Inside a Drowning Mind // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry // Terre Haute, IN Boudoir Photographer

The mind is a dangerous place to be stuck in. Thoughts, pressures, standards, goals, opinions, and much more are constantly swirling around. It can become exhausting. Living up to society's expectations are physically, mentally, and emotionally draining.

It's okay to not be okay. 

Read that again.


Live in this true moment. Relish in the fact that you're struggling or your succeeding. Be content with yourself.

Take some time to just "be". 

Breathe. Accept. Exhale. 

Un-retouched, natural perfection. 



Embracing Yourself and Nothing Else // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry

The boudoir industry is filled with thousands of photographers. With each one comes a unique style. I, however, wanted to carve a path into my own brand. I wanted boudoir--but more. I don't want Photoshop. I don't want tight bodyshapers to hid your curves. I'm here to help you embrace yourself. Changing your body in photos won't change it in real life, so why not learn to love you, exactly the way you are! 

We found the cutest a-frame cabin right after lunch. totally impromptu shoot, no special hair and makeup, no fancy outfit. Just her. absolute perfection.



Summer Camp: The Naked Edition // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry

Last week I had the experience of a lifetime. I attended Camp Do More. 120+ boudoir photographers and educators camped on a stunning lake in Halliburton, Ontario. It's pretty much what you'd expect a Summer camp for boudoir photographers to be: lots of naked.  But, oh so good for my soul!! 

Spending a week with like minded individuals is simultaneously the best and worst experience. My heart and mind were filled with love and thankfulness. Spending time with people who just "get" you is exhilarating. Being away from reality is refreshing and good for the soul. It's okay, and probably normal, to have a rough transition back into said reality. My body fought it, my mind fought it, and most importantly, my heart fought it. I didn't want to leave. I wasn't ready to face daily life again. Camp was an oasis. It's okay to struggle. It's okay to fear. But, it's important that camp is so much more than an educational workshop. It's an experience that will connect you to life long friends. It gives you a chance to find "your people". And, you'll meet people who actually care about you and care for your well being, even after we're all separated. These people care about you, they want you to succeed, they want you to be happy. SO do it. Love it, live it, learn from it, be happy, be sad, struggle getting back to normal, but do so with grace and the help of your camp friends.

Being able to create art for "me" was important. There were no client expectations, it was outside of my studio, I could get funky and weird and it would all be okay. One of my favorite shoots from camp was this "Summer Camp" themed shoot. Complete with a rustic cabin and bunk beds.  Enjoy. 



This was her FIFTH boudoir session with me! | Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry

  • Why did you want a boudoir session with Kierra Josette- Intimate Artistry?

    The first time I did a boudoir session with Kierra, I honestly didn't know what to expect. My first session was when Kierra was dipping her toes in the boudoir genre of images. (In 2014 I believe) I was curious and wanted to step out of my comfort zone. Now, it's 2018, and I have done at least 4 more boudoir sessions with Kierra.

  • What were your initial feelings BEFORE the session?

    Before each session I have done, I feel so happy/confident in myself right after booking. Then the nerves set in. The first session was when Kierra was working out of her grandparents home (I think?) And I was totally psyching myself out. I drove an hour to a stranger's home to strip in front of and have her take photos of me. I felt so weird! Before my other sessions, it's a cycle of being happy, confident, then finding my flaws, anxiety sets in and worry that somehow I won't be good enough. I have felt like I would disappoint myself and the photographer for asking them to take these images!

  • How (if any) did your feelings change during or after your boudoir session?

    During the session, I still felt strange at first, but as the session went on, it all melted away. Kierra is so great at directing you and creating the best shots to show off what you like about your body. After my sessions I feel so proud of myself, for putting myself out there, for rocking a session I didn't ever imagine myself doing. And now I love sharing that experience with others. I encourage others to go out of their comfort zones and just go for it! My last session with Kierra, I talked my boyfriend into doing a couples session. We had both gained some weight over the holidays and both didn't feel so comfortable. During the session, we both enjoyed the time, all our worries faded and afterwards, he couldn't stop talking about how great is experience was. Even though we didnt know what the images looked like yet. Talking to other couples and bringing up our session, he says nothing but positive things about his experience and how well Kierra is at guiding her sessions.

  • What was your favorite part of your boudoir experience?

    Being able to encourage others because of my experience. It feels great to have images of yourself to be proud of! I sometimes put them as my own phone background.

  • How (if any) did your boudoir experience change your overall being?

