t slowed down since. I have met some of the most amazing women whom I am grateful enough to call my friends through boudoir.
In the fall of 2013, I opened my own boutique boudoir studio and became North Carolina’s Premier boudoir photographer. Being a photographer for amazing women is what I have devoted myself to since 2012 and like a fine wine…it gets better each year.
What Boudoir means to me
Being a female means a lot of different things to a lot of different women – but actually
feeling like one and reveling in the fact that we are an amazing species I think is important for every woman to take part in at least once in their life. We are so hard on ourselves day in and day out – so tired and run down. Sometimes, so taken advantage of, putting ourselves on the back burner to take care of children, sick parents or pets, starting our own businesses or even trying to keep the job we have in such a tough economy – that we lose touch with who we are. That inside, we are still soft, gentle, beautiful and amazing ladies. We are vulnerable every day, but we don’t always see a positive outcome from being in that position.
I love, more than anything, the look on my clients’ face when they see themselves vulnerable, relaxed and stunning and think “Wow, I am beautiful!” I think it is SO important for women to feel beautiful and secure within themselves, and that is why I love shooting boudoir. It is classy, timeless, sensual, elegant, relaxing and needed. It means a lot to me as a woman to help another woman gain self awareness and feel beautiful about themselves.