Goodbye 2017 – Welcome 2018
As we have said goodbye to 2017 and welcome to 2018 I am reflecting back over the year and what a year it was! I was honored to photograph 62 unique, amazing, beautiful, badass women and create countless sexy images. My clientele has always ranged quite a bit and this year it ranged from 24 to 70 and let me tell you…that 70 year old had it going on! I constantly have women asking if they’re my oldest client to date and I tell them all that the median age of my clients is 45. I love seeing women of all ages grace our studio and hearing their stories of what inspired them to do a shoot in the first place. We also had clients from 7 states and 2 countries.
Mid 2017 was the hardest time for me personally. After years of struggling with anxiety and depression and being medicated in many ways I decided enough was enough and that I wanted to take back control of my mental health. I took myself off all my medication, hired a therapist, and practiced what I preach. I started my own journey of diving deep and learning to love myself. Along the way my mother was diagnosed with some pretty scary health issues which we will be dealing with this year but I’m going into it with a much more clear and confident mind. For a long time I felt like I was just doing what had to be done without LIVING life. I was a shell of my usual passionate and kind self and had become angry and bitter. Thankfully I am heading into 2018 in a much better mental state and am excited to see what the new year brings!
In previous years I spent a lot of time teaching and mentoring and we had a fashion show and lingerie show. In 2017 I spent more time in the studio and actually missed networking with other businesses, so as 2018 has begun I want to make that a goal for the new year!
While I am a huge believer in putting things into the universe that you want to achieve – be it speaking them, writing them down, praying about them or whatever…I’ve never had a WORD for the year. I wanted to change that this year as I love the idea of falling back onto a word that inspires you and has a personal meaning to your life and the path you want to take. This year, I choose the word grace, for many personal and simple reasons. I want to slow down, be more deliberate and handle life with grace. What about you, do you have a word of the year? I’d love to hear it!
I have to give a huge THANK YOU to every client who hired me to photograph you this year. You have all been so wonderful, kind, understanding, and have honestly made me fall in love with boudoir all over again. To my makeup artists who have worked on every session to bring mine and my clients’ visions to life, proving hours of laughs and amazing conversation – thank you. I couldn’t do it without you!
These are a few of my favorite reviews from clients this year:
“It was a wonderful experience & I can’t wait to do it again. The photos are beautiful, absolutely stunning–you make me look fabulous. Thank you so much!”
“Gaaahh! Thank you! I feel like Narcissus because I can not stop staring at myself. I had so much fun! You and Jade made it so easy and stress free.”
“STACEY!! Omg!! The photos look amazing!! I want to thank you & Joanne both. I felt very empowered yesterday and I’m so happy with how everything went.”
“OMG!!! Stacey actually you knocked it out of the park…they are truly amazing. YOU rock! The whole experience was truly out of this world not to mention an amazing make up artist can’t leave her out. Could I be addicted?)
“OMG! Holy Moly! These are so awesome! Thank you so much, I never knew I could look like that! You are so talented!”
“Thanks again for a wonderful experience the other day! I was very nervous and unsure about what I was getting myself into, but you and Jade made me feel totally comfortable from the minute I arrived.”
“OH MY GOSH STACEY!!! I can’t believe how amazing these are!!!!! HOW IS THAT ME? Oh my gosh I am so shocked and sooooo happy!!!!! AHHHHHHH you are so talented, I can’t believe this! This is the best gift to myself ever!”
“I have two words for you. Holy. shit!”
“Thank you for making we feel so comfortable and taking WONDERFUL pictures. I realized that a photographer can only take the beauty it sees and that beauty was ME!!!! Thanks also to Jade for making me look beautiful.”
“Oh my goodness I love them!!!!! You are amazing! I especially love the booty shot with the shoes and the body chain! You were so amazing to work with – I think I lost all shy-ness almost embarrassingly easily. I had so much fun :)”
“Thank you so much for today! I am so very excited!!! You were wonderful to work with and I never once felt shy or uncomfortable! You are truly gifted!!”
“I don’t even know where to begin. I did so much research looking for quality, classy boudoir photographer for a book for my husband on our wedding day! From start to finish she exceeded my expectations in more ways than one. Stacey and Jade were phenomenal in making me comfortable and making the experience one I will never forget! I highly recommend to anyone and it was not only a gift for my husband but a gift for myself. I fell in love with my inner sexy, bad ass thanks to these ladies! He absolutely loved the book and looks at it daily. Stacey is phenomenal and her attention to detail in every step is appreciated! Worth every penny!”