    Whenever I don't feel too great about how I look, I think back to my boudoir session and how I felt before it, then I look at the images and tell myself that I look sexy! I have to remind myself sometimes that the sexy girl in the images is me, and that feels amazing!

  • What advice or information would you give to someone wanting to book a session with Kierra?

    Just go for it! Kierra is incredible. Not just as a photographer, but as a human being. She is so kindhearted and guides you through your session so effortlessly. She knows all the right ways to bring out your very best. It is definitely worth it! 

  • Anything else you would like to add about your boudoir experience or information you would like to give to a potential woman thinking about boudoir:

    Nothing feels better than seeing yourself through the eyes of someone else. We are so much more than we think and more beautiful than we give ourselves credit for. Seeing yourself through the eyes of Kierra and her camera is what every woman should experience.

All of that was totally true! She was one of my very first boudoir clients, ever! My first studio was in my grandparents basement. I am so honored to have met her (and him!). Throughout the years I've been able to document their journey and it's been so fun. Here's a mix of previous, and their latest boudoir session with me! 


Afternoon Love // Couples Boudoir // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

I really don't want to be cliche and say "this couple was so fun!".....but, they totally were! From the moment they stepped into the studio and until they left we were laughing and smiling. I've known the female beauty for a couple of years now and was so excited to get her and her boo in front of my lens! Some of my favorite aspects about this session was her outfit choices! I loved the relaxed look of a fun maxi dress and a lace tank.  Check out how dreamy their session was with the gorgeous afternoon light streaming in!  xoxo


Nerves, Concerns, and Learning to Love // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

I love when clients come back again and again for sessions! This babe is F I E R C E!! Her first session with us was a fine-art nude mini session. You read that right....nude. Way to go girlfriend. I was so proud of her bravery and strength. However, like most clients she had some hesitation before hand. I'll let her tell the rest of the story....

"NERVOUS, FEAR(i didn't realize it was a full nude boudoir until the day before) I cant believe im letting a professional photographer see me really naked. what if i look awful and poor Kierra would have to super edit me?

I saw how empowering Kierra's photographs document people and life in general.(fun fact:i fell in love with a maternity shoot that Kierra did and I HAD to keep stalking her work.) At the time i felt like I was no longer myself and also gained 40 lbs! I was happy with every thing in my life BUT myself. so i figured why not document my happiness even if I am chunky, worse comes to worse maybe it'll motivate me to lose the weight I've gained.

I've had 2 boudoir sessions with Kierra so ill talk about my favorites from both.

My solo- I LOVE how smiley and easy going she is. I didn't know what to expect, but as soon as she welcomed me in I felt so at ease and relaxed. I LOVE that she made me fall in love with a part of my body i never really cared for. She didn't just tell me how to pose she actually showed me how or what way i needed to pose. She's always asking if there are anymore poses or ideas that i wanted her to photograph me in. THE REVEAL!!!

Couple boudoir- How much we laughed, there's just something about Kierras personality that somehow made us feel laid back. Her infectious smile and sillyness doesn't even make it feel you're naked. she also made sure to capture raw emotion expressed. Once again she BLEW me away. Her open mindedness to step out of her zone and photograph my significant other vaping. He was nervous to be professionally photographed; what if something slipped out of the satin boxers?‚?‚. He loved that you were so outgoing and has a great sense of humor. Made him feel more relaxed.

I learned that no matter what size I am, there is only one me and one life to live, I shouldn't be ashamed of what i have shaped myself to be because every pound of on my body is a meal shared with friends or a loved one. a reminder that i am living my life with no regrets or fear(after the first boudoir, i felt like DAMN girl! why have you been doubting yourself, you still look amazing.)

I LOVE myself more. in my "grown up" bod. i don't feel ashamed to be happy like i used to. i somehow convinced myself back then that i shouldn't be so happy because with happiness came the relationship weight.  I also believe in myself and capabilities more now more than ever.

priceless- no amount of money can make you feel, what you feel when you see the photographs that Kierra capture. Kierra truly has a special "Eye" to capture raw beautiful photographs that tell so much. so much detail and passion put into this work of art.

Boudoir is so much more than "suggestive seductive pictures" its the ultimate way to tell yourself you love your self. self appreciation of every inch of your skin. and being proud of your body's journey".




I can't "fix" you, but I'll help // Kierra Josette | Intimate Artistry

First off, you don't need "fixed". I hate that there's a common misconception with boudoir.  Many think that you have to be a mom with 3.5 kids, 37 years old in the middle of your career, and emotionally lost in life. Some think you need to be "plus size" (eye roll, that phrase is so cringe-y) in order to figure out how to love yourself.

