Overcoming Triumphs // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry // Terre Haute, IN Boudoir Photographer

"This was my third session I had done with Kierra. The first two were gifts for my significant other at the time. This past year has been a rough one going through a divorce and struggling with some serious self image issues. However, I finally am to the point that I know someone else will want me and it was a serious self-confidence booster! I did this session solely for myself and it was by far my favorite one yet!

I’ve had two sessions with Kierra before today. Both of which were meant to be gifts for my significant other at the time which were turned out beautifully.

But today I did a session and it was solely for ME.

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life I feel like and it has always made me self conscious. Kierra always makes me feel like perfection working with her. The past year of my life has been pure hell. Long story short, I got divorced and I was so afraid no one would ever want me again. I feel like I stayed in my relationship/marriage because I was afraid no one would ever desire me in that way again. But let me just tell you all, I was so wrong. In that marriage I lost myself and for the first time in 3 years, I finally feel like I am me again. I feel like my smile is brighter and my life is so much more how I wanted it to be. I’m free to be who I was meant to be. Anyone that has ever been in the situation of losing a piece of yourself knows it’s a deep and dark place. I was fortunate enough to find my way out and for that I am forever grateful and will never look at myself in a negative light again. I’m far from perfect but I have a lot to offer and more women need to realize this about themselves. Never settle or think you don’t have what it takes for a session because you’ll regret it!

Today was for me and I can’t thank Kierra enough for making the experience amazing! (Along with being such a good friend through all the ups and downs with no judgement! 😘)

I love just hanging out and chatting with Kierra. She always makes me laugh when I have a session with her and it makes the experience that much more unique.

If I had to give advice to another women about doing a session it would be: DO it! I promise once you do it one time, you'll be hooked!!. 

Boudoir as a Gift // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry // Terre Haute Boudoir Photographer

I first met this beauty YEARS ago when I was shooting families. I photographed her sweet newborn and every three months until she was a year old. I've frequently updated their family photos, as well. When she reached out to me saying she wanted a boudoir session before her wedding I was sooooo excited! I knew she was going to completely rock the session. 

I have *tons* of brides come in for boudoir sessions so they can gift it to their spouse on their wedding day. Throughout the planning process many women speak only of what their significant other wants. They say things like "Oh, well he/she really likes me in lace" etc, etc. This is where I step in! What do YOU like?! As much as you'd like to think this is a gift for your spouse, it's so much more than that. It's an experience that allows you to love yourself. You're creating a space where self-acceptance is OKAY and celebrated! 

" N.E.R.V.O.U.S doesn't even begin to touch how I felt before. I've known Kierra for a while because she is our family photographer so that helped *some*, but my nerves were out of the roof!! After I walked in, the overall vibe was so surreal that the nerves went out the door.  The whole experience was something I didn't expect, fun.

My session was super fun, full of laughs, and laid back. Kierra does the most amazing job of making you feel comfortable. As soon as you walk in, it feels like you're catching up with an old friend from school. She mocks the poses she wants you to get into, to flatter your body most. When I saw a few of my sneaks on the way home (yes, it was that quick) I squealed with excitement!! I planned on purchasing 1 *small* product but I fell in love with my images, I ended up buying an album :)

When I walked out of there, I had the biggest smile on my face. She made me feel like a goddess the entire time.

When I had my reveal session, I was in complete awe of my images. To me, they weren't just "images", they were pieces of art and I was the subject. The reveal session was my favorite part of the entire experience". 

What advice or information would you give to someone wanting to book a session with Kierra?---100% do it!! It isn't just a buduoir session, it's a complete self realization that I think every woman needs to experience.

Making your nerves vanish // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry // Terre Haute, IN Boudoir Photographer

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

    I participated in the Worthy Project. Before doing that I was super nervous about what people would say about me. By doing that project made me realize who cares what people think about you. It's about what you think of yourself.

  • What were your initial feelings BEFORE the session?

    Sick to my stomach. Nervous.

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

    Into my session. Was comfortable. Wasn't nervous.

  • What was your favorite part of your boudoir experience?

    The clawfoot bathtub and the fireplace!

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

    Made me realize and to not care what someone else thought of you. Boosted my self confidence up

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

    Do it. Don't wait till you lost the lbs you want to lose. Don't wait till next year. Do it. You don't regret it.

  • Describe your session:

    Was fun. Didn't feel awkward. Exciting. Lots of laughs.

  • Would you consider booking another boudoir session in the future? 

YES!

 

We love hearing from you babes! Reading your words and learning that your nerves faded throughout your session makes me SO happy.  It's completely normal to be nervous at first, but I promise it gets better. We end up laughing and chatting so much you'll completely forget you aren't clothed! This beauty had such a great session last year, she's coming back again this Fall for her 2nd shoot~ 

 

 

Why "baring it all" doesn't have to be "baring it ALL" // Kierra Josette Intimate Artistry // Terre Haute, IN Boudoir Photographer

There's a common misconception with boudoir photography that you have to be in lingerie.  FALSE.  You can wear anything and feel EMPOWERED! 

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

      I was going through a rough time in my life after getting out of a bad relationship and needed a confidence boost.

    • What were your initial feelings BEFORE the session?

      I was extremely nervous.

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

      Within minutes of being in the studio you made me feel extremely comfortable. you spoke to me like I was a close friend and made me feel so amazing about myself.

    • What was your favorite part of your boudoir experience?

      getting that boost of confidence back that I've been missing

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

      it made me feel like I was deserving of so much in my life and I was worth all the happiness I deserve.

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

      do it now, not next year when you've lost weight or feel better about yourself or when you have someone to do the pictures for. do it for YOU!

    • Describe your session:

      I did a sweater mini. it was very relaxing and so much fun

    • Would you consider booking another boudoir session in the future?

      absolutely!

 

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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.

IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY. 

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. 

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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! 

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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

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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".

 

 

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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!"

 

 

 

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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."

 

 

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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!" 

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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. 

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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". 

 

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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. 

 

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