CLIENT FEATURE :: Transformation Tuesday | Austin Boudoir Photography

Makeup: Lauren Torres |
Wardrobe & Hair: Sarah Swofford |

Jolie and I went to see Damien Rice play at the Bass Concert Hall a few years ago.  While we sat in the audience waiting for him to come on stage we talked all about my boudoir experience.  Even back then she was so excited to book a session.  Finally a few months ago, she booked her session.  She struggled for a long time thinking, “I don’t need to do this, I don’t have a partner to give my photos to” or “I can’t afford to spend all of that money on myself” and “I need to lose some weight first”.  Things that *a lot* of my clients say to me while booking their sessions.

We spoke on the phone and I explained that I actually HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking a boudoir session as a gift to YOURSELF, rather than for your partner.  Sure, if you are in a relationship they will benefit from it, but ultimately this experience is so very important for YOU.  We also spoke about how hard it is for us moms to allow ourselves to spend money on ourselves, instead of on our kids, for example.  It’s almost like we need “permission” to do it.  And, of course, I preached to her about how important it is to book your session NOW, not “once you’ve lost those pesky 10 pounds”, etc…

You are beautifully perfect NOW…right this very second.  I’ll prove it to you!

The Day of Her Session

Jolie arrived, nearly in tears.  She was so nervous, contemplated cancelling at the last minute, couldn’t believe she was actually going to do it.  We calmed her fears, fixed her a mimosa and sat her down in Lauren’s makeup chair.  She took some deep breaths, chatted with us girls and relaxed.

We started her session a bit more covered up, in an effort to help her slowly get used to the idea of being “exposed” and in front of a camera.


You guys.
She was AMAZING! She was a literal FLOWER IN BLOOM.  Look!

More from Jolie:
Why did you book a boudoir session? What’s your story?

I booked it as a gift for myself for my 35th birthday.

Going into the shoot, were you worried about anything?

Yes, I knew I had insecurities but I didn’t know how bad they were till the day before. My nerves were so bad that I didn’t know if I was going to be able to actually go through with it. I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to really get into it… I was totally wrong. LOL!

What would you tell other women about doing a boudoir shoot with Torrid Boudoir?

I wish I could truly express to them how life changing this process is. I didn’t have a husband or boyfriend I was doing this for I was doing it for me. But I really didn’t know how life changing it would actually be. Most of the women I know – we all talk about the things we would like to change about ourselves. Even when I booked the session I was going to loose 10 lbs and get a nice tan and do all these things that I thought I needed to make me beautiful. But of course life gets busy and I didn’t loose any weight and I never had a moment to just go lay out but I decided to do it anyway. I had a couple moments of freaking out, but in the end I can honestly say that I see myself in a totally different light, “imperfections” and all. Because in reality they are not imperfections… they are what makes me, me. I embrace my body and inner sex goddess more than ever and so if I can go from being the insecure person that I was to being the way I have been these past few weeks… then everyone who thinks they need to change something about themselves needs to go through this process. Stop waiting for the moment, because the moment is now!

What was your favorite part of your session?

After seeing a behind the camera photo and really getting into the moment. I loved the music and having a mimosa was a big help!

***These are the photos she saw on the back of my camera***

Would you have another boudoir shoot with Torrid Boudoir in the future?


What changes have you noticed in yourself after your photo shoot with Torrid Boudoir?

I’m more in love with myself then I think I have ever have been. I had a huge weight loss about 7 years ago and got a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation. And I still didn’t even feel as good about myself as I do now even with a few extra curves back on 😉



Thank you so much, Jolie!
You are such an incredible woman & I am proud to call you a friend!


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