WRONG. Boudoir is for everyone, really.  You don't have to fit into a certain category to have a boudoir session. You don't have to meet any regulations. A session with Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry is for any woman. This brave beauty was willing to share her story. 

"Before my session I was super nervous. I wanted to feel more comfortable in my own skin. I’m super self conscious and wanted to feel like my body was something".

This is what I'm here for. I want to make you feel ~something~. I want you to realize that you are worthy and you are wonderful. 

"I liked the whole experience. It’s not uncomfortable at all. I love how when the images are shared how all the women make each other feel good and praise each other’s bodies for what they are and how we are all diff and beautiful. 

It was super relaxing and easy. Not uncomfortable at all. I definitely feel more confident in my body.  I wouldn’t say I’m 100% confident in my body but I definitely feel better about it and have more self worth".

Bingo. This statement. She's being so honest and real.  A boudoir session is not a "cure-all".  I can't promise that you'll wake up each and every day feeling 100% fabulous about yourself. However, I can promise that when you leave my studio you will feel LOVE.  You will have a bit more pep in your step and a bit more warm and cuddly in your heart.  

My goal isn't to make you artificial and pretend to love yourself each day. I get it-- we're only human. But, I do want you to start that self-love journey. Practice loving yourself--it's a journey, not instantaneous. 

"Every woman should try it. Do it! You will love it! You deserve it!"





Solo to Couples: Kierra Josette- Intimate Artistry

This woman is incredible. I've had so many sessions with her and I'm so excited to share her journey with you! 

"Honestly, Kierra had done some of our family photos, and I was absolutely obsessed with her work. The first shoot I did was for my husband for Valentine's Day. The second shoot was for him after we got back together after a brief separation. Doing this meant a lot to me, and him, and helped reassure him that I wanted to do something to surprise him. The third session was of us together in a couples session, and it was an incredible experience.

Going into my first shoot, I had body image issues. I have for most of my life. But after I left and saw my sneak peaks, I thought "sheesh, and I'm worried about THAT?" I honestly thought that Kierra was some sort of magician, because I had never felt that comfortable in my own skin. It was also pretty hilarious during the first shoot when Kierra told me it was okay to relax. She said "pretend like you're not in your underwear in my grandparents basement. It's totally fine!"

FUNFACT!!! - My very first "studio" was in my the basement of my grandparent's house. I'm forever grateful for my uplifting and supportive family. Back to the story...

"My initial thoughts were "okay, so she's seen me with my kids in family photos. Will this be weird?" The second time, I was so anxious to have them done again because I knew just how amazing she was. The third session with my husband, I was more nervous for him. I remembered how strange I felt going in for the first time!"

It's completely normal to be nervous--and it's normal for your partner to be nervous. But, I promise once you get to the studio all of your fears will subside!

"Hubby and I talked the entire drive home how awesome of an experience it was. HE ACTUALLY ENJOYED IT, TOO! Once we saw our photos, we fell in love with each one. Seeing the chemistry we have together in print is a feeling that can never be described.

All I can say is that after each shoot and after each sneak peak, I ALWAYS wanted more. More time in front of her camera, more photos to show my husband, more memories captured. Each time was absolutely amazing, and something I will always cherish!

Do it. Do it now. Don't wait until you "lose those last ten pounds". Don't wait until "you are given permission". Don't wait until there is something you're trying to repair in your relationship. DO IT, and do it for yourself."




Being Brave // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

"I AM NOT GETTING NAKED! That is what I kept thinking, I can't believe I signed up for this, turn around you are CRAZY, why did you do this?"

These are quite common thoughts after booking your boudoir session. However, it's completely normal.  

"I wanted it for my husband, but for myself too. Often after becoming a mother you just feel blah, and like no matter what you do you just don't look like the "old you". I had seen Kierra's work, and how uplifting she was and I thought maybe this would turn the negative thoughts away."

It's true. Many women think they are gifting this to their partner, however in the end it ends up being more of a gift to themselves. My entire goal is to bring you at least a tiny bit of peace and self acceptance within yourself. 

"My personal image about myself changed. I felt good about myself again, I know I still need work, but doing this session when I wasn't my best and still looking good for it made me feel great! AND I didn't turn around, and I took my clothes off.

My favorite part was the entire session, you would think being 3/4 naked in front of another woman/person holding a camera would be awkward and it wasn't at all, we laughed and talked just like we would if I had clothes on.

