A little over 2 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the day with Mike and Chantel.
Couples boudoir photos need to be done MORE.
Whether its a new relationship, you have been together for quite awhile, or you have split up and gotten back together.. it is one heck of an experience, let me tell you.
Documenting your unique love, having a FLIPPING blast together the day of the shoot (and after.. hehe) Its a BEAUTIFUL thing.
I want to make this known to more people. The MAGIC that is, doing a COUPLES BOUDOIR photo shoot!
And here we have it. The very first couple to each share a little story about how they met, where they are now and why they did this shoot <3
My heart is FULL.
Chantel and I met 19 years ago through a mutual friend.
In October we will be married for 8 years.
Through that time we have created so many memories, dealt with tribulations such as bouncing between jobs for a while before landing at Toyota 10 yrs ago. Also family loss and medical issues!
Through it all there was no one I’d rather have at my side than Chantel. We have battled through it all and in that time had 2 beautiful daughters that fill our hearts.... and soak up most of our time lol.
In a relationship as long as ours obviously there are intimacy highs and lows but together through communication and love we have thrived. Our recent couples boudoir shoot wasn’t about rekindling the flame within us but to fuel the fire and keep it sizzling!!
I met Mike almost 19 years ago.
I was at a friend’s house and we were just hanging out when these boys crashed out girl’s night.
They both walked through the door and the first words out of Mikes mouth were wow your short! LOL My smart ass reply was, "Holy F*ck your tall" what’s it to you!
We ended up, hanging out all night and I learned a lot about Mike but not so much that I knew his real name.
I thought his name was Terry as that was what he was introduced to me as. Little did I know at that time it was a nickname because of his last name. He was in college and I was in high school.
We hung out for a good month before we decided we were going to date.
Now mind you with him being older then me he always respected my parents and their rules. He would even bring me home 20 minutes before curfew as he wouldn’t chance being late!
We have made everything work in our relationship even a period of long distance.
Fast forward to where we are now. Married 8 years this October First and we have two beautiful daughters that are 7 and 5 years old.
My heart still races when Mike walks in the room and I love, even more, the man I have seen him become. A lot of people and friends that we knew as couples in high school haven’t made it as they fall out of love or have lost that spark.
I personally couldn’t imagine losing it as I don’t know anything different. Mike is what keeps our relationship and family whole.
I am guilty of body shaming myself more then once to the point of cancelling plans and making up excuses as to why we can’t go out all because I didn’t like how I looked in the outfits I have. I have been on so many different diets that were not good for me as I thought it was what I needed to feel sexy; I thought it was what Mike wanted. To get me back to the small figure I once was. Little did I know that my husband sees me sexy no matter what. He knows that I have carried and have grown two beautiful babies inside my body and that took a toll and that he just wants me happy and confident as that is what he finds sexy.
I booked my first Boudoir session and surprised Mike with a book with all of my photos.
I still had reservations but when I seen how he reacted that got me thinking I wanted more!
I met Jen and knew that was the one that was going to get both of us confident and through the shoot.
I am normally one to cover up but as I walked through the studio in the outfits not once did I feel the need. Mike and I have never lost the spark and this shoot wasn’t to help us through anything but building my confidence back up in myself. Seeing these photos and watching the passion in his eyes tells me again how much he loves me and everything about me. <3
THANK YOU Mike and Chantel for a GREAT day, for sharing your story and for being the great human beings you are.