Jan 24, 2018

Columbia SC Boudoir Photographer
Kaity's Intimate Portraits

One of my favorite things to photograph are intimate portraits of women or, as some would call it, boudoir. Photographing women and being able to make them feel beautiful, sexy, and wanted is such a joy for me as a Columbia SC boudoir photographer. There’s nothing quite like having a nervous lady step in front of my camera and being able to pull her out of that shell as we shoot. And nothing quite like being able to show her how truly beautiful she is, how sexy she can be and how brave she is for letting a camera see her insecurities.

Boudoir

Today I am honored to be sharing with you one of my most recent boudoir sessions with my sweet friend, Kaity. I absolutely LOVED being her Columbia SC boudoir photographer. Instead of me telling you all about our session together, Kaity has graciously taken the time to share her heart and words for this blog post. I’ll let her take it from here…

Self-love

“The self-love revolution took over the internet in 2017, and I couldn’t ever identify with these people. Self-love to me didn’t include bubble baths and trips to Sephora. Self-love was rarely poetic and practical. To me, self-love was forcing myself to come to terms with who I was, and committing to the fact that I was worthy, regardless of the worth that I was assigned by other parties.

My assignment was forgiving myself for not meeting standards that were grossly unattainable, despite setting them myself. It was understanding that one bad interaction did not mean I was incapable of romance and did not mean that I was unlovable. This was no paved road, it was a backwoods trip to hell… if we’re being honest. Authenticity isn’t always pretty, and mine was no exception. But I was committed to loving myself so fiercely, that there would be no question of what I deserved from someone else.”

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Taking the Leap

“I had spent so long living under the “if you just lost some weight” mentality. As if a number on a scale would somehow give me the validation to be respected? I got this idea that I could love myself just like I was, in a body that I swore wasn’t worthy. Acting on the idea was an entirely different venture. I toyed with the idea of boudoir for a bit, but I finally bit the bullet and I’m so glad I did. We’ll disregard the fact that I almost backed out at least 10 times in the 5 days before the shoot, and the 4,000 messages my friends received of me in total meltdown mode. I went through with it, and that’s the point here.”

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“As far as the session itself, I could go on for days. I’ll leave it with this – It is IMPOSSIBLE to not feel good about yourself when you have someone standing 5 feet from you telling you what an absolute goddess you are. You cannot beat that feeling. I wanted to bottle the entire experience up and take it home with me.”

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“I got a set of my files shortly after our session, and to be honest – I couldn’t open them. So I kind of just sat there for a minute and looked at the link. Kind of when you dial a number and can’t press call. I couldn’t do it. I knew that if I opened them and I hated my body, this would be one big backpedal on all of the progress I’d made, and I was terrified.

BUT, I opened them. I sobbed. I have never, in my life, felt so damn pretty. My eyes didn’t go straight to the parts of my body that I hate. I didn’t automatically start picking myself apart. And I saw that sparkle again, the sparkle I thought that I lost forever. What I saw was my worth. I saw the love, not for someone else, but for me.”

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“I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face – if you make one investment in yourself in your lifetime, make it boudoir. The truth is, you don’t have to wait until you lose that last 20lbs, or until you get rid of the cellulite on your ass. Don’t do it for your partner. Don’t do it for valentines. Do it for you.”

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A couple last things from Kaity:

Hair & Makeup

– If you are on the fence about professional hair and makeup, do it. DO IT. 1000x over, DO. IT. Don’t drink coffee that week, bring your lunch, whatever you have to do to make it happen. It was so nice to be able to sit back and relax while someone else tamed my mane. I didn’t have to stress about getting my lashes even with shaky hands. So, so nice. I wasn’t rushed, I wasn’t frazzled over something I couldn’t find.

Lingerie

– Lingerie does not have to be expensive, and lingerie doesn’t even technically have to be lingerie. Boudoir isn’t all lace and frills. Wear something that makes you feel like a million bucks, even if it only cost 2.

Boudoir Photographer

– Find a photographer that you jive with. It is important to look for someone who doesn’t view you as another post to add to their Pinterest board. Someone who values you as a person, not a dollar. Someone who gets what you are going for, and who loves what they do. Jess is all of those things. To quote my overly ridiculous google review: “I sought her out for her vision, and artistic style, and booked her for a boudoir session. It took 2 messages discussing the shoot to know that it was going to be everything I hoped for and then some. She is energetic, kind, and encouraging, all while making you feel like her best friend.

