Disclosure: Dallas Moms Blog partnered with Courtney Engle Photography for a session in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% our own, and we’d definitely book Courtney again!
There was a chill in the air as I climbed out of my car and stepped onto the curb in downtown McKinney. The door I was searching for was easy to find, right next to a darling boutique and marked with a simple logo. I crossed the threshold and climbed the stairs, not quite sure what to expect when I arrived at my destination.
I shouldn’t have worried.
From the moment I stepped into her photography studio, Courtney Engle made me feel beautiful and comfortable. I was there for a boudoir photo session — a prospect that was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. But Courtney made it fun!
She cranked up the volume on her playlist while the hair and makeup artist worked her magic on me. Having just stepped out of the shower before dropping my toddler off at preschool, she had her work cut out for her.
And when she was finished, I didn’t recognize the sexy vixen staring at me in the mirror. It was awesome. I felt prettier and sexier than I ever have in my life. I donned my first outfit and Courtney got to work.
Let me tell you — I am *not* good at modeling for photos. But Courtney was patient and worked with me on how to hold my body to compose a perfect shot every time. Throughout the session, I was impressed by her eye and attention to detail — from adjusting my hair to making sure my arm was angled just right.
I loved that we got to work in Courtney’s studio — it was so comfortable and she had an awesome setup. Plus, the studio was filled with natural light — we even took some photos in front of the window.
I had no intention of taking nude photos when I arrived, but the session went so great and I felt so comfortable, that I thought, Why not!? Courtney was even awesome with that. She knew just how to style the photos so that they were tasteful.
After my session, I couldn’t wait to see my photos. Courtney even posted a preview on her Facebook page, and let’s just say that my husband was super-excited.
That’s the thing, though. Many women decide to get boudoir photos taken for their husbands. That’s what prompted me. But at the end of the day, it was something that I would do again for myself. It ended up being a day of pampering that boosted my self-esteem and made me feel sexy and beautiful.
And, according to Courtney, that’s exactly how she wants her clients to feel!
“Like most women, I have many roles in life. I am a wife, a mother, and a photographer. But before all of that, I am a woman. I understand all the insecurities us women have about ourselves, how we try to hide our bodies, or make excuses for it.
But here’s what I also know: We are truly amazing! We are beautiful and sensuous and sexy and HOT! I think it’s important to tap into those parts of ourselves every now and again, because to feel sexy and beautiful is to feel good about ourselves, and we can share that gift with others (husbands never complain about sexy photos from their wives!).
Arena, you are THE BEST!! I absolutely loved, loved, loved photographing you! You made my job so super easy, and I hope I get the chance to photograph your beautiful face again soon :)!
Thanks so much, Courtney! You have an amazing talent and I can’t wait to do another shoot!