The session made me feel like no matter how you feel about yourself, it doesn't mean that's how everyone else feels. Be proud of yourself, and love yourself with 30 extra pounds and with 30 less pounds!

JUST DO IT!! Don't wait for any reason-- Don't be nervous, and just listen do what she says even if its painful--those are the best shots!" 


The past may influence you, but your perserverance defines you // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

Many of these stories come easy to me. I'm able to write up a blurb and be content with what I've posted. However, this one was a bit more intimate. My heart strings were pulled in every direction. Instead of trying to formulate my thoughts, I'll let this brave woman do the talking:

"I needed a confidence boost. In my younger years (married now), I fell for the typical jerks who made me feel like I was Unworthy of anyone’s love. By the end of every relationship I felt myself finding it harder to love me and my body.

One guy told me I would never find anyone that would love me. I got “those looks” when I wanted to go on a chocolate chip cookie binge after a rough day at work. I was even left for someone else 48 days before my wedding... (thank God).

Fast forward a few years... I found my true love. We were both lost souls at the time we met due to our past relationships. Every day we grew together and lifted each other up. My husband has always been supportive and very affectionate. Always taken the time to tell me how beautiful I am and shows me as well.

I wanted to do this session not only for myself but for him. He is my best friend. He found me at my worst. When I hated myself the most, he loved me and carried me through it all. He was getting ready for AT with the Marine Reserves overseas when I gave him his book to take with him to Africa. (Boy did he light up) .... and looking up with tears in his eyes, he said “I hope after seeing these, you understand what I see when I look at you.

I was nervous— I mean who wants to try and be sexy while a complete stranger takes your picture?? I even took a girlfriend with me to calm my nerves! But once her camera snapped the first shot- the anxiety went away!

With Kierra, you feel like you are with a girlfriend. She coaches you through every position, encourages you, tells you how great everything looks. You leave feeling completely sexy, sassy, and confident!

My favorite part was the laid back atmosphere. And that she told me every position to do... I didn’t have to think about anything except feeling good about myself. 

It made me a more confident woman and even after three babies I look back at those pictures and I am still confident. (I was two weeks pregnant and didn’t know it).  Next time I get to show my mommy marks (stretch marks) — of which I am very proud of!"

Your past does not define you. The demons from years ago no longer have a grip on the powerful woman you are in this instant. Take a chance and be set free of those fears. Let me guide you to see the truest beauty you're capable of wearing. 


Fear is heavy; you are stronger // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

Being photographed intimately, in very little clothing can be gut wrenching and nerve wracking. I'm honestly amazed at how many women put their fears aside and jump! My passion for women empowerment is *so* strong. Yes, I like that I can create pretty images. But, I LOVE that I can show you the true work of art your body is. 

I think I'm so passionate about this because I know what it's like to feel those certain things about yourself. I can relate to the stories and failures you share with me. Despite that, I know how GOOD it can feel once you overcome those negative thoughts.

"I was super nervous when I got there... in fact I almost chickened out but I'm so glad I did it.

This stunner almost didn't show up to her session!! Thankfully she did because she was one of my favorite sessions this Fall. Do not fret about not knowing what to do. It is my job to walk you through the entire process. I will show exactly how to pose and move your body. I promise I will photograph you in a way that will make you see the goddess you a really are. 

" My favorite part was stepping out of my comfort zone. It made me realize that I am beautiful no matter what my size is".

Boudoir is not limited to one size. I accept and encourage each and every woman to try a session at least once.

"Just do it....Kierra will make you feel so relaxed and make you wonder why you didn't do it sooner". 



THROWBACK THURSDAY!!! // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

My, oh my. What fun it was travelling down memory lane to dig up these images off an old harddrive. When this sweet gal volunteered to be a featured babe on our blog I was so excited. She was one of the first beauties to visit me two years ago when I broke into boudoir. Although my style has evolved and my location itself has changed the meaning and importance will hold true forever. 

"I wanted to feel better about myself although my husband tells me EVERYDAY I am beautiful, I still had those negative thoughts due to a past relationship. My husband also begged me to do a session.

I was very nervous and thought I was way to big to be doing a session."

I hear and read these words each and every day. I want to let you know that there is NEVER a limit on what type of woman can have a boudoir shoot. These sessions are for anybody, despite the boundaries society thinks they can put on us. 

"Kierra made me feel beautiful. After each shot she had a smile on her face and a positive comment. After doing a session with Kierra it made me feel better about myself. I was not ashamed to let others know I had done a session".

