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Miss A Stafford, Fredericksburg VA Boudoir Studio Photographer

May 2, 2023

Marlayne Larsen Boudoir Artistry

Your Why: Why did you book a boudoir session with us? Did you initial reasoning change closer to your session date?

I booked my first boudoir session because my older sister, Gabby,  convinced me I needed to do it. I have suffered from chronic pain and nausea for about 7 years now. Since I am only 23 years old, I think this has affected my ability to see my body as anything more than really broken. Once I explained this inner pain to Gabby, she explained how much she loved these shoots and how they made her feel. My reasoning didn’t change closer to my session date, but my body did. About 2 and a half weeks before my shoot, I got an answer from a specialist explaining I had a rare overactive gallbladder that needed to come out ASAP. With this in mind, I emailed Marlayne Larsen explaining this change and asked if she thought I could still do the shoot. She explained to me absolutely so, healing stitches and limited strength, we did it!
Why Marlayne Larsen Boudoir Artistry? What made you choose our studio specifically?
As mentioned, Gabby, my older sister, talked me into doing a shoot, so we both began searching in my area on FaceTime. She actually found Marlayne Larsen Boudoir Artistry and sent me the link on Instagram; as we scrolled through, talking about how excellent this work is, we both fell in love. And that was it; I could only do this with Marlayne Larsen Boudoir Artistry; Gabby said so. 
What were your biggest concerns when it came to having your boudoir session? When did those concerns subside?
My biggest concern was whether I could do it with my health being so vulnerable after surgery. I mean, truly, I am still figuring out what I can and cannot eat, so I was worried about being strong enough for long enough to do the shoot. Of course, I was concerned about my stitches but, I can’t control those since they are there so, I was only slightly concerned with how surgery played out and how close it ended up being to my shoot. Basically, just a small part of me ached for a non-stitched up body, while a larger part of me knew I needed to work for a couple days to find foods that were completely non-triggers and planned to be careful the day before. TRULY, all of these concerns subsided when I walked into the studio. Molly makes you feel like you are just meeting up with an old friend, and nothing else matters! 
In as much detail as possible, tell us what you felt during your session and reveal. Was it different than you expected? What was interaction with us like? Did you feel prepared despite the nerves?
During the session, I felt loved, powerful, and important. I felt beautiful, sexy, and even strong. During the reveal, I felt shocked that those photos were me, and I still struggle to understand they are me. I am beyond impressed with my body and how amazing I look in these photos. Honestly, it was completely different from what I expected because I knew I’d feel cute and all dolled up, but I didn’t think I’d feel like the most important person in the room. Marlayne Larsen and Amanda Marsh were absolutely amazing! I know this sounds overdramatic, but I swear they changed my life during the session. They truly made me feel so beautiful and strong while making me feel so comfortable. I even felt absolutely prepared since Marlayne sent a very detailed email in advance, and she answered incredibly fast when I had very basic questions. 

What would you say to someone on the fence about booking a session here at Marlayne Larsen Boudoir Artistry?

Honestly, if someone is on the fence about booking a session, I don’t know if I can just say to do it because I want to scream GO FOR IT! I literally had to work from 4am to 12pm the day after my shoot, so I woke up at 3am. I straight up had to stop and look in the mirror because I caught myself just dancing and feeling so positive. Like I said, I know it sounds crazy, but this shoot changed my life. Anyone who is thinking about doing this and is also working on loving themselves, DO IT! Today, I didn’t do my affirmations while feeling uncomfortable.. today I just looked in the mirror and I thought, “You are strong and beautiful”! ME! The same 23-year-old who battled chronic pain thought she was beautiful at 3 am. I just can’t explain it any other way than you deserve to truly love yourself and everything about you, and Marlayne Larsen makes it so easy to do just that. 

  1. Julie Kusmierski says:

    As a previous client, I get how the session can change your whole perception of self.
    When reading reviews, it’s hard to believe all of this is truly possible. But after reading this review just know, it’s mutual for many of us.
    Miss A, your session was beautiful. Orange is totally your color 🧡

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