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Yes, the sun is shining, the snow is melting and soon we will know the color green again! But while we wait for that day-we can be getting our sexy one! Yes, the first marathon of 2015 is here!

Mark off your calendars, book a day off work and spoil yourself!
Edmonton Boudoir MarathonPINIMAGEGift yourself a long weekend, some pampering (full hair and make-up are provided), go shopping for lingerie that makes you feel like you can take on the world-and spend some time as a supermodel:)

Email for more details:)

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9 times out of 10, I do not follow my own advice. I encourage women to embrace their sexiness, feel comfortable and confident with their bodies-when I feel unable to do either. I stress the importance of appearing in photos with your children, so they can look back and see you-instead of simply remembering you were the one behind the camera. Yet-that is something I am guilty of doing.

Some of this comes from being picky about what photos I keep, and not trusting my husband with my camera(!)-but more of it is attributed to insecurity.

I am not a confident person. I am a stereotypical introvert and I am uncomfortable in almost every situation-especially when there is attention directed at me (hence why I prefer to be behind the camera!). I am self-conscious, awkward, and painfully shy (to the point where people think I am most likely a snob).

But I am also stubborn!
The other evening, my husband and I were having a deep and meaningful (D&M) about self-worth. I realized that I allow my own to be determined by others. This leads to some super low self-esteem! But it made me ask why? Why do I allow others determine my value? Why do I not trust myself to do it? And, most importantly, how can I change it?

I began by trying to think of things that I do that make me feel good. This was a short list! Anything I came up with only gave me a fleeting feeling of “I am awesome”. So, I had to think outside the box.

I began by actually brushing my hair each day. Yes, that sounds small, and weird that I don’t do it already! I have very long hair, and it has crazy knots-it is so much easier to simply throw it in a bun when I get out of the shower than spend the 30 minutes pulling, cleaning out my brush three times, and the aching arms that come from blowdrying. That helped a little. That small effort made me feel a little less ‘ew’ and more like a human each day.

Next came make-up. I am horrible at it. Terrible. So, I hardly ever wear it-and I especially don’t wear it when I haven’t even brushed my hair! So I tried to just do a little bit. It worked.

I also tried to put on real clothes. I am a pajama girl, and I am always tempted to get back into pajamas after a shower-if I am not going anywhere! I like to be comfy 😉

With these three things happening (most of the time) I felt ready to take another step.

I always have shoot ideas in my head-but no ready access to a model (two boys who only like to make faces at the camera doesn’t help), which leaves me with the option of myself. Yet the thought of being both model and photographer (especially when I do not like photos of myself!) is very daunting, to say the least. After a few fails, sweat (the running back and forth to check the shot is quite the work out!), and many misses, I came up with something that worked-sort of.

After a failed set of lingerie attempts (I don’t recommend taking lingerie selfies before you have showered!), I felt more successful with some clothed shots:)

Although I only liked a small amount of what I got-it was enough to make me want to try again! Which, is really the entire point:)

Enjoy *but don’t laugh!*
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  • Nic - Your a gorgeous woman Emily! You shouldn’t be so hard on your self! You helped me see how beautiful a woman can be even when she doesn’t feel it herself.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - emily it was like I wrote this! What a beautiful open, thought provoking post. Back in September I challenged myself to stop wearing sweats outside of the house after feeling like crap most of the time and it has made a huge difference in my life… Next step get in more photos!ReplyCancel

Yes, it is that time of year again!! I need a new muse:)I have ideas, and I need a ‘up for anything’ type of woman! If you think that is you-enter!

What I am looking for:

You must be between 18-92 years of age

Comfortable with your body, and not afraid to be in-front of the camera

Willing to have all your images used in print and online (website, facebook etc)

Willing to talk to anyone and everyone about Muse Boudoir

What you receive:

1 year as my #1 model:)

At least 2 complimentary sessions through-out the year

Custom business cards for you to hand out (with images from your sessions)

$100 print credit for each person you refer

A luscious 8×8 18 image album at the end of your year (with 18 of your favorite images)

What you need to do:

Send me an email ( telling me about yourself, why you want this, and make sure to include 2 photos of yourself (one full body shot, and one head shot)-nothing fancy, I just want to see you:)

I will be taking entries until March 10th 2015. On March 15th, I will announce 3 finalists. These 3 lucky ladies will each have a mini session with me (YAY!!)-and I will post one of their images online. Then VOTING begins! The lucky finalist with the most votes wins!!

Each woman who enters will receive a $50 print credit when they book a session.
Each finalist will receive a 10% discount on any products ordered from their mini session

The fine print:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • There is no cash value for any prizes awarded.
  • You must be willing to sign a model release to use your images online, in print and in promotions.
  • You absolutely, positively must be able to show up for the mini shoot if chosen. No exceptions.
  • Any referral credits you earn can go towards purchases you would like to make of images from your sessions or towards your own custom session at full price.
  • Voting will take place online.
  • I reserve the right to veto votes, and if need be, cancel the contest or void the chosen winner if circumstances change.
  • All sessions will take place in Edmonton, AB
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  • Christel - Hi there!

    I am wondering how much you charge for session of boudior? Also is hair and makeup an option? How much extra would that be?
    Where in the city are you located?

    Thanks and I hope to hear back from you soon!

    Christel TReplyCancel

Here we are, at the close of yet another year. I have had the honor of photographing such beautiful, and passionate women. Each one has had their own fears, and concerns. And each one has left feeling stronger.

Each woman has taken a brave step into the unknown, they have confronted their fears, and (hopefully) realized their beauty.

Each woman has touched me with their strength, and courage. I thank each and every one of you, for trusting me. It has truly been an honor to photograph each and every one of you.

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When Julie contacted me about a couples shoot-I couldn’t sleep. I was so excited.
I think every couple should have a shoot like this. It is intimate, romantic, and something to treasure.

Rob and Julie were so natural in-front of the camera, I loved it!

Now to convince my husband to do one!

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  • Nic - Luv luv luv this idea. I want to do this with my hubbyReplyCancel

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