I asked her if she had any advice to women who are considering a session for themselves:

"DO IT! Everyone is beautiful doesn’t matter your size! You are worthy! Don’t let negative people bring you down!Also, Kierra kicks ass & makes you forget about all those negative thoughts!"

Funfact: that last sentence made me smile so big when I read her words. 



Bare // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

Most of the time I know my boudoir clients before them. Some know me through living in Vincennes, others have had family sessions with me, but sometimes I get to meet a brand new face. When I saw that she had booked an Authentically You, Fine Art Nude mini session I was so excited! It takes a special type of woman to go full out and have her first boudoir session be completely nude. However, she couldn't have rocked it more than she did. I was so impressed!!

"I struggle constantly with confidence and self esteem issues. After having my son I’ve had a hard time getting the weight off. I read so many positive comments from women who had done a session, but the big “push” for me was seeing The Worthy Project and how moving and empowering that was. At that point I knew I needed to reach out to Kierra.

Before the session I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to think, or how to breathe... I wondered if I should back out or if I had made the wrong decision.

I did the Authintically, You session mini session. When I arrived at the studio there was a personalized sign welcoming me! It was a very laid back session.

I felt amazing afterwards. Like I had just taken control of all of my negative thoughts and just like that they were gone. I felt beautiful. I felt like my body, the body I have now, was wonderful and beautiful, and strong. More importantly that it was mine! It was exactly what I needed in that time.

I no longer pick out every flaw, or wonder what others think of me. I’ve learned to love every part of myself. Not to look at what’s outside, but to look inside and see the beauty from within.

It was the best investment that I’ve made to date! I wholeheartedly recommend doing a session! Not to mention my husband loved the end result! Don’t wait. Don’t wait until you lose that 10 pounds. Until you feel more comfortable. Allow this to help you get past those insecurities. You deserve this! Do it now!"




Through hurting comes healing // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

There's a common misconception with boudoir sessions. Some think that women who have a boudoir session are highly comfortable with themselves and are quick to flaunt their beauty. This couldn't be farther from the truth. The majority of the time it's the complete opposite. Many women who are coming to me are at their weakest, most broken self. Sometimes they've hit rock bottom and this is one of the first steps of that uphill climb. The trust and security these women are laying on me is eye opening. A boudoir session is a way to break down those walls and this beauty did just that.

" Since our wedding, my husband has loved me through the loss of our baby, unsuccessful fertility treatments, and my fluctuating weight because of crazy hormones. When I felt my body had betrayed me, he still kissed it endlessly. It never mattered to him that I didn't like my body (or even my self, sometimes) he loved every part of me, regardless. I wanted a session to try and get a glimpse of myself though my husband's eyes. 

Before the session I was a little hesitant. Though I did a session for my husband before our wedding, we had been through so much that I didn't quite see myself the same way as I did then.  Although I'm not quite as flexible as some as the poses might have required, I never felt funny or out of place. I felt sexy for once, empowered even, and ready to love myself again.

These pictures were first ones I've ever even remotely felt that I could see myself the way my husband sees me every day. My favorite part was getting to see my images! My jaw literally fell to the floor because I was just sure that these were NOT my photos!

These pictures were first ones I've ever even remotely felt that I could see myself the way my husband sees me every day. He doesn't care if my hair is out of place or that I forgot to put on makeup, all he sees is me. And he thinks I'm beautiful. Thankfully, I was finally able to see that with these pictures.

Put aside any doubts that you can't or that you should wait until those few extra pounds are gone, because you need to love yourself NOW.

Don't keep putting off your session. If you want it, book it. Kierra will make you feel as though you are the most beautiful woman out there and it is worth every penny!"

It is with great pride and happiness I share with you this amazing women's strength, beauty, and WORTHINESS.



Out in the wild // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

"I did a session because I wanted to love myself and feel proud of my body. I especially have a lack of confidence in my breast. Also I love doing life modeling so I was curious how they would be different. I was very excited. Of course I was a little nervous after, all I had no idea how different from life modeling it would be. 

There was a cute sign waiting for me welcoming me with my name on it. She helped me pick out my outfits and got us each a bottle of water. We headed outside to the woods on the way we went over what I wanted and she made sure all my questions were answered. Kierra was friendly and we had fun talking. 

I found myself feeling more confident as soon as I put on the clothing items in the woods. It also helped that while Kierra is helping you pose and taking pictures she gives words of encouragement. After the session I felt like goddess, mainly of the booty". 

