Joni -- Boudoir & Glamour
I've been on a search for a great boudoir photographer for over 4 years. Since boudoir is deeply personal, and by nature puts you in a vulnerable position, I always hesitated when it came down to booking a session due to concerns about security, cost, comfort level and quality. When Bailey was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, something in the faces of the families and other ladies on her galleries told me I shouldn't wait any longer! I booked a mini boudoir session with her as soon as I saw that she had posted dates (Believe me-- I was waiting!). I must say I'm usually extremely reserved and modest so I was incredibly nervous (did I mention that I'm also habitually, incurably awkward?), but she and her fantastic team put me absolutely at ease--a truly herculean feat! To say I was nervous anticipating the event is an understatement, but from the moment I walked into the boudoir location, I felt so comfortable! She had put together a phenomenal team of lovely ladies to assist with hair and aesthetics. You learn a lot about a creative person by the people she chooses to work with, and these ladies were so warm and worked so seamlessly together that I knew instantly I had nothing to fear! It was worth the money just for the experience and the camaraderie, but when I saw the proofs, I was speechless. I had been worried that I'd come across looking terrified on camera-- some stiffened version of myself because I have a hard time looking natural when in front of a camera in general. There were at least 11 ladies booked for the weekend, but while we were shooting, I felt like the only session for that day. She took the time to learn about my strengths and insecurities, my personality, and my vision for the shoot. Her attentiveness to those details was evident in the final product. What she captured was ME. Absolutely, undeniably me. Not the wooden, uncomfortable me that usually shows up in family photos. She made me FEEL beautiful by recognizing and enhancing the beauty I tend to forget so quickly! From booking a session to prints soon to be in my hands, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and won't hesitate to use her again for my photo needs. I called her a Lens Wizard--and I stand by those words.