Kind words from real clients
Alyssa's guidance in poses made me forget about being body-conscious and helped me feel more in control. I was amazed how "un-posed" a lot of my actions felt. Alyssa has a knack for capturing candid moments and making you feel like you aren't having your picture taken.
I am still glowing from our session! Thank you so much for an unforgettable and beautiful experience. I knew it was going to be amazing, but it was even more wonderful than I could have imagined.
I will never forget walking into your studio after my relaxing afternoon of hammocking and seeing all those beautiful portraits of myself lined up. It was such an empowering and unique moment! Thank you for working with me.
I can honestly say I have never been so happy to have Alyssa as my photographer. I booked a boudoir session for a multitude of reasons and I learned a few incredible things. I wont go into it all here but I will say that I have never been more in love with my body and the stories it tells- I felt at home in my skin with her. She captured all of the best moments. She used her intuition and skill to highlight my personality with natural beauty and lighting- truly special! She is extremely professional, easy going, and does everything to make her clients feel prepared and comfortable. If I could give 5 more stars I would. THAT level of care for clients is truly a gift.
I came into the shoot nervous about how I would look and worried that I wouldn't be comfortable. I absolutely adored the photo shoot. I loved how comfortable Alyssa made me feel during the shoot. She made it so fun. I didn't want my session to end! After the shoot I felt amazing and empowered. I've never been so confident before!
To say this was one of the best choices I have ever made would be an understatement.
Being a curvy woman, I’ve always struggled with my own body image but Alyssa made me feel so comfortable in my own skin that I forgot about the areas I don’t love about my body. When I left my session, I couldn’t help but feel so beautiful and appreciative of the body that I was given.
I was so nervous to see how the pictures were going to turn out. Since there's some places on my body that I'm not a huge fan of I was nervous to see how I was going to "hide" those parts to make them beautiful.
The funny thing is that Alyssa didn't even hide them, she placed me in poses that flattered my figure and made me love the quirks that I have. When I saw my pictures, all I could say for the first 10 minutes was "Oh my goodness". The pictures turned out better than I could have ever imagined! They were exactly what I was looking for, I looked like myself but amplified and sultry and slightly sexy.
Alyssa, thank you for everything! You didn’t only capture beautiful and sexy pictures but also opened my eyes to the beautiful woman that I am!
My experience working with Alyssa was absolutely amazing. I normally feel extremely uncomfortable having my photo taken and usually end up hating the way I look in photos, but Alyssa made the entire process feel very natural and the photos turned out beautifully as a result of her skill.
She makes posing in your underwear feel completely normal (and not at all scary!), and she shows you how to pose in ways that both suit you as an individual and translate wonderfully into photos.
The entire process was the epitome of treating yourself. She arranges for your hair and make up to be done on site by the wonderful and professional Kelsey, champagne is provided if you wish (which can definitely help with any last minute jitters you might be feeling), and the studio is bright and lovely. The fact that you get to see your photos on the same day as your photo shoot is absolutely incredible.
Now whenever somebody tells me that they are considering doing a boudoir photo shoot I immediately recommend Illuminate Boudoir. I can't imagine having a better experience doing a boudoir photo shoot with any other photographer.
Alyssa is the best photographer I have ever worked with! She is incredibly thoughtful and really takes the time to get to know her clients. She made me feel really comfortable and empowered throughout the entire process, and I was thrilled with how everything turned out! Plus, her studio is totally gorgeous. I would recommend her to absolutely anybody.
This boudoir session strengthened my body positivity and helped me see myself in a totally new light. I loved that I got to see sides of myself through this session that previously were only seen by others. It was really beautiful to have that expansion of consciousness.
After the session, I felt amazing and was definitely "flying high." Also relieved because it was way more fun and less nerve wracking than I had imagined. When I saw my pictures, I felt so great!! High boost in self confidence and just so excited with the final product.
I had an amazing experience with Alyssa during my boudoir session. I was really nervous to do a boudoir shoot, and she made me feel so comfortable that I forgot about the awkwardness and ended up having a blast! She really took the time to get to know me and what I wanted out of my session, and my photos turned out more wonderful than I could have imagined as a result. I've already referred a friend to her, and would recommend her to anyone!
My session was so empowering. I want everyone to have that experience... To feel sexy and beautiful in her own skin without anyone telling her their opinion.
I cannot wait to give my spouse the photos for a wedding gift but selfishly I am more excited that I did this for myself. I think becoming more comfortable in my own skin will be a even better gift for our marriage.
This process allowed me to love my body for as it is now versus looking at myself and comparing it to how I looked 5 or 10 years ago. Learning to love your body again is a priceless gift.
Thank you Alyssa, you are such a lovely and authentic person. You're perfect in this role, guiding women to love their bodies and celebrate their lives!
I had never had professional photos take before and Alyssa has set the bar incredibly high, not that I'd ever want to work with anyone else!