Outdoor sessions are always a refreshing change from our studio shoots. There's so many unique locations and places we can use. There's also the thrilling sensation of being nude outside. Although on private, secluded land, there's always a sense of freedom and wanderlust girls experience during their shoot. I love watching them transform from nervous and timid into free spirits frolicking around outside in their lingerie. It makes me proud to see them embracing their true self.

"I use to not wear tight cloths or half shirts because of my stomach or because I thought my breast were to small for it. Now I say "oh well if you don't like it don't look but your missing out cause I'm hella cute!"

That right there. She feels "hella cute" in her own body nobody what clothing she has on. Mission accomplished. 


Couples Boudoir // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

Throughout my years of photographing individuals, I have found a love for couples boudoir. Which really shouldn't have been such a surprise to myself. For the past 5 years I've photographed engagements and weddings and I love documenting love. What better way to combine my love for photographing people in love and empowering women at the same time?

"I wanted someone to capture the way my husband looked at me. After having two children and being together for 10 years you forget that you're still a woman; you forget that even though your a mother you still want to feel desired.

Before the session obviously we were both nervous. Kierra has a very calming vibe about her so my nerves were eased almost instantly. During the session I got more comfortable. I started the session saying to myself that I didn’t want to do any “scandalous” photos (mostly because of nerves) but the more into the session the more Kierra made me feel like a goddess."

One misconception about couples boudoir is that something is "happening". Nothing is going on --EVER! It's all posing and angles.  I will never push you to do anything your uncomfortable with. However, usually by the end of the session you're doing poses and set-ups you never thought you'd want. Those usually end up being some of the best shots of your session.

"My favorite part was watching my spouse throughout the shoot. He had the desire in his eyes that I hadn’t seen in a while. Being a mother of two, a wife, and working a full time job, it is so easy to fall into “auto-pilot” with your spouse. You forget what it’s like to be and feel desired. I never knew I needed to feel that way till I saw the look in his eyes."

Couples boudoir is such a neat experience for both members. It's like the ultimate date night (with a third wheel, hi it's me!). In all seriousness though, I think every couple should have the chance to document their love in an intimate, authentic form. 

"The session not only was an instant confidence boost but also the “boost” my marriage needed. Being together for 10 years and starting a family makes it easy to put your relationship on the back burner while you raise/focus on the kids. This experience woke us up and made us remember to love on us more.

Advise I would give would be to stop Hesitating. Don’t think of all the reasons you don’t want to (that’s called nerves) JUST BOOK A SESSION. You will absolutely never EVER regret it. I would also tell people to book a couples session at least once.

A couples session will bring you everything you didn’t know you needed. It will spice up your marriage and mend your soul. Being a wife and mother is amazing and exhausting. A boudoir session will make you remember that you are also a woman who DESERVES to feel beautiful in her own skin, desired by the one she loves, and confident that both of these don’t get put on the back burner throughout life."

xoxo- Kierra 


Through the Grace of God: A Veteran's Story // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

Today's featured beauty has quite the story. Not only was this boudoir session a journey of self discovery, but a healing process for her past. Below she'll share her story of why she booked a session and some of the experiences that influenced her choices. I want to personally thank this woman for courageously fighting for our country and acknowledging the fact that she was worthy enough for self love.  With that I give you a true inspiration: 

"Through my life I have endured many types of abuse, most by the hand of someone who was suppose to be the "Love of my Life".... After divorce and a few years of healing, along with seeing the images from the Worthy Project, I thought maybe I just had an impaired way of viewing myself. Even though my new husband is amazing, the hurt is was still there. Prior to my photo shoot my fiance, now husband, had never seen me naked. I was terrified of what he may think if he saw all of me. I believe the hurtful words and believed I was unworthy, broken, ugly, fat, and a waste of space. I new for me, that the negative life style was no longer going to own me. I was going to break the cycle of self hate and this was just the way to do it. I needed to see myself the way that I truly am and not the lies I heard time and time before.

Honesty, leading up to the experience up to the day before I was excited and ready to tackle the session without hesitation. The morning of, I literally woke up almost terrified, thinking of how many gorgeous women had done this before and what I must look like in comparison. I was so scared. I mean at that point my fiance had not seen me naked, but I was going to go reveal all to Kierra. During the drive I kept thinking of why I needed this. Why I needed it for myself and also to believe the amazing compliments of my fiance. I needed to see what he saw, instead of the image in the mirror. I am not going to lie, I prayed long and hard before walking into the studio. I prayed for God to calm my nervous and let me see myself as the beautiful creation that he has made. I also selfishly prayed not to vomit or breakout in splotches as I typically do when nervous or upset.

