HaLee

What made you choose Matt Mathews Photography for your boudoir experience?

“One of my friends that I was currently in Nursing School with had added me during a contest time and I started looking through all the pictures and was just like “Man, I would love to do this… for me.” So I asked her about it and her first response was, “Oh my gosh, girl! You will love it! Matt is amazing.” I was pretty much sold after that.”

What was your favorite part about your session?

“I loved the whole thing! But you know every woman loves to get their hair and makeup done, I really enjoyed that.”

Where you nervous about your shoot?

“Oh absolutely. I worried if my clothes were sexy enough, classy enough, too much, too little. I worried about being embarrassed, I was nervous that I wouldn’t like how I looked. I was just a ball of worry I believe. As soon as I wanted to do it however, I emailed Matt way too much. HAHA Asking all sorts of things, and he NEVER not ONCE, made me feel like I was being too much, or being crazy. He answered everything I threw at him with ease and with support, because of that I walked into the studio nervous excited, no longer nervous scared.”

What are you taking away from your boudoir experience? 

“A new sense of self worth. You can be told you’re pretty a million times and not believe it because you do not feel that way. I’ve never felt pretty. I’ve always struggled with my body, with my weight, picking out imperfections compared to those around me. Constantly. During the shoot I gained a little of that confidence back, I felt pretty for the first time in a long time. When Casey was doing my hair and makeup she was so sweet, and she knew exactly what to do to accentuate my eyes, my skin, my cheek bones, all of it. She’s amazing, for sure. Matt, would show me pictures as we went, and I was just like, “That’s not me. Matt that’s so beautiful!” He posed me literally from my head to my toes. I didn’t have to worry about looking crazy, cause if something I was doing was off, he would fix it. I can’t tell you how many times he moved my hair around just so it would be good for the pose, even posed himself when I was confused. The biggest shocker to me was at the reveal. When I came back in to the reveal I was pretty nervous. He started my slideshow and I wanted to cry. I had never in a million years pictured myself looking like that. I was beautiful. Me. The mother of three children (by C-section). Me. The one who had always felt less than what I was. The one who constantly compared herself to others. Me. I was beautiful. I AM BEAUTIFUL. And that is what I walked away with from this shoot. We all have imperfections, there will always be some things we are harder on about ourselves than others, but after this experience I LOVE MYSELF. I love my imperfections. I’ve seen myself in a way I never even thought was possible. This is me, and I’m in love with this woman. Thank you Casey and Matt for all your love and support through it all!”

Would you recommend a boudoir session to your friends?

“I have told so many people about it already! I always end with, “Just trust Matt and his team, they won’t let you down, I promise.”