Have you ever wanted to do something and thought that?
That’s exactly what Amanda O said when she found A Million Monarchs Boudoir Photography Studio Located in Massena, New York.
“Then, one day I was scrolling through Facebook and saw these gorgeous photos that took my breathe away. The photos were by Marina at A Million Monarchs in Massena. I immediately thought “I wish I had the confidence to do that!”
Let’s stop selling ourselves short of the life we deserve and letting self doubts hold us back from experiences we’re ready for. Let Amanda’s courageous story inspire you to pause for a moment and acknowledge the strong female that you are, recognizing the beauty in your growth that shines brighter with every adversity you overcome.
All it took was one conversation with Marina to ease any nerves and reassure her that booking this photoshoot was the right choice. They didn’t even meet yet and the relationship already began to bloom, Amanda chose to trust Marina when she told her that she would be there every step of the way.
It’s okay to be nervous, maybe this is the first time you’ve put yourself first in a while or treated yourself to something special. I know how loving and nurturing all of you are, you will do anything for your loved ones and now it’s time to do the same for yourself. You all have a beautiful story to share that will inspire others, just like this one.
“For most of my life I was pretty secure with myself. Well, after my braces were removed But the older I got, the more insecure with my body I became. My flaws just seemed to stick out more. My cellulite, my thick thighs, the bump on my nose…
Then, I met my wife—who tells me constantly that these are some of her favorite qualities in me. But I could never see what she sees. I was happy with how fit I got for our wedding and even how I looked in a swimsuit on our Honeymoon; but I still found something about my body in each picture that I wasn’t happy about. (I know, crazy how we think this about our own bodies!?!?)”
It’s easy to let doubts push you to think you don’t look like the women who do this kind of thing but that’s what the whole point of this is, you are that woman!
I’m sure every woman before you thought the same thing at some point but all of you belong here, celebrating everything that makes you unlike anyone else. Those little “flaws” are often some of our best traits, like Amanda with what she referred to as a little bump on her nose but what I see has delicately defined bone structure.
What began as a thoughtful surprise for her wife quickly turned into a life changing gift for both of them. Following Marina’s extensive preparation guide Amanda had fun picking out her wardrobe and treating herself to a little pampering at the spa.
Somehow she managed to do all of this without spoiling the surprise, but it took some effort, having lingerie delivered to her mother-in-law’s and coming up with a sweet date night to distract her on the day of the photoshoot.
“Prior to booking my shoot, I had invited my wife to join the Million Monarchs Boudoir Group on Facebook—at least twice a week, out the blue, she would say, “Babe, you should do this. It would be so sexy!” Or “Her photos are stunning!” I just sat there and said “Ya, they really are…” Inside, I was thinking “Ah! If she only knew!” Sneaky sneaky…“
There’s something about making a choice solely on your own and not sharing that decision until you choose to, it’s liberating because it’s uninfluenced by anyone but you.
Even if you were initially drawn to booking this boudoir experience as a gift for someone else, you will quickly realize that the real gift is learning to love yourself more and that’s what your partner desires the most.
Booking your photoshoot is just the beginning of your transformation, you’re perfect the way you are and the real change comes when you let go of what doesn’t serve you, especially others’ opinions that dime your shine.
“Fast forward a couple months—The day has finally come!!! I got ready for work just like any other day but I also planned a special date for us that night—this was my excuse to pack a bag so I could “Get ready for dinner after work.” (Although the bag was actually a suitcase but she knows what it takes for me to get ready so she didn’t question it)
Anyway, I leave for work and begin to make my way to Massena. So many things were running through my mind, but when I finally arrived at the studio, all my worries seemed to disappear. I was greeted by the fabulous make up artist and hair stylist, Kharissa Danboise. She made me feel so welcomed and calm. We laughed and told each other stories and really got to know each other. Kind of as if we were long lost best friends. Well, at least I felt that way.
During this process Marina showed up. She was everything I imagined. Sweet, caring, beautiful inside and out. We were all able to bond before the shoot which eliminated so much of the anxiety and pressure I was feeling. It was just what I needed.”
From the moment you walk into the studio you are treated like the queen you are and not one moment will pass that you don’t feel like absolute royalty. This is your safe haven and a space where you are welcome to express yourself in ways you have always wanted to but didn’t for one reason or another.
You will be welcomed with open arms and lovingly guided through the big day by Marina, she will help you create a wardrobe that brings your vision to life and pose you from head to toe.
This is your day to make memories that will last forever and remind yourself just how incredible you are.
“After being glamified; it was my moment! I couldn’t believe it was finally happening. We immediately hopped to it. I can’t even put into words all the emotions I was feeling. In this moment I felt truly beautiful and wasn’t focused on my ‘flaws’. I’m not sure if it was all the make-up and curls, the sexy lingerie, the lighting, my personal cheerleaders (Kharissa and Marina)—or all of it! But something clicked. I. AM. BEAUTIFUL.”
“Fast forward again to when I received my booty bible. GIRLS. Let me tell YOU! My expectations have been exceeded. Every single picture is BREATHTAKING. I still can’t believe this is actually ME! I was so blown away that I couldn’t even wait until Christmas like I had planned, to show my wife—and let’s just say, she’s happy I didn’t.
What started out as a gift for my wife ended up being just as much a gift to myself. These are more than just pictures to me. This was an experience I will NEVER forget and I am forever grateful for Marina and Kharissa at A Million Monarchs Boudoir. Thank you girls for changing my life.. and turning my wife on. “
Let whatever it is that has brought you here inspire you to book your own boudoir photoshoot and experience it for yourself.
You are unlike anyone else and that deserves to be celebrated! Every single woman is welcome at A Million Monarchs, there is no mold that you have to fit into to do this and there is never a wrong time. It’s one day that can change the rest of your life.
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