Then the session happened. Kierra was absolutely amazing. She knew my fears and concerns, because she took the time before the session to know my story, to know my reasons, and to share in the pain I was trying to overcome. Believe it or not, I was calm and confident during the session. I trusted and put my faith in Kierra and her skills to show the beauty in all women. 

We began with outfit choices and moved from there. I had in my mind that I would only do outfits, however by the end of it, I exposed all. I was beyond comfortable with Kierra and I am thankful for that. I can't imagine bearing myself to someone I wasn't completely comfortable and confident in.

My favorite part was the time spent overcoming the negative comments I heard so many times. I could finally see I wasn't at all what I had believed for nearly a decade. All that paired with the amazing images that followed made it an amazingly uplifting experience.

Prior to my session, a friend of mine criticized my choice to do a boudoir session, she felt that as a Christian I should not engage in such activities. This is my response. God created us as beautiful beings. The images that were created are showing God's beautiful creation. God intended us to be pleasing to our husbands. I find absolutely nothing inappropriate or pornographic about sharing such things with your husband. I would also like to encourage all women to engage in such an amazing uplifting experience. It is worth every single moment of stress and penny spent.

If you are considering doing a boudoir session, I would ask you why? No matter the reason, for yourself, to overcome hurts, to surprise your significant other, the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! Do it! Do it for yourself, regardless of where you are currently with your self esteem we all need a boost. So do it! Book today!"

The respect I have for this woman's bravery, strength in her faith, and ability to handle what life throws at her with grace is immeasurable. I'm truly thankful our paths crossed and I was able to connect with her. 



Breaking the Ice. Let's laugh a little // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry

If you've read my blog then you know that a common feeling for clients is to initially be really nervous--usually because they're stripping down and being photographed. However, this babe had a unique outlook on her session. I've known her for so many years now. I've photographed her engagement, wedding, births, countless family photos, and now TWO boudoir sessions. 

" I was a bit nervous( more about getting lost lol than anything) but I was pretty confident, she's seen me more vulnerable than just being naked! She showed me a behind the scenes shot and it shocked me... I thought looking at myself in that raw of form I would hate it but I almost cried at how beautiful I looked and felt in that moment. It gave me that confidence back that I had years ago. I can look in the mirror and feel beautiful. No matter how many times others tell me I'm pretty if I don't feel it, it's not true!

My favorite part was the goofs... when your so nervous and something happens, whether it's me or Kierra and you just laugh and laugh and the nervous feeling is just gone!"

She's completely right. I am a big goofball. You think a boudoir photo shoot is all about being sexy and sultry. Well let me tell you, it is......but there's so many more emotions going on! There's a 90% chance I'll set my camera down to help pose you and then forget where it is. *cue awkward laughing*. There's also a chance that since I forgot where the camera was I'll trip over it and both of us will be cracking up laughing at my clumsiness there's absolutely no reason for you to be nervous in front of me anymore. 

There's also excitement. Seriously, I'm probably more excited about these images than you are. Partially because I get to see them in the instant they are taken and you have to wait until your reveal session and trust that I know what the heck I'm doing (I promise, I do ;) ). Do not be alarmed when I break out in a "YAASSS GIRL. That looks so good. Hold that. YAAAASSS". Because it will 100% happen. Then I will apologize for being an overly, excited supporter and we'll both be laughing again. 

"Kierra really knows how to break that ice of nerves and let you free and enjoy it all! And if there's something you want or don't want she doesn't force you to do anything! And she always asks if you want something that she didn't do. She wants to make sure you got everything that you ever wanted in a session(with in means of course!)

Do it! Don't wait untill you lose the weight or "tone up". Don't wait till you can fit into those clothes do it now! And again after you've lose that weight or toned up your belly... I did it when I was 30lbs heavier and again when I lost the weight and I'm so glad I did... it made me appreciate that "pooch" and show me that I HAD lost weight more than just what a scale can show me!

Always remember that she allows payment plans!! So you can always get the images you want and deserve!! That even if you 100 or 300 lbs she takes shots that flatter you in your unique shape, don't hesitate to do it, you won't regret it!"

There you have it. Another beautiful babe rocking her newfound confidence.




