Today’s feature is a good one. Shandelle started as a mommy friend of mine, whose baby (big) girl went to preschool with my baby (big) girl, Lily. We hit it off almost immediately. She has the lovely, quirky and down-to-earth sense of humor that I gravitate towards, and I instantly felt very relaxed with her. She became a really sweet friend of mine, and our girls just adored playing with each other. She was even our soccer coach for a while there! Her best friend and I were able to convince her to come in for a photo shoot after her best friend had two with me. It didn’t hurt that she also wanted something to give to her (equally sweet) husband for their anniversary!
Shandelle came in with all smiles and sweetness, as per her usual demeanor. It’s hard to get this girl frowning. She’s just lovely all around. A true sunny disposition and such positive energy. She’s the type of person who just makes you feel good just by being around her. I like that. I can use more of that. We all can.
She admitted she was a tad nervous, but was soaking it all in and she was just going to enjoy the luxury of the shoot. It went so smoothly! We talked about life and family and just had plenty of giggles all around. The interesting thing that set this particular shoot apart from all the others I’ve ever done is that this one was videotaped. I’m still waiting for the footage to be publicized, as I will be using it for my “behind the scenes” page for all of you to see. This is the photo collage from that shoot! She was also the first to use my brand new studio when we moved into our basement suite and turned it into my photography space!
1. What made you decide to get a shoot from LAD versus anyone else?
I had become acquainted with Helen at our daughters’ preschool and found her to be very warm, kind, and easy going; she was someone I felt I could trust. From there I looked up her website and was impressed by the amazing quality of her work, she truly does have a talent in photography.
2. How did you prepare for your shoot?
I got my nails done. Honestly, that’s it. I tried darn hard NOT to think about the upcoming shoot, as I was afraid I would over think it and “chicken out.” And I believe it helped, as I went into it more open minded and without much built up anxiety.
3. What was the best part of the experience?
The best part of the shoot was between shots, when Helen and I dropped our focus and joked around, laughed, and shared life stories. It really helped me stay more relaxed throughout the whole experience.
4. What makes Helen different from other photographers?
Helen cares about her clients. Sure she wants her clients to receive their finished product and fall in love with her work. But more importantly, Helen wants every beautiful woman she shoots to KNOW she is beautiful DURING the shoot. She has the ability to bring out the inner goddess in women and to make us feel proud about who we are.
5. What would you say to another lady who is afraid of doing a boudoir shoot?
It’s a fun fear to conquer! Remember that feeling when you were a young girl and played dress up, trying on dresses, high heeled shoes, hats, and pearl necklaces, and then practiced walking like a diva back and forth in front of the mirror when nobody was looking? Well, after doing a shoot myself I can honestly say that every woman needs to do that at least one more time in her adult life. And I assure you, Helen will provide you with the perfect cocktail of added confidence, comfort, direction, and pride. Go for it!