Any day of jitters melted away when I stepped into her beautiful studio space to begin my session. I felt so celebrated and pampered! And honestly, those little jittery feelings were more excitement than anything else because Alyssa and I met beforehand to prepare for my session. We talked about style, tone, outfit changes, makeup, and things I wanted to focus on, or not focus on in some cases!
And I can't forget to mention the big reveal of my photos at the end of the day - what an incredible moment to see myself in a new light… Seeing how beautiful I felt translated to beautiful pictures was incredible. I felt more glamorous and beautiful after my session. And stronger, like I could take on anything!
So empowering! What an amazing experience!
When I first decided to do the boudoir shoot, I was really nervous. But after working with Alyssa, I left her studio feeling empowered, strong, sexy, and like I was exuding light. To this day, I have never felt more beautiful than when I left Alyssa's studio after the photo shoot.
It's an incredibly vulnerable thing to decide to take boudoir photos and an even more vulnerable thing to take them simply for the sake of celebrating your own body. I had just gone through an intense break-up and wanted to celebrate myself and my inner strength. Deciding to do a boudoir session helped me remind myself that I was a strong and spending an afternoon documenting and focusing on those feelings left me feeling like I was worthy: worthy of time for healing, worthy of self-love, and worthy of taking up space.
Never did I feel uncomfortable or scared in the session: Alyssa was the epitome of professional and made sure I was looking my best and having fun.
We drank coffee and discussed what I wanted while her hair and makeup artist (Kelsey) helped me look radiant. I wanted to go for a gentle, natural look and Kelsey listened and made me look like a goddess version of myself.
In short, especially at a time like now, loving yourself and your body is an act of political resistance; however, at the time, it simply felt like learning to feel beautiful again. The confidence I gained in my session with Alyssa is brought back every time I look at my photos, and I am forever grateful.
I would absolutely recommend using Alyssa for boudoir photos whether or not you have someone to give them to. I learned that giving myself the time and space to feel beautiful and empowered was absolutely worth it, and would urge those thinking about using Alyssa to #treatyoself and go for it. You won't regret it.
I was a little bit nervous but as soon as we started shooting, I felt comfortable pretty much immediately.
Alyssa is a pro and knows how to direct you in a positive way, so you don't have to be self-conscious or worry if you're posing "correctly."
After the session, I felt glowing, confident, beautiful inside and out.
I felt more sure of myself. I felt more confident. My whole life thus far, I've struggled with loving myself for who I am, I've never felt comfortable in my own skin, and negative body image has been an ever present issue.
It was a gift to myself to help me see myself the way I want to be seen: strong, courageous, and beautiful, inside and out. Alyssa helped me break out of my box, try something new, and allow myself to be seen in a different light.
When I look at my beautiful album, not only do I see a beautiful woman, I think of one of the best weekends of my life. You made the experience better than I imagined!
After my session, I felt so pretty! Self esteem was to the max. I couldn't wait to see the portraits Alyssa was going to pick and was so excited I only had to wait a few hours. It was absolutely amazing that you got to see your pictures the same day and possibly walk away with a final product on the same day!
I loved the whole process! I enjoyed everything about it from getting my hair and makeup done to posing to talking about the pieces I would be wearing.
After recovering from an eating disorder, I felt like a stranger in my own body. I wasn’t confident in what I wore, or how I moved. I had heard great things about Alyssa’s work, so I reached out.
Before and during the session I was put totally at ease. Alyssa was so conscientious about my physical and emotional comfort, and helped explain how the session would work. There were so many moments during the shoot itself that I really felt like myself, and so alive!
I came away with a more forgiving, kinder outlook on my body.
Alyssa helped me feel so confident and comfortable. Between the amazing hair and makeup and the professional setting I felt so at ease... I am forever grateful for this experience, and believe every woman deserves to feel beautiful and have photographic proof of that beauty!
My boudoir session was an incredible experience. Alyssa took the time to find out what I wanted to achieve through the session and that help make it such a memorable experience.
Similar to many women I struggle with body confidence, this shoot was a way for me to celebrate my body and capture actual visual evidence of my sexy side! Plus it was an incredible way for me to showcase some of my favorite pieces of lingerie!
This boudoir session was a gift to myself, and a gift it indeed was. I left feeling so beautiful, inside and out. The photos I have are truly a work of art, and I will cherish them.
From the moment I first met her, Alyssa's gentle, joyful soul struck me, and I knew I had to do a session with her. Her studio is inviting, and Alyssa has the most amazing hair and make-up artist. Alyssa takes the time to really get to know every client, and she knew just how to customize my session to fit my personality and style.
I can't wait to do another session with Alyssa in the future, and I recommend every woman do a session with her.
Looking at an entire wall of gorgeous images and realizing they were all of me was surreal. The images are absolutely stunning and truly capture me.
[After the session,] I felt so empowered! My posture was proud, I met people's eyes, I felt like a powerful whole person!
My favorite part of the whole experience was walking out of the photo session feeling brand new, like I could conquer the world with my soul.
Alyssa's help with posing was extremely helpful! She always made sure every shot was as flattering as possible.