First Impressions + Frantic Thoughts // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry Session

"I had seen Kierra's work and I was blown away by the beauty of these gorgeous fierce women. I just knew I had to make myself try to do it. I was a nervous disaster. I spent several hours over several days trying to talk myself into it. I knew I wanted to do it....but I was so nervous especially after I took the time to really look at myself in the mirror naked. I had NEVER done that before. I couldn't imagine how "all of this" could look like anything beautiful in pictures. Part of me wondered if Kierra would be laughing in her head since we had never met before". 

Ladies. Please know that I would never laugh, assume, or judge you in any way shape or form during your boudoir experience. I know how scary and intimidating it can be to be in front of the camera. I'm here to help you and support you. Think of me as your personal cheerleader! Go team babe!

"When I arrived and I met Kierra my first thought was: There is no way I'm getting naked in front of her."

FREEZE.  Hello. This is real life, ya'll. I love how completely honest she is. Because, guess what? People judge, first impressions happen.  If you don't know what I look like (go visit the About Me tab on this website) but let me summarize-- I'm a petite 5'2, squeaky voiced gal with big glasses. Do not be intimidated by me!!  Seriously, I'm probably more nervous about your gorgeous self standing in front of me than what you are of me. 

"I got to know her a little while I got ready. I couldn't believe how sweet and down to earth she was. Once we started it wasn't 3 minutes before I forgot that I had no clothes on. I was having fun! She kept telling me how awesome and gorgeous I was. My nerves just melted away. I actually FELT gorgeous.

My favorite part was my first reveal session of all my pictures. Seeing myself so raw and exposed but so sexy. I couldn't believe it. Then when she told me I hadn't been edited or air brushed.....I was shocked".

You read that right. I do not Photoshop you. I won't make you 2 sizes smaller or bigger. I won't smooth your skin until your pores are non-existent. Now, I will remove a zit or touch up that bruise--because hey, hormones happen. But I won't alter anything that changes your true self. Learn to love those smile lines, girlfriend. 

"The self confidence I have gained with all of my sessions with Kierra is out of this world. I can now see the beauty that is me. I don't try to hide or blend in anymore. I'm no longer scared to accept a compliment. And when I look in the mirror now at my naked self....I see beauty not horror like I used to.

 DO IT! Just do it NOW. Not after you've lost 10lbs. Not when you've lost the baby weight. Not when you've got a tan. NOW. You're beautiful right now exactly as you are. And if you can't see sure as heck will after you've had a session with Kierra. All of my sessions with Kierra have been wonderful. It's so easy going and comfortable. You really forget that you're naked. Working with her is so effortless. She amazes me more and more with each session

Don't do it for your significant other, although they will really enjoy the images, do it for you. These images are something you will look at for years. And this is an experience every woman needs to do for herself."


 Her very first boudoir session with me! 

Her very first boudoir session with me! 

Now, here are some favorites from our most recent session! 


Do it for yourself // Kierra Josette - Intimate Artistry Session

"I wanted to do a session because I had seen some of the awesome work Kierra had done and you could just tell she could make you feel confident about yourself. I needed a confidence boost. Having 3 almost full term pregnancies, my body had changed a lot. I NEEDED something to prove to myself that I was still beautiful. My husband and asked me a couple times if I’d do it for him but in the end I did it for myself."

WOW! Those words had me all up in my feelings. What a crazy amount of trust these women have in me to photograph their inner most self. They open their hearts and hand me their souls and I have to somehow figure out a way to convey that through my photography. However, they make my job easy. During a session I watch actions more than I listen to their words. Don't get me wrong- I'm completely listening to what they're saying. But, I'm watching their body language. Their facial expressions when they talk about their past. I'm watching the way she holds her body when she talks about her insecurities. That's my job, to find these movements and show these women that these "flaws" are actually beautiful works of art. 

"During my session I felt beautiful! Kierra has a way of making you feel so comfortable in your skin it’s amazing. She made me feel at home in her home. I felt worth it! After my session my confidence was definitely boosted."

I think the biggest compliment someone can give you is telling you that you were able to make them feel worthy. That's my goal here--worthiness.

" She wants to know you not-- just pose you! And getting all girly looking was a lot of fun! It has made me feel much more comfortable in my own skin and love me for who I am. In one word AMAZING! Life changing."

I could write hundreds of words telling you how great these women looked and how beautiful their images turned out. However, you don't need to hear it from me. Listen to HER. Let these women tell their own stories. I'm just here to document them. 

"I want to thank you for what you do! Your making great changes in women’s lives each and every day! Next for me will be a couples session!" 

xoxo - Kierra


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