Friday, January 14, 2011


Yesterday was my birthday. I turned forty-six. 46! I have reached the point in my life that I look in the mirror and see a different woman. An older woman. Last month I posted photos from our family photo shoot by Sarah Gunn Photography. I mentioned that I would be doing a boudoir shoot, but not sharing any photos with you. I take that back...mostly.

I've changed my mind about posting some of the photos. I've changed my mind because this is one of the most empowering things I have ever done. At a time in my life when I look in the mirror and question what I see, doing a boudoir shoot was the best thing I could have done. While I was nervous at first, the actual experience was incredible.

Sarah sends a sampling of photos a couple days after each shoot.

I was stunned.

Sarah included a note asking how much editing I wanted. Looking at the photos, I was surprised when I realized that I like my lines. I've earned them. They're mine. (In a few of the sneak peeks, I looked a little too Botox-ed for my taste. ;p And I asked her, in the final edit, to not Botox me. You'll see what I mean below.)

Every woman should do this.

This is what I received.

(Some have been edited at the Lizard King's request.)

Sarah is offering a special to my local blog readers:

If they look at my website, they'll see my prices are $125 for family/couple shoots, and $150 for boudoir shoots. But I'm doing a word-of-mouth special for $99 for each shoot. And, of course, am offering the multiple booking discount of $20 off the second shoot if booked within 60 days of the first. Just have your readers mention the code "Shady Lady" if they contact me, and they will be sure to get the $99 deal!

Do it ladies!!! It is so worth it!


  1. These are fantastic! I especially love the one with the bow. Beautiful!

  2. Classy edits ;o) You look so amazing in these.

  3. Thank you so much, Aliceson! I think the one with the bow (minus the bow) is one of my favorites. :)

    You like those edits, huh Jen?! ;P Thank you!!! It was an amazing experience. I decided to post this simply to encourage other women to do a shoot like this.

  4. I am glad that you have chosen to share this pictures of you.You truely are a beautiful woman and that shows through very clearly in these shots.:)

  5. Wow...thank you so much, winding!! I really hope that my doing this encourages other women to do a photo shoot like this, too.

  6. So beautiful!! And happy birthday!

  7. So gorgeous!! I'm glad you shared. I did my own photos for my husband and perhaps I will share now too...maybe ;)

  8. Wowie, wowie! You're one hot momma. Those are just stunning.

    I soooooo wished I lived locally, I would definitely take her up on that incredible offer.

    I'm going to have to check around here and find a similar service. Very inspiring.

    I hope you had an incredible birthday! HUGS

  9. These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I wish I was local! DAMN GIRL! And I agree, don't mess with any "wrinkles" (I had to look extremely close by the way!!!!!!!!). LEAVE them...they are your life's story. They each hold memories of something!! :)
    You look beautiful! What a wonderfully tasteful shoot! Good for you!

  11. p.s. just went back and looked, I really don't see wrinkles. You have one line. ONE. lol.

  12. My Heathen friend, you so should share. Did you have the same experience?

    Thank you so much, Sheri!! If you can't find anyone around there, you'll just have to come visit here! Yes...I'll just keep trying. ;P

    Thank you, Jessica. I really hope this encourages you and other women to do this. It is amazing!

    Sheila, several of these are the over edited versions. I've got one heck of an 11! And scarring from acne in my twenties. And Sheila, you can come visit, too and do a shoot with just can't wear any Browns anything!

  13. OMG, that b&w one is stunning. Guess I'm not supposed to approve because of our whole "modesty" thing, but shhh... you're gorgeous! :-)))

  14. Thank you so much, Jennifer! Yeah, about that whole modesty thing... your secret is safe with me! ;P

    I also want to say thank everyone again for all the compliments. It is wonderful to receive them, but a lot of the credit goes to the photographer. She is truly talented. The main reason why I posted these, because I was really nervous about posting them, was to encourage other women to do this. Come on ladies! Give it a go!! You don't have to share them with the world. Do it for yourself...

  15. Beautiful, i just love them! It seems like this would be empowering. You've got my mind working now...hmmm.

  16. Thanks, Beth! You sooooo should do it. Truly.