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San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session-Susan

This San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir session features and celebrates a wonderful and talented young woman, Susan. She, too, is a photographer but wanted to finally be the subject, not the shooter. Susan is a mother to a wonderful girl and is has so much to look forward to in life. She is so gracious, modest and kind. You want to be her friend, immediately.  Making her photographs will always be a treasured memory for me. Thanks to the amazing team of Kristen and Gigi for her transformation. Please read what the experience was like for Susan.

From Susan, age 29

I decided to invest in these portraits because I wanted to treasure my youth and value myself. Too often I hear in my head, “you’re not skinny enough, you aren’t pretty enough, you don’t have enough money. ” then at some point I realized, I’ll be 80 someday and be so sad for not doing this. I HAVE to do this NOW. I’ll find a way to pay for it, and I’m beautiful just the way I am.

I was definitely nervous, at least a little. I’ve never done anything like this but Christina and her team made me feel relaxed and glad to be there.

The session made me feel GORGEOUS AND EMPOWERED. I felt like a movie star or model. This was the first time I’d had my hair and make up professionally done, on top of that I was surrounded by women telling me how beautiful I was. While posing, I imagined what the portraits were going to look like and I felt so proud of myself for CHOOSING to put myself first for once.:)

I was euphoric for the entire day. It was such an inspirational high that I felt like I could do anything; I am woman, hear me roar! It really planted the seed of “Put yourself first, you DO matter.” This was a huge defining point in my life. I had no clue it would change the way I look at myself.

When I saw my portraits I couldn’t stop smiling.:)ALL the images were breathtaking and it was such a fun way to remember one of the best days of my life. I felt like this session was my rite of passage into womanhood. EVERY woman deserves this experience. Christina is the best, I’m really glad I trusted HER with this important session; she really knew what she was doing and what I wanted. She made my portraits into works of art and I get to treasure these for a LIFETIME!

Definitely worth it! You really can’t put a price on a life changing experience with a “product” that increases in value as time passes, especially in a time where all our normal purchases depreciate at the time of purchase. Like a fine wine, the value increases. Damn, I’m proud of myself for doing this!

San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session

Susan, before and after


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San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session

Find out more about Nightingale Boudoir Sessions by emailing christina@nightingalephotos.com

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Tanvi and Ernest

Tanvi and Ernest’s San Francisco engagement session took us from the Cow Hollow  to the Financial District and ended at the Ferry Building. What fun it was to shoot in such varied neighborhoods. From Tanvi, “We met 5 1/2 years ago – at a bar! He was bartending, I was out with a friend exploring the neighborhood as it was my first week moving to the City.  We were attracted to each other immediately, and he let down his normally reserved guard and asked me out.  It was a real casual first date – soda-pops from Blue Fog market in Cow Hollow and people watching on the Marina Green.  So many years later that day still describes us best, relaxed and easy going.” Well, we absolutely had to revisit the Blue Fog Market and grab some drinks for a fun photograph and made some images at a swanky bar in reference to their meeting. I adored Tanvi’s bright purple dress which brought wonderful energy to the images. I am so excited to know this couple and can’t wait for the big day!
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San Francisco Boudoir Session-Erin

I am thrilled that I am working on a regular basis with women to create portfolios of photographs that celebrate their beauty. Boudoir Photography for me is a modern twist on “glamour” photography. My goal is to create sultry yet elegant photographs of women which they will keep in their lives as timeless treasures. It feels vital to just stop and feel where we are in time and celebrate what we’ve accomplished. Is it ever the “right” time to do this? Only if you accept that power lies in the present moment.

Erin is one of the first brides I photographed over a decade ago. We were still using film back then! I have had the pleasure of following her as she and her husband, Jeremy, began their family and now are proud parents to three darling children. We have shot many family sessions together, but Erin decided it was time to celebrate who she is at this time in her life. She told me, “I have a new appreciation for my body after creating three beautiful children.  Now more than ever, I see my body as a miracle.”

I asked Erin to answer a few questions about her session.

Erin, mom of 3

Erin, mom of 3

Christina: Why did you decide to invest in a Nightingale Boudoir Session?

Erin: I was intrigued by the beautiful images I kept seeing in the Nightingale Photography Facebook & Instagram feed and decided that it would be a nice thing to do for myself–to have some high-quality, professional images taken now that I can look back on years down the road. I knew that they would be taken with a timeless approach–classic images that will never look dated. I love looking at photos of my grandmothers when they were my age, they look so vibrant and beautiful! It’s nice to know that I will have these photos to represent this time in my life.

Christina: Were you nervous about the session and if so, what about?
Erin: I was surprised that I didn’t really feel nervous–there was more of an excitement building up to the day of the shoot.
 
Christina: How did the session make you feel?
 
Erin: I felt like a real model! There I was in a beautiful hotel, all done up in hair & makeup, looking down at the busy streets below–in my bra & undies, no less–while the camera clicked away. Just another day for a professional model, I’m sure, but for me it was a truly out-of-the-ordinary experience and i don’t think i’ll forget it anytime soon!
Christina: How did you feel after the session?
Erin: I was on a sort of high for a couple of days afterword–even as I returned to my “real life” of mothering three young children, the experience was truly unique. I didn’t want to unpack my suitcase full of lingerie and shoes… I was in denial that it was over!
 
Christina: What did you feel/think when you saw your images?
Erin: With the professional level of the photography, lighting, hair and makeup, I knew that the images would be great–and they were. With that said, there were quite a few images that exceeded my expectations. Seeing those particular photos reaffirmed to me the importance of doing this for myself!
Thanks again, Erin! I had an unforgettable time, too. xoxoxChristina
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Thank you to Kristen and Gigi for their stunning hair and make-up artistry! When you are ready to spend an incredible day with me for your San Francisco Boudoir Session,  pampered with professional hair and make-up and a few glasses of bubbly to create a series of unforgettable portraits email me: christina@nightingalephotos.com, 510-338-2997

 

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