South Carolina Boudoir Photography Session

Whew, I don’t know about you, internet reader, but I know that Kaity’s words brought tears to my eyes the first time I read them! I hope you enjoyed this little peek into a Columbia SC boudoir session with Jessica Hunt Photography, and that you take some time to leave Kaity some love in the comments below!

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And if you’re a woman considering investing in intimate portraits of yourself and this post touched your heart the way it did mine, shoot me a message and mention this blog post to receive $75 off your very own personalized boudoir session!

Vendors:

Location: 701 Whaley

Hair & Makeup: Pretty and Pinned

Salon: VIVID: Cut. Color. Style.

Love Kaity and want to follow along with her journey? Find her on Instagram right HERE.

Jess

cheers

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  1. Hope Davis

    January 24th, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I just love her art work and her confidence <3

  2. ashton kelley

    January 24th, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    dayuuummmm! She is pure hotness. love the them and that little jumpsuit!

  3. Lindsay

    January 24th, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Boudoir goals right here!!! What a babe!!! Seriously she is SO freaking gorgeous!!!

  4. Liz

    January 24th, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    How can you NOT love this! She is gorgeous inside and out!! ❤️❤️

  5. Angie McPherson

    January 24th, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    She is GORGEOUS and I’m so inspired by her! You captured her beauty so perfectly!

  6. Vanessa Hicks

    January 24th, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    WOW!! These are incredible! I had a boudoir session booked once, and I got in my own head and canceled it! I just didn’t feel good enough about myself to do it! But looking at these images are like WOW!!

  7. Tasha

    January 24th, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    She’s a very gorgeous woman.

  8. Sharron

    January 25th, 2018 at 12:59 am

    She’s beautiful inside and out! I love this this post! ❤️

  9. Audrey

    January 25th, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    This is lovely!!!! Inspirational, and making me think that maybe, just *maybe*, I should do it too. Maybe.

  10. Kristina

    January 25th, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I truly love sessions where they show off their tattoos!! These are SO STUNNING and I can’t get over them!! So many heart eyes.

  11. Amber

    January 25th, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    She is so powerful in all of these!! Three cheers for her for loving her beautiful skin, and pushing the “norm” with this shoot!! This is so empowering!

  12. Kayla

    January 25th, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Yassssss! I love this sooo so much!
    Kaity, you looked so stunning! And you have the prettiest eyes 😍

  13. Mahlia

    January 25th, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    This is just such a classy and beautiful Columbia boudoir photo session!! Her hair and makeup is on point.

  14. Steph

    January 25th, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Absolutely stunning! It’s wonderful to see a positive body image in these days.

  15. Rachel

    January 25th, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Beautiful woman. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful words.

  16. April

    January 26th, 2018 at 2:08 am

    What a beautiful boudoir session! She really rocked her session!

  17. Sharron

    January 26th, 2018 at 4:26 am

    What an amazing story! She’s a SHERO! <3

  18. Kristine

    January 28th, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Kaity, you are stunning. STUNNING!! 💕

  19. PJ

    March 1st, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    You, Kaity, ARE. A. GODDESS!
    From your wild “mane” to your toes. You are an absolute doll. Not only do I mean that in a physical aspect.

    You are one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out.

    Your words are so powerful, and you’re so well spoken.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your words of wisdom, and these breathtakingly captivating photos of yourself with us.

  20. Todd C

    March 1st, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Wow amazing pictures and a beautiful subject!!

  21. Gavin

    March 1st, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    These photos are amazing, and she is gorgeous!

  22. Cory

    March 1st, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Amazing! This is the epitome of gorgeousness!

  23. Ronald LaTone Gandy

    March 1st, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Her eyes and lips are amazing. That smile is killer.

  24. Amanda

    March 1st, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Absolutely stunning! The model and the photographs.

  25. Rachel Horowitz

    March 2nd, 2018 at 5:40 am

    These photos are truly stunning. You look glam, sexy, and at ease.

  26. La Toya

    June 10th, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Beautiful!!