When this beautiful soul first contacted me I felt drawn to her right away. She was wanting to travel up from South Carolina for her session and told me a bit of her story right from the beginning. She needed a weekend getaway where she could recenter and recharge. She needed a getaway just to herself and to recharge as a woman and she wanted her boudoir session with us to be a part of that. That is just what she did, as she booked herself a hotel room, got a mani and pedi, and spent an evening with us earlier this month. After reading her story (which you can read below) I knew it was not only important for her to pamper herself but for us to help in that journey as well. As women, we naturally take on roles that often leave us feeling forgotten, depleted, or just lost. Boudoir is a way to recharge, treat yourself, explore and celebrate yourself sensually and as a woman and I love being a part of that process, knowing just how important it is.
Thank you so much to Mrs. A. for sharing her story and allowing me to share her images. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this healing and recharging journey and for knowing how important doing so is for your health and wellbeing. You are so beautiful, inside and out.
What were your biggest concerns or fears upon booking your session?
Being able to find the right outfit and posing in front of people. I really thought it would be awkward.
What was the funnest part of planning your shoot?
I don’t live close so I planned my weekend around my shoot. It was so nice to pamper myself with a manicure, pedicure, and a mini massage. Very relaxing!!
What was your impression of your time spent with Stacey and Jade during your shoot?
Stacey and Jade are great! They both just want to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Both of them take great pride in what they do and enjoy making people feel beautiful and sexy.
Did you take anything away from your session that surprised you?
I walked away with a little more self-confidence and wanting everyone who knows me to see my photos so they can see what Stacey and Jade can do. Amazing…I am walking with my head a little higher now.
What was one thing, if anything, you realized you stressed out over that didn’t matter at all in the end?
Posing and standing there in my underwear. But that’s not the case, everything was so natural. I never once thought about what I had on or didn’t have on and Stacey makes you feel so comfortable and relaxed.
If you could give future clients or anyone on the fence about having a boudoir session with Simply-Boudoir, what would it be?
My husband suggested I have pictures done about 3 years ago and of course my first reaction was “umm no, that would be a waste of money and what would I do with them and I don’t care to see myself nude or in my underwear, so no way”. Well, I turned 46 this year and decided my mind and body are tired. I wanted some attention for myself and what a better way to get it than to have a photo shoot that is all about you. Why did I wait, its the best decision I’ve ever made.
Describe your experience in 3 words.
Confidence builder, Liberating, Fun
Describe Simply-Boudoir in 3 words.
Comfortable, Relaxing, Fun
Do you have a final testimonial?
I want to give you a little history on myself so you can understand why I decided to do this. I married my high school sweetheart in 1988 and yes, he was the only guy I ever dated. We have been married for 27 years and have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. The oldest is 21 and the youngest is 13. My life drastically changed on February 4, 2010. My husband suffered a head injury. After cutting a tree at work a tree limb came back and hit him in the head. He laid there for 8 hours in the freezing rain before anyone started looking for him. I was told as they were loading him into the helicopter that there was a chance he would not make it. I arrived to the hospital and the helicopter had not, and of course they should have beat us there. They had to delay take off because he stopped breathing. Once they arrived he was taken immediately to surgery to stop the bleeding on the brain. After 4 hours the neurologist came out and said the surgery went well but his hyperthermia was a huge issue. His organs had started to shut down and the Drs. were trying desperately to get him warmed. We would not know how much damage was done to the brain until he woke up and they were not giving me very much hope. I was told they had never seen anyone survive with his type of injury and they wanted me to be prepared. Along with his brain injury and hyperthermia the tree limb hit him so hard that it fractured every bone in his face, even his mouth palette and sinus cavity, so they would be sending in a plastic surgeon to evaluate him. I sat with him around the clock for 2 days with no change. The only good news I received was the plastic surgeon said that none of the bones in his face were displaced so they just wanted to keep him still and the bones should heal on there on with no surgery. The Drs. and nurses were so nice. You are not allowed to stay in the trauma unit but they felt like it would help him if he could hear my voice so they let me and my family stay with him. The only problem was you were not allowed to sleep in the room so I went 48 hours with no sleep. My brother made me go home to sleep but I didn’t sleep much. The hospital is an hour away and I was so scared something would happen. After 4 days he finally opened his eyes on that Tuesday and had a good day but was back out the next 2 days and I was told by his therapy Dr. I would need to start looking for a permanent facility for him. I was devastated. Friday was a new day. He was awake! Completely awake! We spent 45 days in rehab learning how to walk, think, and a lot of other things. They agreed to let him come home because I had arranged 24 hr care and we would be taking him 3 days a week to therapy. On the first visit to his neurologist he thanked him for everything he did and his Dr. told him he had nothing to do with it, it was all the good Lord. He had never had a patient to survive with that type of injury. I missed a lot of time with my children, which I regret but I felt like I had to be with my husband to make sure he was getting the care he needed. But I lost my husband anyway. He is a completely different person and I miss my husband terribly everyday. I question God everyday and ask “why are you punishing me”. A lot of people see him and think I am very lucky because he is here and is ok. They have no idea. For someone that has TBI its a struggle everyday. My husband died on February 4, 2010 and the children and I are left grieving for him everyday, even though he is still with us. He was not able to return to work, he is not able to show any emotion except anger, he has balance issues, double vision, doesn’t know when he is full when eating, has no concept of time, comprehension problems and a list of other issues. Some people think I am selfish because I have learned, with the help of my Mother, that just because he doesn’t go and do things like we use to doesn’t mean that I have to sit at home. Have you ever tried to live with a person with no emotion? Heartbreaking. Most days I am miserable because I don’t have that person to share my days with or even have that feeling of being loved and cherished. I am so thankful I have my children, my boys can read me like a book and know when I’m struggling. Being able to give myself a day of attention with a photo shoot makes for a good day and smiles for the weeks to come.